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It’s time to stock up on three years’ worth of tissues… This Is Us has been renewed and it’s ready to pull on your heartstrings for three more seasons.

NBC kicked off the broadcast networks’ presentation of their new schedules to advertisers in New York this week. The network said it’s working from a position of ratings strength but, acknowledging the rising competition from streaming platforms such as Netflix, said shows that begin on the network will have a critical digital afterlife.

The popular drama’s return wasn’t in doubt, but NBC cemented its value to the network by renewing it for what it called an “unprecedented” three more years.
Whether it will continue beyond season six is “open for right now,” said Paul Telegdy, who is co-chair with George Cheeks of NBC Entertainment. Series creator Dan Fogelman “has a plan for the show,” but Telegdy wouldn’t tip his hand as to whether that plan will mean even more years with the Pearson family.

This Is Us will return in the fall, but fans of some NBC shows, including Manifest, Will & Grace and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, will have to wait until midseason in early 2020.

with files from The Associated Press