'Brothers and Sisters' Writer Turns Showrunner


Changes are underway on ABC's Brothers and Sisters, and one of the major ones is happening behind the scenes. According to TV Guide, there's a new boss that's handling the show. He's not new to the whole series, of course, since he's been writing for it for years.


David Marshall Grant has been promoted to showrunner position, taking the reins from Monica Breen and Allison Schapker. The two have been managing Brothers and Sisters since the WGA writers' strike ended, and while they will no longer be showrunners, they'll still be around.


Reports confirm that they'll still work as executive producers of the series though. It was also said that Breen and Schapker will remain "involved in the daily creative development of the series."


This isn't the first time Brothers and Sisters had a bit of conflict regarding showrunners. Marti Noxon, the original head, stepped down during season 1 due to problems with creator Jon Robin Baitz. This was followed by Greg Berlanti teaming up with Baitz, but he also left for other projects.


Next up was Mark B. Perry replacing Baitz, but the writers' strike occurred and his term ended. The last to run Brothers and Sisters were Breen and Schapker, who are now leaving it all to Grant.


Doing a little background check on the new showrunner, we find that he's been on Brothers and Sisters since its second season. He was billed as a writer then, as well as a co-executive producer. Also, he isn't only some name behind the camera. He's also had his fair share of acting gigs.


Grant has been seen on the hit movie The Devil Wears Prada, portraying the father of Anne Hathaway's character. He's also been nominated for a Tony Award in 1994, when he starred as Joe Pitt in the Broadway production of Angels in America. Other than that, he's best remembered for playing the gay character Russell in Thirtysomething and had minor TV roles.


Since it sounds like Grant's had quite an influence on the small screen, he might just be welcomed openly as showrunner on Brothers and Sisters. Now we'll just see how this affects the rest of the season.


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