Jon Robin Baitz
has left the show he created,
Brothers & Sisters
, after repeatedly bumping up against differently thinking ABC decision-makers. "These little rumors floated about for months," Baitz says in a blog at
, making reference to a
"cutesy blindish item"
posted to TVGuide.com's own
What brought about this breakup between successful show and its sire? As shared in a
, Baitz - who last season blogged for TVGuide.com - cites pressure to steer
away from older-skewing characters and dramatic stories and toward the younger set and soapier tales. Now, the always-candid writer says, "I can... only watch as the demographic demands that have turned America into an ageist and youth-obsessed nation drives the storylines younger and younger, whiter and whiter, and with less and less reflection of the real America. I will never again have to do a notes call wherein the fear and seasickness of the creative execs always prevail over taking a risk, resulting more often than not in muddy and flattening or treacly sweet compromises."
Now, Baitz writes, "I cannot help but dream about what my version of
Brothers & Sisters
would have looked like. A show that could simply hold on the aging and real face of Sally Field, and reflect the sorrow and rage there... reflect the cold and funny sexuality of Patty Wettig's Holly, the perfect reconstruction of the L.A. mistress... hold on the eyes of Ron Rifkin, and reflect the wisdom, joyous childishness and the melancholy. A show [that] could have followed the youngest, prodigal son to Iraq [and] shown his fellow soldiers, dying... allowed Calista Flockhart's character to be actually truly political... go even further in dealing with Kevin Walker's internalized homophobia and his fear of contact with others."
All the above, Baitz says, "is what I thought I was making." In retrospect, though, he notes, "I was naive, totally naive."
What's your take?
As a charter
fan, I have to say that this development definitely taints my enjoyment of the show.