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Brothers & Sisters: Cancelled by ABC; No Season Six

Brothers and Sisters canceled season sixIn a somewhat surprising move, the alphabet network has cut a beloved family drama after five seasons on the air. Season six of Brothers & Sisters won’t be on ABC’s fall schedule.

Brothers & Sisters debuted in 2006 and revolves around the extended Walker family of Pasadena, California. The current season features a large ensemble cast that includes Calista Flockhart, Dave Annable, Gilles Marini, Luke Macfarlane, Matthew Rhys, Patricia Wettig, Rachel Griffiths, Ron Rifkin, and Sally Field.

The family drama was nearly cancelled last year but was ultimately renewed for an abbreviated fifth season. In light of some positive ratings, ABC ordered additional episodes, bringing the season total to 22 installments. Unfortunately, those ratings didn’t last.

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The numbers slowly declined over the course of the season but really seemed to take a dip in the latter part of the season, just when execs were trying to figure out if it was worth renewing. Rumors started circulating that Brothers & Sisters would be cancelled and then there was word that ABC was considering an abbreviated sixth season to wrap things up.

In the end, network execs decided there just wasn’t enough interest in the show anymore and wanted to use the post-Desperate Housewives timeslot for a new series.

As a result, last Sunday’s season finale will end up being the series finale for Brothers & Sisters. It’s a sad and unfortunate end for a once popular series.

What do you think? Are you sad to hear that Brothers & Sisters won’t be back for season six? Was it time for the series to end?

Wondering where the rest of your shows stand? Check our ABC cancel/renew page.


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Dot March 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Why oh why does ABC keep kicking themselves – The Chew?? – who needs one more food show – The best quality series they have ever had is Brothers and Sisters – where do they get all of this viewer information – always wondered that – Barbara – you sure are right – I can’t watch the Kardashians – and to imagine how their show got started? Where would they be today without You Tube?? Watching Brothers and Sisters now on SOAP. Disappointed in ABC – I know money is important – but at least come up with something at least half as good as Brothers and Sisters.


Madhu September 15, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I am, sadly, coming to the end of the episodes available on Netflix. I am not a huge fan of a lot of tv show, but Brothers and Sisters just had the right mix of drama, humor and family dysfunction. I enjoyed every single episode so much. So sorry that networks let go of really great entertainment for ridiculous reality shows.


Barbara July 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm

I am so sad and disappointed the show was cancelled. I Love that show; I was waiting for it each week. It should never have been cancelled! I miss that show. I wish that ABC will come to their senses and re-new the show. I love the entire cast and SALLY FIELD was great!
I am so sick of watching all reality shows! Who cares what Kardiasians family life looks like or New Jersey Wives.


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