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'Parenthood' Casts Josh Stamberg As Sarah's Neighbor For Season 5

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Jason Ritter may no longer be a part of "Parenthood" -- for now -- but it looks like there's a new man in Sarah Braverman's (Lauren Graham) causing trouble for her and Hank Rizzoli (Ray Romano), who's back in the mix.

"Drop Dead Diva" alum Josh Stamberg has booked a recurring role on the NBC series, The Wrap reports. He will reportedly play Carl, who's described as "a charming and fun new addition in Sarah's building," in at least five episodes of "Parenthood" Season 5.

Romano closed a deal in June to return to the NBC drama for 12-15 episodes of Season 5 as Sarah's boss-turned-boyfriend Hank Rizzoli, Deadline reported.

In addition to Romano, "Parenthood" Season 5 will see the return of "Friday Night Lights" alum Matt Lauria as Ryan York, a soldier dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder who's currently romantically involved with Sarah's daughter Amber (Mae Whitman). He will likely appear in half of the season's episodes, according to TVLine.

Stamberg isn't the only newbie shaking things up for the Braverman clan. Julia (Erika Chirstensen) also has some competition: "Lost" alum Sonya Walger has her eye on Joel (Sam Jaeger) in Season 5. Walger has joined the NBC series as Meredith, a "sexy, confident fireball of an architect" working with Joel, TVLine reported. In the season premiere, Joel invites Meredith over for dinner, where she makes Julia -- who recently quit her job as a lawyer to be a stay-at-home-mom -- feel inferior and a little threatened.

For more on Stamberg's "Parenthood" role, click over to The Wrap.

"Parenthood" returns for Season 5 on Thursday, September 26 at 10 p.m. ET.

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