Brothers & Sisters Notes: Beau Bridges to Guest Star, Calista Flockhart MIA, Sixth Season Likely

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Brothers & Sisters star Calista Flockhart will be gone for a three-episode stint - including the 100th episode in which Balthazar Getty returns - as part of her request.

While still billed as a series regular and a major part of the narrative, the actress sought to work a little less this season, according to sources. Looks like ABC obliged.

Can the show live on with less Kitty? ABC is pondering just that as it decides the fate of the drama. Thanks to a recent creative upswing, its prospects are "hopeful."

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Calista Flockhart will be gone for a bit, but Beau Bridges is stepping in.

In other news, Sally Field's character is getting is a familiar love interest in the form of former Norma Rae costar Beau Bridges, who will appear on several episodes.

He's also family for Nora, not just Sally. She had a past with this particular guy before she was married to the late William Walker, and old secrets will be dredged up.

Beau is slated for at least a handful of episodes during the current fifth season, and will likely debut in early 2011. Guess things weren't meant to be with Dr. Karl ...

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No, no. No 'Buts'. You're not allowed to give up. You're not allowed to give up because you believe in your gut that this is right. And besides, we've all inherited this absurd drive to make things that, that yes, they seem complicated and they're messy, but we can turn them into something great.


Do I at least get a cigarette and a chance to say my last words?