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‘This Is Us’ Cast Reflects on the Show as Its Final Season is About to Premiere

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After six seasons, This Is Us will conclude following its upcoming season, and with it brings all the feels, emotions and look-backs.

Now as prelude to the January 4th season premiere NBC offers up a “First Look” of the final chapter as the cast reflects on being part of the ensemble that tells the story of a family, that viewers fell in love with, and at times, see themselves in.

In a new video teaser released this week, series stars; Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia tell us why they will miss the series why it is so special.

Within the teaser, there are some hints of what’s to come for the drama in 2022, including: Rebecca’s continued battle with Alzheimer’s, and the Big Three’s celebration of their 41st birthday.

Check it out below, and then let us know, if you are ready to watch how it all concludes for the Pearson Family on ‘This Is Us’ via the comment section.

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I’ve watched since the beginning but I do feel the show has run its course and should go out on top. I’ll miss the wonderful acting, especially from Chrissy Metz and Susan Kelechi Watson, and the soulful work of Mandy Moore and gorgeous Milo Ventimiglia. I wish them all well in future endeavors. I also loved that Rebecca was such a huge fan of Joni Mitchell. Me too.

Me too. And if you have not yet seen the Kennedy Award dedication to Joni that aired shortly before Christmas this year, you should seek it out. The whole show was pretty fantastic but it does begin with the dedication to Joni.

Oh Margherita, I usually hate those shows because the singers they choose normally butcher the songs. But I was pretty happy with these, especially the divine Norah Jones. Joni is such an important part of my life (and countless others), she deserves great treatment. However, I was dismally disappointed over the Bette Midler “salute”. FRIENDS was sung out of tune by, not one, but THREE awful singers and Billy Porter was too over the top. And how do you honor Bette without mentioning her second Oscar nomination in FOR THE BOYS and no one performed her Grammy winning classic THE ROSE. I was very let down.

I agree on the Bette tribute for I learned how to play the piano by being inspired by THE ROSE. I would race home to play it and sing it at the top of my lungs, in both my home and at sleep away camp – that was very very unfortunate misstep and I’m guessing Bette wasn’t happy about it either. Though she definitely deserved the honor.

Kudos to you, Margherita, as well as Soaphound. I am with you both regarding Bette.

“Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun’s love
In the spring becomes the rose” 🙂

But of course that was after finishing watching Guiding Light:)

Margherita, looks like we’re kindred THE ROSE spirits. After 40-plus years, it remains my favorite pop record and ONLY by Bette. I prefer the soundtrack version to the single because it’s just piano & vocal. And though I never got proficient in piano, I can still play the melody of THE ROSE. At the end, when it gets very quiet and Bette sings…”lies the seed that with the sun’s love..”, I still get chills at the awesome beauty of it. Oh, and I watched GL for about 38 years, until the sad end. Still miss Reva and Kim Zimmer. BTW, I saw Liz Kiefer (Blake) on a recent BLUE BLOODS. Still beautiful and a terrific actress!

I really love This Is Us, the characters, the cast, the stories. And I realize I need to have a very large supply of tissues on hand for this season. I’ve got them ready. Bring it on.

I too think the show has run its course. I will go further and say that in my opinion 2-3 seasons would have been enough. After that its felt as if its lost its original story – not wording that very well – and I’m sure I’m in a huge minority in saying so.

It had 5 seasons–
It should have concluded after the 2nd-
It didn’t seem like it was meant to be a long-running show-
The 1st two seasons were good-
After that, it was downhill for the following three seasons-
Now there is the 6th season–
I might watch the last 2 episodes of season 6 just to see the ending.
I wish the actors a great new beginning–

I hope Mandy Moore gets some recognition this season. She should have won an Emmy for at least two of these seasons.

I think six is the right number, and I still live the show every bit as much as I did when it started. Last season, IMO was one of its best seasons.

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‘Tracker’ Season Finale Scores 7.4 Million Viewers, Making It Most-Watched Sunday Night Broadcast Show

That was fast! Justin Hartley’s (ex-Y&R, Passions) hit drama Tracker has completed its freshman season with an emotional episode that aired on Sunday, May 20th and was a ratings winner.

Hartley brought in former This Is Us love interest Jennifer Morrison as guest star in an episode entitled The Storm.

According to The Wrap, The Tracker season finale brought in 7.36 million viewers, making it Sunday night’s most-watched broadcast program, according to Nielsen live-plus-same-day Fast National data.

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In story, Colter Shaw (Hartley) investigates the disappearance of two amateur storm chasers, one of whom is the daughter of an old family friend (Morrison), that the local police have written off as an accidental drowning. Colter’s expert tracking skills lead him to uncover the seedy underbelly of a small town resort.

Tracker’s freshman season started off with a bang, when Hartley’s new show premiered right after the Super Bowl in February and brought in 18.4 million viewers. Even though nothing matched those impressive numbers, the series continued to bring in week-to-week major numbers for CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

So, did you catch last night’s season finale of ‘Tracker with Jennifer Morrison and Justin Hartley? Looking forward to the series return for season 2? Comment below.

 

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DAYS and ‘Supernatural’ Alum Jensen Ackles Joins the Cast of Justin Hartley’s CBS Series ‘Tracker’

Look who’s joining Justin Hartley’s hit freshman drama, Tracker! None other than another soap alum, former Days of our Lives and Supernatural favorite Jensen Ackles.

In a reveal via Hartley’s Instagram on Thursday, Ackles is set to play Hartley’s on-screen brother on the CBS procedural drama. In Tracker, Colter Shaw is estranged from his brother, Russell, which has been a big part of the mystery of season one.

Ackles is best known for his long run as Dean Winchester in The CW’s Supernatural, a role he reprised in the prequel of the series The Winchesters. He also recently starred in ABC’s Big Sky as Sheriff Beau Arlen and in The Boys as Soldier Boy.

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Jensen was the original Eric Brady on Days of our Lives, a role he played from 1997-2000, before departing for the world of primetime and film.  Eric was in love with Nicole played by Arianne Zucker. The part of Eric was recast with Greg Vaughan taking over the role in 2012.

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In his Instagram post, Justin thanked everyone for watching Tracker, and then revealed Ackles as the surprise casting announcement in the role of Russell, while Jensen was playing pinball in the video! No word yet on when Jensen’s first episode as Russell will air. Stay tuned.

Check out Justin’s casting post featuring Jensen Ackles below.  So, what do you think of Justin and Jensen playing brothers on Tracker? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

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‘Tracker’s’ Justin Hartley on His ‘Passions’ Soap Start, “They’d Have Me With No Shirt Walking Around a Hospital for Three Weeks. It Was Ridiculous, but I Loved It.”

While Justin Hartley’s freshman drama Tracker on CBS is a bonafide smash hit, the man who is now executive producing and the lead of the complex procedural drama, had his humble show biz TV beginnings on the cult favorite soap opera, Passions.

From 2002-2006, Hartley became beloved by young soap viewers everywhere for his performance of Nicholas Foxworth Crane, better known as “Fox.”

Throughout his run on the former NBC soap opera, Hartley’s co-stars now read as who’s who of the soaps including good friend, Eric Martsolf (ex-Ethan, Passions, now Brady, DAYS), former real-life wife, Lindsay Korman (ex-Theresa, Passions), Brook Kerr (ex-Whitney, Passions, now Portia, General Hospital) and even the late, great Andrea Evans (ex-Rebecca, Passions, and ex-Tina One Life to Live).

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In a look-back at some of the memorable roles of his career at TV Insider including as Adam Newman on The Young and the Restless, the feature has some notable quotes from Justin.

The one that struck us the most was when Hartley was speaking about his time on Passions, which for anyone who knows the show, saw him most of the time shirtless in a scene for absolutely no apparent reason. Looks like Justin agrees with that assessment too, sharing, “They’d have me with no shirt walking around a hospital for three weeks. It was ridiculous, but I loved it.”

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Meanwhile, tonight on an all-new episode of Tracker (9pm ET/PT) titled “Aurora”, when a widower offers a reward to find his only daughter who disappeared three years ago and is presumed dead, Colter (Hartley) agrees to help track her down. After the missing girl’s father shows Colter a newspaper photo from a recent county fair he’s convinced is her, Colter’s search leads him into the world of amateur ghost hunting and paranormal activity.

“Aurora” is directed by none other than Hartley’s former This Is Us co-star Jon Huertas (ex-Miquel).  In fact, Huertas told TV Insider, he wouldn’t wait to direct Justin again, as he did on the former NBC drama in which they both appeared.

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Huertas expressed: “I’ll be honest, Justin was one of my favorite actors on the show to watch, to work with, and to direct. I was able to do all of that on This Is Us. And so when the opportunity came up, Ken Olin was like, ‘Hey, you interested in directing on this show, Tracker?’ I was like, “Absolutely. I get to work with Justin again.”‘

So, do you remember Justin as Fox Crane mostly walking around plenty of times shirtless in story as soap hunks do, but for no particular reason? Are you going to catch ‘Tracker’ tonight which features a behind the scenes reunion and collaboration between Jon Huertas and Justin? Comment below.

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