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THIS IS US Featuring Justin Hartley Receives Two-Season Pick Up By NBC!

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If you have not caught NBC’s This Is Us, you better start now because it’s not going anywhere! The NBC touching, human drama has officially been renewed by the network for two more seasons! In fact, NBC ordered the upcoming seasons with a minimum of 18 installments each.

The series features an ensemble cast led by: Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan and Ron Cephas Jones.

As for Hartley, who soap fans miss as Adam Newman on Y&R, his performances as Kevin Pearson on the primetime series have made many take notice, and that there is an extraordinary future ahead for this talented gent.

Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment expressed: “We all got our wish that this is a hit show. This Is U is as good as anything we’ve ever had, we’re thrilled to renew it for two seasons and there’s no doubt it will have a long life on NBC. On behalf of everyone at NBC, we’re grateful for the artistry of the cast, crew, and producers assembled by our gifted creator, Dan Fogelman. In a world where there are literally hundreds of television dramas, we’re proud to have one of the very best that is also one of the highest-rated.”

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According to an NBC  press release:  “This Is Us is averaging a 4.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 14.6 million viewers overall in ‘live plus seven day’ results from Nielsen Media Research, making it the #1 new show of the season in 18-49 and television’s #4 entertainment series in that key demographic.  It returned to the schedule this last week after a five-week break and set a new ‘live plus same day’ series record in adults 18-49 (3.0 rating). This episode also set a new series record in L+3 (18-49) with a 4.6 rating, delivering NBC’s top rating in the timeslot with scripted programming since April 2008.

To date, 72 million total viewers have viewed the first 10 episodes in some fashion on all platforms. Linear viewership plus views on all devices of the pilot episode since Sept. 20 stands at an estimated 10.0 rating in the 18-49 demo. The show to date is averaging an estimated 8.3 rating in 18-49 most current data (includes long-tail viewing through various number of days available per episode, i.e. 114 days for the pilot, 107 days for episode 2, etc.).  On digital platforms, This Is Us is NBC’s most-viewed series premiere on record,  more than doubling the network’s previous record for most one-day views of a debuting series across NBC digital platforms.

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Happy to hear This Is Us received a phenomenal two-season pickup, and happy to see the success of Justin Hartley? Comment below!

 

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Ruthie
Ruthie

Although I originally tuned in to see Justin Hartley, (secretly hoping the show would bomb, so he would return to The Young and the Restless), I am fully vested for the long run in this phenomenal series. The lead actors are doing a great job with the fantastic story line they have been given. Kudos also to Gerald McRaney. I always enjoy his recurring appearances. Good for you, NBC! You’ve got a winner!

diane
diane

Agree 100%!! I would not have checked it out had it not been for Justin, but I was hooked after the first show!! My new favorite show on all of television!!

elm1951
elm1951

phenomenal show and awesome acting – i am not surprised………..love the show!!

dmr
dmr

Absolutely, the casting, writing, directing, etc., etc., etc.,-all exceptional choices! It’s my favorite new show and I look forward to watching it and escaping for an hour; although, I usually cry from the first scene all the way through. It’s just so touching and it has its comedic points, as well.

Ray
Ray

This is great news. Last night’s episode was amazing. Gerald McRaney turned in a great performance. How great was it to see the beautiful Susan Blakely last night? Mandy and Milo need to submit their performances for the next Emmy Awards.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Unfortunately most of the Primetime Emmy Awards are going to cable shows or netflix shows these days, rarely has a network drama or comedy even make the nominations these days—-sigh

JMER
JMER

Of course it’s happy news. GH used to be this heart warming and emotionally intelligent at one time, pre-Guza. Glad I have a show geared toward me.

su0000
su0000

Justin Hartley, made a good move out of Y&R and into an advancing career..
Justin changing in Adam for Kevin Pearson was a great move, indeed ..
”This Is Us” is a favourite of mine..

Jenny
Jenny

I thought you only liked rape, murder, mobsters, and constsnt misery!! This show seems a little soft for you!

su0000
su0000

hi Jenny..
You ”thought” wrong..
Only certain characters that were created for be murdering mobsters are expected to deliver their dark side, not the whole of all the characters..

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

This is wonderful news. This Is Us is thoroughly entertaining television. I am completely blown away by the cast, their characters, the stories, and the production value. My most sincere thank you to everyone who makes this amazing series possible.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I just started watching this show and i have to say it’s phenomenal. The writing is the best I’ve seen on a show in a long time. Not one stone gets left unturned. Good to have a drama on our screens that make for a fast hour of viewing.

Timmm
Timmm

Thank God a real show with real characters who can act their butts off took off and is going to stay on the air for at least two more years! The writing is so good! Gerald McRaney is awesome!

Kevin C
Kevin C

My favorite show since St Elsewhere which says a lot…Phenomenal in every way.

su0000
su0000

” This Is Us” is a primetime Soap series, actually..
A never ending family story ..

Patrick
Patrick

these posts make it all seem logical

post your hearts worth… and it takes

it’s in wonderment… that a show appeals all of it

WOW.. I applaud

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Justin Hartley Scores Supporting Actor In a Drama Series Nod As 25th Annual Critics Choice Nominations Unveiled

And the nominees are … so say the film and TV critics … in the just announced 25th Annual Critics Choice Awards.  The winners will be announced during a live ceremony airing Sunday, January 12 on The CW beginning at 7PMEST/6PMCST.

In the television categories, This Is Us came up with several key nominations including: being in the running for Best Drama Series, and in addition, Justin Hartley (Ex-Y&R, Revenge, Passions) nabbed a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series nomination for his performance as Kevin Pearson in the NBC drama series,

Hartley’s on-screen brother, Sterling K, Brown received recognition in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work as Randall.  In addition, Susan Kelechi Watson scored a nomination for her work as Randall’s wife, Beth in the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category.

In an interesting first, The Kelly Clarkson Show received a nomination in the Best Talk Show category and is the only one in the running from daytime, all the rest in the pack are from primetime or late night.

Downton Abbey: The Movie scored in the film categories in Best Production and Costume Design.

Click here for the official list of all the nominations in the film and TV categories competing for the Critics Choice Awards 2020.

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Caroll Spinney, Legendary Sesame Street Puppeteer Behind Big Bird And Oscar The Grouch, Dead At 85

More sorrowful news on Sunday.  Caroll Spinney, the legendary puppeteer behind beloved Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch,died today,  at the age 85 at his home in Connecticut.  Spinney has been suffering from dystonia for quite some time.

For the body of his life’s work, Spinney received many significant honors.  He was the recipient of four Daytime Emmy awards, as well as the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, the Library of Congress’ Living Legend Award, two Grammy awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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The Sesame Street workshop put on this press release upon his passing: “Caroll was an artistic genius whose kind and loving view of the world helped shape and define Sesame Street from its earliest days in 1969 through five decades, and his legacy here at Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament will be unending. His enormous talent and outsized heart were perfectly suited to playing the larger-than-life yellow bird who brought joy to generations of children and countless fans of all ages around the world, and his lovably cantankerous grouch gave us all permission to be cranky once in a while.

Welcomed to Sesame Street by Jim Henson, Caroll thrived under a mentorship that led to a decades-long great friendship. Caroll’s unparalleled career saw Big Bird visit China with Bob Hope, dance with the Rockettes, be celebrated with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a U.S. postage stamp, and named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. A favorite highlight for Caroll was conducting symphony orchestras and performing with them across the United States, Australia, and China, allowing him to personally connect with families everywhere through the music of Sesame Street. Caroll Spinney gave something truly special to the world. With deepest admiration, Sesame Workshop is proud to carry his memory – and his beloved characters – into the future. Our hearts go out to Caroll’s beloved wife, Debra, and all of his children and grandchildren.

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Sesame Street co-founder Joan Ganz Cooney said of her longtime colleague and friend, “Caroll Spinney’s contributions to Sesame Street are countless. He not only gave us Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, he gave so much of himself as well. We at Sesame Workshop mourn his passing and feel an immense gratitude for all he has given to Sesame Street and to children around the world.”

Share your thoughts on the passing of Caroll Spinney and his tremendous contribution for bringing to life for children young and old, Big Bird, and Oscar the Crouch and more.

But first, watch Barbara Walters present Spinney with the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 33rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

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Noted Soap Opera Producer Lisa de Cazotte Has Died; Daytime Community Mourns Her Passing

Sad news to report on Sunday as the soap opera community and its fans learn of the passing of Daytime Emmy-winning and noted soap opera producer, Lisa de Cazotte,

Lisa passed away yesterday on Saturday December 7th after a long illness at the age of 58,   From early in her career her love of the soaps and passion for it were evident.  She began right out of college as an intern on ABC’s One Life to Live, where she worked her way up to Coordinating Producer.

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Next, Lisa eventually became the Supervising Producer of NBC’s one and only Santa Barbara.  She spent time also on All My Children, before heading back to NBC and Sunset Beach where she assumed the role of Supervising Producer there.

However, it was in 1999 where de Cazotte became the  Executive Producer of Passions, which she helmed and remained till the end of its run in 2008.  It was a show that she loved so much.  She continued her career in the soaps in 2012 stepping into Salem and Days of our Lives where Lisa was named Co-Executive Producer of the series winning two Daytime Emmy Awards. for her efforts.

Sadly, now her final gig began in 2017, when she became Supervising Producer of The Young and the Restless and won her third Emmy in the process this past year.  De Cazotte was said to still be producing Y&R at the time of her passing. She is survived by her husband, Antoine de Cazotte, and her beloved brothers: Michael Patrick Smith, Robert Terence Smith, and Brian Charles Smith.

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On social media over the last several hours, many actors, and colleagues have shared their sorrow and remembrances of Lisa.  Here are just a sampling:

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Jason Thompson (Billy,, Y&R): We lost a member of the family last night, one of our producers, Lisa De Cazotte. I first worked with Lisa when she produced the 2nd season of “Night Shift”. Years later and currently on @YandR_CBS  She was kind and smart. Our thoughts are with her family.”

Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS): The kindness and opportunity this woman furnished me was immeasurable. We have lost one of the hardest working and graceful producers in our genre. I will miss you terribly, Lisa. #RIP”

Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) “Sometimes you recognize those women who are part of “the tribe”. Whether you know them for 20 years or 20 minutes… they are still part of your tribe. Lucky for me. Godspeed beautiful Lisa”

Angelica Rosas McDaniel (Ex-CBS Daytime Exec) “Last night we lost a light in this world with the passing of Lisa De Cazotte. Lisa was smart, strong, kind, vibrant, an incredible friend and an Emmy winning producer on many beloved shows. I was blessed to know her. Sending love to her family and friends.”

Michael Logan (Former TV Guide Columnist): “RIP Lisa de Cazotte, one of the truly great soap producers. A real nose-to-the-grindstone talent, she never wanted personal glory choosing instead to do the work, quietly and fabulously. Her partnership with James E. Reilly on #Passions was epic.”

McKenzie Westmore (Ex-Sheridan Crane, Passions):  “Heart broken at the passing of my Passions EP Lisa!!”

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Sara Bibel (Writer, Y&R): “Lisa was a wonderful producer, a joy to work with, and knew everything about daytime. She will be missed by everyone at Y&R. RIP”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this section of the post as more remembrances are posted over the next 24 hours.

Share your condolences and thoughts on the passing of Lisa de Cazotte in the comment section below.

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