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No more tan for you! Hear that, Rob Lowe?

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 3rd 2009 7:01PM
robNote to Rob Lowe: Stop looking so damn healthy. Signed: The powers that be at ABC.

Seriously, Brothers & Sisters' star Rob Lowe has been ordered to stop tanning. Apparently, the actor just looks too good -- bronze and healthy and full of that Kennedy-style of vigor for the role he's playing. ABC brass, the president of the network no less, has told him to stay out of the sun. According to Lowe, he was warned that he is getting too dark and has to mend his ways now.

Rob claims that he is just an outdoorsy kind of guy, "I'm active, I surf and I kayak." He also said that he covers up and looks like a dork with sunscreen and hats covering his porcelain skin.

Hmm...is it possible that they really don't want him to look tanned and healthy? I say, "Yes!" The character of Senator Robert McCallister, Republican legislator from California, just had a heart attack. For the next 8-12 weeks in character time, he should look pale and white as he recovers from triple bypass surgery. Maybe the "stop tanning" edict came down because of the storyline?

Here's another thought, maybe ABC feared he was becoming a wee bit too George Hamilton for the show. Maybe all that man-tan looked mah-velous to Rob, but not so to his bosses.

Jokingly -- I think it was a joke -- Rob quipped that anyone acting opposite Calista Flockhart was bound to look like Harry Belafonte because she's just so fair and pale. To be fair, I think ABC might have wondered if Rob was looking darker than the new baby the McCallisters just adopted. (Was that inappropriate? Sorry.) Or maybe it was an economic consideration. Maybe they were spending too much to lighten him up?

Funny, this never happened when Rob was on The West Wing.

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Doesn't Tom Welling have it in his contract that he can't tan either because apperantly "Superman can't tan"?

I've heard of characters not being able to change their hair styles but now skin tone? Crazyness


March 04 2009 at 6:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

they can work it into the storyline, they can make his character eat 20 carrots a day as part of his recovery.

March 04 2009 at 4:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
C. Hernandez

Heh. I don't remember him being quite as orange on The West Wing as he's been recently on B & S.

March 04 2009 at 2:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It is funny...


March 04 2009 at 1:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

4 paragraphs in, without any warning, you spoil a major plot point from an episode that aired on 2 days ago. Thanks a lot. You know there's this thing that some of us have called a "TiVo". Even Nielsen now counts shows watched only a few days after they air. You'd think a slight warning of some kind might have been nice. Jeesh.

March 03 2009 at 9:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i love this story... so many jokes to be made.

March 03 2009 at 9:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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