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This Is Us has kicked off some deeply emotional new stories in Season 2. Some members of the Pearson family have experienced upswings in fortunes, while others have been approaching rock bottom off and on. The midseason finale aired back on November 28, and it threw some new problems in the way of a couple of the Pearson kids. The date for the midseason premiere had been previously announced as January 2, but NBC has now pushed it back. This Is Us won't return until a week later.
The second half of This Is Us Season 2 will kick off on Tuesday, January 9 at 9 p.m. ET. The new date is undoubtedly a bummer for fans of This Is Us who have already been counting down the days until we find out what happens in the aftermath of Kevin's drunk driving incident, among other twists. At least the premiere was only pushed back by a relatively brief amount of time. Unlike what has happened with Supergirl over on The CW, This Is Us will be off the air for just one extra week.
NBC has not made an official announcement about the reason for the delay, but EW reports that a network insider has indicated that moving the episode back a week enables the show to air more episodes without a break leading up to the Winter Olympics. Winter hiatus will be a week longer, but it sounds like we'll get more episodes in a row without a break. Of course, the 2018 Winter Olympics will kick off only a month later with the opening ceremonies on February 9, so the run of episodes in a row won't be all that long. Still, having a fix of consecutive episodes ahead of the Olympics break could help soothe the sting of a hiatus.
There are definitely a lot of leftover issues from the first half of Season 2 that will need to be addressed. Kate was having a great season for a while after she learned she was pregnant, and she and Toby were overjoyed while everything was going well. Then Kate discovered that she'd had a miscarriage, which was a heartbreaking twist that will continue to affect the characters in the rest of the season.
Kevin has been spiraling throughout the second season, as his reliance on pain pills turned into an addiction, and his attempts to reach out for help have failed. As for Randall, he went through a rough emotional journey with his foster daughter Deja. Throw in the fact that Sterling K. Brown has promised that fans will see how Jack dies within the next eight episodes, and there's a lot to be excited about.