The Super Bowl airing will come as This Is Us will move to a new night next fall, becoming a Thursday 9 PM anchor. Because of Thursday Night Football, This Is Us will air six episodes, followed by a six-week preemption for football. It will then return in January before going off again for a couple of weeks for NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics.
Because of the preemptions, “We are thinking about doing a special Christmas episode,” NBC topper Bob Greenblatt said during a press call on Sunday. “It’s a priority for us how can we keep This Is Us alive on schedule as long as possible even with the interruptions.”
There may be some tie-ins with the Pittsburgh Steelers, which are “part of the fabric of the show,” Greenblatt said of the Pittsburgh-set drama, in which Jake and Rebecca conceived their twins in a bathroom during the 1980 Super Bowl won by the Steelers.
Needless to say, NBC brass are rooting for the Steelers to make it to Super Bowl 2018.