Why ABC didn’t show ‘Brothers’ more love
Q: Why did ABC cancel “Brothers & Sisters”? I was a huge fan. Marilyn Cannon Miller,
Milwaukee A: A combination of factors went into it. One was the age of the Sally Field-starring series, and whether the network felt its expense on another season would be justified by the ratings. By this point, the show had the size of audience it always was going to have, and any sudden jump in that was unlikely; even before the decision to cancel the entire show was made, conversations were under way about reducing co-star Calista Flockhart’s involvement to save costs.
Also, ABC had a wealth of new drama pilots to consider for possible series slots. When it comes to such shows on that network’s schedule, given all the sitcoms and unscripted series that also are on it, the last hour in the prime-time lineup generally is “drama time.” There are only so many of those slots available, so ABC had to decide whether to keep an aging show or go for a new one instead ... and it did the latter.
Q: Please list the cast members of “The Closer” and their roles. I can’t put the names to the faces.
Amy Solobay, Canonsburg, Pa. A: We’ll figure you know who Kyra Sedgwick is, but as for the other cast regulars on the soonto-end TNT show, here goes: J.K. Simmons as Assistant Operations Chief Will Pope; Corey Reynolds as Detective Sgt. David Gabriel; Robert Gossett as Cmdr. Russell Taylor; G.W. Bailey as Detective Lt. Louie Provenza; Tony Denison as Detective Lt. Andy Flynn; and Michael Paul Chan as Detective Lt. Michael Chao.
Also: Raymond Cruz as Detec- tive Julio Sanchez; Philip P. Keene as civilian surveillance coordinator Buzz Watson; and Jon Tenney as FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard, the husband of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Sedgwick). Another cast regular in this final season of the series is Mary McDonnell as Capt. Sharon Raydor, who will be a continuing character in the “Closer” spinoff “Major Crimes,” slated to premiere next summer.
Q: What happened to the announcers Joe and Jon on “Sunday Night Baseball”? They were very interesting.
Margaret Arnold, Hartselle, Ala.
A: Joe Morgan and Jon Miller’s contracts with ESPN expired after last year’s baseball season. The network opted not to renew its deal with Morgan, and while Miller was considered for ongoing work on ESPN Radio’s baseball broadcasts, he ultimately declined.
Q: I heard “America’s Most Wanted” is going off the air. Any possibility of it being shown on another network?
Chris Robel, Seattle A: There might be, if Fox wasn’t retaining the rights to it. The weekly first-run episodes are over, but the network is planning to keep host John Walsh on board — and the show’s concept alive — in a series of recurring specials, the first of which is slated for Oct. 29. Until such time as Fox might decide not to pursue that, no other network can have a crack at producing new editions.
Q: What is the actress who played Tony Soprano’s daughter, Meadow, up to these days? I haven’t seen Jamie-Lynn Sigler in quite a while. Has she retired?
Herb Stark, Massapequa, N.Y. A: We certainly wouldn’t call it retirement, though it’s true that her professional activity lately has been less than what it once was. Still, the actress does remain active in show business. After guest runs on “Entourage” and “Ugly Betty” a few years ago, she’s made two feature films (“Son of Morning,” “Beneath the Dark”) and a TV movie (“Criminal Behavior,” directed by actor Tim Matheson).
Q: My mother has asked me to send a question regarding the cancellation of her favorite show, “The Defenders.” She has lived in an apartment complex for over 55 years, and the residents are not happy about it. Why did the show get canceled?
Diane Jones, New Berlin, Wis. A: If there had been more residences like your mother’s, with all the tenants tuned into the Jim Belushi-Jerry O’Connell series, CBS might have kept it. Lessthan-satisfactory ratings — in the network’s view, anyway, which is the one that ultimately counts the most — did the show in.
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