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    Eric Dane Joins KJ Apa In Motorcycle Racing Pic ‘One Fast Move’

    (6/28/22) Euphoria‘s Eric Dane will star alongside KJ Apa in the motorcycle racing film One Fast Move, from Gulfstream Pictures and Luber Roklin Entertainment, which has entered production in Atlanta.

    In the action-adventure pic from writer-director Kelly Blatz, a dishonorably discharged soldier (Apa) seeks out his estranged father (Dane) to help him pursue his dream of racing Supersport motorcycles. While training, he meets a small-town aspiring singer who begins to break down the walls his father’s absence had built up. Gulfstream Pictures is providing full financing for the film, with Mike Karz and Bill Bindley producing for the company, in association with Matt Luber and Lena Roklin of Luber Roklin Entertainment.

    One Fast Move is Gulfstream’s second project with Luber Roklin, following the Josephine Langford-led rom-com The Other Zoey, with Drew Starkey, Archie Renaux, Andie MacDowell, Heather Graham and Patrick Fabian, which is currently in post-production.

    Dane plays Cal Jacobs—father to Jacob Elordi’s Nate—on HBO’s hit series Euphoria from creator Sam Levinson. He’s otherwise best known for his role as Dr. Mark Sloan on ABC’s long-running medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy. The actor has also appeared on series like TNT’s The Last Ship, and in films including X-Men: The Last Stand. He’ll also soon be seen in John Swab’s thriller Little Dixie with Frank Grillo, Tony Tost’s crime pic National Anthem with Sydney Sweeney, Zahn McClarnon and Halsey, and John Barr’s thriller Dangerous Waters with Odeya Rush, Saffron Burrows and the late Ray Liotta.

    Dane is represented by CAA, Entertainment 360 and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman.

    Hollywood Walk Of Fame To Honor Paul Walker, Jenni Rivera With Posthumous Tributes As Part Of Class Of 2023

    (6/18/22) Actor Paul Walker and singer Jenni Rivera will be posthumously honored with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2023, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said Friday.

    The news was revealed in a statement that announced next year’s two dozen honorees. The selectees were chosen from among hundreds of nominations and ratified by the chamber on Wednesday. Being named doesn’t automatically mean a star will be granted. Honorees have two years to take action on accepting the award, which carries a fee.

    “The Selection Panel, made up of fellow Walk of Famers, hand-picks a group of honorees each year that represent various genres of the entertainment world,” chairwoman and Walk of Fame star recipient Ellen K said in a statement, “The panel thoughtfully selected these talented individuals, and we can’t wait to celebrate them as they become part of Hollywood’s history with the unveiling of their star on the world’s most famous walkway!”

    The Hollywood Walk of Fame Class of 2023 are:

    Motion pictures

    Ludacris

    Bill Pullman

    Uma Thurman

    Vince Vaughn

    John Waters

    Juanita Moore (posthumous)

    Paul Walker (posthumous)

    Television

    Jon Favreau

    Mindy Kaling

    Martin Lawrence

    Ralph Macchio

    Garrett Morris

    Ellen Pompeo

    Recording

    Marc Anthony

    Irving Azoff

    Sheila E

    Jonas Brothers

    Lenny Kravitz

    Blake Shelton

    Charlie Wilson

    Jenni Rivera (posthumous)

    Live theater/live performance

    Lang Lang

    Melba Moore

    Pentatonix

    Brady Organization Calls On Hollywood To Examine Onscreen Gun Violence; Hundreds Of Writers, Producers & Directors Sign Pledge

    (6/16/22) Following its third consecutive win as the season’s No. 1 entertainment network among Adults 18-49, winning six of the last eight seasons based on entertainment programming, ABC has set fall premiere dates for its new and returning series for the upcoming 2022-2023 season, including new female-led dramas “Alaska Daily” (formerly known as “Alaska”) and “The Rookie: Feds” as well as the newest primetime game show “Celebrity Jeopardy!” Return dates have also been set for critically acclaimed comedy breakout “Abbott Elementary,” and fan favorites “Bachelor in Paradise” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” which served as ABC’s highest-rated program last season.

    Summer may have ended, but romance awaits as “Bachelor in Paradise” turns up the heat on TUESDAY, SEPT. 27 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), followed by the debut of “The Rookie” spinoff series, “The Rookie: Feds,” starring Niecy Nash-Betts (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT). The search for love continues as “BIP” begins its two-night weekly run on MONDAY, OCT. 3 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), preceding the return of hit drama “The Good Doctor,” which hits 100 episodes this season.

    ABC’s No. 1 comedy last season in Adults 18-49, Quinta Brunson-helmed “Abbott Elementary,” returns on its new night, WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21 (9:00-9:31 p.m. EDT), joining network comedy staples “The Conners” (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), “The Goldbergs” (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT) and “Home Economics” (9:31-10:00 p.m. EDT) for a laugh-filled evening. Then, Reba McEntire and Jensen Ackles step into the world of “Big Sky” on its new night, bringing with them a new mystery to unravel as the mercurial matriarch of an established local family and the new sheriff in town, respectively.

    “Alaska Daily” (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), from Oscar®-winning writer Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”) and starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank, joins “Station 19” (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT) and TV’s longest-running primetime medical drama, “Grey’s Anatomy” (9:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on THURSDAY, OCT. 6.

    Sundays on ABC are synonymous with family fun as Hollywood stars test their knowledge with the ultimate game of trivia on “Celebrity Jeopardy!” (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), debuting SEPT. 25, and followed by the return of “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT). The evening culminates with “The Rookie” (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), and “AFV” joins the Sunday lineup on OCT. 2 (7:00-8:00 p.m. EDT).

    The first-ever live episode of “Shark Tank,” featuring all six original Sharks, swims into the weekend FRIDAY, SEPT. 23 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT). A new season of ABC News’ “20/20” (9:01-11:00 p.m. EDT) follows.

    Additional premiere dates for the 2022-2023 season will be announced at a later date.

    ABC’S FALL PRIMETIME SCHEDULE (all times listed are Eastern/Pacific) follows below. New shows are in bold.

    WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21
    8:00 p.m. “The Conners”
    8:30 p.m. “The Goldbergs”
    9:00 p.m. “Abbott Elementary” (new night)
    9:31 p.m. “Home Economics”
    10:00 p.m. “Big Sky” (new night)

    FRIDAY, SEPT. 23
    8:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”
    9:01 p.m. “20/20” (two hours)

    SUNDAY, SEPT. 25
    8:00 p.m. “Celebrity Jeopardy!”
    9:00 p.m. “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune”
    10:00 p.m. “The Rookie”

    TUESDAY, SEPT. 27
    8:00 p.m. “Bachelor in Paradise”
    10:00 p.m. “The Rookie: Feds”

    SUNDAY, OCT. 2
    7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

    MONDAY, OCT. 3
    8:00 p.m. “Bachelor in Paradise”
    10:00 p.m. “The Good Doctor”

    THURSDAY, OCT. 6
    8:00 p.m. “Station 19”
    9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”
    10:01 p.m. “Alaska Daily”

    NEW FALL SERIES

    “ALASKA DAILY” (Thursday, Oct. 6, at 10:01 p.m. EDT)

    From the mind of Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”), “Alaska Daily” stars Hilary Swank as Eileen Fitzgerald, a recently disgraced reporter who leaves her high-profile New York life behind to join a daily metro newspaper in Anchorage on a journey to find both personal and professional redemption.

    Alongside Swank, “Alaska Daily” stars Jeff Perry as Stanley Cornik, Matt Malloy as Bob Young, Meredith Holzman as Claire Muncy, Grace Dove as Rosalind “Roz” Friendly, Pablo Castelblanco as Gabriel Martin, Ami Park as Jieun Park and Craig Frank as Austin Greene.

    Tom McCarthy is the creator and executive producer of “Alaska Daily.” Hilary Swank, Melissa Wells, Bert Salke (co-lab21), Kyle Hopkins (Anchorage Daily News) and Ryan Binkley (Anchorage Daily News) are executive producers on the series. Rae Baron is a co-producer. “Alaska Daily” is produced by 20th Television.

    “CELEBRITY JEOPARDY!” (Sunday, Sept. 25, at 8:00 p.m. EDT)

    “Celebrity Jeopardy!,” produced by Sony Pictures Television, is an all-new game show premiering this fall. This new series welcomes celebrity contestants to compete for a chance to win money for a charity of their choice.

    “Celebrity Jeopardy!” is executive produced by Michael Davies.

    “THE ROOKIE: FEDS” (Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 10:00 p.m. EDT)

    From the executive producers of flagship series “The Rookie” comes “The Rookie: Feds,” starring Niecy Nash-Betts as Simone Clark, the oldest rookie in the FBI Academy. The spinoff was introduced as a two-part event during the fourth season of “The Rookie,” where Officer John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) and the LA division of the FBI enlist the help of Simone Clark when one of her former students is a suspect in a terror attack.

    “The Rookie: Feds” stars Niecy Nash-Betts as Simone Clark, Frankie Faison as Christopher “Cutty” Clark and Felix Solis as Special Agent Matthew Garza.

    Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter are co-creators and executive producers. Mark Gordon, Niecy Nash-Betts, Nathan Fillion, Michelle Chapman, Bill Norcross and Corey Miller are executive producers. Entertainment One (eOne) is the lead studio and international distributor of “The Rookie: Feds,” a co-production with ABC Signature.

    Brady Organization Calls On Hollywood To Examine Onscreen Gun Violence; Hundreds Of Writers, Producers & Directors Sign Pledge

    (6/13/22) The Brady organization against gun violence is calling on Hollywood writers, directors and producers to examine onscreen gun violence and depictions of gun safety, asking the creative community to sign a pledge that’s already garnered more than 200 signatures of such names as Judd Apatow, Shonda Rhimes, Damon Lindelof and Jimmy Kimmel and the writers of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

    The pledge, while noting that the “responsibility lies with lax gun laws supported by those politicians more afraid of losing power than saving lives,” acknowledges that “America’s storytellers” have the power to “effect change.”

    “Cultural attitudes toward smoking, drunk driving, seatbelts and marriage equality have all evolved due in large part to movies’ and TV’s influence. It’s time to take on gun safety,” the Brady pledge states, and goes on to ask writers, directors and producers to, whenever possible, to:

    Use creativity “to model responsible gun ownership and show consequences for reckless gun use;” “make a conscious effort to show characters locking their guns safely and making them inaccessible to children”;

    “Have at least one conversation during pre-production regarding the way guns will be portrayed on screen and consider alternatives that could be employed without sacrificing narrative integrity”;

    “Limit scenes including children and guns, bearing in mind that guns are now the leading cause of death for children and adolescents.”

    The pledge further states, “We are under no illusions that these actions are a substitute for common sense gun legislation. Furthermore, this list does not incorporate every nuance of guns on screen. However, these are small things that we can do as a community to try and end this national nightmare. If you are a writer, director or producer, join us by signing here.”

    For more information about the pledge, visit the Brady website here.

    Scott Speedman says drinking water is the key to his youthful looks

    (6/6/22) It’s quite literally a fountain of youth.

    “Felicity” alum Scott Speedman joked that his never-aging good looks is thanks to the “Tom Brady diet” of drinking copious amounts of water.

    When Page Six half-seriously asked the “Grey’s Anatomy” actor if he has an oil portrait of himself rotting away in the attic à la “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” he revealed that he simply drinks a ton of water.

    “I’m on the Tom Brady diet, a lot of water,” the 46-year-old told us at the New York premiere of “Crimes of the Future” on Thursday night, before insisting that he had aged. “If you look at pictures of me even five years ago, I’ve aged.”

    The famous quarterback has said he drinks between 14 and 37 eight-ounce glasses of water per day.

    Perhaps another key to his youthful appearance is his natural athleticism.

    Before taking up acting, Speedman was a member of the Canadian Junior National Swim Team and placed ninth at the 1992 Olympic Trials, but his potential to make it in the sport was derailed by a neck injury.

    “Even if I had made the Olympics I would never have been like anyone amazing,” he shared. “I wasn’t going to be a top swimmer.”

    He added, “I would have loved to have gone, it would have been great, but I love swimming. I love watching the Olympics every four years. I end up back in the pool, running and swimming.”

    Speedman is currently starring in the David Cronenberg movie along with Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart.

    ‘Days Of Our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Adds Loretta Devine, Eileen Davidson, Vince Van Patten & More To Second Chapter

    (6/2/22) Eileen Davidson (The Young and the Restless), Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy) and Vince Van Patten (7 Days to Vegas) are among the latest actors to join second chapter of Peacock’s original series Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem.

    Christopher Sean (You), Tanner Stine (Impulse), Abigail Klein (Code Black), Colton Little (General Hospital) and Victoria Grace (All of Us Are Dead) will also appear in the five-episode season that will stream from July 11-15. The previously announced cast include Kristian Alfonso (Hope Williams Brady); Peter Reckell (Bo Brady); Deidre Hall (Dr. Marlena Evans); Drake Hogestyn (John Black); Steve Burton (Harris Michaels); Stephen Nichols (Steve “Patch” Johnson); Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Brady Johnson); Lucas Adams (Tripp Johnson); Camila Banus (Gabi Hernandez); Victoria Konefal (Ciara Brady); Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Weston) and Remington Hoffman (Li Shin).

    Here’s the official logline for the second installment of Beyond Salem: “In an epic, action-packed tale that spans the entire globe, from Monte Carlo to Hong Kong, beloved characters from Days of our Lives once again go Beyond Salem! as they trade the comforts of home for an adventure of a lifetime! Supercouple Steve and Kayla make a surprise visit to their children in Seattle, while private eye John Black travels to San Francisco to see his son, Paul. Meanwhile, new parents Ben and Ciara drop anchor in Montreal – where they are greeted by a much-missed Hope! Over the course of five thrilling episodes, heartwarming family reunions take a dangerous turn as a mysterious adversary wreaks havoc on their lives.”

    Beyond Salem was recently nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards including: Outstanding Daytime Drama Series, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Directing, and Outstanding Casting. It’s produced by Corday Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday is the executive producer with co-executive producer Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati serves as head writer.

    Peacock is also the exclusive streaming home of Days of Our Lives. The daytime soap also airs weekdays on NBC.

    The first installment of Beyond Salem debuted last September. Lisa Rinna reprised her role as Billie Reed, with Hall as Marlena and Hogestyn as John.

    Katherine Heigl, EP & Star Of Netflix’s ‘Firefly Lane’, Signs With CAA

    (6/1/22) CAA has signed actor-producer Katherine Heigl (Firefly Lane) for representation.

    Heigl is an Emmy Award winner and two-time Golden Globe nominee who currently exec produces and stars in Netflix’s popular series Firefly Lane. The drama from creator Maggie Friedman is based on Kristin Hannah’s novel of the same name. It centers on Tully (Heigl) and Kate (Sarah Chalke), who support each other through good times and bad with an unbreakable bond that carries them from their teens in the 1970s to their forties in the early 2000s. Heigl recently completed shooting the show’s second season, which is slated to debut on the streamer this year.

    Heigl is also known for starring on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy for six seasons, as Dr. Izzie Stevens. Her work on the series earned her an Emmy for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress, as well as a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. She also starred in the final two seasons of the critically acclaimed series Suits, which aired on USA Network between 2018 and 2019.

    Heigl found her star-making role on the film side in Judd Apatow’s 2007 comedy Knocked Up, which had her starring alongside Seth Rogen as a recently promoted E! reporter, who wound up having a child with her slacker one-night stand. The actress has also appeared in such notable big-screen titles as Aline Brosh McKenna’s 27 Dresses, Greg Berlanti’s Life as We Know It, Robert Luketic’s The Ugly Truth and Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve, among others.

    Heigl continues to be represented by Nancy Heigl, Mainstay Entertainment, Jill Fritzo Public Relations and Yorn, Levine, Barnes.

    And Just Like That... Boss: Expect 'More of Che, Rather Than Less' in Season 2

    (6/1/22) Despite being met with a less-than-warm welcome in Season 1, the character of Che Diaz will not only return, but return bigger than ever, when HBO Max’s And Just Like That… serves up Season 2.

    Grey’s Anatomy alum Sara Ramírez’s non-binary podcaster/stand-up comic character chopped it up with Carrie and eventually wooed Miranda during the Sex and the City follow-up’s freshman run, which premiered last December. At the close of Season 1, Che decamped to Los Angeles to shoot a TV pilot — with love interest Miranda in tow.

    But if you had speculated that the nascent LGBTQ romance might sink as Che’s career soared, and the comic would not be seen again, think again.

    “One of my burning passions about Season 2 is Che,” showrunner Michael Patrick King told our sister site Variety, as part of a Pride Month cover story. “I want to show the dimension of Che that people didn’t see, for whatever reason — because they were blinded, out of fear or terror. I want to show more of Che rather than less of Che. Like, really.”

    King said he still marvels at how polarizing Che proved to be, noting that amid a vast TV landscape peppered with truly loathsome characters, “what everybody’s concerned about is a nonbinary stand-up comic in the present day.”

    Ramírez also is familiar with, though purposely avoids immersing themself in, the backlash. Ramirez told the New York Times in February that they have been tuning out the “hate that exists online” regarding Che, adding, “I have to protect my own mental health and my own artistry. And that’s way more important to me because I’m a real human being. I’m really proud of the representation that we’ve created. We have built a character who is a human being, who is imperfect, who’s complex, who is not here to be liked, who’s not here for anybody’s approval. They’re here to be themselves.”

    And in the new Variety piece, Ramírez says, “Other people’s opinions of a character — that’s not something I can allow into my process.”

    “That’s the beauty of being grown — I don’t have to receive everything!” they note. “And this is Michael’s baby. He created this role. He wrote it. Those are his and his writing team’s jokes.”

    Variety‘s cover story notes that the yet-to-be-scheduled second season of AJLT will pick up three weeks later, meaning Miranda and Che’s “great adventure” is still fresh and new. And thus not necessarily tested.

    “It could be the biggest mistake [Miranda] ever made,” And Just Like That scribe Elisa Zuritsky previously told TVLine. “It could be a horrible betrayal of her role as a mother and a New Yorker. This is Miranda following her heart and not her head for the first time in her life.” But as such, it could also turn out to be “the greatest adventure she ever took.

    Thursday Ratings: Bull Flat With Series Finale, Grey's Finale Tops Quiet Night

    (5/27/22) In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ Bull ended its six-season run on Thursday night with four million total viewers and its sixth 0.3 demo rating out of its last eight outings.

    Over on ABC, Grey’s Anatomy‘s double-episode season ender averaged shy of four million total viewers along with a night-leading 0.6 rating, holding steady week-to-week.

    Lastly, Fox’s MasterChef Junior (1.8 mil/0.3) dipped, while Welcome to Flatch‘s final Season 1 episodes did 730K/0.1 and 630K/0.1, down a bit from last week’s double pump.

    Grey's Anatomy Season 18 Finale Recap: Episode 400 Brings Home 'Japril,' Busts Owen and More

    (5/26/22) Four-hundred episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, and it all came down to Thursday’s two-parter. In Season 18’s jam-packed finale, “Japril” returned, Meredith’s plan to move to Minnesota was questioned anew, Owen’s well-intentioned secret came back to haunt him, and the fate of Grey Sloan’s residency program was decided — and that was just for starters. Keep reading, and as we always do, we’ll dissect all of the goings-on.

    ‘IF YOU KNEW YOU WERE DYING, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?’ | As “Out for Blood” began, Ellis haunted Mer, telling her that Grey Sloan had really hit the skids and criticizing as only she could. Later, Mer and Zola started looking at homes in Minnesota, and Amelia revealed that her, her sister-in-law and Kai’s Parkinson’s research had been published. Arriving at work, Jo admitted to Link that she’d had sex with Todd for the first time, and he’d said that he loved her. She clearly did not love him back. Dude sang when he was, er, finished. (Which couldn’t have been too bad; it’s Skylar Astin!) Maggie wished that she and Winston could stay in bed all day. But with the accreditation council coming, they couldn’t. Meanwhile, he obsessed over getting back the $10k that Wendell conned her out of. In the pit, Owen was fretting over the blood shortage when a man named John approached him to help his wife Rosie, a very sick Marine. And by “help,” the man meant help her die. If Owen wouldn’t assist her in passing with dignity, John would report what he’d done with Noah and others, he threatened.

    Shortly, Bailey assembled Grey Sloan’s team to encourage them to donate blood. Except for Levi, he noted to Taryn, since blood donations are not allowed from gay men who have been sexually active in the last three months. Nearby, Nick recruited Mer to consult on the case of seemingly doomed Cora, who at best they could make more comfortable — a worrying prognosis since she cared for Aunt Sally, who’d raised her. Soon, though, the docs decided to perform a whipple outside the patient’s body. Richard gave the idea a big thumbs-down, but Mer was a honey badger — she didn’t care and booked the O.R. “It is your only chance of survival,” Grey told the patient. With no other option, Cora agreed.

    ‘I NEED TO REPORT A CRIME ONE OF YOUR DOCTORS COMMITTED’ | When Owen confided in Teddy what John was demanding, she insisted that they find another way to help Rosie. That way? Relocate the couple to Washington and help them cover the costs so that she could receive physician-assisted suicide. “My wife is dying,” cried John. “She’s not going to relocate and fill out papers.” He didn’t want to hear about ethics. He’d heard that Owen was a veteran — what about honor? No, Teddy said, cutting off Owen. “We just can’t.” With that, off John went, Owen’s (and his family’s) fate in his hands. (Side note: Given that Owen had wanted to protect Teddy from any involvement in what he’d been doing, didn’t it seem beyond strange that he’d bring her with him to discuss the matter with John?) Before we knew it, there John was, telling Bailey that he needed to report one of her doctors.

    ‘YOU BREAK UP WITH PAVAROTTI?’ | In other twists of plot, all of a sudden, Kristen started yelling through the halls that Simon had begun struggling to breathe. He didn’t want to be intubated, but after he lost consciousness, his wife gave the order to do so. When Jo checked in on Link to see how he was doing with his patient’s downturn, it became clearer and clearer that Todd didn’t have a shot of holding onto her. Consulting, Maggie and Winston weren’t optimistic, no matter how badly Link wanted Simon to live long enough to meet his son. Nonetheless, they floated the idea of putting the patient on ECMO in hopes of keeping him breathing until Kristen could give birth. If it meant her having to unplug him, it would be just one more impossible thing that the expectant mother would have to do. While Simon underwent the procedure to prepare for ECMO, Link assured Kristen that she wasn’t selfish and recalled the first time that he’d seen Scout.

    ‘THIS IS NOT A SPA’ | As Amelia and Maggie gave blood, the former lamented her breakup with Kai, and the latter stated her objection to the way that Winston had said that she didn’t know what it was like to have siblings… or at least siblings like Amelia’s biological ones. “There’s a lotta stuff that I don’t know” about my husband, Maggie was realizing. When Jamarah Blake showed up from the accreditation council, Bailey was chagrined to find the residents giving blood during a shift. As she and Richard showed her around to see that her fixes had been made, they happened into the gallery as Mer and Nick were performing the surgery on Cora that Webber had nixed. As Bailey became more desperate for blood, Levi beseeched her to accept his “sexually active gay blood.” She agreed that the rule was ridiculous but couldn’t accept him as a donor.

    ‘IT’S A SEX BEAR’ | As the episode drew to a close, Todd brought Jo a thank-you-for-the-sex bear… and she broke up with him. Xander blabbed to Jamarah that he was glad that Mer had decided to put off leaving — the first the decision-maker had heard that she was leaving! Miraculously, Simon pulled through his procedure and revealed to Kristen that he’d even come up with a name for the baby: Jamal. Getting real with Winston, Maggie confessed that she felt that she knew her husband better back when they were a long-distance couple. She was really hung up on his sibling remark; he handled it poorly, asking why she was making it a fight. “I love you,” she told him. But “maybe we got married too quickly.” Yikes. Elsewhere, Teddy busily packed up her locker. “We are running,” she told Owen, “because that is the only option you left us!” Just then, in came Bailey, futilely hoping that she’d be told John was a madman. Instead, Owen admitted that yes, he’d stolen drugs from Grey Sloan. At the same time, things went south during Nick and Mer’s surgery on Cora. “We should stop,” Grey decided. They needed blood for the patient. At that very moment, Bailey learned from Ben that there had been an accident — her blood was all over the damn street!

    ‘I HOPE YOU LIVE FOREVER’ | As “You Are the Blood” began, nooo! Jackson was reading a eulogy to Catherine. Oh. Phew. He was amusing his mother, alive and well, by doing it in front of her, April and Harriet. When it was Kepner’s turn to sing her ex-mother-in-law’s praises, Jackson excused himself to go try to charm Jamarah into continuing the residency program. It didn’t go well. She was all about Mer planning to leave without her knowing anything about it. Jamarah even wondered what secrets Jackson was keeping. When April wandered into the doctors lounge during Bailey’s rant at Owen and Teddy, Miranda realized that no one was covering the pit. Kepner, do it, Bailey ordered. Soon, Ben showed up with 37 units of blood — which was something but not nearly enough to keep Trauma open. “Bailey’s definitely going to yell about that,” Kepner knew. While April gave blood, Amelia unloaded on her about her breakup with Kai. She hadn’t fallen in love, she’d just fit with her now-ex. Was Amelia sure it was over? ‘Cause sometimes love comes back around, April said. “Japril” 2.0?

    ‘YOU WORK TO CHANGE THE LAW, YOU DON’T BREAK THE LAW!’ | Though Bailey didn’t seem inclined to budge, Owen and Teddy pleaded with her to understand that he’d had to help the dying vets. “The world is broken in a thousand different ways that I cannot fix,” Miranda lamented. Now she had to call the police or she could be sent to prison. But she had to manage the blood crisis, which would take a few hours. In that time, she’d accept Teddy and Owen’s resignations and wished them both the best of luck. With the time that Bailey had bought them, Hunt and Altman were on their way to grab the kids and flee when the cops arrived at the hospital. For them? Unclear. When Amelia brought the kids to Joe’s Bar, she begged Owen and Teddy to tell her what was up. They wouldn’t, though.

    ‘THIS IS YOUR ARENA… HOW WELL YOU PLAY, THAT’S UP TO YOU’ | When no blood arrived to allow Mer and Nick to complete their wild surgery on Cora, Richard called her on the carpet and accused her of maybe not just killing the patient but the residency program. Boy, “Ellis would finally be proud of you,” he barked. Alone with Nick, Mer admitted that her mother had told her not to come to Grey Sloan. He noted that she had pushed to operate on Cora that day. Did he think she was arrogant or trying to sabotage the residency program? (Just me, or has she oddly often seemed eager to pick fights with him?) Sadly, Mer and Nick were not able to save Cora, even with flashbacks to Derek’s shooting and eventual death to keep Grey pushing. When Mer broke the news to Sally that Cora had passed away, the poor woman’s response was “Who?”

    ‘HELLO FOREVER’ | As Kristen started experiencing pains that might or might not have been contractions, she suddenly began bleeding… a lot.”Stay alive,” she told her husband. One way or another, Jo was going to be delivering the baby stat. Since Kristen needed blood and she and Simon were the same blood type, he insisted that she receive the blood that was earmarked for him. “I’m a dead man,” he said. “Save them, please.” Winston arrived with Simon’s blood for Kristen just in time. At that point, Winston raced newborn Jamal to Simon’s bedside, where the new dad was able to meet the baby, however briefly. Following Simon’s death, Link got an apology from Amelia for breaking his heart. If she’d remembered how badly it hurt, she would’ve handled it differently. He wasn’t sorry, though. “You gave me a son, and I get to be his dad,” he said. “So I don’t hate you, I love you — but not in the painful way anymore.”

    ‘GET YOUR SPEECH READY, WE HAVE A LOT TO CELEBRATE’ | While all that was going on, Amelia was able to happily report to Catherine and Richard that she was responding to treatment — she was living with, not dying from cancer. Levi vowed to fight the blood ban on sexually active gay men, and Bailey swore that she’d do so right there with him. “Yass, queen,” cheered Xander. When Miranda returned to her office, Jamarah was waiting for her. Bailey admitted that Owen and Teddy had resigned, and Mer was leaving. Jamarah, in turn, described Grey Sloan as a dysfunctional family and shut down the residency program, challenging the chief to rebuild, start over. As hour No. 2 and the season drew to a close, the residents sadly cleaned out their lockers (while we saw flashbacks to the OGs). Teddy and Owen boarded a flight to who knows where with Leo and Allison. In the parking lot, Winston shared with Maggie that he’d never said “I love you” to anyone before her. It just takes him more time to open up, he said. He didn’t think that they got married too fast, he just thought that they needed to keep learning each other. Her kiss suggested that she was OK with that.

    In the nursery, Jo asked Link over to watch Encanto (again) with the kids, because he was her favorite person. OK, he said — but he was gonna sing! Jackson approached Mer and asked her to stick around. Her article was “noisy” — her rep was how Grey Sloan would rebuild. Bailey then approached, announcing that she was quitting with no notice. She put the keys to the chief’s office in Mer’s hand and told her, “You broke it, you bought it.” Desperate, Jackson offered Mer a raise, the title of interim chief and the night to think it over. Alone in the elevator, Jackson and April kissed. Aw, they were together again. As Amelia left for the day, Kai approached her and admitted, “I can’t sleep.” Aw, they weren’t over after all. (This ending had me “Aw”-ing a lot.) In the chief’s — well, now Mer’s — office, Grey told her boyfriend to go back to Minnesota. He didn’t think that she’d intentionally sabotaged the residency program, he insisted. Wrong thing to say. An argument ensued. Why hadn’t he stopped her from operating on Cora if he’d thought Mer was wrong? He respected her enough to admit that he might be wrong and knew she didn’t like to be told that she was wrong. Again, she tearfully told him to go back to Minnesota, and this time, he went. Seconds later, she ran after him, but by then, he was gone.

    ‘Eureka!’: Loretta Devine, Sheila E. & Misty Copeland Among Cast For Disney Jr. Animated Series; Trailer Released

    (5/26/22) Emmy winner Loretta Devine, Sheila E. and Misty Copeland round out the voice cast of Eureka!, Disney Jr.’s upcoming animated preschool series, joining previously announced leads Ruth Righi, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Lil Rel Howery and Javier Muñoz. Also cast in recurring roles are Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Ryan Michelle Bathé (The Endgame) and Wendell Pierce (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.) Disney also has released a trailer for the upcoming series. You can watch it below.

    Set in the fantastical prehistoric world of Rocky Falls, Eureka! follows the story of Eureka (Righi), a young girl inventor who is way ahead of her time. She designs inventions and contraptions in the hopes of making the world a better place and moving her prehistoric community into a more modern era.

    Goldsberry and Howery voice Eureka’s parents Roxy and Rolle, and Muñoz portrays her teacher, Ohm.

    Devine will voice Eureka’s grandmother, Wanda, while Sheila E. and Copeland will voice the characters of Yurt, a traveling musician, and Rockanne, a dance teacher, respectively. Kemper recurs as the school librarian, Chee; McBrayer as a pet kanga bird; Bathé as Barry’s mom, Sierra; and Pierce as Barry’s father, Cliff.

    Rounding out the voice cast is Kai Zen (Amphibia) as Pepper, Devin Trey Campbell (Broadway’s Kinky Boots) as Barry, Fred Tatasciore (Big Hero 6 The Series) as Murphy, Cree Summer (Vampirina) as Verna, Kevin Michael Richardson (Family Guy) as Dima, Aydrea Walden (The Mandalorian) as Olive and Groopy, Connor Andrade (We Baby Bears) as Clod, Cade Tropeano (Raising Dion) as Bog, Madigan Kacmar (Chuggington) as Julia, Vivienne Rutherford (SEAL Team) as Lark, Judah Howery (Uncle Drew) as twins Spruce and Cypress Stoneland, Dee Bradley Baker (Phineas and Ferb) as Ptero and André Sogliuzzo (American Dad) as Link.

    Eureka! is produced by Oscar-nominated animation studio Brown Bag Films (Doc McStuffins) in association with Disney Junior. Emmy winner Norton Virgien (Doc McStuffins) and award-winning children’s book author/illustrator Niamh Sharkey (Henry Hugglemonster) are the series’ creators and executive producers. Emmy-nominated Erica Rothschild (Sofia the First) developed the series with Virgien and Sharkey and serves as co-executive producer and story editor. Film and television writer and director Rusty Cundieff (Tales from the Hood) and Emmy-nominated television producer Donna Brown Guillaume (Happily Ever After: Fairytales for Every Child) are consulting producers.

    Christiana “Chee” McGuigan, a science educator who has worked at the California Science Center, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, serves as the series’ science education consultant. Biomedical scientist, social entrepreneur and former senior policy advisor for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Dr. Knatokie Ford, advised on the original series development. Engineering experts from Disney’s Imagineering team advised on the early development of Eureka‘s inventions.

    Singer, songwriter and producer Kari Kimmel (“Spirit Riding Free”) is the series’ songwriter, and Emmy-winning Frederik Wiedmann (“All Hail King Julien”) is the composer.

    The series is set to premiere Wednesday, June 22, at 7:30 pm EDT/PDT on Disney Junior. An initial batch of episodes will also premiere the same day on on-demand platforms and streaming on Disney+. (Video)

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Krista Vernoff & Sarah Drew Preview Japril’s Return In “Dramatic” 400th Episode Season 18 Finale

    (5/25/22) Grey’s Anatomy is closing out its 18th season with a bang that is bigger than usual as the season finale of the hit medical drama also marks its 400th episode, a milestone just a handful of TV series have reached.

    The promo for the finale (you can watch it below) promises the high drama and major cliffhangers we have grown to expect from a Grey’s season ender. The episode also features the return of alums Jesse Williams and Sarah Drew who are reprising their fan-favorite roles as Jackson and April.

    “It’s the 400th episode so we wanted to go big. Sarah and Jesse were both available and game to play which was thrilling,” Grey’s Anatomy executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff told Deadline. “It was great to see them and we know fans are excited to see them too! Jesse is doing brilliant work right now on a Broadway play so we only had one day to work with him. We made the most of it!”

    Williams recently received a Tony nomination for his performance in the Broadway production of Take Me Out, while Drew is in the upcoming Apple TV+ comedy series Amber Brown.

    After the end of her nine-year season tenure on Grey’s, Drew first returned to to the show for the May 2021 episode that revealed Williams’ exit. In it, Jackson told ex April that he was moving to Boston to take over the family foundation, and she agreed to follow him there so he can be close to their daughter while revealing that she had separated from her husband.

    After helping give Williams’ Jackson a proper sendoff, Drew said she didn’t necessarily expect to be asked back.

    “After we shot that episode, there was a lot of interest in seeing Jackson and April in Boston. So I had an inkling that maybe someday we’d get a little peek into that world, seeing the fans kept asking for it,” she said. “But no, it was a surprise to me, and I was asked to do it about two weeks before I was on set shooting. So it all happened very quickly.”

    She revealed a little detail about April’s new life in Boston.

    “What was pitched to me was that April is now working with the foundation as well,” she said. “There’s a whole bunch of drama happening at the hospital, and since he’s heading up the foundation, he has to go [Grey Sloan] to try to sort all of that stuff out. So I come also as a representative of the foundation with him. And that is as much as I can tell you.”

    The drama Drew is referring to is the showdown over the fate of Grey Sloan’s training program that is coming to a head in the finale.

    “The wonderful Dawnn Lewis returns as Jamarah Blake,” Vernoff said about the storyline. “Her presence is stressful enough as it is, but on this particular day, Grey Sloan is having a perfect storm of stress.”

    As teased in the promo, that will include a threat for Owen’s side project providing drugs to terminally ill veterans being exposed, which may put Owen’s career on the the line and his relationship with Teddy to the test.

    “Owen’s storyline is a part of the perfect storm of stress that the hospital and Bailey are going through,” Vernoff said. “There are no easy solutions to the problem he and Teddy are presented with in the finale.”

    The biggest question asked in the promo, which Season 18 has been building toward, is whether Meredith will stay or go?

    “In the finale, Meredith has a really difficult day at Grey Sloan,” Vernoff said. “To some degree, Meredith has had a difficult 18 seasons at Grey Sloan. As she contemplates leaving, she’s haunted by the memories of the time she has spent here. It’s tough to leave. It’s tough to stay.”

    The promo also has Bailey dispatching April to the EP (aka The Pit).

    “You will get to see me in the Pit which is really fun,” Drew said. “I am handling a situation involving the blood shortage with Ben when he comes comes to the ER, and we have a whole discussion out there about how to handle the blood shortage in the hospital. So you will see April in action a little bit.”

    There will be something for Japril fans too — “you will get a small peek into” the current state of their relationship, Drew said.

    She is well aware of the big online interest for a Jackson & April Grey’s Anatomy spinoff.

    “I see the love for it from the fans daily but in terms of in terms of officially, there’s not been any any conversation about that,” Drew said. “It only exists in the fandom at this point.”

    Returning to Grey’s is always special but doing it for the show’s 400th episode took that to another level for Drew.

    “I felt really, really honored and grateful to be asked to participate in such a momentous episode. It made me really feel like I have never really left and I’ve always been part of the family, and that felt really good,” she said. “In terms of the way it felt shooting the episode, the experience was pretty surreal because last year when I came back, I was just on location at April’s house and only working with Jesse, and I wasn’t even working with our normal crew because we were on a special unit filming that episode. So it was a pretty surreal and extraordinary experience being back on set on the stages, walking the hallway of the place that I lived in for nine years with the people that worked with and I love so much. I found myself shooting a scene with Chandra and just sitting and thinking, this just feels so normal. It feels like I was just here yesterday. But the reality is that we’ve all lived four years of life since the last time I was in that scenario. So it’s pretty surreal because it felt very normal and just every day and regular.”

    Drew hinted at a major cliffhanger for her and Williams’ characters.

    “It definitely leaves open the possibility that you might be checking in with them,” she said. “After the script was released, I had texts flying in from cast and crew asking if I was coming back next year because of how the episode ends. But as of now that is not on the table. It’s not something that anyone has discussed with me in any kind of official capacity. But there’s a lot of open ended questions at the end of this episode. I think you’ll leave this episode with giant question marks,: Where do we go from here? How is the hospital going to recover? What is going to happen? What is the next year gonna look like? So I think there are a million questions and a million possibilities.”

    If the opportunity presents itself, would Drew return for more?

    “I’ve always kept the door open for Grey’s, for my family over there,” she said. “In terms of being there in any kind of permanent capacity. I don’t know,” she said. “I’m on an Apple TV show that’s coming out in July and waiting to hear about a pickup for that, and I have a whole bunch of projects that I’m working on right now. So it’s all kind of up in the air but in terms of popping in for a visit, I will always say yes to that.

    Vernoff is still wrapping her head around the fact that she just presided over Grey’s 400th episode but she feels the finale will live up to the occasion.

    “My mind is blown. All of our minds are blown,” she said. “It means so much to us that the show means so much to so many people in the world. The 400th episode is dramatic! We were lucky enough to have the 400th episode fall on the season finale so we pulled out all the stops.”

    Here is the promo for the Grey’s Anatomy Season 18 finale, which airs Thursday, May 26. (Video Promo)

    Ratings: Bull Eyes Audience Low Ahead of Series Finale, Sheldon Tops Night

    (5/20/22) In the latest TV show ratings, Young Sheldon’s season finale led Thursday in both the demo and in total viewers.

    Sheldon opened CBS’ night with 6.7 million viewers and a 0.6 rating, steady week-to-week. United States of Al (4.6 mil/0.4) dipped with its series finale, while the similarly cancelled How We Roll (3.3 mil/0.3, 3 mil/0.3) was down a bit with its final double pump.

    Bull closed things out with 3.5 mil (its smallest audience to date) and a 0.3 rating, ahead of next week’s series finale.

    Over on ABC, Station 19‘s season finale (4 mil/0.5), Grey’s Anatomy (3.6 mil/0.5) and the recently renewed Big Sky‘s season finale (2.4 mil/0.2) were all steady in the demo, though the latter added a few eyeballs (Supernatural fans?).

    NBC’s Law & Order (3.8 mil/0.4) and Organized Crime (3.3 mil/0.5) were both steady, while SVU (4.4 mil/0.5) dipped with its own season finale.

    Fox’s MasterChef Junior (1.9 mil/0.2) was steady, while the recently renewed Welcome to Flatch did a bit better with this week’s double pump (870K/0.2, 650K/0.1).

    Grey's Recap: Dinner and a Show

    (5/19/22) It didn’t matter what was on the menu in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. We all knew that when Nick attended a dinner party at Meredith’s, he’d be the main course. Did her new boo survive the grilling from her friends and family? Read on…

    ‘I DON’T REMEMBER GETTING A WELCOME PARTY’ | As “Stronger Than Hate” began, Maggie and Winston were busy preparing Mer’s house for the big getting-to-know-you dinner. Amelia was helping, too. enjoying some sexytime with Kai. Leaving Grey Sloan, Nick told Mer how much he was relishing being in the same city as her. Nearby, Richard told Catherine that he wasn’t going to the soiree, he was staying at the hospital while she underwent chemo. No sooner had Amelia and Kai made it to Mer’s than Nick arrived with not nearly enough wine in hand. Next in the door were Owen and Teddy unfashionably on time. As Mer was leaving, a woman named Alice was wheeled into the ER after being assaulted by a man hurling racial slurs. Looked like Nick was gonna be on his own for a while.

    As expected, Mer’s boyfriend got a good grilling. And to his credit, he was as open as a book. When Link arrived, he politely acknowledged Kai — progress. Once Bailey arrived, Teddy beseeched her to play Boggle. “Couldn’t Maggie have put out some crackers?” Miranda asked. Or showed up? And still guests kept arriving. Next up — uninvited — was Wendell, with flowers. (Funnily, right after Maggie had told Nick that wine was always the better gift, as it didn’t make the hostess scramble to find a vase.) Winston wanted to ask Wendell to go, but Maggie said that wasn’t necessary — even though her brother-in-law was “a walking sales pitch.” Outside, Nick made awkward small talk with Link that only got more awkward when Marsh admitted what a Kai fan he is.

    ‘I COULD BE THE CLOSER; I’M PRETTY BORING’ | In the kitchen, Winston asked Wendell how bad his situation really was. Before the schemer could answer, though, Nick interrupted. Seeing Wendell and Nick talk, Maggie wondered if Mer was dating a con man, too, because he was the only person she knew who had charmed her as much as her brother-in-law. Finally, Nick made some progress with Bailey when it turned out that they were on the same page about Scrabble — it was about the math, not the vocabulary. Shortly, Wendell admitted that the people he owed money to were not good people; that was why he had to disappear for a while. Wait, Winston yelled, Wendell was going into hiding from these people, and he’d come to Mer’s, with freaking children there?!? Leave Seattle now, Winston ordered his brother. And with that, Winston left the house, leaving Wendell behind?!? WTH?

    Alone with Owen, Kai shared that they didn’t want kids. “My career is my baby. Why? Are you trying to unload one of yours?” Kai sounded to him like Amelia before she had Scout. Outside, Link was surprised to learn that Jo had told Teddy that they’d slept together. Did Link have feelings for Jo? “Sometimes… maybe… a little.” Should he tell her? That he had occasional, small feelings? Uh, no, Teddy said. In the kitchen, Maggie and Nick bonded over his ne’er-do-well sister and her no-good brother-in-law. When finally Amelia rejoined Kai, they expressed anew that they didn’t want kids. They didn’t want to put aside their personal and professional plans for a family and weren’t going to ever change their mind. “I thought this was going really well,” Amelia said. So had Kai. But they didn’t want to lead on Amelia. As Owen and Teddy left the party, they climbed into their SUV for a quickie but were interrupted by Bailey. When Winston returned, Maggie revealed that she’d given Wendell the money to pay off his lenders. “Maggie,” her husband said, “I gave him the money, too.” Ooo — that stung.

    ‘NOBODY WANTS TO BE ALONE’ | While Catherine underwent chemo, she introduced her oncologist Richard to Simon and Kristen. “Please tell me everything” about the baby, Catherine told the couple. “I need a distraction” since all her husband wanted to do was discuss trials and treatment options. Soon, Catherine got more of a distraction than she’d even wanted when Kristen doubled over in pain. It was too early for contractions, so what was it? Braxton Hicks, Jo soon reported. Alone with Richard, Kristen shared that she had been sure that Simon would beat cancer. If she got pregnant, he had to live, she’d thought. She hadn’t realized that by not letting him deal with the possibility that he wouldn’t survive, she’d left him alone with that fact.

    As Mer and Levi treated Alice, Nico was called in for an ortho consult and immediately deduced that what had happened to the patient had been a hate crime. Understandably, the case deeply affected Grey Sloan’s Asian doctors as well as BokHee. “Do you think we’ll ever stop being seen as foreign?” Nico asked Michelle. “We are American,” BokHee told him. “Your faces are American.” (I didn’t watch Grey’s in the early days; was that BokHee’s first line ever?) Later, Levi approached Nico to ask if he was OK. “I’m fine,” he said… despite the fact that his hand was so red, it looked like he’d punched a wall. Later, Alice crashed, and Mer leapt into action to save her.

    ‘I WANT HER LIFE TO BE FULL OF LOVE AND JOY’ | As the episode rounded the corner toward the finish line, Mer worked feverishly to keep Alice alive and at last was able to report to her family that she had pulled through. Off his conversation with Kristen, Richard told Catherine that if she was going through chemo just for him, she didn’t need to. She did want to do it, she insisted. She just wanted to be in the moment sometimes, and he was always so serious. “I have cancer, and that sucks,” she said, “but I still want to live. I still want to laugh.” Sweetly, he offered to come up with a good joke. Finally, Amelia shared a moment alone with Nick and admitted what he already knew: that everyone had been vetting him. “I think you make her happy, and she deserves to be happy,” she said, adding that she wanted him to want that, too. When at last Mer arrived, Nick had set up dinner by candlelight for her. “I love you,” she whispered. “I love you, too,” he replied.

    Julianne Moore & Sandra Oh Set For Lynne Ramsay’s ‘Stone Mattress’

    (5/19/22) Oscar winner Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Killing Eve star Sandra Oh are set to star in hot Cannes market package Stone Mattress, which Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here) will direct from the acclaimed New Yorker short story by The Handmaid’s Tale scribe Margaret Atwood.

    The blue-chip revenge thriller, set on a cruise ship in the Arctic, is aiming to shoot in September on location in Greenland and Iceland.

    Amazon is already in place for domestic. Producers are Oscar winner John Lesher (Birdman) and Oscar nominee JoAnne Sellar (There Will Be Blood). Studiocanal and Film4 are in final negotiations to join with the former launching sales on the Riviera.

    Moore will play Verna, a 60-year-old retired physiotherapist and twice a widow, who embarks on a luxurious cruise into the magnificent and silently thawing Arctic Northwest Passage, populated by a crowd of privileged influencers and wealthy retirees. On the ship, Verna meets the friendly and charming Grace (Oh), and the seemingly ordinary Bob (casting in process), an unaccompanied man in his mid-sixties who inherited a family business. Although he doesn’t have a fraction of Verna’s elegance and wit, Bob tries to seduce her. But he might not be the foolish yet harmless man he initially appears to be, and his presence troubles Verna. As wounds and humiliations from her past resurface, the smooth atmosphere of the cruise will be disturbed by a shocking act.

    Ramsay said of the movie: “With the current repeal in women’s rights across the world, particularly regarding the overturning of Roe v Wade in America, this story, with its themes of stolen motherhood and unaccounted sexual abuse, feels more important than ever.”

    Script comes from Ramsay and Tom Townend. Dylan Weathered (The Pale Blue Eye) and Daniel Lupi (West Side Story) are exec producers. Studiocanal will hold onto its territories of France, UK, Germany and Aus/NZ.

    Ramsay expanded: “I first read Margaret Atwood when I was a teenager, and her work has gripped me ever since. She is simply one of the most intelligent, prophetic and engaging writers around and Stone Mattress is another perfect illustration of that. I was immediately gripped by the way it framed the deeply buried trauma of a post-menopausal woman – an age group we hear from all too rarely – through the dynamic and multifaceted character of Verna.”

    She continued: “From its tongue-in-cheek humor to its moments of icy vengeance and delicate portrayal of an emotional repression specific to the boomer generation, it is a story I’ve wanted to materialize on-screen since my first reading. With the current repeal in women’s rights across the world, particularly regarding the overturning of Roe v Wade in America, this story, with its themes of stolen motherhood and unaccounted sexual abuse, feels more important than ever. The opportunity to shoot in the Arctic, on the frontline of the most urgent threat to our world and on the verge of irredeemable transformation, will lend the story another layer of devastation. Just like the icecaps that melt to reveal ancient histories, Stone Mattress sees years of Verna’s pain and fury thaw before our eyes to expose the raw emotion underneath.”

    Ramsay is repped by WME and Josh Varney at 42. Moore is represented by WME and Entertainment 360. Oh is repped by UTA and Principal Entertainment.

    ABC Chief On Future Of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘The Goldbergs’ & ‘A Million Little Things’

    (5/17/22) ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy continues to rewrite TV history books as it heads off to its 19th season, while The Goldbergs just entered the exclusive double-digit run club for a broadcast comedy.

    “We haven’t made any decisions at all” for the upcoming Season 19 of Grey’s Anatomy and Season 10 of The Goldbergs potentially being the last, ABC Entertainment President Craig Erwich told Deadline in an interview tied to the network’s upfront presentation.

    “We just celebrated Grey’s 400th episode, which is a remarkable achievement for any show, and I think The Goldbergs continues to be as strong as ever,” he said. “We have Adam’s graduation coming up which I think is going to be a signature event in the life of that series.”

    Erwich also underscored that Grey’s star and executive producer Ellen Pompeo remains committed to the show.

    For the first time in its history, A Million Little Things, created by DJ Nash, will not be on in the fall, with its fifth season held for 2023. This is widely believed to be the drama’s final installment through Erwich said that “we haven’t made any decisions yet.”

    “I’ve had some really good creative conversations with DJ about what next season would be, I think fans will really enjoy it,” Erwich said. “The show is ending on a really strong note which I think will take us into a good place for next season.”

    ABC 2022-23 Fall Schedule

    (5/17/22) MONDAY
    8 PM — Bachelor in Paradise
    10 PM — The Good Doctor

    TUESDAY
    8 PM — Bachelor in Paradise
    10 PM — THE ROOKIE: FEDS

    WEDNESDAY
    8 PM — The Conners
    8:30 PM– The Goldbergs
    9 PM — Abbott Elementary (new night)
    9:30 PM — Home Economics
    10 PM — Big Sky (new night)

    THURSDAY
    8 PM — Station 19
    9 PM — Grey’s Anatomy
    10 PM — ALASKA

    FRIDAY
    8 PM — Shark Tank
    9 PM — 20/20 (two hours)

    SATURDAY
    8 PM College Football

    SUNDAY
    7 PM — America’s Funniest Home Videos
    8 PM — CELEBRITY JEOPARDY!
    9 PM — Celebrity Wheel of Fortune
    10 PM — The Rookie

    Jesse Williams finally opens up about nude video leak: ‘I can’t sweat that’

    (5/14/22) Jesse Williams remains unbothered with showing off what he’s got in Broadway’s “Take Me Out.”

    The actor finally responded to those leaked pictures and videos that had fans and celebs hot and bothered.

    “I’m not down about it,” Williams told the Associated Press on Thursday. “Our job is to go out there every night, no matter what.

    “I’m not really worrying about it. I can’t sweat that. We do need to keep advocating for ourselves,” he continued. “And it’s wonderful to see a community push back and make clear what we do stand for, what we don’t.

    “Consent is important, I thought. So, let’s keep that in mind universally,” Williams, 40, added.

    The “Grey’s Anatomy” heartthrob may be OK with the leak, but co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the show’s theater and Actors’ Equity Association all have different takes.

    "Consent is important." Jesse Williams responds to the leaked footage of his nude scene in the Broadway play "Take Me Out.''

    Full story by @jacarucci: https://t.co/rio4rByQfM pic.twitter.com/5MXuW79PAD— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) May 13, 2022

    “And truly, if nudity is what you are coming for… you are in for a long boring night,” Ferguson wrote in a separate tweet Tuesday.

    Actors’ Equity also released a statement, saying the recording constituted “sexual harassment and an appalling breach of consent.”

    I'm appalled by the disrespect shown to the actors of our company whose vulnerability on stage ever night is crucial to Take Me Out. Anyone who applauds or trivializes this behavior has no place in the theater which has always been a safe space for artists & audience members. https://t.co/eYEqbQBrc6— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (he/him/his) (@jessetyler) May 10, 2022

    Second Stage Theater, home of “Take Me Out,” told Deadline that it will now install infrared cameras to monitor the audience’s use of cameras and other suspicious activity during the show.

    Spectators are already required to seal their electronic devices in Yondr cases throughout the performance.

    “Theater is a sacred space, and everybody doesn’t understand that. Everybody doesn’t necessarily respect or regard that in a way that maybe they should, or we’d like,” Williams told AP.

    Thursday Ratings: Big Sky Eyes Lows as Renewal Decision Looms

    (5/13/22) In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s Thursday dramas all hit or matched series lows, while CBS’ Young Sheldon and NBC’s SVU led the night.

    ABC’s Station 19 this week drew 3.8 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating, marking series lows…. Grey’s (3.5 mil/0.5, read recap) hit and tied series lows… and “bubble” drama Big Sky slipped to lows of 2.1 mil/02. ahead of next week’s finale.

    Over on NBC, Law & Order (3.7 mil/0.4) and SVU (4.4 mil/0.6) were steady in the demo, while Organized Crime (3.1 mil/0.5) dipped.

    CBS’ Young Sheldon (6.6 mil/0.6) was steady, tying SVU for the demo win while also drawing Thursday’s largest audience. United States of Al (4.8 mil/0.5) ticked up in the wake of its cancellation news. The freshly cancelled How We Roll (3.7 mil/0.4, 3.2 mil/0.3) matched last week’s double pup, while Bull (3.8 mil/0.3) tied its series lows.

    Fox’s MasterChef Junior (1.8 mil/0.3) dipped, while the latter of “bubble” comedy Welcome to Flatch‘s back-to-back episodes (790K/0.2, 560K/0.1) hit lows.

    Grey's Recap: You Bet Your Knife — Plus, [Spoiler] Drops the L Word

    (5/12/22) Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy wheeled into the O.R. a case that gave Levi the worst possible kind of deja vu. Was he able to keep the patient-of-the-week from meeting the same fate as Devon, or were the worried expressions Meredith and Richard were wearing justified? Read on, and we’ll reveal not only the answer to that question but what was the offer Nick made Bailey, who finally dropped the L word and how on earth did Webber wind up stoned?

    ‘MY OFFICE HAS A SMELL THAT IS NOT BRINGING ME JOY’ | As “I’ll Cover You” began, Link got it on with a woman we’d never seen before while Jo pulled double duty at Grey Sloan. As Catherine left home to try to save the residency program, Richard grabbed her cannabis-green smoothie from the fridge. (Here comes trouble… ) When Bailey gave Pru a tour of the hospital, she quickly realized that it couldn’t function without her. In the doctors lounge, Richard gave Nick the cold shoulder… or so it appeared. Webber was actually just really, really anxious to find some snacks. Turned out, he hadn’t even noticed Meredith and Nick in the room. (How strong was that smoothie?) Later, Link treated his longtime patient Simon, whose pregnant wife Kristen was worried that chemo might have gotten the better of him. When Link brought in Jo to consult, he called her on the fact that she’d asked him to babysit Luna when he asked to hang out with her. But they soon had a bigger issue: Simon’s cancer was progressing faster than previously thought. Jo would have to operate, and Link could scrub in — almost like they were hanging out. When the duo broke the news to the couple, Kristen broke down — Simon had to live to meet their baby. Ahead of surgery, the father-to-be beseeched Link to make sure that Kristen didn’t name the child after him. Link countered by suggesting that he get his head in the game instead.

    In the O.R., Jo saw how bad off Simon was and did what she could to make the patient more comfortable in his last weeks. But there would be no saving him. He wasn’t going to meet his child. When Link and Jo told Kristen, she begged for an immediate C-section. It was too soon, Jo said. So Link told Kristen that Jo was just an OB student, he’d consult with Carina, her teacher. In the supply closet, Link then railed against Jo for using him, first for sex, then as a babysitter. “I fell in love with you,” Jo finally admitted. When he hadn’t seemed to do the same, she’d asked him to move out to protect their friendship. What’s more, she had had enough education to know that Kristen’s baby couldn’t be delivered at 32 weeks. Intense!

    ‘THAT IS VERY NOT AT ALL FUNNY’ | Elsewhere, Meredith investigated Richard’s strange behavior and informed him that he’d drunk a pot smoothie. “I don’t know if you know this, but I don’t drink or do drugs,” Webber told Grey, who wanted to call Catherine. But she couldn’t do that; Catherine had to save the program! Who could babysit Richard? Not Levi. He wasn’t on Mer’s service anymore that day, he was on Nick’s, Grey told him; Marsh could take her cases. She’d keep an eye on Richard. Meanwhile, Nick met with Bailey, who pretended that she didn’t know she was being hostile toward him. “I need more than surgeons, I need surgeons who can teach,” she snapped. He could do that — heck, he’d taught Jordan! But if she didn’t want to accept Nick’s offer of help, fine. Off that unpleasant meeting, Nick, having been granted privileges, if barely, was told by Levi that he couldn’t reveal Mer’s whereabouts, but he was to take her service. At the same time, Mer and Richard spoke a bit more openly about why she had to leave Seattle. It wasn’t Nick, it was the city. “Everywhere you look,” he acknowledged, “there’s a memory of people who aren’t here anymore” — like Ellis, for him. Not Adele? No, Ellis.

    In the O.R., Bailey barked at Nick for taking over Mer’s cases and intimidated Levi as he was faced with a situation reminiscent of Devon’s. After daring to tell Bailey to hush for the sake of the patient, Nick encouraged Levi to write a new ending to the story — and he did, just as Richard snuck away from Mer and peeked in from the gallery. Shortly, Amelia took over for Mer on Richard duty. Upset over losing 10 years of sobriety, he couldn’t understand why Catherine had even had a pot shake around. At least Webber had had an idea about how to redesign the residency program. It had become too much about data, not enough about people. So they needed to rewrite that story. While all this was going on, Mer confronted Bailey, who admitted that she felt like she, the first female chief, was failing. She didn’t know why she was torturing Nick, it just all felt like it was out of her control. She was thankful to Mer for staying and to Nick for coming, but she wasn’t sure it was enough. At last, apologies we’re made. “I’m sorry,” Miranda said, “for calling you ‘that girl.’”

    ‘YOU… CAN… GO’ | In other developments, Maggie and Winston treated a woman named Margot who was suffering from terrible back pain and insistent on her wife not being called. Turned out, she’d been lying to her missus and the doctors, the former about having already taken care of the issue, the latter about when the pain had started. Needless to say, she needed surgery. Before the operation, Winston got rather intense about how they’d now have to call her emergency contact, and maybe Margot shouldn’t have lied to her wife in the first place. He was so intense, in fact, that Maggie sent him packing. As the episode rounded the corner toward the end, she challenged him to explain why he hadn’t been himself since Wendell had shown up. When Winston was 16, Wendell had asked him to pick up him and a friend at the mall. Winston had — and had realized too late that he’d driven a getaway car. Winston had taken the fall, and Wendell had talked his way out of it. Now he wanted Winston to lie to Bailey about his crap heart monitors. He’s the sucker who fell for the BS over and over — that was who Maggie had married. But “we will be OK,” he added, “because I love you.”

    In therapy, Owen and Teddy were advised to let Leo be “gender creative” for now. The child’s parents’ job was to support and affirm — not easy for Altman when circumstances were ambiguous, her husband couldn’t resist noting. Later, at Grey Sloan, Teddy consulted with Amelia on a case and was stunned when she advised that they “wait and see.” Clearly, Teddy wasn’t talking about the case. She was talking about Leo, she admitted. “I like direction and answers and knowing what to say.” And she had none of that in this instance. In response, Amelia talked about how like herself she’d begun to feel since falling for Kai. Things don’t have to be super-defined. Near the end of the episode, Kristen warned Simon that if he didn’t live long enough to meet their baby, she’d name him Simon Simon! Levi thanked Bailey for letting him come back; the day had been hard but had reminded him why he wanted to be a surgeon. Link, after the worst day ever, asked Amelia for some Scout time. And Catherine, having been called by Mer, arrived to take Richard home. Why, he asked, did she have pot in the house? Her cancer had progressed, she admitted, and the pot was for her pain. Nooo!

    2022 Tony Award Nominations

    (5/9/22) THE 75TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS, which will air live coast-to-coast Sunday, June 12 (8:00-11:00 PM, LIVE ET/5:00-8:00 PM, LIVE PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

    Alfie Allen, “Hangmen”

    Chuck Cooper, “Trouble in Mind”

    Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Take Me Out”

    Ron Cephas Jones, “Clyde’s”

    Michael Oberholtzer, “Take Me Out”

    Jesse Williams, “Take Me Out”

    TV Ratings: Call Me Kat Steady With Finale; SVU, Grey's Lead Thursday

    (5/6/22) In the latest TV show ratings, Fox’s Call Me Kat closed out its second season with 1.6 million total viewers (up a tick week-to-week) and its seventh straight 0.3 demo rating.

    Season-to-date, Call Me Kat is averaging just shy of 3 million total weekly viewers and a 0.6 demo rating (with Live+7 playback), down 29 and 33 percent from its freshman numbers. Among the seven comedies Fox has aired this TV season, it ranks No. 1 in audience and third in the demo.

    Bookending the Mayim Bialik comedy, MasterChef Junior (1.9 mil/0.4) was steady while Welcome to Flatch (860K/0.2) was up in audience.

    Elsewhere:

    ABC | Station 19 (4.1 mil/0.5) and Big Sky (2.4 mil/0.3) were steady in the demo, while Grey’s Anatomy (3.8 mil/0.6) ticked up. S19 however slipped to a series low in audience, whereas Grey’s drew its third-smallest crowd.

    NBC | Law & Order (4.1 mil/0.4) dipped in the demo, while SVU (4.7 mil/0.6) and Organized Crime (4 mil/0.5) were steady.

    THE CW | Walker (690K/0.1) was steady, while Legacies (380K/0.1) gained viewers.

    CBS | Adrift in a sea of reruns, How We Roll (2.9 mil/0.2) hit lows.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Malcontents Under Pressure — Plus, Addison's Back

    (5/5/22) When last Grey’s Anatomy aired a new episode, Meredith’s mind had been made up: She was moving to Minnesota to run the Grey Clinic and get serious with Nick. But considering that the title of Thursday’s episode was “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” she obviously wasn’t quite ready to start packing. Did anything or anyone wind up swaying her? Read on and find out.

    ‘IF THAT’S HOW YOU SPEAK TO YOUR RESIDENTS, NO WONDER WE ARE ON PROBATION’ | As the hour began, Catherine arrived at Grey Sloan with smoke coming out of her ears. Since the surgical residency program was put on probation, the Medical Accreditation Council had inquired about visiting 20 (!) more Fox Foundation hospitals, she told Bailey and Richard. And no way in hell was Catherine going to let her legacy shrivel up and die just because Grey Sloan couldn’t get its act together. Desperate, Bailey begged Jo to give up her OB residency and come back as a surgical attending. Though she had a date that night with nice guy Todd, she asked Link to join them. She could talk to Laura’s brother, sure, but not about medical stuff, and this felt like a request that she couldn’t deny.

    Later, Bailey informed Jordan — in front of Catherine — that she was transferring him back to the clinic in Minnesota. If she was unable to save the surgical residency program, he might be “orphaned,” so to speak, and “I want to protect your future.” Besides, she added, “you can still learn from Meredith Grey there!” That evening, Todd and Link helped Jo figure out that she could keep her OB residency and still grant Bailey’s request by “moonlighting” for her. Link would help Luna’s mom with the baby. Todd, too, said the eager beaver, quickly retracting his offer upon realizing that he’d overstepped. Meanwhile, Bailey informed Catherine that, hospital be damned, she was taking a vacation day. “I’m done being the superhero,” said Miranda. “If Meredith Grey can go away, then so can I.” And to be clear, Bailey wasn’t quitting or even taking a leave, she hastened to add. She was just taking a day off. Maybe two.

    ‘I’M NOT A HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER, I DON’T CARE WHO’S TALKING TO WHO’ | As Addison returned to Grey Sloan to check on Tovah, who was feeling inexplicable pressure in her belly at 11 weeks pregnant with her late husband’s baby, Dr. Montgomery found Meredith being given a hard time right and left about leaving the hospital when it needed her most. Nonetheless, Grey and Richard would have to put aside their differences when it turned out that blood clots were threatening both Tovah’s transplanted uterus and the baby. “We’re all adults here,” Addison reminded her colleagues. “Let’s act like it!” Easier said than done. Richard took shots at Mer every chance he got, prompting her to marvel during surgery, “When did it become a thing that you owe the hospital you trained in?” Of course it was more than that for Mer and Grey Sloan. As Addison put it, somewhere along the line, Grey had “become some kind of hospital mascot.”

    Sadly, despite throwing a Hail Mary in the O.R., Mer and Addison were only able to save Tovah’s uterus, not her baby. Which made immediately after surgery the absolute wrong time for Catherine to barge in and start yelling at Mer. A woman had just fought to have her late husband’s child, and she had lost, Addison pointed out. “Can we just take a moment and honor her?!” Later, after Addison broke the news to Tovah, Levi tried to ease the patient’s pain by reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish with her. Richard, for his part, attempted to console Addison, who was surprised that he so fondly remembered her residency. If it had been such a rough program, why hadn’t anyone complained before? They couldn’t, she noted. What he had to get into his head and keep there was that the program he was trying to save was old and broken. So “what’s the new way to train surgeons?” With the Webber Method, he’d tried to answer that question and failed. “Well,” said Addison, “try again.”

    ‘IF LEO SAYS “I’M A GIRL,” I’M GONNA LISTEN’ | En route to drop the kids off at Grey Sloan’s daycare, Owen and Teddy had very different reactions to Leo’s assertion that he wasn’t a cowboy but a girl. They didn’t get into it immediately, though, because before they could, in came a man whose arm had been ripped from his body by a conveyer belt. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he flatlined in the O.R. Owen performed CPR to save his life, but the patient was too unstable to undergo the 10-hour surgery to reattach his arm. Thinking fast, Owen utilized a technique that the military had been testing when he and Teddy were in Iraq to keep the arm viable. Um, that technique hasn’t been approved for civilian use, Teddy noted. Did Owen really want to draw the military’s attention to himself when he’s been helping dying veterans end their lives on the DL? He didn’t care, he just wanted to — and did — save the arm. Later, Teddy expressed her reservations about letting Leo decide his gender before he was old enough to tie his shoes. “Let’s just love Leo,” said Owen. “Let’s listen when he tells us who he is” and “not be our kid’s first bully.” In the meantime, they’d get a therapist so that they themselves could agree on how to do everything right by Allison’s sibling.

    Elsewhere in the hospital, after a morning elevator ride in which they said nothing to one another, Levi and Nico finally spoke as they were leaving work. “I was in pain when you came to see me,” offered Schmitt by way of apology. In response, Nico pointed out that Levi had dumped him. True. But when Nico had been in pain, Levi had kept showing up. “I guess that’s the difference between me and you,” said Nico, reverting to jerky form. Meanwhile, Winston and Maggie tried out the HeartPatch that Wendell was peddling, only to discover that it didn’t work. “My brother is a walking pawn shop,” Winston lamented. It got worse. Wendell soon admitted that he didn’t really have a job but had taken out a $10k loan (and not from a bank) to buy the HeartPatches after seeing a demo online. “How could you be this stupid?” marveled Winston. “How could I be this stupid?” More pressing was the question of what they were going to do about it now. “You have to help me sell them,” Wendell told Winston, “or pay back the loan.”

    ‘I’VE EARNED THE RIGHT TO LEAVE’ | When Mer returned home at the end of the day, she was delighted to find Nick waiting for her… until he began to speak. “Don’t come to Minnesota,” he told her. The people she cared about wouldn’t be OK, and she’d always resent him for taking her away from them. Instead, he’d get a place in Seattle, take some time off from the clinic and work at Grey Sloan. “We can be together here.” Mer was not pleased. She resented being made to feel disloyal for wanting to leave in the first place, and thank you very much, “it’s my decision, so this is all very patronizing.” Once she’d cooled down, Nick admitted that her angry side… well, “I’m not gonna lie, it was kinda scary.” She also warmed to his idea — up to a point. “OK, fine,” she said, “we can stay, but just for a little while.”

    Odeya Rush, Eric Dane, Saffron Burrows & Ray Liotta To Star In ‘Dangerous Waters’

    (5/5/22) Odeya Rush, Eric Dane, Saffron Burrows and Ray Liotta are set to star in Dangerous Waters, from Blood And Money director John Barr.

    The story, which is based on a script by Mark Jackson and a story by Barr, follows a sailing holiday which spirals out of control when a teenage daughter (Rush) uncovers the dark past of her mother’s new boyfriend.

    The film is currently shooting in the Dominican Republic. It’s produced by Rio Luna Films’ Suza Horvat and Signature Films’ Marc Goldberg. Exec producers include Capstone Global’s Christian Mercuri and Signature’s Sarah Gabriel and Gareth Williams, as well as co-producers Brianna Johnson and Ben Jacques.

    Capstone Global are handling worldwide sales and launching the project to buyers at Cannes this month.

    The project is the second feature from Barr, who previously directed Blood And Money with Tom Berenger. The director was a cinematographer on projects including This Teacher, Once Upon A Time In Queens and American Bully.

    Rush is represented by CAA, MGMT Entertainment and Goodman, Genow, Shenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher. Dane is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher. Burrows is repped by ICM, Berwick & Kovacik, and Yorn, Levine, Barnes, Krintzman, Rubenstein, Kohner, Endlich & Gellman. Liotta is repped by The Gersh Agency, Authentic Talent and Literary Management and Viewpoint. Barr is repped by Zero Gravity Management.

    Grey's Anatomy Finale Revives 'Japril': Jesse Williams, Sarah Drew to Return

    (4/22/22) Call it the 22nd coming of “Japril” (or thereabouts!).

    Jesse Williams and Sarah Drew are set to reprise their roles as Jackson and April in Grey’s Anatomy‘s Season 18 finale on May 26, Deadline reports.

    This will mark the longtime co-stars’ first joint appearance on the show in more than a year. Last May, Drew returned to help set up Williams’ departure from the show as Jackson asked his former wife to uproot her life in Seattle and move to Boston so that he could be close to daughter Harriet as he ran his family’s foundation there. Only then did he — and we — learn that since last we had seen April, she had split from husband Matthew.

    May is going to be a busy month for Grey’s Anatomy comebacks. As we reported in early April, Kate Walsh is set to make another appearance as Addison in the Thursday, May 5 episode.

    The actress — who played the first Mrs. McDreamy from the ABC drama’s Season 1 finale through Season 3 before headlining her own spinoff, Private Practice — already scrubbed back in for a two-episode arc in October of last year. Though her character was in Seattle to perform a groundbreaking uterine transplant, she also schooled Grey Sloan’s residents, taking a particular shine to Levi, reconnected with old pal Amelia and struggled to make peace with the fact that her ex really, truly was gone.

    Ellen Pompeo: ‘Hero’ Katherine Heigl was ‘ahead of her time’

    (4/20/22) Could Katherine Heigl finally be getting her redemption story?

    The former “Grey’s Anatomy” actress — who was “blacklisted” from Hollywood amid claims she was “difficult” and “unprofessional” — is now being praised by her former co-star, Ellen Pompeo.

    Heigl, 43, starred alongside Pompeo, 52, on six seasons of the ABC medical drama before she quit the series in 2010 after publicly complaining about long hours on set.

    “I remember Heigl said something on a talk show about the insane hours we were working — and she was 100% right,” Pompeo said Wednesday in a new episode of her podcast, “Tell Me With Ellen Pompeo.”

    “Had she said that today, she’d be a complete hero,” Pompeo continued. “But she’s ahead of her time. [She] made a statement about our crazy hours and, of course, let’s slam a woman and call her ungrateful.”

    Heigl and Pompeo are pictured together in 2007.

    Pompeo further said Heigl was “f – – king ballsy” for speaking out, adding that “she was telling the truth. She wasn’t lying.”

    Back in 2009, Heigl famously appeared on “The David Letterman Show”, where she spoke about the long hours she was working on the Shonda Rhimes series.

    “I’m gonna keep saying this because I hope it embarrasses them,” Heigl told Letterman, claiming she had just worked a “17-hour day,” which she thought was “cruel and mean.”

    Heigl and Pompeo are pictured on "Grey's Anatomy" with co-stars Justin Chambers and Sandra Oh.

    Heigl exited the show the following year amid allegations that she was continually clashing with execs.

    Prior to leaving “Grey’s Anatomy,” Heigl’s movie career was blossoming, with roles in hit films such as “Knocked Up,” “27 Dresses” and “Life As We Know It.”

    However, the actress’ career suffered in the wake of her “Grey’s Anatomy” exit, with a producer telling the Hollywood Reporter in a 2013 article that she was “difficult” and “not worth it.”

    Last year, Heigl hit back in a profile with the Washington Post, discussing how her career had suffered because of her public complaints.

    “I may have said a couple of things you didn’t like, but then that escalated to, ‘She’s ungrateful,’ then that escalated to, ‘She’s difficult,’ and that escalated to, ‘She’s unprofessional,'” she stated.

    The outspoken star refused to be silenced, adding: “What is your definition of difficult? Somebody with an opinion that you don’t like? … That s – – t pisses me off.”

    Take Me Out’ Extends Broadway Run; Baseball Play Starring Patrick J. Adams, Jesse Williams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson Scored Raves

    (4/8/22) Some good news from Broadway: Take Me Out, the well-received revival of Richard Greenberg’s baseball play, has extended its run by two weeks at Second Stage’s Hayes Theater.

    The comedy-drama, starring Patrick J. Adams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jesse Williams, will now run through Saturday, June 11.

    The extension, announced today by producer Second Stage Theater, comes just days after Take Me Out opened to overwhelmingly positive reviews on April 4.

    Directed by Scott Ellis, Take Me Out also features cast members Julian Cihi, Hiram Delgado, Brandon J. Dirden, Carl Lundstedt, Ken Marks, Michael Oberholtzer, Eduardo Ramos and Tyler Lansing Weaks.

    The play charts the aftermath when a big-time baseball star (Williams) comes out as gay.

    Jesse Williams Child Support Payments Drastically Reduced ... Following His 'Grey's Anatomy' Exit

    (4/8/22) Former "Grey's Anatomy" star Jesse Williams is getting his monthly child support payments drastically reduced after his income plunged following his exit from the show ... according to new legal documents.

    The docs, obtained by TMZ, say Jesse's original payments of $40,000 a month have been "temporarily modified" to $6,413 ... following last month's request from the actor.

    As you'll recall, he asked for his monthly payments to be reduced since his switch from TV to Broadway profoundly affected his bottom line ... telling the court he was currently earning $1,668 per week on Broadway with the production "Take Me Out."

    As we reported, Jesse and ex-wife Aryn Drake-Lee reached a child custody agreement at the end of February ... the judge denied her request to reduce his physical time with the kids.

    This has been one of the bitterest divorces in Hollywood.

    Once Jesse's show wraps in the summer, the two will be back in court to deal with the remaining issues in their case.

    TV Ratings: Law & Order Trio Slip, Station 19 and Grey's Lead Night

    (4/8/22) In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy tied for the nightly demo win, while the former drew Thursday’s largest audience.

    Station 19 (4.4 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating), Grey’s (4.1 mil/0.6) and Big Sky (2.6 mil/0.3) were all steady in the demo.

    Over on NBC, Law & Order (3.8 mil/0.4) hit revival lows, SVU (4.2 mil/0.5) appears to have matched its all-time demo low, and Organized Crime (2.9 mil/0.4) dipped to series lows.

    The CW’s Walker (920K/0.1) and Legacies (390K/0.1) Both dropped a few eyeballs.

    In Week 2 and without a fresh Ghosts lead-in, CBS’ How We Roll (2.9 mil/0.3) dropped a buncha viewers yet held steady in the demo; the terminal Bull (3.7 mil/0.2) followed with series lows. Lastly, Fox’s MasterChef Junior (2 mil/0.3) hit season lows, while Call Me Kat (1.8 mil/0.3) and Welcome to Flatch (940K/0.2) were both up in viewers/steady in the demo.

    Grey's Recap: Best Stressed — Plus, Mer Reaches a Decision About Minnesota

    (4/7/22) Breathe, Bailey! Breathe! In Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, the threat of losing Meredith to The Clinic combined with an accreditation council’s visit to Grey Sloan to decide the fate of the residency program pushed Miranda to what looked like the brink of another heart attack. How worried did we need to be? And did Mer really have one foot out the door? Read on…

    ‘GO IMPRESS SOMEBODY’ | As the episode began, Bailey psyched herself up for what promised to be a particularly trying day. Nick arrived at Grey Sloan via Catherine’s private jet and limo with a kidney for transplant. Helm visited Levi’s mom’s to tell him that he had to show up for the assessment to help save the residency program. “If you have any fight in you, any at all,” she pleaded, “get up.” Back at the hospital, Bailey and Richard prepped their colleagues for their interviews. But no, Maggie was told, they could not be told who had complained about the program. (We’d find out soon enough.) Richard was scheduled to be interviewed first, but he bailed — it was time for his physician assessment… by David and Kai, of all people!

    On grand rounds, the residents learned from Mer and Nick that the aforementioned kidney was being donated to a brain-dead patient. Wait, what? A pig kidney. Suddenly, the whippersnappers were plenty into the groundbreaking procedure. If it worked, it would be bigger than big! When the brain-dead patient’s wife showed up at the hospital, she was desperate to see him. But if she entered the room, it would be game over for the procedure. So Nick just held her as she cried. Sadder still, it soon seemed like the procedure hadn’t worked.

    ‘YOU’RE TRYING TO POACH MEREDITH GREY!’ | Before Richard’s assessment, Amelia wished him luck, in so doing, revealing that Kai had blabbed about it to her. Alone with her new lover, Amelia didn’t exactly say to lie about the results, but she did impress upon Kai that it was important to the hospital that he pass. As his testing got underway, he seemed to do well. Even David assured Richard that slowing down a little was very different from being a danger in the O.R. But as they talked about the difficulty of finding a replacement for doctors as good as them, Richard deduced that David was trying to steal away Mer. You betcha! “The offer nearly broke the clinic’s budget,” Hamilton admitted.

    At Levi’s mom’s, Schmitt confronted his mother after discovering that she had posted all over the Internet, blaming Grey Sloan for him killing a patient while he was still basically a trainee. It wasn’t his fault, she argued, it was theirs for putting him in that situation. And just like that, she went tumbling down a flight of stairs! And right when Levi seemed like he was regaining his spunk! Immediately, he called 911, but it soon became clear that he’d have to leap into action himself before the ambulance arrived. Needing counsel, he rang Richard, interrupting his assessment. With Webber on the line, Levi cut into his mother to save her life. Just then, the ambulance got there to rush Mama Schmitt to Grey Sloan.

    ‘MY HUSBAND LEFT ME AND I HAD A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN’ | As the accreditation team toured the hospital with Bailey, they happened upon the residents cheering over the opportunity to work with Meredith — a rare opportunity, noted an assessor. As the interviews got underway, Maggie and Winston were grilled about their relationship, including the one that the team imagined that they’d had when she was his teacher. Owen and Teddy were questioned about the deaths of soldiers exposed to burn pits. Link answered a question with a commentary on his sad, sad life as a single dad. Jo tried to sing Bailey’s praises, but the team did its best to turn her life choices against her. Jo wasn’t having it, though. She put them right in their place. Off a tip from Richard, Bailey confronted Mer about leaving Grey Sloan for Minnesota. “You’re still that same little girl who’s following her attending around, her married attending,” Miranda spat. “Why are you speaking to me this way?” Grey challenged her. Nick’s “here doing us a favor!” Suddenly, Bailey looked… dazed… like she wasn’t sure what was going on.

    ‘IT’S ALL MY FAULT!’ | As the hour neared its conclusion, Meredith marveled at the way Bailey had come at her. “I do love her,” Grey told Nick. “I do not like her very much right now, but I do love her.” Just then, Jordan reported that the brain-dead patient had taken a turn… not for the better, exactly, but it looked like the procedure might have worked after all. Nearby, Maggie was able to assure Bailey that she hadn’t had another cardiac event. But she was headed for one if she kept going full-steam the way she was. Along the way, Bailey accidentally let slip that Mer was possibly moving to Minnesota. Outside, Link happened upon Amelia and Kai talking, leading to one of the more awkward introductions ever. Thankfully, at that moment, Levi arrived in the ambulance with his mom. Schitt quickly explained to Webber that his mom had been the one that had put the residency program in danger, then sobbed in his mentor’s arms… as an assessor looked on.

    ‘THE SENSE OF FAMILY IS COMPLETELY PALPABLE’ | Finally, Bailey and Richard flashed back to bygone days at Grey Sloan as he met with the accreditation team. At the same time, Levi talked to David. “When I was a resident, I thought saving a life was the highest calling I could aspire to,” said Webber, “then I started teaching.” Schmitt wanted David to know that, no matter what Richard’s tests revealed, he was the best. Even just that day, he’d helped Schmitt save his mother’s life. “I don’t even want to think what could have happened without him.” If the accreditation team wanted Richard to step down to keep the program going, although he didn’t want to, he would. With that, Richard went and finished David and Kai’s tests — nailing them. Amelia then happily reported that Mama Schmitt was going to make it. “Not everyone gets another chance in the O.R.,” David told Richard. “Take advantage.” Pulling herself together, Bailey offered to show the assessors around some more. However, there was no need. Grey Sloan’s surgical program was one of the best they’d ever seen. But — uh-oh, there was a “but” — the hospital didn’t have enough doctors to maintain a residency program. So it would be put on probation and given a chance to make changes. If Bailey couldn’t do so, and fast, the program would be shut down — on her watch. At least Nick’s transplant had been a success, and he was at last able to let the poor brain-dead guy’s wife say goodbye. “I’m definitely ready to start over,” Mer told Nick. “I’m gonna take that offer.”

    Grey's Anatomy Alum Kate Walsh's Next Return as Addison Set

    (4/6/22) Here’s some news that’s just what the doctor ordered: Via TikTok, Kate Walsh announced on Wednesday that she’ll be returning to Grey’s Anatomy.

    TVLine can report exclusively that Addison will reappear on Thursday, May 5 (the series’ first outing after the brief hiatus that follows this week’s installment).

    The actress — who played Addison Montgomery from the ABC drama’s Season 1 finale through Season 3 before headlining her own spinoff, Private Practice — already scrubbed back in for a two-episode arc in February of this year. Though Derek’s first wife was in Seattle to perform a groundbreaking uterine transplant, she also schooled Grey Sloan’s residents, taking a particular shine to Levi, reconnected with old pal Amelia and struggled to make peace with the fact that her ex really, truly was gone.

    Since Private Practice closed up shop in 2013, Walsh has worked more or less non-stop, starring in the short-lived Bad Judge and appearing on such series as 13 Reasons Why, The Umbrella Academy and Emily in Paris. When she spoke with TVLine about a potential Addison return back in 2017, she said, “I feel like we wrapped it up.”

    She then hastened to add, “I’m not saying if [series creator] Shonda [Rhimes] was like, ‘We’re gonna do a very special episode of Grey’s where… ‘ [that I wouldn’t do it]. But she really consciously, we did it all. We had the spinoff, and we had all that. It was an amazing experience and journey.” Thankfully, it’s one that turned out to still be ongoing.

    TV Ratings: CBS' How We Roll Has Soft Start, Ghosts Ties for Demo Win

    (4/1/22) In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ How We Roll debuted on Thursday night to 4.1 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating, falling shy of yet-to-be-renewed time slot predecessor B Positive‘s Season 2 averages (4.5 mil/0.4).

    Elsewhere on CBS, Young Sheldon‘s 100th episode (6.6 mil/0.5), United States of Al (4.8 mil/0.4) and Bull (4 mil/0.3) all dipped in the demo, while Ghosts (6 mil/0.5) was steady and landed in a four-way tie for the nightly demo win.

    Elsewhere, with all of the Laws and every single one of the Orders in rerun mode….

    THE CW | Walker (979K/0.1) and Legacies (421K/0.1) respectively gained 18 and 61 percent in viewers, with the latter serving up its second-largest audience of the season. All told, The CW had its most watched Thursday since Jan. 22.

    FOX | MasterChef Junior (1.9 mil/0.4), Call Me Kat (1.5 mil/0.3) and Welcome to Flatch (830K/0.2) all dropped some eyeballs while holding steady in the demo.

    ABC | Station 19 (4.3 mil/0.5) and Grey’s Anatomy (3.9 mil/0.5) both dipped, while “bubble” show Big Sky (2.5 mil/0.3) held steady.

    Consulting Producer Elisabeth Finch Takes Personal Leave from ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

    (3/31/22) Another big exit on Grey’s Anatomy. Consulting producer Elisabeth Finch, whose medical and personal history is under scrutiny, is going on personal leave from the ABC show.

    “I will always remain one of Grey’s Anatomy’s biggest fans,” according to a statement provided to Deadline. “I loved the show from day one and had the honor to write for it since season 11. The proudest moment of my career was watching survivors of rape receive the episode ‘Silent All These Years.’ Grey’s Anatomy is one big-hearted, brilliant family. As hard as it is to take some time away right now, I know it is more important that I focus on my own family and my health. I’m immensely grateful to Disney, ABC, and Shondaland for allowing me to do so and for supporting me through this very difficult time.”

    Earlier this month, The Ankler questioned Finch’s medical history and some of her past claims like how she was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, how she lost a kidney and part of her leg but was then misdiagnosed, and how she had endured verbal and sexual abuse by a male director while writing for The Vampire Diaries.

    The Los Angeles law firm of Lavely & Singer, which represents Finch, said that “Ms. Finch will not disclose her private health matters. Likewise, she will not speak about her pending divorce from her estranged wife, Jennifer Beyer, or comment on any statements that Ms. Beyer may have made to third parties about Ms. Finch.”

    Besides writing for Grey’s, Finch was a prolific freelancer who shared her personal medical stories with outlets like Elle, The Hollywood Reporter and the Shondaland website. Her previous credits include Vampire Diaries, No Ordinary Family and True Blood. She joined Grey’s Anatomy in 2015.

    Grey's Recap: The Heart of the Matter

    (3/31/22) (tvline.com) Grey’s Anatomy cut straight to the heart, so to speak, in Thursday’s episode. Not only did Maggie propose splitting a 13-year-old patient’s ticker in two, but Meredith revealed to Zola that if she accepted the job offer she’d received, it would mean moving to Minnesota, and Bailey tried to deal with the fact that, in light of the physician shortage, “no” was often the answer to the question “Is there a doctor in the house?” And if you read on, we’ll go over all the developments in these stories and more.

    ‘HE PROMISED YOU WOULDN’T GET ME FIRED’ | As “Road Trippin’” began, Maggie and Winston presented to Team Grey Sloan about Fierce Fernanda, a 13-year-old who was about to undergo the very rare Ross Procedure. The youngster was about to arrive in Seattle by RV. The only question was, who would be scrubbing in with the marrieds? Nearby, Amelia refused to allow Owen to return to work for two more weeks. And at Mer’s house, she and Zola, both suffering from colds, were spending the day in. “You sound gross,” said Bailey when she called. And Richard didn’t want to fill in until he’d been assessed. “You are fine,” Miranda assured him. “We all have good days, bad days… ” He couldn’t tap out during a physician shortage! Watch me, he all but said. After being chosen to scrub in with Maggie and Winston, Helm was beside herself. But the couple soon had a failed aortic dissection to deal with. Ack! It wasn’t that at all! It turned out to be Winston’s prankster brother, Wendell (Rome Flynn, whom you surely recognized from How to Get Away With Murder). Soon, tensions rose as Winston noted that Wendell hadn’t even RSVP’d to his and Maggie’s wedding. Wendell had good news, though: He was now a pharmaceutical rep. And he could keep himself busy while the newlyweds treated Fierce Fernanda.

    When the RV arrived, Fernanda was already in trouble. Like, so much that she immediately passed out. As the family blamed themselves for letting Fernanda and her brother stop to sight-see, Dad experienced troubling back pain. Gee, when it rains, it pours! Soon, Maggie and Winston discovered that Fernanda’s delayed arrival had left her condition critical. He advised that they change course but would support whatever his wife decided. Which was… a variation of the Ross Procedure involving cutting the girl’s heart in half. “She could go into complete heart block,” Maggie admitted. But she hoped that Fernanda’s parents would continue to trust her. It was, the doc said, the best option to replace her valve. Outside, Winston tried to calm Fernanda’s brother, who confessed that their family was falling apart trying to take care of her. It felt like they were being punished for taking a couple of days to try to be a normal family. So if she didn’t make it, neither would they. Before surgery, Maggie assured Winston that as terrifying as the operation was, she could handle it. But she needed him in there with her. Did she need to call Teddy instead? In response, he opened up about his father and the way his mother had used the money for her cancer treatment to bail him out when his drinking landed him behind bars. That had started Winston having panic attacks, and that day, it had left him scared that Wendell was going to begin the pattern all over again. “We have a whole family to save,” he said. And they would, because his wife is a genius.

    ‘SHE THINKS O.R. 2 HAS A BUZZING SOUND, BUT IT DOESN’T’ | When Owen noticed how shorthanded Bailey was, he offered to pitch in and be her substitute chief for the day to allow her to scrub in. And he seemed to thrive in the role — though he did have to remind Helm that he’d been chief of surgery for five years. Hearing this, Wendell pounced, pitching the idea of sending defibrillators in drones ahead of ambulances. He even charmed Amelia, having read about her work. “You should come to dinner,” she told him. Privately, Wendell defended himself to Winston — he was just doing his job. “Some of these people are my bosses,” Winston noted. How did he think Wendell had gotten the job? He’d used Winston’s name, even Richard’s, even though he’d never met him. Their father had told Wendell not to come, he said. “Guess Dad was right.” Snap. Shortly, Owen was called on the carpet for complaints that had been lodged against Grey Sloan’s residency program. And why was the rep even talking to him instead of Bailey or Richard? Suddenly, his fun day was a whole lot less fun. No wonder the job brought Bailey so little joy!

    ‘YOU DO REALIZE THAT I’M NOT LESS PREGNANT THAN THE LAST TIME WE TRIED THIS SURGERY’ | With Maggie busy with Fernanda, Teddy took over on Laura’s case with Jo… just as Todd brought his crush a giant fruit basket. Um, it was actually for his sister. Except that she couldn’t eat before surgery. In that case, sure, it was for Jo. That’s the ticket! As Teddy observed, amused, Jo turned down Todd’s request for a date. Off that, she assured Altman that it was over with Link. Wait, “you slept with Link?!?” Teddy blurted out. She didn’t remember s–t from their day-drinking session. “Did I tell you anything at the bar?” Teddy asked. Later, Jo shared with Laura that she was studying for a major exam — in other words, if there was one person in the world who could help, it was her.

    ‘WELCOME BACK, FIERCE FERNANDA’ | As the hour neared its conclusion, Maggie and Winston threw their Hail Mary to save Fernanda — and pulled it off. “It worked,” Pierce happily reported to the tearful family. “So far, so good.” Elsewhere in the hospital, Todd brought Jo flowers and study snacks — no fruit, though, because “I thought I overfruited earlier.” Somehow, he managed to leave the room without kissing her because people come to libraries to study, not neck. (Since when?!?) Back at Mer’s, she and Zola huddled up under blankets. “Is it weird that I wish we got sick together more?” asked Zola. “Yes, but I was thinking the same thing,” Grey admitted. Zola noticed that her mom was ignoring David’s calls and not answering Nick’s texts. So Mer admitted that she’d been offered a job in Minnesota, one that would mean relocating. “Would the job save a lot of lives?” asked Zola. “Maybe,” Mom said. And if it meant that she’d see more of Nick and that would make her happy, Zola said that she’d follow Mer anywhere. Finally, Winston admitted to Wendell that he blamed his brother for their mom’s death. “I know that’s not fair,” he added. “Her cancer, it took us both out… and she would be so angry if she knew that we let it take us away from each other.” With that, Winston admitted that he missed Wendell and even offered to introduce him to some people at the hospital. When Bailey returned to her office at day’s end, her mood light, Owen soured it by filling her in that the residency program was… ack! In danger of being shut down!

    ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Alum Rome Flynn to Recur on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

    (3/29/22) Rome Flynn — who played the role of Gabriel Maddox as a series regular on Seasons 5 and 6 of Shondaland’s “How to Get Away With Murder” — is joining “Grey’s Anatomy” in a recurring role. He will play Wendell Ndugu, the brother of Winston (Anthony Hill), and this Thursday’s episode will mark his first appearance on the show.

    According to ABC’s description of Wendell, the character is “a typical younger sibling with a mischievous sense of humor — he’s hoping to impress Winston with his new sales rep role at a medical technology company.” The logline of Thursday’s episode suggests that the physician shortage at Grey Sloan Memorial, prompted by the pandemic, is starting to become a true crisis — though it’s unclear whether “Grey’s Anatomy” viewers will learn more about Winston’s recently revealed expertise about snakes (or how Wendell might feel about snakes).

    After making his television debut on CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” from 2015-2017, and winning a Daytime Emmy for younger actor in a drama series, Flynn has recurred on the final season of Netflix’s “Dear White People” as David and on Season 2 of the streamer’s “Raising Dion,” which dropped in February. Flynn is also an R&B singer.

    As Gabriel on “How to Get Away With Murder,” Flynn played the son of Sam Keating (Tom Verica) who was also a law student of Annalise’s (Viola Davis), and became enmeshed in the twisty, murderous doings of ABC’s #TGIF show until its conclusion. Additionally, he was a series regular on Gloria Calderón Kellett’s comedy “With Love,” which premiered on Amazon Prime Video in December.

    Flynn is represented by Weiner Dale Management, Innovative Artists, Emily Downs at Meyer & Downs and imPRint.

    TV Ratings: Station 19 and Grey's Rise While March Madness Dominates

    (3/26/22) In the latest TV ratings, CBS’ primetime coverage of March Madness Sweet 16 action dominated by averaging 8.19 million total viewers and a robust 2.0 demo rating.

    The men’s college hoops’ strongest half-hour came at 9/8c, when the crowd eclipsed 10.5 million viewers and the demo number rose to a 2.6.

    Elsewhere, with NBC and The CW in rerun mode:

    ABC | Station 19 (4.4 mil/0.6) and Grey’s Anatomy (4.1 mil/0.6) both ticked up, in viewers and in the demo, while Big Sky (2.8 mil/0.3) only added eyeballs.

    FOX | MasterChef Junior (2 mil/0.4) was steady, Call Me Kat (1.9 mil/0.3) dipped and Welcome to Flatch (975K/0.2) slipped beneath a million viewers.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Snake on Me — Plus, Is Meredith Leaving Grey Sloan?

    (3/24/22) (TVline.com) Though Grey’s Anatomy’s David didn’t come right out and tell Meredith, “I’m going to make you an offer you can’t refuse,” that was kinda exactly what he did in Thursday’s episode. But would she really leave Grey Sloan to move to Minnesota, join his team and get serious with Nick? Read on, and we’ll discuss not only how far she got in her decision-making process but also the “hi” note Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist alum Skyler Astin hit in his debut and the python that snaked its way into the hospital’s parking lot.

    ‘NOT EVERYONE BELONGS IN AN ER’ | As “Put the Squeeze on Me” began, Bailey and Ben relished having Pru now in their custody (via an agreement struck with the Millers during Station 19). Warren also relished teasing his wife about Jordan’s kiss. (Who wouldn’t?) At Jo’s, she and Luna were dealing with Link and Scout no longer residing there. At Richard and Catherine’s, she marveled that he was still calling Levi (to no avail). And at Owen and Teddy’s, Megan revealed that their dining room was now her brother’s gym. In Minnesota, David, before The Clinic’s staff, extended an offer to Meredith to stay on permanently and run the Grey Center. Needless to say, that was music to Nick’s ears. At Grey Sloan, Jordan awkwardly reported for duty on Bailey’s service. Just then, a fella came running in saying that his boyfriend was in the car with Gigi… who turned out to be a Burmese python! With that, we were off and running!

    Back in Minnesota, Mer told Nick that she was done with the Parkinson’s research. So “what if I just wanna go home and spend time with my kids?” She could still do that, her beau said. Though David understood that she felt ambushed by his public job offer, he nonetheless tempted her with the Grey Center’s just-approved budget and the number that would be her salary. Alone with Nick, Mer said that she wasn’t ungrateful for the offer, but it complicated things. She hadn’t realized that the millions David was offering could help Nick’s research. What? he said. “You think I’m in a relationship with you to get grant funding?” It seemed to him that she took good things and then looked for ways to make them harder than they needed to be. She could have a life there with him. But the choice was hers to make. Later, Kai apologized to Mer for David’s ambush and expressed their hope that he hadn’t scared her away. And yes, they were seeing Amelia. And yes, David was impossible — but he’d also been super supportive when they’d changed their name and pronouns.

    ‘I HAD A QUESTIONABLE PINEAPPLE THIS MORNING, SO IT COULD BE THAT’ | After Taryn retrieved Richard to consult on the snake case and she saw what they were dealing with, she just said, “No, no, no” and backed the hell away. Turned out, Gigi had been the patient’s second-grade class’ pet… and she’d just kept growing and growing. When Maggie discovered how into snakes Winston was, she gasped, “Who are you?” Someone whose knowledge of snakes was going to be a great asset, it soon seemed. Rubbing alcohol sprayed around Gigi’s mouth would irritate her and make her loosen her bite, Winston explained. So Richard sprayed… Oh, no. Actually, Bailey jumped in to spray some rubbing alcohol instead. Once Gigi released the patient, Link and Jordan uncoiled the snake and helped the man out of the car (leaving the snake inside). Soon, a CT of the patient revealed that his abdominal organs had been squeezed into his chest cavity. Operating on the patient, Winston mortified Bailey by telling Jordan about his crush on his mentor — to whom he was now married. Things went so badly in the O.R. that the surgery had to be put off till the next day. But the patient’s condition took such a sudden turn for the worse en route to the ICU that it couldn’t wait.

    ‘I HAVE NOW MENTIONED MY PHD TWICE, AND YOU THINK I’M GROSS’ | Elsewhere, Jo and Link admitted that they missed one another. “For the record,” he added, “I blame Amelia.” She ruined everything in his life, so why not his friendship with Jo, too? Hilariously, Jo liked “Petty Link.” When Maggie and Jo were called in to treat a pregnant woman named Laurie — weak heart valve — we also met her concerned brother, Todd (Astin). Immediately, Laurie took a shine to Jo and tried to set her up with Todd. But he managed to charm her pretty thoroughly himself. Operating on Laurie, Jo insisted to Maggie that she couldn’t possibly deal with dating while also working and raising Luna. It was touch-and-go in the O.R. for a minute, but Jo saved the day — and Laurie. (Owing to the complication, her actual procedure would have to be performed another day.) When Jo reported to Todd that his sister’s heart had briefly stopped, but she was fine, the twosome turned it into an opportunity to flirt some more. “We’re not weird Game of Thrones siblings,” he made clear. That being the case, she asked him out for a drink at Joe’s with an E.

    ‘YOU’RE EASIER TO READ THAN LEO’S DR. SEUSS BOOKS’ | Before Megan and Farouk headed back West, she made sure to insist that Owen and Teddy talk about whatever was troubling them as soon as their house was no longer full. “Fix it,” she ordered on her way out the door. “Love you.” Once the marrieds were alone, they bickered about his PT before they full-on started fighting about the way Owen was helping dying veterans pass on their own terms. (Lord, they’re exhausting, said my household in unison.) Teddy was still for death with dignity but was livid that, without a word to her, Owen had made a decision that put their family at risk forevermore. During the height of their argument, she walked away, and miraculously, he walked after her. Who needs PT?

    ‘TRUST ME THAT I WILL TALK YOU OUT OF DOING SOMETHING STUPID’ | As the episode neared its conclusion, Amelia tried to be friendly to Link, but he wasn’t ready to make small talk. So she reminded him that he had never wanted them to end up like his parents. “I need to hate you for a little while,” he said, “because when I can’t hate you, I love you, and we can’t have that, right?” Alas, no. The guy Gigi hugged way too hard was still alive at the end of the hour, but Bailey could only promise his partner that they’d do everything that they could. “What you did today was an education on so many levels,” Jordan told her. But he assured her that his crush would go no further — even though she’d sent him a signal. Wait, what? “I see you, and I felt it,” he said. As Jo was heading out on her date, Link was dying to unwind with her. (Cue his sad look as she left the hospital with another guy. To be clear, that is not a picture of his sad look.)

    At Owen and Teddy’s, she admitted that she was as exhausted as we were by them. She wasn’t going to leave him, but she needed to know that she and the kids came first. Next time, whatever he was going to do, he had to, had to, had to come to her before he did it. Deal? Deal. Or so it seemed. At Bailey and Ben’s, she wondered aloud if they were “ignoring the snake” by sending mixed signals to people like Ingrid (from Station 19) and Jordan. “Are we feeding a life that’s squeezing our marriage to death?” she asked. Maybe, he admitted. But he wasn’t available to anyone but her. Some quality “we time” was clearly in order. At Richard and Catherine’s, he confessed to his wife that he’d made a bad call with the snake guy — maybe he was the person who didn’t belong in an ER. So he asked for an assessment to figure out whether he should hang up his stethoscope. Finally, at Mer’s house, she reunited with her kids — and at last introduced them to Nick. Biiig step. “Do you like chocolate pudding surprise?” asked Ellis. “Only if the surprise is gummy worms,” he replied. Point scored.

    TV Ratings: SVU Leads Non-Hoops Fare, MasterChef Junior Returns Low

    (3/19/22) NBC’s Law & Order revival this Thursday drew 4.4 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating, holding steady week-to-week. SVU (4.5 mil/0.6) dipped in the demo but led Thursday’s non-basketball fare in both the demo and viewers, while Organized Crime (3.4 mil/0.5) was steady.

    CBS’ primetime March Madness coverage averaged 5.3 mil and a 1.4 in prelim numbers, dominating Thursday on both counts.

    Over on ABC, Station 19 (4.1 mil/0.5) and Big Sky (2.4 mil/0.2) hit demo lows, while Grey’s Anatomy (3.5 mil/0.5, read recap) slipped to an all-time audience low.

    The long-delayed Season 8 premiere of Fox’s MasterChef Junior (1.9 mil/0.3) was down sharply from the show’s previous averages (2.8 mil/0.7), Call Me Kat (1.9 mil/0.3) added eyeballs while steady in the demo, and Welcome to Flatch (1 mil/0.2) debuted on par with time slot predecessor Pivoting‘s (meager) averages.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Writer Elisabeth Finch Placed On Administrative Leave Amid Investigation

    (3/17/22) Grey’s Anatomy consulting producer Elisabeth Finch has been placed on administrative leave following an allegation that she may have fudged details about her medical and personal history while writing for the ABC drama, Deadline has confirmed. Finch’s claims are currently under review.

    The revered writer, who is 44, is best known for penning “Silent All These Years,” a 2015 episode about a rape victim that also featured Finch in a non-speaking role as a nurse. (She’s the one leading the gurney in the clip here: Video).

    According to a report in The Ankler, part of Finch’s appeal within Grey’s Anatomy producer Shondaland is how open and honest she’s been about her past medical woes. Some of her past claims included how she was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, how she lost a kidney and part of her leg but was then misdiagnosed, and how she had endured verbal and sexual abuse by a male director while writing for The Vampire Diaries.

    Besides writing for Grey’s, Finch was a prolific freelancer who shared her personal medical stories with outlets like Elle, The Hollywood Reporter and the Shondaland website. A rep for Shondlanda told The Ankler, “Only Elisabeth can speak to her personal story.”

    ABC is obviously walking a tightrope with its investigation since medical records are private. Finch is still an accomplished TV writer, whose previous credits include Vampire Diaries, No Ordinary Family and True Blood. She joined Grey’s Anatomy in 2015.

    An ABC spokesperson declined comment.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Driver Sues LAPD For $20M In Racial Profiling & “Excessive Force” Action; Shonda Rhimes Calls Cops’ Behavior “Unacceptable”

    (3/17/22) The Los Angeles Police Department is facing a $20 million racial-profiling lawsuit from a Grey’s Anatomy driver after officers used “excessive force” against him in an incident on location last year that played out in front of the crew of the medical drama.

    Occurring during a Tarzana, CA location shoot for the Shonda Rhimes-created series in March 2021, the incident involving Ernest Simon Jr., an African-American Disney employee, looks to resemble far too many similar events involving L.A. police.

    “March 18, 2021 began as a typical work day for Mr. Simon, who was working as a driver on the production of the popular television show Grey’s Anatomy as an employee of The Walt Disney Company’s General Entertainment Division (“Disney”),” says the suit (read it here), filed Thursday in federal court against the LAPD, top cop Michel Moore, two unnamed officers and the City of Los Angeles. “His ordinary work day, however, took a drastic turn after Mr. Simon—a thirty-one year old African American male—was targeted by LAPD police officers who, without any legal justification, initiated a racially motivated ‘high risk’ traffic stop,” reads the document, which seeks a jury trial.

    The attack played out in front of a number of Gray’s crew members at the production’s base camp, with the two officers pulling out their guns and asserting the van Simon was driving was stolen. The filing notes that a production security guard and crew members informed the officers that Simon was a driver on the Gray’s team and the “van had been rented by Disney,” to seemingly no avail. Significantly, the police appeared to ignore other Black crew members’ insistence of Simon’s true status.

    “Multiple LAPD police officers then forced Mr. Simon to lie prone on an asphalt lot at gunpoint for over 20 minutes, using an overwhelming and unjustified show of force against Mr. Simon that caused him to legitimately (and understandably) fear that he was going to be shot at his workplace in front of his co-workers for simply being a Black man in the wrong neighborhood,” read the suit from attorneys at Larson LLP.

    “The Doe Officer Defendants’ unjustified hostility and mistreatment of Mr. Simon only ended approximately ten minutes later when another co-worker of Mr. Simon, this time a white male, spoke to Doe Officer Defendants and reiterated what the security guard, Mr. Simon, and Mr. Simon’s African American co-worker had previously told them: that the van was rented and operated by Disney and that Mr. Simon was a Disney employee who was authorized to be inside the Basecamp,” the filing says. “Only after listening to Mr. Simon’s white co-worker did Doe Officer Defendants finally release Mr. Simon from custody.”

    The police displayed “malice and reckless indifference to Mr. Simon’s rights” with “racial animus and their implicit bias,” the document goes on to say.

    Contacted by Deadline, an LAPD spokesperson said “the department cannot comment on pending litigation.”

    Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes and series producer ABC Signature, however, had plenty to say.

    “What happened to Mr. Simon was beyond unacceptable,” said Rhimes, the Grey’s and Bridgerton executive producer.

    “It was another example of a broken system that puts valuable lives in danger and damages spirits,” she added. “Shondaland stands with Mr. Simon and his family in this complaint.”

    The Disney-owned ABC Signature had less brevity, but similar outrage.

    “On March 18 of last year, Mr. Simon, a member of our transportation team, was pulled over by Los Angeles police officers while he was working, removed roughly from his vehicle and treated in a manner that was overly aggressive and inappropriate,” the production company said in a statement. “We filed a formal request then with the LAPD for an immediate investigation into this matter and for the appropriate action to be taken promptly. We were disappointed to learn that no action was taken and support Mr. Simon in his complaint.”

    In a near constant multimillion-dollar cycle of settling these types of cases with citizens injured, assaulted and even killed, the question will be whether the city that is the home of Hollywood stands behind the Blue Line on this one or steps out in to the light.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Poison IV — Plus, Which Couple Hit the Sheets?

    (3/17/22) (TVline.com) Headed into Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, more of Grey Sloan’s doctors seemed to be at crossroads than operating tables. Meredith had to figure out how — and if — she could help Nick through a rough patch with his niece. Amelia and Kai had to decide whether or not to take a leap of faith and plunge heart-first into a relationship. And Maggie… poor Maggie had to ponder whether she could stand to read an entire letter from her late mother being as Ellis as ever Ellis was. How’d it all shake out? Read on; the answers are below…

    CABIN FEVER | As “The Makings of You” began, Nick ushered Mer to a magnificent “cabin” in Minnesota for a romantic getaway… where, no matter how sparkly his eyes were, she had trouble putting out of her head the report she was writing on David’s groundbreaking surgery. That is, until her beau distracted her with sex just long enough for his niece Charlotte to walk in on them with her “soulmate” Oak Silver. Once Nick and Mer got some clothes on, introductions were made, and Charlotte’s uncle wondered aloud… um, why was she so far from school? Also, why was she with an idiot like Silver, who was into micro-dosing on shrooms to get in touch with his shadow self? Over dinner, he revealed that he and Charlotte were headed to Costa Rica. She was leaving school, she announced. (Crickets.)

    Once Nick found his voice, it was loud. Silver did not help. Every syllable out of his mouth just made Nick want to smack him upside the head more. Eventually, everyone went to separate corners — Nick’s involving chopping wood. “If you keep trying to control her,” Mer warned him, “you will lose her.” But she didn’t get it, he said. Owing to Charlotte’s mother, she was predisposed to making terrible decisions. Later, alone with Charlotte, Mer admitted that she reminded her a lot of herself. Charlotte wasn’t rebelling, she assured her uncle’s gf. She just wanted something new — she wasn’t becoming a train wreck like her mother. “Will you talk to him?” Charlotte asked. “You can,” Mer assured her. And with some difficulty, she did. She wanted to figure out some stuff and wanted him to trust in the job that he had done raising her. “And if I do drugs,” she cracked, “they will be plant-based.” (Tension broken.) After Charlotte and Silver left, Nick admitted that he wasn’t used to having help. If he was gonna be with Mer, he’d have to get used to it, she said. And vice versa, he shot back. They both appeared to be considering sorta career changes. She might not be able to go back to Grey Sloan and just be chief of general, she admitted. Not after working on David’s case at the clinic.

    BAR NONE | At Mer’s clinic, Amelia and Kai briefly, lightly clashed over David’s withholding of his underlying condition and what could’ve been done to prevent it. Nonetheless, the spark between them was still burning brightly. After submitting their final report, Kai invited Amelia to a show that night since her flight back to Seattle didn’t leave till morning. Once at the bar, Kai stunned Amelia when it turned out that they were the headliner. And they were pretty rollicking and awesome, too. If I didn’t love them before, I had to after this. So, it seemed, did Amelia, with whom they got extremely hot and heavy post-show in a tangle of sheets. Afterwards, Kai introduced Amelia to their plants and admitted that they loved kids too much to want any. They also talked about playing the rock star on stage and challenged Amelia to see that she, too, was one. Why did she self-deprecate? It’s her shield of armor, she theorized. If she loved every part of her, she’d deserve a love that did the same.

    LETTER HAVE IT | Back in Seattle, Maggie was recovering from the flu while babysitting Mer’s kids with Winston. Soon, a game of hide and seek led Zola to discover a box of the late Ellis’ stuff — including a letter for “Margaret.” After Winston shared his grief over mementos lost, Maggie mustered the courage to read her mother’s message, written after she learned that she was dying and had little time left to grapple with her mortality and mistakes. (Hello, Kate Burton!) As Ellis, appearing to Maggie, read her missive aloud, she interacted with her daughter… by the hardest. (Is anything involving Ellis ever easy?) At the same time, Winston bonded with Zola over her fears that she still might one day lose her mom. Later, they got even closer playing Emergency Room and treating Bailey’s cut.

    All the while, Maggie pleaded with her vision of her mother to give her answers. Had she gone into cardio because her mother had wanted to? But Ellis was as cutting as a scalpel, damn near equating her daughter with “the inconsequential.” To Maggie’s astonishment, she learned that Ellis had chosen her adoptive parents and declined to receive updates on her. “I’m not a dinner invitation” to be accepted or declined, Maggie said. “That decision not to see you, I do not regret,” Ellis yelled. In fact, she was proud of it. Jeez! “She was exactly how Meredith described her,” Maggie cried to Winston. She understandably didn’t even want to finish reading the letter. Ultimately, though, she heard Ellis out, allowing her to express her wish that she’d been able to be “true sisters” with Mer. (Better late than never.) Aww… then a feverish Maggie saw a vision of her beloved adoptive mother, who was everything that Ellis was not.

    SINCERELY YOURS | As the episode neared its conclusion, Mer admitted to Nick that — shocker — she also has a temper. She wasn’t scared that he was a hothead. “I just… when I’m falling in love, it scares me,” he said. “I don’t love the feeling of losing control.” And he was doing exactly that with Mer. Back in Seattle, Zola asked Winston if he thought her birth mother ever thought about her. He assured her that it was normal to wonder. (OK, those two are super sweet.) As Amelia packed up to leave Minnesota, Kai reminded her that she could stay. But she couldn’t — she was a mom. “I hope that part of me doesn’t scare you away,” she added. Once Mer was home, she marveled that Ellis’ letter didn’t even seem like her. “Are you glad you read it?” asked Amelia. Maggie wasn’t sure, she just felt like she should. She’d long felt like something was missing and that something was Ellis, but she didn’t think so anymore. With that, she burned the letter. (Um, shouldn’t Mer’s fire alarms have been going crazy?)

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Surgical Indecision — Plus, a Pucker-Upset

    (3/10/22) Questions cut as deeply as scalpels in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. While Meredith, Amelia and Kai at last operated on David, Richard challenged Levi to consider a different path, Teddy wondered whether her marriage to Owen was kaput, Bailey was forced to contemplate an unexpected opportunity, and Jo and Link pondered how they were going to do “this” without ever really coming to any understanding of what “this” was. On top of all that, yet another doctor was left trying to figure out how he was ever going to live down the unsolicited kiss that he gave. Who was it? And who was on the receiving end? Read on…

    ‘YOU JUST GOT AN OFFER TO GO TO SPACE?’ | Early on in “Legacy,” Bailey disclosed to her biggest fan Jordan that an old med-school friend had invited her to join them in working for NASA — a prospect made all the more appealing by Tom’s return to Grey Sloan to scrub in on David’s surgery. In other developments, Jo continued to avoid Link like the plague (but on the plus side, her hair was back to normal), and while Owen proved the old adage about doctors making the worst patients, Teddy got her day-drink on at Joe’s. When Jo ran into her there, they both decided to get sloshed. Teddy was tired of lying to her Leo and Allison that everything was A-OK and unsure whether she should’ve already called time of death on her marriage. For her part, Jo admitted that she not only had slept with but might be in love with Link. Oh, and their kids would simply have to understand that for the love of God, sometimes Mommy just needs a break and a screwdriver!

    Though Nick had to miss Mer’s big day in the O.R. — send “doc pics,” he said, only realizing afterwards how it had sounded — it started off swimmingly. Grey even got the patient to agree to throw open the gallery to everyone in the hospital since it was one of the teaching variety. Before surgery, Kai demonstrated just what a terrible public speaker they are — “I chose research for a reason” — and Bailey and Jordan continued to bond over their adorkable passions. Only after the procedure was well underway did Amelia get paged to another O.R.: Owen was suffering from complications from his own recent surgery. She couldn’t go, of course. “It’s not like Shepherd’s sitting around doing Sudoku,” cracked Tom. But Amelia really wanted to run to her ex’s side — a shock to Kai. Finally, Mer reminded Amelia that all of their work would be for naught if she left the room, so Koracick, of all people, was dispatched to fix up Owen.

    ‘WE ALL KILL PEOPLE’ | While all of this was going on, Richard paid a visit to Levi’s mom’s basement, where Schmitt was sacked out playing video games. Webber did his best to relate to the resident formerly known as Glasses, sharing the story of a patient to whom he’d felt close, one that he’d also lost. But Levi just turned up the volume on the TV. He liked the game, he later explained, because no matter how many times he died, he always got a do-over. He could begin again as someone altogether new. Well, he could do that in medicine, too, Richard argued. He could choose a new specialty, pursue research or teaching… Pass, said Levi. In his mind, he’d already “bled out. There’s nothing left to save.” In Minnesota, Nick made it a point to meet the parents of the boy whose death had provided the liver for the transplant he’d be performing that day. He then impressed upon his resident the importance of the donor. “You cannot forget the person who gave the gifts,” he said.

    Following Owen’s procedure, Teddy, no doubt hungover as hell, was by his side. When Tom had called to tell her that her husband was undergoing surgery, it had reminded her of the poor decisions she’d made when she’d been triggered. Ah, but Owen wasn’t triggered, he said. He stood by his decision to help dying veterans end their lives — a stance that it appeared might also end his marriage. Following David’s groundbreaking surgery, Kai marveled that Amelia had even considered leaving the O.R. “Then it dawned on me,” they said. “You are someone who loves her people so hard and so much that the second they are in trouble, everything else just falls away.” Luckily for Amelia, Kai found that as inspiring as infuriating. At Jo’s, a chance encounter with a naked Link led to her kissing him… then pushing him away… then saying no, of course, she didn’t want him to move out… or maybe she did?

    And in the episode’s final moments, as Mer showed up on Nick’s doorstep in Minnesota, Bailey told Jordan that no, she had turned down the job offer. He then made all kinds of Stars Wars references that I didn’t get to suggest that she was making a mistake and might be the chosen one. “The only bright spot around here lately,” she said, tickled, “has been you.” With that, he kissed her! Immediately, it became clear that no, sir, that had not been what that moment called for, and he left skid marks across the parking lot as he excused himself from the situation at warp speed.

    TV Ratings: Law & Order Down Sharply in Week 2, SVU Ties for Demo Win

    (3/5/22) In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s Law & Order revival this Thursday drew 4.3 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating, down 26 and 43 percent from its premiere.

    Leading out of that, SVU (4.4 mil/0.6) dipped but still landed in a four-way tie for the nightly demo win, while OC (3.1 mil/0.5) was steady.

    Elsewhere:

    FOX | Joe Millionaire (1.3 mil/0.2), Call Me Kat (1.2 mil/0.2) and Pivoting (720K/0.1) all hit lows.

    ABC | Station 19 (4.3 mil/0.6) and Grey’s Anatomy (3.8 mil/0.6) both slipped two tenths in the demo, while Big Sky (2.3 mil/0.3) was steady (yet slipped to its smallest audience ever).

    CBS | Young Sheldon (6.2 mil/0.6), Ghosts (5.4 mil/0.5) and Bull (3.9 mil/0.3) all dipped a tenth in the demo, with Bull matching its series low. Swapping time slots this week, B Positive (4.6 mil/0.4) was steady, but United States of Al (3.8 mil/0.3) dropped to series lows leading out of Ghosts. Huh.

    THE CW | Walker (910K/0.1) returned down a few viewers, while Legacies (360K/0.1) rebounded from last week’s all-time audience low.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Adds ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’s Skylar Astin As Recurring

    (3/3/22) A new doctor’s coming to Grey’s Anatomy as Skylar Astin (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist) joins the long-running ABC drama in a recurring role.

    Deadline has confirmed that Astin will appear as Todd Earnes. Charming and handsome with a gentle soul, Eames holds a PhD in environmental sciences and loves a good spreadsheet. He is close with his sister, who is a pregnant patient at Grey Sloan Memorial. He will first appear as Todd in “Put the Squeeze on Me,” which will air on March 24.

    News of latest addition to the cast comes nearly a week after the series’ midseason return. Deadline exclusively learned that this week’s upcoming episode will bid farewell to Richard Flood, who appeared Dr. Cormac Hayes for three seasons.

    Astin recently starred alongside Jane Levy in NBC’s Emmy-winning Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist as Max. His recent television credits also include Roku’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Astin starred as Jake in the Pitch Perfect opposite Anna Kendrick. Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld and Adam Devine. His additional credits include Graves, Hot Air, Wreck It Ralph, Ground Floor and Girls.

    Richard Flood Exits Grey's Anatomy, Says 'Three Years Felt Right for Me'

    (3/3/22) Richard Flood’s nearly three-season run as Grey’s Anatomy‘s Dr. Cormac Hayes ended this Thursday night, as his storyline had telegraphed the week prior.

    Flood — whose previous TV credits included Crossing Lines and Shameless — first appeared on Grey’s midway through Season 16 and was promoted to series regular starting with Season 17.

    “Having three years on the show felt right for me,” Flood told our sister site Deadline, “and I think that the arc of the character with all the developments in the story was probably coming to its natural end, which was great. I was very happy that everybody felt the same.”

    In the lonnnnng-running medical drama’s March 3 episode, and as hinted the week prior, Flood’s Cormac followed through on his decision to resign from Grey Sloan, conflicted as he was about colleague Owen’s side gig helping terminally ill veterans end their suffering/lives — but not before Mer called him on his plan to bolt without saying goodbye.

    “’Cause if I said goodbye to you, Mer, I might not ever leave,” he admitted. “You made me believe that there might actually be life after Abigail.”

    Moments later, in the parking lot, Teddy pleaded with Cormac to tell her what her husband Owen wouldn’t, about the recent car accident. But, since Owen had essentially saved Hayes’ life, he kept his lips zipped. “Goodbye, Altman.”

    Speaking to what might have been between Cormac and Meredith, Flood told Deadline that if he had stayed, “I suppose you’d wonder would they have gotten together, would they not? If they had got together properly, would it have worked? I think the fans may have liked to have seen more of what that dynamic might have been — it’s certainly, the response I’m getting — but it’s not really for me to say.”

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Physician, Reveal Thyself — Plus, Time of Death Is Called on [Spoiler]'s Relationship

    (3/3/22) Confession, the saying goes, is good for the soul. But when faced with the prospect of making one in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, both Owen and Jo pressed “pause” — and understandably so. If he came clean about the steps he’d taken to help dying soldiers end their lives on their own terms, it might keep Cormac in Seattle but land Hunt himself in a whole mess of trouble. And if Jo disclosed that she wasn’t merely in lust with Link, she could jeopardize their longstanding friendship. Did either of them muster up the courage to speak their truth? And how did poor Levi fare when both he and Richard’s Webber Method were, in essence, tried before the Morbidity and Mortality Conference. Read on and find out…

    ‘I’M GOING TO KEEP TELLING HIM THE TRUTH’ | As “Living in a House Divided” began, we were headed toward the Morbidity and Mortality Conference to evaluate what went wrong during the surgery that killed Devon the Podcaster. (Levi didn’t wait for an attending — case closed?) At the hospital, Maggie shared with Winston that she’d yet to get to speak to her father about the incident. Bailey, what with having to run the M&M, assigned Mer a surgery. Levi was expected to present but arrived looking like he was likelier to be checked into the hospital than anything else. Still, he managed to get the job done, at which point Bailey encouraged — insisted upon — questions. Taryn piped up to say that at the point at which Levi asked for the stapler, everything looked good. But, as Bailey was quick to note, that wasn’t a question. Ultimately, Schmitt broke down. “I killed him,” he cried before running out of the room. At that point, Richard was tasked with taking Levi’s place.

    In other words, he was seated squarely on the hot seat. Maggie and Dr. Lin hit him especially hard — so hard that Catherine chimed in to tell Michelle, “This is a teaching tool, my dear,” not some risky cure for cancer. In Richard’s corner, Winston asked if this was an M&M on what had happened to the patient or an M&M on the Webber Method. Uncomfortable as hell, but Devon would surely agree, needed. Afterwards, Catherine put the decision as to whether to continue with the Webber Method in Bailey’s hands. Once more, Miranda threw a surgery onto Mer’s packed schedule. Grey did her one better, saying that she knew someone who could pitch in, too. (Hey, Nick!) In a moment alone, Maggie and Winston found themselves on very opposite sides when it came to the virtues and dangers of the Webber Method.

    ‘FOR ALL I KNOW, HE’S GOT A SECRET WIFE IN ANOTHER COUNTRY’ | In other developments, Teddy beseeched Owen to tell her what went down in that SUV between him and Cormac and was upset to find that he wouldn’t spill even a drop of tea. Catching McWidow in the halls, Mer called him on his plan to leave suddenly without saying goodbye. “’Cause if I said goodbye to you, Mer, I might not ever leave,” he admitted. “You made me believe that there might actually be life after Abigail.” With that, he was off… or so it seemed. In the parking lot, Teddy pleaded with Cormac to tell her what her husband wouldn’t. But, since Owen had essentially saved Hayes’ life, he kept his lips zipped. “Goodbye, Altman.” Next, Teddy questioned Megan, who easily imagined Owen doing something heroic and stupid. Whatever he’s doing, said Hunt’s sister, “he must believe that it’s his only option.”

    ‘I’VE BEEN ON A DIET SINCE 1992’ | Off Link and Jo’s night of passion, he was delighted. “You were right,” he told her. “This is fun.” But of course, it was more than that for her. At Grey Sloan, Link treated a teacher named Lila… badly. He prescribed her a cortisone shot and advised her to lose weight. Only when she walked away did he notice that Zander had been right and she needed an MRI. Snap outta that sex fog, Link! Perez even called his attending on the carpet in the O.R., justifiably so, for making a snap judgment about Lila and her weight.

    Meanwhile, Amelia treated Francesca, who was back in the hospital with back pain… and quickly called a GYN consult: Carina and Jo, who was immediately awkward around Link’s babymama. In no time, Carina deduced that maybe it was endometriosis. OK by the patient. She had things to do — in other words, her boyfriend. Sensing that Link was confiding in Jo about their split, Amelia asked her to be normal for the sake of their patients. Off that conversation, Carina realized that Jo was having sex with a friend about whom she felt more than friendship. If you love him, you have to tell him, Carina advised. That, or stop having sex with him. “Is there an option No. 3?” asked Jo’s expression.

    ’HOW DID I GET DRAGGED INTO THIS?’ | When Maggie approached Richard after having “publicly humiliated” him, she tried to suggest that she knew what it was like for a surgeon to lose a patient over a mistake. Richard assumed that she did: “Remember what happened to my niece… Sadie?” Maggie argued that the Webber Method hadn’t been properly vetted, sending her father into a righteous rage. Afterwards, Maggie unloaded on Mer, admitting that Richard felt like they’d all abandoned him. Later, Maggie and Mer joined in Webber’s private conversation — private AA meeting? — with Amelia. They wanted him to feel their presence and explain themselves. The surgeon holding the scalpel is ultimately at fault, Maggie agreed. But there were other factors, and they deserved to be scrutinized from every single angle. “These students are unlike any I’ve ever taught,” Richard said. He’d wanted to give them something to be excited about. “They just need you,” then, said Mer.

    ‘TELL ME WHAT YOU JUST TOOK OUT OF MY HUSBAND’S CAR’ | As the hour rounded the corner and headed for the finish line, Amelia and Maggie noticed Mer talking to Nick. Needless to say, they were keenly interested. “I have a thing,” said Mer, “to go do.” Before skedaddling, Amelia admitted to Maggie that “I have a thing,” too. At Jo’s, she… struggled. “Link,” she finally said, “we shouldn’t have sex.” Though he gave her “the look” and asked if she was sure, she was. (As if.)

    Approaching Richard, Bailey said that she had let him down when he introduced the Webber Method. “I should’ve said more” about concerns that she had. What’s more, she wanted to suspend the Webber Method permanently. He was OK with that. Bailey had, in fact, said something, he reminded her. “And I had my wife overrule you.” Finally, Nico showed up at Levi’s mom’s house, begging him to come back to work, lest he lose his residency spot. In response, Schmitt dumped him. As Nick was due to head back to Minnesota, he and Mer expressed how little they enjoyed having to be parted. Catching Noah’s wife in Owen’s room, Teddy refused to drop her investigation; she went after the widow and busted her retrieving the life-ending drugs from Hunt’s car.

    Richard Flood’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Exit Confirmed: Hayes Bids Farewell To Meredith Grey & Co.

    (3/3/22) It’s official: Grey’s Anatomy series regular Richard Flood is leaving the venerable medical drama after playing Dr. Cormac Hayes for the past three seasons. As Grey’s traditionally does with its departing major cast members, Flood’s final episode tonight featured one last scene with series’ star Ellen Pompeo as Hayes and Meredith Grey got to say a proper goodbye.

    In the episode, Hayes, in street clothes, bumped into Meredith (Pompeo) at Grey Sloan Memorial after he’d handed Bailey his resignation last week, telling her that he was returning to Ireland with his kids.

    “So what, your whole life flashed before your eyes, and you realized you are unhappy and need to quit?,” Meredith asked him.

    “Something like that,” replied Hayes who actually resigned after learning Owen’s (Kevin McKidd) secret that he had been assisting terminally veterans who want to end their lives. (He had already been reevaluating his life and priorities.)

    Hayes confirmed to Meredith that his plan had been to leave without saying goodbye.

    “Because if I say goodbye to you Grey, I might not actually leave,” he said. “In all the years since Abigail died, you are the first person who got it. You made me feel less alone. You helped me believe that there might even be life after Abigail. Thank you for that.”

    Check back after the end of the broadcast for Deadline exclusive Q&A with Flood. The Irish actor joined Grey’s Anatomy in Season 16 as a recurring and was promoted to series regular in Season 17.

    “He is great, I love working with Richard,” Flood’s Grey’s Anatomy co-star Kevin McKidd recently told Deadline. “He is such a great actor to work with. He is so talented, he is so committed and such a nice guy. I’m Scottish, he is Irish so we are basically blood brothers, essentially, there is a long, deep connection between the Scotts and the Irish. So I’m very sad personally to see him go. I think he is a great actor he’s had a great career for these years, and he’s going to continue that. I’m excited to see what he is doing next.

    ‘Umma’ Trailer: Sandra Oh Fears Turning Into Her Mother – With Good Reason

    (3/1/22) (Video) “Some Koreans believe that their hardship are caused by the tormented spirits of their ancestors.”

    So says Sandra Oh’s newly tormented character in Umma. And she should know. Check out the trailer for the Sam Raimi-produced horror flick above and the poster below.

    Umma — the Korean word for “mother” — follows Amanda (Killing Eve star Oh) and her daughter (Fivel Stewart), who are living a quiet life of beekeeping on an American farm with no phones. But when the remains of her estranged mother arrive from Korea, Amanda becomes haunted by the fear of turning into Mom. And with good reason.

    “Her anger will grow as long as she remains in this box,” Amanda ominously is told by the man who brings her mom’s ashes. When her daughter begins asking questions about the grandma she never knew, Amanda says: “I remember so much screaming. … I didn’t want you to know her.”

    Cue the terror.

    Iris K. Shim wrote the screenplay and makes her feature directing debut on the PG-13 pic, which also stars Dermot Mulroney, MeeWha Alana Lee, Odeya Rush and Tom Yi. It’s the first project produced by Raimi and Zainab Azizi of Raimi Productions through their development deal with Starlight Media.

    Sony’s Stage 6 Films opens the creepshow on March 18 exclusively in theaters.

    Jesse Williams Child Custody Dispute Settled ... We're Going to Broadway, Kids

    (3/1/22) Jesse Williams and his ex-wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, have reached a child custody agreement -- one that allows for him to do a Broadway play, and also gives him veto power on COVID-19 issues for their 2 kids.

    According to docs, the exes were in court last week when the judge signed off on a few custody modifications. Although Aryn and Jesse maintain shared legal custody ... the judge denied her request to reduce his physical time with the kids -- presumably because he's gonna be spending a lot of time in NYC.

    The former "Grey's Anatomy" star was hanging at a Knicks game back in January, but he'll be working in the Big Apple soon ... starring in the Broadway production, "Take Me Out" from March thru June.

    As a result, the judge is now giving Jesse 4 consecutive days with the children -- 8-year-old Sadie and 6-year-old Maceo -- in NYC each month, and 2 of those days can be weekends.

    Talk about a sign of the times ... the agreement also addresses how they will handle COVID disputes. The judge granted Jesse "tie-breaking authority" for 2022 if, for some reason, he and Aryn can't agree on things like vaccinations or face masks for the kids.

    One more thing ... no flip-flopping on parenting time for Jesse. At Aryn's request, the judge agreed the actor can't cancel and then "uncancel" his scheduled daddy time.

    Once Jesse's play closes in the summer, they'll be back in court to modify custody again.

    Ratings: Law & Order Revival Ties for Thursday Demo Win, Kat Goes Low

    (2/26/22) Dun-dun! In the latest TV show ratings, the Season 21 premiere of NBC’s revived Law & Order drew 5.5 million total viewers — Thursday’s third-largest audience — and a 0.7 rating, tying SVU and two others for the nightly demo win. It also handily improved on time slot predecessor Blacklist‘s averages (3.1 mil/0.4).

    And because someone will wonder: L&O‘s 2010 series finale did 7.6 mil/1.9.

    Leading out of that, SVU (5 mil/0.7) ticked up from its last fresh outing, while Organized Crime (3.4 mil/0.5) was steady.

    Elsewhere:

    ABC | Station 19 (4.8 mil/0.7) and Grey’s Anatomy (4.4 mil/0.7) both returned from their long winter break up, while Big Sky (2.3 mil/0.3) was steady.

    THE CW | Legacies (290K/0.1) returned to a season low in audience while steady in the demo.

    FOX | Joe Millionaire (1.4 mil/0.3) was steady, Call Me Kat (1.3 mil/0.2) slipped to series lows, and Pivoting (790K!/0.2) hit a new audience low.

    CBS | Young Sheldon (6.8 mil/0.7), United States of Al (4.9 mil/0.4), Ghosts (5.6 mil/0.5) and B Positive (4.4 mil/0.4) all returned down (with freshman hit Ghosts tying its demo low), while Bull (4.3 mil/0.4) was steady.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Kevin McKidd On Owen’s Sacrifice & Its “Emotional Fallout” In “Intense” Second Half Of Season 18

    (2/24/22) SPOILER ALERT: The story includes details about the Season 18 Episode 9 of Grey’s Anatomy, “No Time To Die”.

    The last time we saw Kevin McKidd’s Owen Hunt, he was in an SUV, rolling down a ravine. The Station 19-Grey’s Anatomy midseason premiere crossover revealed Owen’s fate. He was rescued by the Station 19 crew and taken to Grey Sloan Memorial where he was treated for his extensive injuries, including to his spine and a shattered leg. He underent a successful emergency surgery on both.

    Also successful was Farouk’s “miracle” heart transplant surgery despite a bruise the donor heart had sustained in the crash. Amid the joy, there was heartache too. Schmitt was having a very hard time after losing his first patient in the OR. The shock sent him into a catatonic state as he spent the episode vigorously scrubbing his hands until his friends intervened.

    All three passangers in the SUV that crashed in the winter finale were dealing with the aftermath. While Owen was the only one seriously hurt physically, Teddy had a difficult time seeing him in pain while Hayes was struggling with the ethical dilemma posed by Owen in the finale when, thinking that he would most likely die, he asked Hayes to continue his efforts helping terminally ill soldiers get drugs for physician-assisted deaths.

    Hayes confronted Owen who was undeterred in his commitment to help the veterans. Facing serious repercussions as an accessory if he didn’t report his friend, Hayes opted to resign, telling Bailey that he was moving back to Ireland with his children. (Richard Flood, who plays Hayes, is said to be leaving Grey’s Anatomy.)

    In romantic developments, Nick flew in to see Meredith, Amelia and Kai had another date while Joe and Link hooked up after months of sexual tension and cohabitation.

    In an interview with Deadline, McKidd spoke about the crash and its aftermath, Owen’s decision in the car to sacrifice himself so Teddy and Hayes can live, the long recovery in front of him and what else is in store for the rest of the season. McKidd also addressed the issue of euthanasia.

    DEADLINE: When you got the script for the winter finale, were you concerned about Owen’s fate?

    MCKIDD: I remember back in Season 5 or 6 when we had the shooter episode, and Owen was shot in the chest. I remember that table read distinctly because I had only been on the show for two years. The table read was, Owen falls on the floor. Christina yells, “Meredith, is he alive?” and then I had to turn this page to see what Meredith’s response was. I remember that page turn was in slow motion to find out. She said, “yeah, he’s got a pulse” and I was oh, OK.

    It kind of felt like a repeat of that, which is the life of an actor. Such a strange life we live, at the stroke of a pen, a character could be gone. It’s been an interesting, nerve-wracking time.

    DEADLINE: What do you think about Owen’s decision to send Teddy and Hayes to safety and stay behind in the car, knowing that he would likely die?

    MCKIDD: For better or for worse, Owen is quite an impulsive man and has been for many years. He goes with his gut, sometimes he gets it right, sometimes he gets it wrong. In this instance, sitting in the front of the car, he sees the writing on the wall, and I think it was the right call. it was pretty noble of him to do that. I love that about Owen. He is very flawed as a man — as many people are — but he’s got a very good heart at the end of the day. I think what he is doing with the veterans is all heart, putting himself in jeopardy, bending the rules, that’s the way he operates. Seeing these other vets in so much pain, he’s found it morally very hard to deal with it but he is led by his heart.

    DEADLINE: What is your position on physician-assisted death?

    MCKIDD: It’s a very hard topic. I think on balance, I support it as a concept because there is that thing of Do No Harm as an axiom for doctors but some of these [patients] are in so much pain that by withholding some way to help them, you are causing harm to that patient. Any case of euthanasia or assisted death has to be taken on its face value and on a case by case. I think in principal, the only correct criteria would be, if nothing else can be done medically, and there is so much discomfort and so much pain on the part of the patient, ethically I do support it.

    DEADLINE: What is ahead for Owen in terns of recovery?

    MCKIDD: He is in a lot of pain. He was mangled, mangled up in this car at the bottom of this ravine. He really took one for the team. His legs are in a complete mess. Basically what we will see is a slow road to recovery. And also there is some real medical jeopardy, he has a spinal injury as well his leg injury. The spine injury can potentially paralyze him or make him very compromised for the rest of his life. So he is not out of the woods by any means.

    In Station 19, they recover his body in that mangled car wreck. He has a long way to go, it’s going to be interesting. It’s been fun playing him. He is a man of action, Owen, and to see him really struggle with his physicality has been kind of fun to see in a strange way, walking around on crutches has been fun too. And there are a couple of episodes where I get to lay down a lot which is always pleasant, to get to lay down.

    This brings out a lot of stuff between Owen and Teddy as recovery is frustrating for him. He just wants to get back to work, he wants to get to doing good medicine, to help the veterans, continue that project he feels very passionated about.

    He gets impatient, and also there is a big debate between Teddy and Owen as things go forward. As the truth about what Owen has been doing comes out, Teddy has a lot of feelings about that so there is a lot of emotional fallout from this crash but also the work he has been doing with these terminally ill veterans.

    This is going to cause a lot of emotional fallout in the second half of the season. It’s very intense.

    DEADLINE: You mentioned crutches, which is a good sign, but can you say whether Owen will be walking again?

    MCKIDD: I can’t say.

    DEADLINE: We talked about Owen’s physical recovery? What about his mental recovery? He has a long history of PTSD, and the crash was certainly a traumatic experience.

    MCKIDD: In the episodes we’ve shot so far, he is dealing with the physical side. We haven’t quite gotten to the psychological side. Most people, when they have gone through something like that, they would physically get themselves back from the brink and then the psychological fallout happens later. We haven’t quite touched on that but I’m interested to see where that leads, whether it would trigger his PTSD or not.

    DEADLINE: What will the impact of Owen continuing to help veterans be on his career? We saw Hayes quit over fears that it might be illegal.

    MCKIDD: In Washington State, physician-assisted death is actually legal. But there is some grey areas within it. Owens does not follow the correct protocols. He does put himself in the harm’s way, and it’s very interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out because I can’t tell you what happens but it’s a thing that I think Owen wants to get back to, the work that Noah, his veteran friend, was doing, trying to put pressure on Congress and take it to that level in trying to advocate for these veterans, get better care and bring more awareness. As far as potential fallout for Owen, that will continue to be a thread through the rest of season.

    DEADLINE: How do you feel about Owen being the reason Hayes quit his job?

    MCKIDD: The character of Hayes was already reassessing his life in Seattle, and I think this was probably another factor in his decision, he’d already been mulling over where his life was headed. I think morally, Hayes feels very conflicted. Owen sees Hayes’ life so Hayes and and his child can go on and have a fruitful life so, in a strange way, Hayes kind of owes something to Owen but he also doesn’t quite know where he stands on the ethics of physician-assisted death so I think it just creates that area where Hayes is. It pushes him towards a decision he was already on the way to.

    DEADLINE: How were you able to keep Owen’s fate secret over the past couple of months?

    MCKIDD: I’m terrible at keeping secrets so I decided… If you notice on my social media feed, I have been absent which is not like me. I just thought, I’m going spoil something, so I have been very away, and Ii think it helped create that mystery. Once the episode airs, I will be back online more. A lot of people have been asking me, I’ve been itching to tell them but couldn’t.

    Grey's Recap: Live to Tell — Plus, Which Doctor Scrubbed Out for the Last Time?

    (2/24/22) (tvline.com) Good one, Grey’s Anatomy. The ABC drama’s midseason finale left us to wonder whether Owen, Farouk and David would survive. But in the winter premiere of the ABC drama, it turned out that it was someone else entirely that we should’ve been worried about losing. Who? Read on…

    ‘WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS, HUH?’ | As “No Time to Die” began, we rewound a bit from Station 19 to see Cormac catch a ride back to Grey Sloan in the same car that Teddy had flagged down. They’d made it to the hospital in time for the donor heart to be viable for Farouk, but dammit, it was bruised. Maggie, for fear that the boy would go into cardiac arrest, advised that Winston not perform the transplant. But reluctant to waste the opportunity at hand, he decided, “I’m gonna take the miracle and trust my gut.” Thankfully, his gut was very trustworthy, and Farouk pulled through. “His heart is beating,” Winston was able to tell Megan after completing the surgery with his wife’s help, “and it’s beating well.” Whew!

    Meanwhile, as Teddy tried to process the overwhelming feelings with which she was left by the sound of Owen’s car going over the cliff, her spouse, having been rescued by the first-responders of Stations 19 and 23, was being treated by Amelia and Link, who was barely able to contain his hurt over seeing his babymama kissing Kai. Of course Scout’s parents had more pressing matters at hand, like the fact that they’d both be operating on different parts of Owen at the same time, and one wrong move could leave him paralyzed. (Focus, people!) Before being wheeled into the O.R., Owen beseeched Cormac to forget what he’d told him about dispensing life-ending drugs to dying veterans. Hunt even played the “I fell off a cliff so you didn’t have to” card. However, Hayes remained unsure whether he could remain silent and make himself complicit.

    ‘THE SURGEON WHO HASN’T LOST A PATIENT HASN’T DONE ENOUGH SURGERIES’ | During Owen’s surgery, Link noticed Kai come into the gallery and ordered it cleared. Light-bulb moment for Amelia, who realized that he must have seen her kissing Dr. Bartley. Following the operation(s), the exes finally had it out, with Link marveling that Amelia had “just moved on like the last year and a half didn’t matter.” In turn, she argued that she hadn’t “just moved on,” she’d had to work at it. And now “you want to gaslight me into thinking that I played you?” Mm-mm. No. That wasn’t gonna fly. It was a good, intense fight, the kind that after the dust settles, should allow them to happily co-parent Scout.

    Elsewhere in the hospital, in the wake of Levi breaking Webber Method protocol and killing a patient, Bailey suspended the program… at which point Richard pulled rank on her. All the while, Levi was understandably freaking the freak out. In fact, he spent most of the rest of the episode washing his hands to the point that they began to bleed. Eventually, Jo recruited Taryn and Jordan to intervene, and when the hospital’s newest resident physically moved Schmitt away from the sink, he completely lost it and, a shattered shell of his former self, had to be carried out of the room. Greys anatomy recap season 18 episode 9

    ‘THIS WILL BE MY LAST SHIFT’ | Following David’s surgery, Meredith read him the riot act for keeping his condition a secret, thereby risking all the work that she and Kai had done over the last year. When Grey stormed out, Kai remarked, “Yeah, I’m walking out, too… but only ’cause I need more coffee.” (Dr. Bartley really sneaks up on ya; they’re quickly becoming a favorite.) Later, Cormac approached Bailey, it seemed like, to rat out Owen. But Miranda’s speech about what a good man Hunt is stopped Hayes in his tracks. Whether he really had been going to disclose what Owen had been doing, he didn’t. Instead, he said that his boys weren’t thriving in Seattle, and he was moving back to Ireland. Immediately.

    As the episode rounded the bend toward its conclusion, Nick arrived in Seattle to take Mer to dinner — or straight to the nearby hotel he’d also booked to order room service. Amelia revealed to Kai just how messy her life was. Their perfect response? They offered Shepherd some more French fries. In front of a roaring fireplace, Jo encouraged Link not to feel bad about Amelia all over again. “There are other women who would love to love you,” she noted. And seconds later, though they wondered if they were making a mistake, she became one of them. Finally, Owen awakened following surgery and was informed by Teddy that yes, he would walk again. But, aware that Cormac had suddenly quit, she wanted to know WTH had happened between them in that car.

    Station 19 Recap: Cliff Notes — Plus, Owen's Fate Revealed… or Is It?

    (2/24/22) (tvline.com) Returning from its holiday hiatus Thursday, Station 19 not only resolved at least the first part of Grey’s Anatomy’s midseason-finale cliffhanger, it dealt Sullivan the break for which he’d been angling but in a way he never would’ve wanted, and dropped the mother of all shocks on poor Vic. And if you read on, we’ll go over all the deets…

    ‘I SEE GOO’ | Early on in “Started From the Bottom,” we met McAllister’s replacement, Natasha Ross (Greenleaf vet Merle Dandrige), an ex-Marine who knew Sullivan 15 years ago in San Diego. (How well-acquainted “Tasha” and “Sully” were remained unclear.) Quickly, the new chief established herself as no-nonsense and as transparent as a freshly washed window pane. Aside from breaking up the old boys club that McAllister had made of the SFD, her first order of business was to green-light the health clinic that Ben, Jack and Carina had pitched. “You can celebrate,” she told Warren and Gibson. But they didn’t much feel like doing so, given that the city was offering only about a fifth of the money they’d need.

    After most of the firefighters were called away to the scene of Owen’s unfortunate cliff dive, Jack brainstormed fundraising ideas with Carina and Vic, who jogged over because she couldn’t sit home alone anymore grieving for Dean and wondering whether she and Theo were still a couple. Soon, they were distracted by the arrival of a couple of kids, one of whom was, unbeknownst to her, having her first period. Later, Vic confided in Carina that she had been having palpitations, prompting the doctor to insist that she accompany her to the ER. As you’d expect, Hughes balked. But if she told Carina there was a gas leak, so she’d better jump out a window, the doc would do it. In other words, Vic had no choice but to be sensible.

    ‘DRIVE FAST’ | En route to the ravine in which Owen was trapped, Sullivan assured Maya that he’d support her if Natasha asked for a reference but insisted he didn’t really know the new chief. (Hmm… ) For his part, Travis wanted Vic back at work pronto so that she could process her grief around her family. At the scene of the accident, incident commander Andy kicked butt, doing her best to assure that Ben didn’t go rogue and put anyone in harm’s way to try to save his friend. Not that her best prevented Warren from doing exactly that by rushing down the ravine with Sullivan right behind him, basically saying over and over, “Dude, wait, no, stop, think.” By the hardest, Owen, who was conscious but trapped with a shattered leg, was eventually extricated from the SUV. As if to underscore how poorly Ben was taking orders, he had himself hoisted up with Owen when he was lifted to the top of the embankment to be taken to Grey Sloan. (It looked like he’d make it, but we wouldn’t know for sure for sure until Grey’s Anatomy — soon to be recapped here.)

    After the stunts he’d pulled, Warren was, predictably, in hot water. “You risked your patient’s life,” barked Beckett. “You risked your team’s lives.” The water Beckett was in wasn’t exactly tepid, either. Natasha had already warned him that he’d used up his second chance. And, as Andy noted to him — impressing Natasha in doing so — “Your team isn’t well. Get them in order before I have to bury another friend.” Moving on to Ben, Andy asked if he was OK. It was all well and good for everyone to think of him as “Dad,” but it also put a lotta pressure on him, she acknowledged. Meanwhile, taking Travis aside, Natasha observed that his record made him a perfect candidate for promotion. Respectfully pass, said Michael’s widower. “When people die at work, I don’t wanna be the one who made the call that got ’em killed.”

    ‘DID YOU KNOW YOU’RE PREGNANT?’ | As the hour drew to a close, Travis asked Maya to talk to Beckett about getting Vic put back to work, Beckett informed Ben that desk duty and counseling were in his future, and having observed Sullivan in action and reviewed his record, Natasha gave him what she considered a long-overdue promotion to lieutenant. Afterwards, he followed her out to the parking lot. Ack, she all but said. “I just made you lieutenant,” she reminded him. “Don’t let them know that we’re friends.” He didn’t want anyone to know, either. If they found out, he’d lose all the credibility he’d worked so hard to build back up. Finally, Carina told Vic that her heart was fine, but… surprise! She was pregnant.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Series Regular Poised To Exit Medical Drama

    (2/24/22) In a classic Grey’s Anatomy twist, one actor’s character has their life in grave danger while another one ends up heading for the exit.

    I hear Richard Flood, who has played Dr. Cormac Hayes for the past three seasons, is leaving the venerable medical drama. According to sources, his final episode will be next week. Reps for ABC and Shondaland declined comment.

    In tonight’s midseason premiere, Hayes handed Bailey his resignation and told her that he was returning to Ireland with his kids. His decision was prompted by Owen’s request in the winter finale to carry on with his plan of providing dying soldiers with drugs in doctor-assisted deaths. Owen asked Hayes for help in case he didn’t survive the car accident, which had the two of them and Teddy perched on a cliff. Owen sacrificed himself, making Teddy and Hayes get out of the car while he stayed behind and tumbled down the cliff soon after Hayes had gotten to safety.

    Owen survived but, as Hayes faced an ethical dilemma of having to report Owen or risk losing his medical license as an accessory, he chose to quit the hospital.

    Hayes joined Grey’s Anatomy in Season 16 as a recurring and was promoted to series regular in Season 17. He was eyed as a potential love interest for Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith, with that storyline — along with others — interrupted by the pandemic.

    There was chatter over the summer that Flood may be heaving ahead of Season 18. He stayed on, and Hayes briefly created a potential love triangle with Meredith and her new love interest, Nick (Scott Speedman).

    Grey's Boss Teases 'Pretty Big Event' for Episode 400 aka the Season Finale

    (2/16/22) Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff is about to perform an operation that’s every bit as tricky as any undertaken by the long-running ABC drama’s doctors: how to stitch together a fitting 400th (!) episode.

    “I actually think that the last episode of our season will be 400, if there are no further COVID delays and we don’t end up dropping an episode,” she told TVLine during this year’s SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) TVfest, which streams this Thursday through Saturday (passes are available for purchase here). But “that’s a big ‘if.,” she acknowledged.

    Vernoff is well aware that expectations for the hour are high, after the 200th episode (Season 10’s “Puttin’ On the Ritz”) glammed up the docs for a three-ring circus of a fundraiser, and the 300th (Season 14’s Vernoff-penned “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story”) paid homage to much-missed past characters. How could the series top those efforts for the big 4-0-0? Maybe with a riff on the Golden Age of the silver screen, we (jokingly?) suggested? “No, we’re not doing a black-and-white movie musical,” Vernoff said with a chuckle, “but it’s going to be a pretty big event, I think.”

    As it is, Grey’s Anatomy, which was recently renewed for Season 19, is coming up on what could be a couple of game-changers: When Season 18 resumes with its ninth episode on Thursday, Feb. 24, it’ll reveal the outcome of the midseason-finale cliffhangers that left Link’s heart in pieces and Owen’s fate in question.

    Eric Dane Among Three Added To ‘National Anthem’ Cast At Bron Studios

    (2/14/22) Eric Dane, Zahn McClarnon and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone have rounded out the cast of Tony Tost’s directorial debut National Anthem, from Bron Studios. Sydney Sweeney, Halsey, Paul Walter Hauser, Simon Rex, Toby Huss, Gavin Maddox Bergman, Harriet Sansom Harris and newcomer Derek Hinkey are also on board.

    The film is a Page Fifty-Four Pictures and Bron Studios production in association with Creative Wealth Media. Page Fifty-Four’s Alex Saks and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert are producing. Creative Wealth Media’s Jason Cloth is an executive producer. Native American activist Marcus RedThunder serves as a consultant on the film.

    The film revolves around a gritty hunt for a valuable rare Lakota Native American Ghost Shirt. Some are hunting for fortune, others for personal freedom, while others simply want to return it properly to its home. No longer will the marginalized be ignored — all must learn to survive or else.

    Bron Releasing and WME are handling sales.

    Best known for his work on Grey’s Anatomy, Dane is getting some of the best reviews of his career with his role as Nate’s father on the hit HBO series Euphoria. McClarnon was recently seen in FX’s Reservation Dogs and Westworld.

    Dane is repped by CAA, Management 360, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher. McClarnon is repped by AEFH and Goodman, Genow. Cerrone is repped by Gersh.

    Sunset Beach Reunion - Celebrating 25 Years

    (2/9/22) (Watch here) Come celebrate the 25th Anniversary since the debut of NBC's Sunset Beach live in The Locher Room on Thursday, February 17th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST. Cast members Christina Chambers (Maria Torres), Priscilla Garita (Gabi Martinez Torres), Jason George (Michael Bourne), Lisa Guerrero (Francesca Vargas), Kam Heskin (Caitlin Richards Deschanel), Dominique Jennings (Virginia Harrison) and Randy Spelling (Sean Richards) will all be here to share memories of their time spent working on this daytime drama.

    Sunset Beach made its television debut on NBC on January 6, 1997. The show followed the loves and lives of the people living in the Orange County coastal area named Sunset Beach, on the coast of California. Sunset Beach won two Daytime Emmy Awards and was nominated another eleven times during its three-year run. The last episode aired on December 31, 1999. This was the first daytime soap opera produced by legendary television producer Aaron Spelling.

    Disney+ Orders ‘A Small Light’ Nat Geo Limited Series About Anne Frank Family’s Protector From Tony Phelan, Joan Rater, Susanna Fogel & Keshet

    (2/6/22) The remarkable story of a Dutch woman who risked her life to shelter Anne Frank’s family from the Nazis for more than two years and then preserved Anne’s diary, is the subject of A Small Light, a National Geographic limited series ordered by Disney+. The project comes from Grey’s Anatomy alums Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, Susanna Fogel (The Flight Attendant), ABC Signature and Keshet Studios.

    The limited series, written by Rater and Phelan, follows twentysomething Miep Gies who, when her boss Otto Frank came to her and asked her to hide his family from the Nazis during World War II, didn’t hesitate. For the next two years, Miep, her husband Jan, and the other helpers watched over the eight souls (Otto Frank, his wife Edith and daughters Anne and Margot as well as four others) in hiding in the Secret Annex. And it was Miep who found Anne’s Diary and kept it safe so Otto, the only one of the eight who survived, could later share it with the world as one of the most powerful accounts of the Holocaust.

    A Small Light was deep into the greenlighting process when last month 60 Minutes aired a bombshell report about a years-long investigation that revealed a suspect in the 78-year-old mystery who betrayed the Franks whose hiding place was raised by the Nazis in August 1944, naming a prominent Jewish figure. The revelation, which has since been questioned, had no impact on Nat Geo’s plans for A Small Light as it does not affect the story the limited series planned to tell, sources said.

    Un unlikely heroine who is celebrated for her heroism and humanity, Gies died in 2010 at the age of 100. It is something Gies said late in her life that inspired the title for the Disney+ series: “I don’t like being called a hero because no one should ever think you have to be special to help others. Even an ordinary secretary or a housewife or a teenager can turn on a small light in a dark room.”

    Fogel will direct multiple episodes of A Small Light, produced ABC Signature produces in partnership with Keshet Studios. Rater, Phelan and Fogel executive produce alongside Keshet Studios’ Peter Traugott, Keshet International’s Alon Shtruzman and Keshet Media Group’s Avi Nir.

    Casting of the three main characters of the seven-episode series, Miep, Otto and Jan, is currently underway. Filming is slated to begin in Europe in the coming months.

    This marks the second Nat Geo scripted series for Disney+ following The Right Stuff. A Small Light also is Keshet Studios’ first series for the Disney streamer.

    Phelan and Rater just received a pilot order from CBS for drama Cal Fire, executive produced by Max Thieriot. The husband-and-wife writers-showrunners created, executive produced and showran CBS drama series Doubt and NBC’s Council of Dads. The pair previously co-ran seasons seven through 10 of Grey’s Anatomy alongside creator Shonda Rhimes after joining the series as writers during Season 2.

    Fogel directed and executive produced the first two episodes of HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant, earning a DGA Award and Emmy nomination. She also helmed the pilot for Amazon’s The Wilds, directed, executive produced and co-wrote The Spy Who Dumped Me starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, and co-wrote the acclaimed 2019 feature film comedy Booksmart.

    CBS Orders ‘Cal Fire’ Drama Pilot From Max Thieriot, Tony Phelan, Joan Rater & Jerry Bruckheimer TV

    (2/4/22) CBS has given a pilot green light to Cal Fire, a drama from SEAL Team star Max Thieriot, Grey’s Anatomy alums Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, Jerry Bruckheimer Television and CBS Studios where the company is based. This is CBS’ second in-cycle drama pilot this season, joining a mother-and-son legal drama from Scott Prendergast and Dr. Phil McGraw.

    Cal Fire is inspired by Thieriot’s experiences growing up in Northern California fire country and stems from an original idea by the actor. Phelan and Rater wrote the teleplay from a story they co-wrote with Thieriot.

    In Cal Fire, seeking redemption and a shortened prison sentence, young convict Bode Donovan joins a firefighting program that returns him to his small Northern California hometown, where he and other inmates work alongside elite firefighters to extinguish massive blazes across the region.

    Thieriot, Phelan and Rater executive produce alongside Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed for Jerry Bruckheimer Television. CBS Studios is the studio.

    Born and raised in Occidental, CA where he currently lives with his family, Theriot stars as Clay Spenser on Paramount+ drama SEAL Team, which aired for four seasons on CBS. It just wrapped its fifth season on Paramount+ and was renewed for a sixth.

    Launching a drama procedural about first responders has been a priority for CBS; this cycle, the network also is developed Rescue: MIA, also executive produced by a star of one of its procedurals, NCIS: Los Angeles‘ Eric Christian Olsen.

    Husband-and-wife writers-showrunners Rater and Phelan created, executive produced and showran CBS drama series Doubt and NBC’s Council of Dads, which was produced by JBTV.

    Jerry Bruckheimer TV has been behind some of CBS’ biggest procedural drama series of the past two decades, led by the CSI franchise, which is back on CBS with CSI: Vegas.

    ‘Euphoria’ Renewed For Season 3 By HBO

    (2/4/22) HBO will get a third dose of Euphoria. The Emmy-winning drama series starring Zendaya from creator Sam Levinson has been renewed for Season 3.

    Euphoria’s renewal comes as its sophomore season continues to deliver ratings records for both HBO and HBO Max. The Season 2 premiere currently boasts 14 million total viewers across all HBO platforms.

    In Season 2, Zendaya returns as Rue, who’s relapsed since Jules (Hunter Schafer) left her for the city. With school back in session, Rue faces new obstacles to her sobriety and her relationship with Jules. Tensions also rise between Nate (Jacob Elordi), Maddy (Alexa Demie) and Cassie (Sydney Sweeney), while Lexi (Maude Apatow) takes on a creative venture.

    Written, directed and executive produced by Levinson, Euphoria has been a hit critically and culturally. Beyond trending on Twitter with nearly each episode, Euphoria took home three prizes at the 2020 Primetime Emmys, including Zendaya’s history-making Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series win. That year, Euphoria also won Outstanding Contemporary Makeup (Non-Prosthetic) and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. At the 2021 Primetime Awards, Euphoria received three nominations.

    “Sam, Zendaya, and the entire cast and crew of Euphoria have taken Season 2 to extraordinary heights, challenging narrative convention and form, while maintaining its heart. We couldn’t be more honored to work with this gifted, wildly talented team or more excited to continue our journey with them into Season 3,” said Francesca Orsi, EVP of HBO Programming.

    Euphoria also features Nika King, Eric Dane, Angus Cloud, Algee Smith, Barbie Ferreira, Javon Walton, Dominic Fike, Storm Reid and Austin Abrams. Season 2 wraps on February 27.

    Levinson executive produces Euphoria with Kevin Turen, Ravi Nandan, Drake, Adel “Future” Nur, Zendaya, Will Greenfield, Ashley Levinson, Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, and Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein. The series, produced in partnership with A24, is based on the Israeli series of the same name that was created by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin, from HOT. The transgender consultant is Scott Turner Schofield. Kenneth Yu serves as a producer; Harrison Kreiss, Julio Perez and Jeremy O. Harris are co-producers.

    Lifetime Sets Premiere Dates For Two ‘Fallen Angels Murder Club’ Movies & ‘Stolen By Their Father’ Pic

    (2/2/22) Lifetime has set premiere dates for a pair of Fallen Angels Murder Club movies starring Toni Braxton and others and the Sarah Drew-led pic Stolen by Their Father. which Elizabeth Smart has joined as executive producer.

    The Fallen Angels Murder Club anthology pics feature Braxton as Hollis Morgan, an ex-con-turned-amateur sleuth set out to investigate a series of murders at her book club. Fallen Angels Murder Club: Friends to Die For premieres at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 2, followed by Fallen Angels Murder Club: Heroes and Felons a week later, at 8 p.m. April 9. Read more about the films below.

    Stolen by Their Father premieres at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5. It stars Drew as Lizbeth Meredith, a mother who says goodbye to her young daughters for a non-custodial visit with their father — her abusive ex-husband — only to discover days later that he has kidnapped the girls and taken them to Greece. For the next two years, fueled by the memories of her own childhood kidnapping, Lizbeth travels to the White House and Greece, burning through every dime and favor to get her children back. One false move, and her ex-husband will vanish with her children, guaranteeing that she never will see them again. Two false moves, and he’ll make good on his promise to kill her.

    Valentina Battrick and Carina Battrick also star in the Cineflix Productions film formerly titled Stolen Hearts: The Lizbeth Meredith Story.

    Stolen by Their Father‘s debut will be followed by a Beyond the Headlines documentary about the real Lizbeth Meredith and her daughters.

    Here are the synopses of the Fallen Angels Murder Club movies, which are based on the Fallen Angels Book Club novels by R. Franklin James and produced by Brain Power Studio:

    Fallen Angels Murder Club: Friends to Die For
    The members of the Fallen Angels Murder Club must have two things in common: a love for books and a criminal record. Hollis Morgan (Braxton) meets both requirements. Left holding the bag in an insurance fraud scheme concocted by her ex-husband, Hollis served her time and now hopes the court will pardon her conviction so she can fulfill her dream of becoming a lawyer. But when a member of her book club is murdered in a scene straight out of the previous night’s novel, Hollis becomes the subject of police scrutiny. Refusing to get stuck with another bad rap, Hollis sets out to investigate her fellow club members and after a second book-inspired murder, she races to identify the killer before she becomes the next victim. Eddie Cibrian also stars.

    Fallen Angels Murder Club: Heroes and Felons
    The members of the Fallen Angels Murder Club must band together again as they search for answers surrounding the death of one of their own. Hollis finds herself at the center of the investigation when a journalist reporting on the murder also winds up dead. As bodies begin to stack up, and Hollis connects the dots, she must solve the murders before it’s too late. Kelly Hu also stars.

    The ensemble casts also includes Lisa Berry, Yanic Truesdale, Humberly González, Rainbow Sun Francks, Raoul Bhaneja, Henderson Wade, Kaitlyn Leeb, Rob Stewart, Keith D. Robinson and Shawn Ahmed.

    ‘Killing Eve’ Season 4 Trailer: Sandra Oh & Jodie Comer Return For Drama’s Final Chapter

    (2/1/22) (Video) The official trailer for Killing Eve‘s fourth and final chapter poses the question: Can Villanelle really change for the better?

    “Do you know the fable about the scorpion and the frog?” Sandra Oh’s Eve asks Jodie Comer’s Villanelle. “They both die, because the scorpion can’t change its nature.”

    The trailer also teases more tense moments between the series’ two leads, tidbits of Carolyn and Konstantin’s Season 4 arcs and more. Killing Eve Season 4 will premiere on February 27 on BBC America and AMC+. The premiere comes to AMC on February 28.

    In Season 4, Eve (Oh), Villanelle (Comer) and Carolyn (Fiona Shaw) are in very different places. Following Eve and Villanelle’s exchange on the bridge, the former is on a revenge mission, while the latter has found a brand new community in an attempt to prove she’s not a “monster.” Having killed Paul, Carolyn goes to extraordinary lengths to continue to chase down The Twelve and the person that ordered Kenny’s hit.

    Executive producers for the upcoming season are Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Gina Mingacci, Damon Thomas, Laura Neal and Oh.

    Watch the trailer above.

    GLAAD Media Awards Nominations

    (1/19/22) After going virtual for the past two years, the 33rd GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will take place in person at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on April 2 and at the Hilton Midtown in New York City on May 6.

    Outstanding Drama Series
    9-1-1: Lone Star (FOX)
    Batwoman (The CW)
    The Chi (Showtime)
    Doom Patrol (HBO Max)
    Good Trouble (Freeform)
    Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
    The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime)
    Pose (FX)
    Star Trek: Discovery (Paramount+)
    Supergirl (The CW)

    Jesse Williams Sued for Car Crash ... His Lawyer Calls It a Cash Grab

    (1/19/22) Jesse Williams is in the legal hot seat after a woman claims he fled the scene of a car accident -- but the actor's attorney is firing back, claiming she's making the whole thing up in an attempt to make big money.

    The woman, Paula Bruce, just filed a personal injury lawsuit against the "Grey's Anatomy" star claiming he caused a January 2020 accident in L.A., and then fled the scene. Bruce says she's suffered emotional distress and lost out on wages because of injuries suffered in the crash.

    However, Jesse's attorney, William Briggs, tells the story differently -- admitting Williams did rear-end Bruce but absolutely did not "flee" the scene.

    Briggs tells us after the crash, Bruce told Jesse she was alright, and when Jesse called the cops they advised both parties to simply exchange insurance info, as there were no injuries. Briggs says Jesse stuck around to take photos of the crash (which he provided to us) and got Bruce's insurance and license info.

    After all info was exchanged, Briggs says Jesse's assistant came and waited at the scene for a tow truck, and Jesse left to avoid the paparazzi arriving.

    Briggs tells us Jesse checked in on Bruce a few days after the crash -- who allegedly still said she was fine -- and he thought it would all be handled by insurance.

    Briggs says all was quiet until a couple weeks ago when Bruce's attorney contacted Jesse's insurance to demand $1.6 million for a "hit and run." Briggs says he attempted to speak with Bruce's attorney, who informed him the lawsuit was going to be filed.

    Briggs says the lawsuit is nothing more than a "blatant attempt to extort" Jesse, and they'll absolutely fight it.

    NAACP Image Awards Nominations

    (1/18/22) The show announcing marquee winners is set to place February 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT live on BET. The NAACP will recognize winners in non-televised categories February 21-25, with those ceremonies to stream on NAACPImageAwards.net.

    Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

    Issa Rae – Insecure (HBO)
    Loretta Devine – Family Reunion (Netflix)
    Regina Hall – Black Monday (Showtime)
    Tracee Ellis Ross – `black-ish (ABC)
    Yvonne Orji – Insecure (HBO)

    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

    Alfre Woodard – SEE (Apple TV+)
    Bianca Lawson – Queen Sugar (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
    Chandra Wilson – Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
    Mary J. Blige – Power Book II: Ghost (Starz)
    Susan Kelechi Watson – This is Us (NBC)

    SAG Awards Nominations

    (1/12/22) The awards ceremony is set to air on TNT and TBS on February 27 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

    ELLE FANNING / Catherine
    THE GREAT

    SANDRA OH / Ji-Yoon Kim
    THE CHAIR

    JEAN SMART / Deborah Vance
    HACKS

    JUNO TEMPLE / Keeley Jones
    TED LASSO

    HANNAH WADDINGHAM / Rebecca Welton
    TED LASSO

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: ABC Boss On Future Of Medical Drama Beyond Season 19

    (1/11/22) ABC yesterday gave an early Season 19 renewal to its flagship drama series Grey’s Anatomy, with star Ellen Pompeo closing a new one-year deal to continue as the show’s title character, Meredith Grey, and rise from co-executive producer to executive producer on the show next season. Krista Vernoff remains an executive producer and showrunner on both Grey’s and spinoff Station 19.

    In making the renewal announcement, ABC did not designate Season 19 as being a final one for the show or Pompeo, options that had been considered by the actress, Vernoff and Grey’s Anatomy creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes, according to sources. The trio will make the final decision when to end the hugely popular series, Craig Erwich, President, ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, said at TCA on Tuesday.

    “Grey’s Anatomy is still at the top of its game creatively, it’s our most watched drama, it’s one of the top shows on television,” he said. “I think the current season they are having is extraordinary, we are delving into stories and characters in as deeper way as we ever had. Ultimately, any decisions around that franchise are going to be made by the stewards of the franchise, Shonda and Krista and Ellen. We will have as much Grey’s as we can have, it’s one of the things we are most proud of at ABC.”

    According to sources, a final decision whether Season 19 of Grey’s Anatomy would be last will be made later this year. It’s conceivable to think that ABC would be eyeing a big anniversary 20th season celebrating the seminal drama.

    Eighteen seasons in, Grey’s Anatomy remains ABC’s No. 1 show in adults 18-49 and is tied as the No. 1 broadcast drama in the key demo this season. The series averages 12.8 million total viewers this season after 35 days of delayed viewing across platforms. Additionally, the series is a major profit generator for Disney and is lifting spinoff Station 19 through an integrated universe and frequent crossovers, helping it become ABC’s second highest-rated scripted series behind Grey’s.

    Season 18 of Grey’s Anatomy returns to ABC on February 24 in a crossover event with Station 19.

    AARP The Magazine Movies For Grownups Award Nominees

    (1/11/22) Best Actress (TV/Streaming): Jean Smart (Hacks), Gillian Anderson (The Crown), Sandra Oh (The Chair), Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie), Andie MacDowell (MAID)

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Renewed For Season 19 By ABC; Ellen Pompeo Closes Deal To Continue As Meredith

    (1/10/22) Grey’s Anatomy‘s record-breaking run will continue — with its leading lady Ellen Pompeo. ABC has renewed Shondaland’s hugely popular medical drama for a 19th season, and Pompeo has signed a new one-year deal to continue as the show’s title character, Meredith Grey. Pompeo also has been upped from co-executive producer to executive producer for Season 19. Fellow executive producer Krista Vernoff will remain at the helm of the series as showrunner.

    Just like it did at the time of the Season 18 renewal in May 2021, ABC is not designating Season 19 as a final one for the show or its star Pompeo — for now.

    Deadline revealed last month that renewal talks between ABC and producing studio ABC Signature were underway for a potential 19th season of Grey’s Anatomy and that Pompeo also had been approached about staying on the show for another season. Negotiations progressed quickly, and it came down to closing a deal with Pompeo, which happened last week.

    Pompeo, who in the past couple of years has been open about her desire to bring Grey’s Anatomy to an end and has been plotting her post-Grey’s career, last spring agreed to a one-year deal for Season 18. She was one of three remaining original cast members whose contracts were up at the end of Season 17; the other two, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr., signed multi-year new pacts that include Season 19, I hear. The other key element for a renewal, showrunner Vernoff, is under a multi-year overall deal with ABC Signature which she also signed last year.

    Eighteen seasons in, Grey’s Anatomy, created and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes, remains ABC’s No. 1 show in adults 18-48 and is tied as the No. 1 broadcast drama in the key demo this season.

    “Grey’s Anatomy is a true phenomenon, beloved by audiences around the world. Whether they catch it live on ABC, or stream it on Hulu or globally on Disney+ or Star+, it’s clear that fans can’t get enough of Shonda Rhimes’ brilliant creation,” said Dana Walden, chairman of Entertainment, Walt Disney Television. “We have enormous faith in Shonda, Krista Vernoff, Ellen Pompeo and the entire creative team to unlock new, untold stories that will continue to focus on modern medicine, tackle the issues that shape the world around us, and resonate deeply with loyal fans for years to come.”

    Per ABC, Grey’s Anatomy next season “will explore the ever-expanding world of modern medicine through the eyes of beloved returning and new characters.”

    The “beloved returning” characters are led by Meredith Grey, Miranda Bailey and Richard Webbers, played by the three remaining Grey’s original cast members, Pompeo, Wilson and Pickens Jr., respectively.

    “I couldn’t be more excited that we get to keep telling the stories of Meredith, Bailey, Richard and all of the other doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial for another season,” said Rhimes. “This is a true testament to Krista Vernoff, the cast, the crew and all the writers who keep the audience on the edge of their seat week after week. And it would not be possible without the generations of incredible fans who have supported Grey’s Anatomy for so many years.”

    Vernoff, who also serves as executive producer and showrunner on spinoff Station 19, was head writer and executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy for the first seven seasons and returned as showrunner in Season 14. She is credited with revitalizing the venerable drama in the last couple of seasons. After a Covid-themed Season 17 that explored the toll the pandemic has taken on healthcare workers, Grey’s Anatomy has returned to its roots, focusing on medical cases and relationships in the current 18th season, which is set in a post-pandemic world.

    “Grey’s Anatomy has a global impact that can’t be overstated. Grey’s touches, and sometimes changes, hearts and minds worldwide through the depth of connection people feel with these characters,” Vernoff said. “I’m excited to work with our extraordinary writers to dream up where we go from here, and I’m always grateful to our partners at Disney and ABC for letting us tell bold stories with real impact.”

    Grey’s Anatomy averages 12.8 million total viewers this season after 35 days of delayed viewing across platforms. Additionally, the series is a major profit generator for Disney and is lifting spinoff Station 19 through an integrated universe and frequent crossovers, helping it become ABC’s second highest-rated scripted series behind Grey’s.

    Season 18 of Grey’s Anatomy returns to ABC on February 24 in a crossover event with Station 19.

    Grey’s Anatomy also stars Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Kim Raver as Teddy Altman, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce, Chris Carmack as Atticus “Link” Lincoln, Jake Borelli as Levi Schmitt, Richard Flood as Cormac Hayes, and Anthony Hill as Winston Ndugu.

    Rhimes and Vernoff executive produce with Betsy Beers as well as Debbie Allen, Meg Marinis and Mark Gordon, along with Pompeo for Season 19. Zoanne Clack serves as medical advisor and executive producer. Grey’s Anatomy is produced by ABC Signature, a part of Disney Television Studios.

    Grey's Anatomy, Station 19, The Rookie Among Handful of ABC Series Pausing Production Due to Omicron

    (1/5/22) The current Omicron-fueled COVID surge sweeping the nation has put a crimp in several TV series’ post-holiday returns.

    At least three Los Angeles-based ABC dramas — including Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19 and The Rookie — have delayed the restart of production as a result of the resurgent pandemic. Grey’s and Station 19, which were set to resume production on Jan. 10, will instead resume shooting on Jan. 12.* The exact length of The Rookie‘s delay is unknown.

    According to sources, ABC Signature — the studio behind Grey’s, Station and Rookie — took the step out of an abundance of caution, and not due to any show-specific COVID outbreaks. As of now, the temporary work stoppage is not expected to impact any of the show’s on-air schedules.

    A rep for ABC Signature declined to comment for this story.

    Additionally, ABC’s lone daytime soap, General Hospital, has also delayed its resumption of production until next week.

    The U.S. on Tuesday tallied more than a half a million new COVID cases. The uptick is being driven largely by the highly transmittable (albeit less lethal) Omicron variant.

    Meanwhile, execs at CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW are said to be approaching their shows on a case-by-case basis.

    * An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Grey’s and Station 19 were scheduled to return to work this week.

    Grey’s Anatomy’: Season 19 Renewal Talks Underway As ABC Looks To Bring Back Hit Series & Star Ellen Pompeo

    (12/22/21) Grey’s Anatomy‘s record-breaking run may continue. Renewal talks are underway for a potential 19th season of ABC’s flagship scripted series though sources caution that conversations are in early stages. I hear series star and co-executive producer Ellen Pompeo also has been approached about continuing on the show for another season.

    Pompeo, who in the past couple of years has been open about her desire to bring Grey’s Anatomy to an end, last spring agreed to a one-year deal for Season 18. She was one of three remaining original cast members whose contracts were up at the end of Season 17; the other two, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr., signed multi-year new pacts, I hear.

    The renewal talks’ timing is not a surprise. This is typically when ABC starts conversations with ABC Signature and Shondaland, which produce the long-running series, about another season. It is also when ABC Signature usually begins discussions with Pompeo if her contract is coming up.

    Because of Grey’s Anatomy‘s legacy, the series would receive a royal sendoff when the time comes to end it. When ABC renewed the medical drama for an eighteenth season in May, it was not designated as final. Should that become the case, a decision has to be made in the next month or so to give Grey’s Anatomy creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes and executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff time to craft a proper finale.

    If instead renewal talks continue and Pompeo engages in negotiations on a new contract, it is a promising sign that another season is a realistic possibility. That was the case last season when negotiations went down to the wire but Grey’s Anatomy ultimately returned for a 19th season with Pompeo, Wilson and Pickens Jr. all on board.

    ABC brass would be happy to keep Grey’s Anatomy on the air for years to come. Eighteen seasons in, the series, the longest-running primetime medical drama in TV history, remains the network’s highest rated scripted series and one of the top scripted series on network television. Additionally, the series is a major profit generator for Disney and is lifting spinoff Station 19 through an integrated universe and frequent crossovers to become ABC’s second highest-rated scripted series behind Grey’s.

    “We’re thrilled to have it on the lineup. It’s a gift,” Craig Erwich, President, ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, told Deadline in September. “As long as all of the producers and Ellen [Pompeo] feel like there are meaningful stories to tell, we’re going to continue to do the show.”

    As for Pompeo, she already has been plotting her post-Grey’s Anatomy career but she also has expressed appreciation for her longstanding relationship with Disney-ABC.

    “I’ve been trying to focus on convincing everybody that it should end,” she said in a recent interview with Insider. “?I feel like I’m the super naive one who keeps saying, ‘But what’s the story going to be, what story are we going to tell?'” she continued. “And everyone’s like, ‘Who cares, Ellen? It makes a gazillion dollars.'”

    After a Covid-themed Season 17 which explored the toll the pandemic has taken on healthcare workers, Grey’s Anatomy has returned to its roots, focusing on medical cases and relationships in the current eighteenth season which is set in a post-pandemic world.

    Grey's Anatomy Midseason Finale Recap: Crash and Yearn

    (12/18/21) In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy entered the holiday break with 4.1 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, rebounding a bit from last week’s series lows.

    Bookending the medical drama, Station 19 (4.5 mil/0.6) and Big Sky (2.5 mil/0.3) each added a few eyeballs while steady in the demo.

    Over on Fox, Thursday Night Football (11.6 mil/2.7) was up sharply from last week’s early numbers.

    Leading out of Dogs of the Year (630K/0.1), The CW’s Legacies (380K/0.1) was steady with its fall finale.

    NBC’s Women of Worth special drew 1.2 mil and a 0.2.

    Grey's Anatomy Midseason Finale Recap: Crash and Yearn

    (12/16/21) (tvline.com) Thursday was anything but a silent night on Grey’s Anatomy. In the ABC drama’s winter finale, which promos promised would leave us “on the edge,” Farouk’s life hung in the balance, as it turned out did Owen’s as he tried to get his nephew a donor heart. Did they pull through? Did we even find out? The below recap has the answers to those questions and more…

    ‘WE ARE DOING OUR BEST IN A WORLD OF UNCERTAINTY’ | As “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” began, while I finished sniffling over a particularly moving Station 19, our regulars decked the halls, and Link announced to Jo that he was immediately heading to Minnesota to tell Amelia that he loved her and wanted to be with her, no wedding necessary. Meanwhile, Amelia was welcoming David and Kai to Grey Sloan, where they’d be taking a big step forward in their super-secret attempt to cure Parkinson’s. Running into Cormac, Mer surmised that he was having a hard time, what with it being the holidays and him and his boys missing his late wife an extra lot. By and by, she told him about her COVID dream and how it had made her feel like Derek was still with her and maybe always had been. So perhaps Cormac’s wife was kinda-sorta still with him, too. With that, he gave her the look that had made us initially Mermac fans. Nearby, Bailey and Ben struggled to figure out when they could consult a lawyer about fighting for Pru — busy schedules and all. He also hoped they could do some celebrating as a family, what with Christmas having been Dean’s favorite holiday. When Ben met his wife’s superfan Jordan, he cracked that she still had it. And indeed, she did. Was there ever any doubt?

    Checking on Megan, Cormac suggested that she take a walk… or a nap. “If he doesn’t make it, neither do I,” she said plainly. She wasn’t interested in surviving another chapter of earth-shattering pain. She apologized for saying that to Cormac but couldn’t have confided in Owen or Teddy. “I’m just not willing to survive this.” Seconds later, Winston reported that they’d found an organ donor for Farouk. Poor Megan was really on an emotional roller coaster. From there, Owen, Teddy and Cormac took off for Tacoma to retrieve the heart. En route, Hayes tried to reveal to Hunt and Altman that Megan was more than just worried and sad. “She is profoundly depressed,” he attempted to emphasize. After collecting the heart, Owen and Teddy wanted to celebrate while Cormac doubled down on trying to explain that Megan was in crisis. Just then, they were all thrown into crisis when their driver had a massive stroke, and the organ-mobile started doing vehicular tumblesets!

    Post-accident, Owen, Teddy and Owen all seemed to be fine. But they were trapped in the car with the dead driver and desperate to get the heart to Grey Sloan and Farouk. Oh dear… the vehicle was on the edge of a cliff, being held in place (barely) by a tree. One false move, and it was curtains for all of them. As Farouk was wheeled into the O.R., Winston encouraged Megan to sit this one out; she’d stay behind with her mom. Back at the site of the accident, the doctors fought to find a way to get the heart to Farouk before it ceased to be viable. But when Cormac smashed a window and tried to get out… ack! The whole vehicle slid ever closer to the edge! “All we can do is try to stay alive” till help arrives, Owen said. No, insisted Teddy, they could also try to keep the heart viable. She should climb out, Owen said. No, she argued. Cormac’s kids had already lost their mother — he should go. Just then, they realized that the car was pulling the tree out of the ground.

    ‘I SWEAR PART OF BEING AN OB IS JUST TORTURING WOMEN’ | When Jo arrived at Grey Sloan, she was surprised to bump into Amelia. How is Link doing? his ex wanted to know. Er, fine, Jo said. Left alone, she choked down her burgeoning feelings for her BFF and called Link to tell him that Amelia wasn’t in Minnesota and he should turn around and return to Grey Sloan. When he arrived, he practiced what he was going to say to Amelia… on Jo. “I love you now, and I have always loved you,” he said, “so let’s be together right now.” Would that work? “It’s perfect,” sighed Jo, as smitten as crestfallen. Before he could say anything to Amelia, though, she shared a spectacular first kiss with Kai that… aww… Link witnessed.

    ‘I HOPE I DON’T DIE TODAY’ | Worried that anything could happen in the O.R., David told Mer that he’d left “just in case” notes for his loved ones. He also apologized to Mer for being such a jerk to her. He was, in fact, very grateful and hoped those notes reminded her that some people liked him, even if she wasn’t one of them. Before drilling into David’s head, Amelia found Mer looking uncharacteristically nervous outside and put the magnitude of what they were about to do in perspective. This helped — at least in that it made Grey puke. (Never fun, but you always feel better afterward.) Back inside, Kai reported that David was running a fever. Soon, Grey discovered that his abdomen was rock hard — that hadn’t been existential pain he’d been suffering from! “It could be psychosomatic!” David argued. They had to operate within the 72-hour window of opportunity the FDA has given them! Unfortunately, he was going to need an ex lap. “You’re a rule breaker, Grey, so break the rules!” David barked. But she wouldn’t lie to the FDA. In response, he accused her of not wanting to cure him or Parkinson’s but her mother and Alzheimer’s.

    ‘GREY SLOAN IS MY YANKEE STADIUM’ | In the classroom, Jordan stopped Richard from introducing him to do so himself with lots of sports references. “Gross,” cracked Zander (one of our favorite 2020 scene stealers). When Richard gave Jordan an assignment on which he was to use the Webber Method, the resident responded that he was there to learn from Bailey so he wanted to use, if anything, the Bailey Method. “Looks like I’m scrubbing in,” chuckled Miranda. When Maggie’s dad explained his method to Maggie, she was like, “No, no baby-doctor hands alone on my patients.” Meanwhile, Levi and Taryn were to apply the Webber Method on a podcaster named Deven. (Schmitt was a big fan.) As they started to scrub in, watching from the gallery, Maggie was taken aback. It seemed like only yesterday Schmitt had been dropping his glasses in an abdomen! In a nearby O.R., Jordan impressed Bailey more and more. He didn’t even need an attending, but he’d wanted Bailey in there, anyway. He knew how to perform the surgery but wanted to learn from her. At the point at which Levi was supposed to wait for Richard, he… uh, didn’t. Suddenly, blood was spurting out of Deven like he was in a horror movie!

    As the episode neared the finish line, Teddy climbed out the car window. “Take the cooler,” Cormac said, “and save Farouk.” By the time Maggie arrived in Schmitt’s O.R., it looked as if the floor had been painted red. Deven was very dead. Like, extremely dead. “I need to know what happened,” said Bailey, “now.” Taryn reported that Levi had thought he could start the dissection without an attending. Clearly not. “You call [time of death], Schmitt,” Bailey ordered. “This is your patient. Call… it.” Red-eyed, he did just that. “This,” Miranda then told Richard, “is on you.” At the same time, David went under the knife, and poor Farouk lay on the operating table waiting for his new heart, chest wide open. At last, Teddy flagged down a ride. Back at the car, Owen told Cormac to just go. When the car tipped, Owen would have a few seconds; he might make it. If he didn’t, he wanted Hayes to give Noah’s fellow dying soldiers the same drugs he’d given Noah. “It’s the right thing to do,” Hunt said. With that, Cormac escaped from the car, and down the embankment it went!

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Winter Finale Brings Hope, Heartbreak & Death, Leaves Fan Favorite’s Life In Grave Danger

    (12/16/21) (deadline.com) Life-and-death cliffhangers are a Grey’s Anatomy finale staple, and this time, the ABC medical drama took that literally, with Owen, stuck a car, falling down a cliff in the winter finale’s last seconds. The crash, which left Owen’s life hanging in the balance, came right after the Christmas-themed episode had taken a dark turn when Schmitt lost a patient in the OR after he’d led the surgery under the new Dr. Webber method of empowering residents and did not wait for an attending before doing a dissection.

    “This is on you,” Bailey told shellshocked Webber, signaling the likely end of the teaching experiment.

    In tonight’s main storyline, Megan would not leave the bedside of her son, Farouk, who had been put on ECMO. She is at the end of her rope, confiding in Hayes that she has no will to live if Farouk dies. “If he doesn’t make it, neither do I,” she said.

    Shortly thereafter, a call comes about a boy in Tacoma who has been declared brain dead and is a match for Farouk. Teddy, Owen and Hayes hop in a medical SUV to pick up the donor heart.

    On the way there, Hayes urges Owen and Teddy to help Maggie as she is severely depressed. On the way back, with Teddy keeping her hand on the cooler containing the “beautiful, healthy heart,” the driver suddenly passes out. Owen tries to grab the wheel but can’t take control of the car which crashes and rolls over, landing precariously in a ditch where there is no cell reception.

    The trio attempts to get out as the car starts slipping down little by little, with Owen determining that the driver had suffered a massive stroke.

    With no chance for help, the donor heart’s viability window closing and the car extremely unstable, Owen and Hayes convince Teddy to get out, deliver the heart and get help. Owen then does the same with Hayes, telling the widowed father that no child should lose both of their parents. As Hayes gets to solid ground, the car, with Owen in it, tumbles down the cliff.

    In another major development, Meredith, Amelia, Kai and David Hamilton come to Grey Sloan Memorial for a secret experimental surgery on a “famous patient” who later turns out to be Hamilton. Shortly before the risky surgery, it is aborted after Hamilton develops low fever and abdominal pain.

    Unwilling to go through the FDA approval process again and wait for another window, his pleads to Meredith to “break the rules” and proceed. They ultimately do, leading to another potentially life-and-death cliffhanger.

    In the latest twist in the Link-Amelia drama, Link rehearses with Jo a speech he hopes would win Amelia back that is straight out of a romantic movie. Jo can barely hide the fact that she is developing feelings for her longtime friend as she still is recovering from Link’s bombshell admission in the previous episode that he had had major crush on her when they were young.

    When Link finds Amelia, she is sharing a first kiss with her new crush, Kai, leaving him heartbroken and possibly running into Jo’s arms.

    ‘Killing Eve’ Season 4: BBC America Sets Premiere Date

    (12/16/21) BBC America’s Killing Eve will premiere the first two episodes of its fourth and final season on Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Episodes will also debut weekly on AMC beginning Feb. 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, and the season will stream one week early on AMC+, beginning Feb. 20.

    20th Century Lands Gloria Sanchez’s Untitled Sister Comedy Starring Sandra Oh And Awkwafina

    (12/15/21) Following a competitive situation, 20th Century Studios has acquired the rights to an untitled Sister comedy from Gloria Sanchez with Awkwafina and Sandra Oh starring. The studio has also tapped rising star Jessica Yu as director after landing the rights. Jen D’Angelo, who recently penned Hocus Pocus 2, is writing the script. Gloria Sanchez founders Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum will produce along with Itay Reiss and Maggie Haskins from Artists First. Gloria Sanchez’s Alex Brown will exec produce.

    The news behind the project broke last year with Netflix landing the rights but sources say the streamer recently let project move back to the market with several suitors quickly making bids. 20th was aggressive early on and were able to land rights and are now prioritizing the project in development.

    The story follows a brilliant but tightly wound, Jeopardy-obsessed young woman (Awkwafina) who must reunite with her estranged, train-wreck of a sister (Oh) when they’re forced to come up with the money to cover their mother’s gambling debts. The two embark on a wild, cross country trek in a desperate hope to win enough cash the only way they can think of—by turning our reluctant hero into a bona-fide JEOPARDY champion.

    Sarah Shepard is overseeing for 20th Century Studios.

    Oh is currently in production on the fourth season of the Emmy-winning series Killing Eve. She was also recently seen starring in the Netflix dramedy series The Chair and voiced a character in the hit Amazon series Invincible.

    Awkwafina most recently was seen in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which made $431 million at the global box office. She next will be seen opposite Mahershala Ali in Apple’s Swan Song, as well as Renfield at Universal. Her Comedy Central series Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens premiered its second season over the summer.

    Yu has cut her teeth in the TV world as a key director on Fosse/Verdon and The Morning Show. Besides Hocus Pocus 2, D’Angelo also recently sold the feature, Stranded Asset, to Universal that she is co-writing with Sam Richardson and Chris Pratt is producing.

    Oh is repped by UTA, Principal Entertainment LA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman and Awkwafina is repped by UTA and Artists First. Yu is repped by Paradigm and Anonymous Content. D’Angelo is repped by UTA, Artists First and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis.

    Ratings: Sheldon, Organized Crime Lead Non-NFL Fare; Station 19, Grey's Go Low

    (12/11/21) In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ Young Sheldon and NBC’s Law & Order: Organized Crime tied for Thursday’s non-NFL demo win.

    Sheldon (with 6.8 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating), Ghosts (5.6 mil/0.5), B Positive (4.2 mil/0.4) and Bull (3.85 mil/0.3) were all steady in the demo, though Bull pretty much matched its all-time audience low. United States of Al (4.9 mil/0.4) was down a tenth.

    Over on NBC, The Blacklist (2.8 mil/0.3) was steady and SVU (3.4 mil/0.5,) dipped to season lows, while OC (3.4 mil/0.6, read recap and post mortem) put up its best numbers since Sept. 30.

    ABC’s Station 19 (3.9 mil/0.5) and Grey’s Anatomy (3.5 mil/0.5) both slipped to series lows, while Big Sky (2.4 mil/0.3) was flat.

    The CW’s Walker (1 mil/0.2) ticked up, Legacies (350K/0.1) was steady.

    Fox’s Thursday Night Football (9.6 mil/2.2) is down sharply from last week’s early numbers.

    2021 People Choice Award Winners

    (12/7/21) THE DRAMA SHOW OF 2021

    Outer Banks
    9-1-1
    Cobra Kai
    Grey’s Anatomy — WINNER
    Law & Order: SVU
    The Equalizer
    The Walking Dead
    This Is Us

    THE FEMALE TV STAR OF 2021

    Angela Bassett, 9-1-1
    Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision
    Ellen Pompeo, Grey’s Anatomy — WINNER
    Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision
    Mandy Moore, This Is Us
    Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
    Queen Latifah, The Equalizer
    Yara Shahidi, grown-ish

    Former Soap Stars Get Critics Choice TV Nominations

    (12/6/21) The prizes will be doled out at Sunday, January 9, at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. The CW and TBS will simulcast the show live in the East from 7-10 p.m. (delayed in the West).

    BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
    Elle Fanning – The Great (Hulu)
    Renée Elise Goldsberry – Girls5eva (Peacock)
    Selena Gomez – Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
    Sandra Oh – The Chair (Netflix)
    Issa Rae – Insecure (HBO)
    Jean Smart – Hacks (HBO Max)

    Celebrity Wheel of Fortune: James Pickens Jr., Brooke Burns and Johnny Weir (12/12)

    (11/23/21) “James Pickens Jr., Brooke Burns and Johnny Weir” – Hosted by pop-culture legends Pat Sajak and Vanna White, “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” takes a star-studded spin on America’s Game®. Season two continues with an all-new episode, SUNDAY, DEC. 12 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” welcomes celebrity contestants to spin the world’s most famous Wheel and solve puzzles for a chance to win $1 million. All of the money won by the celebrity contestants will go to a charity of their choice. Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.

    This episode’s celebrity contestants include James Pickens Jr. (playing for Hands for Hope aka Hands4Hope), Brooke Burns (playing for Just Keep Livin Foundation) and Johnny Weir (playing for Special Olympics).

    Debbie Allen recurs on S.W.A.T. 12/10/21

    (11/23/21) “Safe House” – When an undocumented woman is violently abducted, the team forms an unlikely alliance to try and bring her home alive, on the CBS Original series S.W.A.T., Friday, Dec. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Series star Alex Russell directed the episode.

    RECURRING CAST: Debbie Allen (Charice), Rochelle Aytes (Nichelle).

    Ratings: Young Sheldon Leads Non-NFL Fare, Grey's Eyes Audience Low

    (11/19/21) In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ Young Sheldon this week drew 6.7 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, holding steady in the demop to lead Thursday’s non-NFL fare in that measure.

    Continuing CBS’ night, United States of Al (4.6 mil/0.5) ticked up in the demo while Ghosts (5.2 mil/0.5) and B Positive (3.9 mil/0.4) were steady.

    Fox’s Thursday Night Football coverage (8.1 mil/2.1) matched last week’s early numbers.

    Elsewhere:

    ABC | Station 19 (4.6 mil/0.6) and Big Sky (2.8 mil/0.3) were steady, while Grey’s Anatomy (4.01 mil/0.6) dipped in the demo and slipped to what sure looks like an all-time audience low.

    THE CW | Walker (850K/0.1) added a few eyeballs, while Legacies (390K/0.1, read recap) dropped some.

    NBC | The Blacklist (2.9 mil/0.3) was steady.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Thanksgiving, From Soup to… Aw, Nuts!

    (11/18/21) (tvline.com) Pass the cranberry sauce, ’cause Thanksgiving came early to Grey’s Anatomy Thursday in an episode that found Meredith stuck in Minnesota on the holiday, Nick riding to the rescue, Link and Amelia playing Ozzie and Harriet and Bailey and Richard seeking out emergency surgeries. (Hey, since when has Grey Sloan had a shortage of those?) Read on, and we’ll go over everything that was on the menu.

    ‘I CUT ON THANKSGIVING, JUST NOT A TURKEY’ | As “Every Day Is a Holiday (With You)” began, Amelia was exchanging texts with Kai while prepping to perform a complicated procedure on a turkey at Mer’s, Nick was dropping Mer at the Minnesota airport and trying to convince her to spend Thanksgiving at his cabin instead of flying home to Seattle, and Levi was telling Nico that he was sure he was about to be chosen to be chief resident when… surprise! His mom arrived with Thanksgiving dinner for him to eat on breaks. (Do residents get breaks?) Elsewhere in Grey Sloan, Bailey explained to Richard that was she was working on Turkey Day since baby Pru had been taken by her grandfather. For his part, Webber was just looking forward to carving a patient instead of a ham. And it looked like he might get the surgery he was looking for, too, when a pregnant woman named Ashley pulled up to the ER entrance and puked at his feet. Finally, Owen volunteered to bring dinner to Farouk’s room to celebrate the holiday with him, Teddy, Cormac and Megan.

    Before Owen could go home to turn on the oven, much less baste, he was waylaid by Noah’s arrival in the ER with a collapsed lung. Mind you, the patient’s main concern was that Hunt take his son somewhere to get his mind off the life-or-death drama playing out. Owen’s solution? Burgers in an empty room. And it worked — to a point. There was no consoling Noah’s wife, however. So Bailey took her aside and let her break down privately. Nearby, Megan, Teddy and Cormac played Monopoly with Farouk. Megan was particularly amused by the fact that Hayes called game night games night. (Just admit Megan and Nathan are over already.) Alone with Megan, Teddy admitted that she was avoiding her mother-in-law for fear of her reaction if Leo came out in another dress. Suddenly, Farouk’s monitor started bleeping furiously. They couldn’t get his heartbeat back. Their only option, Cormac argued, was to… well, honestly, I didn’t quite understand what they were doing medically. But it would keep the boy alive.

    ‘YOU’D HAVE TO TURN THE OVEN ON FOR IT TO BURN’ | After Mer’s flight was cancelled, she called Amelia to lament how much like her mother she was: She’d be spending Thanksgiving in a hotel room. When Link arrived with Scout, Amelia informed him that Mer was stuck out of town, as were Winston and Maggie. So she was in charge of dinner and the kids. Not anymore, said Link. He would pitch in with the cooking and hang since he didn’t have any other plans. They might as well figure out sooner than later how to be coparenting pals. And though dinner didn’t exactly come off — Amelia forgot to turn on the oven — their afternoon seemed like a success. Link cheerfully suggested that they treat the kids to a traditional supper of mac and cheese. Supper was going swell, too, when Bailey blurted out, “What’s sex?” Afterwards, Amelia was visibly charmed by the dance party that her ex had with the kids. (It would’ve been hard not to.)

    At the same time, as Nick drove to his cabin, Mer kept him company on the phone. Somehow they managed to make even a conversation that included talk of a patient’s severed finger turning up in a gravy boat cute and flirtatious. When at last Nick said that he was nearing the cabin, there was a knock at Mer’s door. Guess who! He’d turned around and come back. As snow fell romantically outside the window, the two bonded further over “being in the moment.” Mer had gotten better at it since her COVID battle, she said. She was grateful that he was there. Oh, and for the wine. But that went without saying. Later, she noted that he’d said Charlotte and surgeries were his priorities. As in past tense. “Priorities can change,” he noted before kissing her in such a way that it was clear she had become one. With that, they made their way toward the bed, clothes were strewn about, and presumably, a very, very happy Thanksgiving was had by all.

    ‘NOTHING LIKE A THANKSGIVING KUGEL’ | At Grey Sloan, Ashley was checked out by Jo, Richard and Levi. She didn’t want to worry her husband by calling and interrupting dinner, though. Soon enough, he wound up in the hospital, anyway. Ashley had to undergo surgery and might need an emergency C-section. Before being wheeled into the ER, the mother of several asked Jo to tie her tubes while she was in there. Shortly, an emergency C-section was performed, and Ashley kept right on bleeding. An emergent hysterectomy was required, Jo explained to her husband, who was full of regret that Ashley hadn’t been able to tell him that she’d wanted to be done having kids. As the episode drew to a close, Levi’s mother shocked Nico with marriage talk. She was even starting to pick out baby names for Schmico. (Cue Nico’s panicked expression in 3, 2… )

    Noah asked Owen how much longer he’d be putting his family through this. “It’ll be over soon,” Hunt promised. Off that somber exchange, he learned from Teddy that Farouk had had to be put on the heart transplant list. Finding Bailey crying, Richard got her to open up about her grief over Pru. “I just want to hold her and tell her everything’s gonna be all right” — which she might not even get to do again. Back at Mer’s, Amelia assured Link that he was nothing like his parents, and they fell into a steamy kiss… which she made clear hadn’t changed anything for her. Nonetheless, they appeared to be going to go at it. Mer and Nick were all but glowing after their nookie. And at the hospital, Richard celebrated the fact that he, Bailey, Levi, Nico and Jo were together. “I am thankful that this year we had more saves than losses,” Webber said, “and that we are still here.” Amen.

    Thursday Ratings: Sheldon and Rising Grey's Lead Non-NFL Fare, SVU Dips

    (11/12/21) In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ Young Sheldon and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy led Thursday’s non-NFL fare in the demo, while NBC’s SVU dipped to season lows.

    Fox’s Thursday Night Football coverage, with 8.1 million total viewers and a 2.1 demo rating, was up from last week’s fast nationals.

    CBS | Young Sheldon (6.8 mil/0.7), United States of Al (4.6 mil/0.4), Ghosts (5 mil/0.5), B Positive (3.8 mil/0.4) and Bull (4 mil/0.3) all were steady in the demo while down a few eyeballs.

    ABC | Station 19 (4.4 mil/0.6) and Big Sky (2.7 mil/0.3) were steady, while Grey’s (4.6 mil/0.7) ticked up to its second best numbers of the season.

    NBC | The Blacklist (2.9 mil/0.3) and Organized Crime (2.9 mil/0.5) were steady, while SVU (3.6 mil/0.6) hit and tied season lows.

    THE CW | Walker (880K/0.1) dropped some eyeballs, while Legacies (434K/0.1) added some.

    Grey's Recap: Read It and Weep

    (11/11/21) There’s got to be a mourning after. And in the second half of Thursday’s tear-stained Station 19/Grey’s Anatomy crossover, it began, even as the aftershocks of the devastating gas line explosion threatened to take out yet another firefighter. Who emerged from the hour with a pulse — and who emerged with a whole lot more? Read on…

    ‘TAKE GOOD CARE OF HIM, OR I’LL COME BACK AND KILL YOU… BUT SERIOUSLY, I HAVE THE TRAINING’ | No sooner had Winston and Cormac wheeled Farouk in for his secret surgery in “Bottle Up and Explode” than the aforementioned blast rocked Grey Sloan, sending Megan rushing in to the ER to hold her unconscious son’s hand and hum the cartoon themes that had always soothed him. At the same time, Owen, who was already dealing with the fact that the vets he was trying to help blamed him for Col. Davis’ death, suffered a flareup of his PTSD. So while Cormac supported Megan through an anxiety-inducing delay in closing Farouk after his operation, Teddy was reaching out to her husband, who by the hardest reminded himself that he had been taught how to handle his PTSD. But the vets… “Nobody’s helping them with anything,” he said. “I need to help them.” Finally, Farouk was stitched up, at which point his mom allowed herself to break down. Concerned at the way that she had kept her brother in the dark, Cormac told Owen what had been going on. So at the end of the episode, he and Teddy were able to reinforce to Megan that “we are your family, you and Farouk, and you never have to do this alone. OK?” A-OK.

    ‘HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MY SUPER SECRET PROJECT?’ | In Minnesota, Meredith and Amelia brought in to consult none other than Koracick. Which seemed like a good idea, no? He could be annoying, but he was also brilliant. So why was David so appalled by Tom’s arrival? “He was not part of our deal,” David complained to Mer. Yes, but why did he care? Turned out Tom — oh, Tom! — had slept with David’s daughter. Not that that was why he was holding a grudge, he insisted. “It’s not the sex,” he told Mer, “it’s the gloating!” Yeah, can totally see that happening with Koracick. When Mer reminded David that she had complete autonomy over her team, he backed down… at which point she cheered him right back up. “Maybe,” she chuckled, “Koracick will be a bust and you can fire him. Wouldn’t that be fun?”

    And as our 60 minutes ticked down to seconds, Mer met Nick for dinner, and sparks flying that made the stars look pale by comparison, they kissed in giddily cinematic fashion. They weren’t the only ones performing successful chemistry tests, either. If it was any clearer than Amelia and Kai wanted each other, they’d have been passing each other notes in the lab that said as much. But their potential hookup looked like it might be cut off at the pass when Kai said that she was married. “To this lab,” he hastened to add. Ha.

    ‘HI, I ALMOST DIED’ | After Vic was brought in to Grey Sloan adorably high on morphine, Bailey’s heart dropped. A subsequent aid car didn’t have its sirens on, so she knew that it contained someone who had died. It was, of course, Dean, not Ben. (Read how it happened here.) But Miranda would soon be tempted to kill him herself when he revealed that he’d promised to take Pru in case anything ever happened to her dad. “I didn’t think he was ever going to die!” Ben insisted. Later, Bailey admitted that her reluctance to take in Pru stemmed from her desire to have a little girl. She knew she’d fall head over heels for the baby. What would she do if the tot’s grandparents then swooped in and took her away? No matter how badly Bailey’s heart would be broken, her decision was made when Andy arrived at the hospital with Pru. When the toddler hugged Bailey, it was all over. The Bailey/Warren family had a new member.

    In other developments, Travis broke it to Vic that Dean had died, a crushing revelation that gave her the equivalent of a heart attack. Travis couldn’t fathom what his BFF was going through. She’d already lost her fiancé and now Dean? “I can’t imagine having to do it again,” the widower cried to Levi. Elsewhere in the episode, Richard and Winston bonded a bit while Maggie was out of town tending to her ailing adoptive father, and all that death made Jo worry about what would happen if she died. “I’ve got Luna,” Link assured her without even a moment’s hesitation. “I’ve got her.”

    E.R. Fightmaster Talks Working With Caterina Scorsone In ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s “Extremely Flirty World”; Depicting Queer Romance Sans Explanation – Q&A

    (11/11/21) (deadline.com) E.R. Fightmaster said booking their role on Grey’s Anatomy as the series’ first nonbinary doctor felt “like a match made in heaven.”

    “Booking Grey’s out of the self tape was really, really nice,” they told Deadline. “You send so many of these auditions into the void…and I got the phone call the next day. It was just one of those things that worked out.”

    The Shrill and Work in Progress actor made their Grey’s Anatomy debut as Dr. Kai Bartley in “Some Kind of Tomorrow.” A neuroscientist at the The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Fightmaster’s Dr. Bartley joins Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. Chemistry goes beyond the research as Amelia and Kai begin to learn more about each other, sparking potential for a romantic relationship.

    While Kai Bartley is the latest queer doctor to join the world of Grey’s Anatomy, following the likes of Schmitt (Jake Borelli) and Calli Torres (Sara Ramirez), Fightmaster says it’s exciting that their identity isn’t the sole focus of their time on the series.

    “It’s very exciting to get to be a full human on a show, to get to act and not worry about my gender. It just gives me so much more leeway to play, knowing that as a baseline I personally am being respected,” they said.

    Musing about the respect of both the series’ writers and fanbase have for how they identify, Fightmaster also reflected on portraying nonbinary love interests for both Grey’s and Shrill. In the Aidy Bryant-led Hulu series, Fightmaster appeared as Em, the romantic partner to Lolly Adefope’s Fran.

    When asked whether being cast as a love interest multiple times was an ego boost, Fightmaster quipped: “I would be lying if I said otherwise.”

    They continued: “When I get hired as a love interest, I just think that this is another way that people get to see themselves. I think sometimes we spend so much time explaining our identity when you see trans or nonbinary characters on TV. It’s nice to just see them get to connect. It’s nice to see them just live out other parts of life that aren’t all explanatory or explanation-based. A lot of character writing for gay people is talking about trauma. It’s nice to, instead of playing trauma, get to play love.”

    Playing love with Scorsone is “such an easy job,” Fightmaster added. They praised Scorsones’ dynamic personality and noted that the Grey’s vet “welcomed [them] so quickly and so warmly.” Between Kai and Link, it may seem like Amelia may have a thing for intelligent doctors with great hair, but ultimately “Amelia’s kink is connection,” regardless of how the person with whom she shares it identifies.

    After joking about bringing their musical talents to Grey’s Anatomy (“I’m gonna bring my electric guitar to set and I’m just gonna improvise and if they don’t write it in, then I quit”), Fightmaster reflected on the significance of further pushing the boundaries of on-screen queer romance.

    “If you look at the show like Grey’s, obviously the fanbase is interested in the medical aspects of it. But the thing that really keeps them yied is this constant search. for connection that all of their characters are trying to achieve,” they said. “Adding a non binary storyline to that, getting to see a non binary person get to be part of this extremely flirty world, this compassionate world is really fun for me. I just think about me as a queer kid to watch this on screen. I cannot imagine what it would have done to my brain and what it would have done for my heart.”

    ‘Class of ’09’: Raúl Castillo, Jake McDorman, Sepideh Moafi, Brian J. Smith Among 7 Cast In FX Limited Series

    (11/10/21) FX’s limited series Class of ’09 has added Raúl Castillo (Looking, Army of the Dead), Jake McDorman (Dopesick, The Right Stuff), Sepideh Moafi (The L Word: Generation Q, In With The Devil), Brian J. Smith (Sense8, Matrix 4), Jon Jon Briones (Ratched), Brooke Smith (Grey’s Anatomy), and Rosalind Eleazar (Master of None) to its cast. They join previously announced leads Brian Tyree Henry and Kate Mara. Sunu Gonera is set to direct the first two episodes.

    The series, which follows a class of FBI agents set in a near future where the U.S. criminal justice system has been transformed by artificial intelligence, comes from Tom Rob Smith, Nina Jacobson, and Brad Simpson.

    The eight-part series produced by FX Productions revolves around a group of FBI agents who graduated from Quantico in 2009 and are reunited following the death of a mutual friend. Spanning three decades and told across three interweaving timelines, the series examines the nature of justice, humanity, and the choices we make that ultimately define our lives and our legacy.

    Moafi plays Hour; Smith is Lennix; Briones portrays Gabriel; Smith is Drew; McDorman portrays Murphy; Eleazar is Vivienne; Castillo portrays Amos.

    Class of ‘09 is from Executive Producer/Writer Tom Rob Smith and Executive Producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. Gonera serves as Executive Producer on the first two episodes and Nellie Reed is a Producer. Class of ’09 will air exclusively on FX on Hulu.

    Moafi can currently be seen starring as Gigi Ghorbani in Showtime’s The L Word: Generation Q, and will be seen in the forthcoming Apple TV+ drama In With the Devil. She’s repped by A3 Artists Agency and Principal Entertainment LA.

    Smith recently wrapped filming Warner Bros.’ Matrix 4. On the television side, he recently appeared in USA Network’s Treadstone and BBC’s World on Fire. Smith is repped by Innovative Artists and Principal Entertainment LA.

    Briones was most recently seen in the Ryan Murphy Netflix series Ratched opposite Sarah Paulson, Sharon Stone, and Judy Davis. On the film side, he recently wrapped production on Amblin’s Last Voyage of the Demeter as Joseph. He’s repped by Piper Kaniecki Marks and A3 Artists Agency.

    Smith is best known for her role as Catherine Martin, Buffalo Bill’s kidnap victim, in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs and as Dr. Erica Hahn in Grey’s Anatomy. She’s repped by Stewart Talent Agency and Sue Leibman/Barking Dog Entertainment.

    McDorman can currently be seen on Hulu’s anticipated Dopesick starring Michael Keaton and in the upcoming Paramount+ film Jerry and Marge Go Large. He’s repped by UTA and Mosaic.

    Eleazar’s television credits include BBC’s Uncle Vanya, Netflix’s Master of None, Hulu’s Harlots and Howards End on BBC, among others. She made her feature film debut in The Personal History of David Copperfield, directed by Armando Iannucci. She most recently completed filming Slow Horses, See Saw Films’ adaptation for Apple TV. Eleazar is repped in London by Rebecca Blond Associates.

    Castillo can be seen starring in Adam Randall’s vampire thriller Night Teeth for Netflix as well as Army of the Dead from writer/director Zack Snyder. He’ll next be seen in Mattson Tomlin’s upcoming directorial debut, Mother/Android, which will premiere on December 17 on Hulu and The Same Storm, directed and written by Peter Hedges. Castillo is repped by CAA, JWS Entertainment, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.

    Gonera recently wrapped a block of Raised by Wolves for HBO Max and Scott Free. His episodic credits include Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, Starz’s The Rook, along with multiple episodes of Snowfall for FX, among others. Gonera is repped by Thruline, A3 Artists Agency and RLG LLP.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Greg Tarzan Davis Joins ABC Medical Drama As Recurring

    (11/8/21) Meet Grey’s Anatomy‘s newest resident. Greg Tarzan Davis (Top Gun: Maverick) is joining the venerable ABC medical drama in a recurring role.

    Davis will play Jordan Wright, a resident in Minnesota. He’s a charming, confident young doctor who is always ready for a challenge, which makes him Dr. Marsh’s (Scott Speedman) favorite resident. Jordan crosses paths with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) on a case she’s brought in on.

    Davis’ character will be introduced in the December 9 episode. Meanwhile, Grey’s Anatomy is headed into another big crossover event with Station 19 this Thursday, which has been teasing a death within the ranks of the firefighter drama.

    Davis was most recently seen alongside Harrison Ford and Dan Stevens in The Call of the Wild and will next be seen opposite Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick and Mission: Impossible 7. In TV, he recently recurred on Freeform’s Good Trouble and had a guest-starring role in All Rise. He’s repped by ICM Partners and DiSante Frank & Company.

    Grey’s Anatomy, ABC’s longest-running and top-rated scripted series, was created and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. Krista Vernoff serves as showrunner and executive producer. Betsy Beers and Mark Gordon are executive producers. Debbie Allen is the producing director and executive producer. Grey’s Anatomy is produced by ABC Signature, a division of Disney Television Studios.

    Sarah Drew Inks Two-Picture Deal With Lifetime; Will Headline Holiday Films For It’s A Wonderful Lifetime Slate

    (11/1/21) Grey’s Anatomy alumna Sarah Drew, who starred in two of Lifetime’s highest-rated holiday movies, is returning to the A&E Networks cable channel with a two-picture deal. Under the pact, Drew will star in, write and executive produce holiday films for the network’s annual It’s a Wonderful Lifetime movie slate. One of the films currently in development, Reindeer Games, is an original script written by Drew. Additionally, Drew will star in the newly greenlight original movie, Stolen Hearts: The Lizbeth Meredith Story (working title).

    Reindeer Games follows a fading Hollywood star who returns to his small tight knit hometown post breakup. He’s begrudgingly roped into the town’s holiday fundraising tradition, “The Reindeer Games,” but when he surprisingly falls for (and is competing against) a former classmate he ignored in high school who’s determined to beat him at all costs, he must win the game and win her heart as well.

    Stolen Hearts tells the true-life story of Lizbeth Meredith (Drew), who finds herself fighting for her daughters after her ex kidnaps them and takes them to Greece.

    Lizbeth says goodbye to her young daughters for a non-custodial visit with their father, her abusive ex-husband, only to discover days later that he has kidnapped the children and taken them to Greece. For the next 2 years, fueled by the memories of her own childhood kidnapping, Lizbeth travels to the White House and Greece, burning through every dime and favor to get her children back. One false move, and her ex-husband will vanish with her girls guaranteeing that Lizbeth will never see them again. Two false moves and he’ll make good on his promise to kill her. But a mother’s love knows no borders, and Lizbeth will risk everything to protect her daughters and bring them back home.

    Stolen Hearts: The Lizbeth Meredith Story is produced by Cineflix Media with Jeff Vanderwal serving as Executive Producer. Simone Stock directs from a script by Barbara Kymlicka.

    “We are thrilled to have Sarah back with Lifetime in this powerful role as Lizbeth,” said Tanya Lopez, EVP Scripted Content, Lifetime & LMN. “Sarah is such a versatile actress who is not only engaging and collaborative, but also a wonderful creative partner.”

    Drew previously starred in Lifetime holiday movies Twinkle All the Way and Christmas Pen Pals.

    “I’ve absolutely loved working with Lifetime over the past few years and couldn’t be more thrilled to continue my relationship with them as an actor and now as a writer and producer as well. I’m delighted to announce my screenwriting debut with Reindeer Games, a romantic comedy about love, loss, and the importance of true community. I’m looking forward to working with Lifetime to bring more stories like this to life”, Drew said.

    Drew currently stars in the new Apple TV series Amber Brown, based on Paula Danziger’s bestselling book series, which is being helmed by Bonnie Hunt. She is probably best known for playing Dr. April Kepner for nine seasons on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, a role she reprised on the show last season. She recently has been recurring on Freeform’s Cruel Summer. Drew is repped by Innovative Artists, Vault Entertainment and Morris Yorn.

    Grey's Anatomy/Station 19 Death Hits 'Close to Home' — Who Won't Survive the Series' Next Crossover Event?

    (10/28/21) With Halloween so close, we can taste it, you’ll forgive us, won’t you, for being so ghoulish as to ponder the identity of the character that ABC’s promo for its next Grey’s Anatomy/Station 19 crossover tells us flat-out will not survive.

    The snippets from the back-to-back episodes airing Thursday, Nov. 11 (starting at 8/7c), seem to want us to believe that the soon-to-be-deceased is one of three people: Ben, who has gone incommunicado on wife Bailey even as an explosion rocks Seattle, Sullivan, whose estranged missus Andy is ominously informed of a second blast by fellow firefighter Travis, or little Farouk, whose mom Megan is seen breaking down in tears. (And you’ll recall, he was already approaching a medical crisis.)

    But we all know that Station 19/Grey’s promos love nothing more than to dish out red herrings. So our hunch is that the character we’ll soon be losing is none of those three. Since the logline for Station 19 says that the explosion “changes the lives of our firefighters forever” — whereas the logline for Grey’s says only that there’s an “incoming trauma hitting close to home” — it feels safe to assume that the casualty in the making will be a firefighter.

    (Video) But Ben? No. C’mon, he’s Ben, the station’s de-facto dad. Sullivan? Forget it. He’s just about to start using his raised profile to climb back up the ladder to captain (and, we’d wager, get involved with the SFD’s PR person). Farouk? Nah. Grey’s is clearly positioning Cormac to save the boy and, in the process, bond with Megan.

    So who, then? Our money’s on Jack. Though it would be super satisfying to see Gibson finally find real love and start a family, he is at extremely loose ends, what with his last romance having ended and no new one on the horizon. His demise would cut short his life, yes, but it wouldn’t interrupt some big storyline already in progress (or, as far as we can see, in the works).

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: ‘Shrill’ Alum E.R. Fightmaster To Recur As ABC Drama’s First Nonbinary Doctor

    (10/27/21) Shrill alum E.R. Fightmaster has joined the cast of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy as the series’ first nonbinary doctor.

    They will recur as Dr. Kai Bartley. Fightmaster first made their Grey’s Anatomy debut as Dr. Bartely in the series’ most recent installment “Hotter Than Hell,” which welcomed Kate Walsh’s Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery back to the scene. They are part of the Parkinson’s research team in Minnesota.

    “They are dedicated to their craft and extremely talented at what they do. Confident as hell and able to make even the most detailed and mundane science seem exciting and cool, Kai and Amelia bond over their shared love of medicine and the brain,” the official ABC description reads.

    While Fightmaster will portray the series’ first nonbinary medical expert, they join a number of LGTBQ+ cast members including Jake Borelli, who portrays Dr. Levi Schmitt, and Sara Ramirez, who made their stamp on Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Callie Torres in earlier seasons.

    Fightmaster appeared in season 2 and 3 of Hulu’s Shrill, opposite Aidy Bryant and Lolly Adefope. They previously appeared in Abby McEnany and Tim Mason’s Work In Progress on Showtime. Beyond acting, the writer and musician comprises one half of the L.A.-based music duo Twin. Fightmaster is repped by UTA and Range Media Partners.

    Grey’s Anatomy, ABC’s longest-running and top-rated scripted series, was created and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. Krista Vernoff serves as showrunner and executive producer. Betsy Beers and Mark Gordon are executive producers. Debbie Allen is the producing director and executive producer. Grey’s Anatomy is produced by ABC Signature, a division of Disney Television Studios.

    THE DRAMA TV STAR OF 2021
    1 Norman Reedus, The Walking Dead
    2 Angela Bassett, 9-1-1
    3 Chase Stokes, Outer Banks
    4 Ellen Pompeo, Grey’s Anatomy 4
    5 Mandy Moore, This Is Us
    6 Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    7 Queen Latifah, The Equalizer
    8 Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us 4

    People’s Choice Awards Nominations

    (10/27/21) The event takes place on Tuesday, December 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. E! will kick off the night with a red carpet special at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

    Voting for the 40 categories runs today through Wednesday, November 17 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Fans can vote online or on Twitter.

    THE SHOW OF 2021
    1 Cobra Kai
    2 Grey’s Anatomy
    3 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    4 Loki
    5 Saturday Night Live
    6 The Bachelor
    7 This Is Us
    8 WandaVision

    THE DRAMA SHOW OF 2021
    1 Outer Banks
    2 9-1-1
    3 Cobra Kai
    4 Grey’s Anatomy
    5 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    6 The Equalizer
    7 The Walking Dead
    8 This Is Us

    THE FEMALE TV STAR OF 2021
    1 Angela Bassett, 9-1-1
    2 Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision
    3 Ellen Pompeo, Grey’s Anatomy
    4 Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision
    5 Mandy Moore, This Is Us
    6 Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    7 Queen Latifah, The Equalizer
    8 Yara Shahidi, Grown-ish

    Ratings: Blacklist Returns Steady, SVU Dips to Tie Shonda Shows and Sheldon

    (10/22/21) In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s The Blacklist opened Season 9 with 3 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating, on par with its previous averages (3.3 mil/0.35). Leading out of that, SVU (3.7 mil/0.6) dipped with Episode 500, while Organized Crime (3 mil/0.5) was steady.

    Fox’s Thursday Night Football (8.2 mil/2.1) of course led the night in both measures, steady with last week’s fast nationals.

    Elsewhere:

    ABC | Station 19 (4.5 mil/0.6), Grey’s Anatomy (3.8 mil/0.6) and Big Sky (2.8 mil/0.3) were all steady.

    CBS | Young Sheldon (6.1 mil/0.6) and Bull (3.7 mil/0.3) were steady, while United States of Al (4.3 mil/0.4), Ghosts (5.1 mil/0.5) and B Positive (3.7 mil/0.4) all dipped.

    THE CW | Coroner (510K/0.0) dipped, while Legacies (340K/0.1) was steady.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Solo Ack!

    (10/21/21) (tvline.com) In Thursday’s do-or-die Grey’s Anatomy, Richard told the residents, “Today is gonna be a day that you will remember for the rest of your careers” — in other words, the day that each of them got to operate on their own for the first time. Which residents rose to the challenge, and which cracked under pressure? And was Addison able to save Tovah, who developed complications in the wake of last week’s groundbreaking uterine transplant? Read on and find out…

    ‘I’M SO TIRED, I COULD DROP DEAD’ | As “With a Little Help From My Friends” began, Richard and Catherine, and Levi and Nico, canoodled after a night of passion — separately, it bears mentioning — as word spread that Webber was once again in charge of the residency program. Though Addison was set to go West once again, she couldn’t leave yet; she needed Amelia’s help to save Tovah. Noah showed up with Owen at a support group… where the organizer Roy began coughing up blood before anyone could give the testimonials that he’d take to Washington to lobby for changes to the VA. And as Jo arrived for work, she and Cormac encountered a woman who was going into labor. As for Meredith, when she showed up at Grey Sloan, she and Bailey learned from Richard that he intended to let the residents fly solo on lap-choles that day. See? Miranda told Grey. “You can’t go to Minnesota. The man’s lost his damn mind.”

    Alone with Mer and Bailey, Richard defended his decision to let his pupils operate alone; the attendings’ presence would only be needed for about 10 critical minutes of each procedure. Reluctantly, Bailey agreed to his daring plan. “God help us, fine,” she said. She was beyond uneasy, though, putting patients’ lives in the hands of “children with scalpels.” Hilariously, Mabel struck Amelia’s superhero pose before making her first cut. From there, Bailey, Mer and Richard ran from OR to OR. When Levi finished his lap chole in record time, Richard offered him and Reza a double feature. In another OR, Taryn and James ran into trouble and called for an attending.

    ‘ASK SMARTER QUESTIONS ABOUT MY PATIENT’ | As testy as Addison seemed — really, she was just desperate to save Tovah and not tank her study — Amelia dove in to lend a hand. Later, Addison questioned why Amelia had dumped Link. After drowning in children and domesticity for months, she’d been tempted over and over again to do drugs. Link, on the other hand, was falling ever more in love with their mom-and-pop operation. “It felt like I couldn’t breathe. I judged myself for that,” she added, “like it looks like you’re judging me now.” Addison wasn’t judging her, though. During the pandemic, she’d drunk so much wine that she resembled a tick. And she had such dark thoughts, she kept them to herself. She’d even liked the idea of not waking up ever again — that dark. After running tests on Tovah, Amelia offered Team Grey Sloan to help monitor the patient — provided they received credit when Montgomery published. In response, Addison confessed that she needed to prioritize Tovah over her selfish need to go home. Helping her had given Addison the will to get up in the morning. It was OK, Amelia assured her. She was doing everything that she could for Tovah.

    After Owen and Noah rushed Roy to the hospital, Hunt and Winston discovered that the patient had lung cancer on top of pulmonary fibrosis. “So what are we talking?” Roy asked. “What can we do to get me to Congress next month?” A risky procedure that might be him a couple of months, Winston said. Do it, Roy instructed him. “I spent my entire life fighting, I’m not going to stop now.” Before he went under the knife, he confessed to Owen that he’d authorized the burn pits that had so adversely impacted him and his own troops. After the surgery, Owen reiterated to Noah that he was in this battle “with all of you guys.” Well, maybe not Roy — he was crashing, and it didn’t look good. Shortly, Owen and Winston broke it to Noah that Roy had passed away. Grieving, he told Hunt that he’d let him in, and the doc had made everything so much worse. He didn’t want any more of Owen’s help.

    ‘NO DAD, JUST A HOOKUP’ | The pregnant woman — Nikki was her name — told her boyfriend of a month that she’d thought he’d known that she was pregnant. “Look at me,” she said. But despite her baby bump, he hadn’t. Soon, he revealed to Jo that he was bailing. Afterwards, she floated to Nikki the idea that she was just experiencing anxiety, not labor pains. But of course she was anxious — she was having a random guy’s baby, and her new boyfriend had run out on her. She was also in labor, and as the episode neared its conclusion, she gave birth in such a way that Jo had to perform a complicated maneuver to get the boy out. In other developments, after Megan approached Cormac for a pediatric consult, she was forced to reveal that the patient in question was her son, Farouk. He had a concerning murmur, Hayes soon reported. And yes, he’d keep the sitch on the DL for Mom, lest Owen freak out. Later, Cormac reported that Farouk would need surgery to treat endocarditis. “He has to be OK,” Megan cried. Needless to say, Cormac was going to do everything that he could to ensure that he was.

    As the hour neared its conclusion, Addison and Amelia assured Tovah that she hadn’t rejected the uterus. “Give her a minute to cry,” Addison told Amelia. Later, Addison questioned whether Amelia would regret a decision that she made during a crisis. “I hated the life that he loved,” Amelia said. “So I think the sanest and kindest thing I can do is let him go.” Addison was impressed. “Look at you,” she said. “Amelia Shepherd, all grown up.” Elsewhere, Richard, Catherine and Meredith congratulated themselves on a successful day even as Bailey focused on the trouble Helm had run into. But Mer saw Taryn’s hiccup as proof that the system had worked — she’d asked for help, and the patient was fine. Off his terrible day, Owen asked Cormac if he wanted to grab a drink before he went home to Teddy. High off his surgical twofer, Levi hurled himself at Nico with the confidence of a “rock-star boyfriend.” And happening upon Taryn beating herself after her surgical mistake, Bailey told her that she should feel awful. “It’s that awfulness… it sticks with us so we don’t ever make that same mistake again,” Miranda said. “It’s how we become great.” And who was the first person that Mer ran into in Minnesota? Why, Nick, naturally.

    The Flash Has Just 7 Days Until 'Armageddon' in First Trailer for 5-Part Superhero Team-Up Event

    (10/19/21) (Video) It looks as if Barry Allen has only one week to get his affairs in order, in the first teaser trailer for The Flash‘s season-opening, multi-episode “Armageddon” event.

    Kicking off Season 8 of The CW’s The Flash on Nov. 16 at 8/7c, the team-up event — airing across five consecutive Tuesdays — finds Grant Gustin’s Barry recruiting a cavalcade of superfriends, including Brandon Routh’s The Atom, Cress Williams’ Black Lightning, Katherine McNamara’s Mia Smoak (from Arrow), Javicia Leslie’s Batwoman, Chyler Leigh’s Sentinel (from Supergirl) and Osric Chau’s Ryan Choi (from the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event).

    Said assembly of heroes will face an extraterrestrial threat led by Defiance alum Tony Curran’s Despero, while Arrowverse vets Tom Cavanagh and Neal McDonough will reprise their respective villainous roles of Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash and Damien Darhk.

    Kate Walsh Talks Emotional Return To ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, Teases “Intensely Intimate” Upcoming Episode

    (10/19/21) For Kate Walsh, returning to Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery in last week’s “Hotter Than Hell” episode was like a homecoming.

    “It was very emotional. It was like going back to your hometown and your family and your first best job ever all at once,” she said. “It was a lot, it was great.”

    During a press conference on Monday, Walsh opened up about returning to the long-running ABC medical drama. In “Hotter Than Hell,” Walsh’s Addison returned to Grey Sloan Memorial to shepherd the new generation of residents and perform a hysterectomy on her patient Tova. When the lack of A/C at the hospital puts the surgery in jeopardy, Addison calls on Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) to complete the procedure. This leads to a rare but touching moment between the two women.

    The intimate post-surgery moment between Meredith and Addison, where they finally grieve Derek Shepherd’s (Patrick Dempsey) death together, showcased the “genius” of the show’s writers, Walsh said.

    “The genius of Grey’s is the container of space, the container of the hospital, the container of the elevator, the container of the O.R. All that pressure releases in the elevator and comes out in this odd, strange moment which I think is so Addison and very apropos for these people who are just such ballers and the best of the best.”

    During the press conference Walsh also teased this week’s upcoming episode, “With a Little Help From My Friends.” The actress said that viewers and fans can expect a little more airtime between Addison and former sister-in-law Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) and can look forward to seeing their “sisterly relationship.”

    “You really see Addison’s and Amelia’s dynamic play out and they’re reconnecting and that was a total delight for me,” she teased. “It was a completely different kind of episode from the first one but intensely intimate and satisfying.”

    Viewers wondering about what the Covid-19 pandemic looked like for Addison and her family, fret not as the upcoming installment will also touch on that as well, Walsh added.

    While fans rejoiced in Addison’s return, Walsh did not reveal too many details about how long she’ll be part of the series, noting that “right now, we’re just doing a few episodes.”

    “For now, that’s what we’ve got planned just to have Addison pop in and we’ll see what happens, what transpires,” she said. Walsh joins a number of original and early Grey’s Anatomy cast members who have returned to the series for appearances. In the previous season, Dempsey returned to Meredith’s dream beach. Among those revisiting Grey’s have been T.R. Knight, Chyler Leigh and Sarah Drew.

    TV Ratings: Ghosts Holds Steady in Week 2, SVU Leads Non-NFL Fare

    (10/15/21) In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ Ghosts this Thursday scared up 5.1 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, on par with its double-episode premiere.

    Opening CBS’ night, Young Sheldon (6.3 mil/0.6, read recap) dipped yet still led Thursday’s non-NFL fare in total audience. United States of Al (4.5 mil/0.5) and Bull (3.7 mil/0.3) were steady, while B Positive‘s sophomore opener (3.8 mil/0.4) matched the sitcom’s Season 1 lows.

    Elsewhere:

    NBC | Law & Order: SVU (3.8 mil/0.7) TikTok’ed up to lead Thursday’s non-NFL fare in the demo. Organized Crime (3.2 mil/0.5, read recap) was steady.

    ABC | Station 19 (4.2 mil/0.5) dipped, while Grey’s Anatomy (3.9 mil/0.6) and Big Sky (2.8 mil/0.3) were steady.

    THE CW | Coroner (640K/0.1) added viewers, while Legacies (350K/0.1) opened Season 4 with its smallest audience to date.

    FOX | Thursday Night Football (9.4 mil/2.3) is up from last week’s preliminary numbers.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Hot for Teacher

    (10/14/21) (tvline.com) Temperatures rose in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy and not just because the episode marked the beginning of Kate Walsh’s return arc as Addison Montgomery, aka Richard’s secret weapon to whip his class of residents into shape. When Grey Sloan’s AC went out, things around the hospital got, as the title promised they would, “Hotter Than Hell.” But did anyone get burned? Read on and find out!

    ‘YOU MUST BE THE GROUP THAT’S BEEN SCREWING UP THE PROGRAM’ | As the episode began, Amelia revealed to Mer that curing Parkinson’s was one of Link’s lifelong dreams. If only she wasn’t sworn to secrecy about Minnesota. At Grey Sloan, Owen struggled with the idea of giving up on Noah from last week (even though that was what the patient wanted). And the residents all but exploded in excitement upon learning that Addison would be arriving that day. When Cormac welcomed Mer back to Seattle, he did so… with hot coffee during a heatwave? Lucky he’s cute. After Bailey hurried past, Mer admitted to Hayes that she’d yet to tell Miranda or Richard that he’d have to take over the residency program again. Which he was already kinda doing as he sent the youngsters off on grand rounds with Addison. (Ah, and how good was it to have her back in those halls!)

    Though Addison was all business, the residents gossiped like crazy about her past with Mer and the husband they’d had in common. But they were soon distracted by their case of the day. Courtesy of Addison, it was a groundbreaker: a uterine transplant for a woman named Tovah who wanted to get pregnant with her late husband’s preserved sperm specimen. Jo tried to kiss up to get in on the case, but Addison just sent her for coffee. Later, Richard was all excited about updating the residency program with Mer… who couldn’t quite bring herself to tell him that he’d be doing so without her. Not yet, anyway.

    ‘WELL… CRAP’ | Before Tovah was wheeled into surgery, Addison sweetly reassured her patient. Levi, having already impressed Montgomery, was allowed to scrub in, while his peers fielded rapid-fire questions from the gallery. By and by, a strange rumbling was heard throughout the hospital: The AC had died. Richard soon reported to Addison that without AC, the air-filtration system in the hospital was also down. She had to call off the surgery or double her speed. In response, Addison told him to get her someone with hands as skilled as her own. In fact, she said, get her Meredith.

    While Mer and Addison worked on Tovah, they playfully teased one another about which of them would win that year’s Catherine Fox Award. (Addison was sure she had it in the bag, what with her uterine transplant and all; but Mer could still take second place.) Once they were done, Mer and Addison shared a laugh at the residents’ fascination with their “tension.” But then Addison broke down in the elevator. She thought coming back to Seattle, she’d be able to feel like Derek was still there… and she didn’t. “Addison, he is here,” Mer assured her, in particular in his children, to whom she’d love to introduce Montgomery. In turn, Addison encouraged Mer to fight for her next big thing. “Richard will understand.” (Awesome scene.) When the residents spotted them getting off the elevator, Helm hilariously remarked, “Grey made her cry… and I’m here for it.”

    ‘THIS IS NOT A WINDOW UNIT’ | When Winston reported to Reshida that a donor kidney had been found for her, she was beside herself. He was still anxious, though, knowing that this was her last chance. From there, an MIA Maggie’s husband approached Owen to perform the transplant. Sure, Hunt said. When Winston learned that the AC being out meant that Reshida’s surgery couldn’t be performed, Owen leapt into action to save the kidney. His idea? He was going to perform the transplant in Station 19’s aid car. Meanwhile, Link and Teddy took action to try to get the HVAC going. She’d installed a window unit that day and was sure she could handle it. She couldn’t. When Link couldn’t get the AC going, either, he erupted, upset that he loved Amelia and didn’t feel like she even thought about him. (Which she kinda didn’t; she was busy throwing sparks on a call with doc Kai in Minnesota.)

    In other developments, a young woman involved in a jet-ski accident (that sent water blasting into her privates) beseeched Bailey and Cormac not to call her parents; they didn’t know that she’d been meeting her Internet boyfriend IRL. When Cormac grumbled to Bailey that teenagers seemed to be losing their minds, she cracked that they didn’t have minds to lose. Despite the surgical shutdown, Bailey still went ahead and operated on the girl’s perforated bowel. Finally, Cormac got the girl’s Web beau to hand over her phone so he could contact her folks. As the hour drew to a close, Addison stood up to Richard on behalf of the overworked residents. But OK, they were also sometimes a little whiny, she admitted. Afterwards, Mer broke it to Richard that she wasn’t moving to Minnesota and would stay on as chief of general surgery… but the residents were all his once again. After telling Reshida that yup, she had a new kidney, Winston led Sara to the coolest place in the whole hospital. No, not that kinda cool: the morgue, where a whole party was going on, courtesy of Bailey’s ambassador of fun, Teddy.

    Then, at last, Addison was reunited with her L.A. “sister,” Amelia, who was surprised to learn that they were having dinner at… Mer’s. In his anxiousness to help Noah, Owen went so far as to show up at the guy’s door. “The military doesn’t want to take responsibility” for soldiers like you, said Hunt. But he’d fight for Noah every step of the way. “What do you need from me?” Noah asked. He was in. At Mer’s, Addison almost choked when she saw Bailey. Was she Daddy’s friend? Yes, she said. But he called me Addy. Aww.

    Ellen Pompeo Muses About Plans After ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: “I’m Sure I’ll Act Again”

    (10/13/21) After more than 18 years on ABC’s long-running Grey’s Anatomy, star Ellen Pompeo has weighed in on what her on-screen future may look like after Dr. Meredith Grey.

    “Probably not movies, I don’t have a movie career,” Pompeo said during Audacy’s Check In.

    In a chat with Audacy’s Dax Holt, Pompeo said that the days of pigeon-holing of TV actors to solely television projects are over thanks to the ubiquity of streaming. However, even the shifts of the entertainment landscape won’t necessarily push the actress to the big screen.

    “Before, being on a network for so long, you’d literally be doomed. That definitely is not the case anymore so I probably wouldn’t do movies per se, but I probably will do some streaming television,” Pompeo continued.

    Though the actress didn’t delve too deep into the types of streaming projects she’d take on, she shared that she’s currently “developing something right now,” adding that “we’ll see if it’s that’s meant to see the light of day.” Pompeo has already taken the plunge into development with her production company Calamity Jane. In April, Deadline learned exclusively that the black comedy Deeds starring Sex and the City‘s Kristin Davis is in the works at HBO Max from Pompeo’s company.

    Beyond development and potentially streaming television gigs, Pompeo has already started branching out into different fields, including audio series with her Tell Me with Ellen Pompeo podcast debuting last month.

    “I’m just trying to play in some different areas and do a few new things but I’m sure I’ll act again,” she said.

    Grey’s Anatomy returned for its 18th season earlier this month, however there is still speculation about whether the current chapter will be its last. Pompeo’s current contract is up at the end of the season.

    Ratings: Station 19, L&O: OC Sacked by Fox Football; Ghosts Has OK Debut

    (10/8/21) In the latest TV show ratings, Fox’s Thursday Night Football coverage reigned supreme, to the detriment of ABC and NBC’s drama lineups.

    This NFL season’s TNF debut on Fox averaged 8.2 million total viewers and a 2.1 demo rating, easily besting all comers in both measures.

    Over on ABC, Station 19 (4.1 mil/0.5), Grey’s Anatomy (3.9 mil/0.6, read recap and preview Addison’s return) and Big Sky (2.7 mil/0.3, read recap) slipped anywhere from 13 to 19 percent in viewers, while also dropping in the demo.

    NBC’s Law & Order: SVU (3.7 mil/0.6) was down 21 percent and a tenth, while Organized Crime (3.1 mil/0.5) fell 24 percent and two tenths.

    CBS’ Young Sheldon returned to 6.7 mil (the night’s largest non-NFL crowd) and a 0.7 rating (with a TVLine reader grade of “B+”), followed by United States of Al‘s 4.7 mil/0.5 (reader grade “A”). Ghost‘s premiere episode (5.4 mil/0.5) ranked and tied for fourth among this fall’s 10 series launches thus far, and No. 1 among comedies (meaning… it outdrew The Wonder Years); a second episode did 5.2 mil/0.5. TVLine readers gave the single-cam comedy an average grade of “B+,” with 91 percent planing to keep watching.

    Closing out CBS’ night, Bull drew 4.1 mil/0.3 (while sending Benny to… Italy).

    Lastly, The CW’s Coroner (590K/0.1) and the series finale of The Outpost (330K/0.0) each added a handful of eyeballs while flat in the demo.

    Grey's Recap: Back in Business — Plus, Mer Reveals Whether She's Accepting David's Offer and Leaving Seattle

    (10/7/21) “It feels like the old days,” Bailey told Richard in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. And by gauze, it did. As we relished the zippy post-COVID-era “Some Kind of Tomorrow,” Webber challenged the residents to “the toughest surgical workout ever,” Meredith sought Amelia’s input on David’s life-changing offer, and Nick… Well, Scott Speedman fantastically Scott Speedman’d every scene he was in, throwing so many sparks, the set probably had to be cleared of hairspray lest it present a fire hazard. And if you read on, we’ll go over all of the episode’s highlights…

    ‘THAT’S A VERY OLD-FASHIONED WAY TO ASK A GIRL FOR A DATE’ | As “Some Kind of Tomorrow” began, Nick stuck a note under Mer’s hotel-room door… and was caught. Not that it mattered; she still happily agreed to have dinner with him that evening at 7. In Seattle, Link and Jo kinda coparented, while Maggie missed Winston, who was working so much that he slept at work. Nearby, Sara reported to her fellow residents that mom Alma had transferred to work more closely with Team Jackson. And Richard had big plans for the lot of them. From there, we cut back to Minnesota, where Amelia had arrived to behold the lab that was being offered to Mer. “Oh, you are definitely not coming back to Seattle,” Amelia laughed. But the millions weren’t just being offered to Mer now, they were also being offered to Amelia, because her sister-in-law was inviting her to be a part of it all. Yikes. greys-anatomy-recap-season-18-episode-2-some-kind-of-tomorrow

    At Grey Sloan, Teddy protectively hovered over Leo, who’d decided to dress as Elsa from Frozen for the day. Sara teamed up with Winston to treat Reshida, who had diabetes and kidney failure. She’d be starting dialysis, her attending reported. When she reported that she wasn’t even able to get on a transplant list, Winston wanted to jump into action. But Reshida was sure that she wasn’t long for this world. With his pupils, Richard announced that they would be going through a rigorous series of surgical simulations and evaluations. “The resident with the highest score,” he added, “flies solo in the ER” that day with an operations on par with their skills. Well, OK, then — game on! Round 1 went to Levi. The next round that we saw went to Mabel. And just like that, Richard announced that Levi had won the competition. He’d get to scrub in on Jo’s ex lap on a foreign body extraction (on a woman who already had a strawberry removed from her, ahem, you know). While that was going on, Dr. Wong reported to Bailey that he was retiring whether she liked it or not to write mystery novels.

    ‘ANYBODY WHO NEEDS LIFE-SAVING CARE SHOULD GET IT’ | Bumping into a nephrologist who served as a wall between Reshida and qualification for inclusion on the transplant list — because she adhered to incorrect clinical assumptions that ignored the differences between Black people and white people — Winston appealed to Bailey, then took action himself. He re-approached the nephrologist, who stood by the EGFR but said she’d look into his assertions. Of course, there wasn’t time for that. It was suddenly do-or-die time for Reshida, and Winston wasn’t about to let her die. So he broke protocol, crossing his fingers that he could get a transplant for her before it was later than too late.

    Treating an injured boy, Megan charmed Cormac. In the next examining room, the boy’s dad was doing exceptionally poorly; he’d passed out at the wheel and was having trouble breathing. Before you knew it, he was coughing up blood, and Owen was calling his bride for a consult. While she pondered whether they should stop letting Leo dress up, she and Owen discovered that the patient’s lungs looked like a war zone. He had pulmonary fibrosis, he reported. And he didn’t want treatment, he just wanted to spend whatever time he had left with his son. “Look at you breaking rules and saving lives,” Megan quipped to the newlyweds. “Aren’t you glad I got you to tie the knot?” Despite Owen’s determination to save the terminal patient, Cormac let him go home.

    In Minnesota, Amelia checked out David, who wasn’t interested in a Band-Aid for his Parkinson’s, only something that would make him whole again. Soon, if I wasn’t mistaken, sparks flew between Amelia and David’s brilliant colleague, Dr. Bartley; for Amelia, there was no decision to be made — Mer had to say yes and cure Parkinson’s. Though Mer balked at Amelia’s enthusiasm, Scout’s mom stood her ground. “You’re being ridiculous because you haven’t accepted the offer yet,” Amelia said. Hell, this was Mer’s chance to get back into neuro. Why would she walk away from this? Amelia asked… as Nick stood by looking adorable. Back in Seattle, Levi successfully performed his extraction in front of a gallery full of his peers… then hit a snag, requiring his colleagues to talk him through the end of the operation over the intercom.

    ‘YOU’RE NOT JUST SAVING MY LIFE, YOU’RE CHANGING IT’ | Finally, as the hour drew to a close, Meredith showed up for her date with Nick, who admitted that she might want to change into something less fancy. Why was that? He was taking her on a picnic in the woods. “This is why I pulled back on my hours,” he explained. He was missing everything — including staring up at the stars. She didn’t do that much, she admitted. “We’re gonna have so much fun,” he replied. By and by, she shared that she was scared to say yes to David and to then fail. “I have a very comfortable situation in Seattle,” by contrast. “You’re not a safety person,” Nick suggested. “You’re gonna risk it all and win or lose, it’s gonna be a hell of a ride.” Back at Grey Sloan, Winston reported to Reshida that she was on the transplant list. “I honestly never thought I’d see this day,” she said. “I can go back to who I was.”

    Alone with Richard, Bailey fretted that every day she was losing doctors. They needed for everyone to feel once again like they were all in it together. “You want people to remember the why,” he said. Luckily, he had some ideas — big ones. Finally, Link sang Scout the saddest-ever lullaby about his failed proposal. “You’re gonna be OK,” Jo assured him. Back at Grey Sloan, Teddy worried some more over Leo and people being cruel to him. They will be, Owen admitted, but they themselves wouldn’t be. “So let’s just let him be happy.” And in the last seconds of the episode, Mer made a few demands of David, including that they move the whole project to Grey Sloan. When that notion was shot down, she offered an alternative: “I could set up a satellite lab in Seattle” and come back and forth once a week. “Done,” he replied. “Does this mean you’re in?” Indeed, it did.

    TV Ratings: NBC's Law & Order Block Bests ABC's Thursday Dramas

    (10/1/21) Dun-frickin’-dun! In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s three-hour Law & Order: SVU/Organized Crime block bested ABC’s Thursday-night drama premieres both in total viewers and in the demo.

    SVU opened NBC’s night with 4.7 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating (dropping a few eyeballs from last week’s two-hour premiere). Organized Crime‘s double pump then did 4.3 mil/0.7 and 4.1 mil/0.7, both up a tick from its sophomore premiere.

    Over on ABC, meanwhile, Station 19 returned to 4.8 mil and a 0.7, down from its previous averages and flirting with its series lows (4.5 mil/0.7). Grey’s Anatomy (4.6 mil/0.7) also was down from its previous averages and flirted with its own series lows (4.3 mil/0.7). Bringing down ABC’s average for the night, Big Sky christened its new time slot with 3.1 mil and a 0.4, down a tick from its freshman averages and right on par with what one-and-done Rebel was doing in the time slot.

    NBC’s average for the night: 4.4 mil/0.7. ABC’s: 4.2 mil/0.6. (Note: For the next two weeks, NBC will open Thursday with SVU reruns, until The Blacklist shows up on Oct. 22.)

    Elsewhere, CBS’ The Price Is Right anniversary special did 3.8 mil/0.5… and pending adjustment due to what I assume are sports preemptions, The CW’s Coroner (750K/0.1) and The Outpost (570K/0.1) are both currently up.

    COMING NEXT THURSDAY: Young Sheldon, a very special United States of Al, the new comedy Ghosts and Bull on CBS, and Thursday Night Football kicks off its latest Fox run.

    Grey's Anatomy Season 18 Premiere Recap: Doc and Aww — Plus, Is Mer Being (Professionally) Wooed?

    (9/30/21) (tvline.com) Could Grey’s Anatomy possibly live up to the hype of ABC’s promos for the Season 18 premiere? It seemed like a tall order, what with the tease of what appeared to be Teddy and Owen’s wedding, Abigail Spencer and Kate Burton’s returns as Megan and Ellis, respectively, and the promise of yet another blast from Meredith’s past. How’d the episode do? Pretty damn good, especially if you ship Mer and Nick Marsh. Read on — we’ll go over the highlights, then you can let loose in the comments.

    ‘SECURITY! THIS WOMAN CLAIMS TO BE ELLIS GREY’S DAUGHTER, BUT SHE’S SHARING CREDIT!’ | As we began “Here Comes the Sun” — set, like Season 5 of Station 19, in a post-COVID world — Meredith was challenged by her mother in a dream to do more than run-of-the-mill surgeries after surviving the coronavirus. Stuck in Phoenix Festival traffic, Maggie and Winston joked about how she hurt her wrist on their honeymoon. (He, too, had come home with a sex injury.) At couples therapy Scout’s one-year checkup, Link and Amelia bickered over his proposal. And at Grey Sloan, Bailey was up to her neck in interviews for replacements for Jackson, Koracick and Jo when Cormac invited her and her family over for dinner because his son Austin badly needed a friend. Nearby, Richard panicked over Mer’s meeting with Minnesota’s “top tumor guy” David Hamilton (Peter Gallagher), who immediately noted her resemblance to her mother. And in the park, Owen’s mom mildly freaked that Leo was wearing a tutu. Megan reported that Nathan was sorry to miss Owen and Teddy’s wedding, but he’d had an overseas trip planned for months. And quietly, simply, the couple at last… oh, damn. The minister was just about to pronounce them husband and wife when a tandem bike crashed into him!

    At Jo’s, Levi was bemused by the disaster that Wilson had made of her hair while trying to lighten it. But her struggle with being a working mom was no laughing matter. She wasn’t sure how she was going to pull it off. Back at Grey Sloan, Teddy and Owen brought in their priest in an ambulance, while Link and Winston treated Nadia, whose wife Emma had accidentally steered into the preacher. Awkwardly, Link then consulted on Emma’s case with Amelia. In Minnesota, Mer was stunned when David unveiled the Grey Center for Medical Research. It was hers if she wanted it. Come again? She was intrigued by his Parkinson’s research but couldn’t figure out why he needed another doctor to convince the FDA to approve it. “Because I’m the patient,” he revealed. Despite the tempting offer Mer had received, Cormac encouraged her over the phone not to move to Minnesota. Clearly, they had gotten even chummier since last we spent time with them. But OMG! OMG! Over dinner with David, Mer spotted across the restaurant Nick (Scott Speedman), the doctor we’ve all been hoping would return since his one memorable episode!

    ‘WE’RE RUNNING OUT OF SURGEONS LIKE SOCKS’ | As Teddy and Owen’s priest lost his pulse, the docs began cutting into him right there and then. (First slice of the season!) Sadly, he didn’t pull through. “A priest died on our table on our wedding day,” Owen sighed. Elsewhere, Nadia suddenly discovered that she couldn’t move her legs and was rushed into the OR by Link and Amelia. When they later reported to Emma that the priest had died, she broke down. Nadia was going to hate her. During Bailey, Maggie and Cormac’s interviews with potential new hires, they eliminated one terrible contender (a reality-show contestant) after another (a doctor who refused to do pro bono work). Finally, Richard granted a wannabe Plastics Posse chief privileges to help fix the face of the guy who blasted off his cheek on Station 19. Afterwards, Bailey & Co. were impressed enough to offer Dr. Lin the job, but she’d been so unimpressed by Levi in the OR that she was going to have to think about it. As the episode neared its conclusion, Owen led Teddy to the Emerald City Bar, where they were greeted by friends and at last married by a newly ordained Megan.

    At Grey Sloan, Link admitted to Amelia that sure, marriage could be faulty. But he wanted to get it right, for himself and Scout. “I can’t,” Amelia said sadly. Rather, “I can, but I don’t want to. And you used to not want to with me.” She loved him, loved the way he was with Scout. “Then marry me, Amelia,” he said. “No,” she replied. (Sigh.) At the bar, Cormac confided in Bailey that Austin had been having panic attacks since he found out that his dad was dating. Cormac had stopped, but the panic attacks hadn’t. In Grey Sloan’s parking lot, Jo shared with Link that she hadn’t been able to drop Luna at daycare. “I never want to leave her side, ever,” she said, for fear that the baby would feel like she had when her mother abandoned her. In turn, he revealed that he thought it was really over with Amelia. Back in Minnesota, Mer was ushered to the hotel bar, where she found Nick waiting for her. Holy crap, the chemistry was not only still there, it was through the freaking roof! Yet she told him that she was seeing someone. “No, I’m not seeing someone,” she then admitted. “I was, but his son had a hard time with it,” so she wasn’t seeing him anymore. Aw, poor Cormac. But lucky Nick! The two insisted that they weren’t going to sleep with each other, and he revealed that he’d gotten his niece into college. After she disclosed that she’d beaten COVID, he suggested that it was tough being a miracle, wondering what you were going to do with that fact — exactly the thing her mother had asked in her dream. Though she let him walk her to her hotel room door, she refused to let him in. “Keep walking,” she said. “Bossy,” he replied. Sparks!

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Premiere Surprise: Scott Speedman Joins ABC Medical Drama As Series Regular For Season 18

    (9/30/21) Scott Speedman, one of the most memorable guest stars in Grey’s Anatomy history, has joined the cast of ABC’s venerable medical drama as a series regular for its upcoming 18th season. Speedman just made his first appearance in the Grey’s Anatomy season premiere as the surprising reveal to the “someone from Meredith’s past comes back” tease ABC has been running in promos for Thursday’s premiere.

    Since Grey’s Anatomy alumna Kate Walsh will be reprising her role as Addison in multiple episodes this coming season (as Deadline revealed earlier this month), many fans assumed that the tease was a reference to her return to the show. But in fact, this “someone from Meredith’s past” was Speedman’s Nick Marsh. For the story behind the high-profile cast addition, read Deadline’s exclusive interview with Speedman and Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff, which will be posted after the East Coast airing of the premiere.

    Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) ran into Marsh during a trip to Minnesota, invited by neurosurgeon David Hamilton (played by new recurring guest star Peter Gallagher) to attend the dedication of a research library to her mother.

    The location was a clue because Speedman’s Nick Marsh was a transplant surgeon at the Mayo Clinic when he was introduced in the “One Day Like This” Season 14 episode of Grey’s. Inspired in his career by his mother, who died when he was 15 of heart failure while waiting for a heart transplant, Nick also cared for his teenage niece at the time.

    A liver transplant recipient himself, Nick was treated at Grey Sloan when he collapsed while visiting the hospital to retrieve a liver for a patient of his. It was Meredith’s quick thinking that led to the discovery of a life-threatening clot which she surgically removed, saving Nick’s kidney — and likely his life.

    Speedman’s instant chemistry with Pompeo had Grey’s fans swooning as sparks flew between Nick and Meredith and she admitted that he made her feel things she hadn’t felt since Derek (Patrick Dempsey) died.

    The impact of Speedman’s March 2018 guest spot was so big, fans were convinced he would be joining the show full time in Season 15. Speculation further intensified when it was confirmed shortly after Speedman’s Grey’s appearance that he had left the TNT drama series Animal Kingdom, where he was the male lead. But at the Felicity 20-year reunion panel in July 2018, Speedman dashed fans’ hopes by revealing that he was not returning to the ABC series.

    That changed this past summer. In the interview with Deadline, Speedman and Vernoff reveal how he was brought back as the only new series regular for the upcoming Season 18, how long he might be sticking around for, the great lengths to which the show went in order to keep his arrival secret, whose idea Meredith and Nick’s reunion scene was based on, what is in store for the new couple, and whether a potential love triangle with Cormac Hayes is looming. Vernoff also touches on a couple of other major developments in the Season 18 opener.

    Adding a big name like Speedman as a new series regular and new love interest for Pompeo’s Meredith, in addition to the return of Walsh, could reinvigorate Grey’s Anatomy following the exits of series regulars Jesse Williams, Greg Germann and Giacomo Gianniotti last season as the series’ producers ABC and Pompeo will soon face the annual decision whether to extend or end the hugely successful series.

    The Grey’s Anatomy stint was Speedman first and only one-off guest-starring appearance since the very start of his acting career. Focused primarily on features, he has had three major series runs so far on Felicity, Last Resort, Animal Kingdom and a recurring arc on the upcoming third season of You. He is currently seen in the movie Best Sellers, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. His upcoming features include Sharp Stick and Crimes of the Future.

    Speedman is repped by CAA.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Scott Speedman & Showrunner Krista Vernoff On Premiere’s Surprise Return & Big Reunion To Kick Off Post-Pandemic Season 18

    (9/30/21) (deadline.com) For a second consecutive year, the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy delivered a bombshell, with a fan favorite making a surprising return. Last year, it was former star Patrick Dempsey, this time it was former guest star Scott Speedman. As Deadline revealed exclusively earlier tonight, Speedman has joined Grey’s Anatomy as a series regular for Season 18, reprising his role as transplant surgeon Nick Marsh which he originally played as a guest star in a Season 14 episode. Nick was revealed as the mystery person from the “someone from Meredith’s past comes back” promo teasing the premiere.

    In an exclusive interview with Deadline, which you can read below, Speedman and Vernoff reveal how he was brought back as a series regular for the upcoming Season 18, which could be the mega hit series’ last. (No decision has been made whether Grey’s would end this season, but ABC hopes to keep it going.) The duo, who share a Felicity connection, also address the length of Speedman’s tenure, how they managed to keep his arrival secret, who was behind the idea for Meredith and Nick’s “meet cute,” what is next for the new couple, and could they get into a love triangle with Cormac Hayes. Vernoff also touches on a couple of other major developments in the Season 18 opener, including Link and Amelia’s future, and the decision to set the new season in a post-pandemic world.

    Before we get into that, here is a brief recap of the premiere.

    Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) bumped into Nick during a trip to Minnesota, invited by neurosurgeon David Hamilton (played by new recurring guest star Peter Gallagher) to attend the dedication of a research library to her mother. During a dinner with Hamilton as part of his charm offensive trying to recruit Meredith to run a lab for experimental Parkinson’s surgery, Meredith locked eyes with Nick as he was leaving the restaurant with a date. She later found him waiting for her at her hotel and the two had a chat at the bar. (You can watch a video of their second encounter below the Q&A.)

    After initially saying that she has a boyfriend, Meredith corrected herself, saying, “No I’m not seeing someone” hours after a sweet video phone call with Cormac Hayes. She also shared her near-death experience with Covid, prompting Nick, a liver transplant recipient whose life Meredith saved three years ago, to say, “It’s a lot of pressure, isn’t it, being a miracle. It’s what are you going to do with it,” to which Meredith responded, “That very question haunts my dreams.” (She was quite literal here, as the episode opened with Meredith’s mother Ellis appearing to her in a dream, badgering her on that very subject, “You survived the unthinkable, and what do you have to show for it?”)

    Kate Burton as Meredith’s dead mother Ellis was one of three Grey’s Anatomy alums whose return this season already had been announced, along with Abigail Spencer as Owen’s sister Megan and Kate Walsh as Addison. Two of them, Burton and Spencer, made appearances in the season premiere, which kicked off with a title card announcing that, after Grey’s Anatomy tackled the pandemic head-on the entire last season, the show’s Season 18 will be set in a fictional post-pandemic world.

    Megan attended Owen and Teddy’s park wedding, which was interrupted when tandem cyclists ran over the priest officiating the ceremony just before he was to pronounce them husband and wife. Taken to Grey Sloan, the priest ultimately died of his injuries but, in part honoring him since weddings were his favorite thing, Teddy and Owen finished the ceremony at a club later that evening with their co-workers present and Megan officiating.

    Things continued to be rocky for Link and Amelia as he proposed to her again and was rejected, again. Meanwhile, Bailey and Richard conducted interviews with candidates for the multiple open surgeon positions. None of the applicants impressed them until a plucky Dr. Lin made her case to replace Avery as Head of Plastics and was summoned to help with a patient, a test she aced before rejecting the hospital’s offer over the level of preparedness of its residents.

    DEADLINE: Scott, your 2018 guest appearance on Grey’s Anatomy felt like the beginning of a great love story for Meredith, which fans immediately sparked to, but it didn’t move forward at the time. What was the original plan? Was it supposed to take three years before you came back?

    SPEEDMAN: No, I just had gotten off of a show (Animal Kingdom). I knew Ellen personally, and she contacted me and sent me the script. I was sitting around and read the script. It was a one-off episode, the dialogue was great, and I thought it’d be really fun to go do with her. That’s basically how it came about, and everybody was like, oh, no, this is just a one-off, it’s just a guest star, it’s just this. So, I thought it’d be fun just to sneak on and do an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, this great show that’s been on for so long. I guess maybe I was slightly naïve about people’s reaction to it or what they thought it might be, but I thought that was kind of fun, too, just to play with an audience that way. That’s how it was told to me, and now, here we are.

    DEADLINE: How many times were you asked by fans when are you coming back to Grey’s over the last three years?

    SPEEDMAN: A few times. What you don’t know, so inside the business down here in Los Angeles, is how beloved the show is, the fervor from the fans of this show and how deeply they care about these characters and how deeply they care about that character, specifically, and what they want for Meredith — they want something great for her. You realize very quickly that you’ve stepped into something that is important. So, yeah, they asked me a little bit, but I very politely say, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know.

    DEADLINE: Krista, what was your initial reaction when you saw Scott and Ellen’s onscreen chemistry in the Season 14 episode and when did you start trying to make Scott’s stay longer than one episode?

    VERNOFF: I will say that it was planned as one episode, and that’s how we got Scott to come do it. That season, if you’ll recall, Season 14, Ellen had come off a string of romances, and when I came in to run the show, she asked for a break from romance, and I thought that was a well-earned break. But I wanted to hint at the possibilities of her heart reopening in the future, and so we conceived of this one-off episode and this character who would make her feel, I think she says in the end of that episode, I felt the way I felt with Derek, I felt things I haven’t felt in a really long time. It was really designed for that purpose, to say she’s capable of feeling, and then I started to see the dailies, and I think I started calling Scott’s team, going, ‘But what if he came back, when might he come back?’ I called several times, but he was making movies and doing things.

    DEADLINE: When did things start to move in that direction? Did you plan the season with Nick in it or was the character inserted once Scott got on board over the summer?

    VERNOFF: We reached out to Scott as I was envisioning the show. Actually toward the end of last season, I started saying to Ellen, I’m having this thought, and she was like, ‘Again?’, because I had made that phone call a few times. But this time, we got lucky, he said yes, and we planned the season accordingly.

    DEADLINE: Is Scott here to stay more than one season, if Grey’s goes on, or is it one season at a time?

    VERNOFF: He’s here for this season, and that’s what we know right now and what we’re saying.

    SPEEDMAN: That’s all I know.

    DEADLINE: Scott, what convinced you to do another show as a series regular and join Grey’s now?

    SPEEDMAN: Well, it’s twofold, really. It is timing. To be totally honest, the last time wasn’t the right time. I haven’t done a show since the last show I did. I think a lot of people love that schedule, and I really do, too, but I was wanting to do other things. But you always know, you put something in the back of your mind when you do have chemistry with somebody, and you do enjoy the work experience, because that’s rare, actually. So, when this opportunity came around, I was trying to think of why not to do it, and I couldn’t come up with any reasons. It was a great show, really fun people, and it just felt the right timing for me. I wanted to jump in, and then, when I heard what the storyline could be, that was exciting to me.

    DEADLINE: With that segue, what can you tease about the storyline that was excited to you?

    SPEEDMAN: I don’t know what I can say and what I can’t about where they…

    VERNOFF:.. Not much. He can’t say much…

    SPEEDMAN: I’ll just say that I think the romantic comedy aspect of things was interesting to me. I knew Ellen could handle that, and I knew I could do that, and that was fun for me. I used to do a show, way back. It kind of reminded me of that, a little bit, and that’s a really nice suit to put back on, in a way, you know? So, I was excited about that.

    DEADLINE: You are talking about Felicity, right?

    SPEEDMAN: Yeah. That’s what I mean, not just the chemistry. I’ve been on shows that I’ve enjoyed and shows that I don’t, and it’s a rare thing to have something like this, and it just feels good being here more than anything.

    VERNOFF: I said to Scott, I was a huge Felicity fan, and the very first hour of TV I ever wrote was a spec of Felicity. I wrote it for free. It was one of my writing samples that made my career happen. I was a huge fan, and I’ve been a fan of Scott’s, and in recent years, he’s been doing a lot of very heavy, very serious stuff, and I was like, here’s an opportunity to lighten up, all that charm and all that humor that we haven’t seen. He’s been doing action movies and dark things, and this was an opportunity to come play, I thought.

    SPEEDMAN: Totally. Totally.

    DEADLINE: So you wrote for Scott’s character on Felicity in that first script, Krista, right?

    VERNOFF: It was season 1 of Felicity. Yeah.

    SPEEDMAN: Oh, really? Wow.

    DEADLINE: Meredith and Nick’s “meet cute” chance encounter in the restaurant and follow-up sit-down hint at their potential of becoming the next beloved Grey’s couple. How did you decide on how the two characters will reconnect?

    VERNOFF: The first encounter was actually pitched to me by Ellen. I said, he said yes, and we’re trying to figure it out, and she just had this very specific imagining that was perfect.

    SPEEDMAN: Yeah. It felt really good. In terms of the “meet cute” stuff, actually I learned that phrase after the first episode I did, I’d never heard that before until that episode, but yeah, I thought this was a really cool way to do it that felt grounded and adult and fun, too. I’d been pitched what it was going to be, but when I read the scenes, I got really excited.

    VERNOFF: It feels like an old-school romantic comedy, and that’s what Ellen said. She said I just want something that feels different and adult, and I loved it, I thought it was very elegant. He’s on a date with another woman. He cannot approach her in that restaurant, and yet he finds another way to make his approach. I loved it.

    DEADLINE: Meredith and Nick meet in Minnesota, and she is being wooed to run a lab there. So, will the two of them remain in Minnesota or will they move their romance to Seattle?

    VERNOFF: You have to tune in to see. I think it’s not without its obstacles. He works full-time in Minnesota, but we’ve established he’s a traveling surgeon, as well. He’s a traveling transplant surgeon. He goes to pick up organs, and things, and he’s got his whole life, and she’s got her whole life, and we’ll see what happens.

    SPEEDMAN: We’ll see what happens. I don’t know.

    DEADLINE: During their chat at the bar, Meredith tells Nick originally that she is in a relationship before correcting herself and saying that she is not seeing anyone. Does that mean that this will grow into a full-blown romance or do we have the makings of a classic Grey’s triangle with Hayes?

    VERNOFF: I think there is complexity. I think that she and Hayes had begun to connect, clearly, toward the end of last season. He’s a father first, and he’s a widow, he’s a far more recent widow, and I think there is beautiful complexity to be had in Meredith, once again, having two men for whom she has feelings. I think that it’s all in the timing, and more will be revealed.

    SPEEDMAN: Wait, who’s Hayes? I don’t know. I don’t know him. Who’s this guy?

    DEADLINE: Scott, you have a rival. I’m sorry that you didn’t know, you’ll have to fight for Meredith.

    SPEEDMAN: I didn’t know. All right. That’s good.

    DEADLINE: We went through this with Patrick Dempsey, but can you describe the extent to which you went to keep Scott’s joining the show a secret.

    VERNOFF: I went to the same extent that I went to keep Patrick’s return a secret, which is torture for everybody, fake character names, fake scenes at table reads, dailies not released, cuts with omitted scenes. We wanted to give fans the thrill of surprise one more time. I knew that I would have to let them advertise Kate Walsh. When the studio network are paying a lot of money for people to come and do big appearances, they want to advertise it, and I always want surprises. I’m like a child. So, this one, it felt important to let the fans gasp at their television one more time.

    DEADLINE: Scott, was it hard to keep the secret? What did you tell your friends, your parents about what you were doing?

    SPEEDMAN: Oh, my friends have no idea. At home, my girlfriend knows, obviously. I wouldn’t be able to get away with that. But no, my friends have no clue. You know, this is pretty on par with my behavior. They’ll see it tomorrow night and say, yeah, that makes sense, he totally lied to us, but yeah. No, I’m excited for them to be thrown off and excited, too.

    DEADLINE: We will be seeing a lot of Scott throughout the season, right? Is he in every episode pretty much, Krista?

    VERNOFF: Pretty much. You’ll see a lot of him.

    DEADLINE: That makes keeping Scott’s arrival a secret an ever bigger feat. Hiding Patrick is one thing because he had a couple of lines on a beach in a handful of episodes, but how do you do it with someone who is a series regular?

    VERNOFF: I will say, too, that I really, really wanted to make this work with Scott. He was shooting a movie. So, in one way, that actually benefitted us because we had to save his scenes for multiple episodes and shoot them in the last week, basically, and plug them in. We’re shooting some scenes today [Wednesday] that are in the episode that airs next week. So, we made this work, but it actually really helped protect the surprise.

    SPEEDMAN: Oh, no, poor editors.

    VERNOFF: Yeah. The poor editors. I’m going to send some flowers.

    DEADLINE: Three series regulars left Grey’s last season. Are you going to be bringing other new series regulars this season besides Scott?

    VERNOFF: No. Just Scott. You know, Nellie, I don’t always plan things very far in advance, so that might change next week, but right now, it’s just Scott.

    DEADLINE: Scott, how much do you know about Grey’s? Clearly you don’t know who Hayes is…

    SPEEDMAN: I don’t know a ton, and that’s kind of fun for me. I don’t watch a lot of television, but I obviously know the broad strokes. My girlfriend is obsessed with the show, so I’ve been watching over her shoulder, a little bit, of the first seasons, and it really is a great show. So, I don’t know a ton, and that’s kind of a nice place to be, especially being a bit of an outsider and coming in, it’s kind of nice, both character-wise and just coming into the show. It kind of works for me.

    DEADLINE: Can you tell us a little bit more about your character Nick?

    SPEEDMAN: Well, I think when you’re coming onto a show, especially one that’s been around for this long, we’re all feeling it out, that character develops and kind of shifts and moves, too, so you have to be sort of malleable that way. But, as Krista was saying, he’s very charming, and light, and fun, and nice, but he’s an adult, which is really nice, too, and I think that matches really well with Ellen, and I think he’s a good match in that way, kind of does something to her that’s interesting.

    VERNOFF: Elisabeth Finch wrote the 14-17, which is the episode that Scott was in, in Season 14, and she’s such a powerful writer, and there were so many layers of character development in those scenes. We learned so much about him and his life that I think it gave Scott a real foundation.

    SPEEDMAN: Yes. It did, and that’s rare, I think. We were doing a 5-, 6-page scene, which was really fun. I mean she’s from theater, obviously.

    VERNOFF: Yes, she’s a playwright, originally.

    SPEEDMAN: I went back and read those scenes a couple of times in prep, and yes, there’s a lot in there, there’s a lot to learn from.

    VERNOFF: She talks about his hobbies. She talks about his family. She talks about his mom, his health. So, it was well-developed work to begin with.

    DEADLINE: Scott, what was the experience of stepping onto that set and doing the first two scenes with Ellen?

    SPEEDMAN: It was easy, and I mean that in the best way. Again, it’s not always easy, and again, when you go back to the Season 14 thing that I did, you mark that, oh, that works on all levels. So, you step onto a set, especially a beloved set like this, and you just have to get out of your head and just jump in. [EP] Debbie [Allen] was there, and everybody was there, and Ellen, we just went for it, and it felt great. So, it was a really fun first day, and it just felt very nice to be here. I’m genuinely happy to be on set and to be working with these great people.

    VERNOFF: It’s really great that Ellen and Scott are friends in real life, it makes it easy. It’s fun.

    DEADLINE: A couple of quick questions about other developments in the premiere. Krista, as a new couple emerges with Meredith and Nick, another one, Link and Amelia, is teetering on the brink as she rejected yet another proposal. What is next for them?

    VERNOFF: That is a messy, painful, beautiful, grounded story about two adults who love each other a lot and want different things, and the question is can they find a middle ground that will work for both of them. Chris Carmack and Caterina Scorsone are so strong and so strong together, and, as a fan, I’m rooting for them to make it. As a human, I’ve rooted for a lot of people to make it who didn’t. So, we’ll see because these stories tell themselves, and the truth is that we don’t know where that one lands, this season. They evolve.

    DEADLINE: Link moved in with Jo in Avery’s apartment at the end of the Season 17 finale. Will they remain roommates , and Is there a romance in the cards for them?

    VERNOFF: Well, Jo is his friend and has been his friend for a really long time. So, he went to his friend’s house and said, can I crash after Amelia rejected his proposal. But if that’s a romance, it wasn’t my intention to hint at it last season. Who knows where things might go? I don’t know. They are sharing what used to be Jackson Avery’s apartment, this season, yes.

    DEADLINE: Dr. Lin, a candidate for Avery’s post as Head of Plastic Surgery, made an impression in the premiere. Is this a character that we’ll see more of?

    VERNOFF: She is a character you’ll see more of, yes. I’m glad she made an impression. She is part of what is a major story for this season and a major reality in the world, which is, post-Covid, there’s a physician shortage, and she was created partly to articulate what everyone is up against, right now.

    DEADLINE: Krista, let’s talk about the creative decision to set the new season in a post-Covid world. You address it in the card that opens the premiere.

    VERNOFF: Last season we went full bore into the pandemic. Some shows did one or two episodes, and we did the season, and it felt powerful, and it felt important. It felt authentic, and it felt reverent of what was going on with the medical community and real life. We wanted to tell these stories and also be reflecting reality in a way that might be of service in terms of witnessing the medical community and supporting them. This season, it felt important to not be in the pandemic, and I think what we ran into is when we started talking about the season, we were all in this vaccine frenzy of, it’s over, it’s over, it’s over, and then it wasn’t over. Delta came in, and it was like, okay, this might be like a new normal, but we wanted to get back to something more classic, and so, we put the card on the top of the show to say, we are existing in a fictional post-pandemic world. In real life, the pandemic is still ravaging healthcare workers, here’s a link to click on for vaccine information. And then we went into a fictional world.

    So, there were a lot of conversations of, but wait, in real hospitals, for example, everybody’s still in masks. Well, we wanted to see their faces again. I think it’s actually a little bit jarring because of how deep we went and how fictional it is now, and yet, after a moment, it’s like, oh, okay, give me my popcorn, I’m watching this other thing now. It represents our hopes for the future. I hope we get there. I hope for all of us. I hope for my daughter.

    SPEEDMAN: But I guess you guys are held to a higher standard, because you’re a medical show, right? Is that what you mean?

    VERNOFF: We’re held to a different standard because we’re a medical show. And because we spent a whole season deep in PPE and pandemic. But we ended last season on the high of everybody getting vaccines. So, everybody, get your vaccine so we can get to that post-pandemic world!

    SPEEDMAN: Get them!

    DEADLINE: Speaking of ramping up the light, hopeful storytelling, Grey’s had two weddings in the last two episodes, and a now rom-com storyline with Meredith and Nick. Will that continue throughout the season?

    VERNOFF: One of the things I had spoken with the studio and the network about at the end of last season was coming back strong with joy, that people want hope and joy and relief that the world feels frightening, right now, and they want their joy and romance back.

    SPEEDMAN: You can see it, out there, in what people are watching. Even from the Ted Lassos, people are really, really, really needing that.

    VERNOFF: Yeah, and the character of Nick Marsh and the actor Scott Speedman are going a long way to bring that this season.

    SPEEDMAN: I hope so.

    DEADLINE: Krista, anything else you can tease about the season and any other relationships that we should keep an eye on?

    VERNOFF: I would keep an eye on everyone, Nellie. Grey’s Anatomy, we’re back.

    Isaiah Washington: Ellen Pompeo ‘uncomfortable’ with me as ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ love interest

    (9/29/21) His McDreamy dreams were dashed.

    Actor Isaiah Washington nearly played the part of Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd on ABC’s hit medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” — except actress Ellen Pompeo didn’t want him as her love interest.

    “There’s a rumor out there or something that Ellen didn’t want me to be her love interest because she had a black boyfriend,” Washington said of Pompeo’s alleged objection to him getting the role that ultimately went to Patrick Dempsey, according to an excerpt from the new book “How To Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy” by Entertainment Weekly Editor-at-Large Lynette Rice.

    “The context is that she’s not into white men. I guess she implied that her boyfriend may have had a problem with her doing love scenes with me, so she felt uncomfortable. I supported her with that,” explained Washington, 58, who said he actually auditioned for neurosurgeon McDreamy — not Dr. Preston Burke, the role he wound up with.

    “I had a beard and Afro and was going for a Ben Carson character at the time,” said Washington, referencing the now-retired neurosurgeon and politician. “[Show creator] Shonda [Rhimes] and I thought it was a great idea to represent a brain surgeon who looked like Dr. Ben Carson. That didn’t go that way.”

    Pompeo — married to Chris Ivery, a 54-year-old African-American music producer, since 2007 — has previously given statements that align with Washington’s account.

    “You know they wanted Isaiah Washington to be my boyfriend,” she told The Post in 2013, six years after Washington was fired ahead of the long-running series’ fourth season for using a derogatory slur against gays both on set and at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards. “Shonda really wanted to put a black man in the mix. I didn’t think they were really going to put an interracial couple on the show and I didn’t want him. It was too close to home.”

    Pompeo, 51, made clear her preference was for white actor and race-car driver Dempsey, now 55.

    “I wanted that Dempsey kid,” she said, adding, “I think that once Isaiah did not get the role, it backfired.”

    Sarah Drew Stars In Apple Comedy Series ‘Amber Brown’ From Bonnie Hunt Based On Children’s Books

    (9/28/21) Grey’s Anatomy alumna Sarah Drew and child actor Carsyn Rose (The Rookie) headline Amber Brown, an Apple TV+ single-camera comedy series based on the best-selling books by Paula Danziger. The series, which co-stars Darin Brooks (Blue Mountain State) and newcomer Liliana Inouye, is written and directed by Bonnie Hunt (Life with Bonnie), who also serves as executive producer and showrunner. Filming on the series, produced by Boat Rocker, is underway in Salt Lake City.

    Amber Brown is described as an unfiltered look at a girl finding her own voice through art and music in the wake of her parents’ divorce. Rose plays Amber Brown, an everykid who is going through what many children experience, and making sense of her new family dynamic through her sketches and video diary. Drew plays Amber’s mother Sarah Brown, a good, caring mom with strict rules. Brooks plays Sarah’s boyfriend, Max; Inouye plays Amber’s friend Brandi Colwin.

    Bob Higgins (Dino Ranch) and Jon Rutherford (A Tale Dark and Grimm) are executive producing for Boat Rocker.

    Danziger’s award-winning Amber Brown middle-grade book series has been published in 53 countries with more than 10 million copies in print.

    Drew is best known for playing Dr. April Kepner for nine seasons on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, a role she reprised on the show last season. She most recently has been recurring on Freeform’s Cruel Summer. Drew is repped by Innovative Artists, Vault Entertainment and Morris Yorn.

    Rose, who recurred on ABC’s The Rookie, is repped by Osbrink Talent Agency and Morris Yorn.

    Grey's EP Teases 'Mermac' Coupling in Season 18: 'Meredith Is Open But Not Looking' for Another Great Love

    (9/23/21) Grey’s Anatomy fans champing at the bit for Season 18 to allow Meredith and Cormac to have a drink — a real drink, not a swig from a half-empty bottle of whiskey — might want to cool their jets, at least a bit. Though we as viewers may have all processed the passing of her last love, DeLuca, she may not have.

    “I think [Meredith, played by Ellen Pompeo] went through the wringer last season,” executive producer Meg Marinis tells TVLine. “Even though she was in a bed [for much of Season 17 as she battled COVID], she did just lose DeLuca.”

    In other words, pretty much the last thing on Grey’s mind as we return to Grey Sloan is a romance to rival what she had with late husband Derek. Yeah, “I don’t think she’s actively looking for it,” Marinis says. “Now, does that mean it won’t possibly find her?”

    No. Heck, no. It just means that it will have to catch her — if not the audience — by surprise. “I wouldn’t say she’s actively looking for it,” Marinis reaffirms, “because she just got out of the COVID crisis, and her career and her family have always come first.”

    But availing oneself to a possibility is a very different thing from seeking out an opportunity. “Correct,” says Marinis. “I think Meredith is open but definitely not looking.”

    And when it comes to Cormac, Marinis noted in our Inside Line column, “we saw Hayes being more drawn to [Meredith] even as she was in a hospital bed all season.” And even though, in Season 17’s finale, they swigged from a half-empty bottle of whiskey in the doctors lounge, they need to have “an official drink, if you will,” the EP affirmed.

    Season 18 of Grey’s Anatomy premieres on ABC on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 9/8c.

    Craig Erwich on Future Of ‘The Goldbergs’ & ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

    (9/21/21) (Craig Erwich, President, ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals) DEADLINE: What about two long-running shows, Grey’s Anatomy and The Goldbergs? Are you close to making a decision on whether this will be the final season for them?

    ERWICH: We have no decisions yet on The Goldbergs. I’m very excited and think this show really dealt with the passing of George Segal — he gets a tribute in the season opener that I think it is going to really resonant with the fans. They really honored him and the characters in a Goldbergs-esque way. It’s a proud moment for the show and us and it’s a great episode.

    In terms of Grey’s Anatomy, we’re thrilled to have it on the lineup. It’s a gift. As long as all of the producers and Ellen [Pompeo] feel like there are meaningful stories to tell, we’re going to continue to do the show.

    Eva Longoria, Alyssa Milano, Ciara & Dozens More Celebrities Call On World Leaders To End The Covid Pandemic “Now”

    (9/21/21) On Tuesday morning, just before President Joe Biden addressed the United Nations for the first time, more than 80 celebrities and entertainment figures issued an open letter to world leaders calling for them to end “the Covid-19 pandemic now.”

    The letter, which mentioned the United Nations General Assembly Session specifically, was posted on the website of CARE, an organization dedicated to ending poverty worldwide. It was signed by a raft of boldfaced names including Eva Longoria, Debra Messing, Alyssa Milano, Anne Hathaway, Malin Akerman, Debbie Allen, Jordana Brewster, Connie Britton, Ciara, Peter Dinklage, Richard Gere, Dolores Huerta, Joel McHale, Iman, Edward James Olmos, Laura Linney, Julianna Margulies, Joel McHale, Idina Menzel, Ana Ortiz, Adam Shankman, Michael Sheen, Adam Shulman and Sarah Silverman. For a full list of signatories, see below.

    Specifically, the letter calls Covid “a manmade pandemic of apathy.” It states that “Only 2% of people in low-income countries have received a single dose.” The signatories call on “global leaders to make 7 billion vaccine doses available before the end of 2021, and an additional 7 billion doses by mid-2022 to fully vaccinate 70% of the world by next summer.”

    Those are audacious goals given the world’s most highly vaccinated countries, like the U.S., remain well under 70%.

    It also asks leaders to “invest in last-mile delivery systems, public education, and frontline healthcare workers to get vaccines from tarmacs into arms.”

    Here is the full letter:

    An open letter to world leaders on ending the COVID-19 pandemic now.

    None of us are safe until all of us are safe.

    We call on leaders gathering at the United Nations General Assembly Session to boldly act together to end COVID-19 everywhere.

    COVID-19 is now a manmade pandemic of apathy. Only 2% of people in low-income countries have received a single dose, leaving the world’s most vulnerable to face COVID with no protection. This situation also lets new variants, like Delta, emerge and ravage the lives of millions.

    We are joining with CARE to call on global leaders to make 7 billion vaccine doses available before the end of 2021, and an additional 7 billion doses by mid-2022 to fully vaccinate 70% of the world by next summer.

    To get this done the world community must also invest in last-mile delivery systems, public education, and frontline healthcare workers to get vaccines from tarmacs into arms. Millions of doses could go to waste because low-income countries don’t have the support they need to get vaccines to vulnerable people.

    We can save millions of lives — and trillions in further economic damage — by meeting this moment with the resources and political will needed to end COVID-19 for everyone, everywhere. Because none of us are safe until all of us are safe.

    Malin Akerman
    Debbie Allen
    Dorothy Amuah
    Morena Baccarin
    Adriana Barraza
    Troian Bellisario
    Bobby Berk
    Jordana Brewster
    Connie Britton
    Karamo Brown
    Gloria Calderón Kellett
    Ciara
    Tena Clark
    Kim Coates
    Madison Cowan
    Alexandra Daddario
    Peter Dinklage
    Melinda Doolittle
    Tan France
    Richard Gere
    Duff Goldman
    Tony Goldwyn
    Fiona Gubelmann
    Anne Hathaway
    Ingrid Hoffmann
    Anders Holm
    Dolores Huerta
    Osas Ighodaro
    Joel McHale
    Iman
    Edward James Olmos
    Sonam Kapoor Ahuja
    Ellie Krieger
    Iskra Lawrence
    Annie Lennox
    Lola Lennox
    Esther Lewis
    Laura Linney
    Kimberly Locke
    Eva Longoria
    Anja Manuel
    Julianna Margulies
    Catherine McCord
    Joel McHale
    Spike Mendelsohn
    Idina Menzel
    Debra Messing
    Alyssa Milano
    Sepideh Moafi
    Tamera Mowry-Housley
    Yvette Nicole Brown
    Christina Ochoa
    Ana Ortiz
    Helen Pankhurst
    Jessica Pimentel
    Julie Plec
    Adina Porter
    Zac Posen
    Leven Rambin
    April Reign
    Holland Roden
    Sheila Shah
    Adam Shankman
    Omar Sharif Jr.
    Michael Sheen
    Adam Shulman
    Sarah Silverman
    Hannah Skvarla
    Todd Snyder
    Kimberly Steward
    Curtis Stone
    Christy Turlington Burns
    Laura Vandervoort
    Gabby Williams
    Michelle Williams
    Kimberly Williams-Paisley
    Russell Wilson
    Scott Wolf
    Kelley Wolf
    Bellamy Young
    Rachel Zoe.

    ‘Firefly Lane’ Adds Ignacio Serricchio, Greg Germann, India de Beaufort & Jolene Purdy To Cast For Season 2

    (9/21/21) Netflix’s Firefly Lane, headlined by Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke, has set four major cast additions for the upcoming second season. Ignacio Serricchio (Lost In Space) has joined as a new series regular. Greg Germann, coming off his four-year stint on Grey’s Anatomy, has been tapped as a recurring alongside India de Beaufort (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist) as well as The White Lotus breakout Jolene Purdy.

    In Season 2, Heigl and Chalke reprise their roles as lifelong best friends Tully and Kate, facing the ultimate test of their friendship and the path to sustain the other relationships in their lives.

    Argentinian-born Serricchio plays Danny Diaz. Danny is a cocky sportscaster turned reporter who has crackling chemistry with Tully (Heigl). He’s brash, ambitious, and sexy. Danny and Tully continually trade barbs, but beneath his smug façade lies real vulnerability and passion.

    De Beaufort plays Charlotte. As we meet Charlotte in 1985 Seattle, she’s a quiet and reserved aspiring journalist with a hopeless crush on Johnny Ryan (Ben Lawson). But over the years she grows into a world-renowned, confident and sophisticated reporter- a woman who knows what she wants, and isn’t afraid to go after it.

    Germann plays Benedict Binswanger. The scion of an influential logging family, Benedict parlays his success in business into a run for Governor of Washington state in the 1980s. His outward confidence belies a deep concern for both his own and his family’s reputations—and he is determined to preserve the Binswanger legacy by making sure a long-held secret stays buried.

    Purdy plays Justine Jordan, a sunny, upbeat talent agent with a knack for keeping a positive demeanor even when delivering devastating news. She’s always got a plan, and is ready to execute it. An up and coming power player in the world of entertainment. Justine Jordan is no nonsense but always charming, the kind of person everyone wants in their corner — including Tully Hart (Heigl).

    Maggie Friedman serves as showrunner of Firefly Lane, based on the novel of the same name by Kristin Hannah, and executive produces along with Heigl, Shawn Williamson and Michael Spiller. Hannah serves as co-executive producer. The series is currently in production in Vancouver, Canada.

    Ally McBeal alum Germann Germann joined ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy as a recurring in Season 14 and was promoted to a series regular at the start of Season 16. He is repped by A3 Artists Agency and manager Matt Goldman.

    Serricchio, whose series credits also include Good Girls and El Recluso, is repped by MPG Management.

    Purdy played Lani in the opening episode of HBO’s The White Lotus and also recurred on Disney+’s WandaVision. She is repped by A3 Artists Agency and BMK-ENT.

    Actress-singer de Beaufort recently shot the Steven Soderbergh/Zoe Kravitz New Line feature Kimi along with the Francis Lawrence/Jason Momoa Netflix feature Slumberland. She is repped by Gersh and Think Tank Management.

    ABC Drops Trailer For ‘Station 19’ & ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season Premiere Crossover Event

    (9/20/21) (Video) Unprecedented emergencies, big leaps of faith and anticipation for a familiar face await Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy fans in the trailer for the upcoming crossover premiere event on ABC.

    On Monday, ABC dropped the first look at the dramatic crossover episodes that will ring in new seasons of Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy, which respectively return for their fifth and and 18th seasons.

    Set to air Thursday, September 30, the crossover episodes begin with “Phoenix from the Flame,’ which sees the aftermath of Maya and Carina’s wedding and romance between old flames, along with some medical emergencies. The season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy, titled “Here Comes the Sun” continues the previous storyline with new chapters for everyone at Grey Sloan in a post-Covid world. However, the latest arc comes with a blast from the past for Meredith as she meets a dynamic doctor with a connection to her mother.

    Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy previously collided earlier this year for another crossover event that bid farewell to fan favorite Dr. Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Giannotti).

    The Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy crossover premiere event begins at 8 p.m. on ABC. Watch the trailer above.

    Katherine Heigl still upset with 'ungrateful' tag over 'Grey's Anatomy' exit

    (9/20/21) Former Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl is still upset with rumours about her alleged bad behaviour on the set and behind the scenes of the popular medical drama.

    Heigl was an original cast member and became the first series star to win an Emmy in 2007, but when she revealed she would not be entering the following year’s Emmys race, she was deemed “ungrateful” – and quit the show soon after.

    She told reporters at the time she did not feel she was given the material “to warrant an Emmy nomination” and withdrew her name from contention.

    Because Katherine had started focusing on her film career following the success of comedy Knocked Up, her remarks were seen as a slight to the show that helped make her a star.

    In the new book, How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy, Heigl revisits her Emmy snub and her controversial exit from the drama.

    “I thought I was doing the right thing,” she is quoted in the book. “And I wanted to be clear that I wasn’t snubbing the Emmys. The night I won was the highlight of my career. I just was afraid that if I said, ‘No comment,’ it was going to come off like I couldn’t be bothered (to enter the race).”

    With the benefit of hindsight, she now says, “I could have more gracefully said that without going into a private work matter. It was between me and the writers. I ambushed them, and it wasn’t very nice or fair.”

    But she didn’t expect to labelled “difficult,” as rumours spread she had simply refused to show up for work.

    Heigl has emphatically denied those stories, explaining she and her husband, singer-songwriter Josh Kelley, had just adopted their first child and she had already alerted the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, that she wanted to leave and was just waiting at home “until I was given the formal OK that I was off the show.”

    Her career never fully recovered from the perception she was difficult to work with.

    “The ‘ungrateful’ thing bothers me the most,” she told book author Lynette Rice, “and that is my fault. I allowed myself to be perceived that way. So much about living life, to me, is about humility and gratitude. And I’ve tried very hard to have those qualities and be that person, and I’m just so disappointed in myself that I allowed it to slip. Of course I’m grateful. How can I not be?”

    However, she added, “In this town, women who don’t just snap and say, ‘OK, yes sir, yes, ma’am’ start to get a reputation for being difficult. I’ve decided it’s not worth it to me to be pushed around so much.”

    Debbie Allen Receives Governor’s Award at the 2021 Emmys

    (9/19/21) Debbie Allen was honored with the 2021 Governor’s Award at the 73rd Annual Emmy Awards on Sunday night for her contributions to television as an actress, writer, producer, director, dancer, and choreographer. She’s also being lauded by the Television Academy for inspiring and mentoring youths from marginalized communities in the arts.

    “Let this moment resonate with women across the world and across this country, from Texas to Afghanistan,” said Allen during her acceptance speech. “For young people, who have no vote, who can’t even get a vaccine—they’re inheriting the world that we live in and where we lead them. It’s time for you to claim your power. Play your voice, sing your song, tell your stories. It will make us a better place. Your turn.”

    The multihyphenate has a total of 20 Emmy nominations under her belt including 5 wins and tonight’s special Governor’s Award. She most recently took home two Creative Arts Emmys for her contributions to Netflix’s Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square: one individual for Outstanding Choreography For a Scripted Program, and one shared as an executive producer when the special won Outstanding Television Movie.

    Allen, who is also a two-time Tony Award winner, began her career as a Broadway performer in the early ’70s with roles in Purlie, Raisin, and West Side Story.

    Hollywood came calling in 1976 with a role in Good Times; her own NBC variety show, 3 Girls 3; and a role in the 1979 miniseries Roots: The Next Generation from Alex Haley.

    Her career was on the verge of exploding after she was cast as Lydia Grant in the film Fame. Though the role was small on the big screen, it was expanded in a TV adaptation of the same name that ran from 1982 to 1987.

    Allen blossomed behind the scenes after Fame, which began as producer and director of A Different World. The series, a spin-off of The Cosby Show starring her sister Phylicia Rashad, followed the lives of students at a historically Black college. Allen herself is a graduate of Howard University, the HBC where she earned a B.A. in classical Greek literature, speech, and theater.

    Allen, an artist in residence at the Kennedy Center for over 15 years and who founded the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, has choreographed for the likes of Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Gwen Verdon, Carmen de Lavallade, Diane Carroll, Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., Dolly Parton and Savion Glover, as well as 10 times for the Academy Awards ceremony.

    Her directing, producing, and acting credits also include the likes of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, Jane the Virgin, Empire, Insecure, Everybody Hates Chris, Stompin’ at the Savoy, Polly, That’s So Raven, Cool Women, Quantum Leap, and The Fantasia Barrino Story, Grace and Frankie, and The Ms. Pat Show.

    In 2020, Allen was a recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor.

    Ex-Grey's EP Reveals Backstage Drama Behind Derek's Death in Season 11: Patrick Dempsey and Shonda Rhimes 'Were at Each Other's Throats'

    (9/15/21) Apparently, that car crash wasn’t really to blame for Derek’s death. In an excerpt from Lynette Rice’s How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy published Thursday by The Hollywood Reporter, former executive producer James D. Parriott reveals that behind the scenes, things had become so tense between Patrick Dempsey and series creator Shonda Rhimes by Season 11 that she “needed an OG to come in as sort of a showrunner for 14 episodes” to usher the actor off the canvas.

    “There were HR issues” with Dempsey, Parriott continues. “It wasn’t sexual in any way. He sort of was terrorizing the set. Some cast members had all sorts of PTSD with him. He had this hold on the set where he knew he could stop production and scare people. The network and studio came down, and we had sessions with them.”

    What was the leading man’s beef, exactly? “I think he was just done with the show,” Parriott says. “He didn’t like the inconvenience of coming in every day and working. He and Shonda were at each other’s throats.”

    Things weren’t always hunky-dory between Dempsey and on-screen wife Ellen Pompeo, either. “There were times where Ellen was frustrated with Patrick, and she would get angry that he wasn’t working as much,” ex-EP Jeannine Renshaw. “She was very big on having things be fair. She just didn’t like that Patrick would complain that ‘I’m here too late’ or ‘I’ve been here too long’ when she had twice as many scenes in the episode as he did.

    “When I brought it up to Patrick, I would say, ‘Look around you. These people have been here since 6:30 am.’ He would go, ‘Oh, yeah.’ He would get it,” she adds. “It’s just that actors tend to see things from their own perspective… He’s so high energy and would go, ‘What’s happening next?’ He literally goes out of his skin, sitting and waiting. He wants to be out driving his race car or doing something fun. He’s the kid in class who wants to go to recess.”

    How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy hits bookstores and online retailers on Sept. 21.

    Grey's Anatomy EP Unpacks Amelia and Link's Post-Proposal Baggage — Plus, Might He and Jo Leave the Friend Zone?

    (9/15/21) In the Season 17 finale of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, a whole lotta salt was poured into a very fresh wound. Amelia didn’t just reject Link’s proposal of marriage, EP Meg Marinis reminds TVLine, “she said no to his proposal in front of three children with multiple rings on a beach.

    “So we’re not skipping any sort of conversation about how he feels about that” as Season 18 begins (on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 9/8c). “They’re going to have to figure it out,” she adds, “because they still very much have love for each other. But he’s also very, very hurt.”

    On the plus side, Link will have to distract him BFF Jo’s new life, both as a mom and an OB/GYN resident. “She’s in mayhem! She’s like any new working mom — she’s trying to figure it out,” Marinis previews. “She doesn’t want to step back from her career, but she loves this baby, and I don’t think she’s ever experienced love quite like what she feels toward Luna. So she’s going to have to figure out a way to make it all work. “We’re definitely going to explore kind of the madness of what it looks like to be a single, working mom,” she continues. “There will be comedy and heartache in this situation.”

    Every step of the way, Link will be there for Jo. “Definitely,” Marinis says. “Because he is also a parent of a small child, and I don’t think he ever struggles in his ability to take care of his son and be a father. So it’s sort of the perfect time for him to be around and help Jo, because that is a place where he’s not at loose ends.

    “In his relationship [with Amelia], yes, but he is still able to be there 100 percent for Scout, and we’ve also shown him able to be there 100 percent for Jo,” she goes on. “And we’re also going to see her be that person for him a little bit, be his best friend and help him through this situation” with his babymama.

    In doing so, could Jo possibly, you know, cross the line with Link that separates friends and lovers? “They’re both so focused on their children, and he is still coming out of this thing with Amelia — they haven’t really even ended it,” Marinis notes. “It was just that she said no to his proposal. So I think that story is not over yet.

    “What’s been so nice about that friendship [between Link and Jo] is we’ve never really shown the danger of there being any pressure of being more than just friends,” she hastens to add. “Chris Carmack and Camilla Luddington have a really great comedic sense to them. Also, we’re hopefully going to learn more about their friendship from the past. But as we start the season, you’ll see them being there for each other on both sides.”

    ‘The Proud Family’ Revival Sets Lizzo, Tiffany Haddish, Lil Nas X & More As Guest Stars; Asante Blackk And Others To Recur

    (9/15/21) (Video Promo) Disney+ has set a stacked cast of guest stars and new recurring talent for The Proud Family revival Louder and Prouder, in commemoration of the original animated series’ 20th anniversary.

    The guest-starring voice cast for the series set to launch on Disney+ in 2022 will feature A-listers from the worlds of music, film, TV and sports including Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Chance the Rapper, Normani, Leslie Odom Jr., Tiffany Haddish, Lena Waithe, Anthony Anderson, Gabrielle Union, Debbie Allen, James Pickens Jr., Courtney B. Vance, Jane Lynch, Marsai Martin, Jaden Smith, Glynn Turman, Lamorne Morris, Brenda Song, Tina Knowles, Eva Longoria, Holly Robinson Peete, Al Roker, Bretman Rock, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Dominique Dawes, among others.

    New recurring stars announced today include Asante Blackk (This Is Us) as Penny’s boyfriend, Kareem; rapper Artist “A Boogie” Dubose as Maya’s gamer brother, Francis “KG” Leibowitz-Jenkins; Raquel Lee Bolleau (Real Husbands of Hollywood), who will reprise her role as Nubia Gross; and Marcus T. Paulk (Red Tails), who reprises his role as Penny’s classmate, Myron.

    Airing on Disney Channel between 2001 and 2005, The Proud Family followed the misadventures of teenager Penny Proud (Kyla Pratt) and her numerous eccentric family members. Louder and Prouder is currently in production at Disney Television Animation and will of course pick up the story of its central character, as it catches up with her parents Oscar (Tommy Davidson) and Trudy (Paula Jai Parker), her twin siblings BeBe and CeCe, her grandmother Suga Mama (JoMarie Payton) and dog Puff, and members of her loyal crew including Dijonay Jones (Karen Malina White), LaCienega Boulevardez (Alisa Reyes) and Zoey Howzer (Soleil Moon Frye), among others.

    Other original cast members reprising their roles, as previously announced, are Cedric the Entertainer, Carlos Mencia, Maria Canals-Barrera and Alvaro Gutierrez. Additional recurring cast members new to the world of The Proud Family include Keke Palmer, Billy Porter, Zachary Quinto, and EJ Johnson.

    The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder is executive produced by Bruce W. Smith and Ralph Farquhar, who served in the same capacity on the original series. Jan Hirota is producing, with Calvin Brown, Jr. serving as co-executive producer and story editor, and Eastwood Wong as art director.

    All seasons of The Proud Family are currently available for streaming on Disney+. For a look at a 20th anniversary featurette unveiled by the streamer today, in which Louder and Prouder stars reflect on their draw to the original series, click above.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Abigail Spencer To Return In Season 18 As Megan Hunt

    (9/7/21) Another familiar face will be returning to Grey Sloan Memorial. Abigail Spencer, who recurred as Dr. Megan Hunt in Seasons 14 and 15 of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, will reprise her role in the upcoming 18th season of the medical drama.

    Megan Hunt is the younger sister of Dr. Owen Hunt. Megan Hunt served in the U.S. Army as a trauma surgeon with her brother Owen, Teddy Altman and Nathan Riggs. She lives in Los Angeles with her son Farouk, a Syrian refugee she first began caring for while she was overseas.

    Spencer first will be seen in the Season 18 premiere.

    Spencer joined Grey’s in the first episode of Season 14 and last appeared in the 20th episode in Season 15 for a total of six episodes overall.

    The news of Spencer’s return follows that of Kate Walsh, who also is coming back as a recurring in Season 18 to reprise her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery. Kim Raver previously returned as a recurring after being away for several seasons and is now a series regular. And last season saw the surprise comebacks of former Grey’s stars Patrick Dempsey, T.R Knight, Chyler Leigh and Eric Dane.

    Spencer, whose breakout role came as Don Draper’s love interest in AMC’s Mad Men, most recently was seen on ABC’s drama series, Rebel, inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich. She also recently starred in Hulu’s Reprisal and Season 2 of NBC’s Timeless. Spencer earned a Critics Choice Award nomination for best supporting actress for Sundance TV’s Rectify. Spencer is repped by Untitled Entertainment and United Talent.

    Grey’s Anatomy‘s Season 18 premiere is set for 9 p.m. Thursday, September 30, on ABC.

    Grey's Anatomy Season 18 Set to Make Maggie/Winston and Teddy/Owen Rarities Among the Show's Couples

    (9/6/21) Over the years, Grey’s Anatomy has hurled at its couples everything from heart attacks to brain tumors, from adultery to amputation. So we’ll forgive you if you’re surprised to learn what the show has in store for newlyweds Maggie and Winston and newly re-engaged Teddy and Owen in Season 18: joy.

    When the long-running ABC drama returns on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 9/8c, Maggie and Winston will be “coming back from their honeymoon very much in love and happy to be together and working together,” executive producer Meg Marinis tells TVLine. “We’re definitely celebrating the couple.”

    As well as getting to know them as they get to know each other in new ways. Keep in mind, a good deal of their courtship was conducted long-distance due to the pandemic. But “even if you’re a newlywed and you had been living together [for a long time],” Marinis suggests, “you still discover little things, living habits, all the fun stuff.”

    If any duo is going to be sunnier than Maggie and Winston, it’s likely to be Teddy and Owen. “They’re starting the season stronger than ever,” Marinis says. “They’ve both grown a lot from her breakthrough about her past last season and from Owen seeing that they’ve both struggled with PTSD — in different ways, but they’ve both struggled.

    “They’ll still face challenges as a couple,” she goes on, “but we took them a long way last season, so we’re happy where they are.”

    Shonda Rhimes, Eva Longoria And Jurnee Smollett Exit Time’s Up Board; “Ready For New Leadership”

    (9/4/21) Just over a week after Tina Tchen resigned as the CEO of Time’s Up, the besieged gender equity group has now seen a vast portion of its board of directors exit — willingly.

    “Time’s Up is ready for new leadership, and we want to move forcefully toward its new iteration,” said exiting board members Shonda Rhimes, Eva Longoria, Jurnee Smollett, Christy Haubegger, Hilary Rosen, Michelle Kydd, Katie McGrath and interim board chair and super lawyer Nina Shaw in a statement posted online today.

    “We have strong faith in the talent and dedication of our interim CEO Monifa Bandele as a leader,” they added. See full statement from exiting Time’s Up board members below. The exiting board members are all resigning their positions by their own choice, we hear. However, it can’t go without notice that this latest move comes as Time’s Up is trying to regain traction amidst a series of scandals and missteps

    Board members Ashley Judd, Gabrielle Sulzberger, Colleen DeCourcy, and Raffi Freedman-Gurspan are going to remain on the board for the foreseeable future to “help insure a smooth transition.”

    The full statement:

    TIME’S UP was created to support the goal of safe, fair, dignified work for all women.

    “It is crucial to us as a board that the organization remain in service to this seismic, global work to demand equity and disrupt systems that foster discrimination, harassment and abuse. We see the current crisis within TIME’S UP as an important opportunity for growth and change.

    TIME’S UP is ready for new leadership, and we want to move forcefully toward its new iteration. We have strong faith in the talent and dedication of our interim CEO Monifa Bandele as a leader. As has been announced, Monifa will be overseeing a comprehensive assessment of the organization, in collaboration with an outside consultant, and the input of our stakeholders: survivors and those who work for survivor justice and gender equity in the workplace and beyond.

    To mark the establishment of a new TIME’S UP, the organization will have a new and reconstituted board. To that end, the members of the existing board will be stepping aside over the next 30 days, giving our CEO the ability to refocus the organization’s leadership to suit its mission and needs. As we do so, we commit to making sure TIME’S UP has sufficient financial resources to do its important work. And we have asked four existing board members— Colleen DeCourcy, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, Ashley Judd and Gabrielle Sulzberger—to remain during this period to help ensure a smooth transition.

    “TIME’S UP belongs to all women. Its mission must continue – until we live in a world in which no woman ever needs to say #timesup again.

    Tchen quit last month as the president and CEO of Time’s Up.

    “Now is the time for Time’s Up to evolve and move forward as there is so much more work to do for women,” said Tchen, a former chief of staff to Michelle Obama, in a statement on social media. “It is clear that I am not the leader who can accomplish that in this moment.”

    Her resignation came after nearly two years overseeing the Hollywood-heavy organization.

    Her leave can be traced to her involvement with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who stepped down in the aftermath of a sexual harassment scandal that former Time’s Up board chair Roberta Kaplan and Tchen had become embroiled in. Kaplan left Time’s Up on August 9, and Cuomo announced August 10 he would resign.

    Deadline reported that a number of members of Time’s Up’s leadership believed Tchen needed to exit or at least step back during an independent probe after the gender equity group was hit by a series of systemic scandals. Still, the next day, following those virtual meetings with Time’s Up global leadership and founding signatories, Tchen insisted to Deadline “it’s not my intention to resign as President and CEO of Time’s Up.”

    Grey's Boss Cheers Kate Walsh's Return: 'Christmas Came Early'

    (9/4/21) Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff is decking Grey Sloan’s halls with balloons and confetti to celebrate Kate Walsh‘s return.

    “Christmas came early this year,” the EP declared on Twitter late Thursday in the wake of news that the actress will be reprising her role as Addison for a multi-episode Season 18 arc.

    Walsh made her memorable Grey’s debut in the Season 1 finale as Derek’s surprise wife (at least it was a surprise to Meredith). 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, which ran until 2013.

    “It’s really happening,” Walsh confirmed on Instagram Thursday, eliciting the following comment from her onetime onscreen rival, Grey’s leading lady Ellen Pompeo: “Let’s give them what they want… quality TV drama.”

    It was a little over a year ago that Walsh and Pompeo “reunited” on social media to mark the then-15th anniversary of their characters’ legendary first run-in.

    “Unreal that today marks 15 years to the day since this little lady walked on to your screen and checked ya for screwing her husband,” Walsh cracked on Twitter in May 2020. Shortly thereafter, Pompeo enthusiastically responded, “Thank God I messed with your hubby!!” She then added, “It worked out for us both… that scene when your character showed up was such a defining moment for [Grey’s]. From that point on we had them hooked!!!”

    It remains unclear if Addison and Meredith will butt heads anew when the former checks back in later this fall.

    Grey’s Anatomy Season 18 premieres Thursday, Sept. 30 on ABC.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Kate Walsh To Return In Season 18 As Addison

    (9/2/21) Kate Walsh will be back on Grey’s Anatomy, reprising her role as Addison Forbes Montgomery in the upcoming 18th season, we’re learned. She’s set to appear in multiple episodes.

    Walsh’s Addison is a world-class gynecological and neonatal surgeon. She was once married to Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) and has a loaded history with Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). A specific storyline for her arc in Season 18 was not revealed.

    Walsh first appeared on Grey’s in the Season 1 finale as Derek Shepherd’s estranged wife. Initially set as a recurring, Walsh’s role was expanded to a series regular, with her final appearance at the conclusion of the third season in May 2007. Series creator Shonda Rhimes created a spin-off based on the character, Private Practice, which saw Addison move to Los Angeles to start a new chapter. The spinoff lasted for six seasons. Walsh returned to Grey’s for several guest-starring roles, last appearing in Season 8. She has appeared in a total of 59 episodes on Grey’s. Walsh other television credits include the role of The Handler in the first two seasons of Netflix’s praised The Umbrella Academy, based on the comic book series of the same name. She most recently recurred on Netflix’s Emily in Paris. Her film credits include Honest Thief, opposite Liam Neeson, a starring role in indie drama, Sometime Other Than Now and she can also be seen in the sci-fi flick, 3022, streaming on Amazon.

    Grey’s Anatomy‘s season 18 premiere is set for Thursday, September 30 at 9/8c on ABC.

    Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington & Alyssa Milano Among More Than 100 Stars Expressing Outrage Over Texas Abortion Law

    (9/2/21) After the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday night denied a request to issue emergency relief blocking Texas’ new law that bans abortion at six weeks and, say opponents, effectively eliminates access to abortions statewide, some big names in entertainment expressed their opinions about the legislation.

    A group of prominent actors, musicians and other artists and companies swiftly responded to the news on social media. Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Dua Lipa, Kerry Washington, St. Vincent, Eva Longoria Baston, Bad Robot and P!nk were among them. Many shared an image with the text, “I stand in solidarity with Texans & people everywhere seeking reproductive freedom.” The full list of the celebrities who support that sentiment is below; the vast majority of the signatories are women.

    Washington also shared a link to a Planned Parenthood petition which, among other things, maintains that “health care — including safe, legal abortion — is a human right.” The petition also warns that “the Supreme Court is months away from hearing a case that challenges the protections of Roe v. Wade.

    Aasif Mandvi
    Aisha Tyler
    Alan Cumming
    Alexandra Shipp
    Allison Janney
    Alysia Reiner
    Alyssa Milano
    Amanda de Cadenet
    Amber Tamblyn
    America Ferrera
    Amy Allen
    Amy Brenneman
    Amy Schumer
    Ani DiFranco
    Annika Noelle
    Bad Robot
    Beanie Feldstein
    Bella Hadid
    Ben Gleib
    Ben Schnetzer
    Betty Buckley
    Betty Who
    Bevy Smith
    Blair Imani
    Bradley Bredeweg
    Brenda Song
    Calire Coffee
    Camryn Manheim
    Chelsea Handler
    Chloe Gosselin
    Chloe Lilac
    Chrissie Fit
    Christine Lahti
    Cody Linley
    Connie Britton
    Crystal Moselle
    Cyndi Lauper
    Cynthia Nixon
    Dana Williams
    Dawn Porter
    Desi Lydic
    Donna Murphy
    Drew Droege
    Dua Lipa
    Elizabeth Banks
    Emme
    Emmy Rossum
    Eva Longoria
    Fletcher
    Frances Fisher
    Getting Curious With JVN
    Gina Gershon
    Gracie Abrahms
    Hayley Law
    Ilana Glazer
    Isabella Gomez
    Iliza Shlesinger
    Jaime King
    Jaimie Alexander
    Jameela Jamil
    Jen Pastiloff
    Jennie Urman
    Jess Jacobs
    Jess Salgueiro
    Jodie Sweetin
    John Renaud
    Jordan Weiss
    Judy Blume
    Julianne Nicholson
    KaDee Strickland
    Karla Welch
    Kat Dennings
    Kate Walsh
    Kathryn Prescott
    Kathy Najimy
    Katie Stevens
    Kerry Washington
    KJ Steinberg
    Kristen Schaal
    Kuhoo Verma
    Laura Gomez
    Liza Koshy
    Maggie Rogers
    Mandy Moore
    Margaret Cho
    Marilyn Minter
    Martha Plimpton
    Martie Maguire
    Matt McGorry
    Mei Kwok
    Mia Moretti
    Michelle Monaghan
    Mindy Kaling
    Natasha Lyonne
    Natasha Rothwell
    P!NK
    Padma Lakshmi
    Paulina Rubio
    Peaches
    Rachel Goldenberg
    Ramona Young
    Reese Witherspoon
    Retta
    Righteous Babe Records
    Rita Moreno
    Rose Byrne
    sammy rosenman
    Sandra Bernhard
    Selenis Leyva
    St. Vincent
    Stephanie March
    Tegan and Sara
    Tiffany Boone
    Tiffany Red
    Tony Goldwyn
    Tracee Ellis Ross
    V Ensler
    VÉRITÉ
    Yvette Nicole Brown.

    Jesse Williams Joins ‘Olga Dies Dreaming’ Hulu Drama Pilot

    (8/30/21) Jesse Williams may have found his next series. The Grey’s Anatomy alum has been tapped as a lead opposite Aubrey Plaza and Ramón Rodríguez in Olga Dies Dreaming, Hulu’s one-hour drama pilot based on the novel by Xochitl Gonzalez.

    The pilot for Olga Dies Dreaming, written by Gonzalez and to be directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, tells the story of a Nuyorican brother (Rodríguez) and sister (Plaza) from a gentrifying Sunset Park in Brooklyn who are reckoning with their absent, politically radical mother and their glittering careers among New York City’s elite in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

    Williams will play Matteo who is a collector: of music, of objects, of trivia, and mainly, of opinions. A passionate Brooklynite, he won’t just tell you where to find the best slice, he’ll drive you there to get it. He’d come across as a know it all if, in fact, he wasn’t so genuinely curious about everything. He’s a person keenly aware of people’s inclination to put everyone and everything into neat little boxes and he firmly refuses to conform.

    Gomez-Rejon, who partnered with Gonzalez after reading her novel in manuscript form, executive produce the pilot; Plaza and Rodríguez are producing. 20th Television is the studio.

    Williams, who recently wrapped a 12-season run as Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy, stars in the Tony Award-winning play Take Me Out and is also attached to lead a TV adaptation in the works at Anonymous Content. Additionally, he is set to star in upcoming film Marked Man and is currently filming Paramount’s Secret Headquarters. Williams is repped by Priya Satiani at Management 360, CAA, and Andre Des Rochers and Anita Surendran at Granderson Des Rochers.

    Sandra Oh: 'Grey's Anatomy' fame was 'traumatic'

    (8/28/21) Sandra Oh found starring in Grey’s Anatomy “traumatic.”

    The actress played Cristina Yang in the TV series from 2005 to 2014 but admits the show had repercussions for her life as it took her to a new level of fame.

    In a sneak peek from Sandra’s interview on Sunday Today with Willie Geist, she said: “To be perfectly honest, it was traumatic. It was traumatic.

    “And the reason why I’m saying that is the circumstances you need to do your work is with a lot of privacy. So when one loses one’s anonymity, you have to build skills to still try and be real.

    “I went from not being able to go out, like, hiding in restaurants, to then being able to manage attention, manage expectation, while not losing the sense of self.”

    Sandra believes her focus on mental health and visits to a therapist helped her cope with the pressures of stardom.

    The Killing Eve actress said: “Well, I have a good therapist. I’m not joking. It’s very, very important.”

    The star also explained how she learned to set boundaries in her career.

    She shared: “You just have to work at finding your way to stay grounded. And a lot of times that’s by saying no.”

    Celebrity Wheel of Fortune Season 2: Buffy, Glee, Grey's, 90210 Stars Among 39 Contestants — View Complete List

    (8/26/21) We’ll dispense with the obligatory wheel puns and just cut to the chase: More than three dozen stars are circling Celebrity Wheel of Fortune Season 2. Read on to see which A, B, C and D-Listers ABC rounded up!

    Notable TV vets on the roster include Seinfeld‘s Jason Alexander, black-ish‘s Anthony Anderson, Orange Is the New Black‘s Laverne Cox, Grey’s Anatomy‘s James Pickens Jr., Beverly Hills, 90210‘s Tori Spelling, Desperate Housewives‘ Marcia Cross, Glee‘s Amber Riley and Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Michelle Trachtenberg.

    Hosted once again by Wheel icons Pat Sajak and Vanna White, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune returns Sunday, Sept. 26 at 8 pm.

    Scroll down to check out the complete Season 2 lineup…

    Jason Alexander
    Tatyana Ali
    Anthony Anderson
    Tituss Burgess
    Cheryl Burke
    Brooke Burns
    Mario Cantone
    Lacey Chabert
    Laverne Cox
    Marcia Cross
    Joey Fatone
    Vivica A. Fox
    Jeff Garlin
    Anthony Michael Hall
    Melissa Joan Hart
    John Michael Higgins
    Vanilla Ice
    Tara Lipinski
    Loni Love
    Von Miller
    Michael Mizanin
    Wanya Morris
    Jason Mraz
    Haley Joel Osment
    Donny Osmond
    James Pickens Jr.
    Caroline Rhea
    Andy Richter
    Amber Riley
    Tori Spelling
    Shawn Stockman
    Curtis Stone
    Jodie Sweetin
    Raven-Symoné
    Karl-Anthony Towns
    Michelle Trachtenberg
    Nia Vardalos
    Johnny Weir
    Ali Wentworth.

    ‘The Flash’: Lineup of Superheroes & Villains Revealed For 5-Part Season 8 Launch Event

    (8/25/21) The CW will welcome back The Flash for Season 8 with the five-part special event, “Armageddon.”

    Set to begin November 16 at 8 p.m. ET, “Armageddon” will feature numerous guest appearances from some of the CW’s most notable heroes and villains. Set to join The Flash team are Javicia Leslie as Batwoman, Brandon Routh as The Atom, Cress Williams as Black Lightning, Chyler Leigh as Sentinel, Kat McNamara as Mia Queen and Osric Chau as Ryan Choi. Tom Cavanagh and Neal McDonough will return as enemies Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash and Damien Darhk, respectively.

    In “Armageddon,” a powerful alien threat arrives on Earth under mysterious circumstances and Barry (Grant Gustin), Iris (Candice Patton) and the rest of Team Flash are pushed to their limits in a desperate battle to save the world. But with time running out, and the fate of humanity at stake, Flash and his companions will also need to enlist the help of some old friends if the forces of good are to prevail.

    All the information about “Armageddon” checks out with what CW chairman and CEO Mark Pedowitz previously teased about the series’ kick off. During a press call about the fall 2021 schedule, Pedowitz noted that the first five episodes of The Flash Season 8 “will feature different heroes from the CW-verse.”

    “The idea for The Flash is, [showrunner] Eric Wallace and [executive producer] Greg [Berlanti] have come together and are talking about other superheroes from the CW-verse who will come together in each individual episode,” he said. “It will not be quite be a crossover but will have a crossover-type feel and the introduction of all these characters.”

    On Wednesday, The Flash executive producer Eric Wallace added the following:

    “Simply put, these are going to be some of the most emotional Flash episodes ever. Plus, there are some truly epic moments and huge surprises that await our fans. And we’re doing them on a scale that’s bigger and bolder than our traditional Flash episodes. So yes, “Armageddon” is a lot more than just another graphic novel storyline. It’s going to be a true event for Flash and Arrowverse fans, old and new. Honestly, I can’t wait for audiences to see what we’ve got planned.”

    Peter Gallagher Joins ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ As Recurring For Season 18

    (8/19/21) Peter Gallagher has been tapped for a major arc on the upcoming eighteenth season of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, and his character may hold the key to how Kate Burton’s Ellis Grey will be reintroduced on the show.

    Gallagher will play Dr. Alan Hamilton who knew Ellis Grey (Burton) back in the day and meets Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) in the season premiere, slated for Sept. 30.

    Given that Burton is also set to reprise her role as Meredith’s late mother Ellis Grey in the Season 18 premiere, it is conceivable that the show could flash back to Ellis and Alan’s story. (Burton is set for multiple episodes next season.)

    Gallagher has been recurring on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie and recently starred on the first season of NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. He also had a recurring role on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU. In features, Gallagher recently appeared in the hit comedy Palm Springs, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. He is repped by Gersh and manager John Carrabino.

    Grey’s Anatomy, ABC’s longest-running and top-rated scripted series, was created and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. Krista Vernoff serves as showrunner and executive producer. Betsy Beers and Mark Gordon are executive producers. Debbie Allen is the producing director and executive producer. Grey’s Anatomy is produced by ABC Signature, a division of Disney Television Studios.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Kelly McCreary pregnant with first child

    (8/16/21) Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital is gearing up for a new arrival.

    Kelly McCreary, who plays Dr. Maggie Pierce on “Grey’s Anatomy,” is pregnant with her first child with her husband, director Pete Chatmon.

    “I actually screamed in shock when I saw pregnant,” she told People Monday while sharing a photo of herself holding a positive pregnancy test. “I mean, I just wasn’t expecting it.

    “I had really been mentally and emotionally preparing myself for the possibility that it might take us some time to conceive,” the 39-year-old actress explained. “So, I was genuinely shocked.”

    McCreary also shared the image on her Instagram page, where she told her followers that she and Chatmon, 44, were “thrilled to be growing our family, and to share the news with all of you!”

    The parents-to-be met on the set of the ABC hit, and they tied the knot in May 2019.

    McCreary told People that Chatmon was eager to start a family and is “just rah, rah, eager for this child to come into our life and find out all of the ways that being parents will disrupt and challenge everything that we have planned.”

    While she awaits the arrival of her little one, McCreary is learning all that she can about motherhood.

    “It’s such a mystifying process,” she said. “I think I’ve ordered maybe, like, 15 to 20 books already. And I’m learning so much about just such a broad scope of things. I’ve just been diving in. I’m really eager to learn.”

    While she doesn’t know if her pregnancy will be written into Season 18 of “Grey’s Anatomy,” McCreary gushed that that her co-stars Caterina Scorsone, Chandra Wilson and Ellen Pompeo have been “tremendously helpful, supportive resources” for her.

    McCreary joined the show as Meredith Grey (Pompeo)’s half-sister at the end of the show’s 10th season (2014) and was promoted to a series regular for the 11th season (2015).

    She is in good company, as another one of her co-stars, Camilla Luddington, gave birth to a son in August 2020.

    “I really couldn’t be in a better workplace environment to have this experience,” McCreary said. “It’s such a parent-friendly and pregnant person-friendly environment.”

    Debbie Allen To Receive Governors Award At This Year’s Primetime Emmys

    (8/13/21) The Television Academy said Thursday that Debbie Allen will receive the 2021 Governors Award, bestowed on the dancer-choreographer-actress-writer-producer-director “for her unprecedented achievements in television and her commitment to inspire and engage marginalized youth through dance, theater arts and mentorship.”

    Allen will be recognized during the Primetime Emmy Awards telecast September 19 on CBS and Paramount+.

    The award honors an individual or organization whose achievement is so exceptional and universal in nature that it goes beyond the scope of annual Emmy Awards recognition, the academy said.

    “Debbie Allen has been a creative voice for a generation of performers and storytellers and has left an indelible mark on the television industry,” Governors Award selection committee co-chair Eva Basler said. Added co-chair Debra Curtis: “Debbie’s commitment to mentoring underserved communities has been nothing short of extraordinary. She has shared her gift and love of dance and choreography with countless aspiring performers across the globe.”

    Allen, an artist in residence at the Kennedy Center for over 15 years and who founded the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, has choreographed for the likes of Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Gwen Verdon, Carmen de Lavallade, Diane Carroll, Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., Dolly Parton and Savion Glover, as well as 10 times for the Academy Awards ceremony.

    Her directing, producing and acting credits include the likes of Fame, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, Jane the Virgin, Empire, Insecure, A Different World, Everybody Hates Chris, Stompin’ at the Savoy, Polly, That’s So Raven, Cool Women, Quantum Leap, The Fantasia Barrino Story and Christmas on the Square.

    Allen earlier this year was a recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor and has three Emmys already for her choreography, including this year for the Netflix holiday movie Christmas on the Square starring Dolly Parton.

    “This has been an amazing year for me,” said Allen. “To be celebrated by the Television Academy is an overwhelming honor that humbles me and says to my community of dancing gypsies, actors, writers and musicians that if you stay passionate about your craft and do the work, you can go far.”

    Previous Governors Awards nominees include Tyler Perry last year. Before that the honor went to Star Trek, ITVS, American Idol and A+E Networks.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Kate Burton To Return In Season 18 As Ellis Grey

    (8/11/21) Last season, as Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith Grey was battling Covid, Grey’s Anatomy introduced a dream beach motif that reunited Meredith with beloved dead characters from the show, Derek, George, Mark and Meredith’s sister Lexie. Meredith’s late mom, Ellis Grey, was not part of the recurring theme, but she will be part of the storyline in the ABC medical drama’s upcoming season, which just started production.

    Kate Burton is set to reprise her role as Dr. Ellis Grey in multiple episodes, starting with the Season 18 premiere airing on Sept. 30. Since the beach sequence concluded when Meredith woke up toward the end of last season, it is unclear how Ellis Grey will be reintroduced on the show. Ellis was last seen in the 2019 Season 15 episode “Blood and Water,” appearing to Meredith in a dream.

    Ellis, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s, died in Season 3.

    Burton has done a total of 23 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy to date as a guest star/recurring, earning two Emmy nominations for her role. Her third Emmy nomination so far came for another Shondaland ABC drama, Scandal.

    Burton will be seen in the upcoming Hulu limited series The Dropout. Her recent TV credits also include recurring roles on the CW’s Charmed and Supergirl and CBS All Access’ Strange Angel.

    On stage, multi-Tony-nominated Burton most recently appeared in The Tempest at the Old Globe in San Diego and with Kevin Kline on Broadway in Present Laughter. Her feature credits include 2019’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette.

    Grey’s Anatomy, ABC’s longest-running and top-rated scripted series, was created and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. Krista Vernoff serves as showrunner and executive producer. Betsy Beers and Mark Gordon are executive producers. Debbie Allen is the producing director and executive producer. Grey’s Anatomy is produced by ABC Signature, a division of Disney Television Studios.

    Grey's Anatomy Begins Production on Season 18 Amid Renewed End Date Speculation — Is Series Finale Nigh?

    (8/11/21) Grey Sloan reopened its doors on Wednesday as production got underway on Grey’s Anatomy‘s 18th — and potentially final? — season.

    Leading lady Ellen Pompeo took to Instagram Wednesday morning to share a video of her back in the Grey’s makeup chair (scroll down to view a screen shot). “Guess what time it is?” she captioned the Instastory, before adding, “#GreysSeason18.”

    ABC is not commenting on whether Season 18 will be Grey’s Anatomy‘s last, but sources tell TVLine that the network is hopeful to eke out at least one more season beyond the upcoming one. Grey’s continues to reign as ABC’s highest rated and most watched scripted series, averaging a 1.1 demo rating and 5.3 million weekly viewers (in Live+Same Day numbers).

    Meanwhile, the new deals recently secured by OG cast members Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. expire this spring at the conclusion of Season 18.

    Last March, Pomepo admitted to CBS Sunday Morning that there is pressure to stick the landing, creatively speaking. “To end a show this iconic… how do we do it?” the actress mused. “I just wanna make sure we do this character and this show and the fans… I wanna make sure we do it right.”

    Grey’s Anatomy‘s 18th season kicks off Thursday, Sept. 30 at 9/8c.

    Jesse Williams To Star In TV Adaptation Of ‘Take Me Out’ Play From Anonymous Content

    (8/9/21) Richard Greenberg’s Tony Award-winning play Take Me Out, about baseball and homophobia, is set to be adapted as a limited television series.

    Grey’s Anatomy and Little Fires Everywhere star Jesse Williams will lead the adaptation, which comes from Anonymous Content.

    Greenberg will adapt his play for the small screen with Broadway director Scott Ellis, who has directed episodes of shows including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Modern Family, will direct the pilot.

    Set in the early 2000s, Take Me Out follows Darren Lemming, a mixed-race star center fielder for the fictional Empires. Darren’s decision to come out of the closet sparks controversy and soul searching for American’s favorite pastime, revealing long-held, unspoken prejudices both on and off the field. Facing some hostile teammates and fraught friendships, Darren is forced to confront the reality of being a gay person of color within the framework of a classic American institution. As the Empires rally toward a championship season, the players and their fans begin to question tradition, their loyalties and the price of victory.

    Williams will play Lemming in the series as well as the Broadway revival, directed by Ellis and produced by Second Stage Theater. In the play revival, which was which was delayed due to COVID-19 theater closures, Williams stars alongside Patrick J. Adams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson with performances now set to begin at Second Stage’s Helen Hayes Theater in Spring 2022.

    The play, which premiered at The Public Theater in 2002 before making its way to Broadway, was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize and won the Tony Award for Best Play.

    AC Studios, which has produced series including Apple’s Dickinson and Hulu’s Catch 22, will serve as the studio on the project. Williams, Greenberg, and Ellis will executive produce the series with David Levine and Whitney Dibo overseeing on behalf of AC Studios.

    Williams is set to star in upcoming film Marked Man and is currently filming Paramount’s Secret Headquarters. Best known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, he has also appeared in The Cabin in the Woods, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Band Aid, and Selah and the Spades. He also produced the 2021 Oscar-winning short film Two Distant Strangers.

    “I’m incredibly honored by the opportunity to expand on such a profound narrative,” said Williams. “The questions and challenges presented by Richard’s material are critical and seemingly boundless; cutting to the core of ‘masculinity marketing.’ What are we really, if our peace is so easily threatened by the peace of others?”

    “We are thrilled to bring this powerful story from stage to screen, as it delves headfirst into issues that are still so salient, and given it’s set in the world of major league baseball, it’s a great study in sport and character,” added Anonymous Content Chief Creative Officer, David Levine. “There was never a question that Richard should be the one to adapt his play for television. With his script and such an incredible team in place, many of whom are also bringing this show back to the stage, we know the series will resonate with a diverse cross-section of fans.”

    “Richard’s Tony award winning play is as relevant today as it was 20 years ago. I have the honor of directing the revival next Spring on Broadway,” said Ellis. “To also have the opportunity to adapt Take Me Out to a limited television series, only means reaching a broader audience, and it just underscores the immense respect our whole team has for the material.”

    Williams is represented by CAA, Management 360, André Des Rochers of Granderson Des Rochers and Stephen Barnes of Morris, Yorn, Barnes, Levine, Krintzman, Rubenstein, Kohner & Gellman. Greenberg is represented by CAA. Ellis is represented by CAA, Untitled Entertainment, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.

    Patrick J. Adams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Jesse Williams Confirmed For Broadway’s ‘Take Me Out’ Return

    (7/29/21) Patrick J. Adams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jesse Williams have confirmed their return to the Broadway production of Take Me Out when the Richard Greenberg play begins performances next March.

    The trio had been set to star in the Second Stage Theater production with a pre-pandemic opening of April 2020. The cast has been expected to return for the postponed 2022 opening, but confirmation came just today. Both Adams and Williams will be making their Broadway debuts.

    Take Me Out begins previews at the Hayes Theater on March 9, 2022, and will officially open on April 4.

    Also returning are previously announced cast members Julian Cihi, Hiram Delgado, Carl Lundstedt, Ken Marks, Michael Oberholtzer, Eduardo Ramos and Tyler Lansing Weaks. The role of Davey Battle, which was to have been played in the 2020 production by Brandon Dirden, remains to be cast.

    The casting announcement was made today by Second Stage Theater. Scott Ellis will direct.

    Greenberg’s play, which first appeared on Broadway in 2003, chronicles the personal and professional intricacies of a professional baseball team. Williams will play Darren Lemming, a star center fielder for the New York Empires who comes out of the closet, facing some hostile teammates and fraught friendships. As the Empires struggle to rally toward a championship season, the players and their fans begin to question tradition, their loyalties, and the price of victory.

    Adams is best known for his seven seasons as Mike Ross in USA Network’s hit drama Suits and, more recently, a recurring role on Amazon’s Sneaky Pete. Ferguson, who appeared in the Second Stage Theater productions of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Little Fish, starred as Mitchell Pritchett on the long-running ABC comedy Modern Family, and Williams played Dr. Jackson Avery on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and appeared in the film Lee Daniels’ The Butler, among other roles.

    Amber Riley, Bill Bellamy And Loretta Devine Lead BET+ Holiday Film Slate

    (7/28/21) BET+ is gearing up for the holiday season with the release of eight new original films that’ll begin rolling out in November. The slate includes a variety of genres including family comedies, yuletide romances, and a little musical magic featuring Amber Riley, Bill Bellamy, Loretta Devine, among others.

    The full breakdown of the 2021 BET+ holiday films is below.

    A Christmas Wish

    Roz McKenzie, a single mother, is calling upon a miracle so she and her daughter can survive Christmas.

    Starring: Noree Victoria, Nadia Simms, Blue Kimble, Javon Johnson

    Written and Directed by: Christopher Nolen

    A Rich Christmas

    A spoiled and ungrateful socialite learns a valuable lesson one Christmas after her mega-rich father forces her to work at the first property he ever owned – a family homeless center.

    Starring: Bill Bellamy, Vanessa A Williams, Tyler Abron, Brandee Evans, Denise Boutte

    Directed by: Victoria Rowell

    Written by: Shateka “SJ” Johnson

    The Business of Christmas 2

    For the Franklin family, Christmas will never be the same without their father, Oscar. As their mother hesitates to let love in again, the children struggle to see beyond their own career and relationship problems. They must get outside of themselves and forgive each other for the mistakes of the past in order to remember that there is no Christmas without family.

    Starring: Daphne Maxwell Reid, Jennifer Freeman

    Directed by: Tim Reid

    Written by: Camara Davis

    Christmas Déjà Vu

    A woman with a downtrodden life who hates Christmas longs for the life she could have had as a singer. She meets an angel who grants her wish.

    Starring: Amber Riley, Loretta Devine, Blue Kimble

    Written and Directed by: Christel Gibson

    Christmas for Sale

    A young real estate agent pretends to be a billionaire’s yoga instructor on a holiday ski trip to gain a lucrative real estate listing, but she ends up falling in love with the eccentric and charming gentlemen.

    Starring: Nadine Ellis, Aaron Spears, Shanti Lowry

    Written by: Camara Davis

    Directed by: Michael Mayhall

    The Jenkins Family Christmas

    After burying their father earlier in the year, Baneatta and Beverly attempt to carry on his Christmas traditions without strangling each other – but when an unknown half-sister arrives at the family festivities, more than just Christmas presents are opened.

    Starring: Regina Taylor, Kim Coles, Tammy Townsend, Robert Gossett, Ashley Love Mills, Anthony Chatmon II, Derek Chadwick, Bailey Bass, Thomas Miles (“Nephew Tommy”), Monti Washington

    Directed by: Robin Givens

    Written by: Christopher Oscar Pena and Joy Kecken

    Merry Switchmas

    The holidays take a wrong turn when identical twin sisters agree to switch places for one night only at their parents’ Christmas party. With their boyfriends, a feisty great-aunt, and others tangled in their charade, the sisters end up finding out more about their family and themselves before the night ends. But the real question is whether the sisters can eventually make things right with their family and boyfriends when the truth comes out.

    Starring: Valarie Pettiford, Thea Camara, Peter Parros, Rachel Aladdin, Rebekah Aladdin, Joseph Harold, Joel Harold

    Directed by: Chris Nolen

    Written by: Gabrielle Collins

    Soul Santa

    When an unlucky businessman gambles away the mob’s money, he is forced to go on the run and hide out as a shopping mall Santa Claus.

    Starring: David Mann, Tamela Mann, Brooke Monroe Conaway, Christopher Gurr, Ross Fleming

    Directed by: Terri Vaughn

    Written by: Greg Anderson

    BET+ will announce the full schedule at a later date.

    ‘The Chair’ Trailer: Sandra Oh’s Professor Looks To Shake Up University English Department In Netflix Comedy Series

    (7/21/21) (Video) Netflix has debuted the first full trailer for its upcoming comedy, The Chair, which premieres on August 20.

    The anticipated series follows Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim (two-time Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh) as she navigates her new role as the Chair of the English department at prestigious Pembroke University. There, she’s faced with a unique set of challenges, as the first woman to chair the department, and as one of the few staff members of color at the university.

    In the trailer, Kim tells her colleagues that the department is “in dire crisis.”

    “I feel like someone handed me a ticking time bomb,” she adds, “because they wanted to make sure a woman was holding it when it explodes.”

    Fear not, though, for Oh’s character, who later declares her intent to “shake this place up.”

    Actress Amanda Peet serves as The Chair‘s writer, showrunner and EP. She exec produces the series alongside Oh, Game of Thrones‘ David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Bernie Caulfield and Daniel Gray Longino. The show’s writers are Pete, Wyman, Richard E. Robbins, Jennifer Kim and Andrea Troyer. Longino directs all six episodes.

    Jay Duplass (Search Party, Transparent), Holland Taylor (Bill & Ted Face the Music, Hollywood) , Bob Balaban (Wes Anderson’s upcoming The French Dispatch), Nana Mensah (Bonding), David Morse (Blindspot) and Everly Carganilla (Yes Day) also star.

    The trailer for the Netflix series—featuring new track “Oh!” by Los Angeles-based, all-female punk band The Linda Lindas—can be found above.

    How Melissa George Overcame Trauma To Crack French Cinema With ‘Peaceful’ At Cannes: It’s About “Mending Bad Things In Your Life And Coming Full Circle”

    (7/9/21) One afternoon in the early aughts, Melissa George found herself in a hotel room with Harvey Weinstein. The mogul, wearing a bathrobe, wanted to discuss two roles in his upcoming films Derailed and Amityville Horror. An assistant waited in the hallway, but then, fortunately, so did George’s ‘entourage’.

    “I actually was very well protected back then,” George tells me via Zoom, speaking from a park in Paris, with one of her sons in her lap. “My agent at the time said, ‘You’re not going to that meeting alone.’ And [Weinstein] realized that I came with bodyguards and back-up.”

    With her team lurking, he made no inappropriate moves, beyond his choice of attire. But then, a week before shooting on Derailed began, the lead role earmarked for George was mysteriously demoted to a supporting one. She believes this is absolutely because of that tightly-controlled Peninsula hotel meeting.

    But she prevailed, later booking Turistas, the lead in Music Within, and a big role in 30 Days of Night. She also booked meaty TV parts on shows like Grey’s Anatomy and In Treatment, for which she was Golden Globe nominated. Triangle and A Lonely Place to Die followed, and a lead in the critically-acclaimed series The Slap. By 2016, she was apparently living the fairytale: settled in Paris with her partner and two young sons. She’d dodged Weinstein. Her career was thriving. What could go wrong?

    Things could go very wrong indeed. According to a statement George made to police, during a disagreement with her partner in their home, he struck her repeatedly. An Uber took her to the police station. When she began vomiting, she was escorted by a detective to the hospital at 3am. That Uber driver would later testify to her distraught state, and that she appeared to be in physical pain, while George has photographic evidence of bruising and swelling to her face. However, the French court found both she and her former partner guilty of assault, and George was legally banned from taking her children out of the country without her ex’s written permission— a disaster for a woman who knew no one in France other than her ex, who relied on being able to travel for work, and whose family and friends were all distantly overseas.

    Of the court battle, George says now, “You have more bullets, you have more ammunition in your pocket if you have the money, and women aren’t very well-received here [in France]. We are known as the ones to carry the child. But once it’s born, it’s a gift to [the father]… You’re a carrier. You’re third in the order of the ‘code civil’… It says man, child, woman. You are not regarded at all, and you add on to that an actress, and you add on to that a woman, and not French.”

    Effectively marooned in her adopted country, George wandered Paris in a daze, feeling her experience had been “a witch hunt” and that she was “made to feel stupid daily”.

    While her work is well-known in the U.S., the U.K. and her native Australia, in France she says she was initially seen as an outsider. “You are a successful actress in your own country, but you are forced now to give it all up. And so, every day I just walked around [feeling] stupid.”

    Then, one day, George—who had left her native Australia at 21 to make it as an actress in the U.S.—experienced something of an epiphany. “I looked at the beauty of Paris. It was about five o’clock in the morning. I was just pretty much on the street. I thought, OK, you’re built for this, you are the only one that can make this happen. You need to perfect your French, starting now. You need to call your family and ask for help, starting now, because I had never done that in my whole life. I called my brother, called my mom, called my dad.” From that day on, George threw herself hard into creating a home and learning the language fluently.

    By 2018, she had managed a stint as Sean Penn’s wife in Hulu series The First, shooting in one-week increments, but mostly she was stymied. Her confidence eroded, terrified of leaving the children, when the script for Apple TV+ series The Mosquito Coast came her way, she sat on it for months, eyeing the role of Margot– wife of the lead Allie Fox character, who would be played by Justin Theroux, her co-star from Mulholland Drive some 20 years earlier. But still, she did nothing. Then she got a new agent, who immediately told her, “You have 30 minutes to put yourself on tape or else we are done.”

    “I sat on the floor and just burst into tears,” George says. “I put up my camera and I did three scenes. One take each. I didn’t sleep that night. And 24 hours later, Rupert Wyatt, the director, called my agent said, ‘She’s our Margot.’”

    George went to her sons, who were, by now, five and seven. I said, “Mummy has to be a big girl now and go back to work.” The boys understood. And the show’s producers allowed her to work two weeks on, two weeks off, so she could see the kids in Paris. “I was professionally and personally successful for the very first time in my life,” she says. “I made both of them happen.”

    Then, at last, the doors of French cinema cracked open. She got the chance to meet with Emmanuelle Bercot, who was putting together her film Peaceful (De son vivant). “I was a big fan of her as an actress, just from Mon Roi and all those films,” George says. Catherine Deneuve was also already cast.

    “I went in for an hour-and-a-half meeting in French. [Bercot] stood up at the end and just hugged me. She said, ‘Will you do my movie?’ I knew it was with my idol Catherine Deneuve. I mean from Belle de Jour, to everything she’s ever done… style-wise, acting-wise, she’s just historic. She epitomizes everything that I ever wanted to be.”

    George’s role was small, but it felt vital. “I knew I had one scene with her, not a lot, but the way I see it, it’s a step into the cinema in France,” she says. “Even though it’s been such a bad time for me here, it was a way to show that I’m at the right place at the right time, getting the right role at the right time. It’s a beginning.”

    At a recent private screening in Paris, everyone was in tears, she says. “It’s really, really touching, really sad. So beautifully directed.”

    The film tells the story of Benjamin (Benoi^t Magimel), son of Crystal (Denueve). “He’s dying in hospital and I’m his ex-wife,” George says. “And when he found out that I was pregnant, he abandoned us and never met his child ever. So, he’s lived this life of a lie and it’s about me letting go of my son to go and say goodbye to his father.”

    During her most desperate times these past years, George made a list of her dreams to keep her going. Deneuve was on that list, as was Sean Penn, as was working on a series like The Mosquito Coast. “That’s our version of praying, isn’t it? Manifesting?” she says.

    And just recently, George played her first fully-French role, in the Abel Danan-directed short Canines, starring Pauline Chalamet, which has just been green-lit as a feature.

    Being broken down and having to rebuild made her appreciate both herself and France, she says now. “I am more interesting, I am more calm, I’m more universal, I’m more cultured. I’m nicer, I don’t know. I just feel like when you get everything beaten out of you, you choose to put in the right ingredients and make yourself a better person. And it’s because of Paris.”

    Being invited into French cinema will absolutely be the cherry on top of this renaissance. “Australian cinema is easy, right? Because I was born there and raised there. American cinema is easy because I was there 20 years, but French cinema, all of a sudden, after a traumatic experience, it’s now my home. So, to do French cinema… That’s success to me, because it’s the place that made me fall in love with myself, that made me understand who I am.”

    This will not be George’s first time at Cannes. “I’ve only been invited before because there was a spare ticket of blah, blah, blah,” she says. “And of course, when I got on the red carpet, everyone was like, ‘Oh my God, what’s she doing here?’”

    But this year, she will be there on her own merit, representing a film she describes thus: “It’s about the truth and speaking the truth, and mending bad things in your life and coming full circle.”

    Justin Chambers To Play Marlon Brando In First Post ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Role On ‘The Offer’ Limited Series

    (7/8/21) A year and a half after his surprise exit from Grey’s Anatomy, Justin Chambers is making a return to acting by taking on a screen icon.

    Chambers will portray Marlon Brando in Paramount+’s limited series The Offer, based on producer Al Ruddy’s experience of making Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 classic The Godfather. The movie, starring Brando as mob boss Vito Corleone, was nominated for 11 Oscars and won three — including Brando for Best Actor. (He refused the award.)

    Miles Teller plays Ruddy, Dan Fogler plays Coppola. The 10-episode event series is written and executive produced by Nikki Toscano, who also showruns, and creator Michael Tolkin. Teller and Ruddy also serve as executive producers, along with Leslie Grief. Dexter Fletcher will direct the first and last block. The Offer is produced by Paramount Television Studios.

    Chambers, an original Grey’s Anatomy cast member and a fan favorite, left the hit medical drama in late 2019 after 15 years on the show and 350 episodes playing Dr. Alex Karev.

    “There’s no good time to say goodbye to a show and character that’s defined so much of my life for the past 15 years,” Chambers told Deadline at the time. “For some time now, however, I have hoped to diversify my acting roles and career choices. And, as I turn 50 and am blessed with my remarkable, supportive wife and five wonderful children, now is that time.”

    Chambers is repped by Gersh, Anonymous Content and attorney Darren Trattner.

    Shonda Rhimes Extends Deal With Netflix, Adds Feature Films & Gaming To Pact

    (7/8/21) Shonda Rhimes is sticking with Netflix.

    The Bridgerton executive producer has extended her partnership with the streamer.

    The deal, which extends the multi-million dollar deal she signed in 2017, covers Rhimes, her production company Shondaland and her producing partner Betsy Beers.

    In addition to television, it will cover feature films as well as potential gaming and VR content. The deal also includes a branding and merchandise deal for Shondaland, which will add live events and experiences.

    Rhimes move into feature films isn’t a huge surprise; she started her career as a screenwriter, penning Crossroads and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and she has also talked up her interest in directing features.

    The move into gaming is more surprising, but Shondaland has been expanding into new areas, particularly its move into audio and podcasting and Netflix execs have recently been teasing more moves into the gaming space.

    In terms of live events, the two companies have already started this with a Bridgerton experiential event in the UK being set up in partnership with Secret Cinema in November.

    The streamer is also investing in and providing the financial and technical infrastructure to bolster diversity programs to increase industry workplace representation for underrepresented groups both domestically and in the UK.

    It comes as Bridgerton’s second season is currently in production and the regency drama has already been renewed for seasons three and four. Deadline recently revealed that a limited series based on the origins of Queen Charlotte had also been ordered.

    Shondaland’s slate also includes Inventing Anna, which will star Julia Garner, Anna Chlumsky, Katie Lowes, Laverne Cox and Alexis Floyd and will be released in 2022.

    The company’s documentary Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker chronicling choreographer and director Debbie Allen launched on the service in November 2020.

    Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator Rhimes left her longtime home of ABC Studios in 2017 and there was much talk in recent months as to whether the writer and producer would stay at the streamer after her initial four year deal or whether others could tempt her elsewhere.

    “When Ted and I decided to break the traditional network TV business model to move Shondaland to Netflix, we were both taking a leap into the unknown. Today, Shondaland at Netflix is creatively thriving, profitable as an asset and engaging audiences around the world with stories that fearlessly challenge viewers and keep them highly entertained all at once. Ted, Bela and the entire team at Netflix have been tremendous partners during every step of the process, supporting my creative vision and showing a continued dedication to the innovation that has made Netflix such a powerhouse. The Shondaland team and I are thrilled and excited to be expanding our relationship with our content partners at Netflix,” she said.

    Katherine Heigl Joins ‘Wild Horse And Burro Freedom Rally’ At Utah State Capitol

    (7/2/21) Utah’s Onaqui wild horses have a key ally in actress Katherine Heigl, who joined several groups today at the Utah state capitol to call attention to a crucial roundup looming for the animals.

    Heigl, joined by Animal Wellness Action, the Center for a Humane Economy, the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, Wild Horse Photo Safaris, the Red Birds Trust, and the Cloud Foundation, rallied to raise public awareness of the plight of the horses, who face a mass helicopter roundup beginning July 12.

    The roundup. the groups claim, will send 80 percent of the herd to BLM corrals, in the process injuring or even killing some of the frightened animals. While the horses will be put up for adoption, the groups claim some will allegedly wind up in foreign slaughter houses.

    The federal Bureau of Land Management, which will handle the roundup, claims an overpopulation of horses in the Great Basin has left inadequate forage.

    Heigl, a Utah resident best known for her work on the TV series Grey’s Anatomy and now starring in Netflix’s Firefly Lane, and leaders of the groups involved, spoke to rally attendees before traveling directly to the rangeland where the Onaqui wild horses live wild and free.

    On July 1, President Joe Biden’s Bureau of Land Management, doubled-down in a press release announcing they will proceed with the roundups.

    “We’re pulling out all the stops in pressing President Joe Biden to stop the roundup and eradication of the iconic Onaqui wild horses in Utah and call on the president to implement a course correction before it’s too late,” said a statement from Heigl, herself a horse owner.

    Erika Brunson, philanthropist, and member of the Global Council for Animals, also called for a halt to the planned roundups.

    “With over 52,000 wild horses and burros currently in government facilities, it’s time to stop round ups and focus on a robust humane fertility control program utilizing PZP,” said Brunson. “Currently, only 1% of the population is addressed which is ludicrous.”

    Descended from horses used by pioneers and native tribes in the late 1800’s, the Onaqui horses are known for their robust beauty and their ability to thrive in the harsh environment of the Great Basin Desert of western Utah. They are a favorite among wild horse photographers and enthusiasts and are believed to be the most popular and photographed wild herd in the country.

    Visit the campaign website at www.SaveTheOnaqui.org for more details.

    Jesse Williams Joining Owen Wilson & Michael Peña In Paramount’s ‘Secret Headquarters’

    (7/1/21) Grey’s Anatomy alum Jesse Williams will star in Paramount Pictures’ high-concept family action movie Secret Headquarters in what we’re hearing is the role of the villain.

    The pic, scheduled to hit theaters on Aug. 12, 2022, is described as Home Alone set in the Batcave.

    Williams joins a cast that includes Owen Wilson, Michael Peña, Walker Scobell, Momona Tamada, Keith L. Williams, Abby James Witherspoon and Kezii Curtis. Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman are producing.

    Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman will direct and wrote the current draft along with Josh Koenigsberg. The story is an original idea from Christopher Yost.

    Williams has played Dr. Jackson Avery on 272 episodes of ABC/Shondaland’s Grey’s Anatomy and also played the character in the spinoff Station 19. He starred on the Hulu minseries Little Fires Everywhere, and he’s heading back to Broadway to star in Richard Greenberg’s play Take Me Out. The play follows Darren Lemming, star center fielder for the Empires, who reveals he is gay and faces a barrage of long-held unspoken prejudices and is forced to contend with the challenges of being a gay person of color within the confines of a classic American institution.

    Williams is also starring in the movie Marked Man opposite Dewanda Wise and Winston Duke from Mark Gordon Pictures.

    The actor is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Granderson Des Rochers.

    ‘The Chair’: Sandra Oh Takes Her Place As English Department Boss In Teaser For Netflix Series, Premiere Date Unveiled

    (6/30/21) (Video) Class is now in session for Netflix’s The Chair, starring and executive produced by Sandra Oh.

    On Wednesday the streamer unveiled the premeiere date and a brief teaser for its upcoming half-hour dramedy series. Set to premiere August 20, The Chair follows Ji-Yoon (Oh), the Chair of the English department at a small university. The series comes from hails from writer, executive producer and showrunner Amanda Peet and Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

    The series also features Jay Duplass, Holland Taylor, Nana Mensah, Bob Balaban, David Morse and Everly Carganilla. Ji Yong Lee, Mallor Low, Marcia Debonis, Ron Crawford, Ella Rubin and Bob Stephenson round out the cast.

    Peet and Oh executive produce with Peet’s husband, Benioff, Weiss and Bernie Caulfield.

    Watch the teaser above.

    Grey's Anatomy Alum Justin Chambers Resurfaces at Ellen Pompeo's Reunion Dinner — Who Else Was In Attendance?

    (6/12/21) (Photo1, Photo2) Roughly eighteen months since his mystifying Grey’s Anatomy exit, a barely recognizable Justin Chambers reunited with his former on-screen BFF Ellen Pompeo Friday night on the actress’ Instagram feed.

    Sporting bleach blonde hair, Chambers — playfully taking on the role of waiter — can be seen interrupting Pompeo’s seemingly intimate dinner with fellow former co-star Eric Dane. “What would you like for dinner?” Chambers asks the pair, prompting Pompeo to break character. In a subsequent video (also posted to Pompeo’s Instagram stories — watch here before it disappears!), Pompeo captures Chambers and Dane sitting silently alongside each other.

    Chambers has maintained a fairly low profile since departing Grey’s Anatomy amid controversy a year and a half ago. (The actor’s last episode aired in November 2019, but viewers were not aware it was his swan song until his exit was announced publicly two months later. Chambers later returned, but only in a voiceover capacity, for his send-off installment in March 2020, which revealed that Alex had left his wife Jo and reunited with ex Izzie, who had his children.)

    “For me personally for Karev to go back to the beginning…. was the best possible storyline,” Pompeo wrote on social media at the time. “It pays homage to those incredible first years and the incredible cast… that created a foundation so strong that the show is still standing. So let’s not be sad. As our fearless leader [episode director Debbie Allen] always says let’s PULL UP and celebrate the actors, the writers and the fantastic crew who make this show come to life every week.”

    Prior to that, Pompeo characterized Chambers’ exit as one of Grey’s Anatomy‘s “biggest losses yet.”

    To this day, neither Chambers nor anyone connected with Grey’s Anatomy has revealed the reason behind the actor’s abrupt departure — although Chambers has hinted that a desire to pursue other projects played a role.

    “There’s no good time to say goodbye to a show and character that’s defined so much of my life for the past 15 years,” Chambers said in a statement at the time. “For some time now, however, I have hoped to diversify my acting roles and career choices. And, as I turn 50 and am blessed with my remarkable, supportive wife and five wonderful children, now is that time. As I move on from Grey’s Anatomy, I want to thank the ABC family, Shonda Rimes, original cast members Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens, and the rest of the amazing cast and crew, both past and present, and, of course, the fans for an extraordinary ride.”

    Greg Berlanti And Chandra Wilson Join The Actors Fund Board Of Trustees

    (6/11/21) Greg Berlanti and Chandra Wilson joined The Actors Fund Board of Trustees during the organization’s annual meeting yesterday, with Brian Stokes Mitchell reelected as Chairman.

    “I could not be prouder to join the Board of The Actors Fund,” said Berlanti, the writer, director and producer behind The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, You and numerous others. “The last year has been hugely difficult for our industry. The services provided by The Fund are critical to the wellbeing of so many, providing direct financial relief and also support and counseling at such a critical time.”

    Grey’s Anatomy star and Scandal director Wilson said, “Our industry is a hard one in the best of times. Now more than ever, we know that a home is a precious right that must be protected and affordable, that mental health care is crucial, and that as a community we must look out for and take care of one another. I’m honored to join the Board and build on the incredible legacy The Fund has created for all of us.”

    Over the last year, The Actors Fund has distributed more than $21.6 million in direct financial assistance to more than 16,300 entertainment arts professionals, an amount equivalent to what the Fund typically grants in a 10-year span, said Joseph Benincasa, President and CEO of The Actors Fund.

    “Life has always been precarious for arts and entertainment workers,” said Mitchell. “But the last year has exposed that we need to do even more to ensure that people in our industry have access to financial and health services, that we take care of one another, and that we advocate for public programs that support entertainment professionals across the country.”

    The Chair Sets Premiere Date

    (6/11/21) The Chair, a new Netflix series starring Sandra Oh and showrun by Amanda Peet, will now premiere Friday, Aug. 20.

    ‘The Dropout’: William H. Macy, Laurie Metcalf, Elizabeth Marvel, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Kate Burton Among 10 Cast In Hulu Limited Series

    (6/11/21) Hulu has set a stellar recurring cast for The Dropout, its upcoming limited series about the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos. William H. Macy, Laurie Metcalf, Elizabeth Marvel, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Kate Burton, Stephen Fry, Michel Gill, Michael Ironside, Bill Irwin and Josh Pais join Amanda Seyfried in the series from Liz Meriwether, Seachlight Television and Disney Television Studios’ 20th Television. Production is scheduled to begin this summer.

    Created and executive produced by Meriwether, who also serves as showrunner, The Dropout is based on the ABC News/ABC Radio podcast. Holmes (Seyfried), the enigmatic Stanford dropout who founded medical testing start-up Theranos, was lauded as a Steve Jobs for the next tech generation. Once worth billions of dollars, the myth crumbled when it was revealed that none of the tech actually worked, putting thousands of people’s health in grave danger. Money. Romance. Tragedy. Deception. The story of Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye?

    Macy will play Richard Fuisz, an ex-CIA agent and an inventor of biomedical devices. A friend of the Holmes family, he is initially upset when he learns that Elizabeth has started a medical tech startup without consulting him, and his resentment and obsession will have serious ramifications for Elizabeth and Theranos.

    Metcalf is Phyllis Gardner, a scientist, doctor and successful entrepreneur. As a woman in a predominately male world, she has been through the ringer and has had to confront sexism her whole career. She will ultimately be among those responsible for bringing the truth about Elizabeth and Theranos to light.

    Marvel plays Noel Holmes, Elizabeth Holmes’ mother.

    Irwin is Channing Robertson, head of Chemical Engineering/professor at Stanford and an early cheerleader of Elizabeth Holmes.

    Ambudkar portrays Rakesh Madhava, one of the first employees at Theranos.

    Fry is Ian Gibbons, the brilliant head of chemistry at Theranos.

    Gill plays Chris Holmes, Elizabeth Holmes’ father and hero.

    Pais portrays Wade Maquelon, the CFO of Walgreens. Skeptical about Theranos, he thinks start-ups are risky, but he doesn’t want to be left in the dust if Elizabeth goes to a competitor.

    Ironside plays Don Lucas, one of the first venture capitalists to invest in Theranos.

    Burton is Rochelle Gibbons.

    Meriwether serves as showrunner and executive producer. Additional executive producers include Liz Heldens, Liz Hannah, Katherine Pope, Rebecca Jarvis, Victoria Thompson and Taylor Dunn. Michael Showalter is set to direct multiple episodes and will also serve as an executive producer along with his Semi-Formal Productions producing partner Jordana Mollick.

    Macy most recently starred in Showtime’s Shameless, for which he was nominated twice for a Best Actor Emmy Award and won twice for the SAG Award. His film credits include Seabiscuit, The Cooler, Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Jurassic Park III and Fargo among others. He’s repped by ICM Partners.

    Metcalf was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Greta Gerwig’s film Lady Bird. She has won three Emmy Awards for her work on ABC’s Roseanne, and was nominated for her starring role in HBO’s Getting On. Metcalf can currently be seen in Roseanne spinoff, The Conners. She’s repped by WME.

    Marvel starred as the first female President on Showtime’s Homeland. She most recently wrapped Marvel’s Helstrom for Hulu in the series regular role of Valerie Simms. She previously was seen in the Netflix limited series Unbelievable. Marvel is repped by Innovative Artists and Viking Entertainment.

    Ambudkar co-stars in the upcoming 20th Century feature, Free Guy opposite Ryan Reynolds, Taika Waititi, Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, and Lil Rel Howery. Later this year, he’ll be seen in Netflix series Never Have I Ever and Special. Next year, he’ll be seen in Universal’s romantic comedy Marry Me, starring Jennifer Lopez. He’s repped by 3 Arts Entertainment, The Gersh Agency, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.

    Fry’s television credits include HBO’s Veep, Fox’s 24, CBS’ The Great Outdoors, among others. He was most recently seen in Russel T. Davies’s It’s A Sin, and will next appear in Netflix’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. He’s repped by ICM Partners and Hamilton Hodell.

    Gill is known for his roles on House of Cards, Mr. Robot and Ray Donovan. He’ll next be seen in the upcoming HBO Max series The Gilded Age. He’s reppd by A3 Artists Agency and Industry Entertainment.

    Pais was last seen in Showtime’s Ray Donovan and features Joker and Motherless Brooklyn. He also starred in HBO’s Mrs. Fletcher, The Plot Against America, as well as Netflix’s Tale of the City, Maniac, High Maintenance and Younger, among others. He’s repped by Innovative Artists.

    Ironside has starred in more than 150 feature films, including David Cronenberg’s sci-fi hit Scannersas well as lead roles in Top Gun and Total Recall. He most recently recurred in a four-episode arc on TNT’s The Alienist, as well as Ransom for CBC, and guested in Season 3 of the hit NBC series This is Us. He’s repped by TalentWorks and The Artist Representation Company.

    Burton was nominated for Emmy for her role as Vice President Sally Langston in Shonda Rhimes’ ABC series Scandal. Recent film roles include Where’d You Go Bernadette directed by Richard Linklater, indie feature At First Light and Diane Bell’s Bleeding Heart with Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet, among others. Burton is repped by Gersh and Principal Entertainment.

    Ratings: Clarice Returns Low; Grey's and Station 19 Finales Lead Thursday

    (6/4/21) In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ Clarice returned from its latest mini-hiatus — though with the first of four episodes in a row! — to 1.8 million total viewers and a 0.2 demo rating, hitting and tying series lows.

    Earlier in CBS’ night, United States of Al (3.7 mil/0.4) was steady.

    Elsewhere:

    ABC | Station 19 (4.7 mil/0.6, TVLine reader grade “B+”; read recap) dipped in the demo with its season finale yet delivered Thursday’s biggest audience. Grey’s Anatomy (4.6 mil/0.8) ticked up with its season finale, and led the night in the demo. Rebel (2.8 mil/0.4) was flat.

    NBC | On-the-bubble Manifest (2.7 mil/0.4) dipped to a new audience low while steady in the demo. Law & Order: SVU (4.1 mil/0.7) and Organized Crime (3.9 mil/0.6) were steady in the demo with their season finales.

    FOX | After a 22-month hiatus, Beat Shazam returned to 1.7 mil and a 0.4.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Writer Meg Marinis On Story Behind Meredith’s Clap-Out In Season 17 Finale

    (6/3/21) (Deadline.com) In a typical Grey’s Anatomy twist, when Meredith was discharged in Episode 15 after months of battling Covid, she did not get the clap-out all survivors get when leaving the hospital. She had a big one planned. But while all of her colleagues were out front waiting for her to come out, she snuck out through the back, aided by Jackson.

    Instead, Meredith received an applause at the end of the Season 17 finale when she and Teddy completed a successful double lung transplant surgery in Meredith’s triumphant return to the OR — and the top of her game. Meg Marinis, who co-wrote the season finale with Andy Reaser, explained the decision to have the clap-out in the finale, and not in Season 15 as they had originally planned.

    “We initially wrote Meredith’s clap-out to be when she was discharged from the hospital, in Episode 1715,” she said. “But we quickly realized that moment seemed like the end of the season, so we came up with the brilliant idea of Meredith escaping her own clap-out, which felt very Meredith Grey to us. So many people had struggled with Covid, and she didn’t want to feel any different than anyone else. So we decided to clap Meredith out of the OR instead, which felt like the ultimate victory to her journey this season. That shot of Meredith, in the OR Corridor, surrounded by her people, laughing and smiling in her scrub cap… It gives me all the feels. It gives me hope after such a hard year.”

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Finale: Proposals, Weddings, Heartbreak & New Beginnings Mark End Of Heavy & Hopeful Season 17

    (6/3/21) (Deadline.com) ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy closed out its 17th season Thursday night with a finale that fast-forwarded through eight months of the pandemic, from July 2020 to April 2021, and the major life events for the Grey Sloan Memorial doctors over that period, including two attempts at a Maggie-Winston wedding (one aborted and one successful), two attempts at a Link-Amelia proposal (one aborted and one unsuccessful), one Owen-Teddy proposal (accepted) and a successful adoption for Jo who became Luna’s mom — and, in one of the finale’s biggest twists — possibly Link’s new love interest.

    Like many episodes this Covid-themed season, the finale started at the beach, with Meredith, in April 2021, throwing rose petals on the sand and reminiscing about all the times people have asked her what she had learned from surviving Covid. “It taught me that I’m still alive,” Meredith says. And with that, we go back to…

    August 2020

    The highlights of that month include Jo vowing to move out, annoyed over Schmitt and their new roommate Helm’s constant banter on mundane subjects, like fruit, and Meredith returning to the hospital as the new head of the residency program.

    Maggie and Winston exchange vows and are about to be pronounced husband and wife at a small backyard ceremony when his mother and her father object, urging them to wait and do a proper wedding “in a church, or at least with more than 10 people.” All agree, and the nuptials are halted (though the champagne and cake don’t go to waste).

    Gerlie Bernardo (guest actress Aina Dumlao), a nurse at an assisted living facility, is admitted with Covid symptoms.

    September 2020

    Amelia’s depression, which became evident when Link suggested they try for a second child in the last episode, gets deeper. “So much fear,” she tells a Zoom support group, which includes Richard, noting that “my child’s father is not one of us” as she does not share his bright outlook on life, marriage and more kids. “I feel lonely; I wish he got it.”

    Jo’s recent sudden closeness with Link took another major step when she asks him to apply to foster Luna after she was rejected over a failed background check and a family had offered to take the baby in. He agrees, and the decision adds to Amelia’s mounting anxiety when he tells her about it.

    Meredith is outside when Gerlie is discharged and wheeled out. The two chat about survivors guilt “that doesn’t go away” when Gerlie suddenly collapses.

    October 2020

    Gerlie develops complications, and Meredith gets dizzy when she scrubs in to perform a simple procedure on her in her return to the OR.

    Link’s foster application is approved, and the house inspection by a social worker is another trigger for Amelia when he tells her that, while the fostering of Luna would be temporary, “we will need (baby-proofing) one day when we have a second child.”

    “I don’t want what he wants,” Jo tells her support group, now meeting in person outdoors. “I don’t know if that’s the disease thinking or just me, but marriage and more kids, I don’t want it, and I can’t tell him, and I’m mad, I’m mad at me.”

    Teddy has a bout of Covid but has mild symptoms and doesn’t infect anyone, but it gets her even closer with Owen.

    December 2020

    Grey’s Anatomy does its Christmas episode this season, condensed into five minutes.

    Gerlie is rendered not eligible for a lung transplant.

    Link again confides to his new best friend Jo, showing her several engagement rings he had bought for Amelia and asking for advice which one to propose with.

    At a Christmas party at their house, Link is seconds away from proposing in front of everybody when it starts snowing in the backyard. It is part of an elaborate proposal Owen had planned for Teddy.

    “We have hurt each other but we have forgiven each other,” he says as fake snow is falling. “We don’t make sense to the rest of the world but we make sense to us.” She says yes.

    January 2021

    All doctors get their first Covid shot.

    Richard tells Amelia that her romantic relationship with Link “doesn’t have to work” and they can just co-parent together.

    “You are allowed to want what you want, even if it’s not what he wants,” he says. While Richard notes that he is not telling her to leave Link, he essentially does.

    Gerlie gets on a double lung transplant list. “We need to stop thinking of Covid in terms of who survives and who does not,” Meredith says. “There will be millions of people who will be suffering from the after effects of Covid, and we need to advocate for them as hard as we advocate for everybody else.” This is a possible hint at a topic Grey’s may cover next season.

    A “shark” lawyer wins Jo custody of Luna. But children are expensive, and to have the means to care for her, Jo has sold her shares in the hospital, which she initially offered to Link. The buyer is non other than Koracick (Greg Germann), who, in a video call, tells an exasperated Bailey that “I want to have a skin in the game” and that he would now be on board meetings and will need to review expense and progress reports. The move explains showrunner Krista Vernoff’s plan to have Germann — who exited as a series regular two episodes ago, when Koracick followed Jackson (Jesse Williams) to work for his foundation in Boston — back as a guest star next season. Williams and German were two of three series regulars to exit the show this season, along with Giacomo Gianniotti.

    April 2021

    We are back at the beach with Meredith sprinkling petals, soon joined by one of her daughters. Turns out she is setting the stage for Maggie and Winston’s wedding redo.

    The ceremony in front of their families and colleagues goes without a hitch this time but, before the reception, Meredith gets a call that they have donor lungs for Gerlie, and she and Teddy rush to the hospital. The transplant is successful, the wedding reception is joyous, with the two mixed up in an emotional montage.

    Link pulls Amelia from the party for a romantic proposal on the beach, with Meredith’s children holding the rings. “I know the last year has been intense, but I do know that, no matter what happens, I want to go through it with you,” he says. “You challenge me, you thrill me, you impress the hell out of me, and there is definitely no one on earth like you so please would you do me the honor of marrying me?” Amelia looks horrified and does not utter a word.

    Jo moves into Jackson’s old apartment with Luna and has a brief, sweet video chat with Jackson who wishes her “welcome home.” Before she could send change-of-address notification to her friends, there is a ring on the door and a heartbroken Link walks in, asking her whether he could crash at her place.

    In the final montage, the wedding party — in formal attire — all go to the hospital to give Meredith (and Teddy) a clap-out following the transplant surgery. Meredith has not looked this happy in a long time. “I’m still alive,” she says in the voice-over.

    Meg Marinis, who co-wrote the season finale with Andy Reaser, spoke about the idea behind the standing-O.

    “We initially wrote Meredith’s clap-out to be when she was discharged from the hospital, in Episode 1715,” she said. “But we quickly realized that moment seemed like the end of the season, so we came up with the brilliant idea of Meredith escaping her own clap-out, which felt very Meredith Grey to us. So many people had struggled with Covid, and she didn’t want to feel any different than anyone else. So we decided to clap Meredith out of the OR instead, which felt like the ultimate victory to her journey this season. That shot of Meredith, in the OR corridor, surrounded by her people, laughing and smiling in her scrub cap… It gives me all the feels. It gives me hope after such a hard year.”

    As the country is slowly emerging from the pandemic, this was a fitting uplifting ending to a season, which tackled the pandemic head-on, depicting its devastating impact on victims’ families and healthcare workers.

    The season, which also featured the tragic death of DeLuca (Gianniotti), struck an emotional balance, bringing joy to fans with the surprise returns of Derek (Patrick Dempsey), George (T.R. Knight) as well as Mark and Lexie (Eric Dane, Chyler Leigh) during the dream beach motif while Meredith was a coma, battling Covid.

    “There’s lightness and beauty inside the darkness,” Vernoff told Deadline in March.

    Season 17 of Grey’s Anatomy was dedicated to the healthcare workers who put their lives on the line to save others during the pandemic. At the end of the finale, the show also acknowledged the show’s Health and Safety Team.

    Brooke Smith handling own Emmy campaign for ‘Big Sky’

    (6/2/21) Brooke Smith, who’s done big stuff — “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Bates Motel,” “The Silence of the Lambs” — has launched her own Best Supporting Emmy campaign. She plays integral Merrilee Legarski, wife of psycho nuts sheriff (actor John Carroll Lynch) on David Kelley’s ABC chiller “Big Sky.”

    So why’s Brooke submitting herself, paying the fees herself, reaching all the p.r. outreach herself? “Because the network won’t include me in their official For Your Consideration campaign.”

    Nobody understands why. Who knows. Oddly, centuries ago when Biden’s mother was teaching him that you cannot tell a lie, Brooke’s mom Lois Smith was one of the sharpest p.r. ladies in the business. Daughter Brooke therefore knows what Mama would do — and she’s doing it.

    The who’s who of Emmy deciders pick their faves this month.

    TV Ratings: SVU Outdraws Grey's and Ties for Thursday Demo Win

    (5/28/21) In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s Law & Order: SVU this week copped 4.2 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating, outdrawing time slot rival Grey’s Anatomy and landing in a four-way tie for the nightly demo win.

    Bookending SVU, a Red Nose Day edition of The Wall (2.8 mil/0.4) matched Manifest‘s latest tallies, and Law & Order: Organized Crime (3.9 mil/0.6) joined SVU in that demo tie.

    Elsewhere:

    ABC | Station 19 (4.4 mil/0.6) and Grey’s (4.1 mil/0.6) both slipped to what I must assume are series lows yet are a part of that four-way demo tie, while Rebel (2.8 mil/0.4) was steady-ish. Station 19 drew Thursday’s largest audience.

    CBS | United States of Al (3.9 mil/0.4) dipped.

    FOX | iHeartRadio Music Awards coverage averaged 1.7 mil and a 0.4.

    Grey's Recap: Baby, I'ma Want You

    (5/27/21) (tvline.com) In Thursday’s penultimate Season 17 Grey’s Anatomy, babies were the hot topic, not only with Jo, whose attachment to ill-fated Val’s newborn Luna has been growing stronger with every scene, but Link, who the promo suggested was keen on expanding his and Amelia’s mom-and-pop operation. Of course, we all know how misleading Grey’s promos can be. So did the ortho god really want to give Scout a kid brother or sister? Read on…

    ‘GUESTS DON’T BRING OTHER GUESTS — I GREW UP IN A CAR, AND I KNOW THAT’ | As “I’m Still Standing” began — Week 1 — Amelia tended to Meredith, serving her a sandwich with “the weirdest meat-to-cheese ratio I’ve ever known,” then headed to Grey Sloan, where she’d taken over Koracick’s service. While Jo adjusted to having Taryn as a spare roommate, Levi learned that he’d been accepted into a COVID vaccine trial. At the hospital, Winston and Maggie planned their wedding, and Teddy informed Owen that Tom had left Seattle with Jackson to save the world. Shortly, Jo and Cormac met officious social worker Carmen, who’d been assigned legal guardianship of Luna. Nearby, Richard, Maggie and Helm tended to a patient named Gwen who was in need of a heart donor and had basically given up on life, having lost her husband and dog. At the same time, Amelia and Owen prepared to perform surgery on a young woman named Skyler whose father was especially tense. And handsome Dr. Mason Post administered the vaccine to a nervous Levi. (Nico who?) Afterwards, Levi summed up his task thusly: “Now all I have to do is not die.” greys-anatomy-recap-season-17-episode-16-jo-adopts-baby-luna

    A commercial break later, we were in Week 2, at which point Bailey paid a visit to Meredith, who was stunned to learn about Ben’s recent, wholly successful surgery. Gwen, meanwhile, had Winston paged because she wanted to meet the man that Maggie was marrying. And Levi seemed to be warming, awkwardly, to the idea of flirting with Mason. (Whether Mason was flirting remained… unclear.) During a moment with Nico, Levi was tasked with clarifying their relationship. Nico didn’t want to see other people, he insisted. “I want you and only you.” Oh, since when, Nico? In peds, a distracted Carmen thanked Jo and Cormac for making it so easy not to think at all about Luna. “You could think about her a little,” huffed Jo. Outside the hospital, Amelia was forced to report to Skyler’s dad that she still hadn’t regained consciousness and might need another procedure. The absentee parent had seen COVID as a second chance to get to know his daughter. So, sadly, he OK’d the additional procedure, so long as Skyler wasn’t in any pain.

    ‘PRETTY CRAZY TO THINK WE’RE ALL WALKING AROUND ON A PAIR OF MATCH STICKS’ | On Week 3, Link ran into Jo, who was perturbed by Carmen’s disinterest in Luna. He cracked that duh, of course Jo was going to adopt the baby. “I completely freaking love her,” she admitted. You can stop asking yourself if you can raise a kid alone, Link told his pal. You already are. At the same time, Winston suggested that he and Maggie turn their wedding into a puzzle that they could solve together. She dragged her feet, though. She didn’t want the ceremony to feel like a compromise. Wait, what? Saved by the text, Maggie learned that they had a donor for Gwen. Nearby, Amelia doubled down on her efforts to save Skyler. “I’m a mom now, I can’t give up,” she told Owen. At last, Levi and Mason confirmed that they were flirting. (Now can we say, “Bye, Nico?”) That night, Link admitted to Amelia that he wanted more kids. “I love being a dad,” he exclaimed. “I think I want more.” Cue Amelia’s panicked expression in 3, 2…

    In Week 4, Bailey paid another visit to Mer, at which point Grey shared “some of the many gifts” she might have received compliments of COVID. She might not even be able to stand long enough to perform surgery again, Mer warned. “What I want is my life back.” And she wasn’t sure, or even hopeful, that she was going to get it. While Amelia worked on Skyler, Link phoned in playing his guitar for Scout — which miraculously stimulated brain activity in the patient (or so I gleaned). From there, Amelia formulated a method of asking Skyler questions that she could answer in. Her. Brain. Whoa. Elsewhere, Maggie reported that Gwen showed no signs of organ rejection. Unfortunately, she had awakened with a headache; had she had a stroke? In peds, Jo was horrified to discover that Luna had stopped breathing after eating. Whew. Cormac was able to get the baby’s heart beating again. Afterwards, Jo couldn’t deny it a second longer. “I want to be her mom,” she tearfully admitted.

    ‘I JUST DON’T THINK I CAN MAKE OUT WITH MYSELF’ | In Week 5, Amelia reported that she couldn’t figure out why Gwen was having headaches. Suddenly, it dawned on Maggie and Richard — that she just didn’t want to leave the hospital. Once busted, Gwen confessed that she just wanted to stay. “I have friends here — the nurses and doctors,” she said. “I’m not very good at people. My husband was, not me.” But at Grey Sloan, she was accepted. Liked, even. In peds, Jo admitted to Cormac that yep, she’d been there all night. If she’d gone into cardiac arrest and had a tube shoved down her throat, she wouldn’t have wanted to be alone. During a private moment with Winston, Maggie insisted that she hadn’t been saying that she didn’t want to get married, she’d just wanted it to feel right. They could talk about it later, he said. Clearly, it could wait. In other developments, Amelia was able to let Skyler’s dad talk to her using her innovative yes/no brain-scan method. (Though I shuddered to think what her copay was going to be… !)

    At the start of Week 6, Mason came right out and asked Levi out. Or, rather, in. “I’ll text you my address and see how the rest of your day goes,” said the new doc. “I hope you’re at the end of it.” In peds, Carmen rejected Cormac’s idea to perform surgery on Luna. She also expressed her sympathy for Jo, whose application to adopt the baby had been denied; she’d failed the background check. At Grey’s, Bailey pitched the idea that Mer take over the residency program. Richard had too many jobs as it was, and one day, he’d want to step back. “I need somebody who thinks like me,” said Miranda. “I need you to put together a team that reflects our world” and make that world better. As the episode drew to a close, Taryn reunited Gwen with her dog, Jupiter (and told the patient to call anytime). Instead of show up at Mason’s door, Levi went to Nico’s. All together now: Ugh. “I panicked because I love you,” Schmitt said. He just wasn’t used to his awful boyfriend feeling it back. But at least it did seem that Nico was sincere in his change of heart. OK, maybe I could get behind this. (You?)

    At the hospital with Owen, Amelia blurted out that she didn’t want any more kids. “I always thought I wanted four or five… ” But nope. Not now. Hell, she was losing herself so badly that she hadn’t even been to a meeting in weeks. In response, Owen advised his ex to just be honest with Link. (Instead, Amelia hid out from her babydaddy at Mer’s.) At Jo’s, Taryn asked if her landlady was OK. She was not. So “you can live here or you can talk, but you can’t do both,” Wilson said as she crawled into bed and began to sob. And Maggie said that her and Winston’s wedding would never be perfect because her mom wasn’t going to be there. It had had nothing to do with him. So she suggested that they turn the engagement ring that Diane had given her into a wedding band and tie the knot asap with just close family. Fine by him — which was a good thing, too, as she just happened to have waiting in the parking lot… his grandma and her adoptive dad!

    ‘Firefly Lane’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix

    (5/26/21) Netflix has given a second-season pickup to its drama series Firefly Lane. Series stars Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke announced the renewal via a Zoom video, in which they also addressed fan questions about the show. (You can watch the video below.)

    Firefly Lane, which debuted on February 3, shot up to No. 1 in Nielsen’s weekly streaming rankings at launch.

    In the series based on the novel by Kristin Hannah, when unlikely duo Tully (Heigl) and Kate (Chalke) meet at age 14, they couldn’t be more different. Tully is the brash and bold girl you can’t ignore, while Kate is the mousy shy girl you never notice. But when a tragedy brings them together, they are bonded for life — forever inseparable best friends. Together they experience 30 years of ups and downs, triumphs and disappointments, heartbreak and joy and a love triangle that strains their friendship. One goes on to fabulous wealth and fame, the other chooses marriage and motherhood, but through the decades, their bond remains — until it faces the ultimate test.

    The series was created by Maggie Friedman, who serves as executive producer and showrunner. Heigl and Shawn Williamson also executive produce, and Hannah co-executive produces. (Video)

    ABC Signature Boss On Developing Potential New ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Spinoff & “Gut Punch” Of ‘Rebel’ Cancellation

    (5/24/21) Grey’s Anatomy continues to rewrite TV history with a Season 18 renewal at ABC where it remains the top scripted series. With spinoff Station 19 coming into its own In Season 4 and finding another gear as part of an integrated two-hour block with Grey’s under franchise showrunner Krista Vernoff, there has been speculation whether ABC would add a new offshoot.

    Last week, Craig Erwich, President, ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, told Deadline that the network would be interested in another Grey’s Anatomy offsoot. “We are always open to any iteration that will serve the show and the fans,” he said.

    Created by Shonda Rhimes, Grey’s Anatomy has spawned two successful spinoff series to date, Private Practice and Station 19. While the focus right now is on the upcoming record-breaking Season 18 of Grey’s Anatomy, a potential new spinoff has been discussed on and off for the past year.

    “Krista and the team are really digging deep and finding out what that looks like. They are noodling ideas, and I can’t wait to, when we land on what that is to introduce the next phase of Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC Signature President Jonnie Davis told Deadline as part of interviews with the heads of major studios about the major takeaways from the 2021 upfronts. “We will find the next version that will take it to the next 18 years. We’re working on for right now, and there’s no better brains to figure it out than Krista and Shonda.”

    Davis cautioned that everyone is very careful about expanding the storied franchise for the right reasons. “it’s important that not just for commerce, it has to be the right idea that meets the moment,” he said.

    He marveled over Grey’s longevity.

    “You know what’s crazy, my 16-year-old is now devouring Grey’s Anatomy, just found it, she’s starting Season One. The show has just had so much appeal and people who love it already, people who are just finding it,” he said, adding, “Look, we want that show to go on for another 18 years.”

    As Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 scored renewals for next season by ABC, newcomer Rebel, the first series created by Grey’s and Station 19 showrunner Krista Vernoff, was canceled by the network after five airings.

    Davis called the decision “a big gut punch”. “We love Krista Vernoff, we made this incredible deal with her,” he said of Vernoff who recently signed a new overall deal with ABC Signature.

    “There’s no better showrunner in town — and a creator by the way — and we were gut-punched about Rebel,” Davis said. “We hoped that was going to get more time to fully find the audience, and if you’re reading the blogs right now, people love that show. We’re still licking our wounds on that one.”

    Jesse Williams On ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Exit, What He Envisions For Jackson (& Japril) And Whether He May Return

    (5/21/21) In a Grey’s Anatomy season of many shockers, one of the biggest came earlier this month when Deadline reported that longtime cast member star Jesse Williams was departing the hit ABC medical drama after 12 seasons. The same night, in the episode “Look Up Child,” Williams’ character, Jackson Avery, who had had grown increasingly frustrated by the inequities in the healthcare system as well as the pandemic’s disproportionally large impact on communities of color, revealed that he would be leaving Grey Sloan Memorial to take over the family foundation and exact change, “creating real racial equity in medicine.” To do so, he was moving to Boston. His ex-wife April, played by Grey’s alumna Sarah Drew, who returned for Williams’ exit, agreed to follow him there so he can be close to their daughter, while dropping a bombshell of her own, that she had recently separated from her husband.

    In Williams’ final episode, last night’s “Tradition,” Jackson broke the news to his colleagues and got to do scenes with all fellow longtime Grey’s actors, including original cast members Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. In an emotional heart-to-heart between Pompeo’s Meredith and Williams’ Jackson, she recalled how they were the last two of the original residents left (while flashback footage from early seasons played), and now that he is leaving, she was the last one standing.

    In an interview with Deadline, Williams spoke about filming that scene, discussed how the idea of Jackson’s move to Boston came about and what input he had on Jackson’s exit arc. He also shared his vision for how Jackson would fare as head of the foundation, whether Japril may be back on, and whether Jackson could occasionally be dropping by Grey Sloan Memorial now that, as Wilson’s Bailey put it, “he is our boss.”

    A lifelong activist who also has tackled social issues like racial justice in some of his work, Williams, who produced this year’s live-action short film Oscar winner Two Distant Strangers, spoke about what is next for him as an actor, director and producer as well as off-screen. (You can watch Grey’s Farewell to Jackson video, featuring some of his most memorable moments, under the Q&A).

    DEADLINE: Let’s talk about the genesis of your exit from the show. What kind of conversations did you have with showrunner Krista Vernoff and when did you know that this was going to be your last season on Grey’s?

    JESSE WILLIAMS: It kind of happened organically this year, as we started to unpack where Jackson was in terms of his self-discovery. We look back at the last two years of him pretty consistently not finding success in relationships, having trust issues with relationships, bailing and going off into the woods by himself in a self-discovery thing, and a fair amount of safe distance, not manifesting any real platonic relationships with other folks in the hospital. He was a little lost ever since his divorce and some of the traumatic things that have happened, and meeting his father, it was really unfinished. You have a character that is in transition and trying to find himself and running into a lot of obstacles, and something has to change or else you’re just going to go numb and dissolve.

    And then you have what’s happening outside in the real world, in terms of socially and politically, he starts feeling left out of there, too. He doesn’t have a real grip on his personal life or his romantic life, or his social life, and then his work life has been blanking in terms of his administrative. He’s an Avery so he’s got a lot of power and influence, but he runs from it, so he’s having identity issues, and then you see politically he doesn’t feel involved in this outside world. Why am I not involved? I’ve got to do something. We felt like this person had to change his environment, and it really would be really nice to show an adult man dig into how to repair himself. Essentially therapy. How to go confront his demons, figure out what it is that he understands about love and loss, and himself, and go back and confront his father and admit that this has really had a deleterious impact on my ability to have a relationship. You abandoned me. What the f*ck?

    I have to confront that yeah, I’m not whole. I don’t have it together. I don’t know how to stay anywhere because I’ve got this huge thing hanging over my head, and I think it’s important to have examples of people, particularly men, and men of color, be vulnerable and say you know what, I don’t have it all together. I don’t care that I’m rich and girls like him, or whatever. So what? He doesn’t know himself and it’s important to paint examples of that and for him to go try to do something about that. I think that we agree, Krista and I, that this character can’t stay here. He needs to change his environment. We’ve already seen him on his own, but he needs to do something more meaningful that gives him purpose, and he needs to be around somebody that understands and knows him, that it’s not paternal instinct and patting him on head as an elder, like his mom or Richard.

    So, it kind of just happened naturally through really honoring what’s the truth of the character, not what I want or what the show wants, or what the fans want. What is true for the character? Where would he find himself?

    DEADLINE: Knowing your off-screen activism and some of your producing work, especially on the documentary side, it really blends with what Jackson wants to accomplish next. Did you have an input in his exit storyline?

    WILLIAMS: Yeah, I definitely had a say in the process, the journey that he’s on as well as the words that he says. It’s interesting because there are similarities in the sport but not in the position played on the team, right, because I myself, Jesse Williams, have been politically aware since I was 5 years old and always involved in political work, whereas Jackson is literally the opposite, has never been involved in any way, shape or form. So, while I, Jesse, have a familiarity with the language and experience he has none whatsoever, but I can relate to the myriad of people that I come across that are trying to find their way in, and what’s happening nowadays is people who’ve never had to experience this social justice stuff and been able to avoid it their whole life and just kind of be politically agnostic realizing that their silence is consent and want be involved.

    How can I be involved without judgment and feeling shame that I wasn’t involved before? I might draw more attention to myself by trying to be involved now. It’s a very polarizing time in our history, so let’s embrace that and let a character explore that and be vulnerable and honest, and like hey, I don’t know anything about this. I haven’t been involved. I’ve just watched it and that was it. My mom convinced me not to be involved and how can I put my toe in, how can I be helpful. He messed up. He tried to throw money at a problem, and it made it worse, and those are all mistakes that I think audience members can relate to, and yeah. I was definitely involved in trying to create that content.

    DEADLINE: In your mind, how does the next chapter for Jackson in Boston running the foundation pan out? Will he deliver on his intentions? Will he reconnect with April, will they and their daughter become a family again?

    WILLIAMS: In my mind he will have many stumbles on his road to success in the administrative that he’s taken on running a foundation. I think this is something he will not, cannot give up on. He’s finally found a place for his whole self that is not just his profession. He loved his job as a surgeon. He was damn good at it but it’s only using one half of himself, and he needs to find something that feeds his soul. He’s always felt like he was not part of the community of his choosing. He’s not amongst the people, he’s not regular. He’s got this legacy and all of this money, and all of this privilege and people like the way he looks, which has nothing to do with him, but he gets credit for it. It’s all of these things that bubble around him.

    He’s always had this bubble wrap around him that has protected him, and being able to do this work, I think, he’s going to be thrilled and feeling like blood is coursing through his veins in a whole new way now. He’s going to feel alive in a way that he hasn’t before, which is very exciting. I’m happy for him, and I can relate to moments in my life. I try to surround myself and do work that is not just for a check but work that I really care about and that I can watch positively impact people, so that’s what I envision for him professionally.

    Yeah, I think it’s pretty possible that he rekindles a romantic connection to his ex-wife, they’re damn good together, but most importantly what he needs from that is friendship and kindness, and patience, and understanding, and I think that he will get that with her and be able to share and give and reciprocate it as well.

    DEADLINE: And since, as Bailey said, Jackson is now his former colleagues’ boss, is there a possibility for him to drop in on them in the future? Would you return to Grey’s for an occasional guest appearance?

    WILLIAMS: You know, I can’t be sure, but I think it’s possible. Yeah, I think it’s totally possible. I think it’s totally possible. You never know how things will shake out. There’s a lot of other factors at play, including schedules and stuff, but I love the idea of keeping that option open.

    DEADLINE: In your final episode, you had a scene with Ellen and the other cast members you’d been with on the show for a long time, and there were flashbacks. How was it doing those scenes and reminiscing about the early days and how far all of you have come since then?

    WILLIAMS: Well, it’s interesting because the reminiscing part wasn’t really part of the script, honestly. I guess fans don’t really know that, but I was surprised to see that as well. I think the showrunner and director decided in edit to cut away into all of these flashbacks, original scenes, but I didn’t know that was going to be part of it.

    We were just playing the scenes, and especially the scene with Ellen. The scene with Meredith and Jackson, that was really emotional and that really had parallels to real life. Ellen Pompeo is a good friend of mine, and I’m leaving, my proximity to her is changing. I’m not going to see her at work anymore, we’re leaving each other in that way, and that was emotional and directly tied to the characters.

    And keep in mind all of these scenes that you see, there [are] 30 crewmembers standing right next to you, over you, and these are all people that I really care about and came to know, especially as a director. I’ve been directing every year with them. I spend time with them differently, learn more about them and their families, learn more about their craft and respect them all the more because I understand the incredible work that they don’t, so it’s palpable.

    The whole room is fueled with, This is the end of an era. This is the end of a connection with somebody. We spend more time, more hours in the day, with these people than with your family by and large, so it was all very loaded, to say the least. And it’s a weird thing because there’s some sadness in there but there’s excitement. I’m excited about what’s to come next, and everybody’s excited for me, but it’s also sad, so you have this intermix of grief and pride, among other feelings, all at once, so that’s an interesting place to be, and then having a camera in you face to record something for the rest of human history, so it’s a lot.

    DEADLINE: What is next for you as an actor and producer? You also have been directing on Grey’s. Would you be back on the show behind the camera?

    WILLIAMS: Yeah, I’m definitely going to be directing more and more in my life and I am totally open to coming back and directing Grey’s. I just directed Krista’s other show, Rebel, with Katey Sagal and Andy Garcia, and recently directed other projects outside of that family so I’m wide open to that. I’ve already signed on to a couple movies as an actor and a producer. And I’m launching an education platform called Assemble, which is an education platform aggregating all of the best and brightest people of color around the country to teach classes and share their skills and experiences, and their journeys online and on a mobile app that include incredible coursework for folks and try to close the education gap in our country, in terms of institutional education being a huge barrier to entry for women and people of color. We’re going to bring them directly to readers to be able to build skills and be able to learn how to turn their passions into professions and personal development, that’s something I’m putting a lot of energy into right now.

    So, I’m always balancing some entrepreneurial work with the creative. I’m doing some writing right now, to write and direct something of my own, and I actually might be writing a book as well, so I’m never not busy that’s for sure.

    DEADLINE: Any final thoughts as you are closing the Grey’s chapter of your career?

    WILLIAMS: Besides my immense gratitude to the fans, I would like to just say that the role of the fans has never been more clear to me. They are not this auxiliary additive bonus item at the end of the process. They’re directly involved in the entire journey, and I have an immense appreciation and respect for them. So it’s a big thank you to the fans and also, it’s always good to know that we onboard new generations of fans all the time. There are plenty of 12- and 14- and 18-year-olds that are just now discovering Season 1 and watching it with their members of their family that are in their 60s and 70s. We’re getting new fans all the time, and it’s really exciting to see this show has so many lives, and it’s really cool to know that it doesn’t just end and never really branch out. It’s reborn every day, so I’m still on the journey. This leg of it is over, so just immense gratitude. Gratitude and excitement.

    Ratings: Manifest Eyes Audience Low, Last Man Flat With Series Finale

    (5/21/21) In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s on-the-bubble Manifest this week drew not quite 2.8 million total viewers — marking a new audience low — while matching last week’s series-low 0.4 demo rating.

    Continuing NBC’s night, Law & Order: SVU (4.1 mil/0.7) dipped in the demo, while Organized Crime (4.1 mil/0.7) was steady.

    ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (4.4 mil/0.8) dipped in the demo but still led Thursday in the measure. Station 19 (4.7 mil/0.7) also was down but delivered the night’s biggest audience. Newly cancelled Rebel (2.9 mil/0.4) added a few eyeballs while steady in the demo.

    Fox’s Last Man Standing (2.5 mil/0.4) was flat with its hour-long series finale. Read post mortems 1 and 2. Over on The CW, Walker (1 mil/0.2) ticked up while Legacies (540K/0.1) was steady…. CBS’ United States of Al (3.9 mil/0.4) slipped to series lows amid a sea of reruns.

    Grey's Recap: Scrubbing Out — Plus, Which Twosome Hooked Up?

    (5/20/21) (tvline.com) After a dozen seasons, countless surgeries and enough heartache to give anyone a coronary, Grey’s Anatomy’s Jackson Avery said goodbye Thursday to Grey Sloan, Seattle and, well, all of us as he set off to begin his new life with April and Harriet in Boston. Read on, and we’ll go over not only Jesse Williams’ last scenes but the episode’s surprising hook-up, its outta-nowhere extra exit and everything that happened in “Tradition.”

    ‘TO CLARIFY WHAT JUST HAPPENED, JACKSON AVERY IS NOW… OUR BOSS’ | As the episode began, so did the Jackson flashbacks. (Was he — were we — ever really that young?) As Bailey reactions go, she took the news that he was moving to Boston fairly well. How could she not, when he pointed out that she and Richard had shown him the kind of person, the kind of fighter, that he wanted to become. Elsewhere in the hospital, Teddy, Owen and Maggie reported to Mer that she was being kicked out of Grey Sloan. The one downside? DeLuca wouldn’t be there to see it happen, especially after he’d taken such great care of her. At least Teddy was flying high. “I actually feel hope!” she exclaimed before falling into an ill-advised kiss (for starters) with her ex-fiancé. (Koracick who?) Jo told Carina that she wanted to learn as much as she could from her before she left for Italy. Ah, but Carina would be back, she said; she was marrying Maya and becoming an American citizen. Finally, at Mer’s, Amelia panicked at the thought of her sister-in-law returning home to find the disaster area that it had become. “She is gonna report us for child abuse!” Amelia fretted.

    Shortly, Mer beseeched her pals to talk about something, anything but her condition, so they all had a good chuckle over Maggie’s engagement and wedding plans. They also revealed that Jackson was leaving to run the Catherine Fox Foundation. Yikes. “Any other tragedies I should know about?” asked Mer. Err… um… Next topic, please. Of course, Bailey couldn’t put off telling Grey about DeLuca forever, Richard advised when he and Miranda were alone. In other developments, as Koracick and James were treating a tribal elder named William, they wound up getting a second patient when his granddaughter Marianne appeared to go into labor. Of note: Taryn was so distracted that Tom replaced her with Levi. WTH was up with Helmouth? At the nurses’ station, Link said that he and Amelia would be leaving Mer’s as soon as Grey got home. “Ya think so?” replied the telling sound effect that Owen made. When Jackson broke it to sex buddy Jo that he was outta there, “Wow” was her reaction. Sweetly, he thanked her for being a good friend — oh, and for all the sex. When he visited Mer, she declared herself the last man standing — the last member of their residency class to still be there. “I don’t want this to be our big goodbye,” she said, adding, “You go give ’em hell, Avery.” In response, he thanked her for teaching him how to do exactly that. (And oh, the flashbacks… too many feels!)

    ‘YOU’RE MAKING IT SOUND LIKE A COVEN’ | Halfway through the episode, Marianne gave birth to a healthy baby as James employed tribal methods in his treatment of her grandfather. Inspired by William’s retelling of the baby’s birth, as well as Jo’s career change, Koracick appeared on the verge of making a change himself. Before Carina took off for Italy, Jo made sure to tell her how glad she was to have known her brother. At last, Bailey and Richard broke it to Mer that Andrew was dead. “He’s OK,” she said. “He’s not,” Miranda replied. “He is with his mother,” said Grey with the certainty of someone who’d seen their reunion on limbo beach. At Mer’s clap-out shortly thereafter, the patient was a no-show; instead of let her buddies “surprise” her, she had Jackson sneak her out of the hospital and drive her home. Speaking of which, Owen and Winston warned Link that leaving the sister house might not be as easy as he expects. “Meredith’s house just has this power, this pull,” Hunt said. For one thing, it always smells like waffles.

    As the episode drew to a close, Richard made clear that when he’d asked Maggie if they’d picked a date for the wedding, he hadn’t meant to invite himself or imply that he should walk his daughter down the aisle. She and Winston then revealed that her adoptive dad had had an idea since he was going to escort Maggie to the altar — they should have Richard officiate the ceremony. When Levi caught up with Taryn, she revealed that she didn’t know what had happened to her. All she’d ever wanted was to be a doctor, and now all she wanted to do was run away from there. The pandemic wasn’t just affecting patients, Schmitt reassured her. It was affecting them, too. And since he wasn’t sure about moving in with Nico, he invited her to move in with him… wait, at Jo’s? She’s an OB resident, Levi pointed out. She’d be home less than they would. As soon as Mer walked through her front door, it was group-hug time with the kids. In the parking lot of Grey Sloan, Koracick recounted to Jackson how many roommates of color he’d lost while being treated for COVID. “The world is only that way because people who look like me made it that way,” he said. So would Jackson please “let me be worthy of being spared” by helping change the world? “You don’t even have to stop hating me… Just let me help.” (How, how, how is the show letting Greg Germann leave?!?)

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: How Jesse Williams’ Dr. Jackson Avery Bid Farewell To Grey Sloan Memorial

    (5/20/21) (deadline.com) (Farewell Video) Dr. Jackson Avery has officially checked out of Grey Sloan Memorial.

    Jesse Williams made his final appearance in the long-running ABC medical drama in Tradition, an episode filled with emotional goodbye’s and prospects of a brighter, more purposeful future. Following the latest installment that featured Sarah Drew’s return as April Kepner, “Tradition” started with Jackson entering the hospital one last time, with his resignation letter in hand.

    First on Jackson’s laundry list of goodbyes are Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and step-father Dr. Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) While news of Jackson’s movie isn’t a surprise for the latter, Bailey is taken by surprise. While turning in his official resignation letter, complete with a list of recommended replacements, Jackson reflects on his trip to see his father.

    “I went to see my dad who has shown me my entire life the kind of man I never want to be, checked out,” he said. “You showed me the opposite.”

    As his mentors, Jackson said the Grey Sloan duo taught him out to be resilient, courageous and passionate, adding that they each were an example for the father and surgeon he wanted to become.

    “We’re proud of you Avery,” Bailey said.

    “I’m proud of you, son,” Webber added.

    Though the news will take some digesting, Bailey and Webber were quick to notice what else Jackson’s pivot means.

    “To clarify, what has just happened, Jackson Avery is now –” Bailey starts.

    “Our boss,” Webber interrupts.

    He next informs friend with benefit Jo (Camilla Luddington) who’s undergoing her transition to OB duties. They meet in an observation deck where they bond over the fact they’re both going through major shifts.

    “Turns out you can change careers in the middle of the pandemic,” he quips. “Thanks for being a good friend especially when I needed one…also the sex is worth a ‘thank you.'”

    She reciprocates the gratitude, but also expresses thanks for telling her in-person, unlike ex Alex Karev who left a letter. After Jo leaves to address a page, Jackson takes one last bird’s eye look onto the bustling hospital floor, where he first walked the halls as an intern.

    Interlaced with present-day events is footage from Williams’ early days on the ABC series, spanning his appearance with the main cast to moments from the recent season.

    He finally meets with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), whose consistently strong post-Covid stats are enough to send her home, to clear out her room. He tells her about his plans to bring April and Harriet, helping them settle in and “change the world” after that. While they chat on the hospital bed, Mer realizes she won the bet among the original members of the residency class.

    “I’m the last man standing,” she said.

    She then walks them back to their first day together, telling him about her first impressions.

    “I though that’s a big name to live up to,” she said. “But you’re making it your own, you’re reinventing it. I’m impressed.” Meredith tells Jackson to give hell to the foundation and the folks in Boston.

    “Thanks for showing me how,” he says.

    They extend their bittersweet farewell by opting out of Meredit’s grand clap-out, where many staff members and friends are patiently waiting. Jackson wheels her to the parking lot and drives her home to her kids and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone).

    Just before Jackson jets out from Seattle to Boston, he meets with Koracick (Greg Germann), who found inspiration in Jo’s career shift. He tells his fellow co-worker about all the patients he’s lost during the pandemic, adding that he owes it to the victims, especially minority groups, to enact change.

    “The world is only the way because we let it be, or because people who look like me let it be,” he tells Jackson. “Let me become worthy of being spared. I want to be an ally. I want to spend whatever time I got left making this lousy, stinking place better.”

    Jackson decided to take Koracick under his wing, telling him to meet in Boston.

    Williams’ exit episode closes out with one final sequence of Jackson’s most memorable scenes , from preparing for his wedding, meeting April Kepner to notable moments at the hospital. He takes one last look at the Grey Sloan Memorial, before he drives teary-eyed back home.

    Jackson’s move to the Avery Foundation in Boston comes as he has grown more and more frustrated by the inequities in the healthcare system amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has disproportionately impacted communities of color and marginalized Americans. Dr. Avery, who has even used his own funds to provide Covid-19 patients with hotel rooms to quarantine, seeks to inspire change at an institutional level as the head of the prestigious Avery Foundation.

    While “Tradition” centered largely on William’s exit, Deadline revealed exclusively that Greg Germann’s Dr. Thomas Koracick will also depart from Grey Sloan, marking the third cast member departure this season. In March, Grey’s Anatomy also lost Giacomo Gianniotti’s Andrew DeLecua.

    Williams has tried his hand at a number of skills beyond acting beyond the years. He has directed episodes for ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Rebel and has garnered producing credits for titles including Random Acts of Violence, With Drawn Arms and the Oscar-winning live-action short film, Two Distant Strangers.

    He joined the Grey’s Anatomy cast as recurring in Season 6 and was promoted to a series regular the following season. The role has won Williams an NAACP Image Award.

    Greg Germann Exits ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ As Series Regular

    (5/20/21) (Farewell Video) How is this for a classic Grey’s Anatomy twist — the show is bidding farewell not to one, but two doctors in tonight’s episode.

    Greg Germann is joining Grey’s veteran Jesse Williams in departing the medical drama as a series regular. However, this is not the last we have seen of Tom Koracick, as Germann is expected to reprise his role as a guest star in the future.

    After Jackson’s bombshell’s announcement in Grey’s Anatomy‘s most recent original that he would be leaving Seattle to take over the family foundation to help create racial equity in medicine, signaling Williams’ exit from the show, the promo for tonight’s episode, Williams’ last, prepared viewers for an hourlong farewell to his beloved character. The surprise part is that the double-exit episode, “Tradition,” also marks the last episode as a series regular for Germann. And to tie things up nicely, Jackson and Koracick rode off into the sunset — or, in this case, flew off to Boston — together.

    “Greg Germann is a comic genius and we are so lucky that he brought his talents to our show these last few years,” Grey’s Anatomy executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff told Deadline. “We will miss Greg terribly in the day to day – but we plan to see Tom Koracick again!”

    Germann has played Dr. Tom Koracick, a brilliant neurosurgeon who is unapologetic in his arrogance — and in his romantic pursuits — since 2017. He joined the series as a recurring in Season 14 and was promoted to a series regular at the start of Season 16.

    “To have worked with all the incredibly talented people involved with Grey’s over the past few years has been such a privilege,” Germann told Deadline. “A big thank you to the fans as it has truly been a shared experience!”

    The Ally McBeal alum helped bring some levity to this season, filled with a lot of grief and heartache as it tackled the pandemic; Koracick’s witty banter with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) while she was briefly out of her Covid-induced coma was certainly a highlight.

    Koracick had an intense season arc as he, like Meredith, battled Covid. That storyline had a happy ending, and his love triangle plot also was resolved, with Teddy letting him go and he and Owen (almost) reconciling in a touching moment, giving the character’s journey on the show closure.

    In tonight’s episode, Koracick got to treat a Native American elder with symptoms of a stroke from a tribal community that had been hard hit by the pandemic.

    While Koracick was performing an emergency surgery on the man to remove a clot, he paused with a look on his face like he had just had a premonition when Levi told him that Jo had switched specialties to obstetrics because “she was sick of general.”

    Koracick later appeared moved by the speech the old man, recovering from his surgery, gave to his granddaughter via a video link to another room in the hospital where she had just given birth to his great-granddaughter.

    “I don’t think I know anything anymore,” Koracick told a confused Levi moments later.

    Later that evening, Koracick met Jackson and offered to join him at the foundation in Boston.

    “I lost six roommates while I was treated for Covid; I was the only white guy,” Koracick said.

    “I want to be an ally, I want to spend whatever time I’ve got left making this lousy, stinking place better,” he pleaded with Jackson. “I’ll operate, I’ll administrate, I’ll do anything. I don’t want money, I don’t want a title, just let me help.”

    Jackson hired him on the spot but asked him not to join him on his jet for the flight to Boston so “I am not tempted to fire you before we land.”

    The exits of Germann and Williams follow the departure of another series regular, Giacomo Gianniotti, who left the series earlier this season.

    Germann can currently be seen in Herding Cats by Lucinda Coxon, marking the first production post-pandemic to fuse in-person and livestream theater. Germann performs live from a soundstage in Los Angeles, and is transmitted via video-link into the Soho Theatre where Jassa Ahluwalia and Sophie Melville perform in front of an in-person audience. Simultaneously, audiences across the globe can access the production as a live-streamed theatrical experience that combines performances of both the American and British actors in real time.

    Joe Biden Meets With Kennedy Center Honorees Including Dick Van Dyke, Garth Brooks, Joan Baez And Debbie Allen

    (5/20/21) Joe Biden met with this year’s Kennedy Center Honorees on Thursday morning, marking another departure from his predecessor who shunned the event.

    Among those participating in the meeting were this year’s honorees including Debbie Allen, Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Midori and Dick Van Dyke. Also present were their guests including Allen’s husband Norm Nixon; Baez’s granddaughter Jasmine Jankelow-Harris; Brooks’ wife Trisha Yearwood; Midori’s business partner Charles Danziger; and Van Dyke’s wife Arlene Silver. First Lady Jill Biden and the president’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens, also attended. The Kennedy Center Honors will air on June 6 on CBS. The event, which typically takes place on the first weekend of December, was postponed because of Covid-19 safety concerns. Producers are still staging an in person event, but before a socially distanced audience on Thursday evening and on Saturday, with other segments taped throughout the week. Also attending were Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein and its president, Deborah Rutter.

    Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, canceled the traditional White House visits among Kennedy Center honorees after a number of the recipients of the 2017 awards, including Norman Lear, said that they would not attend such a ceremony out of protest. Trump also declined to attend the ceremony itself, as has been a tradition.

    Sara Ramírez Joins Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon & Kristin Davis In ‘Sex And The City’ Sequel Series At HBO Max

    (5/19/21) Grey’s Anatomy alumna Sara Ramírez has been tapped to star alongside Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis in And Just Like That …, HBO Max’s upcoming Sex and the City sequel series, from executive producer Michael Patrick King.

    And Just Like That… follows Carrie (Parker), Miranda (Nixon) and Charlotte (Davis) navigating the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s. The 10-episode, half-hour series is scheduled to begin production this summer in New York.

    Ramírez will play new character Che Diaz (they/them), a non-binary, queer stand-up comedian who hosts a podcast on which Carrie Bradshaw is regularly featured. Che is a big presence with a big heart whose outrageous sense of humor and progressive, human overview of gender roles has made them and their podcast very popular.

    “Everyone at And Just Like That … is beyond thrilled that a dynamically talented actor such as Sara Ramírez has joined the Sex and the City family,” said King. “Sara is a one-of-a-kind talent, equally at home with comedy and drama – and we feel excited and inspired to create this new character for the show.”

    The HBO series Sex and the City was created by Darren Star based on Candace Bushnell’s book. Parker, Davis and Nixon executive produce with Julie Rottenberg, Elisa Zuritsky, John Melfi and King. Writers include King, Samantha Irby, Rachna Fruchbom, Keli Goff, Rottenberg and Zuritsky.

    Tony winner and Emmy nominee Ramírez made history playing the longest-running LGBTQ+ character on TV, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Callie Torres, for over a decade on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. Ramírez also played the series regular role of Kat Sandoval on CBS’ Madam Secretary. Ramírez was the voice of Queen Miranda on Disney’s animated series Sofia the First and Mamá Calaca in Vampirina. They also have executive produced three films, Loserville, Out of Exile: Daniel’s Story and Netflix’s The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.

    Ramírez was awarded the Ally For Equality Award by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in 2015, and the Trailblazers Award by the New York LGBT Center in 2017. They have also been acknowledged by the City of Los Angeles as a queer bisexual Mexican-American activist and artist working across intersections to advance liberation. In June of 2019, Ramírez performed “Over the Rainbow” at the NYC opening Ceremony of World Pride. Ramírez is repped by Untitled Entertainment, Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham LLP.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: ABC Boss On Continuing Medical Drama Beyond Season 18

    (5/18/21) ABC’s flagship drama series, Grey’s Anatomy, was just renewed for a record-extending 18th season. In announcing the pickup after original cast members Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. closed new deals, ABC did not call Season 18 a final one.

    Asked at Disney’s pre-upfront press briefing whether Season 18 may be Grey’s last, Craig Erwich, President, ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, indicated that the network is hoping for more.

    “Grey’s Anatomy continues to be a ratings juggernaut,” he said. “The fans loved this season. I thought Grey’s Anatomy did a really incredible job this year telling the stories of all the frontline heroes who are fighting the good fight (ageist) Covid. We will take Grey’s Anatomy for as long as we can.”

    Erwich also addressed the notion that there may be some “Covid fatigue” among viewers who may not want to watch more of the pandemic reflected on screen after living through it for more than a year. ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, spinoff Station 19 and The Good Doctor all incorporated Covid in their current seasons.

    “I think Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19 and The Good Doctor were all incredibly strong this year,” he said. “I think these shows deserve a tremendous amount of credit. Not only did they return to production very quickly and really responsibly but broadcast television and ABC led the way telling the stories that are reflecting what was going on in the world.”

    ABC Chief Craig Erwich On More ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Spinoffs & ‘The Goldbergs’ End Date

    (5/18/21) It came down to the wire for three long-running ABC series that had been rumored to potentially be nearing the end their runs, Grey’s Anatomy, The Goldbergs and black-ish. All were ultimately renewed for next season, black-ish for an eighth and final installment. The upcoming seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and The Goldbergs were not announced as final chapters, and Craig Erwich, President, ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, this morning said that “we will take Grey’s Anatomy for as long as we can,” an indication that the network would like to go beyond the upcoming eighteenth season.

    Similarly, on The Goldbergs, “we have not made any of these decisions,” Erwich told Deadline. “We are just excited that the show is coming back. It’s been such a prominent part of our Wednesday lineup. It’s a huge priority for us and a huge point of pride for us.”

    Leading to Grey’s renewal and in light of the big success of the Grey’s Anatomy/spinoff Station 19 combo, with the integrated universe reinvigorating both shows, there was talk earlier this season that another spinoff from the venerable medical drama may be in the offing.

    “The show is historic in its impact and its popularity. It’s been seminal — and not just for ABC — for the last 17 years, and it has a fertile landscape of characters and stories, so we are always open to any iteration that will serve the show and the fans,” Erwich said.

    Before Station 19, Grey’s Anatomy spawned another long-running spinoff, Private Practice.

    As for when decisions need to be made if the upcoming installments of Grey’s Anatomy and The Goldbergs would be last, “each show has its own production calendar year and timeline for decision-making,” Erwich said. “We just picked up these series so our focus right now is on making them the most incredible seasons that we can and launching them in the fall.”

    CBS Pilots Update: ‘Ways & Means’, Sarah Cooper/Cindy Chupack & ‘Welcome To Georgia’ Not Moving Forward

    (5/15/21) CBS today made its new series pickups, going for one drama,Good Sam, headlined by Sophia Bush, and one comedy, the multi-camera Smallwood starring Pete Holmes.

    The network also passed on political drama Ways & Means, starring Patrick Dempsey, the untitled Sarah Cooper/Cindy Chupack single-camera comedy, as well as comedy pilot Welcome To Georgia, starring Hannah Simone and Elizabeth Hurley. Both Ways & Means and Welcome To Georgia were from the previous pilot season.

    Dempsey plays a powerful congressional leader in Ways & Means, which was ordered to pilot in the early stages of the 2020 primaries when politics was very much on everybody’s mind. Fifteen months later, after a grueling Presidential campaign and two impeachment trials amid a pandemic, there appears to be some political fatigue, which likely impacted the project’s prospects, along with its ability to sell internationally. That is crucial for owned series — which both Good Sam, a medical drama that travels well, and Ways & Means are — in the current broadcast business environment. Still, few can dispute the major appeal of bringing Dempsey back to the small screen, especially post his Grey’s return. I hear there was talk about possibly picking up the show for midseason but ultimately, the network opted not to.

    The untitled Sarah Cooper/Cindy Chupack single-camera comedy, which has three female leads and tackles gender politics, was a departure for CBS but was well received, with some suggesting that it could potentially move to Paramount+ if there is no shelf space at CBS. I hear that is not happening.

    TV Ratings: Manifest Eyes Low, Mom Hits 8-Week High With Series Finale

    (5/14/21) In the latest TV show ratings, NBC “bubble” drama Manifest this Thursday drew 2.9 million total viewers and a 0.4 rating, dipping in the demo to mark a series low.

    Leading out of that, Law & Order: SVU (4.3 mil/0.7) was also down, while Organized Crime (4.3 mil/0.7) ticked up in the demo for the first time since its debut.

    Elsewhere:

    CBS | The Young Sheldon finale (6.8 mil/0.7), United States of Al (5.1 mil/0.6) and Mom‘s series finale (6.1 mil/0.7) all rose in the demo, with Mom posting its highest rating since March 4. The B Positive finale (4.3 mil/0.5) and Clarice (2.3 mil/0.3) were steady.

    THE CW | Walker (904K/0.1) dipped to a new audience low, while Legacies (523K/0.1) added a few eyeballs.

    FOX | Last Man Standing (2.2 mil/0.3) and Let’s Be Real (850K/0.2) were steady in the demo.

    ABC | Leading out of Grey’s Anatomy oldies-but-goodies (which averaged 2.85 mil and a 0.4), Rebel (2.5 mil/0.3) understandably fell to series lows.

    The Chair: Sandra Oh's New Netflix Comedy From GoT Showrunners Gets Premiere Date and... a News Clipping?

    (5/12/21) Netflix is revealing new details about Sandra Oh‘s forthcoming college-set comedy series from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

    Titled The Chair, the six-episode satire — created and co-written by Benioff’s real-life wife, actress Amanda Peet — finds the Killing Eve star playing the first female and woman of color to head up the English Department at the (fictional) Pembroke University. It’s set to premiere on Aug. 27.

    Check out the cheeky news clipping (here) announcing the appointment of Oh’s character, Professor Ji-Yoon Kim.

    While the series will be Peet’s first as a writer and showrunner, she has two plays under her writer’s belt — The Commons of Pensacola, produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2013, and Our Very Own Carlin McCullough, produced at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse in 2018. Jay Duplass (Transparent) co-stars in the half-hour series. Peet and Duplass previously worked together on HBO’s Togetherness, which ran for two seasons from 2015 to 2016. The cast also includes Holland Taylor, Bob Balaban, Nana Mensah, David Morse and Everly Carganilla.

    Gloria Estefan To Host Kennedy Center Honors Celebrating Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Allen, Joan Baez & Others

    (5/12/21) Gloria Estefan, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and actress, will host the 43rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors in June, her second time after previously hosting in 2018.

    The event will be broadcast on CBS Sunday, June 6, 8 p.m. ET/PT, and available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+. Estefan received a Kennedy Center Honors in 2017. This year’s previously announced recipients are Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Allen, Joan Baez, Garth Brooks and violinist Midori.

    CBS has broadcast the Honors every year since the event’s debut 43 years ago. Traditionally held in early December, last year’s Kennedy Center Honors special was postponed until May 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Grey's Anatomy's Sandra Oh Dashes Fans' Hopes That She Will Ever Return as Cristina Yang: 'I Have Moved On'

    (5/11/21) Grey’s Anatomy fans holding out hope for Sandra Oh to join the ranks of former cast members who have returned for a guest appearance can… well, stop.

    Though Cristina has checked in from abroad on the condition of her ailing “person,” Meredith — and last season sent her McWidow as a care package — Dr. Yang will not appear again on the long-running ABC drama, her portrayer tells the Los Angeles Times’ Asian Enough podcast. “I love it, though, and this is also why I really appreciate the show — that I still get asked” about coming back.

    Nonetheless, the Killing Eve star, who played Cristina for the first 10 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, has no interest in scrubbing in, even for a cameo. “I left that show, my God, seven years ago almost. So in my mind, it’s gone. “But for a lot of people, it’s still very much alive,” she adds. “And while I understand and love it, I have moved on.”

    Despite that, Oh has no trouble imagining what Cristina would be up to today. During the COVID crisis, the award-winning surgeon would be “wickedly at the front line trying to solve the big problems,” she suggests. “This pandemic [has made] the wealth gaps… even more obvious and problematic, so probably [she’d be] attacking the systemic problems, not just the day in and day out.”

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Renewed For Season 18 With Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson & James Pickens Jr. Set To Return

    (5/10/21) Grey’s Anatomy‘s record-breaking run will continue. ABC’s flagship scripted series has been officially renewed for an 18th season. Additionally, Grey’s spinoff Station 19, which has emerged as ABC’s second highest-rated scripted series behind Grey’s with the help of frequent crossovers, has been renewed for Season 5.

    Season 18 of Grey’s Anatomy, television’s longest-running medical drama, has not been designated as final, with the drama’s future beyond that TBD. Krista Vernoff, the architect of the integrated Grey’s Anatomy-Station 19 universe and the mastermind behind Grey’s beloved characters return storyline this season that took pop culture by storm, will continue as executive producer and showrunner on both series, produced by ABC Signature.

    The Disney TV Studios label closing a big new overall deal with Vernoff in March put in place the first crucial piece of the complex effort to bring Grey’s Anatomy back for Season 18. Other elements included securing new pacts with original cast members Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr., whose current contracts are up at the end of this season. (Another longtime Grey’s Anatomy cast member whose contract is up this season, Jesse Williams, opted to depart the series after 12 seasons.)

    Series lead Pompeo, who also is a producer on the show, closed a new one-year deal first after lengthy negotiations. Wilson and Pickens went down to the wire but also eventually signed new contracts.

    “Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy have done an incredible job of honoring real-life heroes by giving audiences an unflinching look at one of the biggest medical stories of our time,” said Craig Erwich, president, Hulu Originals & ABC Entertainment. “Krista and her team of writers have continued to deliver the compelling and compassionate storytelling that is a hallmark of these shows, and created some of the year’s most-talked-about moments in television. We’re so grateful to our talented casts and crews for their extraordinary work that connects with viewers everywhere, and we look forward to sharing even more defining moments with our fans next season.”

    In the current season, Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 have not shied away from current events and have tackled the coronavirus pandemic as well as racial inequity and police brutality. Providing light on Grey’s was a recurring beach theme featuring a return of several hugely popular former stars whose characters had died including Patrick Dempsey, T.R. Knight, Eric Dane and Chyler Leigh.

    “The writers, directors, casts and crews of Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 worked so hard to bring these shows to life this past season,” said Vernoff. “Keeping each other safe on set while paying tribute to the front-line heroes and first responders has been a challenge and a privilege. I’ve been truly blown away — particularly by our tireless crews — as they reinvented the TV-making wheel. Thank you to ABC and ABC Signature for the support and extraordinary partnership through this unprecedented season. We are so grateful for the opportunity to tell more stories.”

    In the 2020-2021 season, Grey’s Anatomy ranks as the No. 1 entertainment series among adults 18-49 and as ABC’s No. 1 show this season in both total viewers (8.3 million) and adults 18-49 (2.0/12). With 35 days of delayed viewing across linear and digital platforms, Grey’s Anatomy averages over 15 million total viewers (15.7 million) this season and delivers a 6.18 rating among adults 18-49, marking an increase of 4% over its prior season.

    Grey’s Anatomy, ABC’s longest-running scripted series, was created and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. Vernoff serves as showrunner and executive producer of the series. Betsy Beers and Mark Gordon are executive producers. Debbie Allen serves as the producing director and executive producer. Grey’s Anatomy is produced by ABC Signature, one of the Disney Television Studios.

    Station 19 ranks as the No. 1 program in the Thursday 8 p.m. hour this 2020-2021 season among total viewers (7.2 million) and as the highest-rated entertainment series in the hour among adults 18-49 (1.3/8). After 35 days of viewing on linear and digital platforms, ABC’s Station 19 is averaging over 10 million total viewers (10.2 million) this season and delivers a 2.58 rating with adults 18-49.

    Vernoff serves as showrunner and executive producer of Station 19. The series was created by Stacy McKee. Rhimes and Beers serve as executive producers. Station 19 is produced by ABC Signature.

    'Grey's Anatomy': Ellen Pompeo shot 'dangerous' scene after stunt double was injured

    (5/7/21) Actress Ellen Pompeo was left with little choice but to step in to shoot a “dangerous” Grey’s Anatomy scene years ago after her stunt double was knocked out.

    The star was asked to reshoot a bomb explosion scene for season two after her stunt expert hit her head so hard, she needed emergency medical treatment, and even though Ellen didn’t feel comfortable doing so, she agreed.

    The actress, who plays lead character Dr. Meredith Grey on the hit drama, revealed the behind-the-scenes secrets on Twitter after a fan shared a clip from the 2006 episode As We Know It, which is set to be rebroadcast in the U.S. next week.

    The instalment featured a man who walked into the hospital with a bomb inside of him, with Grey forced to hold onto the patient to prevent the weapon from exploding. However, the subsequent detonation killed a bomb squad member, played by Kyle Chandler, and caused Grey to be thrown backwards and onto the ground at great force.

    The fan captioned the short video: “All i’m going to be able to think about is how hard @EllenPompeo hit her head on that floor (sic).”

    Ellen spotted the tweet and spilled all in response: “That was actually a stunt double that got a concussion and had to go (to) the ER (emergency room).

    “Well of course the director insisted I do it after the professional got hurt of course they would ask me to do it and of course being the people pleaser I was … I said yes knowing they would use the take where she hit her head anyway because that looks so dramatic (sic).”

    Ellen admitted she felt “uncomfortable” shooting the stunt but didn’t think she was in a position to say no.

    She continued: “The lesson here ladies is this… don’t do things that make you uncomfortable because you’re afraid people will see you as difficult. Trust me they are going to see you as difficult no matter what you do!

    “I’ll also add ..it was about 230am and we’d been shooting easily 15 hours at that point I was physically and mentally exhausted from shooting the other parts of that scene and knew it was dangerous and I still did it anyway..not to be a hero… to not be a ‘problem’ (sic).”

    However, she also insisted the experience was a great learning curve in pushing herself to make the show as good as possible.

    Ellen concluded: “But also in an effort to do whatever was necessary to make the show great… all worthwhile lessons. There is a lot of value both in working hard and making mistakes (sic).”

    Sarah Drew Talks Returning For Jesse William’s Exit, Jackson Avery & April Kepner’s “Beautiful” Future

    (5/7/21) While Grey’s Anatomy will lose one of it own with Jesse William’s bittersweet exit, Sarah Drew said that the two lovers-turned-exes have a “beautiful” future in Boston ahead of them.

    “What’s beautiful about it is that her best friend, her person, has discovered that real, true calling that he is now embarking on, becoming and living into. I think whether they wind up romantically attached in the future, just the reality of these two humans who care so much about each other living in true purpose and true calling – I think that’s happiness,” Drew, who plays Dr. April Kepner, told Deadline. During a press conferences on Friday, Drew reflected on her return to the long-running ABC medical drama and spoke about what Thursday’s episode meant for her character, “Japril” and the series as a whole.

    In the latest episode, titled “Look Up Child,” William’s Dr. Jackson Avery decided he wants to helm the Avery Foundation in Boston to promote more racial, social and economic equity in healthcare, amid the Black Lives Matter movement and the Covid-19 pandemic. Helping him come to his decision, was Drew’s April who agreed move to move her life, and daughter Harriet’s, to the East Coast. Drew said that while Jackson’s final arc leaves the door open for “Japril” to potentially reunite as a couple, it leaves room for a different kind of happiness and fulfillment.

    “Happiness isn’t tied to a romantic relationship, right? What you experience in that episode while they’re both talking about the things they’re passionate about is that she has found her true calling and she’s living her true calling,” Drew told Deadline of April’s working to serve homeless people. “She’s happy and she’s excited to make these changes for people who really need it, for people she can really help. in a lot of ways she’s extremely fulfilled and living into her calling.”‘

    With April setting her eyes on a new life in Boston, Drew shared that she will not appear in the upcoming Grey’s episode, titled “Tradition,” which will see Jackson officially turn in his papers at Grey Sloan Memorial.

    Broadway’s ‘Take Me Out’, ‘Clyde’s’ & ‘Between Riverside And Crazy’ Set Openings

    (5/7/21) Second Stage Theater has confirmed the post-shutdown Broadway productions of Lynn Nottage’s Clyde’s, Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out and Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Between Riverside and Crazy, with the earliest – Clyde’s – set to begin performances this Fall.

    Take Me Out, the all-star Covid-delayed revival directed by Scott Ellis and starring Patrick J. Adams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jesse Williams, will begin performances in Spring 2022, a year later than initially planned. Casting was not confirmed, but Second Stage’s website still lists the cast as originally announced.

    Between Riverside and Crazy, directed by Austin Pendleton, is planned for Fall 2022. All Broadway productions of the nonprofit Second Stage will take place at the company’s Helen Hayes Theater.

    Second Stage also confirmed two upcoming productions at its Off Broadway Kiser Theater, including the previously announced Letters of Suresh by Rajiv Joseph, directed by May Adrales (Fall 2021) as well as JC Lee’s To My Girls, directed by Stephen Brackett (Spring 2022). Both productions are world premieres.

    Specific dates and cast information will be announced later.

    Today’s announcement from Second Stage follows this week’s news from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that Broadway could reopen on Sept. 14 to 100% capacity houses, likely on the condition that venues require proof of Covid vaccination or negative test results. Exact protocols, which could include mask-wearing, will be firmed up closer to reopening.

    “When I thought about what our reopening should look like, I realized I wanted and needed our audiences to feel joy and hope walking into our theaters once again,” said Second Stage President & Artistic Director Carole Rothman in a statement. “Healing, second chances, mindfulness, community and connection are all at the backbone of the stories we want to share. Richard Greenberg , Stephen Adly Guirgis, Rajiv Joseph, JC Lee, Lynn Nottage, living American playwrights, those are the voices that will help us restart and navigate these conversations. These writers have created funny and engaging pieces so perfectly poised for this moment. It will be an emotional and long-awaited homecoming for us all – audiences, artists and staff.”

    Executive Director Khady Kamara said Second Stage has “revised and improved safety precautions” for all of its facilities during the shutdown. “We are closely following guidelines established by the CDC and New York State to ensure that the experience in the theaters, on stage and backstage meets those standards,” Kamara said.

    The Second Stage reopening is the fourth such announcement this week –The Phantom of the Opera, Six and Chicago also have set return plans.

    Also today, Second Stage announced the addition of a new $140 subscription plan available to ticket buyers age 30 and under.

    Details about each production, provided by Second Stage, are as follows:

    Clyde’s
    New York Premiere at Broadway’s Hayes Theater
    By Lynn Nottage
    Directed by Kate Whoriskey
    Fall 2021

    In Clyde’s, a stirring new play from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and her frequent collaborator, director Kate Whoriskey (Ruined, Sweat), a truck stop sandwich shop offers its formerly incarcerated kitchen staff a shot at redemption. Even as the shop’s callous owner tries to keep them under her thumb, the staff members are given purpose and permission to dream by their shared quest to create the perfect sandwich. The full creative team includes scenic design by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Jennifer Moeller, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Justin Ellington, original compositions by Justin Hicks.

    Take Me Out
    At Broadway’s Hayes Theater
    By Richard Greenberg
    Directed by Scott Ellis
    Spring 2022

    In the Tony Award-winning Take Me Out, playwright Richard Greenberg celebrates the personal and professional intricacies of America’s favorite pastime. When Darren Lemming, the star center fielder for the Empires, comes out of the closet, the reception off the field reveals a barrage of long-held unspoken prejudices. Facing some hostile teammates and fraught friendships, Darren is forced to contend with the challenges of being a gay person of color within the confines of a classic American institution. As the Empires struggle to rally toward a championship season, the players and their fans begin to question tradition, their loyalties, and the price of victory. The full creative team includes scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Mikaal Suiliman.

    Between Riverside and Crazy
    Broadway Premiere at Hayes Theater
    By Stephen Adly Guirgis
    Directed by Austin Pendleton
    Fall 2022

    City Hall is demanding more than his signature, the landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed – and the Church won’t leave him alone. For ex-cop and recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington and his recently paroled son Junior, the struggle to hold on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests and a final ultimatum in this Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy from Stephen Adly Guirgis. For Pops and Junior, it seems the Old Days are dead and gone – after a lifetime living Between Riverside and Crazy.

    Letters of Suresh
    World Premiere at Off-Broadway’s Kiser Theater
    By Rajiv Joseph
    Directed by May Adrales
    Fall 2021

    In Letters of Suresh, playwright Rajiv Joseph reveals intimate mysteries through a series of letters between strangers, friends, daughters, and lovers — many with little in common but a hunger for human connection. ?Sending their hopes and dreams across oceans and years, they seek peace in one another while dreaming of a city once consumed by the scourge of war. ?A companion piece to Joseph’s play Animals Out of Paper, Letters of Suresh includes scenic design by Mikiko Suzuki; costume design by Amy Clark; lighting design by Jiyoun Chang; sound design by Charles Coes & Nathan Roberts; projection design by Shawn Duan.

    To My Girls
    World Premiere at Off-Broadway’s Kiser Theater
    By JC Lee
    Directed by Stephen Brackett
    Spring 2022

    Is there anything more fabulous than Palm Springs after the end of the world? For one tight group of gay men, a post-pandemic getaway is the perfect chance to reunite, reclaim their time and replace the gloom with some gossip. But as soon as the drinks start pouring, truths start spilling and this chosen family quickly realizes the world has changed. So, here’s to navigating evolving friendships and getting things straight…kind of.

    TV Ratings: Mom Rises Ahead of Series Finale, Sheldon and Walker Eye Lows

    (5/7/21) In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ Mom drew 5.2 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating, ticking up in the demo with its penultimate episode.

    Opening the Eye’s night, Young Sheldon (6.4 mil/0.5) slipped to series lows yet still delivered Thursday’s biggest audience. United States of Al (4.6 mil/0.4) dipped, B Positive (4 mil/0.5) ticked up and Clarice (2.5 mil/0.3) returned steady after a four-week break.

    Elsewhere:

    ABC | Station 19 (4.3 mil/0.7) and Grey’s Anatomy (4.8 mil/0.9) were steady, with the latter leading Thursday in the demo. Rebel (3.2 mil/0.5) rose.

    THE CW | Walker (980K/0.1) slipped to season lows, while Legacies (510K/0.1) was steady.

    NBC | Manifest‘s latest double pump delivered its sixth and seventh straight 0.5 ratings, yet m-Ark-ed successive audience lows (2.9 mil, 2.7 mil).

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: 'Japril' in May

    (5/6/21) tvline.com) The promos for Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy led us to believe that “Look Up Child” was going to be Japril: The Movie, Part 3. And Sarah Drew told TVLine that the episode provided a little bit of closure for Jackson and April. What we didn’t know, though, was that it was going to set up Jesse Williams’ imminent exit as Jackson. What the whaaat? Here’s everything that went down.

    ‘I KNOW THIS SEEMS IMPULSIVE AND OUT OF NOWHERE, BUT… ‘ | As the episode began, Japril flashbacks played — including one in which Jackson wistfully watched as April married Matthew — while Avery drove through the rainy night. Earlier in the day (maybe the day before?), he had shown up at father Robert’s diner, where they stared each other down for a moment. “Hey, Dad,” said Jackson. From there, we cut to him arriving on April’s doorstep in the rain and a whole lot more flashbacks. Was he suddenly, impulsively regretting their divorce? Back at Robert’s, Pops said that he’d wanted to call during the pandemic but figured that Jackson hadn’t really wanted to hear from him. Whatever, grumbled Jackson. He was there for answers, which Robert said that he’d be happy to provide so long as he helped pack lunches. As they did so, Jackson related that Catherine had recently said he sounded like Robert when he’d remarked that he didn’t see change coming from within the foundation because of the bureaucracy. “That does sound a little like me,” admitted Robert. As he set Jackson to work slicing turkey, he explained that with all that Avery money, everyone expected him to fix everything. “I was never gonna be the son my father wanted, because I didn’t want to be the man the role required,” Robert said. Then it hit him: That was why Jackson was there — he was thinking of leaving it all behind.

    ‘I HAVE A WEIRD BANK VOICE NOW?’ | At April’s, Harriet’s mom fretted to her ex because the little girl was running a fever. “COVID just makes everything feel so big!” she told Jackson. Harriet had been sick for a couple of days. Also, “she needs a bath — she smells like feet,” said April. “That’s you,” Jackson said as he put on some music that didn’t sound in a million years like anything that his former wife would listen to. After the power went out during the rainstorm, Jackson reassured April that they didn’t need to take Harriet to Grey Sloan to see doctors, they were doctors. Soon, April noticed how cagey he was being, prompting him to confess that he had gone to visit his dad to see if he was right about what he wanted. “He couldn’t step up or into his own,” Jackson said, “but I can. I want to take over the foundation.”

    Cutting back to the diner, Jackson marveled at the bubble that Robert had created for himself. Jackson felt stuck, wanting the foundation to do better but wondering if it was already too late. “Maybe you could let go of the idea that it’s your job to save the world,” said Robert. True, Jackson said, while dismissing Robert as a white guy with money who was always going to be OK. Why had Robert left him and Catherine, Jackson wanted to know. It had really messed him up, set him up to run when things got rough. He always had to fight the Robert in himself. Of course, as Jackson became more and more upset, he wound up cutting his hand in the turkey slicer. Post-commercial, Jackson informed April that he wasn’t thinking of running the foundation, he was doing it. But to do so, he had to move to Boston — and he wanted April and Matthew to move, too. Jackson didn’t want to go without Harriet, no way, no how. He’d set the couple up with jobs, they could do and build whatever they wanted.

    ‘YOU DON’T JUST UP AND MOVE ACROSS THE COUNTRY ON A WHIM’ | Reeling from Jackson’s ask, April reminded him that he’d been running from his name as long as she’d known him. In response, he accused her of not wanting to inconvenience her perfect little life. “You have never wanted any of this, and I’m just supposed to roll with this?” she asked. “What happens if it doesn’t work?” Jackson didn’t question it when Matthew had proposed to April in front of him and married her that same day. “I had your back. I’m just asking you to do the same for me.” She wanted him to be happy, but running the foundation? “You’re not that guy,” she said. “I don’t think you ever will be.” Jackson assured April that she could still do good work in Boston — even better work. And Matthew would follow her. That was why he liked the guy — ha.

    Jackson finally challenged April: Wouldn’t she do anything she could if she saw a chance to be who she was really meant to be? That, she would. After Harriet’s fever broke, Jackson pleaded with April to let him create real racial equity at the foundation, make real change and be the father that his own never was. “And all I need to do is turn my life upside-down,” she said. Which was about the size of it. Back in the diner timeline, Robert admitted to Jackson that he’d left because that was simply what he did, and he’d convinced himself that his son would be better off without him. “My entire life, how could you think that didn’t matter?” Jackson spat. Well, Robert had screwed up. And he knew it now. He regretted running. Guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, said Jackson. But he was nothing like his dad, Robert argued, “because you have it in your soul to do the right thing. If you don’t want to stay, don’t. But don’t blame it on me, because on your worst day, you are 10 times the man I am.”

    ‘I’VE GOTTA SHOW HARRIET THAT WE CAN PUT OUR MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTHS ARE’ | As the hour drew to a close, Jackson showed up at Catherine and Richard’s, where he told his mother that he felt a deep-seated calling to take over the foundation and work toward true equity. “If that means dismantling the whole medical system,” he said, “that’s what I want to do.” From there, he left to talk to April… so yeah, this episode was all over the place timeline-wise. The morning after Japril’s long conversation, she decided that Jackson was, in fact, the guy to change the world. “Why is our timing so terrible?” April wondered. That was kind of their thing, he cracked. At last, he took off the pressure to move to Boston, only for her to say that he deserved this. Jackson would be glad to talk to Matthew for or with her, but… uh, there was no need. “We split up,” she admitted. Matthew had denied for so long that he didn’t hate April for everything that had gone down between them, but… “God’s plan isn’t so easy to understand.” Ultimately, Matthew had stayed in Philadelphia with daughter Ruby after his sister had gotten sick.

    Was April OK? “It’s hard to say,” she said. But hey, she was moving to Boston. “So fingers crossed for new horizons.”

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Longtime Cast Member Leaving ABC Medical Drama

    (5/6/21) A beloved doctor is checking out of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

    Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams is departing the hit ABC medical drama after 12 seasons. His character Jackson Avery’s pending exit from the series is revealed in tonight’s episode, “Look Up Child.” Williams’ last episode, titled “Tradition,” will air May 20.

    “Jesse Williams is an extraordinary artist and activist. Watching his evolution these past 11 years both on screen and off has been a true gift,” Grey’s Anatomy executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff said in a statement to Deadline. “Jesse brings so much heart, such depth of care, and so much intelligence to his work. We will miss Jesse terribly and we will miss Jackson Avery — played to perfection for so many years.”

    Over the last few years, Williams has branched out beyond acting. He has directed episodes of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Rebel and has built a formidable résumé as a producer. He most recently produced Two Distant Strangers, which won the Oscar for live-action short film last month.

    Vernoff and the Grey’s writers had long conversations about how to end Jackson’s story to make sure it was satisfying for fans. In the end, the idea everyone got behind is to bring back Sarah Drew as April Kepner for a proper sendoff, giving one of the show’s most popular couples, “Japril,” closure.

    Williams’ farewell kicks off with the Jackson-centered “Look Up Child,” in which he pays a visit to his father Robert (Eric Roberts) “that helps set him on the right path,” per the episode’s synopsis, and has a heart-to-heart with his ex — and the love of his life — April (Drew), the mother of his daughter Harriet who has been living in Seattle with her husband Matthew (Justin Bruening).

    Grey’s alumna Drew’s highly anticipated return is reminiscent of George Clooney’s surprise appearance in Julianna Margulies’ final episode on another classic medical drama series, ER.

    Williams’ current two-year contract is coming up at the end of the current 17th season. Grey’s Anatomy has not been renewed for an 18th season but is expected to, contingent on closing deals with all three remaining cast members: Ellen Pompeo, who is also a producer, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. Williams has been the fifth longest-tenured Grey’s Anatomy cast member behind Pompeo, Wilson, Pickens Jr. and Kevin McKidd, who joined in Season 5.

    Williams joined Grey’s Anatomy as recurring in Season 6 and was promoted to a series regular the following season. He quickly emerged as a breakout star, with his Dr. Jackson Avery among Grey’s most popular characters. The role has won Williams an NAACP Image Award. You can view a gallery of Williams as Jackson throughout his 11-season tenure on the show below.

    “I will forever be grateful for the boundless opportunities provided me by Shonda, the network, studio, fellow castmates, our incredible crew, Krista, Ellen and Debbie,” Williams said in a statement to Deadline. “As an actor, director and person, I have been obscenely lucky to learn so much from so many and I thank our beautiful fans, who breathe so much energy and appreciation into our shared worlds. The experience and endurance born of creating nearly 300 hours of leading global television is a gift I’ll carry always. I am immensely proud of our work, our impact and to be moving forward with so many tools, opportunities, allies and dear friends.”

    Leading up to Williams’ exit, Jackson has been meeting the most important people in his life; he recently had an emotional scene with his mom, Dr. Catherine Fox (series EP Debbie Allen).

    And, possibly hinting at the character’s pending departure, Jackson this season has grown increasingly frustrated by the inequalities in the health care system as well as the pandemic’s disproportionally large impact on communities of color. Working on the front lines with incoming Covid patients, he at one point used his credit card to book hotel rooms for low-income Covid-positive patients who needed to quarantine.

    “I don’t want to play a role in a system that’s just broken,” he told his mother in Episode 12. Williams also has been without a steady romantic interest this season, though he and Jo become friends with benefits after a failed sexual encounter.

    Williams is the second Grey’s Anatomy series regular cast member to depart this season, joining Giacomo Gianniotti whose character Andrew DeLuca died in the March 11 episode.

    The most recent two-year deal Williams signed for Grey’s Anatomy in 2019 involved scaled back duties for him as he was preparing to make his Broadway debut in the revival of Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out, which was originally slated to begin performances April 2, 2020. Delayed by the pandemic, it will now likely open in early 2022.

    On the feature side, Williams recently signed on to co-star in the Amazon movie Marked Man.

    The actor and activist, who served as a senior producer and correspondent on America Divided, also executive produced features Random Acts of Violence and The Burial of Kojo and documentaries Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement, With Drawn Arms and Survivors Guide to Prison.

    ‘From Scratch’: Giacomo Gianniotti, Medalion Rahimi & Jonathan Del Arco Among Six To Recur In Netflix Series

    (5/5/21) Netflix has rounded out the cast for From Scratch with the addition of Terrell Carter (Empire), Medalion Rahimi (NCIS: Los Angeles), Jonathan Del Arco (Star Trek: Picard), Peter Mendoza (Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles), Lorenzo Pozzan (Catch-22) and Jonathan D. King (Kidding).

    The crew of actors, who will recur in the project form Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Zoe Saldana’s Cinestar banners, join previously announced cast members Saldana, Eugenio Mastrandrea, Danielle Deadwyler, Keith David, Kellita Smith, Judith Scott, Lucia Sardo, Paride Benassai and Roberta Rigano.

    Giacomo Gianniotti (Grey’s Anatomy), Elizabeth Anweis (Batwoman), Kassandra Clementi (Breach) and Rodney Gardiner (David Makes Man) will guest star throughout the limited series based on Tembi Locke’s 2019 bestselling memoir.

    Adapted by Locke’s sister Attica Locke, who serves as showrunner, From Scratch is the story of an African American woman who falls in love with a Sicilian chef while studying abroad in Florence and goes on to build a life with him in Los Angeles, merging two seemingly opposite cultures. When they are faced with his unexpected cancer diagnosis, Amy becomes her husband’s caregiver and the person who brings their two very different families together, creating a new, blended family for her and her daughter after he dies.

    The series is executive produced by Attica Locke, Tembi Locke, Reese Witherspoon, and Lauren Neustadter for Hello Sunshine, Zoe Saldana for Cinestar, Richard Abate, Jermaine Johnson, and Will Rowbotham for 3 Arts Entertainment. Producers are Nzingha Stewart, Guy Louthan, Emily Ferenbach for Hello Sunshine, Cisely Saldana and Mariel Saldana for Cinestar.

    Here are more details about the cast and their characters:

    Terrell Carter plays Ken, Zora’s (Deadwyler) boyfriend and former NFL player who runs the athletics department at the private school where Zora teaches. Although he’s “apolitical” (blasphemy in the politically active Wheeler family), Ken more than makes up for it with his big heart. The actor is represented by Silver Lining Entertainment and Talent Works.

    Medalion Rahimi plays Laila, a talented artist who meets Amy (Saldana) via the art community.

    Jonathan Del Arco plays David, a warm and friendly art professor, who is also Amy and Lino’s (Mastrandrea) landlord. His reps are SDB Partners, Kyle Fritz Management and Form. B Entertainment.

    Peter Mendoza plays Andreas, Lino’s co-worker, who looks after newcomer, and is happy to welcome him to the neighborhood sports bar where their fellow immigrants hang out. The actor is repped by Buchwald and Seven Summits.

    Lorenzo Pozzan plays Filippo, one of Lino’s coworkers at Vigna Vecchia in Florence, and one of the regulars at the No Entry Nightclub. He is repped by Malissa Young Management

    Jonathan D. King plays Silvio, hailing from the same part of Italy as Lino, the two form an instant bond, chatting enthusiastically in their native Italian.

    Rodney Gardiner plays Preston, a buttoned-up banker, who, along with his partner, David, owns the bungalow that Amy and Lino rent behind in Hollywood.

    Giacomo Gianniotti plays Giancarlo, a sophisticated Italian man who catches Amy’s eye with ease, Giancarlo sets out to seduce her, using Florence as his unwitting accomplice. His reps are The Characters Talent Agency, Thruline Entertainment and Viewpoint.

    Elizabeth Anweis plays Chloe Lim, the accomplished owner of a Los Angeles art gallery who becomes Amy’s manager. Buchwald, Authentic and Morris Yorn are her reps.

    Kassandra Clementi plays Caroline, a sweet Southern belle, and one of Amy’s new roommates in Florence. She is repped by Buchwald and Mosaic.

    Cruel Summer's Sarah Drew Warns 'Things Really Start to Fall Apart for Cindy' Amid Rumors About Jeanette

    (4/27/21) What if your child was potentially a monster? That’s the question facing Cruel Summer mom Cindy Turner in this Tuesday’s episode of the Freeform psychological thriller (airing at 10/9c)

    As the town rumor mill goes into overdrive about her daughter Jeanette’s possible involvement in the disappearance of schoolmate Kate Wallis, Cindy’s perfect life begins to crack, her portrayer Sarah Drew previews in the following Q&A. And much like viewers, Cindy “doesn’t know what to believe” when it comes to Jeanette’s word vs. Kate’s, the Grey’s Anatomy vet says.

    TVLINE | In this week’s episode, we learn more about who Cindy is not only in the present, but also who she was in the past as a teenager. What can you preview?

    We get a little more insight into the relationship between Jeanette and her mom, and really the thing that Cindy built her identity on. You start to understand that for Cindy, for her identity to be OK and on a strong footing, her family [and] her children need to be in a place of success. That translates directly to her sense of identity. In 1994, before everything falls apart, Jeanette is really living her best life, at least from Cindy’s perspective. I think from Jeanette’s perspective, too, but certainly from Cindy’s perspective, it’s just the best. She is the most popular, she’s got the best friends, she’s got the cutest boyfriend. The success of her daughter means Cindy’s OK. When things start to crack in the rumor mill, and then even further, walking into the potential of, “Could this actually be true?” things really start to fall apart for Cindy Turner.

    TVLINE | That insight that you get about what Cindy was like, and the relationship between her and Kate’s mom in high school: How does that inform what’s going on in the present?

    This show is so much about the power of perception. When I think about the scene between Joy and Kate in Episode 2, and then the scene between Jeanette and Cindy in Episode 3, it’s like the same conversation, except they’ve had completely opposite experiences. [Laughs] So from Joy’s perspective, she was the queen bee, and Cindy was desperate to be her, and all the boys wanted Joy. And from Cindy’s perspective, Cindy was the queen bee, Joy was desperate to be her, and all the boys wanted Cindy. It makes you, as a viewer, go, “OK, so is one of them lying? Or is one of them in denial? What actually happened? Who actually was the queen bee?” Or the other option is that they both had very different experiences of the same set of events that informed their memory and their perception of what their life was and is.

    All of this stuff that’s happening [with Kate and Jeanette], so much of it is about perception, like, “Who is telling the truth? Maybe they’re both telling the truth? Maybe their experience is so different in their bodies… but they’re 100 percent sure that they’re right about it?” And the way that these two women play these scenes, and the way that it’s written, you, as an audience member, are very much like, “I don’t know who to believe, because I trust both of you.”

    TVLINE | Is there a little bit of Cindy wanting to relive her youth through Jeanette?

    Oh yes! She wants her daughter to be happy, but for Cindy, happiness equals being popular, beautiful and successful. For Jeanette, in ’93, she couldn’t care less about that stuff. It didn’t matter to her, but it mattered to her mom. So you begin to wonder like, how much influence did Cindy have on Jeanette and kind of moving her into the ’94 version of who Jeanette became? She’s literally living on top of the world because her daughter has now become the beauty queen that Cindy was, and I think Cindy maybe would have liked to have a bit more money to be able to go to the salon and just have whatever the hairstylist whips up instead of having to buy it out from the drugstore and apply it to her own head, like she reveals in Episode 2. [Laughs] There is an element of, “Well, my daughter’s doing OK. Well, if my daughter’s doing OK, then I can feel better about my life,” and I think that is a thing that moms struggle with in their relationships with their daughters, for sure, and always have.

    TVLINE | As the allegations and the rumors start to ramp up, how does Cindy feel about Jeanette? Does she believe in her innocence?

    She doesn’t know what to believe. Cindy is taking her own journey, much like the viewers are, as she is gaining pieces of information. At first, she thinks, “Oh, it’s just a rumor. It’s going to go away. It doesn’t have any staying power. It obviously isn’t true. So it’s just going to go away.” But then when her husband starts losing some work from it, and we get disinvited to parties, and things start to really begin to crack in our standing as a family in the community, it really forces Cindy to reckon with, “Has everything I’ve been living [been] a lie? If these rumors are true, then that would mean that I raised someone who could do something that horrible.” She can’t live with having been someone that has created a monster. There’s the betrayal of the relationship, but then there are the repercussions of that betrayal and how that affects their whole family and their whole standing. So things really, really start to fall apart for Cindy.

    TV Ratings: Hell's Kitchen Finale and Grey's Top Night, Rebel Dips Again

    (4/23/21) In the latest TV show ratings, Hell’s Kitchen put a fork in Season 19 with 2.8 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating, tying ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy for the Thursday demo win.

    Continuing Fox’s night, Last Man Standing (2.5 mil/0.5) and The Moodys (1.3 mil/0.3) were both up.

    Elsewhere:

    ABC | Station 19 (4.3 milk/0.7), Grey’s (4.6 mil/0.8) and Rebel (3.1 mil/0.4) all dipped in the demo.

    CBS | Young Sheldon (6.6 mil/0.6) dipped but still easily commanded Thursday’s biggest audience. United States of Al (5.1 mil/0.5) was also down, while Mom (4.9 mil/0.6) and B Positive (4.9 mil/0.6) were steady in the demo.

    NBC | Manifest (3.1 mil/0.5) was steady, while SVU (4.3 mil/0.7) and Organized Crime (4.2 mil/0.6) were both down.

    THE CW | That 2040 special (300K/0.1) did, like, half of what Walker/Legacies most recently averaged.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Decision Time for Meredith — Life With Her Family and Friends… or Afterlife With Derek

    (4/22/21) (tvline.com) Just when we thought we had left the beach, back Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy took us. There, Derek took on the impossible task of convincing Meredith to leave him and return to the land of the living. Did he pull it off? As if you couldn’t guess, read on, and we’ll go over not only their bittersweet goodbye but everything that happened in “Good as Hell.”

    ‘I HATE ER DAYS; EVERYTHING’S SO URGENT’ | As the episode began, Team Grey Sloan gathered to cheer on Nurse Jenna Lynn, who after six weeks was being discharged fully recovered from her bout with COVID. Levi told Jo that he was bailing on their movie night to hook up with Nico — this, despite the fact that she had to talk to Bailey that day about switching specialties. While Link consulted with patient Felix virtually, Amelia, sensing a possible underlying neurological issue, butted in. And Richard and Teddy fretted over why Mer wasn’t waking up and staying awake for more than two minutes at a time. Webber feared that, like other recent patients, she had rebounded only to crash later. “We can’t let that happen to Meredith,” he said. Meanwhile, on the beach, she and Derek recalled his passing. Dying is exhausting, he remarked. “There comes a point when the desire to rest is greater than the desire to live.” She’d given him permission to let go, he continued. For that matter, she’d given him everything that he needed until his dying breath. When Mer suggested that the kids would be fine if she didn’t pull through, Derek agreed that sure, sometimes a loss like that made kids stronger. But sometimes a loss like that made them… Amelia. Had Derek seen the last couple of years? Had it been hard to watch? It had been harder, he told Mer, to see her lonely.

    Back in reality, Winston encouraged his future sister-in-law to wake up so they could meet. “I heard you were tough,” he joked, “but I didn’t think you were cold.” Shortly, Richard, Teddy and Winston discovered what the problem was — a clot; surgery could rectify it, but Winston didn’t want to perform it himself since the patient is Maggie’s sister and also, because Teddy was available. Was she up to the task, though? Richard wondered. She’d have to be, Altman said, because Meredith didn’t have time to waste. Later, Owen related to Teddy that he’d told Richard if something went wrong with Mer, he wasn’t sure if his ex-fiancée would recover. With that, she had Hunt page Winston. Mer was all of their family — he was going watch her, she was going to watch him, and by God, they were going to remove that clot! On the beach, Mer and Derek found themselves in wedding garb. What did he want her to vow? To torture herself less, he said. With that, she admitted that she didn’t want to leave the kids. He didn’t want her to, either. Back at Mer’s place, Maggie discovered that Zola had seen the news about George Floyd and wanted to go to a protest but not without her mother. Sweetly, the girl’s aunt encouraged her to engage in Catherine therapy. In other words, scream.

    ‘LOOKS LIKE SHE’LL LIVE TO SKATE ANOTHER DAY’ | In Bailey’s office, Jo was chagrined to hear that her boss wouldn’t OK her change of specialties. “I need surgeons, Wilson,” the chief barked. “I can’t afford to lose you right now,” especially with Meredith… well, you know. Later, they could revisit the topic, but for right now, Bailey said definitively, it’s a no. Elsewhere, treating Erica, who was bleeding beneath her abdominal muscle, Levi was inspired — she’d quit a lucrative career to do what she really wanted, which was make peanut brittle. Bailey was significantly less impressed. When Erica had to be rushed back into surgery, Miranda suggested that maybe the pandemic gave people a chance to transform. You mean like Jo? Levi asked. Why would he say that when she’d just gotten to her happy place?!? After Erica got out of surgery, she decided that she had to be realistic and go back to the job she detested. Bailey told her that that feeling that she had to keep going was something that they were taught as Black women. “Rest is not a dirty word,” she said. “Rest is love… Rest is a beautiful model for your children.” She’d been forgetting that till she met Erica. Afterwards, Bailey paged Jo and said that if she had to hire a new general surgeon, she would. All she wanted from Jo was for her to love being an OB/GYN.

    ‘I JUST REALLY MISS CUTTING’ | As soon as Maggie got home to take over with the kids, Link and Amelia ran off to meet aspiring baseball player Felix at Grey Sloan. There, Amelia was elated to see that the patient had a tumor — she’d get to perform surgery! Dangerous surgery but surgery nonetheless. Before she dove in, Link gave her a pep talk. “You are Amelia Shepard, you’ve got this,” he assured her. And as she went into superhero pose, it was hard to imagine that she didn’t. After surgery, Felix was excited to see that he still had the use of his arms. Amelia had nailed it yet again. In an unrelated matter, Levi asking for a drawer at Nico’s prompted the world’s worst boyfriend to ask him to move in with him. He loved Levi, he said. Ack, no, Levi! Run!

    ‘IT’S TOO MUCH TO PUT ON A CHILD’ | After operating on Mer — successfully — Teddy freaked over the fact that the patient wasn’t waking up. Owen tried to soothe her through a panic attack during which she kissed him. Uh-uh, nope, he said. He was there for her — but not like that. Meanwhile, Winston championed the idea of bringing Zola to the hospital to see her mom. Maggie worried that that was too much pressure to put on the kid, but Richard was all for it, too; there was, after all, a psychological component to recovery. As for Zola, “I want to see Mommy!” she declared. As the hour neared its conclusion, Zola arrived at Grey Sloan and slipped into her protective gear. Then, at last, Maggie, Winston and Richard brought her to see Mer. “It’s OK if you’re scared,” Maggie told Zola. But she ran right to her mom and hugged her unconscious body. Sadly, this resulted in no change in Mer’s condition. Winston was crestfallen. “She’s not just Maggie’s sister, she’s Dr. Meredith Grey.” When Bailey happened by the room, Maggie said Zola had been Winston and Richard’s idea. But it was a good one, Miranda said. When Amelia arrived, she was panicked — she hadn’t known why Maggie had taken Zola to the hospital. Mer had to live, they all agreed. Thankfully, on the beach, Derek was telling Mer that it wasn’t her time yet. “There’s no pain here,” she said. He actually missed the pain, he admitted. Anyway, their kids needed her. “You have to go.” Finally, finally, in the middle of Zola telling her mom a story, Mer woke up. Happy tears all around!

    Sandra Oh My Jewelry's Gone M.I.A.!!! JK and Major Oops

    (4/18/21) Sandra Oh returned home to discover some valuable jewelry had gone missing, and did exactly what you should do -- report it to cops, but then she had a stroke of ... let's call it luck.

    Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the "Killing Eve" star called the LAPD Wednesday night to report her valuable bling was gone after she'd been away from her L.A.-area house for a few months.

    We're told police responded and did some investigating. They didn't find any signs of forced entry, but did learn people had been let in and out of Sandra's pad while she was away.

    Our sources say a grand theft report was taken with the estimated value of the loss being more than $150,000.

    However, the very next day ... we're told Sandra called the cops back and told them her missing jewelry had shown up in the house. It's unclear if it was somehow returned, or if it never left the house, and was simply found.

    Either way, it's great news for Sandra ... and the cops. The case is now closed.

    'Grey’s Anatomy’ First Look For Sarah Drew On Social, As She Reveals Return Date

    (4/17/21) (Photo) Sarah Drew has revealed that she’ll return to Grey’s Anatomy on May 6 in her role as Dr. April Kepner, teasing the comeback with a social media photo.

    Drew broke the news on her social media accounts today. She had previously sent out a behind-the-scenes look with ex-husband Jesse Williams. “Nbd. Not excited at all,” Drew cheekily captioned her Instagram photo.

    Her return is just the latest cameo from former cast members. Patrick Dempsey shocked fans when he returned to Grey’s Anatomy as Derek Shepherd during the Season 17 premiere. Not too long after, T.R. Knight reprised his role as George O’Malley.

    TV Ratings: Rebel Steady in Week 2, Organized Crime Slips Further

    (4/16/21) In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s Rebel in Week 2 drew 3.5 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, veritably matching its premiere numbers.

    Opening ABC’s night, Station 19 (4.9 mil/0.7) and Grey’s Anatomy (4.9 mil/0.9) were both steady, with the latter claiming the Thursday demo win.

    Elsewhere:

    NBC | Manifest (3.2 mil.0.5) stabilized, wile SVU (4.5 mil/0.8) dipped. Organized Crime (4.3 mil/0.6) slipped for a second straight week, and is now down 46 and 62 percent from its boffo launch.

    CBS | Young Sheldon (7.1 mil/0.7), Mom (5.3 mil/0.6) and B Positive (4 mil/0.5) all added eyeballs while steady in the demo. United States of Al (5.3 mil/0.5) dipped.

    THE CW | Walker (1.15 mil.0.2) and Legacies (540K/0.1) were steady.

    FOX | Hell’s Kitchen (2.7 mil/0.7), Last Man Standing (2.4 mil/0.4) and The Moodys (1.2 mil/0.3) all added a few eyeballs while steady in the demo.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Point Break

    (4/15/21) (tvline.com) You might have thought that the doctors of Grey’s Anatomy were already stretched so thin that they couldn’t possibly be stretched any thinner. “Hold my beer,” said Thursday’s episode, in which they treated a patient injured in Seattle’s George Floyd protests as well as a man who didn’t believe that COVID is real (and, of course, had it). And none of that was as disturbing as what happened to poor Winston. Read on, and we’ll discuss how our protagonists made it through to the closing credits.

    ‘REVOLUTIONS DON’T SCHEDULE APPOINTMENTS’ | As “Sign o’ the Times” began, Jackson was out for a jog when he came across protesters in the streets. At Cormac’s, his kids were painting, “I can’t breathe” signs. Maggie was in bed fretting about whether fiancé Winston was going to make it back from his cross-country drive in one piece; he was more interested in worrying about the apartment that he had an eye on for them. And at Grey Sloan, Bailey was preparing as best she could for what might come. Richard promised her that he’d be back, but he had to go protest himself. “You go give ’em hell!” she called after him. When Jackson arrived at the hospital with mom Catherine, he asked about his and Alma’s proposal to offer testing to low-income people. “Just let me get through this week,” she beseeched him. Just then, Cormac showed up with his kids — and a bloody head. Counter-protesters had been going to attack his son, had he not intervened. At that very moment, Richard showed up with a woman named Nell (Phylicia Rashad, Cosby Show icon and sister of Catherine’s portrayer, Debbie Allen); she’d been shot with a tear-gas canister at the protest. (When I say shot, I mean the thing was still sticking out of her shoulder.)

    ‘IT LOOKS LIKE YOU LOST A BAR FIGHT’ | Treating Nell, Richard and Jackson explained that they wanted to make sure that it hadn’t hit any major arteries before they removed it. “Can you imagine firing poison gas at this woman?” Webber asked his stepson. At first, the protest had been “beautiful,” he added. “Good trouble lights you up.” Then, of course, it had all gone horribly wrong. In surgery with Richard, Jackson complained that Mom wasn’t interested in his ideas, only her own. Richard assured him that Catherine might be more receptive next week. How was he so optimistic? Nell hadn’t been fazed by what had happened, Webber pointed out. She’d been energized. Naturally, Jackson, never having protested, didn’t understand; he’d always had to work or study, so instead, he’d written a check. “You think that’s a copout?” he asked Richard, who replied that he tried not to judge. Post-op, Nell snarked that her situation could’ve been much better — Richard could’ve been the one who’d gotten hit. She wasn’t worried about another scar, she told Webber, Jackson and Cormac. She was covered in ’em. She’d been to protests since she was 11. She’d even been at MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech and vividly recalled the feeling of possibility with which it had left her. That feeling, she added, was worth a few scars.

    ‘IT HAS GLASS BRICKS AND ONLY TWO WINDOWS… AND GLASS BRICKS’ | Paged by Owen, Maggie found it difficult to concentrate on her work with Winston texting her about their soon-to-be living arrangements. But she pulled it together when a fellow named Guy was brought in after being hit with a bullet covered in rubber. Winston was breaking it to his fiancée that he had taken the apartment that she didn’t want when — yikes — he was pulled over by the cops. “Music off, hat off, hands on the wheel,” Winston told himself before the cop approached. But when the officer insisted that Winston turn off the phone, disconnecting Maggie, both he and Pierce understandably freaked. (If that didn’t put you in the moment, dunno what would.) As Guy went into defib (over and over), Maggie gave her phone to Baby Ortiz to keep calling Winston; she wanted the cops to know that someone was checking on him — constantly. Before taking Guy into surgery, Maggie begged Richard to go find Winston — and he would, if he didn’t hear from her honey soon. Thankfully, as soon as Pierce was done in the O.R., Richard had Winston on the phone. But he was anything but OK. The cops had made him get out of the car, take off his mask… they searched everything, unpacked his belongings… “I’m not OK,” he admitted. “I just gotta breathe a little bit, ya know?”

    ‘IS SHE MEAN?’ | Checking on Meredith with Teddy, Bailey told Altman that she wanted Levi to give her her hyperbaric-chamber treatment. And he certainly tried to rise to the occasion, telling Mer to picture herself on a cloud… but not like the kind in heaven. Soon, they were joined in the chamber by intern James and his patient. Mer’s “the most influential teacher I ever had,” Schmitt said, “even when she’s asleep.” James hoped he’d get to operate with her one day. “Me, too,” sighed Levi. Later, James’ patient went into distress and… WTH? Did his intestines burst out? Thankfully, Levi heard Mer in his head, and he not only managed to keep his cool, he channeled his inner Grey, testiness and all.

    ‘COVID TOE? THAT’S THE BEST YA GOT?’ | Meanwhile, Bailey and Mabel treated a Mr. Anderson who couldn’t be bothered with a COVID test because “I know it’s a scam.” (Perfect part for Coby Ryan McLaughlin, who was so scuzzy as Shiloh on General Hospital.) Though he tested positive, and was throwing blood clots, he wasn’t remotely interested in participating in the “scam.” “What?!? What?!?” Bailey said upon excusing herself. Shortly, she calmed herself, returned to the d-bag’s room and warned him that his condition could kill him. “This won’t magically go away,” she emphasized. He had zero f–ks to give. Later, Bailey explained to Teddy Mr. Anderson’s theory that they were getting rich off COVID. And here all they had to show for it was a dead mother and a nervous breakdown! Mid-laugh, Miranda was paged to the parking lot — Anderson had taken off and promptly collapsed.

    ‘HOW CAN I TREAT SOMEONE WHO IS OFFERED HELP AND CHOOSES TO WALK AWAY’ | As the episode drew to a close, Bailey found herself beyond frustrated that Mr. Anderson had died rather than accept treatment. Maggie, after reporting to Owen that Winston was back on the road, took a call from Guy’s mother to reassure her that he was OK. Jackson challenged his mother: Why hadn’t they ever protested? Why didn’t he have scars? “If our foundation is so good at fighting the good fight,” he asked, “why isn’t anything getting better?” He might not have scars, she shot back, but she had decades of them, thank you very much. He had no idea how many wars she’d fought. Eventually, she decided that he sounded like his father. Would that be the worst thing? he wondered. End. Of. Argument. When Cormac got home, he apologized to his boys, not for trying to protect them but for making them stay home. He should’ve let them protest — this was their country — so long as it was during the day and with him along. As Jackson left the hospital, Richard offered him a ride — curfew and all. But Jackson turned him down; he was going to march home on foot. Once there, he took off for a destination 11 hours away. To see his father perhaps? Finally, Winston pulled in to the drive at Mer’s and held onto Maggie for dear life.

    Will Packer Productions Teams With ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Writer Felicia Pride For ‘Like It’s the Last’

    (4/13/21) Will Packer and James Lopez are developing Like It’s the Last, a romantic drama set in the world of collegiate track & field, from Grey’s Anatomy and Queen Sugar writer Felicia Pride. Packer and Lopez will produce the project via the Will Packer Productions banner.

    Johanna Byer of WPP and Pride will serve as executive producers on Like It’s the Last.

    This marks the second collaboration between Packer, Lopez, and Pride as the trio has previously teamed on Deeper, an erotic romance film, which is set up at Universal.

    Pride most recently co-wrote the MACRO drama, Really Love, which premiered at last year’s SXSW festival. She is repped by Industry Entertainment, UTA, and Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields.

    WPP’s upcoming slate includes a biopic of Doug Williams, the first black quarterback to win the Super Bowl, as well as Oracle, psychological horror starring Ryan Destiny and Heather Graham, and Hot Mess, a comedy feature starring British comedian and actress London Hughes.

    Shonda Rhimes & Betsy Beers Set For Costume Designers Guild Awards Honor

    (4/12/21) There’s joy in Shondaland today. Longtime producing partners Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers are set to receive the Distinguished Collaborator Award at the Costume Designers Guild Awards on Tuesday.

    The honor goes to individuals who demonstrate unwavering support of costume design and creative partnerships with costume designers.

    “From the record-breaking series Grey’s Anatomy to the latest binge-worthy series Bridgerton, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers have been longtime partners of the Costume Designers Guild,” said Salvador Perez, President of IATSE Local 892. “Throughout the years, the two have created cultural-defining TV moments with support from fellow collaborators and costume designers. We can think of no other duo more deserving of this award.”

    The duo also has collaborated on Shondaland series including Station 19, How to Get Away with Murder, For the People, The Catch and Private Practice.

    Bridgerton actress Nicola Coughlin will present the award to Rhimes and Beers during the virtual 23rd annual CDGAs, which start at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The awards celebrates excellence in film, television and shortform costume design. Presenters at the show will include Rose Byrne, Andra Day, O-T Fagbenle, Emerald Fennell, Ilana Glazer, Regina King, Carey Mulligan, Leslie Odom Jr. and Amanda Seyfried.

    Check out the CDGA nominees here.

    Here are some more quotes about the award for Rhimes and Beers:

    “Shonda and Betsy are visionaries of our time. They are originals; fierce, brilliant women who create rich worlds, characters and stories that enhance our lives. It’s truly been a gift collaborating with them. Whether I was setting the tone for the stylish and contemporary world of How to Get Away with Murder, or painting a vibrant and lush picture for Bridgerton, Shonda and Betsy’s vision was always present. They set the bar high at every turn. They spark the imagination and allow the creative process to thrive. Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers are an exceptional gift to our community and our culture.” – Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick

    “Shonda and Betsy are such innovative collaborators. Every new world that they present is a lush landscape in which I have room to create beautiful pictures, a world where the clothes can help to tell a small part of the story. I love that those landscapes include diversity, challenge norms, and allow for strong female leads. Scandal and the upcoming Inventing Anna were gifts. Shonda and Betsy are a gift to Costume Design and are truly deserving of this recognition.” – Costume designer Lyn Paolo

    “Shonda and Betsy’s partnership spans decades; their collaboration as two powerhouse women in Hollywood is as inspirational as the collaborative relationship they build with each of their costume designers. Together, they build worlds where every race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality is celebrated as beautiful and represented in every form. We felt this year was especially meaningful to showcase their aspirational worlds on-screen and off, in their dedication to the art of storytelling.” – CDGA Executive Producer JL Pomeroy

    Jesse Williams and Ex Wife Judge Orders 'High Conflict' Parenting Classes

    (4/12/21) Jesse Williams and his ex-wife are still battling it out in court over custody issues in their nasty divorce ... and now a judge has ordered both to take a "high conflict" parenting course to right the ship.

    According to new legal docs obtained by TMZ ... the "Grey's Anatomy" star and his ex-wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, have been ordered to participate in an online program for "high conflict parents."

    The order came down after Jessie tried and failed to modify previous court orders regarding custody and visitation of their 2 young children, Maceo and Sadie. They've been sharing joint legal and physical custody ... but it's been rocky.

    The parenting course is a 6-session online program, providing strategies for reducing conflicts in co-parenting relationships.

    TMZ broke the story ... Jesse and Aryn finalized their bitter divorce back in October, at least on paper.

    As we've told you, Jesse's 3-year divorce saga has been extremely contentious ... he beefed with Aryn over child custody, lashed out over stories about him dating Minka Kelly and waged legal war over child support money.

    Maybe the parenting courses will help smooth things over. Stay tuned.

    TV Ratings: SVU and Grey's Top Night, Law & Orders Down From Boffo Xover

    (4/9/21) In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s Law & Order: SVU this Thursday drew 4.7 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating, down sharply (and understandably) from last week’s well-hyped crossover event, but still tying ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy for the nightly demo win.

    Organized Crime (4.7 mil/0.8, read recap) was also down markedly, while NBC leadoff Manifest (3.1 mil/0.5) dipped to hit and match series lows.

    Elsewhere….

    CBS | Young Sheldon (6.6 mil/0.7), United States of Al (5.2 mil/0.6) and B Positive (3.7 mil/0.4) were steady, while Mom (4.7 mil/0.6) and Clarice (2.6 mil/0.3) ticked up. Sheldon drew Thursday’s largest audience. ABC | Station 19 (4.7 mil/0.7) dipped, Grey’s (4.7 mil/0.9) was steady, and Rebel (3.6 mil/0.5) was on par with A Million Little Things‘ Thursday averages (3.3 mil/0.5).

    THE CW | Walker (1.07 mil/0.2) hit an audience low and dipped in the demo; Legacies (521K/0.1) dropped a few eyeballs but was steady in the demo.

    FOX | Hell’s Kitchen (2.5 mil/0.7) and Last Man Standing (2.2 mil/0.4) were steady, The Moodys (1.13 mil/0.3 ticked up.

    Grey's Recap: Wakeup Call — Plus, Did Amelia Accept Link's Proposal?

    (4/8/21) (tvline.com) If the promos for Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy were to be believed, Meredith was at last to awaken in “Sorry Doesn’t Always Make It Right.” And as if she didn’t have enough to catch up on, what with Maggie and Winston’s engagement, Link got down on one knee all ready to propose to Amelia. Did Scout’s mom say yes? Was it even a real question-popping? Read on, and we’ll go over everything that transpired in the episode, Giacomo Gianniotti’s directorial debut.

    ‘HELL OF A HONEYMOON’ | As we began the hour, in part a continuation of action that kicked off on Station 19, Owen hollered at Jackson for pulling his residents from the ER to help with COVID testing, Teddy backseat-drove Mer’s treatment via Zoom on one of her last days off, Jo continued to bond with Luna, and Amelia marveled at the kids’ ability to create more laundry than existed… just as Link’s parents showed up in the driveway in their RV. They had a bright idea, too: taking the youngsters on a COVID-safe road trip, thereby giving Link and Amelia a break. At Grey Sloan’s testing site, Jackson shared with Levi that he’d sat through endless Catherine Fox Foundation meetings to get the hospital extra tests. In peds, Cormac and Reza treated a baby named Arthur who was waiting with anxious dad Chris for a heart transplant. Finally, Station 19 newlyweds Shane and Carissa were brought to the ambulance bay by our firefighters. He was still pissed that she’d begged the first responders to save her first, and to hell with the guy she’d married only earlier that day.

    ‘DON’T TELL HER HOW I AM, SHE DOESN’T GET TO KNOW ANYTHING’ | While treating Carissa, the bride beseeched Jo to put her in the same room as Shane. When she admitted to Tom what she’d said to Shane in a moment of panic, Koracick cracked that maybe she could blame it on brain bleed. When Jo filled in Shane on Carissa’s condition, he instructed her not to tell his wife that he was being wheeled into surgery — or anything. Natch, Carissa realized at once that Shane was still mad. “I was wrong that no one would miss him,” she cried. “It’s only been a few hours, and I already miss him so much, I could burst.” Shortly, Jo filled in a still-unconscious Mer as a way of backing into admitting that she wanted to change specialties. “Since Alex left, my house hasn’t been my happiest place,” Jo said, “so I want work to be.” Oh, and she’d repeat it all when Grey woke up. “I can’t take any more worst days here.” Following Shane’s surgery, he seemed ready to stick a fork in his brand-new marriage — until Bailey gave him what-for. At last, he asked to see his bride, at least via tablet. Only when they were face to face, he told Carissa that he wanted an annulment. She’d been selfish when he met her and was selfish now, he just no longer found it charming.

    ‘LET’S HAVE SEX IN THE KITCHEN!’ | Left alone at home without the kids, Link and Amelia started down the path to sexytime when she broke down crying. In response, off a remark from his mom about Amelia being his wife, Link got down on bended knee. But that wasn’t what she wanted at all, she just needed a good cry. “It just hit me,” she later said, “that it’s been months since I was able to feel whatever I want without worrying that I’m going to scar a child.” But, um, did she want to marry him? Did he want to marry her? He’d sworn he’d never put a kid through what he went through with his folks’ divorce. And she feared that she was wired for self-destruction; lately, she’d gone to sleep dreaming of getting high. She even thought about it when she was feeding Scout. Later, she shared that she couldn’t so much as smoke weed because if she did, she might forget that she couldn’t do heroin. So “for the record, I would marry you in a hot minute,” Link said. She was stronger than most addicts. With that, he got down on one knee again, and she hollered, “No!” again. Later still, Amelia admitted that she loved Link so much, it was all she could do not to have a panic attack. In exchange for her not getting high, he promised to no longer propose to her in a remotely compulsory manner. With that, they took advantage of the empty house and the roaring fire… just as his parents returned with the kids.

    ‘YOU WANT TO CUT OUT A PART OF HIS HEART?!?’ | When Cormac found Chris in a state, the doc invited him to go outside or to the chapel… “So I can pray for someone else’s kid to die?” Chris asked. He then admitted that Arthur’s mom Holly had been struggling desperately since the pandemic hit. Maybe it was postpartum or the state of the world… but it was bad. “We can’t lose” the baby, Chris sobbed to Hayes. Hoping to save the tot, Cormac attempted to recruit Maggie. “Aren’t you supposed to be a genius or something?” he asked when she suggested throwing in the towel. “It’s not giving up,” she replied, “it’s letting [the parents] go on.” Luckily, a conversation with Jo about forgiving her mother gave Cormac an idea about how to treat Arthur. Chris was skeptical: cut out a part of Arthur’s heart to put in a pump? He had to call Holly. Before the procedure, the new dad tearfully told his baby that he’d already given his parents a lifetime of joy. Miraculously, Maggie and Cormac pulled it off! “He’s OK,” Chris told Holly. “And bionic!”

    'HOTELS ARE KICKING PEOPLE OUT TO MAKE ROOM FOR YOUR NEW ARRIVALS’ | Trying to do some good, Jackson began letting Levi book hotel rooms for patients who tested positive for COVID and had nowhere to safely quarantine. But his good deed backfired, it seemed. A community-outreach program was being stymied by his efforts — their homeless beneficiaries were being thrown out to make room for Richie Rich’s. Ah, he hadn’t realized that that would happen, he told Mama Ortiz when she called him out. Great, she fired back. “We’ll just tell everyone it wasn’t on purpose. That should keep ’em real warm tonight.” Though he remedied the situation, Alma would cut him no slack. Temporary fixes weren’t real fixes. What’s more, “all of this is too much,” she cried. Later, Jackson paged Alma, who quickly apologized for speaking up for underserved communities. But he felt the same way — and wanted to hear her ideas, based on her past stint as a social worker. She had good ideas, he had deep pockets — they could make a hell of a team.

    ‘HELLO, SLEEPYHEAD’ | As the episode neared its conclusion, Mer woke up and immediately apologized to Richard for having had to put her on a vent. However, “I’m glad I chose you,” she added. Oh, and “we need to talk about Wilson.” Guess Mer heard what Jo’d said earlier about changing specialties! As Jo was leaving the hospital at the end of the day, Richard approached her offering his support. But he had to know what was going on. Back at Mer’s, Link suggested that he and Amelia check in every few weeks to make sure that they were comfortable with their decision not to tie the knot. “Are we super broken or super evolved?” she asked. Definitely the latter, he said. At Owen’s, he apologized to Teddy for his reaction to her confession about Allison. He also admitted that he should’ve known she was going through something to do what she had to him with Tom. He wasn’t sure if he could be more to her now than a friend, but at very least, he wanted to be that. Credit where it’s due: That’s progress, Owen. In our last shot, Bailey, Richard and Maggie marveled at how amazing Mer was. Even when she was sleeping, she was apparently listening.

    TV Ratings: SVU Soars to 4-1/2 Year Audience High With Stabler's Return

    (4/2/21) In the latest TV show ratings, Law & Order: SVU this Thursday drew 7.63 million total viewers — its largest audience in four-and-a-half years — along with a 1.6 rating — which marks almost a three-year demo high — with Stabler’s return for the set-up of the Organized Crime spinoff.

    Law & Order: Organized Crime itself then debuted to 7.56 mil and a 1.5.

    Opening NBC’s night, Manifest kicked off Season 3 with 3.8 mil and a 0.6 down a tick from its sophomore averages (3.9 mil/0.7).

    Elsewhere….

    ABC | Station 19 (4.5 mil/0.7), Grey’s Anatomy (4.1 mil/0.8) and A Million Little Things (2.6 mil/0.4) all dipped.

    FOX | Hell’s Kitchen (2.5 mil/0.7) dipped. The Moodys opened Season 2 with 1.1 mil/0.3 and then 950K/0.2, down sharply from what Call Me Kat and Last Man Standing had been doing.

    CBS | Young Sheldon (6.4 mil/0.6) dipped, United States of Al (5.1 mil/0.5) fell shy of what B Positive was doing in the time slot, Mom (4.8 mil/0.5) was steady, and B Positive (3.7 mil/0.4) hit lows in its new time slot. Clarice (2.4 mil/0.3) also slipped to season lows.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Surprise Returning Star On Touching Reunion & More – Q&A

    (4/2/21) (deadline.com) After a string of intense and heavy episodes marked by tragedy, including the deaths of DeLuca as well as Bailey’s mom, Grey’s Anatomy delivered a hopeful one-hour tonight. The biggest development came at the very end, when Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) was taken off the ventilator and was able to breathe on her own. She was “helped” by two old friends who tragically died nine years ago, her sister Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh) and Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) who visited her on the beach and made the case why she needed to fight to live. While Leigh’s return was revealed in the promo at the end of last episode, Dane’s appearance was kept a surprise as his Mark joined Meredith and Lexie on the beach. As the trio chatted, Mark shared that he talks to his daughter Sofia, as well as her moms, Callie and Arizona, all the time. Mark and Lexie also showed a lot of affection towards each other, and when Meredith asked if the two were still together, Mark said, “On your beach it looks like we are.”

    While Meredith kept saying how much she loves it on the beach, Lexie and Mark talked about what they miss about being alive and urged her to choose life. “Don’t waste one single minute,” Mark said in their final conversation before Meredith was taken out of the coma, possibly ending the season-long beach motif, conceived by showrunner Krista Vernoff, which also featured visits from Patrick Dempsey’s Derek Shepherd and T.R. Knight’s George O’Malley.

    Elsewhere in the episode, there were positive developments all-around. The two main medical cases had happy endings, including one where the doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial faced a Sophie’s Choice situation with one ventilator left and a mother and her daughter both in desperate need to be intubated. Teddy was on the mend, Owen and Koracick almost reconciled. And, along with Meredith’s successful reentry after she was taken off the machine, Winston proposed to Maggie at the end of the episode, and she said yes.

    In an interview with Deadline, Dane spoke about how his Grey’s return came about. He took us behind the scenes of filming the beach scenes with Pompeo (in person) and Leigh (via green screen from Vancouver where she films Supergirl), sharing his take on Mark and Lexie’s relationship status and the duo’s pivotal role in giving Meredith strength to cling onto life when she is taken off the ventilator. He also discussed the remarkable longevity of Grey’s Anatomy and his return to production on his current series, HBO’s Euphoria.

    DEADLINE: When and how did you get approached about returning to Grey’s Anatomy?

    ERIC DANE: I was in Shanghai, filming a movie, a Chinese production for that market, a historical piece, and Krista reached out to me and said, “Hey, I’d like to talk to you about something, let me know when you have some time.” I said, “Well, I’m in Shanghai, China right now, let’s talk right when I get back.” I don’t remember the timeline; I know I was in Shanghai in August. She explained to me what was happening in the story, and she said, “We want to put Mark Sloan on the beach with Lexie Grey.”

    DEADLINE: What was your reaction? Did you like the idea?

    DANE: Yeah, I thought it was a great idea. I thought it made sense, considering the circumstances.

    DEADLINE: What do you mean?

    DANE: I mean, if you’re ever going to bring Mark Sloan back, I guess with Meredith in a coma, it’s a good way for her to see him. So, it wasn’t a tough sell, and it made sense.

    DEADLINE: Tell me about the filming of your scenes. You got to spend time with Ellen, the crew. How was it going back into character, revisiting your past and reuniting with old friends?

    DANE: It was like I’d never left. It was a great day at the beach. It was great to see some of the familiar faces and same crew members, and we didn’t skip a beat. I love those people. I spent a significant portion of my life with those people, I’d do just about anything for them.

    DEADLINE: What did you and Ellen chat about in-between takes?

    DANE: Masks, Covid. I haven’t seen Chyler in a while, but Ellen I stay in contact with, and just, how are the kids? Kids are good. Small talk. There wasn’t a lot of time in-between takes because of the protocols and how we had to set it up. So, once we got going, it was almost like a runaway train.

    DEADLINE: And it was easy to go back into character?

    DANE: Yeah. I mean, look, I created Mark Sloan. It was not that difficult for me to get back into character.

    DEADLINE: What did you think about Mark and Lexie playing such an important role in giving Meredith a will to live and a reason to fight as she soon thereafter started to breathe on her own?

    DANE: Well, Mark Sloan and Lexie Grey are embedded in the DNA of that show, and also literally, Lexie and Meredith share the same DNA. So, I think there’s a connectivity there and reminding her that, gone but not forgotten, we’re always around if you need us, and it’s too early for you to stay on the beach.

    DEADLINE: And there was something comforting, I’m sure, in you reassuring fans that Mark is OK…

    DANE: Sure. Absolutely. You see that everybody’s okay and happy; it allows you to want to come back for something.

    DEADLINE: … And that Mark also is watching over his daughter.

    DANE: Yeah. Whether she’s listening to me or not, you always have somebody looking over you. I lost my father at a very early age, and I feel like he’s watching over me in some capacity.

    DEADLINE: When Meredith asked whether Mark and Lexie were together, you said “On your beach, we are”. What do you make of that? Does it mean that they’re happily together in our imagination?

    DANE: I didn’t dig too deep into that. I sort of took it as like, not in your imagination but the way you’re seeing it in your subconsciousness, wherever you are right now, whatever state of being you’re existing in, in this coma, fever dream, whatever it is, I guess that’s [Meredith’s] projection of perfection. Mark and Lexie are together forever, and I’m sure Mark and Lexie aren’t too bummed about it either.

    DEADLINE: What is your vision of Mark and Lexie, how you think that their story continues in the afterlife?

    DANE: Mark would’ve found Lexie. He would’ve found her eventually.

    DEADLINE: Since you left Grey’s Anatomy, you did one successful series, The Last Ship, which ran for five seasons, and now you are on a second successful series, Euphoria. Meanwhile, Grey’s Anatomy is still going. How do explain the longevity of that show which continues to be going strong 17 seasons in?

    DANE: Well, I think there’s a lot of factors but at its core it’s just a great show. People connect with the characters on that show. It seemed to have found a whole new generation of viewership. Shows typically will grow up with a generation, an audience, and eventually that audience will either outgrow that show or move onto something else. But with Grey’s, there’s always been an alchemy in that cast, a dynamic, a chemistry which keeps people showing up. The writing’s good. Krista, Shonda [Rhimes], Betsy [Beers] and now Debbie Allen’s exec producing the show. They’re so good at understanding the tone of that show and finding characters that people will invest in, and what that translates to is Season 17.

    DEADLINE: Is there anything you miss about Grey’s?

    DANE: Well, I’ve maintained contact with a lot of the cast members. An answer somebody would give you, had they not, would’ve been I missed the people, but I’m still friends with all of them. So, there wasn’t really anything to miss.

    DEADLINE: Are you going back into production on Euphoria soon?

    DANE: In mid-April. We’re actually started now on Season 2. I think I don’t start shooting for a couple weeks, but we are. I’m sure we’re going to get this out as soon as we can. We’ve set a pretty high bar. I’m very proud of that show, everybody involved is very proud of that show.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Another Beloved Character Makes A Return To The Beach

    (4/2/21) (deadline.com) ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy once again found a way to deliver a surprise. After the promo at the end of last week’s episode revealed that Chyler Leigh’s Lexie Grey would join Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) in the Season 17 beach motif, fans thought they knew exactly what to expect tonight, a sweet sister reunion. They still got that but there was a twist — Lexie was joined by Mark Sloan (Eric Dane). The on-again, off-again couple had gotten back together when they both died as a result of a plane crash in the Season 8 finale, and Seattle Grace Mercy West was subsequently renamed Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital in their memory.

    With Dane and Leigh tonight, Grey’s Anatomy completed a return of the four longtime doctors on the show who had tragically died, including Patrick Dempsey’s Derek Shepherd, who has been recurring in the dream sequences, and T.R. Knight’s George O’Malley, who was featured in a December episode. Dempsey and Dane were also the top heartthrobs on the long-running drama with their monikers McDreamy and McSteamy, respectively. Separately, another Grey’s alum, Sarah Drew, whose character April Kepner is very much alive, also is coming back for a guest appearance this season.

    As Meredith, still in a coma on ventilator in real life, sat on the beach with Lexie, the younger sibling said, “It’s so beautiful, I love it here.”

    Said Meredith, “Me too.” Asked whether she would stay on the beach, aka in the land between life and death, Meredith was noncommittal, saying that she didn’t know the rules.

    “I don’t think there are rules,” said Lexie, reminiscing how she loved rules when she was alive.

    Enter Mark Sloan. “You totally did,” he interjected.

    Mentioning his daughter Sofia, Mark told Meredith that she was “early” to join the dead.

    “I don’t know how to get back,” Meredith remarked. “I keep seeing Derek, and he won’t help me get back or come close enough to touch.”

    Said Mark, “It’s not up to him, it’s up to you.”

    With that, the conversation shifted to Mark and Lexie’s relationship status.

    “So you two are together?” asked Meredith.

    “On your beach it looks like we are,” Mark responded before he and Lexie went frolicking by the waves while Meredith watched them with a smile. “I love it here,” she said to herself.

    In the next beach conversation, Mark and Lexie talked about what they miss about being alive and Mark shared that he watches over his daughter Sofia, as well as her moms, Callie and Arizona.

    “So much grief, so much loss, so much pain,” Meredith said, referring to the the harsh realities of the pandemic and the personal tragedies she has faced that make her hesitant to go back.

    She should be disheartened, Lexie contended. “The depth of grief that you felt for the losses is because of the depth of love,” she said. “As long you are alive, you get to feel it and you get to do something about it.”

    In the end, both Lexie and Mark urged her to fight, assuring her that they will be “next to you, yelling in your ear” as she goes through life. “Don’t waste one single minute,” Mark said.

    Moments later, Meredith was taken off the ventilator and began breathing on her own.

    Dane joined Grey’s Anatomy as a recurring guest star in Season 2 and was promoted to series regular in Season 3.

    Yep, Chyler Leigh's Grey's Return Was Done via Green Screen in Vancouver

    (4/2/21) (tvline.com) Chyler Leigh isn’t a superhero in real life, so when Grey’s Anatomy needed her to reprise her role as dearly departed Lexie — while she was filming Supergirl in Vancouver, which has a strict quarantine process — a bit of Hollywood magic was needed.

    “Chyler was in Vancouver. So we had to work some magic,” former Grey’s cast member Eric Dane, who returned as the late Mark Sloan in the same episode, confirmed for THR.com. “There was some green screen.”

    Dane, however, did actually film with Grey’s lead Ellen Pompeo in Malibu, California, as Mark regaled Mer with tales from the great beyond. “There was a lot of me and Ellen,” he told THR. Mark and Lexie’s arrival on “Limbo Beach” continued a nostalgia-filled theme for Grey’s Season 17, which has been in motion ever since Meredith contracted COVID and was put on a ventilator. During this time, the show’s title character has been visited by the likes of late husband Derek (played by original cast member Patrick Dempsey), late BFF George (original cast member T.R. Knight), and an ill-fated DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) — and now the late Lexie and Mark, as well.

    Grey's Recap: Beach, Please — Were Mark and Lexie Able to Finally Send Mer Back to the Land of the Living?

    (4/2/21) (tvline.com) After last week’s promo, we all knew that Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy would be bringing back Chyler Leigh as the late, lamented Lexie Grey. The question was, would she be sending Meredith forth — as in getting her off that damn beach already and returning her to her family and friends? Read on and, if you don’t know by now, find out.

    ‘WE ARE DOWN TO OUR LAST FOUR VENTILATORS’ | As “Breathe” began, Mer was joined on the beach by Lexie. Meanwhile, in reality, Maggie, Mama Ortiz and Levi treated Marcella, whose daughter Veronica was also at Grey Sloan suffering from the effects of COVID. Nearby, Jo continued to bond with Luna and tended to Irene, Cormac’s sister-in-law, who was both at high risk for coronavirus owing to her MS and, as an added bonus, had a kidney stone. Maggie was feeling some pre-separation anxiety over the fact that Winston was due back in Boston. And finally, Richard reported to Team Grey Sloan that they only had four ventilators left, so they were all going to have to think creatively. Did they ever not?

    Back on the beach, Lexie asked Mer if she was going to remain on the beach. “It takes some getting used to,” Lexie admitted. Aw, and just as she copped to having loved rules, Mark showed up to affirm that oh yeah, she had. There was some more talk about the sand not having been real. Then Mer confirmed that on her beach, the star-crossed lovers got to be together in the end. “I like it here,” Grey said. We could see why. Mark told Mer that he often yelled as best he could at his loved ones to wake up, not waste a moment. Then he gave them credit for coming up with the idea. Later, Lexie challenged Mer to find things, even in a pandemic, to enjoy. And what did she savor? Stuff like little Bailey face-planting in his birthday cake (and Zola laughing so hard at it that she peed her pants).

    ‘THAT IS IMPOLITE ADULT CONVERSATION’ | Back up and at ’em, Tom crossed paths with Owen. At the same time, Teddy brought Leo and Allison to Mer’s, where Amelia suggested that they could have tea and not be covered in puke for an afternoon. Watching the kids, Amelia added that Teddy’s grief over DeLuca might ease if she shared it. In turn, Teddy asked if there was a recovery program for people who aren’t addicts who still blew up their lives. At the hospital, Owen texted with Cristina, who insisted on receiving a photo of Mer’s monitors. And, after Link scrubbed in with Richard, Webber pitched a fit because they were now down to their last damn ventilator — they’d have to shut down the trauma unit. (Yep, it was a zippy episode!)

    ‘THIS IS NOT A CATASTROPHE, IT’S A COMPLICATION’ | After ascertaining Irene’s condition, Cormac floated the idea of having Catherine scrub in. His kids had already lost their mother, he didn’t want them losing their aunt, too. “He pulled the biggest” strings, Catherine said after showing up. Irene was worried that her treatment would go the way of her late sister’s. But Catherine assured her that she wasn’t just in good hands, she was in the best ones — hers. As Irene was wheeled into surgery, she teased Cormac about Mer… until she found out that Grey was in dire straits. Operating on Irene, Catherine encouraged Jo to consider urology. Just as they were finishing up, they discovered that Irene was far worse off than they thought — her ureter came out with the kidney stone!

    ‘SAVE MY BABY GIRL!’ | As Marcella’s condition deteriorated, Veronica was consulted about next steps. However, she was hardly in any condition to advise on them. “Save my baby girl!” Marcella pleaded. “Save my mom!” Veronica pretty much said when it was her turn. She then went on to blame herself for showing up and hugging her mother on her birthday. “And it might’ve killed her,” she added. Sweetly, Alma assured Veronica that her mom would never regret that embrace. Before we knew it, Veronica was found near collapsing on her way to the elevator, and Maggie and Jackson were trying to keep her alive. At the same time, her mom began crashing after Levi rapped for her. “No, no,” Sara pointed out, “that is not rap.”

    ‘CHILD, WHO THROWS AWAY A KIDNEY?’ | Alas, Schmitt and Sara had no sooner intubated Marcella than they learned that there was no ventilator for her. Cornered, the doctors decided to give Veronica the ventilator, respecting Marcella’s wishes. Outside the hospital, Maggie told Winston that if she’d known she’d have to choose between giving a mother and a daughter a ventilator, she’d have quit med school. Just then, it occurred to her that the same way she and her beau shared ear buds, maybe Marcella and Veronica could share a ventilator. “I just have to dance,” Richard exclaimed, because he could reopen trauma and give his daughter a raise. Of course, the whole situation weighed heavily on Alma and Sara. As Jo hollered at Catherine about leaving Irene with only one kidney, Jackson’s mom shut her right up. “I’m putting it back, Wilson!” Duh! Afterward, Cormac thanked Jo for… well, just thank you. “She single?” asked Irene, who was keen on Alex’s ex. It didn’t get much more intimate, after all, than having your kidney in somebody’s hand!

    ‘IT’S A YES!’ | As the hour drew to a close, Mer was extubated. But, were Lexie and Mark able to send her home? At that very moment, she was going on about all her loss and pain. What caused the pain? Mark asked. Grey hated him knowing things that she didn’t. She just didn’t want to say it. Lexie didn’t mind, though — the depth of pain was equivalent to the depth of love. Mer couldn’t resist change. Nor could she really miss them. They were right there with her, often yelling in her ear. Don’t waste your life, they urged her. And as everyone at Grey Sloan began to boogie, it became clear that Mer was breathing on her own. Maggie even liked her job again! She’d been inspired by Winston — and them. She was saying that she didn’t want him to go back to Boston when he opened up his earbuds container to reveal an engagement ring. “I can’t imagine life without you anymore,” he said, “and I don’t want to try. Margaret Pierce, will you marry me?” In response, she said an ecstatic yes. That night, Owen was able to tell Zola that her mom was off the ventilator. He even gave Teddy the credit.

    Grey's Anatomy Welcomes Two New Arrivals to Limbo Beach

    (4/2/21) (tvline.com) When the late Lexie Grey visited Grey’s Anatomy‘s Limbo Beach this Thursday night, it turned out she was not exactly alone.

    Shortly after Lexie (played by former cast member Chyler Leigh) greeted big sis Mer, who has been dilly-dallying in the idyllic mindscape whilst battling a case of COVID-19 back at Grey+Sloan, the two were joined by dearly departed Mark Sloan.

    It was suggested that Lexie and Mark were “back together” in the afterlife. Or something. Mark also shared how, from the great beyond, he has tried his darndest to give counsel to Callie and Arizona, and their daughter Sofia.

    Dane first joined Grey’s midway through Season 2, as a blast from Derek and Addison’s past (given that he was with whom the latter had had an affair). Years later, Mark was in the same small-plane crash that killed Lexie, though he would not succumb to his injuries until two episodes later (as part of the Season 9 premiere).

    Dane went on to front the TNT action-drama The Last Ship for five seasons, as Captain Tom Chandler, and co-star on HBO’s Euphoria.

    Lexie and Mark’s arrival on “Limbo Beach” continues a nostalgia-filled theme for Season 17, ever since Meredith contracted COVID and was put on a ventilator; during this time, the show’s title character has been visited by the likes of late husband Derek (played by original cast member Patrick Dempsey), late BFF George (original cast member T.R. Knight), and an ill-fated DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti).

    Sterling K. Brown & Laverne Cox Among All-Star Cast Of ‘The Normal Heart’ Virtual Benefit Reading

    (4/1/21) Sterling K. Brown, Laverne Cox, Jeremy Pope and Jake Borelli are among the all-star cast of a virtual benefit reading of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, to be directed by Paris Barclay.

    The May 8 reading, to raise funds for ONE Archives Foundation and Invisible Histories Project, will include a special introduction by Martin Sheen.

    Rounding out the cast are Vincent Rodriguez III (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend): Guillermo Díaz (Scandal); Jake Borelli (Grey’s Anatomy); Ryan O’Connell (Will & Grace); Daniel Newman (Walking Dead); Jay Hayden (Station 19); and Danielle Savre (Station 19). The reading, according to producers, will mark the first performance of Kramer’s Tony-winning play to be performed by a predominately BIPOC and LGBTQ cast.

    “When I was approached by ONE Archives Foundation to direct a virtual reading of The Normal Heart, I knew it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” said Barclay (Station 19, Scandal). “I lived in New York through the 1980s, saw the original production with Brad Davis, and have never forgotten the experience. And through today’s lens, the story of a marginalized people pushed to activism by the onslaught of an epidemic clearly was worth telling again.”

    Funds raised from this event will support ONE Archives Foundation’s LGBTQ education initiatives, including K-12 lesson plans on HIV/AIDS, teacher trainings, youth engagement, and ONE Archives Foundation’s exhibitions. The benefit also supports Invisible Histories Project’s efforts to preserve the legacy of HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ activists through archiving, inclusion training, exhibitions, and programs about Southern LGBTQ history.

    The Normal Heart chronicles the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City, based on Kramer’s cofounding the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in 1982. The play premiered Off Broadway at New York’s Public Theater in 1985, and was staged on Broadway by director Joel Grey and starring Joe Mantello in 2011, winning a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Ryan Murphy directed a 2014 film adaptation for HBO.

    Tickets go on sale April 8 here.

    The reading is scheduled for Saturday, May 8 at 5 pm ET.

    Ratings: Call Me Kat Dips With Finale, Superstore Closes Steady

    (3/26/21) In the latest TV show ratings, Fox’s yet-to-be-renewed Call Me Kat closed out Season 1 with 2.02 million total viewers (its third-smallest audience) and a 0.5 demo rating, dipping a tenth week-to-week.

    Bookending the freshman sitcom, Hell’s Kitchen (2.7 mil/0.8) was steady, while Last Man Standing (2.3 mil/0.4) was down.

    Elsewhere:

    NBC | Superstore‘s double-episode series finale averaged a hair over 2.5 million viewers (its second-largest audience of the season) while matching last week’s 0.5 demo rating. TVLine readers gave the series ender a rare average grade of “A+”; read our many post mortems.

    ABC | Station 19 (5 mil/0.7) and Grey’s Anatomy (4.9 mil/0.9) both dipped, though they respectively led Thursday in viewers and in the demo. A Million Little Things (3.1 mil/0.5) was steady.

    THE CW | Leding out of that Harry & Meghan special, Legacies dipped to its second-smallest audience (502K) while steady in the demo (with a 0.1.).

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Sets Chyler Leigh Return As Lexie Grey – Watch Promo

    (3/25/21) (Video) Two weeks after the death of Andrew DeLuca, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy is preparing for the return of another beloved Grey Sloan Memorial doctor who had died tragically, Lexie Grey. Nine years after she left the show, Chyler Leigh is coming back. She will be featured in next week’s episode (April 1), reprising her Lexie Grey character as part of this season’s recurring dream beach motif. The reunion of Lexie and her sister Meredith is being teased in a promo, which will air at the end of tonight’s episode of the ABC medical drama.

    The Season 17 beach theme is the brainchild of executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff, introduced to bring joy amid the grim realities of the pandemic as reflected on Grey’s. Leigh’s Lexie follows Patrick Dempsey’s Derek Shepherd, who has been recurring in the dream sequences, and T.R. Knight’s George O’Malley, who was featured in a December episode. Separately, another Grey’s alum, Sarah Drew, whose character April Kepner is very much alive, also is coming back for a guest appearance this season.

    Leigh’s Lexie Grey is Meredith Grey’s (Ellen Pompeo) younger paternal half-sister. Her character was introduced at the end of Season 3 when Lexie transferred to Seattle Grace Hospital as a new surgical intern after her mother’s sudden death and was named a surgical resident in Season 5. Lexie’s main storyline involved her on-again, off-again relationship with plastics attending Mark Sloan, played by Eric Dane. Both died in a plane crash in the Season 8 finale. Seattle Grace Mercy West was subsequently renamed Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital in their memory.

    Nothing has been confirmed but, the way things have been going, Dane’s Mark Sloan may also drop by to complete the lineup of Grey’s longtime fan favorite doctor characters whose lives had been cut short by tragedy that are now reuniting with Meredith on the beach as she fights Covid-19.

    “I would say, chances are good you’ll see other people on the beach,” Vernoff told Deadline earlier this month.

    Leigh was on Grey’s Anatomy for six seasons, five of them as a series regular.

    Grey's Recap: Lost and Profound

    (3/25/21) (tvline.com) OK, guess Grey’s Anatomy “casualty” Giacomo Gianniotti wasn’t kidding when he told TVLine that there are lots of ways that DeLuca could still appear on the ABC drama. The late doctor returned in Thursday’s episode, in twisty visions in poor, shattered Teddy’s head. But was their “reunion” — could anything be — enough to soothe her mind and mend her heart? Read on and find out.

    ‘YOU SAID YOU COULD SAVE HER’ | As “In My Life” began, Teddy remained borderline catatonic at her and Owen’s place even as he chattered away in hopes of getting a — any — response. When Amelia dropped by with fluids for Teddy, she insisted on trying to reach her ex’s ex-fiancée. But at that very moment, Teddy was in her head, walking through a dreamscape version of Grey Sloan until she happened upon Meredith, sitting up right as rain in her bed. Just then, DeLuca wheeled in a patient, at which point Mer went back on the ventilator. And DeLuca’s patient? It was Teddy herself, in a body bag. Suddenly, she and Andrew were in the O.R., and she was supposed to operate on Mer… and we flashed back to 9/11… and then ill-fated old flame Allison was running around Grey Sloan. Whoa. It was a lot. Needless to say, Amelia had no luck reaching Teddy. “She hasn’t spoken, she hasn’t eaten,” Owen told Amelia. “If something doesn’t change soon, I’m gonna have to have her admitted.” Back in Teddy’s head, Mer happened upon Altman about to meet Tom in Lot B and run out on Owen. Her problems, Grey suggested, began much further back than Owen. Man, this was a jump-around episode. In the car with Koracick, Teddy discovered DeLuca in the backseat — and a hand grenade in her purse. “This should be fun,” cracked Andrew. The following (?) morning, Tom served Teddy pancakes and champagne in bed — just as Leo manifested in her arms. “Owen’s gone,” Koracick suddenly reported. He took the kids and ran. “You ruined my life… I ruined my life,” she cried. “I don’t want this life.” Good Lord, this whole episode was like interpretive dance. She put the grenade in Tom’s hand, and kaboom.

    ‘TALKING DOESN’T HELP’ | After a commercial break, a blown-up Tom was replaced by DeLuca, throwing to flashbacks of Teddy’s whole tumultuous history with Owen. “We need to go back further,” per Mer, Teddy noted. Plus, if she never met DeLuca, she couldn’t hurt him, much less kill him. So we rewound (?) to a scene in which Owen proposed to Teddy in bed. “I don’t want there to be any secrets between us,” she said. With that, she revealed that Allison hadn’t just been her friend, she’d been the love of her life. “I’m so sorry you lost her,” he said, sounding entirely un-Owen like. Next thing we knew, DeLuca was marrying Teddy and Owen as he got texts from Amelia and his ex-fiancée Beth and even Cristina. From there, we cut to Teddy returning home to find Owen planning the holidays with Amelia. Did she come first? “No, Cristina comes first.” It wasn’t Teddy’s fault that she didn’t know how to love. In short, he kept looking past her as if she wasn’t there. “I love Teddy,” Owen said, “but she’s no you, Amelia.” While all that was going on, Owen was telling Amelia he was done with Teddy. She didn’t get to own the loss of DeLuca exclusively. Owen wanted her to be well, but… all he really saw was red. “There’s nothing I can do about it.”

    Shortly, a grody fantasy surgery was interrupted by DeLuca asking Teddy if she’d loved Allison at first sight. And she pretty much had. They’d met the year both of Teddy’s parents had died, and Allison had gotten her through it. In a flashback, Teddy expressed to Allison that even when she knew her dad’s time was short, she couldn’t believe that he would leave her and her mom. He hadn’t let his daughter get so much as a gerbil because a pet meant heartache; they’d inevitably leave her. Understanding, Allison promised to go get the Scrabble board on which Teddy had played with her dad in his last days. Moved, Teddy went to kiss Allison, for the first time, it seemed. “I’m sorry,” said Teddy, “but I’m not sorry.” In her vision of DeLuca, Teddy said that she had killed Allison — by turning down her offer of pancakes on the fateful morning that she died. “If I had just said yes, she’d still be here.” Hey, maybe Teddy could still save DeLuca. “What if it’s not too late?” From there, we cut to Teddy agreeing to have those pancakes of Allison’s.

    ‘YOU NEED TO FORGIVE TEDDY’ | While Teddy was lost in her head, Amelia insisted to Owen that he needed to forgive his former fiancée. No way, he said. Her constant lying was despicable. He was just mad that she had her own Cristina, Amelia argued. (Oh, nailed it!) He couldn’t hold it against Teddy that she never told him about Allison; she had PTSD, for crying out loud — same as he had when he’d choked Cristina. He didn’t go around telling everybody about that, did he? (Amelia was on fire this episode.) In another flashback, Allison told Teddy that she wanted to come clean with Claire. But Teddy didn’t want any pain to interfere with their day. “Your dad should’ve let you have the gerbil,” Allison suggested. Suddenly, there were screams, people pointing… The 9/11 attacks had begun. And even though Allison wasn’t at the Twin Towers, she began smelling smoke, choking… Despite being with Teddy, Allison still died. (Not sure during a pandemic was really when we all wanted an episode that took us back to 9/11, but here we were.)

    As the hour neared its conclusion, Teddy and Mer wandered the body-strewn halls of Grey Sloan as 9/11 ash fell all around them. At Owen’s, he admitted to Amelia that maybe it would’ve been easier if Teddy had just left with Tom. “It’s like there’s a wet, heavy blanket of fatigue over me,” Owen said. That, she replied, was his defense against Amelia suggesting he stop hating Amelia. So what did they do? Pray, as in AA, for those that they resented. “You’ve done it before,” she reminded him. “Ya did it with me.” Finally, with Mer, Teddy at least mentioned Henry. “You run from pain,” Grey deduced. Over and over. “We run from joy, too, but they’re a package deal.” With that, Teddy beseeched Grey not to die. “I’ll do my best,” Mer said. And just like that — oh dear — Teddy appeared to get over it. She sat up in bed, and after Owen showed Amelia out, he found the patient tending to baby Allison.

    Krista Vernoff Signs New Overall Deal With ABC Signature As Negotiations For Season 18 Of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Continue

    (3/25/21) One of ABC Signature’s top showtunners, Krista Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19, Rebel) is staying put with a new multi-year overall deal for her company Trip the Light Productions. Closing a new big two-year pact with Vernoff represents a key piece of the complex effort to bring Grey’s Anatomy back for Season 18.

    The other is closing new pacts with original cast members Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr.. Negotiations with the trio continue, and there have been promising signs. Securing the actors would seal a renewal, which is coming down the wire, with Vernoff planning for a season and series finale as production on Season 17 is winding down.

    Vernoff, who has led Grey’s Anatomy‘s resurgence over the last several seasons, is executive producer and showrunner on three ABC series, Grey’s Anatomy and spinoff Station 19, both from ABC Signature, and freshman Rebel, which ABC Signature co-produces with Sony Pictures TV.

    “Krista Vernoff is a superstar who makes the almost impossible task of running three shows seem like a reasonable amount of work. I am honestly in awe of her,” said Dana Walden, Walt Disney Television Chairman of Entertainment. “Everyone at the studio and network is grateful for the tremendous job she’s done on the amazing Shondaland shows, and we are proud to be launching Krista’s first creation, Rebel, on ABC in two weeks. The optimism, intellectual curiosity and quest for social justice embodied in its title character are traits that could easily apply to Krista herself, and those are just a few of the qualities that make us feel lucky to work with her every day.”

    When Rebel premieres April 8, Vernoff will join the elite ranks of showrunners who oversee an entire night of television with ABC’s Thursday lineup, consisting of Shondaland’s Station 19 at 8 PM and Grey’s Anatomy at 9 PM, followed by Rebel at 10 PM.

    Vernoff, who will continue to serve as president of Trip the Light Prods., executive produces Rebel with her producing partner — and husband — Alexandre Schmitt who serves as president of production and development for Trip the Light. The company has brought in Kasha Foster as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In the new position, she will work closely with writers, talent, and producers, providing guidance throughout the storytelling process from script to screen.

    “We’re so grateful for the enthusiastic support and creative freedom afforded us by Dana, Jonnie (Davis), and all our wonderful partners at ABC Signature,” Vernoss said. “We’re thrilled to continue and deepen our relationship with the studio – we couldn’t think of a better place to call home.”

    Vernoff, whose series credits also include Shameless and Private Practice, is repped by UTA and Jeanne Newman at Hansen Jacobson.

    Sandra Oh Lends Her Voice To ‘Stop Asian Hate’ Protest In Pittsburgh

    (3/21/21) Actress Sandra Oh has stepped up as part of the nationwide protests this weekend decrying hate and violence against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

    Oh appeared at a rally in Pittsburgh on Saturday, speaking to a crowd of masked people and saying she’s “proud to be Asian.” The Killing Eve actress declared her support for Asian Americans during a time when violence against the community has been rising.

    “Pittsburgh, I am so happy and proud to be here with you, and thank you to all the organizers for organizing this just to give us an opportunity to be together and to stand together and to feel each other,” said Oh, according to CBS Pittsburgh. “For many of us in our community, this is the first time we are even able to voice our fear and our anger, and I really am so grateful to everyone willing to listen.”

    She added, “I know many of us in our community are very scared, and I understand that. And one way to get through our fear is to reach out to our communities. I will challenge everyone here, if you see something will you help me?”

    Oh then led a group chant of “I am proud to be Asian.”

    Before the rally, Oh posted on Instagram regarding the shooting deaths of eight people in Atlanta, and pointed toward organizations that will help the Asian community.

    “I send loving kindness and support to the families of the eight souls murdered in Georgia on March 16,” she wrote. “And to all the victims of racist violence. I am devastated and profoundly angry. I know many of you are scared but let us not be afraid.”

    “Remember #itsanhonorjusttobeasian,” Oh added.

    Along with Oh, many Asian American stars have spoken out against the rise of violence in the aftermath of the Atlanta shooting, including Olivia Munn, Daniel Dae Kim and Jamie Chung.

    TV Ratings: Fox's Thursday Lineup Rises, Station 19 Eyes Series Lows

    (3/19/21) In the latest TV show ratings, Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen (with 2.6 million viewers and a 0.8 rating) and Last Man Standing (2.3 mil/0.5) ticked up in both measures and each tied their season highs in the demo.

    Call Me Kat (2.2 mil/0.6) meanwhile surged to an eight-week high in the demo.

    Over on ABC, Station 19 (4.9 mil/0.7) slipped to new series lows, Grey’s Anatomy (4.9 mil/0.9) dipped to a new audience low while holding onto last week’s Biden-impacted demo low, but A Million Little Things (3 mil/0.5) ticked up!

    Elsewhere:

    NBC | Superstore (2.3 mil/0.4) ticked up with America Ferrera’s early return.

    CBS | The Unicorn‘s final two Season 2 episodes did 3.3 mil/0.4 and 3.1 mil/0.4, both down from March 4 but not quite marking demo lows.

    THE CW | Walker (1.42 mil/0.3) and Legacies (600K/0.1) both added viewers, with the former also rising in the demo.

    Grey's Recap: The Mourning After

    (3/18/21) (tvline.com) The dark cloud hanging over Grey’s Anatomy loomed ever larger and darker in Thursday’s episode. How could it not, what with DeLuca no longer making rounds, Meredith lingering in limbo between life and death, and oh yeah, that whole soul-sucking global pandemic thing, too. But on a cheerier note — hey, we’ll take what we can get! — we got another glimpse of Derek as well as a new drinking game courtesy of Jackson, Jo and Link. Read on, and I’ll (hic) tell you all about it.

    ‘SHUT THE DOOR ON YOUR WAY OUT’ | As “It’s All Too Much” began, our protagonists reeled from their loss, with Owen packing up DeLuca’s locker, Catherine comforting Richard, and Teddy coming face to face with the deceased? No, it was actually Cormac. “We really need some good news,” she told an unconscious Meredith. Speaking of whom, at limbo beach, she ran into Derek, who was busy fishing. Because, ya know, why not? At Jo’s, she admitted to Jackson that she needed joy in her life. “So I am switching specialties to OB.” Did she really think that her booty call would judge her? Considering his habit of going on walkabout, he wasn’t about to. At Mer’s, Maggie fretted over the kids’ reaction to DeLuca’s death. Rather than force her to dance with the youngsters, Winston jumped in, allowing his significant other to cry it out. Back at Grey Sloan, Helm hesitated to record her video tribute to DeLuca. Had they been that close?

    In Bailey’s office, Owen, Teddy and Richard met with the chief, who despite DeLuca’s obvious cause of death, demanded the results of his autopsy. Nearby, Winston, having been granted privileges (beyond the obvious ones) by Maggie, teamed up with his boo on the case of a fellow named Byron, who feared that being treated would give him COVID. Outside, as Levi explained to Nico that his go-to under duress was guilt, especially where DeLuca was concerned, his hookup shared that his was numb. Back at Mer’s, Amelia freaked when she discovered that Link was hiding alcohol around the house. He was stressed all the time, he responded, and dammit, he could drink if he wanted to. He wasn’t an alcoholic. “Sometimes Amelia, you drive me insane,” he railed — and he took the bottle of whiskey with him as he left. But “I’m coming back,” he added, “’cause I’m not a bad guy.”

    ‘DID ANYONE LOSE A NAKED MAN?’ | In Mer’s room, Teddy and Cormac lowered her settings in hopes of getting Grey off the vent. “You can do this,” Hayes assured her. Meanwhile, on the beach, Derek told his true love how much she resembled her mother. “You never got to meet Ellis,” the younger one, that is, she said. But apparently, he’d been watching. He knew all about their daughter. While Byron got an MRI, Winston deduced that the patient had a dental infection. “I thought of it,” Maggie insisted. “You just said it first.” Alas, Byron soon flipped out and went on a tear through the hospital. In a conference room, Richard shared with Catherine that he’d surrendered his sobriety to a higher power. “My faith is rooted in the trust that there is a meaning and a wisdom that I just can’t understand… Today I’m struggling to trust anything, and I just cannot see any wisdom in this.” In response, she reminded him that she lived with stage 4 cancer, and her latest scans were fine. No, none of it made any sense. “You can look for the pain, or you can look for the beauty.”

    At Jo’s, she asked Jackson WTH the stock market was, anyway — which made him joke that it was a good thing she already knew how to live out of her car. Just then, Link showed up saying he was Jackson there for a quick bang. “Happy All Our Friends Are Dying Day,” he said as they poured whiskey. “Oh, we’re day-drinking,” cracked Jo. And indeed, they were. In no time, a pity party was well underway. Back at Grey Sloan, when Winston and Maggie found Byron, he was upset that he wasn’t wearing his mask. “Honey, you’re not wearing anything,” Pierce noted. If he needed to leave, she wouldn’t stop him. But she would follow him, because his heart could only take so much more. “I think we owe it to those we lost,” she said, “to live the lives that they can’t.” Finally, he put his gloved hand in hers. At the same time, Richard yelled at Bailey for wanting to grill their team over DeLuca’s death. “You’re causing me harm,” Webber stated simply. And she’d only cause more by suggesting that they hadn’t all done everything they could to save DeLuca.

    ‘I’M SUPPOSED TO WRITE A WHOLE PAGE ON LIVING FOREVER’ | On limbo beach, Derek reminded Mer of her experience teaching Zola to ride a bike by way of explaining that if she wanted to be closer to him, it was up to her. The more she relaxed, the closer he got. Back in real life, Teddy turned Mer’s settings back up, telling Cormac that she was staying on the vent. At the same time, Zola pondered aloud about whether if there were a medicine that could make you live forever, Amelia would take it. Nah, said her aunt. Impermanence was what made every life special. Back at Jo’s, she established the rules of her, Jackson and Link’s drinking game: Whoever’s story was saddest got the last swig. First, Link told his grim tale. Then Jo admitted that she’d even bought “outfits” to go on dates just before the end of the world. She almost won, too, but as Link pointed out, she had a loft all to herself. Thankfully, since Jackson was on call, he was still sober enough at the end of the round to drive them to DeLuca’s memorial. Speaking of the deceased, Teddy mistook Owen for him. While Meredith was almost face to face with Derek, he encouraged her to listen to Cormac back in reality as he told her about her kids calling every day. Suddenly, Cormac was on the beach. “They need you, Grey,” he said. “We all need you to fight.” She wasn’t sure that she could. She felt so relaxed there. Uh-uh, he insisted. She didn’t want her kids to go through what his had when they had lost their mom. “It’s OK,” Derek told her. “I’ll be right here.” And with that, Mer seemed to stir in her hospital bed — to the point that even Cormac noticed. greys-anatomy-recap-season-17-episode-8-its-all-too-much

    As the hour drew to a close, Bailey bristled when Levi told her that Richard had set up a memorial for Andrew. But he softened her up when he confessed to being a bad Jew. What was probably important was the traditions. “It doesn’t bring the person back,” he acknowledged, “but it does start the healing.” That being the case, couldn’t she let those who cared about her grieve with her? They needed that, and she did, too. Finding Taryn outside the hospital, wigging over DeLuca and the pandemic, Maggie soothed her by standing back to back with her — an insanely sweet gesture. As the memorial was about to begin, Bailey told Richard that she needed some time off. “However long you need,” he said. Among the crowd were Carina, Maya, Tom and the day-drinking club. Painfully, the tribute to DeLuca ended with his Grey Sloan application video. “I will give you the very best of me,” he promised. And that he had. Finally, Link returned home, at which point Amelia said that what she needed from him was no more secrets. “Deal,” he said, and though he reeked of whiskey, they embraced. At the hospital, Owen found Teddy perched on the sidelines where she’d been since the memorial. “I’m gonna take you home,” he said — and then he carried her, yes carried her, away.

    Sarah Drew & Jesse Williams Tease Dr. Kepner’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Return With Behind-The-Scenes Selfie

    (3/16/21) Sarah Drew’s return to Grey’s Anatomy is officially underway as the actress, who starred as the overly eager Dr. April Kepner, shared a on-set selfie with onscreen ex-husband Jesse Williams.

    “Nbd. Not excited at all,” Drew cheekily captioned her Instagram photo, which sees the two Grey’s actors donning masks in a van on the way to set.

    Drew teased her guest appearance slot just days after Deadline learned exclusively that the actress would return as the fan favorite. Kepner’s return to Grey Sloan Memorial adds to the number of surprise appearances from former cast members. Patrick Dempsey shocked fans when he returned to Grey’s Anatomy as Derek Shepherd during the Season 17 premiere. Not too long after, T.R. Knight reprised his role as George O’Malley.

    The actress returns to the ABC hit medical drama after her departure at the end of Season 14 in 2018 after nine seasons. Drew’s April Kepner first joined the Grey Sloan crew as an attending trauma surgeon. The character shares a daughter with ex Dr. Jackson, portrayed by Williams, who also teased Drew’s Grey’s Anatomy return.

    In his own Instagram post, Williams shared a video of him entering a van to head to work. As soon as he takes his seat, Drew pops up behind him, smiling over his shoulder.

    “What?” a shocked Williams says.

    See Drew’s and Williams’ Instagram posts here: (Photo, Video.

    Killing Eve to End With Season 4; AMC Developing 'Potential Spinoff Ideas'

    (3/16/21) The Grim Reaper is closing in on Killing Eve: AMC announced Tuesday that the acclaimed thriller’s upcoming fourth season will be its last. There is, however, an asterisk attached to the end date news.

    The cabler says it is working with Killing Eve producer Sid Gentle Films Ltd. to “develop a number of potential spinoff ideas to extend the show’s iconic universe.”

    Production on Killing Eve‘s eight-episode farewell season is set to begin in early summer. Continuing the series’ tradition of bringing in a new lead writer every season, Laura Neal (Sex Education, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) will oversee Season 4, following in the footsteps of creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Season 1), Emerald Fennell (Season 2) and Suzanne Heathcote (Season 3).

    “Killing Eve has been one of my greatest experiences and I look forward to diving back into Eve’s remarkable mind soon,” star Sandra Oh said in a statement. “I’m so grateful for all cast and crew who have brought our story to life and to the fans who have joined us and will be back for our exciting and unpredictable fourth and final season.”

    Jodie Comer, whose role as Oh’s onscreen foil earned her an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama series in 2019, added, “Killing Eve has been the most extraordinary journey and one that I will be forever grateful for. Thank you to all the fans who’ve supported us throughout and come along for the ride. Although all good things come to an end, it’s not over yet. We aim to make this one to remember!”

    Grey's Showrunner Weighs In On the Series' Chances of Getting a Season 18: 'We All Hope There Will Be More'

    (3/13/21) Apparently, Ellen Pompeo wasn’t exaggerating when she told CBS Sunday Morning that the fate of Grey’s Anatomy is still up in the air. When TVLine recently spoke with showrunner Krista Vernoff, she said the same thing — and that she wouldn’t be the one making the call about whether the series returns for Season 18 or ends with the current Season 17. “That isn’t really my decision.

    “I’m waiting for the news to come down,” she added. In the meantime, “it’s my job to plan for both contingencies.”

    No mean feat, that. “It’s really hard, and it’s frustrating,” Vernoff said, “and I hope to know soon.”

    Should this turn out to be the last season of Grey’s Anatomy, surely it could go on in another form, right? A spinoff set at a rebuilt Pac-North, perhaps? “Honestly, I’m just trying to get through this season,” Vernoff said. “It’s been exceedingly difficult. Like, I don’t even have words that could be hyperbolic about how difficult making this show amidst an actual pandemic has been. “So,” she concluded, “I’ll just say we are all doing our very best, and we all hope that there will be more Grey’s Anatomy, and we hope to know soon.”

    Sarah Drew Sets ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Return With Season 17 Guest Appearance

    (3/12/21) Amid the darkness of covering the coronavirus pandemic on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy this season, there have been bright moments, many of them tied to the return of beloved former cast members.

    Following Patrick Dempsey, who has been recurring this season, and T.R. Knight, who appeared in an episode last fall, Sarah Drew also will check back into Grey Sloan this season, Deadline can reveal.

    She will reprise her fan-favorite character of Dr. April Kepner in an upcoming episode.

    And more Grey’s alums might be on their way back, appearing in the dream beach sequences. As Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff teased this week, “chances are good you’ll see other people on the beach.” Drew left Grey’s at the end of Season 14 in 2018 after nine seasons, eight of them as a series regular. She started as a recurring in Season 6 before getting promoted to a regular the following season.

    Drew’s Dr. April Kepner was an attending trauma surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital who joined from Mercy West Medical Center after the merger. She shares a daughter with her ex, Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams). We last saw her getting hitched to Matthew (Justin Bruening) and quitting her job, though many Grey’s fans — and Drew herself — were hoping for her to end up with Jackson. April’s return could help give the former couple’s story closure.

    Most recently, Drew has been recurring on Freeform’s Cruel Summer. On the feature side, Drew recently starred in Sony’s Mom’s Night Out. She is repped by Innovative Artists, Vault Entertainment and Morris Yorn.

    TV Ratings: Shuffled Around by Biden Address, Thursday Shows Slip

    (3/12/21) With President Biden’s primetime address about the COVID vaccine plan forcing some schedule-shuffling, almost every regularly scheduled network program was understandably down this Thursday night.

    Biden’s address amassed north of 18 million viewers across its primetime coverage on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.

    Now, pending adjustment due to different scheduling in different time zones….

    The return of ABC’s Station 19 led Thursday’s regular programming in the demo with a 0.9 rating, while drawing 5.2 million viewers. Continuing the crossover event, Grey’s Anatomy did 4.6 mil and a 0.8, while A Million Little things closed out ABC’s night with 2.7 mil/0.4.

    CBS’ Young Sheldon (5.8 mil/0.7) drew the largest audience of regularly scheduled fare. Leading out of that, B Positive did 4.8 mil/0.6, Mom did 4.2 mil/0.5 and Clarice did 2.9 mil/0.3. (The Unicorn returns March 18 with a double-header.)

    Over on The CW, Walker (1.37 mil/0.3) ticked up in the demo while slipping to its smallest audience yet. Legacies (503K/0.1) dipped in viewers while steady in the demo.

    Elsewhere, Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen (2.3 mil/0.6) and Call Me Kat (1.8 mil/0.4) were down, while Last Man Standing (2.5 mil/0.5) was steady…. NBC’s Superstore slipped to 1.8 mil/0.3.

    Grey's Showrunner Krista Vernoff Shares Her Struggle With Killing Off [Spoiler]: 'I Tried to Chicken Out'

    (3/11/21) (tvline.com) Warning: If you’ve yet to watch Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, you may wanna go ahead and do that before reading the spoiler-filled interview that follows.

    If there was one thing harder than watching Grey’s Anatomy kill off DeLuca, according to showrunner Krista Vernoff, it was deciding to kill him off in the first place. Here, she walks TVLine down the bumpy road that led to Giacomo Gianniotti‘s heartbreaking exit in Thursday’s episode.

    TVLINE | Gotta start with the obvious: What was the thought process that went into killing DeLuca?

    Well, it was less a thought process than it was an inspiration. I start each season by myself, taking walks in nature, asking the stories to reveal themselves to me. These stories tell themselves, and it’s a writer’s job to just write them down as fast as you can. This one was the first and most powerful one that came to my mind sort of wholly realized. I knew what this story was, what we were doing and why we had to do it. TVLINE | Did you want to, though?

    It was really hard. I tried to chicken out several times through the season. The writers kept me honest on this one, because sometimes a story tells itself to you, and you’re like, “Wait, what? We’re killing DeLuca? He has to die? Why? I don’t wanna tell that story!” Several times, even after we were deep into the shooting of these episodes, I would go into the writers room and say, “I think we have to save him.” And there was an uprising of like, “No!” because this story told itself, and it felt important and powerful. As a human being, you’re like, “I don’t want to do it. I don’t want to lose Giacomo. I don’t want to lose DeLuca.” But as a storyteller, you have to honor the story. I don’t know… it’s sort of a magical process.

    TVLINE | How would you describe the effect that Andrew’s death has on those he leaves behind?

    It’s really impactful. Without giving too much away, there is one character who is broken by it. It’s one loss too many.

    TVLINE | Before Season 16 had to be cut short, there had been a good deal of talk that someone was going to die in that finale. Was that supposed to be DeLuca?

    No. It was never going to be… We had put him through this mental-health crisis, and it felt very important to us that he survive and show that people can come out the other side and become a very productive member of the team again. And he was back, he was really functioning, he was helping run the COVID ward, and then life came in.

    TVLINE | It is amazing to think how many crappy things are still happening, even during a pandemic.

    Honestly, I think one of the reasons this story came to me this way is that every time we would read or hear about some tragedy in the news while we were all navigating this pandemic, it felt very shocking, painful… like, how do all the other tragedies not stop? We’re all hunkered down. We’re all quarantined. We’re all dealing with the fear of COVID, and I got an E-mail from the Alexandria House, which is a charity that supports women and children who are dealing with homelessness because of domestic violence. There had been a fire, and everyone was displaced from the house. And I was like, “Are you kidding? How does it not stop? It’s all too much!” And I feel like that’s what DeLuca feels like. He didn’t die from COVID, he died completely unrelated to it. There are still people in the world kidnapping and selling children for sex and money, and this man went out to try and do something about it. He wasn’t going to let this woman get away with this again, and someone stabbed him. And that’s where the story was born. Even though we’re now getting all this other pain and trauma, other s—t keeps happening.

    Grey's Anatomy 'Casualty' Finds the Bright Side of a Dark Twist — Plus, What Doomed a Polarizing Romance

    (3/11/21) (tvline.com) Warning: If you haven’t watched the midseason premiere of Grey’s Anatomy yet, you might wanna do so before reading the spoiler-filled interview below.

    Watching Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy (recapped here), we didn’t blame Owen and Teddy one bit for not wanting to call time of death on DeLuca. We didn’t want them to, either. Nonetheless, the ABC drama’s midseason premiere marked the end of the line for Giacomo Gianniotti and the character he’d played since Season 11… or did it? Here, the actor not only reveals the reason DeLuca’s romance with Meredith stalled, he cops to misleading viewers and hints that we may not have seen the last of Andrew.

    TVLINE | Let’s start at the beginning of the end. How did you find out DeLuca was being killed off?

    I was called into our executive producer Debbie Allen’s office, and she and our showrunner Krista Vernoff said, “We want to talk to you, Giacomo.”

    TVLINE | Uh-oh.

    So I sat down, and they very quickly explained to me that the writers had been going back and forth and kept landing on the same point, which they all believed was a really, really beautiful storyline that ended, unfortunately with DeLuca’s demise.

    TVLINE | What did you say?

    I said, “Can you tell me more?” and Krista started talking about how much people had connected to the human trafficking story from last season and that everybody was begging for it to be wrapped up. So they said, “We all thought it was very clear that we need that storyline to come back, and it would be great if we could catch that human trafficker and show that people like that can be stood up to.” In that was an opportunity for DeLuca to be brave and die as a hero. So even though it’s a tragic loss, he’s stopping this trafficking.

    TVLINE | It’s ironic that in this time of COVID, DeLuca dies of something… totally unrelated.

    We talked about the fact that a lot of people have lost loved ones this year, due to COVID and a lot of other things, and this was an opportunity to allow people to mourn their loss through the loss of a fictional character. There could be a lot of catharsis through that. So we all talked about it, and I felt very strongly about the storyline and said, “OK, let’s do this.”

    TVLINE | So after you got over the shock of being told you were being written off, you were excited.

    Exactly. I mean, at the end of the day, I’m a storyteller. Whether you’re an actor or a director — now I’m starting to direct, I just wrapped on Grey’s Anatomy — the story has to win.

    TVLINE | Speaking of your directorial debut, were you told you’d be getting to helm an episode at the same time you were told you were being let go — like, “But here’s a lovely consolation prize”?

    No, that had already been predetermined the previous year. Usually, we book our directors a year in advance, so I was already slated for that.

    TVLINE | After you wrapped on the episode you directed, you Instagrammed, “Now back to being DeLuca.” Were you deliberately trying to mislead fans?

    I was just trying to throw people a little off the scent a bit. It’s not a lie, though, in that we might see DeLuca in the future. There are other opportunities for him [to appear] for the rest of the season. And lots of characters that have been lost over the years have come back, whether in flashbacks or playing little home videos on our phones, ghosts, sometimes dreams. There’s all kinds of ways.

    TVLINE | Do you feel any disappointment that DeLuca didn’t turn out to be endgame for Meredith?

    I think it was a very valuable relationship for both parties. But you know, I’ve had people in my life who have lost their partners [as Meredith did Derek] and had to move on. They’ve met other people and fallen in love, but there’s always that little hole in their heart that can’t quite be filled. There’s nothing that can replace that person they lost. So I think it was a beautiful thing to have Meredith see Derek again in her dreams.

    TVLINE | Do you have any sense of why the show pivoted away from MerLuca?

    Well, the big reason is because Meredith got COVID. If that hadn’t happened, she and DeLuca would have been able to sort of pick up where they left off. In the beginning of the season, there was the possibility for them to see if there was a road back to where they were in their romance. But she gets COVID, so of course, all of that is pushed aside. The main focus is to just save her life.

    TVLINE | Is there anything that you didn’t get to do as DeLuca, or would have liked to have done more of, that you didn’t?

    It would have been cool to see what he could have accomplished as an attending, when he was really in charge and not having to sort of defer to a superior. I also would have liked to have kept telling the story of someone who is bipolar in a very, very commanding position and show that those things are possible for people. That was the proudest moment for me as an actor, to get to play someone who is suffering in that way, having such a high-level position.

    TVLINE | Any message for the viewers who are going to be gutted by DeLuca’s death?

    I just want to thank them, for loving this show so much and connecting with my character. They are an amazing, amazing group of people who just love the show so fiercely, and I’m grateful to have been a part of it all these years.

    Grey's Anatomy Midseason Premiere Recap: Afterlife's a Beach for [Spoiler]

    (3/11/21) (tvline.com) Warning: The following contains spoilers for Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. If you’d rather watch first, read later, scrub out.

    So much for Grey’s Anatomy’s Giacomo Gianniotti going “back to being DeLuca.” Thursday’s midseason premiere, which continued the story that was begun on Station 19 (recapped here), not only stuck a scalpel in Andrew, it stuck a fork in him. Read on, and we’ll go over the harrowing developments that made him a permanent resident of Meredith’s limbo beach.

    ‘THIS WAS A PEP-TALK PAGE’ | As “Helplessly Hoping” began, while DeLuca was wheeled into Grey Sloan and immediately into surgery, Levi got a glimpse of Opal on Ben’s cell and realized that maybe he could have done something to have prevented this situation. D’oh! If Schmitt really wanted to help his colleague, Nico advised, he wouldn’t scrub in, he’d get a surgeon for DeLuca who wasn’t a wreck. Harsh-ish, yes, but also true. After Helm got an eyeful of a worse-for-wear Andrew, the shaken resident reported the news to Richard, whose offer to scrub in was rejected by Owen; what he was about to do was akin to what he and Teddy had done on the regular in Iraq — he needed her. In the O.R., Owen and Teddy worked well together to save DeLuca with the help of Reza Khan, a newish intern with experience in vascular surgery in Pakistan. All the while, Richard watched over the proceedings. “Please,” he whispered, “don’t take this boy.” In the hospital chapel, Carina told Maya that before her and Andrea’s mother had died, she’d called them two halves of one whole. And they were, so much so that when Mama could only afford one pair of roller skates for Christmas (after Papa blew all their dough on nonsense), the siblings each wore one skate and rolled around like flamingoes attached at the hip. Post-surgery, Teddy thanked Owen for calling her in. But they weren’t actually getting along as well as she thought. “Don’t read into it,” he huffed (and understandably). Visiting Tom, aka the one person who could stand her anymore, Teddy refused to give him the only thing he wanted: the sound of her voice saying that she hadn’t loved him. And she hadn’t, he noted. If she had, now that Owen wanted nothing to do with her, they’d be together. So please, could she just say it, because, as Korackick put it, if he survived COVID, “I wanna get up off the ground where ya dropped me.” Finally, she did utter the words that he needed to hear.

    ‘YOUR SISTER LEFT STRICT INSTRUCTIONS: NO CAR CHASES’ | At limbo beach with Meredith, DeLuca told Grey that he didn’t regret going after Opal. So often, people just looked the other way. But the same as she had when she’d risked her license to save a little girl, he’d had to chase the sex trafficker, consequences be damned. “It’s the only thing that made sense.” Back in real life, all of Andrew’s monitors seemed to go off at once. Bring me a staple remover, yelled Owen. And wire cutters! And horrifically, DeLuca was torn back open and taken to surgery. On the beach, Andrew found that he couldn’t build his sand castle fast enough to beat the tide. “I don’t know what happens from here,” he told Meredith, “but no matter what happens, I want you to know I’ve never felt seen like you saw me.” Suddenly, a voice called out — his mother! Mer would miss him if he stayed and she went back, she said. Nonetheless, “I have to go,” he replied. With that, he ran to his Mama and was finally pronounced dead back at Grey Sloan… by Khan, since neither Owen nor Teddy could bring themselves to do it. Deep sigh.

    In other developments, Jo had finally convinced Cormac to allow Val a visit with newborn Luna when… aw, crap. Val died. And was it just me, or from the way Jo was holding that baby’s hand (or vice versa) in her last scene, wasn’t an adoption in the offing? (For that matter, is anyone else feeling a Cormac/Jo/Jackson triangle?) Later, when Levi told Nico that Val had died and wondered if he’d “wasted all the time I was supposed to be happy” being closeted, instead of calling him a Debbie Downer as you’d expect he would, the ortho hunk actually comforted his booty call. Speaking of which, Winston and Maggie spent the first chunk of the episode canoodling in a hotel room and making inadvertent plans for their longterm future. Back at Casa Grey, Amelia was spiraling… aloud… in such a way that Zola came to fear her mom was going to die. Desperate to bring Maggie home, Link sent, of all people, Jackson to retrieve her. Once back with her “sister,” Maggie reminded Amelia that Mer had told the kids about Derek. So “we can do this for her.” Finally, Amelia and Maggie let Zola know that they really didn’t know if her mom was going to get taken off a ventilator. They didn’t know if she was going to be OK. And a true Grey to the core, Zola woman’d up, saying, “We shouldn’t tell Bailey and Ellis, not unless we need to.”

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & ‘Station 19’ Showrunner Krista Vernoff On Tonight’s Shocker & Its Aftermath

    (3/11/21) (deadline.com) SPOILER ALERT: This story includes details about the March 11 episodes of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19.

    Just like they did in the fall finale, Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 returned from hiatus with another powerful and deeply emotional crossover. Tonight’s episodes dealt with the aftermath of the dramatic rescue by the off-duty Station 19 team of two Black teenage girls who had been kidnapped and Robert and Dean’s arrest by an overzealous white cop. It also bid farewell to one of Grey’s Anatomy‘s doctors, Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti), just like the ominous ABC promo hinted. While Station 19 firefighters all were trying to process the events of the day before, discussing issues of racism in policing, the series brought to successful conclusion the multi-season kidnapping storyline. When we last saw DeLuca in the fall finale cliffhanger, he had just spotted Opal — the suspected child-trafficking kingpin who had triggered his manic episode last season — in the parking lot of Grey Sloan and, joined by his sister Carina, drove off, following Opal’s car. The DeLucas got Carina’s girlfriend, Station 19 Captain Maya Bishop, and her team to help with the operation. Eventually, Opal was arrested but not before her accomplice stabbed DeLuca.

    With his sister by his side, DeLuca was rushed to Grey Sloan where he underwent successful emergency surgery, led by Owen and Teddy, but he later developed DIC and, despite Owen and Teddy’s best efforts, died in the operating room.

    As he was teetering on the brink of death, DeLuca got to spend time on the beach in a dream sequence with Meredith who remained unresponsive in the episode, hooked to a ventilator.

    “I don’t know what happens from here Meredith, but no matter what happens, I want you to know that I never felt seen the way you saw me, I never felt inspired the way you inspired me, you made me want to be not just my best self but better,” he said. The duo, whose budding romance was interrupted by the pandemic, had a touching final conversation before DeLuca told her, “You’ll be OK, Meredith,” and ran to his late mother who waved at him. Just as his body was flatlining in the OR, he reunited with his mom on the beach in a sweet embrace.

    In an interview with Deadline, Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 showrunner Krista Vernoff discusses the decision to kill off DeLuca this season, the significance of the way he died and the impact his sudden passing will have on his sister, Meredith and the other doctors at Grey Sloan. She also teases a big Teddy-Owen arc following their newly found bond fighting for DeLuca’s life and a George Floyd/BLM storyline on Station 19. She also explains whether we will see DeLuca again and addresses Meredith’s status — as well as the status of the series, which has not been renewed for Season 18. (You can read more about that here.)

    DEADLINE: When did you decide that the DeLuca character will die? Was his mental health crisis last season a point where you had considered writing him off?

    KRISTA VERNOFF: No. It was one of the first creative imaginings that I had as I imagined what this season would be. It’s like I’ve said before. Like, the stories tell themselves. I just try to write them down as fast as I can, and this story told itself to me as I was walking on the beach imagining the season, and I was like, oh, no, really?! But it felt powerful and important, and I don’t always know why, but that was the story that came.

    DEADLINE: Was it important to you that DeLuca completely redeemed himself before he died? He helped the kidnapped girl and Bailey earlier this season, and did one, final brave deed getting Opal arrested.

    VERNOFF: Yes. It was extremely important to me that it be clear that he was through his mental health crisis, and that the following through on the sex trafficking story was rooted in his bravery and goodness as a human, and that I think we did well. I didn’t want to risk sending the message that he died because of his mental illness. He died having come through his mental health crisis, bravely and powerfully, and he died a hero. He saved, probably, a lot of lives in the future.

    DEADLINE: What was your conversation with Giacomo about his character being written off?

    VERNOFF: This story was the most vivid story I had coming into the season. I knew what we were doing exactly, and exactly how we were doing it, and so, once we had a shape, and we knew when in the season it was going to happen, Giacomo came in to meet, and we pitched it to him. He was so lovely and so relieved that it wasn’t a mental-health crisis story, that it was all the things that I’ve already said. He was just relieved that we were being honest to this character. That he was going out courageously, that he wasn’t killing himself. That he wasn’t hurting someone. That he was clear in terms of his mental health, and going out in this really noble, brave way. He was brave.

    DEADLINE: What will be the impact of DeLuca’s death on his sister, Meredith and the other doctors at the hospital?

    VERNOFF: There’s a profound impact. He had become beloved, and all those doctors had come together in the intervention and really come to care about him. So, there’s a real impact on his sister and on everyone who loved him. The big sort of question mark is Meredith. You know, Meredith is not awake and, while she was with DeLuca on that beach, there’s a question mark as to how it will impact her.

    DEADLINE: In DeLuca’s conversation with Meredith on the beach, he sounded prophetic when he told her, ‘Meredith, you’ll be okay.’ Should we read much into it — is he right?

    VERNOFF: Yeah. Should you read into it? I don’t know. More will be revealed.

    DEADLINE: Can you tell us when we will know Meredith’s fate?

    VERNOFF: Don’t you want to watch the show, and see how it unfolds?

    DEADLINE: Yes, but there is also a lot of anxiety involved.

    VERNOFF: I know it’s painful, and it’s frightening. Just like Covid.

    DEADLINE: How was it working with Giacomo and the rest of the cast on his final episode?

    VERNOFF: I feel like everyone brought their A-game in terms of performance on all the story lines, and I’m really grateful to Giacomo. What I said to him at the table read when we read this episode is, thank you for playing this character so powerfully and so beautifully that you’re giving the world an opportunity to feel our collective grief in your death.

    DEADLINE: After DeLuca’s death, will we see him on the beach? This has turned into a great venue for you to bring back any character you want.

    VERNOFF: There was some discussion of bringing him back to the beach, but we all felt like his exit with his mom was so profound and so powerful. I cried harder watching that than I’ve cried watching anything on our show in years, and so, we didn’t want to see him come back to the beach. You will see him again. He does appear in more episodes this season, but I don’t want to spoil what those are.

    DEADLINE: Anyone new coming to the beach this season?

    VERNOFF: I would say, chances are good you’ll see other people on the beach.

    DEADLINE: In his final hours, DeLuca seemed to have brought Owen and Teddy together in their grief when they couldn’t save him. And Teddy had just let Koracick go when that happened. Are Owen and Teddy finely coming closer to reconciling?

    VERNOFF: Owen and Teddy have a big story arc over the next couple of episodes.

    DEADLINE: On Station 19, watching the characters processing the events of the fall finale, it almost felt like listening to the series’ writers in the writers room, processing themselves the events of last summer. How was it writing those conversations between the different firefighters?

    VERNOFF: Well, we have a very diverse cast and a very inclusive cast and writers’ room, and we honor and include many voices and many perspectives as we talk about these profound subjects. So, the process is a really inclusive one.

    DEADLINE: What is next for that group? Dean filing a lawsuit is a new element that could provide a glimpse into the justice system. Is it something that will be a major plot line going forward?

    VERNOFF: Yes. This is a major plot line going forward through our whole season. Our season is still living in May and June of 2020, and so, if you recall, in April, May, June of 2020, we were processing as a nation the death of George Floyd, and the uprising in the wake of that, and so, we are bravely confronting a lot of these issues moving forward on the show.

    DEADLINE: Will George Floyd’s death be incorporated in the show?

    VERNOFF: Yes.

    DEADLINE: Mostly on Station 19 or across both shows?

    VERNOFF: Across both shows to some degree, but it’s very central on Station 19.

    DEADLINE: You finished the fall run with two really heavy episodes back-to-back that included the passing of Bailey’s mom, and now DeLuca died in the first episode back. Is there some light and breezy Grey’s coming up?

    VERNOFF: Is there light and breezy Grey’s coming up? Maybe later in the season. We’ve got some pretty intense stuff coming, and it is just the nature of the year we’re living in. It’s just a reflection of the year we’ve just walked through, and I would argue that there are beautiful moments of light. Not breezy, but when DeLuca’s mom shows up on that beach. I mean, what’s more beautiful than that? Yes, it’s profound, and yes, you feel your feelings, but I would argue that these episodes are not just dark. There’s lightness and beauty inside the darkness.

    DEADLINE: What can you tell us about that “pretty intense stuff coming”?

    VERNOFF: The impact of the death of DeLuca hits everyone differently, but it hits one of our characters who has reached their saturation level and their breaking point.

    DEADLINE: Do you know yet if this would be the final season of Grey’s?

    VERNOFF: I don’t know yet.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Giacomo Gianniotti On Tonight’s Twist, DeLuca’s Journey & Coming Full-Circle

    (3/11/21) (deadline.com) SPOILER ALERT: The story includes details about the March 11 episodes of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19.

    The dramatic crossover midseason premiere of Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy culminated with the death of a beloved doctor, Andrew DeLuca, played by Giacomo Gianniotti for the past six years. He joined other Grey Sloan doctors who died heroes while saving strangers’ lives, including Derek Shepherd and George O’Malley.

    Along by his sister Carina, played by Grey’s alumna Stefania Spampinato, who is now a series regular on Station 19. DeLuca rushed to follow suspected kidnapping kingpin Opal. He was able to track her long enough for police to arrest her but he was stabbed in the process, and while Owen and Teddy were able to initially stabilize him, DeLuca eventually died of his wounds. (You can read Deadline’s recap and an interview with Grey’s and Station 19 showrunner Krista Vernoff here.)

    DeLuca was first introduced at the end of Season 11 as a medical intern. He didn’t always see eye to eye with all of his colleagues but gradually won them over. He also went through a string of romantic relationships at Grey Sloan, most recently with Meredith Grey.

    In an interview with Deadline, Gianniotti reflects on his six-year Grey’s Anatomy journey and DeLuca’s death. He addresses how he felt about the manner in which DeLuca died, shares the emotions of filming his last scenes and then returning as a director on the show, and reveals what he will miss the most about his character and Grey’s Anatomy and whether he would be back.

    DEADLINE: How and when did you find out that DeLuca would die this season?

    GIACOMO GIANNIOTTI: It was about after the first couple of episodes. I was approached by our executive producers, showrunner Krista Vernoff and director Debbie Allen. They said, hey, we’ve been doing a lot of thinking about it, and we feel there’s an opportunity to tell a really, really beautiful story that is going to help a lot of people. The story is that this human trafficking storyline that we had last season was so well viewed, and everyone really connected with that storyline because human trafficking is just such a huge problem globally, but also in the United States, and I think California is number one, where I live right now. It’s a very big issue, so I’m not surprised that the episode that centered on it was very important and received as it was by the fans.

    Because we had to shut down due to Covid, we didn’t get to finish telling that storyline. So, when we came back on June 17, they thought it would be great to bring back that storyline and close it out. What if we could catch that woman that trafficked that young girl, and what if DeLuca was to save the day but to lose his life in the process, to die a hero saving all these people and all these children who potentially could’ve been trafficked, but now will not be because the traffickers were stopped? And I just thought it was a beautiful storyline, I thought it was a beautiful way for the character to exit as a hero.

    We got together quickly, working on exactly what it would look like and what episode, when it would be, but I said absolutely. I’ve been on the show for six years, seven seasons. It’s definitely been a long time, and I’m a young guy. So, I think this was a good time to depart, and I’m happy that Krista and Debbie and all the writers did such a great job with telling the story. I think it’s going to do justice to a lot of people and help a lot of people.

    DEADLINE: How was it filming this season leading to tonight’s crossover? Was it getting more emotional with every episode?

    GIANNIOTTI: Definitely. Yeah. In the beginning, it was strange. I felt like I had this dirty little secret, because none of my cast members — or really anyone on set — knew about this. It was very, very internal between Krista and Debbie Allen and I and some of the key producers and writers, but as we got closer to the date, then the rest of the cast was informed, and yeah, then it was emotional, because then I felt that the secret was out.

    Everybody knew, and everybody was, of course, very sad. I’ve been working with all of these people for seven seasons now, sometimes we joke about how we spend more time with each other than we do our families. Before Covid, we used to do 12 hours a day before 10. We spent a lot of time with each other, and so, although it’s a beautiful experience and I’m happy to be leaving in this way, and the story we get to tell is so beautiful, and I think it’s going to help a lot of people, I’m obviously sad to leave all my great, dear friends.

    DEADLINE: What were your favorite — and most challenging — moment in the crossover episodes? You got to do several scenes with Ellen Pompeo on the beach.

    GIANNIOTTI: Between the Station 19 episode and the Grey’s Anatomy episode, it was a crossover we told. That was another thing that Krista said, we’d like to have it be a crossover. Then instead of only having, 45 minutes to tell the story, you double that. We can tell a way longer story and not have to rush it.

    So, we can tell the whole story of how DeLuca is in hot pursuit with Carina, his sister, all the way to the moment of being stabbed and trying to get this woman and get her arrested. We can tell all that story with all the time that it takes to tell that and keep people on the edge of their seat. It kind of feels like an action movie, and it’s something that I never really got to play on Grey’s Anatomy. So, it kind of felt like we were shooting a little action film, Allison Liddi-Brown directed that episode on Station 19, she did a fantastic job, and I’m really excited for people to see that.

    And then on Grey’s Anatomy, for the second hour, we get to see the whole medical side of it and how our doctors treat him and the stress, the pressure that they’re under. They do it every day but when you have one of your own on the table, it’s a whole different experience, and it’s a whole different pressure for our doctors.

    The sort of action movie part of it in the Station 19 episode was really cool to shoot, and I love, love, love, love the time we spent with Spampinato, who plays my sister on the show. We got to spend a lot of time together working together, which we don’t usually get, especially since she’s left to Station 19. So, that was a real treat. Since this season started, Ellen Pompeo’s character Meredith Grey has been battling Covid, she’s been largely unconscious, and so, I haven’t really got to work and spend a lot of time with her, and our romance on the show has been put on pause due to a lot of stuff that happened last season and now with her being sick.

    So, we got to spend a couple days out on the beach together, just me and her, and it was so beautiful, just as friends and as actors, to share in those moments together. It felt like it was a full-circle experience to have started as an intern on the show and largely far away from Meredith Grey, and then getting to where I end on the show, and I’m about as close as I could ever be to her, both as an actor and as a character.

    It was just so nice because, when the cameras are rolling, we’re obviously doing the scene, but in between takes, Ellen and I were just there for hours talking about arcs, being though the emotion over the years, and how much fun times we’ve had working together, the friendship that we built over time and how she’s been such an incredible mentor and friend to me over the years. So it was sad to end that day, because I knew that that was the last time that we were going to work together, it was bittersweet, for sure.

    DEADLINE: After you filmed DeLuca’s big finale, you came back and you directed an episode, correct?

    GIANNIOTTI: Correct. Yeah.

    DEADLINE: How was interacting with your cast members in that capacity and being back on the set, but as a director?

    GIANNIOTTI: It was great. I’ve been working towards a career in directing for a very long time, and I approached Debbie Allen, our executive producer, about four years ago, telling her that I wanted to direct and I wanted to carve out a path for that in my career. She gave me a whole laundry list of tasks I was to complete, a lot of shadowing and mentorships that I completed over the years.

    And then this year happened to be the year where, there was an opening, and luckily, Debbie Allen has been such a great friend and mentor and trusted me with an episode. So, even though my work as an actor finished, I was still able to stick around and direct an episode, and it was an amazingly positive experience for me and to communicate with my crew on a different level and the actors, as well, meeting them on a very different plane, having to direct them and hear their insights. I have a great relationship with all the actors on the show, and so, when I came to direct, all the actors were such a joy to work with because they were all so generous. They all knew that it was my first time directing, and they just went above and beyond to make the experience so easy for me. So, I’m really excited for my episode, 17/11 this season, and for everybody to see it.

    DEADLINE: In an IG post about wrapping the episode as a director, you wrote ‘Now back to being DeLuca’. Was this just so that you don’t ruin the surprise for fans? When I asked Krista, she said that DeLuca will come back in some shape or form later in the season. What can you tell us about that?

    GIANNIOTTI: Without telling too much, over the course of these 17 seasons, we’ve had a lot of characters leave, whether their character exited for some reason or whether they died on the show, and we continue to see those people. We’ve continued to see those people in flashbacks, in dreams, in all kinds of different scenarios, and so, just because DeLuca has died, it doesn’t mean that there’s not other ways for us to see clips and other manifestations of DeLuca in the future. So, yeah, I definitely think there’s a possibility to see DeLuca in the rest of the season, but I don’t know exactly how and can’t comment on how.

    DEADLINE: Looking back at your six years on the show, what would you miss the most about Grey’s?

    GIANNIOTTI: It’s really the people, and that goes for the cast, the writers, the producers, all of the crew, the cameramen, the grips, the electrics, everybody, all the heads of all the departments behind the scenes.

    Over these seven seasons, I’ve worked with these people for so long and spent so much time with them, I know their partners’ names, their dogs’ names, their kids’ names, they know mine. We are all incredibly close, and before Covid, I would spend time outside of set with a lot of my fellow crew and cast members and people from the show. It really is a family. I know a lot of people say that, and it sounds cheesy, but when you spend that much time with people, it really does become that, and I’m really going to miss the people. I’m also going to miss the stories.

    Grey’s Anatomy is such an incredible show, and I talk a lot about the fact that I wasn’t necessarily an avid watcher,I didn’t tune into the show before I joined it. Since I joined, I became hooked. I did a deep dive and watched the show and realized how incredible it was. It’s so multifaceted, but the thing that is at the core of Grey’s Anatomy is it’s shedding light on important issues.

    And that’s why the show can go on for as long as it wants to, because there’s no shortage of issues that need to be talked about. There’s no shortage of medical conditions that people need to be educated on. There’s no shortage of political issues that we need to be educated on. So, there’s such a great way that Grey’s Anatomy does that, and I’ve received a lot of messages and DMs over the years about, this episode saved my life, this episode saved my baby’s life, we found out about a surgery that could be done, and now my baby’s alive and well through Grey’s Anatomy. We’ve done episodes about domestic violence with a hotline posted in the episode that a lot of women had called into seeking help, that saved lives and got them out of bad situations that they were in and gave them the courage to do that.

    Grey’s Anatomy is so much more than a television show, it has a really big global impact. So, that’s what I’m also going to be missing, being a part of that, being a small part of how many people’s lives are changed because of the show. The other part is that so many people, especially now because the show has been on for 17 seasons, the amount of people that have told me that they started in the medical profession because of Grey’s Anatomy is tremendous.

    DEADLINE: What are you going to miss about DeLuca and how did you feel about portraying his struggles with mental illness?

    GIANNIOTTI: Ever since last season, towards the end when DeLuca had his big meltdown, which ended in an intervention from his friends and fellow coworkers where he finally admitted to seeking treatment and getting help, I think that was a big episode for mental health and a big PSA for mental health. It was an honor to be a part of telling a story where I got to interpret a character who was struggling with those battles. So many people wrote me that they were touched by that that they are bipolar, either 1 or 2, and/or they have a family member that is bipolar or had someone in my life who was struggling from a different kind of mental illness.

    It made them feel seen, and that meant the world to me, that something that we did made people feel seen. Maybe helped start a conversation between them and a mental health professional. So, it was an enormous sense of responsibility I felt like I had with that character, and I’m sad I won’t be able to continue that storyline, but I know Grey’s Anatomy will do a fantastic job continuing that mental health story in some way, keeping DeLuca’s story alive and other people talking about it on the show.

    DEADLINE: Is there anything else you’ll miss about playing DeLuca?

    GIANNIOTTI: Anything else I’ll miss about DeLuca? It was just a great time. He was so focused and career driven but was so troubled at the same time due to his mental health issues that he was dealing with. So, he was just so brave to me, I always thought he was so brave. Everything that he took on, despite what he was battling inside, just made him such a brave soul, and I’ll never forget him. I love the guy. I’m sad to not play him anymore.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Showrunner Krista Vernoff Addresses Series Possibly Coming To An End As Negotiations For Season 18 Continue

    (3/10/21) ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy is about two-thirds into filming Season 17 with no definitive answer yet whether it will be the venerable medical drama’s last.

    “I don’t know yet,” Grey’s executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff told Deadline in an interview this week tied to Grey’s Anatomy and spinoff Station 19‘s return from hiatus tomorrow, March 11. Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo was equally noncommittal recently, saying in an interview t, “We honestly have not decided. We’re really trying to figure it out right now.”

    While Vernoff is planning for a Season 17 season and series finale, sources are optimistic that deals would be reached to extend television’s longest-running medical drama. Talks have been ongoing, with ABC considering both a one-season and two-season renewals for Grey’s Anatomy, I hear. A one-season pickup is considered more likely.

    Pompeo previously closed a big two-year deal for Seasons 16 and 17, which is coming to an end. She has been negotiating a new extension, and talks have looked promising lately. Separately, Vernoff has been negotiating a new deal with Grey’s producer ABC Signature, which has been going well.

    With so many moving pieces, the future of Grey’s Anatomy is coming down to the wire. Given the series’ legacy and importance to ABC where it remains the No.1 scripted series, the network and its sister studio are going to great lengths to ensure a proper ending for Grey’s and a final chapter.

    Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy are returning with a powerful crossover event tomorrow, March 11, which is being delayed on the East Coast by President Joe Biden’s televised address.

    Grey's Anatomy: Phylicia Rashad Checks In for Season 17 Guest Stint

    (3/10/21) Grey’s Anatomy‘s April 15 episode is shaping up to be something of a family affair: Phylicia Rashad is set to guest-star on the ABC drama, which co-stars (and is exec-produced by) her real-life sister, Debbie Allen.

    “My sister Phylicia Rashad will appear in [Episode 12] and bring true power, fun and grace in a role that touches a chord about the voice of the people,” Allen tells TVLine exclusively. “Our cast and crew gave her a standing ovation in honor of her presence. I gave her a slice of cornbread.”

    Although Allen’s Catherine will turn up in Rashad’s episode, we’re told the siblings will not share any scenes together.

    In addition to playing The Cosby Show‘s Clair Huxtable for 8 seasons — a role that earned her multiple Emmy nominations — Rashad’s TV work includes Psych, Empire and Do No Harm. She more recently appeared on This Is Us as the mother of Susan Kelechi Watson’s Beth, and as a pastor in the final season of 13 Reasons Why.

    Incidentally, this is not Rashad’s first brush with the Grey‘s-verse; last season her voice was featured in an episode of sister series Station 19.

    News of Rashad’s casting comes one the eve of Grey’s Anatomy‘s slightly-delayed-by-President-Biden midseason premiere (Thursday, 9:20-ish ET, ABC).

    Broadcast Nets Push Back Originals Including ‘Superstore’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ To Accommodate Biden’s Thursday Primetime Address

    (3/9/21) President Biden is giving a primetime address on Thursday night and the networks are shuffling their schedules accordingly.

    The President will mark the one-year anniversary of the shutdowns linked to the Covid pandemic in the U.S., which has led to the death of over 525,000 Americans.

    ABC, NBC and Fox have confirmed to Deadline that they are airing the address, which is set to start at 8pm ET, and is expected to last around between 15-30 minutes. CBS has yet to confirm but is likely to.

    As a result, the networks are on the whole pushing back their originals to accommodate Biden’s first primetime address since his inauguration.

    ABC, which had Station 19 at 8pm followed by Grey’s Anatomy and A Million Little Things, will start their Thursday night drama block as soon as the President is done. It may start programming at the regular time and resume afterwards, depending on whether Biden is on time but fans will get to see all three shows in their entirety on the night.

    The programming interruption will not impact Mountain and Pacific Time Zones.

    Over on NBC, the network is pushing a new episode of Superstore back from 8pm to 8:30pm.

    NBC News will be airing the address via a special report anchored by Lester Holt and Savannah Guthrie. After Superstore and a repeat of Law & Order: SVU, the network will be airing a Dateline special – Covid One Year Later at 10pm. A repeat of Young Rock has made way for the address.

    Fox will be airing the address and will slide its originals with Hell’s Kitchen likely starting at 8:15pm followed by new episodes of Call Me Kat at 9:15pm and Last Man Standing at 9:45pm.

    CBS currently has Young Sheldon on its schedule at 8pm, kicking off its Thursday comedy block featuring B Positive, Mom and The Unicorn with drama Clarice set at 10pm. It’s likely that it will also slide these shows until after Biden’s speech.

    It comes as the late-night hosts are also set to mark the anniversary with Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert both marking the event with specials Coronavirus-related shows. The ABC show will air the special on Thursday, while the CBS show will air on Friday with Dr. Fauci as guest.

    Grey's Anatomy's Giacomo Gianniotti Wraps 'Fast-Paced' Directorial Debut: 'Now Back to Being DeLuca'

    (3/5/21) Ahead of the March 11 Station 19/Grey’s Anatomy crossover episodes that will return both ABC dramas to the lineup, Giacomo Gianniotti took to Instagram to reflect on a major milestone: his Grey’s directorial debut.

    “Well, that’s a wrap!” wrote the actor, who’s played Dr. Andrew DeLuca since Season 11. “Ten days of beautiful, fast-paced, red-eyed glory. Wouldn’t change it for the world.”

    As Gianniotti and Team Grey’s completed taping on “Sorry Doesn’t Always Make It Right,” Season 17’s 11th episode, he gave one shout-out after another to his colleagues: “My brother in arms and DP Steve Fracol. My writer Julie Wong for such a great script. And really, most of all… our incredible crew of hardworking men and women who every day, from sun-up to sundown, busted their ass to make this beautiful art. “Thank you, thank you, thank you,” he continued. “Grateful is a massive understatement.”

    In closing, Gianniotti encouraged fans not to miss the crossover. And “now,” he said, “back to being DeLuca” — a statement that bodes well for his character, considering that in the midseason premiere, he and sister Carina are in hot pursuit of a dangerous sex trafficker.

    Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo Ponders the Series' Fate Ahead of Midseason Return: If It Is Ending, 'I Wanna Make Sure We Do It Right'

    (3/1/21) When Grey’s Anatomy returns on Thursday, March 11, it may not just be the beginning of the end of Season 17, it may be the beginning of the end, period. During an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, leading lady Ellen Pompeo revealed that she and her fellow producers were still contemplating whether the long-running ABC series would return for a Season 18.

    “I can’t say” one way or the other, she insisted. “We honestly have not decided. We’re really trying to figure it out right now.”

    The question isn’t whether the audience remains interested — Grey’s is ABC’s top-rated drama — it’s a question of what twists of plot would viewers be served. “It’s, ‘What story do we tell?'” Pompeo said. And if there isn’t a story to tell, the dilemma becomes how to close the doors on Grey Sloan in a satisfying way.

    “To end a show this iconic… how do we do it?” the actress mused. “I just wanna make sure we do this character and this show and the fans… I wanna make sure we do it right.”

    Ellen Pompeo Pens Open Letter To HFPA, “White Hollywood” Amid Golden Globes Controversy: “Pull Up, Show Up And Get This Issue Resolved”

    (2/27/21) Ellen Pompeo penned an open letter the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and “White Hollywood” a day before the 2021 Golden Globes.

    Shared to her Instagram post, Pompeo’s letter calls out the HFPA for its lack of diverse members, a criticism that has echoed throughout Hollywood since an Los Angeles Times exposé revealed that the industry body has no Black journalists among its 87 members. While the HFPA responded to the backlash noting that they will “immediately work to implement a plan” to up the diversity in its party, the Grey’s Anatomy star proposed her own solution and called on “white Hollywood” to help.

    “I would kindly ask, all my white colleagues in this industry, an industry that we love and has granted us enormous privilege…. to pull up, show up and get this issue resolved,” she wrote in the letter. “Let’s show our black colleagues that we care and are willing to do the work to right the wrongs we have created. Now is not a time to be silent. We have a real action item here let’s get it done.”

    Pompeo is among the numerous Hollywood names questioning the HFPA’s lack of Black members. Sterling K. Brown, Kerry Washington, Jurnee Smollett, Amy Schumer and Dakota Johnson all shared a Time’s Up post calling out the HFPA.

    Winston Duke To Play Marcus Garvey In Amazon’s ‘Marked Man;’ Andrew Dosunmu Helming, Jesse Williams & DeWanda Wise In Talks, Mark Gordon & Matt Jackson Produce

    (2/26/21) Amazon Studios has set Winston Duke (Black Panther) to will star as Marcus Garvey in Marked Man. Garvey was a political activist who was a key figure of Black nationalism in the 20th Century. Andrew Dosunmu will direct the drama and Jesse Williams (Little Fires Everywhere) and DeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Have It) are in talks to star.

    The film is partly inspired by the Colin Grant biography, Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey. Script is by acclaimed playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah, which Esther Douglas developed with the support of the BFI Film Fund.

    Mark Gordon (Ray Donovan) of Mark Gordon Pictures is producing with Jackson Pictures’ Matt Jackson (The Trial of the Chicago 7), Glendon Palmer and Douglas. Robert Teitel, Kwei-Armah and Jackson Pictures’ Joanne Lee will be executive producers, along with Kwei-Armah.

    Set in the 1920s, Marked Man follows a young black man who joins J. Edgar Hoover’s Bureau of Investigation, and then infiltrates Marcus Garvey’s UNIA organization, testing his loyalty to both race and country as he grows weary of both men’s actions.

    After directing videos for the likes of Isaac Hayes, Common, Tracy Chapman and Wyclef Jean, Dosunmu made his feature directing debut with Restless City, and most recently helmed the Michelle Pfeiffer-Kiefer Sutherland-starrer Where Is Kyra? He next directs for Netflix and producer Lena Waithe Original Film Beauty.

    Among Kwei-Armah’s works as a playwright are Elmina’s Kitchen and Let There Be Love, A Bitter Herb, Statement of Regret, Marley and Seize the Day. He most recently wrote the script for Spike Lee’s upcoming musical film on the breakthrough of Pfizer’s little blue pill, Viagra.

    All of the talent and filmakers are repped by CAA. Dosunmu is also repped by Andre Des Rochers; Williams by Management 360, and Des Rochers; Wise by ColorCreative and attorney Nina Shaw; Kwei-Amah by Redfine Entertainment, United Agents, and attorney Linda Lichter; and Jackson Pictures by attorney Neil Sacker.

    SAG Awards Nominations

    (2/4/21) After today’s noms, final voting by the guild’s eligible members begins February 16 and runs through March 30. This year’s SAG Awards will air live Sunday, April 4 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT simulcast on TNT and TBS.

    Ensemble in a Comedy Series

    DEAD TO ME
    CHRISTINA APPLEGATE / Jen Harding
    LINDA CARDELLINI / Judy Hale
    MAX JENKINS / Christopher Doyle
    JAMES MARSDEN / Steve Wood/Ben Wood
    SAM McCARTHY / Charlie Harding
    NATALIE MORALES / Michelle Gutierrez
    DIANA MARIA RIVA / Det. Ana Perez
    LUKE ROESSLER / Henry Harding

    THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
    KALEY CUOCO / Cassie Bowden
    MERLE DANDRIDGE / Kim Hammond
    NOLAN GERARD FUNK / Van White
    MICHELLE GOMEZ / Miranda Croft
    MICHIEL HUISMAN / Alex Sokolov
    YASHA JACKSON / Jada Harris
    JASON JONES / Hank Bowden
    T.R. KNIGHT / Davey Bowden
    ZOSIA MAMET / Annie Mouradian
    AUDREY GRACE MARSHALL / Young Cassie
    GRIFFIN MATTHEWS / Shane Evans
    ROSIE PEREZ / Megan Briscoe
    TERRY SERPICO / Bill Briscoe
    COLIN WOODELL / Buckley Ware

    THE GREAT
    BELINDA BROMILOW / Aunt Elizabeth
    SEBASTIAN DE SOUZA / Leo
    SACHA DHAWAN / Orlo
    ELLE FANNING / Catherine
    PHOEBE FOX / Marial
    BAYO GBADAMOSI / Arkady
    ADAM GODLEY / Archbishop
    DOUGLAS HODGE / Velementov
    NICHOLAS HOULT / Peter
    LOUIS HYNES / Vlad
    FLORENCE KEITH-ROACH / Tatyana
    GWILYM LEE / Grigor
    DANUSIA SAMAL / Lady Antonia Svenskia
    CHARITY WAKEFIELD / Georgina

    SCHITT’S CREEK
    CHRIS ELLIOTT / Roland Schitt
    EMILY HAMPSHIRE / Stevie Budd
    DANIEL LEVY / David Rose
    EUGENE LEVY / Johnny Rose
    SARAH LEVY / Twyla Sands
    ANNIE MURPHY / Alexis Rose
    CATHERINE O’HARA / Moira Rose
    NOAH REID / Patrick Brewer
    JENNIFER ROBERTSON / Jocelyn Schitt
    KAREN ROBINSON / Ronnie Lee

    TED LASSO
    ANNETTE BADLAND / Mae
    PHIL DUNSTER / Jamie
    BRETT GOLDSTEIN / Roy
    BRENDAN HUNT / Coach Beard
    TOHEEB JIMOH / Sam Obisanya
    JAMES LANCE / Trent Crimm
    NICK MOHAMMED / Nathan Shelley
    JASON SUDEIKIS / Ted Lasso
    JEREMY SWIFT / Higgins
    JUNO TEMPLE / Keeley
    HANNAH WADDINGHAM / Rebecca

    NAACP Image Awards Nominations

    (2/2/21) The nominees for the 52nd NAACP Image Awards are officially in.

    Set to simulcast across all ViacomCBS Networks including BET, CBS and MTV on Saturday, March 27th at 8 p.m. ET, the 52nd NAACP Image Awards honors the accomplishments of BIPOC artists across TV, music, film and literature.

    SPECIAL AWARDS

    Social Justice Impact

    April Ryan

    Debbie Allen

    Lebron James

    Stacey Abrams

    Tamika Mallory

    Outstanding Guest Performance – Comedy or Drama Series

    Chris Rock – Saturday Night Live (NBC)

    Courtney B. Vance – Lovecraft Country (HBO)

    Dave Chappelle – Saturday Night Live (NBC)

    Issa Rae – Saturday Night Live (NBC)

    Loretta Devine – P-Valley (Starz)

    Katherine Heigl Reacts to Alex and Izzie's Surprise Grey's Anatomy Reunion: 'Isn't That an A--hole Move?'

    (1/27/21) Katherine Heigl is Team Jo.

    The former Grey’s Anatomy actress is weighing in for the first time on the ABC drama’s decision last year to reunite Alex and Izzie as a means to explain the abrupt departure of Justin Chambers.

    Asked about the twist by Entertainment Tonight, Heigl mused, “Wasn’t [Alex] with someone?” — referring to his then-bride, Jo. Heigl, who maintained that she did not see the episode in question, then added, “Listen, isn’t that an a**hole move?”

    Grey’s showrunner Krista Vernoff previously acknowledged that she was backed into something of a corner when it came to writing out Alex, since Chambers was unavailable to shoot a proper exit for his character.

    “At the end of the day, there were three choices,” the EP explained to TVLine. “Kill Alex off camera; have Alex be alive and in Seattle — and still married to Jo — and we just never see him; or [reunite him] with Izzie.”

    As we learned in the March 5 episode, Vernoff went with Option 3, which she saw as the only viable one. Killing Alex would’ve been “cruel to everyone — particularly Meredith and Jo,” she says of the character’s BFF and wife, respectively. “There was no way to not put those characters through gut-wrenching, ongoing grief if we had killed Alex off camera.”

    Heigl — who will next be seen in Netflix’s 10-episode drama Firefly Lane — told ET there was little chance she would ever return to Grey’s. “I would never say never,” she hedged, before adding, “but it’s not likely.”

    ABC Sets Krista Vernoff Thursday As ‘Rebel’ Joins Night & ‘AMLT’ Moves; ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Return Delayed

    (1/25/21) ABC has firmed up its midseason lineup, slotting premiere dates for new series Rebel, Home Economics and Pooch Perfect and setting new March return dates for its Thursday dramas.

    Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19 and A Million Little Things, which originally were scheduled to come back from winter hiatus on March 4, will now be back March 11. The additional week is being provided as extra cushion amid unpredictable production interruptions and delays during the pandemic.

    New drama Rebel, starring Katey Sagal and created by Krista Vernoff inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich today, will join ABC’s Thursday lineup starting April 8. It will replace 10 PM anchor A Million Little Things, which will return to its former Wednesday 10 PM time slot, succeeding For Life after its 10-episode Season 2 concludes.

    With Shondaland’s Station 19 at 8 PM and Grey’s Anatomy at 9 PM as well as Rebel at 10 PM, ABC will have an entire night from the same executive producer/showrunner, Vernoff, who runs all three series.

    Starring Topher Grace, new comedy series Home Economics will join ABC’s Wednesday night comedy block, premiering April 7. It will succeed veteran American Housewife, which has a 12-episode Season 5 season order.

    On the unscripted side, new eight-episode dog grooming competition Pooch Perfect, hosted by Rebel Wilson, will take over the Tuesday 8 PM hour, currently home of To Tell the Truth, on March 30.

    ABC Is coming off a strong fall when it ranked as the most watched entertainment network for the first time In 20 years.

    Here are the newly announced ABC midseason premiere dates followed by descriptions of the network’s new shows:

    THURSDAY, MARCH 11

    8:00-9:00 p.m. “Station 19” (new return date)

    9:00-10:01 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” (new return date)

    10:01-11:00 p.m. “A Million Little Things” (new return date)

    TUESDAY, MARCH 30

    8:00-9:00 p.m. “Pooch Perfect” (series premiere)

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7

    8:30-9:00 p.m. “Home Economics” (series premiere)

    10:00-11:00 p.m. “A Million Little Things” (new day)

    THURSDAY, APRIL 8

    10:01-11:00 p.m. “Rebel” (series premiere)

    POOCH PERFECT

    Hosted by award-winning actress Rebel Wilson, “Pooch Perfect” is a dog grooming competition series. The eight-episode series will showcase 10 of the best dog groomers in the country, along with their assistants, competing in a series of paw-some themed challenges. Each week on “Pooch Perfect,” teams will compete in the Immunity Puppertunity challenge, where one team will earn immunity from elimination. Then, in the Ultimutt Challenge showdown, the remaining teams will face off in an epic grooming transformation, which they will show off on the illustrious dogwalk. The trio of all-star celebrity judges – Lisa Vanderpump, Jorge Bendersky and Dr. Callie Harris – will be tasked with voting on the incredible creations and ultimately force one team back to the doghouse every week. It all leads up to the season finale where the top three teams compete for a giant cash prize and the coveted “Pooch Perfect” first place trophy.

    “Pooch Perfect” is produced by Beyond Media Rights Limited. Elan Gale, Sonya Wilkes and Rebel Wilson serve as executive producers. Nicole Anthony, Mike Rosen, Carley Simpson and Matthew Silverberg serve as co-executive producers. ABC’s “Pooch Perfect” is based off of the Australian format.

    HOME ECONOMICS

    Starring and executive produced by Topher Grace, “Home Economics” takes a look at the heartwarming yet super uncomfortable and sometimes frustrating relationship between three adult siblings: one in the 1%, one middle-class and one barely holding on. The comedy is inspired by the life of writer and executive producer Michael Colton.

    The series stars Topher Grace as Tom, Caitlin McGee as Sarah, Jimmy Tatro as Connor, Karla Souza as Marina, and Sasheer Zamata as Denise. Also starring is Shiloh Bearman as Gretchen, Jordyn Curet as Shamiah, Chloe Jo Rountree as Camila and JeCobi Swain as Kelvin.

    “Home Economics” was created by writers Michael Colton & John Aboud. They serve as executive producers alongside Topher Grace and Eric and Kim Tannenbaum of The Tannenbaum Company, whose Jason Wang will co-executive produce. The series is produced by Lionsgate and ABC Signature. ABC Signature, alongside 20th Television, is a part of Disney Television Studios.

    REBEL

    Inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich today, Annie “Rebel” Bello is a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. She’s a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.

    The series stars Katey Sagal as Annie “Rebel” Bello, John Corbett as Grady Bello, James Lesure as Benji, Lex Scott Davis as Cassidy, Tamala Jones as Lana, Ariela Barer as Ziggie, Kevin Zegers as Nate, Sam Palladio as Luke and Andy Garcia as Cruz.

    “Rebel” is executive produced by Krista Vernoff and Alexandre Schmitt of Trip the Light, Erin Brockovich, John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment, Andrew Stearn, Marc Webb and Adam Arkin. The series is produced by ABC Signature in association with Sony Pictures Television. ABC Signature, alongside 20th Television, is a part of Disney Television Studios.

    Ellen Pompeo Producing Limited Series Based On Elin Hilderbrand’s ‘Paradise’ Trilogy In Works At ABC

    (1/25/21) ABC is developing Winter In Paradise, a limited series based on the first book in Elin Hilderbrand’s bestelling Paradise trilogy, from husband-and-wife writing team André and Maria Jacquemetton (Mad Men), Ellen Pompeo and her Calamity Jane production company, Andrew Stearn Productions and ABC Signature, where Calamity Jane and Andrew Stearn Prods. are based.

    Written by the Jacquemettons, based on Elin Hilderbrand’s Paradise trilogy, the series tells the story of a husband’s secret life and a wife’s new beginning. Irene Steele shares her idyllic life in a beautiful Iowa City Victorian house with a husband who loves her to an extreme. But when her husband dies in a perplexing manner, Irene soon learns that her husband has been living a secret life with an entirely separate family on the distant Caribbean island of St. John. As Irene untangles a web of intrigue and deceit, and as she and her sons find themselves drawn into the vibrant island culture, they have to face the truth about their family and their future.

    André and Maria Jacquemetton executive produce with Pompeo and Laura Holstein for Calamity Jane, Andrew Stearn for Andrew Stearn Productions and Hilderbrand.

    Hilderbrand’s Paradise trilogy is comprised of the novels Winter In Paradise, released in 2018, followed by What Happens In Paradise and Troubles in Paradise in 2020, published by Little, Brown and Company. Another book by Hilderbrand, 28 Summers, is being adapted by MRC Film.

    André and Maria Jacquemetton served as key writers-producers on all six seasons of Matt Weiner’s Mad Men, rising to executive producers for the final two seasons and sharing in the show’s three Drama Series Emmy Awards. They also served as consulting producers on Weiner’s The Romanoffs.

    Pompeo stars in and produces ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, which is currently in its 17th season. She also serves as co-executive producer on Grey’s spinoff Station 19.

    Through his overall deal at ABC Signature, Stearn also is shepherding an All My Children primetime sequel, Pine Valley, which is in the works at ABC.

    Hilderbrand is repped by UTA, Michael Carlisle & David Forrer at Inkwell Management, and attorney Christine Cuddy at Kleinberg Lange Cuddy & Carlo. Pompeo is repped by CAA, John Carrabino Management, and Hansen Jacobson Teller. Maria and André Jacquemetton are repped by Dan Halsted at Manage-ment and attorney Wayne Alexander. Stearn is repped by attorney Abel Lezcano at Del Shaw Moonves.

    Shonda Rhimes: Being the Only Straight EP Singled Out by GLAAD 'Is Not OK,' Points to Diversity Problem

    (1/16/21) GLAAD’s latest “Where We Are on TV” report listed Shonda Rhimes as one of just four executive producers who account for 17 percent of all LGBTQ TV characters — and she is “not OK” with that.

    GLAAD’s annual report on LGBTQ inclusion (detailed here) pointed out that “out power players” Greg Berlanti, Lena Waithe and Ryan Murphy, along with Rhimes, this year accounted for 17 percent of all LGBTQ representation, with 62 of TV’s 360 queer characters (across broadcast, cable and streaming) appearing on their 16 collective series.

    By TVLine’s math, that means that about 5 percent of all scripted shows account for 17 percent of the LGBTQ characters.

    Rhimes, meanwhile, zeroed in on the fact that of that core four who are doing best by the underrepresented community, she is the only one who is not LGBTQ.

    “You know what bugs me? I’m the only straight person on this list. That is not okay,” the prolific producer, who is now immersed in a deal at Netflix, opined on Twitter after the report’s release.

    “It’s like the same problem with ANY kind of diversity,” she observed. “White people don’t do their job when it comes to representing people of color. Straight people don’t do their job when it comes to representing queer people. WHY?”

    (Rhimes closed out her response with a P.S., saying, “I’m not suggesting I’m special — most of this work was done by [Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 showrunner] @KristaVernoff!)

    All told, GLAAD’s latest “Where We Are on TV” report noted a slight decline in LGBTQ reprsentation on TV, due in part to how the COVID-19 pandemic derailed production long enough for many inclusive shows to either miss the eligibility period (as happened with Killing Eve, Gentleman Jack and The L Word: Generation Q) or, worse, be cancelled/”un-renewed” during the unplanned hiatus (which is a fate that befell GLOW and Stumptown).

    ‘Swagger’: Apple’s Kevin Durant Basketball Drama Adds Nine To Cast

    (1/16/21) Apple TV+ has rounded out the ensemble cast for Swagger, its new basketball-themed drama series from NBA superstar Kevin Durant and Imagine’s Brian Grazer. Joining leads O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Oscar-nominated Quvenzhané Wallis are series regulars Isaiah Hill, Shinelle Azoroh (Don’t Let Go, Nostalgia, Bette and Coretta), Tristan Mack Wilds (The Wire, 90210, The Secret Life of Bees), Caleel Harris (When they See Us), Tessa Ferrer (Grey’s Anatomy, Catch-22, Mr. Mercedes), Jason Rivera, Solomon Irama (Supergirl), Ozie Nzeribe (Shameless) and James Bingham. The series hails from Durant and his Thirty Five Ventures, Shots Fired co-creator Reggie Rock Bythewood, Imagine Television Studios and CBS Studios.

    Written and directed by Bythewood, who also serves as showrunner, Swagger is inspired by Durant’s youth basketball experiences. It explores the world of youth basketball, and the players, their families and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption. Off the court, the show reveals what it’s like to grow up in America.

    Hill will play Jace, a basketball phenomenon who is one of the top ranked youth basketball players in the country. Azoroh is Jenna, Jace’s mother who is determined to chart NBA success for her son. Wilds will portray Alonzo Powers, the grassroots division leader at a major shoe company. Harris will play Musa, the team’s glue and point guard. Ferrer will portray Meg Bailey, a former basketball player and coach for the rival team. Rivera will play Nick, a player from Puerto Rico with the drive to become the best player in the country. Irama is Phil Marksby, the enforcer for a rival team. Nzeribe will play Royale, a sub-par player with a wealthy dad. Bingham will portray Drew Murphy, a player from a much more affluent part of town.

    Bythewood executive produces with Durant and Grazer for Imagine TV, Rich Kleiman for Thirty Five Ventures and Samantha Corbin Miller.

    James Seidman will serve as the Imagine executive on Swagger; Sarah Flynn will serve as executive for Thirty Five Ventures. The drama is co-produced by Imagine TV Studios and CBS TV Studios.

    Wilds is repped by UTA, MKSD Talent, Andale Edwards for Silent Management & Justin Adams for Moments UNLTD. Harris is repped by Industry Entertainment’s Dan Spilo, Coast to Coast Talent Group and Rick Genow. Azoroh is repped by Darlene Kaplan Entertainment and TalentWorks. Ferrer is represented by Lasher Group, CAA and Surpin, Mayersohn & Coghill. Irama is repped by Lissa Lloyd of Lloyd Talent. Nzeribe is Williams Management Entertainment Studio and Spectrum LA Talent. Bingham is repped by Actors Management International, Breakthrough Management and Production and Buchwald.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Stars To Celebrate Frontline Workers, Talk Coronavirus Vaccine On ‘Stars In The House’

    (1/14/21) Stars In The House will feature some of Seattle’s best surgeons as the cast of Grey’s Anatomy stops by to honor frontline workers, explain the importance of the coronavirus vaccine and more.

    Grey’s stars Chandra Wilson, James Pickens, Kelly McCreary, Jake Borelli and more will reunite on the YouTube series hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley on Thursday night. The cast will come together to raise money for The Actors Fund and answer any burning fan questions about the hit ABC series.

    Also set to appear are Kim Raver, Camilla Luddington, Chris Carmack, Greg Germann, Richard Flood and Anthony Hill.

    The Grey’s Anatomy cast members are the latest to appear on the YouTube series that raises money for coronavirus relief efforts and the Actors Fund. The Waltons actors Richard Thomas, Michael Learned and more were the latest television starts to stop by Stars In The House.

    Previous installments of the YouTube series featured Knots Landing, Melrose Place, Frasier, Glee, SCTV and the Broadway casts of Spring Awakening, Rent, A Chorus Line and The Full Monty, among others.

    The Stars in the House Grey’s Anatomy reunion is set for 8 p.m. ET Thursday on the Stars in the House YouTube channel and at starsinthehouse.com.

    THE KENNEDY CENTER ANNOUNCES 43RD CLASS OF HONOREES

    (1/13/21) The Kennedy Center Honors announced today that its Honorees for the 43rd class will be multi-disciplinary artist, choreographer and actress Debbie Allen; singer-songwriter and activist Joan Baez; country singer-songwriter Garth Brooks; violinist Midori; and actor Dick Van Dyke.

    These artists will receive tributes during THE 43rd ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, to be broadcast Sunday, June 6 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. CBS has broadcast the special each year since its debut 43 years ago. The 2020 Kennedy Center Honors, which is traditionally held in early December each year, was postponed until May 2021 due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “The Kennedy Center Honors serves as a moment to celebrate the remarkable artists who have spent their lives elevating the cultural history of our nation and world,” said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein. “Debbie Allen moves seamlessly between artistic disciplines and is a cultural ambassador for all while having a monumental impact on dancers of color everywhere; folk icon Joan Baez breathed new life into the genre and powered rock music’s turn toward social and political consciousness; as one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Garth Brooks heightened country music’s profile like no other singer before him; with an international presence for over 35 years, violinist Midori combines graceful precision and expression for performances building connections between art and the human experience; with a charm that has made him one of the most cherished performers in show business history, Dick Van Dyke has brought us beloved film, stage and TV characters adored by generations of fans for more than seven decades.”

    Reflective of this unique time in history, the Center’s entire campus will come alive with small, in-person events and re-envisioned virtual tributes, including featuring the Front Plaza of the building, the Grand Foyer in front of the John F. Kennedy bust and the iconic Opera House stage. Programs for each event will encompass both performances and speaking tributes for the Honorees. Virtual events will also be held throughout the week beginning May 17, and the viability of additional in-person events will be considered as COVID-19 safety protocols evolve over the upcoming months. Please note all is subject to change.

    An Honoree medallion ceremony for the Honorees and a limited audience will be hosted by the Kennedy Center during the week of May 17-22.

    “This past year has taught us many things, including the need to be flexible and adaptable,” stated Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter. “They say necessity is the mother of all invention. The unusual circumstances inspired and opened up new ways for us to present a deeper experience, and hopefully understanding, of the art and lifetime work of our Honorees. 2020 has also shined a bright light on the impact of how art and culture speak to our collective human experience. It can meet us at any moment and sustain us during the most challenging days. Each of the 43rd Kennedy Center Honorees and their work continues to speak to American culture and our national fortitude. We are thrilled to be able to fete these cultural icons in a time where the world and the nation needs the arts more than ever.”

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy, ‘This Is Us’, ‘The Orville’, ‘911’, ‘LMS’ & ‘AHS’ Among 16 Disney TV Studios LA Series To Extend Hiatus Amid Covid-19 Surge

    (12/31/20) Disney Television Studios has joined other major TV studios in pushing the post-holidays start of production for Los Angeles-based shows amid an unprecedented surge in coronavirus infections and Covid-19 deaths in Los Angeles County.

    Sixteen scripted series produced by Disney TV Studios’ ABC Signature and 20th Television divisions will remain on holiday hiatus until Jan. 18, when production will resume. The shows had previously been slated to return to production on Jan. 11 or a few days earlier.

    The 16 series are: ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19, American Housewife, Black-ish, Mixed-ish and Rebel, NBC’s This Is Us, Fox’s 911, 911: Lone Star and Last Man Standing, FX’s American Crime Story: Impeachment, American Horror Story and Mayans; Disney+’s Big Shot, Hulu’s The Orville and Love, Victor.

    This is the latest date production on current series has been postponed to so far. The other studios that have extended the holiday hiatuses for LA-based shows, CBS Studios, Warner Bros. TV and Universal TV have largely added a week, pushing start of production from Jan. 4 to Jan. 11, with Uni TV’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine delayed until Jan. 18.

    The TV studios are responding to an appeal by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health which urged the film and TV industry to consider pausing production for a few weeks during the ongoing surge in coronavirus cases throughout the county. Studios and streamers had been reviewing the logistics involved, including talent availability and whether cast and crew would be paid for the additional idle days.

    Keeping the shows on hiatus while testing resumes puts the productions in compliance with the new Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guideline for those arriving to self-quarantine for at least 10 days after non-essential travel.

    On New Year’s Eve, Los Angeles County reported a third consecutive day of record coronavirus-related deaths. On Wednesday, the region recorded its 10,000th death related to the virus. The county’s ICU capacity is at 0%. Earlier this week, the regional stay-at-home order for Southern California was extended to Jan. 16.

    Celebrity Wheel of Fortune: SERIES PREMIERE - Leslie Jones, Chandra Wilson, and Tony Hawk (1/7)

    (12/29/20) Leslie Jones, Chandra Wilson, and Tony Hawk” – “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” takes a new spin on the iconic game show “Wheel of Fortune” with the primetime debut of America’s Game® on America’s network, THURSDAY, JAN. 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV- PG, L) Hosted by pop-culture legends Pat Sajak and Vanna White, “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” welcomes celebrity contestants to come spin the world’s most famous wheel and solve word puzzles for a chance to win up to $1 million. All of the money won by the celebrity contestants will go to a charity of their choice. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

    This episode’s celebrity contestants include Leslie Jones (playing for Feeding America), Chandra Wilson (playing for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank) and Tony Hawk (playing for Feeding San Diego).

    TV Ratings: Mom and Others Go Low, Grey's Leads Non-NFL Fare

    (12/17/20) In the latest TV ratings, at least six Thursday shows hit or matched series lows.

    One of them, the winter finale of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, slipped two tenths in the demo to match its series low of 1.0, and yet led non-sports fare in that measure, while delivering 5.6 million total viewers. Bookending the medical drama, Station 19 (5.4 mil/0.9) ticked up from last week’s low, while Million Little Things (3.3 mil/0.5) held onto last week’s low.

    Elsewhere:

    CBS | Young Sheldon (6.7 mil/0.7), freshman B Positive (4.6 mil/0.5) and sophomore The Unicorn (3.3 mil/0.4) all tied series lows in the demo, while Mom (4.5 mil/0.5) slipped two tenths to mark a new demo low. Star Trek: Disco (1.7 mil/0.2) was steady. FOX | Thursday Night Football (8.6 mil/2.2) was down just a tick from last week’s fast nationals.

    NBC | An encore of Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors drew 3.1 mil and a 0.4.

    THE CW | Dogs of the Year fetched 817K and a 0.1, leading into World’s Funniest Animals‘ 595K/0.1.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & ‘Station 19’ Fall Finales: Krista Vernoff & Felicia Pride On Powerful Crossover Storyline, Meredith, Robert & Dean’s Fates & More

    (12/17/20) (deadline.com) ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 wrapped their fall runs tonight with a crossover storyline that revisited the topic of human trafficking with Opal making a return. In Station 19, the crew, off duty, step in to help a Black mother who is standing in front of a house, convinced that her teenager daughter and her friend are being held inside after she tracked the girl’s fitness bracelet. She had called the police but, after being brushed off, she took things into her own hands. Led by Dean, who has a daughter himself, the group try to help but the house owner, a middle-aged white man, denies that there are any girls inside and would not allow them to go in and check. Two white cops finally arrive but turns out they are responding to a call from the man in the house who asked them to remove the mother from his property.

    As the firefighters are about to enter the house using a non-existent gas leak as a pretext, fire breaks out. It was started by the girls, Denise and Jada, out of desperation. They are saved and, along with the alleged kidnapper, who was also injured in the fire, they are taken to Grey Sloan. Outside the house, one of the two cops provokes an altercation, leading to Dean, Robert and the mother being arrested. The mother is later released and reunites with her daughter in the hospital on Grey’s but Robert and Dean’s fate remains unknown.

    On Grey’s Anatomy, Bailey is still reeling from her mother’s death the last episode, with her husband breaking the news to her son on Station 19. Patients continue to die at an alarming rate, and the hospital is at surge capacity, with the cafeteria turned into a makeshift Covid wing. Human trafficker Opal slips into Grey Sloan, trying unsuccessfully to get to the kidnapper who is being treated. Meredith wakes up, she is feeling great and has a great, witty chat with Koracick in her room as the two commiserate over their illness. He tells her that she gives him hope that the terrible disease can be beat. But later that episode, Meredith gets up to help a coding patient as noone is around and collapses right after. With her vitals plummeting, she is put on a ventilator.

    In other developments, Jo still plans to switch specialties to obstetrics. DeLuca, who helped Bailey process her grief over her mother’s death, sees Opal in the hospital parking lot and, joined by his sister, follows her. Opal’s previous trip to Grey Sloan sent DeLuca into a mental meltdown when noone believed his human trafficking claims, so this development raises a red flag.

    In an interview with Deadline, Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 showrunner Krista Vernoff and the writer of the Grey’s fall finale, Felicia Pride, discuss the kidnapping storyline and the importance of shining a light on the issue of “invisible” Black girls and women. They address the fate of Grey’s Meredith and Station 19‘s Robert and Dean, would Opal’s return jeopardize DeLuca’s mental health recovery, is Jo switching careers and will there be more light on the medical drama next year. Vernoff also makes an emotional speech about what she is hopeful for.

    DEADLINE: You opted to follow the pandemic from the start, so Grey’s Anatomy currently chronicles the first wave of infections in the spring about 7 months ago. In tonight’s episode, Grey Sloan Memorial reached surge capacity as the country is grappling with a massive new wave and ICUs across the U.S. reach capacity. How does it feel to be so timely?

    VERNOFF: I can only speak for myself and say that it feels profoundly disturbing. We are telling stories about hospitals being at surge capacity because the stories are set in, at this point, May of this year. So, the fact that the stories that we set in May of this year are now incredibly timely with the current surge is just heartbreaking to me. Felicia?

    PRIDE: I would agree. And I just remember, Krista, you really encouraged us in the writers room to continue to show the strain and the pressure that hospitals were under, so that’s why we were thinking about that as the storyline to continue to show that.

    DEADLINE: At that time, late May and June, the pandemic overlapped with the the Black Matters protests following the death of George Floyd. Tonight’s crossover storyline touches on racial equality and policing. How did that storyline come about, and was there any personal experience reflected in the emotional monologues delivered by Dean and the girl’s mother on Station 19 and Maggie on Grey’s Anatomy?

    PRIDE: One of the things that we really wanted to show, in addition to how horrifying sex trafficking continues to be, was the fact that Black girls can be more vulnerable to sex trafficking, and what are the forces and reasons behind that. So, with that lovely monologue that Maggie has, we were really just trying to connect the dots about the many reasons that Black girls can be more vulnerable to sex trafficking, from being hypersexualized in the media to physical abuse to all of these things. We were really just trying to show both the horrific issue of sex trafficking, but also what got us there and what is the practice that led to that. It was also really wanting to shine a light on just the invisibility sometimes of Black girls and wanting Black girls and Black women to be seen.

    VERNOFF: I’ll add that a great many of our conversations when we were first gathered in the writer’s room were influenced by the climate in the country at that moment, and you’re seeing that depicted here. It felt very, very, very important to all of us to tell these stories this season and to be authentic to the lived experience of the writers in the room and also the actors in the cast. It felt like it was time to talk about these things in a more direct way than we had historically on the show.

    DEADLINE: The police storyline, will that continue beyond the cliffhanger on Station 19 after Robert and Dean get arrested? What happens to them? Will we see them interact with law enforcement, go through the justice system?

    VERNOFF: We are definitely following through on that story very powerfully on Station 19. But I don’t want to tell you how we’re doing it.

    DEADLINE: Going back to Grey’s, is there any light in the tunnel? We are coming off two back-to-back very heavy episodes. Are things going to get a little bit more hopeful soon?

    VERNOFF: These were very heavy episodes and we have some pretty intense episodes coming up at the beginning of the year as well. We started our season in April of 2020, and we’re being as honest and as authentic and as deep and as true with that as we can. And what that means is we have to find our hope and our joy and our silver linings and our humor and our sexy and our romantic inside the parameters that 2020 offered us. So, that’s my answer, Nellie. I’m hopeful every day. When you say are there more hopeful episodes coming up, I just want to say, every day of 2020 I’m hopeful.

    I’m hopeful for a vaccine. I’m hopeful that people will start to take the pandemic seriously. I’m hopeful that they’ll start to wear masks. I’m hopeful that we can depoliticize this thing and all just take care of ourselves and each other and our healthcare workers. I’m really hopeful for all of that. And one of the ways that Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 are helping with that is by living inside of the pandemic rather than jumping to an idealized post-pandemic world. So, I have a different twist on hope this year.

    DEADLINE: Speaking of hopefulness, what about Jo and her trying to find joy for herself by switching careers. Is this for real? Will she be delivering babies anytime soon?

    PRIDE: Jo’s storyline in this episode reflects, I think, a lot of us finding basis and reasons and things that will bring us joy in these moments. And to your point and what Krista’s talking about, about finding joy, I think that’s what a lot of our characters are trying to do. One of my favorite scenes is actually Winston coming to visit Maggie. And that sort of joy, it’s emotional, but it’s just joyful. So, I think that’s what we’re trying to do is find those moments of joy with our characters.

    DEADLINE: Let’s talk about DeLuca and the Grey’s cliffhanger. Minutes after Bailey praised him for taking such good care of his mental health, we see him chasing after Opal whom he suspects of human trafficking. Is that a jolt that will send him down-spiraling again?

    VERNOFF: I think that his mental health is strongly enhanced. I think that he is carefully taking his medications and I think that what he was saying to his sister is true, when he was saying, I’m right. Because of his mental health and his mental state, people didn’t believe him the last time he recognized Opal. And now he needed his sister to believe him and she did. And so, they’re following her not from a place of mania, but from a place of bravery and truth.

    DEADLINE: Are Andrew and Carina in any danger?

    VERNOFF: I don’t know. You’ll have to tune in next year.

    DEADLINE: What about Meredith? Early in the pandemic, more than 80% of COVID patients put on a ventilator died, so that does not bode well for her. What can you tell us about what is next for Meredith, besides that we’ll probably see more dream sequences on the beach while she is intubated?

    VERNOFF: I will say that historically Meredith has defied statistics like that. She has top of the line medical care and an entire team of people dedicated to doing every single thing they can to save her and she has a rough road ahead.

    DEADLINE: Are there any new Grey’s alums that you have recruited for the dream sequences?

    VERNOFF: The honest answer to that at this point is no, Nellie. I hope I have a different answer to that at some point soon.

    DEADLINE: Will we see more of Denise and Jada, the girls that were saved?

    VERNOFF: I think we may eventually see more of them. But I don’t think we see them in the next episode, right?

    PRIDE: Right.

    VERNOFF: We don’t see them immediately again, but there’s a possibly of seeing them again down the line. They were wonderful.

    DEADLINE: Felicia, you mentioned the Winston and Maggie reunions. What other scenes would you like to highlight?

    PRIDE: Some of my favorite scenes, which were at the suggestion of Krista, are between Meredith and Koracick. To see these two, sort of, OG doctors who are both suffering from this horrible, horrible illness still be able to find moments of humanity for each other. And I love the Bailey-DeLuca scenes, which you mentioned, DeLuca kind of helping Bailey who just lost her mother by talking about his own mom and talking about that pain and how he got through it. And also paying homage to the many Covid patients that come through ICU that he’s seen and how we’re just trying to make the best of this situation by honoring our loved ones.

    VERNOFF: With both Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19, I just thought these were really powerful, beautifully written, beautifully directed episodes. And I’m so personally moved by the impact that Grey’s is having by the work that the writers and the directors and editors and our crew is bringing under extremely difficult circumstances. It’s a scary, hard time to be working and everyone is showing up and taking care of themselves and each other with masks and face shields and social distancing and hand washing and we’re making this show, which feels important right now. And I just really want to shout out to the crew.

    DEADLINE: When are you wrapping production? This week?

    VERNOFF: We’re going to wrap production on Friday and we get a couple of weeks off for a Christmas break. The show isn’t back until, I think, March. But that’s because we just have a reduced number of episodes this year because of how late we came back to production.

    Grey's Anatomy Winter Finale Recap: [Spoiler] Takes a Turn for the Worse — Plus, a Familiar Face Returns

    (12/17/20) (tvline.com) Early on in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy midseason finale, it looked like Meredith was well and truly out of the woods. As Maggie told Winston, her sister was not only awake, “she even laughed.” But, of course, on this ABC drama, appearances can be (and usually are) deceiving. So by the end of the hour, Mer had… well, keep reading; we’ll get there and, on our way, go over Owen’s reaction to Teddy’s difficult confession, the big shock that gets delivered to Maggie and the blast from the past that starts DeLuca playing a dangerous game of chase.

    ‘WHO SLAPPED YOU WITH A HAPPY STICK?’ | As “No Time for Despair” began, Maggie was taken aback when Winston joked that he just wasn’t cut out for a long-distance relationship and abruptly ended their call. (Are hangups becoming his thing?) Still, nothing could dampen her spirits now that Mer had awakened. That news even cheered up Tom, who was basing his chances of recovery on Grey’s. If she was gonna make it, he cracked, “maybe I won’t die alone and forgotten.” Nearby, Jo attempted to broach the subject of her career change with Richard, but he had much bigger fish to fry: Owing to the pandemic, Seattle Pres had reached capacity, meaning that Grey Sloan was about to get twice the expected number of incoming patients. Despite that, he encouraged Bailey to go home and grieve for her mother. But just as he hadn’t been able to leave the hospital when it needed him, neither could Miranda abandon ship. Really, Teddy was the doctor who seemed most in need of a breather. After she barked at Webber that “taking a break won’t save anyone, and I don’t have anywhere to go, anyway,” he called her on her [bleep]. Her situation with Owen, he said, “that’s on you, and you know it’s on you.” Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she needed to take stock to ensure that she’d repeated the destructive pattern that had blown up her life for the last time.

    ‘THE COAST IS CLEAR DOWN HERE FOR SATAN’S ARRIVAL’ | Meanwhile, the hospital braced for the arrival of Bob, the subhuman who’d kidnapped two girls in Thursday’s Station 19 (read the full recap here). First, the teens were moved to another floor, then Jackson excused himself; he didn’t want to be anywhere near the pig. When Bob arrived, he was as vile as advertised, insisting that the girls had broken into his home and set it on fire. Pull the other one, a–wipe. In the ER, Bob quickly ascertained that Owen believed the girls, not his patient. Nonetheless, he’d keep Bob alive if only to spend the rest of his life behind bars. “You’re the devil’s barbecue,” said Hunt, “so get used to the smell of burning flesh.” After Bob passed out, apparently having had a stroke, he was spotted by — dun dun DUNNN! — Opal, the sex trafficker from whom Cindy Erin had finally escaped. (Hey, I didn’t say the familiar face that returned was one that we’d be glad to see.) Opal had conned her way into the hospital by claiming to be the victim of a mugging and now was… well, doing what villains generally do: lurking. At the same time, Jackson assured young Jada that he was going to get her mom out of police custody (where she’d landed after an altercation at Bob’s), and Maggie empathized with Shanice’s mom, who marveled that after all this, she’d still have to get up in the morning and go to work as if nothing had happened, because hey, she still needed to pay the rent… after her child was abducted… during a pandemic.

    ‘GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR PLAGUE!’ | After the patient who’d been sharing his room died, a shaken Koracick snuck in Mer’s room for a visit. “I just wanted to see for myself that it’s possible to beat this thing,” he told her before admitting, “I really just wanted to be in a room where nobody’s dying… ’cause everyone’s dying.” As the impossibly sweet scene continued, they held hands. “I won’t tell if you don’t,” said Mer, the familiar twinkle back in her eye. Later, the two even laughed as he proclaimed that neurosurgeons were the best lovers of all surgeons. “OK, it’s been very nice having you stop by,” she joked. Outside the hospital, Amelia admitted to Maggie that while operating on Bob with Owen, she easily could have killed him, but she hadn’t because she’d taken an oath. Still, what he’d done was an outrage. In response, Maggie said that the real outrage was “the monsters that got us here… the many reasons that Black girls are more vulnerable in the first place and rarely seen as victims.” Hell, Maggie continued, “Now there’s a plague that is killing Black people at a rate that should make everyone outraged. If COVID were killing white people at the rate that it is killing Black people, you better believe that everyone would be wearing masks because it would be the damn law.” Way to bring the thunder, Maggie!

    ‘YOU’RE SUPERHUMAN… YOU KNOW THAT, RIGHT?’ | When Bailey admitted that she couldn’t quite bring herself to settle a patient into the room in which her mother had died, DeLuca encouraged her to take a break. “Even superhumans need more than a minute to grieve the loss of the person who made them who they are,” he pointed out. A while later, after Grey Sloan had managed to transfer 27 patients in under five hours, she told DeLuca that she’d taken his advice and screamed into a pillow. Now she just needed to figure out what to do about a memorial service. She was crazy proud of DeLuca, though, when he said that he needed to leave to take his meds and get some rest. And who should he spot upon exiting? Opal. Carina just happened to be right there, too, so she volunteered to drive when he insisted on pursuing the sex trafficker himself. I have a bad feeling about the way this is going to end for Andrew. At Mer’s place, Maggie awakened to a whole mess of missed calls from Winston and… oh! Him at her door with a bouquet of flowers. “I told you the long-distance thing wasn’t working for me,” he said. (Romantic as the moment was, was immediately embracing a good idea? Erm… )

    ‘WE NAMED OUR DAUGHTER AFTER A LIE’ | Back at Grey Sloan, Owen softened toward Teddy, leading her to confess that her old friend Allison hadn’t just been an old friend. “It is the only secret that I kept from you before Tom,” said Altman, “and I know that it’s connected.” She was going to try to figure it and herself out, and… Uh-oh. Owen was laughing hysterically. He had been wondering when she’d changed into someone who could cheat on him on their wedding day. “It turns out you didn’t change,” he said. “I just never really knew you.” Inside the hospital, Mer heard a code blue in the room across the hall from hers, so she climbed out of bed and began performing CPR on the patient. Then, just as Grey got the patient stabilized, the doctor collapsed in Taryn’s arms. (Not the way Helm had ever imagined it, that’s for sure.) Shortly, Richard consulted with Teddy and Amelia. Despite Mer’s rally, her “lungs are at a breaking point,” said Altman. So Webber made the call to put her on a vent — a procedure so nightmarish to observe, it should convince even the biggest skeptic out there to wear their damn mask already.

    Celebrity Wheel of Fortune Contestant Lineup Includes Stars of This Is Us, Grey's Anatomy, Community and More

    (12/14/20) An OG Grey Sloan surgeon, one of the Pearson family’s Big 3, a pair of Greendale CC grads and Pee-wee Herman himself are among the two dozen boldfaced names circling Celebrity Wheel of Fortune.

    ABC on Monday unveiled the contestant list for the starry Wheel offshoot — which premieres Thursday, Jan. 7 at 8/7c — and in addition to Grey’s Anatomy‘s Chandra Wilson, This Is Us‘ Chrissy Metz, Community alums Joel McHale and Yvette Nicole Brown, and actor-entertainer Paul Reubens, the lineup includes Saturday Night Live vets Kevin Nealon, Leslie Jones and Rob Riggle, Desperate Housewives‘ Teri Hatcher, Beverly Hills, 90210‘s Jennie Garth and Bachelor host Chris Harrison.

    The roster of celebs also includes Karamo Brown (Queer Eye), Nicole Byer (Nailed It!), Drew Carey (The Price is Right), Rachael Leigh Cook (Perception), professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, Robert Herjavec (Shark Tank), Jeannie Mai (The Real), E! News vet Maria Menounos, Patton Oswalt (A.P. Bio), Alfonso Ribeiro (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, America’s Funniest Home Videos), Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error), ESPN’s Joe Tessitore and Constance Zimmer (Unreal).

    Iconic Wheel of Fortune duo Pat Sajak and Vanna White are on board to headline the spinoff, which will find the above celebs competing for the chance to win $1 million for the charity of their choice.

    Ratings: Million Little Things Goes Low

    (12/11/20) In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s A Million Little Things drew 3.5 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating, slipping 10 percent and a tenth to mark its smallest Thursday audience and a series low in the demo.

    Station 19 (5.4 mil/0.8) and Grey’s Anatomy (5.5 mil/1.1) also ticked down, with the former tying its series low and the latter hitting a season low. Next week, winter finales!

    Elsewhere:

    CBS | Leading out of a slew of sitcom reruns, Star Trek: Discovery (1..6 mil/0.2) drew its second-smallest broadcast audience yet while steady in the demo.

    FOX | The Pats/Rams game averaged 9.1 mil and a 2.3 in fast nationals. NBC | Leading out of the Best of Broadway special (3.6 mil/0.5), TIME‘s Person of the Year reveal did 2.2 mil and a 0.3. (Shoulda been The Essential Worker, don’t @ me!)

    THE CW | That Silent Night special drew 640K and a 0.1.

    Grey's Recap: Surge Times — Plus, [Spoiler] Loses Their COVID Battle

    (12/10/20) (tvline.com) In Thursday’s fraught Grey’s Anatomy, things were looking up for Meredith but way down for Tom, who was ambulanced to Grey Sloan resembling nothing so much as the textbook definition of “worse for wear.” Having already lost Teddy and his chief-of-chiefs gig, was Koracick about to lose his very life? Read on and find out.

    ‘ARE YOU GOING TO WORK… AT THE REGULAR TIME… ?’ | As “Fight the Power” began, Teddy and DeLuca celebrated the fact that Meredith’s condition was improving, Levi discovered how hard hit by the pandemic Jo was (to the point that she was “paralyzed by excitement” in bed — ha), Bailey connected with Ben and her father over FaceTime, and Jackson asked for Richard’s help getting Catherine to properly wear her mask. (Proximity to one’s face doesn’t count as actually wearing it on one’s face, damn it!) Shortly, we learned that Luna’s mom Val required continued care, and — insert chest pains here — Tom was brought in, as advertised, in dire straits. He was so bad off, in fact, that he didn’t recognize Teddy or Owen, and seemed to think that his son was still alive. Soon, Bailey’s mood took a sharp downturn when she learned that Silver Villas assisted-living home — where her parents were, hello! — was suffering from a COVID surge. She beseeched Ben to get her folks outta there asap, but it was already too late. By the time she got her husband’s voicemail messages, he’d arrived back at Grey Sloan with her symptomatic mother. While Maggie pondered what meds they could prescribe Bailey’s mom to calm her, Bailey herself soothed her by singing “My Girl.” Yikes, this episode was gonna be a heartbreaker, ya could just tell. In no time, Bailey was forced to call her father to inform him that the love of his life wouldn’t make it through the night. Again, yikes. Chest pains. All of it.

    ‘TREE-HITTING IS FROWNED UPON’ | Looking for a way to deal with her feelings, Bailey confided in an unconscious Meredith that her mom had once advised her to deal with her emotions by hitting a tree — her own tree. “My mother has Alzheimer’s,” Miranda went on. “I never told you” or Richard, because she hadn’t wanted to upset them. But unless you’ve been through it, “no one understands that you are watching your own mother die… twice.” Later, Bailey rang her father on Zoom so that he could see his wife. “She drifts in and out, Dad,” Bailey had to tell him. He wanted desperately to be there, but of course, that wasn’t safe. Through it all, Miranda tried to maintain a stiff upper lip. “Mom, if you’re ready to go, it’s OK,” she said. “We love you, but we don’t want you to suffer.” In response, her mom said, “Not ready… I wanna go home.”

    Later, Bailey told Maggie that her mom had informed her that she wasn’t ready to go. Yet she also feared that her mom hadn’t really known what she was saying. And she was furious. She didn’t want her mother to be a statistic. “All of this is confusing… and awful,” Maggie offered. Bailey didn’t know what to think in the end. She’d been sure that Mom wouldn’t want to live with Alzheimer’s, but now… gah! She couldn’t be positive. Maggie’s opinion? Let her go. Maggie might have kept fighting to keep her own mom alive, had Diane not given her such clarity in the end. Sadly, Bailey felt that she had to beat herself up for bringing her parents to Seattle. Her mother “was exposed at the place I set up for them!” Maggie tried to insist that Bailey couldn’t feel guilty about it, but… easier said than done. “She just needs me to be a good daughter,” cried Miranda, “and I don’t know if I know how to do that.”

    ‘CAN YOU HOLD THE PHONE CLOSE ENOUGH TO SMELL HER HEAD?’ | When Jo reported to Val that she had a pseudo-aneurysm, the patient didn’t take it well. “I’ve known my baby’s name” for eight years, she said. “And now that I finally have the chance [to be a mom]… I don’t know if it will ever be real,” or if she’d only be able to see her child over FaceTime. Post-op, as Jo pondered the possibility of Val needing a liver transplant, new resident (or is he an intern?) Kahn, an MVP in his home country, marveled at the former Mrs. Karev’s excellence. Later, Jo was somehow recruited to deliver a baby. (And you thought your day was something!) That evening, Jo shared her experience with Levi. “It was the happiest thing I had ever seen,” she said, adding that hmm, Carina seemed to always be in a good mood. What if Jo changed careers? What if she gave up surgery and became an OB? “Eat and then sleep before you… ,” said Levi. “Oh my God, I sound like my mother.” Regardless, since tomorrow isn’t promised, Jo wanted to choose the joyful option.

    BACK FROM THE BRINK | Consulting with Teddy on Tom’s case via Zoom, Amelia decided that she had to go in to Grey Sloan; he was having neurological complications — he needed her. “We’ll be fine here,” Link said. “Go, save your friend.” Unnecessarily, Amelia mentioned that not only had Koracick saved her brain, he had been her first sex after Owen. Wait, what? Link said. TMI, Amelia. TMI. At Grey Sloan, Amelia suggested that Tom’s delirium was a side effect of COVID, not especially neuro. “I hate everything,” Jackson said when he was filled in on Koracick’s condition. In a moment alone with Teddy, Amelia admitted that she’d heard what had gone down with Tom and Owen, and though she had feelings about it, hey, she’d heard — and arguably done — worse. Later, Amelia told Teddy that Koracick’s numbers were holding. Though he was unconscious, Altman expressed to him her wish to save their friendship. “If you want to have nothing to do with me, you’re going to have to get all better and tell me yourself.” At that, he awakened. It appeared that he was gonna be fine — he was even in the mood for a sponge bath. After all those yikes-es, whew!

    As the hour drew to a close, Jackson marveled to Richard that half of their COVID patients were Black or brown. “Systemic racism is the preexisting condition — existing while Black,” said Avery. He didn’t have to worry about Catherine, at least; Richard had taken care of that, Webber said — in some kind of sexual way. Shortly, he encouraged Bailey to go into her mother’s room and be there for her. “I’m scared,” she admitted. “We’ll do it together,” he replied. So in they went, so that Miranda could stroke her mom’s hair with a gloved hand and sing her one last song as she slipped away.

    Katherine Heigl To Star As Trailblazer Victoria Woodhull In Limited Series From Oakhurst Entertainment

    (12/8/20) A century and a half before Kamala Harris became the first woman on an winning U.S. presidential ticket, Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for president. The remarkable story of the feminist icon is the subject of a limited series, with Katherine Heigl (Firefly Lane, Suits) set to portray Woodhull and executive produce. The project, titled Woodhull, hails from Oakhurst Entertainment and is currently out to showrunners.

    The series will be based on multiple biographies chronicling the life of Woodhull, which Oakhurst, founded by former Brillstein Entertainment manager Jai Khanna and producer Marina Grasic, acquired earlier this year.

    In 1872, Woodhull became the first woman to run for president from the Equal Rights Party, supporting women’s suffrage and equal rights; her running mate was abolitionist leader Frederick Douglas. She was the first woman to address the U.S. Congress and, with her sister Tennessee, the two became the first women to operate a brokerage firm on Wall Street. The sisters used the money they had made from their brokerage to found a newspaper. Woodhull was accused of blackmail and prostitution and, along with her sister, was arrested and charged on the eve of the presidential election for printing obscenities after their paper published an exposé of a renowned preacher, revealing that he had committed adultery. It was this arrest and Woodhull’s acquittal that propelled Congress to pass the 1873 Comstock Laws.

    Woodhull butted heads with such pillars of society as Cornelius Vanderbilt, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Susan B. Anthony. Early on, she had worked as a traveling clairvoyant in medicine shows. She preached – and practiced – the concept of free love, once living with her husband, her ex-husband and her lover at the same time in the same New York apartment. Woodhull was arguably the boldest voice for women’s rights in the 19th century, and she was taken seriously by her contemporaries and by the media in spite of her unconventional lifestyle. This isn’t just the story of one woman, it’s also the story of the time in which she lived and the many famous – and infamous – figures whose lives she touched.

    “The moment I discovered the almost too big to be true story of Victoria I have been enthralled and deeply invested in bringing her life story to the screen,” Heigl said. “Victoria’s outrageous courage, determination, intelligence and hutzpah would be remarkable in our modern times but was downright revolutionary in hers. Her name and her story has not been celebrated nearly enough for the trails she blazed and the paths she forged for all the women who came after her. I cannot wait to tell the story of this woman who would not be stopped in a time that forbade her to even start.”

    Heigl, an Emmy winner for ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, next stars in the Netflix series Firefly Lane. She recently co-starred on the final two seasons of USA’s Suits and also headlined CBS’ Doubt and NBC’s State of Affairs. Her feature credits include Knocked Up and The Ugly Truth.

    “We are extraordinarily excited to have Katherine Heigl on board – we have always been a big fan of her work and was delighted to discover she was an avid Woodhull fan herself,” Khanna said.

    Oakhurst also is behind the Michael Cera comedy Sacramento. The company recently closed a distribution deal for the Glenn Close-Mila Kunis starrer Four Good Days, and is a producer on the Aubrey Plaza starrer Black Bear, which released this past weekend on Amazon.

    TV Ratings: Grey's Dips But Dominates, Station 19 Matches Low, SVU Rises

    (12/4/20) In the latest TV show ratings, Grey’s Anatomy drew 5.7 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating, ticking down from its previous outing yet dominating the night in the demo (with Thursday Night Football taking a knee).

    Bookeding the ABC medical drama, Station 19 (5.4 mil/0.8) slipped two tenths and Million Little Things (3.8 mil/0.6) dipped one tenth, with both matching series lows in the demo.

    Elsewhere….

    CBS | Young Sheldon (7.3 mil/0.8), B Positive (5.2 mil/0.6), Mom (5.2 mil/0.6), The Unicorn (3.6 mil/0.5) and Star Trek Disco (1/.9 mil/0.2) all were rock steady, with Sheldon delivering Thursday’s largest audience.

    NBC | Leading out of The Voice‘s holiday special (5.3 mil/0.7), SVU (4.04 mil/0.6, see who’s coming back!) ticked up — and matched its largest audience in 20-plus months.

    THE CW | A Jingle Ball “best of” special did 526K/0.1, followed by Funniest Animals‘ 615K/0.1.

    FOX | Major League Soccer coverage averaged 872K and a 0.2.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: To Sleep, Perchance to Dream — Plus, [Spoiler] Reacts to Meredith's Latest 'Reunion'

    (12/3/20) (tvline.com) Warning: As the headline suggests, the following contains at least one big spoiler for Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. Proceed at your own risk.

    OK, Grey’s Anatomy promos, you definitely got our attention by teasing that, as Meredith lingered in limbo in Thursday’s episode, “another person from her past” would return. Would it be Lexie? George? The MerDer baby that Grey miscarried in Season 6? No comeback could possibly top Derek’s for sheer shock value. But did the ABC drama manage to come close-ish? If you don’t already know, read on and find out.

    ‘MORNING, MEREDITH’ | As “You’ll Never Walk Alone” began, the pandemic continued to tear through Grey Sloan. During a debriefing, Richard assured his colleagues that Mer was in good hands with Teddy and DeLuca. Owen warned that the hospital should prepare for more coronavirus cases. And Koracick, Zooming in, insisted that his test had been a false positive. In the doctors’ lounge, Jackson invited Jo over in case she didn’t feel like being alone. OK, because he didn’t feel like being alone. “I have fancy beer and a negative COVID test,” he noted. So why didn’t they do a friendship reboot? Deal, she said. A Dr. Quo of the Catherine Fox Foundation was running a trial with room for two more patients, we learned, and Teddy and DeLuca were eager to sign up Mer. Richard, however, would only agree to think about it. When Nico approached a patient who visibly freaked at the prospect of being treated by an Asian doctor, he took it in stride. Soon, he was assigned to treat Dave, who was back at Grey Sloan after previously being treated by Owen. And while all of this was going on, Mer, at least in her mind, was on her magic beach. “Excuse me,” she called out. Aww… to George!!! They got T.R. Knight. Even if you didn’t wanna cry at that point, admit it: You know you did.

    When Taryn showed up at Koracick’s to perform his new COVID test, he wouldn’t allow her in. He didn’t let residents in his house or up his nose. “Are you plotting something evil?” she asked upon seeing a complicated screen in his house. On the contrary, he replied. He was trying to stop a pandemic. During a call with Winston, Maggie was encouraged to seize joy wherever she could find it. “I don’t mean to tell you how to be,” he hastened to add. But she hadn’t taken his advice the wrong way. And she was looking forward to their virtual dinner that night with his auntie. While treating Dave, new resident Mabel Tseng diagnosed him and got an invitation into the O.R. by Owen. While Jackson and Jo tried to assure themselves that Mer was gonna be OK, George was complimenting Grey on her kids. He hadn’t met them, but “I check in sometimes.” When she pondered why he’d gotten older in her head, he ventured that it was perhaps more peaceful for her to imagine him that way. Did she get to choose if she went back? He hadn’t gotten to, he said. It’s different for everyone. At the same time, Richard was telling Bailey that he’d tried to wake Mer to ask if she wanted to enroll in the trial. But if he’d really tried, he hadn’t done so very hard.greys anatomy recap season 17 episode 4 tr knight george

    ‘YOU WERE ALL CRACKING UP AT MY FUNERAL’ | During Maggie and Winston’s dinner with his auntie, his father called in, much to his surprise. It was awkward with a capital A. “Let’s try to be civil,” said Dad. But that wasn’t going to be easy, considering that he’d apparently gambled away any money that the family had had. Soon, Winston had abruptly hung up, leaving his girlfriend on the line with his aunt and father. The morning after Jackson and Jo’s friendship reboot, she decided to rip off the Band-Aid and lunged in for a kiss. This hookup was apparently going to go way better than the last attempt. Back on the beach, Mer suggested to George that her kids would go on if she died, just like she had after he died, after Derek died. George’s mom hadn’t done that, though, after his passing. She was still around, she just wasn’t the same. Sometimes he tried to shake the sadness out of her. “Like you haunt her?” Mer asked. Not exactly. At Grey Sloan, DeLuca argued passionately to get Grey into that trial. The choice, he told Richard, is between doing nothing and doing something. “Do something!” Live up to the responsibilities that she gave him.

    After treating Dave, Tseng suggested to Nico that Owen hadn’t tested for right-side diverticulitis because… as Kim put it, Hunt was a racist. Or that was what he was going to hear her accusing him of, anyway. Instead of letting her address the issue with Owen, Nico wound up doing so himself. Back at Jackson’s, Avery and Jo made excuses for why they could keep having sex without becoming a “thing.” Basically, if they didn’t stop getting it on, it only counted as one incident. When Taryn made it back to the hospital after gaining new — bleak! — insight into Koracick’s state of mind, she reported to Teddy that he was in a dark place and could probably use a friend. Oh, Hellmouth, any friend but Altman! Later, Jo tore into Levi for hooking up with Nico. “It’s wartime,” he declared. Desperate times, desperate measures. Speaking of desperate, Amelia lit into Link for trying to remain optimistic and warned that he wouldn’t like the consequences if she kept stuffing down her feelings. In response, he sat near her and explained that he was making space for her to have her feelings — rage, fear, all of them.

    ‘DO YOU STILL DANCE IT OUT?’ | At the beach, Meredith admitted to George that she didn’t dance so much anymore, not now that Cristina was gone. Suddenly, Grey heard Richard’s voice and saw him beside her. He didn’t know what to do for her, he admitted. In her hospital bed, Meredith began to shake, almost as if she was having a nightmare. When Richard left the room, he’d made a decision: “Get her in” the trial, he told DeLuca. As the episode neared its conclusion, Levi wanted to invite Nico over but noted that they hadn’t been great to each other, so maybe that was a bad idea. There was a pandemic going on, Nico replied. “A lot has changed.” Ugh. But not enough to justify a Schmico reunion. “No,” I cried as they took off to get busy at Jo’s empty place. Speaking of Jo, Jackson pressed “pause” on anything that was going on or might go on with them. Which was fine with her. “What I need is friendship and sex,” she said. She wasn’t looking for a relationship, least of all with someone like Mr. Can’t Be Alone. These two are actually pretty hilarious, no? “You thought I wanted to date you?” she asked, incredulous. Off Nico’s strong words, Owen admitted to Bailey that with Dave, he’d defaulted to the diagnosis that he would’ve given a white patient. He just wanted to treat everybody equally. Ah, said Bailey, who was worried about her parents, whom she’d just put in assisted living. But “equal doesn’t work for everybody.” If a protocol isn’t working, he had to change it.

    After giving Amelia room to spiral, Link just wanted to play his guitar. But she wanted to talk. So he did, recalling his decision to focus on the positive while at cancer camp as a kid. And it worked for him. “If you need a partner in misery, I’m not your guy,” he said. On their evening Zoom call, Winston apologized for leaving Maggie with his father and aunt, and opened up, at least a little, about his dad’s temper. But what he really wanted to do was watch Coming to America with her. Though Teddy knew that she was the last person Tom wanted to see, she still showed up on his doorstep with soup. He didn’t answer, perhaps because that was the sane thing to do, perhaps because he was shivering on the floor on the other side of the door, perhaps a little bit of both. Back at the beach, Mer noted that George had gone all in for everybody, even that fateful woman at the bus stop. He’d changed Mer’s life. Which hopefully would go on. At Grey Sloan, Bailey told Richard that she thought he was making the right decision putting Grey in the trial. He’d never thought before about how helpless the loved ones of COVID patients must feel. Now, it seemed, he’d never forget. In our last scene, both Bailey and Richard were on the beach with Mer and George. Find you people, voiceover’d Grey, because when you’re at your lowest, they’re the ones who’ll get you through.

    Grey’s vet T.R. Knight — an Emmy nominee during his original run — commented on his encore, saying, “George O’Malley will always claim my heart. Thank you to Ellen [Pompeo], Chandra [Wilson], Jim [Pickens], Krista [Vernoff] and all the familiar faces for once again sharing your beautiful light.”

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Returning Star & Showrunner Krista Vernoff On Touching Reunion & More

    (12/3/20) (Deadline.com) SPOILER ALERT: The story includes a detail about tonight’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

    Once again this season, Grey’s Anatomy mixed tragedy and joy in tonight’s episode as the staff at Grey Sloan Memorial continues to grapple with the grim reality of the coronavirus pandemic in its early days. It is killing way too many patients and is now threatening to take away one of their own, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). Yet, through her illness, Meredith’s Covid dreams have provided light as, walking on a beach, she gets to meet some of her favorite people.

    The beach motif kicked off in the season premiere with the jaw-dropping return of Grey’s original male lead Patrick Dempsey as Meredith’s late husband Derek Shepherd, who has appeared in her dreams ever since. Tonight, someone else was waiting for herby the ocean. Leaning onto the railing of a lifeguard tower was George O’Malley (T.R. Knight).

    With Meredith’s condition taking a turn for the worse in her Covid battle, she spent most of her time in the episode sleeping, which led to multiple dream strolls and conversations with George, in which they discussed his death and funeral. “I was devastated when you died,” Meredith said.

    George spoke of what he misses about being alive and Meredith told him how much he meant to her.

    “You changed my life George,” she said.

    Meanwhile at the hospital, Tom Koracick (Greg Germann) self-isolated at home after testing positive for Covid-19. By the end of the episode, he was showing symptoms and looking very sick. Richard (James Pickens Jr.) was struggling to make a decision whether to enroll Meredith in a clinical trial for an experimental Covid drug. With some help from Bailey (Chandra Wilson), he eventually got Meredith into the trial. As Richard and Bailey were looking over Meredith in the hospital room, they were transported to the beach where they sat with Meredith and George in a reunion of four original Grey’s cast members. Outside of work, Jo and Jackson entered “friends with benefits” territory.

    In an interview with Deadline, Knight and series executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff talk about George’s return, that final scene, Meredith’s Covid prognosis, Tom’s fate and more.

    DEADLINE: Let’s start with the final scene of T.R. joined by the three remaining Grey’s original cast members on the beach. Was that a coincidence or a nod to fans, a throwback to the show’s early years?

    VERNOFF: Well, it certainly wasn’t just a coincidence. It was a beautiful pitch from Meg Marinis and Andy Reaser, who are my number two’s at Grey’s Anatomy. I had written the George-on-the-beach scene. Some of the writers this season didn’t even know who the special guest stars were, so I wrote all the beach scenes, and when Meg and Andy read them they came to me, and it was Meg who said, there is an opportunity here because Bailey and Richard are talking over Meredith’s bed, to have them appear on the beach, and to have this, what I think is, an instantly iconic moment of the four of them together again, and I was like, yes, please. That’s why you hire smart people. It’s so good.

    DEADLINE: T.R., did it feel iconic for you, that scene?

    KNIGHT: Even though we filmed this in the middle of October, I’m still trying to put into words how profound the experience was for me, so just hearing that made my eyes leak saltwater a little bit. When Krista first gave me the pages, Bailey was not in it yet, I think Richard was. And then I got the second round. It’s just hard for me to put into words, still, how meaningful it was.

    VERNOFF: I choked up saying that, too, T.R. It is emotional for me, too.

    KNIGHT: It was incredible, it was just an overwhelming feeling of love in that moment. We were apart from everybody quite a bit because that was a drone shot, and so it was just the four of us, and the sun was setting, and this big fly buzzing around our heads, and it filled me with just a lot of joy.

    VERNOFF: I want to say this to you, Nellie. The amazing thing about the writers not knowing was the evolution, the unfolding. Julie Wong, who wrote this tremendously powerful hour of TV that you watched, learned after writing her first or second writer’s draft, I can’t remember. I actually think it’s not just that she learned, it’s that I decided that she was getting George, that the George scenes were happening in that episode. So we had to clear out some space, and I said to her, I want to do one more. We have time on the day. I want everything I can with T.R., I want one more scene. Julie has been a fan of the show, and it was like the crazy all caps OH MY GOD. I GET GEORGE? And then she went, and she re-watched the first five seasons, because she felt the pressure to write one more George scene, and she wrote that exquisite scene at the end where Meredith says, ‘You changed my life, George’. That scene that just makes you weep was Julie, and I think it was the biggest moment.

    When people are fans and then they get to work on the show and it all comes together in this kind of magic, where you get to write for George O’Malley in Season 17, it was pretty amazing.

    DEADLINE: T.R., when you were sitting together, the four of you, what did you four talk about between takes?

    KNIGHT: I already was too emotional before about it, so I’ll tell something funny about it because there was the drone and so much noise on the ocean, and you hear a faint bullhorn giving direction but you can’t really hear it because there’s the waves, and so at one point, I thought I heard, ‘OK look at Chandra’, who’s sitting next to me, and so I look at her. She’s looking out at the water, and all of a sudden, she slowly looks over at me. She doesn’t move her mouth, and her eyes are just saying, should you be looking at me? why are you looking at me? That made me burst out laughing because that’s what I thought I heard, and who knows if that was true.

    VERNOFF: We were directing from a microphone, Nellie. We were like 100 yards away with an ocean, and the tide coming in, and the sun setting. I mean, that shot is at magic hour, which means you’ve got like three minutes, and we’re going [makes muffled sound as if talking into a microphone].

    KNIGHT: It sounds like that a little bit. I hope I didn’t ruin a moment. They’re all looking, why the heck is he looking at Chandra?

    VERNOFF: No, we were, in fact, telling you to look at Chandra. The first version that we shot, they were all just staring out at the ocean, and it was so perfect. It felt too perfect. It didn’t feel like, hey, old friends, and so we were yelling with the microphone, like do something else. T.R., look at Chandra, and it just came to life in the way that you did that.

    KNIGHT: Oh, good. Oh, good.

    DEADLINE: George is the second beloved Grey’s character after Derek to be brought back in the beach motif. How did T.R.’s return come about?

    VERNOFF: Well, George was my first idea. When this imagining came to me I was walking on the beach, as I’ve told you Nellie. I had found a way where there was no one there and I felt like I could take my mask off and just walk with my feet in the water, and the imagining came to me of Meredith walking with her feet in the water with George. That was the first image that came to me, and the joy that filled me up when it came, I believe, is translated on screen and I believe we have given many millions of fans that moment of pure joy. Right now in our lives, in this pandemic pure joy is rare, and so I’m so grateful to T.R. for coming and playing, and offering that to everyone, because I think it’s meaningful.

    When I called Ellen and said, I have this idea to have you having these dreams on the beach, and I want to get someone amazing, like T.R,. Ellen was like, yes, get T.R., and also Patrick. That was the evolution of that. Ellen and T.R. are close, and George and T.R. were both always favorites of mine, and so he was my first idea of, as a fan, who do I want to see again? I wanted to see George, so that’s where it started. And then which episode he went, I don’t know how to explain the evolution of scripts under me, but sometimes you get eleventh-hour evolution. I wrote the scenes, and didn’t know where they were going to go. We hadn’t shot them yet, I think, and then decided.

    DEADLINE: T.R., who called you and what was your first reaction?

    KNIGHT: Ellen hinted at it first, but then Krista called, and we talked for an hour. Probably her ears were bleeding a little bit afterward, hopefully not too bad, but it was incredible. What was interesting is Krista, I hope you don’t mind me sharing this. Krista said at one point during our long conversation she thought that this might, if this might offer closure, and I was like oh, I think that’s already happened. What was interesting is something my husband, who is much smarter than me, and okay, granted that’s a low bar. We were talking about that idea of closure and he was saying that sometimes closure’s shutting a door, and sometimes it’s like revisiting a familiar room, and finding what brought you joy, and it just hit me.

    And going to the set that day, because we shot on the beach and it was an early call, so I’m driving in the dark because you want to be early. You don’t want to go back and be late. Driving up that windy road in the dark and people are just starting to arrive, and to see Laura Petticord, she’s our second assistant director. She handles the base camp and corrals all of us, and does that momentous job, and she is someone who’s been with the show, I think, from the very beginning, or at least from that first season. She is kind of like kindness in human form, so seeing her, and then all of a sudden seeing Shawn Hanley, who is now the first assistant director, and then Norman Leavitt, who came back out of semiretirement to try to make this (points to his face) look like something not hideous. It was just wave upon wave of happiness, of joy, of Krista. She was there the entire day. Linda Klein, she was there all day.

    VERNOFF: She’s a medical producer and there was no medicine [in the beach scenes].

    KNIGHT: And then to have Ellen, and Chandra, and Jim, of course, and all the other familiar faces that were there, too, because there were quite a bit of crew that were there still. To have all of that, it was just unlike any other experience I’ve ever had in my entire life, in my 47 years.

    DEADLINE: There were some emotions involved in your departure from the show. Did the decade-plus away from Grey’s give you some perspective? Did you miss the show?

    KNIGHT: I mean the people, yeah; it’s the people and it’s George. Acting, I feel, is interpretive, you take what’s given to you. It was hard for my brain to try to figure out who George would be now, or what he would be, and then to get Krista’s pages, even the first round. I only got two, but I mean it was just…oh yeah. I don’t know how to describe it other than it’s like, yeah, there he is. It’s that luck of having excellent writers give you so much. It’s kind of like, this is a bad metaphor, if acting is climbing a mountain and then when you have excellent writing that supports you, it’s like a gondola that lifts you all the way up. It drops you off not at the top, because you’ve still got to do a lot of work yourself, but close to the top and it makes the climb so much easier, and I’ll stop that terrible metaphor right now.

    What I loved about what Krista did with George was, because Meredith is having this vision, for lack of a better word, of who George would be. George is a very complicated person and that’s what made him such an amazing pleasure to play, but Meredith is seeing the best of George: she’s seeing his humor, his kindness, his generosity, and in this brief moment that you get to see him it’s such a great way to remember him.

    We all know George also had his faults. He stumbled a lot. Literally and metaphorically, he was a little passive-aggressive, had some anger, held a grudge a little too long, but that’s what made him such a brilliant character to play, so to be able to get back into that world was… Like I said, there’s a better word than profound, and I’ll get there someday.

    DEADLINE: So, there was no hesitation? Krista, did you have to convince him, and T.R. did you say ‘yes’ right away?

    VERNOFF: The phone call felt like just reconnecting with an old friend. I don’t even remember the answer to that question. It all felt like an organic easy joyful thing. I don’t know how easy it was for you.

    KNIGHT: It was. It was. Very much so. And it’s just that trust, not knowing, not reading anything beforehand, just jumping and saying yes. It just felt good, I guess. It’s a gut feeling, and then also to act with Ellen. I knew that part of it, that it was mostly Ellen and me, it’s one of those things you wish it always happened but then it wouldn’t be special when it did, to act with someone who you just know that it’s like, okay, what are you going to give me there. Okay, now I’m going to try to match that, and then it’s this game. It’s this roller coaster that you’re on together. To be able to experience that again with Ellen, and to know that every take is going to be different, there’s going to be a sense of play, a sense of challenge. It’s the best kind of acting if that makes sense.

    DEADLINE: Did you go through the same elaborate security procedures to keep T.R.’s return a secret as you did with Patrick’s, or did he attend the virtual table read this time?

    VERNOFF: No. George was called Thatcher in the script that we read at the table. It was all the same. Nobody saw any dailies. I think there are members of the cast who still don’t know this is happening. I actually think, sincerely, most of the cast doesn’t know this is happening. We’ve been really, really, Ellen and I, joyfully Scorpio secretive.

    KNIGHT: And only my husband knows. Only Patrick knows. I’m going to have a lot of angry friends, but that’s…they’ll understand.

    VERNOFF: Yeah, my kids don’t know.

    KNIGHT: Your kids don’t know? Oh my God.

    VERNOFF: You can’t tell the teenagers. Actually, they would get mad. They’re pretty good at keeping secrets, but yeah. I really want to say this, Nellie, because I just want to, about T.R. as an artist. You hear his artistry in his every answer, and the joy for me, in watching him at work and at play again, was amazing. Even watching it on the day and then watching the cuts, as I worked with the editors, it’s… Like the thing that I noticed this last time that I watched it is that he’s talking about dancing and the joys of life, and his feet are dancing; he’s sitting on the beach but there’s this restlessness. There’s just always a next level, with T.R., of work and thought, and there’s so much joy and artistry that goes in. He never phones anything in. He never did, and that was really profound. I don’t think there’s a better word.

    DEADLINE: How did the joke about George’s changed appearance come about?

    KNIGHT: That’s all Krista.

    VERNOFF: It was in the script. And what’s funny is I wrote it assuming that T.R. actually would look older, and as you can see, he doesn’t.

    KNIGHT: Oh, that’s baloney. That’s baloney. I have mirrors I know.

    VERNOFF: I would argue that one of the reasons that that felt like a line of improv is how much joy came out of Ellen in working with T.R. again. It feels so alive, and yeah. The artistry they brought in each other, it was magic.

    DEADLINE: Because of Meredith’s physical state, she spent a lot more time on the beach in this episode and had several meaningful conversations with George about life, death and both got to say to the other what they couldn’t because of George’s sudden death. Was this a final, proper goodbye for the character or could he be back for more? It did put a nice bow on his story.

    VERNOFF: I’ll say this. I thought this was a beautiful bow, and never say never. I mean, who knows. Now there’s magic possible. Who knows.

    DEADLINE: T.R., are you open to revisiting the character again, or was this it for you, the ending you were hoping for?

    KNIGHT: It was the ending I never expected and couldn’t possibly have expected, in so many ways. It’s such an awkward position to be put in to be asked that, to be honest, with all due respect, so I will just say in Krista’s hands I feel safe, I feel energized. It’s like when you mentioned about that line that seemed like improv. I’m not going to take credit for that. I give credit to Ellen and I give credit to Krista because to write something that can seem like improv, that’s in the writing, too. And that is just a joy to get to interpret.

    DEADLINE: Krista, can you say who is coming to the beach next?

    VERNOFF: Well. Nellie, now you’ve seen that sometimes when people sit in Meredith’s room and talk, they appear to her on the beach, so the beach throughout the season exists not just with very special guest stars.

    DEADLINE: With Meredith in a trial, is she is turning the corner on Covid?

    VERNOFF: What’s going to happen? What’s going to happen? I don’t know. You have to tune in.

    DEADLINE: Patrick Dempsey mentioned in an interview that he would be appearing throughout the season. Will Derek and Meredith they get closer like Meredith and George and have a longer conversation? Fans would love that.

    VERNOFF: Yes, eventually. Eventually, they’ll get to have deeper, richer conversations as Meredith and George did. We worked with Patrick for two days. We had two days to capture four episodes, and so that’s why you’re not getting the full meal in one episode, that you got with T.R. where we had a whole day to do his scenes in one episode, and that is just about production realities and how many days we’re budgeted to be out on that beach, and now that the days are shorter, going to the beach, we get five hours of daylight. There are so many moving parts. You want more, tune in. It’s like you had a little taste before dinner and come back for dessert.

    KNIGHT: I think that makes George the soup.

    VERNOFF: I had thought I would save George until later in the season, but once I was…

    KNIGHT: Oh, I love the soup course.

    VERNOFF: Once I was on the phone with T.R. and the scenes were written, it was like, we need George now.

    DEADLINE: One question about a plot in the episode. Is Tom in danger? He didn’t look good in the final scene at home.

    VERNOFF: He did not look good in that final scene. Tom has Covid and he’s symptomatic now, and Covid is a dangerous disease, and I hope he’s okay.

    DEADLINE: What about the behind-the-scenes aspect of the show. How is it filming during this extraordinary surge of infections in L.A.?

    VERNOFF: Our protocols are so strict and strident, and we…because of how well budgeted the entertainment industry is we are arguably…it’s been said to me by an epidemiologist the safest place to be is on a set in Los Angeles right now. We’re testing multiple times a week, and we’re maintaining distance, and we’re wearing masks, and we’re wearing visors, and I think that the surge in the L.A. is making everyone personally even…be even more careful. We shut down for longer after Thanksgiving. We tested more times. We’re taking it very seriously, so where I think it gets harder is when you…if you want to go out on location, so that’s not so much a thing on…it’s not really a problem on Grey’s because we don’t do a lot of days out.

    Most of our sets are interior, or on our lot, and we control…there’s not…like Station 19 is a little harder, because we’ve got more extras and crowds to control, but Grey’s is…

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Another Beloved Character Returns

    (12/3/20) (Deadline.com) SPOILER ALERT: The story includes a detail about tonight’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

    The promo for tonight’s fourth episode of this season’s ABC hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy teased that “another person returns from Meredith’s past.”

    As Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) continues to battle Covid-19, her dreams have been taking her to a beach where the love of her life, Derek (Patrick Dempsey), is waiting for her. Tonight, someone else Meredith was fond of who tragically died came back to see her. Leaning onto the railing of a lifeguard tower at the beach was George O’Malley (T.R. Knight).

    Both were surprised but happy to see each other.

    Knight’s appearance is part of a beach motif throughout the pandemic-themed Season 17 of Grey’s Anatomy designed to bring joy to fans.

    It kicked off in the season premiere with the jaw-dropping return of Grey’s original male lead Dempsey.

    Asked after the opener what other beloved characters from Grey’s past may come back, series’ executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff said: “You have to tune in and see who comes to the beach. It’ll be a joyful discovery.”

    Both Dempsey and Knight were original Grey’s Anatomy cast members alongside Pompeo whose characters were fan favorites. Knight left in Season 5; Dempsey departed in Season 11.

    Dempsey’s McDreamy died after being hit by a semi truck when he pulled over to help a family involved in a car accident. In a similarly selfless act, Knight’s O’Malley jumped in front of a bus to rescue a woman he didn’t know. At the time of his exit, Knight said he felt his character “had expired” after getting less screen time.

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    (12/3/20) (Video, Poster) Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke are wigging out in the latest teaser trailer for their decades-spanning new Netflix drama Firefly Lane.

    Based on the novel of the same name by bestselling author Kristin Hannah (who serves as co-executive producer on the 10-episode series), Firefly Lane — which will premiere Feb. 3 — proposes that “the greatest love story of all can be between friends.”

    “When unlikely duo Tully (played by former Grey’s Anatomy doc Heigl) and Kate (onetime Scrubs doc Chalke) meet at age 14, they couldn’t be more different,” reads the synopsis. “Tully is the brash and bold girl you can’t ignore, while Kate is the mousy shy girl you never notice. But when a tragedy brings them together, they are bonded for life — forever inseparable best friends. Together they experience 30 years of ups and downs — triumphs and disappointments, heartbreak and joy, and a love triangle that strains their friendship. One goes on to fabulous wealth and fame, the other chooses marriage and motherhood — but through the decades, their bond remains — until it faces the ultimate test.”

    As you can see in the above teaser, Ali Skovbye (When Calls the Heart) and Roan Curtis (The Magicians) will portray the young versions of Tully and Kate, while Heigl and Chalke will embody the characters in the latter decades (with a little help from the hair department).

    The cast also includes Ben Lawson (Designated Survivor), Yael Yurman (The Man in the High Castle) and Beau Garrett (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce).

    Maggie Friedman (Witches of East End, Eastwick) serves as showrunner and will executive-produce along with Heigl, Peter O’Fallon, Shawn Williamson and Lee Rose.

    Grey's Anatomy Eyes Shortened Season Due to COVID — But How Short?

    (11/24/20) The ABC drama will produce fewer hours of television this season, but how low will its episode count go? Not as low as you might think, all things being relative.

    Although an ABC insider maintains that the fluid nature of the coronavirus pandemic makes it impossible to establish a firm episode count on Grey’s (or any currently-in-production scripted series, for that matter), TVLine has learned that the top-rated medical drama is eyeing a 16-episode run for its current 17th season. Again, that number could rise (or fall) due to the ever-changing COVID crisis.

    However, the tentative 16-episode target would appear to be in sync with ABC’s recently announced midseason scheduling game plan, which has Grey’s returning from its winter break on March 4 after airing just six episodes during its fall run (which wraps on Dec. 17).

    Grey's Boss Reveals Why She Seized the 'Opportunity' to Give Mer COVID-19

    (11/21/20) It wasn’t for the headlines, or the ratings, or even just for the sake of a gripping Grey’s Anatomy story arc that showrunner Krista Vernoff decided to have Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith test positive for COVID-19. It was for the real-life first-responders on the frontlines of the pandemic.

    “Last week, we felt Meredith Grey’s pain as a doctor treating an early surge of COVID patients,” the EP noted to The Hollywood Reporter. “This week, we begin to experience what it is for her to be a COVID patient herself.”

    Sadly, it is an experience that too many of Grey’s real-life counterparts have already had. In fact, “over 1,700 healthcare workers in the US have died of COVID to date,” Vernoff points out. “Many thousands more have been infected.

    “Healthcare workers are on the frontlines of this crisis,” she adds, “living through a war for which they were not trained.”

    Given the choice, she couldn’t turn away — or allow the ABC drama to do so. “We saw an opportunity to dramatize and illuminate their plight through the incredibly well-loved and well-known character of Meredith Grey,” she explains. “Doctors and nurses are fighting for us and falling for us.

    “The least we can do is wear a mask, socially distance and stay home whenever possible,” she continues. “Meredith has a real fight ahead of her. And… she has that beach. Darkness and light.”

    Already, the shore that Grey visits when dreaming has reunited her with late husband Derek (Patrick Dempsey in the surprise appearance of the millennium). And when the show returns on Thursday, Dec. 3 (9/8c), “another person from her past” will roll in with the tide. “It’s a powerful season,” says Vernoff. “Stay tuned.”

    Derek Shepherd’s Return Gives ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Biggest L+3 Viewership Lift Since the Episode He Died

    (11/20/20) How is this for symbolism — the Season 17 premiere of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, which featured the surprise return of Patrick Demsey as Derek Shepherd, added +3.09 million viewers after three days of playback. That is the show’s largest Live+Same Day to Live+3 increase among total viewers in more than 5½ years – since the April 23, 2015 episode, which featured McDreamy’s shocking death.

    The stat is not surprising as both episodes featured unexpected — and iconic for the show — moments which fans who missed the live airing flocked to watch and those who saw the moments the night of their premiere watched to relive them.

    With the big viewership boost, the Grey’s Anatomy premiere logged 9.1 million viewers in L+3 to pull ahead of last fall’s opener by +1%. In adults 18-39, Grey’s added +0.9 rating point to rise to a 2.3 in Live+3 and tie its highest-rated telecast since May 2, 2019, the conclusion of the first ever Station 19-Grey’s Anatomy crossover.

    The Grey’s Anatomy premiere was the highest rated scripted telecast last week among adults 18-49 (L+3), edging NBC’s This Is Us. Season to date, it is tied in the category with the NBC family drama.

    Ratings: Supernatural Draws Largest Audience in Nearly 2 Years With Finale

    (11/20/20) As Supernatural‘s polarized fan base debates the merits of the long-running drama’s series finale, one thing is indisputable: A lot of folks watched.

    Nearly 1.4 million viewers witnessed the Winchester Bros.’ swan song on Thursday, which represented Supernatural‘s largest audience since April 2019. It also marked The CW’s biggest total-viewer tally in the Thursday-at-9 pm time slot since an Arrow episode in Jan. 2018.

    In other non-NFL fare, Grey’s Anatomy led Thursday in the demo (with a 1.2 rating), while Young Sheldon delivered the night’s largest audience (7.1 million viewers).

    A Million Little Things (4 mil/0.7) returned steady, matching its Season 2 averages.

    Grey's Recap: A McDream Come True — Plus, [Spoiler] Tests Positive for COVID

    (11/19/20) (tvline.com) If Grey’s Anatomy’s Meredith had realized that all she had to do to be reunited with late husband Derek was collapse in a heap, heck, she might have done it years ago. Since last week she discovered what — and who — awaits her on “the other side,” she was forced to admit in Thursday’s episode, “I’m afraid if I fall asleep, I won’t wake up.” Were we really at risk of losing Grey to the coronavirus? Read on and find out.

    ‘MEREDITH BREAKS PROTOCOL FOR EVERY PATIENT, WE CAN’T BREAK IT FOR HER?’ | As “My Happy Ending” began, freshly installed chief of chiefs Richard broadcast news to the staff that additional COVID-19 protocols were now in place. He also announced a new influx of interns. Nearby, Meredith complained about being kept in the hospital following her incident. “I have connections,” she reminded Teddy. “I own the place.” After Maggie lost her seventh patient in a week, Cormac expressed his empathy; he didn’t want her to say hello to Mer for him, though. “I wouldn’t want her to think she was special.” (Ha.) Just as Grey’s peers were about to relent, knowing she’d just discharge herself, they discovered her on her hospital-room floor. In her dream, as foretold by last week’s episode, she saw McDreamy, and for at least a moment, life was a beach.

    After what seemed like 20 minutes of commercials — seriously, wow — Mer regained consciousness. “I can hear you,” she reassured Maggie, “and you’re loud.” Despite Grey’s protestations, she was headed to radiology for tests. There, DeLuca became so wound up, ya had to worry that he was headed for another manic episode. While Jo reported to a very surprised patient that she was expecting, Link, Taryn and Jackson tended to a sex therapist who’d injured his hand. At the same time, Koracick informed the interns that they’d just won the lottery — per Richard, he was now in charge of them. Told that among them were a mother and daughter with the same surname, Ortiz, he cracked, “Two interns with the same name won’t fly. Who’s changing theirs?” Primo Tom.

    ‘I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT PANTS ARE’ | Concerned about Teddy’s state of mind, especially now that she was treating Mer for COVID, Maggie sought her assurance that she could handle what appeared to be coming: Patients in Grey’s condition could worsen in a heartbeat and be lost, and Pierce couldn’t be her doctor, she had to be her sister. Teddy was up to the task, she insisted. Nonetheless, Maggie also wanted DeLuca on the case; he’d seen more COVID cases than anyone, in the estimation of his ex. Looking at Mer’s healthcare directive, Maggie wondered if um, maybe she wanted to change that? After a Zoom call with Amelia and the kids, Grey must have drifted off, because we went back to the beach. “Derek,” she called out. “Why can’t I get anywhere?” She was worried about the kids, he told her, adding that the sand wasn’t real. “I miss you,” she told him. “I know,” he replied. How a dream version of McDreamy didn’t answer, “I miss you, too,” I’ll never understand.

    When Bailey visited, Mer cracked, “If you think I look bad, you should see my lungs.” Miranda beseeched her friend to reconsider leaving her power of attorney with Alex, what with him being halfway across the country and all. But neither Amelia nor Maggie could do what might need to be done, Mer argued. And at least Alex could pull the plug if it needed pulling. When Cormac called from outside her hospital room, he encouraged her to choose someone who’d choose her over and over again to be her POA. (Was he volunteering?) She then shared her fear of falling asleep — what if she didn’t wake back up? — prompting him to assure her, “This virus has nothing on you.”

    ‘MY ROCK BOTTOM IS THE FATHER OF MY BABY’ | As the episode progressed, Jo’s patient revealed that she and her husband had tried to get pregnant for ages, then she’d lost her job and had a one-night stand with a dork. Only she wasn’t actually expecting at all, she was full of tumors, it turned out during an examination by Carina. Then it turned out that the poor woman was pregnant after all, the fetus was just attached to her liver. Jeez, this plot was dizzymaking! “Do you want this baby?” asked Jo. The woman did. So they were going to have to deliver little Luna that day in order to ensure a safe arrival in the world. Miraculously, both mother and daughter pulled through.

    While operating on the sex therapist with Jackson and Taryn, Link volunteered to stick around as long as necessary. “I fear the night at Meredith’s house like a medieval villager,” he admitted. After surgery, Jackson, Link and Taryn all wanted to know the sex therapist’s secret. “I ask my patients what they want,” he explained. Off that revelation, Link alleviated Amelia’s anxiety at home by doing exactly that and, as a result, treating her to some socially-distant nookie that was just what the doctor ordered. (Sorry. Couldn’t resist.)

    ‘SHE DESERVED NOT TO BE A STATISTIC’ | The older of the mother/daughter interns — nicknamed Mama Ortiz — stood up to Koracick in a way that made me think he might have found a new love interest. Or at least sparring partner. But Tom wasn’t feeling his new position at all and told Richard that he couldn’t do what Webber did. These kids didn’t need Koracick, they needed Richard. As the episode drew to a close, Teddy asked if she could have a cup of coffee with Tom. No, he said. Hell no. She’d broken him, and he needed to get over her. (Seriously, Teddy?!?) Just then, in came Owen to tell Tom that he’d tested positive for COVID. Oh, and Teddy, maybe you should put your mask back on. In a supply closet, Maggie broke down on a call with Winston. And in the hour’s final moments, Meredith gave Richard her POA. Afterward, Bailey told him, “They’re ready for you” — and he met with the interns. “We’ll be OK,” he promised them. “We’ll get through this together.”

    But… would Mer? As she moved toward Derek on the beach, she urged him to walk toward her, too. But it wouldn’t help, he said, because the sand wasn’t real. Very Twin Peaks. As she ran toward him, she face-planted in the sand, which he’d sworn wasn’t real. So she hated him, she insisted. She loved him, he knew. And “I’ll be right here when you’re ready.”

    Patrick Dempsey Teases Meredith’s Diagnosis, The Length Of His ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Return On ‘Ellen’

    (11/18/20) Days after his character’s surprise appearance in the Season 17 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about his return to the ABC medical drama.

    Derek, who died tragically five and a half years go, came back in a beach dream Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) slipped into after collapsing in the parking lot of Grey Sloan Memorial.

    Speaking with Deadline about the premiere last week, Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff would not say whether Meredith was OK, and if the collapse was a result of her just being overworked or was it something serious, like COVID, since she has been working almost exclusively with COVID patients.

    The promo for this week’s episode features Meredith in a hospital bed being tended to by colleagues in full PPE as she is struggling to breathe.

    In answering DeGeneres’ question about how his secret cameo came about, Dempsey confirmed Meredith’s COVID diagnosis.

    He spoke about how he and Pompeo got together in July and brainstormed what they could do to make people wear masks, musing about “how great it would be for the fans to see everyone reunited in this sort of bizarre way” when Pompeo suggested that he returned to the show.

    “And to the credit of the writers, Krista came up with this great idea where I will come and visit her in her COVID dream,” Dempsey said.

    He also provided more information about how long his character will stick around, and it is great news for Meredith-Derek fans. In last week’s interview with Deadline, Dempsey said that he enjoyed the reunion in the premiere and was game for more episodes, while Vernoff said about Dempsey’s presence on the show this season, “it’s more than the one scene you saw” in the premiere. Derek’s presence will be fairly extensive, Dempsey revealed on Ellen.

    Asked by DeGeneres how many more episodes he will be in this season, Dempsey said, “I’m not sure how many. I know I’m throughout this season, he comes back to visit.”

    And that is OK by Dempsey who likes playing a vision that brings Meredith joy and peace.

    “There are so many souls that we have lost right now so the idea of having angels around us is very comforting, at least to me,” he said.

    Kevin McKidd Teases Meredith and Derek's Reunion: 'That Great Chemistry Is Very Much Alive'

    (11/17/20) Grey's Anatomy pulled off a truly jaw-dropping surprise in the Season 17 premiere, which ended with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) collapsing after a long shift in the COVID-19 ward at the hospital and escaping to a dream beach scene where her dead husband, Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), was waiting for her. Fans saw the former couple exchange "I miss you"s to each other from across the beach, but the nature of their reunion and what it means for Meredith's condition back in the land of the conscious remains to be seen.

    TV Guide spoke with Kevin McKidd, who directed this Thursday's episode, about what to expect from this shocking reunion and what it was like to get to film Derek and Meredith back together again.

    "it is a great episode. Meg Marinis wrote it, and I love working on Meg's scripts. She's such a great writer," McKidd said. "It's a great follow-up to where we left off in the season premiere. It's just a really cool payoff to where we left that brilliant premiere episode, directed by Debbie [Allen]."

    Grey's showrunner Krista Vernoff has promised that Derek will appear three times in the early part of the season, and while McKidd couldn't confirm exactly when those times will be, he did say that the couple will definitely be interacting more going forward.

    "The scenes [between Meredith and Derek] are really fun. It feels very nostalgic, shooting them. It feels like yesterday. It feels like a familiar, very familiar thing, and it was beautiful to be there and shoot those scenes on the beach," he said. "That great chemistry between Meredith and Derek is, as you can see, very much alive."

    "COVID has made everybody really zoom out on their lives and really take a look at where they are, and what's important," McKidd continued. "And I think that tone is what the Meredith and Derek scenes are about — that kind of reassessment and a letting go, and a closure, you know, and a celebration all at the same time."

    While the beach dream with Derek may be an escape, especially for longtime Grey's fans, it will not be as relaxing for everyone in the hospital, where Meredith is fighting for her life.

    "It really affects everybody emotionally," McKidd said of Meredith's condition. "She's the backbone, and the foundation, the emotional center and the spiritual center of the hospital. So, when that goes away, it's very disconcerting for people. Everybody's energy is about getting her well again. But it's exciting too, in the sense that we get to tell different stories, and we get to feel that jeopardy."

    "COVID doesn't have favorites," said McKidd. "We all love Meredith Grey, and the fans love Meredith Grey. COVID doesn't have that same sensibility. It's gonna take anyone down that's affected by it. I can't really say much more than that, but it's definitely going to be a shocking and very exciting, scary ride."

    Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9/8c on ABC.

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    Here's How Grey's Anatomy Kept Patrick Dempsey's Return A Secret — Plus: Watch the Reunion Scene

    (11/13/20) (Video) Much of the Grey’s Anatomy cast and crew were kept in the dark about Patrick Dempsey‘s surprise return as the late Derek Shepherd at the end of Thursday’s Season 17 premiere. In fact, they were led to believe it was another dearly departed character with whom Meredith would encounter on that beach.

    “I put the name ‘Ellis Grey’ in the script that we read at the table,” showrunner Krista Vernoff revealed to Deadline, referring to Meredith’s mother, played by former cast member Kate Burton. “And I had [Ellen Pompeo] say ‘Mom’ at the table. So we got there on the day and no one had been told what was happening… I was like a crazy person with this secret. And Ellen and I were texting at all hours of the night, like, ‘Who knows?'”

    Meredith was found collapsed on the hospital parking lot, amid the stress and grueling hours of the pandemic. As colleagues rushed to her side, we saw Meredith, clad in white, on the gauzy beach she was at in the cold open. And then a second figure appeared down shore — that of her beloved, deceased McDreamy (watch the moment above).

    “I have to say that it was an epic feat, the keeping of this secret,” Vernoff acknowledged. “I didn’t send cuts to the studio and network that included that last scene. I didn’t have writers’ assistants in the writers’ room for the last couple of months. There were writers who didn’t know we were doing this on that staff. Most of the actors didn’t know we were doing this. The crew didn’t know we were doing this when they showed up on the day.”

    Dempsey’s comeback, meanwhile, will extend into next week’s episode, with Vernoff confirming, “It’s more than the one scene you saw.”

    ‘Walker’: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s Alex Landi Joins the CW’s ‘Texas Ranger’ Reboot

    (11/13/20) Alex Landi (Grey’s Anatomy) is set for a recurring role opposite Keegan Allen and Jared Padalecki in the CW’s Walker, a reimagining of CBS’ long-running 1990s action/crime series Walker, Texas Ranger, from Rideback and CBS Studios.

    Like the original series, created by Albert S. Ruddy & Leslie Greif, the reboot, in which Walker is getting a female partner, will explore morality, family and rediscovering our lost common ground. It centers on Cordell Walker (Padalecki), a widower and father of two with his own moral code who returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home.

    Landi will play Bret, Liam’s (Allen) fiancé. Bret is genuinely in love with Liam – but he thinks Manhattan is the place to be, and that he and Liam should lead a swellegant life where the only horses are in Central Park.

    The series is written and executive produced by Anna Fricke, and executive produced by Dan Lin and Lindsay Liberatore and Padalecki. CBS Television Studios produces in association with Rideback.

    Landi portrays Dr. Nico Kim on Grey’s Anatomy and next can be seen in a role on NBC’s Connecting, opposite Preacher Lawson and Otmara Marrero. Landi is repped by Buchwald and Asian Cinema Entertainment.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Krista Vernoff & Ellen Pompeo React After Season 17 Premiere Reveals

    (11/13/20) SPOILER ALERT: The story includes details about the Season 17 premiere of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

    The two-hour Season 17 premiere of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy ended with a jaw-dropping moment five and a half years in the making. The series’ original male lead Patrick Dempsey made a return, with his character, Derek Shepherd, appearing in a beach dream sequence after Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith collapsed in the Grey Sloan parking lot. The reunion of Grey’s Anatomy’s all-time favorite couple was a joyous culmination of the premiere, which tackled the grim realities of the coronavirus pandemic. Following the end of the episode on the East Coast, Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff, Dempsey and Pompeo took to Instagram to address the big twist.

    Read their posts below and check out Deadline’s exclusive Q&A with the trio, in which they share the back story of the big return and address burning questions from the premiere.

    “The most important task we had this season was to honor the reality of this global pandemic and the impact it’s having —particularly on healthcare workers. Along with that we had to come up with creative ways to allow our show to still be fun and romantic and provide some escapism. Enter Patrick Dempsey. The beach motif – which will continue beyond the premiere – provided a way for us to live outside the pandemic even for a little while here and there. And Derek’s return provided pure joy for us, for Meredith, and for the fans. Season 17 has been a Herculean effort by our cast, our crew, our writers, and our partners at Disney and ABC – and we are proud of it. But our effort is nothing compared to the work of our Frontline healthcare workers to whom this season is dedicated. We hope our show inspires you to wear your masks to protect them and each other. As Derek Shepherd would say, ‘It’s a beautiful day to save lives.'”

    Something weird happened at the end of the episode

    “It was so fun,” she said of bringing Dempsey’s McDreamy back to the show. “Because we know that people are gonna freak out, and we all know 2020 has been a really long, ugly road. And we were so happy just to be able to film these scenes and know how much joy it was gonna bring people. We definitely had a ball.”

    Dempsey left the show in 2015 after his iconic character was killed in a car crash.

    Kimmel joked that the show had “dabbled with ‘Lost’ territory” with the surprise, to which Pompeo responded, “Seventeen seasons. We’ve dabbled in everything there is to dabble.”

    “Not since McSteamy fractured his penis have seen anything this shocking on the show.

    Ratings: Grey's and Station 19 Return Steady, Top Non-NFL Pack; SVU Low

    (11/13/20) In the latest TV show ratings, Grey’s Anatomy opened its 17th season with 5.7 million total viewers and a 1.3 demo rating, on par with its previous average (6.2 mil/1.3) and leading Thursday’s non-NFL fare in the demo.

    Opening ABC’s night, Station 19 (6.3 mil/1.1) similarly matched its previous average (6.5 mil.1.1).

    Elsewhere….

    NBC | Superstore (2.3 mil/0.5) was steady. Leading out of a Superstore rerun, Law & Order: SVU returned to 2.9 mil and a 0.6– hitting and tying series lows. The Paley/Law & Order special retained 1.9 mil/0.3.

    CBS | Young Sheldon (7.1 mil/0.8) ticked up and delivered the night’s largest audience, while B Positive (4.7 mil/0.5) dipped and Mom (5.1 mil/0.6) was steady. The Unicorn (4 mil/0.4) returned to series lows, away from its cushy post-sheldon perch. Star Trek Disco did 1.9 mil/0.3.

    THE CW | Supernatural’s penultimate episode (1.01 mil/0.3) and The Outpost (436K/0.1) were steady.

    FOX | Thursday Night Football (8 mil/2.1) was down 7 and 12 percent from last week’s fast nationals.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Shocker: Krista Vernoff, Ellen Pompeo & [Spoiler] On Season 17 Premiere’s Dream Reunion

    (11/12/20) (Deadline.com) SPOILER ALERT: This story includes details about tonight’s Season 17 premiere of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

    ABC’s promo for the Season 17 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy teased a “shocking, jaw-dropping ending.” That was an understatement.

    In one of the series’ biggest twists ever, a beloved character, Patrick Dempsey’s Derek Shepherd, whose tragic death in an April 2015 episode left fans heartbroken, came back. Appropriately, the late McDreamy appeared in a dream sequence, joining Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith Grey on a beach seconds after Meredith collapsed in the parking lot of Grey Sloan Memorial.

    The sweet Meredith-Derek reunion was the joyous coda to an emotional two-hour season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy’s 17th season, dedicated to frontline healthcare workers, which marked the conclusion of a Station 19 crossover. It was marked by tragedy, as Meredith struggled to cope with the mounting COVID deaths at the hospital; anger, as medical personnel were left to fight the disease without enough PPE; hope, as the teenage girl whom DeLuca had unsuccessfully tried to save from human trafficking was reunited with her family; heartbreak, as Owen refused to reconcile with Teddy despite her pleas for forgiveness; and happiness, as Link and Derek’s sister Amelia took their newborn baby boy home. In fact, just minutes after Link announced their son’s name, Scout Derek Shepherd Lincoln, Derek made his appearance. While not necessarily designed as a clue, “it all came together quite beautifully,” Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff and star Pompeo said.

    In an exclusive interview with Deadline, which had known about the big twist, Dempsey, Vernoff and Pompeo reveal how the idea for McDreamy’s return came about, how long he will stick around, how the scene was filmed, and the great lengths to which the show went in order to keep the cameo a secret so fans can fully enjoy it.

    Vernoff and Pompeo also address Meredith’s fate following her medical emergency and in the context of Pompeo’s contract coming up at the end of the season, how the real-life coronavirus pandemic changed Grey’s Anatomy on and off the screen, whether will there be COVID casualties among the staff of Grey Sloan, are there plans for a time jump, and is there hope for Teddy and Owen.

    Dempsey, who has a cancer foundation, had his own questions for Vernoff and Pompeo about whether advancements in COVID treatments and the issue of wearing masks are reflected on the show.

    DEADLINE: Before we talk about Patrick’s return, let’s address the incident that brought on the cameo, Meredith’s collapse, because we usually associate those kind of visions with somebody on the brink of death. Is Meredith OK? Is this just her being overworked, or is it COVID or something else very serious?

    VERNOFF: Well, you have to tune in next week. We started the episode with Meredith dreaming of a beach, and at the end of the episode, she’s dreaming of the beach where Derek happens to be, and that’s what we know so far.

    DEADLINE: How did the idea to bring Patrick back come about?

    VERNOFF: From a writer’s perspective, it happened because it was my job to find a way — once we determined that we were doing the pandemic — to also bring joy, and escape, and fan candy, and all the things that at Grey’s Anatomy we give people. We give them romance, and we give them humor, and we give them joy, and a lot of that is lacking for the medical community in this pandemic. And so, I was walking on the beach one day, and I was like, what if there’s a Meredith dream motif?

    There have been studies about how intense our dream life has been. In the pandemic, people are having really intense dreams because of the lockdown. We’re not getting enough stimulation, and so, it’s happening in our dreams. So, it started as that. It started as, how do we give people some escape. I had this imagining of a beach motif throughout the season, and I called Ellen, and I said, what if we bring back, I don’t know, some dead character that you could dream of on the beach, that would be so fun for the fans.

    And she said, let’s get Patrick. Even in my most excitable dream life, that thought hadn’t occurred to me as an option, and there it was.

    DEADLINE: Ellen, what made you think of Patrick?

    POMPEO: Patrick and I both have homes in Malibu, and we went for a hike one day. I had known that Krista wanted to do a beach thing, and I was at the beach. Patrick and I weren’t hiking on the beach, but we were hiking in Malibu, which, you can see the beach.

    And the idea just struck me so I just said to him, would you ever consider coming and being a part of the storytelling this season? I know that Patrick has his foundation in Maine where he helps cancer patients and cancer survivors, and that’s a huge effort of his, and I know that it’s important to him, also, to give people hope, and give people joy, and we wanted to bring something to this moment.

    There’s just so much darkness, and we knew that coming together would be a little ray of light. And so, I think we had the same idea, at the core, to want to help people and bring a smile to people’s faces. So, he loved the idea, and we were just so excited, and we had a ball filming it.

    DEADLINE: Patrick, were you surprised when Ellen asked? What made you say yes?

    DEMPSEY: I had a lot of calls from a lot of local government officials in Maine saying, we really need to get the message out there, to get people to socially distance, to wear a mask. I came across a photo that I was going to post that had Ellen and I, and I think that produced a call where I reached out to Ellen, and this was right around, the conversation was starting for Season 17. And Ellen’s like, let’s get together, I want to go over a couple things, I want to catch up.

    We hadn’t spoken or been together for a while. It was a great opportunity to catch up and say, OK, what can we do for all the frontline responders? I’ve been tracking what Grey’s had been doing with giving masks, and making sure that people had the right equipment, and it came from that place — OK, what can we do to make people feel better, to give some comfort in this time of uncertainty, and that’s how it began. And it was really a wonderful experience to go back, to work with [director/EP] Debbie [Allen].

    I think the whole atmosphere has changed, certainly working at the beach, and seeing everybody again was really a very healing process, and really rewarding, and a lot of fun. And hopefully, that feeling translates, and the fans enjoy it. I know that they’ve been wanting us to get back together, and I think this will satisfy a lot of people, and surprise a lot of people, hopefully.

    DEADLINE: Was it easy to go back into character?

    DEMPSEY: It was really enjoyable. It was really exciting, and fun, and it was great to see everybody. Kevin [McKidd, who directs Episode 3] was there as well, so there was a lot of familiar faces, a lot of new faces. The dynamic behind the camera had changed. There’s much more diversity within the crew. There was a nice balance, too, of equality that I was seeing. So, culturally, there was a lot of things that were different, that I thought were very positive and very inspiring, actually.

    DEADLINE: Ellen, Patrick, did you filmed the beach scene together?

    POMPEO: Yes.

    DEADLINE: How was it looking at each other, on set, in character, after so many years?

    DEMPSEY: Well, I have less eyesight than I used to, so (laughter). It was great. It was really fun, very special. it felt really comfortable, incredibly safe. The whole process, I have to say, from getting tested before even showing up to the set, the whole process in which we shot, I felt safe the whole time. You felt the crew was protected. We had the outdoor space, and it was easy.

    POMPEO: It felt great. Patrick and I have this chemistry, where I think, even from when we first met, for some reason it just felt like we’ve known each other for a hundred years, and it’s just the same feeling. It’s like riding a bike, we just have a chemistry and a dynamic that’s always served us well, and I think we have a genuine affection for each other.

    And it was very healing to come back, and know that we’re doing something good, putting out a positive story, a healing story, going to make people smile, and I think, for me, I’m really grateful for the opportunity to be able to be at this place in the show where we can do this. We constantly get to rewrite, I don’t want to say the ending, but we get to keep the rewrites going, which, I guess, you writers love, right?

    They love to start over, to scrap it and rewrite it, and make it better, and that’s what’s fun about this process this far along, is getting the opportunity to work with Patrick again, and just coming up with ideas, how do we keep surprising the fans, and how do we keep the quality of the show up, is what makes it continue to be fun.

    DEADLINE: How long is Patrick going to stick around for?

    VERNOFF: It’s more than the one scene you saw, Nellie, and it was just joyful. I really want to echo that. Patrick and Ellen and I were all there at the beginning of this; I wasn’t there for the pilot, but I was there for the first seven seasons, and that was 17 years ago. That was, like, a lifetime ago; my kids weren’t alive. It was so wild to walk out on that beach, and just be together again as these different people that we are now. But I can’t overstate how joyful and healing an experience this was.

    DEMPSEY: Yeah, for me as well. It was really special. It’s really hard to believe, 17 years, that’s remarkable. I mean, a lot of us didn’t have children at that point, right? So, our kids have grown up, they’re now in school. It’s crazy how much time has passed, but it really was so comforting, and lovely, and inspiring to go back, and to work together, to see everybody. It really was so open, too, that was the thing, really, people were very, I think, vulnerable in a positive way, where we were all grateful to be there and to be together.

    DEADLINE: And you are game to do more episodes?

    DEMPSEY: Yeah, it was fun, because I really love the message of what the dynamic is in this story. With everything that we’re dealing with right now, and certainly we have been distracted with the election, but we’re going to get back into the reality of COVID and being in a pandemic, and all the lives that have been lost. Where are these souls going? And I think that’s what attracted me to this storyline, I think it can be really helpful and healing to so many people.

    POMPEO: I also think that, in a strange way, the behind the scenes of the show is certainly paralleling what we need, with the stories that we put out. What do we love about the show? We love that the show brings people together. We love that the show hopefully opens people’s minds, it opens people’s hearts, and I think that, in the running of the show and the making of the show, if we follow those same principles, if we follow the principles of love first, of acceptance, of open mind, open heart, forgiveness, all of it is, that’s the message of Grey’s.

    And for us to be able to mirror that behind the scenes, and truly walk our walk and talk our talk with each other, those who created the show, I think, is a really amazing full-circle sort of story for a TV show that’s gone on this long.

    DEADLINE: How hard was it to keep Patrick’s return a secret?

    VERNOFF: I have to say that it was an epic feat, the keeping of this secret. I didn’t send cuts to the studio and network that included that last scene. I didn’t have writers’ assistants in the writers’ room for the last couple of months. There were writers who didn’t know we were doing this on that staff. Most of the actors didn’t know we were doing this. The crew didn’t know we were doing this when they showed up on the day.

    I put the name “Ellis Grey” in the script that we read at the table, and I had Meredith say “Mom” at the table, so we got there on the day, and no one had been told what was happening. So, also watching the crew react, and [producer] Linda Klein, who’s been there from the beginning, we got Norman back, who was our amazing hair guy from the beginning [Norman T. Leavitt was makeup department head on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy for the first 14 seasons]. I was like a crazy person with this secret. And Ellen and I were texting at all hours of the night, like, who knows, I think this person.

    POMPEO: Absolutely.

    DEADLINE: Will we see Ellis on the show this season?

    VERNOFF: I don’t know. I don’t know. You have to tune in and see who comes to the beach. It’ll be a joyful discovery.

    DEADLINE: Ellen, your character is dealing with a lot of tragic COVID deaths in the premiere. For you and Krista, will we see some tragedy within the ranks of the Grey Sloan staff too? A lot of medical professionals have lost their lives to COVID in real life.

    POMPEO: I think we have a responsibility to really show what these healthcare workers have been going through. It’s so easy for a big part of the population to just be irritated with wearing a mask, and they’re sort of disconnected from what real doctors and nurses and anyone who works in a hospital are actually dealing with.

    I don’t want to speak for Krista, but I think for me, certainly, I saw this as an opportunity to tell the story of how hard this is for our healthcare workers; it’s devastating for them. I think Krista will tell you that they’ve sat down with so many doctors and nurses, and they hear the stories, and they’re writing right from these stories that they’re hearing. And this has been devastating, and changed the medical community forever.

    So we have to show, that’s our responsibility, to show what a struggle this is for healthcare workers, and continues to be as we see [COVID] numbers spiking again. We have to try to spread some empathy, and show people that this is very real, and it’s really hard, and the next time you want to complain about wearing a mask, think about what these people have to do. They have to wear a mask, they have to wear full PPE, full cappers. They literally have to do 50 things just to be able to perform their job.

    DEADLINE: Krista?

    VERNOFF: I have to say that I feel like Ellen did an extraordinary job in that premiere, paying respect to healthcare workers with her performance. The thing that she did is exactly what I’ve been talking about so much, which is that these doctors and nurses who come to the writers’ room every year. They are joyful and excited, and they’re always there to tell us these exciting stories. And this year, it felt like, it was the first time they were talking to anybody.

    It was the first break they were taking. It was the first time anyone was asking them what they were living through, and to a person, it felt like they were on the verge of breaking. They were different people, and I felt like Ellen so beautifully embodied it throughout this episode, the change, what this pandemic is doing to people who were trained to help and heal, but not trained to walk through war, and not trained to lose dozens of patients, sometimes in a day.

    It’s breaking them, and I feel like we’re already showing the strain and the impact, and yes, there will be more of that, and somehow, we’re also bringing joy. We’ve been carefully threading this needle, of paying honor and homage, and telling the truth of this story, while finding ways to also bring joy to the audience, and I’m really excited about Season 17.

    DEADLINE: You’re not going to hint whether anyone on the show is in jeopardy, are you?

    VERNOFF: Well, for sure, Nellie, for sure people are in jeopardy. Meredith collapses at the end of the premiere. People are in jeopardy, and multiple people are in jeopardy throughout the season, in myriad ways, because that’s the moment we’re living through.

    DEADLINE: Ellen, should we read more into Meredith’s collapse in light of you figuring out your future on the show? You have said that you’re not sure what you’re going to do beyond this season.

    POMPEO: You can’t read into anything. Really, that’s dangerous territory. I think that, collectively, we, or creatively, it’s the same this year as it always is. Is there a reason to continue? What stories do we have to tell? What characters do we have to bring back that gives us story to tell? I said in another interview last week, we’re always in this incredibly sweet spot with this show, for whatever reason.

    We always have incredible circumstances that allow us to continue creatively, whether it’s ideas, or circumstances that happen. Our goal is just to make good TV. I think we’re all aware of the icon status of the show, we’re so aware of that, and I think that that’s why Patrick was so humble and so grateful to be able to come back, because we are very grateful that we have this huge platform. And I don’t think any of us take the platform that we have lightly.

    And so, at this point, I think, we don’t know what we’re going to do. We know that we’re grateful, and we know that we want to show our gratitude, and grateful to each other making the show, that we’re able to keep continuing to grow, and to tell stories that we think are important, and getting this moment. Listen, who gets career runs like this? Patrick Dempsey’s been working since he’s … I know he’s been working off-camera even earlier, but I mean, when was your first role, Patrick, when you were 16 or 17?

    DEMPSEY: Sixteen, 17, so 30 years.

    POMPEO: Who gets a run like that? So, I just think that we’re incredibly grateful to be able to still be here, and be telling these stories that we feel are important, and we’ll see. Creatively, this is our heavy-lifting, to keep raising the bar for ourselves, but we’ve got something great, which is we’ve got gratitude, and we’re all smart, creative people. So, if there’s a way to figure it out, we certainly will.

    DEMPSEY: The range of emotions, where you’re getting a chance to cry, but you’re also getting a chance to laugh, I think that’s a huge success in the storytelling. The whole ride has been remarkable on so many levels, being a part of this show for so many years, and it’s profoundly changed my life in so many ways. I’m very grateful for that, and hopefully to use that platform in a positive way, where you’re doing something good. And I’m grateful to be a part of this show at this particular moment in time.

    DEADLINE: The premiere is set in April 2020. Krista, will the show fast forward to now?

    VERNOFF: We’re not fast forwarding. We’re playing it through. So, by the time it’s airing, most of what we’re doing is almost a year ago, in the timeline. And there’s more joy.

    DEMPSEY: Do you get into how the disease is treated over time as well? Do you get into how the science — and I think this is an important thing for us to remember and to really believe in the science, in the breakthroughs that they’re making on a daily basis. How do you track that, and has that been part of your conversation?

    VERNOFF: It is. It’s a constant part of the conversation, and we have three doctors on staff now who come into the writers’ room most of the time, and we have a lot of conversations of even the evolution, what you see in terms of the protective gear that they’re wearing in the premiere versus the evolution of the protective gear, when are they treating with ventilators and when are they not. There were drug studies and drug trials, and we’re doing our best to be honest about that progress, and also the evolution in the hospitals.

    Grey Sloan in the premiere has a special COVID ward, and these intake tents, and then, throughout the course of the season, other spaces evolve to hold COVID patients, and we’re hearing news about other hospitals. Washington was hit really hard early on. So, we’re trying to play through all of that.

    DEMPSEY: Sorry, follow-up question, if I may. Do you get into the politics of the mask, and how that affects in a negative or a positive way? Do you go down that road at all?

    VERNOFF: We try to stay away from overt politics, and the politicizing of the mask is a real thing that happened. So, we’re not talking about politicians. We just don’t do that at Grey’s Anatomy, partly because we want the show to be for everybody, and we don’t want it to become so polarizing, where it feels like we’re preaching from some particular pulpit. We’re just sticking with the science, and the reaction of doctors to the idea that people are not understanding and/or not believing that masks are imperative to protect other people and themselves.

    So, we’re playing it through character, is the answer, like what an outrage it is for these doctors, who spend their lives and their all-day, every-day, trying to save people, to see human beings out there choosing not to protect their fellow human beings, because they’re not believing in science, and they’re not believing scientists.

    DEADLINE: How is filming going? Grey’s was one of the first shows to shut down production early in the pandemic to protect the cast and crew. How is it now, with the new COVID wave? I write stories about shutdowns virtually every day.

    VERNOFF: I mean, knocking wood, so far.

    POMPEO: Good so far, yeah. We’re good. Of course, anything can happen at any moment, but I think that collectively, everybody’s really careful. And again, we’re trying to be mindful of one another, and we’re trying to be mindful of how we live our lives when we’re not at work, because that’s the smart thing to do, and we have to come to work and keep everybody safe. Nobody wants to get shut down.

    VERNOFF: We’re really careful in our creating of the show, also, to help the actors feel safe. We shut down before other shows, we also came back to production before a lot of other shows, thanks to truly the leadership of Debbie Allen. There was some leadership from me, but for sure, it was guided by Debbie Allen going, if we don’t come back, we’re never going to come back, come on, Krista, we’re coming back. Set a date, set a date, set a date, where’s the scripts? Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go.

    She kept saying, if you put a date on the calendar, we’re going to work toward it, and we’re going to figure out how to do it safely, and we really did figure out how to do it safely. We were lucky that we’re set in a hospital, so that our actors, when they’re working together tightly, can be in masks. But it was also my job, and the job of the writers, to come up with plans and motifs that allowed the audience to see the actors’ faces, and the actors to feel safe in that.

    So, you didn’t just see a beach motif, which is a continuing motif through the season, and it was designed, that particular motif, so that Ellen could come to work without a mask and feel safe, because she’s outside; the epidemiologists have been clear about how much safer outside is. But you also saw, for the first time in 17 seasons, Meredith’s house back yard. We built a backyard set on the exterior of the lot, outside the writers’ bungalow, so that those actors could give us some no-mask time, and feel safe in the beginning.

    And more and more, we’re understanding how to keep everyone safe indoors, so we’re getting a little bit more without masks indoors, but at the beginning, we had to really be creative, in terms of how are we doing this, how are we keeping ourselves safe, how are we helping them feel safe, and how are we giving the fans a show that’s joyful in addition to true.

    DEADLINE: And one final question: is there any hope for Teddy and Owen?

    VERNOFF: Teddy is doing good. They’ve got a long haul, Nellie. If there’s hope for them, it’s in the ethers, but you know, I didn’t have a lot of hope that Patrick Dempsey was going to be back on Grey’s Anatomy last year, and look where we are. So…

    Grey's Season 17 Premiere Recap: Was the Ending Really That Big a Shock?

    (11/12/20) (TVline.com) If the promos for Thursday’s Season 17 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy were to be believed, the two-parter (which continued stories begun earlier in the evening on Station 19) was going to end with a “shocking… jaw-dropping” conclusion that would leave us saying, “Oh my God.” It was a lot for a show, even one as solid as ABC’s resurgent drama, to live up to. Did it pull it off? Read on, and we’ll go over everything that lead up to that (exclamation) point, then you can weigh in in the comments.

    ‘THAT’S THE FOURTH PATIENT I’VE LOST TODAY, AND THEY’RE ALL DYING ALONE… WELCOME BACK, RICHARD!’ | As “All Tomorrow’s Parties” began, it was April 2020 — in other words, mid-pandemic. To Bailey’s surprise, Richard, now happily cobalt-free, reported back to work. He especially wanted to say hello to DeLuca. (In a flashback, we learned that he had struggled mightily after Richard’s surgery — and Carina blamed Meredith for having pushed him.) Webber also wanted to know whether it was true that a whole OR had heard Teddy having sex with Koracick in a voicemail. Nearby, Jackson accidentally overheard Winston tell Maggie that he loved her at the end of a FaceTime call. WTH was that? said her expression. Later, Winston would explain it away in a manner that didn’t freak her out but did kinda make her heart flutter. Oh, and as for Jackson, in a flashback, we saw that Vic had misunderstood a text from her hot doctor lover and showed up at his place with nothing on under her puffy coat… only to be greeted by Harriet in his arms. “I’m not a stepmom,” the incident made her realize. Mm-hmm, except maybe one day to Pru.

    When Tom ran into Richard, he explained in his inimitable style that he was carrying around a golf club to keep anyone from getting within six feet. He’d soon snap and use his nine iron on boxes of what were supposed to be PPEs but were actually only booties. Treating Kaden, the burn victim from Station 19’s Season 4 premiere (recapped here), Jackson had a capital-M moment upon seeing Jo. Apparently, they had hooked up!!! (OK, that qualified for at least one OMG!) Alone with her shortly thereafter, she suggested that “people do stupid things.” Had the hookup been a letdown? In a subsequent flashback, Jo asked Jackson for a “sexual favor” — a bridge over the river of the husband who left her. A one-night bridge to not being a sad sack. And he was “a human male that I kinda trust,” she added, the flatterer. When she showed up for their rendezvous, she hadn’t even bothered to wear pants. He, meanwhile, had set up his place for a date. A bad, bad date. “No girl wants to take her clothes off after eating cheese and cured meat,” she laughed. And certainly not to Kenny G music. Still they kissed. “I really want to have sex with you,” she said. But she kept crying. Hilarious.

    ‘WHAT SEEMS LIKE A WEAKNESS IS ACTUALLY A STRENGTH… IF YOU GET HELP’ | In another. pre-COVID flashback, we saw that, since DeLuca was resting in an on-call room — Mer hadn’t wanted to leave him home alone in his state — Bailey was able to inform him that Cindy was there asking for him. He had been right, Miranda told him; the girl had been being trafficked. When she’d continued getting sicker, Opal had said that she was useless and dumped her. At that point, she’d made her way back to Grey Sloan. While being treated by DeLuca, she confessed that her real name was Erin. She’d been abducted at 14 after falling for a “photographer’s” scam. Later, Bailey, Mer, Carina and Richard united to stage a kind of intervention for Andrew. “I would give up every life I ever saved to not feel like this,” he cried. He’d even give up having known Mer. He’d only had one goal in life: to not be like his father, and he’d failed. “All we’re asking you to do,” Grey told him, “is fight as hard for yourself as you do for everyone else.”

    Back in the “present,” as we neared the end of the first episode, Mer, strong as she is, lost it after yet another patient neared death. No sooner had she trashed a supply closet than who should walk in but DeLuca. “Hey,” he said. She was in no mood for “Hey,” though. She was pissed that he’d turned off his cell phone and panicked her. “I’m glad you’re OK,” she said angrily. In one last Cindy flashback — sorry, Erin — she was reunited with her sister, who assured her, “It’s not your fault.” In the “present,” Richard broke the rules to allow Kaden’s mother to see him. “If Bailey asks, I’ll tell her I didn’t get to that part of the manual,” he told Jackson. Oh, that’d go well! When he tried to do exactly that, she started to fuss, but he diverted her by revealing that he’d found a way to sanitize PPEs without deteriorating the masks. She only got on him so much, she said, because she cared. She didn’t want him to put himself at risk. In response, he explained that every one of his relationships had failed. He couldn’t walk away from the one that he has with the hospital, too. Finally, Jo apologized to Jackson for the way she’d behaved toward him. “I’m pretty sure I snotted in your mouth,” she recalled. He wasn’t upset, though; they were friends, they were fine. Bumping into Nico, Levi said that he hoped his ex was doing fine, because he himself wasn’t. He’d just lost his 100th patient. Nico was about as caring and responsive as ever. Ugh.

    ‘HOW IS NEXT WEEK ALREADY OVER?’ | In “The Center Won’t Hold,” the second of our two episodes, Richard and Catherine crossed paths for apparently the first time since his surgery. When she snarked that he’d better be careful post-hip surgery, he wouldn’t want to get hurt again. “The only pain I’m feeling right now,” he shot back, “is square in my ass.” At Mer’s, Amelia was stunned to learn that she’d misplaced a week and missed Link’s birthday. In a flashback, the new parents struggled to name their son. Scout was out, per Amelia. Tony was out, per Link. Maybe they could name him after something they dreamed of? “Snake in a vest” didn’t have a great ring, though, Link noted. In the “present,” Amelia tried to make it up to Link for missing his birthday by occupying the kids with a movie and modeling her birthday suit. Upstairs, the couple partook in a brilliantly naughty, socially-distanced love scene.

    In the “present,” Owen asked Teddy to talk after work. It seemed they hadn’t really since… since presumably their wedding was postponed. In a flashback, he told Teddy that he should’ve left his mom a voicemail (ha) to let her know they weren’t tying the knot that day. But no, he didn’t wanna cancel. Did she? Oh, Owen. What are you up to? Back in the now, he told his would-be wife that if he died, she’d get Alison, of course. But maybe if she couldn’t handle Leo, too, Amelia and Link could take him. “I’m not OK with you dying,” she said. And that wasn’t what they were supposed to be talking about, anyway — clearly. Before the conversation went any further, she was paged, leaving Owen alone and forlorn. “Let’s talk later then,” he said. When “later” arrived, Teddy challenged Owen to tell her what was wrong. In response, he beseeched her to come clean with him. He loved her. She was his best friend. So spit it out. “No,” she insisted. “There’s nothing.” So he played her the telltale voicemail message that he’d heard on what was supposed to have been their wedding day. “So much for love,” he said. “So much for friendship. So much for trust. So much for us.”

    ‘SO THAT’S YOUR REPORT? THAT THE WORLD IS ON FIRE?’ | In a powwow with Maggie, Catherine balked at Pierce’s requests. Loudly. But really, they were both just furious that they were faced with a problem that they couldn’t solve. “I hate that everyone is dying!” Catherine yelled. Eventually, they wore themselves out and Catherine admitted that she hated that Richard hadn’t come back to her. In a flashback, Jackson found his stepfather watching his medical-conference “speech” online. But he couldn’t blame all of his mistakes on cobalt. He’d advised Maggie to operate on her cousin. He’d spent time with Gemma. “I have no one to blame but myself,” said Richard. Later, Jackson acknowledged that his mother could be impossible. But “when she loves, it’s hard.” So Richard needed to choke down his ego and forgive Catherine already. Take her call and hear her out — for Jackson if not himself. In the “present,” Maggie challenged Catherine to woman up and keep fighting for Richard. As the episode drew to a close, Catherine told Tom that she was accepting a resignation that he hadn’t offered as chief of chiefs but would keep him on as neuro chief. She then offered Richard the COC position — and an apology for everything she’d done that had hurt him. Aw, those crazy kids were back together again.

    Meredith was downright gleeful when she was called in by Cormac to help him save a kid named Frankie’s kidney. (He fell on a spike on Station 19, you may recall.) The teen’s pal Kaden, meanwhile, turned out to have been burned so badly that even his insides were fried. After Cormac told Frankie’s dad that he’d pulled through surgery, Maggie and DeLuca broke it to Kaden’s father that he… had not. Suddenly, both dads had to feel pretty stupid about the fight they’d had that had injured Bailey’s leg. Reeling from the heartache, Teddy wound up clashing with Jo, who was eager to judge her. “You had a beautiful life,” said Jo, “and you blew it up with a butt-dial.” When Teddy welcomed Jo to judge her as harshly as she wanted — it still wouldn’t be as harshly as she was judging herself — the former Mrs. Karev asked if she’d told Owen that. She’d tried. Well, concluded Jo, “try harder.” Mer got a text from Cormac inviting her for a drink in his office just as it appeared that she and DeLuca had gone back to being just friends. Nico locked Levi in a storage closet to offer him some “stress relief.” Oh, Schmitt, you deserve better!

    In the final moments of the episode, Maggie got home to find a tent in the backyard — a gift from Winston so she could get her sleep and see her family whenever she wanted. “I know you don’t like camping,” he joked. But she loved it — and him. Link told Amelia that he’d loved his birthday. “I got sex and a donut” — gluten-free but still. Oh, and it sounded like they’d decided to name the baby Scout after all. Teddy approached Owen to apologize and profess her love. What had he done to make her hate him so much as to cheat on him? he wanted to know. She hadn’t even said that she wouldn’t run away with Tom, she just said that she was marrying Owen, as if it was some fate that she’d accepted. He couldn’t forgive her. When Cormac left Grey Sloan for the evening, he found Meredith collapsed in the parking lot. At the same time, apparently hovering between life and death on a beach in her mind, Meredith was reunited with Derek. The Derek. For real.

    Trailer for Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

    (11/12/20) (Video) Netflix has released a trailer for Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, a Shondaland documentary about Debbie Allen and her reimagining of the classic ballet, which is performed annually by students from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. The film premieres Friday, Nov. 27.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Mackenzie Marsh To Recur In Season 17 Of ABC Medical Drama

    (11/4/20) There will be a new face on the upcoming 17th season of Grey’s Anatomy. Mackenzie Marsh (Charmed, Will & Grace) is set for a recurring role on ABC’s flagship drama series.

    Marsh will play Val Ashton. She’s intelligent, has a fun-loving sense of humor and works in publishing but is extremely lonely.

    Created and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes, ABC Studios-produced Grey’s Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce, Kim Raver as Teddy Altman and Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca.

    Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, showrunner Krista Vernoff, Debbie Allen, Zoanne Clack, Fred Einesman, Andy Reaser and Meg Marinis are executive producers.

    Marsh’s recent credits include guest/recurring roles on Charmed, Will & Grace, American Housewife and The Following, as well as the Courtney Cox-directed feature Just Before I Go. Marsh is repped by Kerner Management Associates and Pakula King and Associates.

    Season 17 of Grey’s Anatomy premieres at 9 PM Thursday, November 12, on ABC.

    ‘Cruel Summer’: Sarah Drew To Recur On Jessica Biel-Produced Freeform Series

    (10/30/20) Grey’s Anatomy alumna Sarah Drew is set for a season-long arc in Freeform’s upcoming thriller drama series Cruel Summer (fka Last Summer), from Bert V. Royal, Jessica Biel and eOne.

    Cruel Summer takes place over three summers — 1993-95 — in a small Texas town when a beautiful popular teen, Kate (Olivia Holt), is abducted and, seemingly unrelated, a girl, Jeanette (Chiara Aurelia), goes from being a sweet, awkward outlier to the most popular girl in town and, by ’95, the most despised person in America. Each episode is told from the POV of one of the two main girls, which will have the viewers’ loyalties constantly shifting as more information is revealed.

    Drew will play Cindy Turner, mother to Jeanette. Although once the most popular girl in town, Cindy struggles to hold her family together while being in the crosshairs of town gossip.

    Royal executive produces the series with Iron Ocean Productions’ Biel and Michelle Purple.

    Drew is best known for her nine-season run as Dr. April Kepner on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. She is repped by Innovative Artists, Vault Entertainment and Morris Yorn.

    Sandra Oh, Awkwafina Team For Netflix Sister Comedy Movie; Jessica Elbaum & Will Ferrell Producing

    (10/29/20) Awkwafina and Sandra Oh are teaming for a yet-to-be-titled sister comedy feature film for Netflix. The script is by Jen D’Angelo, the screenwriter behind the forthcoming Hocus Pocus sequel for Disney+.

    The film centers on a lonely recluse whose life is upended when her train wreck of a sister vows to mend their relationship by helping her fulfill her lifelong dream: to be a contestant on her favorite game show.

    Jessica Elbaum and Will Ferrell are producing the pic for Gloria Sanchez along with Itay Reiss and Maggie Haskins from Artists First, as well as D’Angelo, Awkwafina, and Oh.

    Oh is currently starring in the British spy thriller series Killing Eve and is also remembered for her longtime turn as Dr. Cristina Yang on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, two performances that have resulted in Golden Globe awards. Her upcoming slate includes the supernatural horror film Umma and Over the Moon, the latter an animated musical retelling of the classic Chinese myth.

    Awkwafina is also coming off a Golden Globe-winning performance in The Farewell as well as a successful first season of her Comedy Central series Awkwafina is Nora From Queens. She will next be seen in Breaking News in Yuba County, Disney/Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and will voice the role of Scuttle in The Little Mermaid live-action remake.

    Oh is repped by UTA, Principal Entertainment LA, and Hansen, Jacobson. Awkwafina is repped by UTA, Artists First and attorney Isaac Dunham. D’Angelo is repped by Artists First, UTA and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis.

    Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo: This 'Could Very Well Be' the Final Season

    (10/28/20) Freely admitting that she is serving up USDA Prime “clickbait,” Ellen Pompeo says that Grey’s Anatomy‘s upcoming 17th season “very well could be” the end for ABC’s top-rated and second-most watched drama.

    “We don’t know when the show is really ending yet. But the truth is, this year could be it,” Pompeo shared as part of our sister site Variety’s in-depth retrospective on the medical drama (which returns Thursday, Nov. 12 with a two-hour premiere).

    “I mean, this is the last year of my contract right now,” said Pompeo, who in May 2019 extended through Season 17 a headline-making pact that reportedly pays her north of $550,000 per episode. “I don’t know that this is the last year? But it could very well could be.”

    But as noted above, Pompeo full well knew the noise these new quotes would make. “There’s your sound bite!” she told Variety. “There’s your clickbait! ABC’s on the phone!”

    On a more serious note… Pompeo said that in mulling her future and thus Grey’s Anatomy‘s own, “I don’t take the decision lightly,” given that the series employs a lot of people and offers a large forum to address issues. “I’m very grateful for it.”

    “I’m just weighing out creatively what can we do,” she said, going into a season that will acknowledge the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on front line workers such as Meredith, Bailey et al. “I’m really, really, really excited about this season. It’s probably going to be one of our best seasons ever. And I know that sounds nuts to say, but it’s really true.”

    Shonda Rhimes, Tarana Burke And Dolores Huerta To Be Honored At 3rd Annual Girl Up #GirlHero Awards

    (10/24/20) The Girl Up #GirlHero Awards will honor television super-producer Shonda Rhimes, #metoo Founder Tarana Burke and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta for their work on gender equality at its third annual ceremony, which will take place on International Day of the Girl. The virtual event will take place online on October 29 at 12pm ET with Girl Up Champion Nigel Barker as co-host. In addition, Girl Up Executive Director Melissa Kilby will highlight Girl Up’s Gen Z leaders fighting for change while special guests will make appearances on the event’s virtual red carpet.

    “Today we’re celebrating gender equality giants, at a time when there’s a lot at stake for girls and women,” said Kilby. “We’re honored to stand with them in building a brighter, more equal movement by relentlessly showing that girls are and have always been leading us toward a better future.”

    The awards will honor Rhimes for her work as a storyteller that explores the most relevant topics of our time, reflecting the world as we know it onscreen with dynamic characters; Burke who founded #metoo, a movement that kicked off a worldwide wave of women taking a stand against violence and discrimination; and lifelong civil rights advocate Huerta who models how standing for a cause can change the world. The honorees will participate in conversations with Girl Up’s own girl changemakers Ina Bhoopalam, Alliyah Logan, and Rym Badran as they share their work for gender equality.

    The one-on-one conversations will highlight advocates, allies, and activists shaking up accepted norms and changing the trajectory of global gender equality over the course of their lifetime.

    Honorees of last year’s #GirlHero Awards in Los Angeles were Cara Delevingne, Jameela Jamil and Kate Hudson. Stephanie McMahon, Pamella Roland, LaVerne Council, Amanda Fata, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Michelle King, Alexandra Trustman, Shaun Robinson, Tracy Shaffer and Chantelle Siegel will serve as this year’s co-chairs of the event.

    Shonda Rhimes ditched ABC over a Disneyland pass

    (10/21/20) Disneyland is definitely not the happiest place on Earth for Shonda Rhimes.

    The TV maven, who made more than $2 billion for the network with shows including “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” revealed that a squabble over a ticket to Disneyland led to her exit from ABC.

    Rhimes, 50, explained the battles over budgets and content with the network — which is owned by Disney — were endless.

    “I felt like I was dying,” Rhimes told The Hollywood Reporter. “Like I’d been pushing the same ball up the same hill in the exact same way for a really long time.”

    However, the straw that finally broke the camel’s back came down to something as mundane as an all-inclusive pass to Disneyland.

    Included in her ABC contract was a non-transferrable pass to the theme park and — because she was single — she negotiated a second pass for her daughters’ nanny.

    One day, though, she needed an extra pass so that her sister could take Rhimes’ teenage daughter, Emerson, while the nanny chaperoned her younger daughters, Harper and Beckett.

    Rhimes said she was “told more than once” that they “never do this.”

    The producing powerhouse even called a high-ranking exec at the company to sort out the mess.

    The exec reportedly replied, “Don’t you have enough?”

    It was then that Rhimes, who was already in talks with Netflix about a possible deal, called her lawyer and told him, “Figure out a way to get [me] over to Netflix, or [I’ll] find new representatives.”

    According to USA Today, a one-day Park Hopper ticket to Disneyland in 2019 cost $199. It’s unclear if her all-inclusive pass included any other perks.

    In 2017, Netflix announced it had signed a first-of-its-kind, nine-figure creative deal with Rhimes.

    ABC did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.

    Kelly McCreary To Lead Scripted Comedy Election Podcast Special

    (10/16/20) Kelly McCreary, who plays Dr. Maggie Pierce in ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy, is starring in a scripted comedy podcast special about the day after the election.

    McCreary will lead Wednesday Morning, a one-off audio drama from her husband, Insecure and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia director Pete Chatmon and Candice Sanchez McFarlane.

    It also stars Colman Domingo (Fear The Walking Dead), Spencer Garrett (The Frontrunner), Blake DeLong (When They See Us), Joy Nash (Twin Peaks), Louis Ozawa (Hunters), Elena Campbell-Martinez (Vida), Remy Ortiz (Instant Family) and Monnie Aleahmad (Bosch).

    McCreary plays Jeannine Hamilton on the morning after Election Day where she discovers that if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. After losing a local upstate election, Jeannine pays a surprise visit to her father, Wesley’s, palatial estate. She unexpectedly finds herself at a celebratory brunch surrounded by his duplicitous comrades as they engage in a dangerous game of political horsetrading, leaving Jeannine to make a life or death decision before dessert can be served.

    The show, which airs on October 21, is unusual in that it is a one-off podcast event, rather than a multi-part series, a sign of the growing podcast business.

    It is produced by McCreary’s Lighten Up Productions and Chatmon’s TheDirector with Chatmon, Sanchez McFarlane, Tristan Nash and Christina Dehaven-Call producing. It features music from ELEW and sound design by Matt Polis.

    McCreary said, “This podcast event is for anyone passionate about getting folks to the polls to cast votes that will bring us closer to realizing the promise of this country for all of its citizens. Wednesday Morning deploys the power of storytelling to transform cynicism and apathy toward civic engagement into a true sense of personal and community empowerment. We hope that Wednesday Morning will bring its audience catharsis and enjoyment and be a unique tool in your get out the vote kit as we enter this final stretch of election season.”

    Chatmon said, “I was prepping a season finale back in March when production was halted on my wife’s show. By the end of the evening, we were shut down, and by the next day, the entire industry had followed suit. The events surrounding our nation’s response and the heightened politics around how we got here prompted Candice and I to create a project that spoke truth to power and provided some positivity in trying times. We also hoped to inspire engagement with all voters for the upcoming Presidential election.” Sanchez McFarlane added, “Creating Wednesday Morning in podcast format allowed us to make bold creative choices in a challenging production climate. We were incredibly fortunate to have a cast whose talents elevated this audio experience in ways that amplify the heart of this project.”

    Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke Are Best Friends Forever (?) in Firefly Lane Adaptation — Watch Netflix Teaser

    (10/14/20) (Video) Teenage besties stay by each other’s side over the course of decades, and even during the darkest hours, in the first teaser trailer for Netflix’s Firefly Lane adaptation starring Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke.

    Based on the novel of the same name by bestselling author Kristin Hannah (who serves as co-executive producer on the 10-episode series), Firefly Lane proposes that “the greatest love story of all can be between friends.”

    “When unlikely duo Tully (played by former Grey’s Anatomy doc Heigl) and Kate (onetime Scrubs doc Chalke) meet at age 14, they couldn’t be more different,” reads the synopsis. “Tully is the brash and bold girl you can’t ignore, while Kate is the mousy shy girl you never notice. But when a tragedy brings them together, they are bonded for life — forever inseparable best friends. Together they experience 30 years of ups and downs — triumphs and disappointments, heartbreak and joy, and a love triangle that strains their friendship. One goes on to fabulous wealth and fame, the other chooses marriage and motherhood — but through the decades, their bond remains — until it faces the ultimate test.”. The cast also includes Ali Skovbye (When Calls the Heart) and Roan Curtis (The Magicians) as young versions of Tully and Kate (seen in the first photo below), plus Ben Lawson (you may say Doubt, but I’ll go with Designated Survivor), Yael Yurman (The Man in the High Castle) and Beau Garrett (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce).

    Maggie Friedman (Witches of East End, Eastwick) serves as showrunner and will executive-produce along with Heigl, Peter O’Fallon, Shawn Williamson and Lee Rose.

    Jesse Williams Nasty Divorce Finalized ... She Gets Houses, He Gets Big Chunk of 'Grey's' Money

    (10/14/20) Jesse Williams' 3-year bitter divorce drama has officially come to an end ... on paper, at least.

    The judge just signed off to finalize the "Grey's Anatomy" star's divorce settlement with Aryn Drake-Lee -- and it means they're both officially single as of August 7, 2020.

    According to the legal docs, obtained by TMZ ... they will share joint legal and physical custody of their 2 young children -- son Maceo and daughter Sadie. However, they have to meet and confer with each other about posting images of the kids on social media.

    As for major financial business ... Aryn gets to keep the former family house in L.A., along with places in Brooklyn and Oakland. She's also keeping a leased 2017 Audi Q7 SUV and 2018 Q5 SUV, while Jesse gets to keep his leased 2018 Porsche Cayenne SUV. They really dig SUVs.

    The good news for Jesse -- he's also keeping the $936,810 he made in profits from "Grey's Anatomy" since their 2017 separation.

    Other accounts and royalties accumulated during their marriage will be split up, and of course ... Jesse's still on the hook for child support. According to the docs, he owes $50,629 per month for the 2 kids up until October 2019, and then $40k per month after that.

    He also has to fork over 2 more spousal support payments of $50,695 for August 2019 and September 2019 to Aryn ... but then no more.

    According to the docs ... Jesse and Aryn actually reached the settlement in Sept. 2019, but now it's officially a done deal with the judge's signoff.

    TMZ broke the story ... Jesse filed to end his 5-year marriage to Aryn in 2017. They'd actually been together for 13 years.

    When Jesse filed, it initially seemed like the proceedings would be amicable. Remember, they were even committed to co-parenting despite the divorce. But, it didn't take long for things to take a nasty turn when they beefed over child custody.

    It was around that time that Jesse also responded to stories about dating Minka Kelly on Jay-Z's "Footnotes from 4:44" video release.

    Then there were all the financial battles -- after he was ordered to fork over $100k per month in support payments for Aryn and the kids. She wanted more child support money and Jesse wasn't buying it.

    So, pretty contentious, to say the least. But, at least it's all over now.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & ‘Station 19’: Watch Promo For ABC Dramas Dedicating Their New Seasons To Healthcare Workers

    (10/8/20) (Video) Grey’s Anatomy and spinoff Station 19 return in five weeks during this crazy fall TV season, and they are dedicating their new seasons to essential healthcare workers. Watch a promo for the new seasons featuring clips from both Seattle-set ABC dramas above.

    “We all have heroes — people we aspire to be,” we hear in the 30-second video. “The ones who fight, who help us to survive when it matters. The ones who always show up.”

    Heading into the 17th season of Grey’s and fourth for Station 19 — which premiere Thursday, November 12 — their showrunner/executive producer Krista Vernoff said: “This season, our work is dedicated to the healthcare workers who put their lives on the line every day to try to save ours. Wear a mask, save someone else’s life.”

    ‘Big Sky:’ Brooke Smith, Jeffrey Joseph And Gage Marsh Join Cast Of David E. Kelley Crime Thriller As Recurring

    (10/8/20) ABC has set a quartet of recurring guest stars for the network’s upcoming David E. Kelley thriller series Big Sky. Joining the show are Brooke Smith, Jeffrey Joseph, Gage Marsh and Gabriel Jacob-Cross.

    Smith is set to play Merrilee Legarski and will act opposite John Carroll Lynch’s Rick as his wife and mother of their two children. Joseph will play former military soldier Jospeh Dewell and father of detective Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury). Marsh is Justin Hoyt and child actor Jacob-Cross is Kai Dewell, Cassie’s son.

    Smith most recently appeared in Jay Roach’s Bombshell and guest starred on Netflix’s Unbelievable. Smith, whose TV credits also include Bates Motel, Ray Donovan, Supergirl and Weeds, is set to appear in Little Marvin and Lena Waithe’s Amazon anthology series Them: Covenant.

    Joseph, an Emmy-nominated In Living Color writer, joins the cast after having served as the on-set acting coach for Chris Rock on Fargo season four. The actor’s additional acting credits include A Million Little Things, Ghostwriter, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Dream on.

    Marsh comes to the Big Sky with acting credits from titles including You Me Her, Batwoman and Nancy Drew. Young actor Jacob-Cross has been recurring on TNT’s Snowpiercer. is set to appear in The Christmas Aunt and A Christmas Miracle for Lifetime and Hallmark, respectively.

    The new ABC series, which also stars Katheryn Winnick, Kylie Bunbury and Ryan Phillippe, sees private detectives Cassie Dewell and Cody Hoyt team with ex-cop Jenny Hoyt to search for two sisters mysteriously kidnapped by a truck driver in Montana. Upon learning that the kidnapping isn’t an isolated incident, the law officials must race against the clock to prevent any more abductions.

    Based on the book series by C.J. Box, Big Sky is executive produced by David E. Kelley, Ross Fineman, Matthew Gross, Paul McGuigan, C.J. Box and Gwyneth Horder-Payton, and is produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with A+E Studios.

    Big Sky will premiere on ABC on Nov. 17.

    Sandra Oh To Star in Stage 6 Films’ Supernatural Horror Pic ‘Umma’ With Sam Raimi Producing

    (10/8/20) Sony Pictures’ Stage 6 Films has acquired worldwide rights to Raimi Productions and Starlight Media’s supernatural horror film Umma, starring Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh, who also serves as executive producer.

    Iris K. Shim, wrote the screenplay and will make her feature film directing debut. Fivel Stewart, Dermot Mulroney, Odeya Rush, MeeWha Alana Lee and Tom Yi also have joined the cast.

    Umma, which is the Korean word for “mother,” follows Amanda (Oh) and her daughter living a quiet life on an American farm, but when the remains of her estranged mother arrive from Korea, Amanda becomes haunted by the fear of turning into her own mother.

    The pic is the first project produced by Sam Raimi and Zainab Azizi of Raimi Productions through their development deal with Starlight Media. Starlight CEO Peter Luo is serving as executive producer and Starlight Media is co-financing the film with Stage 6 Films.

    Matt Black is executive producing alongside Catchlight Studios’ Jeanette Volturno and Marcei Brown. André Øvredal is also serving as executive producer. Eric Charles and Elizabeth Grave are overseeing for Stage 6 Films.

    Oh stars in BBC America’s critically acclaimed smash Killing Eve, for which she won a historic Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and three Emmy nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Oh won Golden Globe and SAG award for her role as Dr. Cristina Yang on the long-running ABC series Grey’s Anatomy, and she received five Emmy noms.

    Shim’s first film, The House of Suh, premiered at the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival and went on to win awards at the Hamptons Film Festival, San Diego Asian American Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, as well as a CINE Master Series Award. Raimi Productions most recently produced Crawl, the action-packed creature feature that garnered strong reviews and $92M of worldwide box office.

    CAA Media Finance, Eric Harbert (Raskin Gorham Anderson Law) negotiated the deal with Sony on behalf of Raimi Productions and Noel C. Lohr (LHR Law Inc.) negotiated on behalf of Starlight Media.

    Starlight Media has been involved in a wide range of critically and commercially successful films including Marshall, Crazy Rich Asians and Midway.

    Oh is repped by UTA, Principal LA Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson Teller. Stewart is repped by Sovereign Agent Theatrical and TSC Entertainment. Mulroney is repped by Paradigm and Luber Roklin Entertainment. Rush is repped by CAA and MGMT. Lee is repped by About Artists Agency. Shim is repped by WME, Circle of Confusion and Gregg Gellman and Cary Dobkin. Raimi is repped by CAA.

    Netflix's 'Here for the Holidays' Slate: Dolly Parton, Christmas Chronicles 2, Another Princess Switch and More

    (10/8/20)

    Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Dolly Parton and Christine Baranski are among the stars set to deck the halls at Netflix this holiday season.

    The streamer has unveiled its “Here for the Holidays” lineup, and it includes more than 30 Christmas movies, TV shows and specials set to premiere between late October and mid-December. First up: the Emma Roberts rom-com Holidate (dropping Wednesday, Oct. 28). The film’s ensemble also includes Jessica Capshaw (Grey’s Anatomy), Manish Dayal (The Resident), Alex Moffat (Saturday Night Live), Frances Fisher (Watchmen) and Kristin Chenoweth (American Gods).

    Come November, you’ll find Operation Christmas Drop (led by Vampire Diaries vet Kat Graham) and Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker), as well as sequels to The Christmas Chronicles (featuring the aforementioned Russell and Hawn) and The Princess Switch (starring Vanessa Hudgens, again in a dual role).

    On the scripted series front, you have the new rom-com Dash & Lily (starring Euphoria‘s Austin Abrams), plus fresh episodes of The Great British Baking Show and Sugar Rush. Viewers will also get a chance to bid a proper adieu to cancelled family sitcoms Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love and The Big Show Show, both of which will conclude with Christmas-themed specials.

    HOLIDATE (MOVIE)
    THE CAST: Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey, Andrew Bachelor, Jessica Capshaw, Manish Dayal, Alex Moffat, Jake Manley, Cynthy Wu, Frances Fisher and Kristin Chenoweth
    THE PREMISE: Sloane (Roberts) and Jackson (Bracey) hate the holidays. They constantly find themselves single, sitting at the kids table, or stuck with awkward dates. But when these two strangers meet one particularly bad Christmas, they make a pact to be each other’s “holidate” for every festive occasion throughout the next year. With a mutual disdain for the holidays, and assuring themselves that they have no romantic interest in the other, they make the perfect team. However, as a year of absurd celebrations come to an end, Sloane and Jackson find that sharing everything they hate may just prove to be something they unexpectedly love.
    PREMIERE DATE: Wednesday, Oct. 28

    OPERATION CHRISTMAS DROP (MOVIE)
    THE CAST: Kat Graham, Alexander Ludwig and Virginia Madsen
    THE PREMISE: Chasing a promotion, congressional aide Erica Miller forgoes family Christmas to travel across the Pacific at her boss’s behest. Upon landing at a beachside Air Force base, she clashes with her guide, Captain Andrew Jantz, who knows her assignment is finding reasons to defund the facility. The pilot’s pet project — Operation: Christmas Drop, a genuine, decades-old tradition where gifts and supplies are parachuted to residents of remote neighboring islands — has lawmakers wondering if his unit has too much spare energy. Despite their initial opposing goals, Erica softens once she experiences the customs and communal spirit of Andrew’s adopted home.
    PREMIERE DATE: Thursday, Nov. 5

    DASH & LILY
    THE CAST: Austin Abrams, Midori Frances, Dante Brown, Troy Iwata, Keana Marie, James Saito, Jodi Long, Glenn McCuen, Michael Park, Gideon Emery, Jennifer Ikeda and Diego Guevara
    THE PREMISE: A whirlwind Holiday romance builds as cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City, finding they have more in common with each other than they would have expected. The series is based on the young adult book series Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares from New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
    PREMIERE DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 10

    JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY (MOVIE)
    THE CAST: Forest Whitaker, Madalen Mills, Keegan-Michael Key, Sharon Rose, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Ricky Martin, Kieron Dyer, Justin Cornwell, Lisa Davina Phillip and Hugh Bonneville
    THE PREMISE: A musical adventure and a visual spectacle for the ages, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a wholly fresh and spirited family holiday event. Set in the gloriously vibrant town of Cobbleton, the film follows legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle (Whitaker) whose fanciful inventions burst with whimsy and wonder. But when his trusted apprentice (Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key) steals his most prized creation, it’s up to his equally bright and inventive granddaughter (Mills) — and a long-forgotten invention — to heal old wounds and reawaken the magic within. From the imagination of writer-director David E. Talbert and featuring original songs by John Legend, Philip Lawrence, Davy Nathan, and “This Day” performed by Usher and Kiana Ledé, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey reminds us of the strength of family and the power of possibility.
    PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Nov. 13

    HOLIDAY HOME MAKEOVER WITH MR. CHRISTMAS
    THE CAST: Benjamin Bradley
    THE PREMISE: Benjamin Bradley, best known as Mr. Christmas, is a veteran in the interior design industry with a healthy obsession with the holiday season. For Mr. Christmas, the holidays are all about celebrating love, life, family and friends through meaningful traditions. In the new Netflix series Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas, Bradley takes you behind the scenes as he puts his design expertise and vast Christmas collection to good use. Equipped with lights, garlands, and enough tinsel to blanket the North Pole, he and his team of elves work around the clock to bring holiday cheer to families and communities deserving of a home makeover for the most joyous time of year. Mr. Christmas invites viewers along for the ride to kick off the holiday season and get inspired to take their own home decorating and traditions to the next level.
    PREMIERE DATE: Wednesday, Nov. 18

    THE PRINCESS SWITCH: SWITCHED AGAIN (MOVIE)
    THE CAST: Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Nick Sagar
    THE PREMISE: When Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a rough patch with boyfriend Kevin, it’s up to her double Princess Stacy of Belgravia to get these star-crossed lovers back together… but the course of true love is complicated by the appearance of a handsome royal who’s intent on stealing Margaret’s heart. Throw in the unexpected arrival of Margaret’s outrageous party girl cousin Fiona, a third look-alike who has ambitions of her own, and you have the recipe for Christmas triple trouble!
    PREMIERE DATE: Thursday, Nov. 19

    DOLLY PARTON'S CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE (MOVIE)
    THE CAST: Dolly Parton, Christine Baranski, Jenifer Lewis, Treat Williams, Jeanine Mason, Josh Segarra and Mary Lane Haskell
    THE PREMISE: A rich and nasty woman, Regina Fuller, returns to her small hometown after her father’s death to evict everyone and sell the land to a mall developer – right before Christmas. However, after listening to stories of the local townsfolk, reconnecting with an old love, and accepting the guidance of an actual angel, Regina starts to have a change of heart. This is the story about family, love and how a small town’s Christmas spirit can warm the coldest of hearts. Featuring 14 original songs with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton.
    PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 22

    THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES: PART TWO (MOVIE)
    THE CAST: Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Jahzir Bruno, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Julian Dennison, Tyrese Gibson with Judah Lewis and Darby Camp
    THE PREMISE: It’s been two years since siblings Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Lewis) saved Christmas, and a lot has changed. Kate, now a cynical teenager, is reluctantly spending Christmas in Cancun with her mom’s new boyfriend and his son Jack (Bruno). Unwilling to accept this new version of her family, Kate decides to run away. But when a mysterious, magical troublemaker named Belsnickel threatens to destroy the North Pole and end Christmas for good, Kate and Jack are unexpectedly pulled into a new adventure with Santa Claus (Russell).
    PREMIERE DATE: Wednesday, Nov. 25

    DANCE DREAMS: HOT CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER (DOCUMENTARY)
    THE PREMISE: From Shondaland, Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker spotlights the career of award-winning entertainer Debbie Allen and follows her group of young dancers as they prepare for Allen’s annual “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” production.
    PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Nov. 27

    SUGAR RUSH CHRISTMAS SEASON 2
    THE PREMISE: This competition series challenges bakers to create holiday treats that look festive and taste amazing — all against a ticking clock.
    PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Nov. 27

    THE CAST: Leandro Hassum, Elisa Pinheiro, Ariane Botelho, Miguel Rômulo, Louise Cardoso, Danielle Winits
    THE PREMISE: After taking a very nasty fall on Christmas Eve, grinchy Jorge blacks out and wakes up one year later, with no memory of the year that has passed. He soon realizes that he’s doomed to keep waking up on Christmas Eve after Christmas Eve, having to deal with the aftermath of what his other self has done the other 364 days of the year.
    PREMIERE DATE: Thursday, Dec. 3

    GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW: HOLIDAYS SEASON 3
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    THE PREMISE: ‘Tis the season for eight returning bakers to vie for the holiday crown as they race to make wondrous winter treats.
    PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Dec. 4

    Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love and The Big Show Show
    ALIEN XMAS
    When a race of kleptomaniac aliens attempts to steal Earth’s gravity in order to more easily take everything on the planet, only the gift-giving spirit of Christmas and a small alien named X can save the world.
    PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Nov. 20

    DRAGONS: RESCUE RIDERS – HUTTSGALOR HOLIDAY
    Huttsgalor’s favorite winter festival is finally here! But will some ice-breathing dragons put a frost on everyone’s fun.
    PREMIERE DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 24

    A GO! GO! CORY CARSON CHRISTMAS
    When a snow plow, who has an uncanny resemblance to Santa, crashes in the Carson’s yard, Cory must remind him who he is in order to save Christmas.
    PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Nov. 27

    WONDEROOS: HOLIDAY HOLIDAY!
    It’s winter in the big city and everyone is excited to celebrate the holidays! When Poppy decides to throw a holiday party for Sully, the Wonderoos learn that there are lots of different holidays and ways to celebrate!
    PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 29

    ANGELA’S CHRISTMAS WISH
    Angela’s Christmas Wish is a heart-warming tale of a determined little girl who sets out to reunite her family in time for Christmas. Based on characters from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, it is a tender and funny story about the importance of family and togetherness.
    PREMIERE DATE: TUESDAY, DEC. 1

    CHICO BON BON AND THE VERY BERRY HOLIDAY
    When Barry the Berry Bear doesn’t show up to deliver the traditional Blunderberry Cakes on Blunderberry Day Eve, the Fix-It Force kicks it into high gear to save the town’s most magical holiday!
    PREMIERE DATE: Thursday, Dec. 3

    CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS MEGA BLISSMAS
    George and Harold love Christmas, but they feel like it could use some upgrades. So they make a comic about a new version of the holiday: BLISSMAS. Instead of red bows, laser shows! Instead of ugly sweaters, cool capes! Instead of decorating trees, creating tree-bots! The boys take Melvin’s time toad back to convince Santa to incorporate some of their ideas to his new holiday. But they come back to the present to find that their plan didn’t work quite how they’d hoped. George and Harold realize they need to help Santa remember the true meaning of Christmas before it’s gone forever!
    PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Dec. 4

    MIGHTY EXPRESS: A MIGHTY CHRISTMAS
    Mandy Mail must deliver a load of late Christmas letters to the North Pole, then all the trains join in to help Santa deliver the presents during a big storm.
    PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 5

    SUPER MONSTERS: SANTA’S SUPER MONSTER HELPERS
    When GrrBus takes Sami, Zane, Olive and Rocky on a field trip to the North Pole, they accidentally cause a catastrophe at Santa’s workshop – and it’s up to the eight older Super Monsters to come to the rescue and save Christmas!
    PREMIERE DATE: Tuesday, Dec. 8

    ASHLEY GARCIA: GENIUS IN LOVE – CHRISTMAS (SERIES FINALE)
    A holly, jolly gathering takes a strange turn when Ashley bumps her head and gets a glimpse of her near-distant future with Tío, Tad, Stick and Brooke.
    PREMIERE DATE: Wednesday, Dec. 9

    THE BIG SHOW SHOW: CHRISTMAS (SERIES FINALE)
    When Big Show gets injured Cassy has to fill his big shoes in the hopes of winning the neighborhood Christmas competition. Meanwhile JJ, Mandy and Lola are sent on a scavenger hunt for presents only to discover spending time together might be the best gift of all.
    PREMIERE DATE: Wednesday, Dec. 9

    A TRASH TRUCK CHRISTMAS
    When Hank finds out that Trash Truck doesn’t know what Christmas is, he sets out to show him and their friends what the magical holiday is all about. And luckily for Santa, the friends are up to speed just in time to help save Christmas.
    PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Dec. 11

    2020 People’s Choice Awards Nominees

    (10/1/20) The annual awards show will broadcast live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA Nov. 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

    THE SHOW OF 2020
    1. Grey’s Anatomy
    2. Never Have I Ever
    3. Outer Banks
    4. The Bachelor
    5. The Masked Singer
    6. The Last Dance
    7. This Is Us
    8. Tiger King

    THE DRAMA SHOW OF 2020
    1. Grey’s Anatomy
    2. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    3. Outer Banks
    4. Ozark
    5. Power
    6. Riverdale
    7. The Walking Dead
    8. This Is Us

    THE MALE TV STAR OF 2020
    1. Chase Stokes – Outer Banks
    2. Cole Sprouse – Riverdale
    3. Dan Levy – Schitt’s Creek
    4. Jason Bateman – Ozark
    5. Jesse Williams – Grey’s Anatomy
    6. Norman Reedus – The Walking Dead
    7. Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us
    8. Steve Carell – Space Force

    THE FEMALE TV STAR OF 2020
    1. Christina Applegate – Dead To Me
    2. Danai Gurira – The Walking Dead
    3. Ellen Pompeo – Grey’s Anatomy
    4. Lili Reinhart – Riverdale
    5. Mandy Moore – This Is Us
    6. Mariska Hargitay – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    7. Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
    8. Sofia Vergara – Modern Family

    THE DRAMA TV STAR OF 2020
    1. Cole Sprouse – Riverdale
    2. Chase Stokes – Outer Banks
    3. Danai Gurira – The Walking Dead
    4. Ellen Pompeo – Grey’s Anatomy
    5. Mandy Moore – This Is Us
    6. Mariska Hargitay – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    7. Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
    8. Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us

    ‘Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square’: Netflix Reveals Premiere Date For Debbie Allen-Directed Holiday Musical With Christine Baranski

    (9/30/20) Netflix has set the premiere date for its Dolly Parton holiday special Dolly Parton’s Christmas on The Square. The streaming giant announced Tuesday that the holiday title, starring Parton, Christine Baranski, Jenifer Lewis, Treat Williams and Jeanine Mason, will premiere on Nov. 22

    Dolly Parton’s Christmas on The Square, directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen, follows a rich woman named Regina (Baranski) who seeks to sell her father’s land to a mall developer. However after an encounter with a guardian angel (Parton), Regina undergoes a Grinch-like change of heart and rekindles connections with the locals of her hometown.

    The Netflix special is also set to feature 14 original songs by Dolly Parton.

    Rounding out the Dolly Parton’s Christmas on The Square cast are Josh Segarra, Mary Lane Haskell, Matthew Johnson and Selah Kimbro Jones.

    Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square is produced by Magnolia Hill Productions and Sandollar Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television for Netflix. Executive Producers include Sam Haskell, writer Maria Schlatter, Debbie Allen, and Dolly Parton.

    Isaiah Washington To Mark Feature Directorial Debut With ‘Corsicana’ Western

    (9/25/20) Grey’s Anatomy alum Isaiah Washington is stepping behind the camera for Corsicana, a character-driven western which will serve as his feature directorial debut. Washington is also starring in the film alongside Lew Temple, Noel Guglielmi, Billy Blair, Amber McNutt, Stacey Dash, Brooke Anne Smith, Major Dodge, Robert Johnson, Thomas Rochester, and Jason Johnson.

    Written by Robert Johnson, the story follows Bass Reeves (Washington), a former slave who became one of the first black Deputy United States Marshals in the American West. Reeves tracks an outlaw gang of killers to the oil-rich Texas town of Corsicana.

    Filming is currently underway. Washington, Johnson, Ryan DeLaney, and Amber McNutt are producing, with McNutt also serving as executive producer.

    Washington, repped by Crystal Ship Artist Talent and Anderson & Smith PC, currently stars in CW’s The 100 as well as the new hit series P-Valley on Starz.

    Hallmark Unveils 2020 'Countdown to Christmas' Slate, Including Gay Adoption Movie, Hanukkah Celebration

    (9/23/20) Hallmark Unveils 2020 'Countdown to Christmas' Slate, Including Gay Adoption Movie, Hanukkah Celebration

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — and, at least for one night, Hanukkah — at Hallmark Channel.

    The basic cable network has unveiled its slate of 40 (!) original holiday movies airing in 2020, including The Christmas House, starring Mean Girls‘ Jonathan Bennett as one-half of a gay couple looking to adopt their first child. The lineup also includes Love, Lights, Hanukkah!, a Hanukkah-themed flick featuring Star Trek: Discovery‘s Mia Kirshner and Boy Meets World‘s Ben Savage.

    The three dozen-plus films feature a plethora of network vets, including Candace Cameron Bure (in her ninth Hallmark Christmas movie), Danica McKellar (in her sixth Hallmark movie overall), Catherine Bell, Alison Sweeney and Tamera Mowry-Housley, as well as Lacey Chabert and Holly Robinson Peete — both of whom appear in two original movies this year.

    New to the Hallmark family in 2020 are Aaron Tveit (Grease Live), Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars), Jeremy Jordan (Supergirl), Marisol Nichols (Riverdale), Mallory Jansen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Rochelle Aytes (S.W.A.T.), among others.

    “Our holiday table is bigger and more welcoming than ever,” Hallmark Channel’s EVP of programming Michelle Vicary said in a statement. “This year’s movies reflect our most diverse representation of talent, narratives, and families, including The Christmas House, featuring a storyline about a gay couple looking to adopt their first child, and starring Jonathan Bennett in an ensemble cast. Our movies are rooted in warmth and positivity, meaningful connections, family gatherings, and seasonal traditions — a winning formula we hope will bring our millions of viewers much-needed levity and holiday cheer at the end of a tough year.”

    Added Crown Media President and CEO Wonya Lucas, “For more than a decade, Hallmark holiday movies have represented the gold standard that many aspire to replicate. What we bring to the table and what truly sets us apart is an immersive holiday experience that has become a pop culture phenomenon for millions of fans… We have created a destination that evokes the spirit and feeling of the season in a way that is uniquely Hallmark.”

    Hallmark’s “Countdown to Christmas” slate begins rolling out on Friday, Oct. 23. Scroll down for a complete list of this year’s holiday movies, then hit the comments and tell us which of the following flicks pique your interest.

    JINGLE BELL BRIDECAST: Julie Gonzalo (Supergirl) and Ronnie Rowe Jr. (Star Trek: Discovery)
    PREMISE: Wedding planner Jessica Perez (Gonzalo) travels to a remote town in Alaska to find a rare flower for a celebrity client and is charmed by the small town during Christmas, as well as the handsome local (Rowe Jr.) helping her.
    PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Oct. 24 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    CHRISTMAS TREE LANE
    CAST: Alicia Witt (Our Christmas Love Song), Andrew Walker (Christmas on My Mind), Drake Hogestyn (Days of Our Lives) and Briana Price (13 Reasons Why)
    PREMISE: Music store owner Meg (Witt) spearheads the community effort to save the Christmas Tree Lane shopping district from demolition. As she finds herself falling for Nate (Walker), a recent acquaintance, she’s thrown when she learns his surprising tie to the developer.
    PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Oct. 24 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

    CHATEAU CHRISTMAS
    CAST: Merritt Patterson (Picture a Perfect Christmas) and Luke Macfarlane (Just Add Romance)
    PREMISE: Margot (Patterson), a world-renowned pianist, returns to Chateau Newhaus to spend the holidays with her family and is reunited with an ex (Macfarlane) who helps her rediscover her passion for music.
    PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Oct. 25 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    DELIVER BY CHRISTMAS
    CAST: Alvina August (Nancy Drew) and Eion Bailey (Switched for Christmas)
    PREMISE: Bakery owner Molly (August) meets Josh (Bailey), a widower who recently moved to town with his young son, but she is also charmed by a mysterious client whom she’s never met in person and she doesn’t realize that they’re the same man.
    PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Oct. 25 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

    CHRISTMAS WITH THE DARLINGS
    CAST: Katrina Law (Arrow) and Carlo Marks (Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday)
    PREMISE: Just before the holidays Jessica Lew (Law) is ending her tenure as the assistant to her wealthy boss to use her recently earned law degree within his company, but offers to help his charming, younger brother (Marks) as he looks after his orphaned nieces and nephew over Christmas.
    PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Oct. 31 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    CRANBERRY CHRISTMAS
    CAST: Nikki DeLoach (Two Turtle Doves) and Benjamin Ayres (A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas)
    PREMISE: A separated couple (DeLoach and Ayres) feign marital bliss on national television to help their town’s Christmas festival – and their business. But what will the future hold for them when rekindled love is complicated by new opportunities?
    PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Oct. 31 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

    ONE ROYAL HOLIDAY
    CAST: Laura Osnes (In the Key of Love), Aaron Tveit (Les Miserables), Krystal Joy Brown (Sydney to the Max), Victoria Clark (Homeland) and Tom McGowan (Everybody Loves Raymond)
    PREMISE: When Anna (Osnes) offers a stranded mother (Clark) and son (Tveit) shelter in a blizzard, she learns that they are the Royal Family of Galwick. Anna shows the Prince how they do Christmas in her hometown, encouraging him to open his heart and be true to himself.
    PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 1 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    HOLLY & IVY
    CAST: Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars), Jeremey Jordan (Supergirl) and Marisol Nichols (Riverdale)
    PREMISE: When Melody’s (Parrish) neighbor, Nina (Nichols), learns that her illness has returned, Melody promises to keep Nina’s kids, Holly & Ivy, together. To adopt the children, she must renovate her new fixer-upper, which she does with the help of contractor, Adam (Jordan).
    PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 1 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

    NEVER KISS A MAN IN A CHRISTMAS SWEATER
    CAST: Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) and Niall Matter (Christmas at Dollywood)
    PREMISE: Single mom Maggie (Williams) is facing Christmas alone until Lucas (Matter) crashes into her life and becomes an unexpected houseguest. Together they overcome Christmas while finding comfort in their growing bond.
    PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 7 (Hallmark, 8/7c

    THE CHRISTMAS RING
    CAST: Nazneen Contractor (Ransom) and David Alpay (The Mistletoe Inn)
    PREMISE: A reporter (Contractor) searches for the love story behind an antique engagement ring. With the help of the ring’s owner’s grandson (Alpay), they learn the legacy his grandparent’s left behind.
    PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 7 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

    ON THE 12TH DATE OF CHRISTMAS
    CAST: Mallory Jansen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Tyler Hynes (The Mistletoe Secret)
    PREMISE: Two seemingly incompatible game designers team up to create a romantic, city-wide scavenger hunt themed for the “12 Days of Christmas.”
    PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 8 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    THE CHRISTMAS BOW
    CAST: Lucia Micarelli (Treme) and Michael Rady (You’re Bacon Me Crazy)
    PREMISE: When an accident puts her music dreams on hold, a gifted violinist (Micarelli) reconnects with an old family friend (Rady), who helps her heal and find love during the holidays.
    PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 8 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

    CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA
    CAST: Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy) and Brennan Elliott (Crossword Mysteries)
    PREMISE: Jess (Drew), a concert violinist whose heart just isn’t in it anymore, goes to Vienna for a performance. While there, she finds the inspiration she has been missing, and a new love.
    PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 14 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    MEET ME AT CHRISTMAS (WORKING TITLE)
    CAST: Catherine Bell (Good Witch) and Mark Deklin (Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy)
    PREMISE: When Joan’s (Bell) son’s wedding planner unexpectedly quits, she must coordinate his Christmas Eve wedding with the help of Beau (Deklin), the bride’s uncle. As they work alongside each other they discover their fates and pasts are intertwined.
    PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 14 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8)

    A TIMELESS CHRISTMAS
    CAST: Ryan Paevey (Christmas at the Plaza) and Erin Cahill (Love, Fall & Order)
    PREMISE: Charles Whitley (Paevey) travels from 1903 to 2020 where he meets Megan Turner (Cahill), a tour guide at his historic mansion, and experiences a 21st Century Christmas.
    PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 15 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    THE CHRISTMAS DOCTOR
    CAST: Holly Robinson Peete (A Family Christmas Gift) and Adrian Holmes (V-Wars)
    PREMISE: A week before Christmas, Dr. Alicia Wright (Peete) is offered an assignment away from home. A mysterious man (Holmes) from her past journeys to find her before Christmas and brings with him a revelation that could change Alicia’s life forever.
    PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 15 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

    A NASHVILLE CHRISTMAS CAROL
    CAST: Jessy Schram (Country at Heart), Wes Brown (Christmas at Graceland), Wynonna Judd (The Judds), Sara Evans (Nashville), RaeLynn (The Voice), Kix Brooks (Home by Spring), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Darrow Mysteries)
    PREMISE: Vivienne Wake (Schram), a workaholic television producer in charge of a country music Christmas special showcasing newcomer Alexis (Raelynn), never lets personal feelings get in the way of business. On the verge of accepting a job in LA, and with the return of Gavin Chase (Brown), her childhood sweetheart and manager to the special’s headliner, Belinda (Evans), she receives a visit from the ghost of her recently deceased mentor, Marilyn (Judd). Her mentor warns her current path leads to a dark future and has recruited both the Spirit of Christmas Past (Brooks) and the Spirit of Christmas Present (Williams-Paisley) to help her get back on track. The Spirits’ time-jumping adventures force Vivienne to take hold of her life.
    PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 21 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CHARM (WORKING TITLE)
    CAST: Ashley Greene (Twilight) and Brendan Penny (Chesapeake Shores)
    PREMISE: Holly (Greene), a jewelry designer finds a lost charm bracelet and teams up with investigative reporter Greg (Penny) in hopes of finding the owner and returning it by Christmas Eve.
    PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 21 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

    THE CHRISTMAS HOUSE
    CAST: Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls), Ana Ayora (In the Dark), Treat Williams (Chesapeake Shores), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue) and Brad Harder (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries)
    PREMISE: Working through some difficult decisions, Mitchell family matriarch Phylis (Lawrence) and patriarch Bill (Williams), have summoned their two grown sons – TV star, Mike Mitchell (Buckley) and Brandon Mitchell (Bennett) – home for the holidays. It is their hope that bringing the family together to recreate the Christmas house, will help them find resolution and make a memorable holiday for the entire family and community. As Brandon and his husband Jake (Harder) make the trip home, they are anxiously awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child. Meanwhile, Mike reconnects with Andi (Ayora), his high school sweetheart.
    PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 22 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    THE ANGEL TREE
    CAST: Jill Wagner (Teen Wolf) and Lucas Bryant (Country at Heart)
    PREMISE: A writer (Wagner) seeks the identity of the person who helps grant wishes that are placed upon the angel tree, and in the process, reconnects with her childhood friend (Bryant).
    PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 22 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

    ADDITIONAL MOVIE TBA
    CAST: TBD
    PREMISE: TBD
    PREMIERE DATE: Monday, Nov. 23 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    A CHRISTMAS TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN
    CAST: Rochelle Aytes (Mistresses) and Mark Taylor (Memories of Christmas)
    PREMISE: Erin (Aytes) is planning the town’s Christmas celebration and must win over firefighter Kevin (Taylor) in order to obtain the beautiful spruce tree from his property for the celebration.
    PREMIERE DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 24 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    A BRIGHT AND MERRY CHRISTMAS
    CAST: Alison Sweeney (Days of Our Lives) and Marc Blucas (The Fix)
    PREMISE: Two competing TV hosts (Sweeney and Blucas) are sent to a festive small town over Christmas. While pretending to get along for the sake of appearances, they discover that there’s more to each other than they thought.
    PREMIERE DATE: Wednesday, Nov. 25 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    FIVE STAR CHRISTMAS (WORKING TITLE)
    CAST: Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill) and Victor Webster (MatchMaker Mysteries)
    PREMISE: After moving back to her hometown, Lisa (Lenz) plots with her siblings and grandparents to help her father’s new bed and breakfast get a five-star review from an incognito travel critic (Webster), but ends up falling for him, not knowing he is the real critic.
    PREMIERE DATE: Thursday, Nov. 26 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    CHRISTMAS BY STARLIGHT
    CAST: Kimberley Sustad (Travelers) and Paul Campbell (Battlestar Galactica)
    PREMISE: Annie (Sustad), a lawyer, must help her loved ones this holiday season. Her family’s restaurant, The Starlight Café, is slated for demolition. The heir to the development firm responsible, William (Campbell), makes her an unlikely proposition: he’ll spare the café if Annie spends the week “appearing” as the legal counsel his father is demanding he hire in the wake of some costly mistakes.
    PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Nov. 27 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    Lacey Chabert
    CHRISTMAS WALTZ
    CAST: Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls), Will Kemp (Royal Matchmaker) and JT Church (Dancing With the Stars: Juniors)
    PREMISE: After Avery’s (Chabert) storybook Christmas wedding is canceled unexpectedly, dance instructor Roman (Kemp) helps her rebuild her dreams.
    PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 28 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    USS CHRISTMAS
    CAST: Jen Lilley (Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday), Trevor Donovan (Nostalgic Christmas) and Barbara Niven (Chesapeake Shores)
    PREMISE: Maddie (Lilley), a reporter for a Norfolk newspaper, embarks on a Tiger Cruise during Christmastime where she meets a handsome naval officer (Donovan) and stumbles upon a mystery in the ship’s archive room.
    PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 28 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

    IF I ONLY HAD CHRISTMAS
    CAST: Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House) and Warren Christie (The Color of Rain)
    PREMISE: At Christmas, a cheerful publicist (Bure) teams up with a cynical business owner (Christie) and his team to help a charity in need.
    PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 29 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    CHRISTMAS IN EVERGREEN: BELLS ARE RINGING
    CAST: Holly Robinson Peete (A Family Christmas Gift), Colin Lawrence (Riverdale), Rukiya Bernard (One Winter Weekend), Antonio Cayonne (Fashionably Yours) and Barbara Niven (Chesapeake Shores)
    PREMISE: As Michelle’s (Peete) wedding approaches, Hannah (Bernard) steps up to help finish the launch of the new Evergreen museum while questioning her relationship and future with Elliot (Cayonne).
    PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 5 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    TIME FOR US TO COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
    CAST: Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls) and Stephen Huszar (A Homecoming for the Holidays)
    PREMISE: Five guests are mysteriously invited to an inn to celebrate Christmas. With the help of the owner Ben (Huszar), Sarah (Chabert) discovers that an event from the past may connect them and change their lives forever; from executive producer Blake Shelton.
    PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 5 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

    CHRISTMAS SHE WROTE
    CAST: Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years) and Dylan Neal (Gourmet Detective: Roux the Day)
    PREMISE: When Kayleigh (McKellar), a romance writer, has her column cancelled right before Christmas, she heads home to reconnect with her family. Kayleigh gets an unexpected visit from the man (Neal) who cancelled her column who fights not only to bring her back to the publisher but also for her heart.
    PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 6 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    A GODWINK CHRISTMAS: FIRST LOVES, SECOND CHANCES
    CAST: Brooke D’Orsay (Royal Pains) and Sam Page (The Bold Type)
    PREMISE: After 15 years, Pat (Page) moves home from Hawaii with his two sons and through a series of coincidences, or Godwinks, ends up stuck in traffic next to his high school sweetheart, Margie (D’Orsay), at Christmas.
    PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 6 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

    CROSS COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
    CAST: Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That) and Greyston Holt (Chesapeake Shores)
    PREMISE: Former classmates Lina (Cook) and Max (Holt) are traveling home for the holidays, until a storm hits and they have to work together to make it home in time, no matter the mode of transportation.
    PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 12 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    A GLENBROOKE CHRISTMAS
    CAST: Autumn Reeser (The O.C.) and Antonio Cupo (Hats Off to Christmas!)
    PREMISE: As Christmas nears, heiress Jessica Morgan (Reeser) seizes what seems like her last chance to experience a relaxed Christmas and heads off to the small town of Glenbrooke, where she meets a handsome fireman (Cupo).
    PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 12 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

    CHRISTMAS COMES TWICE
    CAST: Tamera Mowry-Housley (Sister, Sister) and Michael Xavier (Paris, Wine and Romance)
    PREMISE: Emily (Mowry-Housley) is a top newscaster who has achieved her career dreams but still has regrets about the guy (Xavier) who got away five years earlier. When the Christmas carnival comes to town, a ride around the carousel takes her magically back in time to the carnival five years before…giving her a second chance at love before she must return to Christmas present.
    PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 13 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING (WORKING TITLE)
    CAST: Taylor Cole (Matching Hearts) and Steve Lund (The Art of Us)
    PREMISE: When a mysterious key and a holiday riddle arrive on their doorsteps, Kate (Cole) and Kevin (Lund) embark on a Christmas romance adventure they’ll never forget.
    PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 13 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

    CHRISTMAS CAROUSEL
    CAST: Rachel Boston (Check Inn to Christmas) and Neal Bledsoe (Shameless)
    PREMISE: When Lila (Boston) is hired by the Royal Family of Marcadia to repair a carousel, she must work with the Prince (Bledsoe) to complete it by Christmas.
    PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 19 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    SWEPT UP BY CHRISTMAS (WORKING TITLE)
    CAST: TBD
    PREMISE: An antique seller and a cleaner clash over how to downsize a magnificent estate right before Christmas. As the two uncover the house’s treasures, they find a way to reconnect the reclusive owner with his own Christmases past.
    PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 19 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

    LOVE, LIGHTS, HANUKKAH!
    CAST: Mia Kirshner (Star Trek: Discovery), Ben Savage (Boy Meets World) and Marilu Henner (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries)
    PREMISE: As Christina (Kirshner) prepares her restaurant for its busiest time of year, she gets back a DNA test revealing that she’s Jewish. The discovery leads her to a new family and an unlikely romance over eight nights.
    PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 20 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

    PROJECT CHRISTMAS WISH
    CAST: TBD
    PREMISE: For years Lucy has played Santa to her small town’s community by making their holiday wishes come true. But when Lucy grants a little girl’s wish for a Christmas like she used to have with her Mom, she unexpectedly finds her own wishes coming true in life and love.
    PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 20 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

    Grey's Anatomy and Station 19 Prepare for Another Crossover Event in This Teaser Trailer

    (9/19/20) (Video) Grey's Anatomy will be returning on the same night as Station 19 with a two-hour premiere and an epic crossover event on Thursday, Nov. 12, and TV Guide has an exclusive teaser of these COVID-19 episodes. Respective series stars Ellen Pompeo and Jaina Lee Ortiz provide the voiceover for the teaser trailer that will officially premiere Sunday night during the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. While there's no new footage from the respective shows in the clip, the actresses emphasize how doctors and first responders have been on the front lines of the pandemic and tease, "Sometimes, we all need saving," which is the tagline for Grey's Anatomy Season 17. It sounds like we need to be worried.

    When we last left off with both crews, Andy (Ortiz) had just found out on Station 19 that her mom hadn't actually died when she was a little girl, but had instead left her and her father. Meanwhile on Grey's, Meredith had managed to save Richard (James Pickens Jr.) thanks to a miraculous last-minute diagnosis from DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti), but it spurred him to admit something was wrong. That's not to mention all the Teddy (Kim Raver) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) drama... We have a lot to figure out when these shows return. Luckily, it's only a few weeks away!

    The Station 19 and Grey's Anatomy crossover event begins Thursday, Nov. 12 at 8/7c.

    ABC Rounds Out Fall Schedule With Announcement Of Scripted Drama Series Premiere Dates for 2020–2021

    (9/17/20) Today, ABC announced premiere dates for its scripted drama series slate, rounding out the network’s fall schedule. Dates for unscripted and comedy series were previously announced.

    “Our fall schedule is now complete with a dynamic lineup of new and returning drama series,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “From fan-favorite shows like ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘The Good Doctor’ to David E. Kelley’s thrilling new drama ‘Big Sky,’ our strength is in our storytelling, and we could not be more energized to bring these compelling series to our viewers.”

    ABC delivered the Top 2 scripted programs on Thursday in Adults 18-49 last season with dramas “Grey’s Anatomy” and “A Million Little Things” (tie) and the No. 1 scripted broadcast program on Sunday with the drama “The Rookie.” In addition, “The Good Doctor” stood as the No. 1 show in Monday’s 10 p.m. hour last season with Total Viewers. ABC ended the 2019-2020 season as the No. 1 entertainment network (tie) among Adults 18-49 and ranks as the summer’s No. 1 network (tie) for the second consecutive year.

    ABC’s scripted series premiere dates are as follows (all times listed are Eastern/Pacific). New shows are in bold.

    Note: “The Rookie” will be premiering later in the season.

    MONDAY, NOV. 2
    10:00-11:00 p.m. “The Good Doctor”

    THURSDAY, NOV. 12
    8:00-9:00 p.m. “Station 19”
    9:00-11:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” (two-hour season premiere)

    TUESDAY, NOV. 17
    10:01-11:00 p.m. “Big Sky” (series premiere)

    WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18
    10:00-11:00 p.m. “For Life”

    THURSDAY, NOV. 19
    10:01-11:00 p.m. “A Million Little Things”

    THE GOOD DOCTOR (SEASON 4) – MONDAY, NOV. 2 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

    Dr. Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, continues to use his extraordinary medical gifts at St. Bonaventure Hospital’s surgical unit. As his friendships deepen, Shaun continues to tackle the world of dating and romantic relationships and works harder than he ever has before, navigating his environment to prove to his colleagues that his talents as a surgeon will save lives. The series stars Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, Antonia Thomas as Dr. Claire Browne, Hill Harper as Dr. Marcus Andrews, Richard Schiff as Dr. Aaron Glassman, Christina Chang as Dr. Audrey Lim, Fiona Gubelmann as Dr. Morgan Reznick, Will Yun Lee as Dr. Alex Park and Paige Spara as Lea Dilallo. David Shore is the executive producer and showrunner. Daniel Dae Kim, Erin Gunn, David Kim and Sebastian Lee are also executive producers. The series is from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Signature. ABC Signature is a part of Disney Television Studios, alongside 20th Television and Touchstone Television.

    STATION 19 (SEASON 4) – THURSDAY, NOV. 12 (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

    Having delivered its most-watched season ever, “Station 19” follows a group of heroic Seattle firefighters as they put their lives and hearts on the line. From the executive producers of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” the series takes us inside the tough, tight-knit and sometimes heartbreaking world of the city’s bravest first responders. “Station 19” stars Jaina Lee Ortiz as Andy Herrera, Jason George as Ben Warren, Boris Kodjoe as Robert Sullivan, Grey Damon as Jack Gibson, Barrett Doss as Victoria Hughes, Jay Hayden as Travis Montgomery, Okieriete Onaodowan as Dean Miller, Danielle Savre as Maya Bishop and Stefania Spampinato as Carina DeLuca. Krista Vernoff serves as showrunner and executive producer. The series was created by Stacy McKee. Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers serve as executive producers. Paris Barclay serves as the producing director and executive producer of the series. The series is produced by ABC Signature, which is a part of Disney Television Studios, alongside 20th Television and Touchstone Television.

    GREY’S ANATOMY (SEASON 17) – THURSDAY, NOV. 12 (*two-hour season premiere 9:00-11:00 p.m.)

    “Grey’s Anatomy” has solidified its place in television history as the longest-running primetime medical drama ever. The highly beloved series is a cultural touchstone that continues to push boundaries with timely subject matter and characters that break the mold. “Grey’s Anatomy” follows Meredith Grey and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial, who are faced with life-or-death decisions on a daily basis. They seek comfort from one another, and at times, more than just friendship. Together they discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white. “Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce, Kim Raver as Teddy Altman, Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca, Greg Germann as Tom Koracick, Chris Carmack as Atticus “Link” Lincoln, Jake Borelli as Levi Schmitt, Richard Flood as Cormac Hayes and Anthony Hill as Winston Ndugu. “Grey’s Anatomy” was created and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. Krista Vernoff serves as showrunner and executive producer. Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Debbie Allen, Zoanne Clack, Andy Reaser and Meg Marinis are executive producers. The series is produced by ABC Signature, which is a part of Disney Television Studios, alongside 20th Television and Touchstone Television.

    BIG SKY (SERIES PREMIERE) – TUESDAY, NOV. 17 (10:01-11:00 p.m.)

    From visionary storyteller David E. Kelley (“Big Little Lies”) comes “Big Sky,” a thriller created by Kelley, who will write multiple episodes and serve as showrunner in its premiere season. Private detectives Cassie Dewell and Cody Hoyt join forces with his estranged wife and ex-cop, Jenny Hoyt, to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken. “Big Sky” stars Katheryn Winnick as Jenny Hoyt, Kylie Bunbury as Cassie Dewell, Brian Geraghty as Ronald Pergman, Dedee Pfeiffer as Denise Brisbane, Natalie Alyn Lind as Danielle Sullivan, Jade Pettyjohn as Grace Sullivan, Jesse James Keitel as Jerrie Kennedy, Valerie Mahaffey as Helen Pergman with John Carroll Lynch as Rick Legarski and Ryan Phillippe as Cody Hoyt. Based on the series of books by C.J. Box, “Big Sky” is executive produced by David E. Kelley, Ross Fineman, Matthew Gross, Paul McGuigan, C.J. Box and Gwyneth Horder-Payton, and is produced by 20th Television. 20th Television is a part of Disney Television Studios, alongside ABC Signature and Touchstone Television.

    FOR LIFE (SEASON 2) – WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

    Aaron Wallace’s fight continues in season two of “For Life,” as the wrongfully convicted prisoner-turned-litigator and social crusader embarks on a more personal journey. Aaron is motivated by the hope of being reunited with his family and reclaiming a life of freedom to take up the mantle against systemic injustice from outside the prison walls. With continued help from the people who supported him—his family, a wily one-time public defender, Henry Roswell, and his former prison warden, Safiya Masry—Aaron continues his battle against the very political machine that once put him away, undeservedly. Inspired by the life of Isaac Wright Jr., “For Life” continues to shine an unrelenting light upon the institutional wrongs of our penal and legal systems. “For Life” stars Nicholas Pinnock as Aaron Wallace, Indira Varma as Safiya Masry, Joy Bryant as Marie Wallace, Dorian Missick as Jamal Bishop, Tyla Harris as Jasmine Wallace and Timothy Busfield as Henry Roswell. Hank Steinberg is the creator and executive producer; Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson via G-Unit Film & Television, Doug Robinson and Alison Greenspan of Doug Robinson Productions, Isaac Wright Jr. and Russell Fine are executive producers. “For Life” is a co-production of Sony Pictures Television Inc. and ABC Signature. ABC Signature is a part of Disney Television Studios, alongside 20th Television and Touchstone Television.

    A MILLION LITTLE THINGS (SEASON 3) – THURSDAY, NOV. 19 (10:01-11:00 p.m.)

    Friendship isn’t a big thing. It’s a million little things. Our gang ended last season with many challenges in front of them. In season three, we’ll see our group of friends once again lean on each other in ways that are both moving and aspirational—something we could all use right now. And just when the friends seem to find their new normal, their lives are upended when, like ours, COVID-19 rocks their world. We’ll see how the topics our show depicts—depression, breast cancer, chemical dependency, domestic violence, friendship, family and love—are heightened by the challenges our world is facing right now. We’ll rediscover what our gang has always known in their hearts: With the love and support of your friends, you can get through anything. “A Million Little Things” stars David Giuntoli as Eddie Saville, Romany Malco as Rome Howard, Allison Miller as Maggie Bloom, Christina Moses as Regina Howard, Grace Park as Katherine Saville, James Roday Rodriguez as Gary Mendez, Stephanie Szostak as Delilah Dixon, Tristan Byon as Theo Saville, Lizzy Greene as Sophie Dixon and Chance Hurstfield as Danny Dixon. DJ Nash is the creator and executive producer; Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor and David Marshall Grant are executive producers; Nina Lopez-Corrado, Terrence Coli, and Geoffrey Nauffts serve as co-executive producer on the series, from ABC Signature/Kapital Entertainment. ABC Signature is a part of Disney Television Studios, alongside 20th Television and Touchstone Television.

    Grey's Anatomy Season 17 Preview: It's a 'Whole New World' for Meredith & Co.

    (9/7/20) Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t have a premiere date yet — hey, at least we now know when production is getting underway! — but already, Season 17 intel is beginning to trickle out. Or maybe it’s more like leftover Season 16 intel, since the ABC drama still had four episodes left to shoot when it closed up shop in March.

    “In even the best of times, a television writer’s primary job is to know how to pivot,” showrunner Krista Vernoff tells TVLine. “We are not working to protect stories we had [planned] for the end of Season 16. That said, you will get to see some of the immediate moments from where we left off.”

    Deciding to incorporate those scenes was a no-brainer for Vernoff, who’s also in charge of Grey’s spinoff Station 19. “There was great material that we had already shot but did not get a chance to air,” she says, so “we found a way to build it into our premiere.”

    Beyond that, the executive producer previews that Grey Sloan’s doctors will be on the frontlines of the same crisis we’re all facing. In Season 17, “we are navigating Covid,” she says, “and that is a whole new world for our hospital and for all of our characters.”

    At least a few things won’t change between Season 16 and 17 — and potentially for years after. As TVLine reported in late July, Kevin McKidd (Owen), Kim Raver (Teddy) and Camilla Luddington (Jo) have all signed new three-year contracts. In addition, Richard Flood (Cormac) and Anthony Hill (Winston) have been bumped up to series-regular status.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Sets First Table Read; Eyes Post-Labor Day Filming Restart

    (9/1/20) For more than a month now, Grey’s Anatomy, as well as most other ABC drama series based in Los Angeles, had been targeting September production restarts. Deadline can report exclusively, that the veteran medical drama is looking to begin filming next week, Sept. 8, immediately following the Labor Day holiday weekend. The cast is expected to reconvene for their first (virtual) table read this Thursday, Sept. 3, I hear. Reps for ABC Signature, which produces the series, and ABC Entertainment declined comment.

    Like with everything else, all start dates are tentative as the pandemic situation remains fluid. At some point in July, I had heard Aug. 24 mentioned as a potential date for Grey’s Anatomy to resume production. All early tentative restart dates for U.S. TV shows were pushed back amid the spike in COVID-19 cases over the summer.

    Grey’s Anatomy, which is heading into its 17th season, was one of the first series to shut down production in March amid a fast growing coronavirus outbreak. The drama had just wrapped Season 21 of its 25-episode 16th season when filming was suspended.

    “This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of the whole cast and crew and the safety of our loved ones outside of work,” executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff and fellow executive producers Debbie Allen and James Williams wrote in a note to cast and crew back then, announcing the shutdown. “Please take care of yourselves and each other.”

    Like its fellow medical dramas, Grey’s Anatomy is expected to incorporate the ongoing pandemic in its storylines for the upcoming season.

    ABC Eyes October Return For Scripted Originals

    (8/27/20) The Bachelorette’s long-awaited upcoming season has finally scored a date on the ABC fall schedule as the Disney-owned network unveils plans for its unscripted slate.

    The dating format will launch on Tuesday October 13 at 8pm. This comes amidst behind-the scenes drama on the season, which is understood to feature more than one Bachelorette.

    Clare Crawley is thought to have left the show, which filmed in a quarantine bubble, after finding love and is reported to have been replaced by Tayshia Adams.

    Elsewhere, The network’s slate of classic game shows including Celebrity Family Feud, Press Your Luck and Match Game will be taking over Thursday nights between 8pm and 11pm from Thursday September 24.

    This confirms that its Thursday night dramas Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19 and A Million Little Things will air a little later in the fall. Deadline understands that ABC expects its scripted shows, many of which have not yet gone back into production, to premiere in October and November.

    The reboot of Supermarket Sweep, featuring Leslie Jones, will launch at 8pm on Sunday October 18 in between America’s Funniest Home Videos and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. Card Sharks will replace The Rookie in the Sunday night 10pm slot until the police drama is back up and running.

    Shark Tank returns on Friday October 16 at 8pm, while as previously announced Dancing With The Stars, with new host and exec producer Tyra Banks, launched at 8pm on Monday September 14.

    The unscripted schedule highlights the fact that non-scripted shows have been much quicker to return to production following the COVID-19 shutdown.

    “We’re fortunate to have such a strong unscripted slate to launch our first wave of programming this fall,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “Presenting the new Supermarket Sweep with Leslie Jones alongside fresh, original episodes of returning shows that viewers have come to know and love is invigorating. And with our scripted series ramping up production, we look forward to announcing more premiere dates very soon.”

    Camilla Luddington and Matthew Alan welcome baby boy

    (8/25/20) (Photo) “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Camilla Luddington and husband Matthew Alan welcomed their second child together, a baby boy, she announced on Tuesday.

    “After what felt like a year long third trimester… it finally happened!!” Luddington, 36, wrote on Instagram along with a photo of herself with her newborn in the hospital bed.

    She added, “Matt and I are SOOO happy to announce the birth of our sweet baby BOY Lucas, otherwise known as my little lion ?? (shoutout to Leo’s!).”

    Luddington and the 41-year-old “13 Reasons Why” actor already share 3-year-old daughter Hayden.

    Luddington opened up about choosing their baby’s name, saying that it was an easy decision.

    “[Lucas] was the only boys’ name my husband and I ever really liked,” she recently told People, adding that the moniker “topped our boys’ name list back when I was pregnant with Hayden.”

    She also said that she wasn’t expecting to have a boy.

    “This time, we were also convinced I was having a girl again because my morning sickness was so bad, so we were already thinking of new girls’ names,” she said in the interview. “When we found out we were having a boy, we knew instantly he would be Lucas! His middle name is my husband’s [first name], Matthew.”

    She first announced she would be having another baby in March.

    Luddington and Alan got married in August 2019 after getting engaged the previous year. They welcomed Hayden in April 2017.

    Ellen Pompeo Talks Watching 'Myself Age From 33 to 50' on Grey's Anatomy: 'It's Not So Fun... It's a Motherf--ker'

    (8/24/20) Ellen Pompeo is opening up about one of the downsides of primetime job security.

    Speaking to Dax Shepard in the latest episode of his Armchair Expert podcast, the Grey’s Anatomy star — who is entering her 17th season playing Meredith Grey — laments that watching herself age “from 33 to 50 on screen [is] not so fun,” adding, “You really see [the difference] because I’m in the same clothes [playing] the same character. So the way I see myself aging — it’s a motherf–ker.”

    As a result, Pompeo says she has added incentive to walk away from ABC’s top-rated drama before she and the series overstay their welcome.

    “I do not want to be the grapes dying on the vine,” she confesses to Shepard. “Certainly, to dip out sooner rather than later at this point… [and] leave while the show is still on top is definitely a goal. I’m not trying to stay on the show forever. No way. If I get too aggravated and am no longer grateful there, I should not be there.”

    Although ABC has not renewed Grey’s past its upcoming 17th season (which is when Pompeo’s current deal is set to expire), the network is already laying the groundwork for Season 18 and beyond. As reported last month, three of Pompeo’s co-stars — Kevin McKidd, Camilla Luddington and Kim Raver — have inked new contracts that would keep them on the show through a potential Season 19.

    For her part, ABC president Karey Burke has previously stated that Grey’s will remain on the air “as long as Ellen is interested in playing Meredith.”

    Giacomo Gianniotti Thinks DeLuca Will 'Thrive' In Season 17 COVID Storyline

    (8/9/20) It should come as no surprise that TV's major medical dramas are planning to incorporate COVID-19 into their storylines; from New Amsterdam to The Good Doctor to of course, the mother of them all Grey's Anatomy, it would be difficult and possibly even silly for a show set in a modern-day hospital to pretend the ongoing coronavirus crisis isn't happening. How they'll make the pandemic part of their storylines and season openers is another matter altogether, though, and while most shows haven't yet started filming new episodes, they're hard at work figuring out how to write the biggest medical event of our time into their series.

    Previously, Entertainment Weekly reported that Grey's executive producer Krista Vernoff had said the COVID storylines wouldn't be all bleak, with the show likely revealing the "joy and fun to be had in [medical professionals] who are quarantining away from the hospital"; now, a new report is saying that the COVID stories we'll see will jump ahead further than where we left doctors of Grey Sloan last season.

    Speaking to ET Online, Giacomo Gianniotti revealed that Grey's will kick off Season 17 "a month and a half" into the pandemic.

    "It's going to take place a little beyond where we left off in the last season. We might have some flashbacks. We might have some things where we're referencing last season, just to have context leading up. But we are going to have a little leap when we start this season in terms of time," he explained.

    Gianniotti also said that while he hasn't received any scripts, and production — previously intended to start in August but now hoping to resume in September — is still up in the air, he thinks his character Andrew DeLuca will do well with this new challenge.

    "I think he thrives in chaos and he certainly proved that in past seasons that when there's a lot going on, he steps up," he explained. "This is going to be an obviously stressful situation, but I think an exciting one where he can really shine and then thrive."

    Grey's Anatomy Seasons 1-16 are available on Netflix.

    Ellen Pompeo: I Probably Would Have Left Grey's Anatomy After Season 6, If...

    (8/4/20) Grey’s Anatomy, which is entering Season 17 on ABC this fall, might’ve had a much shorter lifespan had opportunity knocked on Ellen Pompeo‘s door when she was in her 20s.

    “If I started the show when I was younger, [like] 25, I probably would have dipped out when I was 31, 32, when my six-year contract was up,” the now 50-year-old actress shares in the latest episode of Jemele Hill’s Unbothered podcast. “I knew coming up on 40, it’s like, I don’t want to be out there chasing [film roles]… begging. I’d rather just see this as the blessing that it is.”

    Elaborating on her decision to prioritize commerce over art, Pompeo said, “A healthy home life was more important than career. I didn’t grow up with a particularly happy childhood… I [now] have this great husband and these three beautiful children, so to have a happy home life was really something I needed to complete, to close the hole in my heart. And so I made a decision to make money, and not chase creative acting roles.”

    Although ABC has not renewed Grey’s past its upcoming 17th season (which is when Pompeo’s current deal is set to expire), the network is already laying the groundwork for Season 18 and beyond. As reported last week, three of Pompeo’s co-stars — Kevin McKidd, Camilla Luddington and Kim Raver — have inked new contracts that would keep them on the show through a potential Season 19.

    For her part, ABC president Karey Burke has previously stated that Grey’s will live on for “as long as Ellen is interested in playing Meredith Grey.”

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Kim Raver, Camilla Luddington & Kevin McKidd Close New Deals To Continue On ABC Drama

    (7/31/20) Grey’s Anatomy‘s main cast will remain intact heading into Season 17. Kim Raver, Camilla Luddington and Kevin McKidd, whose contracts were all up at the end of last season, have signed new multi-year contracts to continue on the long-running medical drama, I have learned. I hear the pacts are for three years, indicating that ABC and Grey’s Anatomy producer ABC Studios are looking to extend the blockbuster medical drama beyond its upcoming, record-breaking 17th season.

    Grey’s Anatomy is in the middle of a two-year pickup which also includes a two-year deal for star Ellen Pompeo, expiring at the end of Season 17. The new contracts for McKidd, Raver and Luddington, which I hear come with significant salary bumps, would carry them past next May should Grey’s be renewed for an 18th season.

    ABC brass certainly hope that would be the case.

    “We are in conversations now with the producers” about the upcoming 17th season and beyond, ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke told Deadline last month. “I’m hopeful that Grey’s Anatomy stays a part of our schedule. They certainly know that we’d like it to be part of our schedule for as long as they are interested in making more episodes.”

    Burke shared similar sentiment in January. “Grey’s Anatomy will live as long as Ellen is interested in playing Meredith Grey,” she said back then.

    Raver was originally a series regular in Seasons 6-8. She returned to the show for a guest arc in Season 14, reprising her role as Dr. Teddy Altman, the former head of cardiothoracic surgery at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital. She became a series regular again at the start of Season 15.

    Luddington joined Grey’s as a recurring in Season 9 and was upped to a regular the following season. She plays Jo Karev (formerly Brooke Stadler and Jo Wilson), an attending general surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital who was married to Alex Karev until he left her for his ex-wife, Izzie, last season.

    McKidd joined Grey’s Anatomy in Season 5, playing Army veteran Owen Hunt, the head of trauma and former chief of surgery at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

    In addition to the returning cast led by Pompeo, Raver, Luddington and McKidd will be joined next season by Richard Flood and Anthony Hill, who were just promoted to new series regulars on the hugely popular series.

    Grey’s Anatomy, which moved to 9 PM on Thursday this past season, is the longest-running medical drama on television and remains ABC’s flagship series. It is now part of a formidable 8-10 PM block with spinoff Station 19, overseen by executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff. Raver and McKidd already have appeared on Station 19; I hear the trio’s new contracts include provisions about a continuing presence on the spinoff as the two series become more closely integrated.

    Like many other broadcast series, Grey’s Anatomy‘s most recent 16th season was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. It was one of the first series to shut down production in the face of the health crisis.

    Raver is repped Gersh, Atlas Artists and Sutton, Barth & Vennari. Luddington is repped by UTA, Main Title Entertainment and McKuin Frankel Whitehead. McKidd is repped by WME and Independent Talent Group.

    Grey's Anatomy's Coronavirus Storyline Won't Be All 'Death and Despair'

    (7/31/20) Grey’s Anatomy‘s Season 17 incorporation of the real world’s coronavirus pandemic will not be all about “death and despair,” says showrunner Krista Vernoff.

    As a guest on THR’s TV’s Top 5 podcast this week, Vernoff was asked if COVID-19 would in some way be a “Big Bad” for the doctors to deal with, or but a new part of their lives that lives alongside the usual drama. “It sort of sits somewhere in the middle,” she previewed, “depending on the episode.”

    As a factor in Season 17 storytelling, Vernoff said, “There’s joy and fun to be had in people who are quarantining away from the hospital,” especially for the docs who, to protect loved ones, crash elsewhere between shifts. As we have seen in real life, “Many of [these doctors] aren’t going home to their families; they’re getting Airbnbs and living together,” Vernoff noted.

    “There’s a lot of story to tell that is sort of COVID-related but not about death and despair,” she added.

    Vernoff also pointed out there are storytelling possibilities when it comes to the cancellation or postponement of elective surgeries, both in how that can result in surgical nurses being furloughed due to lack of work, or in Dr. Grey & Co. not getting to do what they do best. “Our show is a surgical show,” the EP reminded, “and there are a lot of surgeries that are simply not happening.”

    What’s more, there are medical stories to be found in the fact that “death has increased in this country particularly because people were in the early months [of an illness] and are still afraid to go to the doctor, afraid to go to the hospital,” said Vernoff.

    In fact, when the Grey’s boss reached out to the medical community at the start of the pandemic to see if there was a helpful message she could tweet out, the suggestions were a la “Come to the doctor at the first sign of stroke” or “at the first sign of heart attack,” she shared. “Because people weren’t going. And they were dying.”

    Grey's Anatomy Promotes 2 Actors to Series Regular in Season 17 — Plus, Who's Moving to Station 19 Full-Time?

    (7/30/20) Ahead of its upcoming 17th season, Grey’s Anatomy is making a number of staffing changes, one of which could directly impact the romantic life of Meredith Grey.

    An ABC rep confirms to TVLine that Richard Flood — who joined the Grey’s cast last fall as Dr. Cormac Hayes, a potential love interest for Ellen Pompeo’s titular MD — has been promoted to a series regular. When Season 16 (abruptly) ended, Meredith was grappling with how best to help troubled ex-boyfriend Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) while at the same time contemplating overtures made by Flood’s “McWidow.” (Showrunner Krista Vernoff recently confessed to TVLine that even she is torn about which guy Mer should ultimately gravitate toward; might Flood’s promotion offer a clue?)

    Additionally, Anthony Hill — who guest-starred last season as Dr. Winston Ndugu, an old colleague of Maggie’s (Kelly McCreary) — has been upped to a series regular. You’ll recall that when Maggie and Winston reconnected at a medical conference, sparks flew.

    Rounding out the Grey’s newsapalooza, cast member Stefania Spampinato is officially making the jump to sister show Station 19, where she will be a series regular in Season 4. The actress’ full-time relocation hardly comes as a surprise, seeing as her character, Dr. Carina DeLuca, made nearly a dozen appearances on the firefighter-themed spinoff last season after striking up a romantic relationship with Maya Bishop (played by Station 19 regular Danielle Savre). Spampinato joined Grey’s in Season 14 as Andrew’s sister.

    “I am so excited to add Anthony, Stefania and Richard to the Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy families,” said Vernoff, who oversees both shows, in a statement. “They are huge talents who made a big impact with our fans, with our casts and with our writers, who are eager to write more for them.”

    Grey’s Anatomy saw its 16th season cut short by four episodes due to COVID-19. As we reported back in April, sources say that one of the scrapped hours was to feature the death of a major character. It remains unclear whether the rumored departure will now be folded into Season 17 or delayed indefinitely.

    Another unknown: when Grey’s will return to the studio to begin production. In a recent interview, Vernoff did not float even a tentative date for getting back to work, although she did confirm that when shooting does resume, the pandemic will “for sure” be incorporated into the action.

    “There’s no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes,” the EP maintained. “I feel like our show has an opportunity and a responsibility to tell some of those stories. Our conversations have been constantly about how we keep alive humor and romance while we tell these really painful stories.”

    Emmys 2020 Nominations

    (7/28/20) This year’s ceremony, in whatever socially distant form it takes, will air Sunday, Sept. 20 on ABC, hosted for a third time by late-night TV vet Jimmy Kimmel.

    LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
    Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
    Olivia Colman, The Crown
    Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
    Laura Linney, Ozark
    Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
    Zendaya, Euphoria.

    ‘Killing Eve’ Season 4 Shoot Delayed As Coronavirus Sticks Knife Into BBC America Show

    (7/24/20) Production on Season 4 of BBC America’s Killing Eve has been postponed indefinitely as the show’s complicated European shoot schedule has been hammered by coronavirus.

    Deadline can reveal that Sid Gentle Films was originally aiming to get cameras rolling on the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning drama in August, as it has with the past three series. But the company has now abandoned the plans and is yet to set a restart date for later this year.

    The main reason for the delay is because Killing Eve is a jigsaw of European location shoots, many of which have been rendered difficult at this time due to the pandemic. Producers are being tight-lipped about where Season 4 will take Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), but past locations include Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bucharest and Tuscany.

    There have also been some industry rumors that Oh has been reluctant to fly into Europe to begin shooting, but this was downplayed by a source close to the show. One prominent British drama producer acknowledged, however, that getting Hollywood talent on a plane is not going to be straightforward for anyone right now.

    The Killing Eve production delay will almost certainly push back its premiere date in 2021. The show works on a fairly fast turnaround basis, shooting in late summer and through the autumn, before premiering in early April on BBC America.

    A spokesman for the show said: “Killing Eve shoots across multiple European locations. Due to the uncertainty of the world as a result of Covid-19, no shooting schedules for Killing Eve season four have been locked in at this point and there are various scenarios in play.”

    Killing Eve has been in the headlines in recent weeks. Writer Kayleigh Llewellyn tweeted a picture of the show’s all-white writers’ room, prompting a social media pile-on over the show’s lack of diversity. Oh herself has also talked about her experiences of working in the UK. “Sometimes it would be me and 75 white people and I have not come from that,” she said. “The development of people behind the camera is very slow in the UK.”

    Grey's Anatomy Season 17 Will Address the Coronavirus Pandemic

    (7/21/20) Grey's Anatomy is ready to add the current real-life public health crisis to the lengthy list of disasters faced by the surgeons of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. Executive producer Krista Vernoff has revealed that the ABC drama is planning to address the coronavirus pandemic when it returns for Season 17.

    Vernoff appears in a new Emmys panel called "Quaranstreaming: Comfort TV That Keeps Us Going," which premieres in full on YouTube and Emmys.com on Tuesday night at 8/7c. As first reported by Entertainment Weekly, Vernoff confirmed on the panel that the show plans to incorporate COVID-19 into the storyline of its next season.

    "We're going to address this pandemic for sure," Vernoff explained. "There's no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes."

    Vernoff also revealed that after hearing from real-life doctors about the ongoing coronavirus crisis, she began to see similarities between what they are grappling with in the real world and what the character of Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), a trauma surgeon and war veteran, has been trained for on the show.

    "Every year, we have doctors come and tell us their stories, and usually they're telling their funniest or craziest stories. This year, it has felt more like therapy," Vernoff said. She noted that the doctors talk about the pandemic "as war — a war that they were not trained for. And that's been one of our big conversations about Owen, is that he's actually trained for this in a way that most of the other doctors aren't." Vernoff added that she feels Grey's Anatomy has "an opportunity and a responsibility to tell some of those stories."

    A premiere date for Grey's Anatomy Season 17 has not yet been set. Grey's Anatomy Seasons 1-16 are currently available to stream on Netflix.

    Hallmark Renews ‘Home & Family’, ‘Good Witch’, ‘Chesapeake Shores’, Sets Date For Christmas Kickoffs

    (7/15/20) The Hallmark Channel on Wednesday said it has renewed its flagship daily lifestyle series Home & Family for a ninth season along with reupping its original series Good Witch for Season 7 and Chesapeake Shores for Season 5 as Crown Media Family Networks unveiled is 2020-21 programming slate.

    Crown Media also announced the first 18 of 40 Christmas movies planned for the company’s two flagship networks, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. In the works are projects with the likes of current network regulars Ashley Williams and Kimberly Williams-Paisley on a two-part movie about real sisters, with each of them playing the lead in one of the films. The company is also developing projects with Holly Robinson Peete and Tamera Mowry-Housley.

    Both Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” and HM&M’s “Miracles of Christmas” movie blocks will kick off October 23, Crown Media said, the former with 23 new original films and the latter with 17 originals.

    The announcements come as Hallmark Channel in April renewed its original series When Calls The Heart for an eighth season, after finishing its seventh season (its first without Lori Loughlin.)

    The Emmy-nominated Home & Family will return hosts Debbie Matenopoulos and Cameron Mathison to the show, which features celebrity interviews and tips on cooking, DIY, gardening, wellness and more.

    Good Witch stars Catherine Bell, who has portrayed the lead character Cassie Nightingale for the past 13 years. Family drama Chesapeake Shores is based on Sherryl Woods’ bestselling novels and stars Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Treat Williams and Diane Ladd.

    Hallmark Channel also said it is bringing back its pet-centric specials American Humane Hero Dog Awards (on October 19) along with Kitten Bowl VIII and American Rescue Dog Show set for February 2021.

    Here are the 18 holiday movies announced today:

    Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas:
    • “A Royal Holiday”, starring Laura Osnes, Aaron Tveit and Krystal Joy Brown
    • “Jingle Bell Bride”, starring Julie Gonzalo and Ronnie Rowe
    • “A Christmas Tree Grows in Brooklyn”, starring Rochelle Aytes and Mark Taylor
    • “If I Only Had Christmas”, starring Candace Cameron Bure
    • “Deliver by Christmas”, starring Alvina August and Eion Bailey
    • “On the 12th Date of Christmas”, starring Mallory Jansen and Tyler Hynes
    • “Christmas Waltz”, starring Lacey Chabert
    • “Christmas in Vienna”, starring Sarah Drew and Brennan Elliott
    • “Christmas in Evergreen 4”, starring Rukiya Bernard and Holly Robinson Peete
    • “Chateau Christmas”, starring Merritt Patterson and Luke Macfarlane
    • “Cross Country Christmas”, starring Rachael Leigh Cook
    • “Christmas Carnival”, starring Tamera Mowry-Housley
    • “When Calls the Heart Christmas 2020”, starring Erin Krakow, Pascale Hutton, Jack Wagner, Kavan Smith, Chris McNally, Kevin McGarry, Paul Greene, Andrea Brooks and Martin Cummins

    HM&M’s Miracles of Christmas
    • “Christmas Tree Lane” starring Alicia Witt and Andrew Walker
    • “Holly & Ivy” starring Janel Parrish, Jeremy Jordan, and Marisol Nichols
    • “The Christmas Bow” starring Lucia Micarelli and Michael Rady
    • “Cranberry Christmas” starring Nikki DeLoach and Benjamin Ayres
    • “Christmas Doctor” starring Holly Robinson Peete.

    Educating Young Minds

    (7/1/20) Educating Young Minds has partnered with Treadwell Entertainment Group, Artistic Fortune, and Benefits Plus to launch Access / No Excuse webinar series, an initiative to provide informative and inspiring webinars/seminars and internships for at-risk high school students. The series will be led by some of the most influential entertainment leaders like actor/producer Anthony Anderson, actress/director Debbie Allen, and director/producer/ Kenny Ortega. Other participants include Netflix and Lego Group Board Director Anne Sweeney, Grammy Museum Founding Executive Director Bob Santelli, CAA Agent Brian Boone, USC Rossier School of Education Dean Dr. Pedro Noguera, and ActOne Group President Brett Howroyd. Launching on July 18, the participants will teach, motivate, and inspire students to believe in their own capabilities, understand the importance of a strong education, and seek opportunities wherever they dream possible. Each webinar will accept up to 2,500 students. After a presentation from each week’s featured guest, students will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with these individuals who can provide insight into their own personal journeys and help shine a light on the opportunities that lie ahead. EYM also will provide additional online support throughout the summer and beyond for students and family members including internships, arts programs, SAT Prep, immersive labs/augmented reality series, online tutorials and early learners online curriculum.

    ‘Take Me Out’ Joins Broadway Spring 2021 Line-Up; Revival Stars Patrick J. Adams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jesse Williams

    (7/1/20) Producers of Broadway’s Take Me Out starring Patrick J. Adams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jesse Williams have set an opening date of April 22, 2021, with previews beginning March 22.

    The Second Stage Theater staging of the Richard Greenberg play is the latest production targeting a Spring opening after being interrupted or postponed this year due to Broadway’s COVID-19 shutdown. Take Me Out is directed by Scott Ellis.

    In addition to Adams, Ferguson and Williams, Take Me Out, at the Second Stage’s Hayes Theater, will feature Julian Cihi, Hiram Delgado, Brandon J. Dirden, Carl Lundstedt, Ken Marks, Michael Oberholtzer, Eduardo Ramos and Tyler Lansing Weaks. The production had been scheduled to begin previews on April 2, 2020 and officially open on April 23, 2020.

    Also aiming for Spring 2021 openings are the Tony Kushner-Jeanine Tesori musical Caroline, or Change, The Music Man, Flying Over Sunset, American Buffalo, Plaza Suite and The Minutes. Birthday Candles, with Debra Messing, will open in Fall 2021. The Scott Rudin-produced Our Town, starring Dustin Hoffman, will open sometime in 2021.

    The Broadway League recently announced that theaters are officially closed at least until January 2021.

    Take Me Out, first staged on Broadway in 2003, follows a New York baseball team called the Empires. When Darren Lemming (Jesse Williams), the star center fielder, comes out as gay, the reception off the field reveals a barrage of long-held unspoken prejudices. As Second Stage describes it, “Darren is forced to contend with the challenges of being a gay person of color within the confines of a classic American institution. As the Empires struggle to rally toward a championship season, the players and their fans begin to question tradition, their loyalties, and the price of victory.”

    The full creative team for Take Me Out includes scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and sound design by Fitz Patton.

    Sandra Oh Reveals Why Shonda Rhimes Wouldn't Let Her Play Olivia Pope on 'Scandal'

    (6/26/20) Sandra Oh really wanted to play Olivia Pope. In the latest edition of Variety's "Actors on Actors" series, the 48-year-old actress recalls reading the pilot for Scandal and immediately wanting to play the leading lady.

    "I remember exactly where I was when I read that damn pilot," Oh tells Kerry Washington, who went on to play Olivia Pope. "I was on Grey’s [Anatomy]. We were on stage five. Someone snuck it to me, I don’t know who it was, but I got my hands on that pilot and I read it and I was just like, 'How could I play Olivia Pope?'"

    Oh wanted to play the anti-hero fixer so badly that she asked Shonda Rhimes if she could take on the role. Rhimes, the creator of both Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, rejected Oh's request in favor of having her continue her Grey's role of Cristina Yang.

    "I remember going to Shonda, and it’s like, 'How could I do this? What is this script? Could I do this too?'" Oh recalls. "She goes, 'No, you’ve got to play Cristina Yang!'"

    "It’s so wonderful and rare when you get in your hands something that you know is electric, that you can feel," she continues, adding that she's "so glad" Washington ended up booking the project.

    As for Washington's experience on Scandal, she admits, "I don’t feel like there’s anything that I haven’t been asked to make real."

    "It’s just a gymnasium of character, where you’re just required to, week after week, be in these heightened experiences of the most important moments of a person’s life, so that requires a level of athleticism almost," Washington explains. "I felt like I, too, was very protective of Olivia Pope -- and devoted. Maybe that’s the right word: I was so devoted to her."

    Though Oh didn't end up landing the role of Olivia Pope, she's thankful for her time starring on Grey's Anatomy.

    "What I was able to get from Grey’s is to have the responsibility and the relationship with the writer to be able to direct where she’s going," Oh says. "If something kind of came up which was like, 'That is completely wrong,' I would go toe-to-toe with Shonda and a lot of the writers, which has been challenging."

    "But I think ultimately, for the entire product and our relationship, if you’re fighting for the show, if you’re fighting for your character, people can tell that," she adds.

    ‘Over The Moon’ Trailer: Netflix & Pearl Studio’s Animated Musical Adventure Reveals Voice Cast

    (6/23/20) (Video) Netflix and Pearl Studio have released the first trailer for family feature Over The Moon, the animated musical retelling of the classic Chinese myth. The film’s voice cast has also been revealed, including Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong, John Cho, Ruthie Ann Miles, Margaret Cho, Kimiko Glenn, Artt Butler, Sandra Oh and newcomers Cathy Ang and Robert G Chiu.

    Directed by former Disney animator Glen Keane, the pic is slated to debut in the fall. It follows a determined, bright young girl with a passion for science who builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess. There she ends up on an unexpected quest, and discovers a whimsical land of fantastical creatures. Check out the blast-off above. Newcomer Ang voices lead character Fei Fei; Hamilton ?star Soo voices the moon goddess Chang’e?; Jeong is Gobi, a Lunarian who becomes an unexpected companion to Fei Fei on her adventure; Chiu voices Chin,? Fei Fei’s rambunctious, high-energy brother-to-be; John Cho and Miles voice Fei Fei’s parents; Oh is Mrs Zhong,? Fei Fei’s future stepmother; Glenn takes on Auntie Mei and Margaret Cho is Auntie Ling.

    John Kahrs co-directs while Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield and Helen Park are writing the songs with a score from Oscar winner Steven Price. Producers are Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou. Audrey Wells (The Hate U Give) wrote the screenplay.

    Keane, who spent 38 years at Disney, is best known for his work on classic Disney title characters from films like The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Aladdin, Beauty And The Beast and Tarzan. In 2012, he left Disney to launch Glen Keane Productions and in 2018 won an Oscar for Best Animated Short with Dear Basketball which he animated and directed in collaboration with Kobe Bryant and John Williams.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: ABC Boss “Hopeful” About Season 18 As Talks About Medical Drama’s Future Get Underway

    (6/17/20) This past season, ABC said goodbye to its top comedy series, Modern Family. Could Grey’s Anatomy, the network’s top drama — and biggest series overall — be next this coming season?

    The hugely popular medical drama is heading into a record-breaking 17th season, the second of a two-year pickup. For a legacy show that has been as important to a network as Grey’s Anatomy has been to ABC, a decision on a final season is usually done well in advance so the creative team has the time to craft a satisfying last chapter and fans have the opportunity to celebrate the series throughout its final run.

    “We are in conversations now with the producers” about the upcoming 17th season and beyond, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke told Deadline in conjunction with the reveal of the network’s 2020-21 schedule, noting that the show starring Ellen Pompeo “had just gone back into the writers room” to start work on next season.

    “I can’t comment any further,” Burke said, adding, “I’m hopeful that Grey’s Anatomy stays a part of our schedule. They certainly know that we’d like it to be part of our schedule for as long as they are interested in making more episodes.”

    Burke shared similar hope in January that the drama would not end with Season 17. “Grey’s Anatomy will live as long as Ellen is interested in playing Meredith Grey,” she said back then.

    ABC brass have not gotten an indication from the Grey’s Anatomy producing team yet what direction they may be leaning toward. Burke indicated that, because of the pandemic, any decisions, including the one on Grey’s Anatomy future, may be delayed.

    “It’s an unusual year. No conversations are happening in any traditional way,” she said. “Everyone is being very thoughtful to hold off on predictions and try to have as thoughtful and informed a conversation around a show’s ability to keep going or not based on such a fluid production environment.”

    Grey’s Anatomy, which moved to 9 PM on Thursday this past season, is the longest running medical drama on television and remains ABC’s flagship series. It is now part of a formidable 8-10 PM block with spinoff Station 19, overseen by executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff.

    Like many other broadcast series, Grey’s Anatomy‘s most recent 16th season was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. It was one of the first series to shut down production in the face of the health crisis.

    ABC FALL 2020-21 SCHEDULE

    (6/17/20) (New programs in UPPER CASE)

    MONDAY
    8 PM — Dancing with the Stars
    10 PM — The Good Doctor

    TUESDAY
    8 PM — The Bachelorette
    10 PM — BIG SKY

    WEDNESDAY
    8 PM — The Goldbergs
    8:30 PM — American Housewife
    9 PM — The Conners
    9:30 PM — CALL YOUR MOTHER
    10 PM — Stumptown

    THURSDAY
    8 PM — Station 19
    9 PM — Grey’s Anatomy
    10 PM — A Million Little Things

    FRIDAY
    8 PM — Shark Tank
    9 PM — 20/20 (Two Hours)

    SATURDAY
    8 PM — Saturday Night Football

    SUNDAY
    7 PM — America’s Funniest Home Videos
    8 PM — SUPERMARKET SWEEP
    9 PM — Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
    10 PM — The Rookie

    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Sandra Oh And More Sign Open Letter Blasting Theater Industry’s Racism

    (6/5/20) As protest and rallies against racial injustice and the killing of Black lives continue, there is a seismic shift happening in the country as the civic unrest is shining a blinding light on systemic racism against Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) — and the world of theater is the latest to get that spotlight.

    An open letter addressed to “White American Theater” was published on Monday demanding change. The letter was filled with ugly truths that those who have worked in the theater industry have experienced for decades. Among the 300 BIPOCs who signed the letter were Lin-Manuel Miranda, Viola Davis, Sandra Oh, Uzo Aduba, Sterling K. Brown, Cynthia Erivo, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Danai Gurira, Andre Holland, Conrad Ricamora, Tanya Saracho, Anika Noni Rose, Jessica Hagedorn, Leslie Odom Jr., Katori Hall and more.

    The letter calls bluntly calls out the industry: “We see you. We have always seen you. We have watched you pretend not to see us.”

    “We have watched you exploit us, shame us, diminish us, and exclude us. We see you. We have always seen you. And now you will see us.”

    It continues to drag theater’s history of tokenism, white privilege, patriarchy, blatant racism, bias and hypocrisy: “We have watched you amplify our voices when we are heralded by the press, but refuse to defend our aesthetic when we are not, allowing our livelihoods to be destroyed by a monolithic and racist culture.”

    “Join us in demanding change for BIPOC theater artists at http://weseeyouWAT.com. #WeSeeYou #TomorrowTherellBeMoreOfUs,” Miranda tweeted, sharing the letter and a petition with everyone.

    The open letter comes as the protests following the killing of George Floyd and other Black lives continue around the globe. It also comes when there seems to be a reckoning in all industries when it comes to racial inequality. More recently, Griffin Matthews shared their racist experiences with the theater industry while many organizations have been called out as hypocrites as they support the protests but have a history of discrimination.

    Patrick Dempsey Drama Devils Acquired By The CW for Fall

    (6/4/20) The CW is bringing in McDreamy to shore up its coronavirus-compromised, acquisition-heavy fall schedule.

    The network has landed the international drama series Devils, starring Grey’s Anatomy vet Patrick Dempsey and Italian actor Alessandro Borghi, for Fall 2020. The series will air Wednesdays at 8 pm, leading into the investigative drama Coroner.

    The Tuesday-at-8 pm slot was originally set to be occupied by Two Sentence Horror Stories and Dead Pixels. The former will now air back-to-back episodes Sundays from 8-9 pm (replacing Masters of Illusion, which moves to Fridays), while the latter is being eyed for a Summer 2020 bow. Reruns of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, meanwhile, will no longer air on Fridays.

    As previously reported, the majority of The CW’s returning series are being delayed until early 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Back to Devils, the series centers on “the charismatic yet ruthless Head of Trading at NYL, one of the world’s most important investment banks (played by Borghi), and his mentor, (Dempsey). After Dominic appoints another colleague over Massimo following a bitter promotion battle, Massimo finds himself named prime suspect in a murder investigation. Fighting to clear his name, Massimo becomes involved in an intercontinental financial war and is forced to choose between supporting Dominic or going up against him.”

    Katherine Heigl dreading telling black daughter, 8, about George Floyd

    (6/1/20) Katherine Heigl is agonizing over how to explain George Floyd’s death while in police custody to her black 8-year-old daughter, Adalaide.

    “I can’t sleep,” the actress, 41, wrote on Sunday alongside several photos of Adalaide and her other two children.

    “And when I do, I wake with a single thought in my head. How will I tell Adalaide? How will I explain the unexplainable? How can I protect her? How can I break a piece of her beautiful divine spirit to do so? I can’t sleep. I lay in my bed in the dark and weep for every mother of a beautiful divine black child who has to extinguish a piece of their beloved baby’s spirit to try to keep them alive in a country that has too many sleeping soundly.”

    Heigl continued: “Now I weep. Because what should have changed by now, by then, forever ago still is. Hopelessness is seeping in. Fear that there is nothing I can do, like a slow moving poison, is spreading through me. Then I look at my daughters. My sister. My nephews and niece. George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. The hundreds, thousands millions more we haven’t even heard about. I look and the fear turns to something else. The sorrow warms and then bursts into flames of rage.”

    The nation has erupted in protests following Floyd’s death at the hands of Minnesota police on May 25.

    The “Grey’s Anatomy” star and her husband, country singerJosh Kelley adopted daughter Naleigh from South Korea at 9 months old in 2009 and Adelaide at birth in 2012. Four years later Heigl gave birth to their son, Joshua.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 16 Finale Breaks Ratings Records In Delayed Viewing

    (5/28/20) The season 16 finale of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy drew 16.5 million Total Viewers after 35 days of delayed viewing on linear and digital platforms, marking the show’s most-watched telecast since its September season premiere (9/26/19).

    The April 9 season finale surged by +9.2 million Total Viewers and by +318% with Adults 18-49 from Live+Same Day to Multiplatform+35 Day. Notching a 5.98 rating among Adults 18-49, Grey’s Anatomy more than quadrupled its initial rating after 35 days of multiplatform viewing (+318%), according to data provided by Nielsen.

    In its 16th season, Grey’s Anatomy is ABC’s No. 1 program this season in Total Viewers (15.7 million) and Adults 18-49 (5.92 rating) with 35 days of delayed viewing across all platforms.

    Grey’s Anatomy‘s 16th season was cut short by production halts due to the coronavirus pandemic. The last produced episode, #1621, titled “Put on a Happy Face,” served as the Season 16 finale on April 9. The episode was written by Mark Driscoll and Tameson Duffy and directed by Deborah Pratt.

    Grey’s Anatomy, the longest-running medical drama on television, has been renewed for Season 17. It has not been decided yet whether the four unproduced episodes from Season 16 will be tacked onto the show’s order for next season or if they will open Season 17 next fall.

    Ellen Pompeo Pays Tribute to Ex-Grey's Rival Kate Walsh on 15th Anniversary of Meredith and Addison's First Face-Off

    (5/22/20) Former Grey’s Anatomy rivals Ellen Pompeo and Kate Walsh reunited on social media late Friday to mark the 15th anniversary of Meredith and Addison’s legendary first run-in.

    Walsh got the Twitter party started by noting that May 22 marks the 15th anniversary of Grey’s Anatomy‘s Season 1 finale and also her introduction as Addison. In the episode’s closing moments, Addison reveals to a gobsmacked Meredith that her new boyfriend Derek is actually married — to her (watch video below).

    “Unreal that today marks 15 years to the day since this little lady walked on to your screen and checked ya for screwing her husband,” Walsh cracked on Twitter.

    Shortly thereafter, Pompeo — who was tagged in Walsh’s tweet — enthusiastically responded, “Thank God I messed with your hubby!!” She then added, “It worked out for us both… that scene when your character showed up was such a defining moment for [Grey’s]. From that point on we had them hooked!!!”

    @katewalsh thank god I messed with your hubby!! it worked out well for us both!!! Love you so much and THAT scene …when your character showed up …was such a defining moment for this show. From that point on we had them hooked!!! https://t.co/CPsTTctHxW — Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) May 22, 2020

    Walsh, of course, exited Grey’s at the end of Season 3 to headline the Addison-centric spinoff Private Practice. The offshoot ran for six seasons, concluding in Jan. 2013.

    Grey's EP Shares How That Teddy Scene Made It Into Station 19's Finale: 'You Could Tell She Cared, But… '

    (5/18/20) When Station 19’s Maya begged Carina to forgive her for cheating with Jack in the Season 3 finale, only one person was yelling, “Do it! Do it!” louder than viewers: Grey’s Anatomy’s Teddy, whose fiancé had just learned in that series’ makeshift season ender that she had been unfaithful. Was it wishful thinking on Teddy’s part that a couple in love could wipe the slate clean… or a hint that, had Grey’s been able to finish its Season 16, Owen would already have forgiven her for sleeping with Tom?

    “There were four episodes of Grey’s that we could not shoot,” reminds Krista Vernoff, the showrunner for both ABC dramas. “So we’re gonna have to play those stories through on Grey’s in the fall. Some scenes, I had to go in and edit or change when I couldn’t air the [missing] Grey’s episodes.

    “But what I liked about that [Maya/Carina/Teddy] scene, and the reason I allowed Teddy to remain a part of it,” she continues, “was that I felt like you couldn’t tell whether she had been forgiven or not. You could tell that she cared deeply about the subject, but you didn’t know what had happened in her own life since Episode 21 of Grey’s” — aka the one in which Owen heard the X-rated voicemail from his would-be wife’s goodbye tryst with Tom.

    Gracie Awards: Michelle Williams, Amy Poehler And Niecy Nash Among Honorees

    (5/12/20) The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has unveiled the 100 winners of the 45th annual Gracie Awards. Honorees include Michelle Williams, Amy Poehler, Niecy Nash, Natasha Lyonne, Tamron Hall, Naomi Watts, Angela Yee, Norah O’Donnell, Stephanie Beatriz, and Soledad O’Brien, and many other talented women in television, radio and digital media.

    The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, and interactive media. Honorees are selected in national, local and student markets, including both commercial and non-commercial outlets.

    A complete list be seen below.

    TV NATIONAL HONOREES

    60 Minutes: The Chibok Girls (60 Minutes)
    CBS News
    News Magazine

    Abby McEnany (Work in Progress)
    SHOWTIME
    Actress in a Breakthrough Role

    Alex Duda (The Kelly Clarkson Show)
    NBCUniversal
    Showrunner – Talk Show

    Am I Next? Trans and Targeted
    ABC NEWS Nightline
    Hard News Feature

    Angela Kang (The Walking Dead)
    AMC
    Showrunner- Scripted

    Better Things
    FX Networks
    Comedy

    BookTube
    YouTube Originals
    Non-Fiction Entertainment

    Caroline Waterlow (Qualified)
    ESPN Films
    Producer- Documentary /Unscripted / Non-Fiction

    Catherine Reitman (Workin’ Moms)
    Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment (CBC/Netflix)
    Actress in a Leading Role – Comedy or Musical

    Catherine Reitman (Workin’ Moms)
    Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment (CBC/Netflix)
    Director – Comedy

    Clarissa Ward (CNN International)
    CNN International
    Reporter/Correspondent

    Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead)
    AMC
    Actress in a Leading Role – Drama

    Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve)
    BBC AMERICA
    Actress in a Supporting Role – Drama

    Francesca Gregorini (Killing Eve)
    BBC AMERICA
    Director – Scripted

    Gender Discrimination in the FBI
    NBC News Investigative Unit
    Interview Feature

    Grey’s Anatomy
    ABC Studios
    Drama- Grand Award

    Izzie Pick Ibarra (THE MASKED SINGER)
    FOX Broadcasting Company
    Showrunner – Unscripted

    Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon)
    FX Networks
    Actress in a Leading Role – Made for TV Movie or Limited Series

    Mission Unstoppable
    Produced by Litton Entertainment
    Family Series

    MSNBC 2019 Democratic Debate (Atlanta)
    MSNBC
    Special or Variety – Breakthrough

    Naomi Watts (The Loudest Voice)
    SHOWTIME
    Actress in a Supporting Role – Made for TV Movie or Limited Series

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Caterina Scorsone and Rob Giles split

    (5/9/20) “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Caterina Scorsone and her husband of over ten years, musician and writer Rob Giles, are splitting up.

    “Caterina and Rob have separated,” Scorsone’s rep confirmed to Page Six on Friday. “They remain friends and are committed to co-parenting their children in a spirit of love.”

    Scorsone, who plays Amelia Shepherd on the long-running medical drama, and Giles wed in 2009. Formerly a musician who played with The Police’s Andy Summers, Giles pivoted to film and television writing. According to IMDb, he’s written two episodes of the “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off series, “Station 19.”

    The couple share three daughters: Eliza, 7, Paloma “Pippa” Michaela, 3, and Arwen Lucinda, born in December 2019.

    Scorsone, 38, has been open about her struggles in dealing with Pippa’s Down syndrome diagnosis, telling the “Motherly” podcast in 2019 that it sent her into a “tailspin” at first.

    Station 19 May Have Just Confirmed DeLuca's Grey's Anatomy Diagnosis

    (5/9/20) Grey's Anatomy may have had to end Season 16 early already, but we are still getting to see some of our favorite Grey Sloan Memorial docs on the spin-off series Station 19. Thursday's penultimate episode for Season 3 actually gave us a big update on DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti), who we last saw being carted off by Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) after breaking down in the hospital hallway in the unintended season finale of Grey's.

    DeLuca's mental health was questioned throughout the latter half of Season 16 of Grey's Anatomy, especially when he became more manic about diagnosing his patients. Meredith and his sister Carina (Stefania Spampinato) became increasingly concerned that DeLuca was exhibiting early signs of Bipolar disorder, the same illness his and Carina's father suffers with. DeLuca fought their diagnosis, claiming they just wouldn't believe him when he was right, and to be fair all of his judgements did end up being correct.

    The last episode of Grey's Anatomy was the first time we saw DeLuca acknowledge for himself that something wasn't quite right, but that episode wasn't intended to be the season finale. Grey's had to end their season early due to a production shut down caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The season still had three more episodes to go, which undoubtedly would have given more answers about exactly what was going on with DeLuca.

    Fans were expecting to have to wait until at least the fall and Season 17 of Grey's to get answers, but an update came from Carina, who is dating Maya (Danielle Savre) on Station 19. The two characters were discussing their relationships with their fathers when Carina explained that her father was diagnosed with Bipolar 1, and that her baby brother had recently learned he had the same condition.

    That diagnosis wasn't officially stated on Grey's, but before the production shut down, the shows were running concurrently and crossing over every week. Station 19 was able to finish filming Season 3 before the pandemic hit, but if Grey's had been able to continue, it would have episodes that complimented what was happening on Station 19. In other words, we would have seen DeLuca officially get diagnosed on Grey's before Carina mentioned it to Maya on Station 19.

    It remains to be seen how Grey's will tackle DeLuca and his mental state when the show eventually returns, as the premature ending has messed up the concurrent timelines of the two series. However, since Station 19 is a canon spin-off, and shares a showrunner with Grey's in Krista Vernoff, we can take Carina's word for it that DeLuca has gotten an official diagnosis, and hopefully the help he needs to manage it. We want him back on his feet not only for his own sake, but to be there for his sister because the rest of her conversation with Maya about dads was a real disaster. That drama will continue in next week's finale.

    Station 19 will finish its Season 3 next Thursday at 9/8c on ABC.

    Grey's Anatomy Boss Facing Creative 'Conundrum' With Mer-Centric Triangle

    (4/27/20) Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff is torn between Meredith’s two lovers.

    Ahead of the ABC medical drama’s likely delayed 17th season, Vernoff tells TVLine that when it comes to Meredith’s latest romantic predicament — does Ellen Pompeo‘s MD get back with sorta ex-love DeLuca or pursue a relationship with new doc on the block Cormac ‘McWidow’ Hayes — the EP has backed herself into the best kind of corner.

    “I’m at the point with that story where I don’t know who I am rooting for,” Vernoff confesses to TVLine. “I don’t know if I think that DeLuca is rising to a level of dark and twisty and life experience that makes him somehow a [suitably] mature partner for Meredith. Or if all that Hayes has been through in his life already makes him her equal. I am delighted to have such a conundrum."

    Vernoff credits DeLuca and Hayes’ respective portrayers, Giacomo Gianniotti and Richard Flood, for bringing so much complexity to the love triangle. “I thought that both Giacomo and Richard rose so beautifully to the occasion of the storytelling,” she enthuses. “You write a script and you think it’s one thing and then you see it shot and put it together and it becomes something entirely different… I honestly don’t know how it will end.”

    Grey’s Anatomy’s 16th season came to a premature conclusion earlier this month as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. As we previously reported, the original finale was slated to revolve around a cataclysmic event that would have likely claimed the life of a major character. Grey’s fans may be able to glean clues about the ill-fated finale in this season’s final episodes of sister series Station 19.

    “Ironically, when fans watch Episode 15 and 16 of Station 19, they will probably have a feeling of some of what we had planned for [the original Grey’s finale],” Vernoff previously told TVLine.

    Ellen Pompeo: Harvey Weinstein comments made before I knew he was a rapist

    (4/23/20) Actress Ellen Pompeo has responded to criticism over a newly resurfaced clip of the “Grey’s Anatomy” star appearing to empathize with convicted rapist, Harvey Weinstein.

    Pompeo, 50, has been accused by many of victim blaming in the controversial clip cut from an hour-long Oxford Union Q&A. The television star was quick to assure fans the snippet is being taken out of context and that the featured panel discussion took place before the flood of accusations against the former film exec came to light.

    “Hey girls sorry if video clips are upsetting!!,” Pompeo tweeted Thursday afternoon. “It’s out of context & it’s too serious a subject to talk about on a platform like this…people who have been abused or assaulted should seek guidance from a therapist… this is not a healthy place for topics this serious.”

    She continued, “For those who feel offended or are taking this personally this panel was 2 + years ago and it was way before the whole stories of the women came out I Certainly didn’t know he was a rapist at that point … that took shit to a whole different level.”

    During the July 2018 discussion in question, the actress addressed women who may have found themselves in compromising positions with Weinstein, saying, “I think we bear some responsibility, not all, but it takes two to tango for sure.

    “That’s not to blame the victim, that’s just to say — I did go into a room with Harvey Weinstein, I sat at a table with him, I had a probably two and a half hours with him. He never said anything inappropriate to me, he never made any sort of physical advance to me.”

    In 2017 — prompted by the #MeToo movement — exposés by The New York Times and The New Yorker accused Weinstein of preying on Hollywood stars for over 30 years.

    Ellen Pompeo under fire for resurfaced comments about Harvey Weinstein victims

    (4/23/20) (Video) Ellen Pompeo is facing backlash for resurfaced remarks she made in a July 2018 interview about Harvey Weinstein’s victims.

    In a one-minute clip that was cut from an hour-long Oxford Union Q&A, the “Grey’s Anatomy” star said, “I think we bear some responsibility, not all, but it takes two to tango for sure.”

    She continued, “That’s not to blame the victim, that’s just to say — I did go into a room with Harvey Weinstein, I sat at a table with him, I had a probably two and a half hours with him. He never said anything inappropriate to me, he never made any sort of physical advance to me.”

    Pompeo, 50, explained that she had been sent for a midday meeting with the disgraced producer by an agent.

    “I wouldn’t have gone into that room at night. But he did nothing inappropriate toward me. Now had he, I would have picked up that glass and smashed him across the side of the face with it.

    “So I mean, it’s all what we’re willing to tolerate in our self-esteem, and what are we going to put up with, and what are we going to compromise to be liked, to be loved, to be accepted? How bad do we want to be in show business?”

    The original question from the interviewer, which was not included in the clip going around online, was that amid women speaking out during the #MeToo movement, “What do you think needs to happen for this to be a permanent watermark that actually changes the way things are run in Hollywood, certainly internal dynamics forever?”

    Pompeo begins her answer by stating that people need to know that kind of behavior will not be tolerated.

    “I’m not going to make excuses for those pigs in Hollywood who do disgusting things to women,” she said. “However, I do think it’s generations of men, these men clearly were brought up by older men and they clearly watched other men … These men have learned this behavior and I think women also have to be responsible for the signals we put out, for the messages we put out, and the way we present ourselves.”

    Pompeo went on to say that women flirt, and know they are flirting to get what they want, using an example of batting her eyelashes at 5 years old for more candy from a shop owner.

    “I think we’re aware of our power, especially women, we’re aware of our power of seduction very early on and we use it and it comes in good (sic) handy, right? … But there has to be a balance in there,” she said before launching into her comments about Weinstein.

    Twitter users were outraged by the clip on Thursday.

    “What the f..k is wrong with ellen pompeo. This is absolutely disgusting,” one user wrote, with another adding, “I truly do wonder what’s going on inside of ellen pompeo’s brain. Who told her saying s..t like this was okay.”

    However, some claimed the clip needed more information. “So you brought a clip where we dont get to hear the question she was answering and we dont get the exact context she meant,” someone pointed out.

    Pompeo has played Dr. Meredith Grey on the long-running ABC drama since its inception in 2005. When her contract was renewed in 2018, she became the highest paid actress in a television drama series.

    Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo Rips 'Old White Guy TV Docs' Like Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz for 'Careless' COVID-19 Comments: 'Walk That S--t Right Back'

    (4/20/20) Grey’s Anatomy MD Ellen Pompeo is taking a scalpel to “old white guy TV docs” like Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz.

    In the wake of the pair’s controversial comments regarding how and when to ease social restrictions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Pompeo — without mentioning them by name — seemingly fired back at the talk show hosts (and actual doctors), noting that “the old white guy TV docs who say stupid selfish s–t should yes… walk that s–t right back.

    “Staying home is for very good reasons… one of them is to stop the spread to nurses doctors and anyone who works in a hospital housekeeping… security… maintenance… to keep their risk of contracting lower and the hospitals can only handle so much intake,” Pompeo tweeted Saturday.

    She added: “You took an oath so so many years ago to do no harm… making careless statements in this environment when so many healthcare workers are suffering physically and emotionally… is defying that oath.”

    Dr. Phil has come under fire for likening deaths from COVID-19 to that of car accidents or smoking. Dr. Oz, meanwhile, made the highly controversial suggestion that if schools were to open in the near term it “may only cost us 2 to 3 percent in terms of total mortality.” He has since backpedaled on his original comments.

    Read Pompeo’s tweets below.

    Staying home is for very good reasons…one of them is to stop the spread to nurses doctors and anyone who works in a hospital housekeeping …security .. maintenance…. …to keep their risk of contracting lower and The hospitals can only handle so much intake. — Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) April 18, 2020

    Also the old white guy tv docs who say stupid selfish shit should yes …walk that shit riht back .to your lazy boys and sit your stupid asses down in your living rooms on your golf courses where you live..tired out of touch old fools don’t get me started today — Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) April 18, 2020

    Also to those out of touch tv docs which I’m sure they would call me lol…you took an oath so so many years ago to do no harm… making careless statements in this environment when so many healthcare workers are suffering physically and emotionally….is defying that oath — Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) April 18, 2020

    And I love friendly reminders so here’s one…so many healthcare professionals already before a pandemic… experience sexism racism pay inequities and discrimination in however many forms that comes which are many…they still do their jobs with pride and selflessness.. — Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) April 18, 2020

    Sky’s Patrick Dempsey-Fronted Financial Drama ‘Devils’ Sold To 160 Territories By NBCUniversal

    (4/17/20) Sky’s London-set financial thriller Devils is set to journey to 160 territories internationally after NBCUniversal Global Distribution closed a raft of deals for the Patrick Dempsey series.

    Produced by Italy’s Lux Vide in association with Orange Studio for Sky Italia, Devils premiered at Mipcom last year and stars Dempsey as the charismatic American CEO of an international investment bank.

    The 10-part series has been picked up in territories including Russia (AMedia TV); Latin America and the Caribbean (Universal TV); Africa (Showmax); India (Eros); Denmark and Sweden (C More); the Netherlands (RTL); and Southeast Asia (Blue Ant Entertainment).

    Devils will also air across Sky’s European footprint in Italy (where it premieres tonight), the UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. NBCUniversal Global Distribution is currently in talks with U.S. buyers, and Devils‘ producers are confident that it will find a home in America.

    Nicola Maccanico, Sky Italia’s executive vice president of programming, said the global coronavirus pandemic had given Devils extra resonance. He said: “What we did not expect, and we are not happy about this, is how contemporary the series is considering the crisis that we are in today. The connection between the economy, finance, political institutions and all the different cultures is something we are living today. This is becoming a global economic crisis.”

    “When you put together this kind of project, you are not fully covered [financially] and you have to trust yourself to make something with quality for it to sell internationally,” added Lux Vide CEO Luca Bernabei. “It’s a conspiracy thriller that will hold the attention of a wide audience, but at the same time allow them to get inside the complex world of finance in an engaging way.” He said that work is already underway on a second season.

    Based on a book by Italian trader Guido Maria Brera, Devils features Grey’s Anatomy star Dempsey as bank CEO Dominic Morgan, who welcomes Massimo Ruggero, played by Suburra’s Alessandro Borghi, a ruthless head of trading to the world of finance. Ruggero ends up involved in an intercontinental financial war rocking Europe, and he has to choose whether to ally himself with his mentor or fight him.

    James Pickens Jr. guests on The Connors 4/28/20

    (4/16/20) “CPAPs, Hickeys and Biscuits” – Dan and Louise take their relationship to the next level and come to appreciate the complexities of aging. Meanwhile, Darlene spends the night in jail and hands off parenting duties to Ben. Mark and a friend work on a class experiment that leaves them both with hickeys, and Becky contemplates marrying Emilio on “The Conners,” TUESDAY, APRIL 28 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, DL) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

    The series stars John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner.

    Guest starring is Katey Sagal as Louise, Jay R. Ferguson as Ben, James Pickens Jr. as Chuck, Stephen Monroe Taylor as Dwight, Noel Fisher as Ed Jr., Carmina Garay as Harper and Jack Guzman as Officer Rodriguez.

    The teleplay for “CPAPs, Hickeys and Biscuits” was written by Kimberly Altamirano and directed by Lynda Tarryk.

    Grey's Anatomy Boss Reveals Why Jo Was Able to So Quickly Bounce Back From Alex's Shocking Betrayal

    (4/15/20) (tvline.com) Grey’s Anatomy’s decision to have Jo rebound so quickly from Alex’s betrayal was as much a humane one as it was a creative one. Since the twist came not too long after the character’s Season 15 mental breakdown, which was brought on by Jo’s discovery that she was a product of rape, showrunner Krista Vernoff could not in good conscience send the beleaguered doc — or her portrayer, Camilla Luddington — down another harrowing road.

    “I didn’t want to put anyone through it,” Vernoff tells TVLine. “[Camilla] had so beautifully gone through many months of very dark storytelling, and I didn’t want any of us to watch Jo go into a hole again.”

    Jo’s remarkable resilience in the wake of learning — via a Dear John letter, no less — that hubby Alex had abruptly dumped her to be with ex-wife Izzie and their young twins “also felt honest,” Vernoff maintains, “because I’ve had the experience in my life where the pain of not knowing is so much worse than a very painful truth. Jo had so many episodes of not knowing [where Alex was] that even though the [eventual] answer was horridly painful, there was really honest relief [in just knowing what was up]. Getting an answer finally allowed her to strangely feel better than she had when she was just in the dark.

    “Jo had imagined every possible worst-case scenario,” the EP continues. “And even though one of them came true, just having the information allowed her to move on. It felt like she had done a lot of grieving for the relationship in the weeks prior to receiving that letter.”

    Was Grey's Planning to Kill Off a Major Character in Original Season 16 Finale?

    (4/14/20) (tvline.com) It appears a major Grey’s Anatomy character has dodged a bullet — for the time being at least.

    Sources confirm to TVLine that the ABC drama’s original Season 16 finale — one of four episodes scrapped as a result of the coronavirus pandemic — was to feature a cataclysmic event that would have likely claimed the life of a major character. One insider says the event in question was going to be an explosion, something Grey’s showrunner Krista Vernoff would neither confirm or deny in a recent interview with TVLine.

    It remains unclear which cast member was headed for Grey Sloan’s legendary revolving door. Another unknown is whether the rumored departure will now be folded into Season 17 or delayed indefinitely.

    As we previously reported, Grey’s fans may be able to glean clues about the ill-fated finale in this season’s final episodes of sister series Station 19. (It would stand to reason that an explosion would reverberate on Station 19, given its firefighter premise.)

    “Ironically, when fans watch Episode 15 and 16 of Station 19, they will probably have a feeling of some of what we had planned for [the original Grey’s finale],” Vernoff previously told TVLine.

    Production on Grey’s Anatomy’s 16th season was shut down before the show was able to complete production on the final four episodes. Luckily, Episode 21 — which ended up serving as a makeshift finale — functioned well as a season-ender. “From the minute we read the script for 21,” Vernoff noted, “it — coincidentally — felt like a season finale.”

    With Grey’s off the air until (at least) fall, Station 19 this week shifts back to its old 9 pm timeslot with the first of its final four Season 3 episodes.

    Grey's EP Krista Vernoff on Abruptly Hitting Pause on Teddy-Centric Love Triangle: 'I Feel Badly for Kim Raver'

    (4/14/20) (tvline.com) Though it left us with a helluva cliffhanger, Grey’s Anatomy’s Owen/Teddy/Tom triangle was not supposed to come to the abrupt halt that it did in last week’s makeshift finale. The revelation of Teddy’s dalliance with Tom — and Owen’s subsequent no-show at his and his fiancée’s wedding — were setting the stage for a dramatic and twisty (and now scrapped) final four episodes.

    “That [triangle] was very prevalent in the back half of this season, and certainly prevalent in what was going to be the next four scripts,” showrunner Krista Vernoff says of the ill-fated, un-produced final string of Season 16 episodes, which were scrapped due to the COVID-19 crisis. “I feel a little badly for [Teddy’s portrayer] Kim Raver that we had to end the story where we did, because I feel like she is going to absorb a lot of fan hate all summer.”

    Such a potentially harsh reception would be partly attributed to the fact that, as Vernoff muses, infidelity stories on TV seldom focus on the female point of view. “I think it’s really, really rare that women get to cheat and still be redeemable human beings — we do not see that depicted often on television,” she maintains. “But Teddy is such a rich, long-standing character that it’s hard to just totally hate her.”

    Vernoff admits that she doesn’t know which man Teddy will ultimately choose. “All three of them feel like whole, rich and conflicted human beings,” she shares. “My empathy and sympathy changes from week to week and scene to scene. I think it’s a really beautiful story, and I don’t know where it ends.”

    In fact, the coronavirus shutdown may lead Vernoff to reevaluate her original plans for the love-struck trio. Reveals the EP: “I have a feeling that taking three or four months off between [the new ‘finale’] and the [Season 17 premiere] will probably lead us to change some of what we had planned.”

    Grey's Anatomy Star and EP 'Fought Really Hard' to Cast [Spoiler] in Alex's Nostalgia-Heavy Farewell Episode

    (4/12/20) Grey’s Anatomy‘s polarizing Alex-Izzie ‘reunion’ episode changed dramatically from script to screen — and the show’s top EP is divulging details about the 11th hour tweak.

    As showrunner Krista Vernoff reveals to TVLine, Elizabeth Finch’s original and “beautifully written” script for the pivotal Season 16 episode that served as Justin Chambers’ swan song referenced Alex and Izzie’s twins Eli and Alexis, but viewers were not supposed to actually meet the children. Grey’s co-star and EP Debbie Allen, who directed the March 5 hour, “fought really hard to cast and shoot the kids,” says Vernoff. “None of that was in the original script. And that was my favorite material in the episode — the visuals of those two kids.” Vernoff adds that “Leave a Light On” was a “labor of love” for the entire cast and crew, particularly longtime editor Vanessa Delgado, who was tasked with “putting together 16 seasons worth of clips” for the flashback-heavy episode, which gave closure to not only Alex’s storyline but Izzie’s as well.

    “The Izzie story and those eggs was just hanging out there” since Katherine Heigl’s abrupt 2010 exit, Vernoff notes. “I thought it was amazing that we could finally let people know that Izzie was alive and well and raising [Alex’s] kids.”

    TV Ratings: Station 19 Draws Largest Audience Ever, Grey's Finale Tops Night

    (4/10/20) Ahead of next week’s time slot shift, ABC’s Station 19 this Thursday fired up 7.5 million total viewers — its largest audience ever — and a 1.3 rating (read recap), up two tenths in the demo to equal its series high.

    Leading out of that, Grey’s Anatomy‘s ersatz season finale (7.3 mil/1.4) hit a one-year high in audience while steady/leading the night in the demo. How to Get Away With Murder (3 mil/0.6, read recap) was steady.

    Elsewhere….

    FOX | Last Man Standing (4.1 mil/0.6) dipped in the demo.

    CBS | Adrift among Young Sheldon and Mom reruns, Man With a Plan (6 mil/0.8) dipped 14 and 11 percent while Broke (5.2 mil/0.7) dropped 27 and 22 percent. Tommy (5.3 mil/0.6) was steady. NBC | Leading out of a Superstore rerun, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.1 mil/0.6) ticked up a tenth, Will & Grace (2.7 mil/0.6) dipped with its I Love Lucy homage, and Indebted (1.4 mil/0.3) was flat.

    Grey's James Pickens Jr. Dissects Season 16's Heartbreaking Conclusion: 'It's Gonna Take a Minute to Get Over'

    (4/9/20) (tvline.com) Thursday’s Season 16 finale of Grey’s Anatomy took Richard’s loved ones — and us along with them — on an emotional roller-coaster ride. One minute, he was being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s; the next, he was having a hip re-replaced as an antidote to cobalt poisoning. In the end, he recovered both physically and mentally… which completely and totally undid his reunion with estranged wife Catherine. Here, to put the episode’s turnabouts in perspective for TVLine, is original cast member James Pickens Jr.

    TVLINE | As this story has unfolded, have you been aware that viewers have been upset and worried about Richard?

    [Laughs] That’s an understatement. I think after last week’s episode, I got more texts than I have in the entire 16 seasons I’ve been doing the show. It looked like my phone was blowing up, just with friends saying, “Oh my God, what’s going on?” But I was very appreciative.

    TVLINE | Was there any point when you were worried — like, “Wait, are they killing me off?”

    [Laughs] You know, there are no guarantees in this business. But early on, when [showrunner] Krista [Vernoff] pitched this story, one of the first things she said was, “Don’t worry — you’re gonna pull through. We just want to let you know what this is gonna look like.” So I could exhale a little bit.

    TVLINE | Let’s talk about the end of the finale. I love Richard with Catherine, so I was bummed that the first thing he did when he got out of surgery was push her away.

    Yeah, it seemed like the wounds had started to heal, but they’re both such strong-willed people and so passionate in what they think — obviously, that translates to their love for one another. But he really felt betrayed by her. First she fires him, then she turns around and buys this hospital that he was turning around with Karev. Now she’s regretting her actions, but he’s wondering, “Is it just because I’m sick?” So I don’t think he’s giving her a pass. He’s still pretty pissed. It’s gonna take a minute to get over all that.

    TVLINE | Could you see Richard, in his anger, turning to Gemma?

    Ah, that was such a great arc. Jasmine [Guy] is a dear, dear friend of mine. I must have known her for close to 40 years, I would imagine. But if Richard is nothing else, I think he is a man of integrity. He’s had his moments — he has strayed, back in the Ellis days. But I think with Catherine, it’s different. He really does love her. Gemma made him feel like he was still desirable, but I don’t think he wanted to act on that. So I don’t think that’ll manifest into anything else.

    TVLINE | Since Richard’s hip re-replacement cured him of his hand tremors, do you see surgery as a part of his future again?

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he went back to it. He’s a man who likes control, and when you don’t have it, that’s a scary place to be. Now that the shakes are gone, he’s reenergized. So he could go back to surgery. But I think his real forte is teaching. That’s where his experience has helped to shape the interns and attendings on the show, and I’d like to see them explore what that looks like now.

    TVLINE | Did you have any idea what the original finale was going to entail?

    I really didn’t. But with this extended period of time we now have — this hiatus, for lack of a better term — I’m sure the writers are going to hunker down and come up with some very interesting stuff. I wouldn’t be surprised by anything they have in mind when we go forward. They have a lot of options to play with!

    Grey's Anatomy Boss Never Considered Killing Off Alex Karev — Here's Why

    (4/9/20) (tvline.com) With Justin Chambers unavailable to shoot additional episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, showrunner Krista Vernoff had precious few options when it came to writing Alex Karev off the show last month.

    “At the end of the day, there were three choices,” the EP explains to TVLine. “Kill Alex off camera; have Alex be alive and in Seattle — and still married to Jo — and we just never see him; or [reunite him] with Izzie.”

    As we learned in the March 5 episode, Vernoff went with Option 3, which she saw as the only viable one. Killing Alex would’ve been “cruel to everyone — particularly Meredith and Jo,” she says of the character’s BFF and wife, respectively. “There was no way to not put those characters through gut-wrenching, ongoing grief if we had killed Alex off camera.”

    An Alex death also would have been unfair to Grey’s diehards, Vernoff says. “Some fans were upset, particularly the Jolex shippers, that [Alex left Jo to be with Izzie] — and I understand why. But I would fight real hard anyone who tried to tell me that fans would not have been equally or more upset if I had killed Alex Karev off camera.”

    And Option 2 — having Alex remain in Seattle and married to Jo — would have done a disservice to Chambers’ TV wife, Camilla Luddington. “It wasn’t fair to her to keep her married to a character who was off screen,” Vernoff says. “It would absolutely eliminate [the chance for her to play] so many colors that she is so good at playing.”

    As a result, “this wasn’t even a debate in the writers room,” stresses Vernoff, adding that giving Alex a happy ending with Izzie “was so clearly the right course.”

    Grey's Anatomy Season 16 Finale Recap: The Last Cut Is the Deepest

    (4/9/20) (tvline.com) For an episode that was never supposed to be the season finale, Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy sure did the trick. (For intel on what the intended season finale would’ve entailed, straight from showrunner Krista Vernoff, click here.) In addition to revealing the reason for Richard’s deterioration, the episode ushered into the world Amelia and Link’s son, inched Meredith and Cormac closer to a first date and gave Owen an earful that prompted him to bail on his and Teddy’s wedding. What, exactly, did he hear? Read on, and I’ll try to do justice to the telltale voicemail.

    ‘IT’S A CAREER-DEFINING MOMENT’ | As “Put On a Happy Face” began, Meredith, DeLuca and their peers were working round-the-clock to diagnose Richard. Well, some of them were, anyway. Koracick, Amelia and Maggie were so convinced that he had Alzheimer’s that Catherine was going to take the patient home. Luckily, before she could, they discovered that he’d lost feeling in his feet. And his hands. WTF? Turned out, he had severe acute onset motor and sensory nerve degeneration, which Mer was quick to point out was inconsistent with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. She was right all along! Next, it was DeLuca’s turn to shine. No sooner had Richard been wheeled into the O.R. for a biopsy than Andrew raced in, knocked all of Bailey’s sterile equipment off their trays and announced that Webber had had a hip replacement. If that new hip was made of cobalt, it could be deteriorating and, thus, causing all of his symptoms. And it was — DeLuca was right!

    Elsewhere, Tom was taken aback to learn that Owen and Teddy were getting hitched that very night. In Koracick’s estimation, she was racing down the aisle with her babydaddy in hopes of convincing herself that she could live without her actual Mr. Right. “I’ve seen a few shotgun weddings,” he cracked, “but usually, it’s not the bride holding the gun.” Later, he paged Teddy to his office and implored her not to throw her life away. That night, he’d wait for her in his car in Lot B to take her anywhere she wanted to go. Between kisses, she admitted, “I love you, too,” and as the lovers got busy on the couch, the bride-to-be dropped her cell phone in such a way that it apparently dialed Owen’s number. So when he later had Levi play the message aloud while they were in surgery, all that was missing was a bow-chicka-bow-bow soundtrack. “Teddy’s idea of a wedding gift,” he said, trying to make light of the message before anyone heard who was making his fiancée moan.

    ‘YOU STOLE THE FATHER OF MY BABY WHILE I’M IN ACTIVE LABOR!’ | Meanwhile, Jackson, Jo and Cormac prepared to perform surgery on a teenager named Daya to implant in her face some of her leg muscles so that she could for the first time do what the title of the episode says. Since the girl was eager for her widowed dad to swipe right and get back out there already, talk in the O.R. turned to dating. What was Jackson’s dating-app pic? Jo asked. “A shirtless selfie of you on your yacht or your jet?” Ha. When Cormac admitted that he didn’t have a profile pic, or even a profile, Jo remarked that of course, he didn’t — he had his own personal matchmaker. What did that mean? he wanted to know. More and more, he got the impression that people were discussing his personal life in ways that he wasn’t privy to. At Grey Sloan? Ya think? The surgery was a success, BTW. And Dad never swiped right, we learned, because he was already dating his daughter’s algebra teacher.

    In other developments, Amelia’s busy day of surgeries was cut short when her water broke. She and Link were good to go, though, their usual adorable selves. Just one teensy problem: Bailey needed Link to remove Richard’s poisonous hip, stat. He could go, Amelia said — but Bailey had to stay and hold her hand. As the mom-to-be marveled that anyone would ever go through labor pains, she realized… oh, she was making Bailey sit through a birth after she just lost her daughter. It was OK, Bailey assured her. She wasn’t going anywhere; that was against the rules of Pregnancy Club. (Aww.) While they and Carina welcomed the newborn, Link removed tons of sludge from Richard’s hip. “If this is happening to other people,” he told DeLuca, “it’s gonna be a game-changer.” It already was for Richard — the surgery was a success.

    ‘HE’S BEAUTIFUL’ | As the hour and the season came to an end, Link was introduced to his son. “He’s so small,” he marveled. “Don’t say that to the person who just pushed him out,” Amelia replied. Those two are gonna be a fun mom-and-pop operation! Once he was out of surgery, Owen listened to Teddy’s accidental message in full and heard her insisting that she wasn’t going to run away with Tom. “This was goodbye,” she told him. Which was hardly consolation to Hunt, who phoned his mom to say he’d been called in to last-minute surgery and have all the wedding guests sent home. Unaware that she’d been busted, Teddy was shocked. Back at Grey Sloan, when Richard awakened, he knew his name, where he was… “If this is a quiz, you might want to ask some tougher questions,” he told Jackson and Maggie. He appeared to be right as rain.

    That is, he was right as rain until Catherine entered. Sure, she’d had a change of heart during his medical crisis, but that had in no way diminished his anger toward her. He still wanted nothing to do with his Cleopatra. As Mer left the hospital, Cormac asked her for a drink, but she was too exhausted. “Will you ask me another time?” You bet he would. She then found DeLuca sorta sitting on the floor freaked out and unsure of what was wrong. So she sweetly helped him up and out. If he needed an advocate — and clearly, he did — he couldn’t have asked for a better one.

    Grey's Anatomy Boss on What Would've Happened in the Original (and Now Scrapped) Season 16 Finale

    (4/9/20) (tvline.com) Grey’s Anatomy boss Krista Vernoff is not revealing what would’ve happened in the ABC drama’s original, now-jettisoned-due-to-COVID-19 Season 16 finale, but clues — if not outright spoilers — are about to leak. And you’ll never guess where. (Or maybe you will!)

    As Vernoff tells TVLine, hints about the ill-fated Grey’s finale will be embedded in this season’s final two episodes of companion series Station 19, set to air in early May. Unlike Grey’s, which shut down production with four episodes left to shoot, Station 19 was able to complete its current season before the coronavirus pandemic brought scripted television to a standstill.

    “Ironically, when fans watch Episode 15 and 16 of Station 19, they will probably have a feeling of some of what we had planned for [the original Grey’s finale],” says Vernoff, who runs both shows. In an effort to minimize the spoilage, and also protect those Grey’s storylines that will be folded into Season 17, Vernoff adds that she edited a little bit of the Grey’s content out of Station 19.

    “This is the strangest thing any of us have ever experienced in our lifetimes,” she says of the COVID-19 crisis. “And, creatively, it is presenting unique challenges, for sure.”

    Luckily, the cliffhanger-rich Episode 21 — aka the makeshift finale that aired Thursday night (read recap) and the last installment that the show was able to shoot before the work stoppage — functioned well as a season-ender. “From the minute we read the script for 21,” Vernoff notes, “it — coincidentally — felt like a season finale.”

    House, ER, Scrubs Casts Reunite to Pay Tribute to the 'Real Healthcare Heroes' on Coronavirus Front Lines

    (4/7/20) (Video) Former House doctor Olivia Wilde is bringing together some of the biggest names in fake medicine to pay tribute to the actual hospital workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

    “The closest… I’ve ever come to being a doctor is putting on a costume,” the actress formerly known as Thirteen notes at the start of the epic mashup, before adding tongue-in-cheek, “And while it is close, it is not quite the same. I just want to say thank you to all the real healthcare heroes out there.”

    Among the TV vets featured in the video are Wilde’s former House co-stars Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison, Kal Pen and Peter Jacobson. Wilde also recruited cast members from ER (Julianna Margulies and Maura Tierney), Scrubs (Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke and Donald Faison) and Grey’s Anatomy (alums Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh and Kate Walsh). Nurse Jackie‘s Edie Falco, The Good Doctor‘s Freddie Highmore and Doogie Howser himself, Neil Patrick Harris, also make cameos.

    TV Ratings: Broke Starts Strong as All of CBS Thursday Hits Season Highs

    (4/4/20) CBS had a very, very good Thursday, enjoying all kinds of season highs in every single time slot.

    Young Sheldon delivered 10 million total viewers and a 1.3 rating, up 12 and 18 percent to hit season highs in both measures. Man With a Plan opened Season 4 with 7.1 million viewers and a 0.9 rating, on par with its previous average (5.3 mil/0.9) while besting anything The Unicorn did in the time slot.

    Mom (7.6 mil/1.0) then rose 19 and 25 percent to season highs. Broke debuted to 7.1 million viewers and a 0.9 rating crushing Carol’s Second Act‘s best numbers in the time slot. Closing the Eye’s night, Tommy (5.5 mil/0.6) ticked up 15 and 20 percent to mark its own season highs.

    Elsewhere….

    ABC | Station 19 (7.3 mil/1.1) ticked up to its second largest audience of the season while steady in the demo. Grey’s Anatomy (7.1 mil/1.4) hit a season high in audience while ticking up to its second best rating of the season. And How to Get Away With Murder (3 mil/0.6) returned up from its fall average, hitting and tying final-season highs.

    FOX | Last Man Standing (4.1 mil/0.7) dipped.

    NBC | Superstore (3.3 mil/0.7), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.2 mil/0.5), Indebted (1.4 mil/0.3) and SVU (3.5 mil/0.6) all ticked down.

    Grey's Recap: Slip Slidin' Away — Plus, Congratulations! It's a [Spoiler]!

    (4/2/20) (tvline.com) Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy was a rough one. On one hand, we had Richard, his faculties fading before our — and his loved ones’ — eyes. On the other, we had Tom, asked to save the life of his ex-wife’s son — a dead ringer for the boy they lost. At least, to lighten things up, the show gave us a patient who emerged from anesthesia with a song on her lips as well as in her heart, and Amelia having contractions that were so intense, she hilariously described them as being like “when guys get kicked in the guys,” only worse. Read on, and we’ll go over my notes, musical and otherwise, from “Sing It Again.”

    ‘LET’S ROUND UP THE TROOPS’ | As the hour began, Bailey assembled a war room of Grey Sloan’s best and brightest to try to diagnose Richard. “Prepare yourselves,” warned Maggie. “He’s not himself.” And he became progressively less like himself, or at least less like the Webber of 2020. He still believed that Catherine had been with him in L.A. and that he and his Cleopatra had reunited. He even thought that his speech had been a hit, not inspiration for mean-spirited Internet memes. When Bailey later caught DeLuca visiting Richard, she kicked out the suspended resident — but, um, did want to see the list of symptoms for which Dr. Riley had suggested he keep an eye. For her part, Catherine was unimpressed by the progress that her estranged husband’s proteges had made. “You look like a bunch of feckless interns,” she hissed. “You need to work harder.”

    Afterwards, during a moment alone with Jackson, Catherine turned up the volume on her attack. “You’re letting him down,” she told her son. “Do you know that?” But, of course, really she was just deflecting, because she felt so guilty about the fact that she’d let her pride stand in the way of their reconciliation. If she’d been around, she would’ve noticed Richard slipping away. Speaking of which, he literally did that from his hospital room and wound up in the O.R. about to take a scalpel to his own belly. Though Meredith was able to talk him down, the poor guy still had lower to sink. “Ellis,” he told her, “something’s wrong with me.” Told ya it was a brutal episode! When it ended, Richard thought that he was at Seattle Grace and worried that Adele would be pissed if he was late again for dinner. When a desperate Meredith subsequently found DeLuca in the medical library, rather than send him home for the rest that everyone kept telling him he needed, she enlisted his help on Richard’s case.

    ‘I HOPE YOU AND STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER’ | Elsewhere in the hospital, Koracick’s remarried ex, Dana, showed up with her new son, Guthrie — who not only looked but sounded like poor, ill-fated David. The boy had a brain tumor that had spread to his spine, and his mom wanted Tom to remove it. Sensing just how utterly this surprise visit, not to mention Guthrie’s resemblance to David, had rocked Tom’s world, Teddy paged Amelia. Understanding completely, she was happy to scrub in… but began having contractions during surgery! Get Tom now, Amelia yelled at Taryn. Even though he couldn’t be near Guthrie without feeling like he was drowning, Tom attempted to perform the operation… then, when the kid began crashing, froze.

    Watching from the gallery, Teddy leapt into action, speaking to Tom over the intercom and miraculously bringing his focus back to the task at hand. After he stabilized Guthrie and sent him down the road to recovery, Koracick thanked the woman he loved, who in turn apologized for having caused him pain; he’d had more than enough for one lifetime. “You’ve taken away more than you’ve caused,” he reassured her. Off that tender moment, Teddy ran into Owen, who pulled her into a supply closet for a quickie. “Let’s screw the plan,” she told her fiancé. “I wanna get married to you as soon as possible. Let’s do it this weekend.” And, considering that they kept right on tearing off one another’s clothes, I think it’s safe to assume they were in agreement about fast-tracking the nuptials.

    ‘THESE DOCTORS BROKE MY WIFE’ | On the lighter side, after Owen and Link treated a woman with a broken foot, she woke up singing every word she said. “So she’s just like this now?” asked her husband as if wondering whether he’d kept the receipt and could maybe exchange her. But he changed his tune after a moment in which it appeared that he might lose her. After that, he was even willing to sing with her. In other developments, Levi quickly went from being so braggy about his new housing situation that Taryn snarked, “You’re crashing with an attending, we get it!” to being ready to move out because Jo snapped at him in the pit. She didn’t want him to do that, though; she simply wasn’t going to change the way she worked just because they were roomies. Finally, when Link joined Amelia, her contractions growing ever stronger, they shared a cute moment of panic over the fact that once the baby came out, it would never again be as safe as it was right that second. And the second after… and the one after that. Because it turned out that Amelia was in false labor. It was a… case of Braxton Hicks contractions. “Suddenly,” Amelia deadpanned, “they hurt less.” Amelia and Link FTW, always.

    Grey's Anatomy Has 'Beautiful Stories' Yet to Be Told, Says Kim Raver — But Coronavirus Safety 'Surpasses All'

    (3/30/20) When coronavirus concerns prompted Grey’s Anatomy to press PAUSE on production on March 12 — and, two weeks later, call Season 16 a wrap — the ABC drama was still four episodes shy of its finale. And “we’ve still got such beautiful stories to tell,” says Kim Raver, who plays Teddy. “But we have to be in the reality of what’s happening in the world right now and find that strength to do what’s right to keep everyone healthy. It kind of surpasses all — especially because we’re a medical show.

    “I also really want to make sure we take care of our first-responders and medical teams,” she continues. “So I was very happy that [series creator] Shonda [Rhimes] sort of handed over all of our masks and hospital gowns — everything we had. I was in New York doing Third Watch on 9/11, and [the producers] did the same thing, donating lights and anything else that they could use at Ground Zero. In these moments, I really believe that the good comes out” in people.

    For her part, Raver has been checking on her neighbors, in particular the older ones, reaching out to friends and family, and posting quarantine pastimes on Instagram. “We have to take care of one another, and we’re finding ways to do it properly, to flatten the curve,” she says, adding that she likes to imagine that Grey’s is helping, too, just by being on (at least for a couple more weeks). “It has such a huge family [of fans]. I hope it gives that feeling of not being so alone during this really hard time.”

    'Disappointed' Grey's Anatomy Boss Assures Early Finale Will Be 'Satisfying'

    (3/28/20) Despite the halting of production and Friday’s early finale announcement, Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff has assured fans that the stand-in Season 16 closer will be a “satisfying” one.

    “We are disappointed that we don’t get to complete our storytelling this season. The good news? 1621 plays like a satisfying finale!” she tweeted. “It’s not where we planned to end, but it’s beautiful & the questions that linger we will answer next year. #GreysAnatomy #StayHome” She also reminded viewers that Grey’s will resume its storytelling in Season 17.

    Season 16 will now conclude Thursday, April 9 (at 9/8c on ABC), while its remaining episodes have been scrapped. The move came as a result of the network’s decision to not resume production, which shut down earlier this month in response to the coronavirus crisis. This change brings the episode count from its original 25 down to 21.

    The series’ two remaining episodes will be April 2’s “Sing It Again,” in which Owen and Link treat an older woman who wakes up from surgery and can’t stop singing, and April 9’s “Put on a Happy Face,” which will now serve as the season ender. According to ABC’s official logline: “Link tries to convince Amelia to take it easy during the final stage of her pregnancy; Hayes asks Meredith a surprising question; Owen makes a shocking discovery.”

    Grey's Anatomy Sets Early Finale, Scraps Remaining Season 16 Episodes

    (3/27/20) Grey Sloan Memorial is closing its doors ahead of schedule. The Season 16 finale of Grey’s Anatomy will now air on Thursday, April 9 (ABC, 9/8c), TVLine has learned.

    The major scheduling change comes as a result of ABC deciding not to resume production on Season 16, which shut down earlier this month in response to the coronavirus crisis. Twenty-one of 25 episodes were completed when production was halted; the status of the remaining four Season 16 episodes is TBD. (Click here for a complete list of other early finales.)

    Neither Station 19 nor How to Get Away With Murder (which resumes its farewell season on April 2 and finales on May 14) are affected by the Grey’s programming changes.

    That means Grey’s only has two new episodes left to air this season: April 2’s “Sing It Again,” in which Owen and Link treat an older woman who wakes up from surgery and can’t stop singing, and April 9’s “Put on a Happy Face,” which will now serve as the season ender.

    Here’s what fans can expect from the new finale, according to ABC’s official synopsis: “Link tries to convince Amelia to take it easy during the final stage of her pregnancy; Hayes asks Meredith a surprising question; Owen makes a shocking discovery.”

    “Out of an abundance of caution, production is postponed on Grey’s Anatomy effective immediately,” showrunner/EP Krista Vernoff, director/EP Debbie Allen and line producer James Williams said in a letter to the ABC drama’s cast and crew on March 12. “We are going home now for at least two weeks and waiting to see how the coronavirus situation evolves. This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of the whole cast and crew and the safety of our loved ones outside of work, and it was made in accordance with Mayor Garcetti’s suggestion that we not gather in groups of more than 50.

    “Stay safe, stay healthy, stay hydrated, stay home as much as possible, and wash your hands frequently,” the trio added. “Please take care of yourselves and each other. As updates come in, we will keep you informed. Thank you for all that you do!”

    Where the original ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ cast is today

    (3/27/20)Fifteen years ago today, we met Meredith Grey and the interns of Seattle Grace Hospital. After years of untimely character deaths and mysterious show exits, very few original “Grey’s Anatomy” cast members are still standing strong on the hit ABC series. The recent exit of Justin Chambers marks the end of the first class of interns, besides Meredith, of course. Here’s what the original cast of the show is doing today.

    1 Isaiah Washington

    Isaiah Washington was the first original cast member to leave the show. In 2007, Washington’s character, Preston Burke, was written off the series — following the Season 3 finale — after the actor reportedly used a homophobic slur in reference to co-star T.R. Knight during an on-set argument with Patrick Dempsey. Although Washington issued an apology at the time, he went on to deny it ever happened during a pressroom interview at the Golden Globes that year. Plot-wise, his exit came after his character leaves fiancée Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) at the altar.

    “I’m saddened by the outcome,” Washington told Entertainment Weekly later that year.

    Washington, 56, then appeared on one more episode in 2014, which ironically was centered around Oh’s exit from the series.

    After “Grey’s,” Washington went on to star in the CW series “The 100,” and while he’s still making movies, he most recently made headlines in 2019 when he revealed he was “walking away” from the Democratic party and was supporting Donald Trump.

    2 T.R. Knight

    T.R. Knight, 46, left the show in 2009 under mysterious circumstances after playing George O’Malley for five seasons. According to Entertainment Weekly, Knight realized his character was getting very little screen time, saying there was a “breakdown of communication” between him and series creator Shonda Rhimes.

    “My five-year experience proved to me that I could not trust any answer that was given [about George],” he told the mag. “And with respect, I’m going to leave it at that.”

    George was killed off the show after he uncharacteristically decides to join the Army. When a disfigured John Doe comes into the hospital, Meredith realizes it’s George, but it’s ultimately too late and he dies.

    Knight went on to do various guest-starring roles on shows like “The Good Wife” and “11.22.63.” If there was any bad blood with Rhimes, it didn’t stop her from casting him in her short-lived series “The Catch” in 2016. Knight is currently filming a TV series called “The Flight Attendant” with Kaley Cuoco.

    3 Katherine Heigl

    Perhaps the most dramatic “Grey’s Anatomy” exit occurred when Katherine Heigl left the show. Even though we said goodbye to Izzie Stevens in 2010, the drama with Heigl, 41, began in 2008 when she controversially told the Los Angeles Times (via The New York Times) that she’d withdrawn her name from the Emmy contenders list.

    “I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination,” she said. “In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials.”

    There had already been rumors at the time that she’d been trying to get out of her contract, but she would continue playing the part until 2010, when she confirmed she was “done.”

    Two years later, Shonda Rhimes finally commented on Heigl’s interview about the Emmys, saying, “On some level, it stung and on some level I was not surprised.” Then in 2014, while discussing her hit show “Scandal,” Rhimes doubled down on her comments. “There are no Heigls in this situation,” she told The Hollywood Reporter, adding of her “no a–hole” policy, “I don’t put up with bulls–t or nasty people. I don’t have time for it.”

    Heigl, who says she immediately apologized to Rhimes for her comments, told Howard Stern in 2016 that the fallout led her to seek therapy. “I was not handling it well. I was feeling completely like the biggest piece of s–t on the bottom of your shoe. I was really struggling with it and how to not take it all personally and not to feel that there’s something really deeply wrong with me,” she said.

    Heigl starred in some films, and she is still acting pretty consistently. Most recently, she appeared on the final season of “Suits” after Meghan Markle left the show and is starring alongside Sarah Chalke in Netflix’s adaption of Kristin Hannah’s novel “Firefly Lane,” which is set to come out sometime this year.

    4 Kate Walsh

    Technically, Kate Walsh was not one of the original “Grey’s Anatomy” cast members, but Addison Montgomery was too iconic of a character not to include in this roundup. Plus, with all the drama of the previous listed cast members, it’s nice to include a happy ending.

    Walsh left Seattle Grace Hospital at the end of Season 3 for her own Shonda Rhimes-produced spin-off show, “Private Practice.” The show ran six seasons, from 2007-2013, and centered on Walsh’s character after leaving Seattle for sunny Los Angeles.

    In June 2013, Walsh announced she would be departing the series and a few months after that, ABC announced the show would be ending.

    Walsh, 52, went on to be on various shows including “13 Reasons Why” and “The Umbrella Academy.”

    5 Eric Dane

    Like Kate Walsh, Eric Dane is not one of the original cast members, but it’s hard to do a roundup without including one of the show’s most prominent characters, even if he didn’t come in until the end of Season 2.

    McSteamy, aka Mark Sloan, met his demise after a plane crash at the end of Season 8. He made his final appearance in the very beginning of Season 9.

    “After much consideration and conversations, he and I have decided that this is the right time for his storyline to end,” Rhimes told TVLine at the time. “I wish him the best and I look forward to watching him as he continues to steam up the big and small screen.”

    He has said that he left the show to take a job on TNT’s “The Last Ship,” which he called an opportunity he couldn’t pass up at the time.

    These days, you can watch Dane, 47, in a very different role on HBO’s “Euphoria.”

    6 Sandra Oh

    No one needs to Google Sandra Oh to find out what she’s doing these days. Oh’s exit from the series in 2013 was devastating for longtime fans. “Creatively, I really feel like I gave it my all, and I feel ready to let her go,” she told The Hollywood Reporter of saying goodbye to Cristina Yang. Cristina exited the show by taking a coveted position at a medical research facility in Zurich.

    Oh, 48, went on to take home the Golden Globe in 2019 for playing Eve Polastri on the hit BBC series “Killing Eve,” but there’s a chance “Grey’s” fans will get one last moment with her “Grey’s” character.

    “I told [Shonda Rhimes], ‘If you guys want to finish it out however you want to finish it out, I’d be more than happy to come back. And if it doesn’t fit in that way, I totally understand. I just want you to know that I’m available,’” she said. “Who knows! I might be doing something fabulous and it might not work out but I did say, ‘Yes, of course I would.’”

    7 Patrick Dempsey

    If you’re sensing a trend here … There appeared to be some tension behind the scenes with McDreamy’s exit from the show, too.

    Before he left the series, Patrick Dempsey commented that he was ready to depart the show after his contract was up in 2015.

    “Acting (in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’) has been a blessing for me and has allowed me to do all this,” he said in an interview during a charity event in 2014. “But it’s transitional for me right now. I’m looking forward to the next thing, creatively.”

    Soon after that, sources told Page Six that Shonda Rhimes had enough of Dempsey’s “diva” behavior, and “suspended him” from the show. “The word on set is that he isn’t coming back full time,” the source added.

    Soon after, Derek Shepherd was killed in a car crash.

    Following his exit, Dempsey, 54, went on to star in “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” a miniseries called “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” and has a show this year called “Devils.”

    8 Sara Ramirez

    Another important character who was there early on, but not quite there from the beginning, was Dr. Callie Torres. In 2016, after 10 years on the show, Sara Ramirez announced she was saying goodbye.

    “I’m deeply grateful to have spent the last 10 years with my family at Grey’s Anatomy and ABC, but for now I’m taking some welcome time off,” she said in a statement on social media.

    Insiders told Variety at the time “leaving the show was truly Ramirez’s decision and that there was no bad blood behind the scenes.”

    After leaving the series, the 44-year-old joined the cast of “Madam Secretary,” which aired its series finale in December 2019.

    9 Justin Chambers

    Fans were not pleased with the most recent “Grey’s Anatomy” exit. In a bizarre ending to his long storyline, Alex Karev skips town without saying goodbye to anyone — including his wife, Jo — to move to a farm in Kansas where (surprise!) Izzie had Alex’s children without telling him. So in four separate letters, he says his goodbyes, proving that he may in fact be “evil spawn” after all.

    “THE DISRESPECT FOR ALEX KAREV, SHONDA WTF ARE YOU DOING #GreysAnatomy,” one fan tweeted. Another commented, “Are you really saying Justin Chambers is completely fine with his character being butchered like this after years of doing this show? I AM MAD as hell at what they did to alex karev #GreysAnatomy.”

    The backlash was so strong, Ellen Pompeo took to Instagram to comment on his exit, “For me personally for Karev to go back to the beginning…. was the best possible storyline. It pays homage to those incredible first years and the incredible cast …that created a foundation so strong that the show is still standing.”

    It was announced in January that Chambers, 49, was leaving the show after 15 years. Page Six exclusively revealed at the time that Chambers, who said he left to “diversify my acting roles and career choices,” was working on his mental health at Privé-Swiss, a luxury rehab center in Connecticut.

    And despite fans begging Shonda Rhimes not to kill him off, following the episode, many wrote that they wished he’d died versus the ending they gave him.

    In an exclusive video, Chambers said he was “very excited” for the next chapter of his life and said he hopes to get into producing documentaries in the future.

    “‘Grey’s’ has been very supportive of me and I’m very grateful and it’s been a great ride,” he said.

    10 Chandra Wilson

    Chandra Wilson may not have been one of the original interns on “Grey’s Anatomy,” but Miranda Bailey has been on the series since the very beginning. With the nickname “The Nazi,” Wilson’s character was the no-nonsense resident who told Meredith and Co. what to do.

    The 50-year-old appears to be in for the long-haul, although in 2018, fans were worried her exit was close when Bailey suffered a heart attack.

    “Let’s say Bailey has been stressed,” she told Entertainment Weekly at the time. “Is Bailey leaving? I think this is the right thing to say: Bailey’s been stressed and needs to take care of herself.”

    11 James Pickens Jr.

    Another Seattle Grace mainstay is James Pickens Jr., who still plays Richard Webber on the ABC series. For a long period of time, he was the chief of surgery at the hospital. Although it appears Pickens is also here to stay, fans have also worried that his departure is coming.

    In a recent episode, it was revealed that Webber’s hand has an uncontrollable shake, and he’s not sure the cause behind it. In the episode, he gives his stethoscope to someone, saying, “I don’t need it anymore, but I really hope you do.”

    “Webber’s shaking hand. PROTECT WEBBER AT ALL COSTS. #GreysAnatomy,” a fan posted on Twitter.

    There have been no reports that Pickens will leave the series.

    12 Ellen Pompeo

    And finally, nobody turned a profit from “Grey’s Anatomy” quite like Ellen Pompeo, who in 2019, landed on the Forbes top 10 highest-paid actresses list with $22 million. But it wasn’t without a fight. In 2018, when she signed a new deal with the network, she said, “For me, Patrick [Dempsey] leaving the show [in 2015] was a defining moment, deal-wise. They could always use him as leverage against me — ‘We don’t need you; we have Patrick’ — which they did for years. I don’t know if they also did that to him, because he and I never discussed our deals. There were many times where I reached out about joining together to negotiate, but he was never interested in that.”

    Pompeo, 50, has never shied away from the drama that followed the show. In a 2019 Variety interview, she revealed, “The first 10 years we had serious culture issues, very bad behavior, really toxic work environment.”

    She added that she made it her mission to fix the behind-the-scenes mess so she could be “happy and proud” of her experience.

    By May 2019, it was announced the show — and Pompeo’s contract — had been extended through 2021.

    ‘Killing Eve’: AMC Networks Moves Up Third Season Premiere By Two Weeks

    (3/27/20) Fans of Killing Eve, the Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer-fronted psychopath drama, are in for an early thrill after AMC Networks moved the show’s third season premiere forward by two weeks.

    AMC Networks Entertainment Group will now launch the Phoebe Waller-Bridge-created drama on Sunday April 12 as opposed to its previous premiere of April 26. The eight-part series will be simulcast on BBC America and AMC.

    “We know how adored this series is and we know how keen people are for great content right now,” said Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios. “This season of Killing Eve digs deep psychologically, and with actors like Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and Fiona Shaw the results are nothing short of astonishing. We literally couldn’t wait for fans to see it.”

    It is the latest scheduling move for the AMC Networks Entertainment Group, which postponed the launch of its zombie spinoff series The Walking Dead: Beyond World to the end of the year as a result of the Coronavirus. AMC was one of a number of linear networks facing an ad-hit in Q2.

    The third season of Killing Eve, which has already been renewed for a fourth season, continues the story of two women with brutal pasts, addicted to each other but now trying desperately to live their lives without their drug of choice. For Villanelle (Comer), the assassin without a job, Eve (Oh) is dead. For Eve, the ex-MI6 operative hiding in plain sight, Villanelle will never find her. All seems fine until a shocking and personal death sets them on a collision course yet again. The journey back to each other will cost both of them friends, family, and allegiances…and perhaps a share of their souls. Fiona Shaw and Kim Bodnia also star.

    Season 3 cast also includes Harriet Walter (Succession), Danny Sapani (Harlots), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), Camille Cottin (Call My Agent), Steve Pemberton (Inside No. 9), Raj Bajaj (A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding), Turlough Convery (Ready Player One), Pedja Bjelac (Harry Potter) and Evgenia Dodina (One Week and a Day).

    Killing Eve is produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd. for BBC America and is distributed by Endeavor Content.

    British writer Suzanne Heathcote (Fear the Walking Dead) serves as lead writer and executive producer for season three, continuing the tradition of passing the baton to a new female writing voice. Executive producers are Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Gina Mingacci, Damon Thomas, Jeff Melvoin, Suzanne Heathcote and Sandra Oh. Nigel Watson also serves as producer on the series.

    TV Ratings: Million Things, Deputy and Legacies Steady With Finales; SVU Up

    (3/27/20) In the latest TV ratings, A Million Little Things closed out its sophomore season with 4.34 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, ticking up to its largest audience since its fall finale while steady in the demo.

    Opening ABC’s night, Station 19 (7.3 mil/1.2) and Grey’s Anatomy (6.5 mil/1.3) both dipped in the demo from last week’s season highs.

    Elsewhere….

    FOX | Last Man Standing (4.5 mil/0.8) ticked down, while Outmatched (2.6 mil/0.6) and Deputy (3.9 mil/0.6) were steady with their freshman finales.

    THE CW | Katy Keene (549K/0.1) and the Legacies “spring finale” (626K/0.2) were steady in the demo.

    NBC | Superstore (3.64 mil/0.9) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.3 mil/0.7) were steady in the demo, with the former hitting a season high in audience. A pair of Indebteds did 1.6 mil/0.4 and then 1.5 mil/0.3, with the latter tying a series low. SVU returned from a month-long break to 3.8 mil (its largest audience since its fall finale) and a 0.8, matching its best rating since the season opener.

    Kim Raver Shares How Grey's Twist Impacts the Messy Owen/Teddy/Tom Love Triangle: 'It's Like a Grenade'

    (3/26/20) (tvline.com) Rest assured, Grey’s Anatomy fans, you weren’t the only ones shocked to learn that the best friend after whom Teddy named her daughter had also been one of the loves of her life. “It was a complete surprise” to Kim Raver, too, the actress tells TVLine. “I was like, ‘This is so amazing! But at the same time, it makes total sense.'” Here, she not only reflects on the revelation and its implications, she hints at how it will impact the engaged doctor’s future interactions with the men in her life.

    TVLINE | When did you first hear that Teddy had been involved in a lesbian love triangle while she was living in New York?

    [Showrunner] Krista Vernoff gives us opportunities to pitch storylines at the beginning and end of each season, so I said, “It would be great if we knew what was making Teddy tick… and we’ve heard so much about Allison… ” Then Krista came up with this. I never expected it! And it’s a surprise, but then you’re saying, “Oooh! Now it all makes so much sense!” It’s such a beautiful piece [of the puzzle that explains] Teddy’s behavior in the present. She’s really struggling, you know?

    TVLINE | Oh, I do. So when Teddy goes back to Seattle after getting closure with Allison’s other girlfriend in L.A., does she have greater clarity about her situation with Owen and Tom?

    Well, to realize that Allison had really loved both her and Claire was a huge aha moment for Teddy, but it doesn’t solve [her current predicament] right away. She’s still in it when she goes home. It’s amazing to watch her — and frustrating. You want to throw something at your TV. [Laughs]

    TVLINE | And I have.

    But it’s not like she has this aha moment, and everything resolves itself. It’s more like she has that moment… but what is she going to do with it? It’s like a grenade that she’s holding. She’s like, ‘Oh my God, it might explode! What do I do?” But it definitely has its effects going forward. There’s some crazy stuff that comes up in the subsequent episodes.

    TVLINE | What should viewers glean from Teddy’s romance with Allison? Is she bisexual? Was Allison just that magical?

    I’m not sure yet. For now, [the takeaway is] that love is love for Teddy. Her love for Allison was so great that it led her there. I don’t know if it defines her. Claire, played so beautifully by Rya Kihlstedt, also gave her such an incredible gift of forgiveness [in the current story]. She really puts the pieces together so beautifully for Teddy to then understand her present situation. I think the way we approach love is very much informed by our past in a way, and now that Teddy has a new understanding that you can love two people, what is she going to do with that?

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Sexual Healing — Plus, WTH! Is [Spoiler] Dying?

    (3/26/20) (tvline.com) And you thought medical conventions were boring! When Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy sent a handful of its finest to L.A. to support Richard as he presented his PATH pen at a surgical-innovation conference, Maggie fell into bed (and quite possibly love) with a sexy former resident, Teddy attempted to make amends for being the other woman in a long-ago lesbian love triangle, and Richard… Oh, Richard. In the span of an hour, he took us from thinking he was getting back together with Catherine to totally falling apart. Read on, and we’ll review all of the big twists of “Love of My Life.”

    ‘COME HERE AND KISS ME, CLEOPATRA’ | As the episode began, an excited but exhausted Richard arrived at the hotel and heard from Maggie (probably more for our benefit than his) how sorry Meredith was that she couldn’t be there for his speech; her babysitter had gotten sick (isn’t that what residents are for?). Next to arrive was Cormac, who immediately flashed back to a previous entrance, upon which he’d first seen his beautiful wife. (Of note: Cormac bald > Cormac with hair.) After Richard retired to his room to work on his speech, Catherine shocked him — and, frankly, us — by showing up on his doorstep. “I’m here to stop the foolishness,” she said before launching into an apology. For his part, he offered that there was nothing between him and Gemma, though, uh, she had kissed him. “We can fix this,” Catherine said. And it looked like she was right. They even, as Jackson had predicted, laughed about her buying Pac-North, a terrible investment, she noted. The board thought her doing so was a sign of early dementia! Once they agreed that they’d had the most expensive fight since Antony and Cleopatra, they reunited horizontally.

    ‘FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT I CAN REMEMBER, NO ONE IN A 50-MILE RADIUS DEPENDS ON MY BREASTS FOR SURVIVAL’ | At heart-valve happy hour with Teddy, Maggie imagined that the conference was like summer camp… or the Olympic village. You mean professional by day, crazy hookups by night? Teddy asked. Innocent Maggie didn’t realize that was what the Olympic village was like. But she warmed to the concept when she glimpsed one of her former residents from Tufts, a total smokeshow named Winston. Three times he’d attended that conference, and he’d never seen her there. “What are you, stalking me?” she joked. “Not stalking,” he replied, “seeking.” Turned out, he’d had a crush on her since his first day at Tufts, but she’d been his chief, so he couldn’t ask her out. (Ha — as if that would stop anyone at Grey Sloan!) Then she’d moved to Seattle right before he became an attending, so he never got a chance to ask her out. Now, obviously, he wasn’t going to let it pass him by. Next thing we knew, they were making love in his hotel room. (Jackson who?) Afterwards, they did a quick getting-to-know-you round, bonded over losing their moms, and admitted that they’d never fallen so hard for anyone in one night.

    ‘DON’T BE STRONG, BE A MESS’ | Over drinks with Teddy, Cormac shared that he hated conferences and had only come because Bailey had asked him to represent peds. Didn’t seem like a good idea for the new guy to say no. While his companion talked to a sales rep, he drifted off, reminiscing about his first interactions with his then-future wife Abigail, a starving mixed-media artist making a quick $500 at a past conference by giving out pens… that she didn’t realize were from a company that made erectile-dysfunction medication. Charmed, he took all of her pens off her hands. From there, we fast-forwarded to Abigail getting a hysterectomy at 33. When she worried about bleeding out and dying, he reassured that, if she did, he and the boys would move on. “Don’t get me wrong,” he added, “it’ll be a tough coupla days.” From there, we flashed-forward a few more years and found Mrs. Hayes dying of cancer and giving Cormac instructions on how to handle it with their sons. “Let them know it’s OK to fall apart,” she told him as he did just that. As she went on with her dire to-do list, she made a point of saying that he could and should fall in love again. He didn’t want to — which, she noted, was exactly why he needed to hear her say it. Back in the present, Cormac railed against the sales rep, whose “magic” device had made him a widower. “You’re lucky,” Hayes concluded, “I haven’t put that pen through your throat.”

    ‘THE LAST THING I EXPECTED WAS FOR THE TWO OF YOU TO GET TOGETHER’ | Left alone at the bar, Teddy ran into Claire, a doctor she’d worked with in New York who had left after 9/11 claimed the life of her significant other, the woman after whom Allison is named. (Hey, that’s Sherri Saum!) After a brief catch-up, we flashed back to the three of them cohabiting in New York. When Claire was called away to the hospital, we discovered that Allison was also involved with Teddy. In the present, Claire was surprised to learn that Teddy had named her daughter after… “My best friend,” Teddy said. But it was OK, Claire insisted. Twenty years later, Teddy could admit that she’d had a love affair with Allison. In the past, Teddy and Allison, as you’d hope, felt guilty about sneaking around and lying to Claire. “I love her,” Allison said. “But I love you more.” A lot more, it seemed. “It tore me up,” Teddy told Claire in the present. Uh-huh, but not enough to stop. In fact, as the Twin Towers fell around Allison, she’d tried to call Teddy, not Claire. Phone records… that was how she had found out. Ow to the nth. (For more on this twist, click here to read Kim Raver’s take on the revelation.)

    ‘IS IT GONNA BE WEIRD IF I MEET THIS MAN ON WHAT AMOUNTS TO OUR FIRST DATE?’ | As the hour rounded the corner and headed toward the finish line, a random remark from Catherine prompted Richard to have an idea for a medical breakthrough, Maggie marveled that she didn’t know it was possible to like someone so much when she knew so little about him, and Teddy approached Claire to apologize. Teddy hadn’t really believed that it was possible for Allison, or anyone, to love two people at the same time. “But now” — thanks to Tom and Owen — “I do.” Lucky for Teddy, Claire could never stay mad at anybody for loving Allison. She was, after all, Sherri Saum Allison. Just before Richard’s presentation began, Winston asked Maggie to move back to Boston. Or he’d move to Seattle, either way. When she said that she needed time to make a decision — also spreadsheets — he understood. “Get a focus group together,” he joked. “I just don’t think I’m gonna feel any differently about this in a few hours or a few months. But you do you.”

    When at last Richard went on, he announced that, with Catherine’s help, he’d figured out how to cure cancer. Come again? Oh no. Something was very wrong with Richard. Projected on screen wasn’t medical data but what looked like a child’s doodles, a smiley face, even. “Dear Lord, he’s drunk,” Catherine whispered to Jackson, watching in Seattle. (Wait, Seattle?!?) Oh, man. This was hard to watch. When eventually Maggie intervened, he didn’t even know who she was. And, thanks to cutaways, we learned that he’d imagined his whole reunion with Catherine. (Damn it.) Maggie feared that Richard was having a stroke, but as the episode concluded, neither she nor we were sure what was wrong with her father.

    James Pickens Jr. guests on The Connors 4/7/20

    (3/23/20) “The Icewoman Cometh” – Bev is back from Arizona and has come to the realization that she’d like to use her finances to spread happiness. She has decided to fund Mark’s tuition to a prestigious coding camp, while Darlene tries to convince her to give the money to Harris instead. Dan realizes how much he misses Louise, and Becky persuades him to visit her on tour, on “The Conners,” TUESDAY, APRIL 7 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

    The series stars John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner.

    Guest starring is Katey Sagal as Louise, Estelle Parsons as Beverly Harris, James Pickens Jr. as Chuck, Stephen Monroe Taylor as Dwight, Steve Agee as Tony and Paul Hipp as Zach.

    “The Icewoman Cometh” was written by Amy Fox and directed by Don Scardino.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Station 19’, ‘The Good Doctor’ Among Medical Shows Donating Supplies Amid Coronavirus Crisis

    (3/20/20) TV medical dramas continue to do their part to help hospitals and medical workers who are in dire need of supplies during the coronavirus crisis.

    ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19 and The Good Doctor are among the shows donating masks, gowns and gloves to those medical workers and hospitals in need.

    “At Station 19, we were lucky enough to have about 300 of the coveted N95 masks which we donated to our local fire station. They were tremendously grateful. At Grey’s Anatomy, we have a back-stock of gowns and gloves which we are donating as well,” Krista Vernoff, executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 told Good Morning America in a statement. “We are all overwhelmed with gratitude for our healthcare workers during this incredibly difficult time, and in addition to these donations, we are doing our part to help them by staying home.”

    The Good Doctor, which films in Vancouver, British Columbia, is working with its local provincial government to determine which medical supplies are needed that the show is able to provide.

    As previously reported, Fox medical drama The Resident donated personal protective equipment to Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital in the city where the series is filmed.

    The lack of adequate medical supplies has become a crisis unto itself during the coronavirus pandemic. Despite efforts to increase coronavirus testing capacity in the U.S., some tests have not been to be conducted because of needed supplies, such as swabs and protective gear, for medical workers performing the tests.

    TV Ratings: Superstore Ties 2-Year High; Grey's, Station 19 at Season Highs

    (3/20/20) In the latest TV ratings, NBC’s Superstore returned from a three-week break to 3.8 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, surging 46 and 50 percent to mark its best its largest audience in a year and match its best demo number in two years.

    Leading out of that, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.5 mil/0.7) ticked up to its second largest audience of the season and matched this season’s demo high; Will & Grace (2.8 mil/0.7) rose to season highs (including its best rating since April 4); and Indebted (1.9 mil/0.5) ticked up to a demo high.

    Elsewhere….

    ABC | Station 19 (7.5 mil/1.3) rose 14 and 18 percent to season highs; Grey’s Anatomy (7.1 mil/1.5) was up 13 and 25 percent, hitting and matching season highs; and A Million Little Things (4.2 mil/0.7) ticked up 10 and 16 percent.

    THE CW | Katy Keene (515K/0.1) and Legacies (642K/0.2) were flat in the demo, though the latter rose 23 percent in audience.

    FOX | Last Man Standing (4.7 mil/0.8) surged 27 and 33 percent, Outmatched (2.6 mil/0.6) was up 30 and 20 percent (hitting its best rating in six episodes), and Deputy (4 mil/0.6) copped its second largest audience thus far while up a tenth in the demo.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Patients Tested — Plus, Which Couple Did the Split?

    (3/19/20) (tvline.com) “You get a surgery… and you get a surgery… and you get a surgery!” Yep, Grey’s Anatomy’s Meredith went full-on Oprah during pro-bono day at Grey Sloan. And, though at times it looked like her patients might riot, Thursday’s episode ended with only one casualty: a relationship (which honestly had been on life-support for weeks now). Who found themselves suddenly single? Read on and find out.

    ‘SHE’S SUCH A LEGEND’ | As “Give a Little Bit” began, Mer phoned Jo, awakening her at 5 a.m. Grey had 25 patients lined up and only four surgeons on tap — dammit, she needed Karev. Fine, Jo grumbled. But “it’s not Karev anymore.” At a more reasonable hour, Richard and Maggie bumped into each other at the hospital and shared that they’d both heard from lawyers. Maggie’s uncle had settled his lawsuit, as Webber had predicted he would. And Catherine had filed separation papers. (In a totally Catherine move, she was “letting” Richard keep his house.) When Amelia arrived, she excitedly announced to Owen, Teddy and Jo that Link was her babydaddy. But Jo already knew from Link, and Owen and Teddy were super awkward about the whole thing. Relegated to the clinic, DeLuca treated a teenager named Cindy who’d come in with her Aunt Opal. Given Cindy’s reluctance to speak, Andrew asked a nurse to page Bailey: Cindy fit the profile for human trafficking! Or… was this just a case of DeLuca’s mania making his imagination overactive? It seemed — or was meant to seem — like the latter.

    When Bailey checked out the girl, she drew a different conclusion than DeLuca had and, fearing he was on the verge of an episode, ordered him to go home and rest, then report to her office in the a.m. Instead, speaking as quickly as an auctioneer, he told Cindy and Opal that Grey was going to perform the teen’s surgery for free. Yeah, that was gonna go well. Mer and her team — Owen, Cormac, Jo, Hannah and Helm — were already up to their surgical masks in patients! What’s more, pro-bono day was quickly becoming disorganized, a situation made worse when DeLuca had Helm move around operations and operating rooms. “Tell DeLuca to stay off my schedule,” Mer instructed Taryn, “and my floor!” Eventually, though Cindy privately told DeLuca that she just wanted to go home, he spirited her away from her aunt to pre-op. Oh, DeLuca! In the pit, Koracick, sensing just how cranky and restless the patients were getting, told Mer to fix it, and he’d pay the overtime. As a matter of fact, Griffin had given the hospital a big enough donation to hold pro-bono day a couple of times a year. In about half a second, Mer deduced why the inventor had been so wildly generous. “Wow,” she told Tom, “I didn’t know you were that dirty.” (Right, ‘cause only Mer can break the rules for a good cause!)

    ‘DO YOU HATE THE NEEDY?’ | Elsewhere in the pit, Teddy treated Kyle, Station 19’s troubled vet, who was handcuffed to his bed and accompanied by a police escort. “If you work with me, I promise you I’ll help you,” she told him. After Kyle went kinda dead-eyed, Altman paged Tom… but got Amelia. “Do people really prefer him,” she asked, “because that concerns me on multiple levels.” Shortly, the arrival of Kyle’s girlfriend Ashley — his emergency contact — lit his short fuse, which in a way gave his doctors a better idea of what they were dealing with. In a heartbreaking subsequent scene, he explained that he had been pushing Ashley away because he tended to blow up that way daily; she didn’t deserve that. “Neither do you,” replied Amelia. When not treating Kyle, she learned that the Mariners had been courting Link to take back his old job at twice the pay, but since he was going to be a father and didn’t want to be away that much, he was turning them down. What’s more, Link had recommended Nico for the position, which he described to a concerned Levi as “a job I take unless I’m an idiot.” This only served to prove Helm’s point to Schmitt: that his boyfriend didn’t think of him, much less treat him, as an equal. But we’ll get back to Schmico in a bit. While awaiting Kyle’s MRI results, Teddy informed Tom that Amelia’s baby was Link’s. Aand… with that hanging in the air, she fled to look at Kyle’s scans. Oh, Teddy! (There was a lot of “Oh, [insert name here]!” this week.)

    When suddenly a Code Violet was called, meaning someone was getting violent with hospital staff, the doctors all rushed to a waiting area, where they discovered that the cause for alarm was… an out-of-control DeLuca, who had a crying Cindy in the corner. He barked at security to arrest Opal and begged everyone to follow protocol. They knew what to do when someone was in danger, so come on, join hands (those were the days!) and form a human circle around her. Instead, everyone formed a circle around DeLuca. In disbelief, he wept that they had to save Cindy. (Giacomo Gianniotti was fantastically raw in this scene, wasn’t he?) Finally, Bailey got DeLuca to come down off the chair he’d leapt onto and leave with security. But after his subsequent powwow with the chief, he stormed past Meredith, announcing that he’d quit. When Grey tried to stop him, he grumbled, “I’m not your business anymore. I don’t work for you, and I don’t love you.” Harsh, dude. In response, she said, “But I love you. You went to jail for me.” He’d saved her, now she wanted to return the favor. So she beseeched him to accept Bailey’s suspension rather than walk. He agreed — on one condition: Mer had to convince Bailey to call the national trafficking hotline to investigate Cindy.

    ‘I THINK I JUST DUMPED MYSELF’ | In surgery with Link, Levi found out that he’d turned down the Mariners so that he wouldn’t be away so much from Amelia and their baby. In other words, “you sacrificed the job for the person you love.” This being, like, a novel idea to Schmitt — that people consider their partners and their feelings now and then — he tried to discuss it with Nico, who was as interested in the idea of compromise as he was in developing love handles. “I’m tired of telling you I want more,” Levi said. Whelp, “I hope you’ll find someone who’ll give that to you,” replied Nico. Stick a scalpel in them, they’re done. Meanwhile, Amelia approached Mer about operating on Kyle during pro-bono day rather than let him be put off again by the VA. When other patients overheard that someone might be cutting in line, they were ready to mutiny. So Mer announced, “You’re all going to get your surgeries.” Thanks to a wealthy benefactor, pro-bono day was being extended… and there would now be one every month… which was more than I think Tom bargained for and did more for Grey’s legendary status than his pariah status. But at least Kyle was going to get his surgery and once again become the guy Ashley described, the one who used to dance to “Brown-Eyed Girl” in the aisles at the grocery.

    As the hour drew to a close, the angry way that Opal led Cindy out of the hospital suggested that holy s—! DeLuca wasn’t just manic, he was right. Opal was a sex trafficker! (The trafficking hotline even asked Bailey — too late — not to scare the suspect away.) After Jackson’s long day of having his extra ticket to a big basketball game turned down by everyone from Owen to Tom — ha! Kidding. He couldn’t bring himself to ask Tom. But upon learning from Maggie that Richard had stepped down from surgery, he did ask his depressed soon-to-be-ex-stepfather and got not just a yes but a hell to the yes. Off his earlier non-conversation with Teddy, Tom told her that, having been cheated on himself, he never slept with married women, one of which she would soon be. Translation: “I love you, and I want to make this easy for you. Go home, plan your wedding, I’ll be just fine.” When Owen later found Teddy crying outside, she shared that “I… had a really rough patient” today. (Oh, Teddy!)

    ‘WE CAN BE SUPER SAD TOGETHER’ | In bed with Link, Amelia suggested that if the Mariners was his dream job, maybe he shouldn’t sacrifice it. They should always fight for their dreams. Um, it’s 81 away games per season, he explained. “OK,” she replied, “but the next dream.” At Joe’s, Jo invited a newly-homeless Levi to move in with her. “Jo,” he responded hilariously, “that time in my mom’s basement was a one-time thing. I’m a gay man.” Duh — that was why he was getting the invite. That, and she didn’t want to have to give up her home just because Alex was no longer in it; she wanted to change it instead. And in the last seconds of “Give a Little Bit,” we saw DeLuca racing along an empty highway on his motorcycle at a speed matched only by the rapidity of his speech during a manic episode. This did not seem to bode well for him.

    TV Ratings: Unicorn, Carol's Second Act Rise With Freshman Finales

    (3/13/20) In the latest TV ratings, CBS’ Young Sheldon drew 8.8 million total viewers — Thursday night’s largest audience — and a 1.1 rating, rising two tenths in the demo from last week. Leading out of that, The Unicorn‘s season finale (5.8 mil/0.7), Mom‘s 150th episode (6.4 mil/0.8) and Carol’s Second Act‘s first finale (5.2 mil/0.7) all ticked up one tenth in the demo, while Tommy (4.9 mil/0.5) was steady.

    Elsewhere….

    ABC | Station 19 (6.6 mil/1.0) and Million Little Things (3.9 mil/0.6) were steady, while Grey’s Anatomy (6.3 mil/1.2, read recap and get shutdown news) dipped a tenth from Alex’s sendoff.

    FOX | Last Man Standing (3.6 mil/0.6) and Outmatched (2.1 mil/0.5) were steady, while Deputy (3.5 mil/0.6) ticked up.

    THE CW | Katy Keene (601K/0.1) added a few eyeballs while steady in the demo. Legacies returned from a four-week break to its smallest audience yet (511K) while steady in the demo (with a 0.2).

    NBC | Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.3 mil/0.6, read recap) and Will & Grace (2.3 mil/0.5) were steady, while Indebted (1.5 mil/0.4) ticked up from last week’s lows.

    Grey's Anatomy Halts Production on Season 16 Due to Coronavirus Crisis

    (3/12/20) Add Grey’s Anatomy to the growing list of TV series suspending production due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    “Out of an abundance of caution, production is postponed on Grey’s Anatomy effective immediately,” showrunner/EP Krista Vernoff, director/EP Debbie Allen and line producer James Williams said in a letter to the ABC drama’s cast and crew on Thursday. “We are going home now for at least two weeks and waiting to see how the coronavirus situation evolves. This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of the whole cast and crew and the safety of our loved ones outside of work, and it was made in accordance with Mayor Garcetti’s suggestion that we not gather in groups