The fate of the only veteran ABC show that hasn’t been picked up for next season has everything to do with economics, reports Deadline.com. The show is "Brothers and Sisters," which has a large, expensive cast and hasn’t exactly been paying off with strong ratings, the story notes.
ABC and ABC Studios, which produces the program, have been exploring ways to reduce the budget, with ABC looking at a final season consisting of between six and 18 episodes, the story notes.
The studio is in negotiations with Calista Flockhart to appear in six episodes next season, as her character’s prominence has decreased. Rob Lowe, whose character shared a storyline with her, left at the end of last season, the article points out.
The issues surrounding renewal are largely tied to the show’s economics, because of the show’s large, expensive cast and its soft ratings, the piece adds.