Everwood creator helps out Brothers

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Everwood creator Greg Berlanti is lending his Brothers and Sisters a helping hand.

The upcoming fall drama is getting some help from Berlanti after Brothers' executive producer Marti Noxon exited last week. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Berlanti has been visiting the show's writers' room and offering assistance to the troubled drama.

Berlanti has offices at ABC/Touchstone TV due to his existing production deal with the studio. Berlanti recently split with production partner Mickey Liddel and continues to develop projects for ABC/Touchstone under his Berlanti TV banner.

Last week, Noxon left the series amid "creative differences" with playwright and show-runner Jon Robi Baitz. There was reportedly friction between the two in the weeks before Noxon's exit.

In July, Brothers went through a cast reshuffle that forced reshoots on the pilot. Oscar-winner Sally Field was brought in to replace Betty Buckley as the family matriarch, and Matthew Rhys replaced Jonathan LaPaglia.

Brothers and Sisters stars Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths, Patricia Wettig, Ron Rifkin, and Balthazar Getty in a tale of a family divided by politics who must come together after the death of the family patriarch. The series is set to premiere in the 10 p.m. Sunday time period following Desperate Housewives, a slot formerly occupied by Grey's Anatomy, which ABC is moving to Thursdays this season.

At last month's TV Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, one reporter asked Baitz, "Each year there is a troubled show. This year, is that show Brothers and Sisters?" The cast and creators squirmed uncomfortably before denying the show was troubled.

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