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'This Is Us' to Tackle Coronavirus Pandemic 'Head On' in Season Five

The Pearsons will be battling the coronavirus pandemic in the next season of This Is Us.

Creator Dan Fogelman confirmed on Twitter that the upcoming season five of the NBC drama will have a storyline about the ongoing health pandemic.

“Yes on Covid,” Dan tweeted while answering questions from fans. “We’ve decided to attack things head on. Very proud of @ThisIsUsWriters.”

Dan also responded to other fan questions about production, season five’s premiere date, and if the show is still ending the same way he has planned.

“Some vague #ThisIsUs answers (sorry), Not sure yet on production start. Not sure when new eps will air,” Dan added. “Same planned ending. Same route to get there. Hope that’s (somewhat) useful?”

Back in May 2019, it was announced that This Is Us had been picked up through season six, which is when Dan had planned on ending the show.

Mandy Moore & Susan Kelechi Watson React to Death of 'This Is Us' Writer Jas Waters

This Is Us writer Jas Waters has sadly passed away at only 39-years-old.

The news of Jas‘ death was confirmed on the This Is Us writers’ Twitter on Wednesday (June 10).

The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing,” the writers wrote. “In our time together, Jas left her mark on us and ALL over the show. She was a brilliant storyteller and a force of nature. We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones. She was one of us. RIP @JasFly.”

Show creator Dan Fogelman also expressed his condolences, tweeting, “This news took my breath away. Jas was absolutely brilliant and had so many stories still to tell. She made an indelible mark on our show and my heart breaks for her loved ones. RIP @JasFly.”

This Is Us star Mandy Moore also mourned Jas‘ death.

“Sending love and light to @JasFly’s family and loved ones,” Mandy tweeted.

Susan Kelechi Watson remembered Jas by writing, “Incredibly shocked and saddened to have just receive this news. Blessed Light, fly with the angels.”

Jas has writing credits on 18 episodes of This Is Us.

Our thoughts are with Jas Waters‘ loved ones during this difficult time.

'This Is Us' Creator Dan Fogelman Teases Season 5 After Surprising Season 4 Finale!

This Is Us Season 4 just came to an end with Strangers: Part Two – and there’s a lot to discuss. Warning: spoilers ahead!

Creator Dan Fogelman opened up about the new details regarding main characters, and talked about where Season 5 will go, in an interview with People.

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“We have a big storyline planned for Mandy [Moore] in the next coming season in present day as an older woman and her past timelines. Particularly, when we land in St. Louis with her, kind of exploring with Miguel (Jon Huertas)…here is the opportunity where we’re going to be bringing them in a location together and undergo this treatment that they didn’t necessarily plan on trying.”

“It will also allow us to get towards, which has always been the plan in the back part of our series, further understanding how their relationship bloomed then stalled then bloomed again and really getting inside their lives,” he went on to reveal.

“I’m very excited about, especially with where the world is right now, the uplift, and I would call it almost rebirth, that comes next season. Kind of rebirth and a lot of new beginnings, particularly for birth and rebirth would be a big thematic part of next season,” he teased.

“There’s going to be something big in the season premiere.”

Series star Mandy Moore also had a very unexpected kind of performance on TV recently. Watch what happened!

Mandy Moore Joins 'This Is Us' Co-Stars at NBC Press Tour 2020

Mandy Moore is all smiles as she attends the 2020 NBC Winter Press Tour on Saturday afternoon (January 11) at The Langham Huntington in Pasadena, Calif.

The 35-year-old actress looked pretty in a brown dress as she promoted what’s still to come this season on This Is Us.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Mandy Moore

Also in attendance were fellow co-stars Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, and Chris Sullivan along with showrunner Dan Fogelman.

During the panel, Justin reflected on the importance of self-care after his split from wife Chrishell Stause.

This Is Us returns for the second half of season four on Tuesday, January 14 at 9/8c on NBC.

READ MORE: Sophia Bush & Pamela Adlon Join ‘This Is Us’ as Season 4 Guest Stars!

FYI: Mandy is wearing a Proenza Schouler dress.

20+ pictures inside of the This Is Us cast at the press event…More Here! »

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'This Is Us' Cast Dishes About Season 4 During 'Pancakes With the Pearsons' Brunch!

The cast of This Is Us is brunching – and spilling secrets about Season 4!

The stars of the hit NBC drama were all in attendance at the Pancakes With the Pearsons brunch at 1 Hotel West Hollywood on Saturday (August 10) in West Hollywood, Calif.

During the event, creator Dan Fogelman joined Susan Kelechi Watson and Justin Hartley, who play Beth and Kevin Pearson, to talk about what to expect in the next season of the show.

“I would say that there’s a lot of secret new cast members who are going to be a big deal, coming up, so that’s one part. I would say there’s going to be a big announcement or release about it at the end of this month. I would say that in the series, we have what I call little markers, little stakes we put in the ground that serve as grounding points for the whole arc of the whole series, and I would say our first two episodes of this season are two of those. So, it’s a big, bold, potentially polarizing—but in the best possible way—start to the season,” Dan teased.

Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Chris Sullivan, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Angarano, Ron Cephas Jones, Mandy Moore and composer Siddhartha Khosla all spoke at the event as well about the show’s evolution and their character development.

Season 4 of This Is Us airs on September 24.

FYI: Sterling is wearing a Brunello Cucinelli shirt, vest, and pants, Christian Louboutin shoes, and a David Yurman watch. Michael is wearing a Basic Rights shirt.

50+ pictures inside from the Pancakes With the Pearsons’ Brunch

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Mandy Moore Joins 'This Is Us' Co-Star Justin Hartley L.A. Confidential Magazine Awards

Mandy Moore dazzles on the red carpet as she arrives at the 2019 Los Angeles Confidential Magazine Impact Awards on Sunday (June 9) at The Line Hotel in Los Angeles.

The 35-year-old actress donned a sparkling, silver dress as she was joined at the event by her This Is Us co-star Justin Hartley and his wife Chrishell along with the show’s creator Dan Fogelman.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Mandy Moore

Other stars at the event included Natasha Lyonne, Cody Fern, Abbi Jacobson, Chris Abbott, Marsai Martin, and Sonequa Martin-Green.

FYI: Mandy is wearing a Galvan dress.

30+ pictures inside of the stars at the party…More Here! »

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Olivia Cooke Premieres 'Life Itself' at London Film Festival 2018!

Olivia Cooke strikes a pose on the red carpet while attending the European premiere of her latest film Life Itself held at the Royal Bank of Canada Gala during the 2018 BFI London Film Festival on Monday (October 15) in London, England.

The 24-year-old actress was joined at the event by the film’s writer-director Dan Fogelman.

In the movie, a young New York couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child. The unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes – Watch the trailer here!

FYI: Olivia is wearing a red strapless Prada dress with all over sequin embroidery in a floral motif.

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