‘Ally McBeal’ Star to Play Conservative Pundit in New TV Series

By: E&P Staff

ABC reportedly has huge hopes for a new series to air this fall called “Brothers & Sisters,” which will follow the hit “Desperate Housewives” on the schedule. Calista Flockhart, best known as Ally McBeal, plays a conservative radio host turned TV pundit. Others in the high-powered cast include Patricia Wettig, Rachel Griffiths, Ron Rifkin and Sally Field.

Flockhart recently explained, “I really want to go back to work. It just seemed like the perfect time and the perfect project.”

Asked to describe the pundit, producer Ken Olin (formerly a star of ?Thirty Something?) said, “She’s not Ann Coulter. She’s not insane.”

Writer Jon Robin Baitz added, “No, I think she’s a thoughtful conservative. She’s ideologically, in some respects, very much in mind with the older parts of the party, the sort of Eisenhower Republican, the William Buckley conservative. She’s also a humanist.

“She’s not someone who is apologetic about being a conservative. But it’s very, very interesting and compelling to us to try and understand this, to leave behind some of the smug presuppositions of the two coasts, . . . to look at evolving patriotism and evolving traditionalism,” he said, according to an article by Dave Walker of New Orleans? Times-Picayune.

“For years and years, the left has looked at the right in complete incomprehension and felt, ‘We just can’t connect.’ And maybe there’s an effort in the show to try and bridge that in some way.?

Sally Field plays Flockhart?s mother.

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