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OTRC: Ray Romano loves 'Parenthood' role - will show be renewed for season 5?

Ray Romano appears with Lauren Graham in an episode of NBC's 'Parenthood' that aired on Sept. 25, 2012. (Danny Feld / NBC)

Ray Romano, who rose to fame with the sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," loves his new recurring role on NBC's comedy series "Parenthood" and is open to the idea of reprising it in the future, if they'll have him.

The 55-year-old actor made his debut on the current fourth season of "Parenthood," playing a photographer named Hank Rizzoli, who is a love interest of actress Lauren Graham's character.

He told the Associated Press on Tuesday, January 9, that he recently filmed his final episode and that he would "be happy" to reprise his role on a fifth season, adding: "As long as they have a good idea for my character.'

"Parenthood" also stars Craig T. Nelson, Dax Shepard, Erika Christensen, Monica Potter and Peter Krause. NBC has not revealed whether or not the show has been renewed. The show's January 1 episode earned a 1.8 rating among people between ages 18 and 49, was watched by about 5.37 million people and won its 10 p.m. time slot. The season 4 finale is set to air on January 22.

On Sunday, at NBC Television Critics Association press day, the network's president of entertainment, Jennifer Salke, told reporters, "We haven't determined [the sitcom's] future, but I'd be crazy to tell you that we didn't feel incredibly excited about where the show is creatively and the way the current storylines are kind of capturing a bigger audience. So we feel really good about it," according to Zap2It.

Romano won an Emmy and for his leading role as family patriarch Ray Barone on CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond," which aired between 1996 and 2005. In 2009, he returned to television full time to play Joe, a divorced father of two who has a gambling problem, on the TNT dramedy "Men of a Certain Age." The show lasted two seasons.

Romano said in May 2011 that he had a "big identity crisis" after "Everybody Loves Raymond" ended.

The actor has also had guest spots on the NBC comedy series "The Office" and provides the voice of Manny the woolly mammoth in the animated "Ice Age" films.

In 2011, he also appeared on two episodes of the ABC sitcom "The Middle," which stars Patricia Heaton, who played his wife on "Everybody Loves Raymond." The two also reunited, along with fellow show alums Doris Roberts and Brad Garrett, at Heaton's Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony in May of that year (Watch video).

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