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Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Milo Ventimiglia: This Is Us Season 3 will explore 20-something Jack in Vietnam War
“At the end of the Super Bowl episode when people were ultimately confronted with how he passed away, there was a trailer to show Jack in a helicopter over Vietnam in uniform," he says. "We’re going to explore that side of Jack’s 20s and what brought him into the man that we all knew.”
Posted Friday 4/13/18 at 1:17PM EDT
This Is Us and Brooklyn Nine-Nine win GLAAD Awards
The NBC drama and the Fox comedy were, respectively, named the TV's top drama and top comedy for their LGTBQ portrayals.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
Milo Ventimiglia can only name two of Mandy Moore's songs
Andy Cohen grilled the actor on his This Is Us co-star's pop star past on Watch What Happens Live, asking him to name three of her songs.
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 Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
TV is in the midst of a crying men trend
From Jimmy Kimmel to This Is Us to Queer Eye, manly tears have evolved from a punchline to something that is okay for men to display. "At a time when pop culture is grappling with sexism behind the scenes and how women are represented on screen, depictions of masculinity are slowly being rewritten, too," says Elahe Izadi. "It’s been surprisingly refreshing for this woman to see men cry and be vulnerable in these ways. But for men watching, these scenes give them permission to do the same — without explaining it away as just something in their eye."
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
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 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 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 Wednesday 3/14/18 at 6:35PM EDT
NFL Draft bust Ryan Leaf helped Justin Hartley and shared his story with the This Is Us writers
Hartley credits Leaf, the No. 2 pick in the 1998 NFL Draft after Peyton Manning, with helping the writers craft their storyline about addiction. The former NFL quarterback is considered one of the worst-ever NFL Draft picks, lasting only a few years in the NFL. His downfall continued after football, with his addiction to pills resulted in him serving prison time after committing several burglaries. Leaf is now using his life story as a cautionary tale, sharing his experiences with the This Is Us writers' room. Hartley said he "had such an impact on that room of genius writers."
Posted Wednesday 3/14/18 at 1:13PM EDT
This Is Us finishes Season 2 strong, helping Rise beat Shonda Rhimes' For the People
Still, Jason Katims high school musical drama only kept half of This Is Us' demo viewership at 10 p.m., while For the People finished last in its timeslot.
Posted Wednesday 3/14/18 at 1:13PM EDT
American Idol "Chicken Little" finalist Kevin Covais made a cameo on the This Is Us season finale
Covais, who competed on Idol in 2006 as a 16-year-old, was shown briefly working the counter at an ice cream shop on last night's Season 2 finale.
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 Tuesday 3/13/18 at 4:57PM EDT
This Is Us stars made 3D-printed copies of their SAG Award trophies to distribute to the child cast
Milo Ventimiglia joined his cast at SXSW in reflecting on the massive success of This Is Us. So far, he said, his one concern is that is that the show "gets kicked in the teeth at every awards show we've been to." So when the cast did win a SAG Award for outstanding performance at an ensemble, Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore took their trophies to a 3D printing store to make six replicas for the show's child stars. "It wasn't the real statue but also, from mom and dad, wanted them to know hey, we love you guys and you should have a representation siting on your mantel," said Ventimiglia, with Moore adding, "You're just as much a part of this as everybody else."
- Mandy Moore: "I’m really proud to be part of a show that is so inclusive, during such a divisive time in this country"
- Susan Kelechi Watson: "It’s nice to have these episodes where it’s, not necessarily lighter, but it’s happier. It’s joyful"
- Ventimiglia hopes fans seeing Old Man Jack in his 70s will "maybe soften the blow a little bit"