I have decided the lack of sunshine in California has confused the entertainment community.
Jay Leno won’t go home…and Rob Lowe won’t stay.
Just when he was riding high again in the popular TV drama “Brothers & Sisters,” Lowe has decided to leave the show because he feels he is being ‘underused.’ Parent network ABC let him go, but is keeping him around to possibly anchor his own show in the future.
Where have I heard that before….?
Yes, it has shades of Leno in it. But it also has shades of Lowe.
Remember Rob Lowe as earnest White House speech writer Sam Seaborn on “The West Wing?” Even though it was structured as an ensemble drama, Lowe’s character was initially intended to be the show’s center, and President Jed Bartlet, portrayed by Martin Sheen, very much in the background. In fact, Sheen’s initial contract was only written for four episodes.
But I think we all know what happened there.
A show about the West Wing of the White House — with Martin Sheen as POTUS — rotates around that central figure…and not the assistant communications director. So after four seasons, Lowe left the show to anchor his own series.
It was called “Dr. Vegas.” It lasted 10 episodes. Oh — and Lowe was offered the part of McDreamy on “Grey’s Anatomy,” but he turned it down because he didn’t want to do another ensemble drama. Hmmm.
So, Rob — I know it’s raining. I know the light has dimmed. But try to see the pattern that you’ve fallen into…