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Posted Tuesday 9/25/18 at 1:05PM EDT
This Is Us stars are set to earn $250,000 per episode after renegotiating their contracts for massive pay raises
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley will all see their salaries bumped up to $250,000 per episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The five central cast members started out earning separate pay checks, with Ventimiglia taking home $115,000 per episode, nearly triple Metz's $40,000 per episode. It's unclear if the show's other stars, including Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Sullivan, earned raises.
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 3:13PM EDT
See the Milo Ventimiglia and Chrissy Metz's auditions from tonight's This Is Us special
Source: Entertainment Weekly
NBC is celebrating its hit series tonight with the one-hour special The Paley Center Salutes This Is Us.
Posted Saturday 7/28/18 at 12:28AM EDT
This Is Us is proof that TV is terrible at portraying overweight people
Comedian Guy Branum, host of truTV's Talk Show the Game Show, tackles the problematic portrayal of overweight people on TV and in pop-culture in his new memoir, My Life As a Goddess: A Memoir Through (Un)Popular Culture. As he points out, Chrissy Metz's character Kate can't be seen as content with her life unless she's losing weight. "Kate, the fat sister on NBC’s This Is Us, is a fictionalized version of a Biggest Loser competitor," Branum writes. "She has no qualities. She’s thirty-seven years old and is wholly devoid of skills or passions other than kind of liking singing. While one of her brothers earned a graduate degree and the other bounced between acting jobs, Kate did nothing of note or merit. We can assume her time was spent romancing wheels of Camembert and being too scared to talk to a boy because she knows she’s too fat to be loved. Have any of these people met a fat girl? A real Kate, in the real world, would be awesome. She’d have tons of gay friends and go to drag bingo a lot. She’d have learned to be fearless with fashion, because people are going to judge her anyway. She’d have a joke to make when she’s too sweaty. She’d have broken a chair before, and she’d know what to do when it happens the second time. Chrissy Metz gives great soul to the character, but as she’s written, Kate is a cul-de-sac of a human being who has tasted nothing of the world except cheesy fries. That ain’t any of the fat bitches I know. The reason the writers of This Is Us cannot imagine Kate doing anything valuable is because her existence as a fat person means she is doing things that are unvaluable. If Kate is fat, she cannot have been journeying toward unfatness with all of her power ... Happiness and success are there for Kate, but only in her future, only as part of her narrative of losing fat, and only if she doesn’t fail. And we need fat people to fail. We need them to be so dumb and lacking in willpower that said salvation is never actually achieved. We need to know that their immorality is inherent so we can believe our own thin morality is inherent." (Disclosure: Guy Branum and I worked on our college newspaper at the same time when the Secret Service visited him, but we barely knew each other then and don't know each other now.)
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 4:24PM EDT
This Is Us' Beth will make it to the end of next season
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Susan Kelechi Watson says she's been assured that her character won't be killed off in Season 3. ALSO: Chrissy Metz has stopped taking photos with fans because "I've had to learn how to draw really healthy boundaries."
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
This Is Us' Chrissy Metz was once a talent agent who represented Ariana Grande
Metz told Jimmy Fallon about her talent agency past, saying she "represented Ariana Grande, Dove Cameron. Yeah, I was on the team that represented both of those incredible ladies."
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Chrissy Metz says "I'm dating myself currently" after breaking up with her TV cameraman boyfriend
Source: Us Weekly
The This Is Us star told Wendy Williams her ex-boyfriend "moved onto another show" before their breakup.
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Chrissy Metz recalls auditioning for American Idol
The This Is Us star says her 2007 audition was a "really great experience" despite her not making it past the first stage. “I’m glad that I showed up for myself and sat in a stadium for eight hours," she says. "I was like, ‘I’m committed. I’m gonna see it through.'"
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 5:38PM EDT
This Is Us star Chrissy Metz's memoir recalls childhood abuse at the hands of her stepfather
In This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today, Metz reveals how her stepfather physically beat her and forced her to do humiliating weigh-ins. “My body seemed to offend him, but he couldn’t help but stare, especially when I was eating," she writes. "He joked about putting a lock on the refrigerator. We had lived with a lack of food for so long that when it was there, I felt like I had to eat it before it disappeared. Food was my only happiness.”
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 5:20AM EDT
This Is Us isn’t a particularly good television show, but it’s an excellent pressure release valve
Todd VanDerWerff wonders why the NBC drama turns off some TV critics, while its massive audience keeps tuning in. He has come to the conclusion that This Is Us is "one of the most necessary shows in America right now," especially in allowing viewers to release their emotions and cry. "There’s a subset of Americans who overvalue our stoicism, who see it as projecting a kind of calm, steady strength to those around us, and to the rest of the world when all of that stoicism combines into a national aggregate," he says. "But This Is Us is about the dangers of not feeling your feelings, about what happens when you bottle everything up and repress it. What’s more, it wants to give its audience a safe space every week to feel those emotions, to process their own grief and sorrow and even joy. All of the things I don’t like about it aren’t flaws. They’re the whole point."
- The Season 2 finale confirmed This Is Us is no longer comfort food
- Season 2 wasn't great, but the season finale was a "much stronger conclusion than the season seemed capable of even a few weeks ago"
- Go inside Mandy Moore's trailer as she's transformed into Older Rebecca
- Chrissy Metz reveals what intimate scene was cut from the finale
- Ranking This Is Us' seven best plot twists
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
Is Sterling K. Brown too good for This Is Us?
Source: New York Post
The two-time Emmy-winning actor, who's coming off the high of hosting Saturday Night Live, has insisted he isn't going anywhere. "I’ll ride it ’til the wheels fall off,” he said last year. But as Robert Rorke notes, "the magnetic actor is unstoppable" -- he could be the next George Clooney, who left the hit series ER for movie stardom. "As everyone has figured out by now, the big-hearted Brown is the best thing about This Is Us," says Rorke, "but he’s also better than the show, which has allowed itself to devolve from sensitive family drama into a soap opera about a ghost." He adds: "Brown’s ascension comes at a time when Hollywood is hurting for the kind of eloquent leading man who can become the next Denzel Washington or the next Gary Oldman, to name two of this year’s Oscar nominees and one eventual winner. It’s time for Brown to join their ranks."
- This Is Us producers call seeing Milo Ventimiglia don old-age makeup “one of the most visceral punches” they've experienced on the show
- To become Old Jack, Ventimiglia sent the makeup people photos of his father from different angles
- This Is Us co-showrunner Elizabeth Burger offers some insight on the Season 2 finale
- Creator Dan Fogelman says Season 3 is “a big Vietnam season for us. We’re doing some cool stuff"
- Chrissy Metz on the season finale: "It was really layered, and it was really wonderful and a lot of fun to have all of us together"
- Has This Is Us become too reliant on endless cliffhangers and mini-mysteries?
- This Is Us needed that clunky Season 2 ending
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 12:21AM EST
Here are 13 women who could’ve hosted the Golden Globes instead of Seth Meyers
Source: Fast Company
In response to Forbes praising Meyers as “a feminist host" for the Globes, Fast Company offers a rebuttal, arguing that top female stars like Kristen Bell, Ellen DeGeneres, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones could’ve easily hosted next year’s Globes.
# TOPICS: Amber Ruffin, Andrea Martin, Chrissy Metz, Debra Messing, Ellen DeGeneres, Jenny Hagel, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Bell, Leslie Jones, Mandy Moore, Megan Mullally, Meghan Markle, Mindy Kaling, Seth Meyers, Golden Globe Awards, Lists, Women and TV
Posted Monday 10/02/17 at 8:13PM EDT
Chrissy Metz thought she was being Punk’d when Oprah invited her to lunch
Source: E! Online
"She called me, and I literally thought I was being Punk'd," she tells Seth Meyers, referencing Ashton Kutcher’s MTV prank show. "I know Punk'd is not on anymore, but I was like, ‘Is this Ashton?'"
Posted Wednesday 9/27/17 at 11:39PM EDT
How have fat female characters evolved on TV?
Even with Chrissy Metz’s groundbreaking This Is Us role, overweight female characters continue to be defined by their weight.
Posted Wednesday 9/13/17 at 10:02PM EDT
Chrissy Metz beat out a “Hollywood overweight person” to land her This Is Us role
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter went behind the scenes of the NBC hit, finding that Metz and the actress she was up against “represented different ideas of what passes for heavy on television — and dramatically different directions for the show.” "The other actress was a sort of 'Hollywood overweight person,'" says NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, "struggling with losing, maybe, 20 pounds." But Salke decided that Metz could bring authenticity to the role. Before This Is Us, Metz was a struggling actress, whose biggest credit was “the fat lady" on American Horror Story: Freak Show. So Metz was desperate to play Kate: ”Here was this woman who was actually dealing with weight. Not like, 'Oh my God, I gained a pound,'" she says. "She was a real woman who was really struggling, and all I could think was, 'Oh my God, I'm Kate.’” PLUS: This Is Us creator initially found Milo Ventimiglia too good-looking for the part, the show benefits from its diverse writers’ room, and Mandy Moore says “Milo is No. 1 on the call sheet — he isn’t going anywhere.”
Posted Tuesday 8/22/17 at 9:14PM EDT
TV salaries revealed: Robert De Niro will make $774,000 per episode
De Niro leads all drama actors, at least per episode, for his upcoming Amazon series, which has yet to have a title. On the comedy side, The Big Bang Theory stars are on top, earning $900,000 per episode. On the low end, Donald Glover makes $75,000 per episode for Atlanta and Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley each make $40,000 per episode of This Is Us.
# TOPICS: Amazon, CBS, FX, Netflix, Atlanta, The Big Bang Theory, This is Us, Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, Chrissy Metz, Dave Chappelle, Donald Glover, Justin Hartley, Robert De Niro, Diversity, TV Salaries, Women and TV