This Is Us isn't exactly a political show, since it focuses more on the family feels and leaving its audience in a puddle of their own tears than current events. That's about to change in Season 3 though, if the latest casting news is any indication.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rob Morgan has been cast to play the a new character named Solomon Brown. Solomon is a city councilman for the district Randall's (Sterling K. Brown) father, William (Ron Cephas Jones), lived in before he moved in with Randall and his family in Season 1. He's described as a "smart and charming family man and regular church-goer. He knows how to play the game and do what it takes to succeed."
This Is Us will dip its toes into political waters via this character, but don't worry. It doesn't sounds like we're going for a major shift in storytelling, since this particular subplot will remain fixed on local issues. "Someone starts entering the world of local politics," showrunner Dan Fogelman told The Hollywood Reporter "It's nothing big and national — nothing Republican vs. Democrat or left vs. right — but we're going to dive into some community hot political waters with a surprising character."
Right now, our running theory is that Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) and Randall's recent foray into managing a low-income housing building in that very same neighborhood will dovetail nicely with this new political plot. Randall bought the building looking to make a splash and dedicate his time and energy to helping people like his father build a better community, but that kind of altruism is usually only good in theory. In reality, there are building codes to keep up with, palms to grease and, yes, city councilman you need to keep in your pocket.
Now, there's every chance that this new character will be an ally in Randall's journey instead of an obstacle, but let's be real — that's not how television works! Here's hoping Randall isn't biting off more than he can chew if he does end up going toe to toe with Solomon Brown.
This Is Us returns Tuesday, September 25 at 9/8c on NBC.