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11 Ways the 'This Is Us' We Know and Love Almost Didn't Happen


There aren't many scripted shows on network television that audiences flock to week after week, but This Is Us is definitely one of them. The NBC drama featuring the Pearson family — more specifically The Big Three, Kevin, Kate, and Randall — as they deal with the present-day struggles stemming from their dad's untimely death, makes viewers ugly-cry at least once every episode and the series just getting more and more popular. 

However, what if we told you that the This Is Us you know and love could have been radically different? Like, did you know that Jack Pearson was almost played by a TV actor, and not Milo Ventimiglia? Or that one of the child stars on the series escaped kidnappers when he was just 8 years old? Luckily, everything worked out in the end and the show came together perfectly. 

Keep scrolling to see all the ways This Is Us almost didn't happen.

1. Lonnie Chavis was almost kidnapped.

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In 2016, two would-be kidnappers attempted to abduct little Randall while he was taking out the trash at his Long Beach home. However, Lonnie, who was 8 years old at the time, was able to escape. "They pushed me on the ground, and the one that pushed me on the ground said, 'Stay down,' and the other one said, 'Get up,'" Lonnie told ABC7 at the time. 

So scary!