Parenthood Gets a Fourth Season

PARENTHOOD -- "Forced Family Fun" Episode 307 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jason Ritter as Mark Cyr, Lauren Graham as Sarah Braverman, Erika Christensen as Julia Braverman-Graham, Mae Whitman as Amber Holt Photo: Trae Patton/NBC

In yet more NBC scheduling news, Parenthood has been renewed. Hallelujah! The fourth season will be only fifteen episodes, which is scanty — but season three was only eighteen, so it's not so off course for the habitually underwatched series. And the upside is that we will only have to mark out fifteen days for ritualistic Parenthood-induced sobbing.