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This Is Us Starring Justin Hartley Receives Full Season Order By NBC!


NBC’s freshmen series, This Is Us, which stars former Y&R star Justin Hartley (Ex-Adan Newman) scored a full-season order of 18 episodes, after only one episode aired of the dramedy, with the second installment airing tonight.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, This Is Us from creator Dan Fogelman received an additional five episode order bringing it to 18.  In  a statement, Fogelman expressed: “We are thrilled. This order for a complete first season of 18 episodes is exactly what we’d wanted and hoped for. We’d carefully mapped out an 18-chapter story for the first year of the show, and this allows us to follow through with our exact initial intent. And to get the order so early on is a tremendous show of confidence and a boost for our entire cast and crew. I’m starting to sound like a broken record but I have to thank Dana, Gary, Jonnie, Howard and my amazing partners at 20th as well as Bob and Jen and the fine folks at NBC for continuing to do absolutely everything right by me and this show. I’d gush more but I have to go back to work.”

NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke added:“It’s a rare moment in this business when a show so instantly delivers both critical acclaim and hit ratings, but This Is Us is just such an extraordinary achievement. Creator Dan Fogelman, along with co-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and the gifted producers, cast and crew, has delivered the kind of heart and depth that resonates with every segment of the audience, and we’re proud to extend its presence on our schedule.”

The series, which also stars Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore. Chrissy Metz, and Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown, stands as the No. 1 new show of the fall (so far) with a 4.5 rating among adults under 50 and 14.3 million viewers when factoring in five days of DVR. That’s up 1.7 ratings points from its live debut and NBC’s highest-rated scripted program in the Tuesdays at 10 p.m. slot in six years.

So, what do you think about the success of This Is Us? Looks like Justin Hartley has found himself on a hit primetime show!  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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I liked it..
I was totally entertained..
It holds variety and that is very good..
I see it having a very long run ..
Also- the whole of cast is awesome!

This is excellent news. I am very impressed by this show. The first two episodes were great and I hope they keep up the quality throughout the series. It a very clever concept and I love the ensemble cast.

It is so good to see Justin again ,gosh I wish it was his assets I saw last week.This guy can do everything well.I did notice they are chancing the time to 9 now.Man Justin is not only yummy hot and sexy but this young man can act.Hey Justin here is a big hug for you and I do mean big lol Keep up the good work and I will be watching every Tuesday nights….

Loved the first episode! I already miss Justin on YR, but am happy for his success on this new show.

Great for Justin, bad for Y&R BUT they have weathered plenty of storms throughout its existence and they will continue to be #1. Especially when ABC is #3 and rehires all THREE of its problems! Sorry, had to get that swipe in! But anyway, Justin’s show, I’m out, too much bouncing around for me after a hard day at the office! The acting is great and it will probably be around for a couple years. One thing I cannot shake, when Justin is acting I still see Adam. I know its because he is fresh off Y&R but it still takes away from his new character. Others who are not Y&R fans, obviously, this isnt an issue. They probably have died and gone to heaven! If they do recast, do you think Tyler Christopher could handle the part of Adam? I think he would be good up against Victor. Tyler used to act with Stephen Nichols and was terrific! So I think he could handle the heavyweights.

Well I wanted to hate it, but it is a good show— character centered, but moves along nicely so I am not bored. It is a unique premise– the twist from the pilot, not finding out until the end these were not four separate stories, but one story about one family, was genius— so as much as I wanted it to flop so JH could return to Y&R– I think this show has at least another season in it and I look forward to seeing how the rest of this season unravels—good for JH, this will move him up the Hollywood scale– a major hit on a major network– the boy is going places

I heard the buzz and watched the show and I’m hooked. I enjoyed everything about it. Congrats!

It’s a great uplifting story/series–so glad it was picked up. And what a great break for Justin!
It’s rare to see anything with some “humanness” in it–not just zombies, superheroes, time travel, and “how to commit MMMMMMurrrrrder. LOL

I’ve watched both episodes and it is really a good show. I have it on auto-tune so I don’t miss any episodes.

The show is okay, I don’t understand all the hype? Meh.

I miss Justin on Y&R.

I am not watching this show.


Justin Hartley is done with Y&R. Get over it and move on, he certainly has.

Good grief. I think that reply was uncalled for.

What’s wrong with saying I miss him on Y&R?

Beautifully written, loved the symmetry of the triplets and the fire station drop off.
Justin is pure tragicomic gold in this series–love his relationship with his sister Kate.
I knew Justin was talented but I had no idea he was THIS talented.
“This is Us” is word play because on one hand it implies an introduction to the characters, but on the other hand it also includes the audience. This is ALL of us in one form or another. Who cannot relate to having regrets or wondering how we got here and recognizing the disparity which exists between where we thought we would be at a certain age (in these characters’ cases, that age is thirty-six) and where we actually end up. We can all related to wondering whether we chose the right road in life while pondering the road not taken. Yes, this is us, indeed. When a series hits a resounding note with an audience presenting us with characters with whom we can relate, that reflects good and solid writing.
I am very happy for Justin–this series is a hit.

Very well said Harry. You said everything I wanted to in a nutshell

Harry, did you watch REVENGE? Justin played a gay character with mommy issues…he was fantastic in that role!

Thanks, Soapie Queen. No, Bec, I did not watch Revenge. Excuse all the mistakes on my post above–tenses are all messed up.
Love “This is Us”! And I certainly did not expect to love it. ABC seems to be making a comeback which is great news.

Harry…your comment was extremely well expressed. If you’re like me you just free associate here…I don’t map out my words…I just convey my opinions/thoughts. I hate the grammar/spelling poleece, polise…I mean police. 😉

The show is very well done. The twist to the first episode…the way they play with time periods…is genius and opens the door to multiple stories of one family, different generations at different stages of their lives. The second episode ending…wow! And yet…I’m not hooked. I just haven’t taken to the characters yet. I’m gong to have in there because of the quality premise as well as Justin and Milo, two actors who always seem to be involved with good prime time projects.

Hang, not have

A show that actually has a plan for its episodes??? That seems rare

I’m really enjoying the show; I tried to hate it, also.

I got bored. It just didn’t do it for me. After this season will there be more of the same? If so then it will have a short run. It’s not like that show “Thirty Something”.

Love the show . Refreshing different . Watched JUSTIN ON PASSIONS , then Young and Restless . He was a great Adam , so glad he is in this show. He is a fantastic actor, love the rest of the crew .

I like the clevernesss of it, but not in love. Will probably keep watching
it, though, at least for a few more episodes.

I am not familiar with Justin Hartley’s work. I don’t watch Y&R, but I think I may love This Is Us. So far, so good and I don’t watch a lot of TV so am selective about what I do watch. I will definitely tune in for the 3rd ep when it airs.


One Life to Live Alum Jonathan Groff Wins First Tony Award For ‘Merrily We Roll Along’

Finally, in his third Tony Award nomination, the multi-talented Jonathan Groff, was named the Tony winner in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his work in the Broadway revival of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along at the 77th annual Tony Awards broadcast on CBS.

In one of the hotly contested categories of the night, Groff bested Brody Grant for The Outsiders, Dorian Harewood for The Notebook, Brian d’Arcy James for Days of Wine and Roses, and Oscar and Olivier Award winner Eddie Redmayne for Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club.

Many thought Groff should have won a Tony back in 2007 for his performance in the original Broadway cast of Spring Awakening, but ‘Merrily’ was the ticket to victory.

One Life to Live fans may remember Groff played the teenager Henry Mackler back in 2007, in what was to be a long arc of a storyline involving a school shooting, but his role as cut short after 11 episodes, due to the real-life Virginia Tech school shooting in April of 2007.

Delivering the most emotional and heartfelt acceptance speech Tony night, Jonathan began. “I grew up in a house surrounded by cornfields in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I was raised by my parents, Jim and Julie Groff, and my brother David, and the three of them were sitting right there. Thank you for letting me dress up like Mary Poppins when I was three. Thank you for letting me act out scenes from I Love Lucy on my 10th birthday. Thank you for always allowing my freak flag to fly without ever making me feel weird about it.”

He added, “Even if they didn’t always understand me “my family knew the lifesaving power of fanning the flame of a young person’s passions without judgment. I walked through life with an open heart because you let me know that I could. Thank you to all of my teachers back in Pennsylvania, especially Sue Fisher, who told me I could do this for a living.”

Speaking to how Broadway has impacted his life, Groff further teared-up and expressed, “I moved to New York exactly 20 years ago this year and I got a job waiting tables and became a volunteer for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. All I wanted was to be a part of this community. A thank you to everyone involved in Spring Awakening who not only made that dream come true, but also inspired me to come out of the closet when I was 23. I’m now 39 and musical theater is still saving my soul.”

“Maria Friedman, thank you for letting me be your Franklin Shepherd in this production of Merrily and allowing me the chance to accept respect and express both the lightest and darkest parts of myself,” Groff continued. “Daniel Radcliffe and Lindsay Mendez, you are more than old friends, you are soul mates, and I’m looking forward to watching each other change for the rest of our lives. Thank you to every member of the extraordinary cast for lifting this Merrily into the spiritual stratosphere.”

Groff concluded with, “And finally, I just want to say that when I was a kid in Pennsylvania, I used to record the Tony Awards on a VHS tape and watch the performances over and over again. And to actually be able to be a part of making theater in this city and just as much to be able to watch the work of this incredible, incredible community, has been the greatest gift and pleasure of my life. I thank you and thank you so much for this honor.”

So were you happy to see Jonathan Groff win the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical? What did you think of his acceptance speech? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Bryan Craig Wishes General Hospital’s Maurice Benard ‘Happy Father’s Day’; Is He Trolling Us … or is This the Ultimate Return Tease?

Sunday is Father’s Day, and it’s the time when many soap stars and celebrities take to social media to give love and shout outs to their dads.

In an another post that got General Hospital fans to take notice, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan Corinthos) dropped a blast from the past photo of himself alongside Maurice Benard (Sonny). Accompanying the photo, Bryan wrote: ‘Happy Father’s Day” Maurice Benard.

The post on X comes on the heels of a previous response by Craig to a post on Frank Valentini’s (executive producer, General Hospital) comment to On the Red Carpet, where he revealed that this summer, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.” In response, Craig teased, “Who could it be…”

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Now on Sunday responses to Craig’s post were met with varied responses from GH fans from “Stop playing with us” to “Now you’re just trolling us, lol. We really need you back right now.”  Still others took it as a potential confirmation that Craig is the mystery man on his way back to General Hospital stating, “I hope you’re going to back to GH!” to “Can’t wait!”

Craig last appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a brief return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared in numerous TV and film projects including: Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel.

So, is Bryan Craig yanking GH viewers chain, or is he slyly teasing us, because he knows he is the one returning to the ABC soap opera? Weigh-in on your theories below.

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Jonah Robinson Joins the Cast of Days of our Lives as Dr. Mark Greene

If you caught last Wednesday’s June 12th episode of Days of our Lives, a new doctor came running into Horton Town Square shirtless; much to the delight and then eventual chagrin of Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart).

Enter actor Jonah Robinson who is now on the Peacock streaming soap opera in the recurring role of Dr. Mark Greene. We meet Mark when Leo tries to hit on him, only to have Mark clarify to Leo he is straight, shocking Leo that his gaydar could have been so off.

Later, Mark is at University Hospital and stepping in for Chanel’s (Raven Bowens) doctor who was called away for the day and he assures Chanel and Johnny (Carson Boatman) that their unborn baby has a strong heartbeat, and at the moment is doing fine.

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During the conversation, Mark reveals he is the big brother to his little sister, Felicity (Kennedy Garcia), with whom Chanel loves when she comes to the bake shop.  There was also a little ‘wink-wink’ moment, when Johnny recalls that the doctor on the hit NBC medical drama, ER, was named Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards), to which Salem’s Mark Greene, says he was named after.

Taking to his Instagram, Robinson shared, “Meet Dr. Mark Greene. So excited to be joining @dayspeacock. It’s an honor to be @kennedyjean04 @louis_tomeo ‘s big brother.”

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So, it looks like there are 3 Greene siblings.  Will we eventually meet the parents?

Before Days of our Lives, Jonah was seen on Peacock’s Daisy Jones and the Six, and has appeared in independent movies and musical theatre productions throughout his career.

Do you hope DAYS expands Jonah’s role as the Greene family becomes more entrenched in story? What are you first impressions? Comment below.


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