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Snap judgment: 'Brothers & Sisters'

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154835__rachel_lFirst things first, I’m not the only one who, every time he hears the title of ABC’s new Sunday-night drama, Brothers & Sisters, wants to shout, ”Brothers and sisters! Pump up the volume!”, am I? Okay, good. Glad we got that out of the way. Anyhow, because I’m not the only one who tuned in for the series premiere last night (according to the overnights, I’m one of 16.1 million, in fact), let’s discuss.

Things I liked: Rachel Griffiths’ textured performance. I especially loved seeing Griffiths (pictured, with new TV sib Dave Annable) dress down Ron Rifkin’s scary Uncle Saul, while trying to suppress a case of the nervous trembles. I also liked seeing all those Alias alumni (Rifkin, Balthazar Getty, Patricia Wettig), though it’s no surprise since Ken Olin is the show’s executive producer. And I enjoyed the fairly intriguing setup that’s killed off the family patriarch (Kelly’s mom’s favorite, Tom Skerritt) before anyone could find out why he’s tapped the pension plans of the family business. (Ohnohemostcertainlydidn’t!)

Things I disliked: The wonky interaction between Calista Flockhart and Sally Field (because we all know talk-radio hosts are meek little mice who don’t speak their minds…wha?); a decided lack of glamour (this is a nighttime soap, is it not? so bring on the shoulder pads and sequins!); and a general disjointedness that’ll hopefully subside once the show’s creative team puts early unrest to rest.

Bottom line: I’m intrigued enough to check out a second episode next week. How bout you, PopWatchers?

Originally posted September 25 2006 — 10:01 PM EDT

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