NBC likes to use a slogan about it's top new show of last season: "This is complicated". So is the way the network has been handling the success of the top rated drama.
NBC this week confirmed some interesting news about "This Is Us".
After reporting back in April that the show would have a special two-and-a-half-hour TV movie in June to clear up the emotional season one finale episode, NBC announced that the show would instead move from last season's Tuesday night slot to Thursdays in the fall, followed by a special episode in the plum post-Super Bowl slot in February.
But, again, NBC switched course after fans complained that their favorite drama about the Pearson clan would be interrupted by "Thursday Night Football" in the fall.
The Peacock network announced that the show will now stay on the fall schedule on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m., following "The Voice". This way, "This Is Us' can run on a schedule of "nine or ten continuous" Tuesdays without being shut down for football broadcasts midway through the season.
Confused? You and me both! Kind of like how the producers teased us that we would be shown how Jack (played by actor Milo Ventimiglia) died in the finale, yet never did. Leaving many fans disappointed, drained and upset.
Here's what Mandy Moore, who plays Jack's wife Rebecca, said about the way the show wrapped up season one without the details of Jack's pending doom.
"For those somehow frustrated with the finale not revealing how Jack passed, I would encourage patience," she wrote. "Otherwise you might be watching the wrong show. Last night was fundamental to the bigger picture. The story deviated and ultimately landed on (I think) a more compelling question... what was the state of this relationship in the end? And as Milo so eloquently stated, let's focus on how the man lived! Stay tuned cause it's all leading somewhere and we're just getting started."
Speaking of getting started, season two of "This Is Us" should arrive on Tuesday, September 19 IF NBC sticks with the plan. We will then have a "continuous" run of episodes to see how Jack perished, how the 3 Pearson kids fare as Kevin moves to Los Angeles to tryout for Ron Howard's movie, Kate pursues singing and Randall ponders adoption. And how mom Rebecca deals with all of it, like any good mother does on a daily basis.
Yes, it is "complicated", as is life after all. Which makes us look forward to season two even more!