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ABC gets Lowe down

Thesp joins Alphabet's 'Brothers'

Rob Lowe is returning to television, joining the cast of ABC’s fall hit “Brothers & Sisters” for at least six episodes.

Role — a Republican U.S. senator from California running for re-election in the midst of a nasty divorce — was written specifically for Lowe by exec producer Jon Robin Baitz, who penned an episode of “The West Wing” while Lowe was still a part of that skein. Scribe said that as production on “Brothers & Sisters” has progressed, the producers began looking for ways to broaden Calista Flockhart’s character on the show.

Lowe’s senator will be a John McCain-type Republican. He’ll meet Flockhart’s Kitty character via the latter’s TV gabfest. A romantic relationship will ensue.

“He brings a maturity to the role on a show that’s about people who are no longer kids,” Baitz said. Lowe is signed on for only six episodes, but Baitz is hoping he’ll end up staying full-time.

Thesp’s recent credits include “Thank You for Smoking” and the upcoming “Stir of Echoes: The Dead Speak.”

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