Pilot Scoop: Parenthood's Jason Ritter to Star in Fox Comedy Friends & Family

Ritter_ParenthoodForget the Bravermans: Parenthood‘s Jason Ritter is becoming part of Fox’s Friends & Family.

The actor has signed on to star in the network’s American adaptation of the British comedy Gavin & Stacey, TVLine has learned.

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Ritter will play Gavin, a neurotic and smart good guy who’s excited about his first real date with Stacey, a co-worker from rural Pennsylvania he’s become friends with through Skype and Facebook.

The single-camera project is written by David Rosen (I Just Want My Pants Back), with Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, Henry Normal and Gavin & Stacey creators James Corden and Ruth Jones also serving as EPs.

In addition to playing Mark, jilted fiancé to Parenthood‘s Sarah, Ritter has had roles on The EventThe Class and Joan of Arcadia.

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  1. Elyse says:

    uh oh… no more Mark on Parenthood?!

  2. Anthony says:

    Please don’t screw this up FOX, Gavin and Stacey is my favorite sitcom ever. gotten off on the right foot w/ Jason Ritter as Gav but the key will be the rest of the cast like Nessa, Smithy, Stacey & Uncle Bryn

  3. Josh Emerson says:

    Hm. He should be a good fit for Gavin. I have no clue how they will cast American versions of some others, especially Nessa. Hopefully an unknown.

  4. Spencer says:

    I really love Jason Ritter. Good for him.

  5. jimbo says:

    Hopefully we’ll see more of Hank then. I never cared for the Mark, they didn’t really have any chemistry.

    • robinepowell says:

      Hank moved to, Minesota?, to be with his daughter. So Sarah’s single again.

      Btw, I thought Jason Ritter was supposed to be in another show that came from Parenthood’s Jason Katims? What happened to that?

      • jimbo says:

        He asked her if she would move with him to his new place. And her smile kinda said yes, I thought. Who knows, but I don’t think Hank is completely out of the picture just yet.

      • Dizzle says:

        That was a medical drama called “County” I believe, and the pilot was produced this time last year. NBC passed on it.

  6. Tran says:

    NBC better renew Parenthood for a fifth season soon whether or not his new TV stint gets picked up as a series for Fox.

  7. Denise says:

    Mark was too good for Sarah. No one in Parenthood ever showed him the love.