Sterling K Brown is starring in The Predator, and he is making me feel like one looking at him in this shirtless Selfie. Seriously, who knew the 40-year old, yes 4-0, had all that under clothes? Hopefully, they will show more of it when This Is Us returns in the Fall. Not that they need the ratings boost, but it wouldn’t hurt!
BTW seeing him like this makes me wonder why none of the Army Wives ever went after him, I would’ve. And we know that Marcia Clark did too! At least she did in his Emmy winning role.
We know that Milo Ventimiglia had surgery on his arm and that is why it is bandaged up. Turns out he isn’t the only star over at NBC who is injured. Ben Feldman shared a photo of the This Is Us patriarch with his Superstore co-star America Ferrera and she too is wounded. We don’t know why she is on crutches, but you have to wonder it is happening over at NBC and how they are protecting their stars so no one else is on the DL.
Side note, this Thursday at 8p, Ferrera will be reunited with her TV dad Tony Plana on Superstore. Not only will we see the Ugly Betty father and daughter together again, America is making her directorial debut with the episode.
Did you see This Is Us’ outstanding standalone episode yesterday as Randall and William took a road trip to Memphis? The drama made you cry and cry some more and even more than that. If you didn’t cry enough, then watching Sterling K Brown’s reaction after the East Coast airing will make you shed even more tears. That because even he couldn’t control the waterworks as he talked about his co-star and the opportunity to work on something as brilliant as this beloved NBC drama.
I need to run out to Sam’s because I am out tissues after all of this. Now we know why California is no longer in a drought. It is not because of all of the rain we have been getting, but it’s because of all the people watching This Is Us and crying.
Tonight at 9p on NBC, This Is Us airs its second standalone episode of the season and it is an emotional one between Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and his dying father (Ron Cephas Jones).
William wants to show his biological son, whom he recently became reacquainted with, where he grew up before he dies. As they drive down to Memphis, we will get to witness what William’s life was like as a baby, all the way up until to today in flashbacks. Proving the much loved drama can go back further than William’s adoptive parents’ lives. As we see what he went through all of his life, we get a better understanding of why he gave Randall up when he was just hours old.
The story isn’t only about flashbacks, William introduces Randall to family members he has never met before. Showing us a different side of the uptight triplet. He let’s go, has fun and that will bring a huge smile to our faces.
The relationship between the two men is stronger than ever, and then something happens. Something that will forever change their lives forever. Get the tissues ready because this episode will make you cry, laugh and cry some more. All while reminding you that television can be great again.
Don’t take my word for it, the show’s Executive Producer Dan Fogelman included this message with the preview. He said, “This was an episode we’ve planned since the pilot, but in my wildest dreams I never imagined it would turn out this well. Pilot directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra poured themselves into this one, and it shows. Sterling K. Brown and Ron Cephas Jones turn in two of the more memorable performances I’ve seen in some time.
“I’m obviously incredibly proud of this episode … and, obviously, incredibly biased. But I hope this one moves you as it moved me. I suspect it will.” It will and it does, so make sure to tune in because this is a must not miss episode.
Tonight at 9p on NBC, This Is Us delivers another intense and powerful episode. Toby (Chris Sullivan) and Kate (Chrissy Metz) have finally decided to get know each other better before they tie the knot in the summer and he asks her how her father died. Will she tell him (and ultimately us) what happened? Randall’s (Sterling K Brown) father (Ron Cephas Jones) is getting sicker and it is too much for him to handle. It is also Kevin’s (Justin Hartley) opening night for his play and he is nervous about it. He will seek out help and get good advice from someone he never expects that will give him the confidence he needs to take the stage. But is it enough? Then there is Jack (Milo Ventimilgia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore), and their marriage is in trouble. Is this a sign of when everything came crashing down for them? You will just have to tune in to find out.
We know what is going on on the show, but what are five things you don’t about the drama that reminds us that we can all love television again.
1 – We love Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimilgia as the matriarch and patriarch of the Pearson Family, but one of them was not what the creator was looking for for the part. Dan Fogelman revealed this tidbit at NBC’s TCA Winter Press Tour Day, “I had Mandy very much in mind as both a type and an actor, but I had a very different conception of Jack…coming in. I thought he was more of, like, not a nebbish, is the right word. Milo came in to meet with us, and…he had a huge beard and really long hair, and he had a motorcycle helmet. And he was so alpha that it was intimidating. It was not quite what I had in my brain as a type.” Then he added. “Right away I kind of knew, and I was, like, ‘No, that’s it.’ And then we were, like, ‘That’s the dad of this family, the hinge. That’s the before and after,’ and then everything else kind of started there, actually. But yeah, it was, like I had a type in mind who wouldn’t be as comfortable having his ass on television and like me.”
2 – Fogelman and Moore knew each other before This Is Us because he co-wrote her movie Tangled, but who else knew each other beforehand? Brown and his TV wife also have a connection. He explained to us how he and Susan Kelechi Watson have known each other for decades, “Susan and I both went to grad school for acting at NYU. And I was a third year when she was a first year, so we overlapped in school together. So we’ve known each other for a while and have a similar sort of approach to the work.”
3 – Brown also knew his TV biological father beforehand from a reading in NYC, and it is someone that Ron Cephas Jones knows that shapes his character. He shared his heartbreaking inspiration for how William Hill goes through his cancer battle, “My best friend has stage 4 cancer, and he lives here in L.A. So I speak with him every other day. So a lot of those facial expressions and emotions come directly from my friend.”
4 – Talking about faces, how long does it take for Mandy Moore to age 30 years? She said, “We’ve gotten the time down quite a bit. It’s now, like, three and a half hours as opposed to five, initially.” Does she mind sitting in the chair for that long? Not at all because she is loving this job and will do anything for it!
5 – We are loving the show and we know it a two season pickup. Does Dan Fogelman have an end date for the drama? He told us, “I know where the show goes. I have a number of seasons in my brain, and we’ll see as we get there. In success, people are always going to want more. In failure, people are going to want many less. I know where the series goes for multiple, multiple seasons. Beyond that, in terms of an overriding number, I don’t really have them in my head.”
If This Is Us keeps giving us episodes like the ones that that they have been giving us all season long, it is good to know that they have many more seasons ahead of them to come because we don’t want it going anywhere anytime soon.