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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?

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Jacqui October 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I am upset about the decision to cancel Brothers & Sisters. It is the only show I turn my TV on for. I have been watching since day 1.

I have tried to get in to some of the other shows and do NOT like any of them. Geeze.

I took a peak at PanAm. This show does NOT even compare. Not sure what the Exec’s where thinking.

Definitely disappointed.



Karin October 4, 2011 at 10:36 pm

This was the only show I loved and watched every week !!!
Please..pleasse..please bring it back !! It definitley much better than the House wifes show !!
Now I having nothing to look forward too !!!! :((((


Heather October 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm

OH man….I am crushed….I loved the walker family drama. To have a large family and always having someone to vent to or argue to…we saw it all with that family, and in the end they all came together!



Deborah Shwartz October 3, 2011 at 12:36 pm

CRAP!!! what will they replace it with some STUPID reality show? I have one for you, network executive swap, swap abc’s executive for a chimp, he would have to be smarter.


Anonymous September 27, 2011 at 11:45 am

Damn why TV executives keep doing this. When shows bring in the money it’s all good once rating is down it gets the axe. That’s just so typical…it’s all about the money. This world is one sad place were money is everything instead of positive values and showing something that really mean something. I like this show a lot and always watched it. Now I’m not evening going to invest time in watching ABC….Bad television…for doing such a lousy job in holding onto something worth keeping :( !!!


Ana September 25, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I agree. I just found out it was cancelled and I am extremely disappointed. One of the best shows on tv was canceled. What happened to quality tv? Enough with the stupid reality shows.


Erika Leigh September 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm

I am heartbroken too that Brothers and Sisters will not be on anymore. I loved Sunday nights and looked forward all week to seeing the Walker family. I wish this had meaning to someone!


Robin September 25, 2011 at 4:28 pm

So done with ABC – just went to check tonight to see when Brothers & Sisters was going to start back up and found out it was cancelled – in MAY! We’ve been loyal fans and viewers of the Walker’s since the very 1st episode. First Boston Legal, now Brothers & Sisters, and Desperate Housewives is next. Guess TNT will pick up even more of my business…so sad on B&S.


Gail September 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Can’t believe the show was conceled. I agree that it was one of the better tv drama’s that covered all aspects of a tv family.


Melanie September 25, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I am very disappointed that the show was canceled. It was one show I never missed. I loved it. I wish it would come back. It was my treat for the week.


Jennifer September 24, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I just found out this show was cancelled – so devastating. I wish I could make a call and have it re-instated.


Nessy September 23, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I was upset the series would not be returning. I think it was a great cast. I
Enjoyed the series very much.


Carolw September 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I am heartbroken! Brothers and sisters was one of the best shows on tv.


Gayle September 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I am very disappointed that Brothers and Sisters has been cancelled!! I was eagerly looking forward to a new season until I mentioned it and a friend said the show had been cancelled. I will be watching less television than I currently watch, and that is not much; it’s disheartening when quaility shows such as Brothers and Sisters are cancelled.


Lizzette September 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I agree, extremely disappointing Brothers and Sisters has been canceled ! The networks keep replacing all of our quality shows with so much mindless junk, which is why I also rarely turn on the TV anymore. And of course, there is no point in trying to enjoy any other well written or well cast series because it will only suffer the same fate as shows like Brothers & Sisters, Rubicon and the very “fragile” in ratings, Parenthood. RIP Brothers & Sisters, you will be miss TERRIBLY!!!!


Mary Anne September 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I just searching the internet to see when Brothers and Sisters was to resume there season show and read that it had been cancelled. A continuation of how many series with no series finale is very disappointing – a series that leaves you up in the air. I loved watching the show and it was so true to life on how families go through so many problems but they are always there for each other. A show that sends a message out there and the many families who still don’t talk to each but Brothers and Sisters shows how family still pulls together in good times and bad. With all the other mindless shows out there for 20 year olds and those reality shows – tv has become more for the younger generation and not the baby boomers and older. Brother and Sisters should have a Finale series at least.


Penz September 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm



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