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'Parenthood's' Dax Shepard Sets Second 'About a Boy' Cameo (Exclusive)
Fresh off directing About a Boy, Parenthood's Dax Shepard is returning for another visit.
The actor, who plays Crosby Braverman on NBC's Jason Katims drama, will return for his second cameo on About a Boy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Shepard will be back in the Jan. 13 episode, titled "About a Boy Becoming a Man," in which Crosby will resurface for another of Will's (David Walton) poker nights with Andy (Al Madrigal), TJ (Zach Cregger) and Richard (Keith Powell).
The Parenthood favorite guest-starred in a season one episode with the same premise, and Walton exchanged the favor when he popped in during a season-five episode of the family drama.
"I'm definitely open to him appearing in a bigger way," About a Boy and Parenthood showrunner Katims told THR of having Shepard return to NBC's second-year comedy in a greater capacity. "There are many factors involved, mainly Dax's schedule. I would definitely be open to it."
While About a Boy will hand over its Tuesdays time slot in March to freshman multicamera comedy One Big Happy, Katims is optimistic that the show has a future at NBC.
"NBC has been very positive about the show creatively," he said, pointing to About a Boy's strong DVR numbers. "I'm hopeful that they're going to continue to support the show. They've been behind the show all along. I've had moments with Friday Night Lights and Parenthood where I didn't know if we'd make it through certain moments and I feel like the network has a lot of faith in the show. The show continues to get stronger as we go."
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About a Boy airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on NBC. Here's the formal logline for Shepard's episode: When Will learns Andy scored an invite to music mogul Johnny Idalis' (Greg Germann) son's Bar Mitzvah, he sees an opportunity to get his music noticed and forces Andy to make him his plus one. With a push from Shea (Izabela Vidovic), Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) convinces Fiona (Minnie Driver) to let him stay home alone while she is on a date with Chris (Chris Diamantopoulos). During their night out alone, mischievous Shea takes Marcus party crashing while Andy and Will find themselves deep into a lie to impress Johnny.
Check out an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip with the cast and creators of Parenthood, breaking down how far every character — especially Crosby — has come, below.