This Is Us season 5 to be cut short due to pandemic

Stephanie Chase
·2-min read
Photo credit: NBC Universal
Photo credit: NBC Universal

This Is Us season 5 episode 13 spoilers follow.

The coronavirus pandemic is continuing to have an effect on our favourite shows, including the current season of This Is Us.

The fifth season of the NBC drama will now contain 16 episodes, which is two episodes shy of its original count of 18.

This Is Us most recently aired the 13th episode of season five titled 'Brotherly Love', and with three more to go, the next new installment is set for May 11.

Photo credit: NBC Universal
Photo credit: NBC Universal

'Brotherly Love' featured an intense and much-needed conversation between brothers Randall (Sterling K Brown) and Kevin Pearson (Justin Hartley), where they confronted issues around race and their family dynamic.

Speaking about the scenes, the episode's director Kay Oyegun praised Brown and Hartley's on-screen chemistry, acknowledging that there's very little the pair cannot do together.

"I think the biggest thing is [these characters] are always honest with each other,"
Oyegun said. "That part of it really came through. And what's great about it is that this is not a first-season conversation.

Photo credit: NBC
Photo credit: NBC

"This is one that the actors, the characters, and the audience have been on this journey with them. It's not like the audience had not been privy to those things," she added.

"Now, that it's actually staring them directly in the face and speaking to them is something that might be jarring, but it was something that our actors and our characters were both prepped for in a way that works really well.

"They're just both so talented. Read the dictionary and they'll find calibrations, like, 'What?' But it was pretty incredible to watch them."

This Is Us airs on Tuesday nights on NBC in the US, while Amazon Prime Video shows the series in the UK.

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