You better stock up on tissues over the summer — you're going to need them when Parenthood returns to NBC in the fall for a full, 22-episode Season 5. These tears? They're from happiness, baby. They heard our cries. And a little bit of nervous anticipation for the gut-wrenching emotional turmoil the Braverman family will have to face next year. But mostly happiness.
NBC announced that Parenthood, along with veteran dramas Grimm and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and freshman series Revolution and Chicago Fire, have all been renewed for new seasons.
"On the verge of our 2013 fall scheduling decisions, we’re pleased to renew five drama series that will be important to our new season line-up," NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement. "We’re proud and very appreciative of all of the actors, producers, writers and directors who work so hard to deliver such high-quality work week in and week out. These complex shows represent a broad range of genres and tones, and all of them stand out for us in a television landscape now filled with one-hour series. We’re especially pleased to be renewing Revolution and Chicago Fire — two first-season successes — and there will be more returning series announcements made in the next couple of weeks."
Revolution and Chicago Fire have both performed solidly for NBC, especially since nearly every other of the network's new dramas crashed and burned. (Do No Harm, we hardly new ye.) While Parenthood has been a bubble show in the past, and only returned for a shortened fourth season, the show's ratings grew, especially toward the end of its run. SVU, of course, is a reliable standby for the network.
There's no word on the fate of NBC's comedy lineup, but the conspicuous omission of Smash from NBC's list of dramas is likely a bad sign for the sophomore musical series. There's also no word on mid-season critical darling Hannibal.
Are you excited for more Braverman family drama? What about more Grimm, SVU, Revolution, and Chicago Fire?
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