Since 2010 NBC's show, "Parenthood" has taken us inside the TV lives of the Braverman family. And while ratings haven't been stellar, critics love the show. Fans are fiercely loyal. And the audience is growing.
A few weeks ago, some of the Braverman's welcomed 13News Anchor Eric Wilson into their on-set home to talk about the family they play on TV, the real families they have outside of work, and the sense of family between their cast members.
"It feels like a real relationship," Peter Krause says. "Daxx Shepherd once said, 'Sometimes I watch you guys and I wish that you were like really married.'"
That's how Peter Krause describes working with his TV wife, Monica Potter. They've been "fake" married for 5 seasons. Pete plays Adam Braverman. Monica's character is Kristina.
Monica says, "We're all talking about how it feels like it's brand new again. It's different this year."
It's different for many reasons. Kristina survived cancer. Now she's running for mayor. But it's also different in Monica's personal life, with her husband and 3 kids.
"I made a promise this year going into this season, like, it's got to be about my kids, my house, and my work. And that's about it. I think as you get older you realize you can't do everything for everyone," Monica says.
Peter's got one son who he spends as much time with as possible. He remembers the first time his son realized what Pete's job was.
"He says, 'So, dad, you're a famous actor.' And I said, 'Well, I'm an actor and there's some fame involved in it.' He was putting 2 and 2 together. I think he was probably in 1st or 2nd grade," Pete recalls.
Pete and Monica's TV son, Max Burkholder's practically grown up on the show. He's 16 now., but was 12 when "Parenthood" started. His character., also named Max, was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a disorder along the autism spectrum.
"Before the show I didn't really know what autism was, really," Max says. "I just knew there was a kid a couple of years ahead of me in school who had it."
Max says he gets complements from parents about his accuracy. A medical expert is involved in making the character as real as possible. Max has worked on the big screen too, in movies like "Daddy Daycare", and "The Purge". He compares a movie set, to being part of a TV show.
"They're both fun. Television is fun because you can work with a group of people for a long time and get to know people," Max says.
His TV dad says that's what makes being a part of this family so special.
"Life on the set is always fun," Pete says. "It's a great group of people and it's like a big family and that's like life imitating art."
There's more to Eric Wilson's visit to the "Parenthood" set that we can't tell you about. It's secret, just like his recent trip to "The Biggest Loser" ranch in California. Once the "Parenthood" episode airs in January, we'll share more with you. Until then, we're sworn to secrecy.
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