Why Isn’t ‘This Is Us’ New Tonight, Jan. 19? NBC Will Air a Rerun Instead of the Next Season 5 Episode

The last episode of This Is Us Season 5 left fans on a cliffhanger. But, NBC recently shifted its schedule to air a rerun on Tuesday, Jan. 19. So why isn’t This Is Us new tonight and when will the fifth season return? Viewers will have to wait a few weeks before the next episode is released.

Dan Fogelman explains why ‘This Is Us’ Season 5 won’t air a new episode tonight, Jan. 19

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On Jan. 19, NBC will air This Is Us Season 4 Episode 14, titled “The Cabin,” in the family drama’s 9 p.m. ET time slot. The repeat episode is a fan-favorite that brought the Big Three together. But even so, some viewers might be disappointed with the rerun, as they were expecting a new This Is Us Season 5 episode.

Meanwhile, This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman explained the delay in a post on Twitter. He revealed production was pushed because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

“No new episode of #ThisIsUs tonight,” Fogelman wrote. “Covid-related production delays in LA have forced us to delay a few weeks.”

That said, Fogelman promised the next few episodes of This Is Us Season 5 will be worth the wait.

“The next few are big ones, and we are close,” he wrote on Twitter. “So we hope you’ll hang in there with us. Sorry!”

When will ‘This Is Us’ Season 5 Episode 7 be released in 2021? (Updated)

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While NBC will not air a new This Is Us Season 5 episode tonight, Jan. 19, it seems the delay will extend through Jan. 26. On Jan. 19, Deadline reported the This Is Us episode on Tuesday, Jan. 26, will also be a repeat. 

Meanwhile, the show’s official Twitter revealed This Is Us Season 5 Episode 7 will be released in two weeks. So, the next episode is expected to air on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

“No new episode tonight, fam,” the This Is Us Twitter account wrote. “We’ll be back in two weeks on @NBC.”

Update: It seems This Is Us Season 5 will be delayed another week. NBC will air “Forty: Part One” and “Forty: Part Two” on Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, respectively. Then TV Guide revealed the family drama is now expected to return on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. So stay tuned.

What to expect from the next new episode of ‘This Is Us’ Season 5

Justin Hartley as Kevin on 'This Is Us' Season 5 Episode 5
Justin Hartley as Kevin on ‘This Is Us’ Season 5 | NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

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As mentioned, the last new episode of This Is Us Season 5 left fans on the edge of their seats. Randall (Sterling K. Brown) finally learned his birth mother’s story and how much his biological parents truly loved him. This allowed Randall to let go of his pain, which included his feud with Kevin (Justin Hartley). But when Randall called his brother, Kevin was driving off into the night to get to Madison (Caitlin Thompson), who went into early labor.

Meanwhile, the This Is Us Season 5 Episode 7 promo trailer suggested that Kevin will get into a car accident. So fans don’t know whether Kevin will make it to Madison in time or how the crash will impact the characters moving forward. That said, the synopsis hinted Kevin might arrive at his destination in one piece.

“Kevin embarks on a stressful road trip,” the summary reads. “Jack and young Kevin go to a football training camp.”

Whatever happens when This Is Us Season 5 Episode 7 airs on NBC, it’s clear “There” will be a Kevin-centric episode. So get your tissues ready. You have two weeks to prepare.

This Is Us Season 5 Episode 7 is expected to air on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021.