‘This Is Us’ creator on Kate and Toby’s pending divorce, upcoming flashforwards and potential future reunion movie – TCA – Deadline
In their final TCA appearance, the creator and stars of NBC’s It’s us today reflected on their six years together on the show and the upcoming end of the show.
Creator/Executive Dan Fogelman also touched on a few Season 6 topics that have come up often over the past few months, the story of the divorce of one of the show’s main couples, Kate and Toby, which was announced last season’s use of flash-forwards in the final season as it builds towards the series finale as well as whether the Pearsons’ story could continue beyond the end of It’s us this spring.
Fogelman on Kate and Toby’s upcoming divorce:
“I think divorce is something first and foremost, we’ve always tried to show what happens to people, and divorce is something that happens almost as often as it doesn’t. And that didn’t happen on this show.
“The way Toby and Kate always met, I always thought was beautiful and romantic, but it was also a bit flawed. They were two people who often needed different things at different times. and there were a lot of conversations in the beginning about whether they were good for each other. And then circumstances can also start to soften things. I mean, their kind of distance softens.
“There’s a beautiful script that’s been written, which I won’t say too much about, but it’s one of the ones I’m most proud of… I think Mandy has done a really good episode recently that Chrissy co-wrote and who is starting this journey and we have some really big stuff for them to come.
On the flash-forwards of season 6:
“We’re definitely heading towards (‘Rebecca’s deathbed scene’) and we’re definitely going to be spending more time there during the season than we’ve ever spent there. Typically our flash-forwards into the future, there are actually three future areas that we have been in. One is that we’ve seen glimpses of Kate’s second wedding. We then see in this kind of what we call the “house of death”. And then we also obviously have our late Jack Jr. in an even deeper future as a budding young musician.
“We usually went there for the most part as a kind of flash forward, like, here’s the end point of a journey, but we didn’t live there for a while. It’s fair to say that during the end of the season we will experience it more.
By potentially making a It’s us movie in the future:
“I say no to nothing. I’m very aware that a midlife crisis is right around the corner for me and whatever I do next I’m going to hate in relation to this show and these actors. So I say no to nothing.
I suspect these actors will flood your TV screens and movie screens for years to come. I think they are both in front of and behind the camera, as they are all becoming fine writers, directors and producers as we speak.
“So when I want to redo something for It’s us with these guys, I suspect they’ll all be very busy winning awards, Emmys, Oscars and all that, but of course. If we can find a movie down the road, I’d love to get back with these guys and do it. I don’t know what it would be. By the end of this season, I think we’ll have told the full story, so I’m not sure. It’s like, if you’re making the movie of what would have happened if Jack had survived the fire or something, but I don’t know, I don’t know if that’s it.
Justin Hartley quickly stepped in. “Well, there’s your movie. You just wrote it,” he joked.
Fogelman had his own quip. “I see on my computer that the president of NBC is literally texting me right now, ‘Yes, to the movie.'”