Just in case you were wondering why it took so long for NBC to renew This Is Us, we now have an answer. Not only is the network’s most-popular series coming back for a season 4, but also a season 5 and season 6 beyond that. Basically, This Is Us is officially locked in until 2022, making it one of the most-secure jobs in Hollywood for most of its cast.
So why go ahead and do a three-season renewal? We see this mostly as executive producer Dan Fogelman and his team getting a chance to actually plan every single in and out of their show perfectly … and it could also bring them to the end of their series. We’ve heard discussions in the past about how we’re about at the halfway point of the series, and because of that we foresee the plan for This Is Us being for it to have a six-season run. That’s enough story to ensure that viewers have something to cling to and enjoy for many years, but it would give the story an end date so we don’t drag things out forever. (Given that Jack is only in the past, for example, we don’t ever need to see a situation where the series ends with him just grocery shopping and they’ve run out of other flashback stories to tell.)
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If This Is Us ends with season 6, the series will have more than a hundred episodes and we’ll probably get some answers to the big questions that are still out there — take, for example, how exactly Rebecca got some close to Nicky, who ended up having a baby with Kevin, and also if Rebecca is suffering from Alzheimer’s in the flash-forward story. This will also give us an opportunity in order to see potentially all sorts of other great storylines at the same time.
Through season 3, This Is Us has shown no real sign of starting to slow down. While the ratings have slipped slightly from what they once were, it remains an incredibly popular program and one that amasses big DVR audiences in addition to the crew watching live. NBC is going to want to use it as an anchor for some time moving forward — the #1 thing that we personally consider to be a major surprise is that New Amsterdam continues to retain the timeslot following This Is Us. There was certainly a change here for NBC to stir things up and try out a different show, but clearly, they still want to give the medical drama a lift.
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