Well, that didn't take long. Less than twenty-four hours after revealing that he spoke with series creator Dan Fogelman and that there was a good chance NBC's This Is Us may not start production until January 2021 growing concerns of a second COVID-19 pandemic wave, series star Jon Huertas (Miguel Rivas) is walking back those comments quite a bit. But then again, is he really?
In the Instagram post below, Huertas writes:
Hey peeps! #dontbelievethehype @nbcthisisus is prepping to begin shooting this fall! Our writers are already working and the only reason we'd delay until January is if a bad 2nd wave of #covid19 were to hit hard…safety of our cast & crew is very important to us. Don't worry, #thisisus is raring to go!
Are we missing a clear distinction here? Are we splitting hairs over the words "shooting" and "production"? Because fans knew that the writing was already underway and that "prepping to begin shooting" isn't exactly the same as "shooting". Ending with, "the only reason we'd delay until January is if a bad 2nd wave of #covid19 were to hit hard" leaves me with the same feeling I had before. To be honest, it feels like a bunch of word salad leading to the same result.
On Wednesday, Huertas served as a participant in a Zoom roundtable meeting held by California Governor Gavin Newsom held for Californians working in the film and television industry (video below). That was where the actor brought up his conversation Fogelman about the show's production timeline. From what the actor reported, concerns over a second COVID-19 were looking to push the start of production back to January 2021: "Emotionally, of course, we all want to get back to work. But also, the actor is going to be the least protected person on set. We can't film with PPE on."
NBC's This Is Us stars Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown, Chris Sullivan, and Susan Kelechi Watson. Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Dan Fogelman, Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Ken Olin, Charlie Gogolak, and Jess Rosenthal executive produce:
Everyone has a family. And every family has a story. "This Is Us" chronicles the Pearson family across the decades: from Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) as young parents in the 1980s to their 37-year-old kids Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) searching for love and fulfillment in the present day. This grounded, life-affirming dramedy reveals how the tiniest events in our lives impact who we become, and how the connections we share with each other can transcend time, distance and even death. From the writer and directors of "Crazy, Stupid, Love." comes a smart, modern show that will welcome you into a family you feel you've known for years.