Last night's Brothers & Sisters Season 5 finale may or not have been a series finale -- despite the show's sagging ratings, ABC is reportedly considering bringing the show back (possibly without Kitty, possibly not) for a shortened sixth season in the fall. But that's all rumor at this point, and considering the quality of the show over the last two seasons, I'm really hoping that final season is already behind us. The following are just a few reasons why I can't deal with a sixth season of this show.
The SAG Award nominations have come out; nothing hugely troublesome or scandalous, but I do have a handful of quibbles, starting with Sally Field. Field does a great job as Nora Walker on Brothers & Sisters, but it's an ensemble show, yet Field still gets all the lead-actress noms, it seems like, and Rachel Griffiths gets overlooked. And again, Field isn't bad or anything, but she's working with prime Emmy bait, and she's hardly subtle; I kind of don't get it. I also don't get the Sedgwick lovefest; I like her too, usually, and I like the show well enough, but that Closer role is tic-y as all get out, and the portrayal isn't getting any less hectic as time goes on. Do these academies just want to prove that they watch basic cable?
And of course Jeremy Piven gets another nod for the Ari role on Entourage, and Tony Shalhoub another nom for Monk, both of which we can file under "I" for "it worked for a couple of seasons because we hadn't seen that sort of thing before, but we get it now, and you haven't shown us anything new in a few years." Actors can continue to do good work in the same role year after year, of course, and it's another two actors I like very much, but when you keep seeing Spader's name in these lists, and Hugh Laurie, just the same people over and over with only a couple minor variations each year, it's hard not to feel like there's a certain laziness behind it. "Well, I don't watch Saving Grace, but the critics say Holly Hunter is very good in it." "Well, Laurie's doing twice the work because of the accent, so I'll just nominate him." Hugh Laurie's still entertaining as Greg House, but he's not doing anything we haven't seen him do before -- and even if these same guys really are the best TV had to offer in the last year, acting-wise, it's hard to trust that when we've seen them all before.
Sally Field received her annual Lead Actress in a Drama Emmy nomination today, and a lot of people are up in arms about how unfounded that is. And while I whole-heartedly agree with Angel that Mary McDonnell, January Jones or Katey Sagal deserve that nomination more than she does, what's done is done, and it's not like Sally Field hasn't done good work. As I always say to everyone who gives me crap about still watching this melodramatic soap -- it's not the actors' faults that Brothers & Sisters is bad. Most of them are actually doing some magic elevating these contradictory and ridiculous scripts.