‘This Is Us’ Season 5 Will Air 2-Hour Premiere Episode This November

NBC has finally unveiled the premiere date for This Is Us Season 5, much to fans’ delight. The immensely successful primetime drama will return on Tuesday, November 10. Even better, the premiere will be two hours long, so you get double the time with the Pearson family as usual. If that’s not good news, I don’t know what is.

  1. Season 5 was delayed because of the pandemic. As with many shows, This Is Us faced serious production delays due to COVID-19 and had to shut down filming for several months. While they were eventually able to return to work with safety measures in place, the delay meant that the show wasn’t ready for its usual fall premiere and is therefore coming back on air a couple of months late. Better late than never!
  2. The new episodes are going to be “super ambitious.” According to an interview star Mandy Moore gave to TV Insider back in July 2020, Season 5 is going to be even better than previous seasons of This Is Us due to the “super ambitious” storytelling at play this season. “I know the writers have been working for a while,” she said. “I know that Dan [Fogelman] has written the first two episodes of the season. I know it’s super ambitious, like our show always is. I am biased, but I feel like it keeps getting better and better,
  3. Once the season kicks off, it really gets going with a bang. While we’re lucky enough to be getting a two-hour premiere episode on November 10, we get another hour of This Is Us immediately after on November 17 and the new content won’t stop coming after that. What a relief! I’ve missed this show so much.
  4. Will there be any coronavirus storylines? Who can say? As Mandy Moore explained, “I think the writers are leaving themselves open to what is happening in the world right now, and whether or not they’re going to incorporate that is still a little bit up in the air. I think they want to give themselves the leeway and the freedom to bring some of that in, if it makes sense, but everything is changing so quickly.” Fair enough. I don’t think it needs to incorporate coronavirus but others might feel like it needs to at least be mentioned to reflect the real world. Either way, I’m sure it’ll be amazing.
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