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The Village

Welcome to The Village, an apartment building in Brooklyn that appears like any other from the outside but is quite unique inside. The people who reside here have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors. Sarah’s a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe’s a young law student who got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, U.S.-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick’s a veteran who’s returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own. These are the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything – even if it’s the one you make with the people around you.

The cast includes Moran Atias, Dominic Chianese, Warren Christie, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff, Michaela McManus, Lorraine Toussaint and Grace Van Dien.

Mike Daniels will write and executive produce. Minkie Spiro will direct and executive produce the pilot. Jessica Rhoades also executive produces. “The Village” is produced by Universal Television and 6107 Productions.

CREDITS

Season Premiere
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Starring
Moran Atias, Warren Christie, Dominic Chianese, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff, Michaela McManus, Lorraine Toussaint, Grace Van Dien

Created By
Mike Daniels

Showrunner
Mike Daniels

Executive Producers
Mike Daniels, Jessica Rhoades, Minkie Spiro (Pilot), Terrence Coli, Regina Corrado

Line Producer
David DeClerque (pilot only), Lori Keith Douglas

Director (Pilot)
Minkie Spiro

Co-Producer
Devin Rich

Director of Photography
William Rexer

Editor
Bjørn T. Myrholt

Casting Directors
Veronica Collins Rooney CSA, Julie Tucker CSA & Ross Meyerson CSA (New York)

Production Designer
Ola Maslik

Veteran and Military Advisor
Jamel Daniels

Origination
New York, New York

Series Produced By
Universal Television and 6107 Productions

NBC has made a decision on its new midseason series, comedy Abby’s and dramas The Village and The Enemy Within. All three have been canceled, joining sophomore midseason comedy, A.P. Bio, which was axed last Friday.

NBC left the future of Abby’s, A.P. Bio, The Enemy Within and The Village undecided heading into its upfront presentation earlier this month.

“The next season’s schedule is fluid, we want to give those shows a chance to fulfill their run and we’ll take another look at them then,” NBC Co-Chairmen George Cheeks said on NBC’s May 12 upfronts call. “Remember we program 52 weeks a year so there are a lot of slots.”

The decision is not surprising as neither series has been a critical or commercial breakout. All are from Universal TV; The Village and The Enemy Within just wrapped their runs; Abby’s has a couple of more episodes.

Shot outdoors in front of a live studio audience, a first for a multi-cam comedy, Abby’s centers around an unlicensed, makeshift establishment in Abby’s (Natalie Morales) backyard, the perfect gathering place for locals to find camaraderie and sanctuary.

Series regular cast also included Nelson Franklin, Neil Flynn, Jessica Chaffin, Kimia Behpoornia, and Leonard Ouzts. Abby’s, from Uni TV, Fremulon and 3 Arts, was written by Josh Malmuth. He executive produced with Michael Schur and 3 Arts’ David Miner. Pamela Fryman directed the pilot.

Abby’s has averaged a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating and 2 million viewers in Live+7.

Written/executive produced by Mike Daniels, The Village got off to a slow ratings start with its premiere notching a 0.9 and 4.906 million total viewers. Season-to-date it’s averaging a 1.2 demo ratings and 1.2 and 5.8 million total viewers.

The Village, from Universal TV and 6107 Productions, was a sprawling ensemble drama series done in the mold of NBC hit This Is Us. It revolved around the residents of an apartment building in Brooklyn where those who reside there have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors.

The cast included Moran Atias, Chianese, Warren Christie, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff, Michaela McManus, Lorraine Toussaint and Grace Van Dien. Jessica Rhoades executive produced with Daniels.

The Enemy Within, starring Jennifer Carpenter and Morris Chestnut, had a decent start on Monday but its ratings trended down, eventually settling at 0.6 and 3.7 million 3.9 million in Live+same day. Overall, the series is averaging a 1.2 rating and 1.6 million viewers in the 18-49 demo and 6.4 million total viewers season-to-date most current.

From Ken Woodruff, The Enemy Within was described as a fast-paced thriller set in the world of counterintelligence. It centers on Erica Shepherd (Carpenter), a brilliant former CIA operative, now known as the most notorious traitor in American history and serving life in a Supermax prison. Cast also included Raza Jaffrey and Kelli Garner. Woodruff executive produced with Mark Pellington and Vernon Sanders.

Will ‘The Village’ return for season 2? Cliffhangers the Brooklyn-set series leaves us with 

“The Village” has not been renewed for a second season. Photo Credit: ABC / Matthias Clamer

Brooklyn’s very own heartfelt family drama, “The Village,” wrapped its debut season May 21, leaving fans scrambling for news about its impending renewal.

NBC remained quiet about the fate of the series, before officially canceling it on May 30. NBC was not expected to make a decision during its other series renewals — like that of “This is Us” — but rather planned to wait until after the season finale aired, the network confirmed.

“The Village,” which followed the intertwined stories of the residents of a Brooklyn apartment building, premiered in March in the 10 p.m. time slot, following network favorite, “This is Us.” It shuffled time slots two more times during its 10-episode run, taking over the 9 p.m. hour before settling in at 8 p.m.

It premiered to 4.9 million viewers, according to ratings data, and averaged 4.1 million by May. For perspective, it averaged higher viewership numbers than some of the network’s already renewed series’ — like “Good Girls” and “Blindspot” — but didn’t reach the heights of “This is Us” (8.3 million) or “Manifest” (6.4 million). Though “The Village’s” ratings aren’t very high, its viewership has remained consistent.

Deborah Ayorinde, left, who plays Dana with Jerod Haynes who plays Ben Jones in “The Village.” Photo Credit: NBC / Virginia Sherwood

The large cast, including Grace Van Dien (Katie), Michaela McManus (Sarah) and Warren Christie (Nick) did not comment on May 30 on social media about the series’ fate, though several participated in finale chats and thanked fans for a first season run.

Showrunner and creator Mike Daniels tweeted on May 21 a thank you to fans, calling “The Village” a “labor of love.” In a since-deleted tweet, he thanked fans for watching “The Village,” and later replaced the tweet clarifying, “Thank you for watching #TheVillage s1” (season 1). His message caused fans to speculate if a second season announcement was looming.

Without a second season, “The Village” leaves fans with several unanswered questions. It brought the tears — and the cliffhangers.

To wrap a season strung together by Katie’s pregnancy and the return of her father, wounded veteran Nick, Daniels welcomed a new resident to The Village and threatened the fates of others.

How many residents would The Village lose, or gain? The season left viewers with an uncertain look at who’s going to leave the Brooklyn life behind. Nick was considering the possibility of taking up work in South Carolina (after causing a riff between mom Sarah and daughter Katie). Though, the birth of his new grandchild would most likely change his course. If there had been a second season, Nick may have chosen to move back into The Village (after being asked to leave by Sarah) to be a part of his grandchild’s life in a way he wasn’t for his daughter, Katie.

Frankie Faison, left, who plays Ron Davis with Dominic Chianese who plays Enzo Napolitano in “The Village.” Photo Credit: NBC / Zach Dilgard

But Nick isn’t the only resident in question.

Ava (Moran Atias) and her son were absent from the season’s final episode, after fleeing to Canada to escape deportation. NYPD officer Ben (Jerod Haynes), who also lives in The Village, was left to ponder if he should chase after his girlfriend — or his ex-wife, Dana (Deborah Ayorinde).

Near the end of the season, Katie was staying with her friend (or soon-to-be boyfriend) Liam (Ben Ahlers) after running away from home. After the birth of her first child, she’d most likely choose to move back home with her mother.

Three characters who had a rather romantic season 1 ending — Gabe, Enzo and Gwendolina — may have ended up becoming roomies in season 2. Enzo (Dominic Chianese) proposed to his girlfriend and spent much of season 1 living with his grandson, Gabe (Daren Kagasoff).

Will Patricia survive her surgery?

Frankie Faison, left, who plays Ron Davis with Lorraine Toussaint, center, as Patricia Davis and Michaela McManus as Sarah Campbell in “The Village.” Photo Credit: NBC / Peter Kramer

Patricia, who underwent a full hysterectomy in the finale, spent the season’s last three episodes preparing for the worst. We saw Patricia (Lorraine Toussaint) reconnect with her husband Ron (Frankie Faison) and his estranged son, which may have implied she won’t make it out of surgery. Several goodbyes — including an emotional one with Katie — had already been made.

How will a premature birth impact baby Cooper?

Katie gave birth early — possibly several weeks early — and it remained unclear how her “very tiny” baby would be impacted. Sarah told Katie her son, named Cooper, would have health complications.

How will Claire react to Katie’s decision?

Leading to the season finale, teen mom Katie seemed set on giving her child up for adoption. A few red flags, like trouble at home and a snag in the adoption papers, changed Katie’s mind. After seeing Cooper for the first time, she decided not to go through with the adoption, but hasn’t yet told Claire (Katrina Lenk). A second season would have had the freedom to explore not only Katie’s experience as a young mother, but the impact of losing another child could have on Claire.

Will these relationships fizzle?

Several romantic relationships in “The Village” were left open-ended: Will Liam and Katie get together? Will Sarah and Ethan date? Or, maybe it’s finally Nick and Sarah? Ben and Dana? Ben and Ava? And, we won’t forget about Gabe and Sofia.

The Village is a Syndication network drama series created by Mike Daniels which premiered on March 19, 2019. The show was cancelled in May 2019 after a single season.

Summary Edit

The series follows residents of an apartment building in Brooklyn where the people who reside in the building have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors.

Sarah’s a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe’s a young law student who got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, U.S.-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick’s a veteran who’s returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own.

These are the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything, even if it’s the one you make with the people around you.

Cast Edit

Main Cast

  • Moran Atias as Ava Behzadi
  • Dominic Chianese as Enzo Napolitano
  • Warren Christie as Nick Porter
  • Frankie Faison as Ron Davis
  • Jerod Haynes as Ben Jones
  • Daren Kagasoff as Gabe Napolitano
  • Michaela McManus as Sarah Campbell
  • Lorraine Toussaint as Patricia Davis
  • Grace Van Dien as Katie Campbell

Recurring Cast

  • Ben Ahlers as Liam
  • Katrina Lenk as Claire
  • Deborah Ayorinde as Dana
  • Nadine Nicole as Amy Bowman

Production Edit

Development Edit

On January 22, 2018, it was announced that Syndication had given the production a pilot order. The pilot was written by Mike Daniels who was also set as an executive producer.

Production companies involved with the pilot were set to include Universal Television.

On May 7, 2018, it was announced that Syndication had given the production a series order. It was also confirmed that Minkie Spiro would direct and executive produce the pilot.

Jessica Rhoades is also set to serve as an executive producer and 6107 Productions will serve as an additional production company.

A few days later, it was announced that the show would premiere as a mid-season replacement in the spring of 2019.

On December 18, 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere on March 12, 2019 and air weekly on Tuesdays during the 10:00 PM time slot.

On February 6, 2019, it was reported that the series premiere of “The Village” had been rescheduled for March 19, 2019 and that the season finale would air on May 21, 2019.

CastingEdit

In February of 2018, it was announced that Moran Atias, Michaela McManus, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Grace Van Dien, Warren Christie, Daren Kagasoff, Lorraine Toussaint & Dominic Chianese had been cast in lead roles in the pilot.

On October 11, 2018, it was reported that Amy Carlson had been cast in a guest starring role.

In December of 2018, it was announced that Hailey Kilgore, Guy Lockard, Katrina Lenk and Deborah Ayorinde had joined the cast in a recurring capacity.

Reception Edit

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, “The Village” holds an approval rating of 31% based on 13 reviews, with an average rating of 4.94/10.

The website’s critical consensus reads: “The Village commendably attempts to affirm the bonds between neighbors in an urban community, but the series’ overeagerness to wring tears from viewers will most likely only prompt them to roll their eyes.”

On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 47 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.

External links Edit

  • The Village on Fandom
  • The Village on Facebook
  • The Village on Wikipedia

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Meet the Cast of ‘The Village,’ NBC’s New Show ‘This Is Us’ Fans Will Love

The setting to “The Village” is an apartment building in Brooklyn that appears like any other from the outside but is quite unique inside. The people who reside there have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors. Sarah’s a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe’s a young law student who got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, U.S.-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick’s a veteran who’s returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own.

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Series stars Michaela McManus, Lorraine Toussaint, Frankie Faison, Warren Christie and Dominic Chianese joined ‘Today’ Monday to discuss how their show hopes to pull on audience’s heartstrings, à la “This Is Us.”

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‘The Village’: TV Review

There’s a school of thought in Hollywood that good comedy is quantifiable, that you can measure a successful script or pilot on a punchlines-per-page or laughs-per-minute basis.

It’s tough to quantify drama in a similar way, because what kind of madness would inspire somebody to weaponize emotion on a tears-per-page or breakdowns-per-minute scale?

Allow me to present NBC’s The Village, the latest new series to attempt to capitalize on the success of NBC’s This Is Us with the confusing interpretation that the success of This Is Us is attributable almost exclusively to people’s desire to cry uncontrollably for an hour every week. If that actually does sound like a reason you watch TV, then The Village has been precision-designed in a laboratory for your pleasure. If, however, you’re allergic to overt manipulation even in the hands of a reasonably talented cast and thoroughly admirable production values, best to give this one the widest of berths. It’s a never-ending hamster wheel of tears.

The title of The Village, created by Mike Daniels (Sons of Anarchy), refers to the name of a Brooklyn apartment building where all the residents know each other by name and gather frequently on the rooftop for highly organized parties. They’re neighbors, but they’re also family, which I know because in the four episodes sent to critics, characters say “You’re under this roof, you’re family” and “Family’s where you find it, kid” and “You live here, you’re family,” so it starts to sink in.

It’s a big building and a big ensemble. Nick (Warren Christie) is the complex’s newest resident, a veteran struggling with PTSD and a recently amputated leg. Nick was recruited, as it were, by Sarah (Michaela McManus), a nurse dealing with her artistic and rebellious teenage daughter (Grace Van Dien’s Katie), an aspiring artist with a secret that isn’t very surprising. Gabe (Daren Kagasoff) is a law student enlisted to assist Ava (Moran Atias), an Iranian immigrant recently nabbed by ICE, while also dealing with his aging grandfather (Dominic Chianese). There’s also Ben (Jerod Haynes), a friendly cop who takes an interest in Ava, and building manager Ron (Frankie Faison) and wife Patricia (Lorraine Toussaint), facing a looming crisis of their own. Some of the characters have actual blood relationships, some are interconnected through business or past associations, but mostly they live in The Village, so they’re family. Oh and I don’t think we’ve seen close to all of the residents of The Village, so I don’t doubt there’s a bottomless supply of drama should the show run 10 seasons.

A Million Little Things, one of this season’s more lachrymose This Is Us imitators, offered an apparent suicide as the series’ instigating event, giving all of the characters a common thing to cry over. The Village is astounding for the sheer variety of reasons that its residents have to be bawling. Unplanned pregnancies! Dead roommates! Shared military affiliation! They have shared reasons to cry, individual reasons to cry, happy reasons to cry, sad reasons to cry, pressing and immediate reasons to cry and future reasons to cry. It’s not enough that there are open wounds to trigger sobbing episode by episode, but the first four episodes of The Village make sure that they push one or two sources of mysterious trauma forward to be revealed the next week or the week after.

Every sentimental beat is underlined, whether by a blatant soundtrack choice, gauzy cinematography that suggests every scene is taking place either on the brink of sunrise or sunset or music that swells like a pustulant sore. There’s always room to kick every poignant moment up a notch, like Emeril Lagasse standing over a dish with a complementary garnish of pain ready to yell, “Bam!” You like a wounded vet getting a support dog? BAM! How about a three-legged dog? You respond to a sad-eyed woman being taken away by authorities? BAM! How about if she has a sad-eyed son who keeps having to be restrained in his wailing. It’s nonstop, unrelenting and in the Venn diagrams of overlapping reasons for tears, most characters are being impacted in several storylines.

There’s one episode in which McManus’ character has to be crying in four or five entirely autonomous scenes, sometimes about similar things and sometimes for completely independent reasons and since the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit veteran is married to the series creator, it’s fair to think that this parade of despondence has been bestowed upon her as the ultimate gift. When McManus isn’t crying, she’s on the brink of crying and if there’s one thing the series’ cinematographers capture more beautifully than the shafts of sunlight breaking through windows and across the horizon, it’s glistening, pendulous tears ready to burst from the ducts of its stars.

It’s here that it has to be emphasized that McManus handles this lugubriousness with total aplomb and her Gilmore Girls-esque scenes with the solid Van Dien, the radiantly Scarlett Johansson-ish daughter of Casper, benefit from some of the sharper writing in the early episodes. McManus also has good moments with Christie, who may be her equal in terms of total percentage of the series spent with red-rimmed eyes blinking back tears.

As decent as the rest of the young cast is, if The Village is watchable, it’s watchable because of the prominence of a well-selected older generation of stars. The amount of schmaltz that Faison, Toussaint and Chianese are required to legitimize is unreasonable, yet they do so and do it well. As with This Is Us, every line of dialogue in The Village that isn’t whimpered through a saline haze is delivered in the exact same “I’m imparting great wisdom” tone. These are performers who can make it work.

There isn’t a second of The Village in which a single character feels normal or at ease — even as early directors including Minkie Spiro and Peter Sollett aim for heightened naturalism in the treatment of New York surrounding them —and that’s only the sort of thing that will bother you if you haven’t given over to the melancholia. The series is so artificially dolorous that it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that The Village is actually an alien space vessel powered exclusively by the rending of hearts and jerking of tears. Probably the series is too aggressive and exhausting in its commitment to sentiment for me to stick around to learn the truth. But if the building takes off into orbit in the finale, somebody let me know.

(NBC)

Network: NBC.
Episodes: 10 (hour).
Seasons: One.

TV show dates: March 19, 2019 — May 21, 2019.
Series status: Cancelled.

Performers include: Warren Christie, Michaela McManus, Lorraine Toussaint, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Dominic Chianese, Darren Kagasoff, Grace Van Dien, and Moran Atias.

TV show description:
An American drama, from creator Mike Daniels, The Village TV show centers on the residents of a Brooklyn apartment building. While it looks the same as countless others from the outside, what goes on inside is rare, to say the least.

Over time, the residents of the Village have forged a powerful bond. They are more than neighbors — they’re friends and a family of choice.

The “Villagers” include Sarah Campbell (McManus) a nurse and single mother of a teenager; Gabe Napolitano (Kagasoff), a young law student; Ana Behzadi (Atias), a mother who fears the reach of ICE will touch her US-born son; military veteran Nick Porter (Christie); and Ron and Patricia Davis (Faison and Toussaint), who anchor the whole gang.

Everyone at the Village has a story to tell, be it about their hopes and dreams, or the challenges they’re facing. Together, they’re a family and family means everything — even when you are not related.

Series Finale:
Episode #10 — I Have Got You
An unexpected event brings Katie (Grace Van Dien), Sarah (Michaela McManus), and Nick (Warren Christie) back into each other’s orbits. Patricia (Lorraine Toussaint) deals with her diagnosis, which leads to an unexpected chance at re-connection for Ron (Frankie Faison). Enzo (Dominic Chianese) enlists Gabe (Daren Kagasoff) to pull off a grand gesture. Ben (Jerod Haynes) faces his future and his past.
First aired: May 21, 2019.

What do you think? Do you like The Village TV series? Should this NBC TV show have been cancelled or renewed for a second season?

NBC is evicting The Village.

The series, which centers on a Brooklyn apartment building and its incredibly close-knit residents, has been cancelled after its freshman season, our sister site Deadline reports — meaning there’ll be no Season 2 for the warm-and-fuzzy drama.

The Village averaged 4.2 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, though its numbers fell sharply in its second week without a This Is Us lead-in — and then it was moved away from freshman hit New Amsterdam to instead open the night.

The May 21 Season 1 finale saw the premature birth of Katie’s infant son, as well as Katie’s reconciliation with her birth father, Nick. It also ended with a cliffhanger of sorts: Patricia went into surgery related to her cancer, but she was still under by the time the hour wrapped. The episode, which now will serve as the series finale,) delivered a best-since-premiere audience (4.3 mil/0.6) while steady in the demo.

TVLine’s Renewal Scorecard has been updated to reflect the cancellation. The Peacock Net also axed two more shows Thursday: the freshman comedy Abby’s and the Jennifer Carpenter-led thriller The Enemy Within. Last week, A.P. Bio was cancelled following its second season.

How do you feel about The Village‘s cancellation? Let us know in the comments!

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Just when you thought there were no more tears left to cry, NBC added another heartbreaking family drama to its lineup. Even worse (or is it better?), it premieres directly after This Is Us. Unlike the network’s other cult drama, The Village is centered on an unconventional family of neighbors who live in the same Brooklyn apartment building (called The Village, for obvious reasons). The unconventional family is as diverse as it gets: There’s an 87-year-old widower, an Iranian immigrant fearing her son’s future, a wounded war veteran adapting to normal life, and so many others.

So, what exactly are viewers in store for? “These are the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything — even if it’s the one you make with the people around you,” writes NBC. In other words, grab the tissues ASAP.

Before tuning into The Village tonight at 10 p.m. on NBC, get to know the cast.

The cast includes some familiar faces.

It’s a stacked lineup on The Village: The actors have played leading roles on hit shows like The Wire (Frankie Faison), The Sopranos (Dominic Chianese), Chicago Fire (Warren Christie), and The Fosters (Lorraine Toussaint), to name a few.

  • Dominic Chianese plays Enzo Napolitano, strong-willed widower who comes out of a nursing home to live with his grandson (played by Darren Kagasoff) in apartment 5A.
  • Daren Kagasoff plays Gabe Napolitano, the grandson of Enzo who moved into his rent-controlled apartment so he can afford a place to live while going to law school.
  • Frankie Faison plays Ron Davis, the super of the apartment building who also happens to own a jazz club nearby called Smalls.
  • Lorraine Toussaint plays Patricia Davis, the wife of Ron and the “anchor” of the apartment building.
  • Jerod Haynes plays Ben Jones, a New York Police officer who recently moved to the building and falls in love with a woman struggling with immigration laws.
  • Michaela McManus plays Sarah Campbell, a nursing-home employee and single mom raising a daughter in apartment 5B.
  • Grace Van Dien plays Katie Campbell, the daughter of Sarah who reveals that she’s expecting a baby in the first episode.
  • Moran Atias plays Ava Behzadi, an Iranian immigrant and mom to elementary-schooler Sami who lives in apartment 1A.
  • Warren Christie plays Nick Porter, a wounded war veteran who returns to Afghanistan to embark on a new chapter in his life.

It’s the second time Darren Kagasoff and Dominic Chianese have worked together.

Gabe Napolitano (played by Darren Kagasoff) with Enzo Napolitano (played by Dominic Chianese). NBCGetty Images

And no, we’re not talking about The Sopranos. Long after his days as Uncle Junior, Chianese guest starred on Kagasoff’s beloved teen drama, The Secret Life of the American Teenager. This time around, their relationship is much more intimate — and it has deeper significance for the 88-year-old actor. “What I like about it is that it reminds me of my own grandfather and how closely I imitated him because I loved him so much,” Chianese told NBC News.

Michaela McManus has a personal connection to the show.

Sarah Campbell (played by Michaela McManus) with Katie Campbell (played by Grace Van Dien) NBCGetty Images

For the last year, this show has been a dinner table conversation for the the former SEAL Team actress and husband Mike Daniels. The reason? He’s the creator and executive producer of the show. Beyond the family ties, McManus relates to the idea of close-knit neighbors: “I live on a street in Los Angeles with so many wonderful neighbors. Next door is an ER doctor who I’ve had come over to my house at 10 p.m. to check on my son if he has a fever. Someone across the street just had a baby, and another person down the street has a couple of dogs, so we’re always trading stories about our dogs.”

The cast doesn’t mind if you compare it to This Is Us.

Nick Porter (played by Warren Christie) with Rob Davis (played by Frankie Faison). NBCGetty Images

The tear-jerking trailer, somber music, and family feel already has people assuming this show is This Is Us 2.0. — but it’s far from it. Sure, Warren Christie might (kind of) look like Justin Hartley, who plays Kevin on This Is Us, but that’s about as close as it gets. Faison, the actor who plays Ron, described the cast’s feelings on the comparison best in an interview with NBC: “It’s funny that we follow This Is Us because that’s their show but this is us. This is us, too.” Well, there you have it.

Once April 2 hits, they’ll take over for This Is Us.

Right now, the show is easing into your Tuesday rotation by airing at 10 p.m. after This Is Us. But once the season 3 finale of This Is Us airs on April 2, The Village will take over their coveted 9 p.m. time slot. That’s good news for all of us because we won’t have to stay up late to catch up on the drama (read: heartbreak).

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