Dan Fogelman Teases Second Half Of Season 2: Aftermath Of Kevin’s DUI, Adoption & More

December 11, 2017

Deadline spoke with This Is Us Creator Dan Fogelman on what’s to come on This is Us.

In speaking with This Is Us’ Dan Fogelman about the NBC/Fox series Golden Globe nominations this morning for TV drama, lead actor Sterling K. Brown and supporting actress Chrissy Metz, the series creator teased a slew of intel regarding the second half of season two.

Or as Fogelman puts it, “We have big episodes in short order.”

When we return in January, we’ll immediately be thrusted back into the fallout of Kevin Pearson’s DUI. Does he go to jail? That’s still TBD, but what Fogelman did let on about was that there’s an intense 12-minute dramatic scene between mom and the grown Pearson kids, read Brown, Metz, Mandy Moore and Justin Hartley.

“They just go at it in an interesting way that I had to call of them into my office because there’s some really serious acting going on,” says Fogelman. “We find Kevin in rehab and the family has arrived to hash things out in a therapy session. It’s very loaded.”

In addition, there’s a small child we see at the end of the last episode “Number Three” before the break, a young boy who Brown hinted could be destined for Randall’s family. But is he? Kate just miscarried, and Toby and her would like a child. Could the young child be headed their way instead? Fogelman was blown away by our question, however, remained mum on whether the young child goes to Kate or Randall.

Then, of course, there’s the neverending details surrounding Jack’s (Milo Ventimiglia) death. We learned this season that Jack potentially perishes in a fire. But did he set? Was he in the house? Does he smoke? “We promised answers in season 2 and we have eight episodes left and it’s all coming in short order. It will really be a heartbreaking surprise,” adds Fogelman. However, it’s the series’ plan to have other danglers in the older Pearson children’s lives take the front seat to the story surrounding Jack’s death mystery. That said, the enigma around the patriarch’s life will continue to evolve.

Fogelman further confirmed what Brown told us: That Randall will ultimately return to Memphis and develop a relationship with his extended birth family there. A second Memphis story was the original concept for the Thanksgiving episode before the This Is Us writers went with a three-episode-arc centered around each Pearson child. “We have a lot of real estate from Memphis and we’ll find our way back there,” says Fogelman.

In addition, Fogelman also spoke about the mystery surrounding Randall’s mother, Laurel. William informed him that she died during childbirth, and if she didn’t, “It would mean that William lied,” says Fogelman. However, in regards to whether Randall visits her grave, dives into learning more about her, Fogelman says such events “aren’t happening this season. But the construct of the show is that if we want to explore her back history, we don’t have have to send Randall to do it. We can just go into the story about his mother by going back in time and see how she met William (Ron Cephas Jones).”

Currently, Fogelman is in the middle of production on episodes 14 and 15 of This Is Us‘ 18-episode season. The NBC series returns on Jan. 2.

Hollywood Reporter’s 2017 Women in Entertainment Breakfast

December 11, 2017

This past week Sterling attended the Hollywood Reporter’s 2017 Women in Entertainment Breakfast.


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2018 Golden Globe Nominations

December 11, 2017

A giant congratulations to Sterling on his nomination for his role on This is Us. Congratulations are also due to Chrissy for her nomination for Best Supporting Actress and the entire cast & crew of This is Us for their nomination for Best TV Series – Drama!

Best performance by an Actor in a TV Series – Drama
Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us”
Freddie Highmore, “The Good Doctor”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Jason Bateman, “Ozark”

Best TV series – Drama
“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”

Critic’s Choice Award Nominations

December 06, 2017

Giant congratulations to Sterling on his nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series!

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us (NBC)
Paul Giamatti – Billions (Showtime)
Freddie Highmore – Bates Motel (A&E)
Ian McShane – American Gods (Starz)
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul (AMC)
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan (Showtime)

Best Drama Series
American Gods (Starz)
The Crown (Netflix)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
This Is Us (NBC)

Sterling K. Brown Doesn’t Mind Taking His Work Home With Him

November 01, 2017

Sterling K. Brown has more than a decade’s worth of credits to his name, but none made him a household name until he signed on for This Is Us. Brown earned an Emmy Award for the role of Randall Pearson in Season 1 of NBC’s hit drama, and the show’s new season has Brown and his fellow cast members getting rave reviews again. Brown credits the show’s creator, Dan Fogelman, with creating characters that are both realistic and likable; in fact, Brown wishes he could be a little more like Randall in real life!

To listen to the whole clip go here.

Ryan Murphy on Sterling K. Brown: ‘This Guy Is, Like, Marlon Brando Good’

November 01, 2017

IndieWire Honors: Murphy says he’s eager to work again with Brown, and is exploring ways to even re-pair him with ‘People v. O.J.’ co-star Sarah Paulson.

Sterling K. Brown graduated to superstar status after his Emmy-winning turn as Christopher Darden on “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” Executive producer and director Ryan Murphy remains tight with the star, who has even been advising him recently on how to live a vegan lifestyle.

Brown is busy starring in “This Is Us,” but the two are already discussing ways to work together again. “We’ve talked a lot about it,” Murphy said. “I’m trying to figure out a way to give America what they want, and reunite Sterling and Sarah Paulson. I would love for him to be a part of ‘Five Days at Memorial’ [the Hurricane Katrina-themed “American Crime Story” installment] that we’re doing. I always want to work with Sterling. I’m a busy guy, but he’s just as busy as hell. How are we gonna make it work? We will. We had a really great director/actor thing going that I would really like to continue.”

Below, Murphy shares with IndieWire his respect for Brown, and his pride in seeing the actor become a household name.

I feel that Sterling K. Brown has become an iconic actor. He means a lot to a lot of people, and I think that he’s a trailblazer. I’m just super proud of him. I’m not surprised at all at his success, because once we started working together, I was like, “Oh. This guy is, like, Marlon Brando good. This guy has huge, huge depth of talent, and on top of that, he’s charismatic and good looking, and sexy.”

The hardest part that we cast on “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” was Chris Darden. We looked at hundreds of people. We met with a lot of famous people. But [executive producers] Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson and I kept saying, “Eh. I don’t know.” Sterling had auditioned, and we sort of overlooked his tape at first. But once we were nearing the difficult part, where we had to make a decision, we looked at all of them again.

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When you see a talent — particularly somebody’s who not 20, somebody who’s been working their ass off, and just paying the rent, somebody who clearly is a star —there’s no better thing than to say to that person, “I see you” and “I see what you’re capable of.”

Sterling fucking earned that job. We made him do a read with Sarah Paulson that he knocked out of the park. Sarah was instantly taken by Sterling, and I think that the thing that she felt was, “OK. I have a sparring partner here. I have somebody who can actually throw it back to me, just as hard.” I think she was super relieved.

When we shot it, and I was directing him, he was always the most prepared. He was the most humble. He was just so thrilled to be there, and to have material that was great, and I think worthy of his talent. Everybody on that show, from Sarah to John Travolta, to David Schwimmer, to Courtney, B. Vance everybody was so proud of Sterling. He was sort of like the baby brother of the group. I think people felt that, the night of the Emmy awards, when he won.

Sterling, when he works, is really ferocious. He, like Sarah, comes prepared to win. He has every line memorized. He has your lines memorized. He is a very technical actor. He’s an incredible role model, and I think Sterling is also somebody who can do anything. I found that when I was directing him. There’s a scene where he has to cry and be emotional and then the next scene we shot that day was him, I think dancing to some goofy song with Sarah, so I think that he can do any genre. He’s not just a drama guy. He can be a comedy guy. He can be a goofy guy. He can be a romantic lead. I think he’s got it all.

Sterling has what I call the “Julia Roberts factor.” When you work with Julia Roberts, or you work with Sterling K. Brown, everybody who works with them falls in love with them, not necessarily in a romantic sense, but you’re just overwhelmed by their soul in some weird way. I would say it’s a very rare thing to have the instant ability to make people fall in love with you, of all sexes and genders.

The hardest thing in the world to find is a leading man, between 30 and 45. It’s always been the thing that I have struggled with the most in my career, the male actors. Who are those male actors who can appeal to women and men, and have a huge reserve of talent?

You know, I love him. I feel very protective of him, and yet I feel like I don’t have to be, because he has a great family. He has a wonderful wife, and Sterling really is smart and has a great business sense. He’s just supremely focused on being the best that he could be. Sterling is somebody who also continually loves to be challenged. He picks his material correctly, and you know, we talked a lot about that, like what he should do, or what he shouldn’t do. He has such a strong group of people around him, who love him and protect him and offer incredible guidance.

Success happened later for him in his life. He had already been married. He had already had children. He really has a great gratitude for it, and a great humbleness about it, because he waited a long time for it. When it finally happened, he was ready. His development as a person … He got there at the right time. I think that’s another thing that people sense about him, is he’s just grateful, and humble as a person, and incredibly fun to hang with as well.

— as told to Michael Schneider

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This Is Us Season 2 Promotional Shoot

October 26, 2017

NBC has released these great images from the promotional shoot the cast of This Is Us did for Season 2.


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