Rob Lowe leaving 'Brothers & Sisters'

rob-lowe-brothers-and-sisters-320.jpg"Brothers & Sisters" is losing a member of the family at the end of the season.

Rob Lowe, who joined the ABC show's cast midway through its first season and became a regular in season 2, is leaving the show, ABC confirms to Zap2it. The parting apparently comes with no hard feelings -- the network and Lowe are already discussing other projects.

"We would like to keep Rob at ABC; we feel he should be anchoring his own franchise," ABC Entertainment president Steve McPherson says in a statement. "We are in talks now."

Lowe has expressed concerns that his character, Robert McCallister, was being underserved in the show's large ensemble, reports Deadline Hollywood, which broke the story. The most recent episode saw him abandon his Senate re-election campaign, then get taken aback when he finds out Kitty (Calista Flockhart) is considering a congressional run of her own.

ABC is just kicking its development season into gear, which should provide several opportunities for Lowe to find a new show.

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