Saturday, January 22, 2022

The Pulse of Entertainment: NBC’s ‘This is Us’ Gives Deja a Love Interest – New Season Airs Jan. 14, 2020

Asante Blackk and Lyric Ross in NBC’s fourth season of ‘This Is Us.’

*NBC premiered the drama “This Is Us” in 2016 touching on subjects that everyone can relate to focusing on the flashbacks and current-day lives of siblings Kevin, Kate and Randall, children of Rebecca Pearson (played by Mandy Moore).

In Randall Pearson’s household are his two children, Tess and Annie, wife Beth and a foster child named Deja. Deja, played by Lyric Ross, is growing up in the Pearson household and at some point is adopted by Randall, played by Emmy winning Sterling K. Brown (“Supernatural”).

Randall was also adopted by parents Rebecca and Jack – Rebecca’s late husband. Randall was 17 years-old when Rebecca married current husband Miguel. The current season, season four, started in late September and it has Deja with a love interest – Malik, played by Emmy winning Asante Blackk (“When They See Us”). The Pearson family lives in New Jersey and then relocated to Philadelphia.

“I play Deja,” Lyric Ross said to me at the NBC Press Lunch Mixer about her role in the Golden Globe-nominated drama series. “She was a foster kid. She’s not a foster kid anymore. She went into the Pearson household and they pretty much took her as their own.”

Created by Dan Fogelman, “This Is Us,” airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m/8 central on NBC.

“She ended up being adopted by Randall Pearson, so now she is part of the family and they (NBC) have recently brought in a love interest and her boyfriend is named Malik.”

When asked why she thinks the show is so popular Lyric said, “Because it’s relatable. You know, the show touches on a lot of things. Some things people would never have a conversation about – they would never speak on it. To bring that out is, yea, its therapeutic.”

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. EVENT: Eunice is founder of the annual “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), into its 20th year. Next event dates include Los Angeles Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (511) and Baltimore Saturday April 18, 2020, held in partnership with Security Square Mall and The Baltimore Times. The free conference offers an Entertainment Business Panel and a Talent Showcase and Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) with over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services to selected artists.  Log onto for more information or to participate as a panelist or talent call 562-424-3836.

Eunice Moseley
Eunice Moseley is a syndicated columnist of The Pulse of Entertainment, which has an estimated syndicated readership of 1/4 million a week. She is also a PR/Media & Promotions consultant at her firm Freelance Associates ( located in Baltimroe and Los Angeles, is the founder and coordiantor of the 'Uplifting Minds II' Entertainment Conference ( held annually in Baltimroe and Los Angeles, as well as, the Promotions Director (at-large) at The Baltimore Times.



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