Is anyone watching Channel 4’s latest US import Brothers And Sisters? One look at its ratings, which have fallen to around the million mark, would indicate that we’re not. I sat through the first episode, although I needed ten gallons of coffee in order to do so. What a self-reverential yawner of a drama. It has good solid writing and an impressive cast (barring Calista Flockhart who I can’t stand), but for some reason it simply isn’t catching on.
This isn’t the show that gets our office buzzing with animated chatter and I do wonder how long Channel 4 will persevere with it. There is a silver lining though and that’s Rob Lowe. Ever since his astounding rebirth via mighty performances on The West Wing, he’s proved that there’s more to him than just a (very) pretty face. If he can do for Brothers And Sisters what Robert Downey Jr did for Ally McBeal, all is not lost.
Who am I kidding though? When it comes to family dramas, there’s still only one show doing it for me: get a load of UKTV Gold’s daily Dallas repeats. Ignore the atrocious 80s fashion (at Lucy’s wedding, Sue Ellen’s shoulder-padded dress was wider than the wingspan of an aeroplane) and just savour the cast (Larry Hagman – give that man a medal), the performances and the script (yes, it really was good in the first few years). Brothers And Sisters has got a long way to go before it can rival an ounce of the intensity in JR and ‘Swellin’s marriage…
Today I am mostly lovin’ – Heroes. Quality television.
Today I am mostly hatin’ – The Mitchell Sisters. Puhleeez.