Sunday, October 21, 2007

Brothers & Sisters

I have been glued to the telly every late Monday nights to catch the current ABC'c drama entitled "Brothers & Sisters". It has a tight ensemble and script, led by some great actors and actresses in the business. But, best of all, the show is not pretentious and is real with all the possible problems faced by some families.

The compelling one-hour drama series, which airs on Monday nights, is about a collection of five enmeshed and somewhat damaged adult siblings and their strong but passionately devoted mother, Nora Walker (Oscar and Emmy Award winner Sally Field). The Walkers' lives have not been without challenge; romance, parenting, divorce, infidelity, addiction, war and even death have pushed each of them to the limit, but they continue to work toward living their lives as individuals, while loving each other unconditionally and trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy after the loss of their larger-than-life family patriarch, William Walker.

Eldest sibling Sarah Whedon (Emmy Award nominee Rachel Griffiths) is a mother of two who left a prestigious corporate job to spend time with her family and run Ojai Foods. After finding the business in ruins, she fights to salvage what's left of her failing marriage and keep Ojai alive. Kevin (Matthew Rhys) is an openly gay lawyer who is cautiously learning about love while keeping the family out of legal trouble. Loyal middle brother Tommy Walker (Balthazar Getty) struggles to provide the emotional support needed by his beautiful wife, Julia (Sarah Jane Morris), and their vulnerable newborn daughter, Elizabeth, while risking everything to open a winery with his father's lifelong mistress, Holly Harper (Patricia Wettig). The baby of the family, Justin (Dave Annable), struggles with war trauma and addiction, while Kitty (Calista Flockhart) hits the campaign trail alongside Republican presidential candidate Senator Robert McCallister (Rob Lowe) - her boss and fiancé.

Saul Holden (Ron Rifkin) is the emotional pillar of the Walker family, struggling to keep Ojai Foods above water while grappling with his own identity. Rebecca (Emily VanCamp) is the illegitimate daughter of William Walker and Holly, who was kept secret for two decades but now seeks a way to fit into this very complex family puzzle.

So you see, it is not the usual glamorous (at least not in lifestyle) sitcom but a complicated one. And with each family problems they faced, it brings them closer together and along with it, its own charm that keeps many glued to it every Monday.

This entry was inspired by the repeated trailers on telly now. Accompanying the trailer, is a gorgeous song by Embrace entitled "Gravity". It is a wonderful song. I have made an earlier entry of this song, but I am so in love with this song that I wanna put it up here again.

Embrace the beauty of "Gravity", yet again :)


Izzati said...

Yeah!! I LIKE it too! They're just so loving and ALWAYS there for each other. Me too have not missed it every Monday night!

ezee said...

I finished watching the whole season. Cant wait for season 2. Cute senator ey? Definitely have my vote. ;)

blue said...

Thanks for putting the song up here. It's really nice.
You did a good job in providing a good programme synopsis of Brothers and Sisters.I always thought that american dramas might be too secular,always portraying very worldly stuff.Actually quite afraid to watch it,fearing that i might get glued to it just like how i was glued to Desperate Housewives.BUt maybe,this would be very much different,less gossipy and damaging.
enjoyed your blog posting, hope u don't mind if i link you up with mine.

Faj said...

i lurvee d show too; good material for a social worker's work - interesting family dynamics going on. =)

TheHoopoe said...


Hmm ... the senator (Rob Lowe) used to be called the "Brat Pack" along with some other talented actors in that generation. So for me, they have all aged gracefully now, or otherwise, just like me :)

I'm not sure about the votes, though :))

TheHoopoe said...


I must agree with you about the family dynamics. Must be useful for people working in your sector.

Btw, wishing you a smooth preparation leading to the BIG DAY!