This Is Us season 5 airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
After last week's new episode, a new promo announced that This Is Us won't be returning until January 5, 2021.
Fans of the NBC drama went off on Twitter about the episode delay.
First, NBC decided to bump the season 5 premiere date up from November 10 to October 27, which, of course, made viewers very excited. Then, the network announced that season 5 would kick off with a two-hour episode — more really great news! But then ... the agony began.
Not only did creator Dan Fogelman leave fans with a giant cliffhanger about the fate of Randall (Sterling K. Brown)'s birth mom, Laurel (Jennifer C. Holmes), but viewers had to wait two weeks for episode 2 because of the election. Just two weeks later, an even more devastating announcement was made: The next episode of This Is Us season 5 won't air until Tuesday, January 5, 2021.
NBC casually dropped the episode delay bombshell in its newest show promo — and naturally, fans went ballistic. "Wait..what do you mean January 5?? Nooooo 😭😭😭😭," one fan tweeted. "YOU GUYS ARE TELLING ME THAT WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL JANUARY 5??!?!?!?!?!?!?!" another exclaimed. "Really @NBCThisisUs?!? We had to wait an eternity for you to air this season. Then you give us a 2 hour premiere AND then make us skip a week... NOW, now you’re saying we have to wait till January 5, 2021?!? Are 👏 You 👏 Kidding 👏 Me 👏," another angrily commented.
The Jan. 5 announcement shocked us at first, as well. But then again, the show has always gone on a winter hiatus around this time and typically picks back up again in the start of the new year. That said, usually the show has squeezed in about nine episodes before breaking for the winter months. This year, however, This Is Us only aired three new season 5 episodes (four if you count the premiere as two episodes).
Alas, 2020 has been far from a normal year. If we had to guess, the delays in filming likely contributed to a shortened first half of season 5. The coronavirus pandemic pushed back filming by months, with production not starting up again until the end of September. As Mandy Moore revealed on the Today show, in a normal year, shooting for a new season would start right after the Fourth of July.
On the bright side, fans have a lot to look forward to when January does finally roll around. Hopefully, we'll get more answers about Laurel and learn if Toby (Chris Sullivan) and Kate (Chrissy Metz) do adopt Ellie (Annie Funke)'s baby. Until then, we can all just focus on enjoying the holiday season.
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