Brothers and Sisters on ABC is in the midst of its fourth season dealing with the sometimes traumatic events of families later on in life. Three generations of family get on each other’s nerves and are just downright shocking to each other on a regular basis. Matriarch Nora Walker has to hold everything together when her grown kids pull all kinds of antics and make their kids, Nora’s grandkids, get ever closer to the edge of going nuts.
Brothers and Sisters airs at 10 P.M. Sundays and has been picked up for next fall according to Zap2It.com. The dysfunctional family will be back for more torment on the hour-long drama.
Sally Field anchors Brothers and Sisters as Nora Walker who oversees everyone and tries to straighten out their adult lives. Rob Lowe added his star power but has left the show as a regular character. He played Robert McCallister who was married to Nora’s daughter Kitty played by Calista Flockhart. Tommy Walker is played by Balthazar Getty from Alias. Rachel Griffiths from Six Feet Under plays Sarah Walker, another of Nora’s daughters.
Guest cast has included Tom Skerritt, Meredith Baxter, Treat Williams, Margot Kidder, Garry Marshall, Bill Smitrovich, Danny Glover, Chevy Chase, Mitch Pileggi, and Regis & Kelly from their show. The guest cast I’m sure has been thrilled to work with an already beefed-up regular cast.
In mid-March, Hit Fix reported that Brothers and Sisters came in second place in their time slot behind Cold Case. There will be fourth season in fall so we get to see how many more guest appearances Rob Lowe has left as governor of California.
I understand why so many shows have their basis in large metro areas. Friends was in New York City. CSI has a show in New York and Miami. Other shows are based in Los Angeles. On the other hand, other more obscure shows draw you in by having unusual places as settings so as to spice up things and make it quirkier.
I personally like it when writers get over the New York and L.A. centrism that they have sometimes just to get ratings. Brothers and Sisters can happen in any fifty states and not just California. You could set it in Alaska and the drama would still be prevalent. I’m surprised no one has had a hit show set in Alaska with the popularity of certain former governor of the state. Quirkiness and drama don’t have to happen just in a state with a large population but for now it works for ABC and that’s what they’ll stick with for season four more than likely.