Joy Bryant on her Hand in ‘Parenthood’s’ N-Word Episode

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Actress Joy Bryant speaks onstage during the “Parenthood” panel discussion at the NBC portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour – Day 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 27, 2013 in Beverly Hills

*“Parenthood” fans breathed a sigh of relief in April when NBC announced it would return for its 5th season – and cast members were exhaling right along with the viewers.

Although embraced by critics, the show’s less-than-ideal viewership has the Jason Katims series always teetering on the edge of cancellation at the end of each season. The show wrapped its fourth in January as if it were its last – with Sarah (Lauren Graham) choosing Hank (Ray Romano) over Mark (Jason Ritter), Kristina (Monica Potter) learning she is cancer free, Ryan (Matt Lauria) and Amber (Mae Whitman) back on again, and Joy Bryant’s character Jasmine expecting a baby with her husband Crosby (Dax Shepard).

In a season 5 teaser shown to critics last week, time jumps ahead seven or eight months, and Jasmine’s baby is not only born, but wreaking havoc in the middle of the night – causing what appears to be friction in the marriage.

(Back row: L-R) Actors Max Burkholder, Sam Jaeger, Erika Christensen, Dax Shepard, Joy Bryant, Mae Whitman (Front row: L-R) and Executive Producer Jason Katims, and actors Monica Potter, Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, and Craig T. Nelson speak onstage during the “Parenthood” panel discussion at the NBC portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour – Day 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 27, 2013 in Beverly Hills

Having shot just two episodes when we spoke to Bryant after “Parenthood’s” July 27 TCA panel, the actress had no idea what her character’s arc would be this season. But she presumed Jasmine’s main struggle will be adjusting to the differences between raising the new baby with Crosby, and her experience raising their first son, Jabbar (Tyree Brown), as a single parent early on.

“The first time, I pretty much did it on my own with my mother’s help. So when [Crosby] came into Jabbar’s life, Jabbar was like four or five years old,” Bryant tells EURweb. “Now, we’re doing this from scratch, both of us. I’m sure we’ll see what kind of tensions, and what happens to our relationship because of having this new baby.

“I don’t have my own, but I have friends who do, and I know that a baby brings a whole other host of complexities into a relationship. So …read more    

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