'Brothers & Sisters' Takes Field

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Two-time Oscar winner Sally Field is making another foray into television, joining the cast of ABC's new drama "Brothers & Sisters."

The casting of Field adds additional star wattage to a cast that already includes Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths, Ron Rifkin, Balthazar Getty and Patricia Wettig. The show revolves around five adult siblings whose lives converge following the death of their father.

Field will play the matriarch of the family. She takes over the role from Betty Buckley ("Oz"), who played the part in the pilot. Matthew Rhys has also joined the cast, replacing Jonathan LaPaglia.

The show's producers have reportedly been courting Field for some time. "Brothers & Sisters" will be the first regular TV work for her since ABC's short-lived 2002 series "The Court," in which she played a Supreme Court justice.

In addition to her two Oscars (for "Norma Rae" and "Places in the Heart"), Field has won two Emmys in her career, for the 1976 telefilm "Sybil" and a guest spot on "ER" in 2001. She's been nominated for Emmys three other times.

Her credits also include "Forrest Gump," "Steel Magnolias," "Legally Blonde 2" and "Smokey and the Bandit."

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