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O Brother(s and Sisters), where art thou?

SIBLINGS! Brothers and Sisters, E4, 11.00pm

Brothers and SistersThere's a bit of an interesting disconnect in the E4 marketing department at the moment, or so it seems to us. They're certainly not shy about running lots of trails announcing the return of this show, citing the opportunity to "see it first" on E4, and making it all sound like a very special viewer-centric offer. But then you get to the end of the trail and you notice that it's on Sunday nights at 11pm, which seems less like a hot premiere spot and more like the sort of scheduling graveyard where you stick something you're contractually bound to show at some point even though you don't really want to. And the "see it first" thing sounds a bit odd when we can't find it anywhere in the Channel 4 schedules right now (based solely on the Radio Times website programme search, so we fully admit we haven't looked very hard).

We're assuming this has something to do with the show not rating all that well when it had a slightly more prestigious timeslot on Channel 4 last year, which is a shame really, because we rather liked it. But then, it is understandable that a series about a rich WASP-y family in America divided by politics and their own infinite dysfunctions isn't necessarily everyone's cup of tea, especially when large chunks of time pass in this show where nothing very much happens. Interestingly, though, Dirty Sexy Money, focusing also on a rich dysfunctional family, was rating very healthily on Friday nights on Channel 4 last time we checked. Just goes to show how the viewing public are unpredictable, really (for more information on this, look at our gushing post from Thursday about how much we love Gossip Girl and then look at the ratings. Ouch).

Anyway, we are perhaps at least partially responsible for the drop in ratings towards the end since the latter half of the series coincided with us moving house and never being in to watch telly very much and being without access to broadband catch-up services for a couple of weeks (we almost didn't make it), so we've had to consult the internets to find out how season one ended: Rebecca revealed she had an affair with a teacher when she was sixteen, Justin got sent to Iraq, Kitty and Robert got engaged, Saul was maybe a homosexual, and Kevin made out with Robert's brother. Awesome. In tonight's episode, it's Kitty's birthday again (which the avid fans amongst you will remember is how season one started, and prompted the passing of Papa Walker) and Rebecca's throwing them a shindig at a Tex Mex bar. And they all, in a completely unprecedented moment of character development, proceed to get wankered and maudlin. No doubt the twelve of us who loved season one will lap it up.

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