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Stock up on water to stay hydrated, because we’re about to start crying a whole lot earlier than anticipated now that This Is Us (returning Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV) has announced a special, hour-long episode leading into the season three premiere.

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That’s right, even though the series isn’t scheduled to return until Sept. 25, the powers that be have decided to catch everyone up to speed with a Sept. 18 preview special, “The Paley Centre Salutes This Is Us.” This is the perfect excuse for fans to settle down for a refresher on all things time-jump, relationship drama and of course, Crockpot related. The instalment also doubles as a primer of sorts for those who have always wanted to tune into the series, so that they’ll be abreast of the Pearson happenings right before digging into season 3.

Don’t think your heart can handle another Super Bowl episode repeat? The episode isn’t all flashbacks of… well, deadly flashbacks, though. There will also be interviews with the cast and creators, teaser clips from the upcoming season (woo!) and a behind-the-scenes look at how each episode is made. Personally, we’re hoping for some shots of the writers’ room and what we’re sure has to be the most complicated board of notes ever pieced together for a TV series. (Well, except for maybe Lost, but that’s a whole other story.)

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Considering everything that went down in season two — including the mysterious time jump involving Randall and Tess in the finale — we certainly have some questions heading into season three. So maybe this special will start at least teasing some of those answers.

But really, any excuse to start a Pearson party a little earlier than expected is a fine one by us. The summer has been swell and all, but we’re seriously starting to miss the show’s nostalgic vibes.

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Meanwhile, the special couldn’t come at a more celebratory time for the cast and crew. Although we have no idea how the Emmys will pan out this year (or any year, for that matter), the special airs just one day after the Primetime Emmys go down live from the Microsoft Theatre in L.A. Considering This Is Us is up for eight awards, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Sterling K. Brown (who won this category last year) and Milo Ventimiglia, we suspect it’s going to be a bit of a party at the Pearson house Paley Centre.

 

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This Is Us returns Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.