Rise may be debuting immediately after the highly-anticipated This Is Us season two finale, but next week, the new drama takes the beloved hit’s spot in NBC’s line-up. And for some of its cast, the prospect of filling in for the Pearson clan is, well, daunting.
E! News caught up with the stars of Friday Night Lights creator Jason Katims‘ new series, which tells the story of high school teacher Lou Mazzuchelli as he takes over his school’s lackluster theater department, ahead of the musical drama’s premiere, and newcomer Damon J. Gillespie, who plays football star with an undeniable musical talent Robbie Thorne, admitted that he’s feeling the pressure.
“Because This Is Us is a smash hit. Everybody loves that show,” he said. “For me, I’m honored and excited. But it also is like, there’s kind of some pressure there. That’s some huge shoes to fill. I think we’re honored, but there is a little bit of pressure. We have to kind of live up to those standards, and I believe we can. I think we can do that.”
The more seasoned stars, How I Met Your Mother‘s Josh Radnor, who stars as Lou, and icon Rosie Perez, making her TV series regular debut as Lou’s assistant director Tracey Wolfe, however, see the time slot as nothing but a major vote of confidence from the network.
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