Hit NBC drama ‘This Is Us’ to end after sixth season
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This is it.
NBC’s critically acclaimed family drama “This Is Us” will end after Season 6, sources told the Hollywood Reporter.
The news does not come as much of a surprise, as creator and showrunner Dan Fogelman has long been transparent about his intention for the show to be more concise than other NBC series.
“We never set out to make a television series that was going to last 18 seasons, so we have a very direct plan. I have script pages I have written and I’m writing that really are deep, deep, deep into the future. We have a plan for what we’re going to do, and I know what the plan is,” Fogelman told THR in April 2019, adding that the show was then at its midpoint.
“I’m not allowed to talk about it too much because they freak out. But yeah, I think where you find the characters right now, you’re in the middle of their story. If you were in the movie theater, you’d be at the moment where you’re about an hour into the movie wondering what’s going to happen,” he said at the time.
The following month, sources told the publication that the sixth season would likely be the last for show stars Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chrissy Metz, Chris Sullivan and Justin Hartley.
The official announcement of the beloved series’ end is expected to come on Friday, when NBC reveals its full 2021-22 fall schedule. NBC declined to comment to The Post. Representatives for both NBC and producer 20th Television also declined THR’s request for comment.
The final season will still offer plenty of new material for fans, with THR estimating it will be approximately 18 episodes long, meaning the show will have over 100 episodes — a key need for later syndication — by the time it wraps.
NBC executives reportedly remained optimistic until the end that, despite Fogelman’s words, the show would last longer. The series was a flyaway success since its debut trailer, garnering numerous awards and consistently high ratings at a time many broadcast originals are struggling.
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