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Katims — who previously tackled the subject of abortion on “Friday Night Lights” — says his team “discussed every possibility” but never seriously considered having the teen keep her baby.
“This episode, obviously endorsed by Planned Parenthood itself, was more like a giant advertisement for the abortion provider than it was an entertainment show,” the human rights group Live Action wrote in a blog post.
But NBC appears to be standing by its show.
Last week, programming chief Bob Greenblatt said there is a “strong possibility” the drama will be back for a fifth season.
Until recently, PARENTHOOD — which draws about 5 million viewers each week — had been on unstable footing, with fans and producers unclear at the end of each season if the show would return.
Buzz began to build in late 2012 when one of the show’s main characters, played by Monica Potter, revealed she was fighting breast cancer.
“It kind of raised the stakes in a way,” Katims says. “The show itself has continued to creatively grow and deepen.
“I feel like what we are trying to do overall is find a balance between the more difficult stories and the ones that are lighter. That, I think, is the charm of the show.”
On Saturday, NBC announced Katims will also produce a pilot for “About A Boy,” a half hour comedy based on the Nick Hornsby novel and the 2002 Hugh Grant movie.
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