‘This Is Us’ Season 5: Dan Fogelman Says Certain Characters Will Come Back With ‘Emotional’ Monologues Following Emmy Snubs

This Is Us Season 5 hasn’t started filming yet, but we already know the next chapter in the Pearson family story is going to be an emotional ride. Ever since the fourth season finale aired on NBC, the team has teased what’s coming upon the show’s return. Then when the 2020 Emmy nominations were announced in July 2020, creator Dan Fogelman promised fans a few “emotional” monologues in the new season.

‘This Is Us’ receives five nominations for the 2020 Emmys

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On July 28, the 2020 Emmy nominations were announced for the awards ceremony to be held on Sept. 20. This Is Us received five nominations

Sterling K. Brown (Randall) was nominated for Best Actor in a Drama Series. He also earned a nomination for his supporting role as Reggie in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

“Today, I got nominated for two Emmys. And I’m happy,” Brown said in a video on Twitter. “I’m overwhelmed and honored. Truly, truly honored. First and foremost, thank you to the Television Academy for recognizing my work in both This Is Us and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Thank you to my fellow nominees. It is an honor to be included among you.”

Meanwhile, Ron Cephas Jones and Phylicia Rashad — who played William Hill and Carol Clarke, respectively — were nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama Series. This Is Us also collected nods for Contemporary Hairstyling as well as Original Music and Lyrics for “Memorized” sung by Jack Damon (Blake Stadnik) in the fourth season premiere. 

‘This Is Us’ creator Dan Fogelman teases season five while reacting to the 2020 Emmy nominations

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Following the 2020 Emmy nominations announcement, Fogelman congratulated the This Is Us nods on his Twitter account. 

“Emmy love for #ThisIsUs!  Congrats to @SterlingKBrown, Ron Cephas Jones, Phylicia Rashad, hairstyling team lead by Michael Reitz, and @SiddKhoslaMusic + Taylor Goldsmith for their original song,” the creator wrote on the social media platform. 

Fogelman also brought attention to the snubbed cast members, noting they will receive emotional monologues for their characters in This Is Us Season 5. So the actors who did not receive a nomination — such as Mandy Moore (Rebecca), Justin Hartley (Kevin), Susan Kelechi Watson (Beth), Milo Ventimiglia (Jack), and Chrissy Metz (Kate) — may have another shot next year.

“Worry not: those snubbed will take it out on an emotional monologue this season,” Fogelman wrote.

What can fans expect from ‘This Is Us’ Season 5

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Whatever happens next awards season, Fogelman’s comments indicate we’re in for another emotional rollercoaster when This Is Us comes back for season five. So what’s on the horizon? There’s a lot to unravel.

The This Is Us Season 4 finale aired Randall and Kevin‘s fight. It will result in a major rift between the two brothers in the fifth season. The new chapter will also continue to dive into Randall’s past. In a recent interview with TVLine, Brown shared the character will be doing some “soul-searching” in the new season. And once again, it’ll be tied to his family. 

Meanwhile, Metz has continuously hinted the series will shed some light on Kate’s “traumatic” past, which will be something we haven’t seen before. Rebecca will also be coming to terms with her mild cognitive impairment diagnosis as well as the medical trial in St. Louis. Though fans will finally watch the backstory of Rebecca and Miguel’s (Jon Huertas) relationship. Then Kevin will be dealing with fatherhood, as Madison (Caitlin Thompson) is pregnant with his twins.

Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, and Sterling K. Brown of 'This Is Us'
Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, and Sterling K. Brown from ‘This Is Us’ | Jeff Lipsky/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Image

Clearly, This Is Us Season 5 will feature plenty of emotion-filled stories. But even so, it’s possible the drama won’t completely destroy our hearts. When the fourth season wrapped, Fogelman revealed the theme for the next cycle when speaking with Entertainment Weekly.

“I’m very excited about — especially with where the world is right now — the uplift. And I would call it almost a rebirth that comes next season,” Fogelman said. “It’s kind of a rebirth and a lot of new beginnings. But particularly the word birth would be a big thematic part of next season.”

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