This Is Us is the gift that keeps on giving for NBC.
According to Rise boss Jason Katims, the success of the emotionally-charged hit drama about the Pearson family has helped pave the way for other character-driven dramas, like his upcoming midseason entry.
Rise follows Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor) as he takes over his local struggling high school drama department and inspires a group of students, played by Moana’s Auli’i Cravalho and Damon J. Gillespie, among others, who are struggling to find their place in the world as they come of age.
“Having a show like This Is Us that had the success that its had has cleared the path in a way for doing shows like Rise, shows that are very character-driven and have a deep emotional core to them and are ultimately just shows about people,” executive producer Jason Katims told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour Tuesday.
Katims was also behind NBC’s Parenthood and Friday Night Lights, both of which were also character-driven dramas. “Those are shows that not only appeal to me as a viewer, they’re also the kinds of stories I’d like to tell,” he says. “Having shows like This Is Us has helped that. To be on the network with This Is Us and have our