Rob Lowe is Moving Out

01/21/2010 at 3:50 pm | Posted in Net/Spec | 2 Comments
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Rob Lowe will be leaving his current gig at Brothers & Sisters by the end of this season.  But Lowe fans shouldn’t feel any withdrawal effects, since ABC still plans on keeping him at their network.

According to the ABC President Steve McPherson, all parties are on friendly terms.  Lowe felt his character (who was brought in after the show had already aired some episodes) wasn’t being used much, & McPherson wants to find him a leading role on ABC.

It would appear to be win/win for both Lowe & ABCBrothers & Sisters has been a successful Sunday night program, and with Lowe character used less than a secondary player, the show shouldn’t suffer with his exit. 

However, Lowe is an actor that can draw an audience, as his arrival on the show (which wasn’t getting decent ratings at the time) helped it get to the viewership it’s now averaging; so ABC will probably benefit from placing him on a freshman drama (which have a high failure rate).  If I was on the programming team at ABC, I’d premiere the show after a new episode of Brothers & Sisters before moving it to its normal timeslot.

This will be the second time Lowe left a series to star in his own series.  Previously, he left the VERY successful West Wing to star in Dr. Vegas.  That show only aired five of its 10-episode order before low ratings got it pulled from the schedule.

He is not the only actor with nomadic tendencies.  Mandy Patinkin is quite well known from hopping acting gigs.  He lasted 60 episodes of Chicago Hope (about halfway through its lifespan) before exiting; only to do the same when he jumped ship from the incredibly popular Criminal Minds.

Good luck, Rob! 

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