Aaron Sorkin

The intense emotional connection 'This Is Us' has with its viewers overwhelms the team behind it

The intense emotional connection 'This Is Us' has with its viewers overwhelms the team behind it

If you’d have told Dan Fogelman that a television family drama would inspire the kind of fanaticism usually reserved for genre storytelling — rife with conspiracy theories and connect-the-dots analysis — he wouldn’t have believed that twist.

Even now, it doesn’t quite register.

It’s early April and Fogelman, who created this season’s breakout drama “This Is Us,” is in the throes of production on his upcoming feature film, “Life Itself,” starring Oscar Isaac and Samuel L. Jackson — and one question, he says, has emerged as most pressing on that set.

“People are making a beeline for me as soon as I get to work to ask about how Jack died,” he says sheepishly by...

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