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Parenthood - Season 6 - Jason Katims Interview & BTS Photos

Fans' enthusiasm about the show's last-minute pick-up was dampened by the news that it would return for just one final season of 13 episodes. Katims, on the other hand, is optimistic. "I'm very happy to know that it's the final season because we can give it an ending and hopefully do these episodes in a way that will give the show the ending it deserves," he says. "In every other season, you're trying to balance out the catharsis with cliff-hangers. The final season, you don't really need a cliff hanger, you need catharsis."

Katims is also hopeful about bringing back some of the show's many beloved recurring characters, such as Haddie (Sarah Ramos), the latter who made a memorable return in the Season 5 finale. "We're hoping she'll be able to come back for the first episode of the season, and we're hoping some time later in the season she'll come back," he says.

Katims is tight-lipped about just what will bring the entire family together early in the season, but says it will reflect a "changing of the guard" within the Braverman family hierarchy. "One of the things that I feel this show is about is about the generations in a family," Katims says. "We want to do a story that shows what winds up happening in life when our four adult siblings get to a certain point where they're getting to be middle-aged and they're getting to that point where the tables are starting to turn a little bit. We hinted at it in the last episode of last season of Adam sort of becoming the patriarch of the family."

But with just 13 episodes to go, is Katims worried about giving proper closure to every member of the 15—person ensemble? "A little bit," he says. "You want to give everybody a huge, huge story line but generally speaking, it doesn't really work that way. So that's why we do have one central story line that runs through this season that will affect, I think, everybody in the show, certainly every adult character in the show. I think that that will give us the ability to have good arcs for every character. ... We really have spent a lot of time thinking about every character this year and wanting to get to some place by the end, which does give each character closure as opposed to the entire show."

Parenthood's final season kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 10/9c on NBC.

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