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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?
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"
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.
Posted Tuesday 3/06/18 at 9:38PM EST
Martin Sheen hasn't seen This Is Us, but he would be cool with Sterling K. Brown becoming the next West Wing president
“I have heard of him, but I have not seen the show, so I couldn’t speak to his talent” says Sheen, responding to Aaron Sorkin saying he would cast Brown as the president if he were to bring back The West Wing. “But if Aaron were to choose him, I would have 100 percent confidence in him.”
Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 1:46PM EST
SNL books Sterling K. Brown and Bill Hader
This Is Us star Brown will host for the first time on March 10, joined by musical guest James Bay. SNL alum Hader will host for the second time on March 17, with Arcade Fire as the musical guest. Hader previously hosted in 2014.
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 6:30PM EST
Sterling K. Brown will narrate the opening film for NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage
The This Is Us star’s voice will introduce a seven-minute film, tiled Always Start with the Dreams, paying tribute to all 2,800 Olympic athletes in Pyeongchang. The short film will air before the Opening Ceremonies Friday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m PT.
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 Monday 1/22/18 at 1:40PM EST
Aziz Ansari was a no-show, but James Franco did appear at SAG Awards
Ansari, nominated for best actor in a comedy series, lost to William H. Macy at the SAG Awards. Ansari didn’t attend the ceremony that came eight days after he was accused by a date of sexual misconduct. Franco did attend, but skipped the SAG red carpet. Franco’s sister-in-law, Alison Brie, was asked about the accusations, responding: “I obviously support my family and not everything reported has been fully accurate. But of course now is a time for listening and that’s what we’re all trying to do.”
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 7:47AM EST
At the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey “managed to do that difficult thing that she makes look so easy”
Much of this year’s Globes broadcast seemed like a typical awards telecast, even though the ceremony was “amped up by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements and the personal testimonies that powered them,” says Maureen Ryan. But it was Oprah who, Ryan says, “focused the themes and surging energies of a specific moment and distilled its messages and its painful essence — all while making viewers feel as though she was speaking directly to each one of them as individuals.” Ryan adds: “Many winners gave fine speeches, and quite of few of them eloquently expounded on themes of intersectionality, gender, race, class, and the marginalization and abuse of the powerless. But none of those other presenters or winners were Oprah. As the highlight reel of her accomplishments made clear, she’s important in many different spheres. But all of her empires were built on this unshakable foundation: She’s a master broadcaster. She connects.”
- The Globes were “(halfway) woke”: “It wasn’t quite a celebration; it wasn’t entirely a protest”
- “There was a lot of goodwill at the awards, but it was often presented in the least sexy way possible”
- #MeToo made this year's ceremony electric, but only some stars tapped into its energy
- The Globes were bound to be disappointing, as an old-fashioned awards show doesn’t fit with the current moment
- What a difference a year makes: There was barely a mention of President Trump during the entire ceremony
- Amy Poehler saved Seth Meyers’ monologue
- Seth Meyers acquitted himself nicely, especially with his plea to have women lead the way
- Meyers nailed the toughest award show opening monologue in years
- Meyers did a terrific job, despite having the look of terror in his eyes
- Not one male Golden Globes winner mentioned #MeToo or Time’s Up in their speeches
- Aziz Ansari beating out favorite Eric McCormack was one of the biggest surprises of the night — so was Rachel Brosnahan’s win
- Here are all the mentions of sexual misconduct during the entire Globes broadcast
- A night of firsts: Sterling K. Brown and Aziz Ansari were the first black and Asian actor, respectively, to win an award in their category
- NBC mistakenly bleeped Frances McDormand when she didn’t curse
- Ewan McGregor thanks his estranged his wife and his current girlfriend, Fargo co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead
- Big Little Lies proves to be even more resonant in these #MeToo times
- What exactly did the Globes bleep out from Aziz Ansari’s speech?
- HBO had the most wins with four, followed by Amazon and Hulu with two each
- James Franco’s past of trying to pick up a 17-year-old on Instagram was scrutinized after his Globes win
- What was up with all the audience groaning during Seth Meyers’ monologue?
- Viewers questioned Tonya Harding appearing at the Globes, especially in a positive light
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Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 2:08PM EST
Sterling K. Brown is dropping by Brooklyn Nine-Nine to play a murder suspect
The This Is Us star will guest in an episode revolving around an all-night interrogation.
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 2:16PM EST
Aaron Sorkin: I’d revive The West Wing with Sterling K. Brown as president — but there would be no Trump
Sorkin says his revival idea would involve “Sterling K. Brown as the president, and there’s some kind of jam, an emergency, a very delicate situation involving the threat of war or something, and (President) Bartlett, long since retired, is consulted in the way that Bill Clinton used to consult with Nixon.” But that’s all he’s figured out. He hasn’t found a place for Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford or any other original cast member. And Sorkin insists that there won’t be a President Trump. “Trump is exactly what he looks like: a really dumb guy with an observable psychiatric disorder,” says Sorkin. UPDATE: Sterling K. Brown responded to Sorkin: "if you are serious, sir, I would be honored!" That prompted This Is Us executive producer Ken Olin to tweet: "Um. No. You belong on @NBCThisisUs and I know about 20 million people who won’t let you go." To which Brown responded: "I'm talkin' 'bout later, man! Geez."
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 12:21AM EST
This Is Us has been enhanced by moving in a darker, more emotionally complex direction in Season 2
The NBC drama still remains “escapist family fare,” but its willingness to move in a more realistic direction “has pleasantly surprised me this season,” says Jen Chaney. “And when I say pleasantly surprised, I mean that in the episodes leading up to and including Tuesday’s midseason finale, the show has delved into outright sadder, more emotionally complex storylines. While it still seeks out silver linings, This Is Us also is more willing to admit that sometimes, life is just heavy clouds with nothing silver inside at all. That slight swerve in approach has turned a solid, occasionally too schmaltzy, network series into one that’s inching closer to greatness.”
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 12:56AM EST
Examining the diverse “crying styles” of This Is Us’ three male stars
“This is Us is television’s most reliable source for the juiciest, wettest, most manipulatively cathartic cries,” says Allison P. Davis. “They are cries designed to make the audience cry along and feel cleansed by our own tears. And while, yes, every actor on This is Us cries beautifully, in my opinion, it’s the three male leads that offer the most satisfying-to-watch sobs.”