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Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Sterling K. Brown is the latest This Is Us star to sign an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV
Brown's production deal comes less than a month after co-star Mandy Moore signed a production deal with 20th Century Fox TV.
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 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 Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
Source: The New York Times
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
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Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 11:58PM EDT
This Is Us stars spent their first day back on Season 3 partaking in Drake's "In My Feelings" Challenge
Susan Kelechi Watson and Sterling K. Brown "absolutely slayed" the "In My Feelings" challenge, tweeting their dance moves to the song from Drake's new album Scorpion on their first day back on set.
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 5/16/18 at 11:25PM EDT
Andy Samberg hopes the entire This Is Us cast appears on Brooklyn Nine-Nine now that they're on the same network
Sterling K. Brown already made a cameo this season, but Samberg wants more This Is Us cast members to guest-star.
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:00PM EDT
Sterling K. Brown's Brooklyn Nine-Nine performance was so chilling it might affect how you view his This Is Us role
Brown's performance as a murder suspect was so unsettling because of how similar his character was to Randall from This Is Us. "They even both tend to wear the uniform of all middle-aged-but-cool professional men: a crisp, basic-hued button-down, an open, complimentary-colored jacket, and slim-fitting tan pants," says Ariana Romero. "But, more importantly, both fictional men are total perfectionists. So much of Randall’s character is built around his near-obsessive need to do everything flawlessly and have everyone notice as much."
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 2:55PM EDT
If Brooklyn Nine-Nine does get canceled, Sterling K. Brown's interrogation episode was the perfect send-off
Source: The Washington Post
"While the comedy still has eight episodes until the season finale, Sunday’s half-hour encapsulated the talents and chemistry of the two leads: Andy Samberg’s goofy-yet-savvy detective Jake Peralta, and Andre Braugher, the hilariously deadpan Capt. Raymond Holt," says Emily Yahr, adding: "It was 30 minutes of a top-speed back-and-forth between the actors, and in the end, of course, it all came down to Peralta wanting to make Holt proud." ALSO: Watch the This Is Us star's interrogation.
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Check out Sterling K. Brown as a Brooklyn Nine-Nine murder suspect
Sunday's episode is inspired by the Homicide classic “Three Men and Adena.”
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 3:15PM EDT
Watch SNL's side-by-side comparison of Sterling K. Brown's cardboard replica opening sequence promo
The shot-for-shot replica was one of Saturday Night Live's most elaborate promos.
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 Monday 3/12/18 at 6:57AM EDT
Sterling K. Brown's SNL episode was "almost great"
Source: The A.V. Club
Some fine actors flounder on SNL because the writers don't know what to do with them or they just aren't good at live TV. "As it turns out," says Dennis Perkins, "Brown is one of those actors whose dedication and talents (he’s an experienced theater actor) provide an irresistible focus for the show to build around." And Brown's stellar effort started with a superb monologue. "Now that’s how you do an SNL monologue," says Perkins. "Tight, anchored by the host’s strengths, and no musical numbers or audience questions. Sterling K. Brown came out and planted a flag ...The monologue is thankless. Standups have it best, but mainly because they can just do six minutes of their act in isolation from what has traditionally been the home of Saturday Night Live’s laziest ideas. (Which, okay, is saying something.) Doing jokes about his series This Is Us and its reputation for heavy-duty tearjerking might have been expected, but Brown’s commitment to replicating his character’s justifiably lauded penchant for emotionally devastating speeches made the whole monologue lift off and soar."
- SNL ratings slip to a season low with the This Is Us star as host
- SNL had Brown film a "Video Diary" throughout the week
- Brown nailed Ben Carson in hilarious This Is Us parody
- Chris Harrison praises SNL's The Bachelor spoof, starring Kate McKinnon as Robert Mueller
- Bill Hader reveals he was kicked out of Kate McKinnon's SNL audition for loudly laughing
Posted Wednesday 3/07/18 at 4:45PM EST
Prosecutor Christopher Darden added to Fox's O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? special
Sunday's Fox O.J. Simpson special has added a panel of five analysts, including Darden, who prosecuted the Simpson case (and whom Sterling K. Brown played on The People v. O.J. Simpson in his breakout role). Book publisher Judith Regan, who interviewed Simpson for the special in 2006 to promote their book collaboration If I Did It, will also be among the panelists. News Corp. fired Regan over the Simpson interview controversy in 2006, prompting her to file a $100 million lawsuit that was later settled out of court. Also joining the Soledad O'Brien-hosted special are an FBI profiler, an anti-domestic violence advocate and a representative of the Nicole Brown Simpson family.
Posted Wednesday 3/07/18 at 4:45PM EST
SNL creates action-figure opening credits for Sterling K. Brown
Saturday Night Live unveiled the This Is Us star's first promo, its most creative yet, featuring cardboard and action-figure toys in a re-creation of the opening credits.