‘This Is Us’ Season 4 Is Sticking to the Original Plan, Even When It Feels Like It’s Not

When “This Is Us” debuted its fourth season, audiences were taken aback.

Yes, it was a time-hopping, dramatic, hourlong episode with an array of different characters telling seemingly disconnected stories — but none of those characters were Randall (Sterling K.

Brown), Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson), Kate (Chrissy Metz), Toby (Chris Sullivan), or Kevin (Justin Hartley).“We took a big risk in the season premiere,” creator Dan Fogelman said during the show’s TCA panel Saturday morning.

“We [have] all these great, amazing actors who aren’t really in the episode that much.”Fogelman credited NBC for trusting the show to make bold choices, like the one fans responded to in the premiere — 7.8 million viewers watched that episode, according to final national numbers.

Now, at the midway point of Season 4, the new characters — including a teenage father played by Asante Black and a veteran suffering from Ptsd played by Jennifer Morrison — have become

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