The close-knit Pearsons are back on NBC, albeit socially distanced, as This Is Us returns tonight for its fifth season. Production was derailed due to the COVID-19 lockdown, which prompted series creator Dan Fogelman to incorporate the impact of the pandemic into the show's storylines once the team was able to return to work. There wasn't a lot of time between the return to filming and new episodes being telecast. "It was really important to me, and to us, to get these episodes on before the election, not because they’re political, but because they’re difficult and hopeful," Fogelman explained during a Zoom call to promote the show's return. “It felt important to us to put [them] on TV now with no agenda other than that. We have been working night and day, and the guys have been shooting on weekends to get [them] done in time.
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