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‘This Is Us,’ the Biggest New Hit Series in Decades, Gears Up for Season 2

Producer and Director Ken Olin Dishes About the Show and Working for a Broadcast Network

From Campaign US: If you’re one of those obsessed fans of NBC’s “This Is Us,”—and admit it…you are—season two returns next Tuesday. Unlike the “cooler” shows, where death and destruction, superheroes and arch villains, and blood and gore take precedence, what sets “This Is Us” apart is the relatable characters and the simplicity of the storytelling.

At a time when the future of traditional network television is marred by uncertainty, the breakout success of “This Is Us,” both in audience size and critical acclaim, solidifies the value of an outlet like NBC. Reminiscent of “thirtysomething” three decades earlier, when those fresh-out-of-their-20s yuppies pondered the true meaning of life, I had the chance to speak to one of the stars, Ken Olin, who is now an executive producer and director on “This Is Us.” Olin, who was also a behind-the-scenes force on 2006-11 ABC family drama “Brothers & Sisters,” knows a thing or two about tugging on those proverbial heartstrings.

Naturally, I had to ask him about how patriarch Jack Pearson, played by Milo Ventimiglia, died. Speaking for the fans of “This Is Us,” we want to know! Olin, not surprisingly, was mum on that subject, but he did hint when exactly that mystery will solved.

For the highlights of my conversation with “This is Us” director and producer Ken Olin,click here

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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