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Grey's Anatomy: Everything You Need to Know About Season 14(9/23/17) Grey's Anatomy will look a lot different when it returns next week -- and we don't just mean because of the fire that nearly burned Grey Sloan Memorial down in the Season 13 finale.
A couple of familiar faces are leaving and returning -- including a new face as an old face (you'll see what we mean). How will this affect Mer (Ellen Pompeo) & Co? Here's what you can expect from Season 14.
Edwards (Jerrika Hinton) is out: Edwards made her final appearance in the Season 13 finale, in which she quit after surviving the hospital fire. Hinton left Grey's, which she joined in Season 9, to star in Alan Ball's new HBO series Here, Now. Her exit had been in the works for a while: She almost left after the 12th season, when she was cast in Shonda Rhimes' comedy pilot Toast, which ultimately was not ordered to series.
Minnick (Marika Dominczyk) is also out: After getting fired by Bailey (Chandra Wilson) in the finale, Minnick, who romanced Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) and was, uh, let's say the opposite of a fan favorite, is also not returning.
Murphy (Tessa Ferrer) is out too: Minnick's departure doesn't mean Arizona will rekindle things with Murphy though, because her one-time flame is also bidding adieu. Ferrer, who originally exited after Season 10, returned to the show last year after Murphy was rehired at Grey Sloan.
Megan Hunt will look a wee bit different: Not just because she's been missing and presumed dead for 10 years. Bridget Regan was unable to reprise her role as Megan due to scheduling conflicts with The Last Ship and will be replaced by Abigail Spencer. No word on how long Owen's (Kevin McKidd) sis is sticking around, but Spencer starts production on Season 2 of Timeless in November, so you can probably expect a lotta Megan in the first couple of episodes.
Sister act 2: There's yet another family affair in the offing. Italian actress Stefania Spampinato joins the show as Carina DeLuca, Andrew's (Giacomo Gianniotti), whose arrival at Grey Sloan will be a thorn in her bro's side. Why? She's got a "controversial" profession in the medical field.
Teddy's back: Kim Raver, who left in Season 8, will return as Dr. Teddy Altman for a guest arc. After identifying Megan overseas, Teddy accompanies Megan back to Seattle and reunites with her old pal Owen. Plus, he probably needs a close confidant now that Megan is suddenly back in his life.
"His sister's been gone [and] that's just something he wakes up and thinks about all day, every day," Gianniotti told TV Guide about Owen's reaction. "So to have her come back is so revitalizing for his character. It's so many emotions."
Kim Raver, Kevin McKidd, Martin Henderson and Ellen Pompeo, Grey's AnatomyKim Meredith is the other woman again: Meredith's boyfriend's old flame abruptly enters the picture out of nowhere. Sound familiar? Megan, of course, is not only Owen's sister but Nathan's (Martin Henderson) old flame. And with Meredith encouraging him to reconnect with Megan, Mer and Nathan might be done for now. "They both had a similar experience [losing their partners], but now this experience for Nathan is not even possible for her. Derek is not coming back," executive producer and star Debbie Allen told us. "She will be re-examining and figuring out what's important in her life and how she will move on emotionally."
Jo (Camilla Luddington) needs a new person: With her BFF Edwards gone, Jo is pretty lonely and is desperately seeking a new pal. "I think Jo is going to try and attempt to lean on Ben (Jason George) a bit this season," Luddington said. "Is it successful? I don't know. I think she's trying to pull anyone close to her and that's another resident. ... As for other women, I don't know yet. That'll be interesting." Don't get too attached to Ben, girl.
Bye, Ben: Ben is not long for Grey Sloan. No, he's not biting it, but Jason George will be moving over to the firefighter spin-off set to launch midseason. Don't fret about Ben and Bailey though. The couple will still be together; you'll just be seeing less of him on Grey's. "there will definitely be crossovers between Grey's and the spin-off show," George told TVLine. "I think kind of along the lines of what happened with Private Practice and Grey's. Bailey can come home and fall into bed, and there's Ben, and they can talk about their day. Or Ben comes home from fighting fires all day and falls into bed, and there's Bailey."
Grey's Anatomy premieres Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8/7c with a two-hour episode on ABC.
Shonda Rhimes says Emmys progress not enough(9/19/17) Shonda Rhimes was not impressed with the various historical wins at the Emmys on Sunday night.
“It’s embarrassing, frankly,” Rhimes told Vanity Fair in an interview published Tuesday. “To me, it feels embarrassing that we are still in a place in which we still have to note these moments.”
The “Scandal” creator added, “I’m hoping that it’s not a trend. I’m hoping that people don’t feel satisfied because they saw a lot of people win, and then think that we’re done.”
Some of the historic moments included Lena Waithe becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy for writing in a comedy series, Donald Glover the first black person to take home the win for directing in a comedy series and Riz Ahmed the first South Asian male to win an Emmy.
Despite her frustration, Rhimes praised Waithe, who, along with Aziz Ansari, won for writing the “Thanksgiving” episode of “Master of None.”
“She’s so even-keeled and so grounded, and that episode was such an amazing episode of television,” she said.
Rhimes has created a slew of popular, long-running television series, including “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How To Get Away with Murder,” for which Viola Davis made history as the first black woman to win the Emmy for lead actress in a drama series in 2015.
Shonda Rhimes launches Shondaland website(9/18/17) Ahead of the new seasons of her ABC #TGIT drama series “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder,” prolific producer Shonda Rhimes and her team at Shondaland have partnered with Hearst and launched a new website, aptly called shondaland.com, to expand their brand in the digital space.
Shondaland will be hosted by Hearst Magazines Digital Media’s proprietary content platform MediaOS and will also receive syndication opportunities across Heart’s properties like Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire. The two companies will also collaborate on creating custom programs for advertisers, as well as monetizing content on the new site.
Dove, for whom Rhimes acts as Creative Director on their Real Beauty Productions film series, will also be a collaborative content partner for the website. They will work together to create additional custom content, such as an interview series with Rhimes that currently lives on the site and features her sitting down with women like Fat Girls Dance founder Cathleen Meredith and barber Kylee Howell.
“We’re excited to partner with Shonda Rhimes to bring her unique voice and vision to our highly engaged audience of more than 200 million users a month,” said Troy Young, global president, Hearst Magazines Digital Media, in a statement. “As an empowering and inclusive platform for women, we know that Shondaland.com will become a must-read for her passionate and growing community of fans.”
Featuring sections on style, family, body, beauty, real women and inspiration, the site, which had a soft launch earlier this year, is designed to provide a home for “complex articles and honest conversations beyond the fictional space.” Rhimes has her own pages on the site with articles thus far on hair, politics, losing weight and a special Q&A with Maxine Waters, as well as a video interview section that includes her Dartmouth commencement speech.
“As we launch this new storytelling platform, we couldn’t be more excited to partner with one of the most prolific media companies in the world,” Rhimes said in a statement. “Hearst’s collection of brands is second to none and we look forward to Shondaland joining their iconic portfolio.”
shondaland.com launches just about a month after Rhimes inked a multi-year production deal with streaming giant Netflix. There, she will begin producing new scripted series for the digital space while still being involved in her current Alphabet network programs (which also includes the upcoming law drama “For The People”).
Kate Walsh reveals past brain tumor diagnosis(9/18/17) Kate Walsh revealed she was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor two years ago.
The “Grey’s Anatomy” alum, 49, had felt exhausted but chalked it up to her “insane” working hours, but when her fatigue wasn’t lessening she started to worry, she says in a new interview with Cosmopolitan.
“My pilates instructor said, ‘Hey, your right side is dipping,’ and it didn’t feel like I was off, but I looked down and could see it. Then when I was driving, I started swerving into the right lane,” Walsh told Cosmopolitan. “The exhaustion got to the point where I could drink five cups of coffee and still not feel awake or clear. And then around April, I started having more cognitive difficulties. It felt like aphasia, but it wasn’t just not being able to find words; I would lose my train of thought, I wasn’t able to finish sentences, and that was when I got really alarmed.”
Walsh thought it might have been menopausal symptoms, but an “instinct” told her to see a neurologist.
“I had to really advocate, because they don’t hand out MRIs so easily, but I got an MRI and thank God I did,” she said, “because it turned out I had a very sizable brain tumor in my left frontal lobe. And three days later I was in surgery having it removed.”
After the doctors successfully removed the entire “lemon”-sized tumor from her head, Walsh took nine months off from work to focus on recovery.
“I love to work hard and do 800 things at once, and this was a really amazing lesson in just submitting to the process of healing,” she shared.
Fully recovered, Walsh dove into work again, shooting “Girls Trip” and “13 Reasons Why.”
Patrick Dempsey and Kate Walsh's Surprise Grey's Anatomy Reunion Is Just What the Doctor Ordered(9/16/17) (Video) And here you thought Dr. McDreamy would never see Dr. Addison again.
It's been nearly five years since Patrick Dempsey and Kate Walsh shared the small screen together in ABC's hit series Grey's Anatomy.
But in a brand-new ad campaign for Cigna, the TV doctors are coming together for an important cause.
Joined by Neil Patrick Harris (Dr. Doogie Howser) and Donald Faison (Scrubs' Dr. Turk), the Hollywood stars express the importance of preventative care and yearly check-ups with your (real) doctors.
"We're partnering with Cigna to remind you to go see a real doctor," Kate shared in the ad. Patrick added, "Go, know and take control of your life."
So was it odd for Dr. McDreamy to run into his TV ex-wife? Not even in the slightest!
"Kate's fun and her comic timing is amazing," he shared with People. "We were always playful on set anyway, and then we would get serious, but this was fun just to be playful and to make each other laugh."
And while the video may provide some laughs for viewers at home, the Hollywood stars who participated know they are supporting a very important cause.
In fact, Patrick has proven to be passionate about the cause for quite some time as he opened up the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in 2008 for patients and families in need.
For those wondering when they can see Patrick and Kate on the small screen next, we have more good news to share.
The actor will appear in EPIX's 10-episode adaption of Joel Dicker's The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair. As for Kate, she is set to continue her role as Olivia Baker in season 2 of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why.
Grey's Anatomy: Jason George Jumps to Firefighter Spinoff as Series Regular(9/13/17) Out of the Grey Sloan operating room, and into the fire?
Grey’s Anatomy star Jason George has joined the cast of the Grey’s firefighter-focused spinoff as a series regular, according to The Hollywood Reporter. George will continue to be a series regular on the upcoming Season 14 of Grey’s — debuting Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8/7c on ABC — until the untitled spinoff begins production; he’s also expected to pop back into Grey’s from time to time.
George joined the Grey’s cast back in Season 6 as Dr. Ben Warren, earning a promotion to series-regular status in Season 12. Ben’s storyline this season will set up his transition to the new spinoff series, which centers on a tight-knit group of Seattle firefighters. The spinoff, with Rosewood alum Jaina Lee Ortiz set as the female lead, was ordered straight to series back in May; no premiere date has been set.
Along with his role on Grey’s, George has had regular roles on Mistresses, Off the Map, Eve and the late NBC soap Sunset Beach.
Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Trailer Teases Jackson/Maggie Romance, Owen/Teddy Reunion and More(9/12/17) (Video) This just in: Grey’s Anatomy is totally, absolutely, definitely, most likely going there with Jackson and Maggie.
ABC on Monday dropped the first TGIT-branded promo featuring actual footage from the new seasons of Grey’s, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, and the 60-second clip all but confirmed that “Jaggie” will become a thing in Season 14 (whether you like it or not). The revealing trailer also previewed Kim Raver’s return as Teddy (and her very enthusiastic reunion with ex-love Owen that Amelia should not be worried about at all), hinted at a much lighter energy between Alex and Jo, and offered a first look at Timeless‘ Abigail Spencer as the alive and (seemingly) well Megan.
The clip also treats Scandal fans to a shirtless shot of Scott Foley, while How to Get Away With Murder diehards are given a sneak peek at Jimmy Smits’ arrival as [spoiler].
Scorpion Season 4: Veronica Mars Vet Tina Majorino Set to Stir Things Up(9/9/17) Tina Majorino is going to make some waves on CBS’ Scorpion this season.
The Veronica Mars alum will be a major recurring guest star during Season 4 (premiering Monday, Sept. 25), playing Florence, a chemist who moves in next door to the team.
Florence does not initially ingratiate herself to Walter & Co, but once she is accepted by the gang, that will cause even more problems. Hmmm. Theories, anyone…?
In addition to her run as Veronica’s brilliant BFF Mac, Majorino’s previous TV credits include Grey’s Anatomy, Big Love, Bones and TNT’s Legends.
Jesse Williams Shares Joint Custody with Estranged Wife(9/6/17) Jesse Williams and estranged wife Aryn Drake-Lee have reached an agreement in their divorce ... at least temporarily on the subject of custody of their 2 children ... and there's an indirect connection to Minka Kelly.
The warring couple will share joint legal custody ... which means all decisions made regarding the health, welfare and upbringing will be made between the 2 of them.
The agreement, obtained by TMZ, provides neither parent can make derogatory remarks about the other in front of the children. They also can't use the children as messengers.
And, the agreement provides that neither Jesse nor Aryn "shall introduce a person with whom he or she has a romantic relationship to the children until the relationship has endured at least 6 months."
The agreement does not break down the physical custody arrangement.
TMZ broke the story ... Jesse has been linked to Minka Kelly.
Grey's Anatomy: [Spoiler] Not Expected to Return for Season 14(9/3/17) There will be one less familiar face making rounds on Grey’s Anatomy this fall: TVLine has learned exclusively that Tessa Ferrer — whose return last season as fired doc Leah Murphy was met with considerable fanfare — is not expected back for the ABC drama’s upcoming 14th season.
Although an ABC rep declined to comment, multiple sources confirm that Ferrer has been MIA on the set so far this season and there are currently no plans for Leah to be phased back into the Grey Sloan rotation.
Ferrer originally joined Grey’s in Season 9, but was written out in the Season 10 finale when Richard fired her for being a lousy surgeon. Grey Sloan rehired Leah out of the blue last October after she got her MD mojo back at another hospital.
With Ferrer seemingly out of the picture for the foreseeable future, the list of potential suitors for for suddenly single Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) narrows further. (During her first stint at the hospital, Leah was involved romantically with Arizona).
This marks the latest cast tweak ahead of Grey’s Anatomy‘s two-hour Season 14 kickoff on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8/7c. As previously reported, Jerrika Hinton and Marika Dominczyk have exited the series as Stephanie and Eliza, respectively. Kim Raver, meanwhile, is set to reprise her role as Teddy (aka Owen’s ex) for multiple episodes and Timeless‘ Abigail Spencer has replaced Bridget Regan as Owen’s presumed-dead sister Megan Hunt. Lastly, Stefania Spampinato (Satisfaction) has booked an arc as Dr. Carina DeLuca, sister of EMT-turned-intern Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti).
Grey's Anatomy: Jo Is Desperate for Family Without Stephanie Around(8/31/17) Poor Jo!
That's not a statement we use much in relation to Grey's Anatomy, but we have to admit that homegirl has had it rough the past couple of seasons. On top of losing her fiancée, drama causing her to fall behind in the residents program and her coworker falling in love with her, Jo's (Camilla Luddington) best friend is now leaving Grey Sloan to find herself.
That leaves one lonely Jo running around the hospital, and that's pretty damn sad. Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) was like a sister to Jo, Luddington told TV Guide at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. However, with Stephanie gone Jo will be looking for someone else to lean on.
"I think Jo is going to try and attempt to lean on Ben a bit this season," Luddington confessed. "Is it successful? I don't know. I think she's trying to pull anyone close to her and that's another resident...As for other women, I don't know yet. That'll be interesting."
See if Jo gets a new BFF when Grey's Anatomy returns for a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8/7c on ABC.
Grey's Anatomy Season 14: 'No Plans' for Sara Ramirez to Return, Per EP(8/31/17) Don’t look for Jessica Capshaw’s newly-single Arizona to rush back into the arms of ex-love Callie on Grey’s Anatomy. According to exec producer Debbie Allen, “there are no plans at the moment” for Sara Ramirez to reprise her role in the ABC drama’s upcoming 14th season, adding, “We love her and we miss her, [but] there’s been no discussion of it.”
As TVLine first reported earlier this month, Marika Dominczyk — who played Arizona’s most recent flame, Eliza Minnick — will not be back for Season 14. The character’s exit was foreshadowed in May’s finale when Eliza was abruptly fired by Bailey. In her final scene, she notified a shocked Arizona of her termination, although we never did see the couple officially break up.
Despite Eliza’s absence, the couple’s split “is going to be addressed” in the two-hour premiere on Sept. 28 (8/7c),” Allen confirms. “It’s very interesting how we address it.”
Ramirez, meanwhile, made her final appearance in Grey’s Anatomy‘s Season 12 finale when Callie announced she was relocating to New York. “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,” the actress said at the time. “[Series creator] Shonda [Rhimes has] been so incredible to work for, and we will definitely continue our conversations.”
Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Poster: Mer (Literally) Has Alex on the Brain(8/29/17) Grey’s Anatomy‘s official poster has experienced something of a population explosion.
After two straight years of key art solitude, Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith is getting some company on the ABC drama’s Season 14 one-sheet — and we’ve got your exclusive first look below. As you can see, Mer has been joined by the series three other remaining original cast members, Justin Chambers (Alex), Chandra Wilson (Bailey) and James Pickens Jr. (Richard). (The quartet — can we call them the Fab Four? — have all been with the series since the 2005 premiere.)
But could the image be telegraphing more than just a tip of the hat to the show’s Originals? Can we, for instance, glean anything from Alex being positioned in the, ahem, forefront of his BFF Meredith’s mind? And why is everyone — super-serious Bailey included! — so damn happy? Actually, we know the answer to that second question.
“It’s funnier, it’s sexier, it’s lighter,” co-star Giacomo Gianniotti (Andrew) recently told TVLine of Season 14’s overall tone. “It’s been dreary for a long time [with so much] separation and loss, so we want to show the characters having some fun.”
Joining in the uplift will be a number of new cast additions, most notably returning vet Kim Raver (as Dr. Teddy Altman), Timeless‘ Abigail Spencer (taking over the role of Owen’s presumed-dead sister Megan from The Last Ship‘s Bridget Regan) and Stefania Spampinato (as Andrew’s sis Carina).
Grey’s Anatomy returns with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8/7c. (Poster)
Jesse Williams and Estranged Wife War Over Instagram Pics of Kids(8/26/17) Jesse Williams' ex is hellbent on making sure he doesn't post photos of their kids on social media, and says his claim he has a First Amendment right to do it ... is total BS.
In new docs, Aryn Drake-Lee says Jesse's Instagram posts threaten their kids' welfare and safety. She points out Jesse has some 2.2 million followers and she's worried some might be volatile and obsessive fans who could harm their kids in an effort to get closer to Jesse.
Aryn previously raised this issue, claiming he's only touting the kids on IG for empathy. Jesse fired back he was exercising his First Amendment right -- but Aryn points out their children are not public figures and have their own rights.
She also says Jesse can't vouch for the mental state of his followers. To be clear, Aryn's cool with Jesse sharing pics with family and friends ... it's the public randos who concern her.
We checked out his feed, and Jesse's already deleted a bunch of pics of the kids.
TGIT Fall 2017 Promo: ABC Teases Return Of ‘Scandal’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘HTGAWM’(8/25/17) (Video) Together one last time. An hour after Taylor Swift released her new song Look What You Made Me Do on Thursday night, ABC unveiled a promo for its Thursday Shondaland TGIT lineup set to the provocative tune.
With Scandal heading into its final season, this is the last time the block will feature all three Shondaland series that launched it: Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and How To Get Away With Murder. In typical Shonda Rhimes’ fashion, the promo is free of spoilers about the upcoming seasons of the three dramas, featuring all-old footage.
At least for one more season, TGIT will carry on Rhimes’ legacy at ABC where she has been for more than a decade, after she moves to her new Netflix home.
Watch the promo above.
Jesse Williams Fires Back at Aryn Over Parenting ... You're a Stay-at-Home Mom with a Nanny(8/24/17) Jesse Williams is firing back at his estranged wife's claim that he's not involved enough as a parent -- saying, essentially, she only gets to be at home with the kids because HE has to bring home the bacon.
Jesse filed docs responding to Aryn's allegations ... and says she has the "incredible privilege of being a stay-at-home mom with a full-time nanny" ... purely because he's putting in hard work every day. In the docs, he goes on to say Aryn is punishing him for providing for his family.
The punishment? He says Aryn restricts and "micro manages" the time he gets to spend with their 2 children since their split. He says his FaceTime calls to them frequently go unanswered, and when Aryn does answer ... she sometimes leaves the TV on to distract the kids.
As for Aryn's claims Jesse bullies her ... he says the only aggression the children have witnessed is Aryn screaming at him. According to the docs, Aryn once repeatedly slammed the front door on Jesse's leg while yelling at him.
We spoke with Aryn's lawyer, Jill Hersh, who tells us "it is a shame that Mr. Williams chose to place the children and his family's transition in the public domain."
"Aryn has been working tirelessly to maintain Mr. Williams' bond with their children and it is important to remember that his one-sided allegations are made with a specific goal in mind."
"The judge is fully informed on both sides and will be making the final decision."
This one's getting nasty.
Grey's Anatomy to Adopt Lighter Tone: 'It's Been Dreary for a Long Time'(8/22/17) The clouds are about to part on Grey’s Anatomy. After enduring several seasons of Sturm und Drang, the docs of Grey Sloan Memorial are about to catch a much-needed break.
“It’s funnier, it’s sexier, it’s lighter,” co-star Giacomo Gianniotti tells TVLine of Season 14, which kicks off with a two-hour episode on Sept. 28. “We’re going to have fun this season.”
As Gianniotti notes, the ABC drama has “been dreary for a long time,” adding, “There’s just been a lot of separation and loss, so we want to show the characters having some fun. Also, a lot of the men are single now, so we’re going to explore what that dynamic is like.”
That’s not to say the Grim Reaper will be twiddling his thumbs during all 24 episodes. Grey’s Anatomy remains, after all, a hospital drama. “You’re still going to need the tissue box every Thursday,” Gianniotti promises, “because our guest stars are going to be coming in with new [medical] problems and crazy hospital scenarios.”
‘The Butterfly Tree’ Clip: Melissa George Sprouts Wings In Toronto Discovery Title(8/22/17) (Trailer) First-time feature writer-director Priscilla Cameron’s The Butterfly Tree will wing to its North American premiere in the Discovery section of the Toronto Film Festival. The film, which stars Melissa George as a former burlesque queen who becomes the object of a grieving father and son’s desires, bowed at the Melbourne International Film Festival earlier this month. Check out an exclusive clip above.
George (Heartbeat, The Slap, The Good Wife) returns to Australian screens as Evelyn, now a florist. She bewitches single dad Al (Ewen Leslie: The Daughter, Top Of The Lake) and his teenage son, Fin (Ed Oxenbould: Paper Planes, The Visit) with her zest for life.
But when father and son discover they are competing for the affections of the same woman, old wounds are reopened over the death of Fin’s mother. Evelyn helps teach Fin the power of forgiveness and relinquishes his goddess in return for a family. Cameron says the story was inspired by a woman in her own life.
Oz’s Midwinter Films produces with Vendetta Films planning an Australian release later this year. Producer is Bridget Callow-Wright. The coming-of-age drama received backing from the MIFF Premiere Fund which offers minority co-financing to Australian theatrical features which then bow at the Melbourne fest.
‘Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan Says “F*** You” To Donald Trump Over Racism(8/15/17) As President Donald Trump doubled down today on his initial ill-chosen remarks of Saturday that “many sides” were to blame for the death and violence in Charlottesville, The Walking Dead actor who plays one of the vilest characters on television took the ex-Celebrity Apprentice host to task – in the bluntest language possible.
While many in Hollywood and elsewhere expressed outrage at Trump’s words on Tuesday, Jeffrey Dean Morgan was much more blunt in calling out the president for his resurrected insistence that “there is blame on both sides.” The actor made a particular point of spotlighting the effect Trump’s words and stance will have on children trying to make sense of their president’s POV:
@JDMorgan : @realDonaldTrump FUCK YOU. Seriously. Fuck you for everything. Today? Fuck you for making us have to explain racism to our children.
Resulting in a lot of back and forth with fans and critics on Twitter, Morgan’s scathing remarks about Trump’s latest comments were a rare political stance by the actor. The Good Wife and Watchmen alum plays the blustering dictatorial and ruthless villain Negan on the AMC zombie-apocalypse blockbuster based on Robert Kirkman’s comics.
In a press conference that was supposed to be about infrastructure, Trump went a bit Negan himself today and way off script to start defending his widely criticized on-camera and self-described “fine statement” from August 12. Off the teleprompter, he took a stubborn stance that pointed blame from the fatal outcome of the white supremacists’ rally in the Virginia town at the so-called “alt-left” counter protestors, among other dark flights of fancy.
Among the many assaulted and injured over the weekend at the University of Virginia, Heather Heyer was killed when an alt-right marcher intentionally drove his car into a group protesting the white supremacists’ gathering.
Claiming sympathetically that a number of the protestors were just upset that a statue of Robert E. Lee was scheduled to be taken down in Charlottesville, Trump on Tuesday effectively decimated what little traction he had gain on the issue from his do-over of Monday. Yesterday, the visibly uncomfortable Republican condemned “the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups” and said “racism is evil.”
Now, it seems the President of the United States has taken another point of view and the TWD star has made his very clear.
The Walking Dead returns for its eighth season and 100th episode on October 22.
ABC Titan Shonda Rhimes' Defection to Netflix: Your Burning Qs Answered(8/15/17) (tvline.com) Were the quake that shook up Hollywood late Sunday one of the literal rather than figurative variety, it would have measured at least a 7.0 on the Richter scale — it was that massive. Even now, days after the news broke that Shonda Rhimes was leaving her longtime home at ABC for the land of deep pockets and creative freedom known as Netflix, the television capitol is reeling from the aftershocks.
But, while insiders rushed to assess the long-term damage that the small-screen bigwig’s defection would inflict upon the embattled broadcast biz, Joe and Jane TV Fan were busy worrying about what Rhimes’ move meant not only for their favorite current Shondaland series — the one-two-three punch of her #TGIT hits, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder — but also possibly past ones (a Catch revival?!)
Will Greys Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder continue to air on ABC?
Yes. All of Rhimes current and in-the-pipeline ABC series are staying put on the Alphabet network, including midseason entries For the People and the still-untitled firefighter-themed Grey’s Anatomy spinoff.
Might Scandal now continue beyond Season 7, on Netflix?
Negatory. As Rhimes herself explained back in May, the decision to end Scandal after seven seasons was a creative one not a business one. “I turned to my producing partner Betsy Beers and said ‘What if we don’t let Scandal go on forever?'” Rhimes recalled in her Shondaland newsletter. “It had begun to occur to us that… shows written by me don’t seem to end. Every show I’ve created has gone more than 100 episodes. People keep watching. The network is happy. And that’s awesome. But what happens if we let all the shows go on and on without end? What if we just hang on so long that people don’t say why are you ending, but when? What if we don’t let anyone say when?”
Could The Catch or Still Star-Crossed get revived on Netflix?
In this day and age, pretty much any deceased TV show can — and probably will — be revived. But I’m told there are no current plans for Netflix to order additional seasons of any axed Shondaland series, including the one-and-done Still Star-Crossed and the two-and-done romantic caper The Catch.
Is Shondaland now 100-percent Netflix?
Not exactly. ABC Studios wisely secured overall deals with several showrunners from Shondaland series, including Pete Nowalk (How to Get Away With Murder), Krista Vernoff and Bill Harper (Grey’s Anatomy) and Mark Fish (Scandal).
Is Shonda already done at ABC?
Yes. Although her four-year pact with the network wasn’t set to expire until May 2018, Rhimes — clearly itching to get started at Netflix — negotiated an early exit. (We’re guessing that signing off on the forthcoming Grey’s spinoff was at the top of ABC’s list of conditions.)
How soon might we see the first new Shonda show on Netflix?
Probably not until 2018 at the earliest, but you can bet you’ll be hearing about it much sooner. In fact, it’s safe to say Netflix will hand Shondaland its first series pickup before year’s end. Also, keep in mind we haven’t witnessed the arrival of a true Shonda Rhimes series — one created and written by Rhimes herself — since Scandal launched nearly six years ago. So you better believe her little idea book is bursting at the seams.
Did anyone see this coming?
Not to toot our own horn, but we did. Back in January, I read the tea leaves (i.e. the key executive hires at Shondaland, Rhimes’ suspicious lack of output, etc.) and predicted the TV trailblazer was plotting something big and stream-y. So I’m pretty sure that entitles me to a pat on the back at least. I’m open to something more grandiose though.
Grey's Anatomy Vet Patrick Dempsey to Make TV Return in Epix Drama The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair(8/15/17) No, you’re not McDreaming this: Patrick Dempsey is coming back to the small screen.
In his first television role since Dr. Derek Shepherd’s untimely demise, Grey’s Anatomy star Dempsey has signed on to play a man at the center of a murder mystery in Epix’s The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, the network announced Tuesday.
The 10-part series is based on Joël Dicker’s novel of the same name and chronicles Harry Querbert’s experience as he’s indicted for murder after a teenage girl’s body is found on his property years after her disappearance. Dempsey will play Harry, who is described as “a literary icon.” Damon Wayans Jr. (New Girl) also has been cast as Sgt. Perry Gahalowood, a police investigator looking into the death of the girl, Nola Kellergan, who also serves (served?) as Harry’s muse; Virginia Madsen (Designated Survivor) plays a local diner owner. The cast also includes Ben Schnetzer (Snowden), Colm Feore (House of Cards), Josh Close (Person of Interest), Matt Frewer (Max Headroom) and Wayne Knight (Seinfeld), among others.
Masters of Sex‘s Lyn Greene and Richard Levine wrote several episodes of the series based on an adaptation by Jean-Jacques Annaud (Seven Years in Tibet), who will direct. Annaud, Greene and Levine also will executive-produce alongside Tarak Ben Ammar (Monty Python’s The Life of Brian) and Fabio Conversi. MGM Television and Eagle Pictures will produce.
Dempsey, of course, left Grey’s Anatomy in 2015 after 11 seasons with the ABC medical drama; his fan-favorite character was killed in a car crash.”It had been long enough,” he said later. “It was time for me to move on with other things and other interests. I probably should have moved on a couple of years earlier. I stayed a bit longer than I should have.”
Though Dempsey appeared in a 2016 Cigna Health Insurance commercial lampooning TV physicians, as well as the recent Love Actually mini-sequel that aired during NBC’s Red Nose Day, Harry Quebert will be his first series regular role since departing Grey’s.
Jesse Williams' Wife Wants Sole Custody, Citing Rage and Dating Habits(8/15/17) Jesse Williams' wife says he is a reckless parent who has fits of rage and worries he exposes their kids to a "revolving door" of women ... this according to new, explosive divorce docs.
Aryn Drake-Lee has unloaded on the "Grey's Anatomy" star, demanding sole custody for a variety of reasons. She says the children are being emotionally compromised because Jesse has exposed them to at least one intimate partner and possibly more. She wants the judge to order him to keep girlfriends away from the kids until he dates them for 6 months.
Aryn goes on, claiming Jesse has a violent temper and cites a road rage incident last month with his next-door neighbor. She says after an argument the neighbor flipped off Jesse, and he then "aggressively pursued him in his car" with their 2 kids inside. She says Jesse threatened to kill him.
She's also pissed off that Jesse posts pics of their kids on social media and says he's doing it as a "buffer for the negative talk about him in the media."
As we reported, it appears Jesse is dating Minka Kelly and that might be behind some of her fury. Jesse has insisted his 13-year relationship and 5-year marriage didn't end because of a "cute girl."
She says the kids are showing psychological signs of damage and wants the judge to correct things, stat.
Shonda Rhimes Inks Deal With Netflix, Leaving Longtime ABC Studios Home(8/14/17) In one of the biggest talent gets for Netflix yet that could shake up the drama series TV landscape, the streaming giant has landed one of the top drama showrunners on broadcast television, Shonda Rhimes. After a long tenure at ABC Studios, the Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator is leaving the studio for a multi-year rich deal at the streaming giant, Netflix announced Sunday night.
Heading to Netflix with Rhimes is her Shondaland, which over the past year she had built into a full-fledged production company with its own infrastructure. Shondaland, in which Rhimes is partnered with Betsy Beers, will function as a division of Netflix’s in-house studio.
Rhimes had one more year under her four-year deal at ABC Studios. I hear she negotiated an early exit so she can go to Netflix. I hear the deal with Netflix has a length similar to the four-year ABC Studios pact and is richer.
While Netflix has been very aggressive, bringing in series from A-list showrunners like Jenji Kohan, Marta Kauffman, and Chuck Lorre, this is one of the boldest moves by the streaming network, luring away from network television one of its top writer-producers at the top of her game.
Rhimes will continue to work on the ABC/ABC shows Shondaland has on the air, the returning Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal — heading into its final season — and How To Get Away with Murder, and the upcoming For The People and a Grey’s Anatomy spinoff. ABC Studios also has pilot Adult Behavior with Allan Heinberg, and several other projects in various stages of development. It also has the creators and showrunners of the non-Rhimes created Shondaland series under overall deals.
Word is that, after twelve years, Rhimes was getting restless, feeling that she had accomplished all she could on broadcast TV, and was looking for new creative opportunities to evolve as an artist and push the envelope.
“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. “Her work is gripping, inventive, pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, taboo-breaking television at its best. I’ve gotten the chance to know Shonda and she’s a true Netflixer at heart — she loves TV and films, she cares passionately about her work, and she delivers for her audience. We’re so excited to welcome her to Netflix.”
Rhimes’ series already are among the most popular off-network titles on Netflix. Additionally, How to Get Away with Murder streams everywhere else in the world on Netflix, with Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal available on Netflix in many regions as well.
“Shondaland’s move to Netflix is the result of a shared plan Ted Sarandos and I built based on my vision for myself as a storyteller and for the evolution of my company,” said Rhimes. “Ted provides a clear, fearless space for creators at Netflix. He understood what I was looking for — the opportunity to build a vibrant new storytelling home for writers with the unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach provided by Netflix’s singular sense of innovation. The future of Shondaland at Netflix has limitless possibilities.”
Rhimes’ exit is a major hit to ABC and ABC Studios, where she had become the most prolific drama producer over the past decade, as well as to broadcast drama series as a whole.
“We’re so proud of the work we’ve done with Shonda and Betsy throughout our long and productive relationship, said Patrick Moran, president ABC Studios. From the worldwide success of Grey’s Anatomy to today, with five series (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, For the People, and the Grey’s spinoff), a pilot from Allan Heinberg and a number of projects in development, we will continue to shepherd that success together. The Shondaland imprint will always be an important part of ABC Studios and we wish them all the best in this new endeavor.”
Rhimes’ departure puts an end of a decade-and-a-half close relationship with Disney, going back to her writing The Princess Diaries sequel for the movie studio. She segued to TV series with a 2003 ABC/ABC Studios pilot about war correspondents and the 2005 Grey’s Anatomy, which, thirteen seasons in, continues to be ABC’s highest-rated drama series.
She steadily added more long-running drama series, including the Grey’s spinoff Private Practice and Scandal, which she created, and HTGAWM, which her company produces. Rhimes is one of only handful of producers to control an entire night on a broadcast network as she does on ABC with TGIT.
“Shonda, Betsy and I started working together with the first episode of Grey’s Anatomy and those early days will forever remain one of the highlights of my professional life,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. “We are happy to continue working with Shonda and her team at Shondaland on Grey’s, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, and the upcoming For the People and Grey’s spinoff. I’m proud to have given a home to what have become some of the most celebrated and talked about shows on television. With the launch of a new season upon us, fans can rest assured that TGIT remains intact and will be as buzzed about as ever.”
Rhimes is repped by ICM Partners and attorney Michael Gendler.
Jesse Williams Sits for National Anthem at BIG3 Game After Charlottesville Attack(8/13/17) Jesse Williams refused to stand for the National Anthem while attending a BIG3 game this weekend ... and it appears to be in direct response to the Charlottesville attack.
Jesse was at the Staples Center in L.A. Sunday, sitting in for a round of games between 8 teams for Ice Cube's basketball tournament ... but during the anthem, the "Grey's Anatomy" star parked it.
While sitting court side, Jesse posted a video during the song with a caption that said "We'll stand when you do..." -- which seems to be aimed at President Trump. The Prez was criticized Saturday for not directly calling out white nationalists who were at the center of the violence.
@iJesseWilliams : #CharlottesvilleVA #WhateverWhereverWhenever #TheWhiteWaltz https://www.instagram.com/p/BXtj8ZPBxHE/
A woman was killed after a man allegedly plowed into a crowd with his car. The suspect -- James Alex Fields Jr. -- has been charged with murder.
Marshawn Lynch also sat out the National Anthem this weekend during a pre-season game with the Oakland Raiders ... although it's unclear if his sitting was in response to Charlottesville.
Stephen Dorff, Melissa George Headline David Gleeson’s New Film ‘Don’t Let Go’(8/11/17) Stephen Dorff and Melissa George have stepped into the leading roles for Tolkien writer David Gleeson’s mystery thriller Don’t Let Go. The project marks Gleeson’s return to directing following Disney’s Cowboys & Angels and The Front Line.
Written by Oscar-nominated writer Ronan Blaney (the short Boogaloo and Graham) and Gleeson, Don’t Let Go follows a loving couple, Ben and Hazel Slater, as they struggle to cope with the loss of their child from a devastating accident. Hazel begins to fear for her husband’s sanity as he becomes convinced that he can bring her back if only he can hold on to her hand in a recurring dream but then they start to wonder if it is, in fact, a dream.
The film, which is currently shooting in Ireland, also stars Simon Delaney (The Good Wife), Sean Mahon (Anthropoid) and and Charlotte Bradley (Veronica Guerin).
Nathalie Lichtenthaeler is producing for Wide Eye Films along with executive producers Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo from Amasia Entertainment, who are co-financing the film in conjunction with the Irish Film Board, BAI, Northern Ireland Screen and Section 481 tax incentives. Original music will come from Dutch DJ/producer Ferry Corsten who is marking his feature composing debut.
Besides Tolkien at Fox Searchlight/Chernin Ent., Gleeson recently completed writing ’Twas the Night for Paramount Pictures with Karen Rosenfelt producing. He previously wrote The End of History for Original Film and Sony Pictures and also wrote Down to a Sunless Sea which he wrote for Focus Features for Morgan Freeman to produce and co-star in. Gleeson also wrote Red Giant for Mattel Entertainment and 20th Century Fox.
Dorff, who is consistently good on screen, was last seen starring in Wheeler, which he co-wrote. George has starred in Hunted, Heartbeat and The Slap and in such films as The Amityville Horror and Derailed.
Gleeson, Dorff and Corsten are all repped by Paradigm, which will be handling sales. Gleeson is also managed by Adam Kolbrenner at Madhouse Entertainment with legal at Sloane Orfer Weber & Dern. George is repped by WME and Lou Coulson in the UK.
Katherine Heigl Reveals the "Sheer Panic" She Experienced During Her Postpartum Weight-Loss Journey(8/9/17) Like so many moms know, losing the baby weight doesn't just happen overnight.
In fact, the weight-loss journey can include highs and lows for months and months. While Katherine Heigl may be a Hollywood star, the proud parent is opening up about her postpartum journey.
Spoiler alert: It wasn't easy for her either.
"In the seven months since Joshua Jr was born I have managed to slowly but surely drop my pregnancy weight with only 10 pounds left to lose. I gained almost 50 pounds during my pregnancy and I'm not gonna lie, I had moments of sheer panic that I'd never be able to lose it all," Katherine wrote on her Heavenly Days blog. "I had hoped to only gain 25-30 pounds like my mother during her pregnancies but found that just wasn't possible for me."
She continued, "Despite starting my gestation out on a pregnancy friendly meal plan and hiking my butt off 5 days a week my weight kept creeping up. At a certain point, probably around 4 months I gave up the struggle and tried instead to respect my body's needs and trust my instincts. About ten days after Joshua Jr's birth I got back on the scale to see where I was at and how far I had to go."
One month after giving birth to her third child with Josh Kelley, Katherine said that she dropped about 30 pounds. The rest of the weight, however, "has not disappeared quite so magically."
"I have only lost 10 pounds since that first initial drop but that's ok because I decided from the start that I was going to lovingly but patiently reclaim my pre baby body, and forgive the glorious imperfections that would forever grace my new post baby body," the actress wrote. "This attitude of forgiveness and gentleness is the spirit with which I have embarked on my weight loss journey and it's made all the difference in the world."
Katherine says EatingWell has become one of her favorite go-to healthy meal planning sites. She has also been trying out Hello Fresh, which is a food delivery service that provides healthy meals that one can cook in about 30-45 minutes.
While every woman's journey is different, Katherine has some valuable advice that anyone may find useful as they embrace their body.
"My best weight loss advice is to start every morning by saying out loud a positive mantra of your choice about your body. Mine is 'I am easily, with good health, inspiration, grace and gratitude losing weight faster than I can even imagine with harm to none.' Then I say my gratefuls. Thanking my body for its perfect health, strength, limberness, vibrancy, youthfulness and beauty," she explained. "Whether I always believe these things about myself and my body or not, I say them. By saying them out loud with love and gratitude I have found that I not only start to believe them, but my body exhibits what I say and believe."
Grey's Doc Gets Sister(8/9/17) A brand-new sister act is on tap at ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.
Italian actress Stefania Spampinato (Satisfaction) has booked a multi-episode arc as Dr. Carina DeLuca, sister of EMT-turned-intern Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) and a “controversial” addition to the Grey Sloan Memorial staff, EW.com reports.
It was announced earlier this week that Timeless‘ Abigail Spencer would take over the role of Owen’s presumed-dead sister Megan, who was originally (and briefly) played by The Last Ship‘s Bridget Regan.
Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 premieres Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8/7c.
Grey's Anatomy: [Spoiler] Checks Out(8/7/17) Given what transpired in Grey’s Anatomy‘s Season 13 finale this should not come as a complete shock, but we’re hearing Dr. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) is once again single and ready to mingle.
Marika Dominczyk, who joined the venerable ABC drama last November in the recurring role of Eliza Minnick, Grey Sloan consultant-turned-love interest for Arizona, will not be returning for Season 14, TVLine has learned exclusively. The character’s exit was foreshadowed in May’s finale when Eliza was abruptly fired by Bailey. In her final scene, she notified a shocked Arizona of her termination, although we never did see the couple officially break up.
ABC declined to comment on Dominczyk’s Grey’s status.
This marks the latest cast tweak ahead of Grey’s Anatomy‘s Season 14 kickoff on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8/7c. As previously reported, Jerrika Hinton will not be back as Stephanie, while both Kim Raver and Matthew Morrison are set to reprise their roles as Teddy (aka Owen’s ex) and Paul (aka Jo’s horrible hubby) for multiple episodes. Additionally, Timeless‘ Abigail Spencer has replaced Bridget Regan as Owen’s presumed-dead sister Megan Hunt.
Grey's: Matthew Morrison Returning as Jo's Hubby for 'Big' Season 14 Stint(8/5/17) Looks like Alex is gonna get another chance to clock Jo’s hubby.
Matthew Morrison is confirming what many Grey’s Anatomy fans had suspected: We have not seen the last of Jo’s abusive husband. In an interview with The Argonaut, the Glee alum said his character, Paul Stadler, will play “a big role” in the ABC drama’s upcoming 14th season. An ABC rep declined to comment.
Morrison made his Grey’s debut as Paul in Season 13’s penultimate episode when Alex tracked down the fellow doc at a medical conference and imagined various incendiary scenarios involving his archnemesis. Ultimately, Karev walked away without confronting him, although the two did share an awkward moment jockeying for a cab (during which Paul seemed to recognize Alex).
Grey’s kicks off Season 14 with a two-hour episode on Thursday, Sept. 28.
Grey's Anatomy Recast: Timeless' Abigail Spencer Is the New [Spoiler](8/5/17) Timeless‘ Abigail Spencer is traveling to Seattle, Wash., circa 2017.
The actress has landed a multi-episode arc on Grey’s Anatomy as — twist! — Owen’s presumed-dead sister Megan Hunt, a character previously portrayed by Bridget Regan. According to sources, Regan’s full-time duties on TNT’s Last Ship prevented her from reclaiming the gig.
With Timeless‘ surprise second season not going into production until November (with an eye on a no-sooner-than-March premiere date), Spencer was available to take on the recurring gig.
As Grey’s Anatomy‘s Season 13 finale came to a close, Nathan (Martin Henderson) joyfully raced off to join Owen (Kevin McKidd) and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) for Megan’s arrival by chopper. (Megan “appeared” briefly in the episode, but a body double stood in for Regan.) But her mental state remained a big question mark.
Grey’s kicks off Season 14 with a two-hour episode on Thursday, Sept. 28.