hot Apparently Tony Taccone, the artistic director of the Berkeley Rep, is somewhat of a hot commodity. Emphasis on the hot. The NBC show, “Parenthood,” seemingly set in Berkeley, will feature a character that is similar to Taccone.

Jack Kraft, the artistic director of the Berkeley Theater, will become the love interest of Sarah Braverman, Lauren Graham’s character. Kraft will reportedly be played by “Wings” actor Steven Weber. The couple is supposed to meet when Braverman submits a play to the Berkeley Theater.

Just another day in the life of Tony Taccone: You stage a hit play, a television show creates a handsome character resembling you … the usual.

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TV character patterned on Berkeley Rep’s artistic director [Berkeleyside]


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If you’ve been watching NBC’s new drama “Parenthood,” you probably already know that the show is set in Berkeley, and if you didn’t … you know now. What you might not have been aware of is that it’s gonna be back for a second season. Peter Krause fans, rejoice–he’s here to stay awhile.

Even if you’re not a fan of the show, bear in mind: the filming crew has to get footage of those quintessential Berkeley sights (the Campanile, Shattuck and Telegraph avenues, etc.) sometime, so maybe you’ll be in the frame when they do.

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“Parenthood”: NBC Orders Second Season of Berkeley-Set Drama [Mercury News]


Ron Howard’s “Parenthood,” the highly anticipated television adaptation of a 1989 Steve Martin film bearing the same name, aired last week to a slew of mixed reviews. The Clog tuned in for two reasons: first, we miss swapping our blood with formaldehyde every week during “Six Feet Under” and will take any Peter Krause we can get, and second, the series is set in our very own Berkeley.

We live in a city typically presented to television audiences in the form of a overwrought free speech diatribe spouting from a wizened, toothless old man who could easily double as hobo or distinguished professor of Anthropology. Would NBC choose to capitalize on this stereotype, or perhaps Berkeley’s newer image as the charmingly unapologetic read more »