Table of Contents
- Charmed Season 2 Episode 11 Review: Dance Like Nobody’s Witching
- Charmed Episode 2 Episode 11
- ‘This Is Us’: Marc Is About to Show His True Colors and Fans Are Ready to Protect Kate at All Costs
- Kate’s episode will (finally) highlight her toxic relationship with Marc
- Marc is about to do some major emotional damage
- Here’s what fans think of Marc so far
- ‘This Is Us’ Season 4 Return: Kate, Kevin and Randall Will Each Have an Individualized Episode According to Creator Dan Fogelman’s Teaser
- The first individualized episode of ‘This Is Us’ will likely feature Kate Pearson
- In ‘This Is Us’ Season 4, fans will finally find out who Kevin’s new love interest is
- A significant part of the second half of ‘This Is Us’ Season 4 will feature Randall’s backstory
- When does ‘This Is Us’ Season 4 return from the mid-season break with these individual episodes?
- ‘This Is Us’: Milo Ventimiglia on What Jack Would Think of Rebecca & Miguel
- Miguel & Rebecca’s Backstory On ‘This Is Us’ Could Finally Give The Character His Redemption Arc
The Blacklist Season 7 is due to go out with a bang on Friday, December 13, as NBC airs the midseason finale. After the episode, titled “Katarina Rostova (No. 3)” airs on the network, however, fans have a few months before the show will return.
Whereas the series usually returns in January, or at the latest February, in 2020 the show is not returning until spring. Deadline revealed that The Blacklist will be returning in March 2020.
In its place in the January schedule, NBC will air a new series titled Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector, which will see a retired criminologist solving crimes alongside a young detective. This series will run for 10 episodes from Friday, January 10, when it will air in The Blacklist’s usual time slot at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.
As we know The Blacklist Season 7 will return in March and Lincoln Rhyme will have 10 episodes, we have a rough idea of when Blacklist will return for Episode 11. The earliest that the show could return, provided that Lincoln Rhyme does not take any weeks off, is Friday, March 20, 2020, while the last possible March air date for the upcoming episode being March 27.
James Spader and the rest of “The Blacklist” cast will not return for Season 7, Episode 11 until March 2020 NBC
According to CinemaBlend, Season 7 has been “performing consistently from week to week without any significant dips” ratings-wise, so NBC may be wishing that some of that success will rub off on its new show.
However, the main reason for the extended hiatus seems to be that this would allow the back-half of The Blacklist Season 7 to run uninterrupted for 12 weeks, meaning that fans will not have to put up with the annoyance of their favorite show taking weeks off, as is the case for many network TV dramas and the cause of much frustration online among fandoms.
As for what fans have to look forward to when The Blacklist Season 7 does return, the show’s executive producer Jon Bokenkamp teased an episode focusing on FBI agent Donald Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff). Bokenkamp told TVLine: ” not overlooked Ressler. It’s safe to say, Ressler might be sitting on a little secret of his own, and we’ll be digging that up in the back half of this season.”
The Blacklist Season 7 returns in March 2020.
Charmed Season 2 Episode 11 Review: Dance Like Nobody’s Witching
This Charmed review contains spoilers.
Charmed Episode 2 Episode 11
Charmed continues its streak of doing too much and not enough, all at once. This week’s episode does finally put a face to the hidden foes behind Dark Harry —the shady woman and her people, who I will be referring to as the Bad Guys until further notice. But it doesn’t really raise any stakes.
At the top of the season, Charmed had a bit of an identity crisis as the series did away with the (admittedly few) things that really connected it to the original. The Book of Shadows was turned to dust and the Charmed Ones lost their powers. After several episodes of deciphering the Book of Elders (same energy, tbh) they finally lucked into finding black amber which restored their powers. It also, it would appear, has the ability to bring back the dead. Last week, the Bad Guys got hold of a vial of the substance, which they then used to reanimate a dead lab animal. This week, they took it to a whole ‘nother level.
Maggie and Jordan are on a mission in New Orleans, following a lead to the Bad Guys. They end up at a club, where they meet the woman Mel and Ray ran into last week, the same one with the vial of amber. Jordan stupidly eats a piece of magical candy she offers, and when a shaman starts doing a resurrection ritual on stage, he and everyone else in the club become transfixed while their life-force drains away. Maggie and her sisters stop the ritual, and discover the candy is a cocktail of Darklighter toxin and black amber. This seems like a convoluted way to bring someone back to life.
Earlier in the season, the Charmed Ones and Abigael discovered a warehouse holding several alpha magical creatures in pods. When Macy was taken by Dark Harry, he admitted to her that he was “collecting power,” and in service to someone else. Ray’s (Mel’s and Maggie’s dad) clients were buying magical relics from him and they recognized (and utilized) the black amber he offered them to spare his life. The Charmed Ones suspected the Bad Guys were behind Dark Harry, and it all tracks, but wait… there’s more! I’ll circle back to it.
read more: Charmed Season 3 Confirmed
Last week I talked about Macy and Julian and how the show would not go there and I was apparently wrong because they go straight to Julian’s bedroom (after they bond over losing their parents. – sexy). The morning after, Macy awkwardly meets Julian’s aunt Vivian (who is unfortunately not the One True Aunt Viv) and she wastes zero time doing that thing rich people do to non-rich people who are dating their rich children. When Macy asks Julian to borrow some lab equipment, Aunt Vivian (the Third) holds it hostage until Macy breaks up with Julian. Classic rich people shit.
Macy is desperate for the lab equipment because Harry has a deadly demon illness and Macy doesn’t trust Abigael’s diagnosis, or want her to administer the antidote. Which is understandable, but Abbie could’ve taken him out a dozen times by now, she clearly isn’t trying to kill him. But when Macy and Mel leave to help Maggie with the resurrection situation, Abbie administers the antidote anyway. Abigael either has genuine feelings for Harry and wants to earn his affection OR she wants to earn his trust so she can take advantage of his relationship to the Charmed Ones. Either way, she is committed to his continued existence, so good for him, I guess.
Unfortunately for Abbie, Harry still has feelings for Macy and Macy still has feelings for him —technically?— except she also has feelings for Julian. And Julian is hipped to Vivian’s chicanery so he convinces Macy to keep their thing going, and poor Harry catches them in a make-up make-out. Ouch. Meanwhile Maggie and Jordan are getting even closer, especially now that he’s atoning for the sins of his forefathers and helping with magic stuff. Sorry to his girlfriend. The relationships are the only interesting thing on this show a lot of the time, so I’m enjoying the different dynamics at play right now, even though I’d still prefer more… I don’t know… narrative momentum.
I do have a theory, though. At the top of the episode, we see a flashback of child-Julian in a car with his dead parents after an accident. The Chases have near infinite money and the power that goes with wealth, but they do not have the power to change the past, or power over life and death. They can however afford to buy magical talismans, and ingeo, and shell corporations that own warehouses. They can certainly afford to hire a person or people to procure said magical items and test them… You following me? I think Julian, Vivian, or both, are the person(s) behind the Bad Guys. My money is on Vivian, since Dark Harry implied his master was not a man and JuJu (go with it) feels entirely too earnest, though that could be the okey-doke.
The only reason to introduce Vivian at this point is for her to be antagonistic, and while c*ckblocking JuJu certainly qualifies, there’s likely more to her than micromanaging her nephew’s love life. Having a strong woman be the Big Bad is on brand for this show, and since the writers continually minimize Abigael, the Overlord, as a legitimate and formidable threat, I have to assume they are looking for their villain elsewhere.
I need the writers to give me something, anything, to take a hard stance on. At the moment, I have no strong feelings about any plot point or potential outcome. I have preferences and things I would like to see, like Harry reintegrating with his Darklighter, and Kat coming back and living queerly ever after with Mel. But I would be, at most, annoyed that those things don’t happen and at best, mildly delighted that they did. I’ve put in too much time to be satisfied with a season that ends on a, “huh, okay.” I’d rather hate what happens next than be utterly indifferent to it.
Keep up with all our Charmed Season 2 news and reviews right here.
‘This Is Us’: Marc Is About to Show His True Colors and Fans Are Ready to Protect Kate at All Costs
This Is Us covered Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Kevin’s (Justin Hartley) part of the latest episode trilogy. Now, it’s Kate’s (Chrissy Metz) turn. The end of the Jan. 28 episode ended with toddler Kate telling Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) “we have a problem.” The continuation of teen Kate’s (Hannah Zeile) saga picks up in two weeks. Fans can expect all the drama from Kate’s boyfriend, Marc (Austin Abrams), but they’re already prepared to fight on her behalf.
Kate’s episode will (finally) highlight her toxic relationship with Marc
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It seems as though This Is Us came back only to stir up the drama before taking a two-week hiatus (thanks, Superbowl). Many weeks have passed since the show introduced teen Kate’s boyfriend, Marc. This provided ample time for fans to conjure up a million new theories about the “lovebirds.”
At the first meeting, Marc doesn’t seem so bad. He makes Kate forget about the recent pain of losing her father. But, it’s not long before viewers witnessed a few offputting characteristics in the new beau.
Whether it’s the way he invited himself over to dinner with the whole crew (unannounced), or how he waltzed in another afternoon only to help himself to whatever was in the refrigerator, call Randall “Randy,” and insult Kate’s movie choices, he rubs fans in the wrong way.
Kate found an old photo of her and Marc from that time together and viewers felt an ominous feeling. Rebecca told Kate, “I was trying so hard to hold it together that year after your father died. And I wanted to believe so badly that you kids were happy, I didn’t see what was happening.”
Kate said she “didn’t see it either,” alluding to the fact that Marc is going to be a big problem in her life to come.
Kate has a lot of issues she struggles with in her adult life such as weight and self-esteem. Losing Jack was traumatic enough. But, whatever happened with Marc may explain why Kate is the way she is — especially in regards to her relationship with Toby, or any other man.
Marc is about to do some major emotional damage
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Making *that* dinner scene was a lot more fun and a lot less awkward behind the scenes. #ThisIsUs
Austin Abrams is the actor who plays 23-year-old Marc, and he does it well. Many aren’t sure if the creepy, elusive type is what writers were going for, but if so, he nails it.
Abrams first appeared in the Oct. 15 episode, “Flip a Coin.” Kate and Toby’s part focused on baby Jack. It all tied into Kate and Marc meeting at a record store where Kate is offered a job and the two begin dating.
Abrams is the fourth new character in This Is Us Season 4. He joined Jennifer Morrison (as Cassidy), Blake Stadnik (as Jack Damon), and Asante Blackk (as Malik Hodge).
Executive producer, Elizabeth Berger, previously told Entertainment Weekly that Marc and Kate’s relationship may parallel with Kate and Toby’s (Chris Sulivan) marriage in the present timeline.
“They are definitely two important relationships that have greatly informed this woman and her life. And I think all of those intense teenage relationships tend to stick with us and cause patterns to form and leave these impressions that never really go away,” she said.
“So, we will be seeing how some of Kate was formed through this relationship with Marc — and how that may impact her current relationship.”
Seeing as co-executive producer, Isaac Aptaker, previously said Kate and Marc’s relationship will leave
“serious emotional wounds,” it’s no wonder fans are ready for answers.
“It definitely goes to an unhealthy place that’s going to make a real impact on Kate and stay with her over the years,” he said. “I don’t want to say much more than that because I want people to experience it.”
Here’s what fans think of Marc so far
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So far, Abrams is only mentioned on three episodes of This Is Us from 2019. This is likely to avoid spoilers in revealing how many more episodes he’ll be in. Viewers hope he won’t be around long.
“See you next week Marc. I have a feeling I’m gonna hate you,” one fan tweeted. “Kate annoys me in each decade but I am willing to destroy this damn Mark/Marc if he laid a hand on her,” another viewer said.
Another devoted fan tweeted: “Sad Three always have each other’s back, it’s so beautiful to see that. I’m really scared to watch next week’s episode, Katiegirl with Jack and her troubles with Marc might just be a little too much for my weak heart.”
The comments don’t stop on Reddit. Some think writers may have written Kate and Marc’s story in one obvious direction only to pull the rug out from under us all. One thing everyone can agree on is that Marc is bad news.
“Maybe he’s an abusive jerk. There’s been red flags from the start with Marc,” one Redditor said.
Guess we’ll all have to wait out the two-week hiatus before any answers come through.
This Is Us returns Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
“The fans are gonna be upset,” This Is Us actor Sterling K. Brown told 5 On the Side, “because we’re gonna leave them like six or seven weeks before we a chance to see what happens next.” This is the position that many fans are in now that the NBC show is on hiatus after its midseason finale, which aired on Tuesday on NBC.
In fact, the This Is Us Season 4, Episode 10 release date is even further away than Brown suggested, with the next episode of the show coming to NBC eight weeks after Episode 9. The midseason finale teased that Rebecca (played by Mandy Moore) may be suffering from dementia and a feud between Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Kevin (Justin Hartley).
The show will be back on NBC on Tuesday, January 14, in its usual time of 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, in an episode that will answer some of the questions asked in the midseason finale.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, This Is Us co-showrunner Isaac Aptaker teased what fans can expect when the show returns. For one, they will learn what started the feud between Kevin and Randall.
Aptaker said: “That is something that you are going to have to wait and see when we get back to that time. But because we know it is our fifth season premiere . We’ll see the rift, see the falling-out, see how it all happens over the back half of the season and into the beginning of next. It’s all coming up in the very immediate future for the show; this isn’t something that’s going to be a long wait.”
“This Is Us” Season 4, Episode 10 will explore the feud between Randall and Kevin. NBC
The second half of Season 4 will also see Rebecca get a diagnosis after nine episodes of “senior moments,” which ended with her deciding she needed to see a doctor in Episode 9.
However, fans are unlikely to know exactly what’s wrong until the end of the season. As Aptaker revealed: “It’s definitely coming down the path for us. The reality is, it actually takes a bit of time and testing to come to a diagnosis. There’s not an instant blood test where they can tell you what’s wrong, but it’s something that we’re going to be exploring in the back half of the season with as much medical accuracy as possible.”
Co-showrunner Dan Fogelman highlighted a number of questions fans will have coming into Season 4, Episode 10, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter: “Who is the fiancee that’s sitting in the back of that room? What is going on with Kevin and Randall? Is this an incident with Rebecca or is this something that is manifesting in a more real way with whatever’s going on with her medically?” Fogelman added: “Those answers all get provided in the back half of the season.”
This Is Us Season 4 returns on January 14, 2020, on NBC.
NBC’s critically acclaimed series, This Is Us, went on a mid-season break from late November to mid-January 2020. Fans are in withdrawal. While we await the show’s return, let’s take a look at what show creator Dan Fogelman leaked so far.
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The first individualized episode of ‘This Is Us’ will likely feature Kate Pearson
Fogelman teases that Kate (Chrissy Metz) will get a large amount of story-development in the remainder of season 4 of This Is Us.
“It’s a big part of our back half of the season,” Fogelman told People. In the beginning of the rest of the season, we’re going into these individualized episodes with the Big Three that are interconnected in time, and everyone gets their own focused episode.”
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In season 4, fans are hoping to find out what happened with Kate’s (Hannah Zeile) teenage boyfriend, Marc (Austin Abrams). Many fans suspect that he is the reason Kate began gaining weight.
“Marc plays a very big part in the culmination of it all. A lot of answers will be caught in there as to what formed Kate in this stage of her life. This vulnerable young woman who lost the most important person in her life and then finally pulling herself back on to her feet.”
“The first relationship became this guy who there is something other about, that could be a backburner for this young woman,” continued Fogelman. “What this is and how it affected her is definitely something we’re heading into.”
It sounds like viewers will finally get the answers they want about Kate in the remainder of season 4.
In ‘This Is Us’ Season 4, fans will finally find out who Kevin’s new love interest is
The mid-season finale of This Is Us gave us a massive flash-forward into Kevin’s (Justin Hartley) future. He is engaged and has a baby on the way, but the producers left out who the mystery fiance is.
“Kevin is on this quest to find his partner, and his biological clock is ticking as a 39-year-old movie star,” Fogelman laughs. “Who he winds up with, old flames and new flames, is a big part of our back half of this season and one of the big things we will solve by the end of the season.”
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Viewers will be happy to find out the big secret behind how Kevin ended up with this new woman.
“I’m super excited to find out who the fiancee is,” wrote one fan on Reddit. “I think it may be Cassidy (Jennifer Morrison) or even Sophie (Alexandra Breckenridge), but I also wouldn’t be shocked if it was someone totally new, as getting engaged and having a baby within nine months of meeting is kind of a very Kevin thing to do.”
There are so many possibilities for who the mystery fiance is. It could be his long-time ex, Sophie, to his new fling, Cassidy, or someone we haven’t met yet.
A significant part of the second half of ‘This Is Us’ Season 4 will feature Randall’s backstory
Along with specialized episodes about each of the Big Three, Randall (Sterling K. Brown) will get additional story development past just one individual episode, according to Fogelman.
“Randall is a giant back half of this season coming up with a couple of specialized episodes that really get inside of him in terms of what’s going on in his wiring and what’s going on in his mind,” Fogelman revealed. “Sterling was just in the writer’s room, and we’re doing this special episode towards the end of the season.”
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Fans also are discussing the possibility of Randall having a mental-health breakdown due to the pressure he is under. He is a busy city councilman, husband, father, and now with his mother’s deteriorating condition, there is a chance he could break under it all. At least we know that there will be many episodes coming our way to explore Randall further.
When does ‘This Is Us’ Season 4 return from the mid-season break with these individual episodes?
The mid-season premiere of This Is Us season 4 is on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at 9 p.m. Eastern time. Kate, Kevin, and Randall will be back along with Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia).
So … maybe Miguel isn’t your favorite on This Is Us.
Jon Huertas knows this, and gets why his character is seen as the villain of the NBC hit drama. After all, we are talking about Jack’s best friend, who remarried his wife after he died in a tragic house fire. How could you ever grow to love, much less forgive, Miguel?
The thing is, though, you will, says Jon. In the weeks to come, he’s confident that the audience will finally see Miguel for who Jon believes he really is: A great stepfather, a supportive husband, and an overall loving member of the Pearson family. You just have to be patient.
“One of the things the writers and I agreed on, is that you can’t let Miguel’s story get in the way of dealing with Jack’s story and the recovery from Jack’s death,” Jon explains. “It’s not just the family recovering from Jack’s death, it’s also the audience.”
And the audience is something the writers and Jon watch carefully. But unlike other shows Jon has worked on (namely, Castle), This Is Us show runners aren’t about to let the fans influence the direction of the show.
“That’s one of the special things about our writers andDan Fogelman . They look at the future … They don’t let the audience tell the story,” Jon says. “Our writers trust that they know how to tell the story and when ‘the moment’ will be right.”
But that’s just it — when will Miguel’s “moment” come? Based on what Jon has told us, it’s going to happen in season 4. For the upcoming season, Jon’s mission is this: Make Miguel more likable. It’s a challenge he knows he’ll have to navigate very thoughtfully.
Although a portion of the audience has seemingly changed their minds about Miguel after seeing the way he comforted Rebecca during the graduation episode in season 3, others are still not yet convinced. “BYE MIGUEL YOU’RE NOT NEEDED,” one fan tweeted recently. “I can’t stand Miguel,” another remarked.
This is only a mere sampling of what Jon is up against. Every line, every inflection of his voice, every action, must have a reason behind it in order to help the audience see that Rebecca and Miguel are the real deal.
“Miguel has always been super protective of Jack. Miguel would say things to him like, ‘You need to go home to your wife.’ … I think that’s what audience members are starting to see. That was his real intention,” Jon says. ” one mis-said word, and you take everyone all the way back to the beginning.”
Fan approval aside, on a personal level, Jon is pining for the Pearson kids to come around sooner rather than later, as well.
“I’d love to see Randall, Kate, and Kevin say ‘Oh my god, Miguel was there from the time we can remember.’ I’d love to have that kind of scene between the three kids, where they apologize for being little punks in his and Rebecca’s marriage.”
Regardless if you’re Team Miguel, Team Jack, or neutral on the whole matter, all TIU fans should appreciate the intense work that goes into Jon’s character. From an acting standpoint, he explains how hard he’s worked to develop Miguel in two different life stages. While younger Miguel in flashback scenes was much easier for him, Jon says he struggled greatly to figure out how to play an older version of his character.
“We see people do caricatures of older people, and they sometimes change their voice. They put a little crackle in it, shake in the voice. But not every older person has that,” Jon relays. “The most challenging thing is making the character feel older but believable. So, it’s really slowing down everything.”
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While Jon develops older Miguel’s cadence and presentation, he credits older Miguel’s appearance to the show’s talented makeup team. Because he and his co-star Mandy Moore play characters in their 60s, they must show up earlier than most to get into their makeup. When they first started on season 1, Jon says it used to take a whopping six hours— now, luckily, it’s down to about three. If Jon and Mandy’s call time is at 8 a.m., they are in the makeup chair by 4 a.m. sharp.
“It doesn’t feel that long anymore, you kind of get used to it. We actually now have fun getting the makeup on,” Jon reveals. “Mandy and I are in our chairs next to each other, and you have to put your body in all kinds of positions to get the wrinkles on your neck, the wrinkles under your eyes. Sometimes, Mandy and I will be laying on our side, with our heads kind of frozen, just staring at each other. So, we laugh, talk, and maybe try to have a conversation.”
And then, there’s the removal of said makeup after shooting for 12-14 hours. That takes about an hour and 15 minutes alone. And so while everyone else gets to go to their trailers, take their costumes off, and get back to their lives, Mandy and Jon head back to the makeup chairs to begin the process of de-aging.
It sounds like no one would ever dream of leaving Jon behind, even if he was holding the crew up. Multiple cast members say Jon, Justin Hartley, and Chris Sullivan are known as the quick-witted funny guys on set. Don’t believe us? Ask Chrissy Metz or Melanie Liburd.
But Jon wants to clarify that he’s always respectful when his fellow cast members are shooting a more serious scene. In between those intense moments, however, he fully embraces his class-clown persona.
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“There’s lots of laughing … We all support each other. Outside of work, schedules can get so spread out and busy and sometimes we don’t see each other for a week or two,” Jon says. “But we try our best to spend time together.”
He and Justin hang out whenever they can. Sometimes, Jon and his wife Nicole will go on double dinner dates with Mandy and her husband Taylor Goldsmith. Jon and Chris (who happen to be neighbors) will go out together on the West Side of L.A. And, yes, Jon sees Milo Ventimiglia occasionally. And when they do, they ride their motorcycles together. How very Miguel and Jack of them.
When Jon looks back on playing Miguel, he says being surrounded by his work “family” is a huge reason his job is so rewarding, day in and day out. But moreover, what Jon loves about working on This Is Us is that he sees the chance to tell the story of a caring, successful character — even if he doesn’t appear that way at first.
“Miguel is important because he proves that sometimes you find love in an unexpected place,” Jon says. ” think about living in the grey, and not in the black and white.”
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‘This Is Us’: Milo Ventimiglia on What Jack Would Think of Rebecca & Miguel
In tonight’s fall finale of This Is Us, we see Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) reach out to his brother Nicky (Michael Angarano) in the past while, in present day, the Pearsons gather for Thanksgiving dinner at Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth’s (Susan Kelechi Watson) new home.
One of the great things about This Is Us is that even though Jack is gone, he’s always popping up in storylines and in scenes courtesy of the show time-shifting throughout the decades. This season, we’ve seen Jack attempt the comical (trying to capture a bird with a pillow case and tennis racket) and the serious – trying to impress Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) parents and inviting Randall’s (Lonnie Chavis) teacher, Mr. Lawrence (Brandon Scott), over for dinner after sensing a bond between his son and his instructor.
TV Insider recently chatted with Ventimiglia on the NBC & Vanity Fair red carpet about Jack’s efforts to help his son and his upcoming USA project Evel, based on the life of Evel Knievel, the daredevil motorcyclist. Plus, he talked about how the Pearson patriarch may be gone, but he’ll never be forgotten. Read on for the scoop!
Do fans of the show tell you that they hate that you’re not around in the present or in the future, even though we can see Jack every week?
Milo Ventimiglia: Yes. I know people who’ve actually stopped watching since Jack’s death, but I’ve told them I’m still on the show and we have a whole lot of stories to tell! I remind people it doesn’t matter. Jack’s always around. In the fifth episode of the first season, Kevin talks about the pain and the painting. He talks about how we were in the painting before and we’re in it after. We’re always there. We’re always present in our family’s lives. That’s a lovely thought.
How would Jack feel about Rebecca (Mandy Moore) moving not “on,” but moving forward with Miguel (Jon Huertas)?
I think Jack would be perfectly happy about that. Jack loves his wife. Her being supported by someone else he loves, his best friend, wouldn’t upset Jack or bother him at all.
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Earlier this season, we saw Jack invite Randall’s (Lonnie Chavis) teacher, Cory Lawrence (Brandon Scott), to dinner because he sensed a connection between them, but then Jack got a little… jealous?
I don’t know if it was “jealousy” so much as Jack is Randall’s father and Jack is a man of an era where he feels that he’s equipped to be everything to his kids, teach them everything. With Randall, he’s finding himself, as Jack has said, out of his depth. So, when he sees his son have a connection to his teacher, who’s also African American, . “Jealousy” isn’t the word, but he wants to be his son’s everything even though he knows he can’t be. The most important thing he can do is teach his son to be Randall and to support his son in whatever he’s seeking or looking for. It was a struggle for Jack, but he saw that he doesn’t need to shoulder raising Randall himself. He needs to let other people impact his son in a positive way.
Any parent faces that, I would imagine.
Yes. Myself, I’m not a father, but I’ve seen a lot of friends of mine who have kids and they want to be their children’s everything. At a certain point, though, you gotta let them go be their own person.
Rebecca advised Jack not to ask Randall to choose between him and his teacher, but to let Randall have new experiences and other role models.
Yeah. Rebecca’s always the one to see something different than the way Jack sees it. It’s a nice balance.
What do you like about revisiting different decades?
The ’80s are always fun because they’re a little more positive. In the ’90s, the teenagers are growing up and going out on their own. The ’70s sure are fun, but the pants are tight!
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The Pearson matriarch displayed some troubling behavior in the latest episode.
When people are younger, they move differently, hold their bodies differently. How do you change your physicality when you’re playing Jack in different eras. Is there a coach on set?
No. You carry yourself differently. I think it’s just an understanding of where your character happens to be. For me, I have the touchstones of facial hair to remind me of how old I am. When Jack’s older and has his gray hair and his goatee, I just feel different.
Earlier this season, you directed an episode of This is Us titled “Storybook Love.” What was that like?
It was great. It’d been a while since I was behind the lens, jumping into a crew and cast that I knew with stories I was very familiar with and was comfortable. But at the same time, I understood that I was a guest — because I don’t work with a lot of the other actors on the show, I was a guest on their set. I had to remember and remind myself that that’s their set. The episode was a blast. It was great.
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Could the blossoming relationship turn sour soon?
Would you like to do more?
Yes. I think it’s a way to “park” the character possibly on screen. It give the character a break while still keeping me, Milo, involved in the show. From what I hear, everybody had a good time .
Would you like to write an episode of This Is Us?
I don’t know if I’d write one. We have such talented writers who are spending every day in the breaking stories, writing scripts. For me, I’m more comfortable on the production end of things. Also, I’m creating my own stuff. I have two pilots coming up. We already filmed one. I have a couple of things, too, including producing Evel for USA.
What research did you do?
Extensive! There’s a whole lot of things to work out in the next five months.
Evel Knievel’s name became synonymous with doing daredevil stunts. What inspired you to want to tell his story?
I think we were all inspired by the guy and what he did on his bike. But we didn’t know who he was. I’ve watched different movies and have heard how much he’s referenced as the cultural icon that he was. You watch Armageddon and you’ll hear Ben Affleck mention Evel Knievel. You watch an interview between Jerry Seinfeld and Eddie Murphy in a Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee episode and Eddie was talking about him. These are big shoes to fill, but I’m excited.
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There aren’t many shows guaranteed to strike an emotional chord with viewers. Fans of This Is Us can almost be assured of a good cry each week.
I don’t think we’re out to make anyone cry but, rather, to feel. Even sitting in an editing room when you’re watching a performance and you look at where your music key will be, you realize this will make people feel emotional. But it’s without forcing it. It starts out with the writing and turns into the directing. We have a lot of talented folks putting their best foot forward.
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Miguel & Rebecca’s Backstory On ‘This Is Us’ Could Finally Give The Character His Redemption Arc
The This Is Us creator has been threatening since basically Season 1 that he was going to make us fall in love with Miguel, and now it seems the time has come. In the Oct. 23 episode, viewers got to see Miguel and Rebecca’s backstory on This Is Us, and it’s so much more complicated than you’d have thought. Miguel didn’t just swoop in and steal his dead best friend’s vulnerable widow. Actually, it was Jack who asked Miguel to take care of his family if something ever happened to him. And that’s exactly what Miguel started doing in the time the followed Jack’s tragic death.
Rebecca and Miguel’s romance didn’t start as that. It started as her, grieving and trying to take care of her three grieving kids, and being super super overwhelmed. That’s when Miguel stepped in, having once promised a half-joking Jack that Miguel would look out for Rebecca and the kids if Jack ever died. So Miguel brought Kate a piano to try to get her back into music. He took care of a too-drunk Kevin. He tried to connect with Randall about feeling different. And he fixed Rebecca’s fridge. He wasn’t trying to replace Jack, he was just trying to make sure the Pearson family didn’t sink. You know Jack would respect him for that.
This Season 3 arc for Miguel is part of creator Dan Fogelman’s attempt to get audiences on Miguel’s side once and for all. “You’re seeing the beginning of a storyline where Miguel starts trying to help this family along,” Fogelman said to Deadline. “We’re going to dive deeper into that this season and begin this long play of making people actually start rooting for Miguel in a serious way … which I think will be really exciting when we pull it off.”
Jon Huertas, who plays Miguel, told People magazine that Fogelman once conveyed to him that “get people to love Miguel” was one of the writers’ goals. “I’m really excited,” Huertas said of the potential for fans to not hate his character so much anymore. Even Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Jack, wants fans to climb onto the pro-Miguel train. “You shouldn’t be mad at Miguel,” the actor said on the Today show. “He will earn .”
Jack’s now told fans twice — as an actor and as a character — that Miguel is not the bad guy here. He’s just someone who is also heartbroken about Jack’s death and trying to honor his memory in the best way possible by looking out for the people Jack loved.
But if you’re still looking for a reason to hate Miguel, I have one for you. In Season 2, we learned that Miguel and Rebecca reconnected on Facebook in 2008 — meaning they didn’t start their romance right out of the gate post-Jack’s death. Mandy Moore, who plays Rebecca, told Entertainment Weekly that this meant fans should stop finally hating Miguel. “Can the world like him now? I feel like this is a clear indication that the world can slowly start to embrace Miguel,” she said.
But, since Miguel asked Rebecca what she’d been up to for the last eight years, that means they’d lost touch in 2000 — two years after Jack’s death in 1998. If he promised to take care of Rebecca and the kids, why did Miguel fall off the map for nearly a decade just two years after Jack’s passing?
Sorry, Fogelman. It’s not going to be that easy to get us fans on Team Miguel. But we’ll wait to see what backstory explanations you give next. After all, nothing is ever as it seems on This Is Us, and fans will just have to see if the rest of Season 3 will give Miguel the redemption that the cast has been looking for since Season 1.