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The Parenthood Finale Surprises Fans With A Friday Night Lights Cameo!

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After six seasons, the Bravermans said goodbye on Thursday night.

Like the rest of the series, the Parenthood finale was full of laughs and tears.

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But the biggest surprise — especially fans of creator Jason Katims' previous show Friday Night Lights — was a special cameo that had fans wearing out their DVR pause buttons!


The series ended with a time jump to show what became of the family, and Mae Whitman, AKA Amber's flashforward had a surprise guest!

It turns out that Amber ended up married to a new man. We never got to meet him, but we're sure she's happy — because it was Scott Porter!

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The Friday Night Lights star came on just for a moment, but his presence was crucial; it was the only way the audience would be happy for her! Katims said:

"We had this idea for all these flashforwards in the finale and one idea we had was Amber meeting somebody else. It was a tough role to cast because I didn't just want it to be like, ‘Oh we're casting an actor who we really didn't know for such an important moment.' But on the other hand, it was literally just a moment on screen with no lines so we couldn't really go out to just anybody to do it. It occurred to me the idea of going to somebody that I knew and had a relationship with. And then I thought of Scott and to me, it was a favor that I was asking him to do this because it was obviously not a tremendous amount of stuff he got to do. I reached out to him and he without hesitation said he would love to do it. I knew that he was also a Parenthood fan and so that was meaningful to me that he wasn't just walking onto a show that he had no connection to himself. I knew that he really liked the show and that meant a lot and it was great. He came on, he did it. He was fantastic."

Obviously this is not Jason Street, as he ended up with his own family. But according to Scott Porter, Mae was such a FNL fan, that marrying him was a perfect end for her:

"She told me she actually was pitching it. She was like, "We're going to have Amber end up with someone that's not Ryan?! Go get Street or Riggins or somebody!" And they went out and they did it for her. I believe that it was Mae's call!"

Ha! If only life worked like that!

We would have had Street AND Riggins summoned a long time ago! LOLz!

What did U think of the Parenthood finale?

[Image via NBC.]

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