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THIS IS US Casts Michael Angarano As Jack’s Brother

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When NBC’s This Is Us journeys to Vietnam in its upcoming season three, the drama will look back at Jack’s (Milo Ventimiglia) time during the war.

There, we will also meet his brother, Nicky to be played by Michael Angarano (I’m Dying Up Here and Will and Grace) ). Angarano is set to recur throughout the season, according to EW.com

In story, Nicky was killed under circumstances that are not known to viewers as of yet.

Viewers first saw Jack as young boy in the season 2 episode of “Brothers” and later when Jack looked a photo of himself with Nicky in Vietnam.

This Is Us will tell this back-story, as well as the present day story of Kevin Pearson (Justin Hartley), and his new girlfriend Zoe, in Vietnam to find out more about his father’s wartime history.

So what do you think about Angarano as Ventimigilia’s on-screen brother? Comment below.

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Michael Angarano is a wonderful, likeable actor who’ll be a great addition to an already brilliant cast. I still remember his terrific work as a very young actor in the classic film ALMOST FAMOUS. This show is on fire right now and I hope the high quality continues.

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A good reason to take a look and learn more about this series. He also was memorable in the short-lived “Summerland.”

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Justin Hartley Launching New Production Company

This Is Us star Justin Hartley (Kevin) is ready to branch out into the world of producing!  The former Y&R star (where he was the last actor to play Adam Newman), has made it big in the mega-hit NBC drama series, and who is also going to be seen in several upcoming motion pictures has launched ChangeUp Productions.

According to Deadline.com, Hartley has cemented a pod deal with 20th Century Fox TV the same company behind This Is Us.  In the deal, Justin will develop and produce new projects for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.

Hartley will work closely with with Julianna LaRosa, the new VP, Head of Development and Production of his company.

The actor is the latest This Is Us star to land this kind of deal with 20th Century Fox TV, joining Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore and Sterling K. Brown.

Looks like the sky’s the limit for the multi-talented Hartley, who could potentially wind up as a big producer in Tinseltown as well as one of its leading men.

Comment below on Justin’s new venture.

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THIS IS US Season 3 Finale: The Final Minutes Flash-Forward Stunner

On this week’s This Is Us season finale, plenty of emotional scenes, beautifully crafted and that key flash-forward in the final four minutes that has everyone talking are the order of the day for any fan of the popular NBC drama series.

One note: is that a series regular will not be returning for the show’s upcoming season four now that Zoe and Kevin’s (Justin Hartley) break-up is official, meaning actress Melanie Liburd will not be back.  The sticking point to their relationship was that Kevin wanted to have children some day, something Zoe says she never wants.  And, as we later see in the flash-forward that closes out the season, Kevin indeed has a son!  But, who will turn out to be the boy’s mother?  We also see an  elderly and sick Rebecca (Mandy Moore), who has none other than Nicky (Griffin Dunne)) sitting by her bedside. Wait! Do they end up together?  Does Rebecca fall in love with Jack’s (Milo Ventimigilia) brother? Where was Miquel?

As with all major episode of this series, those flash-forward’s leave the viewers with more questions than answers, which is exactly how the EP’s of the show want to leave you while you ponder and anticipate the new season in the fall.

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Other key story points for the “Big Three” that resolve in the finale. Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) and Randall’s (Sterling K. Brown) ‘love on the rocks’ gets sorted out.  When after Deja’s speech to Randall about him winning the lottery twice … being adopted by the Pearsons and marrying Beth .. he decides he will resign from political office.  But Beth has other idea and also is having a change of heart – she will have her dance studio and they will move so they can be closer to Philadelphia and work all this out,  She expresses: “We don’t work when we’re apart, but together, baby, we set the world on fire.”

Meanwhile premature baby, Jack is going home with Toby (Chris Sullivan) and Kate (Chrissy Metz), while Rebecca and Kate patch up their communication though Kate’s admitted feelings of inadequacy when trying to live up to her mother.  Rebecca will live near by the couple to help Kate with her son.

In addition, the answer to “Who is Her?” was revealed as it turned out to be Rebecca in a hospital bed at Kevin’s house, in an altered mental state.  Did Rebecca develop Alzheimer’s … or have another brain disorder … or become catatonic ?  When Randall walks in the room he says: “It’s Randall. Your son, Randall.”  Rebecca just stares.

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We also see in the flash-forward that Toby may be estranged from his son, Jack and his wife, Kate.  When he was speaking to Randall on the phone he had no wedding band on, or wife beside him in the bed.  Where is Kate?

Touching performances, great writing, and leaving us with major cliffhangers, looks like This Is Us, one again, delivered an episode that will have everyone talking for months to come.

So, what did you think of the Season 3 Finale? What do you think is wrong with Rebecca? Who will be the mother to Kevin’s son? What was your favorite scene from Tuesday night’s closer? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.   But first, in case you missed the ending, check it out here.

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THIS IS US Wins Outstanding Ensemble In A Drama Series At 25th Annual SAG Awards

The Big Three and everyone else n the cast involved in NBC’s hit drama, This Is Us took to the podium at tonight’s 25th Annual SAG Awards when the series and its actors were named Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

This is the second consecutive year, This Is Us had taken home the trophy in this category.

Speaking on behalf of the cast were Mandy Moore and Justin Hartley (Ex-Adam, Y&R) after the show bested the other nominees in the category which included: The AmericansBetter Call Saul, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Ozark.

When Hartley spoke at the podium he said of the win: “Thank you so much for embracing a show that is about life and it’s unpredictable loss and its sweet, sweet victories and inclusivity, all of that amazing stuff.” He then added, “Thank you to all of our parents up here for feeling randy because otherwise we wouldn’t be here!”

When Mandy Moore spoke she started off by stating: “It’s going to be a minute, there’s quite a few of us!”  On-stage with her were cast members: Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz, Niles Fitch, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Faithe Herman, Jon Huertas, Melanie Liburd, Lyric Moss, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson and Hannah Zeile.

Earlier in the night, Sterling K. Brown lost his bid at the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series when Jason Bateman pulled out a win for his performance in Ozark.

Now below, watch Hugh Grant name This Is Us as Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series and their acceptance speech. Then let us know, if you are excited that This Is Us was named the winner in their category!

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