If it's Tuesday, it's tissues and This Is Us. Or at least, that's how it usually is, if it's the regular TV season. But nothing about the 2020-2021 season has gone to plan. Coronavirus pandemic disruptions delayed the beginning of the season. Now, the current COVID spike in Los Angeles has shut things down again, causing This Is Us to go on another unscheduled hiatus at the last minute. With the show not airing Season 5, Episode 7 on Jan. 19 as initially planned, fans wonder, will This Is Us air on Jan. 26, 2021? Sadly, the season is now on hold until February.
The spike in COVID cases in Los Angeles has been all over the news in recent weeks. Although studios are technically allowed to continue work as long as precautions are in place, the L.A. County Department of Public Health put out a statement on Dec. 29 asking studios to consider extending their holiday breaks until the situation was under control. NBC complied, putting This Is Us and other shows on hiatus until the end of January.
The delay of This Is Us' Jan. 19 episode took fans by surprise. But worse, it's not a one-week event. At this point, NBC does not have the show returning until Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.
Even though this break is unexpected, the good news is that the episodes will be worth the wait. In a tweet to fans, This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman hinted at major plot twists to come.
The trailer for next week indeed suggests terrible things are in store for Kevin and Madison, as the twins Madison is pregnant with come early, forcing Kevin to race home from filming in Vancouver.
Even with a return on Feb. 2, fans should brace for at least one more delay in the 2021 schedule. This Is Us traditionally has a one-week hiatus to make room for the yearly State of the Union address. This year's event is expected to occur in February, though a date has not yet been announced.
This Is Us Season 5 will resume on NBC on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.