NBC's 'The Village' looks to capture 'This is Us' fans, but will they bite?
Three seasons in, 'This is Us' continues to be loved and revered by fans, and NBC is definitely looking to copy some of its magic with their upcoming show, 'The Village'
For decades now, television networks have tried wooing people with dramas that involve conflict, unrealistic plot-lines and morally corrupt characters. There have also been shows that dwell on the other end of the spectrum, where everything is hunky-dory and real-life problems are brushed under the carpet. In recent years though, the American public (even the world) has proved to be reeled in by more realistic portrayals of life, which is a theme NBC's 'This is Us' took to a whole new level.
Taking on the notion, no human being is inherently evil, and that everyone is pursuing to live the best version of their truth, 'This is Us' proved diversity, representation and honesty are all great qualities for a television show. Three seasons in, it continues to be beloved and revered by the fans, and NBC is definitely looking to copy some of its magic with their upcoming show, 'The Village.'
'The Village' is the story of the people living in a Brooklyn apartment building, who have built a bond with each other and have become a unique family. NBC describes the people living in the building as: “Sarah's a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe's a young law student, who just got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, US-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick's a veteran, who's just returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own.”
All their stories reiterate this: Family is everything. This is eerily similar to the message of 'This is Us.' Be it the OG Pearson family built by Jack and Rebecca or the ones the Big Three built subsequently, the show says over and over again that family is everything.
As is evidenced by this synopsis, 'The Village' has many diverse characters, with their individually remarkable stories, and that was unique to 'This is Us,' as well, which has spoken about adoption, obesity, fertility problems, alcoholism, foster care system, drug abuse, depression, homosexuality and mortality among other things, so far.
However, all these lead up to the fact that if family comes together, it can achieve anything. In 'The Village' too, there seems to be similar challenges life throws at you, and how a community comes together to get through it.
If you had anymore doubts about the kind of audience NBC is trying to rope in with 'The Village,' the first three episodes of the freshman show will air soon after 'This is Us,' starting Tuesday, March 12 at 10 pm. According to TV By The Numbers, it will then move to the 'This is Us' time slot starting Tuesday, April 2, after the veteran show's season finale.
What remains to be seen, however, is if the audience would take the bait, so to speak. While 'This is Us' is great television and deserves to be watched and rewatched, we definitely do not want a recycled version of the show. However, it does seem like despite their similarities, 'The Village' will stand on its own as a tv series. If nothing else, 'The Village' deserves to be given a chance to prove to be as great as 'This is Us,' although not a carbon copy of it, and we do believe that the NBC freshman has what it takes to hit that sweet spot.