Earlier this week, I spent my morning on the set of the TV show Parenthood.
Here’s the quick back story of how it all happened:
During season 4 of Parenthood, Kristina was diagnosed with breast cancer. I wrote a few blog posts about how I felt the show dealt with the storyline. Fast forward to a few weeks ago when a blogging friend tells me she met Parenthood’s Executive Producer, Jason Katims, at the recent Dad 2.0 conference. She casually drops a bomb and tells me she mentioned my blog to him during their meet and greet.
YES! HOLY SHIT!! I was ecstatic. The mere thought that the incredible Jason Katims could possibly know about my little space on the internet is just too much for me to handle. Of course, I took this news to Facebook and what came out of it was a day spent watching Peter Krause, Dax Sheppard and Craig T. Nelson film scenes from Parenthood’s season 5 finale episode.
A family friend, who knows all the right people, generously offered to set up a visit to the Parenthood set at Universal Studios. We drove to the very back of the lot, passing stage after stage with huge billboards for Parks and Recreation, Community, and PARENTHOOD!
We were taken through the doors of stage 44 where Bonnie Bedelia and Ericka Christensen were filming a scene that takes place in the Braverman home. You know the one Camille and Zeek are considering selling? Yeah, that one. The set was massive. Almost the size of a real house but without a roof and stairs that lead to no where. We passed a stack of mattresses – and I wondered what those were for – as we climbed the stairs to meet Executive Producer Lawrence Trilling (Alias, Felicity). We’ll revisit the mattresses after the finale airs – no spoilers!
We sat in producer chairs and watched as cameras rolled. “Ericka, Ericka, Ericka” one guy whispered into a mic to cue the actor to enter the shot. The script supervisor watched and listened closely to the scene. They took several takes and once they were done, we got to meet Ericka Christensen who plays Julia. She was lovely and I looked closely for a wedding ring which might give me some clue on what to expect from the Joel and Julia storyline. No spoilers!
We then got to tour several of the other Parenthood sets, including Adam and Kristina’s home, Jasmine and Crosby’s house, Amber’s apartment, Sarah’s apartment, Drew’s dorm room and community bathroom, and the Luncheonette! The crew was breaking down one of the sets which was a huge spoiler that I won’t share here because no spoilers!
We finished touring the sets and headed back to stage 44 to watch another scene. I just had so much fun watching from behind the scenes of how this show comes together.
While lighting was adjusted for the next scene, Larry turned and asked what I like most about Parenthood. I fumbled around for an answer but told him it was the storytelling above all that keeps me invested. The show is so spot on. If you aren’t watching Parenthood, I suggest you download it and start binge watching it now.
Want to see more photos from the Parenthood set? Check out the photo album on my Facebook page!