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‘This Is Us’ Renewed for 3 More Seasons by NBC

Keep stocking up on tissues, Pearson family fans, because it looks like you’re going to be with the NBC drama’s clan for the foreseeable future, as “This Is Us” has been renewed for a fourth, fifth and sixth season. Each season will consist of 18 episodes.

“In a television landscape with nearly 500 original scripted series, there are very few, if any, that have the critical and cultural impact of ‘This Is Us’ and we couldn’t be more proud to bring fans three more seasons of a show that so well represents the NBC brand,” Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, presidents of scripted programming at NBC Entertainment, said Sunday of the network’s unprecedented three-season renewal. “A huge thank you and congratulations to our executive producers, cast and crew who reach new heights every week with the show’s inventive and compelling storytelling.”

It took NBC some time to pick up the Dan Fogelman-created series for its 2019-20 season (and now the 2020-21 and 2021-22 slates, too), but the future of “This Is Us” was never really in doubt — even though the show’s third season came to a close last month and the fates of few broadcast TV series remain in limbo ahead of next week’s upfronts.

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Despite Fogelman teasing “This Is Us” would wrap after six seasons, Paul Telegdy, co-chairman, NBC Entertainment, said no decision has been made on that yet. “We’re keeping that open for right now,” he said during NBC’s fall schedule conference call with reporters on Sunday, adding that Fogelman “has a plan for this show.”

An individual with knowledge of the hold-up behind the renewal, which was announced just ahead of NBC’s presentation to advertisers Monday, tells TheWrap the multi-season deal took a while to close due to contract negotiations with studio 20th Century Fox Television and the “This Is Us” cast, which includes Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan and Susan Kelechi Watson.

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Earlier this month, Fogelman extended his own pact with 20th Century Fox TV in a new nine-figure, five-year overall deal.

As many broadcast TV viewers (and definitely broadcast TV ad buyers) probably know, “This Is Us” is the highest-rated scripted series on television. The show’s third season averaged a 3.8 rating in the sought-after 18-49 demographic and 13.8 million total viewers, according to the “most current” data from Nielsen, which includes a week’s worth of delayed viewing where available. So the decision to keep the series going for years to come was a no-brainer.

Another no-brainer: NBC will keep “This Is Us” in its Tuesday, 9 p.m. timeslot for next season.

The series is executive produced by Fogelman, Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Ken Olin, Charlie Gogolak and Jess Rosenthal.

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Along with “This Is Us,” NBC has renewed the following series for next season: “The Blacklist,” “Blindspot” (for fifth and final season), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Ellen’s Game of Games,” “Good Girls,” “The Good Place,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Manifest,” “New Amsterdam,” “Superstore” and “Will & Grace.”

Additionally, the network has ordered these new shows: “Bluff City Law,” “Council of Dads,” “Indebted,” “The Kenan Show,” “Law & Order: Hate Crimes”, “Lincoln,” “Perfect Harmony,” “Sunnyside” and “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.”

NBC canceled “I Feel Bad,” “Marlon,” “Midnight, Texas,” “Reverie” and “Trial & Error.” The series still awaiting decision are “Abby’s,” “A.P. Bio,” “The Enemy Within” and “The Village.”

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Constance Wu: ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Renewal Meant Turning Down Another Project

Constance Wu offered a mea culpa Saturday, explaining her “f—ing hell” reaction to the renewal of her ABC show “Fresh Off the Boat” by saying, “its renewal meant I had to give up another project that I was really passionate about.”

The “Crazy Rich Asians” star reacted to news that her ABC comedy was renewed with a Friday tweet, saying, “So upset right now that I’m literally crying. Ugh. F–.” And when a follower congratulated her with “Great news,” she responded, “No it’s not.” Shortly thereafter, Wu walked back the tweets, clarifying that it “was not a rampage.”

Saturday, Wu prefaced her lengthy explanation of her reaction by saying, “These words are my truth. I hope you hear them.”She emphasized her love for “FOTB,” calling it a “great show” that she’s ” proud of,” adding that her character of Jessica is “fun and easy and pleasant.”

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“But,” she wrote, “in general, I’ve always sought artistic challenge over comfort and ease. I was disappointed in not being able to do that other project–Because that other project would have challenged me as an artist–that other project would have been really hard and not easy or pleasant at all.”

Wu went on to apologize for the “ill-timing” of her words that she called ” insensitive to those who are struggling.”

“People can hold conflicting feelings in their hearts–that conflict is part of being human,” she concluded. “So I can both love the show/cast/crew but at the same time be disappointed that I lost that other unrelated job. I appreciate those who have given me the space and faith to believe what I say about both parts of my heart.”

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Read Wu’s full comment below or by clicking here.

I Love FOTB. I was temporarily upset yesterday not bc I hate the show but bc its renewal meant I had to give up another project that I was really passionate about. So my dismayed social media replies were more about that other project and not about FOTB.

But I understand how that could feel interconnected and could get muddled. So here is me unmuddling it with my truth: FOTB is a great show that I’m proud of and that I enjoy. I’ve gotten to fully explore my character and I know her like the back of my hand. So playing Jessica is fun and easy and pleasant. I get to work with a kind and pleasant cast/crew. Which makes it all quite enjoyable–So obviously I don’t dislike doing a show that is fun and easy and pleasant. But in general, I’ve always sought artistic challenge over comfort and ease. I was disappointed in not being able to do that other project–Because that other project would have challenged me as an artist–that other project would have been really hard and not easy or pleasant at all. Sometimes even my closest friends are baffled at how I could value artistic challenge/difficulties over success/happiness. But I do. I know it’s weird.

But my words and ill-timing were insensitive to those who are struggling, especially insensitive considering the fact I used to be in that struggle too. I do regret that and it wasn’t nice and I am sorry for that. I know it’s a huge privilege that I even HAVE options–options that FOTB has afforded me. But if one does have privilege, they ought to use that privilege as best they can. For me–that means pushing myself artistically. Constantly challenging myself by doing what’s unfamiliar and scary. So I am trying my best to use it well.

People ‘assumed’ that that meant I don’t love and enjoy FOTB. But I do love and enjoy it. I hope you believe me.

People can hold conflicting feelings in their hearts–that conflict is part of being human. So I can both love the show/cast/crew but at the same time be disappointed that I lost that other unrelated job. I appreciate those who have given me the space and faith to believe what I say about both parts of my heart. Thank you. It’s meaningful when you make the choice to believe women.

Umberto Gonzalez contributed to this report.

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