"In a television landscape with almost 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", saidLisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Presidents of Scripted Programming at NBC Entertainment. Given the specific renewal, this could mean that Dan Fogelman and crew have decided how long it will take them to wrap up the story.
Both new comedies will join the Thursday lineup: "Perfect Harmony" stars Bradley Whitford as a music teacher, and "Sunnyside" features Kal Penn, in a show about a disgraced New York City Councilman trying to help a diverse group hoping to become American citizens.
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"In a television landscape with almost 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", said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Presidents of Scripted Programming for NBC Entertainment.
Season 4, the first of the upcoming three newly ordered installments, likely will tackle Randall and Beth's move to Philadelphia ("I'm excited to write them in Season 4 in a way where they're even in a healthier and more equal place as partners", executive producer Isaac Aptaker told TVLine after the Season 3 finale).
This Is Us has been given a huge three-season renewal by the network, which has rewarded broadcast television's top-rated drama with a hefty pickup on Sunday ahead of its Upfront presentation, ET has learned. I have script pages I have written and I'm writing that really are deep, deep, deep into the future.
According to NBC, "This is Us" was this season's most-watched entertainment program among adults age 18-49 - the key demographic in selling time to advertisers - including seven days of delayed viewing.
In addition, "This Is Us" generated television's biggest lift going from "live plus same day" to L+7 Nielsens, growing by 1.78 rating points.
But this three-season renewal shows NBC's commitment to Fogelman's longform storytelling, which has set the show apart from other now airing melodramas.