"Brothers & Sisters" Casting News: Robe Lowe Pulls A Heather Locklear
ABC has announced Rob Lowe, who plays conservative St. Robert McCallister on its hit drama "Brothers and Sisters", will remain on the show for the rest of the season, extending his original 6-episode guest starring role.
Despite the promotion to series regular status, the star will continue to be billed as "Special Guest Star", as was Heather Locklear during her 7-year long "guest-starring" stint as Amanda on FOX's "Melrose Place".
Variety reports ABC's Sunday night drama reached its 18-49 high when Lowe joined the show, suggesting this may have played a role in the decision to hire Lowe on a full-time basis.
Although one might argue Lowe's addition was a very good casting choice, the ratings records have also been reached thanks to consistent improvement in the quality of storylines and character development.
Rob Lowe, who had already played a politician on NBC's "The West Wing", portrays a John McCain-style Republican, who has forged a professional, and possibly romantic relationship with Calista Flockhart's character, talkshow host Kitty Walker.
ABC has recently extended "Brothers and Sisters" season adding 2 episodes, for a total of 24.