I don’t know what it is about Jason Ritter, but I love him in everything he’s done, even Good Dick, Swimfan and “The Event,” which I watched much longer that I should’ve because of Ritter. He’s got his father’s kind temperament, and there’s something kind of genuine and achy about him. It makes him a perfect Jason Katims’ character, and I’m disappointed that their collaboration, the hospital drama, “County,” was not picked up for next season by NBC. I assume it’s because NBC doesn’t like fantastic, thoughtful shows that aren’t appreciated by large audiences.
The good news, however, is that it frees Ritter up to return to “Parenthood,” where we last saw him proposing to Lauren Graham’s Sarah. Ritter has stated, according to TVLine, that “As far as I understand, they want to keep me around, and we’ll do as many episodes with me as we can all do.” He will not, however, be elevated to series regular, which would put him under a contract that would prohibit him from leaving to do another show. That is both good and bad, according to Ritter: “Basically, when you’re a recurring character, other jobs can come along,” he shared. “But it’s tough when you’re a recurring character on ‘Parenthood,’ because nothing else looks as enticing… I do get the sense that they want to use me quite a bit next season, though.”
Ritter is currently in a pretty great movie, Bag of Hammers, that you may still be able to find in theaters. It’ll be out on DVD and iTunes on June 19th.
Oh, in case you missed it, here’s that fantastic “Parenthood” music video, which does a pretty great job of illustrating everything about the warmness of the show.