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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
"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.
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
This Is Us creator won't let his wife date Justin Hartley's character on the show
"Just FYI: Madison is my wife in real life," tweeted Dan Fogelman of actress Caitlin Thompson. "And if you thought I was letting her sleep with @justinhartley on national television you're nuts."
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
Is Sterling K. Brown too good for This Is Us?
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 3/07/18 at 1:41PM EST
This Is Us creator credits NBC for allowing him to air last night's polarizing episode
Last night's "change-of-pace" episode focusing on little girl Deja has divided This Is Us fans. Still, creator Dan Fogelman credits NBC for letting him do the episode. “Must acknowledge what NBC let us do last night,” he tweeted. “Our 2nd-to-last episode of season featured little of our superstar cast and instead told the important story of a little girl’s life. Anyone writing the obituary for network TV may want to put down their pen for a second.”
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 11:36PM EST
This Is Us creator: Tuesday’s episode was “one of the most exciting things we’ve done on the show yet”
Dan Fogelman says he was especially proud of the final moments of “The Car” episode, which served as a companion to “Super Bowl Sunday.” Fogelman also explains how "the fundamental parts of the fire were always firmly entrenched," adding: "When I started to write this thing, in my mind’s eye, there was a fire at the house that the patriarch of the family heroically got the family out of the house, and then died in a really small way, without proper cinematic good-byes, hours later in a hospital by himself."
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
This Is Us creator promises not to kill Randall this season
“I can assure everybody that we’re not killing Randall this season, so everybody can relax,” Dan Fogelman says with a laugh. “I think they would burn my house down. I’ve experienced with a lot of friends, when you’ve lost a parent, particularly for whatever reason a parent of the same sex —a guy losing his father or a girl losing her mother early — there can be a slight mortality clock that kicks in a bit earlier than it does on other people, especially since it was formative. And I think that’s something Randall and Kevin feel.”
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 11:32PM EST
This Is Us has turned the tragedy of Jack's death into a tease
“Where is the line,” asks Megan Garber, “between dramatization and exploitation? Between the kind of manipulation that all fiction—and particularly the fiction of the primetime television series—will engage in, and the kind that can become cynical, and trying, and exhausting? This Is Us is a show that is, for the most part, exceptionally sensitive, exceptionally subtle. But the way it has played with Jack’s death—the central fact of its characters’ lives, a trauma that radiates across their experience in ways both predictable and deeply unruly—is not subtle at all. It is bold. It is brash. It suggests, indeed, writers at play. Jack’s demise, as a result, has been a tragedy that has manifested as something far more banal: a plot device. An earnest one, yes—Jack is evidently beloved by his creators as well as his fellow Pearsons—but a plot device nonetheless.”
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 4:39PM EST
Crock-Pot responds to the This Is Us backlash: “We’re innocent until proven guilty”
Many This Is Us fans expressed anger — whether real or not — at the kitchen appliance on social media following last night’s episode. “I just threw my crock-pot out the window,” one fan tweeted. “I will never accept a crockpot as a gift now,” wrote another. That prompted the official Crock-Pot brand to respond on Facebook (and apparently tweet for the first time this morning). “We’re heartbroken over last night’s episode, too!” the brand wrote on Facebook, responding to a comment from a Facebook user named Ruthie. “Ruthie, we’re innocent until proven guilty. Since the 1970s we have been providing families with quality and safe products, ask your parents if you don’t believe us. DM us with any questions, and we’d be happy to tell you more about our safety standards!” Creator Dan Fogelman tweeted in response to the backlash this morning, “Taking a moment to remind everyone that it was a 20 year old fictional crockpot with an already funky switch? Let's not just lump all those lovely hardworking crockpots together.”
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 1:23PM EST
This Is Us’ Super Bowl promo promises “all of your questions will be answered”
The one-minute promo also urges This Is Us fans to “set your DVR with extra time" since the Super Bowl is bound to run long. ALSO: This Is Us creator defends crockpot twist.
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 6:27AM EST
This Is Us creator pens an appreciation to Eli Manning
Dan Fogelman writes of the recently benched two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback: “you adorable, frustrating, talented, badass manboy—you have provided for myself, and for my friends, some of the BEST moments of our entire lives. Now, in truth, our lives haven’t been all that exciting. But still.”
Posted Monday 11/06/17 at 10:48PM EST
This Is Us’ Alexandra Breckenridge feared she would be fired when she became pregnant
“I was like, ‘I’m gonna get fired,’” Breckenridge says. “I was scared to tell them because I thought it would cause issues for production.” Of course, she wasn’t fired. Instead, creator Dan Fogelman responded “that’s amazing! Congratulations!”
Posted Wednesday 9/27/17 at 3:06PM EDT
This Is Us filmed the key Season 2 premiere scene a week and a half ago to keep it a secret
At a Season 2 premiere event, creator Dan Fogelman described the extent he went to keep as many people as possible in the dark about last night’s important scene. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “the scene was only shot a week and a half prior to the premiere, and roughly more than three months after filming started on season two. The team built a replica of the Pearson house five hours away so that spoilers wouldn't leak about a burnt house. Even NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke had to visit the This Is Us edit bay to see the footage ahead of Tuesday.”
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- It’s time to move on from Jack
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