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Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 7:20AM EST
This Is Us bosses explain the midseason finale twist
"That was always part of the plan, pretty much since we conceived of the character going to Vietnam and everything," says co-showrunner Isaac Aptaker. "Jack has always been a guy who’s had these secrets and these parts of his life that he can’t talk about, so it always felt to us that there was something big there." Fellow co-showrunner Elizabeth Berger adds: "We loved the idea of figuring out a story where something so complex happens in Vietnam that there was this fractured relationship between brothers, and we look forward to telling that part of the story when we return."
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 3:23PM EDT
This Is Us creator talks about the gruesome and challenging "Vietnam" episode
Last night's "Vietnam" episode was actually shot at a lake north of Los Angeles, but future episodes will feature the actual Vietnam. “I find it an interesting way to tell the story of these two brothers and how it relates to war, and start at the end point,” says Dan Fogelman. “I’m proud of its ambition. It feels by the time you get to the end of the episode you feel like you’ve gone on a long journey with a character that you thought you knew really well walking into it.”
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 3:43AM EDT
This Is Us' Season 3 premiere showed why its formula is hard to replicate
Source: The Daily Beast
This Is Us' premiere arrived Tuesday as three other network shows are borrowing heavily from the tear-jerker playbook. Yet This Is Us "used that reputation and expectation to prove why it is not only popular, but broadcast TV’s best drama, worthy of being in the same conversation as the best series on TV as a whole," says Kevin Fallon. In addition to being a pleasure to watch, he says, the NBC drama "has a strong sense of its identity, why people are tuning in, and it delivers that without pandering or patronizing. That’s a hard thing to do, and, for all the sledgehammer emotional twists the show is known for, proves it delicately." He adds: "The series manipulates emotions with the same meticulousness as a sitcom might set up jokes or an epic stage its most dramatic climaxes. That’s annoying to many people, which is fair, and why when This Is Us makes a misstep it is so monumentally hard to watch. There were moments like that in Tuesday night’s premiere, but, as a whole, it set up a season that will keep delivering the brand of drama that audiences have come to expect: sweeping romance, wrenching heartbreak, and the beauty in life’s most mundane; a show in which everyone is constantly feeling in huge, unexplainable ways, yet somehow always have the perfect speeches at the ready to articulate it."
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 9:40PM EDT
Three new network shows are vying to capture This Is Us' weep-worthy success
Source: The Daily Beast
ABC's A Million Little Things and NBC's Manifest and New Amsterdam are all blatantly ripping a page from the This Is Us tear-jerker playbook. "There is a fine line between emotional storytelling and trauma porn, and, at least in their first episodes, these three dramas wobble precariously as they negotiate that line," says Kevin Fallon. "This Is Us works because of how purposeful and methodically it uses story to manipulate emotion, because of the audience’s desire to be coerced into that emotion, and, most importantly, because of how fully realized the characters are, so that each twist and tragic moment rings of a familiar truth. Any dismissal of This Is Us as a pandering tearjerker ignores the fact that this is something very hard to pull off, let alone do as well as the series manages. It’s so hard to do that even This Is Us’ creator, Dan Fogelman, recently failed in spectacular fashion in attempting to recreate its formula and magic. (Film critics agree: Steer very clear of Life Itself.)"
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 7:37AM EDT
This Is Us creator's house has been burglarized three times in two weeks
Dan Fogelman's San Fernando Valley house was last hit late last week while he was attending the premiere of his new movie Life Itself.
Posted Friday 9/14/18 at 3:04PM EDT
This Is Us to film scenes in Vietnam
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Creator Dan Fogelman says the show is taking its Vietnam War scenes "very seriously. We’re going to Vietnam to shoot there."
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 2:04PM EDT
This Is Us is being remade in Turkey
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Dan Fogelman's NBC drama is now available for international licensing.
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 10:02PM EDT
This Is Us shares the first look at Jack in Vietnam
"Yep," creator Dan Fogelman tweeted in revealing the first glimpse of Milo Ventimiglia dressed in Jack's military garb.
Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 1:32PM EDT
This Is Us creator: Season 2 finale flash-forward is the show's "ending timeline"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“I don’t imagine us going past this time period in the future so in terms of a timeline, this is our ending timeline," says Dan Fogelman. "But we may have other past timelines we’re going to introduce in the course of the series, and also other future story lines that we might introduce as well.”
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 1:49PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel recalls when This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman was his receptionist
Kimmel joked to Mandy Moore that Fogelman was "crying all the time" when he worked as a receptionist on his and Adam Carolla's Comedy Central The Man Show on Comedy Central.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Emmy nominations showed some progress, but voters were still too reliant on old favorites
The Emmy nominations announced Thursday showed that "the industry and its members are still broadening their scope in terms of the voices and types of shows they recognize, which counts as progress," says Jen Chaney. "But there’s also still a repetitive quality in the nominations that has been endemic to the Emmys basically since forever and hasn’t quite gone away." Modern Family was finally dropped from the outstanding comedy series category, but every outstanding drama series contender this year has been nominated in the category before. "While most if not all of them are deserving, that speaks to a long-standing trend of carbon-copy voting," she says. She also points out that the same seven reality competition series were also re-nominated from last year. The outstanding variety talk series remained nearly identical from last year, too, with the exception of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah replacing Real Time with Bill Maher. The rubber-stamping is especially flagrant in the outstanding animated series category, which has often featured South Park and The Simpsons since the 1990s -- while rejecting groundbreaking animated shows like BoJack Horseman (Rick and Morty earned its first nomination in that category on Thursday). "I said this last year, I’m saying it now, and I’ll probably say it again at roughly this same time in 2019: the television landscape is enormous and the Emmy nominations recognize only a fraction of it," says Chaney. "That’s inevitable to an extent. There’s simply too much to nominate everything that’s deserving. But while Emmy voters are recognizing more of the breadth of quality viewing that exists, they could still do even better. More than anything, they need to be more daring, something that is, admittedly, hard to do when a persistent chunk of your voting block leans toward old favorites."
- Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos on his groundbreaking day: "I’m most happy that the nominations were spread out among 40 different shows"
- Freshman comedies had their best showing in two decades, while no freshman dramas were nominated for outstanding drama series
- Late-night hosts react to Emmy nominations: Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at ABC while celebrating his show's two noms
- This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman is honored to have the only network show up for best drama series: "To be popular and well-regarded by fancy people is exciting because it means we’re threading a very fine needle"
- This was the last chance for Emmy voters to pay proper respect to The Americans, and they did the bare minimum
- Comedy has benefitted the most from Peak TV, and TV Academy is starting to recognize that
- Winners and Losers: Comedy was the big winner this year, Drama was the big loser
- Ozark was a big disappointment because Netflix sunk a lot of money into its Emmy campaign, expecting it to become the next big awards competitor
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 1:20PM EDT
This Is Us begins production on Season 3
Source: E! Online
Creator Dan Fogelman tweeted this morning the first image from the third season of his NBC hit.
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 8:27PM EDT
This Is Us adds renowned Vietnam journalist Tim O'Brien as a Season 3 consultant
O'Brien's 1990 collection of short stories The Things They Carried is considered a Vietnam War classic. “Tim has been a writing hero of mine since college,” says This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman. “I’ve written more papers on The Things They Carried than I am comfortable sharing. It was incredibly intimidating bringing him into our room to discuss a Vietnam plot line – and it was even more rewarding. I’ve never said this before, but I can’t wait to be rewritten by him.”
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 1:47PM EDT
Sterling K. Brown expects This Is Us to end after Season 7, citing on-set chats about Lost
Brown makes his prediction based on his conversations with creator Dan Fogelman. “We would talk about Lost, and he talks about Lost being one of the chief influences on our show with regards to the flashbacks and flash-forwards," says Brown. "I said, ‘Lost is my joint.’ But even I’ll admit, like at a point in time, I was like, ‘Are we going somewhere? What’s the culmination?’ And so, we have an endpoint. We know how our show is going to end. Not exactly sure when it will be, but I don’t think it’ll be beyond seven years.” ALSO: Susan Kelechi Watson says her This Is Us character evolved as the writers learned more about her.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
This Is Us already filmed "pieces" of the show's final scene
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"We’re pretty far along," creator Dan Fogelman said at an Emmy For Your Consideration event. "Our writers and I are kind of to the end. We have a path for each season of the show. We’ve always had a plan… I don’t think this show will ever — despite any success it may or may not have — will ever overstay its welcome, and we have a story to tell. And we want to do this the right way. And so we have a plan.” He added: “I’ve actually already shot pieces of the final scene in the series.” ALSO: Milo Ventimiglia reacts to Oliver Hudson blowing off his This Is Us Jack audition.