“Parenthood” has seen its fair share of “Friday Night Lights” alumni make appearances on the show (both are executive produced by Jason Katims), but never have they played their characters from the beloved former NBC series. Until now.
NBC announced on Monday (Feb. 10) that “Parenthood” would be getting a four-part digital series, “Friday Night at the Luncheonette,” as a way of keeping viewers engaged in the series during the 2014 Winter Olympics hiatus. The series will follow Amber (Mae Whitman) as she watches after cousin Max (Max Burkholder) while working after hours at the studio.
During her adventures, “FNL” stars Jesse Plemons and Derek Phillips reprise their roles of Landry Clarke and Billy Riggins, respectively, showing up as the band Crucifictorious. (And presumably explaining how Billy came to be part of the band.) Phillips has appeared on “Parenthood” as a different character in the past, so continuity sticklers would be advised to look the other way.
“Friday Night at the Luncheonette” will debut on NBC.com, Hulu and YouTube on Thursday, Feb. 13.
“Parenthood” isn’t the only series getting a companion piece during this hiatus. The network has a few others in the works, which are:
- “I Am A Firefighter,” spun from “Chicago Fire,” focusing on Dawson (Monica Raymond) as she awaits the next phase in her firefighter training. (Bowing Tuesday, Feb. 11)
- “Love is in the Air,” spun from “Grimm,” following Rosalee (Bree Turner) and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) as the gather their girlfriends for a Valentine’s Day spa party, only to discover a Zieglevolk casting a love spell among the group. (Friday, Feb. 14)
- “The Hapley Group,” spun from “Parks and Recreation,” featuring everyone’s favorite newscaster Perd Hapley (Jay Jackson) and a handful of Pawnee crazies in a heated, political round-table discussion of the city’s hot topics. Crazy Ira (Matt Besser), The Douche (Nick Kroll), Joan Callamezzo (Mo Collins) and Mike Patterson (new cast member Seth Morris) join him. (Thursday, Feb. 20)
Which companion series are you looking forward to most?