Cecil Whig

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For those who didn’t believe “This Is Us” would end after six seasons, believe it now, for the time has come.

Creator and executive producer Dan Fogelman always had the Pearson family’s time-jumping saga planned for a predetermi­ned period, which reaches its conclusion with the NBC drama’s finale Tuesday, May 24. For the muchhonore­d, widely acclaimed show that has been built on surprises, it’s no shock that the contents of the final episode are being kept a mystery, though clues have been dropped to loyal viewers.

“It’s hard ending something you love,” Fogelman allows. “I don’t know that everybody feels right now it’s the right place to end it, because I think if we could all snap our fingers and just magically have more of this, we probably would ... but this has very much been the plan. Sterling (K. Brown, an Emmy winner for playing the series’ Randall) used to come into my office and be like, ‘It’s six seasons, right? Is that really what you’re thinking or ... .’ And I was like, ‘No. We’re doing six seasons. That’s the road map.’ ”

Co-star Milo Ventimigli­a – whose Jack Pearson died during the show’s run, though he has continued to be seen in flashbacks – maintains there isn’t “a pressure so much as there’s just an enjoyment” to drawing “This Is Us”

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“I would say every actor on the show resembles their character to some degree. I think that’s all I can say on that. James (Spader) is obviously extremely charming and just like Reddington, the smartest person in the room (laughs). to a close. “I know there’s expectatio­n, but beyond that, reading what we’ve already held in our hands, it’s going to deliver. It’s truly, truly going to deliver.

Mandy Moore agrees. The actresssin­ger who has gone through an extensive age transforma­tion in playing Jack’s wife Rebecca says, “It’s (been) such a gift to go to work every day and tell these stories and recite these words. I get to look in the eyes of these extraordin­ary people, Justin (Hartley, alias Kevin Pearson) and Chrissy (Metz, who plays Kate) and Jon (Huertas, aka family friend Miguel) and Sterling. We’re truly a family, so in that sense, there’s such an ease to just being able to look at each of them and tell them the truth of what these words really are.”

Brown is certain that the strong connection­s forged among the stars of “This Is Us” will last for a long time. “I’ve still got your phone numbers,” he tells his fellow actors during a press event. “Like, I can still call Mandy Moore, which gives me some credibilit­y. But to not be able to see you every day, I’ll miss you. I’ll miss the story that we’ve had a chance to tell with one another. And I can’t wait to do an ‘E! True Hollywood Story’ (looking back at the show). It’s going to be awesome!”

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“One thing that I feel like I learned over the years is how empowered I am working with my hands and building and creating and painting and fabricatin­g things. And I really feel like this show, I am really excited about the aspect to empower people to get into the trades, pick up tools and build something and work with their hands and take what you have that’s existing and redo it. You don’t have to get something new.”

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