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.