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BubbleWatch: ABC's 'Brothers & Sisters'
SHOW: "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC)
IN ITS FAVOR: ABC loves "Brothers & Sisters" and why wouldn't the network? It's a long-running show with Emmy wins and years of relative success under its belt. The producers have also been willing to do any corner-cutting asked of them, bringing in new stars, axing other stars, etc. The recent scuttlebutt has had ABC strategizing a limited final season for this drama.
AGAINST IT: "Brothers & Sisters" has been hogging one of ABC's few protected time periods for years now, ditching huge chunks of its "Desperate Housewives" audience and sporting audience declines every year. The Emmy nominations and limited critical support have dried up as well. And despite all of the corner-cutting, this can't be a cheap show to be propping up.
OUR TOTALLY UNINFORMED GUESS: A 13-episode concluding season would allow ABC to burn through the end of "Brothers & Sisters" in the fall and launch a new show in the spring, just in case "Desperate Housewives" still has any lingering juice. Or maybe ABC lets "Brothers & Sisters" end its run on Friday, where it can do less damage?
Final Verdict: Forget that shortened reprieve. ABC canceled "Brothers & Sisters."