It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas... or Hannukkah?
We here at Brothers & Sisters sure do take the holidays seriously. There are something like four or five Secret Santa gift exchanges going on (one of those is a Secret Satan), Christmas trees have been erected, menorahs adorn the hallways, everyone is giddy and gay and fat. We’re working like little elves in Robbie’s Secret Workshop getting ready to deliver a beautifully decorative episode entitled “Light the Lights,” airing this Sunday at 10pm, written by two wonderfully talented new writers, Cliff “The Hamburger” Olin and Pete “The Toad” Calloway. In return, we just ask that you’ll continue to vote for us for the People’s Choice Award because Dave is starting to really get desperate. It was rumored that he was seen yesterday soliciting votes from senile senior citizens in Toluca Lake during one of his runs to Coffee Bean for Berlanti.
In other news, we had to talk Oscar down from the roof of the Zorro parking structure after his beloved USC Trojans suffered a devastating loss at the hands of the Bruins. He even called in sick this morning muttering something about firing Kiffin (none of us knew what that meant.) Luckily, he was able to get his spirits up and was here to proof part of our latest script written by new writer Sherri Cooper-Landsman and David Marshall Grant.
Ok, ok, now for the good stuff. So, after looking through all your comments in search of your Frequently Asked Questions, we’d like to take a moment to answer a few of them. And here they are --
1) When will we be able to watch the episodes online?!
Ahhh, the million dollar question. Trust us folks, we are doing all we possibly can on our end to make this happen. We’ve begged and groveled and waited. And waited. Polished our shoes and cleaned behind our ears so that our little step-child of a show could get the love, respect, and recognition it deserves. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve heard whispers that sometime after the New Year, our show will be adopted into the abc.com downloadable episodes family. They like us, they really like us.
2) Will Scotty and Kevin ever get back together?
I’ll admit it. I’m a member of the I Heart Scotty club. So if it were up to me, Kevin and Scotty would be this century’s Luke and Laura. They’d ride off into the sunset in Kevin’s BMW and live happily ever after. But this is TV. This is a drama. So all good things must come to an end. That’s not to say they won’t run into each other again. It’s a small small world, L.A. is. But for now, Kevin will romance and be romanced by some surprising characters that I’m sure you will all love.
3) Who reads this blog, besides us, I mean - does JRB read it? Any of the crew? Any of the cast members?
We do read the blog, the crew reads the blog, I’m sure some of the actors have read it once or twice. Maybe. Probably. (Hi Sarah Jane!) It’s as entertaining for us to read your comments as for you to read our blog. So yes, we love the feedback, the comments, the controversy. Bring it.
4) What is the age order of the siblings?
Drum roll please…
Sarah – 39
Kitty – 38
Tommy – 36
Kevin – 34
Justin – 26
5) Can you explain the notes process? Is it done electronically? Are they handwritten? Who gives them? Etc, etc...
I'd turn this over to Oscar, but he's too busy being depressed and slamming his head against the keyboard (someone mentioned the Bruins). What he'd say though, is that the notes process is primarily conducted via conference call, with someone – usually Dan Silk – transcribing the notes on a computer. The studio and network execs will give notes such as wanting a certain storyline paid off sooner, or requesting that a character's motivation be clearer, or even just complimenting a job well done (we like those). The writer will then take those notes and figure out how to apply to them to the script, either by tweaking dialogue or rewriting entire scenes. Once that's done, they're given to Oscar to release as "revised pages." You know, when he's not throwing things or crying softly behind closed doors.
Robbie stood in the hallway today, asking us for our hall passes... Dave the PA handled the most massive lunch order of the series so far. To the surprise of many, he came back error free. Sadly, Ken Olin nearly died of hunger waiting for it to arrive. He was also highly irritated that there were no napkins in the kitchen, yelling, "What am I supposed to do? Wipe my hands on Splenda packets?!?"... David Marshall Grant is eagerly awaiting the opening of the new on-lot Starbucks like the lady in the Mervyn's commercial, "Open, open, open..." Brian, the new assistant, keeps asking for a copy of the "gay agenda." No one has the heart to tell him... Cliff and Pete have begun breaking their next episode... Show Progress: 113 shooting, 114 prepping, 115 writing, 116 breaking (whew).
Gladys and Oscar