On Thursday, April 21st, I joined Living the Dream Mom Radio Host Nina Frye, @BroNSistersFANS Twitter group Founder James Brown and ‘Brothers and Sisters’ Post Producer Nicole Carrasco for a 45 minute live Internet Radio ‘Brothers and Sisters’ after show special. I discussed my ‘Brothers and Sisters’ Examiner column and a little bit about my interaction with Gilles Marini (Luc Laurent) and guest star Sonia Braga (Gabriela Laurent), Brown talked about the show’s loyal International fan base, and Carrasco shared some fun information about working on the show and with the amazing cast.
Carrasco has been a Post Producer for the series, working with Executive Producer Ken Olin, since before the original pilot that never aired. She has loved working with the ‘Brothers and Sisters’ cast over the past 5 years and said:
‘They’re very giving and we’ve just seen their relationship develop from the original pilot which never aired to where we are now at the end of season 5. There’s just – they’ve really grown into family.’
‘Brothers and Sisters’ fans have frequently commented to me via email that they wish they had a mom like Nora and they love all the interactions between the Walker family members.
Frye asked Carrasco what it’s like to work with Sally Field (Nora Walker) and Calista Flockhart (Kitty Walker). She said:
‘They’re both fabulous and really giving. Sally’s dressing room is right next to my office on the 3rd floor. All of our offices are above the stages. So we see Sally on the time and we call each other floormates. It’s great – when we’re not throwing the football on the floor, we know Sally’s working. They’re awesome.’
Carrasco also discussed Matthew Rhys (Kevin Walker) directing this season. She said:
‘He is such a sweetheart. He’s one of the real true, good guys. He gives so much, like Gilles. He was really nervous at first and now he’s an old pro and we’re starting to call him Ken Jr. in the cutting room.’
Carrasco didn’t disclose any information about the show’s 5th season finale, but she did tell us that the colorful and charismatic Sonia Braga will be returning to the show one more time this season.
James Brown launched the @BroNSistersFANS group in February 2011 and it already has over 1,000 followers. During the broadcast, fans joined the Live Chat and/or tweeted from countries across the globe including: India, Slovakia, Honduras, Kuwait and the UK, to express support for the show. Brown was not surprised. He said:
‘It’s the power of the show really. People have watched it from the beginning and kind of invested themselves in the lives of the Walkers and the family. They feel like they’re part of the family and that the Walkers are part of them and I think that’s one of the reasons people want the show to continue and get another season. Because they’ve spent 5 years of their lives with them and lived through everything the Walkers have lived through and found things they can relate to that maybe they’ve lived through themselves. And I think it’s that connection that fans have with the characters that makes them really want the season to continue and the series to continue.’
This was indeed evident as Frye took a caller from Mexico, Guille, who said:
‘I love the show. I love all the interaction between the brothers and the sisters They are many shows with many things — other things, but no one relates so much to the families as ‘Brothers and Sisters.’
The season finale has wrapped, but Carrasco and her team are still working on things in post-production. She said:
‘We’re finishing editing. We finished cutting the season finale last Tuesday. In post we’re just plugging along getting these ready for air in international and just hoping for a pick up.’
We all shared a Tweet treat when Brown advised that Gilles Marini tweeted in to say he was listening to the broadcast from bed.
To date a renewal decision has not yet been made. Carrasco has been deeply impressed by the outpouring of the show’s fans on Twitter. For example, Rick from the UK tweeted us why he loves the show during the broadcast:
‘Because no other show makes me laugh cry and look forward to every week. The banter between them like the wine is endless.’
In her parting thoughts, Carrasco said:
‘For us sometimes you get so close to it, it’s a job for us. It is how I make my living and survive. But then to see how much it affects people and how much people love it and how they relate, it makes it even more meaningful to go to work every day and to deal with issues. It’s very invigorating, I think, for me. So I want to thank all the fans. I just want to thank all the fans for watching, and we’re doing our best – whatever we can to try to get a 6th season.’
I relayed that my ‘Brothers and Sisters’ column receives the most reader feedback and it has been very rewarding to write about a show with so much heart.
Brown closed the show in saying:
‘I think ABC needs to realize – I’m not dissing them – they need to realize although it’s a US show and US viewers pay the bills for the show, there are millions, literally, of fans worldwide who love the show and I think they need to take that into consideration when they’re thinking about renewing for the 6th season.’
‘Walkerettes’ worldwide stand in Tweeted agreement.
Click here to listen to the entire LTD Mom Brothers and Sisters radio broadcast.
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An all new ‘Brothers and Sisters’ airs Sunday, April 24th at 10 PM EST on ABC.