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‘This Is Us’ Season 5 premiere will start sooner than you think

‘This Is Us’ will return to television screen two weeks earlier than anticipated.

THIS IS US — “Strangers: Part Two” Episode 418 — Pictured: (l-r) Justin Hartley as Kevin, Sterling K. Brown as Randall — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
Justin Hartley as Kevin, Sterling K. Brown as Randall in “This Is Us.”
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“This Is Us” will bring viewers back to the world of the Pearson household a few weeks earlier than originally thought.

  • NBC announced last week that “This Is Us” will premiere on Oct. 27 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. EDT.
  • The show was supposed to debut on Nov. 10.

Why was it delayed?

“This Is Us” often premieres in September along with the beginning of the fall season. But Hollywood’s shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic delayed production, according to Entertainment Weekly.

  • The show started production on new episodes this week.
  • Writers had been working remotely during the pandemic, tough.

“We have a carefully crafted plan through six seasons of the television show that hundreds of people have now devoted for four-plus years of their lives executing,” creator Dan Fogelman told EW. “And we’re going to execute that plan, no matter what’s happening in the world. What’s happening in the world may shift the details of how things happen, but the big moves continue to happen — and actually potentially heighten and make better the television show then maybe some of our initial plans, because that’s our job. Here are the new rules we’ve been given. How do we continue to try and top ourselves and make things even better than they were?”

What will the season be about?

Fogelman tweeted that “This Is Us” will address the novel coronavirus and the pandemic.

  • “Yes on Covid,” he tweeted. “We’ve decided to attack things head on. Very proud of @ThisIsUsWriters.”