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In the second season of This Is Us, Kate Pearson decides to pursue a singing career, something her mom, Rebecca, always wanted to do and never really got a chance to explore. After an unsuccessful audition in the season premiere where Kate is told she has a lot of work to do to make it as a singer, she gets a phone call in episode two to sit in with a house band after the lead singer falls ill and lets loose with a beautiful rendition of Stevie Nicks’s famous tune “Landslide.”

So now Kate is on her way to living out one of her dreams. While Kate’s mom is played by real-life singer and former pop star Mandy Moore, fans have been wondering if it’s in fact Chrissy Metz singing as Kate. The answer is definitely yes.

At Variety’s TV summit in June 2017, the show’s stars previewed Metz’s vocal debut this season, with costar Justin Hartley calling her voice “incredible.” Metz added that it would be a dream come true to be able to sing with her onscreen mom. “Like Kate, I never really was encouraged to sing but always wanted to, so it’s like my dreams are really coming true and to potentially sing with my mom Mandy Moore would be incredible. That would be incredible and I think music is such a beautiful art form and it’s so healing,” Metz said.


Hopefully “Landslide” is just the tip of the iceberg for Metz’s performances on the show — it does sound like she has at least one more onscreen performance coming, since she books her “big break” in an upcoming episode. But for now, we’ll just have to relive that one.

You can also watch this segment with her vocal empowerment coach Dot Todman where she sings “Time After Time” and a couple other numbers.

Metz definitely has some golden pipes, so let’s make her dream a reality and get a Kate-Rebecca duet on This Is Us, hmm?

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Cyndi Lauper has almost always been the odd woman out. She’s been flashing her eccentric style since long before it was considered cool and has been rocking it ever since. That’s a big part of why people love her and why she’s that awesome. It might also have something to do with the fact that she can produce great music and put on one heck of a good show. She’s been a part of pop culture for so long that all anyone has to do is speak her name and most people will nod their heads and smile as they recall just all the times they’ve seen this woman and fully enjoyed her presence.

She’s still the fun girl after all this time, no matter what anyone thinks.

5. This Is Us-Time After Time

For such a touching show only a slow, touching song would do. Lauper was known to get wild and crazy in her songs but she could also croon with the best of them as this song so elegantly proves. It’s been sung in many different ways but this particular version, though slow to start, is especially nice to hear after so long. Lauper’s version is still awesome, but hearing the song like this just gave me goosebumps.

4. Dancing With The Stars-Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

I can remember this as one of the many songs that took over the 80’s and didn’t really let go even into the 90’s as Lauper’s status kind of faded just a bit but never really went away. She’s one of those stars that might get less noticeable with time but still manages to keep her popularity at a reasonable and respectable level. Just try asking anyone who she is and you’ll probably get a solid answer more times than not.

3. Cyndi Lauper- She Bop

She had a style that not everyone was into but that didn’t matter since she was going to do things her way and that was that. This kind of attitude drew people to her in a way that was simply impressive and allowed Lauper to become a megastar in her own time. She wasn’t for everybody and that was just fine, she wasn’t intended to be. Cyndi did her own thing and had a blast with her career.

2. A Night At The Roxbury-Disco Inferno

Her career was actually starting to fade before 2000 but was still noticeable enough that people recognized when she was made a part of a feature through her music. She’s been in so many different parts of pop culture at this point that not recognizing her on sight or by her music is something that seems fairly impossible for people that grew up listening to her.

1. The Goonies-The Goonies R Good Enough

Oh yes. If you ever watched The Goonies then you know that she was a big part of the opening theme and was given a lot of credit for her part in this movie, which was well deserved. If you haven’t watched The Goonies yet….sigh, it might just be time to pop in the DVD and enjoy a return to childhood.

Cyndi Lauper is still around and still rocking it today, though her career has cooled off quite a bit.

This Is Us recap: The biggest moments from ‘Light and Shadows’


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Picking up right where the winter finale left off, after Thanksgiving dinner at Randall’s, the mid-season premiere of This Is Us is dubbed “Light and Shadows.” It’s an apt title, as the episode tackles moments in the Pearsons’ lives where they are each on the cusp of dark times, fighting to find or to stay in the light.

The nature of the struggle differs for each Pearson, but the theme is clear — and the stories all play out over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Let’s break down the light and shadows each Pearson struggles with in tonight’s episode.

Kate and Toby

The show opens on Kate and Toby arriving home from Philadelphia. Kate is quietly fuming over a text she saw from Toby’s female cross-fit friend Kara. When Kate confronts him, Toby insists Kara isn’t a threat.

Later, as Kate’s shopping with Kevin for the surprise birthday party she’s throwing Toby, she tells Kevin she plans to befriend Toby’s cross-fit friends as a show of support to help mend their relationship.

However, during the party, Kate learns Toby switched gyms two weeks ago. All party long she stares coldly at Toby. When the party ends, at Toby’s insistence, Kate confronts him. Toby confesses that Kara tried to kiss him so he figured he shouldn’t spend more time around her and thus, moved gyms. He says he didn’t tell Kate because he felt bad he’d been wrong about Kara and didn’t want to cause another fight.

Kate then accuses Toby of avoiding being home with her and Jack. If it’s not about Kara, she doesn’t understand what it’s about. Toby finally admits he’s been so distant because he can’t look at baby Jack without feeling sad about all the things Jack won’t be able to do because he’s blind.

Kate’s horrified but later that night she and Toby share a moment of joy when Jack reaches for the lights Kate had hung up for the party. Like the doctor had predicted might happen, Jack can at least see lights and shadows. They have hope.

Elder Rebecca & Miguel & Randall

Randall pulls strings to land Rebecca an appointment with a neurologist as soon as possible. He flies to California to go to the appointment with her and Miguel, who thinks Randall is overreacting. (The other Pearson kids are not there because they don’t know about Randall’s concerns — Rebecca thinks they have too much on their plate so she swore Miguel and Randall to secrecy.)

The doctor gives Rebecca a series of memory tests.

After the tests, the three stay at the hospital to wait for results.

The results aren’t great. The doctor says Rebecca has “mild cognitive impairment.” She says they’ll have to do blood tests and an MRI next to learn more before diagnosing anything more specific.

Miguel apologizes to Randall for not having been concerned sooner, and the two embrace over their shared fear. Randall tells Miguel they’ll take things one step at a time.

Pre-Marriage Jack and Rebecca

Interspersed with elder Rebecca’s medical assessment, we get flashbacks of pre-marriage Jack and Rebecca.

First, Rebecca and Jack are driving home from Rebecca’s parents after the disastrous golf outing with Jack and Rebecca’s dad (Dave). Rebecca drops Jack off at his place, and as he walks in, the landlord calls him out on being late on rent.

A few scenes later, Jack is alone at home looking through newspaper classifieds. Then, he’s at dinner with Rebecca. She’s talking about her father’s upcoming birthday party when suddenly Jack breaks up with her. He doesn’t think Rebecca belongs with a part-time mechanic who can’t afford to buy her dinner. He walks out, leaving Rebecca devastated.

When Rebecca arrives at Dave’s party without Jack, her mother, Janet, is sympathetic. When Rebecca says she loves Jack, Janet says Rebecca hasn’t been with Jack long enough to know that. Then Janet says enduring love isn’t necessarily about flashy love involving spontaneous road trips. It’s more about the small things; your partner should be reliable and dependable — that’s why she loves Dave. Janet says knowing Jack isn’t reliable in terms of a career scares her and Dave, but she knows Rebecca has the right to live her life as she wants. So, she admits Dave told Jack he wasn’t good enough for Rebecca. Before Rebecca runs off, Janet says that if Rebecca chooses a dark, complicated man like Jack, she should make sure he at least gives her a “great love story — one for the ages.”

And here it is folks: the premise upon which the show was built, shared by an unlikely source in a most endearing scene.

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Rebecca shows up at Jack’s mechanic shop and says she doesn’t care about his job situation or anything — all that matters is she loves him. Jack lets himself accept her love, says the words back to her, and the two share a kiss, welding sparks creating a romantic backdrop and thus, an iconic scene for viewers to feast their eyes and hearts upon.

This surely marks a turning point in Jack and Rebecca’s courtship; it’s the moment they overcame shadows of doubt to jump headfirst into the light.


Having had the epiphany during Thanksgiving that what he wants most is to start a family and find the same love his parents found, Kevin has returned to Los Angeles and hired a professional matchmaker. His first date is too smart, his second date is a bigot.

Then, when he’s with Kate at a coffee shop the day of Toby’s party, he declares that he’s giving up on the matchmaker and letting the universe do the work. Immediately afterward, he locks eyes with a pretty brunette (hello my One Tree Hill love, Sophia Bush) and thinks it’s a sign. Kate leaves him, and Kevin approaches the brunette.

In a classic rom-com meet-cute, Kevin’s approach causes the woman to drop something — her phone. They bond over the fact that the dog on her lock screen is named after Rocky Balboa. Then they sit down and start chatting about their favorite foods, music, etc. Sparks fly and Kevin appreciates that even though the woman, Lizzie, knows he’s a celebrity, she’s not consumed by it… though that doesn’t stop him from using his fame to woo her right away.

To give her a good time before she leaves L.A. for her home in Chicago, Kevin takes Lizzie to an emptied Hollywood Bowl, where he’s gotten her favorite singer John Legend (for real, Legend is in the episode as himself) to perform for them — piano and all. Upon arriving at the Bowl, Kevin tells Lizzie about his parents’ epic romance. No pressure, random girl he just met.

Kevin and Lizzie have great chemistry but when Kevin kisses her, she stops him and reveals she’s married. She only entertained the date because Kevin is her celebrity hall pass. She doesn’t want to go further, though, because she thinks her husband changed his mind about allowing it. She apologizes and leaves. Kevin is crushed.

When he’s at his M. Night Shyamalan movie reshoots that night, he rants to a film crew member about his love life, saying that maybe he isn’t meant for a love like his parents had. He then gives his phone to the crew member so he won’t be distracted, and as soon as he walks away, who calls but… SOPHIE.

Kevin’s shadow is his unlucky love life and uncertain future… perhaps Sophie is about to be his light. (Though, for the record, as much as I love the idea of him and Sophie once and for all, I’m now fully team Cassidy so… here’s hoping the call isn’t what we think it is.)


As Rebecca settles in for the night with Miguel after the doctor’s visit, Randall goes home to Pennsylvania. He gets to his house, checks on his daughters, wakes up Beth with a kiss — clearly feeling the weight of Rebecca’s condition. But soon, that’s not his biggest present problem.

He walks downstairs for a drink and encounters a man in a hoodie, armed with a gun.

The episode ends with Randall breathing heavily in fear as time seems to stand still while the intruder and Randall register one another’s presence, shadows bearing down on each other in the dark.

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September 20, 2016, marked the day that The Person family stole our hearts. Ever since that day, Kevin, Kate, Randall, Jack, Rebecca, and the rest of the clan made NBC our weekly destination for tearful tragedy and harrowed hope.

In record time, the cast of This Is Us not only became our friends, but they became our family as well.

We can all find a piece of ourselves hidden somewhere in these characters, whether we care to admit it or not.

The latest season continues to show the history and future of these complicated people, intertwining each with gentle nuances. So much, in fact, it becomes a little tricky keeping the story straight.

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Season 3 of This Is Us arrives on September 23 and fans of the NBC’s tearjerker drama can expect more of Jack’s past, a new relationship for Kevin, and (finally!) a whole episode dedicated to Beth. But before the Pearsons make us reach for the tissues once again, it’s time to catch up on all that happened in the last two seasons.

Spoiler alert: There was a fire — a big one — and Jack died as a result of it. We also saw Kate and Toby suffer through a miscarriage, adopt a dog, and get married. Oh, and Sylvester Stallone made a guest appearance. While you might recall all of that, it’s the little details that may seem a little fuzzy now.

See how much you remember from last year’s episodes by answering the 10 questions below. Warning: You had to watch closely (a.k.a. not with your phone!) to catch all of these important details. Don’t worry, you can always catch up on Season 2 here by streaming it through Amazon.


ANSWER: Mandy Moore

She may play the mom, but Mandy is actually the baby of the bunch at 34 years old. Milo Ventimiglia is 41, Sterling K. Brown is 42, Justin Hartley is 41, and Chrissy Metz is 37. Kudos to the makeup artists for the three-hour process it takes to age the actress a full three decades each episode.

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ANSWER: “Time After Time”

Kate used Ella Fitzgerald’s tune in her application for Berklee College of Music, but she also sings the Stevie Nicks classic in another episode at a gig (pictured above). And yes, that is Chrissy Metz’s real voice in the show.

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Receiving a box of pears from the office after William dies actually prompts Randall to quit his job. You would think after working there for 10 years they could do a little better than a formal letter and a generic gift basket that would, you know, cause him to go into anaphylactic shock.

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ANSWER: Christian Bale

When Kevin’s roommate books a movie with the The Dark Knight star, he tries to get him a part as well by inviting him to a party at the director’s house. Unfortunately this 20-something version of Kevin tries to sabotage his bud and steal the role out from under him, without much success. While the writers ultimately name-dropped Bale, they originally had another actor in the script. A reference to Kevin Spacey was changed at the last minute after allegations of sexual assault broke last year.

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ANSWER: August 31

The date has special significance given that every season premiere so far has taken place on the triplets’ birthday, which they also share with Jack.

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ANSWER: Police Academy 3: Back in Training

After a comically disastrous Thanksgiving road trip to Rebecca’s parents back in the ’80s, the Big Three later adopted the day’s events as tradition, having the rest of the Pearson clan watch the 1986 comedy and go on a 3.4 mile hike to replicate the time their car broke down and they spent the night at a seedy motel.

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ANSWER: In college

In the show, everyone’s favorite couple met at a college party, but Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson also met in college when they attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts together.

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Poor, innocent Louie ended up angering fans after they discovered that Jack went back into the house fire to save Kate’s childhood pet, among other items. The experience undoubtedly scarred her, but flashforward to the present and she and Toby eventually adopt a new pup of their own. They describe him as “Jacob Tremblay if he was a dog.” Pretty spot on, no?

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ANSWER: “Manny in the Mirror”

We know, we know — this was a devilish one, but whoever came up with these puntastic titles revealed in Season 2, Episode 5 deserves a round of applause. Other installments in Kevin’s fictional sitcom run include “Manny Pedi,” “Hollow Manny,” and “Manny Get Your Gun.”

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ANSWER: A brochure

Last year’s Halloween episode revealed the sweet reason behind the name of the first Pearson grandchild. Randall had unloaded his fears about becoming a dad to a hardware store employee after the ceiling fan he purchased for the nursery didn’t work. The patient staff member named Garuda understandably didn’t get the baby named after him, but Randall did draw inspiration from the pamphlet he received for Tessana fans.

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This Is Us is an American family comedy-drama television series created by Dan Fogelman that premiered on NBC on September 20, 2016. The series follows the lives and families of two parents, and their three children, in several different time frames. It stars an ensemble cast featuring Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, Ron Cephas Jones, Jon Huertas, Alexandra Breckenridge, Niles Fitch, Logan Shroyer, Hannah Zeile, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Parker Bates, Lonnie Chavis, Eris Baker, and Faithe Herman. This Is Us is filmed in Los Angeles.

The series has been nominated for Best Television Series – Drama at the 74th Golden Globe Awards and Best Drama Series at the 7th Critics’ Choice Awards, as well as being chosen as a Top Television Program by the American Film Institute. Sterling K. Brown has received an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a Critics’ Choice Award, and an NAACP Image Award for his acting in the series. Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz received Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress. In 2017, the series received ten Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, with Brown winning for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

On September 27, 2016, NBC picked up the series for a full season of 18 episodes. In January 2017, NBC renewed the series for two additional seasons of 18 episodes each. The second season premiered on September 26, 2017. The third season premiered on September 25, 2018.

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This Is Us Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

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This Is Us Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

What is “This Is Us”?
A: This Is Us is an American comedy-drama television series created by Dan Fogelman that premiered on NBC on September 20, 2016.
The series follows the lives and families of whom in several different time frames?
A: Two parents, and their three children.
Where is This Is Us filmed?
A: In Los Angeles.
Who has received an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a Critics’ Choice Award, and an NAACP Image Award for his acting in the series?
A: Sterling K. Brown.
Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz received Golden Globe nominations for what?
A: Best Supporting Actress.
In 2017, the series received how many Emmy nominations?
A: Ten.
They included which awards?
A: Outstanding Drama Series, with Brown winning for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

On September 27, 2016, NBC picked up the series for a full season of how many episodes?
A: 18.
In January 2017, NBC renewed the series for how many additional seasons of 18 episodes each?
A: Two.
When did the second season premiere?
A: On September 26, 2017.
When did the third season premiere?
A: On September 25, 2018.
The series follows the lives of what siblings and their parents?
A: Kevin, Kate, and Randall (known as the “Big Three”), and their parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson.
When does it take place?
A: In the present and uses flashbacks to show the family during various moments in the past.
Kevin and Kate are the two surviving members of a what?
A: A triplet pregnancy, born six weeks premature on Jack’s 36th birthday in 1980; their brother is stillborn.
Believing they were meant to have three children, Jack and Rebecca, who are white, decide to adopt whom?
A: Randall, an African American child born the same day and brought to the same hospital after his biological father abandoned him at a fire station.
Jack dies when his children are how old?
A: 17.
Most episodes feature a storyline taking place when?
A: In the present and a storyline taking place at a set time in the past.
Some episodes are set in one time period or use what?
A: Multiple flashback time periods.
Flashbacks often focus on whom?
A: Jack and Rebecca c.1980 both before and after their babies’ birth, or on the family when the Big Three are children (at least ages 8–10) or adolescents.
Where do these scenes usually take place?
A: In Pittsburgh, where the Big Three are born and raised.
Recently, the show has flashed back to follow the lives of newer characters, such as whom?
A: Randall’s foster child, Deja.
As adults, Kate lives where?
A: In Los Angeles.
Where do Randall and his family live?
A: They are in New Jersey.
Kevin relocates from Los Angeles to where?
A: New York City.
Who plays Jack Pearson?
A: Milo Ventimiglia.
Who plays Rebecca Pearson?
A: Mandy Moore.
Sterling K. Brown play which character?
A: Randall Pearson.
Chrissy Metz plays what character?
A: Kate Pearson.
Kevin Pearson is played by whom?
A: Justin Hartley.
Susan Kelechi Watson plays who?
A: Beth Pearson.
Chris Sullivan plays whom?
A: Toby Damon.
Ron Cephas Jones plays whom?
A: William “Shakespeare” Hill: Randall’s biological father.
Also played by whom as a young adult?
A: Jermel Nakia.
Jon Huertas Plays whom?
A: Miguel Rivas.
Who is Miguel Rivas?
A: Rebecca’s second husband.
Sophie, Kate’s childhood best friend as well as Kevin’s childhood love and ex-wife is played by whom?
A: Alexandra Breckenridge.
Tess Pearson, Randall and Beth’s older daughter, is played by whom?
A: Eris Baker.
Faithe Herman plays what character?
A: Annie Pearson, Randall and Beth’s younger daughter.
Zoe Baker, Beth’s cousin and Kevin’s new girlfriend is played by whom?
A: Melanie Liburd.
Lyric Ross plays who?
A: Deja, Randall and Beth’s foster child.
This is Us originally began as a what?
A: An 80 page movie script that Dan Fogelman was developing while working for ABC Studios in the spring of 2015.
The story line, which Fogelman admitted to not having a definite direction, revolved around the lives of eight adults who, as it would be revealed, were what?
A: Octuplets.
After moving to an eight-figure deal with 20th Television, Fogelman made the decision to develop a TV series from the characters of his what?
A: His original script, cutting a few characters and shortening the script to 45 pages before bringing it to the studio.
Jennifer Salke, president at NBC, commented on the conception of a title for the series, saying what?
A: “The title didn’t come easy…but This Is Us tapped into everything, and the show’s about us.”
It has been revealed that other ideas for the title included what?
A: 36, Happy Birthday, and The Story of Us.
Despite positive reviews from both 20th Television and sister company, Fox, there were concerns regarding what?
A: The lack of views it would attract on the network.
This lead Fox to sell it to whom?
Fogelman intentionally recruited behind-the-scenes talent that would reflect the diversity of his cast, with what goal?
A: With the goal of bringing greater authenticity to the dialog and storylines.
These include black directors Regina King and George Tillman Jr. and what black female writers?
A: Kay Oyegun and Jas Waters (part of a 30% black core writing staff that far outpaces the industry standard of 5%).
In addition, Fogelman’s sister Deborah, whose struggles with weight were one of the initial inspirations for the show, serves as a what?
A: A consultant.
The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported what approval rating for the first season?
A: 89% with an average rating of 7.72/10 based on 63 reviews.
The website’s critical consensus reads what?
A: “Featuring full-tilt heartstring-tugging family drama, This Is Us will provide a suitable surrogate for those who have felt a void in their lives since Parenthood went off the air.”
Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of what based on 34 reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews”?
A: 76 out of 100.
Season 2 received what approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes based on 17 reviews?
A: 94%.
Entertainment Weekly gave the first few episodes of This Is Us a rating of what?
A: B, calling it “a refreshing respite from the relational violence and pessimism that marks the other buzz soaps that have bubbled forth from a culture of divisiveness”. report this ad

  • This Is Us returned for the back-half of season 4 on Tuesday night, and the mid-season premiere, “Light and Shadows,” featured a pretty major guest appearance from none other than John Legend.
  • Legend played himself in two scenes, showing up as part of a grand romantic gesture planned out by Kevin (Justin Hartley) to try and win over a new love interest.
  • This season already introduced a huge number of new players including Jennifer Morrison, Blake Stadnik, Omar Epps, and When They See Us actors Asante Blackk and Marsha Stephanie Blake.
  • Below is your guide to all of the new and returning characters in This Is Us season 4.

This Is Us is finally back on our screens after a prolonged winter break, and last night’s mid-season premiere, “Light and Shadows,” featured what might be the show’s biggest guest star to date: John Legend himself.

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Legend’s appearance was the latest in a string of significant additions to the show, which began with the season 4 premiere back in September. Aside from Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore, the show’s regular cast appeared only briefly in the episode, which was mostly spent introducing key new characters played by House stars Jennifer Morrison and Omar Epps, plus When They See Us actors Asante Blackk and Marsha Stephanie Blake, among others.

Below is a full guide to all the new characters of season 4, including John Legend’s iconic appearance.

John Legend (Himself)

A little backstory here: Kevin (Justin Hartley) is on a mission in the back-half of season 4, and that mission is to find himself a woman to marry and impregnate at all costs. In the last episode before the winter hiatus, Kevin told Randall that he wants to be married with kids by the time he turns 40, which, as Randall points out, is in just nine months’ time. It’s an ambitious timeline, but Kevin is nothing if not ambitious.

After a few deeply disappointing dates, Kevin finally runs into what appears to be the woman of his dreams at a coffee shop. Her name is Lizzie, and she seems extremely okay with letting Kevin sweep her off her feet, which is where John Legend comes in.

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Trying to live up to his parents’ storybook romance, Jack whisks Lizzie away for a private concert at the Hollywood Bowl, where Legend is waiting onstage to perform his new ballad, “Conversations In The Dark.” Legend dedicates the song to Lizzie, but also acknowledges that since “nobody else is here, all of them are dedicated to you.” It’s not entirely clear how Kevin engineered this whole thing. The manager of the Bowl is a fan, apparently, and he and Legend seem friendly, so I guess he’s just doing his pal a solid? But what we’re saying is that Kevin definitely owes Legend a drink.

Unfortunately, not even the power of the John Legend can make this whole awkward scenario work, and Lizzie bails on Kevin after coming clean about her situation—she’s married, and Kevin is her “hall pass,” a.k.a. the celebrity she’s allowed to sleep with without it being considered cheating. She can’t go through with it, so Kevin is left sad and alone. But honestly, he’s friends with Legend and presumably by extension Chrissy Teigen, so it’s hard to feel too bad for him.

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ICYMI: @JohnLegend pays a visit to the Pearsons in tonight’s #ThisIsUs. So how well does he REALLY know The Big Three? 🤔 ➡️

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Legend joined the folks behind the scenes at This Is Us for a fun trivia session ahead of the premiere. Watch above.

Jennifer Morrison (Cassidy Sharp)


A TV fave from shows including Once Upon A Time and House, Morrison might be the most recognizable new addition to the cast in season 4. Her character, Cassidy, has a major storyline in the season premiere. She’s a soldier, introduced during her deployment in Afghanistan, where she’s part of an operation that ends with numerous civilian casualties. After coming home, she suffers from PTSD and self-medicates with alcohol, which alienates her from her husband and son. Cassidy seeks help at a veterans support group–which is cut short when a chair is thrown through the window by one Nicky Pearson. As Nicky is later led away by police, Cassidy looks sympathetically at him, suggesting that they’re going to interact more as the season goes on.

Asante Blackk (Malik)

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Blackk was a standout from Ava DuVernay’s devastating Central Park Five drama When They See Us earlier this year. Here he’s playing Malik, who’s both a high school student and a loving, responsible single father. Though he has the support of his parents, he’s struggling to make enough money to pay for his infant daughter’s schooling.

Marsha Stephanie Blake (Kelly)

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At the end of the episode, it’s revealed that Malik lives in Philadelphia, where Randall, Beth and the girls have just moved – and he has an adorable meet-cute with Deja that suggests their relationship is going to be a big part of the season. Deja’s own father abandoned her, while Malik seems absolutely devoted to his daughter, so this is bound to be an interesting dynamic.

Blake, who also gave a memorable performance in When They See Us, reunites with Blackk to play Malik’s mom Kelly.

Omar Epps (Darnell)

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Epps–who co-starred with Morrison on House–plays Malik’s father Darnell, a mechanic. As we see in the season premiere, he has a heart of gold and a habit of giving discounts to customers who can’t afford to pay for their auto repairs.

Blake Shadnik (Jack Damon)

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The revelation of this character is such a huge twist that Stadnik’s role was kept completely secret ahead of the season, and not included in any trailers or press materials. Stadnik plays Jack Damon, a blind young man who’s revealed to be the adult son of Kate and Toby. He’s also a wildly successful musician, just like his mother and grandmother both dreamed of being.

Auden Thornton (Lucy)

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Lucy is a waitress who encounters Jack Jr at the diner where she works. The couple start dating, and by the end of the episode they’re engaged with a baby on the way, because this season premiere was not wasting any time!

Nick Wechsler

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Wechsler plays Cassidy’s husband, who becomes frustrated with her drinking and erratic behavior after she comes home. Since they’re estranged by the end of the premiere, it’s not clear how much of a role he’ll play going forward.

Milo Ventimiglia (Jack Pearson)


After season 2 broke our collective hearts by finally chronicling how Jack Pearson died, season 3 spent more time focusing on how he lived, and revealing some surprising truths about his time in Vietnam. Most startling of all: Jack’s brother Nicky is alive and well (ish), and was not killed in combat as Jack always claimed. The realization that Jack told such a profound lie was a tough pill for the entire family to swallow, and who knows what else we’ll learn about Jack’s past in season 4?

Mandy Moore (Rebecca Pearson)


The season 2 finale introduced an ominous flash-forward timeline in which a much older Randall and Tess are going to visit an unnamed “her” at the hospital. The season 3 finale (appropriately titled “Her”) revealed that the character in question was a bed-ridden Rebecca, who appeared to be suffering from severe dementia. Season 4 is also likely to show more of Rebecca coping in the aftermath of Jack’s death, and the blossoming of her relationship with Miguel.

Justin Hartley (Kevin Pearson)

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Despite being in a committed relationship with Beth’s cousin Zoe, Kevin had a rocky season 3. Discovering the truth about Nicky, and meeting his troubled uncle for the first time, took a toll on Kevin, who relapsed into alcoholism midway through the season. He’s back on the wagon by the finale, though, and ends his relationship with Zoe because he knows that he wants children, and Zoe knows that she doesn’t. Though Kevin doesn’t appear in the finale’s flash-forward, the scene does take place at his house, and it’s revealed that he has a son in the future! So one of our most burning questions for season 4—who’s the mother of his child?

Chrissy Metz (Kate Pearson)


Kate’s anxiety over her “high-risk pregnancy” was a big part of her season 3 storyline, and she did ultimately go into labor early at just 28 weeks, meaning that she and Toby’s baby son Jack had to be kept at the hospital for several weeks after his birth. But as of the finale, baby Jack seemed to be doing just fine, and Kate and Toby were finally able to take him home from the hospital.

Sterling K. Brown (Randall Pearson)


Ever since quitting his soulless corporate job at the end of season 1, Randall’s been a little directionless career-wise. That all changed early in season three when he made the unexpected decision to run for city council in Philadelphia–where his biological father William lived–and even more unexpectedly won. Though the victory was dampened by some serious tension between Randall and Beth, who resented being forced to prioritize her husband’s dreams above her own yet again, R&B came through stronger than ever, and are making some major changes heading into season 4.

Susan Kelechi Watson (Beth Pearson)


Beth finally got her own backstory episode in season 3, which revealed that she gave up her dreams of being a dancer as a teenager after her father’s death. Years later, she realizes that she doesn’t want to put her own passions on the back-burner any more, which causes some friction with Randall who’s pursuing his own risky new path in politics. But ultimately the couple came to a compromise, deciding to downsize, sell their house in New Jersey and move to Philadelphia, where Randall will focus on his work for city council while Beth can open her own dance studio.

Chris Sullivan (Toby Damon)


Toby also got his own flashback episode for the first time in season 3, which detailed his history of mental illness just as he was struggling with a depressive episode in the present day. He’s also a major presence in the flash-forward, and fans were quick to notice that he is not wearing a wedding ring–does this spell trouble for Kate and Toby’s marriage?

Jon Huertas (Miguel)


Miguel is also missing from the flash-forward in the season 3 finale when you’d expect him to be at Rebecca’s bedside, which co-showrunner Isaac Aptaker has confirmed is significant. Yikes.

Lyric Ross (Deja)


To say that Deja’s been through a lot is an understatement: Having been passed around the foster system for years, she’s taken in by Randall and Beth in season 2, then makes a brief and ill-fated return to her biological mom after Thanksgiving. In the season 3 premiere, she agreed to let Randall and Beth formally adopt her after her mom relinquished her paternal rights, and by the end of the season she seems to be adjusting well to life as a Pearson.

Eris Baker (Tess Pearson) and Faithe Herman (Annie Pearson)

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Randall and Beth’s older daughter Tess was developed a lot last season: she came out as gay to her parents in an incredibly touching scene, and features heavily in the flash-forward visiting Rebecca alongside Randall. Her younger sister Annie hasn’t been given as much of a solo focus yet, but that’s bound to change as she gets older.

Ron Cephas Jones (William Hill)

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Though Randall’s birth father died a truly devastating death late in season 1, that hasn’t stopped Ron Cephas Jones from showing up regularly to bless us with perfect voiceovers delivered in his sonorous and soothing voice. We hope and expect to keep seeing plenty of William in season 4.

Melanie Liburd (Zoe)


After Zoe’s breakup with Kevin, Liburd will not be returning to This Is Us as a series regular for season 4–which doesn’t mean that she won’t show up at all. “She is a Pearson family member and we love her, so I think it’s safe to say you will be seeing her again,” executive producer Elizabeth Berger told TVLine.

Michael Angarano / Griffin Dunne (Nicky Pearson)

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The revelation that Nicky was not in fact dead shook This Is Us to its foundation and completely changed our understanding of Jack, who cut his brother out of his life after Nicky’s recklessness led to the death of a child in Vietnam. Another huge twist: Nicky appears at Rebecca’s bedside in the season 3 finale flash-forward, suggesting that he’s not going to stay estranged from the Pearsons forever.

Timothy Omundson

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Best known for his role in Psych, Omundson is playing an unknown role in season 4.

M. Night Shyamalan

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Yup, you read that correctly. The director of The Sixth Sense, Signs, and a bunch of more recent, less critically-acclaimed movies appears in the season 4 trailer. Is he playing himself, maybe directing an upcoming acting project for Kevin just like Ron Howard?

Bahara Golestani

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Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity. Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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Golestani, who’s previously appeared in TNT’s Animal Kingdom, will play an unspecified role in season four.

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The Queen of the South actor will play the mysterious role of “Jonny” in season four.

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