Dan Snierson
September 20, 2016 AT 11:22 PM EDT

This Is Us is getting into the aftershow business.

NBC’s heavily anticipated dramedy about a group of individuals who celebrate the same birthday will offer up a weekly companion series, EW has learned. It will be available on all NBC’s digital platforms via the NBC app, as well as on VOD for free, after the East Coast airing of each episode on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Which means the first one can be seen tonight at 11 p.m. after the series premiere. Each six- to eight-minute installment of the companion series — which for some reason is titled This Is Us Aftershow instead of That Was Us — will feature a roundtable discussion with various cast members (and This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman on occasion) talking about the stories in that particular episode. Tonight’s installment includes a conversation between Fogelman and stars Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley, and Chrissy Metz. And now, this is us, offering you a quick preview of the first aftershow in which Metz discusses the parallels she sees in Kate and herself.

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