With Desperate Housewives‘ renewal almost official after the series’ stars have have been re-signed, Brothers and Sisters is the only veteran ABC series not picked up for next season. Now, ABC is exploring the idea of bringing the show back for an abbreviated sixth and final season that may feature less of Calista Flockhart’s Kitty.
Because of its soft ratings and expensive large cast, the issues for renewal are economical, and I hear several months ago ABC created budget targets that would allow for the series to come back for a final foray. Brothers and Sisters‘ budget was reduced going into the current fifth season, and it will have to go down again for Season 6. The per-episode price increases by reducing the number of episodes because of less cost amortization, so I hear that ABC is exploring scenarios for a final season that could
and, if ABC’s Season 6 order is for fewer episodes, the studio will have to negotiate separately with each cast member.