Deadline has reported that ABC is in works to bring back Brothers & Sisters for a sixth and final season between 6 and 18 episodes. The deal is contingent on star Calista Flockhart only signing on for six of those episodes due to her character’s decreasing storyline.
Brothers & Sisters has been on the bubble since the third season when the ratings fell from 11-12 million viewers and high 2’s/low 3’s in the demo to 9-10 million viewers and mid 2’s in the demos. Season five almost didn’t happen until ABC gave the show an 18-episode order with a majority of the cast only appearing in 13 of the episodes. However, ratings started out solid and ABC re-upped the order to a full 22-episode season.
Season six probably won’t be that lucky, as the ratings since the beginning of the season have started to slide. However, the series almost always ends the season on a cliffhanger, so having them know they have a final season will help the creative aspect, and please the fans as well.
The series also stars Sally Field, Rachel Griffiths, Matthew Rhys, Luke Macfarlane, Dave Annable, Ron Rifkin, and Gilles Marini.
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