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This Is Us Team Drops Hints About Jack's Funeral, More Twists to Come

Your tear ducts won’t be getting a break anytime soon, This Is Us fans.

The cast and creator of NBC’s breakout hit drama offered a sneak peek of next week’s episode (Tuesday, 9/8c) at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Wednesday. In the clip, Kate (Chrissy Metz) goes to a drum-therapy class, which stirs up intense memories of a major family event we haven’t seen yet: her dad Jack’s funeral.

Creator Dan Fogelman told reporters that “next week’s episode is a big episode. There’s a before and after to this family. Before Jack, and after. That’ll be really interesting… to show where that hinge was.” As for the details of Jack’s death, “you’ll learn when… and then, much later, how,” Fogelman teases.

This Is Us was just renewed for two more seasons by NBC, for a minimum of 36 more episodes. So how many more twists does Fogelman have in store for us? “We have a lot,” he promises. “Our theme is, life will surprise you a little bit.” He says he’s already written out the whole history of this family, so none of the twists are a surprise to him or the writers: “What’s surprising for the audience is the order in which we choose to tell the story… We know where this series is going, and how we’re gonna keep people on their toes.”

How many seasons can this show run, beyond the three already ordered? Fogelman declined to put a number on it, but says, “I know where the show goes. I have a number of seasons in my brain, and we’ll see as we get there… The great thing about this show is, with the nature of the timeline, we’ll never run out of stories.”

More highlights from Wednesday’s This Is Us press tour panel:

* Trying to explain why the show’s been so successful, Milo Ventimiglia (Jack) says: “I had one woman tell me that the work we’re doing was important. That’s one of the things that impacted me the most… I think it’s filling a void, particularly in a television landscape that does get cynical, that does get dark, that does get riddled with zombies. It’s more hopeful.”

* Regarding the show’s plentiful acting monologues, Fogelman said, “To not do it would be like having a Ferrari in your garage and only driving it 25 miles per hour on city streets. We have these actors, and each one of them can alternate between comedy and these powerhouse dramatic monologues… It removes all the bells and whistles. You’re just letting great actors act.”

This Is Us Season 1 Episode 10 Jimmi Simpson* Sterling K. Brown (Randall) and Susan Kelechi Watson (Beth) addressed their characters’ picture-perfect marriage. (“People will say ‘Relationship goals’ on Twitter,” Brown laughed.) Brown and Watson actually went to graduate acting school together at NYU, so that history helped them build a believable marriage. “We’ve known each other for a while, and had a similar approach to the work,” Brown said. “You can’t force something in front of the camera that you don’t have behind the camera.”

* Mandy Moore (Rebecca) said the makeup process that turns her into older Rebecca has gotten easier: “We’ve gotten the time down quite a bit. It’s now like three and a half hours, as opposed to five, initially. You just get real Zen about it.” But she has no complaints: “This is the best job I’ve ever had. How many jobs do you get to play the same character from 27 to 66? I will put on the prosthetic makeup as long as Dan wants to write for it.”

* What does Fogelman credit for the 70 million views that the This Is Us trailer piled up on YouTube? “Milo’s ass, first of all,” he jokes. “We estimate 55 to 62 million views, just from that.” Chris Sullivan (Toby) even had an alternate title for the show: “This Is Ass.”

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20 Comments
  1. Natalie says:

    HAHAHA!!! This is an awesome interview. I do love this show.

  2. Brian says:

    Great show.

  3. wrstlgirl says:

    I do hope they will be able to keep Jack around. Not sure how many flashback stories they have in the tank before it gets repetitive.

  4. B says:

    They absolutely need to keep Jack around in the flashbacks. As many moving stories/characters as there are, I think Jack moves me the most. Both writing and acting deserve credit. He is a stellar character. On a separate note, it’s nice that networks are starting to show faith in some of their shows by giving multi-season orders.

  5. Katrinka says:

    If & when this wonderful show ends, I’m telling you right now I’d watch “The Beth & Randall” show. Those two together are perfect – funny, sad, snarky – they hit all the right notes with me.

  6. This show is great says:

    I already loved Milo, Mandy, Sterling, and Justin before this show started, and now I’m also really enjoying Chrissy. The best part is the show is just as great as the cast.

  7. Bigdede says:

    I don’t know how many flashbacks they can do before it gets annoying. I wish they would’ve rewrote the show after seeing how popular Milo was and kept Jack alive. It’s not fair Jack and William die but Miguel and Toby live

    • Esposito says:

      This can’t be about what fans want. The reason it resonates with so many is that it captures what our lives are. It tells real stories. So for those who fear it getting repetitive remember that our stories have varying lenses depending on who is telling them. Each of these rich characters has a viewpoint. Kudos for keeping it so very real.

      • jj. says:

        I agree, I don’t want jack (or william) to die but the writers have shown that they can create amazing and emotional stories so I trust that those will continue. Likewise there are so many shows that start to go downhill once they start writing for what fans want/want to see. While I am no miguel fan I’d rather he stay apart of the story instead of getting rid of him to please the fans

    • Debbie says:

      Bigdede…you are absolutely correct in saying what you did. Toby is really really irritating! I think (Jack) is they only one who has kept that family together through good and bad! Keep Jack alive!!!

  8. E. D. Boddy says:

    They make Mandy Moore up in “oldface.” Why are there no complaints from the SJWs? :)

  9. Beth Palmer says:

    3 1/2 hours for Mandy’s “older Rebecca” makeup?!! I really can’t see that much difference, except for a bad wig. . .

  10. Norma Santiago says:

    Omg!!!!I love this show I have everyone at home hooked I tell you hooked! I have my co worker and her husband watching it. It is phenomenal the cast the, the writers to the creators. It hits home real life issues.

  11. lynn says:

    LOVE this show