Here's why This Is Us has been cancelled

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Photo credit: NBC Universal
Photo credit: NBC Universal

NBC has confirmed that hit series This Is Us has been cancelled and will end after season six which is due to air in late 2021 concluding in early 2022. The network is facing backlash from fans who feel the series is being cancelled prematurely. Here's why NBC chose to cancel the much-loved award winning series.

In case you need a reminder comedy-drama This Is Us follows the lives of different members of the Pearson family over different time frames. It was an instant hit when it premiered back in 2016 and has a reputation for heartfelt scriptwriting and sentimental storylines that have had us all weeping through every episode for the last five years.

While NBC has yet to comment on the news themselves The Hollywood Reporter states that the news will officially break on Friday 14th May. In their report THR says that NBC's decision to cancel the series essentially comes down to their overall plan with the show: namely that they had always intended to run just six seasons of This Is Us.

Creator Dan Fogelman was reported as saying that season three was a "midpoint" for the show, suggesting that season six would always have been the final instalment. Meanwhile back in April 2019 Fogelman also clarified that the show's end was always planned.

Photo credit: NBC Universal
Photo credit: NBC Universal

"We never set out to make a television series that was going to last 18 seasons, so we have a very direct plan," he told THR. "I have script pages I have written and I'm writing that really are deep, deep, deep into the future. We have a plan for what we’re going to do, and I know what the plan is."

The news has not been well received by the show's large and passionate fanbase, many of whom have taken to social media to express their disappointment at the news.

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Series 1-5 of This Is Us is available on Prime Video.

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