After two seasons of having the cancellation axe swing over his NBC series "Parenthood," co-star Dax Shepard isn't sweating the show's fate anymore.
"For the first two years, I didn't think we'd be coming back," Shepard told me during an interview last week in Knoxville to screen his latest movie, "Hit & Run," out Aug. 24.
"I didn't feel confident about it those first two seasons. But at the end of this last season, I thought we'd be back for sure."
"Last season, the show did quite well compared to the other NBC shows. It was (the network's) highest-rated drama," he said.
"I always thought we'd be back based on that."
The season finale that aired earlier this year certainly had a ring of finality to it. In it, Shepard's character, Crosby, finally got married, culminating in a happy ending for the wayward bachelor.
"I know a lot of people certainly felt" like a series finale move, Shepard said. However, "that story had been building for a while, and it had to end sometime. "It didn't mean" just because Crosby married that "the show was finished. (The relationship) was going on for three seasons. It eventually had to get there.
"(The wedding) didn't happen (just) to tie up the series."
So now that Crosby is married, what's next for him? "Divorce," Shepard deadpanned, "so he can hook up with more hot chicks. A lot of hot chicks."
"Parenthood" will pick up production on its new season in July and be back on NBC's schedule in the fall. The series is currently off the schedule.
Though "Parenthood" has been ratings challenged, the comedy-drama has met with acclaim from critics and has a loyal, albeit small, audience following it.
Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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