NBC is putting a lot of confidence into its hit new series This Is Us, giving it a commitment that would add at least 36 more episodes over the next two years.
Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, shared in a release that This Is Us was the hit show her network was looking for.
“This Is Us is as good as anything we’ve ever hard, we’re thrilled to renew it for two seasons, and there’s no doubt it will have a long life on NBC.”
“In a world where there are literally hundreds of television dramas, we’re proud to have one of the very best that is also one of the highest-rated.”
Those ratings, according to Salke, include 14.6 million viewers, by far making it the No. 1 new show of the season, and the fourth highest-rated entertainment series overall in the key advertising demographic of adults 18 to 49.
In fact, NBC boasts 72 million total viewers have watched the first 10 episodes in some way or another, and it’s NBC’s most-viewed series premiere on a digital platform on record.
The series was created by Dan Fogelman, who is probably best remembered for the short-lived The Neighbors on ABC that centered on a human family living in a suburban neighborhood filled with extra-terrestrials. Although the series started hot, it cooled quickly, and was cancelled after two seasons.
Fogelman also was behind Galavant, a musical comedy fantasy on ABC that ended last May after two seasons.
In This Is Us, Fogelman brings together a cast of characters, many of whom share the same birthday. Its cast includes Heroes alum Milo Ventimiglia, singer Mandy Moore, Smallville‘s Justin Hartley, American Horror Story‘s Chrissy Metz and American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown.
While two more seasons are a lock, reporters have been asking Fogelman if he’s looking to build a franchise off the series with a spin-off in the near future. But the writer recently told The Hollywood Reporter that it was too soon.
“We’re still so early. I haven’t thought about it, not yet. Rather than doing a spin-off, I’d rather keep it with in this series at first.”
That could also mean episodes that might not jump around in time so much, like this past week’s “The Big Day,” which centered almost entirely around the birth of the triplets first featured in the series premiere.
Fogelman promised there could be more focused episodes like that in the future, including one focused on Brown’s character of Randall Pearson.
“In a couple of episodes, there’s an episode that’s entirely with Sterling, and I think our audience will go with it. If well-executed, what would be a spin-off can just be done as an arc or a couple of episodes in our series. It helps make it so that the series doesn’t become the same thing over and over and over again, and staring boring the audience.
“I think that’s important.”
This Is Us airs Tuesdays on NBC.
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