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    Quote Originally Posted by JazzyGirl View Post
    I really love the actress who plays Randall's wife. Every part is casted beautifully, and seriously all are very good, but she just seems more herself than anyone else, I can't put my finger on it.

    Has it been dicussed that Ken Olin, hottie from the 80's show '30 Something' , is directing? Love it!
    No, but that's cool! Love him!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JazzyGirl View Post

    Has it been dicussed that Ken Olin, hottie from the 80's show '30 Something' , is directing? Love it!
    didn't he also direct a lot of brothers & sisters episodes? would explain the penchant for melodrama and emotional roller-coasters.
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    ^ yeah I never really followed B&S but I guess he did. On this show, he's an exec producer and has directed a handful of episodes, but he's not a writer per imdb.

    I still like the show but it's getting a little overwrought for me...I'm kinda glad it's the season finale next week because I think I need a break from the Pearsons. Will they kill off Jack next week in a drunk driving accident on his way to Cleveland? Or will they end with a cliffhanger? I'm going with cliffhanger.
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    Probably cliffhanger. I think the drunk driving scenario is a red herring.
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    Yeah, like Toby's collapse in the mid-season finale.

    If they kill him off now, they won't be able to explore Rebecca's singing career and how it affected their marriage, other than, oops it killed Jack and that's way too much guilt and blame to go around. Kate is already saying it's her fault her dad died, not sure what that's about, but if he dies drunk on this trip to see Rebecca that would be just too devastating for her. And after all this buildup of what a superdad he was, to have him die driving drunk is quite the letdown.
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    That was the season finale? Seriously?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nevan View Post
    That was the season finale? Seriously?
    I shed a tear at the end, but just one. Usually it is buckets. I was disappointed.
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    That was weird...like it didn't feel like the show we've been watching all season. I BARELY cried at the end, and I was so disappointed that we barely even saw the kids.
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    I don't know, I kind of liked it. The cliffhanger is that there's not that much of a cliffhanger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stella blue View Post
    I don't know, I kind of liked it. The cliffhanger is that there's not that much of a cliffhanger.
    That fight he and Rebecca had was epic. I cried that Jack is moving out to stay with Manuel for a while. I loved that they showed his life before he met Rebecca and that he was going to rob that cash register but got distracted by her singing! For some reason, I knew they weren't going to reveal how he dies yet.

    I told ya'll him getting in the car drunk was a red herring!
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    As far as I can tell 99% of viewers seem pretty disappointed. I liked the end where each grown child made a life decision. But other than that, I was thinking... What!.?!?! That's it!?!?

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    i can't believe i cried from that, what a wimp! i'm glad i'm not the only one who cried cause i was like huh? am i cryin over this show again? wtf.

    i liked it. what a drip her blind date was.
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    They are moving to Thursday nights, 9:00 p.m./8:00 p.m. Central this fall.

    Works out great for me. New cable plan took away my CMT so I can't watch "Nashville" or "Sun records" so this gives me something good to watch.
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    On Set With 'This Is Us': TV's Feel-Good Megahit Ups the Stakes in Season 2

    by Lacey Rose September 13, 2017, 6:00am PDT Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

    A huge family drama on a broadcast network? Not possible, until NBC's top-rated series arrived to break records, mint stars, score 10 Emmy noms and set high expectations (try $750K for a Sept. 26 premiere ad): "It's like suddenly we're on 'Lost.'"

    "Just curious, who got [the part of] Kate?”
    That question, posed in an email to This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman by his producing partner, hangs framed in Chrissy Metz's Los Angeles home, a reminder of the trajectory her life could have continued on.
    When the actress first auditioned for NBC's family drama in 2015, she only had 81 cents in her bank account. She had been living off ramen noodles from a nearby Dollar Store, scraping together gas money with a résumé on which the biggest credit was "the fat lady" on American Horror Story: Freak Show. Fogelman's script, loosely based on his own sister's weight-loss journey, tapped into something that Metz had rarely seen, and she was desperate to be a part of it. "Here was this woman who was actually dealing with weight. Not like, 'Oh my God, I gained a pound,' " she says on a break this summer from filming the second season on the Paramount lot. "She was a real woman who was really struggling, and all I could think was, 'Oh my God, I'm Kate.' "
    It would take a little more time for those casting the show to see it, too. By early November of that year, the network and studio, 20th Century Fox TV, had lined up the other members of the Pearson family: Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore as parents Jack and Rebecca; and Sterling K. Brown (tightly wound adoptee Randall) and Justin Hartley (unfulfilled Kevin) as two of the three adult children. But the drama, which hopscotches between flashbacks and present day as it charts the Pearsons' interconnected lives, still needed that third sibling, hopelessly overweight Kate. Then Metz got a call: "Could she come back in?" It was down to her and one other actress, and both would need to turn up on the Universal lot to audition before the network's top brass. The two women, who had similarly unremarkable credits, represented different ideas of what passes for heavy on television — and dramatically different directions for the show.
    "The other actress was a sort of 'Hollywood overweight person,' " says NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, "struggling with losing, maybe, 20 pounds." You need only channel surf for a matter of minutes to see this process typically ends with the thinner actress landing the role. But Salke and her counterparts at 20th TV were struck by Metz and the authenticity she could bring to the role. If they were going to live up to the title of the show, they would need to do so with an honest portrayal. On Nov. 30, news broke: Metz had been hired.
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    “I remember reading the script, and I couldn’t stop turning pages,” says Hartley, 40, with Metz. “It was the kind of show that I needed — that all of us needed.”

    Now, nearly two years later, the 36-year-old actress not only is a breakout star on the highest-rated new series on TV but also a frontrunner to win a supporting actress Emmy at the Sept. 17 awards show. In that time, the series has morphed into a bona fide phenomenon, too, demonstrating that a family drama with a mix of body types — to say nothing of skin colors and life experiences — can generate both critical acclaim and mass appeal. In fact, This Is Us nearly doubled its closest rookie competitor (ABC's Designated Survivor) among younger viewers and regularly ballooned past 15 million once those who fell outside the advertiser-coveted demographic were factored in. NBC pre-emptively renewed the show for a third season earlier this year; and, with 20th TV, which inked a record-breaking pact to stream previous episodes on Hulu, rewarded the cast with $250,000 bonuses.
    When This Is Us returns for a second season Sept. 26, it will have assembled an army of high-profile fans that includes Reese Witherspoon, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, who already has hosted Metz at her Montecito, California, home. And at least a few of them — Sylvester Stallone, Brian Grazer and season-one guest Ron Howard — will turn up in season two. (Production is heading to London to shoot around Howard's Star Wars schedule.) Now advertisers want in, too, which is how NBC was able to push its asking price for a 30-second spot in this month's premiere to a staggering $750,000 — and as much as $1.3 million for one in February's post-Super Bowl slot. For the remainder of the season, spots are running about $475,000, per ad-side sources, making This Is Us the most lucrative scripted series on television.

    Replicating This Is Us won't come easy, though the development pipeline already is being clogged with self-consciously soulful imitations as rivals looks to reverse-engineer its success. Some credit the show's evocative tone for helping it to cut through, others its pitch-perfect casting. The only piece everyone, including Fogelman, seems to agree on is its significance as a cultural antidote. "In a time when you cringe every time you open your internet browser or get a news alert on your phone, it's refreshing for people to turn on a show where the message is inherently positive," he says. "The characters may be flawed, and sometimes deeply flawed, but they are inherently good." Later this month, This Is Us again will attempt to defy industry odds by adding a best drama Emmy — one of 10 categories in which the show is nominated — to its heap of awards. The last broadcast drama to earn so much as a nomination was The Good Wife, back in 2011. The last one to win? 24, in 2006.
    But with outsize success comes outsize expectations, and a sea of cautionary tales, including that of broadcast's last serialized standout, Fox's Empire, which famously dropped in viewers and cultural cachet after a breakthrough first season. Outside of a handful of storylines teased in the season-one finale, plotlines for the second season are being cloaked in secrecy. The way in which Ventimiglia's Jack died — his fate often was referenced but never explained in the show's first season — has become a spoiler so fiercely guarded that script pages are being redacted and code names now are employed. To avoid even the possibility of anything leaking, everyone who sets foot on the set — from crewmembers to extras — has to sign a nondisclosure agreement; and scenes are being shot out of order to throw off potential paparazzi. The writers on the show say they live in constant fear that they're going to reveal something they shouldn't — "I'm anxious just talking to you," says one — and at least one of the actors admits she harbors the same concern.
    "It wasn't like this last year," says Moore, 33, seated in her trailer on an August afternoon. "It's like suddenly we're on Lost."


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    •••
    In the spring of 2015, This is Us was just another script collecting dust in a drawer.
    Back then, Fogelman had had considerably more success on the big screen (Crazy, Stupid, Love; Cars) than the small one (remember Neighbors? or Grandfathered?), and this project, building toward the "reveal" that eight disparate people actually are grown-up octuplets, was aimed for the former. Fogelman felt pretty confident about the characters he'd created, but each time he sat down to write, he found himself coming back to the same paralyzing question: "What's the fucking point of this?"
    So, those 80 pages ended up in the drawer, only to be retrieved that summer when he jumped from a production deal at ABC Studios, where he'd had an underwhelming experience, to one at 20th TV. With a massive eight-figure deal, he needed a few strong TV ideas to offer up. A light bulb went on: What if that cute twist at the end of his movie was instead the setup for a TV series? The characters he had created wouldn't need to have a beginning, middle and end — or for that matter, a "fucking point." A series would allow them to simply go about their lives.
    Within 24 hours, he'd ditched a few siblings (a soon-to-be divorced sister, a hotshot movie-star brother), brought the script down to 45 pages and fired it off to the studio. "I remember it came in and all I could think was, 'How does Dan do this?' " says 20th TV creative affairs president Jonnie Davis. "He blends these tones in such an effortless way where you're crying one minute and then laughing the next." The hype machine immediately went into overdrive, curtailed only briefly by a decision at 20th TV's sister network, Fox, not to keep the series for itself.
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    The cast, plus producers Ken Olin, Jess Rosenthal, Berger, Aptaker and Fogelman after winning best new series at the TCA Awards.

    Those inside say there were concerns that the show lacked the kind of obvious hook that Fox hits from X-Files to 24 are built around. "We all thought it was a great script," says one, "but it was going to be hard for us to market." Unlike NBC, Fox didn't have platforms like The Tonight Show, The Voice or the Olympics to help push a quieter character drama into the conversation. A decision was made to move forward with Fogelman's other project, Pitch, which had that desired hook — the first female baseball player to join the major leagues — and allowed Fox to lean on its MLB partnership. According to sources within, the fact that Pitch quickly fizzled while This Is Us became a runaway hit for another network was not lost on those with the last name Murdoch.
    Though ABC made a play for This Is Us, NBC was widely seen as its ideal home. From the moment Salke got her hands on the script, she's been the series' most vocal supporter. "You'd have to be in a coma to not respond to this show," she says, chuckling. Salke promised that it would be showered with marketing money and promotion, along with a plum spot behind The Voice. But the first taste of the series' potential came before any of that, when the trailer — a two-and-a-half-minute tearjerker of a clip reel, set to Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up" — was released in May 2016. Within 48 hours, it had hit 15 million views on Facebook alone. "We knew it was going to crush people," says Ventimiglia, "but that was crazy." Of course, a heavily cited opening shot of the actor's rear end didn't hurt.

    On Set With 'This Is Us': Cast Reveals Season 2 Secrets | Hollywood Reporter



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    You know, it took me until he was on Insecure to recognize the guy who plays Randall was Gordon the vampire hunter on Supernatural. Those glasses have a real Clark Kent effect!

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