According to TVLine’s Michael Ausiello, Matt Lauria has been cast in a recurring guest-star role in season 4 of Parenthood. Here’s an excerpt from the article, which gives some scoop on Lauria’s role:
Lauria, whose post-FNL roles have included Fox’s cop drama Chicago Code and an arc on CSI, will play a returning soldier from Afghanistan who bonds with fellow war vet Zeek (Craig T. Nelson).
Coincidentally, Lauria’s FNL character, Luke, enlisted in the army in the show’s series finale.
This brings to six the number of FNL actors Katims has brought on to Parenthood. In addition to Lauria, Minka Kelly, Michael B. Jordan, Derek Phillips, Angela Rawna and Jeff Rosick have also appeared on the show.
Parenthood kicks off its fourth season on Sept. 11.
My thoughts: This casting news sounds very interesting to me personally, because one of my biggest complaints that I used to have about Parenthood was that I felt like the writers often neglected to give Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia a decent amount of screentime and good material to work with on the show. I feel like the writers really did a good job of rectifying that last season and finally gave them the amount of screen time and material that they deserve. If this casting news is any indication, it sounds like the writers are going to continue to give them some good material to work with and a decent amount of screen time time in season 4.
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