Three seasons ago, “Brothers & Sisters” matriarch Nora Walker (Sally Field) romanced a political operative played by Danny Glover. The pair had co-starred in 1984’s “Places in the Heart,” which won Field her second Best Actress Oscar. Now comes word, via Michael Ausiello, that Beau Bridges — Field’s husband in 1979’s “Norma Rae” which got her that first Oscar — will be appearing in a multiple episode arc of the ABC drama as another love interest.
Bridges may never have contended at the Oscars, but he is a 12-time Emmy nominee. Among those dozen bids have been two for Guest Drama Actor — in 1995 for “The Outer Limits” and this year for “The Closer.” While he lost both those races, Bridges has won three Emmys: Lead Movie/Mini Actor in 1992 for “Without Warning: The James Brady Story” and Supporting Movie/Mini Actor for both “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom” (1993) and “The Second Civil War” (1997).
“Brothers & Sisters” has been on both a creative and ratings upswing this season. ABC upped their order to a full 22 episodes from the original 18, and there is talk that the series could be back for a sixth year.
Photo: Beau Bridges at the 1997 Emmy Awards (CBS)