NBC’s heart-wrenching drama This Is Us is coming to an end next year after six seasons and, while that’s always been the plan according to creator Dan Fogelman, could it be possible that this won’t be the end of the Pearson family? Star Sterling K. Brown reveals how he would feel about doing a spinoff series.
Sterling K. Brown has become a fan-favorite for his role as Randall Pearson on the NBC series, so it's no surprise that people would be curious as to whether he would return for a show. The actor recently reflected on his time on the acclaimed drama and the possibility of continuing his role as the adoptive Pearson beyond This Is Us, telling Us Weekly:
If [creator] Dan Fogelman is a part of it, it’s something that I would absolutely have to consider. In wrapping my head around it, I also have to say, I’ve wrapped my head around what the opportunities will be post This Is Us. So I’m actually looking forward to exploring what else is out there. I love this character so much and it’s been such an important part of my career, but I also look forward to all the other characters living inside of me having an opportunity to find their way.
While Sterling K. Brown seems excited for what will happen post-This Is Us and the new projects he’ll have lined up following the series finale, it looks like he would be all in, as long as Dan Fogelman is part of a spinoff. It’d be interesting to think about what a spinoff would look like and how Randall would play a part in it. Perhaps it could follow Randall, Beth and the girls and give viewers an even closer look into their lives. Considering we’ve seen them in a few flash-forwards, this could be another way to link the present to the future and what they are up to in the lead-up to to whatever This Is Us has been teasing for the last couple of seasons.
Season 5 of This Is Us was already building the next generation of Pearsons, now that the Big Three are all officially parents. So it wouldn’t be too hard to create a spinoff centered the children, which could still incorporate the original three siblings. It would be interesting to see what the kids are going to be up to, especially since we currently know how some of them end up.
Considering that This Is Us has won multiple Emmys, it wouldn’t be surprising if NBC wanted to keep that success on the network after the show ends. Despite the plethora of potential storylines that could be explored in a spinoff, the question is whether a new show can be done right and if anyone would be willing to return, both in front of and behind the camera. But if Sterling K. Brown is up for it, who’s to say his co-stars wouldn't be as well?
Only time will tell if This Is Us gets any kind of spinoff, considering we still have plenty of time before the show takes its final bow. In the meantime, catch up on the series in full by streaming it on Hulu.