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Question: I love your column. It is refreshing to hear the way you dissect television art, and I'd like to discuss Brothers & Sisters. I'm so glad I tuned in, despite the early problems. Not only was my perception of Calista Flockhart as annoying totally shattered, especially in the Sept. 11 episode, but the players I had no preconceived notions about, like Matthew Rhys and Dave Annable, showed me how strong the show really is. And last week's episode with Justin's return was pure brilliance, from the beginning with Kevin and Sarah talking on their respective cell phones all the way to the beautiful scene where Justin clings to his mother Nora, played brilliantly by Sally Field. I immediately thought of my mother through the tears this scene brought to my eyes, and remembered trying times in my life when a long hug made me feel better. This show has opened my eyes to the power of storytelling and reinvigorated my desire to crack into this business as a writer. I think this hour of ... read more

Is He? Or Isn’t He?

Episode Recap An American FamilyWelcome home Justin Yes while the show was still great last week having you back this week makes us realize how much we missed you And what a return With a busted knee and some scrapes Justin is due for a full recovery but its going to be a long haul for him since as a recovering addict he has refused to take any pain meds Justins physical pain may rival that of his journey of re-entry into a non-combat zone existence On a good day the Walkers can be overwhelming imagine that on top of coming home from war and this time as Justin reminds us hes not stoned Its a good thing we have the perfect senator around to provide the support that Justin may not be able to find in his immediate family The relationship between these two men has become one of my favorites on the show It makes sense that they have bonded given the senators own military history Without that closeness though Im sure I would have smirked read more

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Question: I have enjoyed your take on the nightly TV offerings and agree for the most part. I wondered what you thought about the return of ABC's Sunday night, particularly Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters. I really thought DH was back in good form with some great twists and an intriguing new family. It is nice to have Marcia Cross back full-time and keeping Kyle MacLachlan around as her husband was a smart move. I really enjoyed B&S more, though. Sally Field showed exactly why she won that Emmy. Her range of comedy to drama was outstanding. What a great matriarch to build this show around. I thought the episode was a little busy with all the plot points, but what a great season it set up. I am really looking forward to what the Walkers have in store for us. Answer: Can't argue with anything here. I enjoyed both season premieres quite a bit, and like most of last season, I found Brothers & Sisters ultimately more satisfying than Housewives, though that episode had quite a bit ... read more

The War At Home

Episode Recap Home FrontAs Brothers and Sisters jumps into its second season its nice to see that the neurotic and argumentative Walkers are still just that The little quirks that made us love them last year are all back in full force They talk over one another pick at each other hold mini-grudges against each other get drunk together and they worry about each other Tonight it was the worrying that was at the crux of the show Justin still on active duty in Iraq has not been in touch for 21 days Is he okay Is he injured or worse Starting the show off with Nora recording a video message to her son was an effective way of catching us up with the family and keeping Justins off-screen character as much a part of the show as the rest of the family One of my favorite moments was just after Nora signed off and her game face immediately reverted back to the mask of concern that we know shes been wearing since that tearful airport good-bye in last seasons finale T read more

Preview: War, What Is It Good For?

Kitty and the Walker clan return with more family drama. Calista Flockhart by Michael Desmond/ABC

Even though she was muffled by Fox censors at the Emmys Sally Field still spoke volumes by taking the Outstanding Lead Actress award on Sept 16 for her portrayal of the Walker family matriarch Its an interesting coincidence that her acceptance-speech comment was about mothers and wars because thats the focus of the dramas second-season opener Fields character Nora is completely distracted by her youngest son Justins deployment to Iraq where hes been incommunicado for three weeks Joe Friedrich read more

When Emmy Winners Attack!

OK, first off, how freakin’ hilarious was The Bachelor Monday night? Holy human desperation, I loved it! And Hillary from my hometown made the first cut. Represent, Philly ‘ho!Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk last week’s Emmys. Yes, the in-the-round stage was a hot circular mess and why so many statues went to TV-movies, I’ll never know. It’s not like any of the good Sci Fi Originals get nominated. Hello, Mansquito? So robbed. But Seacrest didn’t totally suck, the opening Family Guy number was inspired and some of the winners were deserving.So if you’re like me and think you suffered a stroke that made the word Gandolfini sound like “Spader,” or ya can’t get your head around anyone from Torque ever winning anything, you might want to grab the champs on DVD. Turns out that the slights are, in fact, slight.Ugly Betty — Much like Betty’s Guadalajara poncho, you could spot America Ferrera’s Outstandin... read more

Sally Field as G--damn First Lady, More Movie News

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Brothers & Sisters Emmy winner Sally Field is attached to play Honest Abe's wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, in Steven Spielberg's Liam Neeson-fronted biopic, says Reuters.... Newman! Seinfeld's Wayne Knight is in talks to play The Punisher's confidant and armorer, Microchip, in the big-screen adaptation of the Marvel Comics character.... Studio 60's Sarah Paulson has been cast as Dr. Ellen Dolan in Frank Miller's take on Will Eisner's The Spirit. read more

I have really been impressed ...

Question: I have really been impressed by this season of The 4400 and I fear that it is being ignored. I'm tired of shows not getting the attention and recognition they deserve just because of the network they're on. Honestly, who cares about the network? While I doubted the fate of the show last year and wasn't even sure whether I would return as a viewer, this season has more than proved me wrong, with spectacular writing, acting and plot development. Even when I thought I couldn't be more impressed, the season finale managed to do just that: Watching Sean kill his brother and then reunite with his uncle, Tom, and cousin Kyle at the funeral was such a nice touch. The show reminds me of 1984 and other great novels where people learn to deal with a world of chaos. However, it's upsetting that this show, really a work of art, couldn't possibly be recognized at the Emmys next year. And why is it that someone like Hugh Laurie, who is riveting in his role, gets passed over for repeat ... read more

Sally Field Shrugs Off Bleepin' Emmy Controversy

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Look at Sally Field giving the Emmys a little last-minute sizzle, delivering a message to war mothers like Brothers & Sisters' Nora that, at the very least because of the phrase "g-ddamned," made censors hit the bleep button. (Watch video here.) "That’s too bad," the Lead Actress in a Drama winner said afterward (and matter of factly) of the uproar. "I wanted to say something about the mothers who wait for their children to come home. I wanted to acknowlege them and what they do. I said at the end there is no question, that if mothers ruled the world there would be no war."Pressed to elaborate on Fox's bleeping, Field again shrugged, "Oh well. I’ve been there before. Good. I don’t care. I said what I wanted to say. I really think that if mothers ruled the world we wouldn’t be sending our children off to be slaughtered. That’s what Nora Walker is [about], she’s this mother and she sees life through that.""I probably should’nt have said the 'god'... read more

Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters (Lead Actress/Drama)

Look at little Sally Field giving the Emmys a little last-minute sizzle, delivering a message to war mothers that, because of the phrase "g--damned," made the censors slap the bleep button. "That’s too bad," Field said matter of factly of the uproar. "I wanted to say something about the mothers who wait for their children to come home. I wanted to acknowlege them and what they do. I said at the end there is no question that if mothers ruled the world, there would be no war."Pressed to elaborate on her bleeping, Field again shrugged, "Oh well! I’ve been there before. Good. I don’t care. I have no comment other than, 'Oh well.' I said what I wanted to say. I wanted to pay homage to the mothers of the world and let their work be seen and valued. I really think that if mothers ruled the world we wouldn’t be sending our children off to be slaughtered. That’s what [Brothers & Sisters'] Nora Walker is [about], she’s this mother and she sees life through th... read more

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