How ‘This Is Us’ Will ‘Attack’ the COVID-19 Pandemic in Season 5

by Jeremy Spirogis
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This Is Us will probably be again for season 5, however a premiere date continues to be up within the air. The solid and crew are nonetheless ready to start manufacturing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, showrunner Dan Fogelman says the schedule for the time-jumping NBC drama isn’t the one factor the pandemic has affected.

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Fans will see the start of Rebecca and Miguels’ relationship in season 5

Due to the time-jumping within the This Is Us storyline, followers have but to see the start of Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and Miguel’s (Jon Huertas) relationship. Moore just lately advised TV Insider that that is one thing the writers need to discover. And, it should occur in season 5.

“I feel like that will be one of the greatest tricks of the show is getting people to get on board with Rebecca and Miguel,” stated Moore.

The Emmy-nominee admits that the story will at all times be about Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca. But, Rebecca and Miguel deserve a “new lease on life,” says Moore. She is worked up to see how they’ll convey the characters collectively.

Amid the manufacturing shutdown, Moore says that the This Is Us writers reconvened over the summer season. She revealed that Fogelman had already written the primary two episodes. And, Moore says the brand new season will probably be “super ambitious,” like at all times.

‘This Is Us’ season 5 is all about new beginnings

Every season of This Is Us has an general theme. In season 4, the theme was all about including new characters and increasing the storyline. For season 5, Fogelman says the theme is new beginnings.

“I’m very excited about that, especially with where the world is right now,” Fogelman advised Glamour. “I would call it almost a rebirth that will come next season. [There will be] a lot of new beginnings and particularly the words birth and rebirth are going to be a big thematic part of next season.”

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Fogelman additionally stated throughout a current panel that he and the writers are attempting to determine learn how to incorporate the main occasions from 2020 into the storyline. 

During the primary 4 seasons, he says they’ve made it some extent to keep away from present information. But, this present second in time with the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests are “something different.” If they assault these subjects, he says it must be performed in the best manner.

The COVID-19 pandemic will probably be a part of ‘This Is Us’

Fogelman just lately confirmed on Twitter that they may sort out the pandemic “head-on” in the course of the upcoming season of This Is Us. He advised Entertainment Weekly’s Dan Snierson for the 92Y that the present is “uniquely suited” to mark this present second in time.

Even although it is sensible for the pandemic to have an effect on the Pearson household indirectly, Fogelman admits it’s “complicated territory.” He nonetheless has a plan to include the virus into the storyline. But, how that occurs will rely upon when the present is ready to start filming.

Fogelman famous it was exhausting sufficient for the writers to maintain monitor of “18,000 timelines and characters.” He admitted that there was critical debate in regards to the present going down in a world the place coronavirus by no means occurred.

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On the flip facet, they discussed having the primary 9 episodes of the brand new season all going down throughout quarantine.

“We’ve been all over the map. I think we have a plan that splits the balance…. But you know, we’re fluid writers. We have the ability to adjust as needed,” stated Fogelman.

Season 5 of This Is Us will hopefully premiere on NBC someday in 2020.

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