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‘This Is Us’ Season Finale Gets Delayed, and Trump Is to Blame

The president has to make a speech or something

The season finale of “This Is Us” will not air as scheduled on March 7, and part of the reason for that is President Donald Trump.

Trump is going to preempt regularly scheduled programming on Feb. 28 for Trump’s first State of the Union, in which he’ll address a joint session of Congress. So the episode of the hit NBC drama that was originally to air that night will get pushed to March 7, with the season finale now airing on March 14 in its regular time slot.

That also means that the premiere of the new crime mockumentary series “Trial & Error,” starring John Lithgow and Sherri Shepherd, will also be delayed. Instead of premiering on March 7, the new series will air back-to-back episodes on March 14 immediately following the season finale of “This Is Us.”

In a final scheduling shake up, an original episode of “Chicago Justice” will air on March 7 at 10 p.m., immediately following the penultimate episode of “This Is Us.”

The series has proven to be the breakout hit of this season, with NBC recently renewing the show for an additional two seasons. It is currently averaging 9.6 million viewers per episode and a 2.6 rating in live-plus-same day numbers.

The cast includes Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan and Ron Cephas Jones.

Dan Fogelman serves as writer and executive producer with Don Todd. Jess Rosenthal, Charlie Gogolak and directors Ken Olin, John Requa and Glenn Ficarra also executive produce. 20th Century Fox Television produces.