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'Friday Night Lights' Alum Matt Lauria Returning to 'Parenthood'

Date July 11, 2013

By Jethro Nededog

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Amber (Mae Whitman) and Ryan's (Matt Lauria) on-and-off romance is leaning toward on.

Individuals close to NBC's "Parenthood" told TheWrap that the "Friday Night Lights" alum has closed his deal for a Season 5 return.

Booked for a long story arc that will last roughly half of NBC's 22-episode order for the drama's fifth season, Lauria will reprise his role as the soldier dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder reentering civilian life.

During "Parenthood's" PaleyFest session in March, series creator Jason Katims said he hoped that they could bring Lauria back, but that scheduling was a potential problem.

"I absolutely loved the dynamic between and I would love to continue that storyline," he said. " Matt may or may not be available next year, so we'll have to see what happens."

Perennially "on the bubble," NBC renewed "Parenthood" for its biggest episode order since Season 2 in April.

TVLine first reported Lauria's return.

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