Be thankful it’s 2013 and not 1993 and we live in a world of DVRs and TiVos because we have two must-see episodes scheduled to air at the same time on different networks this Tuesday. ABC’s “Private Practice” prepares to air its series finale and NBC’s “Parenthood” is showing its season 4 finale on Jan. 22, 2013.
We’re even in store for a little finale intermingling, as “Parenthood’s” Sarah Ramos (Haddie Braverman) guest stars as one of Violet’s patients in “Private Practice’s” series finale. P.S. Amy Brenneman shared in an interview with TV|Line that the interaction between Brenneman's Violet and this patient is "Shonda [Rhimes] saying goodbye to the audience."
Between the two series there have been plenty of tears and laughter over the course of their sixth and fourth seasons, so we should certainly expect nothing short of that in their respective finales. Let’s take a look at where we’ve been and what’s to come this Tuesday.
Throughout the course of “Private Practice’s” sixth and final season, the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, has worked to round out each character’s story, leaving few to no stones unturned. Surely we’ll be missing our weekly fix of the “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off, but at least it can be said they haven’t stayed too long at the party.
Addison - Despite previews that indicated Addison was getting cold feet on her wedding day, don't despair, the doc who inspired the aforementioned spin-off will get her happily ever after. She's cleared the finale adoption hurdle, officially becoming Henry's mom, and she and Jake will share their "I do's." Audra McDonald will reprise her role as Naomi in the series finale.
Cooper and Charlotte – For someone who did not want to be a mama, watching her, first, step in with Mason after Erica’s death, and then after each of the triplets (Georgia, Caroline, and Rachel) was born…It was sweet, touching, and verging on magical. Kadee Strickland has done some ridiculous, award-worthy acting in this series.
Violet - A character that has certainly had a dramatic run on the series, most recently becoming a widow and coming to some personal realizations (true or false, though they might be), and being okay with just "being Violet." That new book she's decided to write? Brenneman revealed it will be called Private Practice. Fitting, I think.
Amelia - Season 5 was not kind to Amelia, with the dual devastating losses of her baby and fiancee. But this was one storyline in particular that Rhimes pushed forward beautifully, seeing Amelia into a new, pivotal, life-changing relationship, and most recently admitting that, yes, she wants to have babies, "lots of babies."
Sheldon - This there-for-everyone doctor really came into his own in this final season. Though he's everyone's go-to guy, he had major things of his own going on with a cancer diagnosis, but through that he was able to reach out to another in a completely different way from his norm. In many ways I'm glad we won't have to watch the end for Miranda and Sheldon (at least I hope we don't!)
Tune in for "Private Practice's" series finale, In Which We Say Goodbye on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 at 10 p.m./9 c.
We won't zip through an entire Braverman Breakdown here, but let's snapshot what season 4 has been for this wonderfully relatable TV family.
We've gone through the devastating revelation of Kristina's cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment (while still managing to be a candidate for mom of the year, by the way); Julia and Joel have faced serious struggles in adapting to the changes of adding an older child to their family; Sarah is once again in the middle of a love triangle and needs to make some choices in the upcoming finale; Crosby and Jasmine have taken us into the first year of marriage - most recently adding a live-in mother-in-law to the mix; Amber found herself needing to make choices different than those that her mother made in relationships; and Drew found himself in the middle of a teenage pregnancy storyline that was so well done in giving viewers a look at both the male and female perspectives, I get goosebumps just thinking about it.
As for what we can expect in the "Parenthood" season finale, we anticipate Sarah finally choosing between Mark and Hank, the Bravermans prepare to officially add one more to the family, Kristina takes the next step in her medical journey, Amber and Ryan will be making some decisions about their relationship, and after such a difficult run, Drew has some big news to share with his family in the finale (video).
There's no official word about whether or not "Parenthood" will be renewed for a fifth season, but the buzz around the web is that it's nearly a "sure thing." Of course fans of the series know that this is a show constantly (if completely inexplicably) on the bubble, so we'll have to wait and see.
Tune in for "Parenthood's" season 4 finale on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 at 10 p.m./9 c.