'This Is Us' Elevates Duo to Co-Showrunners for Season 2

Writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger have signed a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television to remain on NBC's breakout hit.
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Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker

NBC and 20th Century Fox Television's This Is Us is rewarding two key family members.

Writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger have signed a new overall deal with producers 20th Century Fox Television, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Under the multiyear pact, the duo have been promoted to co-showrunners alongside creator Dan Fogelman on the previously announced second season of the breakout family drama. The duo will focus on This Is Us for the time being and, as part of the new pact, will put their new take on a How I Met Your Mother spinoff on the back burner. (A network has not yet been attached to the project.)

"Isaac and Elizabeth are incredible talents who write with such passion and emotion; their voices are bold and original and the contribution they’ve made to This Is Us this year has been extraordinary," 20th TV president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis said in a statement. "They are hugely valuable to Dan and to everyone at this studio, and we are thrilled that they will showrun alongside him next season as well as remain in the studio family for years to come."

This Is Us is Aptaker and Berger's latest collaboration with Fogelman. The trio previously teamed on ABC's The Neighbors as well as Fox's Grandfathered. Their credits also include Jason Katims' About a Boy reboot for NBC as well as the feature Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. They are repped by Verve, Management 360 and Hansen Jacobson.

This Is Us ranks as the No. 1 new series of the year. The NBC family ensemble, starring Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore and Sterling K. Brown, has two episodes left in its freshman season and has already been renewed through season three

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