“This is Us!” Katie Couric! Common!

South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals (March 9-18, 2018) announced a mess of new speakers today, including actor and musician Common; journalist and author Katie Couric, and the cast of NBC drama This Is Us; actress, producer and Emmy Award-winning writer Lena Waithe.

Common will be here pushing the Showtime show “The Chi” about six characters in search of connection in Chicago’s South Side. Common, the executive producer, joins creator, writer and executive producer Lena Waithe; and actors Jacob Latimore, and Jason Mitchell for a conversation about the upcoming drama.

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You might remember Katie Couric from such decades as the 1990s during which the award-winning journalist, cancer advocate, and New York Times best-selling author hosted “the Today Show” with Matt Lauer. She is here with National Geographic on a six part documentary series airing in spring 2018 that takes a deep dive into the revolutionary changes and major social issues of our time. Expect many, many questions about Matt Lauer. Like, all of the questions.

The cast of “This Is Us” is being filed under “Featured Session (Entertainment Influencers)” and boy, that is not a joke.  That show is a smash hit and we look forward to joining cast members Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley for an inside look at the Emmy Award-winning drama.