3:45pm PT by Rick Porter
'This Is Us' Finale Date Moves After State of the Union Switch
A change in the date for the State of the Union address is starting to have ripple effects on TV networks, including the scheduling of NBC's hit This Is Us.
The recently ended federal government shutdown pushed the State of the Union off its initially scheduled Jan. 29 date. President Donald Trump will now address both houses of Congress and a TV audience on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
The Big Four broadcast nets had already made plans for the address on Tuesday, Jan. 29, and when that fell by the wayside, they opted to air a mix of mostly repeats and specials in primetime rather than burn new episodes without first promoting them to viewers.
The date change for the State of the Union address will push the next new episode of This Is Us back a week to Feb. 12. The season's remaining episodes will also move back a week, with the third-season finale now set for April 2.
That, in turn, affects the scheduling for NBC's new drama The Village, which is slated to take over This Is Us' time period in the spring. The series will premiere March 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and air behind This Is Us for three weeks before moving to the 9 p.m. slot on April 9.
The Village will conclude its season on May 21, following the season finale of The Voice.
Feb. 5, 1:05 p.m. Updated with a new premiere date for The Village.