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NBC drama ‘This Is Us’ is the first of the fall newcomers to receive a full season order

Ron Cephas Jones, left, and Sterling K. Brown in the NBC series "This Is Us."
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NBC, which only launched three new series this fall, is showing confidence in its new drama “This Is Us,” ordering five additional episodes and giving the series a full season order.

The show is the first of the major networks’ new fall programs to receive a full season order. Critics mostly praised the series, and it premiered last week to strong numbers, earning 14.3 million viewers overall.

“This order for a complete first season of 18 episodes is exactly what we’d wanted and hoped for,” executive producer Dan Fogelman said in a statement. “We’d carefully mapped out an 18-chapter story for the first year of the show. To get the order so early on is a tremendous show of confidence and a boost for our entire cast and crew.”

“This Is Us” follows the interconnected lives of people who share the same birthday. The ensemble cast includes Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown, who recently won the Emmy for supporting actor in a limited series for his portrayal of prosecutor Christopher Darden in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

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Fogelman, who wrote the 2011 film “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” also created Fox’s new series “Pitch” about the first female baseball player in the major leagues.

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