‘This Is Us’ Creator Dan Fogelman Explains Why Season 5 Had To Premiere Before The Election As Team Talks Covid, Black Lives Matter & Kevin-Randall Rift

‘This Is Us’ Creator Dan Fogelman Explains Why Season 5 Had To Premiere Before The Election As Team Talks Covid, Black Lives Matter & Kevin-Randall Rift
Next Tuesday, October 27, NBC’s This Is Us launches its fifth season with a two-hour premiere. That is a big deal — This Is Us is the first NBC scripted series and the first returning broadcast drama to debut new episodes this fall as the coronavirus pandemic delayed start of production on all shows and continues to impact filming on a daily basis.

That was not the original plan — NBC initially announced that the This Is Us two-hour Season 5 opener would air November 10, the Tuesday after the November 3 presidential election. Days later, the cast of the show announced on social media that the premiere was moving up two weeks, to the Tuesday before the election.

During a This Is Us press call on Friday, series creator Dan Fogelman explained why.

“It was really important to me — and to us — to get these episodes on before the election, not because they are
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