Did I Kill Brothers & Sisters?
While I am not an official Nielsen family, I have a bad feeling in my stomach. You see, I've betrayed a really nice family. Let me rephrase that. I don't actually know them, but over the last few years, I have made it my business to watch the trials and tribulations of the Walker family. From the sudden deaths, cancer scares, heart attacks, car accidents, failed businesses and parenting woes, I truly felt that "Brothers & Sisters" was the best show on TV. But then Rob Lowe left, Sally Field got a radio show and started dating, Becca and Justin broke up and Ken Olin just looked plain dumpy and nothing like I remembered him from "Thirtysomething." And so, I changed the channel. And it appears that millions of other people did the same thing too. And sadly, I just learned that "Brothers and Sisters" was cancelled.
So where did I decide to spend my Sunday evenings? I'm ashamed to admit it, but I have to say that this year's "Celebrity Apprentice" has had me hooked and despite the competition, it has become appointment TV for me. Don't get me wrong. I now have a special place in my heart for Meatloaf. I am amazed by Marlee Matlin and John Rich and even Lil Jon has grown on me. And, I am thrilled that Nene Lekes, the real housewife who bad mouthed half her team and bullied the other half, quit the show and Star Jones got the heave ho after being pissed off at Meatloaf for calling her "Sweetie." For the record, Meatloaf, you can call me "Sweetie" any day of the week!
Personally, I have been amazed at what the teams have been able to accomplish for their chosen charities - having raised unprecedented funds for incredible organizations like St. Judes Children's Hospital. I even grew to love Latoya Jackson and was thrilled to see her come back to the show, only to be eliminated 90 minutes later. "Celebrity Apprentice" truly brings out the best in some people and the absolute worst in others. As far as who I'd like to see win, my money is on a showdown between Marlee Matlin and John Rich - although I think John will win the top prize.
I know it's a sad state of affairs when cheap to produce reality shows capture America's attention, but for me, when it came to "Brothers & Sisters," I grew tired of storylines that no longer had me on the edge of my seat. "Celebrity Apprentice" instead, does just that and more. Whenever Donald Trump presents a new challenge to the teams, I sit back and conjure up how I'd spearhead the campaign, come up with a tagline and kick the other team's butt.
Over at "Brothers and Sisters," the relatability factor seems to have disappeared. Even working mom Sarah seemed out of touch with the masses. This year, the one show that has hit home for me (aside from my reality addiction) is "Parenthood." The reason? "Parenthood" is real and honest. It's filled with conflict, comedy, angst and tear-filled moments like the season finale, which had me looking like a crumpled mess on my sofa and thankfully ended happily. So, from the bottom of my heart, I'm sending my heartfelt apologies to the Walker family. I truly did love all of you at one point in my life, but sadly, I have moved on. And unfortunately, so has ABC.