Monday, September 25, 2006

Brothers and Sisters - Pilot

I'm going to give this a few more weeks(especially until Greg Berlanti gets to fully take over the show) before I fully decide if this is worth watching or not but from the pilot, I have to say it wasn't great, but it wasn't the mess that much of the press had been saying it was probably going to be.

The lines were clunky and everything was fully explained in verbal diarhea but when it comes from GREAT actors like Ron Rifkin (Alias) or Rachel Griffiths (Brenda in Six Feet Under), I kinda let it go and actually enjoyed watching them try to say it with a straight face. Which seems to be the trend this season.

Brother and Sisters follows Calista Flockhart's Kitty as she rejoins her family including mom Sally Field, dad Tom Skerritt, and her many brothers and sisters including Rachel Griffiths, Balthazar Getty, Dave Annable and Matthew Rhys. Theres a family business where Uncle Saul (Ron Rifkin) seems to be doing some shady accounting as we discover in the first episode, and Calista's Kitty is an Ann Coulter type conservative big mouth joining her ultra democrat mom and most of the rest of the family.

So yes, at times I felt like I was watching Alias (Ron Rifkin, Balthazar Getty, Patricia Wettig), or Ally McBeal (Calista Flockhart, Josh Hopkins). Throw in Gidget and Brenda in the mix, plus Dave Anable (likable from Reunion), and the likable requisite gay character (Matthew Rhys) and we have an interesting (if not a little white stock TV-family) family. Now let's hope the story get's going, which doesn't seem to really start until the end of the pilot when we see Tom Skerritt have a stroke (and will die since he's only a "guest star").

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