All good things must come to an end, and that includes THIS IS US, the primetime drama starring THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum Justin Hartley (ex-Adam). The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the hit NBC series will be coming to an end with its sixth season, slated to air from 2021-22.
Reps for NBC and 20th Television declined to comment, but in an earlier interview with THR, creator Dan Fogelman seemed to be preparing for the end, saying at the end of season three that the show was at its “midpoint.” “We never set out to make a television series that was going to last 18 seasons, so we have a very direct plan,” he said. “I have script pages I have written and I’m writing that are really deep, deep, deep into the future. We have a plan for what we’re going to do, and I know what the plan is.”
Getting his big break playing Fox Crane on NBC soap PASSIONS, Hartley moved to primetime with roles on SMALLVILLE, EMILY OWENS M.D., REVENGE, and MISTRESSES before returning to daytime in 2014 to play the latest Adam Newman on Y&R. After leaving the CBS sudser in 2016, he quickly landed the role of Kevin Pearson on THIS IS US.
As part of the shows’ ensemble cast that includes Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, and Chrissy Metz, Hartley was an integral part of their Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2018 and 2019. THIS IS US has also taken home numerous Emmy Awards and other accolades as well as being a hit with critics and viewers alike.
Currently nearing the end of its fifth season, THIS IS US has not announced any details of its sixth and final season such as when it will air or how many episodes it will contain. Although it is suspected that it should be around 18, which would put the series over the 100-episode mark allowing for a lucrative syndication deal.
So when you’re done crying over the season finale of THIS IS US in a couple of weeks, make sure you save some tissues for next season when we say goodbye to the Pearson family forever!