UPDATE: I hear what has been holding the Brothers & Sisters renewal deal up is trying to cut the episodic guarantees for the cast because of the reduced order for the show, which has become a bone of contention between some cast members and the network. But people close to the matter are optimistic that cast agreements will be reached in time for ABC to announce the renewal at its upfront presentation on Tuesday.
PREVIOUS 3PM: I hear ABC is finalizing a deal to bring Sunday drama Brothers & Sisters for a fifth season, though the order might be reduced by a few episodes to 18. Not much suspense there, or in the official cancellation of ABC’s midseason comedy Romantically Challenged earlier today. “We are heartbroken to report that Romantically Challenged has been canceled this afternoon,” the show’s producers wrote on the show’s Twitter feed. Romantically Challenged joins fellow freshman casualty FlashForward as well as two other canceled ABC comedies, Better Off Ted and Scrubs.