A Million Little Things, ABC’s new fall drama which demonstrates safe suicide prevention techniques premiered Sept. 26 with 5.07 million views
Jon Dixon (Ron Livingston), a successful businessman and husband, takes his own life, leaving his friends and family reeling.
Left to pick up the pieces are Eddie (David Giuntoli), an ex-rock star; Gary (James Roday), a cynical breast cancer survivor; and Rome (Romany Malco), an aspiring filmmaker; and Delilah (Stephanie Szostak), Don’s wife.
The drama is compared to NBC’s widely popular drama This Is Us. The shows share format and stylistic techniques. Fans are also commenting on the show’s similarities with The Big Chill (1983) and About Alex (2014).
A PSA about suicide prevention aired before the show. The announcement featured Giuntoli, Malco, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, Talinda Bennington and Allison Miller who plays Maggie Bloom, another breast cancer survivor.
DJ Nash was motivated to write the series after the death of a friend and has said the show shares more commonalities with the The Big Chill than This is Us.
“I think This Is Us certainly paved the way and allowed us to do it, but the influences are much more strongly recognized in a movie like The Big Chill or even a show like Big Little Lies,” Nash said in an interview with . “It speaks about how there are options and you’re not alone.”
The show tells a more grown up version of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why and highlights adult depression without glorifying it. The announcement before its premiere through Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention helped audiences visualize the reality of suicide and offered prevention techniques.
Fans had mixed reactions on Twitter:
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please seek help by calling the national hotline at 1-800-273-8255. You are not alone.
A Million Little Things airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.