BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.
ANSWERS FOR US
The details of a tragedy looming over “This Is Us” will be revealed in season two.
Dan Fogelman, creator of NBC’s time-shifting hit drama series, said the circumstances about the death of doting family man Jack will be part of the show’s sophomore season that begins Sept. 26.
“If that is a question that is haunting people, in the course of the second season” they’ll get the answers they need and more, Fogelman told reporters Thursday, surrounded by the show’s ensemble cast including Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Jack.
His character’s ultimate fate — but not how he meets it — has been a key part of the show that travels between the past and present of Jack, wife Rebecca (Mandy Moore), their three children and family circle.
Fogelman said the season’s first episode will create “some momentum” toward filling in the blanks about Jack’s death. But characters who die are revisited in the show’s era-hopping that’s intended to illustrate how “the past influences the present,” he said.
“Jack has been dead the entire season, and he’s nominated for an Emmy,” Fogelman said, wryly.
The hit drama earned 11 Emmy nominations for next month’s ceremony, including acting nods for Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Ron Cephas Jones. Its best-drama series bid is the first for a broadcast network show since CBS’ “The Good Wife” in 2011.