Tonight is the Season 4 finale of This Is Us, but will there be a Season 5? Has filming been delayed due to Coronavirus?
The show was renewed for three more seasons by NBC last May, meaning a Season 5 is definitely happening. An official announcement has not yet been made about whether production will be postponed in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
Many NBC Shows Have Delayed Production
While an announcement about This Is Us‘ production schedule has yet to be made, Deadline revealed earlier this month that a number of NBC shows have halted production amid the outbreak. Some of those shows are Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, Law & Order: SVU, New Amsterdam, SNL, and Superstore.
For now, only time will tell if a Season 5 premiere will take place in September, which is when the show’s new seasons usually air.
When the series was renewed last May, Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Presidents of Scripted Programming at NBC Entertainment, shared, “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. 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.”
But will it all be over after those three seasons? In February, creator Dan Fogelman and showrunner Isaac Aptaker spoke to Deadline about the end of the show as a whole. Aptaker revealed that the ending may be in sight. “From day one, Dan came in with his master plan for the big picture stuff of the show and said, ‘I think this is where we end up. I think this is what I know. Let’s figure out the rest together.’ So all of the writers and the actors really know everything. We’re all pretty good at keeping secrets by now, it’s been three years, but it’s a total open book for everyone who works on the show, so there are no secrets from each other.”
Season 4 Finale
While producers aren’t revealing too much about the season finale, we know that some of our favorite characters will be making a return, including Dr. Katowski, Malik Hodges, and Nicky Pearson.
It’s unclear why Dr. K is back, but in the promo, he appears as if he’s giving some important news, suggesting viewers will be left with something to mull over as the fourth season wraps up.
The Season 3 finale revealed that Kevin has a 10-year-old son, but it left out the identity of the mother. Now everyone wants to know, could it be Cassidy? Fans know that Kevin slept with Kate’s friend, Madison, earlier in the season, making the answer to that question unclear.
Tonight’s episode was written by Dan Fogelman and directed by executive producer Ken Olin.
This Is Us airs its fourth season finale on Tuesday, March 24 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.