The Cast and Creator of TV's Breakout Hit This Is Us Reveal How the Series' Exceptional Timing Led to Its Success in The Latest Issue Of Emmy Magazine
(NoHo Arts District, Calif. — May 25, 2017) — NBC's hit family drama This Is Us has captured a global audience with compelling, character-driven storytelling that resonates with a diverse group of TV viewers. In the recent issue of emmy magazine, creator Dan Fogelman and the ensemble cast share how timing was important to the success of the show, which takes its audience on an emotional journey each week. The award-winning official publication of the Television Academy hits newsstands May 30.
In the midst of a world experiencing social and political change, This Is Us has become a weekly primetime event that provides viewers with hope, deeply felt emotion, and both laughter and tears. Starring Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley, the series, which has already been renewed for two more seasons, delivers raw human connections and relatable dialogue.
"Hopefully what people are attaching to is this common experience we're all sharing that is different right now with our crazy politics," creator Dan Fogelman tells emmy. "As divided as the world is, the human experience doesn't change that much."
Executive producer Ken Olin adds, "I don't know whether This Is Us would have been the same kind of success at a time when people felt safer. I think there's a great need for a humanist sensibility and a voice for hope. And not schmaltzy hope. This Is Us is saying that we can see life for as difficult and sad as it can be at times and still find decency, honor and truth."
The series, which has been hailed for its refreshingly human and relatable characters, was recently recognized with a Television Academy Honor for its ability to explore and confront significant issues facing society in an impactful way.
"There will be black men my age who are very thankful for the representation, older people, younger people, gay, straight, transgender," Emmy Award-winning actor and This Is Us series regular Sterling K. Brown notes of the program's wide-ranging appeal.
Additional feature highlights from the new issue include:
- The HBO limited series The Night Of, a 2017 Television Academy Honors honoree, depicts a young Muslim man's frightening journey through the New York City justice system. "A Long Day's Journey Into Night" recounts the acclaimed limited series' beginnings.
- In "Ava Everywhere," Ava DuVernay, creator of OWN's Queen Sugar, gives emmy readers an inside look into her first TV series, highlighting the importance of strong visuals in making Natalie Baszile's 2014 novel and its characters come to life.
- Throughout his career, Peter Morgan, writer and creator of Netflix's The Crown, has spent a lot of time researching, imagining and telling the story of Queen Elizabeth. "A Man and His Monarch" delves deeper into Morgan's fascination with the British monarch.
Readers can catch behind-the-scenes video of the cover shoot with the cast of This Is Us on TelevisionAcademy.com.
Emmy, the official publication of the Television Academy, goes behind the scenes of the industry for a unique insider's view. It showcases the scope of television and profiles the people who make TV happen, from the stars of top shows to the pros behind the cameras, covering programming trends and advances in technology. Honored consistently for excellence, emmy is a six-time Maggie Award winner as Best Trade Publication in Communications or the Arts and has collected 52 Maggies from the Western Publishing Association. Emmy is available on selected newsstands and at TelevisionAcademy.com for single-print and digital copies as well as subscriptions.
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