This Is Us' Post-Super Bowl Episode Will Not Be a 'Standalone' Hour

There’s no crying in football… unless the game is followed immediately by an episode of This Is Us.

NBC’s decision to schedule a fresh hour of the breakout drama after Super Bowl 52 on Feb. 4, 2018 all but ensures that a record number of tears will be flowing by night’s end — regardless of the game’s outcome. “It’s going to be an extraordinary and… [very] emotional episode of television,” NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt tells TVLine of the anticipated installment, which he says will be crafted for viewers both old and new.

“It’s not a standalone episode,” he says. “It’s going to be the next episode of the show. But there will be a lot of new fans who have never seen it before, and they’ll have no trouble dropping in. [Series creator] Dan [Fogelman] wants it to be very easy for someone [new] to come into it rather than have them go, “What is going on here?” At the same time, I think he really wants to pay off things for the [existing] fans.”

Will the episode be blessed with an XL budget to match its outsized expectations? “I don’t think so,” Greenblatt demurs, before adding with a laugh: “They’re not going to space or anything.”

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5 Comments
  1. Big Mike says:

    It may be a hit show, buy it is absolutely the wrong show to air after the Super Bowl. The clash in tones feels too jarring.

    • Spandex says:

      A lot of people said the same thing about Grey’s Anatomy, and that show exploded in popularity after its Super Bowl episode. Football has been part of the fabric of This is Us and I wouldn’t be surprised if they are going to play with that element.

    • Gospino says:

      Lol, and what in your opinion is the “right” show? Super Bowl lead-outs have ranged from Lassie to Friends to 60 Minutes and much more. No matter what it is, a lot of people will watch. Also no matter what it is, not that many of the new viewers stay long-term (at least in recent years) except in a few cases. Elementary and The Blacklist, as just two examples, saw only brief viewership bumps of any note.

  2. Hurley says:

    I’m sure this will be the episode in which we’ll see Jack’s death.

    • Mary says:

      Hope not because quite honestly if the Super bowl runs late, I won’t be able to watch it in real time. I’m sure I won’t be the only one. I am looking forward to its return.