Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Spotlight: The Kids on Parenthood
Katims and his writing crew manage to juggle a bevy of characters with such grace and finesse. The first season had a problem of balancing everyone out -- those initial episodes were uneven and unfocused. Once season two began, the crew had figured it out. They found that magical solution that makes the show flow effortlessly.
Now, I can fill this whole post with words about how wonderful these actors are. But I'll hold back because I must single out the kids.
When the kids aren't onscreen, Parenthood is a very good show. But when they are on, it reaches a whole new level of greatness. Tears are shed. Hearts are breaking. The writers are very adept at utilizing these kid actors. These youngsters can handle some weighty, difficult material just as well as their adult counterparts.
Joel and Julia have a 5 year old daughter named Sydney (Savannah Paige Rae), while Jasmine and Crosby have a young son named Jabbar (Tyree Brown). Needless to say, these youngsters do not have nearly as much screen time as the rest of the clan, but they are distinctive enough to make a presence.
As of this writing, Parenthood has not yet been renewed for a third season, but the chances are pretty good. It's not a runaway hit in the ratings, but NBC needs a critical darling that could possibly lead the charge during awards season.
So seek out Parenthood. You may be drawn to the big names of the show, but you'll be pleasantly surprised when the younger stars are the ones who steal your heart.