'Brothers & Sisters' duo joins 'Fringe'

8:00 PM PST 03/31/2010 by Nellie Andreeva, AP

THR EXCLUSIVE

Former "Brothers & Sisters" showrunners Monica Breen and Alison Schapker have joined Fox's "Fringe," reuniting them with J.J. Abrams.

Breen and Schapker will serve as co-executive producers on "Fringe," which recently was renewed for a third season.

Breen and Schapker worked on Abrams' ABC series "Alias" and "Lost" before segueing to "Brothers" in 2007.

In addition to working on the Warner Bros. TV-produced "Fringe," co-created and executive produced by Abrams, the two also will develop for the studio, most likely through Abrams' WBTV-based Bad Robot.

"Fringe" is exec produced by Abrams, showrunner Jeff Pinkner, Bryan Burk and J.H. Wyman.

The Breen and Schapker, repped by WME and the Collective, served as showrunners on "Brothers" for season 3 and part of season 4 before stepping down in November, when David Marshall Grant took over the ABC family drama. The duo continued on the show throughout this season as executive producers/writers.
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