For the few moments we weren’t crying during the ‘Parenthood’ series finale, we were acknowledging the moving last five minutes. The best part was that ‘Friday Night Lights’ surprise, and the creator and star are both explaining how it went down.
Attention: if you missed the series finale of Parenthood, do not keep readers. Spoilers ahead!
‘Parenthood’ Features ‘Friday Night Lights’
In the last five minutes, we got to fast forward and see what the future held for the Braverman family. Our favorite part was the brief moment when we saw that Amber (Mae Whitman) did not end up with Ryan (Matt Lauria), but instead with a different boyfriend . . . played by Friday Night Light‘s Scott Porter! Ryan came over to drop off Jr. and the men shook hands, perfectly.
In case you didn’t know, both Matt and Scott both starred on Friday Night Lights, and Parenthood creator Jason Katims was also a part of the show. So, how’d he get Scott to have a cameo?
“We reached out to Scott, and we wanted a special actor to do it, but it was tricky getting a special actor when somebody’s coming in to do a scene with no lines,” Jason told our sister site, TVLine.com. “But I knew Scott, and we obviously had the connection from Friday Night Lights, and I happened to know that he was a fan of Parenthood. We wanted someone who could come in and, right away, feel like they were part of the family, because we didn’t have time for that relationship to grow. And he came in to do it, and it was magic.”
Yes, it was magic.
It Was All Mae’s Idea
Mae has been open for years about how she’s a huge fan of FNL, and apparently she met Scott years ago on Twitter and began forming a friendship. From that, she actually pitched the idea for the show.
“She told me she actually was pitching it,” Scott told The Hollywood Reporter. “She was like, ‘We’re going to have Amber end up with someone that’s not Ryan?! Go get Street or Riggins or somebody!’ And they went out and they did it for her. I believe that it was Mae’s call! She wanted to make sure that fans of the show were taken care of and that Amber wouldn’t wind up with somebody they weren’t familiar with at all.”
Well, it worked for us, that’s for sure. Did you love it, HollywoodLifers or do you wish Amber ended up with Ryan?
— Emily Longeretta