News Briefs: Ray Romano is Headed to Parenthood

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... Ray Romano, great in both Everybody Loves Raymond and Men of a Certain Age, will guest star on NBC's Parenthood for a multi-episode arc beginning with the fourth-season premiere. He'll play a photographer that tests the relationship between the older Sarah (Lauren Graham) and younger Mark (Jason Ritter). [NBC via press release]

... Mark Pellegrino, who's played big roles on sci-fi series Lost, Supernatural, and Being Human, will stick with the genre and head over to Grimm for Season 2. He'll play Jarold Kempfer, a buddy of Hank's that also happens to be a coyote-like creature. Maybe this time Pellegrino's character won't be a figment of someone's imagination. MAYBE. [TV Line]

... Oh this should be good. Tim and Eric's Tim Heidecker is guest starring on Workaholics as a faith-based power lifter. That is so tight butthole as those weedheads would say. [EW]

... NCIS, this little show that you've never heard of, has promoted Brian Dietzen to series regular. His character Jimmy Palmer is the medical assistant to Ducky Mallard. You go, Autopsy Gremlin! Way to celebrate your wedding. [EW]

... Being Human, the Syfy one, will welcome Xander Berkeley (Nikita) to its cast next season. He'll play the dad of Brynn and Connor, the weredouches that ran into trouble with Aidan last season, and become a mentor to new wolf Nora, who was just upped to regular cast member status. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC is putting together Stars Earn Stripes, a reality competition where celebrities are put through tough military training exercises, and now we know who will be participating. Boxer Laila Ali, Dean Cain, Terry Crews, Nick Lachey, Todd Palin (Sarah's husband), Picabo Street, WWE star Eve Torres, and Biggest Loser trainer Dolvett Quince will all pair up with pro soldiers in drills that include shooting, jumping out of helicopters, and invading small village nations. Look for it on August 13. [NBC via press release]

BUSINESS TIME

... Fringe has famously survived on two showrunners throughout its last several seasons, but it will be down to one when its final season begins in September. Jeff Pinkner has decided to leave the show to start on new projects. Reports are that his departure was friendly. Don't worry, Fringe fans. The show is still in the great hands of J.H. Wyman. [TV Guide]

... Disney Junior has ordered the animated series 7D, about the seven dwarves. In it, new takes on Snow White's slaves will protect their kingdom from some likely regular-sized bad guys. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Comic-Con has added some more panels. Community will be heading down to San Diego, date to be announced later. HBO has also given word that both True Blood and Game of Thrones will be in attendance, with the former in the much-too-small-for-it Ballroom 20 on Saturday and the latter in the big-as-Westeros Hall H on Friday. [TV Line / HBO via press release]

... Everybody, sing it with me! "I'll be there for bluuuuuuu! Ray, that is!" The complete Friends collection will get the 720p treatment from Warner Bros. Home Video this November. The set will include all 236 episodes, 17 hours of special features, and might just cost you a few month's rent. [TV Guide]


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Raymon on Parenthood that should be interesting. He's always done comedy so him in drama and being a troublemaker hard to picture..
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he will most likely be a "troublemaker" in the sense that he and Sarah are closer in age and will take a liking to each other. I doubt he's gonna be some kind of devilish badboy who purposely tries to break a relationship up.
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Uh... 720p? Is that it? That's HDlite, proper Blu-Rays are 1080.
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I love Mark Pellegrino and Grimm! I also loved him in Supernatural, The Closer, Dexter and Lost. I was looking at his page and apparently he's had a guest role on pretty much every show worth watching. Cool.
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Mark Pellegrino is an awesome actor =] yay!
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Don't forget that . Mark Pellegrino was in The Closer as Brenda Lee's hella expensive lawyer and he was most definitely not a figment of anyone's imagination.
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2011-2012 Has been the best TV season in a long time as it has more shows sticking around. I remember when Ugly Betty was the only new show that made the cut that year. Couldn't get into Parenthood, it just wasn't for me even with Lauren Graham and Peter Krause. But back to the just completed season, great latecomers Scandal, The Bee in 23 and Bunheads along with Person of Interest and Revenge and maybe even Touch and a few others made it great...
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It's about time Jimmy got promoted to series regular. :)
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I'm looking forward to seeing Ray Romano on Parenthood. Actually, as much as I like Jason Ritter's character (and the actor himself), I do find him a tad young for Sarah. I mean, she has been through a lot and is more experienced. I do like them as a couple, but I just don't see them as a long-term couple.
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Ray Romano on Parenthood? Nooooooooooooooooooo :((



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That was my reaction too!
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My reaction as well.
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No problem for me, after seeing Ray in Men of a Certain Age, I can't wait to see him in some more drama.
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It's difficult to say which will win; my love for Parenthood or my utter dislike of Ray Romano!
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Someone coming in the middle of Sarah and Mark already? Oh well...
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Does Dean Cain have to do EVERYthing that comes his way??
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I like Dean, but yeah...
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I know. Even Hallmark Channel movies. Although I sorta liked Operation Cupcake...



I'm gonna go get help now...



Seriously, why is he not a regular on a decent show? He's not the greatest actor, but he's fine enough, not exactly too old (still looks like Clark Kent), and has a good sense of humor. He could actually be a major character on a Disney channel show, to say the least, if they could actually produce one, but he seems perfect for a light show along those lines. Also surprised he never did Desperate Housewives for a Teri Hatcher reunion or something.
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Great I love Ray Romano and Parenthood=D
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"Parenthood"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is all. Seriously, people, this is a fantastic show and it does not to be as close to cancellation as it got this last year. "Men of a Certain Age" got axed, and "Friday Night Lights" is done. This is probably the single most realistic, every day, real life drama on TV right now, and it deserves a wider audience.
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The truly best written and acted show for the past three years is The Good Wife IMHO...
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It is a great show, and I watch and love it. But even that show has some of the "unique" circumstances which make it less of an "everyman" story the way those three shows I mentioned were.
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I never got the Sarah/Mark relationship, but I also never liked Ray Romano, so I don't care for either relationship



I'm in for Friends on Blu-ray.
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If Jeff Pinkman AND J.H. Wyman were leaving, then I'd definitely be totally freaking out. Seriously, I would lose my proverbial shit! So much so that I'd attempt to cross over to the other universe and risk all the horrible world-destroying quantum calamities just to see if the same outcome happened there. That, or I'd encase myself in Amber to end the pain and hope to be reanimated in a better time.



2036 has a nice ring to it.
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I don't now what That means
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I do...
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Try watching the best show on the planet, then you would understand.
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Yeah, it's right up there with The Good Wife but the The Good Wife isn't going anywhere any time soon. Yeah Fringe...
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