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'This Is Us' will 'tackle' COVID-19 pandemic in upcoming season

Creator Dan Fogelman also said he is unsure when production will start or when new episodes will air on NBC.
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"This Is Us" cast. The show has been picked up through Season 6. (Photo: Annie Leibovitz/NBC)

LOS ANGELES — The upcoming fifth season of "This Is Us" will implement the ongoing coronavirus pandemic into its storyline. 

Creator Dan Fogelman shared the news on Twitter Sunday evening while answering a series of questions following Deadline's Contenders Television: The Nominees event. 

Fogelman said he is unsure when production will start on the new season or when new episodes will air on NBC due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When asked about addressing COVID-19 in the present day story, Fogelman said, "Yes on Covid. We've decided to attack things head on. Very proud of @ThisIsUsWriters."

Fogelman also assured fans that despite the addition to the COVID-19 storyline, the show will still have the same planned ending. 

“We have a carefully crafted plan through six seasons of the television show that hundreds of people have now devoted for four-plus years of their lives executing," Fogelman previously told Entertainment Weekly.

"This Is Us" follows the lives of the Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca Pearson (Mandy Moore) and their three children, Randall (Sterling K. Brown), Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Kate (Chrissy Metz).

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