The Academy Award nominated actor will play a big Hollywood star. In the season one finale, Kevin (Justin Hartley) was offered a role in Ron Howard’s new war film. This casting news answers that big question: would Kevin go back to Los Angeles to take the part? Or would he stay in New York with the love of his life?
Series creator Dan Fogelman says of Stallone’s role:
The storyline actually deals less with the film, and more that Stallone “hears Kevin is experiencing in his life with his own father, and talks to Kevin a little bit about life and acting and memory and aging,” Fogelman tells EW. “It’s a big part. It’s going to be really cool.”
Stallone joins a growing group of stars to guest on the surprise hit. Season one guest stars Denis O’Hare and Gerald McRaney were both nominated for Primetime Emmys for their guest appearances. There were also cameos from Alan Thicke, Seth Myers, Ron Howard, and Katie Couric.
It is interesting to note that Stallone previously worked with another “This Is Us” star. Pearson patriarch Milo Ventimiglia co-starred as Stallone’s son in “Rocky Balboa.”
“This Is Us” heads into its second season after receiving a two-season pickup from NBC. In its first year, the family drama was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards (Outstanding Drama Series, plus acting nominations for Chrissy Metz and Mandy Moore). It was also nominated for 8 Primetime Emmy Awards including Best Drama Series and a number of acting nominations.
The series was the highest rated new series on any network, and finished the season in fifth place for network television overall in the 18-49 demographic. With the top 3 spots going to football coverage, this puts the show in second place for all scripted network television in the 2016-2017 season.
“This Is Us” returns Tuesdays on NBC beginning September 26.