parenthood ray romano lauren graham 'Parenthood' Season 5: Ray Romano will return as HankEmmy winner Ray Romano will return to “Parenthood” next season as Hank Rizzoli, the on-and-off love interest of Sarah Holt (Lauren Graham).

Deadline reports Romano has closed a deal to come back to the NBC drama for 12-15 episodes, similar to the 14-episode stint he did in Season 4.

However, NBC picked up a full 22 episodes of “Parenthood” for Season 5, up from 15 in Season 4 — so Romano’s presence may not feel quite as permanent.

Another of Graham’s love interests, Jason Ritter who played Mark, has moved on to the cast of FOX’s midseason comedy “Us & Them.”