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Exclusive: Parenthood Recruits from Friday Night Lights Again, Casts Matt Lauria as [Spoiler]

Clear eyes, full hearts, Parenthood simply can’t lose when casting Friday Night Lights alumni.

Former FNL boss and current Parenthood showrunner Jason Katims has recruited Dillon grad Matt Lauria to join the NBC drama in a major recurring role for Season 4, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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Lauria, whose post-FNL roles have included Fox’s cop drama Chicago Code and an arc on CSI, will play a returning soldier from Afghanistan who bonds with fellow war vet Zeek (Craig T. Nelson). Coincidentally, Lauria’s FNL character, Luke, enlisted in the army in the show’s series finale.

This brings to six the number of FNL actors Katims has brought on to Parenthood. In addition to Lauria, Minka Kelly, Michael B. Jordan, Derek Phillips, Angela Rawna and Jeff Rosick have also appeared on the show.

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Parenthood kicks off its fourth season on Sept. 11.

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