One of TV’s most heart-tugging family dramas closes Season 4 tonight in the finale “Strangers: Part Two,” as the Pearson family gathers for baby Jack’s first birthday, but at least fans don’t have to sweat their show’s fate: NBC already has renewed “This Is Us” all the way through Season 6. As for the many stories on tap next season, expect to learn more about that “mild cognitive impairment” Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) doctor noticed earlier this season.
Who says nice guys finish last? Bolstered by support from critics and a passionate fan crusade, this sunny reboot of a 1975 Norman Lear sitcom — now set in the Cuban-American Alvarez household in contemporary Los Angeles — finds a new home on Pop after Netflix canceled the show at the end of Season 3. Season 4 finds mom Penelope (Justina Machado) exploring a surprising relationship, while her mother Lydia (Rita Moreno) goes through a religious crisis of sorts. Elsewhere, Schneider (Todd Grinnell) grows closer to Avery (India de Beaufort).
NBC’s latest gambit to make audiences feel all the feels “This Is Us”-style casts Tom Everett Scott (“13 Reasons Why”) as Scott Perry, a devoted father of five whose long-range plans are shaken up by an unexpected health scare. As always, Scott’s first priority is his family, so he assembles a team of trusted friends — played by Clive Standen (“Taken”), J. August Richards (“Angel”) and Michael O’Neill (“Scandal”) — who can tag in as part-time dads when circumstances demand it. Sarah Wayne Callies also stars.
A massive and highly sensitive naval exercise on the border of Russian waters finds itself repeatedly plagued by phenomena from UFOs and USOs (unidentified submersible objects) in the Season 2 finale, “Operation Mainbrace.” As Hynek and Quinn (Aidan Gillen, Michael Malarkey) conduct an investigation into these puzzling events, they find themselves forced to tangle with a rogue admiral who seems hellbent on starting World War III. Neal McDonough and Michael Harney also star.