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NBC Orders Dramedy "This Is Us" To Series Featuring Y&R’s Justin Hartley!

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It’s been a big news today for primetime shows getting network pick-ups for the new season or cancellation.   But there was great news for Justin Hartley (Adam Newman, The Young and the Restless)!  The Dan Fogelman untitled project in which he was cast as series regular, now has a name and has been ordered to series by NBC.

The new series is a dramedy now titled This Is Us.  It stars Mandy Moore (Red Band Society), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, Gilmore Girls) and Sterling K. Brown (The People Vs. OJ Simpson), along with Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan and Ron Cephas Jones  who round out the terrific cast.

The premise follows a unique ensemble whose paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways.  Several of them share the same birthday, and so much more than anyone would expect.

Justin’s role in the pilot for the series was described as “Kevin”, a handsome and successful television actor with an underlining boredom in his ultimate bachelor life.

For Fogelman, the This Is Us pick-up was welcome news as both his other series Galavant and Grandfathered were canceled by ABC and Fox.  How the news of the network pick-up will effect Hartley’s availability on the number one soap opera remains to be seen.

So, what do you think of the news of Justin’s show going to series? Share your comments below!

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Mr. X
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Mr. X

As a fan of Justin Hartley, I couldn’t be happier for him.

As a fan of his Y&R Adam character, it sucks.

Lon
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Lon

I feel the same way.

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

AGREE

Rod
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Rod

THIS IS AWESOME!!! But he number 1 soap is General Hospital now

Sheila
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Sheila

Not with the ratings it is not. The emmys for the most part was joke that still has many scrarching their heads. Tell me how a show that has remained 2.5m ahead of GH and the other bottom dweller DOOL is not a clear winner for best show.

aria
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aria

ummm hmmm, because getting an emmy for best show is not about having the “highest rating” if that was the case, ncis would win the emmy in primetime.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Because some people are too lazy to turn the effing channel!

Sheila
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Sheila

4ever DAYS……..YEP around 3 million viewers over DAYS are too lazy. I watch Days and it is a sinking ship. With the most recent script writer Salmons walking off yesterday the funeral should be soon.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Melissa Salmons quitting her script writing job at DAYS doesn’t indicate troubled waters ahead. All the soaps have several script writers. MS probably wrote three scripts per month. The script writers don’t write storylines. They only write dialogue.

Softjohn
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Softjohn

No! I mean, I’m happy for Justin, but it makes me worry. We already lost two Adams, we can’t lose another one!

su0000
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su0000

I had hoped that Justin Hartley would have been the revived McGiver..
He will do well.. he can’t stay with Y&R until he grows old like Eric and Peter..
He should grab every opportunity offered to him..

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Omg

Timmm
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Timmm

You are right su0000, he can always return to soaps later in life.

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Justin had been killing it as Adam. If his NBC gig takes off ill be sorry to see him go. As a soap fan I’ll also be ready for another recast of an interesting and well written character.

Sissy
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Sissy

I’m happy for Justin. I really hope he is able to do both shows because he is outstanding as Adam!!

Mo
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Mo

I don’t want him to leave Y&R!!!!!

Robert bolger
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Robert bolger

Could not have happen to a better man than him GOOD FOR HIM I DONT KNOW HOW ANY ONE IN THE BIZZ COULD TURN HIM DOWN THIS IS JUST HIS BEGInning on his way to the top. Now he will be missed if he leaves the number one day time show THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS! Either way he’s doing good

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL giddy

“… I DONT KNOW HOW ANY ONE IN THE BIZZ COULD TURN HIM DOWN ”

bam ! ’nuff said

he’s beyond sexy

robert bolger
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robert bolger

well said

Hillary
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Hillary

The new show is filmed in New York City. Don’t see Hartley being able to maintain a front & center character on Y&R which is taped in LA.

Sheila
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Sheila

Taped being the key word.

LucyT
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LucyT

Happy for Justin hope the show is a hug success but but but what about YR I need to know???

Nikki
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Nikki

I couldn’t be happier for him. He’s a hard worker and always brings his best to “Adam Newman”. His acting ability is unbelievable and I always thought he’d go farther. For him to settle in being Adam for the rest of his days would be to stifle his career as well as cheat himself out of something wonderful. My very selfish side wants to keep him as Adam Newman but if I we’re his mom I’d be saying “get out there & show them what you’ve got” GOOD LUCK Justin. Will soon see you on the big screen.

Timmm
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Timmm

I love Michael Muhney BUT we all know that story, I think, so Y&R was lucky enough to find Justin Hartley. Once I saw how handsome and how good of an actor he was, it was only a matter of time before Primetime would reclaim him! Good for him, bad for Y&R! IF its not this new show, another will come along soon and sign this mega talent! THEN Y&R has a huge hole to fill again! They already have two strikes against them with the recasts of RED and BILLY!

Lon
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Lon

I could not see anyone but Michael Muhney be Adam. And yes with Michelle Stanford and the best Billy ever Billy Miller gone, I boycotted the show. They were treated horribly by Y&R! I only tuned in for Justin. If he leaves I may stop watching again.

robert bolger
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robert bolger

wait hang in there something will tun up ok with a show like Y&R YOU CANT GO WRONG

Sheila
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Sheila

Oh you boycotted? Nobody of any importance noticed

Timmm
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Timmm

I would never quit watching the show BUT it is getting tough to watch! Too many unrecognizable characters!

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

I agree Timmm!

Nikki
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Nikki

Every time someone says they are going to quit watching the show their name shows up for every comment. It actually gets funny. Nobody is going to quit watching because an actor/actress leaves and that is why nobody takes it seriously. Timmm your so right. There are a lot of newbies but I think it’s because they work for less than the greats like Beth Maitland. Y & R had the highest fan base of any soap but if you read the comments and write down the names of the negative comments, check back over the week you’ll notice there… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

Good luck to Justin, he was one of the few reasons to bother to watch Y&R lately.

Timmm
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Timmm

It will be VERY tough to find a new Adam if this turns out to be the case. Jack was a great recast. Abby turned out well but generally speaking, you have to hit the lottery to find someone who looks like the original, has chemistry with those on screen and can act!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

How wonderful Mr. Hartley is so in demand. Actors work long and hard to win any measure of success, and so few make it. Good for him!

As this is an NBC program, the show may not have long life. The Peacock has not been blessed with scripted ratings winners of this genre for some time. It sounds good though.

Travis Thomas
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Travis Thomas

True, but this was the most In Demand pilot this season. Everyone wanted it. And to be honest, NBC has been doing the best this season in terms of holding on to shows outside of their comedy block which does need work. Also if this turns out to be the critical darling industry folks have made this out to be, that will work in its favor. As much as I love him as Adam, because it’s always been obvious that he has Primetime dreams, I also didn’t want him as Adam because the moment I knew I would love his… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

A TV series has 10 – 13 episodes a season;

An 60 minute episode of Walking Dead takes about a week.
—–Supernatural takes 8 working days to film an episode.
—– A 30 minute sitcom will take 5 days to shoot, averaging 4-6 pages a day.

Just to give an idea how long Justin could be busy at NBC

Patrick
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Patrick

as I’ve posted on the emmy nominations

he’s like the BEST of the Best newbie

has was on Passions for 5 years

this was way back in 2002-2006

moving forward to 2016. (from Wiki)

“…it was announced that Hartley would take over the role of Adam Newman on The Young and the Restless, succeeding Michael Muhney. Hartley first appeared on November 5, 2014 ”

call him the golden boy…. a beacon for daytime…

his work ethic is damn! “Thank You” for caring about what you do… and making Daytime FUN with – lots – of energies

Wowza

I will be looking for this dramedy

DryedMangoez
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DryedMangoez

So happy for him! I’ve always thought he deserved a good primetime role since Passions. Hope this show will do well for NBC.

Lon
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Lon

I am a huge fan. I have followed him from show to show. Passions, Emily Owens, Revenge, Mistresses…to Y&R. He is the only reason I returned to Y&R. No one could have taken over the role of Adam to me. Justin does an excellent job! So I wonder with this new project will leave Y&R?

k/kay
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k/kay

Nothing but a pretty boy with a god awful haircut!!!! Nothing but a watered down version of Adam muscles and working out do not make you an actor!

JK
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JK

WHAT???????? YOU MUST BE WATCHING THE WRONG SOAP.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

But talent does and he’s had it since his debut on Passions gurlll I don’t know WHO you’ve been watching..

Timmm
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Timmm

k, I dont know how old you are BUT a lot of women and some men wouldnt give a second look at Justin’s haircut! He is a talented, handsome man. Over at GH the have a couple MANikins who are handsome but cannot read a single line without falling all over the scene!

Nikki
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Nikki

What a nasty mean person you are.

k/kay
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k/kay

Nikki get a grip first of all the bad haircut was a sarcastic joke! Second they have watered down Adam he may be a great actor but all I have seen is shirtless scenes and mooning over Chelsea the dark side of Adam has not been shown. You need to lighten up I have no personal animosity towards JH I have just not seen any great dramatic moves maybe it is the writing but news flash I will always like Chris Engen the first Adam in the role.

robert bolger
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robert bolger

HEY IM HAPPY TO THE FACT THAT I WORK WITH GUY HES GREAT no brags just facts

Lexie
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Lexie

I had respected Justin Hartley’s work on Smallville before Y&R. As a huge Michael Muhney fan, I knew the Adam Newman character would change after he left. Muhney played the role as a sensitive, conflicted man with a lot of complexity & darkness. Hartley went for levity and lots of skin.

Tas
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Tas

Being back the REAL Adam, Muhney! Let Justin have his prime time gig! Happy for him! Because if he stays at Y&R with schedule like that (Primetime) we will get less and less of ” Adam” he does ok but not quite the “real” Adam as ONLY Muhney can relay

Sheila
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Sheila

Muhney can’t even get anything more than B movies…….puleeze

Lexie
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Lexie

I’d love to see Michael Muhney on Y&R again. He’s the REAL Adam Newman.

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

I would also like to see Michael Muhney again. It was such a great Adam.

Nicole
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Nicole

Maybe you can see Muhney’s new movie THE TRACK. It premiers in Hollywood at the Chinese Theater on June 12th.

Sheila
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Sheila

Thanks Nicole…..it’s an Indie movie so won’t hit mainstream theatres. I shall look for it.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I would imagine that Y&R will try to work around his schedule– I am sure they already had discussions on how to make this work should the show get picked up. On soaps most stories are written well in advance of taping, so he could taped a number of episodes, have them in the bank so that could be inserted later — or write a story that would have Adam gone for a period of time to cover his absence. Let face facts getting on the primetime schedule isn’t going automatically mean instant hit and depending on how many episodes… Read more »

Travis Thomas
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Travis Thomas

Well it won’t be about YR, but more of NBC. This was the most In Demand pilot this season with a bidding war for it. Plus it’s an hour show, which that’s what will be the problem. I do Production Asst work occasionally on SVU and depending on the complexity of filming, the episode can take between 8-12 days. Plus this show will be filming in NY. Two different networks, two different coast, it will be brutal. Plus throw in table reads. For a fall premier, this will go into production at the end of Aug or early Sept. And… Read more »

donna
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donna

I could be wrong, but I thought I had read somewhere that there could be a possibility of ‘This is Us’ being filmed in LA. Y&R does tape well in advance of ‘air time’ shows (I think it is like 4 weeks). I have heard before that actors do have scenes ‘in the bank’ for when they want time off. Also, primetime shows only shoot so many episodes to air. My hope is that this will work itself out and we can keep Justin on y&r as Adam. I personally, would not want to have to go through another Adam… Read more »

Nikki
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Nikki

I think your right Mary. Right now he’s been warned by Victor that he’ll be sorry and Nick just found Sage’s diary so it looks like old Vic got someone to plant something in it that could send Adam to jail. That could be his out for a little while.

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

Are there a lot of “dramedies” on television these days? There were some watched years ago that were really fun and interesting. Wish him the best and think the role will be difficult to fill. Justin doesn’t stand out as one of the great actors to me but very talented. He carries a presence strong enough to have restructured the portrayal of Adam. That has been quite an accomplishment especially considering the many dedicated fans the previous fellow managed to cultivate. For one, wish he would not leave. He contributed immensely to what did work for Young and the Restless.… Read more »

xmascarol
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xmascarol

I am happy for Justin,maybe he will do two shows ,actors have known to have done that before.I would watch both of them.He arrived just in time, a pun there.Seriously I love Justin always have ..Great actor and he is so gorgeous.

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