EXCLUSIVE: This Is Us has lost its first run UK broadcaster. Channel 4 has opted not to renew their licensing agreement for NBC’s hit series with international distributor Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution after airing the show’s first two seasons.
A representative of Channel 4 told TVWise: “We are so pleased and very proud to have brought the first two seasons of the critically-acclaimed series This is Us to a UK audience, but there are currently no plans to air further series”. Amazon Prime Video UK holds SVOD rights to the show, but it is not immediately clear if or when they will stream seasons three and four.
The writing had been on the wall for the show. While initially trumpeted as a key acquisition for the main channel in 2016, it was eventually shunted to More4 for its second season. The decision comes mere months after NBC renewed the series through to season six.
This Is Us chronicles the Pearson family across the decades: from Jack and Rebecca as young parents in the 1980s to their 37-year-old kids Kevin, Kate and Randall searching for love and fulfillment in the present day. The drama series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and stars Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson and Ron Cephas Jones.