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Jesse Williams’ fling with Minka Kelly not built to last(7/18/17) “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams and Minka Kelly have been coupling up since he filed for divorce from Aryn Drake-Lee, but sources don’t expect the pair to last.
“They’re just getting to know each other. I don’t think it’s that serious, and it probably won’t last,” a source close to Williams told us. “He’s been so busy working and trying to figure [out the divorce].”
We hear he’s devastated that Drake-Lee’s restricted his visitation of their kids, as reflected in documents he filed seeking custody.
“He hasn’t been able to read his kids to bed because he can’t keep them overnight,” says the pal. “It’s been the most frustrating thing .?.?. The end of his marriage really is devastating.”
Drake-Lee plans to file a formal response in court.
Jesse Williams and Minka Kelly go public with relationship(7/12/17) Jesse Williams and Minka Kelly have finally made their romance public.
The “Grey’s Anatomy” star and Derek Jeter’s actress ex were seen on a date in Hollywood, after Williams used an appearance on Jay-Z’s “Footnotes for ‘4:44’ ” to slam cheating rumors.
“I was in a relationship 13 years . . . and all of a sudden motherf – – kers are writing think pieces that I somehow threw a 13-year relationship — like [the] most painful experience I’ve had in my life like with a person I’ve loved with all of my heart — that I threw a person and my family in the trash because a girl I work with is cute,” he said.
Page Six reported on his romance with Kelly in May.
But another source adds that Kelly isn’t the reason his marriage to Aryn Drake-Lee, with whom he has two children ended, saying “the relationship ran its course.”
Jesse Williams Opens Up About Headline-Making Divorce in Jay-Z's Footnotes for 4:44 Video(7/10/17) Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words definitely hurt Jesse Williams.
The 35-year-old actor, who is currently involved in a public custody dispute with estranged wife Aryn Drake-Lee, has opened up about his divorce in the very revealing Footnotes for 4:44, a new offering by Jay-Z and Tidal, released earlier today.
In the 11-minute video, Jesse joins Jay, Chris Rock, Will Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Anderson, Aziz Ansari and more for candid discussions on relationships, love and the pressure that comes with being in the public eye.
While not referring to Aryn by name, Jesse subtly addresses cheating rumors in the visual piece and how it affects him.
In the impassioned cameo, Jesse says, "I was in a relationship 13 years, 13 real years, not 5 years, not 7 years, 13 years and all of a sudden mother f--kers are writing think-pieces that I somehow threw a 13-year relationship—like thee most painful experience I’ve had in my life like with a person I’ve loved with all of my heart—that I threw a person and my family in the trash because a girl I work with is cute."
In 2010, the Grey's Anatomy actor told USA Today, "I was a teacher when I met her, so she’s been with me through all different facets of my career. She’s stuck with me through thick and thick and thick and thin. We know each other in and out."
But sadly, the love did not last...
In June, E! News reported that Jesse and his attorney's alleged that Aryn has refused his request for more time with the two children, Maceo Williams and Sadie Williams, that they share.
"Aryn restricts my time with the children and decides when, and for how long I may have them. She has rejected, without any reason, each and every request I have made to have the children sleepover at my residence," Jesse alleged in court documents obtained by E! News. "On the few days that I have the children, Aryn has insisted that my time with the children be limited during the week to approximately two and half hours per day, despite my requests for more time, including overnights with the children."
He added, "I am therefore requesting a court order for a joint physical custody parenting plan…"
Subsequently, Aryn's lawyer released the following statement to E! News: "Protecting the privacy and well-being of their children is of paramount importance to Aryn Drake-Lee Williams. It is unfortunate that Mr. Williams has chosen to draw public attention to this difficult time and transition for their family. Aryn is solely interested in the best interests of their children, supporting a healthy relationship with both parents, and protecting the children's privacy. Therefore, she will not comment any further on Mr. Williams' unilateral and unfortunate public allegations."
Jesse Williams Fighting Estranged Wife Over Child Custody(7/5/17) Jesse Williams?' hopes for an amicable divorce just went down the toilet ... he's now in a nasty custody fight with his estranged wife.
The "Grey's Anatomy" star filed docs saying he went above and beyond to informally handle custody issues with Aryn Drake-Lee. Jesse filed for divorce back in April and we were told things were civil. But Jesse says it's now turned into a legal war.
In docs obtained by TMZ, Jesse's asking to get more time with 3-year-old Sadie and 2-year-old Maceo, claiming Aryn only lets him see them shy of 3 hours a day and she refuses to allow sleepovers.
Jesse says he rented a home less than 3 miles from Aryn's home so he could be close to the kids. To prove he's a hands-on dad, Jesse listed their nicknames and their favorite food -- mac & cheese for "Sadie Munchkin" and "anything we put in front of 'Mace.'"
Still ... Jesse says Aryn's made things impossible so he's asking the judge to step in and issue a formal custody agreement.
Shonda Rhimes: People found me ‘valuable’ after losing 150 pounds(6/28/17) Shonda Rhimes could not believe how differently she was treated before and after losing 150 pounds.
“Women I barely knew gushed. And I mean GUSHED. Like I was holding-a-new-baby-gushed,” the “Grey’s Anatomy” creator wrote in her latest “Shondaland” newsletter. “Only there was no new baby. It was just me. In a dress. With makeup on and my hair all did, yes. But … still the same me.
“Women gushed anyway. And men? They spoke to me. THEY SPOKE TO ME. Like stood still and had long conversations with me about things,” the 47-year-old continued. “It was disconcerting. But even more disconcerting was that all these people suddenly felt completely comfortable talking to me about my body. Telling me I looked ‘pretty’ or that they were ‘proud of me’ or that ‘wow, you are so hot now’ or ‘you look amazing!'”
Rhimes wrote about her experience in reference to author Roxane Gay’s newly released memoir, “Hunger,” which focuses on body image, food and weight.
The award-winning producer was also puzzled because “after I lost weight, I discovered that people found me valuable. Worthy of a conversation. A person one could look at. A person one could compliment. A person one could admire.”
Rhimes questioned how people viewed her prior to losing weight.
“You heard me. I discovered that NOW people saw me as a PERSON,” she penned. “What the hell did they see me as before? … What words did they use to describe me? What value did they put on my presence at a party, a lunch, a discussion? When I was fat, I wasn’t a PERSON to these people. Like I had been the Invisible Woman who suddenly materialized in front of them. Poof! There I am. Thin and ready for a chat.”
As Rhimes pointed out, “being thinner doesn’t make you a different person. It just makes you thinner.”
Girls Trip Star Kate Walsh on How Humor Can Balance Out the Seriousness of Racial Tension: 'There's a Way to Do Both'(6/24/17) As Kate Walsh puts it — a little comedy can go a long way.
At a time rife with racial tension, the Girls Trip star says there’s a way to balance the seriousness of issues with humor in film — and hopes the upcoming movie accomplishes that.
“I think that [comedies] can concurrently get to the very serious business of solving problems with race in our culture and also laugh about it,” Walsh, 49, tells PEOPLE Now. “I think there’s a way to do both and be sensitive and actually do the work that needs to be done in our culture.”
She adds: “It’s a really interesting time in our culture but we’ve been here before and we will move forward and move forward together and be a better place.”
The Will Packer-produced comedy also stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish as the group travels to New Orleans for ESSENCE Festival. Along the way, they rekindle their sisterhood and rediscover their wild sides.
“Because of our history in this country and how we’ve been labeled, I think we, as Black women, tend to be a little hard on ourselves,” Pinkett-Smith told ESSENCE about letting go and having fun in the July 2017 issue. “That feeling of always having to be on point has prevented us from being expansive in how we see ourselves and how we allow ourselves to be entertained, but I think we’re getting to a place where we’re afforded the opportunity to kind of cut loose and see all the wonderful colors of who we are.”
Girls Trip hits theaters July 21.
Kate Walsh Talks Playing ''Wicked Bitch'' Addison Montgomery on Grey's Anatomy(6/23/17) Kate Walsh will always have a bit of Addison Montgomery in her.
The actress rose to fame on Grey's Anatomy starring as the girl every avid watcher loved to hate. After two seasons as a main character opposite Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey, Walsh parlayed Addison into her own spinoff, Private Practice. Now four years after the hit medical drama said goodbye to the infamous neonatal surgeon, Walsh is reflecting on the role that changed her life.
During a Q&A with Buzzfeed, Kate said she'll never forget her entrance at the end of season one. Grey's fans will vividly remember when she (and her fiery red locks) surprised estranged husband Derek Shepherd (Dempsey) and his new girlfriend, Meredith Grey, (Pompeo) at the hospital. She recalled, "I got more calls and attention from that 60-second scene than anything in my career before. Isn't that funny?"
Walsh continued, "Everyone hated me, but at that time there was no Twitter. There were chat rooms, but I never really went on them. I kind of liked being the Wicked Witch from the East. Or the wicked bitch. [Show creator] Shonda [Rhime's] really gifted at flipping every character that's seemingly awful. It's a great lesson in how to have compassion for people that you initially hate."
The 13 Reasons Why star also dished on-set secrets from the early days of Grey's... long before the critical acclaim, sky-high ratings and Emmy awards.
Walsh explained, "With Grey's, I remember because I came in at episode 8, at that time the morale was really low. They kept changing the name of the show. It was Doctors and then Surgeons and then Complications and I was like, 'What a bullshit show title!' Grey's Anatomy is the perfect title."
"To keep our morale up they started showing us episodes at Friday lunches that were already edited," she revealed. "And I was like, 'This is a really good show' and I was so excited to be a part of it. I was supposed to do a pilot for another sitcom on ABC, and it didn't end up getting picked up and then they called me to be a series regular on Grey's and the world changed. It was stunning, right? It was really phenomenal."
With such fond memories, does Kate ever reminisce with a Grey's Anatomy binge-watching sesh? "I don't!" she admitted, "Once in a while I'll see a gif somewhere online. It would be really interesting to go back and watch now—that would be really cool."
"It was funny, I was on The Today Show and I didn't know that Taye Diggs was guest-hosting and they showed a little clip of us when Sam and Addison were dating [on Private Practice] and I was like, 'Oh my god, who is that girl?' It's like watching someone else. I don't usually watch myself—I get a little freaked out. It's not good for me."
Walsh is evidently still a huge fan of the long-running series, and was just as shocked when producers killed off McDreamy in season 11. "Well, I was surprised when they killed off Patrick," she dished. "It had been so long and I was like, 'Oh, really?' And I tuned into that episode. It was like, 'Oh, I guess I should watch this.'
Hollywood Walk of Fame's Class of 2018 Revealed: Steve Irwin and More Set to Receive Stars(6/23/17) The Walk of Fame is getting even more star-studded.
On Thursday afternoon, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the lucky honorees who will be receiving a star in 2018.
For the category of television, Anthony Anderson, Gillian Anderson, Lynda Carter, Simon Cowell, RuPaul, Taraji P. Henson, Eric McCormack, Ryan Murphy, Niecy Nash, Mandy Patinkin and Shonda Rhimes will all be celebrated.
In addition, the late Steve Irwin will also be recognized for his contributions.
"I am beyond excited to share with you all that we have just received the news that Dad will be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame," Bindi Irwin shared on Instagram. "Dad changed the world by reaching out to people through their television screens to bring them on the adventure of a lifetime. To have his name on a Hollywood Star means the world as we carry on his important work."
Other Class of 2018 members include:
Motion Pictures: Jack Black, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Goldblum, F. Gary Gray, Mark Hamill, Jennifer Lawrence, Gina Lollobrigida, Minnie Mouse, Nick Nolte and Zoe Saldana
Recording: Mary J. Blige, Sir Richard Branson, Petula Clark, Harry Connick Jr., Ice T, Snoop Dogg, Carrie Underwood and Weird Al Yankovic
Radio: Steve Jones
Live Theatre/Live Performance: Charles Aznavour, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the late Bernie Mac.
Jada Pinkett-Smith, Nick Cannon, Jesse Williams and More to Present at First-Ever NBA Awards(6/23/17) The 2017 NBA Awards on TNT is already turning out to be a star-studded event.
Hosted by Drake, ET can exclusively reveal that presenters will include Chadwick Boseman, Monica Brown, Nick Cannon, Vince Carter, Kevin Garnett, Bryshere Y. Gray, Grant Hill, Dirk Nowitzki, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jussie Smollett, John Wall and Jesse Williams. More celebrities attending the show are Chris Tucker, Baron Davis, Hill Harper, Reggie Miller, Von Miller, Isiah Thomas and Donnie Wahlberg.
Model Damaris Lewis will serve as the trophy presenter for this year’s event, and Nicki Minaj will be performing. ET previously confirmed that the Inside the NBA studio team including Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal will also be in attendance.
The NBA Awards on TNT is the NBA's official annual award show to honor all the league's top performers on one night, and will be presented live from New York City on Monday, June 26, at 9 p.m. ET on TNT. Awards presented throughout the night will include Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, Kia NBA Sixth Man Award, Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Kia NBA Most Improved Player and NBA Coach of the Year.
Earlier this month, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant led the Golden State Warriors to defeat LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, but it was Curry's adorable daughters with wife Ayesha -- 4-year-old Riley and 1-year-old Ryan -- who stole the show.
ET spoke with Ayesha, who's made a name for herself in the food and cooking world, last November, when she got candid about her husband's skills in the kitchen!
‘Hello Again’ Trailer: Rumer Willis, T.R. Knight, Martha Plimpton And Audra McDonald In A Rondelay Of Passion(6/21/17) (Video) Here’s a first look at Hello Again, the film adaptation by Tom Gustafson (Mariachi Gringo) of composer-lyricist Michael John LaChiusa’s acclaimed 1994 musical. A new riff on La Ronde, the scandal-causing Arthur Schnitzler play from 1897 (first filmed by Max Ophüls in 1950 and subsequently by Roger Vadim with 1964’s Circle of Love and Otto Schenk with Der Reigen in 1973) about series of sexual assignations across boundaries of class and status that seem unrelated, at first, only to be revealed as something far more surprising.
La Chiusa’s rendering, first presented by Lincoln Center Theater, follows 10 fleeting love affairs across 10 periods in New York City history. The pursued becomes pursuer as they spin through daisy-chained vignettes that come together in one soulful circle.
The ensemble cast features record-making six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, Emmy Award-winner and Tony nominee Martha Plimpton, Emmy and Drama Desk nominee T.R. Knight, Rumer Willis, Cheyenne Jackson, SAG Award-winner and Grammy nominee Jenna Ushkowitz, Teen Choice Award-winner Tyler Blackburn, Sam Underwood, Nolan Gerard Funk and Al Calderon. The screenplay is by Cory Krueckeberg.
The film was the closing night feature in Torino, Italy’s Lovers film Fest last night and will be making the rounds of film festivals through the summer. The film is repped by Ken DuBow. SPEAKproductions, in association with TBD Productions and Martian Entertainment. Let us know what you think.
Doubt Update: CBS to Air Cancelled Drama's 11 Remaining Episodes(6/20/17) We know you had your Doubts, but CBS is doing fans of Katherine Heigl’s quickly-cancelled legal drama a solid by scheduling the series’ unaired episodes.
Exec producer Tony Phelan announced on Twitter that Doubt‘s 11 remaining episodes will air Saturdays at 8/7c beginning July 1.
The Heigl-fronted procedural was pulled off the schedule in February after two terribly-rated episodes. The Feb. 16 premiere only drew 5.3 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating, placing below timeslot predecessor Code Black‘s sophomore average.
In Week 2, it dropped 25 percent, to 4 mil and a 0.6.
The impressive ensemble also included Laverne Cox and Dule Hill.
Grey's Anatomy: Kim Raver Set to Return, on Heels of Ray Donovan Arc(6/20/17) Kim Raver will be playing doctor twice in the coming months.
On the heels of the 24 alum booking an arc on Showtime’s Ray Donovan — as cutting-edge surgeon Dr. Bergstein — Raver is also set to reprise her role as Grey’s Anatomy‘s Dr. Teddy Altman.
Raver last played Teddy in the Season 8 finale, in which Meredith, Cristina and others fought to survive the aftermath of their plane crash in the woods. Back at Seattle Grace, meanwhile, Owen fired Teddy, so that she could without guilt accept a chief position at the United States Army Medical Command.
Teddy was in fact mentioned in last month’s Season 13 finale, as the person who confirmed that Owen’s sister/Nathan’s ex-love Megan had been found alive, 10 years after an Army helicopter disappearance. Raver will return as a guest star, presumably as a part of that continuing storyline.
Jesse Williams Fights for Joint Physical Custody Amid Divorce From Aryn Drake-Lee(6/20/17) Jesse Williams wants to make sure he has plenty of time with his children.
Almost two months after the Grey's Anatomy star and his wife Aryn Drake-Lee called it quits on their private relationship, E! News is learning more about the couple's custody situation.
In court documents, Jesse and his attorney's allege that Aryn has refused his request for more time with the two children they share.
"Aryn restricts my time with the children and decides when, and for how long I may have them. She has rejected, without any reason, each and every request I have made to have the children sleepover at my residence," Jesse alleges in documents. "On the few days that I have the children, Aryn has insisted that my time with the children be limited during the week to approximately two and half hours per day, despite my requests for more time, including overnights with the children."
He added, "I am therefore requesting a court order for a joint physical custody parenting plan…"
Jesse later goes on to proclaim that he has "always been an active, involved, 'hands-on' dad" to his two children.
Aryn's lawyer released the following statement to E! News: "Protecting the privacy and well-being of their children is of paramount importance to Aryn Drake-Lee Williams. It is unfortunate that Mr. Williams has chosen to draw public attention to this difficult time and transition for their family. Aryn is solely interested in the best interests of their children, supporting a healthy relationship with both parents, and protecting the children's privacy. Therefore, she will not comment any further on Mr. Williams' unilateral and unfortunate public allegations."
"They are working together on this custody arrangement and staying as civil with each other as they can. They just want it to be seamless," a source later shared with E! News. "They both want joint custody, so no fighting is involved whatsoever."
Back in April, E! News confirmed that Jesse filed for divorce. At the time, he requested joint legal and physical custody of their kids, and to terminate Aryn's spousal support.
The former couple, who dated for more than five years before saying "I Do," first met when the actor was working as a New York schoolteacher.
And while the duo tried to keep their relationship out of the Hollywood spotlight, Jesse couldn't help but talk about his leading lady in a few interviews.
"I was a teacher when I met her, so she's been with me through all different facets of my career. She's stuck with me through thick and thick and thick and thin," he previously told USA Today. "We know each other in and out."
‘Ray Donovan’: Kim Raver Set To Recur On Season 5(6/20/17) Grey’s Anatomy alumna Kim Raver has signed on to the fifth-season cast of Showtime’s Ray Donovan in a recurring role as cutting-edge surgeon Dr. Bergstein.
The new season of Ray Donovan finds Ray (Liev Schreiber) turning his attention back to Hollywood and his celebrity fixer firm. Meanwhile, his dad Mickey (Jon Voight) is overjoyed to be welcomed into Ray’s home at last and swears finally to mend his criminal ways.
Raver played Dr. Teddy Altman on four seasons of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. She recently recurred on Fox’s APB and previously on 24: Live Another Day and Bones. She’s repped by Gersh and Atlas Artists.
Season 5 of Ray Donovan premieres at 9 PM Sunday, August 6, on Showtime.
2017 Teen Choice Awards Nominees(6/19/17) The Teen Choice Awards air Sunday, Aug. 13 on Fox.
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Grey's Anatomy's Sandra Oh to Star in BBC America Thriller Killing Eve(6/13/17) Sandra Oh has a killer new role lined up.
The former Grey’s Anatomy star will play the title role in the BBC America thriller Killing Eve, the network announced Tuesday. Based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, Eve centers on two fiercely intelligent women: a psychopathic assassin named Villanelle; and a bored, desk-bound security operative named Eve (Oh), who’s suddenly pulled into the field and charged with hunting Villanelle down.
Fleabag star/creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge will write the eight-episode series, which is set to debut next year, and serve as showrunner.
This is Oh’s first series-regular role since leaving Grey’s in 2014; she earned five Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe for playing Dr. Cristina Yang. She also recurred in the third and final season of ABC’s American Crime earlier this year.
“Sandra Oh has the ability to go from wrenching to funny to total mess with a genius lightness of touch,” BBC America president Sarah Barnett said in a statement. “Phoebe’s vision is absolutely original, and Sandra is utterly perfect casting, we think, for this key role.”
Katherine Heigl: Making a music video is like giving birth(6/8/17) Katherine Heigl says that having a baby and making a music video are both labors of love.
The actress, 38, presented the Male Video of the Year award at the CMT Awards, when she compared giving birth to directing her husband Josh Kelley’s video for “It’s Your Move.”
“The experiences are kind of similar,” she joked. “I labored and Josh cried.”
Heigl gave birth to their son, Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr., in December 2016. They are also the parents of two adopted girls.
The Male Video of the Year award went to Keith Urban, who gushed about wife Nicole Kidman during his acceptance speech. He also promised to take the couple’s kids to the awards show next year.
Shonda Rhimes, Susanne Daniels, Mark Gordon Join TV Academy Exec Committee(6/5/17) Veteran TV players Shonda Rhimes, Susanne Daniels, Mark Gordon, Richard Weitz and Carmi Zlotnik are joining the Television Academy’s executive committee.
In those committee roles, the five will help set policy for the Academy, which now is led by Hayma Washington, who became chairman and CEO in November, succeeding Bruce Rosenblum.
Daniels is now head of global content for YouTube, Rhimes produces shows including Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder, Gordon is a producer of titles such as Criminal Minds and Designated Survivor, Weitz is co-head of WME’s scripted TV department, and Zlotnik is president of programming at Starz.
“We are exceptionally fortunate to have the opportunity to be advised and guided by five of the most insightful and ground-breaking executives in the television industry,” Washington said in a press release. “Individually they deliver a wealth of experience and knowledge across global television platforms. Collectively, they represent the future of the industry and will play a significant role in leading the Television Academy and our members as our medium continues to evolve.”
The board of governors has also elected the following representatives on the executive committee for the 2017 term: Jill Daniels, animation; Gail Mancuso, directors; Rickey Minor, music; and Mark Scott Spatny, special visual effects. Rounding out the executive committee membership for the 2017 term are Academy officers Frank Scherma, vice chair; Steve Venezia, second vice chair; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg, secretary; Allison Binder, treasurer; and Mitch Waldow, Los Angeles Area vice chair; and Television Academy Foundation Chair, Madeline Di Nonno.
Eric Dane Is All Smiles With Family at First Public Event Since Depression Battle Reveal(6/4/17) (Pic) Eric Dane is back on the red carpet after a short hiatus—and with the support of his loved ones.
The Grey's Anatomy alum's rep had said in April that the actor suffers from depression and would be taking a few weeks off from filming season five of the TNT series The Last Ship to deal with personal issues. The show's production was halted temporarily.
On Saturday, Dane attended the 16th annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in Brentwood, California and was all smiles as he posed for photos with wife and actress Rebecca Gayheart, who co-founded the event, and their daughters Billie, 7, and Georgia, 5. It marked his first red carpet event since his rep's reveal about his health.
Dane and Gayheart have attended the annual event, which raises funds to help the homeless and impoverished, almost every year since 2004 and have in recent years brought their kids.
"We always make this a family affair," Gayheart wrote on Instagram. "I want my girls to know how important it is to give back. Thank you @chrysalisla. My girls are the luckiest ducks wearing the gorgeous @tutudumonde @modernqueenkids . Shout out to @albrightfashionlibraryla #butterflyball #chrysalis #mylittlefamily #giveback."
At the event, the actress talked to E! News exclusively about her family's summer plans.
"Daddy's working in town, so we're going to be hanging close, we'll be in Malibu a lot, a lot of local trips visiting family," she said.
Season four of TNT's The Last Ship is set to premiere on Aug. 20.
Last Ship Gets Season 4 Premiere Date(5/24/17) We will learn what became of Tom Chandler — and what new threats await the Nathan James — when The Last Ship launches Season 4 with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 9/8c, TNT has announced.
In addition to Eric Dane, the returning cast includes Adam Baldwin, Travis Van Winkle, Marissa Neitling, Christina Elmore, Jocko Sims, Bren Foster, Bridget Regan, Charles Parnell and Kevin Michael Martin, as the heroes face “a new mission to save humanity as the world continues to struggle for survival” in the wake of the first seasons’ viral outbreak/warfare.
The Last Ship was renewed last year for two additional seasons, which have been filming back-to-back. Production on Season 5, to air in summer 2018, was recently paused while series lead Dane dealt with personal issues related to depression.
Ratings: Scandal Ends Season on Low Note, Supernatural Hits 6-Week High(5/19/17) Scandal wrapped its penultimate season on Thursday night with an average of 5.3 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating across its two-hour finale, adding a few eyeballs week-to-week but slipping two tenths to match its all-time demo low.
Opening ABC’s night, Grey’s Anatomy (7.7 mil/1.9) ticked up with its own finale to 7- and 6-week highs.
Over on NBC, Wednesday-bound The Blacklist did 4.8 mil/0.9 and then 4.9 mil/0.9, up a tenth in both cases and with its finale drawing its best audience since Feb. 23.
The CW’s Supernatural did 1.75 mil (its best audience since Feb. 16) and a 0.6, followed by 1.65 mil/0.6, up a tenth in the demo in both cases to a 6-week high.
Fox’s MasterChef Junior finale averaged 3.4 mil/0.9, steady week-to-week…. CBS’ double pump of The Amazing Race did 4.3 mil/0.9 (steady week-to-week) and then 3.8 mil/0.7.
Grey's Jerrika Hinton Reflects On Stephanie's 'Burnout' and Her 'Delicate, Nuanced Hero's Journey'(5/19/17) (TVline.com) Warning: The following may contain too high a dose of spoilers for readers who’ve yet to watch Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy finale. Before proceeding, consult an M.D. or your DVR.
Grey’s Anatomy viewers might have been shocked — and relieved — when the Season 13 finale revealed that Stephanie hadn’t been killed by the preceding episode’s climactic explosion. But “I knew” there was still more to come, Jerrika Hinton tells TVLine. “My exit has been something that [series creator] Shonda [Rhimes] and I have talked about for almost a year now, so there were no surprises.” Here, the actress, who’ll next appear in Alan Ball’s forthcoming HBO series, shares her thoughts on her spunky character’s sendoff — and likelihood of returning — and reveals how fired up she got doing some of her own stunts.
TVLINE | What was your reaction to Stephanie’s last act? I was glad that, if she had to go, at least she got to leave a hero.
I think it’s a delicate, nuanced kind of hero’s journey that [she’s been on this season, one that] you don’t often see in this genre. It’s been about self-actualization and the fact that she is in a line of work that encourages repression and distance, and, at the same time, still asks that you give every single ounce of yourself that you have to give. She was sacrificing herself. She began the season with no space to process her loss [after Kyle’s death] and immediately jumped back into work because it was a reliable thing that she knew. And when work became unreliable, she drifted even further until she was sacrificing her well-being for a place that it can be argued would not have done the same for her. These were conditions that, in hindsight, were figuratively and literally burning her out. She needed to not only see that but make a healthy decision about how to move forward.
TVLINE | And if, in a year or two, she feels differently, she could always come back, right?
I would say, after the way the episode ends, it would be very difficult for Stephanie to practice medicine again in the way that she had become accustomed to. Personally, I’m just glad she gets to leave having made her mark.
TVLINE | Speaking of marks… how bruised up were you after two episodes’ worth of stunts?
[Laughs] I’m still recovering physically from that, and we finished [the finale] probably a month ago!
TVLINE | How much of it did they actually let you do?
There’s a fair amount that’s me. My lovely stunt double did some of the jumping through fire, and there was one specific shot that they absolutely would not allow me to do — where a piece of the ceiling comes crashing down in front of Stephanie and Erin. They were adamant about that. I haven’t seen the episode yet, but I would say that I’m probably going to be confused as to which shots are me and which are [my stunt double].
TVLINE | Looking back over your five seasons on Grey’s, what was your favorite storyline?
I would say this one. It touches on things that are dear to my heart, and I think it’s always valuable to see someone that the audience may hold in high regard evaluating their priorities and just taking stock of how they want to move through the world, how to live the life that best serves them. It’s a very Oprah-fied way of looking at the world, but it’s also crucial. And as someone who is a huge advocate of therapy and mental health, I think there are elements in the story that are universal.
TVLINE | Anything that you didn’t get to do storywise that you wish you had? I was sorry they never hooked up Stephanie and DeLuca.[Laughs] You weren’t the only one! I saw that on Twitter quite a bit! To be honest, I haven’t even gone there. My time on Grey’s Anatomy… it’s been so many things, and it has opened up so many other things to me, that, at the end of this time, I can’t even look back on it and go, “But you know, if only this one thing!” I’m not trying to be pie-in-the-sky Pollyanna. I am genuinely incapable of looking back on my time that way and thinking with “If only… ” reservations.
Grey's Anatomy Creator Shonda Rhimes 'Sad to See [Spoiler] Leave'(5/19/17) The following story contains spoilers from Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy finale — proceed at your own peril.
Grey’s Anatomy has had its fair share of rocky exits over the past 13 years. But Jerrika Hinton‘s departure falls into a different, far more amicable category.
The actress — who made her final appearance as a series regular in Thursday’s Season 13 finale (read recap here) — asked to be released from her contract after landing a starring role in Alan Ball’s new HBO drama series Here, Now. And series creator Shonda Rhimes approved the request.
“Actors evolve differently and when an actor like Jerrika comes to me and says she wants to try something new creatively, I like to honor that,” Rhimes says in a statement. “Jerrika has shared so much of herself with Stephanie and I am incredibly proud of the journey we’ve taken together. While I’m sad to see Stephanie leave Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, I am excited to see what’s next for Jerrika.”
Ball’s tragicomic new drama follows the Bishops, a multi-racial family made up of a philosophy professor father (Tim Robbins), his lawyer wife (played by Holly Hunter), their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia, and their sole biological child.
Hinton will play Ashley, one of the adopted children who is now the powerhouse behind an online fashion shopping site. Ashley was was born in America to Somalian refugees, and was adopted by the Bishops when her mother died and her father was deported. Ashley is beginning to struggle with her cultural identity.
Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Finale Recap: Did It Leave You All Fired Up?(5/19/17) (TVline.com) Warning: The following is a virtual IV drip of spoilers for the Season 13 finale of Grey’s Anatomy.
Going into Thursday’s explosive Grey’s Anatomy, it certainly looked as if the Season 13 finale was going to be unlucky for Stephanie. But Megan’s resurrection also promised to blow up Meredith’s fledgling romance with Nathan, and all those recent Jackson/Maggie scenes suggested that April might be about to get burned, too. Who, if any of them, made it out unscathed? Who made it out at all? Read on…
‘FIRE IN THE HOSPITAL TRUMPS RAPIST ON THE LOOSE’ | As “Ring of Fire” began, Meredith had just made it back to Grey Sloan to fill in Nathan on Owen’s Megan news when all hell broke loose. In the wake of the rapist’s detonation, fires were raging on floors 4, 5 and 6, and Bailey put April in charge of the outdoors holding area for evacuated patients. “Lord,” the chief sighed, “don’t make me have to tell Catherine Avery I burned her hospital down to the ground!” Since the fire overrode the lockdown, the doors reopened, so Jackson started running around looking for Stephanie. Upon learning that Erin had wandered off again, Mer made finding the little girl her priority, which didn’t sit well with Eliza, who wanted to focus on patients and let the police worry about missing persons. Ignoring Minnick, Grey went right on searching for Erin. When she bumped into Alex, she learned that his stalking of Jo’s husband had been, in his estimation, “a waste.”
As for Stephanie, it turned out she hadn’t been killed by the blast. She was burned but in good enough shape to assure Erin, whose leg had been impaled by some equipment, that the bad man wasn’t just gone but “very, very gone.” Before Edwards could remove the equipment that was stabbing Erin, she had to treat the girl’s leg, a painful procedure for which the doc recommended she distract herself by clenching her fists as she herself had when she’d undergone brutal treatments as a youngster. And “if you need to scream,” Stephanie added, “you just go ahead and scream.” (Note: She did.) Unfortunately, no sooner had Erin’s leg been patched up than their exit was blocked by fiery debris! A total badass, Stephanie soaked a blanket and her hair with water, wrapped up Erin and leapt through the blaze!
‘I’VE HAD BETTER DAYS’ | Since it looked smokey as hell down below, Stephanie led Erin upstairs to the roof. Alas, by the time they got there, Edwards realized that, along the way, she’d lost her damn key card — they couldn’t unlock the door to get outside to fresh air! Stuck, Edwards wrapped Erin in the wet blanket, intending to wait for help. But in no time, she spotted her key card a few floors below, left the little girl briefly and returned worse for wear, yet victorious. This being Stephanie’s worst day ever, naturally, as soon as she and Erin were on the roof, the kid passed out. Meanwhile, Jackson returned from his unsuccessful search for Stephanie and got yelled at in a concerned-wifely way by both April and Maggie. That Pierce had been so worried about him did not go unnoticed by the ex with whom he’d so recently hooked up. Had the police found Edwards? No, because er, Eliza had forgotten to tell them she was even missing!
Though Ben had an understandable aversion to fire, he bravely charged back into Grey Sloan to show the authorities where he’d seen Stephanie with the patient he hadn’t realized at the time was the escaped rapist. When finally, Warren led the firefighters to the roof, they found Stephanie performing CPR on Erin. “You took the scenic route!” she shouted. From there, Edwards wouldn’t leave Erin’s side. She also wouldn’t hear it when told the O.R. floor was off limits. If it was, they’d have to operate in the E.R. She’d been through hell to save that kid, she said, and “I did not do all of that so this little girl could die!” In the end, Erin pulled through. Then and only then did Stephanie let herself collapse. The next day, while her burns were being painfully treated, she informed Richard that, after spending her whole life in hospitals, as a patient or a doctor, “I need to travel and… explore… and hike… and breathe… away from the monitors and the blood.” As such, she quit. But “you changed my life, Dr. Webber,” she added. “You taught me how to take my past and find my path. Thank you.”
‘YOU’LL KNOW WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU SEE HER’ | When Owen awakened from probably a much-needed sleep and heard about the Grey Sloan disaster, he wanted to go to work and pitch in. However, Amelia pointed out that, due to the fire, the helipad was off limits, so Megan was being transferred to a nearby military hospital, for which they’d be leaving immediately — he should be there when she landed. Meanwhile, at Grey Sloan, Mer finally located Nathan — in surgery, even though the O.R. wing had been evacuated. He couldn’t just quit, he pointed out. “I have a man’s lung in my hand!” After Mer helped him complete the operation — and got her lover some oxygen outside — she gently broke the news to him. “Remember the dream where [Derek and Megan] come back to us?” she said. “Nathan, they found Megan. She’s alive.” At first, he couldn’t believe it. “That’s not funny,” he said. (Lovely, crushing performance by Martin Henderson there, BTW.) When at last it sank in that Grey wasn’t playing a cruel joke, Nathan immediately wanted to take off for the military hospital. Then, suddenly, he felt guilty about how excited he was. Don’t apologize, Mer told him. “If this were Derek, I would already be gone.” And so, off he went. At the military hospital, Owen seemed to have an out-of-body experience as the moment of Megan’s arrival drew near. When the chopper landed, we got a glimpse of the patient and her red hair but not a close enough look to say for sure whether it was really her.
‘I WENT TOO FAR’ | The day after the blaze, Catherine demanded Bailey, Richard and Eliza explain why it had taken so long to find Stephanie and Erin. Minnick blamed Stephanie for not following protocol and Richard for undermining her by springing Edwards too quickly from therapy, which so enraged Bailey that she was ready to can Eliza. Stephanie, the chief argued, did know when to follow protocol, because she had been taught right — she hadn’t been taught to be some kind of doctor-bot. Off that meeting, Eliza shot down Arizona’s hopes for a hot date night, because instead of canoodling, she had to pack — she had been fired after all! Finally, Maggie apologized to April for yelling at Jackson — that wasn’t her place. But he liked Pierce, Kepner noted (if a bit sadly). April could tell. She could also tell that Maggie was into Jackson. So “you should just tell him” you dig him. And that was that for Season 13.
Grey's Anatomy Spinoff About Firefighters Nabs Series Order at ABC(5/16/17) ABC is expanding the Grey’s Anatomy franchise yet again.
Four years after Grey’s spinoff Private Practice ended its run, the network has placed a series order for yet another offshoot, this one revolving around Seattle firefighters.
The series, penned by longtime Grey’s EP Stacy McKee, is set to bow in early 2018, presumably after How to Get Away With Murder ends its season.
“No one can interweave the jeopardy firefighters face in the line of duty with the drama in their personal lives quite like Shonda [Rhimes], and Grey’s signature Seattle setting is the perfect backdrop for this exciting spinoff,” said ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey in a statement.
ABC Fall Schedule: Once Bumped to Friday, black-ish Shifts to Tuesday, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. M.I.A.(5/16/17) ABC is the third network, following NBC and Fox, to announce its schedule for the 2017-18 TV season, and the big news: Once Upon a Time is getting a brand new time slot to go with its major Season 7 reset.
The venerable fantasy drama will shift from Sundays-at-8 to Fridays-at-8, where it will lead into the new Marvel entry Inhumans.
Also on the move is Wednesday comedy staple black-ish, which will vacate its post-Modern Family perch to assume the Tuesday-at-9 anchor position.
Other key takeaways from ABC’s sked: The buzzy David-Shore produced medical drama The Good Doctor, starring Bates Motel‘s Freddie Highmore, has landed the cushy post Dancing With the Stars slot on Mondays and the Jason Ritter-led Gospel of Kevin will replace Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Tuesdays-at-10. S.H.I.E.L.D., meanwhile, will take over the Fridays-at-9 time slot once Inhumans wraps its eight-episode run (and ABC confirms it has received a full 22-episode order.)
Also on tap for midseason is the just-renewed Quantico as well as new series THE CROSSING, DECEPTION, FOR THE PEOPLE, SPLITTING UP TOGETHER, and ALEX, INC.
All told, the ABC schedule looks like this; new shows are in CAPS.
NOT RETURNING NEXT SEASON: The Catch, Conviction, Dr. Ken, Imaginary Mary, Last Man Standing, Mistresses, Notorious, The Real O’Neals, Secrets & Lies and Time After Time.
Ratings: Cancelled The Catch Stays Low With Finale, Chicago Med Ticks Up(5/12/17) The Catch this Thursday night wrapped what wound up being just a two-season run with 3 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, holding onto its series lows.
Opening ABC’s night, Grey’s Anatomy (6.9 mil/1.8) was flat, while Scandal (5.2 mil/1.4) ticked up.
NBC | Coming off their respective renewals, Chicago Med (6.8 mil/1.2) and The Blacklist (5 mil/0.9) both ticked up.
THE CW | Supernatural (1.43 mil/0.5) was flat, while Riverdale (950K/0.4) ticked up with its finale.
CBS | The Big Bang Theory (12.6 mil/2.6) ticked up with its finale, Mom (8.2 mil/1.5) was flat and Life in Pieces (6 mil/1.1) dipped. The Amazing Race (4.1 mil/0.9) was flat.
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Trauma Central(5/11/17) Well, at least Meredith and Nathan got to smile a little. Otherwise, Thursday’s penultimate Season 13 episode of Grey’s Anatomy was a pretty tense affair, one that put Grey Sloan into lockdown, landed Stephanie not just in harm’s way but in its grasp, sent Jackson on a massive guilt trip, reduced Owen to tears and had Alex staring down a demon. How did it all shake out? Make yourself comfy on the edge of your seat and read on!
‘I LEFT HER IN THE ROOM WITH HIM’ | As “True Colors” began, Meredith realized that — oops — she’d accidentally let Nathan sleep over, so she had him sneak out without bumping into her kids for the first time. Meanwhile, at Owen and Amelia’s, Hunt learned that Megan was… umm… we didn’t know at first, because the sound was muted on the military personnel who came knocking with news. But it certainly left him shellshocked, whatever they told him. At the hospital, Stephanie reported back to work, having gone to therapy three whole times and “barfed up all my childhood sadness.” Richard was skeptical but still OK’d her for duty. Alex called Mer from L.A., where he was stalking Jo’s doctor husband, Paul Stadler (Matthew Morrison), at a medical conference. Among the patients du jour was a couple who seemed to have been having intercourse when they popped the brake on their parked car, and a choking baby, whom Owen, still numb from whatever he’d learned, roughly but successfully treated.
To punish Stephanie for speeding through counseling, Eliza stuck her baby-sitting Keith, the unconscious man injured in the sexmobile crash. When he awakened, Jackson and Stephanie assumed he was concerned about how long the woman, Alison, would be in surgery because he was concerned about the woman, period. Since Alison, when she briefly came to, had asked about him, Maggie guessed that they were in love. Later, Stephanie found Keith trying to free himself from his IVs, and let him talk her into taking him to be present when Alison awakened. When she did come to, she revealed to Bailey, Jackson and Maggie that Keith had been forcing her to drive to the woods so he could rape her, so she’d hit the gas and caused the accident. As Stephanie innocently wheeled Keith out of his room, Bailey put the hospital into lockdown, and Jackson started down a guilt spiral. Maggie assured him that, with all the cops around, they’d be found soon enough. But he wasn’t hearing it. Not at first, anyway.
‘AT LEAST NOW YOU KNOW’ | Although the choking baby was fine, the parents asked Amelia to bring Owen to them; they wanted a word. When Mrs. Hunt found her estranged husband, he snapped at her for delivering the message. He then snapped at the parents, in spite of the fact that all they’d wanted to do was thank him for saving their daughter. Following Owen into a supply closet, Amelia learned from him that the soldiers had told him they found Megan. “Maybe you can find some peace,” she said. To which he responded, “They said that she’s alive!” (Yay — more Bridget Regan!) Before he filled in his mother, he wanted to find out if it was really her. “Let’s find out,” said Amelia, being there for her mate for the first time in ages. Later, she arranged for Megan to be transferred to Grey Sloan and called in a PTSD specialist, as much for Owen as his sister. And he was gonna need it — he was already beating himself up for believing her dead while she was being held and tortured for a decade. “I gave up on her,” he wept.
‘I WILL FIND YOU, AND I WILL KILL YOU’ | In L.A., Karev introduced himself to Paul as a fan, Alex Stevens (ha), got him drunk and then, once outside the hotel, announced, “This is from your wife!” and beat the crap out of him. Only when Alex wound up back behind bars did he snap out of the fantasy! Later, he approached Paul and said he was a friend of his wife Brooke. “I know who you are, and I’m watching you,” he warned. This reverie ended with Alex imagining Paul tracking down and killing Jo. So, yeah, also not a great plan. Finally, Alex almost ended up sharing a taxi with Paul but passed on the opportunity. (What was with that backward glance Paul gave Alex, though? Did he recognize him? How?)
‘SHE’S TROUBLE’ | While the choking baby was recovering, Nathan dealt with her older sister so sweetly that Meredith invited him over that evening to meet her youngsters over dinner. “You seem to like kids, they seem to like you,” it’ll be fine, she predicted. He could even stay for awhile after she put the kids to bed. “For awhile.” Later, she panicked, and Amelia, of all people, talked her down. “Look at you being the sane one!” Grey marveled. That night, Mer came home to find Owen with Amelia, heard the news about Megan and set out to tell Nathan immediately. (And thus concludes the smiley portion of their storyline.)
‘I DON’T LIKE HIM’ | As the episode drew to a close, Keith overheard that a rapist was being sought in the hospital, drew a scalpel and forced Stephanie to show him the way out of the hospital — right past Ben, even. With every step, Keith seemed to get scarier — he even drew blood by pressing the scalpel against Stephanie’s throat. A chance encounter with the choking baby’s sister might have given Edwards a chance to escape, but because by then, the hospital was in lockdown, neither she, Keith nor the little girl, Erin, could get out of the corridor the way they’d come in. Or at all. While Maggie reassured Jackson that Stephanie would be OK — what do we think of their chemistry test, BTW? Did they pass? — Keith plotted to set a fire to trigger the sprinklers and get the lockdown called off. When he added that he’d be running out of the hospital with Erin — because who’d stop a guy carrying a kid out of a burning building? — quick-thinking Stephanie doused him with the liquid he was using to start the blaze, and poof! Up in smoke he went. Unfortunately, he collapsed near oxygen tanks (or was it nitrogen?). With Erin stashed in an adjacent room, Stephanie ran out to try to stop the inevitable explosion. Only it really was inevitable, and left it seeming highly unlikely that she survived.
Grey's Anatomy Sneak Peek: R.I.P., Stephanie?(5/10/17) (Video) Is this the end of Stephanie? The doctors of Grey’s Anatomy certainly seem to think that it could be (and, since Jerrika Hinton is leaving, it really might be).
In this exclusive sneak peek at Thursday’s “True Colors” (ABC, 9/8c), Edwards — who just last week had her Grey Sloan privileges revoked — is seen wheeling away a patient who’s so dangerous that his disappearance with the resident sends the hospital into lockdown and Jackson into a guilt spiral: He was the one who left his ex-girlfriend alone with this guy!
The 100: Isaiah Washington Not Returning as Series Regular in Season 5(5/10/17) No stranger to thinning the herd, The CW’s The 100 is poised to lose another original cast member.
Isaiah Washington, a main part of the show’s cast since it premiered on The CW in 2014, will not return as a series regular in Season 5, TVLine has learned exclusively.
“We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have Isaiah Washington on The 100 for the past four seasons,” executive producer Jason Rothenberg tells TVLine. “He’s brought so much to the role of Jaha, and we love working with him.”
Washington’s character, Thelonious Jaha, has undergone a radical transformation since we met him three years ago. After being stripped of his chancellor title, Jaha became a lost soul, eventually finding salvation — or so he thought — via the promises of an evil technological being known as A.L.I.E. Following her defeat, Jaha attempted to redeem himself, most recently helping his people gain access to a top-secret bunker that could save them from an impending nuclear death wave.
But don’t go throwing dirt on Jaha’s grave just yet; at this point, it’s unclear how Washington’s character will be written out of the show, nor is it known whether the actor may appear again in a guest-star capacity.
New episodes of The 100 air Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW, with the fourth season wrapping on May 24.
Ratings: Mom Hits 2-1/2 Month Highs, The Amazing Race Rises(5/5/17) CBS’ Mom this Thursday drew 8 million total viewers and a 1.5 rating, rising 13 percent and two tenths to mark its best numbers since Feb. 2 and Feb. 16, respectively.
Leading out of that, Life in Pieces (6 mil/1.2) ticked up a tenth and Amazing Race (4 mil/0.9) hit 3-week highs. Opening the Eye’s night, Big Bang Theory (11.9 mil/2.6) was down two tenths.
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (6.9 mil/1.7) and Scandal (5.3 mil/1.3) each dipped a tenth, while bubble drama The Catch (3 mil/0.6) held steady, clutching onto its series lows.
THE CW | Supernatural (1.5 mil/0.5) was flat, while Riverdale (1 mil/0.4) ticked up with its killer reveal.
NBC | The already-renewed Superstore (3 mil/0.8, average TVLine reader grade of “A-“) was flat with its sophomore finale. Chicago Med (6.2 mil/1.1) ticked up, while The Blacklist (4.8 mil/0.8) was steady.
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Faith Accompli(5/5/17) Heaven help him, Alex squared off in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy against not only a couple of religious zealots who preferred to watch their son die than allow him to receive medical treatment but also Eliza, who supported the parents’ right to murder the kid through inaction. On top of that, he came one step closer to losing Jo for good when Andrew began to get antsy about his unexpressed feelings for her. How did it all play out? Read on…
‘YOU WANT TO LET THAT GO’ | Early on in “Leave It Inside,” Meredith — cleaning at 3:30 a.m. — offered Amelia the giant tumor that Derek had drawn her. (All the better to prep her bedroom for a visit from Nathan.) At the hospital, Grey then asked Maggie if she’d be home that night as she was thinking of having Riggs over. Mer could have him visit even if she was home, Pierce insisted. But yeah, OK, it was a little weird. Elsewhere, Eliza was evaluating the residents with Bailey and Richard when they got to Ben’s file. Minnick’s take? He’s a “utility player” but tended to play it safe and take no risks (since his earlier gambles). When Andrew asked Stephanie if she thought Alex and Jo were, you know, done-done, Edwards immediately knew that what he was really asking was whether the time was right for him to make his move. It was not, she said, pointing out that by dropping the charges against Alex in order to keep Jo’s new identity a secret from her husband, “You made a grand gesture, but she still hasn’t said anything to you, has she?” Er, no. Finally, Eliza had no sooner told Arizona to clear her schedule for the evening, as they’d be having sex for the first time, than into the ER walked young Liam, who declared that he had no parents.
By and by, Alex was called in to diagnose Liam, who began having a seizure. Turned out, he had a tumor that was going to kill him. Not that, upon arriving, his folks cared. Surgery was against their beliefs, so they simply wanted the boy discharged. “This probably seems a little unusual,” Mom told Stephanie, who couldn’t resist reiterating that what it really seemed was stupid. Naturally, when Alex learned that the boy had been discharged, he hit the roof. But, as Eliza pointed out, no doctor would — nor should he — dare to violate the religious freedom that enabled Liam’s parents to condemn him to death. Alex sensibly argued that the kid needed surgery, “not prayers and olive oil on his head.” The next day, Liam returned to Grey Sloan by himself — unable to see! “I did what they said,” he cried. “I prayed and I prayed.” But God hadn’t cured him. Would Karev? Yes. He’d lie that Liam became emergent in order to authorize surgery. After Amelia removed the boy’s tumor, Liam’s father expressed his gratitude by informing Alex that his medical career was over. Bailey warned Karev that he could go to prison for this. But he didn’t care — he was more than willing to do time for having intervened on Liam’s behalf.
‘YOU’RE GONNA BURN IN HELL’ | Watching Ben in action, Richard observed that, in fact, he was playing it safe. “I owe you an apology,” Webber later told Minnick. No big, she said. She’d become more concerned about Stephanie, whose file had revealed that she’d returned to work without any counseling after Kyle’s death and now became easily triggered by patients. Later, when Eliza questioned Stephanie about what Alex had done, Edwards protected him, insisting that, per the Minnick method, “I was running point.” As Liam’s father huffed and puffed his way through paperwork, Stephanie then got into it with him, saying that, yeah, God had helped Liam — by seeing that his father was “so weak and so stupid” and delivering him safely to the hospital. She even threw a tablet at him… which Eliza, of course, saw. Meanwhile, Richard asked Ben why he was covering the pit, not operating. Warren didn’t mind filling in where he was needed. But Webber pointed out that, since he wasn’t the only one making fellowship recommendations now, he might want to step up.
‘HOW LONG TILL I CAN GET BACK IN THE SADDLE?’ | After April discovered that Holly, a patient injured during sex, also had “a giant inoperable heart tumor,” Mer and Maggie wanted to try to save her. But all Holly wanted was to get back to screwing around until her tumor did her in. Too many times, she’d already heard doctor after doctor insist that they could come up with a plan to chase away the Grim Reaper, only to then wind up having to make them feel better when they couldn’t. When her one-night stand showed up at Grey Sloan, she asked Mer and April to just tell him that she’d died. April couldn’t bring herself to do that. But they had to admit, he was as cute as Holly had said he was. Maybe Kepner should tap that, Mer suggested. “You are a dark, dark person,” April replied. The next day, Maggie thought she’d cracked Holly’s case, but the girl still wasn’t interested. Eventually, Mer got through to Holly, and she agreed to the surgery. Alas, “the Sistine Chapel of tumors” had spread so far that it had bested Maggie.
‘WE HAVE TO SUPPORT THIS’ | Talking with Amelia about her earlier weirdness with Mer regarding Nathan, Maggie realized that her relationship must be fairly serious, if she was removing Derek’s tumor from her bedroom. So Pierce went back to her sis and told her that she’d be out late that night — super late, in fact. Yet Mer still cancelled on Nathan; she was struggling (but managed) to put her framed Post-It wedding vows in a drawer. The next day, Amelia filled in Maggie on the fact that Mer had bailed on Nathan.
‘I CAN’T WAIT FOR OUR NAKED PLANS’ | When Arizona told Eliza that she couldn’t make their capital-D date, Minnick was clearly bummed. To clarify that she, too, had been eagerly anticipating their first time, Robbins revealed that “I look for you all day, when I turn a corner… I hope that maybe I’ll just catch a glimpse of you.” And every time she did, it took her breath away. So, until they finally sealed the deal, there was no reason why the waiting couldn’t be deliciously hot.
‘I’M GUNNING FOR YOU’ | As the episode drew to a close, Andrew told Jo that talking to her was one of the only good things to come of the last year for him. “I know what you’re about to say,” she told him, “and the second that you say it… ” Aaand that was that. He didn’t even get to say it. Alex told Liam’s mother that he was expected to make a full recovery, and added that he’d made it to the hospital all by himself… blind… unless, of course, someone helped him. “The Lord helps those who help themselves,” she replied. In the locker room, Ben warned Stephanie that he was raising his game. But he wouldn’t be competing with her — her privileges had been revoked; she was being forced to get counseling. Alex made a phone call asking for a referral. Arizona and Eliza hit the sheets. And Mer told Holly’s one-time lover that she wasn’t going to see him again, it was time to move on. As she walked out of Grey Sloan, she took Nathan’s hand. Sweet.
Jesse Williams and Minka Kelly ‘definitely seeing each other’(5/1/17) Married “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams and Derek Jeter’s ex Minka Kelly are “definitely seeing each other,” according to a source close to the actor.
“They started seeing each other last year. He ended things with his wife this year. He’ll be in Paris with Minka later this week. People know [about the relationship], but weren’t saying anything because he was still married,” the source said.
Kelly posted a photo of herself with Williams in France in January, but they have not publicly addressed claims that they’re seeing each other.
Friends have accused Williams of trading his family for Hollywood fame since news broke that he is leaving his wife, Aryn Drake-Lee.
“He’s going to wake up and be like, ‘What did I do?’ He has two children. This isn’t Hollywood, where you can say ‘cut.’ [He and Minka] are in lust,” the source said.
However, a source close to Williams insists that he only recently met Kelly while working on a video game in France — even though they appeared in the movie “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” together in 2013.
“They were both in the film, but never shot at the same time. They might have been at the same premiere event, but they never crossed paths. They only officially met when in France doing the video game,” the source said. “He’s been separated from Aryn since at least January. That’s when they were officially starting to deal with the process of it all.”
Williams is seeking joint custody of their children. An insider denied recent reports that he wants to withhold support.
“He doesn’t want the court to decide the alimony part of it — that doesn’t mean he’s not paying for child or spousal support. They’re working it out through mediation,” the insider said.
The first source said, “Aryn is not at home crying. She’s educated and healthy. She’s continuing to spend time with her family and network of friends while building her name in the art world in LA.” Reps for Williams and Kelly would not comment. Aryn could not be reached.
The Last Ship Takes Production Hiatus as Eric Dane Battles Depression(4/30/17) TNT’s The Last Ship has halted production as series lead Eric Dane battles depression.
In a statement released to our sister site Variety, a rep for the Last Ship lead/Grey’s Anatomy alum confirms that he requested “a break to deal with personal issues,” forcing the show to hit pause on production through Memorial Day.
“[Eric] suffers from depression,” the statement continues, “and has asked for a few weeks of downtime, and the producers kindly granted that request. He looks forward to returning.”
The Last Ship, which has already been renewed through Season 5, is currently in the midst of shooting its fourth and fifth seasons back-to-back. Production on Season 4, which is expected to premiere this summer, had already wrapped ahead of the unanticipated hiatus.
Ratings: Scandal and The Catch Eye Upticks, Grey's Ties Low(4/28/17) ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy this Thursday drew 6.9 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating, dipping to its smallest audience in two years while matching its all-time demo low.
Leading out of that, Scandal (5.3 mil/1.4) and bubble drama The Catch (3.1 mil/0.7) both ticked up.
Over on The CW, Supernatural (1.4 mil/0.5) was steady in the demo yet appears to have dipped to its smallest audience ever (?). Riverdale (850K/0.3) was flat.
NBC | Leading out of its own rerun, Superstore (2.7 mil/0.8) dipped a tenth, as did Chicago Med (5.8 mil/1.0). Bubble drama The Blacklist (4.8 mil/0.8) held onto its midseason premiere’s demo low.
CBS | Big Bang (12.1 mil/2.4) ticked down to mark a new demo low. The Great Indoors (6.5 mil/1.2), Mom (7.1 mil/1.3) and Life in Pieces (5.5 mil/1.1) were all steady. Amazing Race (3.9 mil/0.7) dipped a tenth.
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Crush Landing(4/28/17) (tvline.com) All together now: Finally! In Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, Maggie at long last wised up about Nathan and Meredith. But did she, as Grey predicted, hate her half sister for getting the guy? Read on and find out!
‘IS HE A GOOD KISSER?’ | As “Don’t Stop Me Now” began, Meredith was anticipating Maggie reacting badly to the revelation that she and Nathan were becoming a couple. Her practice round, she suggested to Alex, “sounds forced because I’m a horrible person.” As the new duo took center stage at a press conference to discuss their “In the Air Tonight” heroics, Riggs quickly clarified that “she is your story, not me.” And the way that he touched her shoulder when he said it told Maggie all that she needed to know. After the Q&A sesh, Pierce replayed her video of it, analyzing the gesture, and ignored Mer’s call. “Did I miss anything” at the press conference, Jackson innocently asked as he and Maggie scrubbed in. Oh yeah — a lot. When Grey caught up with Pierce right before surgery, Maggie shut her down and out.
Later, Mer was filling in Alex when Pierce approached, suddenly full of questions, starting with, “Did you join the mile-high club?” Quickly, it became obvious that no answers Mer could give would placate Maggie, who skedaddled rather than accept her sis’ invitation to discuss the matter in private. Finally, Grey explained that she and Nathan had happened before Owen and Amelia’s wedding, before she’d even known that Maggie liked Riggs. “This isn’t about Nathan,” Pierce cried. It’s about Mer lying to her and doing the wrong thing by lying when she meant to do the right thing. And it was especially about the fact that “you’re all I have left,” Maggie sobbed. That night, Mer apologized again for hurting her sis and insisted she wasn’t about to lose her over a guy, whether she liked it or not. “I’m still mad at you,” Maggie said. But they were nonetheless headed out for a girls’ night with Amelia. #progress
‘YOU’RE ABOUT TO DE-WORM ME… NO ONE’S EVER TOUCHING ME AGAIN’ | In the ER, a young woman named Mary — aka Sugar Bear and Dumpling — puked up the breakfast her boyfriend Dennis had made her on April. By the time she’d cleaned up, Stephanie was ready to upchuck herself over the PDAs. Turned out, Mary was full of, as Richard put it, “a whole lotta worms.” On the plus side, at least the revelation turned off Dennis enough that he stopped being so nauseating. (BTW, were those real worms? As Stephanie said, worms… deal-breaker.) As the episode neared its ending, Dennis apologized for “being weird,” and he and his “love bug” reunited. Yay? Ew? Both?
‘THE BABY’S GOOD’ | At 34 weeks along, Alex’s pregnant cancer patient Veronica learned from Amelia and Arizona that she only had two to three months left to live, so they wanted to deliver the baby that very day. Before the C-section, the doomed mom-to-be told her docs, “I want to sign the DNR” — without telling BFF/babydaddy Jeremy. In the OR, Veronica did just fine — at first — and got to meet her newborn. But shortly, the new mom’s condition took a turn for the worse, so she sent Jeremy to stay with their son while she elected to die quietly rather than undergo more surgery. As she drew her last breaths, she confessed to Amelia that she loved Jeremy, he was more than just her dear friend. “He’s gonna wanna keep loving me after I’m gone,” she said. “Will you tell him not to look back? He’s a dad now… He has to be fearless.” When Veronica got cold, she didn’t want a warming blanket, all she — aw, gee — wanted was Shepherd to hold her. After she passed away, Arizona and Amelia broke the news to Alex, and if I’m not mistaken, Shepherd threw a lot of especially meaningful looks at the new dad and his son. (Can you say “preggers”?) Finally, she collapsed in tears in Owen’s arms. (Can you say “preggers” louder?)
‘I’M ON A MISSION’ | Though Ben accused Bailey of being scared of Catherine, the chief wasn’t afraid to change lanes and meddle in Richard’s marriage. “My car belongs to me,” she said. So she recruited Kepner to help with her plan. Which was? Er, she didn’t really have one. As was obvious when she tried to speak with Catherine. “Just because you feel responsible” for our problems, Dr. Avery huffed, “doesn’t mean you have to fix it.” April had marginally better luck with Richard treating Mary. He came off obstinate, but you could tell she’d gotten through to him. Sorta. As the episode neared its conclusion, Kepner suggested that Bailey and Catherine were “very” similar women, so Miranda came out swinging at Jackson’s mom. “You do not know how to be married,” Bailey said — not to her equal. And if she wanted to have old-people sex with Richard the way Bailey hoped to have old-people sex with Ben, she’d get her s— together. In the end, Catherine reached out to Richard, and it looked like they were on the road to a reunion.
62nd Annual Drama Desk Award Nominations(4/28/17) Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Jayne Houdyshell, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Randy Graff, The Babylon Line, Lincoln Center Theater
Marie Mullen, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, BAM
Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes, Manhattan Theatre Club
Emily Skinner, Picnic
Kate Walsh, If I Forget, Roundabout Theatre Company
'Grey's Anatomy' Star Jesse Williams Seeks Joint Custody of Kids(4/25/17) Jesse Williams isn't looking for a fight over child custody in his divorce ... according to docs.
TMZ obtained the divorce petition filed by the "Grey's Anatomy" star on April 11, and he is requesting joint physical and legal custody of their 3-year-old and 1-year-old kids.
Jesse and Aryn Drakelee-Williams got married in 2012. The docs do not list a date of separation.
As for spousal support -- Jesse checked the box asking the court to deny her spousal support. That sometimes means the couple has a prenup ... but we're told that's not the case for Jesse and Aryn.
'Grey's Anatomy' Star Jesse Williams and Wife Divorce(4/25/17) Jesse Williams is headed for splitsville -- he and his wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, are divorcing ... TMZ has learned.
Sources close to the couple tell us the "Grey's Anatomy" star and wife of almost 5 years filed for divorce last week ... it's unclear who filed, but we're told the split is amicable.
They have 2 young kids together -- son, Maceo and daughter, Sadie.
Jesse and Aryn got married on September 1, 2012.
Ratings: Scandal Rises With No. 100, Big Bang Eyes a New Low(4/15/17) Scandal‘s 100th episode drew 5.4 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating on Thursday night, rising 6 percent and two tenths week-to-week.
Bookending the milestone hour, Grey’s Anatomy (7.1 mil/1.7) and The Catch (3.9 mil/0.7) were both steady.
Over on NBC, The Blacklist: Redemption (3.9 mil/0.7) added a few eyeballs while holding onto its demo low. Opening the Peacock’s night, Trial & Error (2.7 mil/0.6) was two tenths below Superstore‘s previous outing, Powerless (2 mil/0.6) was steady and Chicago Med (6.2 mil/1.0) ticked up in audience while flat in the demo.
THE CW | Supernatural (1.58 mil/0.5) and Riverdale (910K/0.3) were steady.
CBS | The Big Bang Theory (11.6 mil/2.4) dipped 8 and 11 percent to mark its smallest audience since the Season 4 finale while hitting a new demo low. The Great Indoors (6.3 mil/1.2) slipped two tenths, while Mom (6.9 mil/1.3) and Life in Pieces (5.4 mil/1.1) each ticked down. Amazing Race (4.2 mil/0.9) was steady.
FOX | MasterChef Junior (3.3 mil/0.9) was steady, Kicking & Screaming (1.9 mil/0.5) dipped.
Pop TV Picks Up Keanu Reeves Sitcom, Announces Projects With Kate Walsh, Will Arnett and Sarah Jessica Parker(4/13/17) Keanu Reeves, P.I.?
Pop TV on Thursday announced a robust slate of new original programming, including Swedish Dicks, Private Detectives, a single-camera comedy series featuring Reeves in his first major TV role.
The Swedish import, which first premiered on the online streaming service Viaplay, also stars Peter Stormare (The Blacklist) and comedian Johan Glans as an aging ex-stuntman and a Swedish DJ who open an L.A.-based private detective firm; Reeves appears in a recurring capacity.
In addition to Swedish Dicks, Pop has ordered Clique, a BBC Three drama from the creative team behind the British phenomenon Skins. Per the network, the show “brings childhood soulmates Georgia (The Fall‘s Aisling Franciosi) and Holly (newcomer Synnove Karlsen) to a university, where a few weeks into the so-called best years of their lives, Georgia gets drawn into an elite clique of alpha girls, led by mysterious professor Jude Monroe (Sherlock‘s Louise Brealey).” Also ordered to series is Hot Date, a half-hour comedy based on the CollegeHumor web series of the same name, which counts Will Arnett as an executive producer. The latter is penciled in for a fall 2017 debut.
The cable network has also nabbed the off-network rights to The Goldbergs, currently in its fourth season on ABC. Reruns of the family sitcom will join the network’s nostalgic line-up — which already includes Baywatch, Beverly Hills, 90210, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek, ER and That ’70s Show — later this year.
Not yet ordered to series but already in development include the following programs, which feature the likes of Kate Walsh (13 Reasons Why) and Mary McCormack (House of Lies), and hail from EPs Sarah Jessica Parker (Divorce), Rashida Jones (Angie Tribeca) Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones):
It’s A Date: A scripted anthology series described as an “irreverent, funny and no-holds-barred exploration of modern-day courtship,” from EP Sarah Jessica Parker.
The Demons of Dorian Gunn: A scripted drama about a “disgraced New York socialite” who “unwillingly abandons his life of leisure to protect humanity from monsters as they emerge from the gates of hell,” from EP Krysten Ritter.
Get In My Van: A travel show hosted by Kate Walsh and BFF Arden Myrin (Shameless), who travel the country in an RV and chat with both celebrity friends and regular folks.
You Take My Point: A pop culture panel show hosted by Mary McCormack from her Hollywood Hills home, featuring a rotating panel of celebrity guests including Rashida Jones (who serves as an EP) and Chelsea Handler.
Grey's Recap: Mile-High Anxiety(4/13/17) (Tvline.com) As if this week hadn’t already given us a big enough reason to avoid air travel, Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy found Meredith boarding a flight that was bound to get turbulent — and not just because Nathan also had a ticket to ride. What happened between takeoff and landing? Read on and find out.
‘ARE YOU SURE YOU’RE NOT FOLLOWING ME?’ | As the Chandra Wilson-directed episode began, we were introduced to the jerk on the flight who insisted his overhead would fit in a space in which it clearly wouldn’t, and complained about the screaming kid nearby. When Mer kindly switched seats with the youngster’s dad, she wound up sitting a passenger away from Nathan. They were both on their way to the same conference, it turned out. Which sounded fun to him. Only “I told you, we’re done,” she reminded him. No messing around. “Not even a little messing?” he asked. Er, no. When Meredith got up to use the restroom, Nathan, thinking she’d made “Follow me” eyes, did as he believed he’d been instructed to, and squeezed into the tiny space with her. Though he was quickly set straight that her eyes had said nothing, much less “Follow me,” he still wanted to talk — and not in the way that they had been, with her feigning sleep or using another passenger as a buffer. There was something between them, he argued. Something that they shouldn’t have to deny, especially not in the friendly skies with Maggie 30,000 feet below them. That didn’t matter, she insisted, adding that he knew why. Finally acquiescing, he would have left the restroom… only she wouldn’t get out of his way. Why? “I don’t know,” she said. Then, staring into his eyes, she blurted out, “Whatever happens, this never happened… got it?” and the two of them joined the mile-high club.
‘QUICK AND DIRTY… I CAN HANDLE THAT’ | When the flight began to get bumpy, the duo admitted in unison that they’d both been in plane crashes. Was hers bad? “People died,” she replied. “It wasn’t great.” What about his? “Did anyone die or lose a limb?” Having heard about Mer’s experience, Nathan insisted, “I’m definitely not telling you about mine now — it can’t compare.” When he of course relented and told his tale, it turned out that as an idiot teenager he and a mate had taken the friend’s dad’s crop-duster for a joyride that had lasted all of four minutes before they crashed into a shed. Just as they agreed that hers had been worse, way worse, the plane hit such bad turbulence that not only did the oxygen masks drop, but passengers were thrown out of their seats up against the ceiling, and Mer had flashbacks to her nightmarish crash. Unable to get up due to the threat of injury, Mer and Nathan at first had to give instructions on patient care from their seats, starting with Jay, who checked fiancé Max for a pulse. When they could get up, Mer tended to Max, while Nathan treated flight attendant Candice’s hurt wrist. A pediatric dentist also pitched in as best he could. Mer couldn’t tell if Max had a brain bleed, and argued with Candice that the pilot had to reverse her decision not to land the plane in these dangerous conditions. Max’s life could depend on it. The pilot, unmoved, wouldn’t even speak to Mer.
‘LOOK AT THIS BOO-BOO’ | As other call buttons went off, Mer left Jay in charge of keeping an eye on Max; Nathan flirted with Candice (didn’t he?); the pediatric dentist tried to flirt with Mer; and Ingrid, the woman formerly in between Grey and Riggs, complained that he’d said he’d come back and hadn’t. Speaking of complaining, the resident jerk did some of his own — even ordering an apple juice, no ice, from Mer. (The gall!) Nathan then teased Mer about her pediatric dentist; she, in turn, teased him about his stewardess. During a quiet moment, she discussed with him “the Seattle Grace Five” and admitted that her sister had died in the crash. She’d lost so many people that “sometimes I just feel like I’m waiting for my turn” to die, she added. Suddenly, he understood why she was so protective of Maggie — having lost Lexie, she didn’t want to lose another sister. But, at some point, he suggested, she had to start doing things that would make her happy. No, she said. “I am married.” (Cue the shooting pain to the heart.) Just then, they were interrupted by Ingrid. Max was throwing up and having a seizure — yeah, definitely a brain bleed.
‘ISN’T THAT BAD TO STICK A NEEDLE IN THE BRAIN?’ | At last, the pilot emerged from the cockpit to tell Mer that she wouldn’t endanger 200 passengers’ lives to save one by trying to land in unsafe conditions. Off that setback, Mer became inspired by Nathan’s talk of what they’d do in the field and decided to operate then and there. The trick for her? Evacuating a bleed with just a syringe, without ever hitting brain matter… in a moving plane… during turbulence. (Even if you had a miraculously stress-free day, watching her start the procedure had to make parts of you clench that you didn’t even know could clench.) After round five, Mer decided to remove to syringe so as to stop inserting the needle over and over. (Jeez, and I thought it was tense before!) At that moment, someone began yelling for help from the other end of the plane — it was an elderly woman near the jerk with pulmonary hypertension. Nathan ordered the flight attendant to ask for erectile dysfunction drugs — and the elderly woman actually had some. While a shaky Ingrid nervously replaced Riggs helping Grey, Nathan had to defib the jerk, who, even with the drugs, passed out. Just as the pilot announced that she’d found a safe place to land, the plane was knocked for another jolt — with the needle sticking out of Max’s head!
‘NICE FLYING WITH YOU’ | Miraculously, when the plane settled, the needle hadn’t moved. “Nathan, I could use your help,” Mer yelled. But he wouldn’t give up on the jerk. With the pediatric dentist’s help, Grey pulled some MacGyver s— to get the blood out of Max’s head faster. Nathan’s patient survived, too. As the pulse-pounding hour drew to a close, Riggs turned down Candice’s offer to call him for a follow-up and suggested to Mer, since they’d wound up in Sioux Falls, there was probably a nice hotel nearby. Not for them to sleep in together, she said. When he accused her of being scared, she insisted, “I’m not scared I’m making a choice. I’m prioritizing my family, my sister.” At that, Nathan called her on being afraid of letting Derek go. She didn’t want to talk about it, but neither did he — he wanted to live his life. He had one, and so did she. In the end, after careening through memories, Mer chose to live. “It better be a nice hotel,” she said.
Camilla Luddington Gives Birth to a Baby Girl(4/11/17) (Pic) Camilla Luddington has officially kicked off her newest role—motherhood!
The Grey's Anatomy star gave birth to a baby girl and confirmed the news to fans on Instagram with a black and white video of her and beau Matt Alan holding their little daughter outside. As a bonus, the actress also revealed their first child's name in the process.
"We have a new great love in our lives... our sweet baby girl...Hayden," she captioned the visual. In honor of the couple's new arrival, Luddington also accessorized with a fitting new bracelet—a delicate gold chain adorned with the letter "H." Picture perfect!
While the name feels like it was made just for the newborn, the new mom previously told E! News picking a moniker would come down to seeing their daughter for the first time. "I think when we see the baby, we'll just know," she said in December.
By February, the ABC star revealed the baby's sex with a perfectly fitting nod to Lara Croft. "I am so excited to announce today that I am having a... girl!" she captioned a photo of herself holding a baby onesie with "Tomb Raider in Training" on it. "I want her to grow up knowing how strong women are. To be a little warrior who is not afraid to use her voice and stand up for what she believes is right. To navigate through life with courage and kindness, and to be one of the girls who says 'you CAN sit with us...'"
Now, as Luddington navigates the world of motherhood, she has plenty of co-stars to swap advice with.
"I hear stories from all the moms on set," she told E! News at the 2017 People's Choice Awards. "So to have that experience myself, and all the joys and the highs and the lows, I'm excited for all of it."
Congratulations to the new mom and dad!
Sandra Oh on American Crime - April 30(4/11/17) “Season Three: Episode Eight” – Kimara advises Dustin to inform the police about the crime that took place in the webcam house, which leads to an unforeseen outcome. Meanwhile, detectives open up a troubling investigation into Clair and Nicholas, who maintain their innocence and contend that Gabrielle is the guilty party. Jeanette must confront and consider the costs and sacrifices of social change, on the season finale of “American Crime,” SUNDAY, APRIL 30 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
“American Crime” stars Felicity Huffman as Jeanette Hesby, Timothy Hutton as Nicholas Coates, Regina King as Kimara Walters, Lili Taylor as Clair Coates and Richard Cabral as Isaac Castillo.
Guest starring are Mickaëlle X. Bizet as Gabrielle Durand, Ana Mulvoy Ten as Shae Reese, Sandra Oh as Abby Tanaka, Tim DeKay as JD Hesby, Cherry Jones as Laurie Ann Hesby, Kurt Krause as Dustin Eagers, Janel Moloney as Raelyn, Dallas Roberts as Carson Hesby, Emily Bergl as Judge Janice Rhodes and S. Zylan Brooks as ADA Amanda McKay.
“Season Three: Episode Eight” was written by Julie Hébert and was directed by Jessica Yu.
Grey's Anatomy's Season 13 Finale Will Be "On Fire," Bosses Tease(4/10/17) There've been no shortage of ridiculous calamities to hit the halls of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital over the years, but according to Shonda Rhimes, the heat is about to be on like never before.
The Grey's Anatomy boss teased that Season 13's finale episode, which airs in mid-May, will be a fiery event indeed. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Rhimes said, "Debbie Allen and I like to say that the episode is on fire. That's the only way we're going to describe it. It's a pretty exciting episode that's very on fire."
While she wouldn't confirm or deny whether that means the hospital will actually burst into flames, somehow, Allen, who directed the episode, doubled down on the blazing description, saying, "I can only tease that it's going to be hot for real; it's on fire. We had night shoots and we were up all night for a couple of weeks, but boy, it was great. I was so excited every day."
As longtime Grey's fans might recall, back when the place was still called Seattle Grace, the place did become something of an inferno once a Code Black situation emerged to claim the life of the bomb squad gent played by then-future Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler. But that incident only took out one wing of the hospital, leaving the rest well enough to withstand ambulance crashes, a mass shooting event, power outage-inducing mega-storms, an earthquake, and, of course, a plane crash that decimated half the surgical staff.
So, it seems like a natural escalation of events that the hospital might suffer an obliteration of the conflagration sort next.
"You should be worried. Be worried, because it's that kind of night. It's going to be that kind of a ride," Allen told the mag. "I think Season 14 is going to be spectacular. We're planting some seeds that you won't see coming, but you will be waiting to see how it's all going to play out."
Aside from some kind of grand hospital-incineration event, there are a couple of other ways this might pan out. Here are some plot ideas that could, in theory, fit the showrunner's description here:
1. A habanero pepper plant inadvertently poisons all the neighbors.
2. A rash of fire ants invade the hospital, causing several allergic reactions among Bokhee and the rest of the scrub nurses.
3. A gaggle of firefighting strippers suffer severe rash burn in their sensitive regions.
OK, OK, so, as you can see, it's hard to imagine alternative scenarios that might work here. Nope. Let's just hope Grey Sloan's up on its fire insurance policy premiums.
Ratings: Mom Rises, Grey's Anatomy and Superstore Eye Lows(4/7/17) With ratings subject to more significant than usual afternoon adjustments due to news break-ins, CBS’ Mom currently stands as one of Thursday’s few gainers, rising 10 percent and two tenths to deliver 7.6 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating.
Leading out of that, Life in Pieces (5.6 mil/1.2) also was up in the demo, by a tenth.
Opening CBS’ night, Big Bang (12.3 mil/2.6) and Great Indoors (7.1 mil/1.4) were steady. Come 10 pm, Amazing Race (4.3 mil/0.9) matched its premiere numbers.
Over on ABC, Grey’s Anatomy (7.2 mil/1.7) is currently down three tenths, which would mark a series low if it holds. Similarly, Scandal (5.5 mil/1.3) is currently down two tenths, matching its own series low. The Catch (3.7 mil/0.7) was flat.
THE CW | Supernatural (1.6 mil/0.5) and Riverdale (910K/0.3) dipped a tenth.
NBC | Superstore (3.1 mil/0.8) dropped 26 percent and three tenths to mark its second-smallest audience ever while tying its demo low. Powerless (2.1 mil/0.6) and Chicago Med (5.8 mil/1.0) each rose a tenth, while Redemption (3.7 mil/0.6) slipped 10 percent and two tenths to hit new lows.
FOX | MasterChef Junior (3.2 mil/0.90 dipped, Kicking & Screaming (2 mil/0.6) was flat.
Shonda Rhimes joins national Planned Parenthood board(4/6/17) “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes is joining the national board of Planned Parenthood.
Rhimes made the announcement in an interview with Elle magazine alongside Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards.
Rhimes says she decided to join the board because “women’s health is under fire right now” and she feels “it’s important to help fight back.”
Rhimes also discussed a 2015 episode of “Scandal,” which showed main character Olivia Pope having an abortion. Rhimes says she was portraying a legal medical procedure and “wasn’t going to pull any punches.”
Richards says the organization is hoping to harness some of Rhimes’ “enormous creative energy and storytelling ability.”
Rhimes previously served on the board of the organization’s Los Angeles chapter.
MTV Movie & TV Award Nominees(4/6/17) TEARJERKER
Game of Thrones – Hodor’s (Kristian Nairn) Death (HBO)
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Mourn This Way(4/6/17) (tvline.com) In Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, poor Maggie added to the seven stages of grief a new stage that involved jumping back into work too quickly and putting at risk not just a patient but a baby patient to boot. Was she able to pull herself together before her delicate operation fell completely apart and gave her a new reason to weep? Was the crisis really as bad as the promos made it look? Read on.
‘WE’RE MORE ALIKE THAN WE REALIZE’ | As “What’s Inside” began, Amelia and Meredith bonded as they accompanied Maggie to her mom’s grave (which was, oddly, in Seattle); Pierce volunteered on her first day back at work to operate on the unborn baby of Owen’s friends, Leo and Janet; Arizona was caught by Nathan arriving at Grey Sloan with Eliza and confided in him that they hadn’t merely been carpooling; Stephanie was tasked with treating Isaac, who was admitted with symptoms that suggested menopause (ha); and Meredith told Alex, who was especially grumpy-old-mannish, that, since Maggie seemed OK, there was no reason for her to put off going on her dinner date with Nathan. Shortly, Leo and Janet heard that Owen was concerned about Maggie operating on their fetus, so they tried to go back to Plan A — having Nathan operate. But Pierce pleaded her case, and in the end, Janet decided she wanted her to perform the surgery.
When Owen continued to fret, Meredith assured him that Maggie was fine. Hell, Grey had operated through a miscarriage, she noted. Just before Pierce headed into the O.R., she was approached by Mer and Amelia, who, spooked by Hunt, questioned whether, having just lost her mom, she was ready to handle the “tiniest heart [she’d] ever operated on.” Naturally, Maggie took offense and told them that, the same way she always did for them, this was the moment when they should be reminding her of how awesome she is. She hadn’t been worried before, but “now I am a little worried,” she admitted. As the surgery began, the gallery filled up — Mer, Amelia, Owen, Jackson, Nathan… Unfortunately, with all of Maggie’s colleagues watching, doubting her, after she removed the tumor and the baby began decompensating (whatever that meant, it wasn’t good), she froze.
‘YOU’RE JUST NOT THAT SPECIAL’ | Sure that, as an intern, Isaac was just looking to be diagnosed as having an exotic condition, Stephanie decided to shame him out of the ER by calling in DeLuca, who passed on the chance to do the rectal exam. Fine, said Edwards. “Roll over, baby!” In the end, it turned out that something was wrong with Cross — he had diverticulitis. In surgery, Stephanie, April and DeLuca discovered that no, in fact, Isaac had abdominal tuberculosis. Since the residents were chicken to be exposed to T.B., Kepner kicked them out and paged Ben. Later, they learned from Isaac that he’d spent a month in India recently. “Nobody noticed I was gone?” he asked before telling Stephanie how sexy she is. (But don’t tell Jo, he added, the effects of the anesthesia kinda cute on him.) In the end, Edwards beat herself up for diagnosing Isaac with “internitis,” and Richard praised her for acknowledging that she’d been wrong, which not everyone — in other words, Bailey (see below) — would.
‘I WAS NOT WRONG’ | Though Bailey and Richard were back on speaking terms, and she was pleased that he’d begun working well-ish with Eliza, he kept waiting for her to admit that she had been wrong about bringing in Minnick (or at least wrong about the way she brought in Minnick). Later, Ben suggested to his wife that what Webber was wasn’t obstinate, he was lonely. So, at last, Bailey admitted she was wrong — on two conditions. First, she’d only do so over dinner. And second, Richard also had to admit that he was wrong — and go back to his wife.
‘DO NOT BE SPOOKED’ | As the episode neared its conclusion, Amelia refused to see Leo and Janet, insisting they were just Owen’s friends. Arizona guessed that the woman Nathan had a date with worked at the hospital, then guessed that it was Mer, which shocked her. “That girl’s heart beat for Derek Shepherd,” she blurted out before realizing how badly she was gonna shake Riggs’ confidence. “That man turned her world!” Before Mer could leave for the date, anyway, Maggie came home in tears, desperately missing her mom. When Nathan showed up on Mer’s doorstep, she blew him off, saying she had people to take care of in her life, and he wasn’t one of them. (Which seemed a little excessively harsh, if you ask me.) After Mer helped Maggie dance away the blues — even Amelia got to smile for a change — Jackson came by with Diane’s medical records, which proved she’d lied to both of them about how long she’d known she was sick. He also had a bunch of pictures of Diane doing wild things — skydiving included — before she passed. She’d given them to him to give to Maggie, because “she knew I’d do my best to take care of you,” he said, “and she was right.” By the time Mer stuck her head out the door to check on Maggie on the porch, she was resting her head on Jackson’s shoulder.
Shonda Rhimes’ new gig: creative director for Dove campaign(3/31/17) Shonda Rhimes has a new soap in the works.
The television power player, 47, has signed on to be the creative director for Dove’s Real Beauty Productions initiative, reports People.
As part of the role, the “Scandal” creator will produce a series of short films for the brand focusing on the lives of real women.
“When I think about my storytelling, the shows are really about just portraying the lives of women as realistically as possible, as flawed as we are, as powerful as we can be, as ambitious and competitive [as we are], while also serving up a great story, obviously,” she told the magazine. “I love the idea that their mission is about showing women as they really are, so the idea of serving as creative director for a campaign such as this felt really natural.”
While other brands tend to look to celebrities to hawk their wares, Dove’s recent campaigns have focused on regular, everyday women. And while Rhimes’ shows – which also include “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Grey’s Anatomy — aren’t lacking when it comes to the extraordinary, they are built around strong and complex female characters who feel real.
“I think what makes each one of those women beautiful is being powerful, working at all cylinders, loving themselves, feeling really confident,” she said. “Beauty is greater than your hair or your eyes. It’s a bigger picture.”
As with her shows, Rhimes’ goal with the project is to help women find confidence within themselves.
“I don’t know if it is age. I don’t know if it is motherhood. I don’t know what it is, but at some point I just looked up and thought, ‘Oh I am not worried about any of that at all,’” the producer said. “Confidence carries you through. But I don’t know if any woman’s ever at the point where she is 100 percent accepting it.”
Ratings: Big Bang Hits Series Low, Scandal Surges to 6-Week High(3/31/17) The Big Bang Theory this Thursday drew 12.6 million total viewers and a 2.5 rating, slipping three tenths in the demo to mark a series low.
Leading out of that, The Great Indoors (7.1 mil/1.4) was flat, Mom (7.1 mil/1.3) dipped and Life in Pieces (5.6 mil/1.1) slipped two tenths.
The Amazing Race kicked off with 4.4 mil and a 0.9, down sharply from last season (where it led off Friday) to mark a premiere low. That said, it improved on Training Day‘s final Thursday airing (4 mil/0.7).
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (7.9 mil/2.1) rose two tenths a to a six-week demo high, as did Scandal (6 mil/1.6), which surged 23 percent. Bubble drama The Catch (3.5 mil/0.8) ticked up.
The CW | Supernatural (1.7 mil/0.6) returned up, while Riverdale (1 mil/0.4) was steady.
NBC | Leading out of a Superstore rerun, Powerless (2 mil/0.6) returned to season lows. Chicago Med (5.9 mil/0.9) hit lows, while Redemption (4.1 mil/0.8) ticked up.
Grey's Anatomy's Kelly McCreary Talks 'Unresolved' Issues, 'Irrelevant' Nathan and a 'Messy' New Romance for Maggie(3/31/17) (tvline.com) Warning: The following is virtually wall-to-wall spoilers for Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. If you’ve yet to watch, you might want to put off reading.
Well, we knew it didn’t look good for Diane when ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy promos called Ellen Pompeo’s directorial debut “the most emotional episode this season.” So it probably wasn’t a total shock that, after Maggie learned her adoptive mother’s cancer had spread, ignored Meredith’s advice and pushed the patient into a painful clinical trial, she still lost her. Here, Kelly McCreary, who gave a crushing performance as Dr. Pierce, takes TVLine through the heartbreaking hour, which concluded with Richard flying in Maggie’s adoptive father and forgiving Bailey for her betrayal, and Mer warning Nathan that her half sister would need her for a while (meaning their date would have to wait).
TVLINE | Were you relieved that Maggie got to make peace with her mother well before, you know, the end?
Yeah, that was a huge source of relief. She got to be totally on Diane’s team for the whole journey. But what’ll be interesting to see is what else was unresolved when Maggie comes to certain points in her life in the future — like when she walks down the aisle and her mom won’t be there.
TVLINE | As much as Maggie lashes out at Meredith in this episode, it seems like this shared experience ultimately can only bring them closer.
The loneliness of losing a parent is isolating, I think, so Maggie spends a lot of time pushing people away in this episode. But, in the end, her sisters [not only Mer but in-law Amelia] keep showing up no matter how much Maggie pushes them away, and that’s the last image that we’re left with — that they’re going to be there for her no matter what. And eventually, once she’s able to sort of let them in again, they’ll be there.
TVLINE | Which sets it up for it to hurt even worse when Maggie finally finds out about Mer and Nathan.
Absolutely. But [on the other hand, Meredith and Maggie have] gone through something so extreme together, and I think the whole Nathan question has been completely irrelevant this whole time. So when it comes up again, I think it becomes about weighing, “Oh, there’s this guy that I liked” against this life-and-death experience that they’ve shared.
TVLINE | In Part 1 of our interview, you mentioned that Maggie’s an optimist. Does losing her mom change that going forward?
No. That’s who Maggie is at her core. I don’t think that this is going to change that. But I do think she’s going to take to heart all of that lovely advice that her mom gave her in her final moments, when she told Maggie to just live life more fully and give herself permission to be a little messy.
TVLINE | Maybe even romantically messy?
Well, since all the single-ish guys [at Grey Sloan] are in these sort of ambiguous relationships right now, getting involved with any of them might give Maggie something to be messy about. I’d be game if it gives Maggie a chance to be a little less reined in!
How 13 Reasons Why's Kate Walsh Got Into the Mindset of a Grieving Mother(3/31/17) 13 Reasons Why is not your typical teen drama. And Kate Walsh is not your typical mom in the atypical 13 Reasons Why.
Netflix's latest offering follows the tale of Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), a high schooler who kills herself with no explanation, devastating her parents (played by Walsh and Smash's Brian D'Arcy James). But, naturally there's a twist, and Hannah left 13 reasons why she killed herself on 13 tapes for her peers in high school to discover. Each episode of the series is a tape explaining how the other students and their actions affected Hannah. To get into the role of grieving mother, Walsh dove right in.
"I spoke to two parents that had a child that died by suicide and I spoke to a psychiatrist, who deals with family therapists, but particularly with families that lost someone in the family to suicide, so it was really helpful to talk to people from both areas and to get as specific as I could," Walsh told E! News during a recent interview.
But then she let all that information go.
"You want to do–obviously—the most honest and honorable job you can to those who have had to deal with that kind of tragedy, but at the same time I wanted to really kind of come at it from my own place and honor what [creator Brian Yorkey] had written in the script," Walsh explained.
The series is a heavy one, not quite an easy binge, and not quite easy to film. Walsh said she would go back and forth between filming in Northern California and Los Angeles and was able to let everything go when not on set. It's a show—and Walsh's performance—that will stick with you. And speaking of Walsh's memorably roles, is there any chance she'd return to the role of Dr. Addison Montgomery on Grey's Anatomy?
"I don't know," she said with a laugh. "It's always a possibility, I guess, for a very, very, very special episode."
13 Reasons Why drops on Netflix on Friday, March 31.
Why Ellen Pompeo Couldn't Say No to Directing Grey's Anatomy(3/30/17) 13 seasons into her run as the star of Grey's Anatomy, Ellen Pompeo is finally adding another title to her actor-producer hyphenate: Director.
The actress stepped behind the camera for the first time this year, and the fruits of her labor are debuting tonight with the moving Maggie-centric episode that chronicles the young thoracic surgeon's quest to cure her adoptive mom after learning just how sick she truly is.
While directing wasn't always part of Pompeo's plan, when the offer to craft an hour of the show that made her a star came her way, she had no choice but to say yes. Eventually.
"The directing came about because Ms. Debbie Allen, she'd been after me to direct for a while. And I kept saying no," Pompeo admitted in a featurette released by ABC. "But Debbie doesn't take no for an answer and my boss [Shonda Rhimes] wrote a book called The Year of Yes, and those two things combined make it pretty hard to say no to people around here."
As Allen, who not only recurs as Dr. Catherine Avery, but also serves an executive producer, puts it, the decision to get Pompeo behind the camera was a no-brainer. "Ellen Pompeo as an actor has always been so generous, has always been so good about story," she said. "And I could see that she had this nurturing quality and she has a vision, so I asked her if she would direct."
While the mechanics of directing were a bit of a learning curve for Pompeo, she didn't let that stand in the way of realizing her vision for the episode. "We talked about just the basics of acting and capturing it on film. She knows the lingo of actors. The lingo of the camera is new to her," Allen explained. "I just love the command she is taking. She knows what she wants. If she doesn't know how to explain it to you, she'll figure it out."
After being on the receiving end of Pompeo's direction in her spotlight episode, Kelly McCreary sang the praises of her co-star. "Ellen is really in her element as a director," she said. "She has vision in spades."
The experience was such a natural fit, there's already talk of Pompeo calling the shots on another episode next season—if her day job doesn't get in the way, that is.
"We're already talking about next season," Allen said. "She's like, 'Debbie, I think I want to do two!' I'm like, 'Calm down, honey. Calm down because we need you in front of the camera.'"
Are you looking forward to Pompeo's big directorial debut? Sound off in the comments below.
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Kelly McCreary: 'Visionary' Ellen Pompeo's Debut as a Director Likely to Leave You 'Wrecked'(3/29/17) Nothing would please Kelly McCreary more than if we didn’t need a tissue watching Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, we needed the whole box. “I hope you’ll be really wrecked,” admits the actress, who plays Maggie, the Grey Sloan doctor struggling with her adoptive mother’s dire prognosis. “No matter what a person’s relationship is like with their parents, I hope that people will feel Maggie’s journey deeply and empathize.”
After learning just how serious Diane’s condition is in “Till I Hear It From You,” Maggie goes into “Be Still, My Soul” (ABC, 9/8c) weighed down by a mess of emotions. “She’s terrified, she has a lot of regret about how she treated her mother [before she knew the truth], and there are some feelings of betrayal [since] she was left out of the loop,” says McCreary. But “at heart, Maggie is an optimist, so she believes that she and her team can make her mother well again.”
Which puts her on a collision course with half sister Meredith. “Maggie can not hear it when Meredith tells her that what she wants to work won’t work,” previews McCreary. “So she takes it out on Meredith. A part of what’s really sad to watch [in the unfolding drama] is how the reality and seriousness of this situation is apparent to everyone except Maggie. Because of the rose-colored glasses that she wears and a certain amount of denial that she’s in, she really can’t hear it.”
On screen, there for Maggie is pretty much all of Grey Sloan — including crush Nathan. However, the embrace between them that’s been teased by the network’s promos “has less to do with her affection for him,” notes McCreary, “than it has to do with him helping somebody in need.”
Off screen, there for McCreary and the cast was first-time director Ellen Pompeo, aka Mer. “It felt natural” having her at the helm, says McCreary, adding that “she had a way of teasing out extra layers of emotion in not just the way that she was able to communicate with us actors. She also had really great ideas visually for how to enhance the storytelling in these spaces that we’re so used to seeing already — the hospital room, the house — or to add symbolism by shooting from overhead or wanting the scenes to be lit in a certain way. She was kind of a visionary!”
First Look: Black Lightning Suits Up(3/29/17) (Pic) Black Lightning is ready to strike.
Warner Bros. TV has released a first look of Cress Williams’ (Hart of Dixie) titular hero in costume for the CW drama pilot, which is currently filming in Atlanta.
The outfit was designed by Laura Jean Shannon, a Costume Designers Guild Award nominee for Iron Man. Her work also includes The Jungle Book, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Blade: Trinity.
The potential series — which hails from über producer Greg Berlanti’s production shingle — revolves around father of two Jefferson Pierce (Williams), who chose to hang up the suit and his secret identity years ago. But he’s soon pulled back into the fight as the vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning when one daughter becomes hell-bent on justice, while the other is being recruited by a local gang. The cast features China Anne McClain (House of Payne) and Nafessa Williams (Code Black) as Jefferson’s daughters, and Christine Adams (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as his ex-wife.
In a statement, executive producer/director Salim Akil, who penned the pilot with Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane), said: “I knew way too much about the world as a young boy growing up in Richmond, Calif., I was no stranger to violence, death, hopelessness or the feeling that no one cared about what was happening in my life. Comics were a great way for me to escape. I was about 13 when Black Lightning was created, and finally there was a Black Super Hero that gave a damn about our neighborhood and our lives.
“Resurrecting him at a time in our society when a sense of hope is lacking…Black Lightning will be that hope,” he continued. “And in updating the suit, it will signal to a new generation that it’s time to harness and release our power, and become our own superheroes.”
Jessica Capshaw on Arizona/Eliza's First Big Challenge, Plus: a 'Great Chance' of a Callie Return(3/29/17) As weird as it sounds, Grey’s Anatomy docs Arizona and Eliza may soon miss the bygone days when they had to keep their romance on the D.L. Now that their colleagues have begun to find out about the new couple, “they have to see what happens when they actually have a relationship — the sex and the commitment versus no commitment,” Jessica Capshaw, who plays Robbins, told TVLine earlier this month at PaleyFest. The question becomes, “What are they now?”
What’s more, there’s the little matter of… uh, very few Grey Sloan attendings can stand Arizona’s new girlfriend. But “she’s not a villain,” Capshaw is quick to note. “She’s just representing a threat to Dr. Webber, who everyone loves. So it’ll probably become a little more apparent who Eliza is in the scheme of things and what she’s about.”
Though Sara Ramirez’s recent beef with ABC would seem to suggest that we’ll never get to see how Arizona’s ex Callie reacts to her successor, Capshaw hasn’t given up hope. “I feel like nothing is impossible,” she says. “There’s a great chance that she would come back for something.”
Grey's Anatomy: Matthew Morrison Checks In as... Jo's Husband?!(3/28/17) Grey’s Anatomy‘s Jo will not be full of glee when she catches wind of this piece of news: Matthew Morrison is joining the ABC drama, and the buzz is that he’s playing her scary-ass husband.
ABC has yet to officially confirm the Glee vet’s casting, but photos surfaced Friday on social media showing Morrison shooting a scene with Grey’s regular Justin Chambers (whose Alex is intimately involved with Jo) on location in Los Angeles. That same day Morrison revealed via Instagram that he is playing a character named “Dr. Paul Stadler,” although he stopped short of confirming the project in question is Grey’s Anatomy.
Last month, TVLine broke the news that Shonda Rhimes & Co. were quietly looking for a Caucasian actor in his mid 40s to play a new doctor who is “appealing, charismatic and charming,” but also “manipulative” with a “scary dark side.” The MD in question was poised to turn up at the end of the current 13th season and likely return in the fall.
Check out Morrison’s Instagram tease about his role: https://twitter.com/JChambersOnline/status/845466741656424448
Sandra Oh on American Crime 4/16(3/28/17) “Season Three: Episode Six” – Nicholas is distraught with the reality of his failing business and takes his frustration out on Clair. Upset about her deteriorating marriage, Clair becomes increasingly controlling over Gabriella. Jeanette attempts to find a job while continuing to live with her sister Raelyn, and Kimara is faced with a difficult decision that will test her morals. Meanwhile, Shae begins to feel as though she’s being shortchanged for her work in the webcam house, which leads to a tragic confrontation, on “American Crime,” SUNDAY, APRIL 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
“American Crime” stars Regina King as Kimara Walters, Felicity Huffman as Jeanette Hesby, Timothy Hutton as Nicholas Coates and Lili Taylor as Clair Coates.
Guest starring are Sandra Oh as Abby Tanaka, Ana Mulvoy-Ten as Shae Reese, Mickaëlle X. Bizet as Gabrielle Durand, Dallas Roberts as Carson Hesby, Janel Moloney as Raelyn, Rey Herrera as Everett, Kurt Krause as Dustin Eagers and Lauren Bowles as Helen Williams.
“Season Three: Episode Six” was written by Steve Harper and was directed by Ramsey Nickell.
Ratings: Scandal Dips to New Low, NCAA Tourney Tops Night(3/24/17) ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy this Thursday drew 7.8 million total viewers and a 1.9 rating, dipping a tenth in the demo to match its series low.
Scandal (5.5 mil/1.3) in turn also ticked down in both measures, hitting its own all-time demo low. Bubble drama The Catch (3.5 mil/0.7) delivered its smallest audience ever while flat in the demo.
CBS’ NCAA tourney coverage averaged 6.6 mil and a 2.0, leading the night in the demo while trailing only Grey’s in total audience.
Over on NBC, Superstore (4.2 mil/1.1) was steady, while a Trial & Error rerun (2.8 mil/0.7) that got swapped in at the last minute was on par with Powerless‘ most recent outing. Leading out of a Chicago Med repeat, Redemption (4 mil/0.7) held steady.
Fox’s MasterChef Junior (3.7 mil/1.1) and Kicking & Screaming (2 mil/0.6) were flat.
Grey's Anatomy: Amelia Hits Owen Where It Hurts(3/23/17) (TVGuide.com) Thursday's episode of Grey's Anatomy laid bare some harsh truths for a number of characters, with good, bad and downright ugly results.
For starters, Maggie (Kelly McCreary), after spending the first half of the episode struggling to wrap her head around the fact that her mom was getting a "boob job," discovered that the real reason her mother was undergoing cosmetic breast surgery was because she has cancer and requires a mastectomy. Oops. Furious with Jackson (Jesse Williams) for not telling her, Maggie takes it upon herself to go through her mother's scans and realizes that the situation is serious, if not dire -- despite Jackson telling Mrs. Pierce that her chemotherapy appears to be working.
Tensions between Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) also came to a head, culminating in Amelia (unfairly?) screaming at Owen in the middle of the hallway that she feels suffocated by him -- and she bets Cristina felt the same way and that's why she left. A) Wow, way harsh, Amelia and B) this is the same man who's left you alone after you ran out on him and went into hiding?
After getting reprimanded by Bailey (Chandra Wilson), Owen and Amelia take their fight to the stairwell, where Amelia demands to know why he's so set on having a kid and why their two-person family isn't enough for him. Owen mistakenly begins his explanation with "Because it's normal," which only sends Amelia further into her spiral and prompts him to tell him that she already got her shot at being an "amazing mother" and guess what? It didn't work out so well.
Riggs (Martin Henderson), meanwhile, is pestering Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) to give him an answer about whether he stands a chance with her (despite explicitly telling her last week to "take her time"), and Meredith finally blurts out that she doesn't see even a single reason to go out with him. He makes a joke out of everything and all of her friends (i.e. Alex) say he's bad news, so she challenges him to make a case for himself. And he chokes.
But later, Riggs tracks Meredith down in the MRI room and tells her that the reason he makes a joke out of everything is because the first time he heard her laugh, he couldn't move. Wooed, she agrees to go to dinner with him.
We didn't get any Arizona-Minnick action this week, but after getting the cold shoulder from Webber (James Pickens Jr.) ever since he witnessed their kiss last week, Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) finally confronts him. Initially he passively-aggressively slut-shames her, but then immediately apologizes and says he'll get over her betrayal; he just needs some time.
And the backdrop for all of this couple drama was the case of the week featuring guest stars Hal Holbrook and June Squibb, who played an adorable older couple, both former surgeons, who come to the hospital after she falls during a hike. Unfortunately, Amelia discovers that the wife, Elsie, has a brain bleed (you know where this is going) and after undergoing a risky surgery because she desperately wants more time with her husband, she dies and her poor, disoriented widower is left on his own to figure out how to fend for himself.
Everyone in the hospital is moved in one way or another by the couple's decades-long devotion to one another, perhaps no one more than Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton), who has a break down after Elsie passes and begins to question what is even the point of trying to help people. DeLuca's (Giacomo Gianniotti) way of comforting her is to inexplicably blurt out that he's in love with Jo (Camilla Luddington).
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.
Grey's Recap: Beginnings and Mendings(3/23/17) (TVline.com) At a crossroads was the place to be in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. Not only were Meredith and Nathan making progress in turning their flirtation into a relationship, but Owen was bound and determined to find out from Amelia whether they were ever again going to live like a married couple, Arizona and Miranda were longing to mend fences with Richard, and Maggie was given a golden opportunity to bond anew with her estranged mother. Read on, and we’ll go over the highlights…
‘ARE THEY GONNA BE HUGE-HUGE?’ | As “Till I Hear It From You” began, Meredith — picking up Maggie’s mom at the airport with Alex — was filling in her person on how “arrogant ass” Nathan had told her to think about whether she really wanted to pursue a relationship with him, and she was wondering whether she could afford to be so picky about sex. “You should be picky about sex,” Karev replied. “You’re hot.” Meanwhile, poor, clueless Maggie still thought Diane was only back at Grey Sloan to get a boob job from Jackson. At the hospital, Richard gave both Bailey and Arizona the cold shoulder, and Amelia scrubbed in as a neuro consult for Owen on the case of a nonagenarian who fainted and fell while hiking. Mm-hmm, because that wouldn’t be awkward at all.
When Nathan had a moment with Mer, he asked if she’d thought about what he asked her to. “No, I haven’t thought about it,” she snapped. “I have three kids and a job.” OK, then. Upon learning that Diane hadn’t yet filled in Maggie about her condition, Jackson encouraged her to come clean. She would, she said — but only after she’d had her mastectomy and was cured. For her part, Maggie needled her mom mercilessly about the breast augmentation that she thought Diane was having. Informed that Eliza had assigned Jo to work with Jackson for the day, he dismissed Wilson — but not before she learned what was planned for Diane. Further complicating matters, Maggie was stunned to discover that she’d been locked out of her mom’s files. Since Jo knew the truth and could keep her lips zipped, Jackson decided to let her stay on the case.
‘YOU RAN AWAY FROM HOME!’ | Treating the elderly hiker, Stephanie and Andrew were star-struck to learn that not only was she a surgeon, but her husband was an extremely prominent doctor. Once alone with his estranged wife, Owen called Amelia out for “trying to act like nothing happened” when they both knew damn well that something had happened — she’d up and gone when the going got tough. Which, he added, was not how a marriage was supposed to work. “Are you ever coming home so we can work this out,” he asked, desperate, “or not?” In response… well, she simply didn’t respond. That’s always helpful. At least he knew what he wanted, he said. And she’d have to figure out what she wanted as well. “Pull it together,” he said in closing.
Since Diane used to tell Maggie that merely “masturbating made Jesus cry,” she wanted to know why her mom wanted “stripper boobs,” she told Mer and Amelia. “You should demand a reason,” Mer said (as much to herself regarding Nathan as to her half sis about Diane). “That is bad advice,” Amelia countered (referring to her situation with Owen as much as Maggie and Diane’s). “It’s her body, her boobs.” Elsewhere, Bailey insisted Arizona tell her why Richard was mad at her, and Robbins copped to being caught kissing Minnick (which Miranda called “way worse than what I did” since it was more than merely business). Meanwhile, the hiker-doctor’s prognosis was grim. But, since she wanted more time with her husband, even after 60 years together, Amelia would go ahead and perform the dangerous surgery that might buy her a little while.
‘IT’S UP TO YOU TO GIVE ME A REASON’ | When Nathan approached Mer to tell her he could take no for an answer and, frankly, preferred no to no answer at all, she accused him of always making a joke of everything. “This isn’t funny to me,” she said, adding that she felt like she didn’t know him, and her friends that did know him didn’t like him. So if he really wanted to pursue a relationship with her, he had to give her a reason to. Elsewhere, Jackson pushed Diane to confide in Maggie, and just as Dr. Pierce became supportive of the boob job, her mom told her the truth, leaving her daughter speechless. The next day, Maggie brought the thunder and yelled at Jackson for letting her give her mom such a hard time rather than confide in her. (Which, of course, would have been wholly unethical.)
As the hiker-doctor began to recover, Owen praised Amelia for her successful surgery, prompting her to lash out at him anew. “You are suffocating me,” she hissed. In fact, “I would love to ask Cristina how suffocated she felt by you!” (Da-amn!) Amelia felt he was chasing a dream of parenthood. But he didn’t know. “It might be wonderful,” she said, “and it might be painful, and it might be both.” In any case, if they were going to play by his definition of “normal,” they were, in her estimation, in a marriage that was destined to end. Off that heated confrontation, Amelia learned that her hiker-patient had passed away after all.
‘MY MOM IS REALLY SICK’ | As the hour drew to a close, Arizona tried to apologize to Richard. “I’ll come around,” he assured her. “But I need some damn time.” Andrew interrupted Stephanie’s grief over their lost patient by blurting out, “I think I’m in love with Jo.” (Duh.) And Nathan admitted that he didn’t have a good reason for Mer to get involved with him. That’s why he joked so much. Her reaction? “OK, so you should ask me out to dinner.” He did right then, and she accepted before being called away by Jackson to go to Maggie, who was beside herself, having realized just how bad off her mom was.
See What Martin Henderson Has to Say About Those Riggs-Derek Comparisons(3/23/17) When Martin Henderson joined the cast of Grey's Anatomy shortly after the onscreen death of Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), he knew he had big shoes to fill. But it's possible he didn't realize how big.
Now that Henderson's character, Nathan Riggs, and Derek's widow Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) have dabbled in romance and seem to be heading towards a full-blown relationship, Henderson is, predictably, facing some comparisons to the character fans knew as Dr. McDreamy -- and not all of them are favorable.
"I think it's inevitable, if you bring in a new character, there's going to be resistance and negative emotions as well as positive," Henderson told TVGuide.com at a Grey's Anatomy PaleyFest event earlier this week. "For me, it's just fun to sort of be a part of that and see the audience grapple with it. Because I think even the people that sort of go, 'Oh, I hate Riggs,' it's a testament to how much they love the show and obviously how much they love Derek."
Though it seems like Grey's fans are resistant (to put it mildly) to move beyond MerDer, Henderson isn't taking the criticisms personally.
"It's so out of my control," he says. "I can't determine how they write the character. I can't determine how they write the relationship."
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9/8c on ABC.
Robert Baker In ‘Charlie Foxtrot’(3/23/17) Robert Baker (Texas Rising) is set as a series regular opposite Jason Biggs in ABC’s comedy pilot Charlie Foxtrot, from writer Sam Sklaver (Blunt Talk), Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios. Written by Sklaver and directed by Todd Holland, Charlie Foxtrot — military slang for a clusterf*ck — centers on Capt. Charlie Taylor (Biggs), a cautious, lovable dentist stationed at Fort Bragg who promises to look after his brother’s impulsive fiancée and her two misfit teens while his brother is deployed in Iraq. Baker will play Officer O’Brien, Taylor’s nemesis who works on the base. Known for his key recurring roles on Grey’s Anatomy and Justified, Baker also starred in the History miniseries Texas Rising and had a lead role in feature Devil’s Knot. He’s repped by LINK Entertainment and the Kohner Agency.
Ellen Pompeo on Meredith's Next Act (With Nathan?): 'I'm Constantly Fighting for Her'(3/21/17) With the previews for Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy all but confirming that Meredith is ready to take the next step with Nathan, the stage has seemingly been set for the MD’s first serious relationship since the death of her beloved McDreamy. For her part, Ellen Pompeo says she feels an obligation to do the storyline justice — and that means regularly speaking up behind-the-scenes on behalf of her alter ego.
“We constantly try to find the right balance and portray a widow or widower moving on,” the actress told TVLine over the weekend at PaleyFest. “That’s a storyline that is important to me to portray in the right way. It doesn’t always go my way, but I’m constantly struggling and fighting for the character and working on the storyline to make sure that we do it justice for all the people out there that have lost their spouses.”
Pompeo also cautions against reading too much into the promos for this week’s episode, suggesting that it remains to be seen if Mer is indeed ready to move on. “We don’t know that [she] is — we have to wait and see,” she demurs. “I think the process of getting to that place is what we want to watch.”
There’s also the pesky issue of her sister Maggie harboring a crush on the same guy, a complication that has not vanished. Teases Pompeo: “Meredith’s very concerned about Maggie’s feelings."
Shonda Rhimes Reaches A New Stage With Playwrights’ Grants(3/20/17) Shonda Rhimes announced today that she’s backing IAMA Theatre, an L.A.-based nonprofit with strong ties to Shondaland-produced shows including Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. The 9-year-old company named Rhimes its first “Patron of the Arts” and said her contribution (the amount was not specified) will fund, among other things, the Rhimes Unsung Voices Playwriting Commission.
“I chose IAMA because attending their shows has brought me so much joy,” Rhimes said in the announcement of the endowment, which will come through the recently formed Rhimes Family Foundation. “Their productions made me finally feel the way one does when exploring the New York Off-Broadway world of theater. Fresh voices filled with creativity. And they’ve accomplished it all on a shoe-string budget. That ends now.”
The objective of the grant, according to a company spokesman, will be to “help grow and nourish the theater community in Los Angeles for budding playwrights and artists, allowing writers the chance to develop new plays with one of Los Angeles’s most exciting young theater companies. Funding will have special emphasis on cultural inclusion – all with the goal of showcasing fresh, creative, thought-provoking work.”
Nearly a decade ago, Scandal star and IAMA co-artistic director Katie Lowes arrived in LA from New York and met similar-minded actors hungry for stage experience to complement their work in film and television.
“When we all moved out to L.A., none of us had family here,” Lowes recently told BuzzFeed News. “But these people are my family, for sure. We’ve been able to do wonderful things that are important and give you a sense of purpose and sense of family. It’s the best thing I’ve done out here. I would be lost without it.”
IAMA is an ensemble promoting new artists and developing provocative new work. “We could not be more honored for Ms. Rhimes’s contribution to our company,” said Christian Durso, IAMA’s Co-Artistic Director. “She is a trailblazing storyteller in the 21st century and a champion for underrepresented voices. She fits perfectly with our mission to grow a new generation of theater artists and engage a passionate Los Angeles theater audience.”
IAMA won the 2014 Ovation Award for Best Intimate Theatre in Los Angeles for The Recommendation. Next up is the world premiere of Dorothy Fortenberry’s Species Native To California, directed by Eli Gonda (Husbands). It runs May 11 – June 11 at the Atwater Village Theater.
Justin Chambers Weighs in on the Jo or Meredith Debate(3/20/17) It's the question that's been haunting Grey's Anatomy fans for all of Season 13: Should Alex (Justin Chambers) be with Jo (Camilla Luddington) or Meredith (Ellen Pompeo)?
On one hand, Jo is the woman that Alex is currently in love with and the person he wanted to spend the rest of his life with before he beat up DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) and put their relationship on ice. On the other hand, Meredith is his oldest and closest friend. The two OG surgeons have been through thick and thin together and have grown extremely close since Cristina (Sandra Oh) left.
It's ultimately up to the writers as to who Alex will eventually find happiness with, but Chambers weighed in on the matter Sunday during the Grey's Anatomy panel at PaleyFest, an annual festival celebrating television.
"I think anything is possible, especially on Grey's, you know what I mean?," Chambers said after he was asked by moderator Henry Goldblatt of Entertainment Weekly which woman Alex should be with. "He might end up with Catherine [Avery]. I'd like to see Alex flesh out his relationship with Jo."
Even though Chambers wants Alex to work it out with his current love, even he can't deny there's potential for Alex and Meredith to become more than just being each others' person.
"People who have been friends for one another can become lovers. You never know," he concluded.
Fans who have been clamoring for the original cast members to explore a romantic relationship should be happy that resurrection from the dead isn't possible on Grey's, though. Later in the panel Chambers was asked by a fan which deceased characters he would like to be able to bring back from the dead. His answer: McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) and McSteamy (Eric Dane). If raising the dead were possible, it would probably make it impossible for Alex and Meredith to end up together.
Which woman do you think is the right one for Alex?
Panel Teases Ellen Pompeo’s Directorial Debut, Japril’s Future & More – PaleyFest(3/20/17) SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of an upcoming episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
The Grey’s Anatomy cast took center stage at Sunday’s PaleyFest, where fans gathered at the Dolby Theatre to see their favorite actors from the Shonda Rhimes-created ABC series. The last time the hit show took part in the PaleyFest celebration was in 2006 and now 11 years later, the cast returned to tease Ellen Pompeo’s directorial debut and what’s next in this heavy-hitting drama.
In attendance were Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens, Jr., Kevin McKidd, Jessica Capshaw, Jesse Williams, Sarah Drew, Caterina Scorsone, Camilla Luddington, Jerrika Hinton, Kelly McCreary, Jason George, Martin Henderson, Giacomo Gianniotti and executive producer Debbie Allen.
The festivity kicked off by showing episode 18 of Season 13, Pompeo’s directorial debut, which will air March 30. The episode omitted any advancements in telling the main character’s personal storylines and love lives, instead focusing on Maggie’s (Kelly McCreary) mom Diane’s (LaTonya Richardson Jackson) cancer, which had spread.
When asked about why Pompeo decided to go behind the camera by moderator Henry Goldblatt, EIC of EW, Pompeo said Allen wanted her to direct and “wouldn’t take no for answer.”
“This force of nature wouldn’t take no for an answer, and I’m forever grateful to her for that,” Pompeo stated. When asked if she was nervous about directing, she replied, “I’ve been doing this show for 13 seasons, so I wasn’t really nervous about any of the scenes, not to sound arrogant… I have the best cast in the world. I wasn’t really afraid of anything.” Pompeo continued by explaining that she was most nervous about the technical aspects of directing but trusted her cast and had the best mentor. “I was lucky to have Debbie Allen right with me every step of the way, so when I was tired or confused, she jumped in.”
In the emotional episode that had fans wiping away tears, Maggie will also get some advice from her mother, who tells her to enjoy life, “be slutty” and not be so uptight. McCreary previewed a change for her character in the next episodes, saying, “I think major life events enable you to shift your perspective and reevaluate what you think is important to you…For a long time, being one version of herself was the right way to do things.”
Last week, Grey’s fans saw a steamy hookup between Jackson (Williams) and April (Drew). The question everyone was wondering was, “Will they get back together?”
“I honestly think the main takeaway is that these two people, there’s so much love there, there’s so much respect there, they know each other so well, so whether it continues toward romance or stays platonic, we know these two people are going to be OK,” Drew explained, staying coy about Japril’s future. “Everything’s hopeful… They know each other so well and respect each other. They will be okay in the end no matter what.”
Another couple that might not be going anywhere anytime soon is Meredith and Nathan Riggs (Henderson). Maggie has feelings for Riggs, who has feelings for Meredith, and Meredith is aware that her friend is harboring feelings for her new suitor. When asked is Meredith would choose her sister over Riggs, Pompeo replied, “Women have to stick together.”
And Henderson’s reply to that: “I would respect it, but I think it would be sad because all men know that it’s impossible to be a great man without a good woman by your side.”
The actor teased that he’s had a wonderful time playing a character “that’s polarizing, adding, “There’s this mystery and enigma as to, is he a good guy, is he a bad guy? … As an actor, after a couple seasons on the show, I’m looking forward to the opportunity for Nathan to be a in a relationship — whether it’s platonic or not — to see who he is deep down.”
As for Amelia (Scorsone) and Owen’s (McKidd) relationship, things are looking sour now that Amelia doesn’t want kids. “He desperately wants a baby,” McKidd explained. “Owen’s really struggling. He’s a very tortured guy, he thinks the thing that’s going to fix him is to have a family with this woman, but she doesn’t want to right now. He’s waiting and he loves her and he’s tortured and we’ll see what happens.”
Other couple teasers include Arizona’s (Capshaw) new relationship with Eliza (Marika Dominczyk). “I find myself at a point where there’s something exciting happening for her, there’s a newness. This season I feel like is the beginning of creating something new,” Capshaw shared. “I have no idea if she’s the one, but it’s been really fun to explore their relationship.”
As for Alex and Jo, “He wants to marry her,” Chambers stated. When asked if he would like his character to end up with Jo or someone else, he replied, “Anything is possible, especially on Grey’s Anatomy. Who knows? He might end up with Catherine. I’d like to see how it fleshes out, the relationship with him and Jo.”
The panel also touched on Jackson finally meeting his dad, Robert Avery (Eric Roberts), and if they would have more moments together in the future. “I hope so,” Williams replied. “I think there’s a lot left to do there,” with Allen also teasing, “We planted a lot of seeds this season, and that’s one that could resonate in a lot of ways, but there’s more coming.”
All in all, if the Grey’s cast had to sum up what’s next for the series: “The end of this season is hot,” stated Allen.
Ellen Pompeo Teases the Ep That Will 'Make Everybody Cry'(3/20/17) Grey’s Anatomy is staging a gut-wrenching hour for leading lady Ellen Pompeo‘s directorial debut on March 30 (ABC, 8/7c). But the actress wasn’t plagued with butterflies during her first experience behind the camera, despite the heavy material handed to her.
“I’ve been doing this show for 13 seasons, so I wasn’t really nervous about any of the scenes, not to sound arrogant,” Pompeo said during a PaleyFest panel Sunday, which kicked off with a screening of her directorial debut. “I was more nervous about the technical aspects… I have the best cast in the world to work with.”
Pompeo also thanked her mentor, Grey’s director-producer-actress Debbie Allen, for convincing her to take on the challenge. “This force of nature wouldn’t take no for an answer,” Pompeo said, pointing to Allen. “And I’m forever grateful to her for that spirit of generosity.”
As for the episode’s storyline, Pompeo said, “I couldn’t wait to make everybody cry.” (Spoiler alert: There may be a pivotal-ish death.)
* Nathan Riggs’ affection for one Meredith Grey may be putting him in the crosshairs of Mer-Der fans, but his portrayer, Martin Henderson, noted, “It’s been wonderful to play a character who’s been sort of polarizing and a mystery.” Speaking of Nathan and Meredith’s nascent romance, Henderson teased, “It’s impossible to be a great man without a good woman by your side.”
* Get ready for Maggie’s storyline to take a turn. “I think major life events enable you to shift your perspective and reevaluate what you think is important to you,” Kelly McCreary previewed.
* Reflecting on Arizona’s new romance with Eliza, Jessica Capshaw said, “There’s a real light and a real energy [to actress Marika Dominczyk]. I have no idea if she’s The One, but it’s been really fun” to explore their relationship.
* Jesse Williams hopes to see more of Jackson’s father, played by Eric Roberts. “I think there’s a lot left to do there,” he shared. Added Allen cryptically: “We’ve planted a lot of seeds this season, and that’s one… But there’s more coming.” As for Jackson’s dynamic with his ex-wife April following last week’s hookup, Sarah Drew would only say that “there’s so much love there, there’s so much respect, they know each other so well… They will always be one another’s person.”
* Owen and Amelia aren’t faring so well at the moment, much to his dismay, because “he desperately wants a baby,” Kevin McKidd explained. “Owen’s really struggling. He’s a very tortured guy. He thinks the thing that’s going to fix him is to have a family with this beautiful woman.”
* “The end of this season is hot,” Allen teased.
Ratings: Chicago Med Surges Opposite NCAA Tournament Tip-Off(3/18/17) NBC’s Chicago Med this Thursday drew 7.2 million total viewers and a 1.4 rating, rising 14 and 27 percent week-to-week to deliver its most-watched episode of the season and a 4-month demo high (excluding its recent apres-Voice airing).
NBC notes that Med is its first regular program to ever match ABC’s Scandal in the demo. Leading out of that, Blacklist: Redemption (4.2 mil/0.8) ticked up.
Opening the Peacock’s night, Superstore (4.2 mil/1.1) rose 20 percent in audience while steady in the demo. An 8:30 Trial & Error encore (3.2 mil/0.8) outperformed the most recent Powerless (2.4 mil/0.7).
CBS | NCAA men’s basketball tournament action averaged 4.6 mil and a 1.3 during primetime, on par with a year ago and down 35 percent and a tenth from last Thursday’s scripted lineup.
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (8 mil/2.0) rose 10 percent (to a 5-week audience high) and added a tenth to last week’s all-time demo low. Scandal (5.8 mil/1.4) and The Catch (3.9 mil/0.8) were flat.
FOX | MasterChef Junior (3.9 mil/1.1) was steady, while Kicking & Screaming (2 mil/0.6) ticked down from its premiere.
Sarah Drew Talks [Spoiler] as Jackson's Father and That Big, Non-'Super-Romanticized' Twist(3/17/17) (tvline.com) It turned out that Grey’s Anatomy didn’t just reunite Jackson with his long-lost father in “Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?” While in Montana with April to perform a throat transplant on a young patient, he not only confronted his dad (Eric Roberts — surprise!), he also hit the sheets with his former wife. Here, Sarah Drew, who plays Kepner, reflects on the ABC drama’s atypical handling of the hookup — and what it could mean going forward — and marvels at Roberts’ ability to play “kind of a jerk but not a jerk at the same time.”
TVLINE | Were you surprised that Jackson and April slept together?
[Laughs] Yes! But not totally surprised. They’re still so connected to one another, especially now that they have a child together and are roommates. And she really showed up for him in this episode in a way that I don’t thinks she has in their entire relationship so far. I really love that their dynamic in this episode is that she sort of walks beside him and gives him space while he’s wrestling with all of this. She doesn’t need anything from him, she’s not asking anything of him, she’s literally just being present, listening to him, letting him hash this thing out in a way that he needs to.
TVLINE | Which says a lot about how well she knows him.
Right. That can only be earned through people who are each other’s person. That’s really satisfying. You get to see how much love there still is there, you get to see how deep their friendship is and honestly, how much they need each other. And I like that it’s done in a way that isn’t typical. It isn’t super-romanticized. It’s just her really showing up for him, and that closeness, him being supported in such a profound way in such a profound moment, walks them straight into the bedroom together! There are still issues, of course, but in this moment away from their normal lives, she shows up for him, they want to connect, and they let themselves do that.
TVLINE | What does it mean for them going forward? Are Japril Japril again?
There are so many different ways that it could go — confusion and anxiety about what it means for them… or just a deepening of the friendship and a return to best-friendship. It could lead to a rekindling of the marriage. There are so many different places for it to go that would make sense.
TVLINE | Was it hard to keep the secret that Eric Roberts was playing Jackson’s father?
[Laughs] Yes! And he was so phenomenal! Both he and Jesse [Williams] did really, really exceptional work in this episode.
TVLINE | Was he what you imagined when you pictured Jackson’s dad?
I guess I didn’t know what to expect, but once I saw him in action, I was like, “This guy is so perfect!” There’s a charm to him, and you understand why he wound up where he wound up — in this bar having abandoned his family. But you don’t detest him. Eric Roberts did a really great job of sort of walking that fine line. You basically witness a man who is super-likable but didn’t have the balls to own up to his responsibility. And you know, those people exist in this world.
TVLINE | How does it affect Jackson, having finally gotten to speak his piece with him?
I think it’s like an opening of a door and then a closing of it. It seemed to me that he’d had this curiosity his whole life. He thought he needed his father, and then he realized that he doesn’t. There’s something deeply empowering about that that I think is pretty beautiful. There’s a strength that is kind of unleashed as a result of this journey for him.
Melissa George Tearfully Claims She Was Beaten By Her Ex(3/16/17) Melissa George is speaking out for the first time about allegedly being assaulted by her ex-partner and the father of her children, Jean-David Blanc.
Through a tearful recollection, the Australian-American actress is breaking her silence in a teaser for an interview with Australia's Channel Seven's Sunday Night, making claims about a violent incident between her and the French entrepreneur last September in Paris—a claim Blanc has already denied in court.
"I've been hit, I've been in a fight," George recalled in the teary interview. "I've got my babies."
Afterward, she says she struggled to regain her strength. "I couldn't walk, couldn't turn my neck," she said.
Ever since the incident, the media has gone wild with tabloid stories. "The lies, people being bribed," she remembered of the news surrounding her at the time, including the alleged kidnapping charges when she tried to leave France with her two sons, Raphaël Blanc and Solal Samuel Glenn Blanc.
And this is why she's decided to speak out about the alleged incident, six months later. "I have no other choice," she told the program, understanding that it's a big risk but feeling that it's her that her only option to protect her children.
Meanwhile, George was taken to the Cochin hospital last September with bruises and swelling on her face, claiming her partner at the time had beat her, according to the DailyMail.
A month later, the pair went to court where Blanc denied the allegations.
George's interview will air this Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on Seven's Sunday Night.
Grey's Anatomy Preview: Sarah Drew Reveals What April Does For Jackson 'Out of Love' in #JaprilTheSequel(3/16/17) (tvline.com) The promos for Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy (8/7c, ABC) have already revealed that Jackson and April’s work trip to Montana reunites him with his long-lost father. But what they don’t reveal is how what transpires on that journey impacts Harriet’s divorced co-parents going forward. “At the beginning of the episode, there is so much tension between them,” Sarah Drew, who plays Dr. Kepner, tells TVLine. “They don’t have any real sense that they are going to work anything out [during their travels]. It’s not a nice, cozy vacation.”
However, once April learns that Jackson has found his dad (whose casting will remain a secret until airtime), everything changes. “She realizes from the beginning that something’s going on with him. He’s unusually cross with her — even in terms of their working relationship,” notes Drew. “So when she discovers that [the reason] is his father, it kind of opens up a world for her of, ‘Now everything makes sense’ — his attitude, his shortness, his shutting her out.
“Because this is a very deep and intense situation,” she continues, “it gives her more empathy and patience towards him.”
It also gives her a mission to accomplish: getting him to at last have it out with his father. “I love the way that scene plays out. She doesn’t say, ‘You need to go because you’re going through something, and I care about you and want you to figure it out,'” the actress previews. “No, she says, ‘You need to go because you can’t do your job right now, and I need you to do your job.’
“That’s really tough, and I don’t think it’s completely honest,” she adds. “I think [she does it] totally out of love, but she’s not going to let on that it is, because… that’s exactly what he needs to hear in that moment. She’s so firm and so strong. She’s really being a rock for him.”
So much so that, by the end of “Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?” the once-marrieds are closer than they have been in ages. “Regardless of where it goes from here,” Drew says, “there is a great healing that has happened as a result of this experience that I think would give Japril fans a lot of hope.”
Ratings: Scandal Hits Series Lows(3/10/17) ABC’s already-renewed Scandal this Thursday night drew 5.3 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating (per finals), slipping 13 and 12 percent to series lows.
Leading out of that, The Catch opened Season 2 with 3.7 mil and a 0.8, hitting and tying series lows. Opening ABC’s night, Grey’s Anatomy (7.3 mil/1.9) dipped a tenth to tie its all-time demo low.
THE CW | Supernatural (1.5 mil/0.5) is down while Riverdale (1.03 mil/0.4) was steady.
NBC | Powerless (2.4 mil/0.7) was flat leading out of a Superstore rerun. Chicago Med (6.3 mil/1.1) returned to normal levels after last week’s post-Voice boost. Blacklist: Redemption (3.7 mil/0.7) dropped 23 and 30 percent in Week 3.
CBS | Big Bang (13 mil/2.8) and Mom (7.6 mil/1.4) were steady, Life in Pieces (6.2 mil/1.3) ticked up, and Great Indoors (7.3 mil/1.4) and Training Day (4 mil/0.7) dipped.
FOX | Leading out of a steady MasterChef Junior (3.8 mil/1.1), whatever “Kicking & Screaming” is debuted to 2.2 mil and a 0.7.
THE 150th EPISODE OF “BLUE BLOODS,” FRIDAY, MARCH 31(3/10/17) “A Deep Blue Goodbye” – Danny investigates the circumstances of an ex-NYPD officer who goes missing the day after she revealed to him that she had planned to make amends to the woman she and her partner wrongfully convicted years ago. Also, Frank faces a dilemma when one of his peers, Chief Taylor Daniels (Isaiah Washington), refuses to retire, even though he’s hit the mandatory age limit, on the 150th episode of BLUE BLOODS, Friday, March 31 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Grey's Recap: Lovers and Other Doctors(3/9/17) (tvline.com) Just when Grey’s Anatomy had us wondering whether it was ever going to pick up the Meredith/Nathan story again, “Back Where You Belong” reminded us that Grey has a keen understanding of Riggs’ mindset. And in Thursday’s episode, the non-couple appeared poised to make some actual progress in their non-relationship. The one thing standing in their way? Not Maggie this time — well, at least not only Maggie — but Alex. Did the would-be duo nonetheless manage to go anywhere besides in circles? Read on...
‘EVERYTHING’S SO MUCH HARDER THAN IT NEEDS TO BE’ | As “Civil War” began, April was avoiding Jackson; Richard, Catherine; and Amelia, Owen (still). But Mrs. Hunt wouldn’t be able to dodge her husband for much longer — Maggie needed her to clip a brain aneurysm. At work, Mer cheerfully made it clear that she was holding a grudge against April for replacing her, and Nathan teased Grey that, after being suspended for sticking up for Richard, she sure had folded fast. Naturally, she denied that that was what she had done. Observing the exchange, Alex — aka Dr. Cut-to-the-Chase — told Mer that if she wanted to be with Riggs, she should just be with him already, Maggie would get over it. Of course, Grey insisted that she didn’t want to be with Nathan.
Upon running into Andrew in an elevator, Alex asked, since the two of them would be working together that day in peds, “Are we cool?” Against all odds, they were — an especially good thing since baby patient Gus turned out to have a heart murmur. Meanwhile, Webber, aware that Minnick’s program was gaining in popularity, thanked Arizona for remaining in his corner. This was, as you’d expect, terribly awkward for Robbins, since she and Eliza were getting involved. When April complained to Catherine that she felt demoted, the older doctor gave her some tough-love cheerleading, then they got involved in a trauma case precipitated by a turkey-frier incident.
‘I’M GOING OVER YOUR HEAD’ | Catching his mother alone, Jackson reminded her that he was “the voice of the Avery Foundation” at Grey Sloan, thanks to the position she’d strong-armed him into taking. As such, “I’m gonna be making the decisions from now on,” he announced. Top of his to-do list: Right Catherine and Bailey’s wrong by going over Mom’s head, turning the Richard/Eliza situation around and showing Minnick the door. Off this tense talk, April, Jackson, Richard and Catherine all wound up treating the turkey-frier patient. Sorry, did I say “treating”? I meant “arguing over,” leaving Ben to be the voice of reason, thanks to a strategy learned from Eliza.
While operating on the turkey-frier guy, it was revealed that not only was Catherine planning to show April around an Avery trauma center in Chicago, she was also taking her to Hamilton while they were there. Jackson took advantage of the opportunity to light into his mom about Eliza, spitting that “Dr. Minnick makes robots” — as opposed to his teacher, Mark — and calling her out for her and Bailey’s handling of the transfer of power. Naturally, Catherine shut him right up. Later, Arizona had to shoot down Richard’s offer to get dinner — secretly, because she had a date planned with his archenemy.
‘I’M THE PEDS GUY… I KNOW THINGS’ | Once Nathan was called in on Gus’ case, he and Alex clashed almost immediately, with the former advocating waiting for a heart transplant. As soon as Karev was out of earshot, Riggs, anticipating the parents going for his option, had Andrew put the baby on the transplant list — and keep it from Alex. Even before Karev found out, he was so pissed that he gave Mer an earful about the “snake.” DeLuca, for his part, didn’t know what to do. When he confided in Jo, without giving away the names of the doctors involved, she said, “You’ll make the right choice. You always do.”
Off Alex’s outburst, Mer pulled Nathan aside and told him that if he wanted to get anywhere with her… Wait just one second. Get anywhere with her?!? This was, predictably, music to his ears, as it indicated to him “that there’s somewhere to get with” her. But he didn’t take well to Grey’s attempt at mediating, or telling him to play nicely with others, so he wound up stomping off. In the middle of their conversation? “Damn right,” he said. “I’m a jerk.” Later, a perfect-match infant heart became available, which ticked off Alex so much that he lodged a complaint with Maggie, who told him and Riggs to do their damn jobs. Karev wanted to be mad at Andrew, too, but DeLuca explained his reason for putting Gus on the donor list thusly: It was about a kid.
‘FLOSS?’ | After performing Maggie’s surgery, Amelia tried hard to sneak out of the hospital without bumping into Owen. She had made it, too, but when an ambulance pulled up at just the wrong time, she revealed herself to Hunt to help the patient. “I didn’t realize you were back,” he said when things had calmed down. Since she insisted she’d only emerged from hiding for dental floss, he tried to have her replaced as the neuro on the case. Then, he learned that she’d been there for quite a while and had even performed surgery. (Ouch.) “Did you plan on seeing me at all today?” he asked as they scrubbed in. Er, no.
In spite of all that, Amelia refused to be dumped from the case. “There are no lost causes,” she told Owen, perhaps speaking as much about their marriage as the patient. Post-surgery, Amelia admitted that yes, she did want to be hitched to Owen. But she still wasn’t ready for them to have the fight that she knew was coming. And there did have to be a fight — they wanted completely different things. And if they fight, “somebody has to win,” she noted. “Or,” he countered sadly, “no one wins.”
‘NOBODY TELLS ME WHAT TO THINK’ | As the episode neared its conclusion, Arizona and Eliza decided they needed a nap (no, not that kind) before their date. Richard let Ben take the lead on the turkey-frier guy case the way Minnick would have, prompting Jackson to encourage him not to give up on ousting Eliza. Later, Jackson continued to press the issue with Catherine, and suggested that his mother was replacing him with April as the Avery she’d always wanted him to be. Finally, Nathan told Mer, “No banter, no more quips,” he wanted to be involved with her. Did she want to be involved with him? On second thought, he decided, she shouldn’t respond till she knew her answer. After Richard walked in on Arizona and Eliza kissing, he declined Catherine’s request to sleep in his own bed, not the on-call room. And April learned that Jackson was headed to an Avery hospital in Montana for a consult.
Grey's Anatomy: The Chaos at Grey Sloan Gets Personal(3/9/17) (TVguide) Thursday's episode of Grey's Anatomy was fittingly titled "Civil War," as Eliza Minnick's (Marika Dominczyk) presence continued to cause fissures among the doctors at Grey Sloan.
Most notably, Jackson (Jesse Williams) is prepared to start a full-blown fight with his mother Catherine (Debbie Allen), telling her that he's the true voice of the Avery Foundation and threatening to go over her head to the board, insisting on Webber's (James Pickens Jr.) reinstatement and Minnick's removal.
In retaliation, Catherine formed an alliance with April (Sarah Drew), who's still sore that her promotion to chief of general surgery was so short-lived. Catherine offers to take April to the Avery Trauma Center in Chicago (and get them tickets to see Hamilton while they're there), immediately sparking fear in Jackson and Webber that Catherine's next target is the trauma center at Grey Sloan.
Jackson confronts his mother and asks how business can be more important to her than family. It seems like he's more than a little jealous that Catherine has taken a shine to April -- but at the end of the episode, when he screams at April out of nowhere, it becomes clear that there's something else going on with him. What could it be? Meanwhile, Webber, who's been spending nights at the hospital, is mostly just upset that he's come between his wife and stepson.
Elsewhere, Alex (Justin Chambers) and Riggs (Martin Henderson) butt heads over whether or not to add a sick infant to a heart transplant list, with DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) caught in the middle. When Riggs goes behind Alex's back in the hopes of saving the baby's life, Alex tells Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) that she's better off not starting anything up with him because he's a "snake." Meredith, in turn, confronts Riggs about being a jerk to Alex, and says that's ill-advised if he wants to get anywhere with her (meaning, as Riggs points out, that there is somewhere to "get" with her).
Later, in the parking lot, Riggs tells Meredith flat-out that he's all in with her and can't stop thinking about her. He asks her to give him an answer when she knows for sure.
And Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) finally makes her not-so-triumphant return to the hospital, where she unsuccessfully avoids Owen (Kevin McKidd) for a while, and confesses that she's been staying away because she knows the "kids-or-no-kids" decision will probably result in the breakup of their marriage.
But the Most Awkward Moment award of the episode goes to Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) and Minnick, whose grand plans for a romantic date involving homemade pierogies get derailed when they're both exhausted at the end of the day and decide to take a quick moment to rest on the couch. That turns into them both falling asleep, and just as they wake up and start to kiss, Webber walks in. The look on his face at seeing Arizona's betrayal firsthand -- especially after she turns down his earlier request to crash at her place by explaining she has a date -- is heartbreaking.
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.
Kevin McKidd's Outlook on Owen & Amelia's Grey's Future Is Grim(3/9/17) Could Owen Hunt be on his way to his second divorce on Grey's Anatomy?
When season 13 began, we had such high hopes for newlyweds Owen and Amelia, but like all hope in Shondaland, it quickly dissipated to the point that they aren't even sleeping under the same roof anymore, let alone speaking. And as Kevin McKidd tells us, this very well could be the end of the road for the couple.
"It's a hard one because she's got all these demons. He does too. And now they've hit against this big issue of the baby. Owen has always imagined having a family, and now she seems to be changing her view on that. So that's going to be a big issue for them," the actor told E! News during a recent visit to the Grey's set. "I'll be interested to see what happens, but, at the moment, it's not looking good. I have to say, it's not looking good. But sometimes that's what's so interesting about the show and I think what's clever about the show is that it looks like the story's pulling you in one direction and one thing will happen and it will change everything."
But before you give up on Owen and Amelia completely, know that McKidd isn't ready to throw in the towel just yet. "I've got a feeling that Amelia's going to sort of come to Owen's rescue somehow," he admitted. "I don't know why I think that. It's just a gut feeling I have."
Whatever happens, look for some movement on that front beginning with tonight's episode, when Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) finally faces her feelings about her estranged husband.
Speaking of estrangement, when we sat down with McKidd we couldn't resist the opportunity to test him on the fan theory out there that his presumed dead sister Megan—who we met in this season's flashback-laden episode "The Room Where It Happens," where she was played by Bridget Regan—isn't actually all that dead. After all, this is Grey's. You don't usually hear about a family member if they're not going to make their way to Grey Sloan Memorial in some way, shape or form.
So, could McKidd shed any light on the theory? After a long pause wherein he seemed to be very carefully crafting his response, he said, "I can't. Listen, on any ABC Shondaland show, there's always a maybe to everything. Anything can happen. I've got to say, the actress who played her in the flashback episode is brilliant and we had great chemistry and we got along really well. So, if that happened, I'd be very delighted about it."
For more from McKidd, including why he's hoping for a visit from former co-star Sandra Oh, be sure to check out the video above.
Are you still holding out hope for Owen and Amelia? And do you buy into the theory that Megan just might be alive? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
June Squibb and Hal Holbrook to Guest-Star(3/2/17) Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital will be getting a couple of visitors with a lot of gravitas later this month, when Oscar nominees June Squibb and Hal Holbrook guest star on Grey's Anatomy.
Squibb and Holbrook will appear on the March 23rd episode of the ABC medical drama, Variety reports. Their character names are Elsie and Lewis Clatch. No other details of the characters have been released, but probably at least one of them is going to die and it'll be sad.
Squibb received an Oscar nomination in 2013 for Nebraska. Her TV credits include Shameless, Modern Family and The Young and the Restless.
Holbrook is a five-time Emmy winner and an Oscar nominee for Into the Wild. He also starred on Designing Women with his late wife Dixie Carter.
They're both among the oldest people ever nominated for an Oscar.
LaTanya Richardson Jackson will also appear in the episode, making her return as Maggie's (Kelly McCreary) mother.
Sandra Oh on American Crime(2/28/17) While Luis finds himself sinking further into servitude on the farm, Isaac tries to protect Coy from abusive conditions in the fields. Meanwhile, Jeanette begins to wonder if her family is down-playing a trailer fire, which killed a number of their undocumented workers. Kimara tries to transition Shae from being an underage victimized prostitute to sustaining herself as she tries to convince Shae to testify against her former pimp, on “American Crime” SUNDAY, MARCH 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.
“American Crime” stars Regina King as Kimara Walters, Felicity Huffman as Jeanette Hesby, Connor Jessup as Coy Henson, Richard Cabral as Isaac Castillo and Benito Martinez as Luis Salazar.
Guest starring are Sandra Oh as Abby Tanaka, Cherry Jones as Laurie Ann Hesby, Tim DeKay as JD Hesby, Dallas Roberts as Carson Hesby, Ana Mulvoy Ten as Shae Reese, Sean Blakemore as Reggie Pollard, Lombardo Boyar as Rodrigo, S. Zylan Brooks as ADA Amanda McKay and Nina Siemanszko as Laura.
“Season Three: Episode Two” was written by John Ridley and was directed by Julie Hébert.
Doubt Cancelled After 2 Episodes, to Be Replaced by Beyond Borders(2/25/17) CBS is removing all Doubt from its primetime lineup.
The Katherine Heigl legal drama has been yanked off the schedule after just two airings, TVLine has learned. In its place, CBS will air Season 2 of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, beginning Wednesday, March 8 at 10/9c. (Next Wednesday, a Bull rerun will air in Doubt‘s former timeslot.)
With an all-star cast including Heigl, Laverne Cox and Dule Hill, Doubt was one of the higher-profile shows debuting this midseason. But its Feb. 16 premiere only drew 5.3 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating, placing below timeslot predecessor Code Black‘s sophomore average.
In Week 2, it dropped 25 percent, to 4 mil and a 0.6. Beyond Borders, meanwhile, averaged a solid 6 million viewers and around a 1.0 rating with its last few outings last spring.
Heigl is still best known for her six seasons as Dr. Izzie Stevens on the ABC medical hit Grey’s Anatomy, but Doubt is her second failed network series in less than three years: NBC’s State of Affairs, which starred Heigl as a CIA analyst in charge of assembling the President’s daily briefing, lasted just 13 episodes during the 2014-15 season.
Black Lightning: Cress Williams to Star in The CW's Latest DC Comics Pilot(2/25/17) A CW vet is coming home to serve up some electric justice.
Cress Williams, who starred in Hart of Dixie from 2011 to 2015, has landed the title role in the network’s newest DC Comics pilot Black Lightning, our sister site Deadline reports.
Williams’ character, a retired superhero named Jefferson Pierce, finds himself back in vigilante mode thanks to his justice-seeking daughter and the threat of a “star student being recruited by a local gang.”
In addition to his work on Dixie, Williams’ small-screen credits include roles on Beverly Hills, 90210, ER, Veronica Mars, Grey’s Anatomy and Prison Break.
Writers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil (Being Mary Jane) will executive-produce the pilot alongside Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash) and Sarah Schechter.
Ratings: Blacklist Spinoff Starts Soft, HTGAWM Tops Previous Finale(2/25/17) NBC’s The Blacklist this Thursday drew 4.9 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating (in an earlier time slot), holding steady week-to-week. Leading out of that, the Redemption spinoff premiered to 4.2 mil and a 0.8.
Opening the Peacock’s night, Superstore (3.5 mil/1.1) was steady, while Powerless (2.3 mil/0.7) dipped.
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (7.6 mil/2.0) dipped a tenth. How to Get Away With Murder‘s two-hour closer averaged 5 mil and a 1.5, improving on last year’s finale (5.3 mil/1.4) in the demo.
THE CW | Supernatural (1.6 mil/0.6) and
Grey's' Ellen Pompeo & Justin Chambers Talk Potential Romance(2/24/17) Ever since Grey's Anatomy made Meredith a widow, a sentiment has begun to grow among the long-running ABC soap's fan base that maybe it's time to test the romantic waters between the good doc and her oldest friend Alex. Over the course of the last two seasons, there have been moments where the show seemed to toying with the idea itself. E! Online even advocated for the plot development.
Finally, the stars themselves, Ellen Pompeo and Justin Chambers, are revealing their thoughts on the prospect of their characters getting together. Spoiler alert: They aren't feeling the love.
"Justin is one of my favorite people on the planet," Pompeo told E! News direct from the Grey's Anatomy set. "We're really close, and it does feel weird. To potentially maybe have him as a love interest would be like kissing my brother. I used to say that about Patrick [Dempsey] all the time too because just we'd been together for so long."
From the sound of things, the actress just might be perfectly fine with Meredith not finding romance with anyone else ever again. "The love interest part is not my favorite piece of this, I'll be honest,"she added. "Kissing guys that aren't your husband is, you know, a little weird. I guess it wouldn't be if you didn't like your husband, but I happen to be very, very fond of mine."
Chambers echoed his old friend's thoughts on a possible MerLex union, but admitted that, with Shonda Rhimes as his boss, he never rules anything out. "I think anything is possible, but personally I find it to be weird," he told us. "I think that they're very much like siblings. They've been through so much together. Personally, I don't see it. But, hey, this is Grey's Anatomy. Anything is possible."
Do you ready for a MerLex romance or do you think it would be an unholy union?
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Grey's Recap: Back to Abnormal(2/24/17) (TVline.com) Although Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy found Alex once again scrubbing in at Grey Sloan, the hospital to which he returned didn’t feel quite like the one he’d left, what with Meredith’s suspension, April’s ascension and pretty much everyone’s tension. Did things get back to normal before the end of “Back Where You Belong”? Read on and find out.‘THE BAND IS BACK TOGETHER’ | As the episode began, Amelia was back at the house with Alex, Maggie and Meredith. However, “I do not live here,” Owen’s estranged wife insisted. “I’m crashing.” For her part, Mer was going nuts from boredom. In fact, she was so bored, she’d looked up the hospital bylaws to find out that, indeed, in spite of the fact that she was an owner of Grey Sloan, Bailey could suspend her. Speaking of the hospital, Stephanie was there panicking at the prospect of being assigned by Eliza to team up with Alex and Jo to treat another kid, Chris, a teenager whose parents, to put it mildly, didn’t get along. Nearby, a seemingly homeless woman — or at least an unkempt and disoriented one — wandered into the E.R. and collapsed before Nathan and Andrew could ring Security.
Shortly thereafter, having more than merely flirted, bonded, with Minnick in “It Only Gets Much Worse,” Arizona struggled to give the impression at work that it was all business between them. “She’s the worst,” Robbins told Jackson, laying it on maybe a wee bit too thick. In front of April, Jackson wondered how Arizona could even be polite to Dr. Unpopularity after she’d screwed over Richard. “All Minnick did,” Kepner countered, “was take a job she was offered.” No, her ex replied, Minnick stole the job — a concept in which April was well-versed, he added.
‘THIS IS NOT A THING THAT HAPPENS’ | In an examination room, Maggie discovered with Nathan and Andrew that their Jane Doe had an ancient pacemaker and replaced it to fix her up. Plus, the old ticker revealed her identity. At the same time, Jo, upon learning that Chris’ mother had run away with him because his father was abusive, asked Owen to intervene and make the guy leave. (Didn’t go well.) Naturally, Alex was concerned about how this revelation was affecting Wilson. Things only got worse for Team Chris in the O.R. Though the youngster’s mom had a kidney removed to give to him, her other kidney died before Jo and Stephanie could transplant the first one into her son. So, yeah, not the mother/son duo’s best day ever.
While Alex, Richard and April (in charge in Bailey’s absence — more on that momentarily) debated whether Chris or his mom should get the kidney, Eliza asked Stephanie who she thought should get the organ. The mom would want her son to have it, Edwards reckoned. Then again, if he survived and Mom didn’t, he’d end up back with Dad, who probably beat him as well. While Jo tried to find a new kidney, Dad overheard and forcefully demanded to know what was going on. Miraculously, he actually did some good, offering up his kidney. Before he was put under anesthesia, Jo, perhaps rightly, accused him of using this as “an excuse to worm your way back into their lives” and told him, if he really wanted to do some good, he would “never tell them about this. Do it anonymously… and they never have to see you again.”
‘LEAD WITH ME, BUT FOLLOW WHEN I LEAD’ | Determined to set things right with Mer, Bailey showed up on her doorstep ready to hash out their differences “like smart women.” Unfortunately, Mer didn’t need to be sold on how “fun” Minnick’s methods were. She simply felt — and strongly — that the chief made a bad call and should have had Richard’s back. As such, though Miranda offered to put Grey back to work, “I do not want to be reinstated unless Richard is” also reinstated as residency administrator, Mer said. “There’s a difference,” Bailey noted, “between loyalty and stubbornness.” And this might well be it, especially considering that Webber was actually spending the day working fairly well with Eliza. (Well, fairly well for him — he still considered her a menace.)
When Bailey returned to Grey Sloan, she informed Richard that she wasn’t costing Mer and the hospital time and money, he was — because she chose him. So he paid Grey a visit and found out that, every time she thought of returning, she heard her mother’s voice saying, “Meredith, it’s Richard” — even though, as he pointed out, Ellis never would have put him before her career. Still, off that talk, Mer put in a call to Bailey.
‘NOBODY CAN FEEL THE SNAKES… HI, MOM’ | By and by, the mother of Jane Doe — actual name: Claire Nolan — arrived at the hospital and was stunned to learn that her daughter had been found. And really stunned to learn that she’d been found alive! “We had a funeral,” Mom said, shocked, after learning that Claire hadn’t been abducted, she had been — and still was — schizophrenic. “How is this not a happy ending?” Maggie asked Nathan when Claire’s parents didn’t jump for joy at her resurrection. They’d moved on, he replied in such a way that it immediately reminded us of his past with Megan. As the hour drew to a close, medication helped soothe Claire’s mind enough that she recognized her folks.
That evening, April and Jackson snapped at each other at home so sharply that you’d swear they were still married. Arizona told Eliza that she was tired of pretending that she didn’t like her. “I need you to stop” talking now, Minnick said, “so I can kiss you.” And so it began. (Or continued, really. That kiss was inevitable.) When Chris’ mom asked where the kidney that had saved her son had come from, she couldn’t believe that an anonymous someone had been so good as to donate their organ. Noting Nathan’s strangeness over the resolution of Claire’s case, Maggie asked if he wanted to talk, but he was great, he insisted. They got a happy ending after all. Checking on Jo after her dealings with Chris’ abusive dad, Owen gave her a hug. Finally, Maggie joined Amelia in Mer’s bed and mentioned how troubled Nathan had been. There had been one day when Mer hadn’t known where her late husband was, she said, and she imagined it was like that for Riggs every day. “You get him,” Pierce observed. And, based on the scenes from next week, it looked like she might actually get him after all.
T.R. Knight and Gina Torres Guest Star on The Catch(2/23/17) “The New Deal” – Con man Benjamin Jones has gone from committing the ultimate betrayal to performing the ultimate sacrifice, when he turned himself in to the FBI to save Alice from wrongful imprisonment. Now in jail, Ben is forced to reckon with his criminal past, while the team at Anderson Vaughan Investigations must come to terms with getting in bed with the bad guys. How will Alice and Ben game the system — and each other — to stay together and overcome their less-than-legal pasts? The highly anticipated season two premiere of “The Catch” airs THURSDAY, MARCH 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.
“The Catch” stars Mireille Enos as Alice Vaughan, Peter Krause as Benjamin Jones, Sonya Walger as Margot Bishop, John Simm as Rhys Griffiths, Jay Hayden as Danny Yoon, Rose Rollins as Valerie Anderson and Elvy Yost as Sophie Novak. T.R. Knight as Tommy Vaughan, Gina Torres as Justine Diaz, Lesley Nicol as Sybil Griffiths, Jackie Seiden as Gainda Mangels, Jake Green as Seth Hamilton, and Jacky Ido as Agent Jules Dao guest-star.
“The Catch” was written by Allan Heinberg and directed by Rob Bowman.
Sandra Oh Dishes on Whether She’d Ever Return to Grey’s Anatomy(2/22/17) (people.com) (Video) Sandra Oh is unsure if she will ever check back into Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.
Appearing on Access Hollywood Live alongside her Catfight costar Anne Heche, cohosts Kit Hoover and Natalie Morales asked Oh if she’d return to Grey’s Anatomy, where she starred for 10 seasons as Dr. Cristina Yang. “At this point… No, I don’t think so,” she admitted.
When further pushed if she would consider coming back when the ABC drama eventually wraps up, she shared that she has had a conversation with creator Shonda Rhimes about such an option. “I just don’t know,” said Oh. “It would have to feel right.”
Having previously won a Golden Globe for her performance, Oh decided to leave the series in 2014. Her character was written out, with Yang going to work abroad.
“As an actor, as an artist, it’s a full life that one has,” Oh said reflecting on what the ABC drama has meant to her. “And as I look back to that time, which is extremely important and deeply meaningful to me, and it means a lot to me that a whole generation, a new generation of fans are discovering the show. So it means a lot.”
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.
Sandra Oh on American Crime(2/20/17) This season takes place in Alamance County, North Carolina, and explores issues of forced labor, sex trafficking, immigration, socioeconomic divides, individual rights and how we are all a part of an economy that often prospers on economic oppression. The season premiere of “American Crime” is SUNDAY, MARCH 12 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.
“Season Three: Episode One” – An undocumented worker, Luis Salazar, travels from Mexico into the United States in search of a job, only to discover that modern servitude is thriving in the farmlands and agricultural communities. Promised work and a place to live, laborers find themselves required to pay exorbitant rates for shelter, food and other essentials. What little money they make is often collected directly by their employers. Workers find themselves caught in perpetual debt and without recourse because of their legal status. Undocumented workers aren’t the only people targeted by this system. Coy Henson is a young, white American male, estranged from his family and hopelessly addicted to drugs.
Lured by farm crew chief Isaac Castillo with the promise of steady work, Coy soon realizes that an opportunity to turn is his life around has devolved into another form of dependency.
Hesby Farms, a struggling family-owned tomato farm, is forced to cut back on labor costs in order to be competitive in a market that continuously demands lower prices. Jeanette Hesby, who married into the family that owns the farm, begins to learn the shocking truth behind their wealth. Her turmoil will eventually force her to make a moral decision, which could put her at odds with the family.
Kimara Walters is a dedicated social worker who truly wants to help those in need. Unattached, single and in her forties, she desperately wants to have a baby and is finding it hard to get pregnant, even with the help of modern medicine. When Kimara meets Shae Reese, a 17-year-old prostitute, Kimara wants to help Shae get out of the business, turn her life around and testify against her pimp in court.
“American Crime” stars Regina King as Kimara Walters, Felicity Huffman as Jeanette Hesby, Connor Jessup as Coy Henson, Richard Cabral as Isaac Castillo and Benito Martinez as Luis Salazar.
Guest starring are Sandra Oh as Abby Tanaka, Cherry Jones as Laurie Ann Hesby, Tim DeKay as JD Hesby, Janel Moloney as Raelyn, Dallas Roberts as Carson Hesby, Ana Mulvoy Ten as Shae Reese, Josh Drennen as Flemming and Colby French as Wilkens.
“Season Three: Episode One” was written by John Ridley and was directed by So Yong Kim.
Isaiah Washington will guest-star on Blue Bloods(2/17/17) Isaiah Washington (The 100, Grey’s Anatomy) will guest-star during Blue Bloods‘ 150th episode (airing in late March) as ESU Deputy Chief Travis Jackson, who goes up against Frank when he files an age-discrimination suit against the department, EW.com reports.
Ratings: Supernatural and Chicago Med Tick Up, Training Day Dips Some More(2/17/17) The CW’s Supernatural this Thursday drew 1.82 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, ticking up on both counts week-to-week. Leading out of that, Riverdale (1.1 mil/0.4) dipped.
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (7.6 mil/2.0) dipped 10 percent and a tenth, Scandal (6.1 mil/1.7) rose a tenth and HTGAWM (4.6 mil/1.3) was steady.
NBC | Superstore (3.6 mil/1.1) and Powerless (2.5 mil/0.8) were steady, while Chicago Med (6.1 mil/1.2) ticked up. The Blacklist (4.67 mil/0.9) was flat in the demo while dipping to another all-time audience low.
CBS | Big Bang Theory (13.3 mil/2.7) dipped 10 percent in the demo, The Great Indoors (8.1 mil/1.6) rose a tenth and Mom (7.7 mil/1.5) and Life in Pieces (6.2 mil/1.3) were steady. Training Day (3.8 mil/0.7) dipped some more in Week 3.
FOX | MasterChef Junior (3.7 mil/1.1) and My Kitchen Rules (2.1 mil/0.7) each slipped two tenths.
Grey's Anatomy's Marika Dominczyk Dissects That 'Hot' Arizona-Eliza Scene(2/17/17) We can’t be sure but we think Arizona and Eliza just went to first base without actually going to first base.
In Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, Arizona (literally) peeked under her new colleague’s hood and (also, literally) grabbed hold of her horn wire — and it was arguably the pair’s most intimate moment to date. Even Eliza’s portrayer, Marika Dominczyk, admits with a laugh that her onscreen crush’s sudden swing into grease-monkey territory was “kind of hot,” adding that she and co-star Jessica Capshaw “laughed so much about that. I said to her, ‘Wow, since when did you know how to work on cars?’ You find out something new every day on this show.”
All joking aside, the duo’s latest parking-lot encounter represented something of a turning point. “Arizona extended a little bit of an olive branch to Eliza, and she didn’t have to do that,” Dominczyk says. “It was a nice little crack-the-door-open moment.”
The scene came at the end of a rollercoaster day for Minnick that initially showcased a lighter, gentler side of the steely doc (that Stephanie hug!) before tragedy struck in the operating room when she lost her first young patient. “When I read [the script] I was so blown away,” the actress recalls. “And I was so thankful at the opportunity to peel the layers back and show a more vulnerable side to her.”
As Dominczyk notes, “It’s the first time you realize, ‘Oh, she’s a person,’ instead of being this hard ass who just bosses everybody around.”
Back to the Arizona-Eliza of it all, the Grey’s newbie teases that their nascent relationship will remain “complicated,” adding, “There are lots of peaks and valleys coming.”
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Wail to the Chief(2/16/17) Any other time, any other way that Grey’s Anatomy’s April could have been made interim chief of general surgery would have been fine. Fine and dandy, even. But, since it happened when she was in the middle of a revolt on Richard’s behalf against Eliza — and the temporary promotion came at the expense of coconspirator Meredith — it was neither fine nor dandy. In fact, it resulted in Kepner spending most of “It Only Gets Much Worse” wishing that it really was lonely at the top, because she was surrounded by colleagues who mostly were hopping mad at her. Did she even make it through her first day in her new position? Read on…
‘IT’S YOUR DEPARTMENT NOW’ | As the episode began, April showed up for work as nervous and ready as a sixth-grader on the first day of school. When she asked Bailey what Meredith would do, Miranda replied, in essence, not come to her with any of her questions. “You do you,” Bailey instructed Grey’s successor. Right off the bat, Eliza — launching Phase 2 of her training, which allowed a resident to be primary surgeon on their own case, start to finish — needed April to find an attending to supervise Ben during a partial colectomy. Unfortunately, that someone was going to be Richard, who was already fighting with Catherine over her decision to go to Bailey, not him, with the “problem” in Grey Sloan’s training program.
When April approached Webber and Arizona, you could feel the chill in the air all the way through the TV — and that was before she informed Richard that she was replacing him on his partial colectomy with Ben. And, while it was hard not to feel for Kepner, awkward as the situation was, it was just as hard and maybe harder not to be ticked on Richard’s behalf when she informed him that he could assist Warren, but “only when requested.” And no, she wouldn’t have Bailey back up her husband in the O.R. instead. April had assigned the task to Richard. “Well, I suggest you un-assign it,” he shot back so angrily that she pleaded with him until he agreed to follow the order. (And that look Arizona gave April… with. er. ing.)
‘WE’RE TROLLING’ | Since the patient with whom Stephanie was to enter Phase 2 died, Minnick suggested they go to the E.R. and find her a new case. (I miss Stephanie already, BTW.) In no time, the duo had stolen away Matty, a 9-year-old with gall stones, from Leah, whom Eliza assured would get her turn. Edwards so excited about Phase 2 that she wanted to hug Minnick (and did). Arizona? Considerably less excited. She hit the roof when she learned that Eliza intended to let Stephanie perform a lap chole on the kid! Worse, her concerns appeared to be founded when, mid-surgery, it was discovered that Matty had been bleeding out the whole time! Despite Arizona, Eliza and Stephanie’s best efforts, the patient flatlined. “What did I do?” Edwards asked afterward. “Did I kill that boy?” In response, Minnick just walked away. (Whaaa… ?!?)
Meanwhile, Jackson told Richard that it was time to take the Minnick matter to his mother. Unfortunately, “she’s not with us,” Webber had to inform his stepson. Ben wasn’t thrilled to have Richard on his surgery, either. However, he didn’t want Bailey to talk to Webber on his behalf. Warren was already having enough trouble being his wife’s “First Lady,” he noted. Or, as Murphy called him, “Mr. Bailey.” Making matters worse, Miranda decided to scrub in and watch Ben’s surgery along with Richard, further alienating her mentor. In the O.R., Webber suggested that, somewhere along the line, former student Miranda had “forgotten that he knows how to teach.” Eventually, Richard and Bailey became so distracted by their argument that they altogether stopped observing Ben, who was understandably pissed that they’d ruined his first solo flight.
‘YOU’RE SWITZERLAND’ | Nearby, an esophageal-cancer patient named Lynn (The Sopranos’ Aida Turturro) balked at the idea of April performing her surgery instead of her regular doc — Meredith. While Maggie seized on the opportunity to use Lynn’s loyalty to Mer to jab at April, Pierce also noted that they couldn’t wait for Grey to return. In the O.R., Lynn went into cardiac arrest and became so unstable that her tumor couldn’t be removed after all. Noting Maggie’s glare, April pointed out, “I didn’t give her a heart attack!” She couldn’t convince Lynn, though. She’d been sure she was in trouble from the minute “Dr. Not-Grey” showed up! In the hall afterward, Maggie lit into Kepner for being a traitor, to which April replied that she was doing her job. “Someone here,” she added, “has to act like an adult!” (She had a point there.)
During a lunch hour as fraught as the ones you remember from high school, “turncoat” April sat by herself in Grey Sloan’s cafeteria, while Arizona, Nathan, Maggie and Jackson suggested to Owen that he couldn’t remain neutral. Sure, Kepner was their pal, Robbins said — but their very misguided pal. “It’s like,” she suggested, “when you find out that your friend voted wrong.” (And as they made it clear to Owen, yes! You can vote wrong!) Checking on Lynn later, April was declaring herself much nicer than Mer when the patient’s staples gave way. Before going back into surgery, Kepner, having had it up to here with Maggie’s attitude, dismissed her from the case and allowed Jo to be her extra set of hands.
‘I’M SURPRISED BY YOU’ | Visiting Harriet in the nursery before Jackson took her home, April was taken aback when her ex noted that the new Mer was “really enjoying this, aren’t you?” Hell, yeah, she said. And it would have been wrong of her to ignore her responsibility to the hospital because of “a political pissing match.” Pointing out what everyone was saying about her and suggesting that Catherine had cleverly had Bailey pick Kepner to fill in for Mer — rather than her being up to the task — Jackson said it wasn’t too late for her to change her mind. But “I didn’t make a mistake,” she argued. Later, with Maggie glowering from the doorway, April informed Lynn that not only had she and Jo fixed her staples, they’d also managed to remove her tumor.
After Richard reported to Catherine that he’d been a failure as a teacher that day and accused her of turning his start-to-finish — Bailey — against him, Stephanie approached him to go over her disastrous surgery on Matty. “It’s not your fault, you lost,” he assured her. “Every good surgeon does.” At the same time, Arizona found Eliza crying and yelled at her for not teaching Edwards how to handle losing a patient. Thing was, “I never had a child die,” Minnick admitted. So she didn’t know how to tell Matty’s parents that they’d lost him. Robbins gently advised her and volunteered to go with her to talk to Matty’s folks. By the time they got there, however, Stephanie was already breaking the news — with Richard by her side.
‘HONEY, YOU ARE THE BOSS’ | As the hour drew to a close, Catherine advised April to take her paperwork home. But, since her roommate was a “narrow-minded, insulting piece of… ” Oh dear, Kepner remembered too late. She was talking to Jackson’s mother. After Catherine assured April that choosing her had been Bailey’s idea, Richard’s wife said that Jackson would never understand people like the two of them, because he was raised with money, connections, a name. “He’s never had to worry like us,” she added, at last dragging Kepner away.
At Casa Bailey/Warren, Ben confided in his wife that he was in a bad spot, because Minnick was great for the residents, yet his friends are the attendings. So whose side was he on? “I just wanna go to bed and turn my brain off,” he replied, “and stay out of it.” In Grey Sloan’s parking lot, Eliza broke down in her car — and broke her horn. Passing by, Arizona came to her rescue, pulling out her horn wires. When Minnick sincerely thanked Robbins, less for the horn than for being there for her after losing Matty, they embraced. It wasn’t a Mer/Nathan sitch, though. Arizona just noted that Eliza “could have friends here” if she wanted to. Finally, we cut — ominously? — to April out to dinner with Catherine.
Grey's Anatomy's Kate Walsh Recalls Addison's Shocking, 'Seminal' Arrival(2/16/17) (tvline.com) “Meredith, I am so sorry.”
Those words, spoken by a very freaked-out McDreamy, were the only warning that Grey’s Anatomy‘s Meredith had before her entire world got upended by the arrival of the force of nature known as…
“Hi, I’m Addison Shepherd,” the redhead said, extending a hand. “And you must be the woman who’s screwing my husband.”
It was a ballsy entrance, an OMG moment and a hell of a way to end the freshman medical drama’s first season.
“It’s such a seminal moment,” Kate Walsh says of the final scene of the 2005 episode “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?” It was her first day on the Grey’s set. “I feel like that may have been the only scene I was shooting that day. I remember, that scene got more attention, I got more calls and more attention from that 30 seconds on camera than probably anything up until that point, for sure.”
Addison would continue to be a major player at the hospital for two more seasons, leaving in 2007 to front the Grey’s spinoff Private Practice. Walsh, who is currently starring in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, has been back on the original series a few times since but tells TVLine she doesn’t have any unfinished business with her character: “I feel like we wrapped it up.”
“I’m not saying if [series creator] Shonda [Rhimes] was like, ‘We’re gonna do a very special episode of Grey’s where…,’ Walsh adds. “But she really consciously, we did it all. We had the spinoff, and we had all that. It was an amazing experience and journey.”
Grey's Anatomy Alum Sara Ramirez Blasts ABC for 'Biphobic' Real O'Neals Episode: 'I Am Truly Disheartened'(2/16/17) Don’t count on Sara Ramirez checking back into Grey’s Anatomy anytime soon.
The actress on Thursday took to Twitter and blasted ABC for not eliminating a joke from The Real O’Neals that demeaned bisexuals. “As someone who has worked [for] them [for] 10 years, [I] am truly disheartened and disappointed,” she wrote, before adding, “Quite frankly, I will invest my brand where I am respected.”
The actress — who identifies as bisexual and whose Grey’s character Callie was also bisexual — linked to a petition on Change.org that called on ABC to “End Biphobia and Bi-erasure on The Real O’Neals.”
At issue is a joke from the sitcom’s Jan. 17 episode in which Noah Galvin’s openly gay Kenny likened bisexuality to such hardships as “webbed toes” and “money problems.”
The Real O’Neals finds itself back in hot water less than a year after Galvin gave an incendiary interview in which he accused Eric Stonestreet of “playing a caricature … of a stereotype” as Modern Family‘s Cam. ABC was reportedly so angry by his outburst that it threatened to trim the show’s Season 2 episode order — something the show’s producers later denied.
New Grey's Anatomy 'Villain' Talks Minnick's Weak 'Hookup Skills' and Fearing 'Crazy' Calzona Fans(2/15/17) Marika Dominczyk knew she was walking into a hornet’s nest when she took on the role of Grey’s Anatomy‘s feather-ruffling new surgical consultant Eliza Minnick, whose actions in last week’s episode led to the suspension of Meredith (Ellen Pompeo). And making matters more incendiary, she’s maybe-possibly looking to fill a certain romantic void in Arizona’s (Jessica Capshaw) life.
“‘Calzona’ fans are crazy,” Dominczyk tells TVLine with a laugh, referring to the still-zealous acolytes of Arizona and her ex, Callie (former cast member Sara Ramirez). “I really appreciate their passion. I think it’s amazing. The show’s been on the air for 13 years and has an incredible fan base. And I’m so happy to be a part of it, even if it’s on the [negative] receiving end.”
The actress admits she has avoided going too far down the Internet rabbit hole “because I would probably see more of the people who don’t like Eliza. Luckily, the [fans] that follow me [on social media] like me and can see past [the ‘Calzona of it all]… You kind of have to just put your head down and do your work and not think about any of that stuff or else it’ll drive you crazy.”
Dominczyk — the real-life wife of Shondaland vet Scott Foley (who appeared on Grey’s before segueing to Scandal) — jokes that her husband’s one piece of advice to her prior to starting work on the ABC drama was, “‘Stay off Twitter.'”
The Brothers & Sisters alum nonetheless concedes that “being the villain is kind of fun… Eliza’s stirring up all these feelings.”
Curiously, Eliza has thus far been reluctant to mix pleasure with business where Arizona is concerned — why is that? “Eliza takes her job crazy seriously,” Dominczyk surmises. “It’s a huge separation for her — work and personal life. Work comes first. And she’s at a place where people don’t want her there — and they’re vocal about it. And [yet] she has to continue to be professional. If that happened to me, I don’t know how confident I would be with my hookup skills.”
Her confidence in her surgical skills, however, will be evident in this week’s episode (ABC. 8/7c), which finds Eliza going “full-throttle with her teaching method,” Dominczyk previews, adding that it’s “definitely the biggest episode for Minnick” so far.
“I hope Eliza sticks around,” Dominczyk adds of her currently open-ended stint. “I don’t know if she’s going to stick around, but it’s been super fun playing her.”
Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and HTGAWM Renewed for 2017-18 Season(2/10/17) ABC is giving #TGIT fans three more reasons to TG, renewing Shondaland’s heaviest hitters — Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder — for next season.
The announcement was made Friday by ABC president Channing Dungey, who remarked that all three series “continue to keep viewers on the edge of their seats and wanting more. I’m thrilled to bring back these shows and the OMG moments that come with them.”
For those keeping score, this will bring Grey’s Anatomy‘s season total to 14, Scandal‘s to seven and HTGAWM‘s to four.
Ratings: Powerless and Training Day Each Tick Down in Week 2(2/10/17) NBC’s sadly super-so-so Powerless this Thursday drew 2.8 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, dipping 10 and 18 percent from its premiere.
Opening the Peacock’s night, Superstore (3.8 mil/1.1) was down a tenth. On the drama side, Chicago Med (6.3 mil/1.2) was steady, while The Blacklist (4.87 mil/0.9) hit a new audience low while holding onto its demo low.
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (8.4 mil/2.1) slipped two tenths, Scandal (6.2 mil/1.6) ticked down and HTGAWM (4.9 mil/1.3) was steady.
THE CW | Supernatural (1.71 mil/0.6) was steady, while Riverdale (1.22 mil/0.4) added a few eyeballs in Week 3.
CBS | Big Bang (14.2 mil/3.0) and Great Indoors (7.9 mil/1.6) each dipped one tenth, while Mom (7.7 mil/1.6) and Life in Pieces (6.3 mil/1.3) were steady. Training Day (4.4 mil/0.8) ticked down from its premiere.
FOX | Leading out of the MasterChef Junior premiere (4.2 mil/1.3), My Kitchen Rules (2.5 mil/0.9) gained two tenths.
Justin Chambers Talks That Hug, Teases Arrival of Jo's Ex(2/10/17) Ladies and gentleman, we officially have a new Grey’s Anatomy love triangle.
In this week’s episode, Alex pressed Andrew to reveal the real reason he dropped all the charges against him. And the doc eventually confessed that he did it not to relieve Alex of a two-year prison stint, but to spare Jo — the woman he very clearly is crushing on — any further suffering.
“It takes Alex a minute to sort figure things out, but, yeah, it looks like there might be a love triangle here,” attests Alex’s portrayer, Justin Chambers. “As I said before, look at her, she’s hot. Of course there [was] the possibility that he could find her attractive and maybe want to take her out on a date.”
Should Andrew decide to pursue a relationship with Jo — who, for the record, has not expressed reciprocal feelings for her secret admirer — it’s unclear if Alex would even put up much of a (figurative) fight. However, as Chambers notes, the episode-ending hug that Alex and Jo shared proves that “their souls are meant to be” connected.
“They didn’t verbalize anything, they just hugged and separated,” he adds of the extended embrace. “And I think that’s symbolic of where their relationship is right now. There’s just so much baggage.”
And more conflict looms on the horizon in the form of Jo’s MIA husband. For his part, Chambers will neither confirm nor deny the character’s possibly imminent arrival. “I can only tease that there’s a possibility,” he hedges. “It’ll be interesting to see how Alex will react [if and when he shows up]. Because he’s already in a lot of trouble.”
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Meredith Was Warned; Nevertheless, She Persisted(2/10/17) As we’ve known it would since Eliza first showed up at Grey Sloan, push came to shove in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. But, when Meredith refused to “get in line” and play nice with the hospital’s new residency director, it wasn’t Minnick who laid a metaphorical smackdown on her. Who did? Also, why isn’t Alex in prison? And what was with that drop-in from Maggie’s adoptive mom? Read on and find out.
‘ARE YOU IN HIDING?’ | As “None of Your Business” began, Alex revealed to Meredith and Maggie — and the show revealed to us, via flashback — that he wasn’t behind bars because (off a tip from Ben) Andrew had dropped the charges against his attacker. And when that hadn’t worked, DeLuca had threatened the D.A. that he’d tank the case by lying that he and Karev had had a fight. When Alex later visited Grey Sloan to get his job back (and did so), he asked his victim why he had abandoned his case. In response, Andrew said that Jo had been through enough and didn’t need to live her life afraid. So, if Alex — or, for that matter, we — ever had any doubt about whether Andrew had developed feelings for Wilson, he/we sure didn’t anymore. When at last Jo learned from Leah and Stephanie that her non-fiancé was a free man, she showed up on Mer and Maggie’s doorstep, she and Alex hugged, they gazed at one another, and then… she just walked away. Hmm…
‘WHY IS NO ONE MAKING ANY SENSE?’ | Since Maggie thought that her mother was in Hawaii, you couldn’t blame her for being shocked to learn from Jackson and Arizona that she was, in fact, sitting a few feet away talking to Nathan. Just as quickly as Mrs. Pierce could say, “Call me Diane,” she’d won over everyone, including Maggie’s birth father Richard, and, naturally, embarrassed her daughter to no end. But it turned out, Mom wasn’t at Grey Sloan for a visit, she was there for a plastic-surgery consult with Jackson — though not one of the nip/tuck variety. She was concerned about a suspicious rash, which, she ultimately learned, was inflammatory breast cancer, an especially serious kind that doesn’t present as lumps. Even after receiving her diagnosis and asking Jackson to help her break it to Maggie, Diane, smarting from her daughter’s scolding over their broken home, decided to return to Hawaii without disclosing her condition. (And we all know how Maggie feels about being misled… )
‘WINTER IS COMING’ | As Eliza continued to seek out every last nerve she had yet to work at Grey Sloan, Meredith finally drew a line in the sand and refused to allow Minnick in her O.R. Even when called on the carpet by Bailey, Grey stood her ground. “I do not support this — at all,” she declared. “You’re pushing Richard aside for no reason.” OK, fine, the chief replied. You’re suspended, effective immediately. (And, whether Bailey’s right or wrong, you have to give her some credit — it takes guts to suspend one of the owners of the hospital.) Later, Eliza pleaded with Miranda not to suspend anyone else. “It’ll slow down my progress,” she argued. Toward the end of the hour, she suggested to Arizona — correctly, I suspect — that she’d hate it if she got canned at Grey Sloan, because if she did, there would be nothing stopping Robbins from pursuing a relationship with her. (Annoying as Minnick may be as a colleague, she is pretty great as a flirt.)
‘KEEP YOUR MIND ON THESE SCANS AND NOT ON MY MARRIAGE’ | When not treating a patient wrapped in razor wire, poor, abandoned Owen, off a talk with Nathan, went looking for M.I.A. missus Amelia at Stephanie’s apartment. But, though he knocked along with opportunity, his wife wouldn’t open the door. (Oh, Amelia!) A visiting Catherine told Bailey that she was a dragon that could be unleashed on the Minnick/Webber situation as need be, and told April to M.Y.O.B. when she inquired whether Richard’s wife was at Grey Sloan to sort out the mess. At the episode’s close, Miranda called Kepner into her office and told her it was “tough decision time.” The upshot: April was stepping in for Meredith as the interim chief of general surgery! At home with Richard, Catherine tried to avoid admitting that she was on Bailey’s side — never mind the fact that Eliza’s hiring had been her idea in the first place!
Justin Chambers on Mer/Alex Romance: 'Personally, I... '(2/8/17) Alex Karev is a free man, but how exactly did the hot-tempered doc dodge that multi-year stint in the pokey? This Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 8/7c) wastes no time answering that burning question, according to portrayer Justin Chambers.
“It happens really quickly — within the first 10 minutes,” he tells TVLine, before confirming that the reveal comes courtesy of a flashback that may or may not involve his victim (i.e. Andrew). And even though he may not be headed to prison, Alex is not walking away from the experience unscathed. “He feels really bad about” pummeling Andrew, Chambers says. “He apologizes. We’ll see if he’s receptive to it.”
What the episode won’t provide, per Chambers, is a resolution to how Alex’s newfound freedom will impact his fractured relationship with Jo. “We’re steering clear of each other,” he shares. “But I think he has a lot of empathy for her, coming from an abusive relationship [with her MIA husband]. We all know that Alex grew up in a home like that. That opens his eyes to the possibility of forgiving her for not telling him the truth about who she is for so many years. She’s not the person he thought she was.”
And just because Alex and Jo are on the outs, don’t look for him to start kicking the tires of a possible romance with BFF Meredith. Although Chambers says “anything is possible,” he prefers to think of them “as siblings that care very much for each other.
“But that happens in life, where people who are friends become lovers,” he continues. “Personally, I don’t see that [happening] right now. I think it would be kind of strange.”
Last April, Ellen Pompeo similarly told TVLine that Alex and Meredith make better siblings than sweethearts. “I think they’re too close… too much like brother and sister,” she said at the time. “I have super-close friends who I’m not romantically attracted to at all. So I think just because you’re so in love with someone in one way doesn’t mean it’s a romantic love. But they certainly do understand each other a lot.”
Manhunt: The UNABOMer Adds Cast(2/8/17) Discovery’s scripted series Manhunt: The UNABOMer (fka Manifesto) has added Elizabeth Reaser (Grey’s Anatomy), Brian d’Arcy James (Smash) and Trieste Kelly Dunn (Blindspot) to its cast. James will play Ted Kaczynski’s professor at Harvard University, while Reaser and Dunn will portrayer FBI agent Jim Fitzgerald’s wife and a librarian who befriends Kaczynski, respectively.
Shondaland To Develop Luvvie Ajayi’s Book ‘I’m Judging You’ As Cable Series(2/7/17) Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland, along with ABC Signature Studios, have acquired rights to Luvvie Ajayi’s debut book I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual to develop as a cable comedy series. The project falls under Shondaland’s overall deal at ABC Studios and its cable division, ABC Signature.
I’m Judging You is a humorous manual that instructs people on how to do better. Ajayi, creator of the AwesomeLuvvie.com blog, first gained the attention of Rhimes with her online Scandal recaps.
Ajayi is repped by ICM Partners, Diamond Brand Amplification and Frankfurt Kurnit.
With five drama series at ABC, Shondaland has been looking to expand its portfolio into comedy.
‘Genius’: T.R. Knight To Recur As J. Edgar Hoover On Nat Geo Series(2/4/17) Grey’s Anatomy alum T.R. Knight is set for a recurring role on Genius, Nat Geo’s anthology series based on Walter Isaacson’s critically acclaimed best-seller Einstein: His Life and Universe.
Exec produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the 10-episode series follows Albert Einstein (Geoffrey Rush) through his early days as a patent clerk with a rebellious streak through his difficulties landing a teaching gig and unlocking “the mysteries of the atom and the universe.”
Knight will play J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the FBI. He will play the driven and hard-charging political icon at different ages over multiple decades. Under Hoover’s direction, the Bureau amassed an enormous file on Einstein in an attempt to prove that he was a “subversive” and a secret communist. Hoover became focused on ruining Einstein, developing a personal vendetta against the famous scientist following incidents in which Hoover perceived that Einstein had humiliated the U.S. government.
Genius is slated to premiere in April.
Knight next will be seen on ABC’s The Catch and the network’s miniseries When We Rise. He recently appeared on Broadway alongside Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane in It’s Only a Play. Knight is repped by Gersh.
‘Survivor’s Remorse’: Isaiah Washington & Vanessa Bell Calloway Set To Recur; Neal McDonough To Guest Star On Season 4(2/4/17) Grey’s Anatomy alum Isaiah Washington and Saints & Sinners’ Vanessa Bell Calloway are set for recurring roles on Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse, executive produced by LeBron James and Mike O’Malley (Glee, Yes, Dear). In addition, Neal McDonough (Arrow, Justified) is set for a guest role on the upcoming fourth season.
Survivor’s Remorse follows the life of Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher), a hard-working, young basketball star who is thrust into the limelight after signing a huge contract with a pro basketball team in Atlanta.
Washington will play Rodney Barker, the estranged and incarcerated father of Cam (Usher) who is on a journey of forgiveness and redemption as it relates to the sins of his past. Calloway will play Missy Vaughn’s (Teyonah Parris) mother, Camille Jordan, a business executive and DC civil rights activist who wants more for her daughter. McDonough is Brian Powers, a Bostonian business man from Cam’s (Usher) old neighborhood.
Survivor’s Remorse is executive produced by Mike O’Malley, Tom Werner, LeBron James and Maverick Carter for SpringHill Entertainment, Paul Wachter, Victor Levin, Hilton Smith and Ali LeRoi. Season 4 is set to premiere this summer.
In addition to her lead role as Lady Ella Johnson in Saints & Sinners, Calloway’s other credits include Shameless and feature Southside With You. She’s repped by Zero Gravity Management.
Washington, best known for his role as Dr. Preston Burke on long-running series Grey’s Anatomy, can currently be seen as Thelonious Jaha on the CW’s The 100. He’s repped by Amy Weiss at Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
McDonough’s credits include Arrow, Justified, Band of Brothers and Rogue. He’s repped by Paradigm Agency, Luber Roklin Entertainment, and Bloom Hergott Diemer.
Grey's Anatomy Recap: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Eliza?(2/4/17) (TVline) “The battle’s begun,” Richard declared in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. But, although he had on his side Maggie, Arizona, April and Jackson, Eliza wasn’t in the slightest concerned. “I know how to deal with a Dr. Webber,” she assured Bailey. So did Richard and his rebel alliance manage to make Minnick wish her first day at Grey Sloan was her last? And did we at last learn whether Alex really did take the plea bargain? Read on and find out…
‘HE’S GONNA DIE IN PRISON’ | As “Jukebox Hero” began, Mer, with Maggie’s help, did her damnedest to figure out where Alex was. When finally she came up with his arraignment number, the half sisters learned online that he’d been sentenced to 30 years behind bars! Luckily, Maggie had mistyped a digit. When they got the correct information, they discovered that his trial had been “indefinitely postponed,” which they took to mean that he had taken the plea. Shortly, Owen showed up, as you’d imagine he would, looking for Amelia. So basically, it was fact-finding missions all around!
Meanwhile, at Grey Sloan, during a clandestine meeting with his coconspirators, Richard said that the time was past for Jackson’s petition against Eliza. Since she intended to sway the attendings one by one in the O.R., Webber suggested that they never let her inside an O.R. It wasn’t a bad plan, really. However, Jackson had reservations. Noting that Bailey was the first African-American woman to be Grey Sloan’s chief, he was “not exactly excited to undermine her like this.” Thing is, Richard replied, this isn’t about Bailey, “this is about correcting a mistake that threatens our hospital.” So there.
‘YOUR PATIENT IS MY STUDENT’S CLASSROOM’ | Just before a taxi carrying a woman named Mindy who was “super-having a baby” was able to arrive at Grey Sloan, the vehicle was hit… by Mindy’s husband, Brian, resulting in the would-be newborn’s head being trapped by a broken pelvis! Mindy was going to need a C-section (and then some), Arizona and Maggie deduced. Since the mom-to-be pleaded, Robbins — feeling guilty about the position she’d told her via FaceTime to get in in the cab — agreed to let Brian be in the O.R. during the delivery. At the same time, the taxi driver told Ben he’d hoped to go home that night and tell his kids he’d been a hero that day.
As the day got underway, Eliza — so determined to be annoying that she announced, “I don’t do caffeine, I don’t need it!” — was chagrined to discover that she’d already missed Nathan’s valve replacement. Strike one. (And Riggs hadn’t even been in on Richard’s secret meeting.) Later, Arizona informed Eliza that she didn’t want her on Mindy’s case, even to champion Leah’s education, to which her flirt interest replied that she hadn’t been asking to be on it. “Stay the hell away from my O.R.,” Arizona finally said. Off that, Jackson refused to let Eliza strong-arm him into letting Ben step in in treating a young hockey player whose face had been… yeesh. Turned into the stuff of nightmares.
‘YOU DIDN’T DO THIS, A CAR DID THIS’ | While Arizona tried to save Mindy, in distress after giving birth, Leah was left to treat the baby, who was also in trouble. Before Murphy could throw in the towel, Robbins stepped in. In spite of her best efforts, there was no guarantee that Mindy would ever wake up. The baby’s survival wasn’t a sure thing, either. (Sheesh!) Nearby, Eliza bulldozed her way into Richard and Ben’s surgery on the hockey player’s also-injured pal. Except “I would love to have you,” he insisted passive-aggressively. Afterwards, Minnick reported her difficulties to Bailey, who, in turn, insisted on calling a meeting. (Even Eliza seemed to realize exactly how well that would go!)
In the locker room, Ben told Jo he was sorry about Alex. But she wasn’t in any way, shape or form hearing it. “You didn’t put him in prison — I did,” she noted. Later, Ben reached out to her again, and she shut him right the hell down again. As the episode neared its conclusion, Arizona told Brian that the baby was gonna be OK. She also confessed that she’d put Mindy in the position that had caused so much damage, and they kinda-sorta seemed to agree to forgive themselves. At Bailey’s meeting, only Richard, who wasn’t invited, showed up. “This is mutiny,” she said. “It was a bad call,” he shot back. In the end, she revealed that “it’s not just me” behind this, hinting that Catherine, too, was Team Minnick.
‘I DON’T WANT TO LIE TO YOUR HUSBAND ANYMORE’ | After Owen learned from Stephanie that Amelia was taking a few days leave, Edwards hurried home and delivered scans to her temporary roommate, Mrs. Hunt (who’d had the nerve to eat the last yogurt!). Stephanie didn’t want to keep misleading her boss, but Amelia remained adamant — she didn’t want him to know where she was. “He will try to fix it,” she argued, “and It can’t be fixed.” (Ever the optimist, dear Amelia.) By and by, Owen figured out that Stephanie knew where his wife was and, upon being informed that she was safe and sober, sent Edwards back with the simplest and sweetest of messages: “Tell her to come home.”
Speaking of sweet, Ben made the cabbie a hero after all by telling him that he’d saved the hockey player in the bed next to him. He still made no inroads with Jo, though. When he tried one last time to reach out to her, she told him to stop. “Stuff like this happens, and I am built for it,” she snapped. At Stephanie’s place, she delivered Owen’s message to Amelia. Eliza thanked Arizona for letting Leah take the lead with the baby (which she’d hardly done because she was Team Minnick). At Arizona and Andrew’s, she admitted to her roommate that she missed Alex. “Why?” DeLuca asked. And, when Mer climbed into bed at the end of the day, we found out why: Alex was home! (Clearly, Andrew had dropped the charges, leaving Karev a free man.)
Ratings: Blacklist Dips to New Low, Training Day Has Fractional Debut(2/3/17) NBC’s The Blacklist this Thursday drew 5 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, matching and ticking down to series lows.
Opening the Peacock’s night, Superstore (4 mil/1.2) was steady, the Powerless premiere (3.1 mil/1.1) matched The Good Place‘s January average, and Chicago Med (6.3 mil/1.2) was steady.
Over on ABC, Grey’s Anatomy (8.5 mil/2.3) and Scandal (6.5 mil/1.7) each dipped 10 percent, while HTGAWM (4.7 mil/1.3) slipped 14 percent.
CBS | Big Bang (14.6 mil/3.1), Mom (8.8 mil/1.6) and Life in Pieces (6.7 mil/1.3) each dipped in the demo, though Mom delivered its biggest audience of the season. Superior Donuts‘ sneak preview (10.6 mil/1.9) matched The Great Indoors‘ premiere out of Big Bang and drew the second-biggest audience for a comedy launch this season, while Training Day (4.7 mil/0.9) landed below Pure Genius‘ own premiere (6.2 mil/1.0) but matched its predecessor’s Season 1 average.
THE CW | Supernatural (1.73 mil/0.6) was steady, but Riverdale (1.15 mil/0.4) slipped 17 and 20 percent in Week 2.
FOX | Hell’s Kitchen (3.7 mil/1.1) ticked down, while My Kitchen Rules (2.2 mil/0.7) was flat.
Grey's Anatomy: [Spoiler] Poised to Exit(2/1/17) Grey’s Anatomy will be down a doc when it returns next fall.
Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that Jerrika Hinton, who has played Dr. Stephanie Edwards since 2012, will not be back as a series regular in Season 14. The news was foreshadowed earlier this month when the actress landed a starring role in Alan Ball’s new HBO drama series.
Hinton was thisclose to exiting Grey’s Anatomy last spring when she was cast in the Shondaland comedy pilot Toast; at the time, she was in discussions to possibly take part in both shows via a reduction in her Grey’s role, but ABC eventually passed on the project and Hinton returned full-time to Grey’s.
It’s not known how Stephanie’s looming absence will be addressed on screen and if it will allow for Hinton to possibly return on a guest-star basis. Also, it’s worth noting that ABC has not formally renewed Grey’s for another season (although, as our 2017 Renewal Scorecard states, a 14th season is a sure thing.)
An ABC spokesperson declined to comment for this story.
Grey’s Anatomy has weathered its fair share of cast changes over its 13-year run. Patrick Dempsey and Sara Ramirez were the most recent high profile departures, with the former getting killed off in Season 11 and the latter making her final appearance in Season 12.
Grey's Among GLAAD Media Award Nominees(1/31/17) The awards — which honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community — will be handed out on April 1 in Los Angeles and May 6 in New York.
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Ratings: Grey's Returns to 16-Month Highs, Scandal Boosts HTGAWM(1/27/17) Grey’s Anatomy returned from its 10-week break on Thursday night to 9.6 million total viewers and a 2.6 rating (per finals), rising 20 and 18 percent from its previous episode to hit not just season highs but its best numbers since its Season 12 premiere (Sept. 24, 2015).
Leading out of that, Scandal‘s long-delayed Season 6 opener did 7.6 mil and a 2.0, down from its previous premiere (10.3 mil/3.3) but up from its May finale (6.7 mil/1.8) and more than doubling placeholder Notorious‘ demo average.
How to Get Away With Murder, now with a proper lead-in, hit season highs of 5.4 mil and 1.5.
Elsewhere in the land of ratings….
THE CW | Now opening Thursdays, Supernatural (1.72 mil/0.6) matched its midseason finale, while down a tick from Legends of Tomorrow‘s fall average (1.8 mil/0.7) in the lead-off spot. Riverdale debuted to 1.38 mil and a 0.5 (and an average reader grade of “A-“), on par with fellow freshman No Tomorrow‘s launch (1.5 mil/0.5) while besting Frequency‘s (1.35 mil/0.4).
CBS | Leading out of that disappointing (Oprah) Mary Tyler Moore tribute (6.6 mil/0.8), the Pure Genius finale (5.2 mil/0.7) ticked down to a series low in the demo.
FOX | Hell’s Kitchen (4 mil/1.2) and Kitchen Rules (2.2 mil/0.7) each dipped.
Ellen Pompeo to Make Grey's Anatomy Directorial Debut This Season(1/27/17) It took 13 years, but Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo will boldly follow in several of her co-stars’ footsteps when she directs an episode of the ABC medical drama this spring, TVLine has learned.
Pompeo’s episode will go into production in early February and air later this season.
Series creator Shonda Rhimes has a long history of embracing her actors’ directorial ambitions. On Grey’s, Chandra Wilson and Kevin McKidd are essentially part of the show’s regular directing rotation, with each helming several episodes a season.
ABC confirmed Pompeo’s inaugural directing effort, but declined to provide details about the episode’s storyline. It’s probably safe to say Meredith will be used sparingly though.
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Jailhouse Doc(1/27/17) Picking up the evening after the events of its winter finale, Grey’s Anatomy did not pass “Go,” did not collect $200 — it went directly to jail for its midseason premiere. But Alex’s decision to take a plea deal and do time in order to protect Jo’s identity wasn’t the focus of “You Can Look (But You’d Better Not Touch).” On the contrary, the episode followed Arizona, Bailey and Jo to the prison floor of Tri-County Hospital. Why? Read on and find out!
‘I DON’T BITE… I MEAN, I HAVE’ | Though the trio of doctors had already worked a long day, as the hour began, they left Grey Sloan for Tri-County in order to seize their window of opportunity to treat Kristen Rochester, a 16-year-old inmate whose unborn daughter had an acardiac twin — as I understood their explanation, essentially a vampire tumor that was making the viable baby’s heart pump for two. While Jo was relieved to have some distraction from the trial that she still believed was taking place the next day, Bailey was rattled by the prospect of being behind bars and unsympathetic to those who found themselves there. When Jo, speaking from experience, argued that stuff happens to people, the chief shot back that “stuff does not just happen to you, you happen to stuff.”
Once the M.D.’s made it through security — with even Arizona’s prosthetic leg being inspected — they met Kristen’s attorney, Amanda, and were escorted to the inmate’s room by hostile Dr. Eldredge, who was pissed that the “V.I.P. patient” was getting special treatment that would rile up her fellow jailbirds. Mind you, Eldredge seemed like a pussycat compared to Kristen. The mom-to-be wasn’t just described as a dangerous monster who wasn’t allowed to initiate physical contact with the doctors, she actually seemed to be a dangerous monster, lunging the first chance she got at Eldredge and dislocating her finger. After Kristen was cuffed to the bed — against Amanda’s strenuous objections — the patient got to work endearing herself to the docs, starting with Arizona, who she said talked “like unicorns and rainbows are about to shoot out of [her] ass.” Charmed, I’m sure.
‘SHE’LL KNOW I’M HER MOM FOREVER’ | While Arizona examined Kristen, she revealed that she was eager to go into labor, because once she did, her mother would be allowed to come “to hold my hand and crap.” So she was predictably displeased to learn that she wouldn’t be giving birth that night, Robbins would just be cutting the connection between the baby and the mass that was draining its resources. It wasn’t even considered surgery, it was merely a procedure. As Kristen grew more and more riled, she blurted out that she wanted to deliver, stat, so that her mother could adopt the baby, then she could see her daughter anytime Mom visited. Just then, Amanda was called away to the E.R., where another client had a pulled knife on the surgeon.
Later, as Bailey overcame her fear of inmates enough to treat a random patient whose wound was oozy and smelly, Arizona began trying to turn Kristen’s baby around in utero. Robbins had scarcely begun, however, when she was called downstairs by Eldredge. Put in charge of the maneuver, Jo attempted to bond with Kristen by admitting that, after being tossed from one lousy foster home to another, she’d once helped a guy knock over a convenience store. In turn, Kristen described her own picture-perfect preppy upbringing, complete with casseroles for dinner, an awesome swing set and a mom who, when she wasn’t around the other prep-school parents, didn’t even wear makeup, much less pearls. She also said she planned to name her daughter Ellie. But “if you tell anyone I said all that crap,” she added, “I’ll kill you.”
‘STAY IN YOUR OWN LANE’ | When Bailey — horrified by the conditions she’d witnessed — tried to offer advice on managing hospital assets, Eldredge ushered her into the supply room to show her exactly what assets she had to work with. You see, she explained, “I don’t allocate my resources, the state does.” Meanwhile, Arizona discovered that she’d been called downstairs to speak with Kristen’s mother, Emily, who, it turned out, wasn’t there for her daughter, just her granddaughter. In fact, she had no intention of ever bringing the baby to see Kristen. “I hate people,” Jo muttered when Arizona filled in her and Bailey. Nonetheless, they wouldn’t tell the patient. “We do not hurt her more,” Arizona argued, “not right now.”
Of course, that agreement didn’t last long. During Kristen’s procedure, she noted that her mom never told her anything juicy, and she “hated being kept in the dark.” Cue Arizona exhibiting the worst poker face in recorded history, and boom! The patient freaked, thinking something was wrong with her daughter, started wriggling and wound up in preterm labor! Even then, Emily didn’t want to go to Kristen, whom “the baby is better off never knowing,” she suggested. As the teen’s cuffs started to bother her more, and her contractions grew stronger, she became frantic for someone to get Amanda to get her mom there. Finally, Jo blurted out the truth — her mom was there already, she just didn’t want to see her.
‘I WANT MY MOMMY’ | When Bailey took Kristen’s hand, she shouted at the doc to get off. But, at this point, Miranda was done being afraid. “You’re not alone,” she reassured Kristen, who begged the docs to “tell [my mom] I wish I could take it back… and maybe she’ll come.” Knowing that it wouldn’t matter to Emily, Bailey just repeated, “We’re here with you.” Eldredge even softened, freeing her recent attacker from her shackles. After the baby was born, Kristen didn’t want to see her. “I don’t get to be her mom at all,” she said. “I’m no one.” But, when she heard the girl cry, she changed her tune and held her daughter. “I’m your mama,” she whispered. “Remember me.” Once the baby was taken away, Jo put her arm around Kristen and drew her a mental picture of the wonderful life Ellie would live.
As for Kristen, she’d soon go back to genpop, Eldredge told the docs, to finish serving her 20-to-life sentence. What had the teen done? Bailey didn’t wanna know. Downstairs, Emily revealed to Arizona that — see ya, Ellie — she’d be calling the baby Hannah. Unable to contain her dislike a second more, Robbins asked, “If this one makes a mistake, will you leave her, too?” Before departing Tri-County, Bailey told Eldredge that if she was ever looking for a new job, she should come to Grey Sloan. And vice-versa, Eldredge replied. On the ride home, Bailey revealed to Jo and Arizona that there wasn’t going to be a trial, Alex was taking the plea deal. At that, Jo had to get out of the car and puke.
Katherine Heigl Introduces Her Baby Boy to the World(1/26/17) (Cover Pic) One month after giving birth to her third child, Katherine Heigl is introducing the baby boy to the world!
The actress took to Instagram to share a precious photo of her first son, Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr., alongside her husband, Josh Kelley, and shared a sweet message to go along with it.
"@joshbkelley and I are beyond thrilled to finally share the arrival of our little man Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr born December 20th, weighing in at 7 pounds 15 ounces," she wrote. "We are all happy, healthy and beyond grateful!"
The couple decided to tell their daughters about their little brother when Katherine was already 12 weeks pregnant.
"I was so relieved to get to share it," she explained, having only told her husband and Katherine's mother, Nancy, before the girls.
Needless to say, her daughters had some questions. She recalled, "[The news] was a little confusing for the girls because they'd be like, 'I grew in your tummy?' And I had to explain, 'Well, you didn't actually grow in my tummy, but your dad and I are your parents.'"
In fact, Katherine's mom—who adopted her older sister, Meg, three years before the actress was born—has always told her, "'It doesn't matter how they come into your life, the moment they put that child into your arms—whether you just [gave birth] or whether they just arrived from Korea—they're yours.'"
Katherine acknowledges that her daughters will eventually start to question the differences in their family, but they're not quite there yet.
"At the ages they are now, I don't even think they much acknowledge how different we all look," she says. "I don't think that even factors into their consciousness at this point. It will as they get older, they'll be like, 'Wait a minute, we all look really different, and what does that mean for me?'"
No matter what, she explained, "We're there to support them as parents do. It's all about open communication and helping them access whatever they need to feel absolutely 100 percent secure in who they are," she says. "Whether that's about their history, their heritage, their race, their memories…we're there."
Jessica Capshaw Talks Grey's(1/19/17) (Video) Jessica Capshaw joins us to talk all things “Grey’s Anatomy.” Since the fifth season, Capshaw has starred as Arizona Robbins in the Shonda Rimes classic that follows the doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital as they deal with life-or-death consequences. Interview at 692 Broadway in NYC for BUILD Series.
People's Choice Awards 2017 Winners(1/18/17) Favorite Dramatic TV Actor: Justin Chambers
Favorite Network TV Drama: Grey's Anatomy
Grey's Anatomy's Camilla Luddington Is Pregnant, But Is Jo? (No, Although... )(1/17/17) A positive pregnancy test would be a fitting bookend to Jo’s tumultuous year, but will Grey’s Anatomy go there? It’s a timely question, seeing as how Camilla Luddington is expecting her first child this spring.
“As of right now they are definitely hiding it,” the actress tells TVLine with a laugh. “The struggle has just started.”
Luddington, however, is quick to point out that there’s still plenty of time for Shonda Rhimes & Co. to change their minds. “We have a lot more episodes to go this season,” she notes, “and these things can get sprung on us at a table read, so I really can’t say for sure if it will stay that way.”
Speaking of Grey’s twists, check this one out: Even though the fall finale ended with Alex seemingly headed for a two-year stint in the pokey, it’s Jo who’s going directly to jail in the Jan. 26 winter premiere. “Jo, Bailey and Arizona go to a prison to help a 16-year-old girl — who’s serving 20-to-life — give birth,” Luddington previews of the show’s delayed return. “There are some funny moments and some scary moments and some really emotional moments. It’s interesting to see how they react in a place that isn’t their usual [hospital] environment.”
The hour also includes some “discussion of Alex,” she teases, although we’ll have to wait until the Feb. 2 episode to “find out his fate.”
ABC Gives Pilot Order To Legal Drama From Shondaland & ‘Scandal’ Writer(1/17/17) ABC continues to be ahead of the broadcast pack on pilot orders this season. The network has handed out its third 2017 pilot order to a legal drama from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland and ABC Studios. The project, written by a Shonaland writer-producer, Scandal’s Paul William Davies, was a lock for a pickup. Like another early ABC pilot order, comedy Malcolm & Libby, produced by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, the untitled Paul Davies drama too had a big production commitment and comes from a top talent on ABC Studios’ roster.
Set in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Federal Court, aka “The Mother Court,” the legal drama follows brand new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution as they handle the most high profile and high stakes cases in the country – all as their personal lives intersect.
Davies wrote the script and executive produces with Rhimes and Beers.
Shondaland is ABC’s top supplier with five drama series — Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How To Get Away with Murder, The Catch and the upcoming Still Star-Crossed. With such a large drama portfolio, the company made comedy a focus in development this season and also has a single-camera half-hour comedy from Sex and the City alumna Liz Tuccillo in consideration at ABC.
This is the first pilot season for Shondaland since its dramatic expansion last summer and fall as the company transformed itself to a fully functioning pod with its own infrastructure via six executive hires and promotions.
In addition to the Paul Davies drama and comedy Malcolm & Libby, ABC has picked up a Marc Cherry Kentucky dramedy starring Reba McEntire and has the straight-to-series Marvel drama The Inhumans for next fall.
Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley Welcome Son Joshua Bishop(1/16/17) He’s here!
Doubt star Katherine Heigl and her husband Josh Kelley welcomed son Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr. on Tuesday, Dec. 20, a rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
Baby Joshua joins big sisters Adalaide, 4½, and Naleigh, 8.
The Grey’s Anatomy alum, 38, and her musician husband, 36 — whose family is based in Utah — revealed their baby news exclusively to PEOPLE in June.
“The Kelley clan is thrilled to announce that we are expecting a third addition to our family,” the couple told PEOPLE in a statement. “Naleigh and Adalaide could not be more excited to welcome their new sibling into the fold, and Josh and I are overflowing with joy and gratitude.”
“This is an incredibly exciting time for us filled with hope, anticipation and hormones. Well, only I’m filled with hormones, but everyone in the family gets to enjoy them,” Heigl joked. “We couldn’t be more excited to be able to finally share this news with our fans, and are looking forward to continuing to share the journey with you all.”
Heigl has been giving her fans a glimpse into her pregnancy on both her Instagram account and personal home and lifestyle blog, Heavenly Days.
“It’s hard enough for me to get motivated to work out when I’m not pregnant but now that I am it’s 10 times harder. I’m not up for weight training, lengthy cardio workouts or any of those new and fashionable exercise classes. What I am up for is yoga!” the actress wrote in a September post about her favorite pregnancy exercise.The couple were the guests of honor at a December baby shower thrown by Heigl’s mom Nancy.
“It was a magical night full of love, laughter, great food, holiday cheer and anticipation for the new life we are about to welcome into our world,” Heigl blogged following the event.
Shortly following her pregnancy announcement, the actress wrote about her experiences in becoming a first-time biological mother.
“We were considering adoption again, fostering, or pregnancy if possible,” she explained. “Seeing as I have never been pregnant and as my OB/GYN reminded me last year, I’m of advanced maternal age, I wasn’t sure pregnancy was even in the cards for us. Turns out it was very much in the cards!”
Grey's Greenlights #JaprilTheSequel(1/10/17) Coming soon to a home theater near you: #JapriltheSequel.
Grey’s Anatomy is planning a follow-up to last season’s standalone Jackson/April episode, which was dubbed #JapriltheMovie, Sarah Drew reveals to TVLine. Actually, it’s well beyond the planning stage — the episode’s already been shot and is slated to air in March.
“It’s just the two of us and we go to Montana on a case,” Drew explains. “And we’re forced to face each other and be in small spaces and navigate a whole bunch of stuff together, and it’s a really cool turning point for them in their relationship.”
But don’t expect the follow-up to be a rehash of the original. “It’s very, very different than ‘Japril: The Movie,’ which was like young and youthful and fast moving and we’re traveling through time,” Drew says. “This one has more light and hope in it and it’s much more adult and still and quiet and intimate. It’s really lovely. We’re really proud of it.”
Grey’s Anatomy winter premiere, originally slated for Jan. 19, will now air on Jan. 26. As previously reported, ABC pushed back the return of #TGIT to air a special 20/20 titled America’s First Family: The Trumps Go to Washington.
ABC Boss On Future Of ‘Secrets & Lies’, Possible Endgame For ‘Grey’s Anatomy’(1/10/17) Secrets & Lies, ABC’s anthology murder mystery, launched in March 2015. It showed enough promise, hitting its stride towards the end and delivering series highs with the finale, to earn a second-season renewal. But the second season was left off the network’s midseason 2016 schedule. When Channing Dungey took over the entertainment president job in early 2016, she opted to hold Season 2 until the fall for a proper launch. The long wait may have hurt the series, whose ratings went down, making a third season a very long shot at best.
“I love Secrets & Lies, but I think it’s probably less likely (for the show to come back),” Dungey told Deadline at TCA. “The bummer for me is, I actually held it for the fall. When I stepped into this role and saw the creative, I actually thought it was really strong and I said, we should hold it til the fall and give it the best opportunity. I wish that it had been last year in the season. It was off the air for too long to have held its audience.”
As for Shonda Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy, the medical drama, now in its 13th season, continues to defy its age, ranking as ABC’s highest-rated series. How long can Grey’s go, and is an endgame for the venerable series in sight?
“I don’t want to think about endgame for Grey’s,” Dungey said. “We are doing better in Season 13 than we have done in awhile, and I feel that the show creatively is firing on all cylinders. As long as the fans remain engaged, ratings are good and Shonda creatively is excited about it, let’s keep going.”
Shonda Rhimes Mum on #TGIT's Return Getting Bumped for Trump: 'I'm Not in Charge of Scheduling'(1/10/17) Shonda Rhimes, publicly at least, has no opinion on ABC’s decision to push the returns of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder back a week to make room for a Donald Trump pre-inauguration special.
On Monday, the network announced that the official 2017 premiere of its full #TGIT lineup — previously slated for Thursday, Jan. 19 — will now air on Jan. 26, to make way for America’s First Family: The Trumps Go to Washington (airing Jan. 19 at 10/9c, leading out of Grey’s and Scandal repeats).
The change-up was made to ensure that the long-awaited return of #TGIT, Scandal now included, would feature three new episodes.
“I just think that ABC does its programming,” Rhimes told TVLine on Tuesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, where she was appearing via satellite. “I’m not in charge of scheduling. I’m fine with whatever they want to do. It has nothing to do with my job. I stay in my lane.
“I honestly don’t have anything to do with programming or scheduling, and don’t pay attention to it or spend very much time caring about it,” she maintained.
When later asked to comment on the phone call she presumably got to inform her of the #TGIT delay, the prolific and highly successful TV producer deferred, “I am not going to comment on conversations I’ve had with my bosses, because I like my job.”
Once again, ABC’s #TGIT slate — Grey’s, Scandal Season 6 and HTGAWM — will now premiere Thursday, Jan. 26.
Grey's, Scandal and HTGAWM Returns Delayed for Pre-Inauguration Special(1/9/17) ABC is postponing the return of #TGIT — and you have president-elect Donald Trump to thank for it. Sort of.
The network announced on Monday that the premieres of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder — previously slated for Thursday, Jan. 19 — will now air on Jan. 26, because of a special pre-inauguration installment of 20/20.
America’s First Family: The Trumps Go to Washington will air at 10/9c, following repeats of Grey’s (8 pm) and Scandal (9 pm). The decision was made to ensure that the long-awaited return of #TGIT would feature three new episodes.
Sure, it’s only one more week of waiting, but be honest: On a scale from 1 to 10, how annoyed are you?
PaleyFest 2017 Unveils Full Lineup: Grey's, Walking Dead, PLL and More(1/7/17) Is your March free, TV fans? Good, because PaleyFest has a lot of things to fill up your calendar.
The annual TV festival — slated for March 17-26 at L.A.’s Dolby Theatre — has released their full 2017 panel lineup, and it kicks off in bloody good fashion with AMC’s zombie hit The Walking Dead. For those who haven’t been, PaleyFest panels feature a discussion with the casts and producers of today’s hit shows, including questions from the audience.
More just-announced highlights: ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (March 19); the final seasons of Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars (March 25) and BBC America’s Orphan Black (March 23); and a “Super Hero” event (March 18) featuring the stars of The CW’s DC Comics dramas. (PaleyFest previously announced panels for Westworld, This Is Us and American Horror Story: Roanoke.)
Here’s the full slate:
Tickets go on sale next week; check the official PaleyFest site for details. But if you can’t make it all the way to Hollywood, Hulu (the official media sponsor of PaleyFest) will be streaming clips and archived panels from this year’s festival as well.
Grey's Anatomy's Jerrika Hinton Joins Alan Ball's New HBO Drama Series — Is Stephanie on Borrowed Time?(1/6/17) Is Stephanie about to hang up her white coat at Grey’s Anatomy?
Jerrika Hinton has been cast in Alan Ball’s upcoming HBO series, our sister site Deadline reports.
Ball’s tragicomic new drama follows the Bishops, a multi-racial family made up of a philosophy professor father, his lawyer wife (played by Holly Hunter), their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia, and their sole biological child.
Hinton will play Ashley, one of the adopted children who is now the powerhouse behind an online fashion shopping site. Ashley was was born in America to Somalian refugees, and was adopted by the Bishops when her mother died and her father was deported. Ashley is beginning to struggle with her cultural identity.
Hinton currently is a series regular on Grey‘s; it’s not yet known how her involvement in Ball’s new project will affect her role on the ABC medical drama. In March, she nabbed the female lead of a Shondaland comedy pilot called Toast; at the time, Hinton was in discussion to possibly take part in both shows via a reduction in her Grey’s role, but ABC eventually passed on the project.
Daniel Zovatto (Fear the Walking Dead), Sosie Bacon (Scream) and Raymond Lee also were cast as other members of the Bishop family.
Grey's Anatomy Mystery: Why Is Mer Acting Like She's in High School?(1/2/17) Let’s get one thing straight right upfront: I love Meredith. The Grey’s Anatomy doctor is a total badass — tough as leather, smart as hell and enviably snarktastic to boot. But the reasons I love her are the same reasons I’m so mystified and bothered by her behavior during Season 13. Why is she acting like she’s — and treating Maggie like they’re — in high school?
If you’ll recall, after Mer’s secret Season 12 hookup with Nathan, Maggie announced out of the blue that, all of a sudden, she like-liked her fellow surgeon and suspected that he like-liked her back. He didn’t, though; he like-liked Mer. (And, while Grey would be loathe to admit it, she dug him, too.) Yet, no matter how many opportunities Maggie gave her half sibling to say, grown woman to grown woman, “Sorry, sis. Been there, tapped that, and probably will again,” Mer remained silent.
Actually, no — Grey didn’t just keep her lips zipped; in a plot that could’ve been hatched in study hall, she orchestrated a whole charade to keep Maggie in the dark, instructing Riggs to let her down gently. And, every step of the way, I kept coming back to the same question: Why?
Mer, Maggie and Nathan are all adults. Mer hadn’t done anything to hurt Maggie, whose fixation with Riggs came on faster than a heart attack. (If there’s a sis code that parallels the bro code, it can’t possibly extend to the shagging of guys in whom one’s sister hasn’t previously expressed any romantic interest.) And — perhaps this bears repeating — they’re all adults.
If this was Riverdale, I might understand why Veronica would jump through hoops to keep Betty from finding out that she’d kissed the high-school hottie she hadn’t known her pal was into. But this isn’t Riverdale, it’s Grey’s. And Mer isn’t a sophomore, she’s a doctor, a mother, a widow — she’s lived, she’s loved, she’s lost. Are we to believe that the sum total of her experience tells her that the best way to respect Maggie’s feelings and acknowledge her own is to lie? Hasn’t Mer been through too much to put herself — and people for whom she cares — through such JV nonsense, never mind whip up that nonsense in the first place?
Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery Welcome Baby No. 3(12/29/16) Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery are now the proud parents of three.
"Family and baby are all doing great," the Grey's Anatomy actress' rep told Us Weekly Thursday, shortly after pictures of Ivery hiking with his newborn child were published by The Daily Mail. Details, including the baby's measurements, name, sex and weight, have not yet been revealed.
The couple, who wed in 2007, are already parents to Stella Luna, 7, and Sienna May, 2. Pompeo gave birth to Stella in 2009, while her second daughter arrived via surrogate in 2014.
Ellen Pompeo Calls for Boycott of 'Pathetic' A&E Over KKK Series(12/21/16) Ellen Pompeo will not be tuning into A&E’s Ku Klux Klan-themed Generation KKK when it debuts on Tuesday, Jan. 10. And she’s urging her fans to tune the controversial reality series out as well. In fact, the Grey’s Anatomy star is urging folks to boycott all of A&E’s programming.
“Shame on you A&E,” Pompeo fumed on Twitter. “Hey, I have an idea, why don’t we all never watch anything on A&E again — who’s with me?”
The actress went on to call A&E execs “desperate” and “pathetic,” adding that the network’s name stands for “we will try to put Anything and Everything on TV.”
Shonda Rhimes selling her TV writing secrets for $90(12/20/16) (Video) You could be the next Shonda Rhimes … for a price.
The mastermind behind hit shows “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” is offering a TV writers masterclass for $90.
She promises to deliver tips on how to create characters, write a plot, pitch your idea and be a successful showrunner in five hours.
Rhimes, 46, is the latest veteran to share her wealth of knowledge with the masses.
Previous Masterclass teachers include Aaron Sorkin, who teaches screenwriting, Serena Williams, who teaches tennis and chef Gordon Ramsay who teaches cooking.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Kevin McKidd could be your landlord(12/20/16) You probably know actor Kevin McKidd as impassioned trauma surgeon Dr. Owen Hunt on “Grey’s Anatomy.” If you’re an HBO fan, you’ll know him as military leader Lucious Vorenus in “Rome.” Now, anyone who can pony up $7,900 rent per month will know him as “My Landlord,” as he’s attempting to rent out his private and stylish home in the Hollywood Hills.
Just last year, McKidd, a native of Scotland and resident of Los Angeles, became a U.S. citizen, along with his wife, Jane, and their children, Joseph, 16, and Iona, 14. Then in July, the couple announced they were parting ways but would actively co-parent. Now the family home us up for rent.
The place isn’t large, but it certainly is lovely—you won’t be mistaking it for the woodsy trailer McKidd’s character crashed in circa Season 10. Measuring 1,600 square feet with three bedrooms, two baths, and a guesthouse/artist studio/office, the California home is located in the hills, between legendary Laurel Canyon and even more legendary Mulholland Drive.
Surrounded by walls and protected by a gate, it is indeed secluded and private—perfect for that guilty pleasure/binge session of “Grey’s Anatomy” we already know you’re planning.
The “French/Tuscan with a modern edge” home has a cozy chef’s kitchen with custom cabinetry and Sub-Zero and Viking appliances. It opens to a large living and dining area with a wood-burning fireplace and a wall of French doors. The house also features a master suite with a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a large soaking tub and a separate shower. With all these upgrades, you know it’s a home that won’t need surgery. (Yep, we went there.)
But it’s the gardens that really set the home apart. Visible from almost every room, the gardens feature ornamental trees, bushes, flowers, and lawns, all accessible by gravel walking paths, A kidney-shaped pool is situated below a terraced seating area with a fire pit. It definitely epitomizes southern California living in the area, a far cry from what McKidd grew up with in Scotland.
In addition to his TV work, McKidd has been on the big screen as well. His breakout role was Tommy in Danny Boyle‘s “Trainspotting” in 1996. Since then, you’ve seen him in films such as “Kingdom of Heaven” and “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” and heard him in the Disney animated feature “Brave.”
In addition, he’s a seasoned director, having helmed a number of “Grey’s Anatomy” episodes. We’ll see how well his director skills transition to overseeing the lease of his home.
Shonda Rhimes 9 Qs About Grey's(12/20/16) Ahead of Grey’s Anatomy‘s return on Thursday, Jan. 19, I put in a request to speak to series creator Shonda Rhimes about the second half of the ABC drama’s 13th season. She was unable to hop on the phone with me due to her busy schedule, but she agreed to answer a handful of questions via email. What follows are her unedited answers.
TVLINE | Nathan and Meredith: How will their relationship – or lack thereof – evolve during the second half of the season?
SHONDA RHIMES | Meredith’s journey is always interesting and complex. There are so many aspects to her as woman, a surgeon, a sister and a mother.
TVLINE | As close as Meredith and Alex are, and as romantically lost as they are, why haven’t they considered possibly becoming more than friends by now?
That’s like asking me why haven’t I had a certain kind of cheese. The answer is, ‘Because I haven’t had that kind of cheese.’
TVLINE | Are you interested in finding a way to bring Callie back into the fold this season, even if just for an episode or two? Have you had discussions with Sara?
I love Sara Ramirez and I love Callie Torres.
TVLINE | How will the dynamic between Arizona and Eliza (Marika Dominczyk) differ from the one between Arizona and Callie?
I don’t look at it in terms of dynamics and I can’t possibly compare Arizona and Callie’s marriage with what is currently barely a flirtation. The fun comes with waiting to see what unfolds.
TVLINE | If DeLuca were to drop the charges against Alex, what would be his motivation — DeLuca’s feelings for Jo (and what are those, anyway?), his sense of Alex’s actual remorse?
[Rhimes declined to answer]
TVLINE | How have DeLuca’s feelings toward Jo been developing over the course of this season, and how do you foresee them developing?
I think we’ve all had a chance to watch what’s happened between Jo and Andrew. I am not sure that it’s mature to put a name on what’s going on at the moment.
TVLINE | How will co-parenting impact Jackson and April’s separation? And what’s the possibility of Harriet bringing them together again as an actual couple?
This isn’t a new issue so we’ve already seen any and all issues that this might entail. It’s such a positive thing to watch our characters behave as fully formed adults who know how to co-parent. What’s great is that parenting has nothing to do with their storyline this season — it gets much more interesting than you’d imagine…
TVLINE | If Megan (Bridget Reagan) were to turn out to be alive, where could you imagine her fitting into the world of Grey’s, professionally and romantically?
I don’t even know how to answer this question as it confuses me deeply.
TVLINE | Will there be a wedding before the season is up?
Weddings do not define my characters. I thought we all learned that when Meredith nailed a Post-It note to her wall.
NAACP Image Awards(12/14/16) 48th Image Awards ill be announced February 11 at ceremony airing live on TV One.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
‘Unforgettable’ Trailer: Katherine Heigl’s An Angry Mom In Thriller From First-Time Director Denise Di Novi(12/14/16) (Video) Picture this: Your marriage has crumbled, you’re barely coping, and your spouse already is happily engaged — meaning a stranger will be helping to raise your child. You’re jealous and pissed. Not a recipe for shiny happiness.
Here is the first trailer for Unforgettable, a thriller from producer and rookie director Denise Di Novi. Katherine Heigl plays Tessa, for whom the ugly scenario outlined above is a fact. Her ex (Geoff Stults) has taken up with Julia (Rosario Dawson), who is trying to settle into her new role as a wife and a stepmother to young Lilly (Isabella Rice). Julia believes she finally has met the man of her dreams, who can help her put her troubled past behind her. But Tessa’s jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into her ultimate nightmare.
“There was a time when I thought we were on the road to getting back together,” Tessa confides over drinks with Julia. “Then,” she adds ominously, “he met you.”
Unforgettable marks a reunion for Heigl and Di Novi, who worked together on 2010’s Life as We Know It. Simon Kassianides, Whitney Cummings, Robert Wisdom and Cheryl Ladd co-star in the film written by Christina Hodson and David Leslie Johnson. Warner Bros opens it wide on April 21. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think.
CBS Sets Dates for Katherine Heigl's Doubt(11/30/16) CBS has unveiled its midseason premiere plan, and Grey’s Anatomy grad Katherine Heigl will start raising Doubt on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 10/9c, a week after Code Black sews up Season 2.
Doubt stars Heigl as a brilliant attorney who falls for a client (Rescue Me‘s Stephen Pasquale) recently accused of murder. The ensemble also includes Laverne Cox (OITNB), Dulé Hill (Psych), Dreama Walker (The Good Wife), Elliott Gould (Ray Donovan) and Kobi Libii (Alpha House).
Int'l Emmys to honor prolific TV producer Shonda Rhimes(11/20/16) TV producer Shonda Rhimes didn't get the president she wanted in the recent election, but she'll be receiving a special honor from the president she created at the International Emmy Awards Gala.
"Scandal" star Tony Goldwyn, who plays President Fitzgerald Grant in the ABC TV drama, will be presenting the honorary International Emmy Founders Award to Rhimes Monday night at the Hilton New York.
Rhimes took time out from her television productions to help produce the short video biopic shown at the Democratic National Convention in July right before Hillary Clinton took the stage to accept the party's presidential nomination.
Bruce L. Paisner, president and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, said Rhimes is a worthy recipient of the award because she "has truly made a global impact on television." Besides "Scandal," she is also the writer, executive producer and creator of such hit series as "Grey's Anatomy" and "How to Get Away with Murder."
"Shonda Rhimes is in a league of her own — not only does she have an entire night of primetime on ABC in the United States, but her groundbreaking shows and iconic characters are avidly followed by over 300 million viewers worldwide, in 67 languages," Paisner said. "And she repeatedly keeps surprising the industry and her audiences, with her new shows and story lines."
The presentation to Rhimes will be the centerpiece of the International Emmy Awards Gala in which 40 nominees from 15 countries will be competing in 10 categories. The awards show, hosted by "The Good Wife" star Alan Cumming, honors excellence in television programming outside the U.S.
Brazil had a leading seven nominations, followed by Britain with six.
Oscar-winners Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench were nominated in the acting categories for their roles in the BBC One TV movie "Roald Dahl's Esio Trot," based on Dahl's children's novel about a lonely aging bachelor who tries to woo the widow in the flat below, who is overly fond of her pet tortoise. The other British nominees are "Hoff the Record" (comedy), "My Son the Jihadi" (documentary), "Gogglebox" (non-scripted entertainment), and "Capital" (TV movie/miniseries).
Brazilian nominees include Alexandre Nero (best actor) for "A Regra do Jogo (Rules of the Game)" and Grazi Massafera (best actress) for "Verdades Secretas (Hidden Truths)," ''Zorra (The Mess)" in the comedy category and "Adotada" for non-scripted entertainment.
Germany had five nominations, including best TV movie/miniseries and best actor (Florian Stetter) for "Nackt Unter Wolfen (Naked Among Wolves)," an adaptation of the novel by East German author Bruno Apitz about prisoners in the Buchenwald concentration camp who risk their lives to hide a Polish-Jewish boy.
Paisner said the competition for best drama series includes two countries represented for the first time in this category: the United Arab Emirates for "Waiting for Jasmin" and Canada for "19-2."
The honorary International Emmy Directorate Award will be presented to Maria Rorbye Ronn, CEO and director general of the Danish Broadcasting Corp.
Patrick Dempsey and his wife share romantic meal in Rome(11/18/16) Patrick Dempsey called off his divorce to his wife of 17 years, Jillian, recently and was seen with her in Rome this week at a romantic dinner for two.
A spy said the duo was at Antica Pesa by a fireplace where “they were very intimate .?.?. staring lovingly into each other’s eyes.”
The lovebirds arrived at 9 p.m. and left at midnight.
Former “Grey’s Anatomy” star Dempsey was unceremoniously killed off from the show after reportedly being a diva on set, but he’s bounced back with recent film “Bridget Jones’s Baby.”
Ratings: HTGAWM Ties Season High; Grey's Also Rises With Fall Finale(11/18/16) How to Get Away With Murder‘s #UnderTheSheet reveal drew 4.9 million total viewers and a 1.4 rating, rising 14 and 16 percent week-to-week to deliver best-since-premiere numbers and ties its season high in the demo.
Opening ABC’s night, Grey’s Anatomy (8 mil/2.1) grew 10 percent and two tenths with its own fall finale, while the penultimate Notorious (4.1 mil/0.9) was flat.
Providing significantly stiffer competition than NBC’s usual lineup, Thursday Night Football averaged 9.6 mil and a 2.7, down 10 percent from CBS’ most recent TNF broadcast.
Elsewhere in the land of ratings….
THE CW | Legends of Tomorrow (1.86 mil/0.6) was steady, while Supernatural (1.79 mil/0.7) ticked up a tenth.
FOX | Rosewood (3.1 mil/0.7) and Pitch (2.4 mil/0.7) were steady in the demo, while ticking down to their smallest audiences ever.
CBS | Big Bang (14.2 mil/3.1) and The Great Indoors (7.5 mil/1.5) slipped three and two tenths, respectively. Mom (7.6 mil/1.4) and Life in Pieces (6.6 mil/1.4) each ticked down a tenth, while drawing season-best audiences. Pure Genius (5.3 mil/0.9) was steady.
Grey's Anatomy Fall Finale Recap: Alex's Fate, Jo's Confession — Plus: Kevin McKidd on Owen/Mer/Nathan(11/17/16) After an apartment building collapsed in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy fall finale, it looked like Grey Sloan might just follow suit — at least metaphorically.
Learning that she was being called to testify at Alex’s trial, Jo finally confessed to her former almost-fiancé that she was married to an abusive husband from whom she’d run away (and might have to again). Rather than put her through that, Karev decided — over Meredith’s strenuous objections — to plead out and go to prison for two years. (Whether he’d actually go through with it remained to be seen.)
In other developments, Richard learned from Eliza before Bailey that his role in the residency program was becoming “ornamental,” which led to Maggie teaming up with Jackson to drum up support for her dad; “human rainbow” Arizona played hilariously hard-to-get with Minnick, then agreed to have a drink with her; and, over the course of treating a two-timing husband with Owen, Nathan not only learned that Hunt had been married before Amelia, he’d cheated on first wife Cristina.
Speaking of Amelia, she left a “Dear Owen” letter and took off! Here, Kevin McKidd, who plays Hunt, discusses his character’s next move, potential reaction to Grey and Riggs’ hookup and the Megan bombshell that he hopes will be dropped.
TVLINE | Owen and Nathan made some real progress in healing old wounds in this episode. How much of that do you attribute to Owen’s “conversation” with Megan last week?
He definitely had time in that O.R. to come to terms with something that he never had. He let go of some of that anger, and that’s very significant for him. In the episode we’re about to shoot, we’re going to see Owen and Nathan sort of confiding in each other more.
TVLINE | Which, evolutionally, makes sense. Once upon a time, they were tight.
Right. Owen was going to be Nathan’s best man. They were the best of friends. So it’s really great to start unpacking that and seeing what form that friendship is going to take now. They’re both very headstrong men who are dominant in their fields. So there will obviously be clashes between them, too. But we saw in the recent episode where they performed surgery together that they work brilliantly as a team. Hopefully, we’ll see more of that.
TVLINE | How do you think Owen will react to Nathan’s sorta-relationship with Meredith?
Owen will probably be the last to know. He tries to stay out of the gossip. But I’m hoping he doesn’t take it too badly. He’s very connected to Meredith. She’s been his rock for quite some time, [and will be] especially during the disappearance of Amelia. He’s been really leaning on Meredith, so it’ll be interesting to see where Owen stands [on her and Riggs’ possible romance]. He doesn’t really have much right to be too territorial over her. He knows the hell that she’s been through, and knows more than anyone that we all deserve a chance at happiness. So you never know — in a few seasons’ time, Owen might be Nathan’s best man!
TVLINE | Unless, of course, Megan turns out to be alive.
To throw her into the mix [with Meredith and Nathan] would be fascinating and pretty explosive, and Owen would be right in the center of that — mediating probably! It would be a fun thing to play with. I would love for Megan to appear again down the line. She’s really about the only person you’ve ever seen who has been able to poke fun at Owen!
TVLINE | In the meantime, is he going to be able to respect Amelia’s wishes and not try to find her?
Owen being Owen… man, he’s a hunter. You saw what he was like when Megan disappeared: He didn’t stop looking for her for years! So he’s going to be like a dog with a bone. He’s going to find out where she is. It’s hard for him, because he loves her! But she keeps doing this thing where everything looks like we’re on track, and then something happens and she pulls away.
TVLINE | Yeah, you can kinda only do that so many times.
There’s going to come a point where Owen has to confront her. He knows the cross she has to bear, but at a certain point, you have to start living your life and stop running away from it. [Of course], for Owen, the big nightmare of this situation is the baby question. He has been for many years longing to be a father, and that was not possible with Cristina. He and Amelia had the conversation before they got married, but the goalpost seems to have moved, and maybe she doesn’t want kids anymore. That’s Owen’s worst nightmare, in a sense. He thought they’d already made those agreements. Now he’s faced with the same nightmare choice [as when he was with Cristina]: Can I be with someone who potentially doesn’t want to raise a family with me, when it’s the thing that I really want to do? We’re almost up to the point of deal-breakers.
TVLINE | I know Amelia left so that Caterina Scorsone could go on maternity leave. Do you know how long she will be off the show?
I think she’s gone about three episodes. So Owen and Amelia will have the talk soon, I imagine.
Grey's Anatomy Fall Finale Preview: Kevin McKidd Talks Megan's Impact on Owen/Nathan's Reigniting Bromance(11/16/16) Although the promos for the fall finale of Grey’s Anatomy promise “nothin’ but bombshells,” it’s a comparatively quiet development that could end up having the longest-lasting impact on the ABC drama. At last, “Owen and Nathan’s relationship is starting to thaw,” Kevin McKidd tells TVLine. “They’re not fully friends again yet, but after the episode where they were with the baby [Harriet] together and that kinda stuff, they’ve just naturally started to reignite that friendship.”
In Thursday’s episode “You Haven’t Done Nothin'” (8/7c), working side by side after a building collapse further breaks the tension between the once-and-possibly-future besties. Owen even finds himself “confiding in Nathan about his concerns about Amelia and his life,” McKidd previews. “It’s a really great development to see, especially because Owen has had an axe to grind with him for so long. We’re finally beginning to get a sense of what their friendship was.”
And it’s all thanks to last week’s bottle episode, in which Owen conjured up visions of Megan, the beloved sister to whom his pal had been unfaithful. “Her trying to let Owen off the hook and say ‘You can let me go’ was, psychologically, so important for him,” McKidd suggests. “That’s why we’re now starting to see these initial steps in [the guys’ renewed] friendship.”
We’re also starting to see what the actor’s real-life relationship is like with co-star Martin Henderson. “We’ve gotten along great since the first day,” McKidd says, “but we had to play this me-hating-him thing. It was kind of getting to the point where I was like, ‘Why do I always have to be in a bad mood when this guy’s in the room?’ So it’s nice to be getting into an arena that plays more like the dynamic we have off camera.”
As influential as Megan was in just one installment, don’t expect her to reappear to facilitate any more male bonding — not anytime soon, anyway. Though McKidd calls Bridget Regan, who played his sib, “the coolest person,” she won’t be returning “for the time being.
“I’m not saying that that will be forever,” he hastens to add, “but for the time being, no, we will not be seeing her.”
People’s Choice Awards Nominees Set(11/15/16) Here’s another election America must undertake: Voting opens today for the People’s Choice Awards 2017. Nominees were unveiled this morning at Paley Center in Los Angeles, with online voting set to run through December 15 and winners announced during a ceremony January 18 at Microsoft Theater L.A. Live and broadcast on CBS.
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Patrick & Jill Dempsey -- It's Official ... We're NOT Divorcing!(11/12/16) Patrick and Jill Dempsey are officially out of splitsville and chilling in backtogethertown.
Jill filed legal docs to have her divorce petition dismissed from court. A judge obliged and tossed it less than a week later ... according to docs obtained by TMZ.
The court's action just dots the I's and crosses the T's on what we knew was going to happen months ago. As we reported ... Patrick and Jill backed out of divorce talk after she had filed in 2015.
She wanted him to cut back on his racing. He did and the canoodling in St. Barts back in February proved they were back on track.
Ratings: Grey's Anatomy Eyes Series Low, Big Bang Theory Rises(11/12/16) Grey’s Anatomy‘s somewhat experimental episode on Thursday night drew 7.2 million total viewers and a 1.9 rating, dipping 6 and 9 percent to what appears to be the 13-year-old drama’s second-smallest audience ever, while tying its all-time demo low (set April 2, 2015).
Leading out of that, Notorious (3.8 mil/0.9) was up a tenth, while HTGAWM (4.3 mil/1.2) was steady.
Elsewhere on the night….
THE CW | Legends (1.8 mil/0.6) was steady, while Supernatural (1.7 mil/0.6) ticked down.
FOX | Rosewood (3.3 mil/0.7) dipped to match season lows, while Pitch (2.6 mil/0.7) slipped to its lowest numbers yet.
CBS | Big Bang (14.2 mil/3.4), Great Indoors (7.9 mil/1.9), Mom (7.1 mil/1.5) and Life in Pieces (6.2 mil/1.4) were all up, while Pure Genius (5.3 mil/0.9) was steady.
NBC | Pending adjustment due to NFL preemption in Cleveland and Baltimore, Superstore equaled (4.4 mil/1.3) and hit (4.5 mil/1.4) best-since-premiere ratings, Chicago Med (7.4 mil/1.5) matched its season high and Blacklist (6.5 mil/1.4) hit a season high.
Read Shonda Rhimes' 'Spectacular' Email to Ellen Pompeo(11/11/16) No, WikiLeaks didn’t hack into Shonda Rhimes‘ email account. Our rare glimpse into the Grey’s Anatomy creator’s private digital space comes courtesy of Ellen Pompeo.
On Thursday, Pompeo shared an email she received from Rhimes, in which the Grey’s boss lauded the actress — as well as co-stars Kevin McKidd, Jerrika Hinton and James Pickens Jr. — for their work in Thursday’s artsy outing. (We’re guessing the fifth recipient of the email was exec producer Debbie Allen, who helmed the “bottle episode” in question.)
“Just a note to let you all know how beautiful I think tonight’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy is,” Rhimes gushed. “The performances you all gave, the work you clearly put in, the choices, the direction, everything — it’s spectacular. Truly truly.”
The change-of-pace episode revolved around a single surgery performed by Pompeo’s Meredith, Pickens’ Richard, McKidd’s Owen and Hinton’s Stephanie and was punctuated by a series of flashbacks.
Check out Rhimes’ full email here.
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Zero Patience(11/11/16) The term “complicated surgery” took on a whole new meaning in Thursday’s artful Debbie Allen-directed Grey’s Anatomy, as sleep deprivation, short tempers, hurt feelings and a whole lotta memories crowded into the O.R. along with Meredith, Richard, Owen and Stephanie. Did the patient manage to survive not only multiple procedures but his caregivers’ vivid recollections of, among others, Hunt’s long-discussed, presumed-dead sister? Read on and find out.
‘WHEN HE’S PISSED, HE REALLY LIKES TO TEACH’ | Early on in “The Room Where It Happens,” a well-rested Richard joined his exhausted colleagues in surgery after two motorists were rushed into Grey Sloan’s E.R. following a freeway collision. In no time, Webber became upset that the docs were behaving with the John Doe like “mechanics… treating [him] like a sack of organs on a table,” so he challenged them to play a game: Make the patient someone in their minds — anyone they wanted.
When Mer and Owen weren’t arguing over whether, with John Doe’s liver already shredded, his kidney could be saved — she said no; he, yes — Richard started the game by imagining that the man was actually a beautiful 46-year-old woman named Gail, a cellist with three kids. He didn’t get much further, however, before he was drawn into a fight with Mer over whether to call UNOS for an emergency liver. (Ultimately, she ended the debate by pointing out that, as Chief of General Surgery, “I outrank you.” Snap!)
‘WHY ARE YOU GUILTY, EEYORE?’ | When Owen was called upon to personalize the patient, he insisted that he didn’t have to, that he’d successfully operated on many a John Doe while enlisted. Bulls—, sis Megan (guest star Bridget Regan) declared in his head. He’d always made it a priority to get hold of their dog tags. Before long, as she razzed him about turning into their father and suturing as slowly as a tortoise, it became harder and harder to imagine how Nathan could have cheated on Megan. She was charming!
Later, Owen’s imagined sibling asked if he felt guilty since he’d begun to lighten up on Riggs. Or was the problem his new wife? He should have married Mer, “Megan” argued. Oh, and BTW, “you’re not gonna choke anybody again, are you?” (Man, Owen’s imagination is not a nice place to be!) At the end of all this, Hunt decided to side with Richard about the transplant, and, to Mer’s chagrin, removed John Doe’s liver.
‘IF YOU’VE GOT SOMETHING TO SAY, SPEAK UP!’ | Deducing that the patient was suffering from a not-as-uncommon-as-everyone-thinks autoimmune disease, Stephanie pictured her younger self quoting from the medical books she’d read while hospitalized for sickle-cell-anemia treatment, and piped up with a suggestion to save the guy’s life. Was it risky? Hell, yeah. But “if I were on the table,” she said, “I’d want the risky thing.”
After the foursome learned that the patient was Carl Henley, a married father of two, he lay dying on the table, sending Mer flashing back to Derek’s demise. Before anyone in the present could do as she ordered and inform the family that they were about to lose Carl, they got his heartbeat back. At that point, Grey realized, “It’s time to compromise, for all of us,” and recalled the awful moment when she had to tell little Bailey and Zola that she couldn’t fix their daddy, “because he’s dead.”
‘IT’S A HAIL MARY’ | Off that heartbreaking scene, Mer realized that Richard hadn’t made up Gail, prompting him to admit that yes, she was his mother. And he’d always hated the constant drone of her cello playing… until, that is, it stopped. As he challenged Stephanie to diagnose Gail based on her symptoms — she’d died of pancreatic cancer, it turned out — Mer got the bright idea to repair part of Carl’s liver and use it for his transplant.
Miraculously, as the episode drew to a close, the daring procedure seemed to have worked. Before washing up and heading home, Mer apologized to Richard for barking at him… then, for a brief, wonderful, awful, wound-reopening instant, she imagined that she was looking right at Derek, alive and well and smiling his million-dollar smile. “Hi,” he said. And, that fast, a nurse interrupted, snapping Grey out of her reverie. Sigh.
Grey's Anatomy Is Staging a Tense "One-Act Play" This Week(11/9/16) This week's episode of Grey's Anatomy, "The Room Where It Happens" -- thanks, Hamilton! -- is unlike any the show has ever done before. The installment is a "bottle episode," taking place entirely in an OR (in the present tense, anyway), and only featuring the characters Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), Owen (Kevin McKidd), Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) and Webber (James Pickens Jr.).
"The episode is basically a one-act play, and that's awesome," Hinton tells TVGuide.com. "It's the structure of the episode itself that requires more from you. Because you're shooting it in order and because it is theater essentially, you must be alive in every moment, and you must constantly be listening and constantly be focused. It's a fantastic challenge that I would love to have more often. Normally the way that we shoot things, you're shooting a two-page thing and you're done. This was not that. It was all of us in there for 12 or 14 hours a day for eight or nine days. ... It was a really phenomenal, wonderful challenge that I wish we could do more of."
As the foursome operate on a badly banged-up patient, Webber employs some of his new teaching techniques courtesy of Eliza Minnick and instructs the doctors to forge a personal connection with the patient. In Webber's mind, the doctors should give their patients identities, rather than treating them as John or Jane Does.
"Typically in our show, the audience experiences us having these connections to our patients, and it's something that we normally fight against," Hinton says. "In this particular episode, we're kind of encouraged to lean into that, and it's interesting to see how that helps this particular case. ... The benefit of encouraging that personal connection is that it does a great deal to help undercut that god complex that surgeons can have, and that is exhibited often in our show. The more human you see the person on the table, the more you fight for them, and the more the fight is about them, and not about your own prowess and power. ... In terms of how it could be a detriment to the process, it's kind of the flip side of that same coin. The more human you make your patient, the more entwined with the outcome you are. You don't have that professional sense of... not necessarily remove, but distance. And so it can be hard to navigate what is prudent in the moment."
As the doctors (and Webber himself) follow his instructions, it drudges up memories for each of them. Without giving too much away, Meredith recalls back to the day she lost Derek (Patrick Dempsey), we finally get a glimpse of Owen interacting with his sister Megan and Stephanie is flooded with memories about growing up with a chronic illness.
"Everybody in that place has ghosts. Every surgeon there has ghosts that inform the way that they practice," Hinton says. "What you find out with Stephanie is that her ghost isn't a separate person, it's not a separate entity. It's her. It's this other version of her, and I think that's a bit unique. It makes her challenges, the things that drive her, a bit more complex and a bit more nuanced, perhaps, than she's been given credit for."
The scenes are played out in flashbacks, with the present-day doctors interacting with the ghosts from their pasts. "The way that this is set up with all of the magical realism in there, all of the spectacle ... standing in the room and seeing the special sets they built specifically for this and the little shadowboxes built into the set, it was all super theatrical on the day," Hinton says. "I'm excited to see how that plays out."
And in Stephanie's case, viewers will see a side of her that hasn't been on display before. "She has this burst of insight into what's likely happening, and her superiors aren't willing to hear this," Hinton says. "So, she has to fight for this patient. This is kind of a story beat that we're used to seeing in every episode, right? That the surgeon has this amazing realization and then has to go in and fight for this patient, against all odds. But she's also fighting for this younger version of herself."
She continues: "There was nobody that could advocate for her in the way that she wanted when she was a kid growing up. And so, she now gets to do that and is compelled to do so, because if this patient dies on the table and no one advocates for him in a proper way and all of it gets mired down in all of the bickering and who's right, who's wrong, then that's on her shoulder. This is perhaps the first time that she's had the opportunity to seriously advocate for somebody and seriously take responsibility and kind of a deep ownership in a patient's outcome. ... That's a responsibility she doesn't take lightly."
Kate Walsh Cast In Universal’s ‘Girls’ Trip’ & ‘#REALITYHIGH’ For Netflix(11/9/16) Grey’s Anatomy alum Kate Walsh has come aboard Girls Trip, from Universal/Will Packer Productions. The R-rated comedy stars Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, Deborah Ayorinde and Mike Colter and follows college best friends who get together for their traditional trip to Essence magazine’s annual convention in New Orleans. Malcolm Lee is directing.
Walsh will play a crude and ballsy talent agent. Packer and James Lopez are producing the pic, which is scheduled for release July 21.
Walsh has also landed a role in the Fernando Lebrija-directed Netflix comedy #REALITYHIGH, written by Brandon Broussard, Hudson Obayuwana and Jana Savage. The film is about a nerdy girl who must learn how to handle the pitfalls of high school when a social media celebrity classmate becomes her enemy. Walsh will play a quirky doctor at an animal shelter who is single and always hunting for a man. Nesta Cooper, Alicia Sanz, Jake Borelli and Keith Powers co-star. Jane Fleming and Mark Ordesky produce the film, which will debut on the streaming service July 17.
Walsh is perhaps best known for her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on the ABC’s Grey’s and its spinoff Private Practice. She also is in production on the Tom McCarthy-Selena Gomez Netflix series Thirteen Reasons Why. Her film credits include the supernatural thriller Legion and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
She is repped by Gersh and Luber Roklin.
Caterina Scorsone Gives Birth! Grey's Anatomy Star Welcomes Her Second Child(11/8/16) This year's election is going to be one to remember for Caterina Scorsone!
After casting her vote for Decision 2016, the Grey's Anatomy star shared some big news with her followers Tuesday afternoon.
Ladies and gentlemen, the actress is officially a mother of two!
"I'm with her," Caterina wrote on Twitter. "Introducing Paloma Michaela Giles. The future is female."
In the photo, the Hollywood star's baby is wearing an "I Voted" sticker on top of her polka-dot onesie. This is the second child for Caterina and her husband Rob Giles.
Back in August, news broke that the couple was expanding their family. In fact, the actress debuted her baby bump at the Disney ABC Television TCA Summer Press Tour.
Caterina later admitted that both mom and dad knew the sex of the baby. The public, however, would have to wait until their baby was born.
As for her final weeks of pregnancy, it certainly didn't stop the actress from working on the set of Grey's Anatomy and celebrating Halloween with her daughter.
"Hope your Halloween was magic," the pregnant star shared on Instagram while dressed as Tinkerbell. "#halloween2016."
Caterina isn't the only member of the Grey's family to have big family news to share. Just last month, Camilla Luddington announced that she was expecting her first child.
"Did you all head over and congratulate our newest Mama, @camilluddington on her pregnancy news??" she wrote on Twitter. "#greysbabies."
Congratulations to all!
Grey's Anatomy: Why Amelia's Private Practice Pregnancy Arc Should Be Mandatory Viewing(11/5/16) The sword may have fallen on Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) and Owen's (Kevin McKidd) relationship on Grey's Anatomy, but it's possible that not everyone understands why they're in such a rough spot.
After her pregnancy scare, Amelia's revelation to her new husband that she doesn't want to have a child might make many think she's simply being as adamantly child-free as his former flame Cristina (Sandra Oh). But like Owen, most Grey's Anatomy fans don't understand the full weight of Amelia's first traumatic pregnancy.
That's because, without watching Private Practice, the Grey's spin-off starring Kate Walsh, it's impossible to understand how Amelia's first attempt at motherhood played out. Even though Amelia explained the story to Alex (Justin Chambers) in last Thursday's episode, the full chilling effect of what she went through can't be appreciated unless you actually watch it happen. Her three-minute speech in the Grey Sloan Memorial break room only relays the bare facts of what happened. To fully comprehend the emotional impact, you must watch the four episodes that build the arc.
The good news? You can, because all of Private Practice is on Hulu and Netflix. The bad news? This is going to be an emotional train wreck for even the steeliest of Grey's fans.
Here's where to start:
Season 5, episode 8: "Who We Are"
Grey's fans know Amelia is an addict, but this episode shows her at her absolute worst. Finally at their breaking point, her friends and coworkers stage an intervention to try and get her off the prescription drugs she's been popping like candy. She's completely off the rails, but the one thing that is clear is that she loves Ryan (Wes Brown). After the intervention, they make a pact that they'll have one more binge night of drugs, then they'll check into rehab, get clean and start a family. They do a line of drugs, go to bed and Amelia wakes up to find Ryan dead of an overdose beside her.
This is important because when Amelia finds out she's pregnant later (and now on Grey's) we know it wasn't an accident. She and Ryan really wanted a family together, just like she wants with Owen, but then the worst possible thing happened.
Season 5, episode 19, "And Then There Was One"
Skip forward a bit and Amelia has successfully completed a stint at rehab. She's sober, pregnant and ready to meet her baby with her first ultrasound. However, it's only a few moments of joy before Addison (Walsh) drops a massive truth bomb about the baby's development, and Amelia must decide what she wants to do with the devastating information.
Season 5, episode 21, "Drifting Back"
Fast forward a little more and Amelia is getting closer and closer to carrying the baby to term. She's decided that she will donate her son's organs to help save other newborns in need. However, each passing day of the pregnancy gets harder and harder as all of her coworkers hover over her to make sure she isn't resorting to drugs to cope. The desperate lengths she goes to in order to maintain sanity without slipping back into addiction are heartbreaking and will make you marvel at how one person can withstand that amount of pain.
Season 5, episode 22, "Gone, Baby, Gone"
If you can only watch one of these episodes, make it this one. Amelia finally gives birth to her son and gets to hold him for a minute before making one of the most painful decisions that any mother could ever make. What's even more heart-wrenching is the speech she gives to Sam (Taye Diggs) to convince him to do the surgery she needs to complete the birth plan. Stock up on tissues, because this episode will not only help you understand Amelia in a whole new light, but will make you astounded that Scorsone doesn't have all the Emmys.
Grey's Anatomy's Caterina Scorsone breaks down Amelia's "emotional catatonia"
Only when you've seen the full scope of what Amelia went through on Private Practice can understand why it took a pregnancy scare to bring up these latent issues. She was able to move on after the death of her son, but in a lot of ways Amelia has been able to survive by not opening herself up to that kind of pain. Perhaps she believed that she had completely moved on from everything that happened, but is it humanly possible to ever completely heal yourself after an experience like that?
Yes, Amelia may have changed her mind about wanting a child with Owen, but this is a completely different situation from Cristina not wanting a family. Cristina has always been a surgeon first, everything else second. That made her and Owen fundamentally incompatible. Amelia's hesitance isn't about her values, but about fear, and a completely rational one at that. Addison promised that her son's condition wasn't caused by the drug usage, which means it could happen again for no reason. We saw what happened when April (Sarah Drew) got pregnant again after her and Jackson's (Jesse Williams) baby died -- could you expect Amelia to do that same?
However, it is as important for Owen to understand the full spectrum of what Amelia has been through. It's only once he knows the whole truth that he can find a way to help Amelia. Don't give up hope on them yet. With some counseling and some patience, it's entirely possible that Amelia and Owen can have the family they have always wanted, together and happy.
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.
Ratings: The Good Place Enters Hiatus With Uptick; Pitch, Supernatural Rise(11/4/16) NBC’s The Good Place said its temporary good-bye on Thursday with 4.4 million total viewers and a 1.4 rating, rising two tenths in the demo to a regular time slot high (pending any adjustment due to NFL bumps in Atlanta and Tampa).
Bookending the freshman comedy, Superstore (4.1 mil/1.2) dipped a tenth, while Chicago Med (7.4 mil/1.6) ticked up to its best rating since April 26. The Blacklist (6.2 mil/1.3) tied its season high.
Elsewhere on the night….
FOX | Rosewood (3.4 mil/0.8) was steady, while Pitch (2.8 mil/0.9) ticked up.
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (7.5 mil/2.1) and HTGAWM (4 mil/1.1) each dipped a tenth, with the latter tying its all-time lows. Notorious (3.6 mil/0.8) held steady.
THE CW | Legends (1.74 mil/0.6) was steady, while Supernatural (1.8 mil/0.7) rose a tenth.
CBS | Big Bang (13.9 mil/3.0), The Great Indoors (8.3 mil/1.7), Mom (7 mil/1.3) and Pure Genius (5.4 mil/0.9) each slipped about 10 percent, while Life in Pieces (6 mil/1.3) dipped a tenth.
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Job Insecurity(11/3/16) Saving lives almost took a backseat to saving livelihoods in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. As soon as Catherine brought in a consultant to evaluate Grey Sloan’s residency program, doctors from Richard on down were forced to wonder whether the next thing they were handed in the hospital was gonna be a scalpel or a pink slip. Did anyone actually get axed, though? Read on and find out.
‘HEADS ROLLED’ | As “Why Try to Change Me Now” began, word was just beginning to spread around Grey Sloan that an evaluation of the staff’s methods was about to be made by Dr. Eliza Minnick (Marika Dominczyk). When Alex groaned that this was happening because of him, Meredith insisted, “Everything isn’t about you. That doesn’t even make sense.” Then, of course, he reminded her that he — a teacher — had beat up DeLuca — a student. “Oh,” she had to admit. “That makes sense.” At the same time, Leah was panicking her fellow residents, pointing out that, naturally, Bailey’s email hadn’t sounded scary — the chief wasn’t about to “BCC a mass firing announcement to the entire staff.” However, scary was exactly what Minnick was. She’s “kind of a legend,” Murphy said. Stephanie, for her part, suspected that Ben was the reason Minnick was being called in.
‘IF I’M YOUR STUDENT, GOD HELP ME, RIGHT?’ | While Richard was learning from Bailey that he wouldn’t be introducing Minnick around since she was already at work, she was talking to the residents, asking them “who you love, who you hate” and reassuring them that, “This room is a vault. Nothing leaves these walls.” (Speaking of walls, watching from outside, a forlorn Webber appeared to read some writing on one.) Later, Richard grilled Andrew about the residents’ meeting with Minnick but only found out that it had been “interesting.” After Eliza stepped on Meredith’s toes in the ER, she went to Webber and told him, as director of the residency program, to kindly “direct her — to the door!” Maggie, meanwhile, was perturbed after swiping Minnick’s notes to see that the residents had ranked her last among the attendings!
‘IT’S MY DECISION TO MAKE’ | Having observed Minnick in action, Richard asked Bailey to intervene. When Miranda refused, he said fine, he’d inform the consultant himself that she was to “observe and nothing more.” Only then did Bailey reveal that “that’s not the deal,” that, in fact, Minnick had been tasked with making a decision about the way the program was running. “Are you giving her my job?” Webber asked. No, Bailey insisted. She wanted Minnick to work with him. “Medicine is changing constantly,” she said. “Change along with it, or get left behind.” Yikes. In the end, when Bailey pointed out that the decision was hers to make as chief, Richard reminded her that he’d fought to get her that job.
‘MY BRAIN IS MELTING’ | That evening, Bailey admitted to Ben that she needed reassurance that she was doing the right thing (which he sweetly gave her). The following day, Maggie urged Leah to tell her if there was anything she could do to help her learning, and Murphy admitted that her mentor could slow down. Shortly, Pierce’s determination to win over Minnick led to her letting Leah take the lead during a risky surgery. Eventually, it got to the point where Murphy didn’t “feel ready to do this,” so she tagged out, DeLuca tagged in and dealt with a nicked artery. Ultimately, no harm was done, but Webber still hit the roof, prompting Minnick to defend her methods as infinitely more effective in the instruction of the residents.
‘I SWIPED LEFT’ | Over the course of the day, Arizona, Maggie and Nathan learned that April was on Tinder (and being pinged right and left!). She even said yes to one guy, awkwardly right as she bumped into Jackson. That evening, she and her ex navigated the weirdness of her going on a date, and pretty well, especially for them. The next day, she reported that her date was “pretty amazing” — so much so that they were gonna go out again that night. Later, he asked if maybe they could not talk about their dating lives, and she admitted that actually, her date had sucked. That night, he managed to encourage her to keep dipping her toe in the dating pool.
‘THIS IS STILL HAPPENING?’ | Amelia’s reluctance to confide in Owen resulted in their working relationship — imagine that! — becoming remarkably tense… in front of Minnick, no less. She even began sleeping at Grey Sloan, which is never a good sign. After hearing that the wife of a patient wanted to stay overnight at the hospital because, in 20 years of marriage, she and her husband had never slept apart, Amelia tried to kiss and make up with her husband. Alas, by then, he was too pissed to do so, and at last, she blurted out, “I don’t wanna have a baby.” When she showed up at Meredith’s, Alex tried to throw her out to take care of the sword hanging over her head but softened when she informed him that the sword had fallen.
‘SHE’S AN ASS, BUT SHE’S RIGHT’ | As the episode drew to a close, Maggie admitted that, as smart as she was, Minnick wasn’t wrong about her. On the flip side, Arizona pled her case to Eliza as “a rare exotic bird” and found out that the pilfered list hadn’t been a ranking of any sort, it was just a list of names. (She also found out that Minnick had noticed her lovely face.) Right before Richard expressed to Bailey his new willingness to work with Minnick, Eliza told the chief that she was seriously considering coming to Grey Sloan. If she did join the staff, however, “I don’t share authority,” she made it clear. “I am the authority.”
Grey's Anatomy: A New Doctor Puts a Few Grey Sloan Favorites in Jeopardy(11/3/16) [Warning: The following contains spoilers from Thursday's Grey's Anatomy. Read at your own risk!]
The shake-up is coming to Grey's Anatomy and Dr. Webber (James Pickens Jr.) is on the chopping block.
Dr. Minnick (Marika Dominczyk) -- a double-board certified hotshot expert in teaching medicine -- arrived at the hospital to "observe" the Grey Sloan residents after Catherine Avery (Debbie Allen) suggested an overhaul of the hospital's teaching program to Bailey (Chandra Wilson).
It took all of five seconds for Minnick to step on the attending surgeons' toes and put them all in fear of losing their jobs if they couldn't adapt to her "throw them in the deep end of the pool" teaching methods. As much as it terrified the surgeons -- both attendings and residents -- Minnick ended up having an effective approach.
The problem is that if Minnick decides to make herself a more permanent fixture at Grey Sloan, she doesn't want to share authority. What's that mean? She doesn't want to co-chair the residency program with Webber. She wants it all for herself and Bailey will have to make the final call. The bittersweet icing is that after spending an entire episode fighting Minnick's suggestions, Webber admitted that she had a good point of view and he's excited to work with her.
So now the big question is: Will Bailey throw her mentor and closest friend under the bus for the sake of the hospital? Catherine wasn't wrong when she said the residency program needed some belt-tightening. We've counted at least 16 times the doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial/Seattle Grace should have been fired for various actions of misconduct. Revitalizing the teaching program is essential to improving the pedigree of the hospital helping the residents avoid the mistakes of their predecessors.
At the same time, Dr. Webber is an institution. He helped foster the talents of Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Alex Karev (Justin Chambers), Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), on top of being Bailey's primary guiding influence. Webber may have had his share of mistakes, but that hospital -- or the surgeons that keep it running -- wouldn't be there without him. His driving force in life is being able to teach new classes of residents, and to take that away from him would not only demoralize him, but could jeopardize his sobriety and make him start drinking again.
Bailey has a grueling decision to make. Her primary job as Chief of Surgery is to create the best possible surgical program she can -- but if Grey's is famous for anything, it's messy personal and professional conflicts. Does Bailey really have the guts to demote or fire Webber, even if she thinks it's the best thing for the hospital? This may be the first time we don't want to hear whatever epic Bailey speech she'll have to deliver to get this done.
Do you think there's any hope for Webber to keep his job?
Grey's Anatomy airs at 8/7c on ABC.
Asian-Americans In Media: Persistence, Presence & Representation Are Keys To Progress(11/3/16) Imploring Hollywood to “think of how Asian-American is mixed races, not just Chinese or Japanese or Korean,” filmmaker Grace Lee joined fellow panelists Sandra Oh, Rashad Raisani and NBC execs to discuss Asian-Americans in media tonight.
Moderated by MSNBC anchor Richard Lui and presented by the Center for Asian American Media, NBCUniversal and NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs, the panel also included Karen Horne, SVP Programming Talent Development and Inclusion for NBC Entertainment, and Craig Robinson, Chief Diversity Officer at Universal Television Studios and NBCUniversal.
After a video featuring a clip reel of shows that included Master Of None and Fresh Off The Boat, the panel discussed Asian-American Pacific Islander community inclusion and representation in entertainment projects, and how to talk to non-Asian communities about issues relating to the AAPI community.
“As broadcasters, we need to reflect the audience we broadcast to,” Horne said. “We need to expand the conversation to include Asian-Americans watching and behind the camera.”
Said Rashad Raisani, “I’m an optimist on this subject — it’s going in the right direction. Seven to 10 years ago, you couldn’t have shown as many clips.”
Added Oh: “I’ve been working with Asian-American women since I left Grey’s Anatomy,” said Oh. “I’m purposely focusing my time there, meeting with people like playwright Julia Cho, and focusing my time with them.”
Lee emphasized the need for more Asian storytellers, “Somebody looking at Hollywood, it looks great compared to the non-fiction, documentary world. The number of Asian stories is so low, it’s pathetic. I started out in fiction and sometimes I think I should go back to that.”
Raisani, who joined the staff of USA’s Burn Notice from the NBCUniversal Writers Program, countered that “the improvement is amazing. The trend is what you have to focus on.”
As for advice, Oh was blunt. “People are going to say sh*t to you. You have to have a strong spirit,” she said. “What I’m interested in this point of my life is what I’m giving to 250 people in a small theater — that student out there might feel something and that causes a ripple. The only person I had was Connie Chung. I always scoured for anyone speaking on M*A*S*H.”
Both Oh and Lee stressed the importance of supporting Asian-American stories by buying tickets to films made by Asian-American filmmakers and watching TV shows that represent the community. “Representation is huge,” Lee said. “It helps us visualize a country that reflects who lives here. It’s empowering to see these images. Put your money where your mouth is.” Added Oh, “If you’re in the media, keep this discussion alive.”
Patrick Dempsey To Star In Thriller ‘The Postcard Killings’ From Good Films(11/2/16) Patrick Dempsey has signed on as the lead in Good Films’ The Postcard Killings, directed by Janusz Kaminski from a script by Andrew Stern. Production is scheduled to begin in February. Good Universe is handling international sales on the project, which it will present at AFM this week.
Based on James Patterson and Liza Marklund’s novel, the film is about New York detective Jacob Kanon (Dempsey), who investigates the murder of his newly married daughter and discovers a trail of similar crimes reported throughout Europe — each killing accompanied by a postcard delivered to a local reporter.
Dempsey also will executive produce under his Shifting Gears Entertainment production banner. Good Universe and UTA Independent Film Group are handling domestic rights on the pic.
Good Films’ Invisible starring Clive Owen and Jessica Biel also will be sold at AFM by Good Universe. The company also announced LAbyrinth, starring Johnny Depp, which will be released with Open Road Films in 2017.
Grey’s Anatomy alum Dempsey, who recently appeared in Universal’s Bridget Jones’s Baby, is repped by UTA, the Burstein Company and Stone Genow.
Ratings: Great Indoors Has Good Start, Pure Genius Improves on Elementary(10/28/16) CBS’ The Great Indoors debuted on Thursday to 9.3 million total viewers and a 2.0 demo rating (pending any NFL preemption-related adjustment), improving on Life in Pieces‘ year-ago performance in the 8:30 time slot (7.9 mil/1.9) while demonstrating slightly stronger retention (59 vs. 51 percent) out of The Big Bang Theory.
Opening the Eye’s night, Big Bang drew 14.4 mil/3.4, down a tick from its most recent, Monday outing, and off three tenths from its year-ago Thursday numbers.
Mom (7.6 mil/1.6) was up a tenth from its previous season opener, the relocated Life in Pieces (6.4 mil/1.5) dropped 20 percent in the demo from its freshman average and Pure Genius (6.6 mil/1.2) was up from both Elementary‘s year-ago premiere (5.6 mil/1.1) and its final Thursday outing (5.6 mil/1.0).
Elsewhere on the night….
ABC | Grey’s (8 mil/2.2) ticked up, Notorious (3.8 mil/0.8) dipped and HTGAWM (4.1 mil/1.2) was steady.
THE CW | A terrific episode of Legends of Tomorrow (1.8 mil/0.6) nonetheless dipped a tenth, while Supernatural (1.8 mil/0.6) added some eyeballs.
FOX | Rosewood (3.4 mil/0.8) and Pitch (2.9 mil/0.8) matched their most recent numbers.
NBC | Superstore (4.2 mil/1.3) rose 30 percent, while The Good Place (3.9 mil/1.1), Chicago Med (6.8 mil/1.4) and Blacklist (5.5 mil/1.2) all ticked up.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ stars tease ‘fever pitch’ midseason finale(10/27/16) “Grey’s Anatomy” stars Jerrika Hinton and Giacomo Gianniotti have divulged that things are about to reach “fever pitch” as the show nears its midseason finale. The venerable ABC drama is still reeling from the fallout of Alex’s (Justin Chambers) brutal attack on Andrew (Gianniotti) — and as the characters prepare for a court trial, things are set to reach a dramatic high.
“Oh, the trial … wow!” Hinton teases during an interview with Screener. “We just had the table read for the midseason finale the other day, and that reaches a fever pitch.”
“This attack could stay with him for awhile,” adds Giannoitti. “It’s tough.”
The pair hit the red carpet for the My Friend’s Place “Ending Youth Homelessness” fundraiser at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood Oct. 19, where Hinton presented Gianniotti with their Champion of the Year award. The accolade was to honor the actor’s work with the Los Angeles resource center and day shelter, which provides services and programs to homeless youth.
Before taking the stage to accept his Champion award, Gianniotti filled us in on the biggest champion in his own life — the late legend Robin Williams, who helped inspire both his acting and philanthropic aspirations. “I’m a big fan of his work. ‘Hook’ is hands-down my favorite!” says the 27-year-old Italian-born, Canadian star.
“As I became an adult I realized what he did, as someone who worked a lot with charity. He dedicated his life to giving people joy — not just through his work, but through his personal life. His charity, Comic Relief, has raised over $50 million for the homeless. He was always about giving back, and I love that because it’s a great balance between being an entertainer, and actually having an opportunity to connect with people.”
Gianniotti never had the chance to meet Williams before he died, but he paid tribute to the star in his acceptance speech: “Entertainers have a massive power to affect change because of all the attention they receive,” he says. “Like Spiderman’s uncle said, ‘With great power, comes great responsibility.’ Robin knew this very well, and used his power for good, so I’m just carrying his torch and following in his footsteps.”
Having previously worked with elderly homeless men in Toronto, Gianniotti was introduced to My Friend’s Place by Hinton, and has since worked closely with the organization — raising awareness, volunteering at free breakfast events and rocking up on his motorbike with a backpack full of supplies when he hears stocks are low.
In April, Gianniotti rounded up 41 of his fellow “Grey’s Anatomy” stars and crew to compete in a Tough Mudder event that raised $15,000 for the non-profit’s Transformative Education Program.
Officially named a Champion for his efforts, the actor said his heroes also include the castmates who helped him transition to a full-time member of the tight-knit “Grey’s Anatomy” cast.
“James Pickens Jr. (Richard Webber) has been great. He’s been in the business a long time and he’ll bring up movies he’s been in and I’m like, ‘You were in that!?’ He’s been in everything and he’s awesome to work with.
“Both him and Justin Chambers are veterans of the show and have given me a lot of advice on how to jump onto this very fast-moving train and not take it too seriously. Often as actors we fall into the trap of takings things too seriously and giving them too much weight, when really if we just step back, the circumstances are enough and we should just let the audience see what’s happening. They’ve both given me a lot of great acting lessons.”
Hinton, 35, also has her on-set heroes. She shared how Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey) and former “Grey’s” star Sandra Oh (Cristina Yang) helped her through her first months on the series.
“They’re both wonderful women and were a great help in learning how to make sense of the world of television,” Hinton says. “When you come from guest starring –- going in and doing a job for four days or a month, then being unemployed the next month –- it’s a big shift to be in the same place, day in and day out, for months at a time. So they were guiding forces in helping me make sense of this world.”
As for whether the absence of one of the show’s greatest icons, Patrick Dempsey, has left a gaping hole on set, both Hinton and Gianniotti say the cast have moved on from the shocking exit. Dempsey’s loved character, Derek Shepherd, was controversially killed off last year — and while the episode stirred a ruckus among fans, crew and actors have adapted to life without “McDreamy.”
“He’s talked about in the episodes by the characters,” says Gianniotti. “But more than that, not really.”
One person everyone’s talking about this week is returning doc Leah Murphy (Tessa Ferrer), whose romantic liaisons with both Alex and Arizona will become a hot topic for Gianniotti and Hinton’s characters in the hospital cafeteria — we can’t wait to see what happens when Leah walks in on the gossip session!
Find out more about My Friend’s Place at myfriendsplace.org.
“Grey’s Anatomy” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Grey's Anatomy's Caterina Scorsone on Owen's 'Dangerous' Love and Amelia's Changing Relationship With Alex(10/27/16) In Thursday’s mega-emotional Grey’s Anatomy, Alex saved himself from the pink-slip that Catherine insisted Bailey issue him by coming up with a way to save a terminally ill cancer patient’s baby (if not the mother-to-be herself); to Arizona’s chagrin, a more confident Leah returned to Grey Sloan, specifically to study cardiothoracic surgery with her inspiration, Maggie; Andrew suggested to Jo that she could do better than “bad guy” Karev; and Amelia… good God, poor Amelia!
After pressing PAUSE on her and Owen’s baby-making plans, the new Mrs. Hunt lost a 12-year-old patient who’d been injured when his dad gave in to road rage, confessed to Alex what she’d never told Derek, Meredith, even her husband — the whole story of her son’s tragic 43-minute life — and appeared determined not to open up to her better half. Is not only the honeymoon but the marriage over? Let’s ask Caterina Scorsone, whose performance as the beleaguered doc was impressively raw.
TVLINE | Why is Amelia so reluctant to be honest with Owen?
I think that she loves him and admires him as a human, but as much as she talks a good game, there’s a big piece of her that wonders if she’s worthy of his love. Also, to give him what she knows he wants [a child] means confronting really, really deep traumas and fears for her. She was kinda hoping she could keep those pieces of herself sealed off from one another, but she’s realizing that that was overly optimistic and that, actually, the way over is through.
TVLINE | This feels very make-or-break for the Hunts. Is it?
She believes it is going to be for him. And she would really like to be everything he wants her to be, and she’s suddenly terrified that she can’t be. There’s no faking it, and she can’t live up to his expectations of what a wife and mother would be in his life. She’s going down the rabbit hole here!
TVLINE | Is she just delaying the inevitable by keeping him at arm’s length?
At this point, she’s still very much trying to manage the situation. She doesn’t know why she’s reacting the way she’s reacting exactly, so she’s been trying to kinda keep it contained and when [she loses her young patient], it sort of all boils over.
TVLINE | And with Alex, of all people.
I don’t think she meant to say anything to him [about the son she lost]. I mean, they don’t have a relationship of that nature up to this point. But it was almost like the dam broke, and these memories and this communication that she didn’t even will to happen, happened. Now, there’s almost no going back from it, but she’s trying to buy herself some time so she can tamp her pain back down. She probably doesn’t want to be near Owen. His love is dangerous.
TVLINE | Does this change Amelia and Alex’s relationship going forward?
I think it does. She kind of sees him as someone who might possibly understand her feelings of shame and unlovability. She knows that, of everyone in the hospital, he’s got some demons like she does, and he’s been on the periphery. Right now, he’s actually on the periphery in terms of being stuck in the clinic and having this court case going on. So he might get her in a way that a lot of the other doctors who are so fantastic and sunshiny might not.
TVLINE | Will we get to see Amelia smile sincerely again this season?
[Laughs] I would hope so, but I haven’t read that script yet.
Caterina Scorsone Previews the Baby Twist That Leaves Both Amelia and Owen 'Quite Rattled'(10/27/16) The honeymoon is over for Grey’s Anatomy newlyweds Amelia and Owen — at least for now. Though she was initially jubilant about the prospect of having a baby, her feelings on the subject quickly turned as negative as her pregnancy test results. And, in Thursday’s episode (ABC, 8/7c), things go from sad to worse, according Caterina Scorsone, who plays Mrs. Hunt. “We got to have some laughs, some romance, but now, we’re back in the trenches.”
Specifically, Amelia will be struggling with the great divide between the new life that she’s built for herself in Seattle and the tragic old one that she left behind in L.A. (on Private Practice). “She really dove into this new identity, where she was no longer the black sheep but suddenly the chief of neuro and adored by a responsible guy like Owen,” the actress tells TVLine. “And she was very earnestly excited about being a wife and mother, and being a part of society in the way she perceived to be positive.
“Then, the pregnancy test triggered the bridge between those compartmentalized pieces of her life,” she continues, “and all the trauma that she experienced came flooding into Seattle in a way that she [hadn’t anticipated]. She’s suddenly being hit with the reality that she can’t really run away from the past.”
Neither will she be able to hide from the present for very long. When Amelia presses PAUSE on her and her hubby’s baby-making plans in “Roar,” “Owen’s bewildered,” Scorsone says. “He doesn’t quite know what’s going on. And to be honest, I don’t think Amelia quite knows what’s going on, either!
“Her own fears and hesitation are a shock to her,” she adds. “She’s quite rattled by it — as is he. And we’re not at his full reaction yet” to her whiplash-inducing change of heart.
Briefly, Amelia hopes that she can take her mind off her troubles at work. Sorry — make that “very briefly.” “She tries to focus on the medicine, because that will get her out of her personal life,” her portrayer previews, “and in comes a kid who needs care.” And not just any old kid, either. “She does feel very maternal towards this kid. It brings up some feelings.”
Which are, of course, exactly what she was trying to escape from in the first place. “To have a little break from the drama was delightful,” Scorsone concludes with a laugh. But break time’s over. “That was my luxurious five minutes of peace and happiness!”
Camilla Luddington Puts a Little Pumpkin Spice in Her Pregnancy Announcement(10/26/16) (Pic) Talk about taking advantage of seasonal produce.
Grey's Anatomy star Camilla Luddington revealed Wednesday that she's pregnant with her first child, sharing the news on Instagram in the form of a photo of her sitting nonchalantly, minus the pumpkin in her lap announcing "BABY ARRIVING SPRING 2017" in gold block letters.
"I am SO excited to FINALLY share with you all the news I've managed to keep a secret for what seems like forever now… I am pregnant!!!!" the actress captioned the pic. "This girl gets to be a 'cool mom' ha! We are beyond happy and I cannot wait to bring you all on this journey with me!!!!"
And this Halloween-themed pic is apparently just the beginning, for all of us!
"I'll be posting progress pics as the weeks go on but for now I figured I'd post this pumpkin because come spring I'll have a belly that size!" Luddington promised.
The British actress, who first made a splash on these shores in 2011 when she played Kate Middletonin Lifetime's William & Kate: The Movie, has managed to keep her private life exactly that for the most part, but she's been dating Matt Alan for at least six months, their most recent red carpet appearance being at Entertainment Weekly's 2016 Emmys party.
Luddington also cheekily acknowledged that this pregnancy may not have come as a surprise to everybody.
"Nods of respect to the few of you who have guest rights in the past months- yes I saw your comments," she informed her eagle-eyed fans.
Ratings: Rocky Horror Improves Fox's Thursday, But Is No Grease: Live(10/21/16) Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show remake on Thursday drew 5 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating, more than doubling the Rosewood/Pitch combo’s most recent performance yet falling well shy of Grease: Live‘s January numbers (12.2 mil/4.3).
Among TV’s recent musical spectacles, Rocky came closest to NBC’s Peter Pan Live, which did 9.2 mil and a 2.4 in December 2014.
Elsewhere on the night….
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (8.1 mil/2.1) was steady, while Notorious (4 mil/0.9) and HTGAWM (4.3 mil/1.2) are each currently up a tenth.
THE CW | Legends (1.8 mil/0.6) held steady, while Supernatural (1.6 mil/0.6) fell 25 percent.
NBC | Superstore (4.2 mil/1.0) slipped two tenths, The Good Place (3.8 mil/0.9) dropped three tenths and Chicago Med (6.6 mil/1.2) dipped one tenth, but The Blacklist (5.3 mil/1.1) was steady.
CBS | Thursday Night Football (10.5 mil/3.0) matched last week’s fast nationals.
Grey's Anatomy: Is Amelia Pregnant?(10/20/16) (tvguide.com) On Thursday's Grey's Anatomy, Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) spent much of the episode spreading the good news that she was pregnant. The only problem? She hadn't actually confirmed that she was, or told Owen (Kevin McKidd) her maybe-news.
It isn't clear whether the announcement would have been entirely welcomed by Owen, however; after Jackson (Jesse Williams) tasks him with babysitting a shrieking Harriet, Owen initially has a crisis of confidence about whether he might not be so good with kids after all. But once Harriet finally calmed down, Owen makes a picture-perfect version of a dad with the baby asleep on his chest, and has a hard time giving her back to Jackson at the end of the day.
As she weighs when and how to tell Owen, Amelia ends up spilling the beans to April (Sarah Drew) about her previous pregnancy. It becomes clear that she may not be ready for the emotional implications of having another child.
But in the end, it all wasn't meant to be after all. Amelia decides to give Owen a pregnancy test as a present of sorts, so that they can take it and see the results together. And it comes back negative. (Both Scorsone and Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes have repeatedly said that Scorsone's real-life pregnancy would not be written into this season of the show, so fans who took those announcements at face-value probably saw this twist coming.)
Both Owen and Amelia are clearly disappointed -- but is Amelia also a little relieved as well? It sure seems that way in that final shot of them together on the couch. So, what does this mean for her and Owen's future?
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Baby Talk(10/20/16) (tvline.com) Forever, it seems, we’ve known that, more than just about anything, Owen has wanted to be a father. (Heck, you can tell just from this picture of him with Harriet, can’t you?) And in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, it sure looked like Amelia was about to make her husband’s dream — as well as our very early fall preview — come true. Were the newlyweds really expecting? Read on and find out.
‘TELL ME WHEN IT’S REAL’ | As “Both Sides Now” began, Amelia realized — because it was April’s first day back at Grey Sloan, not three days earlier — that her period was late. When Mer found her former sister-in-law looking “super sketchy” in the supply closet, she asked if Amelia was looking for drugs. When the newlywed balked, Grey sheepishly argued, “I’m supposed to ask if I care, right?” Upon being informed that Amelia was expecting, Mer sweetly offered her congratulations… until she learned that Mrs. Hunt wasn’t sure, she was just late. “So this isn’t real,” Grey said. “I hugged you, and you haven’t even peed on a stick yet?!?” At least Mer was able to show Amelia where the pregnancy tests were hidden. Off that, the maybe-mom-to-be was about to talk to Owen when he volunteered to babysit Harriet for Jackson. (And distractions don’t get much bigger or cuter.)
As Mer blabbed about Amelia’s possibly delicate condition to Maggie and Stephanie, and Amelia spilled the beans to April, Owen struggled with Harriet, asking Ben, “What is colic, anyway?” and bristling when the baby calmed down immediately in Alex’s arms. Finally, Harriet fell asleep on Owen, which, as any parent knows, is freakin’ heaven, and his wife… mmm, she became significantly less psyched about filling in Owen about their potentially expanding family. “I didn’t have to do this last time,” she told April, “because [the father] was dead.” In the hour’s final moments, Amelia left a pregnancy test for Hunt to find. “Are you pregnant?” he asked. “I might be,” she replied. “Do you wanna find out?” In response, he kissed her. (The most romantic way there is to say “Duh!”) Aaand… in the end, it turned out that she wasn’t expecting.
‘I’M GONNA GET HER’ | While Maggie recruited Stephanie as “the best resident” for a surgery, irritating Jo and Amelia to boot, and Bailey picked Andrew to help her give a grandma a liver transplant (even after he didn’t know what made Miranda Ed McMahon, or even who Ed McMahon was!), Mer continued pushing Nathan away, which, at this point, must be quite a workout. Since Maggie’d told him that their AC was on the fritz, he offered to “share [his] with a colleague in need” — Grey. Though she was tempted — the house was a sweatbox — she turned him down, cracking, “You need a cooling blanket.”
Only minutes into the episode, Chelsea, a patient of Mer’s admitted with dehydration, developed complications that necessitated a liver transplant. Since Chelsea’s twin, Chandler, was pregnant and therefore ineligible to donate her liver, you knew to cue Grey’s clash with Bailey in 3, 2… “You try to have one damn day of joy around here!” Miranda sulked before asking Granny to give up her place on the transplant list to save Chelsea. Bailey was sure the old lady would make the sacrifice for the younger woman, but instead, she decided, “Screw her!” prompting Mer to brand her an “organ hog” and Richard to label her a “selfish old biddy.”
‘THIS IS FOR THE CHRISTMAS CARD!’ | As the prized liver arrived, Alex pleaded with Mer not to coerce Granny into relenting and giving up the organ. Miraculously, it worked. Maggie and Stephanie lost their patient, which might have been just as well, as the joke Edwards would’ve told him on his request would likely have killed him, Pierce said. Also, his demise freed up a liver for Chelsea. Watching Chelsea get her liver, Andrew told Jo to get her “self-pity gland” checked — “it’s incredibly swollen,” he joked.
Shonda Rhimes Talks Career Path; Being A “Dragon” & Why ‘Scandal’s Rowan Pope Is Not A Terrible Person – Mipcom(10/20/16) (deadline.com) Mipcom’s Personality of the Year, Shonda Rhimes, sat down for a walk through her career inside a packed Cannes Palais this afternoon, telling the audience how she became a storyteller; describing her role as “dragon” on some Shondaland shows; and why she doesn’t think Scandal’s Machiavellian Rowan Pope is a terrible person.
Rhimes, whose TV credits famously include Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder and The Catch, said, “I don’t think there was a time I ever thought of myself as anything but a writer.” But she became a screenwriter out of necessity. “I thought I was going to be the next Toni Morrison. She already had that job so you can’t get that job.” Telling her skeptical parents that getting into USC Film School was harder than getting into Harvard Law School, she set off on the path to Hollywood. But, she offered today, “I was mostly trying to find a way to stop working and go back to school.”
Toiling in film for a time, she realized there “wasn’t a lot of character development” and after spending countless hours in front of a TV with her newly-adopted baby, she thought, “That’s genius. That’s where you can really develop characters.”
Grey’s Anatomy came about after she wrote a pilot for the then-Touchstone (now ABC Studios) about war correspondents who were very competitive and having a lot of fun and sex. But, the country at the time was actually at war, “so it wasn’t really appropriate.” Asking “What does Bob Iger want?” she was told the Disney chief was after a medical show and essentially shifted the action to a hospital in Seattle.
The shift from being a movie writer was a frying-pan-to-fire experience. “You’re in your pajamas by yourself and type one script a year and suddenly you have to run a writers’ room. It was like going from 0 to 3000. I learned everything you could learn, as fast as possible.”
Rhimes considers that the long-running show is “not a procedural, it’s a character journey. I think I’ve been writing a novel for 13 years.”
With regard to the medical knowledge she’s picked up, Rhimes noted that she could probably now perform a C-section and an appendectomy, but should stay away from brain procedures. “I’m probably very dangerous. I know just enough to be scary but not enough to save anybody’s life.”
Turning to Scandal, she noted that many times things the writers come up with end up being real which can be eerie. In a clear reference to Donald Trump, she mentioned Hollis Doyle — the “outspoken, crazy Republican” character who’s “done some appalling things” — and just shook her head. “I really don’t know what happened,” she said.
The cast and crew on Scandal is a “close knit group” as evidenced by their weekly live tweets of the show. “They’re very bonded and creative things happen because everyone hangs out together in their free time.”
That doesn’t mean there’s not occasional discord. “We have big arguments,” she said, when the writers express their feelings towards the Rowan Pope and Cyrus Bean characters, calling them “terrible people.” Rhimes said, “I’m really offended. Cyrus is a patriot. He may go about it the wrong way but to him he’s doing (what he believes). Rowan is just a dad trying to take care of his kid. There may be a lot of murder going on, but he’s trying to take care of his kid the best way he knows how.”
For the popular series in the Shondaland stable which she does not showrun — How To Get Away With Murder and The Catch — her job is “really just to be a dragon in a cage” that can be released when HTGAWM’s Peter Nowalk or The Catch’s Allan Heinberg “need extra power to talk to the network or the studio.” She said she learned that role from Mark Gordon who acted as her dragon on Grey’s.
She works differently, however, from Nowalk on HTGAWM. That show’s star, Viola Davis, often pitches storylines – notably the one from Season 1 where her character, Annalise Keating, removes her wig and make-up to show the real woman behind the tough-as-steel lawyer. While she has great admiration for Davis, that kind of collaboration wouldn’t work for Rhimes. “It would make my hair stand on end because of the way my brain takes story in.”
Next up is Still Star-Crossed, created by Heather Mitchell — but according to Rhimes still untitled – a sequel to Romeo & Juliet which will explore the Montagues and Capulets after the two young lovers die. “It’s about what happens to the families left behind and how they cope” as well as the politics of Verona, she said. Based on the book by Melinda Taub, it’s currently filming for ABC.
Asked about any lessons her daughter has taken from Shondaland series, Rhimes closed out the chat saying, to great laughter, “My daughter thinks my shows suck.”
ABC Nabs Legal Drama From Shondaland & ‘Scandal’ Writer With Big Commitment(10/20/16) Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland, which has five drama series on the ABC schedule this season, is taking a step toward another hourlong series on the network next season with a pilot production commitment for a legal drama.
Once again, Shondaland has recruited a writer on one of its shows, Scandal’s Paul William Davies, who will pen the untitled project.
Set in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Federal Court, aka “The Mother Court,” the legal drama follows brand new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution as they handle the most high profile and high stakes cases in the country – all as their personal lives intersect.
Davies will executive produce with Rhimes and Beers. ABC Studios, where Shondaland is based, is the studio.
With five drama series on ABC — Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How To Get Away with Murder, The Catch and the upcoming Still Star-Crossed — Shondaland made comedy a focus in development this season. It sold a single-camera half-hour comedy from Sex and the City alumna Liz Tuccillo to ABC with a script commitment plus penalty.
As its series portfolio grew over the last few years, Shondaland also dramatically expanded over the last few months, transforming itself a fully functioning pod with its own infrastructure via six executive hires and promotions.
Davies is repped by WME and attorneys Ken Richman and Robby Koch. Rhimes is repped by ICM Partners and Michael Gendler.
Marika Dominczyk Cast in Mysterious Season 13 Role(10/17/16) She’s Owen’s sister. Or Arizona’s new love interest. Or just a patient.
Actually, all we know for sure is that Marika Dominczyk — the actress-wife of Scandal star Scott Foley — has booked a guest stint on Grey’s Anatomy.
ABC confirmed Dominczyk’s casting, but declined to specify how many episodes she’ll be around for or who she will be playing. They did, however, reveal her character’s name: Eliza Minnick (which means she’s definitely not Owen’s sister, whose name — as reader Michelle reminds us below — is Megan.)
Her previous credits include a recurring role on Brothers & Sisters and guest gigs on Criminal Minds and House.
Ratings: Pitch and Notorious Fall to Series Lows, Grey's Tops Night(10/14/16) Two of the fall season’s most high profile new drama offerings continue to struggle, with Fox’s Pitch and ABC’s Notorious sinking to alarming new series lows in their latest Thursday outings.
Pitch fell two tenths in the demo (from 1.0 to 0.8), while Notorious shed a tenth (from 1.0 to 0.9).
Thursday’s scripted dramas were pretty much down across the board, with ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder both dropping two tenths (to a 2.1 and a 1.1, respectively), while NBC’s The Blacklist and Fox’s Rosewood each shed a tenth (to respective series lows 1.1 and o.8).
NBC’s Chicago Med bucked the downward trend by holding steady at a 1.3. The Peacock’s 8 pm comedies Superstore and The Good Place slipped a tenth and two-tenths, respectively (both notching a still-decent 1.2).
The CW’s new Thursday combo of Legends of Tomorrow and Supernatural got off to a mixed start, with the Season 2 premiere of the former drawing 1.8 million total viewers and an 0.6 rating (below its Season 1 average) and the latter’s Season 12 opener pulling in 2.2 million and an 0.8 (roughly on par with its Season 11 average). Both shows improved The CW’s Thursday fortunes vs. last fall’s anemic Vampire Diaries/Originals combo platter.
Grey's Anatomy: Meredith and Riggs Need to Get It On (Again), Already(10/14/16) (tvguide.com) Grey's Anatomy fans can all agree that Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Riggs (Martin Henderson) need to just take the plunge already, right? The show has been playing the will-they-or-won't-they storyline for more than a full season at this point, and given that the conclusion's basically inevitable, let's just get on with it.
In Thursday's episode, the not-couple takes a few more stutter-steps towards making their relationship official, with Riggs asking Meredith if she wants to "hang out" (no), and Meredith later accusing him of making what turned out to be an incorrect surgical call because he wanted to get in her pants. In other words, they're off to a great start.
But maybe playing the long game has its merits. God forbid they end up like Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) and Owen (Kevin McKidd), who apparently didn't discuss things like the fact that Owen goes to church and that Amelia wants to have children before getting married. Other topics that haven't come up include Owen's PTSD and Amelia's ex Ryan, who died of a drug overdose (on Private Practice). So, these two have a lot of learning to do -- but snark aside, they seem to be in pretty good shape, all things considered, and decide to get moving on that kids plan right away. (Like, in next week's episode.)
To be honest, the most functional couple in this week's episode was Jackson (Jesse Williams) and April (Sarah Drew), who have worked out what seems to be a fairly successful co-parenting routine, even though they're walking on eggshells around each other and neither is really sleeping. At the end of the episode, April -- after getting a clean bill of health from Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) -- tells Jackson that she's going to move out. But they both come to the conclusion that the best thing for everyone is for April and Harriet to stay at Jackson's place for now. How long before these two get back together? I give it 'til sweeps.
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Crush Hour(10/14/16) (tvline.com) Apparently, Meredith never learned how to tell when she was fighting a losing battle. In Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, although her eyes got that certain sparkle in them whenever Nathan was around, she continued to rebuff his every attempt to get closer to her… but in such a cute, flirtatious way that, of course, he had to try, try again. Did he finally succeed in convincing her to spend time with him outside of Grey Sloan (and her SUV)? Read on and find out.
‘WE’RE IN THE CLEAR’ | As “Falling Slowly” began, Alex was at the clinic, griping to Meredith about how much he hated it there. She offered “solidarity and all of that,” but his supervisor, Nurse Tamir, was clearly not a Karev fan. Later, at Grey Sloan, having followed Grey’s orders and gently turned down Maggie’s request for a date, Nathan felt that, bullet dodged, he and Mer were now free to hang out. Alas, “I don’t hang out,” she informed him, adding that “we are not that type of friends.” What kind were they, then, Riggs wanted to know. (Frankly, didn’t we want to know, too?)
Complicating matters was the fact that Maggie was being totally weird around Nathan, and he backed Mer when she and Owen disagreed about whether a patient injured in a glider-plane accident needed surgery. “We make a good team,” Riggs noted. Hmm… but did they? It seemed less so when the patient’s condition took a nosedive — and she wound up as paralyzed as her paraplegic husband. Understandably upset by this development, Mer wondered whether Nathan had sided with her because of (cough) “you and I.” Insulted, he spat back, “I agreed with you because you were right, not because you were you.”
At the end of the hour, Mer told Nathan that she couldn’t “have another case where I question my medical decisions or yours” and asked if they could just be colleagues. “Sounds stuffy,” he noted. He was just asking why they couldn’t be friends, at least, when Maggie walked up. He covered, which led to Pierce thanking Mer for talking to him for her. (As if.)
‘FIGURE OUT YOUR LIFE ON YOUR OWN SCHEDULE’ | When Alex asked for an hour off from the clinic, Tamir called him on considering his duties there “grunt work” compared to what he did in “the hallowed halls” of the hospital, and turned down the request. The nurse wouldn’t even allow Karev to do anything that involved cutting into a patient since he wasn’t allowed to perform surgery. Eventually, Alex was tasked with caring for a teenage alcoholic, and brought the subject to his lunch break with his pals at Grey Sloan. “This is not the cafeteria, Karev,” said Tamir upon locating his lackey.
Later, Richard intervened with the young drunk, Emma, playing good cop to Alex’s bad. But Webber’s effort was such a disaster, he seemed to accidentally dislocate the girl’s shoulder. When Jo arrived as Karev’s surgical consult and they, as usual, had words, he finally threw up his hands and walked in order to make his appointment on time. However, he’d no sooner boarded his bus than he asked to be let off, as he suspected alcoholism wasn’t Emma’s problem. Quietly, Alex delighted as Richard delivered the correct diagnosis that he wasn’t allowed to, and ended the day oddly happy, despite the fact that his lawyer thought he was headed for the slammer.
‘SHE’S YOURS NOW, I’M NOT TAKING HER BACK!’ | In other developments, the honeymoon appeared to be ending — already?!? — for the Hunts. Amelia’s natural Amelia-ness led to questions like, “How can we have children? I barely know you!” Mer offered Owen her support but jokingly refused to take back his wife. It didn’t help that even Nathan seemed to know more about Hunt than his missus did, and Amelia knew more about Stephanie than she did about her husband. “I should’ve married you,” Shepherd told Edwards. That night, Owen reassured Amelia that she could tell him anything, and then, they took turns confiding in one another horrible incidents from their pasts. “We’re OK, right?” she asked afterwards. And, as a matter of fact, not only were they OK, but there kids would be, too. So “let’s not wait,” Owen said. (According to the scenes from next week, they didn’t!)
‘IT’S A LIE!’ | While Ben discovered Jackson sleeping standing up at work, April crashed in an on-call room and informed Stephanie that it’s a fallacy that moms are supposed to make Zs when their kids doze off, because “babies don’t sleep!” In surgery, Avery complained to Warren that he felt obliged to drink the coffee that Kepner informed Robbins she felt obliged to make for them every morning. “So move out,” Arizona suggested. That night, the exes had a little tiff about their attempts to co-exist/cohabitate, but in the end, neither of them wanted April to pack up. They even called it quits with the coffee thing. #progress
‘NO ONE’S GONNA KNOW IF WE TALK TO EACH OTHER’ | Finally, Bailey informed Andrew that “you are not to discuss [your case against Alex] within the walls of the hospital.” Which he said shouldn’t be a problem since pretty much no one was speaking to him, anyway. When Arizona inquired about the proceedings, DeLuca shot her down, citing chief’s orders. Yet it seemed like he and Jo were still on OK terms, since he was the only person who knew her secret.
Grey's Anatomy's Jessica Capshaw Teases Leah's "Dramatic" Return(10/13/16) (tvguide.com) With Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) single and ready to mingle on Grey's Anatomy, once news broke earlier this week that her former (brief) love interest Leah (Tessa Ferrer) was returning to the show, it didn't take long for Grey's fans to put two and two together and speculate that the two women might rekindle the flame.
But don't jump to that conclusion too quickly. According to Capshaw, Arizona's romantic life may take some unexpected turns this season.
"A love interest certainly doesn't mean necessarily a huge relationship," Capshaw tells TVGuide.com. "It kind of just means exactly that. I think there's an opportunity for there to be some really fun, flirty, exciting, sexy stuff that comes up for [Arizona]. And that's fun."
See what else Capshaw has to say about Leah's big return (which happens in Episode 6, airing Oct. 27), as well as how Arizona's feeling about the conflict between DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) and Alex (Justin Chambers), in our Q&A below:
We heard the big news this week that Tessa is coming back. What was your reaction when you heard?
Jessica Capshaw: Tessa's awesome. She's such a fun, neat, kind, talented, awesome person. So we were all just super psyched to have her back and telling more stories. And the way she comes back is very cool and sort of dramatic, so that was great too. It was super exciting for all of us.
Is it possible for her to rekindle her romance with Arizona? Arizona broke things off because she was trying to reunite with Callie (Sara Ramirez) at the time, and obviously that's no longer an issue.
Capshaw: There's definitely drama to be had. The way that they left it, [Arizona] broke it off and the Leah character... I don't know if she turned crazy, but she was upset by the turn of events, so she kind of went after all of the attendings for the shenanigans, the little affairs, that happen all the time between attending and the residents. There was definitely drama to that, and I think that probably Arizona felt really guilty about all of that. So I think it's definitely, definitely surprising to [Arizona] that she's back.
Hopefully Leah has grown a little bit as a person since we saw her last.
Capshaw: One would hope, yes. No boiling bunnies.
Do we see [Arizona] going on dates with other people besides Leah?
Capshaw: No dates so far. I think [it's] more just setting the tone at the beginning part of this season that there is a lightness to her, coming back from New York and situating Callie and Sofia and Penny, and not feeling bad or guilty or terrible about any of that. Existing in this alternate universe where everyone's happy sort of frees [Arizona] up to play her own life a little bit more unfettered. So I think that it's an exciting time to her. I think the sky's the limit. She could do anything, or nothing. I'm not really sure if it's just going to be that Arizona is the kind of person who has a bunch of little relationships, or if she's interested in being in a big relationship again. I feel like when we were setting the groundwork for the character in the beginning, it was sort of a story point that Arizona was, you know, a bit... playful. [Laughs] A bit meandering, and not necessarily pinned down. She's definitely had the wedding, been married. ... You remember it being a really big surprise that Arizona didn't want to have kids at all. So I think there was this whole base for her personality and her sense of self that was kind of free.
If we do see her going on dates, will Webber (James Pickens Jr.) still act as her wingman? Capshaw: I mean, obviously. There's no one better. [Laughs]
Will we continue to see Arizona go back and forth to New York? Does Sofia come to Seattle at all?
Capshaw: Obviously she's still a part of [Sofia's] life, and it is to be believed that she is going back and forth and that she's spending a substantial amount of time with her. But I think most of it right now is happening off camera.
Arizona's clearly feeling very conflicted about the DeLuca/Karev thing. How do we see that conflict play out in the next few episodes?
Capshaw: Ultimately, what Arizona believes is that both are really good guys. But I think that during the course of her lifetime and certainly her story on the show... they're all adults and I think that they all know that, no matter how good a person you are, you can make a really big mistake. Obviously the fallout was physical and awful. But I think that ultimately, you're going to see all these characters figure out how to repair, and hopefully the repair will be, satisfyingly, full of friction and coming together again.
As the doctor who works most closely with Karev, will Arizona play any role in Bailey's (Chandra Wilson) decision about whether to bring him back?
Capshaw: Not so far, but we haven't gotten into that part of the story yet.
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.
Tessa Ferrer's Leah Murphy Is Returning to Grey Sloan Memorial(10/10/16) The prodigal intern returns!
Leah Murphy (Tessa Ferrer) is returning to Grey's Anatomy this season, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Leah was unceremoniously fired from the Grey Sloan Memorial surgical intern program in Season 10 after Richard (James Pickens Jr.) told her she didn't have the skills of her peers and wasn't going to make the cut.
Ferrer went from Grey's to Shonda Rhimes' comedy pilot Toast (along with Grey's star Jerrika Hinton) but the show wasn't picked up to series. She's now set to appear in an unknown number of Season 13 episodes, which could potentially lead to Ferrer being a regular on the show again.
Will Leah make it back into the surgical program? That's still to be seen, but a more likely possibility is that she'll show up to resume her short-lived romantic relationship with Arizona (Jessica Capshaw). Their brief sexual entanglement in Season 10 threw Leah for an emotional loop (a right of passage for first-year interns after sleeping with their superiors on Grey's Anatomy). Capshaw has previously teased that Arizona's new love interest, now that Callie (Sara Ramirez) has moved to New York, will be showing up relatively soon.
What do you think of Ferrer's return?
Sara Ramirez Comes Out as Bisexual During Powerful LGBT Speech(10/8/16) Sara Ramirez is known for keeping her private life pretty private, but this morning, the Grey's Anatomy star shared something very intimate during a powerful speech.
The actress, who is best known for her role as Dr. Callie on the Shonda Rhimes series, came out as bisexual while speaking at the True Colors: 40 to None Summit, a two-day conversation that addresses LGBT youth homelessness across the country, on Saturday morning in Los Angeles.
"So many of our youth experiencing homelessness are youth whose lives touch on many intersections—whether they be gender identity, gender expression, race, class, sexual orientation, religion, citizenship status," Ramirez said.
"And, because of the intersections that exist in my own life: Woman, multi-racial woman, woman of color, queer, bisexual, Mexican-Irish American, immigrant, and raised by families heavily rooted in Catholicism on both my Mexican and Irish sides, I am deeply invested in projects that allow our youth's voices to be heard, and that support our youth in owning their own complex narratives so that we can show up for them in the ways they need us to."
Ramirez, who married husband Ryan DeBolt in 2011, has never openly spoken about her sexuality, but has admitted in the past that it comes to question because of her bisexual character on Grey's.
During a feature spread in Latina magazine back in 2011, Ramirez noted that she would receive hate mail for playing a lesbian on TV and openly supporting gay rights (Callie ended up getting into a very serious and long-term relationship with Arizona, played by Jessica Capshaw).
The True Colors Fund tweeted after Ramirez's speech, "We're so moved & inspired to see our dear friend/board member @SaraRamirez share her truth at our #40toNone Summit."
She responded on Twitter, "#ThankYou @TrueColorsFund 4 the work you do 2 end #LGBTQ #YouthHomelessness & your support #Woman #Latinx #Bisexual #Intersectionality."
Eric Dane Has Awkward Exchange with Former Boss Shonda Rhimes Over Donald Trump(10/8/16) Former Grey’s Anatomy star Eric Dane got caught up in a bizarre exchange with former boss Shonda Rhimes while tweeting about Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women in a leaked video from 2005.
Rhimes — who has created a slew of hit ABC shows including Grey’s, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder — tweeted her frustration with some men’s condemnation of Trump, crediting having wives, daughters and mothers as a reason to criticize his lewd comments.
“Men, stop with ‘we have wives, daughters’ as reason not to condone his actions,” Rhimes tweeted on Friday. “You don’t condone his acts becuz you know right from wrong.”
@shondarhimes : Men, stop with "we have wives, daughters" as reason not to condone his actions. You don't condone his acts becuz you know right from wrong.
Dane, who played Dr. Mark Sloan on the hit series until 2012, tweeted a curious message a few hours later but not directly in response to Rhimes.
“How bout this – f*ck @realDonaldTrump and I could give no fux about @shondarhimes opinion,” he wrote. “My wife and 2 girls. He needs to b btch slapped.”
@RealEricDane : How bout this - f*ck @realDonaldTrump and I could give no fux about @shondarhimes opinion. My wife and 2 girls. He needs to b btch slapped.
Rhimes echoed most of the social media response to Dane’s tweet when she responded with a simple, “um?”
Dane, who is married to Rebecca Gayheart, later clarified his comments in subsequent tweets, explaining that he was just really against supporting Trump and he held no ill will against Rhimes.
“Settle down people I luv @shondarhimes But @realDonaldTrump? Cmon folks, are you crazy? Are you really supporting this a—? Wake the fuk up,” he wrote.
@RealEricDane : Settle down people I luv @shondarhimes But @realDonaldTrump? Cmon folks, are you crazy? Are you really supporting this ass? Wake the fuk up!
Dane added, “Don’t be confused… it all makes sense to me.”
On Friday, video surfaced of Trump making lewd comments about women with then-Access Hollywood cohost Billy Bush during a 2005 appearance on the entertainment show. He has since issued a rare apology after being roundly condemned by both his wife and many prominent Republicans.
Ratings: The Good Place Inches Up(10/7/16) NBC’s new Thursday comedy block continues to hold its own, with rookie sitcom The Good Place building on its Superstore lead-in and growing week-to-week. The heavenly Ted Danson-Kristen Bell satire notched a 1.4 rating, up a tenth vs. last Thursday. Superstore, meanwhile, held steady with a 1.3.
At 10 pm, Chicago Med was flat (1.3), while The Blacklist (1.2) rebounded from last week’s series-low 1.1.
On ABC, Grey’s Anatomy — still the night’s top scripted draw by a landslide — ticked down a tenth to 2.3. Freshman drama Notorious also dipped slightly (from a 1.1 to a series-low 1.0), while How to Get Away With Murder (1.3) was flat. On Fox, Rosewood grew slightly (to a still-weak 0.9) while Pitch was unchanged at a 1.0.
Patrick Dempsey -- Starting Fresh in New $6.4 Million Crib(10/7/16) (Photos) Instead of dishing out money on divorce lawyers, Patrick Dempsey and his wife, Jill?, decided to drop several million to move into a new Malibu home.
It's a 4 bedroom, 4 bath crib with 4,415 sq feet of space for the reunited couple. It's not oceanfront property, but the beach is just a short drive away. Anyway, there's plenty of entertainment at the home -- like a gorgeous salt water pool and a lit tennis court.
As we reported, Jill just sold the Pacific Palisades pad she bought for herself when they were on the outs, and took in a $1.5 million profit.
The Dempseys bought the Malibu pad in May, and were repped by Ellen Francisco and Brett Lawyer.
Definitely beats paying for a divorce.
Jessica Capshaw Talks Arizona's 'Exciting, Fresh' Start(10/7/16) (TVLine.com) With all the Callie/Sofia drama behind her, Arizona burst back onto the scene in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy with a spring in her step and a big, beaming smile on her face. Her grin was temporarily turned upside down when she caught a first-hand glimpse of Andrew’s busted-up face, but the fact remains: This season, Arizona is back to being, well, Arizona.
“She is really, truly coming at her life with a fresh and excited perspective,” enthuses the doc’s equally sunny portrayer, Jessica Capshaw. “She’s looking for some of the fun and levity and excitement and humor that was the basis for [the Arizona character] way back when.”
The amicable custody agreement that Arizona reached with ex Callie (played by now-former cast member Sara Ramirez) in last May’s finale set the stage for Season 13’s clean slate. “There were so many things that Arizona and Callie went through,” Capshaw notes. “For her to come on to the scene this season with anything less than a brand new fresh, exciting feeling, would’ve been [unfair].
“And, quite frankly, I was excited to be back to work, too,” she adds with a laugh. “I came busting out of that elevator like, ‘Here I am.'”
And Arizona is spreading that positive energy around. In Thursday’s episode, she extended an olive branch to a downtrodden Andrew in the form of a sweet, surprising embrace. As Capshaw sees it, that moment was about Arizona proving to her roommate that she’s taking a neutral stance in his war with Alex. “In the two scripts that exist before I came back, it was sort of implied that Andrew doesn’t know who is for him and who is against him,” she explains. “He’s sort of in this situation where someone on the ‘home team’ assaulted him. So [that hug] was her way of letting him know that she feels for him.”
Grey's Anatomy Recap: True Lies(10/7/16) (TVLine.com) In Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, Nathan suggested the unthinkable to Meredith: Why don’t they just tell Maggie the truth about them? Instead, Derek’s widow doubled down on her lie and came up with a pretty funny alternative way to defuse the situation. What was it? Read on and find out!
‘BE A SISTER, SISTER!’ | As “I Ain’t No Miracle Worker” began, Maggie was complaining to Mer and Alex that she’d “ruined work” by asking out Nathan. Now “his ‘no’ is always going to be there like a bloated corpse,” she said. Grey, a little too obviously, didn’t even want to discuss the matter. “This isn’t a real problem,” she insisted. “You’re making it one.” Later, after Riggs threw out to Mer his “crazy” idea about being honest with her half sister, Grey decided that he should go out with Maggie after all. Only, on their date, he should turn off the charm. In other words, as he put it, “be a jerk… with bad breath.” Yes, exactly! Funnily enough, even as Mer kept her one-night stand at arm’s length, sparks flew between them. They even bonded on a deeper level when he admitted that he dreamed of waking up to find Megan alive and well, and she reluctantly confessed that in her version of the dream, Derek knocked at the door and apologized for being gone so long — he’d just lost his keys was all. Finally, toward the end of the episode, Amelia — having been filled in by Maggie on Mer’s disinterest in discussing her love life —instructed her sister-in-law to start lending an ear… or else. “Don’t make me move back in,” the new Mrs. Hunt playfully threatened. (Of course, no way was Amelia moving back in since, she noted, “married sex is dirtier than I expected.”) Alas, Grey passed up yet another opportunity to be straight with Pierce when the latter asked, “Any guy you’re into?” Oh, Mer!
‘DO I NEED TO MOVE?’ | Back from visiting Callie in New York, Arizona was awkwardly reunited at Grey Sloan with Andrew, who told her that his condition was “better than it looks.” Later, her roommate revealed that, although no one said it aloud, he could tell that everyone was mad at him for getting Alex in hot water. Assuming that Robbins was angry with him, too, he feared that she’d want him to move out. To reassure him that that wasn’t the case, she gave him a sweet hug. Alex, on the other hand, she was ticked at — for not returning her calls and texts, and on top of that, risking “the career that I helped you build.” Initially, Karev was so sick of being lectured that he told her to “shut up and back off.” But, as the hour concluded, he promised her that he was “gonna do whatever it takes” — including do his time at the clinic — in hopes of getting back to work at the hospital.
‘THE HAMMER WILL FALL’ | As the victims of a seven-car pileup were brought into Grey Sloan — of all things, a funeral procession had been hit — Miranda asked Ben to go pick up Tuck from school, where he’d struck another student. When Warren protested that the ER had been transformed by the accident into “a hot mess of art,” his wife stopped asking and instead told him to go get their son. Once the boy was at Grey Sloan, Ben couldn’t understand why Bailey wasn’t punishing him. She would, she said. She was just tired of dropping the hammer at work and at home. “You need a bad cop,” he deduced. “Deputize me.” Turned out, Warren was a pretty good bad cop. Exaggerating the story of what happened when Alex attacked Andrew — and using pics of DeLuca’s initial injuries to illustrate his point — Tuck’s dad seemed to convince the kid never to hit anyone again.
‘TODAY I FROZE A WART’ | As Alex did his best to combat the monotony of his work at the clinic, April, too, yearned for the rush that she got from the ER — so much so that she showed up at Grey Sloan with Harriet in tow. Since the new mom’s incision had healed, she was supposed to move around, so why not move around the hospital? she reasoned. Also, as she confessed to Jackson, “I did not know a miracle could be so boring.” Naturally, things in the ER were anything but boring. In fact, at one point, the widow of the fellow whose funeral procession had gone so awry keeled over and died herself. And then came back to life! And it turned out that the couple’s long-estranged, pregnant daughter was the driver who ran into the hearse. So ya kinda had to feel for Kepner. How could changing diapers compete with that?!?
Grey's Anatomy: Bridget Regan to Guest(10/4/16) The wonderfully ubiquitous Bridget Regan will add ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy to her IMDb listing this fall.
The Last Ship recruit and Jane the Virgin pot-stirrer will guest-star in Season 13’s sixth episode, “The Room Where it Happens,” she announced via social media on Tuesday. No details on her role were immediately made available, though if we take a cue from previous Grey’s guests who played opposite Matt Bomer on White Collar… nah, I’m just funnin’ with y’all. Nothing to see here!
Regan’s previous TV credits also include Marvel’s Agent Carter, White Collar, Beauty and the Beast, The Black Donnellys and, of course, Legend of the Seeker.
Grey’s Anatomy resumes its season this Thursday at 8/7c, with Episode 3.
Jessica Capshaw Teases Arizona's New Love (It's Not Mer!), Reflects on Sara Ramirez' Exit(10/4/16) (tvline.com) After sitting out the first two episodes of Season 13 to spend a little extra time with her newborn daughter, Jessica Capshaw returns to Grey’s Anatomy this Thursday (ABC, 8/7c) and, man, does she hit the ground running. Not only is Arizona caught in the middle of the still-simmering Alex-Andrew drama (the former is her partner in pediatric crime and the latter is her roomie — awkward!), but she finds herself strapped into the driver’s seat of the episode’s main medical story. On the bright side, all the chaos leaves little time for her to dwell on the fact that her ex-love and baby mama Callie (Sara Ramirez) is now living 3,000 miles away in the Big Apple with their daughter Sofia.
Below, Capshaw previews Arizona’s calamitous comeback, drops a hint about her new onscreen romance, and reflects on the departure of her longtime leading lady.
TVLINE | You missed the first two episodes of the season. Did it feel like school had started without you?
[Laughs] It did! It absolutely did. I was texting them, “What’s going on? What’s happening now?” They would still send me the scripts, though, so I remained tethered.
TVLINE | Was it weird to come back and not have Sara there?
Yes. To your analogy, it does feel like you’re going back to school, and there are things that are a bit different from the way they were before. But, obviously, [Sara leaving] was a bigger one. So definitely you feel the absence of any incredibly strong performer who is no longer there anymore.
TVLINE | Did you know she wasn’t returning when you shot your last scene together in the finale?
No, I did not.
TVLINE | Do you feel like you need closure on the Callie/Arizona storyline? Or are you content with how it ended?
I don’t know. It was left open-ended. In the Shondaland world, there is still a character named Callie who lives in New York City. But I don’t know what the closure is yet.
TVLINE | The preview for this week’s episode confirms that Arizona is pissed at Alex for assaulting Andrew. Is there more going on there than her just looking out for her roommate?
It’s funny, when I read the scripts that I wasn’t in, I felt like I wanted to know what Arizona was doing [when the Alex-Andrew melee went down]. Outside of Callie, Arizona has been closest to Alex. So I was kind of wondering if Alex would [reach out] to her. We find out in the episode that she heard what happened [while in NY], but she has no idea just how bad it is [until] she returns to work. And, when she sees just how bad it is, it really fires her up. And it worries her. Because anyone who can do something like that needs some help. Needs some assistance. [Laughs]
TVLINE | Does she feel caught in the middle?
She gets to sort of ride the middle. There’s an understanding that she might be able to both be upset at Alex and sad for Andrew.
TVLINE | Shonda Rhimes has said Arizona will be getting a new love interest this season. What are your sources telling you about when we’ll meet her?
[Laughs] My sources are telling me that it’s not going to be too far away. We had to wade through a little muck first. But I do feel that Arizona has certainly waited long enough.
TVLINE | Is it going to be a new person or a character already on the show?
I think it’s got to be a new person, right? What am I going to do, start making out with Ellen [Pompeo]? [Laughs]
Shondaland Promotes Alison Eakle & Ghazal Moshfegh, Brings In Chris DiIorio(10/4/16) Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland continues to bolster its ranks as the company, responsible for five ABC Studios drama series for ABC, is transforming into a fully functioning pod with its own infrastructure.
Following the three executive hires in August, Shondaland has promoted Alison Eakle to Head of Comedy and Drama and Ghazal Moshfegh to Director of Development. Additionally, the company has hired veteran PMK*BNC PR executive Chris DiIorio, who had repped Rhimes for almost nine years, as VP of Strategy and Development.
The new appointments brings Shondaland’s staff of executives from 1, Eakle, to 6 in just three months.
“These two women have been instrumental in building Shondaland’s growing slate of programming,” Rhimes said of Eakle and Moshfegh, who is now getting executive stripes.
Added Beers, “They’re an asset to any company and we’re more than lucky to have them here. Plus I couldn’t pick more delightful people with whom to spend so much time!“
As Head of Comedy and Drama, Eakle is shepherding all Shondaland television projects, including overseeing development and managing the development team. She will continue to oversee staffing for all current shows, including the hiring of all directors and writers, and serve as a liaison between writers, directors, talent, and studio and network executives.
Eakle, who was most recently VP of Comedy and Drama, joined Shondaland in 2013. She has since developed the ABC dramas How to Get Away with Murder, The Catch, and the upcoming Still Star-Crossed (working title). Additionally, Eakle oversaw the company’s first produced comedy pilot, ABC’s Toast. Prior to Shondaland, Eakle worked as a coordinating manager at Ellen DeGeneres’ production company, A Very Good Production.
As Director of Development, Ghazal Moshfegh will work on development, including assessing possible project submissions, and well as oversee research and Shondaland’s continuing initiative to diversify the company’s director line-up for current shows.
In the newly created role as VP of Strategy and Development, DiIorio will work alongside the Shondaland team on business initiatives to create growth opportunities, on expanding the company’s creative storytelling offering beyond series television and increasing brand partnerships.
“Chris and I have worked together for many years,” said Rhimes. “I’m excited to have him join my enthusiasm for new ventures and new prospects.”
Rhimes is one of the showrunners who have fully embraced social media, harnessing its power to get the fans of her shows engaged in ways few others have been able to.
DiIorio joins the company from PMK*BNC where he had been for over 10 years overseeing the company’s television department.
In addition to Eakle, Moshfegh and DiIorio, Shondaland in August brought in Sara Fischer as Head of Production, Kristen Andersen as VP Marketing and Communications and Sandie Bailey as Director of Branding and Engagement.
ABC Studios-based Shondaland is forging its own way as a fully-staffed independent company within a major studio. That is different than the model employed by fellow prolific drama pods, Berlanti Prods and Dick Wolf Prods., which rely on the infrastructure of the studios they are based at.
Patrick Dempsey -- Mrs. McDreamy Sells House, Keeps Hubby(10/4/16) (Photos) Patrick Dempsey and his wife, Jill, are back together, and their first order of business -- dumping the pad Jill bought when they were on the verge of divorce.
Jill swooped the 2 story Pacific Palisades home last summer for $6.1 million -- when she and Patrick were in the throes of the breakup -- and now she's unloaded it for $7.575 mil. The deal closed on Tuesday.
Pretty sweet temporary housing for Jill -- 5 beds, 5 baths with 6,135 square feet of space, and a full extra guest house out back. Not to mention pool and spa, cathedral ceilings and its own library.
Now she's passed on all that luxury -- because of her agents, Brett Lawyer and Barbara Boyle -- to continue life with Dr. McDreamy. The tidy profit doesn't hurt either.
The buyers, "Black Mass" director Scott Cooper and his producer wife Jocely, were repped by Jeeb O'Reilly.
Patrick Dempsey returns to Maine for cancer fundraiser(10/1/16) After hitting the red carpet this month for the release of his new movie, actor Patrick Dempsey has returned to his home state for a cancer fundraiser.
The Maine native, who plays a starring role in the new romance-comedy, "Bridget Jones's Baby," participated Saturday in a cancer survivor walk with his three children and two sisters.
The bike-and-run "Dempsey Challenge" raises money for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. Dempsey and his sisters created the center in 2008 in partnership with the Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.
They were inspired by their mother, Amanda, who died of cancer in 2014.
Dempsey said before the event that he's energized and inspired by the Lewiston-Auburn community. Last year, the event drew nearly 4,000 participants and raised $1.2 million.
"It's what keeps us motivated to keep working year round to expand and improve our services so we can help more people here in Maine and someday around the country," he said.
The event typically draws other celebrities and sports figures. This weekend's participants included NASCAR champ Bobby Labonte and several professional cyclists.
It's been a busy period for Dempsey, who became widely known as Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd on TV's "Grey's Anatomy." After leaving the show, he went to London to film "Bridget Jones's Baby." He's also reprioritizing his life to refocus on his marriage and family.
He said returning to his home state helps to keep him grounded.
"It's an experience that never leaves you and one I find myself connecting with and drawing from more and more as I raise my own children," he said.