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    Kate Walsh ignores flasher at holiday party

    (12/16/18) A flasher crashed a “krampus” holiday party at Diego at Public hotel Wednesday night.

    Mick Rock’s manager Liz Vap threw the holiday shindig for old-school downtown New Yorkers such as Rock, Norman Reedus and Debbie Harry — and guests got more than an eyeful from a young exhibitionist.

    “She approached guests, including Kate Walsh, and asked, ‘Do you want to see my t?-?ts?’ and then flashed them. No one knew who she was,” said a guest. “Kate smiled and continued talking to Mike Doyle.”

    The racy lady also asked Page Six to “look at my t?-?ts” before changing into a trenchcoat, and having photographer Amalia Papadimos take her picture in front of the fireplace.

    Meanwhile, Reedus was overheard talking to a guest about his move to the West Village and his changed life since welcoming a baby daughter with Diane Kruger in November.

    Jennifer Grey Joins Grey's Anatomy for Mysterious Multi-Episode Arc

    (12/13/18) It’s the job she was born to do: Jennifer Grey is checking into Grey’s Anatomy.

    TVLine has learned exclusively that the Dirty Dancing icon is joining ABC’s still-thriving medical drama for a multi episode midseason arc. An ABC rep confirmed Grey’s Grey’s (ha!) stint, but declined to provide details on her character and/or exactly how many episodes she will appear in. One possibility has the actress playing Jo’s estranged mother. (Camilla Luddington previously confirmed to TVLine that viewers would meet her character’s MIA parents this season.)

    The gig brings Grey back into the ABC fold eight years after her Mirror Ball-winning Season 11 stint on hiatus-bound Dancing With the Stars. It also comes nine years after her father, Joel Grey, graced Grey’s with his presence. The acting legend played an Alzheimer’s-afflicted, former science teacher of Izzie’s (Katherine Heigl) whom she sought medical treatment for (after helping him flee a nursing home) in the Season 6 episode, “New History.”

    As TVLine reported earlier this week, Grey’s returns on Jan. 17 to a slightly rejiggered Thursday lineup. ABC’s promising rookie drama A Million Little Things will shift into the cushy post-Grey’s 9/8c perch, temporarily replacing spinoff Station 19 (which resumes its second season in the spring).

    Ellen Pompeo calls out Kathie Lee Gifford’s drinking before ‘Today’ exit announcement

    (12/13/18) No wine for Dr. Meredith Grey.

    Ellen Pompeo called out Kathie Lee Gifford for her and Hoda Kotb‘s penchant for drinking wine during their “Today” show hour after seeing a tweet from their official Twitter account that shared Pompeo’s appearance on Jada Pinkett Smith’s “Red Table Talk.”

    The tweet from the “Today” show co-anchors’ account read, “.@EllenPompeo and @PatrickDempsey haven’t spoken since he left ‘Grey’s Anatomy’,” and included a link to the story. Pompeo wasn’t thrilled with the angle Kotb and Gifford — or really, the social media manager — took to promote the story.

    “Hey here’s a suggestion!! Maybe all of you over there lay off the booze and pay attention to the real conversation that took place ? ????????????” the “Grey’s Anatomy” star fired back.

    The Twitter altercation took place only hours before Gifford announced she’s leaving the morning show after 11 years. Page Six learned soon after that Jenna Bush Hager is likely to fill her seat.

    While Pompeo’s “Red Table Talk” discussion did include bits about former co-star Dempsey, the majority of the conversation centered around raising her three biracial children with husband Chris Ivery. The “Today” show’s story didn’t include any of that information.

    In a follow-up tweet, Pompeo added: “@klgandhoda and whoever is in charge of this account.. the two women you work for deserve to be represented a bit more dignified.”

    SAG Awards Nominations

    (12/13/18) The SAG Awards are January 27 at the Shrine Auditorium, simulcast live by Turner’s TNT and TBS. As previously announced, Alan Alda will receive the guild’s Life Achievement Award during the ceremony.


    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

    JULIA GARNER / Ruth Langmore – “OZARK” (Netflix)
    LAURA LINNEY / Wendy Byrde – “OZARK” (Netflix)
    SANDRA OH / Eve Polastri – “KILLING EVE” (BBC America)
    ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

    Critics’ Choice Awards Nominations

    (12/12/18) The winners will be revealed at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala, broadcast live January 13 on the CW at 7 PM ET/PT.

    Jodie Comer – Killing Eve (BBC America)
    Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Deuce (HBO)
    Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
    Sandra Oh – Killing Eve (BBC America)
    Elizabeth Olsen – Sorry For Your Loss (Facebook Watch)
    Julia Roberts – Homecoming (Amazon)
    Keri Russell – The Americans (FX)

    Ellen Pompeo Says She Hasn't Spoken to Patrick Dempsey Since He Left Grey's Anatomy

    (12/12/18) It's always difficult watching beloved actors leave long-running TV series, but nothing was harder than watching Patrick Dempsey's exit from Grey's Anatomy. It's hard to believe it's been almost four years since Dempsey left the ABC medical drama, but it's even harder to believe that Ellen Pompeo apparently hasn't spoken to him since then.

    While appearing on Jada Pinkett Smith's Facebook Watch talk show, Red Table Talk, about interracial marriage and the challenges of raising bi-racial children, Pompeo mentioned that she hasn't had much contact with Dempsey since he departed the show.

    "We haven't spoken since he's left the show," said Pompeo. "I have no hard feelings toward him. He's a wonderful actor, and we made the best TV you can make together. That's a talented man right there. He did 11 amazing years. Typically, when people leave the show, they need to sort of re-find themselves, who they are without the show, because the show takes up so much of your life. You need that time to like figure out who you are without the show. So, we have not spoken, but I will always have a place in my heart for Patrick."

    Though it's disappointing to hear that two people we loved so much together on-screen maybe aren't so close in real life, it's nice to hear that Pompeo has so much respect for Dempsey and the work they did on Grey's Anatomy. Not to mention, we give her major points for being so classy about her answer. There's not a lot of delicate ways to say, "Um, no. We're not friends."

    Golden Globes Nominations

    (12/7/18) The ceremony is January 6 on NBC.Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
    Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
    Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
    Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
    Julia Roberts, Homecoming
    Keri Russell, The Americans

    Andy Samberg, Sandra Oh Tapped to Host 2019 Golden Globes Ceremony

    (12/6/18) After giving one heck of an audition at this year’s Emmy Awards, Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh got the gig: The Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Killing Eve stars will co-host the 76th Annual Golden Globes.

    “Sandra and Andy are the perfect choices to host this world-class event,” said Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, co-chairmen of NBC Entertainment. “They bring wit, charm and style to a room filled with the very best of film and television. It’s sure to be another unforgettable fun-filled night.”

    Added Meher Tatna, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: “We’re excited to welcome Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg as co-hosts of Hollywood’s Party of the Year. Both Golden Globe Award recipients have continually showcased their talents in film and television, and we can’t wait to see what their undeniable chemistry will bring to the Golden Globes stage.”

    Of course, Samberg and Oh already proved their chops back in September, when they co-presented an award at the Emmys and nailed their scripted banter — a moment that landed on our list of the broadcast’s highlights. And Samberg is no stranger to hosting award ceremonies: He also emceed the Emmys back in 2015.

    The 2019 Golden Globes will air Sunday, Jan. 6, at 8/7c on NBC. Nominations will be announced on Thursday morning.

    Debbie Allen honored at gala for World AIDS Day

    (12/4/18) Debbie Allen was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Keeping the Promise gala for World AIDS Day.

    “It means a lot to me that we’re all here .?.?. This is a war — a war that we still have not won, but we’re standing tall and fighting it — fighting back really strong,” the star said.

    The evening included presentations by Allen’s sister, Phylicia Rashad, as well as George Faison, Misty Copeland and Jennifer Holliday, who received a standing ovation after performing her signature song “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from “Dreamgirls.”

    SeriesFest Teams With Shondaland To Launch First-Ever Women Directing Mentorship

    (12/1/18) SeriesFest, a non-profit supporting the art of episodic storytelling and inspiring work of female creators, is partnering with Shonda Rhimes’ TV empire Shondaland to launch the inaugural Women Directing Mentorship.

    SeriesFest organizers said the initiative is an expansion of their “Featuring Women” platform. The partnership with Shondaland will include the opportunity to shadow a director for an episode of a Shondaland production. Submissions opened today on and will close on March 4, 2019. The winner will be announced in June 2019 at SeriesFest: Season 5.

    “At SeriesFest, our mission is to support all artists working on serial content,” said founders Randi Kleiner and Kaily Smith Westbrook. “Knowing that there are far too few working women behind the camera today, we felt empowered to focus our efforts on an initiative that could help support emerging female directors. We are thrilled to launch our Women Directing Mentorship as the next step in the evolution of our Featuring Women platform and can’t think of a better partner for this inaugural year than Shondaland. Shonda Rhimes changed television landscape and continues to be a leading force as she and her company redefine representation on both sides of the camera and we are honored to be creating this incredible opportunity with them.”

    “Shondaland has long been known to defy industry standards through dynamic female characters, but we have also always felt it was important to have equal representation behind the camera,” adds Rhimes. “To have talent and sets that reflect the world we live in has always seemed natural,” said Shonda Rhimes. “We’re happy to partner with SeriesFest on this mentorship initiative to continue providing opportunities for women directors.”

    SeriesFest also launched the Jan Marino Scholarship in 2018. The initiative supports women over age 55 enrolled in the Stephens College M.F.A. in Television and Screenwriting program. In addition, the non-profit started the Forward Impact Project, designed in partnership with the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) to help finance, produce, release, scale and build an audience for 12 select independent series deemed ready for development and production.

    Jay Roach’s Roger Ailes Project Adds Brooke Smith & Michael Buie

    (11/21/18) Brooke Smith (Ray Donovan) and Michael Buie (Marvel’s Inhumans) have landed supporting roles in Jay Roach-directed untitled Fox News film about the women who rose up against network boss Roger Ailes and his toxic male culture. They join stacked cast that includes John Lithgow as Ailes, Nicole Kidman (Gretchen Carlson), Margot Robbie (Kayla Pospisil), Charlize Theron (Megyn Kelly) and Allison Janney (feminist lawyer Susan Estrich).

    Buie will take on the role of Bret Baier, host of FNC’s Special Report with Bret Baier, while Smith will play Ailes’ PR watchdog Irena Brigante.

    The project, which recently moved to Lionsgate after initially being set up at Annapurna, is in production, shooting from a screenplay by Oscar winner Charles Randolph (The Big Short).

    Smith, whose credits include Bates Motel, Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy and The Silence of the Lambs, next will be seen in the Robert Zemeckis A&E/History series Project Blue Book and Hulu’s true-crime anthology series The Act. She’s repped by Paradigm and Barking Dog Entertainment.

    Buie, repped by The Characters Talent Agency and lawyer Eric Brooks, is attached to star in the dark thriller The Mahoney Pact, which he also penned.

    Grey's Anatomy Boss: 'I Have Zero Desire to Erase Derek' From the Show

    (11/17/18) ( Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff is defending her decision to write a new chapter in Meredith Grey’s love life. In the wake of Thursday’s Grey’s fall finale, which found Ellen Pompeo’s no-longer-grieving-widow inching closer to a full-fledged romance with colleague Andrew DeLuca, Vernoff took to social media to set the record straight about the McDreamy of it all.

    Responding to an irate fan on Twitter who accused the EP of attempting to “erase” the memory of Mer’s late love Derek and his portrayer Patrick Dempsey, Vernoff wrote, “Respectfully, I have zero desire to erase Derek or Patrick. He left the show. The show goes on. Meredith goes on. Life goes on.”

    Linda McDonnell @mtnative1920 @KristaVernoff you need to go back to S1 and remember the show would not of gotten even to S3 without Meredith and Derek I know you want to erase that but you can’t And you would’ve been able to have drawn so many viewers in without @PatrickDempsey, everyone else was an unknown

    @KristaVernoff Respectfully, I have zero desire to erase Derek or Patrick. He left the show. The show goes on. Meredith goes on. Life goes on.

    Earlier this month, Vernoff — citing the current #MeToo movement — admitted that Derek and Meredith’s courtship would likely look very different if it were being told today. “He was her boss, she was an intern, and she kept saying, ‘No, walk away from me,’ and he kept pursuing her,” she noted to the Los Angeles Times. “That is probably not a story we would tell on the show today, and it’s a beautiful reflection of the changing times.”

    Ratings: Grey's Draws Best Audience of Season; Will & Grace, SVU Eye Lows

    (11/16/18) ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy entered the winter break with 7.3 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating, up 11 percent and a tenth week-to-week to mark its largest audience of Season 15 and a best-since-premiere demo number.

    Leading out of that, Station 19 (5.9 mil/1.2) was up 16 percent and two tenths, pulling its best numbers since its Oct. 11 crossover with Grey’s. HTGAWM (3.2 mil/0.8) was up 7 percent and one tenth with its fall finale.


    THE CW | Supernatural (1.44 mil/0.4) ticked up in the demo, Legacies (1.07 mil/0.3) was flat.

    FOX | Thursday Night Football (11.7 mil/3.4) was on par with last week’s fast nats.

    CBS | Big Bang (12.4 mil/2.3) and Young Sheldon (10.8 mil/1.8) were steady, while Mom (7.9 mil/1.3), Murphy Brown (5.9 mil/0.9) and SWAT (5.1 mil/0.8) all ticked up.

    NBC | Superstore (3.3 mil/0.9), The Good Place (2.7 mil/0.8) and I Feel Bad (1.9 mil/0.5) were all steady in the demo. Will & Grace (2.9 mil/0.7) slipped to revival lows in both measures, while SVU (4 mil/0.8) matched and hit series lows.

    Grey's Anatomy's Kevin McKidd Breaks Down Owen's Baby Mama Drama

    (11/16/18) ( Have you regained your composure yet? Grey's Anatomy delivered one gut-punching midseason finale complete with heartbreaking deaths, surprising reveals and a cliffhanger that left us wishing 2019 were already here.

    In the midst of a major windstorm that sent an influx of patients to the emergency room, Grey Sloan's busy doctors tried their best to tend to each body on limited resources while also grappling with some major personal problems. Thursday's dramatic hour saw Deluca (Giacomo Gianniotti) reveal that he had no regrets about that steamy wedding kiss with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), setting the wheels in motion for a potential romance. But Meredith's had a terrible week and thus is not in the right frame of mind to deal with his confession just yet. Plus, he may have to compete with Link (Chris Carmack) for Meredith's affections. According to the charming matchmaker Cece (Caroline Clay), the swoon-worthy Ortho God is the perfect guy for Meredith.

    Meanwhile, Jackson (Jesse Williams) and Maggie (Kelly McCreary) made up after a huge blow out over Jackson's new friend, and Nico (Alex Landi) and Levi (Jake Borelli) took their courtship to the next level in one epically sweet moment. But the episode's biggest shocker came when Teddy (Kim Raver) finally dropped the big news to Owen (Kevin McKidd) that she's carrying his baby and wound up trapped in an elevator with him and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone). Now that's some major baby mama drama!

    With one seriously awkward conversation on the horizon, we hit up Kevin McKidd, who directed the episode, to weigh in on Owen's dilemma, Meredith's potential love triangle and his proudest moment as a director thus far.

    Congrats on directing another episode of Grey's Anatomy. Does it get easier each time you do it?

    Kevin McKidd: Each episode has its challenges. I mean, this episode had a huge windstorm, so we had to figure out how to make that believable and capture that realistically. It never gets easy but definitely as I go forward and direct more, it's less daunting.

    What is the biggest difference between directing your co-stars and acting alongside them?

    McKidd: [With] directing, you are in charge of the whole thing. Whereas, when you're acting, you're just kind of staying in your own lane and making sure that your character's interacting believably with the other actors. When you're the director, you're kind of the boss in the sense that you have to get the whole tone of that episode moving in the same direction. So it's interesting, the shift between being just an actor on a show and also directing a show. Everybody's very sweet to me, very collaborative, and I feel very grateful for that. And I love doing both jobs. I think one of the things that makes me a decent director is the fact that I am an actor. I can relate to actors and help them, and to be of assistance to actors as opposed to telling them what to do.

    In the episode, Teddy tells Owen--during surgery, no less--that she's pregnant. Could there have been a worse time for that reveal?

    McKidd: I know! It's kind of a crazy time to spill the beans but you know, Teddy is in that place where she realizes this patient is unscathed and that makes her feel like maybe this is gonna be OK and I need to tell him. And then, as you see at the end of the episode, all the electricity goes out in the hospital because the storm has gotten so bad. Nobody knows what's going to happen in the midseason premiere.

    I think it's especially complicated given that Teddy and Owen are best friends and he's wanted to be a father so badly. However, I don't think he ever imagined it happening in this way. So, where do they go from here?

    McKidd: It's as complicated as it could possibly be and I don't think we quite know what they're gonna do. He's very much in a thing with Amelia. He and Amelia are back together and things are really working so it's very complicated, very tricky emotionally to know what to do. I don't know how Owen's gonna stay sane during all of this because it's everything he always wanted but in a package that doesn't quite work.

    Right now he is committed to Amelia, but he obviously also has feelings for Teddy. Who do you think he's learning more toward, Amelia or Teddy?

    McKidd: I think he and Amelia are very much on a path of being a couple. So I think it's gonna be very hard for him to tear himself away from that commitment. Once Owen makes a commitment, he tends to stand by it unless something really terrible happens. I think that's what we're gonna see but it's very conflicting too. It's very conflicting for Owen to know what to do and what is for the best and whether to listen to his heart or his head. He has history, very deep, long history with both of these people, so I think he feels very freaked out.

    Elsewhere, Deluca admitted he has feelings for Meredith but she's unsure about him. Plus, matchmaker Cece hinted that Link could be the guy for her. Where do you stand on this? Are you Team Deluca or Link for Meredith?

    McKidd: [Laughing] I don't know. I think Link's a really great character because he's so light and uncomplicated. But you know, Deluca speaks Italian which is pretty cool too. [laughs] I don't know. I don't think Owen really has any skin in that game. He has his own problems.

    This episode hinted, especially that last scene in which Maggie reveals Catherine's diagnosis to Jackson after kissing him, that she and Jackson may not be over. So where do they stand in their relationship? What's the most important thing you wanted to convey in that scene?

    McKidd: In that moment, I wanted to convey her deep feelings for him and concern for him and heartbreak for him. Even though they just had this huge fight. ... Sometimes fights can bring people closer together and create more understanding, and I think that's what we see. I really wanted that scene to be beautiful and elegant. When Kelly [McCreary] and Jesse [Williams] turned up to rehearse that scene... We have a pretty fast pace in the show and I remembered saying to them 'Listen, guys, really let's slow this down.' Because it's a huge scene. It's a huge moment. I know there's only a few lines in the scene, but it's actually nice to have a lot of time spent and I think it really got to a beautiful place.

    Nico is the first openly gay surgeon on Grey's and in this episode shares a special moment with Levi. What did it mean for you to bring these two characters together onscreen and in such an epic way?

    McKidd: I think that sequence in the breezeway where Levi essentially saves Nico's life and then they're trapped inside this ambulance together is one of the most beautiful scenes. The song we [found] for that scene, it just blows me away. I'm very proud of that scene on many levels. I think it's kind of a defining moment for our show. And I think Levi's coming out speech in that ambulance is really significant and powerful and important, especially in the times that we live in.

    I think that moment is maybe the proudest I've felt in directing a show up until this point. There's something really powerful and really important about that scene, about that telling of that story between Levi and Nico. I love this idea of having all the crazy elements outside of the ambulance and the leaves and all the debris. But they're inside, they're safe in this bubble of the truth. The image of that felt very strong to me, just a comment about people's prejudices and outside pressures and how coming out in that way can be very hard, challenging for people.

    In true Grey's fashion, the episode wrapped on a cliffhanger with multiple lives hanging in the balance and relationships left up in the air. What can fans expect in the second half of the season?

    McKidd: The midseason finale leaves hanging a lot of cool stuff. We have Cece's life hanging in the balance. We've grown to love Cece. We've got Deluca and Meredith on the brink of really stepping into something together. I think that's gonna be fun to watch, to see how that plays out. And obviously, the Teddy, Owen and Amelia situation is so complicated. The audience has known about this pregnancy for quite some time but only now do Owen and Amelia discover it. So a lot of stuff that's been hidden is now in the light and it's gonna cause a lot of problems and a lot of issues.

    Grey's Anatomy returns to ABC in 2019.

    Grey's Anatomy Fall Finale Recap: 'Blow'-Out — Plus, Did Meredith Make Her Sexy DeLuca Dream Come True?

    (11/16/18) ( The windstorm that hit Seattle in Thursday’s fall finale of Grey’s Anatomy didn’t just send flying anything and everything that wasn’t nailed down, it also blew forward a bunch of relationships that weren’t even sure they were relationships yet (Meredith/DeLuca, Levi/Nico) or anymore (Owen/Teddy, Jackson/Maggie). Where did things stand when the hour was up? Read on and find out.

    ‘WHERE THE HELL IS ALEX KAREV?!?’ | As “Blowin’ in the Wind” — and the storm — began, Mer picked up Richard after his arrest and, knowing before him what Catherine was up against, gently but firmly advised that he get his s— together. Or at least “get your head in a place where you can take care of the people who depend on you.” Across town, Ben showed up at what until recently had been his home to board up the windows for Bailey and Tuck… but was unsure of whether he was allowed to use his key while he and his wife were separated. “We are not separated,” Miranda insisted. “We are taking time apart” so that she can bring down her stress levels. The morning after, as Maggie arrived at Grey Sloan at the same time as Jackson, she made the mistake of remarking on the storm. “So are we talking about the weather?” he asked. “Is that our new thing?” Two words of advice for Mr. I’m Talking to Other Women: Lighten. Up. When Maggie crossed paths with Teddy, who’d decided to scrub in rather than twiddle her thumbs in her hotel room, she was displeased to hear that Owen’s babymama had yet to come clean — despite the fact that she’d have been dropping her bombshell on him the same day that Betty disappeared. Two words for you, too, Maggie: Lighten. Up.

    Meanwhile, Richard reported to Alex’s office to inform the interim chief that he’d been arrested. But since Bailey was there, not Karev, Webber confided in the temporarily-former chief, who benched him for the day and made arrangements to fill in the board. And where was Alex? He and Jo had overslept. Big time. And by the time they realized it, the storm was too dangerous for them to risk an attempt to get to Grey Sloan. Influx of patients or not, Jo argued, “we can’t help if we’re dead.” Before Alex could travel too far down the road that led to him feeling like a crappy leader, Jo suggested that they make the unexpected day off their second honeymoon. After all, they had each other, jelly, bread, beer and expired mac-and-cheese… what else did they need? Right on cue, their power went out. And if they’d ever known how to use their gas oven, they didn’t anymore. Thank goodness the bride managed to find the “Bubbe” that she’d used to cook herself hot meals while living out of her car. Hey, wait a minute… what’s this? She also found her and Alex’s marriage license — it had never been mailed in! “Is that my job?” he asked. “Kinda!” she replied.

    ‘WINDSTORMS ARE MY FAVORITE!’ | Back at the hospital, though Cece’s condition continued to worsen, she was still matchmaking like she was in peak condition. She even broke her no-pictures rule to show Mer a photo of the guy she’d decided was right for her: Link. “He has distinctly kind eyes,” Cece told Grey… as DeLuca tried not to audibly groan. In Alex’s absence, Bailey retook charge, announced that Grey Sloan was a brick house that wasn’t shutting down over a stiff breeze, and told the interns that they were gonna love working through a windstorm. And some of them did. Upon getting a gander of a patient who’d been impaled by a candy cane decoration, Taryn and Dahlia’s eyes widened, the former exclaiming, “In-pelvic-palooza!” Some of them reacted… less enthusiastically. “We’re supposed to love this?!?” Levi cried. Since he was too freaked out by the woman whose brain had been punctured by a selfie stick to treat her, Bailey ordered him to clear patients at the clinic with Nico. Suddenly, he wasn’t so freaked out by selfie-stick woman anymore. But it was too late — he was stuck with the hottie who’d rejected him.

    While Amelia was treating selfie-stick woman with Taryn, and Owen was treating candy-cane guy with Jackson and Teddy, they spotted Betty entering the ER. Excusing themselves, the former marrieds learned from Amelia’s foster daughter that yes, she’d gotten a scratch, but it was nothing, and yes, she was high, and that was something. But, she pointed out to Amelia, “I came back because of you and Owen and Leo.” And that was something, too. Shortly, selfie-stick woman passed away during surgery, and amid a discussion of whether she’d been an organ donor, Taryn realized that the patient had been the same blood type as Cece — so she could potentially provide the organs to save the matchmaker’s life! While Helm rushed off to tell Mer, selfie-stick girl’s mom called her cell, and Amelia had to break to her the bad news. Afterwards, she raced to Betty’s bedside, gave her a big hug and thanked her for coming back. “Please,” she added, “always come back.” (Now that was a moment that couldn’t have been spelled without M-O-M!)

    ‘I CAN’T GUIDE YOU OUT OF THE CLOSET LIKE SOME KIND OF GAY SHERPA!’ | While scrubbing in for surgery on candy-cane guy, Teddy informed Owen that she needed to tell him something — but not right then, later. Way to distract a guy who’d in a few seconds be yanking a lawn ornament out of a patient’s abdomen! Though Teddy implored Owen to drop his interrogation during the procedure, he couldn’t. “Is this why you came back to Seattle in the first place?” he wondered. When the former lovers and Jackson discovered that candy-cane guy had miraculously come through his ordeal unscathed, Teddy at last blurted out that she was expecting — then, before Owen could pick his jaw up off the floor, got called away to the ER. “Congratulations?” said/asked Jackson. At the clinic, tensions ran high between Levi and Nico, and reached a fever pitch when Glasses said that he’d be riding out the storm at the clinic. “This is exactly what I didn’t want,” Nico said. “I don’t need the drama.” So, despite Levi’s warning that it was unsafe to return to Grey Sloan, out into the storm went Nico… who was promptly slammed against an ambulance!

    After Levi helped his crush into the vehicle, he insisted that, regardless of what the worldlier doc thought, he wasn’t at risk of going into any kind of shame spiral from coming out. A shame spiral was more or less out of the question for a nerd like him, seeing as he used to play D&D in the same basement in which he still resided. As for sex, that was always “like the sun sword. It’s a magical weapon in the game that’s really hard to find,” he explained. “It’s basically like a talking light saber.” (And if you hadn’t already thought Levi was adorkable, that speech had to have pushed you over the edge!) He’d always known he’d had feelings for other guys, he just hadn’t understood them, not until Nico had kissed him. And in that moment, he added, he’d felt anything but ashamed. Moved, Nico kissed him anew. “Are you just kissing me to get me to stop talking?” asked Levi. “No,” Nico replied. And with that, Nevi (Leco?) was officially happening!

    ‘WHAT IS SO WRONG IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU CAN’T LISTEN TO MY PROBLEMS?’ | While in the O.R. with Mer, Maggie complained that Jackson said she didn’t talk enough about her feelings. “He should do more surgeries with you,” cracked Grey, stinging her half sis. Afterwards, Maggie challenged Mer on her attitude, prompting her to drop a truth bomb. “You and Jackson, it sucks,” she said, “but no one’s gonna die.” Catherine, on the other hand, had chondrosarcoma and just might. So Maggie oughta make up with her boyfriend or at least be a friend to him, because he was about to need her in a big way. “You broke HIPAA to me with Teddy,” Mer added, “so we’re even.” While all that was going on, Richard noticed during a check-in on Lil Pancake that he had three missed calls from his wife. When he returned one, he was taken aback: Koracick picked up!

    When Cece learned that, since the storm was preventing UNOS from sending selfie-stick woman’s organs anywhere else, they were hers for the taking, she was stunned. Her own failing organs could be replaced that day! But — and this was a big “but” — there was an unfortunately great chance that she wouldn’t leave the operating table alive, DeLuca told her. So, Mer chimed in, Cece didn’t have to accept the organs. No, she wanted them. “If I die today, I died fighting,” Cece said, adding that Grey had damn well better fight, too. “If you don’t squeeze all the light and love and joy you can out of this one life you’ve been given, I’m gonna haunt you from my grave!” Her words clearly resonated with DeLuca, and a moment later, we learned how profound an impact they’d had on Grey, too. Assuming the invitation was still open, “yes to drinks,” she told Link as DeLuca stood nearby radiating jealousy.

    ‘I KNOW YOU HAVE OPTIONS, BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I’M ONE OF THEM’ | Shortly, Mer praised DeLuca for having been brave enough to give it to Cece straight. In return, holy crap! Out it all came spilling, magnificently, romantically, sexily! “While I’m feeling brave,” he replied, inching closer to Grey, “I’m not sorry I kissed you at the wedding ’cause it’s all I’ve been able to think about ever since.” It wasn’t an issue that she was an attending, he insisted, and it definitely wasn’t an issue that he’d dated Maggie. There was something between him and Mer. “I think you feel it, too,” he suggested. (Pretty sure everyone watching felt it.) While we — at least some of us — yelled inside our heads, “Kiss, kiss, kiss!” Mer told Andrew, “I’m having such a week, I don’t trust my thinking, so I’m gonna walk out of here. But I’m gonna think about what you said when I’m able to think.” How could she not?!?

    Back at Jolex’s, Alex’s suggestion that he and his bride return all their wedding gifts and buy a bigger TV started them doing what most honeymooners do. Afterwards, he declared that he didn’t really care about the marriage license. “I feel married.” Yeah, Jo responded. All the same, “we should still mail it in.” At Grey Sloan, Richard reassured Bailey that he was ready to get a new AA sponsor — and he feared he’d really need one, too, since he suspected that Catherine was carrying on with Koracick. When Miranda balked at that notion, he shot back that not everyone could be her and Ben… thus paving the way for her to reveal that she was taking a sabbatical from her marriage so that she could stop worrying about the firefighter and lower her stress levels. “And all that stopped just because you asked him to leave?” said Webber in disbelief. “You gave up your job and your husband. What’s next, Tuck?” As far as he could see, she was trying to fix her insides from the outside.

    ‘DID SOMETHING HAPPEN?’ | As the hour drew to a close, Jackson approached Maggie to try to kiss and make up after their fight. And they got as far as kissing before she worked up the nerve to speak. Was she going to open up a little more, as he’d demanded? Yeah, no. “It’s your mom,” she said. She was going to reveal Catherine’s condition! (I love a lot — a lot — on Grey’s these days, but what are they doing with Maggie?!? She used to be so goofy and brilliant and fun!) Elsewhere in Grey Sloan, DeLuca wound up in the same elevator as Mer. But he wasn’t following her, he was going to her O.R. for Cece’s surgery. And if Grey wanted, he’d just stand apart from her and be quiet and not even look at her. Owen chased Teddy into an elevator, too, with a patient headed for the O.R. Before he could get any more information out of her, Amelia got on and made an announcement: She wanted to apply to become Betty’s official foster mom. “We love her, right?” And that, they did. But she could tell that something was up.

    Outside, just as Levi and Nico were working on getting the ambulance rocking, a utility pole fell. Quicker than you could say “cliffhangers,” the hospital was plunged into darkness, trapping Mer in an elevator with DeLuca, Amelia in an elevator with Owen, Teddy and a patient, Jackson and Maggie in the middle of a life-or-death convo, and Cece on a gurney with a buncha healthy organs waiting to be harvested for her!

    Constance Zimmer, Joe Manganiello & Mike Colter Star In Scripted Crime Podcast ‘The Angel Of Vine’

    (11/14/18) UnREAL’s Constance Zimmer, Luke Cage’s Mike Colter and True Blood’s Joe Manganiello are starring in The Angel of Vine, a ten-part scripted true crime podcast.

    The trio are narrating the series, which is a fictional account of an unsolved murder mystery told in the style of a modern true crime podcast. It was created by actor Oliver Vaquer, who starred in Jane The Virgin and Andi Mack, and former WME and UTA in-house voice director Ryan Martz.

    It is the latest high-profile scripted podcast and comes after the TV launch of Julia Roberts-fronted Homecoming, which was based on a Gimlet Media podcast.

    The Angel of Vine follows a journalist who uncovers the audio tapes of a 1950’s private eye, who cracked the greatest unsolved murder mystery Hollywood has ever known. The series explores the investigation in 30-minute segments voiced by actors and a supporting cast of voice-over professionals.

    Misha Collins (Supernatural), Cree Summer (Voltron: Legendary Defender), Alfred Molina (Feud), Khary Payton (The Walking Dead), Alan Tudyk (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Camilla Luddington (Grey’s Anatomy), star alongside Matthew Mercer (Critical Role), Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop) and Nolan North (Uncharted)

    The show has launched on all podcast platforms with new episodes every Wednesday. It is produced by Martz’s Vox Populi. Diageo’s Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a branded advertiser and will be featured within the storyline.

    “At its core, The Angel of Vine is a story that’s entertaining for anyone and at the same time feels familiar to an avid podcast listener,” said Vaquer. “We treated the recording of Angel of Vine like live theater so that the actors could work off of each other. We would place entire scenes in front of them, let them play and watch it come to life, which shows in the final product.”

    “This production created an opportunity to combine the nostalgia of classic radio dramas with the modern vehicle of podcasting,” added Martz. “We partnered with actors, companies and brands that embodied that same collision of a classic aesthetic with a modern audience to make sure that Angel of Vine provided an authentic experience to listeners.”

    RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4 Guest Judges Include Ellen Pompeo, Kid Flash

    (11/13/18) RuPaul has assembled an all-star panel of judges to critique her latest cast of all-star queens. VH1 on Monday revealed the roster of names appearing as guests on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4, which includes one of the finest doctors that Seattle Grace — or whatever they’re calling that hospital these days — has to offer.

    This season’s guest judges are: Jenifer Lewis (black-ish), R&B singer Ciara, country singer Kacey Musgraves, Olympic athlete Gus Kenworthy, Keiynan Lonsdale (The Flash), Zoë Kravitz (Big Little Lies), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live), British singer Rita Ora, event producer Susanne Bartsch, Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy), musician Frances Bean Cobain, Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), designer Jason Wu and Erica Ash (Survivor’s Remorse).

    As previously reported, the queens returning for All Stars 4 include: Monét X Change, Latrice Royale, Trinity Taylor, Farrah Moan, Valentina, Monique Heart, Jasmine Masters, Naomi Smalls, Gia Gunn and Manila Luzon. They’ll reunite for one last shot at drag glory when the season premieres Friday, Dec. 14 at 8/7c on VH1. (A special holiday competition, RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular, also airs on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8/7c.)

    Ratings: Big Bang Theory, Sheldon and Station 19 Rise; HTGAWM Dips

    (11/11/18) CBS’ The Big Bang Theory this Thursday delivered 12.7 million total viewers and a 2.3 rating, up two tenths in the demo week-to-week. Leading out of that, Young Sheldon (11 mil/1.8) was up one tenth, while Mom (8.2 mil/1.2, Murphy Brown (6.1 mil/0.8) and SWAT (5.1 mil/0.7) were all steady.


    ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (6.6 mil/1.6; read recap) was steady, Station 19 (5.1 mil/1.0) ticked up to four-week highs and HTGAWM (3.1 mil/0.7) dipped in the demo.

    THE CW | Supernatural (1.4.1 mil/0.3) and Legacies (1.11 mil/0.3) were steady in audience while dipping in the demo.

    NBC | Superstore (3.3 mil/0.9) drew its largest audience since March 22 while steady in the demo. The Good Place (2.8 mil/0.8; read recap) hit a five-week audience high while steady in the demo. Leading out of some Voice special (3.8 mil/0.7), SVU (4.4 mil/0.9) was steady.

    FOX | Thursday Night Football (10.8 mil/3.3) is up hugely from last week’s fast nationals.

    Grey's Recap: To Live and Die in L.A. — Plus, Did Jackson Cheat on Maggie?

    (11/9/18) ( Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy sent to Los Angeles Meredith and Koracick not just to find out whether anyone might still be tempted to ship them after seeing the look that she and DeLuca exchanged in “Flowers Grow Out of My Grave” but to consult on a case for Catherine that was so hush-hush, you couldn’t help but wonder if the patient would turn out to be Catherine herself. Aand… ? Did the patient turn out to be Richard’s missus? Read on, and besides answering that question, we’ll go over how Jackson got caught chatting up women other than Maggie, and why a Grey Sloan nurse suddenly became a Grey Sloan patient.

    ‘[DEREK] THOUGHT IT WAS FITTING THAT MY NAME HAD ‘ASS’ RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT’ | As “Anybody Have a Map?” began, Richard woke up to find that Catherine had stayed in L.A. for an extra day to work on the foundation; Jackson and Maggie woke up already going at it — and with his cell phone blowing up; and Koracick discovered that Meredith, too, had been summoned to the City of Angels by Catherine. At Grey Sloan, Nurse Frankie — 28 weeks pregnant with a baby that she intended to call Lil’ Pancake — collapsed in front of longtime colleague Richard. Examining her — with protective Nurse Ginger hovering — Webber discovered that the patient had a wandering spleen that was cutting off the baby’s blood supply. Frankie argued that the issue might resolve itself, and she was willing to take the risk of waiting for treatment in order to protect the kid that she’d paid a fortune to get pregnant with. “I literally have all my eggs in one basket,” she said. Ultimately, Richard said OK, but he intended to closely monitor her. So did Ginger, for that matter. And apparently Grey Sloan’s whole nursing staff.

    After Frankie’s condition stabilized, Richard performed an ultrasound and noticed that her spleen had begun to untwist. Despite the good news, she noticed that he was cranky. How come? Reluctantly, he admitted that it had been hard losing Ollie. Shortly, Frankie developed fluid in her abdomen, and Richard had Alex paged. If Lil’ Pancake had to come out then and there, he wanted the best doctor available on hand. As Webber operated on Frankie, determined to keep the baby in utero, he very much felt the pressure of doing right by all the nurses. Alas, no sooner did it appear that he’d saved the day than Frankie’s condition worsened again, and Lil’ Pancake had to be served.

    Fortunately, Alex was able to keep the newborn alive. Unfortunately, Richard wasn’t able to keep Frankie alive. This was gonna hit him like a ton of bricks, you could tell even before he had to face Ginger and the other nurses. (No tears fell, but oh, they were written all over his stricken face.) Later, Richard attended an AA meeting but left upon hearing about a bar that was giving out shots for chips. Taking a seat, he put down an eight-year chip and ordered vodka — lots and lots of vodka. Instead of take a sip, however, he took the bat from behind the bar and started smashing up the place. You go, Richard! Finally, he let out the sadness and the rage that he’d carried since losing Frankie on the operating table.

    ‘THAT’S NOT THE ONLY REASON I CALLED YOU HERE’ | When Meredith and Koracick arrived at the Catherine Fox Medical Center, Catherine explained that their patient was a 65-year-old woman who’d complained of neck and back pain. Turned out, the patient had a tumor that had invaded both the vascular and nerve domains — and yes, the patient was indeed Catherine. Though she needed a biopsy, she wasn’t willing to postpone the ribbon-cutting — or fill in Richard and Jackson till she knew what she was dealing with. In the O.R., Koracick and Mer bantered over Catherine’s biopsy as if they were on a sorta testy but complimentary first date. (And yeah, sorry, DeLuca; I do still kinda ship the idea of Mer and Thomas. Kinda.) As Catherine came out from under anesthesia, Koracick joined her in a duet of “You Can’t Take That Away From Me.” Once Catherine was back on her feet, the trio went for drinks, and the patient challenged “Tommy” and Mer to give it to her straight, even if the test results weren’t yet back. She also admitted that she was reluctant to confide in Richard. “I don’t know if he can handle this,” she said. Just then, Koracick learned that the biopsy results were back. Before they set off to find out what they said, they had one last stiff drink.

    ‘YOU’RE TALKING TO OTHER WOMEN?!?’ | While Jackson was showering, Maggie checked a text… which turned out to be on Jackson’s phone, not hers, and was a “Miss you” with “multiple heart emojis!” Altogether understandably, she hit the roof. At first, Jackson tried to turn it around on Maggie — asking why she’d been looking at his phone, which she’d mistaken for her own. But ultimately, he admitted that he had connected with a woman named Kate at the monastery. “So you slept with her because you had God feelings!” Maggie spat. He hadn’t slept with her, he insisted. They hadn’t even kissed. They’d just talked about how she’d lost her brother and was looking for peace. “Which she found in your pants!” Maggie cracked. Unbelievably, it got worse. Apparently, Jackson hadn’t just been talking to Kate, he’s also been talking to April “sometimes.” (Honestly, what’s the point of him talking to April if it’s going to be off screen? What a tease.)

    In disbelief, Maggie admitted that she’d figured she’d be the reason that she and Jackson would end. Eventually, he said that he talked to these other women because his girlfriend wouldn’t talk to him — really talk to him — about her feelings. “You run every time it gets complicated,” he argued. “You hide.” Why? Later, she said that when he’d gone on his “God quest,” a part of her had been relieved, because she’d figured he’d come back as himself. But instead, he’d come back with more questions — which he’d taken to other women. What’s more, because of the way she grew up, always being five steps ahead of everyone else, she wasn’t exactly Ms. Popular. So “I never learned how to really love, or fight, or really let somebody in, without it feeling like the end of the world.” She was willing to try, though, starting with having an open conversation with him about God. “I am grieving,” he confessed, “what [April and I] both lost to bad timing,” since they hadn’t believed simultaneously. Still, he really loved Maggie, he swore. Sadly, it was all too much for Maggie. She left in tears, knowing how hard hit he was over what he’d lost with April.

    ‘SHE’S MY FRIEND’ | In the episode’s final moments, as Catherine cut the ribbon on her medical center, Koracick admitted to Mer that Richard’s wife had awakened him after he began sleepwalking following his son’s death. And now he was scared because this person who was so important to him had chondro cancer, and “I have no idea how remove it without paralyzing her or killing her.” Overhearing, Catherine argued that she was the can-do type, dammit, and she could beat it — but she couldn’t do it alone. She needed her brilliant friend. She later tried to call Richard but didn’t manage to reach him. Finally, Maggie went back to Mer’s and texted… her sister to say that she and Jackson might be over. Just then, Mer received a call from Richard. “Don’t tell Catherine,” he said. But he’d been arrested.

    ABC Developing Sorority Girl CIA Drama From Wendy Mericle, Ellen Pompeo & Timberman-Beverly

    (11/8/18) ABC has put in development The Sorority Girl Who Saved Your Life, a drama about a sorority girl who joined the CIA, from former Arrow co-showrunner Wendy Mericle, Ellen Pompeo, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly as well as ABC Studios, where Pompeo’s Calamity Jane and Timberman-Beverly Prods. are based.

    Written by Mericle, the project is inspired by The Sorority Girl Who Saved Your Life, the upcoming book by Tracy Walder and Jessica Anya Blau.

    The Sorority Girl Who Saved Your Life details the incredible true story of Tracy Walder. Walder happened upon a CIA recruiter at a jobs fair and was recruited by the agency while a USC student and Delta Gamma sorority sister. She would spend the next five years as a covert operative for CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, assuming aliases, thwarting terrorist attacks, and hiding in the trunks of cars on her way to debrief terrorists at black sites. During her time at the CIA, Walder travelled to the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia, receiving awards for her service.

    She went on to leave the CIA to join the FBI, one of the few women to ever do so. Walder, who has Master’s in education from Chapman University, is now a mom and teacher of foreign policy at an all-girls boarding school in Dallas, Texas.

    “Tracy’s real-life story is fascinating, and we are honored that she has entrusted our team to put a fictional twist on her real-life wild ride” Pompeo said.

    Walder and Blau serve as consultants for the series, executive produced by Pompeo and Laura Holstein via Calamity Jane, Timberman and Beverly via Timberman-Beverly Prods., as well as Mericle who will serve showrunner.

    Blau is the author of four novels, including bestseller The Summer of Naked Swim Parties. The Sorority Girl Who Saved Your Life is slated to be published by St. Martin’s Press in spring 2020.

    This is the first development season for Mericle under an overall deal at ABC Studios where she moved in May after a six-season stint on the CW’s Arrow, the last three as executive producer/co-showrunner. Mericle previously worked on ABC’s Desperate Housewives.

    Also in the first year of their ABC Studios overall deal, Timberman and Beverly also have romantic drama Until the Wedding in the works at ABC.

    Founded by Pompeo, Calamity Jane has first look deals at ABC Studios/ABC Signature for broadcast, cable and streaming. The company has various scripted and unscripted projects in development, including Amazon’s Skin Tight, based on the book of the same name by Christopher Byron, with Emily Fox adapting.

    Mericle is repped by CAA, Literate, and attorney Nina Shaw. Calamity Jane is repped by CAA, John Carrabino Management, and attorneys Gretchen Rush and Steve Warren. Timberman-Beverly is repped by CAA, Del Shaw Moonves and Hansen Jacobson Teller. Walder and Blau are repped by CAA and literary agent Gail Hochman.

    Grey’s Anatomy actor Jake Borelli comes out

    (11/3/18) Grey’s Anatomy actor Jake Borelli has come out as gay following the broadcast of his character’s first same-sex kiss.

    Jake plays Dr. Levi Schmitt in the medical drama, and on Thursday night’s episode, viewers saw him lock lips with hunky new doctor Nico Kim, played by Alex Landi.

    Taking to Instagram when the show finished, 27-year-old Jake explained why the episode was so meaningful to him.

    “As a gay guy myself, tonight’s episode was so special to me,” he wrote next to a photo of himself wearing a rainbow headband. “This is exactly the kind of story I craved as a young gay kid growing up in Ohio, and it blows my mind that I’m able to bring life to Dr. Levi Schmitt as he begins to grapple with his own sexuality this season on Grey’s Anatomy. His vulnerability and courage inspire me every day, and I hope he can do the same for you.

    “To all of you who feel like little Levis out there, know that I do too, that you are seen, and that we’re all in this together. And to everyone who has supported me over the years, I can’t thank you enough, and I love you more than all the stars…”

    Ratings: The Good Place Eyes Low, HTGAWM and Legacies Tick Up

    (11/3/18) NBC’s The Good Place this Thursday drew a four-week high of 2.73 million total viewers yet dipped a tenth in the demo to mark a series low of 0.7.

    Superstore (3.3 mil/0.8) drew its best audience since March 22, while down a tenth in the demo. Will & Grace (3.5 mil/0.8; read recap) and SVU (4.5 mil/0.9) delivered best-since-premiere audiences while steady in the demo. I Feel Bad (2.3 mil/0.6) ticked up.


    ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (6.6 mil/1.5) and Station 19 (4.9 mil/0/9) were steady, while HTGAWM (2.9 mil/0.8) ticked up.

    CBS | Big Bang (12.4 mil/2.1) and Mom (8 mil/1.1) dipped, while Young Sheldon (10.9 mil/1.7), Murphy Brown (6 mil/0.8) and SWAT (5.2 mil/0.7) were steady.

    THE CW | Supernatural (1.45 mil/0.4) was steady, while Legacies (1.15 mil/0.4) ticked up in Week 2.

    FOX | Thursday Night Football‘s fast nationals (7.8 mil/2.1) are looking… deflated.

    Grey's Recap: Truth or Consequences — Plus, [Spoiler] and [Spoiler] Kiss!

    (11/2/18) ( Between Richard’s bombshell about Meredith’s father, Teddy’s sitdown with babydaddy Owen, and Jo’s worry that she’d done something unforgivable, the promos for Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy certainly promised an episode fraught with tension. But was Thatcher’s condition critical? Did Teddy actually reveal that she was having Owen’s baby? And what on earth could Jo have done that was so bad? Read on, and all will be answered.

    ‘WOMEN USUALLY JUST FEED ME THE GRAPES’ | As “Flowers Grow Out of My Grave” began, Teddy showed up at Owen’s to have The Talk. But when he asked what was going on, she… choked and, rather than admit that they were expecting, apologized for their fight in Germany. Before their conversation could go any further, Amelia came in, panicked that Betty had gone MIA from school. Quicker than you could say “stat,” a doc-hunt was underway for the teen — even Teddy was going to pitch in to look for her. Meanwhile, at Grey Sloan, Jo urged Link to pursue Meredith, and when Levi expressed to Nico his nervousness at being on the ortho god’s service since he’d never done ortho, the gay doc sexily said that he’d show Glasses how it was done. Shortly, Jo’s first solo transplant, Roberta, discovered that she’d been right to expect her new liver to be diverted — as it was indeed diverted. But it was liver-die, people! (Couldn’t resist!) And after Meredith, Alex and DeLuca teamed up on the case of Flora, a little girl whose family was celebrating the Day of the Dead in her hospital room, Richard revealed to Grey that her father had acute myeloid leukemia and had only a few weeks to live.

    Later, Mer confided in Maggie that Thatcher was dying — but she didn’t want to talk about it. Except that she sorta did. “He doesn’t even know you exist,” Grey told her half sister. “That’s how much of a not-father he is to me.” When Jackson came in, Mer asked how he’d react to learning that his deadbeat dad was dying. “Would you want to say goodbye?” He unhelpfully didn’t know the answer (but spent the rest of the episode trying to make sure that, after his disappearing act, Maggie felt appreciated). In a bit — Jo’s encouragement ringing in his ears — Link again tried to ask out Mer, who turned him down, saying that she already had a matchmaker on the case, and Cece had a list of potential suitors all lined up. “How do I get on that list?” asked Link. (And you have to give him some credit for not throwing in the surgical cap.) Unfortunately for him, he was “not the kind of guy on the list,” Grey told him. He was more the “in-case-of-emergency guy.” When at last Link gave up, noting that Jo would be heartbroken that she’d turned him down, Mer asked what his and Brooke’s story was. “Does Alex have anything to worry about?” In response, he asked what the story was between Mer and Alex. “Does Jo have anything to worry about?” Touché!

    ‘I DON’T KNOW IF ALEX WILL FORGIVE ME FOR THIS’ | Soon, Bailey discovered that only a few minutes earlier, a patient had passed away who just happened to be a perfect donor match for Roberta. (Doctors know wild medical trivia!) So Miranda tried to restart his heart to save his liver for Roberta. “Zombie medicine,” Jo called it. But she and Casey were still on board to help. While reperfusing the organ, Bailey developed a wonderfully Dr. Frankensteinian quality. This was the kind of stress that she loved, not the kind that she got from waiting every day to find out if Ben had survived another shift as a firefighter. Despite this promising turn of events, Roberta remained skeptical about “a magical stardust liver miracle” — again, with good reason. When Jo revealed to Alex what she and Bailey had done, he worried about the fact that UNOS hadn’t approved the transplant. For fear of damaging the hospital’s relationship with UNOS, he even went so far as to tell Bailey and Jo no way was that liver going into a patient, whether they’d promised it to her or not. Luckily, Bailey ignored Alex and kept the liver going long enough that UNOS approved the directed transplant. Jo feared Alex would never forgive her — Alex? Alex Karev? As if! — but Bailey insisted that she’d never forgive herself if she let Roberta die. In the end, the transplant was a success, but Jo could tell by the look on Alex’s face as he stepped into the O.R. gallery that she was in big trouble.

    ‘IS THAT YOUR GUY OUT THERE?’ | When a twitterpated Flora expressed reluctance to be operated on by DeLuca, he sweetly volunteered to sit out her surgery — even though, as he told Grey, he’d been really looking forward to working with her. And the chemistry between Mer and DeLuca in this scene… hello! When was the last time we saw Grey look at somebody like that?!? Hell, when was the last time somebody looked at Mer with appropriately besotted puppydog eyes like DeLuca’s? Anyway, while successfully operating on Flora, Mer shot down Alex’s notion that she might want to go visit her dad. “I don’t really need to grieve him,” she insisted, “because he’s been a ghost for years.” That night, Mer spent her date going on and on about how she was done feeling bad about not feeling bad about her father.

    ‘I’M OPEN TO MEETING SOMEONE’ | After Levi diagnosed that Link’s young ortho patient had a humerus fracture, Nico asked Glasses out. Levi turned him down, prompting Nico to ask if had a boyfriend. Did it seem like he did? Levi asked. Well, he seemed nervous, said Nico, who being a fellow didn’t have time for a boyfriend… though he was open to it, he added. (And I already like these two way more than Mer/Link.) When the patient’s mom learned that he needed a biopsy to determine whether his simple, routine fracture was actually cancer, she broke down in tears. But of course it was actually good that they’d discovered the possibility so early. And though it turned out that the boy did have a tumor, Link reassured his mom by revealing that, when he was a kid, he’d had the same kind of tumor, and hey, look how he’d turned out! So it would help the patient, he suggested, if she could be brave for him. Afterwards, Link cheered up the kid, who worried about losing his hair, by starting to chop off his own magnificent mane right then and there!

    ‘BETTY IS NOT FINE, BECAUSE SHE IS NOT A NORMAL TEENAGER!’ | When the search for Betty yielded no results, Amelia became so upset that she needed a meeting. While Owen took her and then went to pick up Leo, Teddy stayed behind in case Betty showed up… and practiced finally blurting out, “Oh, and I’m having your baby.” When Owen returned home with the baby, he started talking lovingly about his makeshift family, and Teddy said… “Are you happy?” Before he could answer, Leo got fussy and Teddy left without revealing her secret. As the hour drew to a close, Mer was considering calling her dad when Link strolled up and put his number in her phone “in case of emergency.” Just then, DeLuca walked up, giving us a chance to contemplate two of Grey’s potential suitors. (Team DeLuca all the way!) In the elevator, Nico planted a kiss on Levi that steamed up his glasses. Nico then apologized. “That was abrupt,” he realized. “That was perfect,” Levi replied. But when Nico learned that Levi had never kissed a guy before, he bailed. “I thought this was a teaching hospital!” Glasses exclaimed. Though Alex argued with Jo in public, in private, they were right back to canoodling. When Bailey saw how high her blood pressure was, she texted Ben that they needed to talk on his next day off. (Ruh-roh.) While the Day of the Dead left Maggie thinking of her mom and Richard visiting Olive’s grave, it left Mer walking out of the hospital surrounded by the spirits of those she’d loved and lost — from Lexie and Derek to Ellis and Doc. Off her rough day, Mer went to Alex and Jo’s and helped salvage Link’s hairdo.

    Javier Bardem and Jennifer Aniston among TV’s top-paid stars

    (10/31/18) Javier Bardem, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Norman Reedus are among TV’s top earners.

    According to Variety, who released a list of TV actor’s salaries, Bardem is taking home $1.2 million per episode for his untitled series with Amazon, while Witherspoon and Aniston are raking in $1.1 million per episode for their upcoming morning show drama on Apple. Reedus is making $1 million per episode for “The Walking Dead,” while Hulu is paying out Elisabeth Moss $1 million for “Handmaid’s Tale.”

    The article notes that some of the celebrities, like Aniston, Witherspoon and Bardem, may be making more because they are listed as executive producers on their shows.

    In the unscripted category, Kelly Clarkson is taking home approximately $560,000 per episode of “The Voice,” Kevin Hart comes in at $500,000 for “TKO” and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson gets $450,000 for “Titan Games.” On the lower end of the scale, each of the Fab Five on Netflix’s “Queer Eye” get $7,500 per episode.

    As for comedy, Variety reports that “The Conners” are cleaning up. John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert are getting $375,000 per episode. Candice Bergen and Tim Allen both have wealthy paydays at $250,000 an episode for “Murphy Brown” and “Last Man Standing.”

    Here are some more salaries per episode:

    Jennifer Garner – $150,000 for “Camping”

    Brad Garrett – $100,000 for “Single Parents”

    Alec Baldwin – $300,000 for “Alec Baldwin Show”

    Drew Barrymore and James Corden – $350,000 for “World’s Best”

    Julia Roberts – $600,000 for “Homecoming”

    Sandra Oh – $100,000 for “Killing Eve”

    Sean Penn – $500,000 for “The First”

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown – $350,000 for “Stranger Things”

    Benicio Del Toro – $400,000 for “Escape at Dannemora”

    KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes and Cole Sprouse – $40,000 for “Riverdale”

    James Pickens Jr. on The Conners 11/13/18

    (10/29/18) “The Separation of Church and Dan” – When Geena learns that D.J. hasn’t been taking Mary to church while she’s been away, she insists they go as a family to uphold her traditional values. To make matters worse, Mary refuses to attend without her cousins Harris and Mark, leaving D.J. in the last situation he wants to be in – at the mercy of Darlene. Meanwhile, Mark’s attempt to conduct an unbiased survey on the upcoming election for his school project goes south when Jackie volunteers to help, on “The Conners,” TUESDAY, NOV. 13 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “The Conners” 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, Jayden Rey as Mary Conner and Maya Lynne Robinson as Geena Williams-Conner.

    Guest stars include MC Gainey as Group Leader, Paul Wilson as Paulie, James Pickens Jr. as Chuck, Stephen Monroe Taylor as Dwight, Cassandra Relynn as Deaconess and Tahmus Rounds as Bob.

    “The Separation of Church and Dan” was written by Sid Youngers and directed by Andy Ackerman.

    Ratings: Legacies Has OK Start, Even as Supernatural Matches Series Low

    (10/26/18) The CW’s Supernatural this Thursday drew 1.36 million total viewers and a 0.3 rating, slipping two tenths in the demo to match the series low set last Thanksgiving night.

    Leading out of that, Legacies debuted to 1.2 mil and a 0.3, marking the network’s second highest-rated launch, behind Charmed, since Black Lightning in January.


    ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (6.5 mil/1.5) matched its smallest audience ever while flat in the demo. Station 19 (5 mil/0.9) improved slightly on last week’s apres-Charlie Brown lows, yet was off two tenths in the demo from its last non-crossover airing out of Grey’s. HTGAWM (3.1 mil/0.7) dipped a tenth to match its all-time demo low.

    FOX | Thursday Night Football (9 mil/2.6) surged 36 and 24 percent from last week’s fast nationals.

    CBS | Big Bang (12.7 mil/2.2) ticked up, Young Sheldon (10.9 mil/1.7) and SWAT (5.4 mil/0.7) were steady, while Mom (8.1 mil/1.2) and Murphy Brown (6.1 mil/0.8) dipped.

    NBC | Superstore (3.1 mil/0.9), The Good Place (2.7 mil/0.8) and Will & Grace (3.3 mil/0.9) were steady, while I Feel Bad (2.1 mil/0.5) and SVU (4.2 mil/0.9) ticked down.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Pregnant Pause

    (10/26/18) ( Apparently, Teddy is in a league of her own when it comes to laying low. Until Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, we hadn’t so much as glimpsed Owen’s secret babymama since she checked herself out of Grey Sloan in the Season 15 premiere. But, after Maggie violated HIPAA to unburden herself to Mer, Grey sought out her former colleague to offer an ear to bend and a shoulder to lean on… which, in turn, brought us that much closer to the implosion of Owen and Amelia’s newly-rekindled (and, for my money, charming) romance. Did Teddy go so far as to tell her onetime lover that he’s about to become a father? Read on. This recap not only answers that question but reveals all the new intel we know about Jo’s history with Link.

    ‘DID HE JUST CALL YOU RICHIE?’ | As “Everyday Angel” began, Amelia couldn’t shake the feeling that Betty might ditch school, so she and Owen decided to just, er, keep an eye out rather than go to work; we learned that Jo and Link had been undergrads who’d waited tables together (“He was like my brother,” not a boyfriend, she insisted); and Mer tracked down Teddy at the park where Cristina used to get her coffee. At Grey Sloan, Maggie was taken aback to come face to face with Jackson, who’d returned from his leave for a very special surgery. But she was too irritated about his sudden disappearing act to agree to dinner that night. (In fact, her last text reply to him was a chilly “K.”) Bailey was at last eager to get started on Jo’s fellowship, only with Owen, Amelia and Mer all out that day, the duo would have to focus on current patients, not future ones. Finally, in the ER, Nico flustered the hell out of Levi by reminding him that he still owed him a drink — or, as Taryn put it, a date.

    ‘I CAN’T EVEN LOOK AT HIM, HOW THE HELL CAN I RAISE A CHILD WITH HIM?!?’ | At Mer’s, Teddy explained that she’d been planning to tell Owen about her pregnancy, but then she’d found out he was playing house with Amelia. So why was Teddy still in Seattle, then? Why hadn’t she taken a bus or train out of town? Could she and Owen at least be friends again, raise their child together? Oh, no, Teddy replied while violently salvaging the cookies Mer was supposed to make for Zola’s bake sale. “I hate him so much, I wanna smash his face in!” In response, Grey reminded Teddy that she’d grown up without her father because Ellis had hated him too much to let him love her. What’s more, when Teddy’s baby someday went looking for his dad, he wasn’t going to find some lowlife. “They’re gonna find a good man.” Later, Teddy admitted that she didn’t hate Owen at all, she loved him.

    Remembering all of the things that Owen used to say to her about Amelia and her disinterest in having a family, Teddy couldn’t help but wonder: Did the removal of that brain tumor change Amelia that much? Now that Omelia were raising Betty and Leo, was Amelia all in? Mer smartly declined to speculate about how in Amelia was. She simply maintained that the longer Teddy kept her secret, the worse it would be for all involved. Trouble was, if Teddy told Owen she was pregnant, she knew that he’d be there for her forevermore, and she’d never for one minute of that forevermore know if it was because of her or because of the baby.

    ‘WHY IS DR. AVERY IN THE DOGHOUSE?’ | Checking in on Cece, Maggie was forced to explain to the matchmaker that Jackson was just back at Grey Sloan to perform a complicated surgery. After that, he’d be off again on his spiritual journey. So was she sad that he was only back briefly? asked Cece. Aggravated, Pierce refused to answer (and was miffed when chatty Casey seemed to be about to answer for her just after she’d left the room). Later, Cece forced Maggie to open up to her by suggesting that she didn’t want her doctor distracted when her heart was at stake. So Jackson was off asking big questions — what were Maggie’s questions? she wanted to know. “Why does he keep texting me pictures of trees?” among other things, Pierce replied. But what Cece meant was, what questions did Maggie have about herself? Meanwhile, Jackson intrigued Alex with his case: that of a boy named Ravi who was suffering from a hereditary condition that left him with protrusions growing out of his back.

    To Karev’s dismay, his wife’s handsome “brother” would also be involved in the operation. During surgery on the kid, Alex could barely contain his hostility. (Then again, containing hostility has never been an Alex specialty.) But his focus soon shifted back to Ravi, who it turned out had cancer. Though scared to death of the prospect of losing his boy, whose mom had died in childbirth, the dad gave Jackson permission to do whatever he had to in order to save him — even if that meant removing the scapula and severely limiting his range of motion going forward. Only, off a talk with a compassionate Maggie, Jackson had the bright idea to radiate Ravi’s scapula outside the body — by removing them and reattaching them. Link loved the idea, and ultimately, Alex was on board, too. Later, Alex revealed to Link why he’d been so hostile: Why hadn’t Jo’s “brother” leveled her abusive husband? he asked. Link hadn’t known, he answered, or damn right, he would have.

    ‘WE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN FRIENDS’ | After recalling that “when I was 14, I got alcohol poisoning in the middle of the school day,” Amelia explained to Owen that they were really stalking Betty because she’d read a text of the teen’s that suggested she might be skipping school with a bunch of kids — a big red flag for the recovering addict. A couple of hours later, the vice-principal came out and told them that they’d have to shove off — they couldn’t just stay in a school zone. So they parked… nearby. And it turned out to be a good thing they did: They caught Betty looking like she was leaving school with some pals. Later, Owen couldn’t help but wonder whether the prospect of parenthood had really been what had broken up his and Amelia’s marriage. Well, brain tumor, she replied. That and Christopher, her ill-fated baby. “I have not ever said [his name] out loud before,” she marveled. But she could now. Big, big step. “Were you guys seriously out here all day?” Betty asked after school. There had been. But on the plus side, she was fine and hadn’t done drugs.

    ‘IT’S NOT A DATE’ | In the ER, DeLuca told Richard Levi was distracted with a patient who needed stitches because he had a thing for Helm. (Ha.) In response, Webber questioned why DeLuca hadn’t noticed himself that the edges of the wound didn’t line up, and ordered him to step up his game. And, after Taryn screwed up on a patient, he did just that. As a matter of fact, DeLuca soon took so much initiative that Richard fussed at him for doing everything in the ER. Come again? Did he have a problem with the resident? Nope, Webber said. And “don’t get mad at me for thinking you’ve got it in you” to be an attending.

    ‘THE INTERNET DOES NOT PROVIDE ACCURATE DIAGNOSES’ | A mechanic named Nina who was at Grey Sloan to see Mer was not interested in the slightest in meeting with Jo and Bailey. But “Grey was a lump of clay when I met her,” Miranda said. “And I helped her with the mini-livers,” added Jo. Unfortunately, the duo exhausted every test that they could think of and still weren’t able to diagnose the patient. So she refused to let them give up. If Bailey was Mer’s teacher, said Nina, starting in on her lunch, act like it — go back and solve the problem. “If you don’t help me, I’m gonna kill myself,” she added before doubling over in pain. And it turned out she’d never been diagnosed correctly because the problem only revealed itself after she’d eaten something, and she’d always fasted before tests. At last, Bailey got to the bottom of it!

    ‘CAN I KISS YOU, PLEASE?’ | As the hour drew to a close, Richard was jamming with Link and DeLuca at the bar when Levi showed up for his date… which turned out not to be a date at all — Nico immediately left Schmidt to join Richard, Link and DeLuca. Back at the hospital, Bailey wondered aloud to Jo why she was still stressed even after making so many changes to her life. What could it be? “My husband,” the firefighter, she deduced. “When I don’t hear from him, I don’t breathe.” (Were we headed for hard times for Ben and Bailey?) In recovery, Jackson reported to Ravi’s dad that the boy was going to be fine, then told Maggie how she’d helped make that possible — and that he wasn’t going away again. He’d had a great day, and she’d been a huge part of that. Regardless, she still couldn’t have dinner with him that night — she had to work on her rechargeable hearts. She did have time for a kiss, though. Finally, Jo got Alex to admit that Link was a pretty good guy, and as Teddy was leaving Mer’s, Amelia was coming in the back door, beaming because she’d be sticking around Owen’s place… indefinitely.

    TV's Highest-Paid Actresses: Who Tops the List? Who's New? Who Fell Off?

    (10/25/18) The latest list of TV’s highest-paid actresses is out… and one actress is just about lapping the field.

    Modern Family star Sofia Vergara tops the annual list compiled by Forbes magazine for the seventh year in a row, pulling in a whopping $42.5 million over the past year — nearly double the next highest-paid actress. Vergara’s riches come not only from her salary on the long-running ABC comedy, but also from a slew of endorsements such as SharkNinja Coffee and Rooms to Go furniture.

    Vergara’s closest competitor is Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco, who earned $24.5 million this year, largely from playing Penny on the hit CBS sitcom, currently airing its 12th and final season. Cuoco’s co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch (both earning $12 million) are the only two newcomers to the Forbes list, thanks to a hefty pay raise the pair secured last year. Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo ranks third on the list, just behind Cuoco with $23.5 million, followed by Law & Order: SVU‘s Mariska Hargitay ($13 million) and Vergara’s Modern Family co-star Julie Bowen ($12.5 million).

    Three actresses failed to make this year’s list after ranking in the top ten last year: Priyanka Chopra, whose ABC drama Quantico was cancelled in May; Robin Wright, whose Netflix drama House of Cards is about to unveil its final season next month; and Mindy Kaling, whose Mindy Project wrapped up a six-season run last year on Hulu.

    Here’s the full list from Forbes, compiled from June 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018:

    1. Sofia Vergara, Modern Family — $42.5 million
    2. Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory — $24.5 million
    3. Ellen Pompeo, Grey’s Anatomy — $23.5 million
    4. Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU — $13 million
    5. Julie Bowen, Modern Family — $12.5 million
    6. (tie) Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory — $12 million
    6. (tie) Melissa Rauch, The Big Bang Theory — $12 million
    8. Kerry Washington, Scandal — $11 million
    9. Claire Danes, Homeland — $9 million
    10. Pauley Perrette, NCIS — $8.5 million.

    Tia Mowry & Loretta Devine Star In ‘Family Reunion’ Comedy Series Ordered By Netflix

    (10/18/18) Tia Mowry (Sister, Sister, Instant Mom) and Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy, The Carmichael Show) are set to headline Family Reunion, a new multi-generational, multi-camera comedy series for Netflix. The streaming network has given a 20-episode order to the project, created and executive produced by Meg DeLoatch (Fuller House, Eve) and directed by Eric Dean Seaton (Prince of Peoria, Modern Family).

    Co-starring in the series, which has just started production in Los Angeles, is Anthony Alabi (Raven’s Home, Insecure). Rounding out the cast are child actors Talia Jackson, Isaiah Russell-Bailey, CJ Wright and Jordyn James.

    The African American family sitcom, which is penned entirely by Black writers, stars Mowry as Cocoa McKellan, a free spirited, fun, conscious mother from Seattle. When she and her former football-playing husband Moz and their four children travel from their home in the big city to the small town of Columbus, Georgia for the McKellan Family Reunion, they get to know an extended family they didn’t even realize they were missing. Devine plays the loving but strict matriarch of the family, M’Dear.

    Alabi plays Mowry’s husband. The McKellan children are: Jackson as 14-year old Jade, Russell-Bailey as 12-year old Shaka, Wright as 10-year old Mazzi, and James as 8-year old Ami.

    “We look forward to bringing families together to enjoy the hilarious and heartwarming stories of this multi-generational American family living together and discovering the importance of connecting with their roots,” said Melissa Cobb, VP of Kids and Family at Netflix. “Meg DeLoatch has created a warm, funny and memorable extended family that we believe will resonate with audiences around the world and she has assembled an incredibly talented all-black writers room to authentically portray these characters and their journey.”

    Mowry has the rare distinction of starring on three multi-camera comedy series that have gone to syndication, Sister, Sister, The Game and Instant Mom, and has done more than 400 episodes of television to date.

    “I’m so excited to return to television, especially working with Netflix, and I can’t wait for everyone to see Family Reunion,” said Mowry. “I know my fans are going to love it!”

    Mowry, who has 12 Million social media followers, is set to star in back-to-back Christmas movies this coming holiday season, My Christmas Inn on Lifetime and A Gingerbread Romance on Hallmark. Mowry will also be in the feature Indivisible and currently stars in the Kin Community online series Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix. She is repped by UTA, LINK Entertainment and Felker, Toczek, Suddleson, Abramson.

    “I am so blessed to be part of this new and exciting moment in time that will touch and bring laughter, smiles, and joy to everyone who sees it, Devine said. The veteran actress, who won an Emmy for her recurring role as Adele Webber on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, is repped by Innovative Artists and Essential Talent Management.

    DeLoatch, who called working on Family Reunion “the most supportive and creatively fulfilling experience of my career,” is repped by Gersh and Echo Lake.

    Netflix has been ramping up its family sitcom offerings, recently also giving a 20-episode order to No Good Nick, a multi-camera comedy headlined by Melissa Joan Hart and Sean Astin.

    Liam Neeson & Kate Walsh To Star In ‘Honest Thief’

    (10/12/18) Liam Neeson and Kate Walsh are set to star in Honest Thief, a film to be directed in Boston next month by Mark Williams, who co-created the hit Netflix series Ozark.

    Career bank robber Tom Carter (Neeson) meets the love his life in Annie (Walsh), who works at the front desk of a storage facility where he hid $7 million in stolen loot. They fall head over heels, and he resolves to wipe the slate clean by turning himself in. When the case is turned over to a crooked FBI agent, everything becomes far more dangerous and difficult.

    I’m told Jai Courtney is in talks to play the crooked agent and that Jeffrey Donovan and Jeffrey Wright also are in the mix for roles. Tai Duncan, Myles Nestel, Mark Williams and Craig Chapman are producing.

    Solution Entertainment Group is selling world rights. Nestel’s Solution Entertainment partner Lisa Wilson is exec producing and will be repping the title at upcoming AFM.

    Neeson opens next in the Steve McQueen-directed Widows, which just opened the London Film Festival, and the Coen brothers-directed The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. He’s repped by CAA. Walsh, a vet of 13 Reasons Why, Private Practice, Girls Trip and The Umbrella Academy, is repped by Gersh and United Agents. Williams is with Zero Gravity Management.

    Ratings: Station 19 Hits Highs With Crossover, Supernatural Returns Steady

    (10/12/18) Serving up Part 2 of a Thursday-night crossover with Grey’s Anatomy, ABC’s Station 19 this week delivered 6.5 million total viewers and a 1.3 demo rating, rising 25 and 18 percent to mark series highs.

    Opening ABC’s line-up, Grey’s (6.7 mil/1.5) was down a tenth to match its series low in the demo. At 10 pm, HTGAWM (3.3 mil/0.8; read recap) was steady.


    THE CW | Supernatural returned to 1.45 mil and a 0.5, matching its finale in the demo; read recap.

    FOX | Thursday Night Football (10.7 mil/3.3) is up 10 percent from last week’s fast nats.

    CBS | Big Bang Theory (12.7 mil/2.2), Young Sheldon (11 mil/1.8) and Murphy Brown (6.8 mil/1.0; read recap) were all steady, while Mom (8.3 mil/1.4) and SWAT (5.5 mil/0.8) ticked up.

    NBC | Superstore (3.1 mil/0.8), The Good Place (2.8 mil/0.8), I Feel Bad (2.2 mil/0.6) and SVU (4.4 mil/0.9) all dipped a tenth, with SVU hitting a new demo low. Will & Grace (3.4 mil/0.8) slipped two tenths in the demo to a new revival low.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Flying Blind — Plus, Maggie Blabs Teddy's Secret

    (10/12/18) ( And she’s off! Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy marked the official beginning of Meredith’s Season of Love, and the milestone did not go unnoticed. When she showed up at Grey Sloan all made up for the blind date on which Cece was sending her, heads turned, and tongues wagged. But Grey’s dive back into the dating pool, major as that turning point is, might not have been the episode’s most momentous twist of plot. What was? Read on.

    ‘LUNCH IS BORING!’ | As “Momma Knows Best” began, Maggie wasn’t sleeping, she was so concerned about Owen and Amelia’s relationship status, given what she knew about Teddy’s delicate condition. At the same time, “hag” Amelia was going at it with Betty over the teen’s slip with drugs. And “I can’t do what I want to do,” Amelia railed to Owen, “or we’d have to hide her body!” Meanwhile, Alex wondered whether Jo was hitting him up for money for new equipment while she had her hand on his… you know, equipment. “You made me feel dirty,” he said as if it was a bad thing. At work the next day, Alex informed Link that his expenditure was on hold, and at once, Mer’s glam look turned heads — first Taryn and Link’s, then DeLuca’s. Carina was telling her brother that she might have to go home for their dad for a while, but seeing his reaction to Mer, admitted, “I don’t want to leave town when you’re about to make a fool of yourself over your lady boss!” Shortly, an apartment fire brought Andy and Dean from Station 19 to Grey Sloan with Natalie, a 40-year-old patient, and her son, Max, who appeared to be almost too scared to get out of the ambulance.

    When Amelia, Maggie and Alex got a gander at Mer in the staff lounge, they immediately deduced from her attire that something — they weren’t sure at first what, but something — was up. “You look weird,” Alex told his person. Amelia guessed that her sister-in-law had been to a funeral. Then, finally, Maggie realized that Mer had allowed Cece to set her up. “You’re letting Mrs. Santa Claus bring you presents!” exclaimed Amelia. But, since the matchmaker was old school and liked people to meet with no preconceived notions, Mer hadn’t seen so much as a picture of her date. So what’s he hiding? Alex wondered. “Neck beard? Man bun? Ear hair?” And what was the point of a lunch date? Amelia chimed in. “You can’t make lunch last all night!” Soon, Maggie joined Bailey in the ER to treat Natalie, who explained that Max needed to be told what was going on, or he’d get frightened. Unfortunately, Andy ushered the boy into his mom’s room just as every piece of equipment sounded alarm bells.

    ‘WE WERE WAITING, NOW WE’RE STALKING’ | Until a social worker could arrive to sit with Max till his dad showed up, Andy volunteered to do so. When Dad got to Grey Sloan, Maggie explained to him that Natalie was having heart trouble — in such a way that Dean became infatuated with the pretty doc. Spotting Ben in the hallway, Bailey busted him for getting (slightly) injured on the job. From there, she went into surgery with Maggie and DeLuca, and discovered that Natalie had probably had a heart attack a week ago and not realized it. “There is only a slim chance that [she] will wake up again,” Pierce told Natalie’s husband after leaving the O.R. When Max almost overheard, Maggie tried to break the news to him, too. But instead of allow her to, Dad intervened and said Mom was gonna be fine. (Come again?) Shortly, Maggie found Max hiding under a desk and was about to fill him in about his mom’s condition when again, Dad butted in. “He needs to know what’s coming,” Pierce argued, reminding Pop that his wife was likely a goner. In response, Dad instructed her not to speak to his son.

    Later, Dean worked up the nerve to ask out Maggie. Mind you, he used as an excuse to talk to her checking on Natalie, who Pierce reported wasn’t doing well. So he was left “just trying to pivot from” that downer to the actual asking-out part of the convo… which resulted in Maggie laughing since she’d once had a fiancé named Dean. Thankfully (?), Natalie coded, sparing Dean any more awkwardness. Maggie pleaded with Natalie’s husband to give Max a chance to say goodbye, but he still wouldn’t allow it. To keep the boy occupied, DeLuca showed him the helipad. On the roof, Max admitted that he knew his mom was in bad shape, prompting DeLuca to tell him that his sister had lied about his mom dying so that she could be there to hug him when he found out. Deducing that his own mom was at death’s door, Max went tearing back into the hospital.

    ‘IF YOU TELL MY MOM, I’LL SUE YOU GUYS!’ | While all that was going on, Alex and Dahlia treated Julius, a college kid who’d inhaled smoke in the apartment fire. Costs be damned, Karev even insisted that he get X-rays — which turned out to be a good thing as the patient had a pulmonary bleb, which was far deadlier than it sounded. When Julius learned that Alex wanted to operate, he hit the roof — since his condition was preexisting, surgery would put him and his mom 20 grand in the hole. When not dealing with that case, the chief was accosted by Jo, who wanted an apology for the night before — if she had sex with him, it was for one thing: orgasms, she shouted… without realizing that Richard was right behind her. Later, Webber refused to cater to Alex’s frustrations over Julius and quit being chief until he had done the job to the best of his ability. Desperate to help the kid, Karev manufactured an injury that would necessitate emergency surgery, which would be covered by the patient’s insurance. Since Dahlia reported the chief’s actions, as she was obliged to, Richard warned Alex that he might not only lose his job but his medical license. Of course, Alex was only doing what his mentor had told him to — tackling his new position to the best of his ability. While operating on Julius with Webber, Karev said that, if need be, he’d tell the medical board about the time that he stole a car — at age 12, to get help for his sister since they couldn’t afford an ambulance. “Won’t you get fired for this?” Julius asked later when he found out about Alex’s good deed. “Probably not,” Karev replied. “I’m the chief.”

    ‘LET’S START THE CLOCK’ | When Mer arrived for her lunch date, John (Josh Radnor) complimented her coat, her purse — the works. Silly as that was, things got off to a fairly decent start. She learned that he developed software to help protect people’s privacy, and when he learned what she did, he was duly impressed. And sure, he wasn’t Scott Speedman, but he was pretty cute and charming. He even complained about dates who used there, their and they’re wrong in texts, and understood the appeal of being married to one’s work. That being the case, she was going to rearrange her afternoon to continue with the date… when he spotted the woman he was supposed to be on his date with across the restaurant! Unwilling to leave Mer behind, he texted the woman that he’d never want to stand her up, but something had come up that he couldn’t get out of. At the same time, Mer texted the John that she was supposed to be on her date with — quite possibly the guy John’s date was hitting it off with at the bar! Strolling around Seattle with John afterwards, Mer found out that he wasn’t a fan of single moms and their eagerness to speed up relationships. At that point, she admitted that she had three kids herself and sweetly ended the date. Back at the hospital, Mer reported to Amelia and Andy that her date had gone horribly — and that she didn’t intend to go on any more dates. She shouldn’t give up so easily, Herrera argued. The way she saw it, Grey had dodged a very slow moving bullet by finding out sooner than later John’s feelings about single moms.

    ‘YOU’RE BUILDING A BOAT’ | After dragging Betty to Grey Sloan for a drug test, Amelia was still flummoxed by how to deal with the teen. So she called in for backup Owen’s mom, who advised her to build a boat strong enough to float when the kids sail away. Nearby, Owen told Betty that if she let Amelia help her and didn’t lie to her, she might start to drive her a little less crazy. In response, Betty confessed to Amelia that she’d smoked a little pot — a big no-no for an addict, as it led to cravings for far worse things. Though Amelia grounded the girl for a month, and the girl labeled her guardians “so lame,” Owen and his ex were nailing it as foster parents. As the episode drew to a close, it was revealed that Jo and Link are old acquaintances (the kind who were thrilled to see one another). And, heartbroken over not being able to tell Max about his mother, Maggie unburdened herself to Mer, blabbing that Teddy was pregnant with Owen’s baby. And in the last few seconds, Max ran away from the hospital (and onto Station 19).

    Grey's Anatomy: Josh Radnor to Guest-Star as Meredith's First Hot Date

    (10/11/18) Kids, did I ever tell you about the time I dated a doctor?

    How I Met Your Mother alum Josh Radnor will appear in an upcoming Grey’s Anatomy episode as a potential love interest for Meredith.

    As first reported by People, Radnor will guest-star in the Oct. 11 installment as a mystery man with whom Meredith goes on a blind date. Further details about the character are being kept under wraps, including whether Radnor will stick around for more than one episode.

    Showrunner Krista Vernoff had previously confirmed that Meredith’s romantic journey in Season 15 will involve the “very human and very relatable” process of going on dates with new people.

    “I was really interested in seeing someone as beautiful and smart and funny and complex as Meredith actually have to put herself out there,” Vernoff said. “It’s something that somehow we’ve never really seen in 15 seasons of this show.”

    Since ending his nine-season run as hopeless romantic Ted Mosby on HIMYM, Radnor’s TV credits have included the Civil War drama Mercy Street and NBC’s musical drama Rise, which was cancelled in May after just one season.

    James Pickens Jr. on The Conners 10/23/18

    (10/11/18) “The Separation of Church and Dan” – When Geena learns that D.J. hasn’t been taking Mary to church while she’s been away, she insists they go as a family to uphold her traditional values. To make matters worse, Mary refuses to attend without her cousins Harris and Mark, leaving D.J. in the last situation he wants to be in – at the mercy of Darlene. Meanwhile, Mark’s attempt to conduct an unbiased survey on the upcoming election for his school project goes south when Jackie volunteers to help, on “The Conners,” TUESDAY, OCT. 23 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “The Conners” 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, Jayden Rey as Mary Conner and Maya Lynne Robinson as Geena Williams-Conner.

    Guest stars include MC Gainey as Group Leader, Paul Wilson as Paulie, James Pickens Jr. as Chuck, Stephen Monroe Taylor as Dwight, Cassandra Relynn as Deaconess and Tahmus Rounds as Bob.

    Ratings: Station 19 Returns Steady, Murphy Ticks Down, SVU Ties Low

    (10/6/18) Station 19 fired up (see what I did there?) Season 2 on Thursday night with 5.2 million total viewers and a 1.1 demo rating, improving on its finale and matching its freshman average.

    Opening ABC’s night, Grey’s Anatomy (6.5 mil/1.6) slipped to match its smallest audience ever while landing just a tenth above its all-time demo low. HTGAWM (3.1 mil/0.8) added a few eyeballs week-to-week while holding onto its demo low.


    CBS | Big Bang (12.2 mil/2.2), Mom (7.9 mil/1.3) and SWAT (5.3 mil/0.7) all held steady, Young Sheldon (10.6 mil/1.8) added two tenths and Murphy Brown (7.2 mil/1.0) dipped just a bit from its revival premiere.

    NBC | Superstore (3.2 mil/0.9) returned up from its finale while falling shy of its previous season average…. The Good Place (3.0 mil/0.9) ticked down from its season opener…. Will & Grace (3.9 mil/1.0, reader grade “B+”) improved on its finale but was down sharply from its previous season average (5.5 mil/1.5)…. I Feel Bad (2.6 mil/0.7) dropped a bunch of its lead-in but is on par with Great News‘ fall 2017 average… and SVU (4.2 mil/1.0) hit and tied series lows.

    FOX | Thursday Night Football (9.6 mil/3.0) is off just 5 and 8 percent from last week’s fast nationals.

    Grey's Recap: Who's the Boss?

    (10/5/18) ( See, Alex? This is why we don’t accept job offers while tipsy. After being made interim chief following an afternoon of tippling with his bride in Grey’s Anatomy’s Season 15 premiere, Karev actually had to deal with all of the headaches that ordinarily would have been Bailey’s in Thursday’s episode. Did he make it through Day 1 without losing any friends (or tearing through Grey Sloan’s supply of aspirin)? Read on.

    ‘GOOD MORNING, MRS. FIREMAN’ | As “Gut Feeling” began, Owen and Amelia were celebrating their reunion between the sheets (to the tune of The Voice’s Chloe Kohanski); Ben was bidding Bailey adieu for the day and admitting that, thanks to their conflicting schedules, he was missing her; and when Miranda arrived at work, she had to adjust to the fact that Alex was now in her — well, the chief’s — parking spot. After Maggie encouraged Amelia to “go there” with a newly extra-sexy bike-riding DeLuca — anything to keep Teddy’s baby bombshell from falling on her — her sorta sis explained that she was now off the market. Still, she couldn’t deny that Link gave her “pants feelings.” Speaking of whom… Koracick escorted the newbie to the new chief, who immediately OK’d his request for an expensive new 3D printer. “Are you nervous?” Bailey asked her temporary replacement before leaving him alone in her office. He wasn’t; was she? Let’s be real — she was. Big time. But at least she got to pawn off Vik on him. (How he didn’t get axed after killing a patient by disobeying orders in the premiere, I can’t imagine.)

    Quicker than you could say “stat,” Grey Sloan was thrown into a bit of a tizzy by Alex’s surgical schedule (which proved almost too tempting for Bailey not to step in and fix). The new chief would soon have an even bigger issue on his hands. See, while all this was going on, Richard and Link tackled the case of Mr. Buckley, a shop-class teacher who disastrously lost consciousness while helping a student with a table saw. When Levi reported that the patient had an insanely high blood alcohol level, Webber took a special interest, and told Link that he’d been where the fellow was and wanted to talk him through it. “The more sober he gets,” Richard said, “the worse he’s going to feel.” But Mr. Buckley insisted that he hadn’t hit rock bottom — he didn’t even drink. The mishap had been just that — a mishap. Richard was pretty hostilely not buying that when Alex walked in and asked him to step back. “You’re gonna lecture me? I trained you,” huffed Richard, still clearly ticked at being passed over for interim chief. Undaunted, not only was Alex going to lecture Webber, he was going to order his mentor out of the O.R.!

    ‘FIND ME A PEN’ | While Alex got buried in requisitions, Richard learned from a student’s mom that no way had Mr. Buckley really been intoxicated when the accident occurred. Still, Webber didn’t believe it. So he went back to Mr. Buckley’s room and poured him a freaking drink! “I know what withdrawal feels like,” he told the teacher. Meanwhile, Alex complained to Mer that anyone who takes the chief job gets nothing but flak and never gets to practice medicine, either! She, in turn, complained that Cece wanted her to spew emotional vomit before setting her up with a guy. Why wasn’t it more like ordering off a menu? “You have earned the right to pick and choose whoever you want to let in,” he assured her. No sooner did he leave that conversation than Link informed him that Mr. Buckley was wasted again. Thing was, Richard told Alex, Mr. Buckley didn’t take a sip of that drink, he had a rare condition that got him super drunk super easily — even Jell-O could do it. (And Richard hadn’t really poured vodka, BTW; it had been water.)

    ‘I THINK THE WORD YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IS ENRAGED’ | While Richard solved the mystery of Mr. Buckley’s case, Owen took care of the student that the teacher had pushed into a table saw. Along the way, Maggie learned from her colleagues that Jackson had e-mailed to say that he was taking a leave of absence. This being news to her, she was ticked. (One minute, they’re almost engaged; the next, he’s vanished and just left her a voice-mail as a heads-up!) And unfortunately, she took that upset into the O.R. with Owen. Later, Maggie admitted to Amelia just how hurt she was by her boyfriend’s disappearing act. She’d known that he wanted to step back from his life and reevalute after almost being killed. But… “Is there something wrong with me?” she asked. “I almost died, too, and all I feel is lucky.” At least Jackson had said in his message that if he’d told Maggie to her face that he was going, he wouldn’t have been able to. That was nice… kinda.

    ‘MY PORTS AREN’T THE ONLY THINGS CLOSED OFF IN HERE’ | When Mer checked in on Cece, she was in good spirits — and eager to get better acquainted with her new client. “You know the drill,” she said. “You work on me, I work on you” as a trade. But Grey remained reluctant to really open up. So instead, she focused on Taryn — which mainly meant trying to get her to pump Mer for info about her father. Jo wanted something from Grey, too — she missed working with her terribly! Off her chat with Alex, Mer thought she had figured out a way to save Cece. In response, the matchmaker told her doctor to go out and buy five new outfits that would break the mold and make herself ready for something new. OK, said Mer. A smitten Taryn volunteered to go with her, but Grey preferred that she stay and monitor the patient.

    ‘ARE YOU ASKING ME OUT?’ | When not working on Mr. Buckley, Link approached Amelia and said that he’d love to pick her brain about nerve-graft transfers — which she quickly realized was code for “I’d love to go on a date with you.” When the newcomer let slip that he’d heard that she liked Italian, she demanded that he reveal who was feeding him intel. “Maybe I shouldn’t answer that,” he said. Welcome to Grey Sloan, Link! Upon finding out that Maggie had put him up to it, Amelia inquired whether she should expect any other surprise romantic overtures that day. Later, Amelia asked Koracick why it seemed like everybody was against her and Owen. “This conversation is boring me,” he replied.‘

    ‘WE SHOULD BE MAKING MAGIC’ | In other developments, the bloody nose Vik treated turned out to be a whole lot worse. “I need an attending!” he cried. In short order, Koracick tore Roy the new a—hole that he was long overdue. After Alex joined them in the O.R., the patient flatlined. “I’m just an intern,” Vik cried. “This isn’t on me.” Before Koracick left the room, he snarked to Alex, “You’re killing it, chief.” Afterwards, Karev followed Vik to the locker room — cue Levi flustered by Nico’s shirtlessness — and fired the screw-up. As the episode drew to a close, Jo lit into Bailey for not treating the fellowship like a partnership. Miranda admitted that she was right. Bailey was still pissed that Alex was OK’ing requisitions right and left. It was no biggie, he insisted. He was still under budget for the month. Except that the budget he was looking at was for the quarter, not the month. Finally, Link asked Richard to join him and DeLuca for burgers and darts at the docs’ favorite watering hole, and Maggie started to text Jackson that they should talk… then didn’t send the message.

    Ratings: Murphy Brown Has OK Start, Grey's Steady With Season 15 Opener

    (9/28/18) Murphy Brown made no especially newsy headlines with her TV return on Thursday night.

    The CBS revival drew 7.4 million total viewers and a 1.1 rating, giving the CBS time slot its biggest audience since Jan. 4 (and outdrawing any scripted program in the half-hour) while matching Life in Pieces‘ Season 3 demo average.

    Elsewhere on the Eye network: The Big Bang Theory (11.7 mil/2.1) slipped from Monday’s special premiere to deliver what looks like its smallest audience ever, while landing just a tenth above its all-time demo low. Young Sheldon (10.1 mil/1.6) dipped just a bit from Monday. Mom (8 mil/1.3) matched its season finale but was down from its previous average (8.8 mil/1.5). And SWAT (5 mil/0.7) tied and hit series lows.


    ABC | Grey’s Anatomy‘s first hour (7.1 mil/1.9) was on par with its Season 14 average, while the second hour dipped to 6.5 mil and a 1.8. How to Get Away With Murder (3 mil/0.8) hit and tied series lows.

    FOX | Thursday Night Football‘s premiere on Fox drew 10.1 mil and a 3.3 in fast nationals, up 9 and 43 percent from the year-ago game on CBS.

    NBC | The Good Place‘s double-episode opener did 3.3 mil/1.0 and then 2.9 mil/0.9, both down from its Season 2 average (3.2 mil/1.1); The relocated SVU‘s two-hour premiere did 4.7 mil/1.0 (hitting and tying series lows) and then 5.5 mil/1.2 (down a tick from Season 19’s 6 mil/1.3 average).

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Showrunner On Love-Centric Season, Returning Cast & A Potential Series Finale

    (9/28/18) ( SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details about tonight’s Season 15 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy.

    The doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial are in. After its annual summer-long hiatus, the history-making 15th season of Grey’s Anatomy debuted tonight with a two-hour premiere on ABC. The series picks up the morning after the wedding of Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) and Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington), who, as expected, returned to Seattle after turning down Boston. Jo was awarded an innovative medical fellowship and Alex was made interim chief of surgery.

    The season opens with Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) in bed with Dr. Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti), a scene teased when the trailer dropped earlier this month. Turns out, it was all a part of back-to-back dream sequences that involved Meredith and her co-workers. Despite the steamy imaginary session with DeLuca, and the drunken kiss the two shared in the Season 14 ender, no signs pointed to a blossoming romance.

    But hope for Meredith and her love life isn’t lost. Tonight’s episode introduced a charming and amiable “Ortho God,” Dr. Atticus Lincoln (Chris Carmack), known as Dr. Link, who wasted no time trying to swoon the widowed Grey, but to no avail — for now.

    Meanwhile, Jackson Avery and Maggie Pierce are taking their relationship to another level. After clearing up some marriage-proposal confusion, the two shared a sweet “I love you” exchange. However, the honeymoon stage might not last too long, as Jackson’s newfound outlook on faith may become a source of friction between the two going forward.

    Season 15 of Grey’s has been dubbed as the season of love, but it wouldn’t be a Shondaland series without some drama. The most obvious right now i the triangle between doctors Teddy Altman, Owen Hunt, and Amelia Shepard. Now that it was revealed Teddy is pregnant with Owen’s baby (and Kim Raver is officially back as series regular), it’ll be interesting to see what the writers do. After all, the show is no stranger to unconventional family arrangements.

    Deadline spoke with Grey‘s showrunner Krista Vernoff, who was in the midst of directing her first episode, about Meredith dating life, what’s in store for rest of the group, the possibility of more returning cast members, and whether a series end is near.

    DEADLINE: We’re in the 15th season of Grey’s Anatomy and it’s currently ABC’s longest-running drama. It’s tied with ER for the longest-running medical drama. So for you, how does it feel to be part of such a historical feat?

    VERNOFF: It feels pretty incredible. This year I think we will pass ER in the middle of our season, to become the longest-running medical drama and that is wild.

    I was here in the very beginning. I was here for the first seven seasons, and I remember we used to pitch stories and Shonda would be like that’s like a Season 6 episode idea — meaning like that we’ll do in our last season. And here we are in Season 15 and we’ve blown past…well, past anyone’s expectations for the show including our expectations for ourselves. I got to take a seven-year break and come back, and it’s been really joyful. It’s really joyful to be here right now and be back and be a part of this.

    DEADLINE: Yeah and the series hasn’t really been affected by this Peak TV era. It’s been able to maintain its ratings.

    VERNOFF: That has been incredible, and that I think speaks to several things. It speaks to the staying power of Shonda Rhimes. It speaks to the staying power of Ellen Pompeo and the original cast, and it also speaks to the power of Netflix and the fact that since the show dropped on Netflix it attracts tens of thousands of teenagers and new viewers every month, and that drives ratings back to ABC and it’s been amazing.

    DEADLINE: I hear you’re calling this season “the season of love.”

    VERNOFF: Yes.

    DEADLINE: Obviously one of the most anticipated storylines is going to be Meredith’s love life, which was already heavily addressed in the opener [tonight]. So for her, will we see love strike again for her? Or is it even possible to have more than one great love story in one’s lifetime?

    VERNOFF: Well, I absolutely believe that it’s possible to have more than one great love story in a lifetime. I hope for everyone who’s ever loved and lost, there’s a possibility of more than one great love, and I have to believe it’s possible for Meredith Grey.

    Whether or not we will land on that great love story this season, I don’t know, but boy, is she putting herself out there in a new way. I feel like there are a lot of women who relate to Meredith Grey and the idea that even someone as beautiful and as confident and as competent and brilliant as Meredith Grey has to actually put herself out there, and do a little bit of looking for love, and willing to show up on the bad first date, is a really great counter-message to send.

    I think that really great love stories grow in myriad ways, and they don’t always just fall into your lap on your first day of work. Derek Shepherd fell into her lap, or fell into her bed, on her first day of work back in Seattle and became her great love story. But I believe that she can put herself out there in a new way and find new love. Will it be as great as Derek? I mean, that’s a pretty epic romance, but I think that I want to say to all of the men and women who have loved and lost, whether they’ve lost to circumstance or to death, yes, to love again is possible.

    DEADLINE: And this season we are introduced to two new doctors, the Ortho God Dr. Link and then Dr. Nico Kim. So what’s in store for these two? And it kind of was teased that maybe there could be a potential love connection between Dr. Link and Meredith. What can you tell us about the new guys?

    VERNOFF: I mean, I just love them. I think they bring a lot of joy and a lot of fun to the show. They both bring a different energy than the other guys currently on the show have. Nico is our first openly gay male surgeon, and he has a beautiful love story coming up this season and that’s all I’m going to say about it. Link has a lightness and a stress-free approach to life. Because we’ve seen our male characters go through so much drama over the years, [we wanted to bring] in somebody who brings a little bit lighter, stress-free approach. He lightens up everybody around him. It’s just really fun, and romantically there are a lot of possibilities.

    DEADLINE: So is it safe to say he’s a contender at least?

    VERNOFF: I’m not teasing that. I’m going to say that in the writers’ room we kept saying we missed Mark Sloan. We missed the energy of Mark Sloan. And so Mark Sloan is irreplaceable. There’s only one Mark Sloan, and Link is actually intentionally written as a very different character. It just changes up the energy on the show. More will be revealed about Link. There’s more to him. He comes with some surprises.

    DEADLINE: This season the show picks up after the wedding, with Jo and Alex on their honeymoon after finally getting married. But as we’ve seen often in the show, marriage doesn’t necessarily lead to forever, with couples often breaking up at some point. Will Jo and Alex be the exception?

    VERNOFF: Well, I can’t speak to the long run because who knows how long the show will go on. I feel like Jo and Alex had a really long journey to this moment where they’re newlyweds and they’re happily married and are more interested in leaning into you and me against the world than you and me against each other. I think they’ve earned it.

    DEADLINE: With Maggie and Jackson, we got the really sweet tender moment when they exchanged the “I love yous” for the first time, but it kind of seemed like there might be some challenges looming, especially as Jackson is having his crisis-of-faith moment.

    VERNOFF: I would say that Alex and Jo were together for years before we let them kind of settle into this reconnected happy place. Maggie and Jackson have a new romance. We spent a season burning them committing to each other romantically, but they’re in the early stages. A relationship isn’t really a relationship until it’s gone through some challenges, and you see how people weather those challenges, and for sure Jackson has had a pretty powerful gift. As Maggie talked about in the second hour of the premiere, he’s been through a lot in the last eight episodes or so. His whole family fortune shifted and his grandfather turned out to be someone different than he believed, and then April almost died and he prayed and she lived and he had this faith thing happen to him, which for someone like Jackson who was so confident in his atheism, the idea of shifting into being a person who believes that there’s something bigger out there can be destabilizing. I do think that there are some interesting challenges coming up for that couple, and you have to tune in to see how they navigate them.

    DEADLINE: Romance isn’t new to the series, but why was it so important for you to make love the central theme of the season?

    VERNOFF: Listen, Grey’s Anatomy is always going to have some darkness. We don’t just set out make to make you laugh and love, we set out to help you feel your feelings, you know what I mean? I would say if you laugh and you cry, it’s a very successful episode of Grey’s. I feel like the news cycle feels really dark and frightening right now and sometimes it’s even numbing, and I would like for Grey’s Anatomy to be a place where people can come for some relief so they can put down the news cycle and just laugh and cry and then get up to fight the good fight another day.

    We have some darker, more complicated stories this season and we have them on the board to go early, and then the Stoneman Douglas [High School] kids sang “Seasons of Love” at the Tonys. All the writers — many of us are musical theater nerds and activists — we cried at home, and then we talked about how amazing it was.

    Meanwhile, we had these sort of dark stories on the board and Jeff [Rafner] stood up at a certain point and erased the board and wrote “seasons of love” and said it’s that connectedness that we all felt when those kids sang that song, that’s how I think we need to feel this year. One of the things that is almost universally connecting is that feeling of falling in love, and when our TV characters are falling in love or open to love, I think it helps us to connect and to relax and to enjoy and to laugh and to cry.

    So that’s where the conversation started, but also Ellen and I had talked a lot last year about how we took last season off. We let her just be a badass superhero last season. I didn’t bring in a new love interest after [Dr. Nathan] Riggs left, and then she has this one episode with Scott Speedman who played Nick Marsh, who came in and made her feel like oh, God, it feels really good to want something with someone. He was designed for that purpose. So we came into this season knowing that the speech Meredith gave Deluca at the wedding — about nobody wants you to be miserable your whole life, you’re young and life is full of possibilities, and you have to move on and you have to go on with your life — that was really Meredith’s speech to herself.

    We all so as much as I say came from the Tonys, we came into the season knowing that Meredith had spent a whole year in that other space, and now she was coming in a little more open-hearted, so the matchmaker felt like an organic way in and it all sort of fell together.

    DEADLINE: We have Teddy back for this season. Can we expect any other returning cast members?

    VERNOFF: If there are other returning cast members, it will be a surprise, both to you and to me at this point. But never say never.

    DEADLINE: I want to touch on a recent interview that Ellen did — she might have hinted that the show could be coming to an end after her contract is up, which is I believe after Season 16. She had mentioned she believed the majority of the stories that need to be told have been told. What’s your take on this?

    VERNOFF: You know, if you look back over the years, Ellen has said some version of that many times. Ellen, one of the most palpable powerful things about her is her restlessness. You feel her restlessness in life and you feel her restlessness on camera and so her constant challenge to me is to dig in and reinvent. She wants to change it up.

    I don’t know whether it was actually her intention to hint that the end of the show is coming or whether or not that was a headline that somebody else ran with, but it’s not a conversation that I’ve been a part of. I’m doing what I do, and when Ellen and Shonda and ABC all sit me down together and say start building the end, I will believe it. But until then you know I hear that as Ellen being Ellen. Ellen is restless in the best way. She’s constantly putting forth a challenge, and I love picking up that gauntlet and trying to meet her there.

    DEADLINE: You’re directing your first Grey’s episode this season too. What has that experience like been for you?

    VERNOFF: It is really exciting and for sure the experience of directing will make me an even better showrunner, just as I always say that directors should take acting classes and writers should take acting classes and actors should try to direct.

    When you put yourself in the shoes of the other artists with whom you collaborate for even one day or even one episode, it really gives you a more palpable understanding of the experience. So I’m already having that experience of, like, wow, this is a different ball of wax. So that’s exciting to me.

    I love getting new perspectives on the world and on the craft. I directed a short film, and the pressures of that are deeply different than directing in television, and it’s exhilarating and exciting and I have an incredible mentor in our producing director, Debbie Allen, and I have an incredible cast to work with and crew and I feel so, so lucky to get to have this experience this year.

    DEADLINE: Can you tell us what episode you direct?

    VERNOFF: Yeah. I’m directing Episode 7, 1507.

    DEADLINE: From the beginning, this show has been in its own lane when it comes to being inclusive and representative, and that’s something that we’re seeing more of now. But Grey’s was kind of ahead of its time when it came to all those issues. For you, what’s been the highlight working on this show?

    VERNOFF: Grey’s was really ahead of its time and I have often said that Shonda Rhimes pretty much single-handedly changed the face of television. I remember the first couple of years of the show watching dailies come out where it was five black actors in a room on ABC where the guest cast and the series regular featured in a scene were all people of color, and that was a thing I had not seen on network television prior. You’ve hit the nail on the head of what was the most exciting thing to me early on, and what is the most exciting thing to me now is to be here in this very powerful matriarchy in a very powerful position where I can change the industry from the inside out. One of the things that I did when I came back is I hired four diverse female writers rather than one mid-level person.

    I committed to change…I want to change those statistics from the inside out. Yesterday we had three women directing three episodes written by three women. That’s pretty powerful, and I am forever grateful to Shonda for inviting me back into this at this moment. I feel like our country needs examples of where women who empower other women and create a powerfully successful product. Grey’s Anatomy is breaking records and has always been a matriarchy because we hire the best artists for the job and very often those artists are women. So it’s not just a recipe for what’s right, it’s a recipe for success.

    Grey's Anatomy Season 15 Premiere Recap: Heart Attacks

    (9/27/18) ( Maybe there was a way that Thursday’s two-hour Season 15 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy could’ve been better, but I’ll be damned if I know what it is. I laughed a lot and cried more than I’m eager to admit. And not only did the episodes reveal the truth about Meredith and DeLuca’s buzzed-about tryst, they sent Alex and Jo on a life-changing honeymoon, introduced Grey Sloan’s new docs (Chris Carmack’s Link and Alex Landi’s Nico), installed a new interim chief (and it wasn’t Teddy!), turned Owen and Amelia into the insanely romantic couple that they were always meant to be, and included an “accidental proposal.” So, who took over for Bailey, who kinda popped the question, and why the hell were Jackson and Koracick in Mer’s bedroom?!? Read on and find out…

    ‘IT’S JUST A DREAM, SO IT DOESN’T COUNT’ | The first hour, “With a Wonder and a Wild Desire” — written by showrunner Krista Vernoff and directed by Debbie Allen (Catherine) — opened with Mer waking up from a dream in which she was getting it on with DeLuca… only for Jackson to walk into her bedroom and start stripping down! Then Koracick! Across town, Teddy showed up at Owen’s and, upon learning from Betty that he and Amelia had been up all night with the baby, ran straight to Bailey to turn down the interim chief position. “I’m not coming back to town,” the secretly-expectant doc said. “I’m going far… far away!” (“Not so fast,” fate would soon reply.) At Jackson’s, Maggie and a couch-surfing DeLuca woke up beyond hungover after the Jo/Alex/April/Matthew weddings. Jackson, on the other hand, was so upbeat that he insisted they walk to work. Dangerous move, it turned out. A car driven by matchmaker Cece would’ve plowed into Jackson and Maggie, had DeLuca not pulled them out of harm’s way. Alas, bicyclist Nisha wasn’t so lucky and was turned into what Levi would ultimately describe as “a human bike rack.”

    ‘YOU THINK THEY CAN SENSE OUR SEXUAL TENSION?’ | At Grey Sloan, Mer couldn’t help but be weird around Koracick, who, in turn, couldn’t help but smirk. Or so she thought. “I don’t smirk, I smile,” he told Grey. “If you interpret my smile as a smirk, well, that’s just because you find me mischievious and, dare I say, charming.” Just as they were getting off the elevator with Owen, Amelia and Leo, the lot of them ran into Teddy, who explained that she’d rejected the interim chief job, then beat a retreat that was so hasty, it gave her what appeared to be a leg cramp. (More on that in a second.) Off that awkward run-in with Owen’s secret babymama, Amelia approached Bailey to apply for the chief position in such a way that she mostly discussed her situation with her ex. She then did the same thing with Koracick, including among her “job” qualifications “I’m hot.” Rather than let her blame her failed marriage on her tumor, Tom reminded her that she’d been an ass with Owen, not a victim. If she wanted him back, she’d have to fight for him, Tom added, the way he wished he had fought for his wife when she left him. (Anyone else wager he’s endgame for Mer? Just me? Fine.)

    ‘THIS IS STRAIGHT-MEN STUPIDITY’ | Elsewhere in the hospital, DeLuca, his hangover cured by his heroics, worked with Richard, Carina and Vik on the case of a married man who had something stuck in his rectum. “It’s a growth!” the guy insisted. But Carina knew better. Richard was going to let Bailey consult, too, just for fun — if she’d make him the interim chief. Forget it, she said. “It’s not fun anymore.” She’d no sooner turned him down than Mer asked to be made interim chief so as to keep her mind too busy for inappropriate dreams. So yeah, it was gonna be that kinda day for Miranda. Eventually, Mr. It’s a Growth admitted that he’d put his wife’s hair stuff up his butt. Only he didn’t specify that it was hairspray. So, when in the O.R., Vik ignored Richard’s order to stop what he was doing, the patient, as the intern put it, “exploded” and set Roy aflame. Though DeLuca again saved the day, keeping Vik from being French-fried, the patient wasn’t so lucky: He expired. (Wonder if this, after the pot incident, will be the end of Vik. I hope not — he’s obnoxious, yes, but also kinda funny. And if Koracick can reveal heretofore-unknown layers, why not Vik?)

    ‘BONES BREAK UNDER STRESS… SO DO SOULS’ | In the E.R., Nisha, high as a kite on pain medication, revealed to an apologetic Cece that she’d never been in love — or at least she hadn’t been till she saw the doctors at Grey Sloan. “You are both so pretty,” she told Jackson and Owen before getting a gander at ortho gods Link and Nico, and deciding that, God yeah, she had died and gone to heaven. While the new hotties worked to get Nisha untangled from her bike, Mer explained to Cece that the anti-rejection medication she’d been on since receiving her last heart transplant was causing her kidneys to fail. So the patient would be going on the UNOS list. Fine, said Cece, who was eager to convince Grey to use her as a matchmaker. Her pitch: “I’m the UNOS of love.” Good pitch. Scrubbing in to operate on Nisha with her new ortho gods, Jackson and Owen, Bailey was reminded by Hunt that he, too, had once been chief. At least Link had no interest in the stressful job. Simplicity, he said. That was the key to life.

    ‘CAN I CALL YOU TEDDY NOW THAT I’M CARRYING YOUR LIFE-ALTERING SECRET?’ | While operating on Nisha, Jackson struggled to find meaning in the fact that the lovelorn girl had been hit by a matchmaker, and Levi struggled to maintain his composure around Nico, who, upon noticing the intern staring, winked. Meanwhile, Teddy had Casey bring her Grey Sloan’s head of cardio — and was chagrinned to find out that Maggie was Mer’s sister. Reminding Pierce of HIPAA, Teddy explained that she was 11 weeks pregnant and pretty sure that she had a blood clot in her pulmonary vein. As such, she wanted a prescription, stat, so that she could get out of there, also stat. When Maggie decided that Teddy should be monitored for a few days, the mother-to-be had a hormonal meltdown that allowed her doctor to deduce that — oh, crap — Owen is the father of her baby. Why did that matter to Maggie? “He’s kinda living with my sister, Amelia Shepherd,” Pierce said. That being the case, Teddy was going to leave in her compression socks and recover somewhere else until she could fly.

    ‘IF I THROW UP IN THE SAND, WILL YOU JUDGE ME?’ | While all this was going on, Alex was advising Boston-bound Jo on their beachy honeymoon to “enjoy your sandcastles, ’cause they’re gonna be snowcastles soon.” She protested that snowcastles weren’t a thing, prompting him to say that, well, they should be. This, in turn, gave her an idea that she had to write down at once. “I want to design killer cancer cells by introducing suicide genes in the cancer cell DNA,” she explained later, “like guided-missile immune therapy!” Back at Grey Sloan, Cece and Nisha were both doing fine. When Mer bumped into Link, he tried to introduce himself, but… “No,” she said simply. At Jackson’s, he told Maggie that he wanted what April and Matthew had. Thinking that he meant a marriage, Maggie decided that they needed milk. Immediately. Finally, Amelia confessed to Owen in a swoon-worthy scene, “I have feelings… for you — pulse-racing, chest-pounding feelings.” And it was fine if he was in love with Teddy, she just… she had to be clear. Message received, he gave her a kiss that looked like it was about to turn into more.

    ‘STOP JUDGING ME’ | The second episode, “Broken Together” — written by Meg Marinis and directed by Kevin McKidd (Owen) — also began with Mer dreaming of having sex with DeLuca. This time, Link came in next. “Do I know you?” she asked. No, replied Link, disrobing. “Is that a deal-breaker?” Before she woke up, a second Mer, this one prim and shrink-like, quipped from the sidelines, “This is kind of a lot, don’t you think?” At Owen’s, he and Amelia were about to have sex on the couch when they realized, “Nope, kids live here now.” And, since those kids were awake and waking up (in that order), their romp would have to wait. Stymied, Amelia went to Mer’s and revealed to her sister-in-law and Maggie that she’d almost slept with Owen. Wait, why was Maggie there? She and Jackson hadn’t even said “I love you” yet, and he’d kind of proposed, she explained. So she’d left to get milk. So. Much. Milk. And, before she could accidentally spill Teddy’s secret, she decided, “We need toilet paper” and fled.

    ‘I WANNA SAVE THE WORLD’ | At Grey Sloan, Owen and Amelia were canoodling when a couple of kids drove up with their parents and a cute dog. Seemed Dad had gotten a motorcycle and taken Mom on a joyride, swerved to miss the dog and hit his helmet-less head in the ensuing crash. While he was rushed into brain surgery, the dog, a stray, got loose, sending Dahlia on a wild-goose chase. Or a wild-pooch chase. When Jackson suggested that Mer was married to her work, she balked, loudly insisting, “I’m not married” — accidentally right in Link’s face. “That’s cool,” he replied. “Me neither.” Shortly, Jo and Alex returned early from their honeymoon so that she could wow Mer with her idea for guided-missile immune therapy. Once that was done, the newlywed asked Grey to create a fellowship for her in Seattle. Alas, Bailey insisted that the hospital couldn’t afford to do so. The only way it could would be if Grey Sloan had the salary that it was going to be saving when Karev left for Boston with his wife.

    ‘MOON SPA SOUNDS BETTER’ | Meanwhile, Nisha and Cece’s conditions both worsened. Deducing that the former had necrotizing fasciitis, meaning that she had to be isolated, Jackson wanted to operate in Bailey’s new pride and joy, a hyperbaric chamber. But he couldn’t use any electricity in there! No matter, he could make it work. So Bailey gave the OK. As for Cece, she kept crashing, prompting Maggie to order a biopsy (which revealed that the patient’s heart transplants had affected her kidneys, and her kidneys had then affected her heart!). Not that the matchmaker’s instincts were impacted at all. Having crushed on a lot of straight women herself, she endeavored to steer Taryn away from Mer. While Jackson and Levi operated on Nisha in the “moon spa,” Glasses was left breathless by the sight of Nico in the window. Flustered, he tipped off the attending to the fact that Maggie thought he’d proposed.

    ‘IF I GET TO LIVE, YOU GET TO LIVE’ | At the bar, Alex suggested to Jo that being in Boston for one year wouldn’t be so bad. But the thing was, she had, um, already turned down the fellowship. So she was now unemployed, and he was “married to a day drinker.” Back in the moon spa, just when it appeared that Nisha was out of the woods, she inexplicably took a nosedive. Though Link was able to help Jackson ascertain the cause from outside the hyperbaric chamber, and Avery tried for more than half an hour to resuscitate the patient, she couldn’t be saved. And, since the chamber had to be depressurized before it could be reopened, Maggie couldn’t let out her stricken boyfriend/maybe-fiancé immediately, as he wanted. If anyone took Nisha’s passing harder than Jackson, it was Cece, who, feeling responsible, cried to Mer, “I don’t want another heart,” much less a new kidney.

    ‘NO ONE IS GETTING A MINI-VAN’ | As the premiere neared its conclusion, Owen admitted to Amelia that he was worried about attaching strings. And, since motorcycle dad emerged from surgery saying he was selling the bike and no longer had any desire to relive anything from his past, we were led to expect Hunt to ixnay his reunion with his ex. Only later, he confessed, “I want the strings. I have always wanted the strings” — the noisy house, the kids… all of it. But did Amelia want strings? “I’m scared of them,” she couldn’t deny. And as a recovering addict, she had a tendency to be wary. She also wanted to be super careful with the kids’ stability. But, despite all that, she said — and Caterina Scorsone slayed me here — “I’m gonna try to be less wary.” (If you didn’t like Omelia Version 1, you have to be all in on Version 2.0, right?)

    ‘THE FUTURE IS ME’ | After Bailey again nixed the idea of Richard becoming chief — noting that he hadn’t gotten a new AA sponsor since Olive’s passing — Jo and Alex burst in, fresh from their afternoon of imbibing. Was the bride drunk? “Only mostly,” she replied. Yet she still dazzled Bailey with her proposal — so much so that the following day, Miranda told Mer that she’d given Wilson Grey Sloan’s first-ever Surgical Innovation Fellowship. Where had the hospital gotten the money? From Bailey herself. Wait. “You bought Jo Wilson?!?” exclaimed Mer. Yup, Bailey had stolen Grey’s work wife. She’d wanted some joy and taken it. If Mer had a problem with that, she could bring it to the interim chief: Alex, who advised his person not to act like a jealous girlfriend. “You’ll get to see [Jo] in the hallways.”

    ‘SORRY ABOUT MY ACCIDENTAL PROPOSAL’ | In the episode’s final moments, Dahlia joined her friends at the bar — with the dog, who was now hers. (Yay!) Nico bought Levi a beer, setting off a major wave of twitterpation. DeLuca, “awake and alive” after his two heroic rescues, pulled up in front of the hospital on the biker dad’s — well, now his own — bike and let Richard take it for a spin. Maggie suggested that maybe Jackson was suffering from some PTSD after what he went through with April’s near death and the demolition of his family’s empire. Maybe, he acknowledged. “I found love, though… I love you, Maggie.” She loved him, too, luckily. (Could they be growing on me? Anyone else?) And lastly, Mer restored Cece’s will to live by telling her, “I need your help.” Bring on the dates!

    Sara Ramirez: Grey's Encore Is OK by CBS — 'Ball Is in ABC's Court!'

    (9/26/18) It seems Sara Ramirez‘s return to Grey’s Anatomy isn’t completely off the table, after all. The actress took to Twitter on Wednesday to address speculation that her current Madam Secretary gig is preventing her from making a future appearance on Grey’s, where she played Dr. Callie Torres for 10 seasons before leaving the show in 2016.

    Quick refresher: During an Instagram Q&A in August, Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes strongly intimated that she had reached out to CBS about a potential Grey’s encore for Ramirez (in the Season 14 finale, specifically), but the Eye Network put the kibosh on it.

    “Let me tell you something — we tried,” Rhimes said at the time. “CBS has a hold of her. Because she’s on [Madam Secretary] and we can’t get her. But we love her. Always. This is her home. Come home, Callie.”

    However, in a tweet on Wednesday, Ramirez denied that CBS won’t let her return to Grey’s, saying, “For the record @CBS has been nothing but gracious and generous to me. They are open to Callie coming back! The ball is in @ABCNetwork’s court.”

    CBS declined to comment on Rhimes’ initial Q&A, but a source at the network maintained at the time that no one from ABC or Grey’s ever reached out about Ramirez’s availability.

    Shonda Rhimes, Jada Pinkett Smith Join Producers Of Broadway’s ‘American Son’; Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale Star

    (9/26/18) Shonda Rhimes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gabrielle Union-Wade and Dwyane Wade have added their names to the co-producers team for Broadway’s upcoming American Son starring Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale in a story tackling, among other subjects, race and law enforcement.

    The additional co-producers announced today also include NFL player-turned-actor Nnamdi Asomugha and businessman/author Steve Stoute. The play is produced by Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street, Jeffry Richards, Rebecca Gold and Will Trice.

    The play, written by Christopher Demos-Brown and directed by Tony-winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun), stars Washington and Pasquale as the estranged parents of a missing teenage boy, brought together in a Florida police station when the boy’s empty car is found during a traffic stop.

    “Christopher Demos-Brown has written a play that dives deep into the big questions of who we are as a nation,” said Washington, “by exploring the intimate relationships within a family caught at the crossroads of love, loss, identity and community. After reading the script I was immediately enthralled by the world of the play and the gripping circumstances that these characters are facing.”

    The new line-up of co-producers suggests some investment in the project, as well as a very public endorsement. The new producers are not expected to take a hands-on approach to the production’s development.

    Also in the cast are Eugene Lee and Jeremy Jordan.

    American Son‘s 16-week limited engagement begins previews Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Booth Theatre, with an opening night of Sunday, Nov. 4.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Jesse Williams Sets Directorial Debut With Film Focused On The Aftermath Of Emmett Till’s Murder

    (9/25/18) Jesse Williams, one of the stars of ABC’s long-running series, Grey’s Anatomy, is marking his feature directorial debut with Till, a film centered around Mamie Mobley Till, the mother of Emmett Louis Till, a Black teen who was lynched after being accused flirting with a white woman in the Jim Crow-era South.

    Williams, an outspoken human rights activist, is directing from a screenplay by Michael Reilly and civil rights filmmaker Keith A. Beauchamp. The film is based on Beauchamp’s 2005 documentary, The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, which led the United States Department of Justice to reopen the Till case in 2004.

    Furthermore, Williams is producing the project with Whoopi Goldberg, who will also act in the film, Frederick Zollo, Barbara Broccoli, Thomas Levine, Leah Natasha Thomas, and Beauchamp.

    Till is about Mamie Mobley Till’s journey for justice following the brutal murder of her fourteen-year-old son in the heart of the Mississippi Delta in 1955. Production is slated to commence Summer 2019 with the support of the Till family.

    Emmett Till’s murder was seen as the impetus for the next phase of the Civil Rights Movement. At the time of his funeral, Mamie famously insisted on an open casket ceremony, exposing her son’s mutilated body and bringing attention not only to racially charged violence but also to the odious and barbaric practice of lynching.

    The two white men who kidnapped and murdered Emmett were acquitted by an all-white jury. The men later confessed to the murder in an interview published in Look magazine, but due to the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment, the men were protected from a retrial.

    Carolyn Bryant-Donham, the woman at the center of Emmett’s case, decades later admitted to fabricating her testimony regarding her interaction with Emmett.

    Said Williams, “I’m honored to be directing the story of Mamie & Emmett: a tale of revolutionary defiance in the face of tremendous personal and public devastation. An exploration of power and pulling back the curtain on cultural violence; of boyhood and maternity challenging America’s reflex to hide from itself; underdogs refusing to pretend that terror is freedom.”

    Williams can be seen in the upcoming 15th season of Greys, debuting Sept 27. He also served as a producer and correspondent for the EPIX docuseries America Divided with Norman Lear and executive produced the documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement.

    Williams, whose forthcoming project slate includes Jacob’s Ladder, a remake to 1990 film, and Random Acts of Violence, starring opposite Jordana Brewster, is repped by CAA, The Movement, Gray, Krauss, Sandler, Des, Rochers, as well as Morris, Yorn.

    This is not the only Till project in the works. Earlier this year it was announced that Empire star Taraji P. Henson was attached to star in and produce a film about Emmett Till, with John Singleton directing. In addition, an HBO Emmett Till miniseries was said to be in development back in 2016 with Jay-Z, Will Smith, Casey Affleck, and Aaron Kaplan on board as producers.

    One Tree Hill Reunion Special to Accompany Cast's Christmas TV-Movie

    (9/25/18) Lifetime is spending the holidays with the residents of Tree Hill: The network will air ‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion following the premiere of its original TV movie The Christmas Contract, starring OTH vets Hilarie Burton, Robert Buckley, Danneel Ackles and Antwon Tanner.

    Participating in the one-hour special — airing Thursday, Nov. 22 at 10/9c — are series stars Burton, Ackles, Tanner, Tyler Hilton and Stephen Colletti (who has his own Lifetime flick, Hometown Christmas, on Sunday, Dec. 16). The cable net also touts “a few surprise special guests.”

    The Christmas Contract — featuring a musical appearance from Hilton — premieres Nov. 22 at 8 pm. (Click here for plot details.) The following night, Friday, Nov. 23 at 8 pm, OTH alumna Bethany Joy Lenz headlines the movie Poinsettias for Christmas, about a woman who returns home to help her dad (Smallville‘s John Schneider) figure out why the family business’ plants have yet to turn red, all while falling in love with a local botanist (UnREAL‘s Marcus Rosner), of course.

    Lifetime’s holiday slate also includes actress Sarah Drew’s first post-Grey’s Anatomy TV role in Christmas Pen Pals, debuting Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8 pm. Read on for the official description:

    Following an unexpected breakup weeks before Christmas, Hannah (Drew), tech wiz and creator of the dating app, Perfect One, heads home for the holidays, challenged to save her failing business by re-conceiving a new romantic dating model. Upon her return she runs into her high school boyfriend, Sam (When Calls the Heart‘s Niall Matter) who she has carefully avoided for years and reluctantly makes a deal with her dad, Ted (Family Ties‘ Michael Gross) to sign up for the town’s Christmas Cupid, an anonymous holiday pen pal service. As the season progresses, Hannah is smitten by each beautifully written letter she receives and starts to believe that her Christmas pen pal could be her soul mate. It’s not until Christmas Eve that everyone must reveal their true identities to their pen pals, even if it means coming face to face with the last person they ever expected.

    Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo Hints at Season 16 End Date: 'I'm Definitely Looking for a Change'

    (9/21/18) 2020 may be the year television bids farewell to Grey’s Anatomy. Ellen Pompeo is hinting that she may be ready to hang up her scrubs at the end of next season when her current contract expires.

    In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, the ABC drama’s titular leading lady was asked if she sees herself continuing with the show beyond Season 16. “I’m clearly not prepared right now to make any formal announcement about what my future is on the show, but I am really feeling like we have told the majority of the stories that we can tell,” Pompeo told the mag. “It’s about time that I mix it up. I’m definitely looking for a change.”

    When Grey’s does eventually sign off, series creator Shonda Rhimes — who last season handed the showrunning reins over to EP Krista Vernoff — will step back in to pen the final episode. “I have written the end of the show at least six times,” Rhimes told EW. “But we just don’t end. Every time I thought, ‘This is how the show should end,’ we’ve gone past those moments, so I’ve stopped trying. I have no idea now.”

    Grey’s Anatomy‘s possibly-penultimate 15th season premieres with a two-hour episode on Thursday, Sept. 27 (8/7c, ABC).

    Grey's Anatomy: What Kind of Dad is Owen Going to Be?

    (9/19/18) ( Of everyone set up for a roller coaster in Grey's Anatomy's upcoming "Season of Love," Owen (Kevin McKidd) will be dealing with a lot, and not just romantically. Last season, the head of trauma surgery became a foster father to an infant baby boy. Then, after he took in that baby's mother as a roommate, his ex showed up back in town and pregnant with (probably) his baby. It's a lot, you guys.

    "The funny irony is that Owen just wanted one kid and now he's kind of got three," Kevin McKidd told TV Guide and a small group of reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour ABC party. "I think he's going to be a little vapor locked, for a while. I think he's going to be wide eyed, and kind of rabbit in the headlights — just dealing with all this stuff."

    It's a strange time for the character, who has been yearning to be a father since Season 10 before Cristina (Sandra Oh) left to make artificial hearts in Europe. Since then, Owen has struggled to find a stable partner who is ready to settle down and start a family with him. He's still looking for that actually, and will inevitably have to decide between Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) and Teddy (Kim Raver) at some point this season. In the meantime, he's dealing with his rapidly expanding personal life as best he can.

    "It means everything to be a valid father. But I think what's interesting is seeing the circumstances that this is happening [in]...Owen has dreamed and yearned for being a father for all these years and he always imagined it would be in this perfect picture postcard American dream way. But that isn't always what the universe gives you," McKidd said.

    Can Owen hold on to his sanity and his expanding family at the same time?

    Grey's Anatomy premieres Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8/7c on ABC.

    Grey's Anatomy Season 15 Key Art Puts a Big Smile on Meredith's Face — Plus, Jo Forms an 'Unexpected Alliance'

    (9/18/18) (Poster) Grey’s Anatomy loves to fake us out. So, although we think we know what’s put that smile on Meredith’s face in the Season 15 key art dropped Tuesday by ABC, we can’t be entirely sure.

    As you’d expect, the network’s breakdowns of the episodes that make up the series’ two-hour premiere (Thursday, Sept. 27, at 8/7c) offer little in the way of clues. The first hour, “With a Wonder and a Wild Desire” — written by showrunner Krista Vernoff and directed by Debbie Allen (Catherine) — features Grey Sloan’s doctors competing to win a new position, Mer being distracted, presumably by you-know-what, and Jo and Alex’s honeymoon going according to plan about as much as their wedding did. The hour also includes Owen and Amelia attempting to navigate their uncertain new relationship just as Maggie learns a big secret — that Teddy’s pregnant, if the promos are to be believed.

    Episode No. 2, “Broken Together” — directed by Kevin McKidd (Owen) — introduces Chris Carmack as ortho god Link. In this installment, new doctors “continue to shake up the hospital” as Mer does some bonding with a patient; Jackson, in the wake of making a “life-changing decision… struggles with the meaning behind recent experiences”; and Jo forms an “unexpected alliance.”

    Grey's Anatomy Showrunner Previews Meredith's 'Joyful, Funny, Complicated Journey' Back to Love in Season 15

    (9/17/18) Season 15 of Grey’s Anatomy is going to present Meredith with a challenge that may be even greater than Megan’s abdominal wall transplant: dating. “It’s hard,” says showrunner Krista Vernoff with a laugh, “and everybody has to do it, so it’s very human and very relatable. I was really interested in seeing someone as beautiful and smart and funny and complex as Meredith actually have to put herself out there.

    “That’s what she’s doing this season,” she adds, “and it’s something that somehow we’ve never really seen in 15 seasons of this show!”

    Making matters even more difficult for Ellen Pompeo’s widowed surgeon is the fact that she’s already been in love — big-time. But “the joy for me in working on this story with her and the writers,” says Vernoff, “was in looking at the women in our lives who find themselves single after a happy marriage. There are things that they have in common, [such as] that that next great love doesn’t just fall into your lap!

    “One has to grieve, and then one has to move forward and then try a rebound relationship,” she continues. “Then one has to go out into the world with an open heart, and without jadedness or fear, and say, ‘OK, universe. I’m looking. I’m available.’ And they have to dip their toe back into the dating pool.”

    And, although Mer is at a different stage of life than she was when she first hooked up with Derek, her experience this time around may not be entirely different. “Life changes everybody,” Vernoff acknowledges. “But one thing that I’ve noticed is consistent in my family and friends is, no matter how old they are, romance can take you by surprise and sweep you up. My stepdad is in his 70s, and after he reconnected with an old flame a couple of years ago, he sat in my living room texting like he was a teenage girl.”

    What lucky fellow is going to have the same effect on Mer? We know it won’t be DeLuca, though he and Grey do hit the sheets in Season 15’s first promo. Beyond that, “I can’t tease who she will end up with,” Vernoff insists, “but I can say that it is going to be a joyful, funny, complicated journey to get there.”

    ABC and POPSUGAR Team Up to Celebrate the Record-Breaking 15th Season of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ With a Special, Weekend-Long Exhibit in West Hollywood From Sept. 21-23




    ABC, working with POPSUGAR, has teamed up with THNK1994 to celebrate the landmark 15th season of “Grey’s Anatomy” with a special weekend-long exhibit in West Hollywood. The exhibit will pay tribute to some of the most iconic moments throughout the show’s journey while leaving fans energized for what is to come. “Grey’s Anatomy” returns with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Sept. 27 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    Open to the public for three days, the exhibit will feature fine art and engaging installations to not only celebrate past moments in the show but to also create a global opportunity to discuss the pillars of the show that are so iconic. THNK1994 will ensure a showcase for emerging, influential and underrepresented artists and collaborators.

    THNK1994 is the creative force behind pop-up exhibits like “The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum,” “The Olsen Twins Hiding From the Paparazzi,” “Housewives Pointing Fingers” and, most recently, “David’s Dead: A Celebration of Tiffany Pollard.”

    Curators and co-founders of THNK1994, Viviana Rosales Olen and Matt Harkins, have commissioned art from some of the most iconic scenes and fan-favorite moments from “Grey’s Anatomy” to be recreated by featured artists including the following:

    Chicago-based Laura Collins is known for her series “The Olsen Twins Hiding From the Paparazzi,” “Housewives Pointing Fingers” and the upcoming, “Anna Wintour Double-Crossing Her Legs.” Her impressionistic work covers some of the most scandalous moments in reality TV and pop-culture history.

    Derek Covington Smith is a Southern Mississippi artist with a twist. Influenced by ‘90s television, and the pre-‘49 culture he was raised around, his artwork reflects a reverence for pop culture and nostalgia.

    Miriam Carothers is a Pratt-educated, Brooklyn-based illustrator and designer. Her work has been shown in galleries around the world as well as in three shows at THNK1994. Her work has appeared on Broad City and countless publications in need of an illustrator to interpret the most outrageous moments in pop culture.

    WHERE: 631 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, California 90069WHEN: Open to the public, Friday, Sept. 21 – Sunday, Sept. 23
    TIME: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    COST: Free

    ‘America 2.0’ Podcast Set With Patrick J. Adams, Kate Walsh, Laurence Fishburne & Others

    (9/13/18) For those who just can’t get enough politics these days, there’s a new podcast launching next week. The scripted America 2.0 stars Suits’ Patrick J. Adams as an idealistic first-term congressman, along with Kate Walsh (13 Reasons Why), Shanola Hampton (Shameless), Oscar nominee Laurence Fishburne and others. Listen to a trailer below.

    Capitol Hill rookie Seth McGuire (Adams) comes get entangled in his first real controversy and finds himself ill-equipped to navigate D.C.’s treachery. His only hope comes from a big idea to give every American citizen $1 million. The cast also includes Ming-Na Wen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Autumn Reeser (Entourage), Jack Coleman (Heroes), CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash, Gregory Itzin (24), Iqbal Theba (Glee), Steven Weber (Ballers) and others. Debuting on September 19 via all major podcast platforms, America 2.0 was co-created, written, directed and produced by J S Mayank. It also was co-created, co-written and produced by David Carlyle. Jeremy Gordon and Spencer Garrett also serve as are producers. Produced by Dax, it is distributed by the UK-based Global.

    Here’s the audio trailer for America 2.0: Audio.

    Grey's Anatomy Shocker: Meredith Has Sex With [Spoiler] in Season 15 Trailer

    (9/10/18) (Video) In Grey’s Anatomy‘s Season 14 finale, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) rebuffed DeLuca’s (Giacomo Gianniotti) drunken advances and insisted, fairly matter-of-factly, that she did not have romantic feelings for him. What a difference a summer hiatus can make!

    ABC on Monday dropped Grey’s Anatomy‘s first Season 15 trailer, and, in the final moments of the promo, Meredith and DeLuca are seen having sex. “Meredith Grey is very much a part of our Season of Love,” showrunner Krista Vernoff previously confirmed to TVLine. “Yes, [Mer]’s a single mom, and that complicates a dating life. And yes, she’s a surgical marvel with new, game-changing medical ideas she’ll be pursuing. But she also hasn’t dated at all since [Martin Henderson’s] Nathan Riggs left [in Season 14]. And the one-two punch of meeting [Scott Speedman’s] Nick Marsh awoke a desire in her that she can’t put back to sleep. “The question this season,” Vernoff added, “is not ‘Will Meredith Grey find love again?’ but ‘With whom will she find love?’”

    Is DeLuca the character to whom Vernoff was referring? (Our guess? No way.)

    Elsewhere in the mildly-spoilery trailer, Teddy (new series regular Kim Raver) appears to drop the pregnancy bomb on Owen and Amelia, and we catch our first glimpse of the two male MDs (played by Nashville‘s Chris Carmack and newcomer Alex Landi) joining Grey Sloan’s rotation this fall.

    Grey's Anatomy EP Krista Vernoff Says Not to Judge Chris Carmack's Hot Doc by His Cover: 'He Defies Expectations

    (9/10/18) Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff is so sure that fans are going to love Nashville alum Chris Carmack‘s Link that, rather than spoil his debut in Season 15, “I kind of want fans to discover him,” she tells TVLine. Still, she can’t resist sharing a few details. (He’s just. That. Lovable.) For instance…

    “He’s the first ortho god that we’ve had [at Grey Sloan] since Callie, who was an ortho goddess in my mind,” the EP says. Formerly the team surgeon for the Seattle Mariners, Link “brings the confidence of that. And Chris brings his own sense of humor to the set, and that has been really joyful to explore.”

    What’s more, Link — whose as-yet-undisclosed full name is a punchline all its own — isn’t likely to remind viewers of a younger Alex or an older DeLuca. “He’s got a different energy than any of the other men in our cast,” Vernoff teases. “It’s fun and funny. And when you look like that, men are maybe disinclined to like you off the bat, but Link is so likable that he defies expectations.”

    Grey's Anatomy: Alex Landi Cast as Series' First Gay Male Surgeon

    (9/7/18) Grey Sloan Memorial’s LGBT population is on the rise. Grey’s Anatomy has tapped relative newcomer Alex Landi to join the Season 15 cast as Dr. Nico Kim, the series’ first gay male surgeon, TVLine has learned exclusively.

    Landi — who is half Korean and half Italian — will kick off his recurring stint this fall. ABC confirmed the casting but declined to provide additional details about Landi’s character or the length of his stay.

    Grey’s Anatomy has, of course, had no shortage of prominent LGBT characters over the years — most notably bisexual Callie Torres and lesbian Arizona Robbins, played by former cast members Sara Ramirez and Jessica Capshaw, respectively — but few of them have been men. And, as noted above, none of them have been surgeons.

    Landi’s hiring comes one month after the ABC drama recruited Nashville‘s Chris Carmack to recur as the hospital’s new “ortho god.” Other Season 15 casting moves include the full-time return of Kim Raver as Dr. Teddy Altman and part-time return of Jeff Perry as Mer’s dad Thatcher Grey.

    Grey’s Anatomy‘s “Season of Love” launches with a special two-hour episode on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8/7c. Shonda Rhimes Sued Over Sidewalk Slip and Fall (8/18/18) Shonda Rhimes hasn't had a misstep in her career, which is more than can be said about a world-renowned physician who tripped and fell in front of her house, and now the good doc is suing her.

    Dr. Kuo Chao claims in a new lawsuit, he was jogging past Shonda's Hancock Park mansion in L.A. back in June 2017, when he tripped over a buckling sidewalk in front of the 8,400 square foot home.

    He says he broke his wrist, damaged cartilage and lost range of motion and function in his wrist and arm, which has caused limited mobility and loss of strength and stamina. He also says he has lost "fine motor skills." He says he was unable to work for a long time and it still affects his ability to work.

    Dr. Chao says he is a prestigious interventional neuroradiologist -- he treats stroke and aneurysm patients. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yale.

    As for why Dr. Chao says Shonda's responsible, he says she had an obligation to fix the sidewalk, which buckled due to pipes, tree roots and botched repairs. He's also suing the City of L.A.

    Dr. Chao is asking for unspecified damages.

    We reached out to Shonda's rep .. so far, no word back.

    Ex-Grey's Anatomy Star Sarah Drew: 'I Was Devastated Jackson and April' Were Not the Endgame

    (8/17/18) Grey’s Anatomy producers and Sarah Drew were not initially on the same page about what qualified as a happy ending for her former alter ego. The actress — who was let go by the ABC drama last spring, with her final episode airing in May’s season finale — revealed to THR that she was initially shocked that showrunner Krista Vernoff decided to reunite April with ex-love Matthew (Justin Bruening) instead of baby-daddy Jackson (Jesse Williams).

    “I was devastated that Jackson and April [weren’t the] endgame,” Drew told the site. “I thought Jackson and April were meant to get back together and they were going to get married again and realize they’d been crazy and it was just going to be this long, slow burn.”

    However, upon further reflection, the former Everwood actress acknowledged that Matthew and April’s spiritual-tinged swan song had “a real sweetness to” it, adding that “there was something beautiful about the redemption story… She hurt him worse than anybody had ever hurt him by walking away from him [at their wedding]. For there to be reconciliation from that scenario? That’s… really beautiful.”

    Drew also revealed the explanation Vernoff gave her about the decision to cut both her and co-star Jessica Capshaw. “I was told that the show had too many characters and that they needed to downsize because they couldn’t service all of the characters effectively,” she explained. “They didn’t want any of us to be left in the background and not getting much of a story.

    “Krista said that she felt like April had been through so much and had come out the other side and that she didn’t know what she could put her through again,” Drew continued. “It was really hard to hear that. But Krista had a lot of very complimentary things to say about the work that I had done — especially this past season — and that April was going to have her happy ending.”

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams & ‘Fast & Furious’ Jordana Brewster To Star In Jay Baruchel’s ‘Random Acts Of Violence’

    (8/16/18) Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams and The Fast and the Furious star Jordana Brewster have signed up to star in Jay Baruchel’s Random Acts of Violence.

    Man Seeking Woman and This Is The End star Baruchel has written and directed the road-trip horror feature and will also star. Baruchel, who wrote Seann William Scott-fronted Goon, is writing with his longtime writing partner Jesse Chabot. Also starring Niamh Wilson (Maps to The Stars), production on the film has just started in Toronto and will run through September.

    Based on the eponymous graphic novel, written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, the film follows the story of comic book creator Todd Walkley, played by Williams, along with his girlfriend Kathy, played by Brewster, assistant Aurora, played by Wilson and best friend and Hard Calibre Comics owner Ezra, played by Baruchel as they go on a road-trip. On their way from Toronto to New York for Comic-Con, bad things start to happen and people start getting killed in a fashion eerily similar to the kills portrayed in his Slasherman comic. It becomes clear that a very avid fan is out there following them and hurting people, and using Todd’s comic as inspiration. As the bodies pile up, and Todd’s friends and family become targets and victims themselves, Todd will be forced into taking responsibility for everything his ideas have wrought.

    The film is produced by Elevation Pictures, the Canadian distribution company that has released films including The Imitation Game, Room and Moonlight in Canada. Noah Segal (The Hummingbird Project) and Randy Manis (Margin Call) will produce with Jesse Williams, Jesse Chabot, Ricky Tollman, Jonathan Bronfman, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray serving as exec producers. Ariella Naymark is co-producer and Elevation will distribute in Canada.

    Grey's Anatomy Season 15: A Lot of Love and One Heck of a Complicated Love Triangle

    (8/14/18) You may have already heard that season 15 of Grey's Anatomy will be the season of love, but that's not all we're in for when the show returns next month.

    One of the biggest storylines heading into the landmark season centers around a rekindled relationship, a major return, and some very big news.

    "I think everyone saw the finale and knows that Teddy's pregnant," Kim Raver reminded us on the white carpet at ABC's summer TV Critics' Association party. "That leads to a really kind of amazing, complicated, funny storyline."

    Complicated is absolutely correct, because Owen (Kevin McKidd) had just started to reconcile with ex-wife Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) in the midst of becoming a foster parent to a baby (and the baby's teen addict mother), and doesn't yet know that his ex-girlfriend/best friend/person is back and pregnant with his kid. But of course, don't expect a typical love triangle.

    "Shonda always surprises us," McKidd says. "Shonda always makes you think it's going to be a love triangle, and then turns it into something else. So at the moment, I assume it probably will be, because Owen has...very different history with both of these women. He doesn't know this news that's coming, and it's really fun to see how much pressure that creates for Owen's life."

    While Maggie and Jackson (Jesse Williams) are doing fine in this season of love, Kelly McCreary says her character "finds herself in the middle" of that not-a-love-triangle.

    "You know how Maggie feels about secrets, and now she's going to be in the middle of all that, so it's going to be hard," McCreary says.

    In other news, Jo (Camilla Luddington) teased that she may be making up for not moving across the country by working on a new medical innovation with Meredith, but she says we probably shouldn't expect Jo and Alex (Justin Chambers) to start a family any time soon.

    "I don't know if they'll have babies," Luddington says. "I want to see them have a fish or a dog and see how they do with that first."

    Grey's Anatomy season 15 premieres Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

    Grey's Anatomy: Jeff Perry to Return — as Part of Mer's Medical Investigation?

    (8/13/18) Jeff Perry may have said goodbye to Scandal, but he’s sticking around the Shondaverse a little longer.

    The actor will return to Grey’s Anatomy for Season 15, reprising his role as Meredith’s father, Thatcher Grey, reports.

    Details are being kept under wraps about Perry’s return — including the number of episodes he will appear in or when his encore will air — but it’s possible Thatcher could be involved in an “emotional” storyline that ABC chief Channing Dungey told TVLine about earlier this month at TCA.

    According to Dungey, Season 15 will find Meredith getting wrapped up in an investigation “into a medical condition that is very close to her own family background and history.”

    Perry has appeared in multiple Grey’s episodes since 2006, with his last visit taking place in February 2011. He went on to play morally questionable politician Cyrus Beene during Scandal‘s seven-season run, and he can next be seen in the forthcoming CBS All Access drama One Dollar, which premieres Aug. 30.

    Season 15 of Grey’s Anatomy — also known as the Season of Love — kicks off with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 8/7c on ABC.

    Patrick Dempsey & Alessandro Borghi To Lead Financial-World Thriller Series ‘Devils’ For Sky Italia & Lux Vide

    (8/13/18) Grey’s Anatomy icon Patrick Dempsey and in-demand Italian actor Alessandro Borghi, star of Netflix’s Suburra, are to lead cast in hot new financial-world thriller series Devils for The Young Pope and Gomorrah backer Sky Italia and Medici: Masters Of Florence producer Lux Vide.

    Based on the best-selling novel by Italian trader Guido Maria Brera, the anticipated ten-part English-language series will be set in the London office of a major U.S. bank, where the ruthless Head of Trading, Massimo Ruggero (Borghi) from Italy, has been welcomed and introduced to the world of finance by Dominic Morgan (Dempsey), the bank’s CEO. When Ruggero ends up involved in an intercontinental financial war rocking Europe, he has to choose whether to ally himself with his mentor or fight him. The book was partly inspired by the financial crisis that swept global markets in 2008.

    Among the Euro series’ strong supporting cast will be Laia Costa (Victoria), Malachi Kirby (Roots), Pia Mechler (Everything Is Wonderful), Paul Chowdhry (Swinging With The Finkels), Harry Michell (Chubby Funny) and Sallie Harmsen (Blade Runner 2049).

    The 24-week shoot is due to get underway in September in London and Rome. Sky Vision will co-fund and distribute internationally, in partnership with Orange Studio.

    Directors are Nick Hurran (Sherlock) and Jan Michelini (Don Matteo) with the former also serving as show-runner. The writing team includes Guido Maria Brera, Alessandro Sermoneta, Mario Ruggeri, Elena Bucaccio, Chris Lunt, Michael Walker, Ben Harris, Daniele Cesarano, Ezio Abate and Barbara Petronio.

    The series marks the latest foray into English-language drama for influential Euro broadcaster Sky Italia, which has backed series including Jude Law-starrer The Young Pope and upcoming cocaine crime epic ZeroZeroZero as well as Italian-language hit Gomorrah.

    In a statement sent to Deadline, Nils Hartmann, Head of Sky Italia Original Productions, described the series as “an ambitious project, which marks Sky’s debut into a genre, the financial thriller, that has been little explored in Italy, and inaugurates the collaboration with Lux Vide, a brand of great Italian and international successes.”

    Luca Bernabei, CEO of Lux Vide, called it “a new enthralling series that will tell the stories of men and women who work in the financial markets no longer to earn money but to become the masters of the world.”

    Moreyba Bidessie, Scripted Acquisitions Manager of Sky Vision, added, “This is the first Sky Italia Original that Sky Vision will co-fund and distribute internationally and is testimony to continuing the drive to create world class, premium television that Sky Vision is proud to be a part of. Devils is a brilliantly heady mix of thriller and conspiracy and how the seduction of power can corrupt even the strongest of bonds.”

    Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Dempsey will next be seen in MGM’s crime mini-series The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair, which will premiere in the UK on Sky Witness on September 4, with Epix carrying in U.S. He also produces upcoming Fox 2000 pic The Art Of Racing In The Rain, starring Kevin Costner, Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried. He is repped by UTA, Burstein Company and Stone, Genow.

    In-demand Italian actor Borghi stars in anticipated Venice premiere On My Skin and Netflix’s first Italian original series Suburra. He broke through on gritty 2015 crime pic Don’t Be Bad.

    Laia Costa made waves with single-shot Berlin Film Festival thriller Victoria and next up has Dan Fogelman’s TIFF pic Life Itself. Rising UK actor Malachi Kirby scored the lead in History Channel’s Roots reboot and German actress Mechler is currently starring with Edgar Morais and Olivia Thirlby in feature You Above All. UK comic and stand-up Chowdhry previously starred in 2011 Mandy Moore-Martin Freeman comedy Swinging With The Finkels.

    Shonda Rhimes: CBS Put the Kibosh on Sara Ramirez's Grey's Comeback

    (8/9/18) In a perfect world, Jessica Capshaw’s Grey’s Anatomy swan song last May would’ve included a guest appearance by former onscreen squeeze Sara Ramirez. But, apparently, the Eye shut it down.

    In an Instagram Story Q&A with fans on Wednesday, Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes was asked about the possibility of Ramirez’ Callie checking back into Grey Sloan Memorial. “Let me tell you something — we tried,” she responded. “CBS has a hold of her. Because she’s on [Madam Secretary] And we can’t get her. But we love her. Always. This is her home. Come home Callie.”

    Although Rhimes didn’t specify when she invited Ramirez back, sources confirm to TVLine that it was for the Season 14 finale, which marked the last episode for Capshaw’s Arizona. Grey’s still managed to stage a Callie-Arizona reunion in the hour, even without Ramirez; the couple exchanged flirty texts that strongly hinted at a reconciliation.

    Ramirez joined Madam Secretary late last year as brilliant political strategist Kat Sandoval. CBS has yet to respond to TVLine’s request for comment.

    Elsewhere in Rhimes’ easy-breezy Instagram Q&A, the EP expressed interest in bringing another Grey’s alum back into the fold. “I need Addison Forbes Montgomery, too,” she declared, before adding, “[But] I can’t bring back people who don’t exist in terms of availability. Kate’s busy, people!”

    Rhimes also indirectly weighed in on recent news that widow Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) would be re-entering the dating scene this season, teasing, “Maybe love the second time around is better.”

    Grey's Anatomy Season 15: ABC Boss Teases Meredith's 'New Trajectory,' Confirms It Does Not Include [Spoiler]

    (8/9/18) Turns out Cupid’s arrow will indeed puncture Meredith Grey’s battered heart this season. Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff reveals to TVLine that the ABC drama’s titular MD “will very much be part of our ‘Season of Love.'”

    Clarifying remarks made Tuesday by ABC’s spoiler-avoidant president Channing Dungey, who downplayed buzz that that Season 15 would find Meredith re-entering the dating since for the first time since the death of her beloved McDreamy nearly four years ago, Vernoff shares, “Channing was keeping it mellow and trying to avoid spoilers because Shondaland is secrecy land. But as the showrunner, I can confirm for you that Meredith Grey is very much a part of our Season of Love.”

    As Vernoff explains, “Yes, [Mer]’s a single mom, and that complicates a dating life. And yes, she’s a surgical marvel with new, game changing medical ideas she’ll be pursuing. But she also hasn’t dated at all since [Martin Henderson’s] Nathan Riggs left [in Season 13]. And the one-two punch of meeting [Scott Speedman’s] Nick Marsh awoke a desire in her that she can’t put back to sleep.

    “The question this season,” Vernoff adds, “is not ‘Will Meredith Grey find love again,’ but ‘With whom will she find love?'”

    Speaking of Speedman’s fan-favorite character, Vernoff divulges the real reason the show didn’t pursue a romance between Nick and a clearly smitten Meredith. “We all loved him, but Nick was designed as a one episode guest star,” the EP notes, “which is the whole reason Scott agreed to come play him!”

    Grey's Anatomy Season 15: ABC Boss Teases Meredith's 'New Trajectory,' Confirms It Does Not Include [Spoiler]

    (8/7/18) Meredith will not be scrubbing in on Grey’s Anatomy‘s “Season of Love.” ABC’s entertainment president, Channing Dungey, revealed that Ellen Pompeo‘s alter ego will remain single for the foreseeable future — this despite the ABC drama going all in on romance this year.

    “Meredith [is going to] have a new trajectory that is more focused on who she is as a single mother,” the exec told TVLine Tuesday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour. “Ellen has spoken very loudly about how she doesn’t want all of Meredith’s adventures to be romantic ones.”

    Dungey is referring, of course, to the bombshell interview Pompeo gave to The Hollywood Reporter last January, in which she took ABC brass to task for so quickly pairing Mer with a new man (Martin Henderson’s Nathan) after the death of Patrick Dempsey’s McDreamy. “The ink wasn’t even dry on [Patrick’s] exit papers before they rushed in a new guy,” Pompeo lamented. “I was on vacation in Sicily, decompressing… and they’re calling me, going, “What do you think of this guy?” “What do you think of this guy?” And they’re sending pictures. I was like, “Are you people f–king nuts? Why do you feel that you have to replace this person?’ I couldn’t believe how fast the studio and the network felt like they had to get a penis in there.”

    Dungey did not completely rule out a new relationship for Meredith. “I’m not saying no,” she insisted. “I think we’ll get there [eventually]. I’m just saying that she’s on a trajectory that is very much about her evolution as a doctor and a parent. There’s been a lot of dating, and I think [Ellen’s] excited — we’re all excited — to explore some different aspects of the character.”

    Asked why Grey’s didn’t further explore the palpable chemistry between Pompeo and Season 14 guest star Scott Speedman by bringing his Dr. Nick Marsh back, Dungey responded, “That’s a question more for [series creator] Shonda [Rhimes] and [showrunner] Krista [Vernoff] because I don’t know all the ins and outs of it, but I agree. I thought that was a fun relationship. But, ultimately, we decided not to keep going with it.”

    Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington & Robin Thede Join Support For #BlackWomenEqualPayDay

    (8/7/18) Today marks Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which goes beyond the confines of Hollywood. #BlackWomensEqualPayDay is set for Aug. 7 because black women had to work all of 2017 until this day in 2018 to catch up with what white men earned in 2017. Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington, Robin Thede and other Hollywood insiders took to Twitter to voice their support for this day that recognizes the gender pay gap.

    Rhimes and Washington posted a video of real-life conversations with black women and how the pay gap impacts them. The video comes from Lean In, an organization that empowers women to achieve their ambitions. According to the video and the website, black women in the U.S. are paid 38% less than white men and 21% less than white women.

    In addition to Rhimes, Washington and comedian Thede, celebrities tweeted support for #BlackWomensEqualPayDay. Orange is the New Black actress Danielle Brooks tweeted, “This isn’t only about what I deserve but what so many hard working black women of all walks of life deserve.”

    She was joined by allies including Common, DeRay Mckesson, Patricia Arquette, Chelsea Clinton, and Elizabeth Banks, who weighed in, “With the current pay gap, black women have to work an additional 219 days to make what white men earn in a year – that’s an extra eight months. I support equal pay because #38PercentCounts.”

    Chandra Wilson Pays Brief Doctor Call On ABC’s ‘General Hospital’

    (8/6/18) Chandra Wilson is switching hospitals for an afternoon: The Grey’s Anatomy star and soap opera fan is paying a guest visit to General Hospital.

    Wilson is shooting GH appearance today, according to TV Insider, and will play a marriage and family therapist named Dr. Linda Massey. The character will offer counseling to Aunt Stella (Vernee Watson), Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) and Curtis (Donnell Turner).

    The ABC daytime show shoots on the same lot as the network’s Grey’s Anatomy. No airdate was announced for the guest appearance but keep an eye on Port Charles over the new few weeks.

    Wilson has checked into GH before: In 2014 she did a one-off as “Tina Estrada,” a patient of Jon Lindstrom’s Dr. Kevin Collins.

    The official General Hospital Twitter account re-tweeted the TV Insider article to its followers.

    Patrick Dempsey offering to dine with random fundraisers

    (8/5/18) Actor Patrick Dempsey is offering to have dinner with five, randomly selected individuals who raise money for families affected by cancer.

    The Sun Journal reports that those who raise more than $1,000 by Sept. 1 for what’s known as the Dempsey Challenge could be picked for the dinner. Dempsey is the creator of the Dempsey Challenge bike-run-walk fundraiser that helps families affected by cancer.

    Individuals who raise more than $1,000 could receive multiple entries.

    Dempsey was born in Maine and is best known for his previous long-running role in “Grey’s Anatomy” and for 2016's “Bridget Jones’s Baby.”

    Inside Jesse Williams' Public Battle to Privately Parent

    (8/5/18) Jesse Williams turned 37 years old on Sunday and said goodbye to a year full of drama surrounding his custody and child support battle with ex-wife Aryn Drake-Lee.

    Williams and Drake-Lee filed for divorce in April 2017 after nearly five years of marriage. The split resulted in a headline-making custody dispute over their two children: Maceo (3) and Sadie (4).

    In June of that year, Williams requested a court order for joint physical and legal custody of their children. He alleged his former spouse restricted his time with his kids and rejected requests to have them spend the night at his residence.

    Drake-Lee shot down Williams' request in August and filed for sole legal and physical custody. According to the court documents, the mother of two claimed Williams had been "relentless and bullying" with his requests for parenting time, leading her to ask that their communications be made through counsel. She also accused him of making "last minute" changes to his scheduled visits and disrupting the children's routine.

    In addition to asking for sole custody, she made several parenting procedure requests, including that the two do not publicly post pictures of their kids without written consent and that neither parent introduce a new "intimate partner until the relationship has endured at least six months." Williams had reportedly started dating Minka Kelly that summer.

    Later that month, Williams fired back by objecting to several allegations in her declaration. Drake-Lee filed her own objections in response.

    "It's getting more messy then Jesse ever wanted," an insider told E! News at the time. "His ex feels betrayed by Jesse that's what she keeps on expressing. Jesse wanted to work this out very civilly but it's turning out not to go in that direction. Jesse is a great dad and his kids are number one. He is extremely upset about this."

    In September 2017, a judge ruled that Williams and Drake-Lee would share joint legal custody of their children. The parents also reached a temporary support agreement later that month. Williams agreed to pay his ex $160,000—$100,000 of which served as an advance towards spousal support for Drake-Lee , as well as child support for their kids. The other $60,000 served as an advance toward her attorney fees.

    However, Williams soon found himself paying even more money. In January 2018, a judge ordered the actor to pay his ex over $50,000 per month in spousal support. In addition, it was determined that Drake-Lee would receive half of the residuals Williams earned from September 2012 to April 2017 (the span of their marriage). He was also held responsible for paying $50,000 in her attorney and accounting fees. As for Drake-Lee , she was held responsible for maintaining payments on the family's residence, including mortgage, property taxes and home equity line.

    Things continued to get ugly when Drake-Lee accused Williams of violating terms of their custody agreement. Williams filed objections to these claims and alleged Drake-Lee was trying to "marginalize" him as a parent, as well as "minimize" and "micromanage" his time with his children.

    Despite all of this, there was a bit of happy news for Williams that year. He was awarded joint physical custody that March. But the former couple's problems didn't end there.

    In June, Williams claimed his ex-wife's request for guideline and retroactive child support should be denied, requesting that any child support be based on their children's needs. In court documents, the Jackson Avery star claimed his former spouse "exaggerates many of our expenses and the children's needs, while also lumping her personal expenses as expenses for the children."

    Later that month, the court ordered Williams to pay about $50,000 in child support every month, arguing that his $521,000 a month income was "extraordinarily high."

    Still, Williams is trying to get this changed. In July, the actor submitted a 121-page declaration asking the court for a new trial to modify the child support. Drake-Lee responded to the filing in August and argued a new trial should not happen.

    Nevertheless, it looks like Williams is trying to move forward with his life. In July, The Blast, citing court documents, reported Williams "intends to purchase a new residence located in Los Angeles." He has also been reportedly romantically linked to sports reporter Taylor Rooks.

    Patrick Dempsey & Wife Jillian Return to the Spot They Got Married to Celebrate Their Anniversary

    (8/2/18) Patrick Dempsey celebrated his 19th wedding anniversary Tuesday, just three years after his marriage nearly ended in divorce.

    The former Grey’s Anatomy star, 52, took his wife, Jillian Dempsey, to the gazebo at which they both exchanged their vows in 1999. In a sweet photograph, in which the two shared a kiss, the actor wrote, “This spot 19 years ago, today!”

    Jillian also shared a photograph on their anniversary, giving fans a look at a flower arrangement with the caption, “Gorgeous arrangement! Happy 19th Anniversary @patrickdempsey.”

    While they looked like the picture-perfect couple on Tuesday, just a few years ago their union was in trouble. In 2015, the makeup artist filed for divorce from the actor after 15 years of marriage.

    However, just a year later, the actor told PEOPLE in 2016 the two were working hard to repair their union.

    “Our marriage was not something I was prepared to let go of,” Dempsey said. “I didn’t feel like we had done all the work. And we both wanted to do that work. That’s where it started.”

    “It’s always destabilizing when you’re potentially breaking up a family or you have a big section of your life that’s ending,” he said.

    Despite their differences, the two attended marriage counseling and put in the effort to pick up the pieces.

    “Jill and I decided it was time to work on our issues and improve,” he added. “We wanted to be role models for our kids like, okay, if you have differences, you can work them out.”

    The couple first met in 1994 but were in relationships with other people so they did not begin dating until 1997.

    The pair tied the knot in 1999 at a farmhouse in Maine that belonged to the actor’s family. Jillian’s sister, Kristen Mason, told PEOPLE at the time that the Bridget Jones’s Baby star “saw her and started crying” when his wife-to-be began walking down the aisle.

    Jillian, who has worked as a makeup artist and hairdresser for stars like Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence, gave birth to their first child, daughter Talula Fyfe, in 2002, and their twin sons, Sullivan Patrick and Darby Galen followed in 2007.

    These days, the couple seems more in love than ever. The mother of three honored her husband with a sweet Father’s day post in May with a throwback photo of him and their three children that was taken when their sons were still newborns.

    “Well here’s an oldie…..@patrickdempsey#happyfathersday,” she wrote in the caption.

    Patrick Dempsey says someone's impersonating him in online scam

    (8/1/18) Actor Patrick Dempsey says someone is impersonating him online and asking his fans to give money to either him or his Maine-based non-profit.

    Dempsey tweeted on his verified account Monday that “people have been impersonating me and asking my fans for money (through social media).” Nancy Audet, spokeswoman for the Dempsey Centers in Lewiston and Portland, tells the Sun Journal that Dempsey is not asking anyone for money.

    @PatrickDempsey It has come to my attention that people have been impersonating me and asking my fans for money. Please do not ever talk to, or give money to anyone saying it is me. My official profile has a blue circle with a check mark. Please report any fake pages to FB, instagram,twitter.

    Audet says the scam has been going on for a while, saying people set up fake accounts and send messages pretending they are seeking money for the Dempsey Centers or the actor himself.

    Dempsey was born in Maine and is best known for his role as Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd in “Grey’s Anatomy.” His Maine non-profit seeks to help those affected by cancer.

    Grey's Anatomy Adds Chris Carmack as 'Ortho God' Ahead of Season 15

    (7/31/18) Chris Carmack is trading cowboy boots for surgical scrubs: The Nashville actor has signed on to play a Grey’s Anatomy doc in the coming season, TVLine has learned.

    Carmack, who just wrapped a six-season run on the country-music series, will recur as an orthopedic surgeon who starts slicing and dicing at Grey Sloan Memorial in Season 15. Though we don’t yet know the character’s name or many details about his life, we can report that he’s known as an “ortho god” and therefore is probably pretty good at his job.

    And, because Season 15 is the “Season of Love,” you can probably put good money on the notion that “ortho god” might also be positively divine outside the operating theater, too… like, say, in the bedroom?

    In addition to playing Nashville‘s gay country star Will Lexington, Carmack’s TV résumé includes roles on The O.C., Desperate Housewives, Smallville and NCIS.

    Carmack’s casting isn’t the only staffing change we’ll see at the hospital this season. As previously reported, Kim Raver will be a series regular when the ABC drama returns on Thursday, Sept. 27.

    The Last Ship Final Season (Finally!) Gets a Premiere Date — Watch Promo

    (7/30/18) (Video) At last… ship.

    Almost a full year after production wrapped on the military thriller, TNT’s The Last Ship will launch its fifth and final season on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 9/8c, TVLine has double-secret officially confirmed.

    When the action picks back up — following a significant on-screen time jump — the world is finally recovering from the deadly virus that devastated the population, but global political unrest remains. Tom Chandler (played by Eric Dane) has retired and his former crew has scattered, many having risen in the ranks within the Navy.

    Sasha Cooper (Bridget Regan), Lieutenant Danny Green (Travis Van Winkle), SBS WO-N Wolf Taylor (Bren Foster) and Sergeant Azima Kandie (Jodie Turner Smith) are on a covert mission in Panama when they are wrongly blamed for an attack on the Panamanian president. The Nathan James must then fight to prevent invasion by Latin America — and avert the next world war.

    ‘Euphoria’ Pilot Starring Zendaya Picked Up To Series By HBO, Drake & Future the Prince Join As Executive Producers

    (7/30/18) HBO has picked up to series its drama pilot Euphoria, a teen drama starring Zendaya and written by The Wizard of Lies scribe Sam Levinson, with Drake and Future the Prince joining as executive producers.

    Euphoria, based on the Israeli series of the same name from HOT, follows a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship. Zendaya leads the cast that also includes Storm Reid, Maude Apatow, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Hunter Schafer and Sydney Sweeney.

    Levinson will write all episodes of the series and will executive produce alongside Drake, Future the Prince, Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin (the duo who created the original Israeli series), Tmira Yardeni, Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokadi and Gary Lennon. Augustine Frizzell directed the pilot and co-executive produces. A24 Television is producing.

    ABC Fall Premiere Dates: XL Grey's, Nathan Fillion's Rookie, The Conners (Minus Roseanne) and More

    (7/25/18) ABC is getting off to a slightly later start this fall, with no less than 12 shows — including its entire Tuesday lineup — being held until October.

    That said, the network’s fall schedule is coming out swinging on Monday, Sept. 24 with the Season 27 (!) premiere of Dancing With the Stars at 8/7c, followed by the return of breakout hit The Good Doctor at 10 pm.

    Also of note: Grey’s Anatomy begins its “season of love” with a two-hour premiere event on Thursday, Sept. 27 (8 pm), while Roseanne spinoff The Conners makes its Barr-less debut on Tuesday, Oct. 16 (8 pm).

    Last but not least, 2018 officially marks the return of ABC’s TGIF comedy block — the former home of classics like Full House and Boy Meets World — with future classics like Fresh Off the Boat and Speechless, beginning on Friday, Oct. 5.

    ABC is the fifth major network to reveal its fall premiere dates, following NBC, The CW and Fox. and CBS. Scroll down for a full rundown of ABC’s fall lineup, as well as what’s on tap for midseason — and a reminder of what’s already been cancelled.

    MONDAY, SEPT. 24
    8 pm Dancing With the Stars
    10 pm The Good Doctor

    8 pm The Goldbergs
    8:30 pm American Housewife
    9 pm Modern Family
    9:30 pm SINGLE PARENTS)

    8 pm Grey’s Anatomy (two-hour season premiere)
    10 pm How to Get Away With Murder

    SUNDAY, SEPT. 30
    7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos

    9 pm Station 19

    FRIDAY, OCT. 5
    8 pm Fresh Off the Boat
    8:30 pm Speechless
    9 pm Child Support

    SUNDAY, OCT. 7
    8 pm DANCING WITH THE STARS: JUNIORS (two-hour series premiere)
    10 pm Shark Tank

    SUNDAY, OCT. 14
    9 pm Shark Tank (regular time slot premiere)

    TUESDAY, OCT. 16
    8 pm THE CONNERS
    9 pm black-ish
    9:30 pm Splitting Up Together
    10 pm THE ROOKIE

    Held For Midseason

    American Idol, The Bachelor, THE FIX, For the People (will replace HGTAWM after season ends), GRAND HOTEL, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., SCHOOLED and WHISKEY CAVALIER

    Previously Cancelled

    Alex Inc., The Crossing, Deception, Designated Survivor, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, Marvel’s Inhumans, The Mayor, The Middle, Once Upon a Time, Quantico, Scandal,Ten Days in the Valley and The Toy Box

    FATE TBD: Battle of the Network Stars, Boy Bands

    Grey's Anatomy Season 15 Theme Revealed (and You Will Love It)

    (7/23/18) Those Rx symbols appearing throughout Grey Sloan Memorial are about to take on a whole new meaning (read: romance and sex). Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff has nailed down the overall theme of Season 15, and TVLine has learned that it can be summed up in four words: The Season of Love.

    Grey’s underwent a fairly dramatic tonal shift last season under Vernoff, who returned to the ABC drama after a six-year absence. The EP set out to imbue the show with “more joy and more light and more humor.” in the wake of several angst-heavy years. Vernoff foreshadowed the love-themed Season 15 in last May’s Season 14 finale, which revolved around the long-awaited wedding of Alex and Jo.

    Season 15, production on which began Monday in Seattle, will pick up pretty much where the Season 14 finale left off. “There’s not a massive time jump,” co-star Camilla Luddington told TVLine over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con. Jo’s portrayer also divulged that the new season would find her MD making progress in her ongoing search for her “specialty.”

    The big question, of course, is whether the “Season of Love” will extend to Ellen Pompeo’s lovelorn Meredith, who, save for Season 13’s dalliance with Martin Henderson’s Riggs, has been single since the death of Patrick Dempsey’s McDreamy at the conclusion of Season 11. For her part, Luddington said she is eager to see the return of “sexy Meredith.”

    ABC has yet to announce a premiere date for Grey’s Anatomy Season 15.

    Grey's Anatomy's Camilla Luddington Hints at the Season 15 Development That Was 'a Long Time Coming'

    (7/22/18) (Video) No, Season 15 of Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t kick off with Jo and Alex having a baby or Meredith and Nick entangled in a torrid love affair. “We pick up right where we left off,” Camilla Luddington told Michael Ausiello when she stopped by TVLine’s San Diego Comic-Con video suite to promote Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the third in a series of video games in which she voices action heroine Lara Croft. “There’s not like a massive time jump.”

    There may, however, be a massive change in store for her character. “I’ve heard rumors — rumors-rumors — that Jo might find her specialty this season, which is really exciting and is a long time coming,” she said. “I’m interested to see what it is.”

    On her Season 15 wish list are two items. First, “I do hope that at some point Jo does find out who her family is,” she said. “I feel like that’s the final mystery behind her that she doesn’t know any information on.”

    And second, since Luddington is a fan of “sexy Meredith,” she’s as eager as viewers for Scott Speedman to reprise his role of Nick, the doctor with whom Grey clicked so well during his brief stay at Grey Sloan. “He was one of the first people that she really had that spark with” since Derek, the actress noted. So yes, when she reported for duty at the show’s first table read next week, she jokingly promised to do what she could to “make Speedman happen.”

    Shonda Rhimes Unveils Eight (!) Netflix Series, Including White House Exposé

    (7/20/18) In case you’ve been wondering what Shonda Rhimes has been up to at Netflix… she’s been busy, OK?

    The Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal mega-producer formally announced her first slate of productions for the streaming giant on Friday, with a whopping eight series currently in development, ranging from comedy to drama, and from fiction to documentary. Here, per Netflix, are the details on the eight Shondaland shows (all titles are tentative):

    * Untitled Shonda Rhimes Project, created by Rhimes and based on the New York magazine article “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People.” “Manhattan makes a new friend like no other. But is she the stuff American dreams are made of, or is she New York’s biggest con woman? Is it a con if you enjoy being taken?” (Note: This project was previously reported last month.)

    * The Residence, based on the nonfiction book by Kate Andersen Browder. It offers “a vividly accurate insider’s account of White House residence staffers and the upstairs/downstairs lives they share with the First Families at one of the most famous homes in history.”

    * Untitled Bridgerton Project, adapted by Scandal executive producer Chris Van Dusen, who will serve as showrunner. “Based on Julia Quinn’s bestselling series of novels, this smart feminist take on Regency England romance unveils the glittering, wealthy, sexual, painful, funny and sometimes lonely lives of the women and men in London’s high society marriage mart as told through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.”

    * The Warmth of Other Suns, based on the award-winning book by Isabel Wilkerson. “This powerful groundbreaking series tracks the decades-long migration of African-Americans fleeing the Jim Crow South in search of a better life in the North and the West between 1916 and 1970.” Anna Deavere Smith (Nurse Jackie, The West Wing) will adapt.

    * Pico & Sepulveda, from Janet Leahy (Mad Men). “Set in the 1840s against the surreal and sensual backdrop of the then-Mexican state of California, the series tracks the end of an idyllic era there as American forces threaten brutality and war at the border to claim this breathtaking land for its own.”

    * Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change, based on Ellen Pao’s memoir “detailing her life and career, including the lawsuit she brought against her former employer that sparked intense media scrutiny, shook Silicon Valley to its boys’-club core and presaged the Time’s Up movement.”

    * Sunshine Scouts, created by writer/actress Jill Alexander. “In this darkly comedic half-hour series, an apocalyptic disaster spares a ragtag group of teenage girls at sleepaway camp, who must then summon their moxie and survival skills to weather the fallout and ensure all that remains of humanity abides by the Sunshine Scout Law.”

    * Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, a documentary that “offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s award-winning reimagining of the classic ballet The Nutcracker.”

    “I wanted the new Shondaland to be a place where we expand the types of stories we tell, where my fellow talented creatives could thrive and make their best work and where we as a team come to the office each day filled with excitement,” Rhimes said in a statement. “Ted [Sarandos] and Cindy [Holland] and everyone at Netflix have been incredible partners in making that happen. This is Shondaland 2.0.”

    Katherine Heigl Previews 'Shady' Suits Role, Rubbing Harvey the Wrong Way

    (7/13/18) You could call Katherine Heigl a Suits fangirl. In fact, the Grey’s Anatomy vet was such a huge lover of the USA Network drama, she sought out creator Aaron Korsh to collaborate on a different project, but eventually wound up with a series-regular gig on Season 8.

    For Heigl, Suits‘ appeal lies in the “fearless” quality of its characters. “They’re really just confident and comfortable in their own skin,” she tells TVLine. “They have flaws, and they have insecurities, for sure, but they’re not afraid to push boundaries. They’re not afraid to push back.”

    Similarly, Heigl’s character — Samantha Wheeler, a lawyer who makes her entrance in the Wednesday, July 18 premiere (airing at 9/8c) — is “just willing to go there,” the actress describes. “Whether she’s afraid or not, she’s going to do it, and I think that’s the definition of courage. She’s not always right, and sometimes her methods are a little shady, and sometimes she’s shady. But she’s really good at her job.”

    Below, Heigl talks about her “amazing” experience on the long-running series and previews Samantha’s combative relationship with Specter Litt (including boss Harvey).

    TVLINE | I was talking to [creator] Aaron [Korsh] the other day, and he said you called up, wanting to be on Suits.

    That’s right! [Laughs] I actually started bingeing it probably, gosh, a couple years ago. A friend of ours up in Utah was like, “You’ve got to see this show.” My husband [Josh Kelley] and I are always looking for something we can watch together and enjoy together that’s not really Gilmore Girls for him or the Tour de France for me. So Suits was our perfect hang-out-in-the-evening, binge-watch show. My mother, who’s also my producing partner, fell in love with it, and it was her suggestion that we reach out to Aaron and see if he was available to maybe help develop some projects I [had] going. At the time, we didn’t know that they were going to do an eighth season, and he kind of on the down low told us, “Well, we’re actually prepping for that.” I was like, “Do you need a tall blonde, perhaps? Because I’m available.” [Laughs] So it worked out. He was so lovely about including me and creating a character for me to come in and play. It’s been amazing.

    TVLINE | How much input did you have into shaping who the character would be, since technically, he was writing for you?

    The beauty of something like this is that because I’m such a fan of Aaron and his writing and what he does, I didn’t feel the need to input much. It was like, “I can’t wait to see what you do.” At the top of those sort of conversations, I would say like, “Oh, I don’t know, it could be fun to play a female version of Louis Litt. Or maybe I play a woman who comes in and directly challenges Donna’s ability to intuitively know everything.” But what he ended up creating was so much more interesting than what I was suggesting.

    TVLINE | Just like Samantha, you’re coming into a community of people who have been together for a very long time. What was that experience like?

    My initial nervousness was like, “Yeah, I’m walking into a family situation.” These people have been working together for seven years, very closely, and inevitably, under those circumstances, you become really close to one another. I was nervous about being the new girl, but they were so incredibly embracing. Everybody reached out to me by phone or email when it was announced that I’d be doing the show to just welcome me. I spoke to Rick Hoffman for two hours; that was our introduction, over the phone. Two hours later, I was like, “Dude, I’m so sorry I just commandeered two hours of your life.” [Laughs] Everybody’s just been so gracious and lovely and excited to have me here — and I get to share that excitement, because I’m so excited to be here.

    TVLINE | You’ve done predominantly broadcast series in the past. On cable, have you noticed a difference in terms of what you can do and say and get away with?

    Yeah. Now they’ve got us throwing down a “f–k” here and there, which I was like, “Really?! We can do that?” I guess I maybe did in The Ugly Truth say a few choice words, but I’ve never had the opportunity in television. It feels kind of naughty. I always feel like, “Ooh, can we do this?” and they’re like, “Go for it.” I’m like, “OK!”

    TVLINE | What does Samantha think of Specter Litt — and what do the people at Specter Litt think of her?

    Initially, Samantha comes in thinking she’s there to be Robert [Zane]’s right-hand gal and take care of whatever he needs taken care of, to push him to the top. Her loyalty is to him through and through, and he has to make it clear to her at a certain point, “No, we’re a team here. Your loyalty has to be to everybody. You’ve got to show everybody what you show me.” That’s something she has to work on because she’s not terribly trusting of people, and she’s very suspicious and wary.

    But as the season is progressing, I can see how her attitude is shifting to one of real deep respect for everybody there. There are confrontations, there are arguments, there [is] seeing things in totally different ways, but she’s starting to understand that despite the fact that those things happen and she has a different opinion on a lot of stuff, these people are to be taken seriously and are really good at what they do. So there are relationships and bonds starting to form. That’s really fun, to go from basically having none of those relationships to the beauty of watching them unfold.

    TVLINE | Samantha and Harvey have quite a combative spark right from the start, but in a way, they’re also very alike. Is there more than just a professional competitiveness there?

    I don’t think so; not as far as I’ve seen yet. I don’t know what Aaron’s planning, but at this point, I think it is because they’re super similar in their styles, and they’re both cocky confident. They butt heads a lot, because she’s not going to take any s–t from anybody, and she’s not going to be bossed around by anybody even though he’s her boss. That really rubs Harvey wrong because he’s thinking, “Hey, fall in line. There’s a pecking order here. You’re not calling the shots. I am,” and she’s just like, “No. The only person I listen to is Robert Zane.” So there’s a lot of conflict in that. But then, like I said, they have these moments of real connection and really seeing the value in one another — just the raw, instinctual ability to do what they do well.

    2018 Emmy Nominations

    (7/12/18) LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (2017 winner: Elisabeth Moss)
    Claire Foy, The Crown
    Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
    Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
    Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
    Keri Russell, The Americans
    Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

    Grey's Anatomy Vet Katherine Heigl Reacts to Alex Marrying 'True Love' Jo, Wonders, 'Where Did Izzie Go?'

    (7/12/18) How’s this for a Grey’s Anatomy twist: Katherine Heigl is Team Jo!

    In a new interview with TVLine, the former Grey’s star — who joins USA Network’s Suits on Wednesday, July 18 — expressed both shock and awww when we informed her that Izzie’s ex, Alex, finally got hitched to longtime love Jo this past spring. “Oh my God!” Heigl exclaimed, before adding, “Well, that’s exciting. Alex needed to find love — true love.”

    While Heigl was quick to give the newlyweds her blessing, she admitted that her former alter ego might not be nearly as enthusiastic. “I don’t know [how Izzie would react],” the actress hedged. “I’d have to start wondering where Izzie is. Like, what is she doing? Where did she go? I would hope that she pursued her [medical] career.

    “She could have children by now,” Heigl continues. “She could be married… If she has moved on, then I would expect Izzie to be very happy for him. She would want him to be happy.”

    And what if Izzie were still single? “She’d be jealous [of Jo] for sure, right?” Heigl muses, before adding with a laugh, “She’d want him to hold out for her.”

    Jesse Williams Wants New Trial for Child Support

    (7/6/18) Jesse Williams is going to request a new trial in his child support case ... less than a month after he was ordered to start paying $50k per month.

    The "Grey's Anatomy" star filed docs Friday telling the court he intends to seek a modification of his child support. In the docs, he says he thinks the judge got it wrong when arriving at the $50k figure. Jesse believes there's insufficient evidence to support that amount.

    TMZ broke the story ... Jesse's currently paying his ex, Aryn Drake-Lee, a total of $100k per month. The other $50k is for spousal support.

    According to the docs, Jesse firmly believes he's the victim of an "error in law" ... and he's hoping a second bite of the apple will correct it.

    Celebrity Family Feud: Grey’s Anatomy vs. Station 19 and Aly & AJ vs. Adrienne Houghton (7/22)

    (7/2/18) “Grey’s Anatomy vs. Station 19 and Aly & AJ vs. Adrienne Houghton” – The celebrity teams competing to win cash for their charities feature an all-star lineup from ABC’s long-running hit drama series, “Grey’s Anatomy,” including Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Kelly McCreary, Sarah Drew and Giacomo Gianniotti, versus a stellar roster of stars from ABC’s new drama hit “Station 19,” featuring Jason George, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Danielle Kathleen Savre, Okieriete Onaodowan and Barrett Doss.

    In a separate game, family members of American pop-rock duo Aly & AJ and Adrienne Houghton, co-host of “The Real,” will compete on an all-new episode, SUNDAY, JULY 22 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    Jesse Williams Calls Sarah Drew's Grey's Anatomy Exit "Unfortunate"

    (6/27/18) There's still a bit of salt in the wound for Grey's Anatomy fans and some cast members about Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw's exit from the show this year.

    Both Drew and Capshaw were written off of the show at the end of Season 14 after producers announced in March that the creative arc of their stories had come to a close. Jesse Williams, who plays April's (Drew) ex-husband Jackson on the hospital drama, is still grieving that his close co-workers won't be returning to set this fall.

    "I mean, the whole thing is sad. It's unfortunate," Williams told Entertainment Tonight on the NBA Awards red carpet on Monday (June 25) in Los Angeles. "That's my partner, my road dog, so it was unpleasant, but she's such a professional and did such incredible work down to the last frame and I'm really proud to have had our time together."

    Williams was also one of the first of his cast mates to express his dismay at the writers' decision when Capshaw and Drew's exits were first announced.

    "Sarah and Jessica are easily among my very favorite people and coworkers, so this news f**kin' sucks. Their immense talent speaks for itself but it's them as people that I'm so grateful to know, privileged to have worked with and learned from," Williams tweeted back in March.

    The bittersweet news is that both April and Arizona (Capshaw) were left alive and pursuing their happy endings off screen at the end of Season 14. That means there is room for them to come back and rejoin the show later on down the line should Grey Sloan need them back again.

    Grey's Anatomy returns Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8/7c on ABC.

    Lifetime Orders 3 Kim Raver-Produced Movies Based On Jane Green Novels; Alyssa Milano To Star In ‘Tempting Fate’

    (6/22/18) Lifetime has greenlighted three original movies based on novels by international best-selling author Jane Green, Tempting Fate, To Have and To Hold and Family Pictures, executive produced by Grey’s Anatomy‘s Kim Raver. Alyssa Milano (Insatiable) will lead the cast of the first film in the series and also executive produce Tempting Fate, which Raver will co-direct with her husband, indie helmer, Manu Boyer, in her directorial debut.

    Steve Kazee (Shameless) and Zane Holtz (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) co-star in Tempting Fate, which was written by Jennifer Maisel (Lost Boy).

    “Jane Green’s novels are addictive, fun, juicy and wise – just like a great Lifetime Movie – so to bring the two genres together is incredibly thrilling,” said Tanya Lopez, EVP Movies, Limited Series & Original Movie Acquisitions, Lifetime and LMN.. “With Kim set to direct and Alyssa as the star to kick off the first of the series by Jane, it is the perfect trifecta.”

    Raver, who spent the last few months putting together the movie trilogy, will executive produce it with her longtime manager Dave Fleming (Billy Boy), Shane Salerno and Boyer. Filming on Tempting Fate is slated to begin today in Vancouver, with the three films shot back-to-back for a 2019 premiere as a Jane Green event.

    “Having been a massive fan of Jane’s books, it’s a dream come true for me and my producing partners to be able to bring these powerful female-centric stories to fruition at Lifetime!” said Raver. “I’m incredibly grateful to Tanya for championing this trilogy for us and giving me the opportunity to have my directorial debut!”

    Tempting Fate, also exec produced by Jocelyn Freid (Seeds of Yesterday) and Kara Feifer (Time of Your Life), follows the story of mother-of two Gabby (Milano) whose picture perfect marriage to Elliott (Kazee) is jeopardized when she meets Matt (Holtz), a handsome younger man who seemingly ignites a fire and desire within her. What begins as a business opportunity soon develops into an emotional affair leading Gabby to eventually succumb to Matt’s unrelenting attraction and attention, never foreseeing the life-changing consequences that lie ahead.

    To Have and to Hold centers on Alice who still can’t believe her high school crush, the dashing, wealthy and successful Joe Chambers, would choose to marry her and willingly allows him to mold her into his ideal socialite wife. Despite Alice’s best efforts to be the woman of Joe’s dreams, he can’t help but be unfaithful to her. When Joe’s indiscretions impact his career, Alice’s life is further turned upside down. Alice unexpectedly finds herself falling for her best friend’s boyfriend and begins to wonder if her fairy tale ending could exist after all.

    In Family Pictures, Sylvie and Maggie are two strangers living on opposite coasts, leading very similar lives with husbands that travel for work too much and daughters about to leave the nest. But when their daughters befriend each other on college tour, they soon discover a shocking secret that threatens to tear both families apart.

    Green is the author of seventeen New York Times bestsellers, published in over thirty languages around the world and has more than ten million books in print.

    Charmed alumna Milano, who starred for two seasons as Savannah on ABC’s summer drama series Mistresses, most recently appeared in Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later and next stars in drama series Insatiable on Netflix. This is her third Lifetime movie.

    Raver is returning to Grey’s Anatomy as a series regular for Season 15. After appearing in Seasons 6-8, Raver returned to the show for a guest arc in Season 14, reprising her role as Dr. Teddy Altman, and was recently named series regular. She’s also coming off recurring roles on ABC’s Designated Survivor and Showtime’s Ray Donovan.

    Raver is repped by Atlas Artists and Gersh. Milano is repped by CAA. Green repped by Shane Salerno.

    Jesse Williams Ordered to Pay $100,000 a Month in Spousal and Child Support

    (6/20/18) Jesse Williams' divorce just got WAY more expensive, because a judge has just doubled his monthly nut.

    Jesse has been ordered to pay $50,000 a month in child support to estranged wife Aryn Drake-Lee. He had previously been ordered to pay over $50k a month in spousal ... that was upped from $33k.

    Jesse and Aryn have 2 kids, and the boom was inevitably going to be lowered on Jesse in the child support department. His lawyers had argued the $50,000 a month in spousal support should cover child support expenses, but that's not the law. Courts separate child from spousal support.

    According to court docs, Jesse pulls in $521,000 a month.

    The support orders are temporary until the couple either reaches a final settlement or the court imposes a final order.

    Daily Mail first reported the change in child support.

    Suits Season 8: Katherine Heigl Joins the Firm's Poker Game in New Poster

    (6/13/18) (Poster) The lawyers of Specter Litt are putting their cards on the table in a newly released Suits poster.

    The Season 8 key art features the show’s revamped cast partaking in a game of poker. Former stars Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle‘s seats have been filled by new series regular Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy) and Amanda Schull, who is now a full-time player as lawyer Katrina Bennett. Judging by the image, Heigl’s Samantha Wheeler — a powerhouse attorney who muscles her way into the firm and challenges the status quo — can hold her own just fine at her new digs.

    Of course, Gabriel Macht’s managing partner Harvey Specter is back, front and center, with COO Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) by his side, as always. Also returning for the upcoming run are Rick Hoffman as name partner Louis Litt and Dulé Hill as Alex Williams, who joined the firm last year.

    Suits Season 8 premieres Wednesday, July 18 at 9/8c on USA Network.

    Teen Choice Awards 2018

    (6/13/18) Voting is open here through June 19, and the kudosfest will air Sunday, Aug. 12, at 8/7c on Fox.

    Choice Drama TV Actor (#ChoiceDramaTVActor)
    Cole Sprouse — Riverdale
    Freddie Highmore — The Good Doctor
    Jesse Williams — Grey’s Anatomy
    Jussie Smollett — Empire
    K.J. Apa — Riverdale
    Sterling K. Brown — This Is Us.

    Sorry, Guys: Scott Speedman Probably Won't Return to Grey's Anatomy

    (6/10/18) It looks like Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) will have to wait a little longer to find her next McBoyfriend on Grey's Anatomy. It doesn't sound as though Scott Speedman will return to the ABC drama for Season 15.

    Speedman was attending the Felicity reunion panel at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, on Sunday when a fan asked if the next time we saw him on TV, it'd be as a doctor or someone in need of a doctor, referring to his roles on Grey's Anatomy and Animal Kingdom. Speedman broke many Grey's fans' hearts when he told the fan that neither option is likely.

    "Yeah, I don't know," Speedman laughed. "Probably, to be honest with you, neither. You're going to have to wait a couple years. I'll find something to do."

    "I'm not going back to Animal Kingdom," added Speedman, referring to the recent death of his character Baz. "And then Grey's Anatomy: I don't know. Probably not. Sorry."

    Speedman appeared in one episode of Grey's last season as transplant surgeon Nick Marsh who had instant chemistry with Meredith. The sparks between the pair inspired a passionate fan outcry for Speedman to return to the Shondaland series, with many clamoring for him to be a full-time cast member in Season 15. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like his return is in the cards right now, but maybe he'll make his way back to Grey Sloan Memorial eventually. Crazier things have happened on that show.

    Sandra Oh on a Possible Grey's Comeback: 'Today My Answer Is No'

    (6/10/18) When (or perhaps if?) Grey’s Anatomy closes its doors for good, Cristina Yang will not be among the familiar faces popping back in for a series-ending encore. In a forthcoming TVLine Podcast Q&A, Sandra Oh — whose work in BBC America’s breakout thriller Killing Eve is attracting deafening Emmy buzz — admits she’s ready to put Yang behind her.

    “I get [the Grey’s] question regularly, and I answer it really based on what I’m feeling that day — and today [my answer] is no,” the actress shares, before explaining that her desire to keep Grey’s in her rearview mirror is tied to the enormous affection she has for her current gig. “I love Eve. I really love her.

    “I also love Cristina Yang,” Oh is quick to add. “I’m constantly stunned at the response I still get from [Grey’s fans], you know? It’s so fantastic, and it pleases me. It gives me a tremendous amount of satisfaction that, you know, you did work that actually continues going on past the time that you’ve left it… It’s really phenomenal. And the only way that I think I can continue doing good work is just staying true to my own compass. And that compass is pointing north.”

    Oh was much more amenable to the idea of a Yang encore on the eve of her Grey’s exit in 2013, telling TVLine at the time, “Eventually [Grey’s] will have to come to a close, and I would love to come back [for the series finale].”

    Shonda Rhimes' First Netflix Series to Center on Anna Delvey Fraud Scandal

    (6/10/18) Shonda Rhimes has set her first project at Netflix: The streaming service and Shondaland have acquired the rights to a magazine article about infamous New York society fraud Anna Delvey, TVLine has confirmed, and Rhimes is attached to pen a series for Netflix based on the scandal.

    The New York magazine article, published last month, details how Delvey conned rich people and banks into giving her money by posing as a wealthy German heiress, using their cash to live a lavish, high-society lifestyle. Delvey’s con was eventually discovered, and she was arrested and charged with grand larceny; she is currently being held without bond at New York’s Rikers Island prison.

    The project is the first in Rhimes’ new multi-year deal with Netflix, which was announced last August, after Rhimes spent more than a decade at ABC creating mega hit dramas like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Rhimes later explained the move by saying that “the constraints of network television tell you what kinds of stories you can tell… I’m excited to tell stories in different ways.”

    ‘Station 19’ Creator Says More ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Crossovers Are Coming – ATX

    (6/8/18) Station 19, the ABC and Shondaland firefighter spinoff of Grey’s Anatomy, made its way to Austin for its first ATX Television Festival appearance with stars Jaina Lee Ortiz and Jason George in tow along with show creator Stacy McKee and Shondaland casting director Linda Lowy.

    On the topic of Season 2, McKee teased that “there will be the same amount of heart and humor and action, plus way more. Now we’ve met the characters… we can dig even deeper. We’ve barely scratched the surface.” To that last point, George added, “I feel like we’ve barely scratched the surface of Grey’s world interacting with the Station 19 world and vice versa — that’s just getting started.”

    McKee confirmed such interactions would “definitely” happen.

    Still, Station 19 is finding its own voice in the Shonda-verse. “It was really important that this show worked as a companion piece with Grey’s but also had a very distinct voice,” McKee said. “It’s about being a nice sister to Grey’s but a sister with a little bit of edge. The one nice thing about the kinds of stories we tell is they run into fires and there’s a lot more action than there typically is on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, and that automatically heightens the stakes storytelling-wise. It’s keeping the same tone and sensibility but heighten things a bit.”

    In reference to the Station 19 finale cliffhanger, she hinted that like Grey’s Anatomy, no one is ever safe. “Yes, anyone could die at any time,” McKee said. “That’s the nature of the job, and if you’ve ever watched an episode of Grey’s Anatomy you know.”

    During the discussion, the panel also highlighted the importance of inclusive casting, from the start a staple element of Shondaland programs. “I feel that’s the gift that we are able to represent what you go out and to see every day,” said Lowy. “We try to do that from the co-stars right up into the series regulars.”

    For Ortiz, being and portraying a Latina lead character on a network series serves a bigger purpose. “It’s another door of opportunity for the next generation.”

    Station 19 returns in the fall.

    Eric Dane and Zendaya Join HBO's Euphoria Pilot

    (6/5/18) Eric Dane has found his next TV role.

    The former Grey's Anatomy and The Last Ship star has signed up to Euphoria, a gritty young adult drama pilot at HBO, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show is described as a story of "drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship."

    Euphoria is based on the Israeli television show of the same name and will star Zendaya 17-year old Rue, the show's unreliable drug-addicted narrator. The adaptation is being written by Sam Levinson, who also wrote Wizard of Lies for the premium cable network.

    Dane and Zendaya will be joined by 10 others, including Judd Apatow's daughter Maude Apatow. Brian Bradley, Angus Cloud, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Hunter Schafer and Sydney Sweeney fill out the rest of the cast.

    Dane currently stars on the post-apocalyptic drama The Last Ship on TNT, which will wrap its fifth and final season this summer.

    Killing Eve: Hulu to Stream Season 1, Beginning in Late 2018

    (6/5/18) Did you miss out on BBC America’s buzzy crime thriller Killing Eve? Not to worry: You’ll be able to catch up soon on Hulu.

    The streaming service has secured the exclusive SVOD rights to Killing Eve, sources confirm to TVLine, with all eight Season 1 episodes hitting Hulu later this year. (Hulu has the rights via an earlier agreement with AMC Networks.)

    Eve stars Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) as intelligence officer Eve Polastri, who’s on the trail of a glamorous female assassin named Villanelle (The White Princess‘ Jodie Comer). Debuting in April, Killing Eve quickly became a word-of-mouth sensation, with its ratings in key demos climbing each week leading up to last week’s finale. Plus, Oh and Comer are so good in it, they both earned a spot on TVLine’s list of Dream Emmy nominees for Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

    But if you’ve already watched Season 1 and are hungry for more, we have more good news for you: Killing Eve has already been renewed for Season 2 at BBC America.

    Jesse Williams Says Ex is 'Greedy' and Lying About Kids' Expenses

    (6/5/18) Jesse Williams is drawing a line in the financial sand in his child support war with his ex, and claims she's lying about expenses for their kids ... in order to pocket more dough.

    Jesse filed a response to Aryn Drake-Lee's request to increase child support, and he ain't happy. In the docs, the "Grey's Anatomy" star says Aryn's filing included "wildly inflated" numbers -- such as $25k per month for college savings. The children are 2 and 4.

    Jesse believes the request for future college savings is outside the court's jurisdiction, especially because when the kids go to college, they'll be 18 ... the age when child support ends. Further, he says Aryn's jacking up the expenses as a de facto way to get more spousal support. They were married less than 5 years, which means she's only entitled to support for half that time.

    According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Jesse says they'd always agreed the children should lead a "simple life without wasting money on extravagances." For instance, he says most of the kids' furniture is from Ikea.

    He says he's willing to pay 100 percent of the kids' current private school expenses ... including tuition and tutors, if necessary.

    Jesse's bottom line is he thinks Aryn's bitter, and calls her financial demands ... "absurd and greedy, and in no way related to the children or their needs."

    We reached out to Aryn's lawyer ... so far no word back.

    'Grey's Anatomy' & 'The Middle' Stars Lend Voices to Netflix's 'Harvey Street Kids'

    (6/2/18) Netflix's newest collaboration with DreamWorks Animation Television, Harvey Street Kids, is headed to the streaming service later this month, and this is one TV fans won't want to miss!

    The series, which is inspired by the classic '40s Harvey Comics, will follow a group of kids having non-stop fun through "larger than life" adventures and more. And there's a reason why some of the characters might sound familiar — actresses Stephanie Lemelin (Dawn of the Croods), Kelly McCreary (Grey's Anatomy) and Lauren Lapkus (The Big Bang Theory) lend their voices to the main trio of Audrey, Dot, and Lotta.

    This imaginative group is joined by more Harvey Street characters such as Tiny, voiced by Community's Danny Pudi, and Bloogey Boys leader Melvin, voiced by The Middle's Atticus Shaffer. These characters all live on Harvey Street "where the sun never sets and the fun never ends."

    That's not all, though! Fans of popular boy bands like New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, *NSYNC, and Boyz II Men will be ecstatic to learn that the show's Crush4U band is comprised of voices lent by Joey McIntyre, Nick Lachey, Joey Fatone, and Shawn Stockman. The fun-filled project will be overseen by Executive Producer Brendan Hay (The Daily Show) and Supervising Producer Aliki Theofilopoulos (Phineas and Ferb).

    For your first look at all the Harvey Street fun, check out the trailer. And don't forget to catch this family-friendly series on Netflix later this June!

    Harvey Street Kids, Series Premiere, June 29, Netflix.

    Jesse Williams is dating sports anchor Taylor Rooks

    (5/30/18) “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams is dating stunning SportsNet New York anchor Taylor Rooks — sources exclusively tell Page Six — after moving on from his breakup with Minka Kelly earlier this year.

    We hear that Williams and Rooks were spotted together at Kevin Hart’s comedy show at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, over Memorial Day Weekend on a date.

    An insider told us: “They are eager to keep their romance under wraps. He’s been going through a difficult divorce [from Aryn Drake-Lee], but he’s found solace with Taylor.”

    Williams filed for divorce last year.

    The source added of Williams and Rooks, “The two slipped into Atlantic City for 24 hours” on Saturday.

    Oddly, the pair were rumored to have stayed at an Atlantic City hotel — the Ocean Resort Casino — before it opens next month, as the only two guests in the 1,400-room resort. (Sounds like it could be a romantic version of “The Shining.”)

    But sources close to the TV star — as well as a rep for the hotel — shot down the cozy creepy concept.

    Rooks has become a rising star for her “TimeOut With Taylor Rooks” YouTube show and podcast, which has recently included interviews with guests including Meek Mill, Dion Waiters and Dwyane Wade.

    Reps for Rooks and Williams did not comment.

    Ellen Pompeo’s purse stolen in Italy: ‘I blame the rosé’

    (5/27/18) Ellen Pompeo’s European vacation isn’t going as planned.

    The “Grey’s Anatomy” star, who earns $10 million a year, shared her purse was swiped on Friday while out and about in Florence, Italy.

    “My purse was stolen from right under my nose!!” the 48-year-old captioned a snap of local police. “I blame the rose!! But Grazia to whoever stole it for dropping it on the street exactly intact.”

    Despite the drama, Pompeo wasn’t helpless – she was able to watch some of it unfold with the help of technology.

    “I was tracking my phone and chasing you down,” she added. “Had I caught you… it would not have ended well for you… I am nice but let’s not forget my heritage… Napolitano.”

    She also thanked local authorities for helping during the chaotic time.

    Pompey had been posting pictures from her Italian vacation in recent days — including a snap of her daughters with the caption “Firenze.”

    2017-18 TV Series Ratings Rankings

    (5/22/18) 2017-2018 Broadcast Season Rankings – Total Viewers
    rank program network total viewers (in millions)
    1 The Big Bang Theory CBS 18.634M
    2 NFL Sunday Night Football NBC 18.285M
    3 Roseanne ABC 17.815M
    4 This Is Us NBC 17.438M
    5 NCIS CBS 16.718M
    6 Young Sheldon CBS 16.296M
    7 The Good Doctor ABC 15.610M
    8 Bull CBS 14.374M
    9 NFL Thursday Night Football (CBS + NFLN) CBS 14.230M
    10 NFL Thursday Night Football (NBC + NFLN) NBC 13.583M
    11 NFL Sunday Night Football Pre-Kickoff NBC 13.291M
    12 Blue Bloods CBS 13.088M
    13 NCIS: New Orleans CBS 12.228M
    14 The Voice NBC 11.850M
    15 The OT Fox 11.677M
    16 60 Minutes CBS 11.562M
    17 The Voice (Tue) NBC 11.173M
    18 Hawaii Five-0 CBS 11.004M
    19 Mom CBS 10.969M
    20 Grey’s Anatomy ABC 10.829M
    21 9-1-1 Fox 10.746M
    22 Dancing With The Stars ABC 10.599M
    23 NCIS: LA CBS 10.384M
    24 Chicago PD NBC 10.323M
    25 Survivor CBS 10.289M
    26 Instinct CBS 10.164M
    27 Chicago Med NBC 10.104M
    28 SEAL Team CBS 9.872M
    29 Chicago Fire NBC 9.678M
    30 Criminal Minds CBS 9.585M
    31 Football Night In America 3 NBC 9.577M
    32 American Idol (Mon) ABC 9.447M
    33 American Idol (Sun) ABC 9.306M
    34 Ellen’s Game Of Games NBC 9.195M
    35 S.W.A.T. CBS 9.133M
    36 Will & Grace NBC 8.855M
    37 Madam Secretary CBS 8.844M
    38 MacGyver CBS 8.595M
    39 Law & Order: SVU NBC 8.575M
    40 Wisdom Of The Crowd CBS 8.508M
    41 The Big Bang Theory (Enc) CBS 8.488M
    42 The Blacklist NBC 8.412M
    43 Scorpion CBS 8.376M
    44 Life In Pieces CBS 8.277M
    45 Designated Survivor ABC 7.974M
    46 NCIS (Enc) CBS 7.941M
    47 The Bachelor ABC 7.927M
    48 Young Sheldon (Enc) CBS 7.202M
    49 The Amazing Race CBS 7.702M
    50 The Brave NBC 7.683M
    51 Kevin Can Wait CBS 7.657M
    52 Empire Fox 7.454M
    53 Scandal ABC 7.406M
    54 Station 19 ABC 7.363M
    55 The Middle ABC 7.286M
    56 NFL Thursday Night Kickoff 2 (CBS + NFLN) CBS 7.193M
    57 Little Big Shots NBC 7.189M
    58 Modern Family ABC 7.099M
    59 The Resident Fox 7.029M
    60 Code Black CBS 6.933M
    61 Man With A Plan CBS 6.789M
    62 Law & Order: True Crime NBC 6.728M
    63 The Orville Fox 6.552M
    64 How To Get Away With Murder ABC 6.424M
    65 60 Minutes Presents CBS 6.299M
    66 The Goldbergs ABC 6.264M
    67 9JKL CBS 6.253M
    68 Ellen’s Game Of Games (Enc) NBC 6.226M
    69 Better Late Than Never NBC 6.201M
    70 Me, Myself & I CBS 6.130M
    71 Good Girls NBC 6.070M
    72 The Wall NBC 6.003M
    73 Bull (Enc) CBS 5.945M
    74 Superior Donuts CBS 5.915M
    75 The Crossing ABC 5.888M
    76 Hawaii Five-0 (Enc) CBS 5.803M
    77 The Good Place NBC 5.784M
    78 Saturday Night College Football (8:07 PM) ABC 5.764M
    79 Rise NBC 5.759M
    80 Splitting Up Together ABC 5.758M
    81 NCIS: New Orleans (Enc) CBS 5.671M
    82 Dateline (Fri) NBC 5.647M
    83 Blue Bloods (Enc) CBS 5.623M
    84 American Housewife ABC 5.583M
    85 Dateline Classic (Fri) NBC 5.540M
    86 Shark Tank ABC 5.507M
    87 Black-ish ABC 5.466M
    88 Elementary CBS 5.421M
    89 Deception ABC 5.414M
    90 Lethal Weapon Fox 5.382M
    91 The X-Files Fox 5.337M
    92 Football Night In America 2 NBC 5.311M
    93 America’s Funniest Home Videos (7 PM Alt) ABC 5.307M
    94 SEAL Team (Enc) CBS 5.288M
    95 Blindspot NBC 5.160M
    96 Star Fox 5.124M
    97 America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC 5.101M
    98 Living Biblically CBS 5.072M
    99 Gifted Fox 4.973M
    100 Chicago PD (Enc) NBC 4.948M
    101 Speechless ABC 4.883M
    102 Superstore NBC 4.876M
    103 The Big Bang Theory (9-9:30 PM) CBS 4.820M
    104 Undercover Boss CBS 4.813M
    105 S.W.A.T. (Enc) CBS 4.627M
    106 48 Hours CBS 4.625M
    107 Shark Tank (Sun 10 PM) ABC 4.591M
    108 Fresh Off The Boat ABC 4.573M
    109 Dateline Classic (Sun) NBC 4.425M
    110 Taken NBC 4.383M
    111 Criminal Minds (Enc) CBS 4.360M
    112 Dateline (Sun) NBC 4.348M
    113 Child Support ABC 4.346M
    114 MasterChef Jr Fox 4.334M
    115 Law & Order: SVU (Enc) NBC 4.313M
    116 Timeless NBC 4.271M
    117 The Four Fox 4.199M
    118 For The People ABC 4.191M
    119 Lucifer Fox 4.161M
    120 Genius Jr NBC 4.147M
    121 Marvel’s Inhumans ABC 4.136M
    122 The Simpsons Fox 4.072M
    123 Ghosted Fox 4.041M
    124 Hell’s Kitchen Fox 4.030M
    125 Kevin Probably Saves The World ABC 3.977M
    126 20/20 (Fri) ABC 3.863M
    127 Alex, Inc ABC 3.850M
    128 48 Hours Presents CBS 3.835M
    129 Gotham Fox 3.695M
    130 The Mayor ABC 3.690M
    131 Ten Days In The Valley ABC 3.666M
    132 Saturday Night College Football Pre-Game ABC 3.601M
    133 Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC 3.569M
    134 A.P. Bio NBC 3.538M
    135 Great News NBC 3.530M
    136 Family Guy Fox 3.516M
    137 LA To Vegas Fox 3.493M
    138 NBA Saturday Primetime ABC 3.439M
    139 9-1-1 (Enc) Fox 3.411M
    140 Crimetime Saturday (9 PM) CBS 3.407M
    141 Dateline Mystery NBC 3.388M
    142 Match Game ABC 3.355M
    143 Crimetime Saturday (8 PM) CBS 3.338M
    144 Once Upon A Time ABC 3.325M
    145 Running Wild With Bear Grylls NBC 3.270M
    146 Chicago Fire (Enc) NBC 3.258M
    147 Quantico ABC 3.215M
    148 Ransom CBS 3.178M
    149 The Mick Fox 3.129M
    150 Chicago Med (Enc) NBC 3.036M
    151 The Flash CW 3.046M
    152 The Last Man On Earth fox 2.932M
    153 SNL Primetime (Sat) NBC 2.843M
    154 Supergirl CW 2.820M
    155 Bob’s Burgers Fox 2.801M
    156 Little Big Shots (Enc) NBC 2.761M
    157 Showtime At The Apollo Fox 2.745M
    158 Superstore (Enc) NBC 2.744M
    159 20/20 (Sat) ABC 2.731M
    160 Black Lightnigh CW 2.727M
    161 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Fox 2.712M
    162 So You Think You Can Dance Fox 2.673M
    163 College Football Primetime Fox 2.623M
    164 Champions nBC 2.490M
    165 Toy Box ABC 2.409M
    166 Supernatural CW 2.318M
    167 9-1-1 (Fri) Fox 2.317M
    168 Will & Grace (Enc) NBC 2.274M
    169 Will & Grace (Sat) NBC 2.271M
    170 DC”s Legends Of Tomorrow CW 2.237M
    171 New Girl Fox 2.180M
    172 American Idol (Sat) ABC 2.138M
    173 Riverdale CW 2.115M
    174 UFC On Fox Primetime Fox 2.081M
    175 20/20 (Fri) ABC 2.047M
    176 The Exorcist Fox 1.937M
    177 NBA Countdown Saturday Primetime ABC 1.926M
    178 Penn & Teller: Fool Us CW 1.857M
    179 The Resident (Enc) Fox 1.848M
    180 LA To Vegas (Enc) Fox 1.777M
    181 Arrow CW 1.761M
    182 The 100 CW 1.610M
    183 The Resident (Sat) Fox 1.494M
    184 The Simpsons (Enc) Fox 1.478M
    185 The Mick (Enc) Fox 1.477M
    186 Superstore (Sat) NBC 1.470M
    187 Valor CW 1.431M
    188 The Originals CW 1.364M
    189 Whose Line Is It Anyway? CW 1.312M
    190 Family Guy (Enc) Fox 1.292M
    191 Bob’s Burgers (Sun 7 PM) Fox 1.241M
    191 iZombie CW 1.241M
    193 Jane The Virgin CW 1.231M
    194 Showtime At The Apollo (Sat) Fox 1.217M
    195 Premier Boxing Champions Primetime Fox 1.206M
    196 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Fox 1.198M
    197 MasterChef Jr (Sat) Fox 1.151M
    198 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Enc) CW 1.130M
    199 LA To Vegas (Sun) Fox 1.124M
    200 Bob’s Burgers (Enc) Fox 1.095M
    201 Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Enc) CW 1.086M
    202 Ghosted (Enc) Fox 1.033M
    203 Dynasty CW 0.968M
    204 Masters Of Illusion (Enc) CW 0.957M
    205 Masters Of Illusion CW 0.954M
    206 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend CW 0.796M
    207 Life Sentence CW 0.710M

    Kim Raver Upped to Series Regular for Season 15

    (5/22/18) Call it the baby bump: Grey’s Anatomy‘s Kim Raver — whose character, Teddy Altman, was unexpectedly revealed to be expecting in last week’s season finale — will be returning to the ABC drama next fall as a full-fledged series regular.

    “I am thrilled to reprise the role of Dr. Teddy Altman as a regular,” Raver said in a statement. “Returning to Shondaland with the incredibly talented [showrunner] Krista Vernoff, Ellen Pompeo and the amazing cast is heavenly. I have a special place in my heart for Teddy and feel very lucky to have the opportunity to continue her story.”

    The Teddy pregnancy cliffhanger — which TVLine deemed the third most memorable Season 14 moment — occurred in the final seconds of Thursday’s finale. While watching a wedding over FaceTime with the hospitalized mother of the bride, a tearful Teddy admitted she was having a baby. The twist will likely throw a monkey wrench into baby daddy Owen’s burgeoning reconciliation with ex Amelia. Also in the finale, Bailey offered Teddy the job of interim chief — an offer, it’s safe to now assume, she will accept.

    Raver — whose initial series-regular stint with Grey’s ended in Season 8 — returned this past season on a recurring basis. Her upgrade comes as Grey’s heads into Season 15 sans longtime cast members Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew.

    Ratings: Gotham Dips With Finale, Arrow Eyes 4-Month High

    (5/18/18) Fox’s Gotham this Thursday night wrapped Season 4 — and delivered its last episode until 2019 — with 2.2 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating, down a tenth in the demo.

    Leading out of that, Showtime at the Apollo (2.6 mil/0.6) was steady.

    Of The CW’s finales, Supernatural (1.6 mil/0.5, TVLine reader grade “B+”) drew its best audience since March 29 while up a tenth in the demo. Arrow (1.35 mil/0.5, TVLine reader grade “B”) surged 35 and 66 percent to deliver its best numbers since Jan. 25 and Jan. 18.


    ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (7.5 mil/1.9, TVLine reader grade “B”) was steady with its finale, while Station 19 (5.1 mil/1.) ticked up. What Would You Do? (2.7 mil/0.6) outperformed Quantico‘s final Thursday airing (2 mil/0.5).

    CBS | Leading out of reruns, Life in Pieces did 5.6 mil/1.0 and then 5 mil/0.9, hitting and tying season lows with the latter. S.W.A.T. (6.1 mil/1.0) ended Season 1 with its best numbers since Feb. 1.

    NBC | An American Ninja Warrior special did 3.4 mil and a 0.7.

    ‘She-Ra And the Princesses Of Power’: Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara, Sandra Oh Among Voice Cast

    (5/18/18) Aimee Carrero (Elena of Avalor) stars as Adora/She-Ra; Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad) as Glimmer; AJ Michalka (The Goldbergs) as Catra, Marcus Scribner (black-ish) as Bow; Reshma Shetty (Royal Pains) as Angella; Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black) as Shadow Weaver; Keston John (The Good Place) as Hordak; Lauren Ash (Superstore) as Scorpia; Christine Woods (Hello Ladies) as Entrapta; Genesis Rodriguez (Time After Time) as Perfuma; Jordan Fisher (Grease Live!) as Seahawk; Vella Lovell (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as Mermista; Merit Leighton (Alexa & Katie) as Frosta; Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) as Castaspella; and Krystal Joy Brown (Motown: The Musical) as Netossa.

    Described as a modern take on the ’80s girl power icon, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the story of an orphan named Adora (Carrero), who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the mythical warrior princess She-Ra. Along the way, she finds a new family in the Rebellion as she unites a group of magical princesses in the ultimate fight against evil.

    She-Ra and the Princesses of Power hails from Eisner Award-winning author and executive producer Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes, Nimona) and executive producer Chuck Austen (Dawn of the Croods, Steven Universe).

    Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Finale Recap: Jolex Say 'I Do'; April, Arizona, 'Adieu'

    (5/18/18) ( Before Thursday’s Season 14 finale of Grey’s Anatomy, we didn’t know what the something old, something new, might be at Alex and Jo’s wedding, but we were painfully aware that the something borrowed was going to be the time that April and Arizona were on, and the something blue, us the second that that time was up. So, bummed though you may be, grab a hanky and RSVP yes to this recap, and we’ll go over not only the vows exchanged but the goodbyes said.

    ‘YOU CAN TEACH US HOW TO MAKE AN IGLOO’ | As the hour began, April was at Jolex’s wedding venue, looking radiant and literally stopping to smell the roses. At Mer’s, flower girl Zola was asking her mom if she was ever gonna get married again. Mer replied that she’d already had one great love and didn’t want to be too greedy. “I don’t think love is like candy,” replied the moppet with a wisdom that belied her age. “I don’t think you can be too greedy for it.” Downstairs, Arizona got Alex ready for his big day but, wary of tears, refused to discuss her imminent departure other than to say that, now that he was getting hitched, “My work here is done.” Just then, in burst Jo — superstitions be damned — with big news: She’d gotten the minimally-invasive-surgery fellowship she applied for at MassGen! No sooner had Mer gotten done congratulating the bride than she realized — gulp — if Jo left Seattle, so would Alex. She’d be left without her person. At Owen’s, Betty revealed to Hunt her chip for having gone 30 days clean and sober. (Hello, time-jump!) Sweetly, he insisted that that deserved a fist bump. Alone with Amelia, he learned that no, Betty’s parents hadn’t shown to celebrate the teen’s accomplishment. On the plus side, Betty hadn’t known that Amelia had invited them. Over at Bailey and Ben’s, she gasped upon receiving her first check from the Trail-Blazer. Clearly, they were now as rich as Jackson (used to be).

    Meanwhile, at the site of the nuptials, April thanked Matthew for attending with her — especially since, as she acknowledged, weddings weren’t his favorite place to be with her, historically. Inside the church, Jackson expressed to Maggie his astonishment that his ex-wife had quit her job to do God’s work. “That happened weeks ago,” Pierce reminded him. As he wondered aloud what it meant that he’d promised his life to a God that he’d never believed in, his girlfriend noted that she wanted to be supportive of his “quest,” but religion wasn’t really her thing. Hey, until a hot second ago, it wasn’t his, either! (Nearby, Dahlia had the same horrified reaction to the couple’s canoodling as do Jaggie haters.) As the ceremony at last began, Bailey was surprised to see that Jolex had so many friends from outside the hospital. But here’s the thing: They didn’t have so many friends from outside the hospital. Half the staff of Grey Sloan had shown up at the wrong place! “Oh God,” said April at the other venue. Apparently, she explained to Mer and Alex, there had been “a little issue” with the GPS link on the wedding website. At the wrong church, Richard suggested that they all sneak out subtly, one by one. Cue Catherine feigning a crying jag. “Very subtle, dear,” cracked her hubby. Before Ben and Bailey could make their exits, the Mother of the Bride collapsed, and the marrieds leapt into action.

    ‘I AM NOT IN LOVE WITH ALEX’ | At the actual wedding venue, Mer confessed to Amelia that “I feel less OK than I have in a long time.” Amelia’s priceless response? To assume — as many a viewer and Ausiello long have — that Derek’s widow was hung up on Alex. Stat, Mer shut that s— down, insisting that while she was harboring no secret feelings for Karev, Amelia might be harboring some for Owen. And, given the way that Amelia reacted when Hunt then sidled up to her, Grey was obviously right. (Side note: How awesome and funny is tumorless Amelia!) In the bride’s prep room, Jo was getting her nose professionally powdered when in burst Mer, telling her that if she didn’t want to take the fellowship, a general-surgery attending job at Grey Sloan was hers for the taking. Immediately, Jo ran to the groom’s prep room — superstitions be damned again! — and accused him of putting Mer up to it. “That’s something Paul would’ve done,” he pointed out. “I’m not Paul.” That settled, Jo wondered if she was really ready to be an attending, and with Alex’s support, decided to take the fellowship. They kissed, then kissed some more, then ran off to a shed to start the honeymoon early “somwhere April can’t bust us.”

    They weren’t the only ones getting some action, either. (Although theirs was certainly the more fun kind!) Bailey and Ben arrived at Grey Sloan with the Mother of the Bride No. 2. “This woman is not gonna die on her daughter’s wedding day,” Miranda vowed. Since none of Bailey’s best and brightest were around to scrub in with her, she was beyond thrilled when who should walk in, fresh from a 12-hour flight, but Teddy? (“Drat,” I thought. “Just when I’d been re-sold on the idea of Owen and Amelia 2.0.”) Meanwhile, the rest of the Grey Sloan-ers arrived at the real wedding venue. “Where do you sit,” a cranky DeLuca asked April, “if you used to be in love with the bride, but then the groom beat you up and put you in the hospital?” When Catherine told Kepner how much she was missed at the hospital, she reiterated how rewarding it was to be working with the homeless. (Since Catherine asked April to come to Sunday dinner with Harriet, did that mean that she was staying in Seattle, just off screen?) When Jackson and Matthew crossed paths, Arizona couldn’t get away fast enough. “I’m gonna… ” she began, searching for a word, any word, to allow her to bolt, “drink.”

    ‘WILL YOU JUST STOP PROJECTING YOUR SECRET LOVE ALL OVER ME?’ | Nearby, Jolex discovered post-romp that they were trapped in the shed. And no one could hear them hollering, either. In fact, at that very moment, Maggie was encouraging Jackson to “find your inner Jesus or whatever” and get over his awkwardness with April and Matthew for Harriet’s sake. While Kepner and Robbins searched for the bride and groom, Richard called Mer on her BS job offer to Jo. “I get it,” he said. “You wanna keep Karev around.” But that wouldn’t be fair to Wilson. After Webber moved off, Amelia, adorably full of mischief, asked her sister-in-law if it was actually Jo that she was in love with. Again, Mer insisted that Amelia was re-falling for Owen. She was never home, and neither was Maggie; she was always with Jackson. But Alex… “He’s my Alex,” Mer said. “I just got happy in a world without Cristina and without Derek, and I don’t want to be alone.” Sweetly, Amelia promised that even if she was re-falling for her ex, she’d always be there for Mer, to which Grey responded in classic fashion, “Oh, whatever” and huffed off.

    In the shed, Alex assured Jo that she needn’t worry, their entrapment would just be a funny story they’d tell their kids someday. At the bar, the interns downed shot after shot, toasting each time to Mer, with whom Taryn seemed as enamored as Dahlia was with Jackson. Or make that “as enamored as Dahlia had been with Jackson.” When DeLuca passed by, she got him to join them. As the search for Alex and Jo continued, Jackson and Matthew made a valiant attempt at putting the past behind them. When April’s current squeeze copped to wanting to hit the ex who’d come between them, Jackson tried to make him feel better by admitting that he’d just lost a quarter of a billion dollars. “Anything I can to do help,” he joked. In a moment alone with Owen and Leo, Betty asked if her son’s foster dad was going to marry Amelia. “I’ve been living with you guys for a month,” she said, “and I still can’t tell if you’re a couple or not.” When Hunt replied that they were not a couple, Betty cracked, “So you just live in the same house and take care of stray kids together? That’s weird.” And it only sounded weirder when he kept saying it was complicated — from where Betty was sitting, looking at them now, it wasn’t complicated in the slightest.

    ‘WE HAD SEX IN A SHED NEXT TO A CORPSE ON OUR WEDDING DAY!’ | While Jo tried to turn the skeleton she found in the shed into a symbol of the full life that she and Alex should aspire to lead, Carina stopped a drunken Taryn from confessing her feelings to Mer (and glanced at Arizona when she said one shouldn’t waste love on someone who doesn’t love you back). At that very moment, Arizona was admitting to April that she smiled every time she got a text from Callie. But no, God, no, she told Kepner and Richard, she wouldn’t even consider getting back together even though they were both single now. (Bye, Penny.) “No one ever in the history of my life,” said Robbins, “has hurt me like Callie.” In response, April pointed out how badly she’d hurt Matthew, and look at them now. Richard chimed in that he, too, had hurt Catherine. “People change,” April said, and “our one job, really our only job, is to stay open to possibilities.” (Calzona reunion in 3, 2… ) Since we were heading toward the end of the episode, and the season, Arizona fought back tears as she told her friends she’d miss them. Then, hugging April, she lost that particular fight. (So did a lot of us just then, I suspected.) Desperate to kill time, the wedding planner suggested that someone make a toast. And since DeLuca was right in front of her, she chose him… even though he was so soused that he could barely stand.

    Mer ushered Sam’s ex away before his speech could get too unbearably bitter, then reassured him that he’d fall in love again. DeLuca’s response? To kiss her! “This is not a seduction,” she made clear. “Am I fired?” he asked. “No,” she said. “I’m flattered.” As an added bonus, they were close enough to the shed for them to hear Alex and Jo, and free them! Back in the seating area, the wedding planner asked if anyone had an EpiPen: She’d accidentally eaten some shrimp, and um, she was extremely allergic. After she collapsed, the doctors fought their way past her Spanx to rectally administer some expired Benadryl from a first-aid kit and performed an emergency tracheotomy. So that was how the blood got on the white carpet! Speaking of blood, the sight of it made poor Levi faint, and when he went down, he took the cake with him. Back at Grey Sloan, while successfully operating on the Mother of the Bride No. 2 with Bailey, Teddy revealed that she wasn’t in Seattle for the wedding — like Vik, she hadn’t been invited — she was there to ask the chief if there were any job openings. Bailey took it as yet another prompt that she should do what she really wanted and… take a sabbatical. “Not from surgery,” she clarified. “From paperwork… and stress.” She wanted to fall in love with the O.R. again and do research and spend her newfound fortune. That being the case, “the position of interim chief just opened up,” she told Teddy. “What do you say?” And what did she say? “Let’s keep talking.”

    ‘I DO NOT THINK THERE’S GOING TO BE A WEDDING HERE TODAY’ | As the Jolex nuptials broke up without them ever saying “I do,” and most of the wedding party ferried their way back home, Mer apologized to Jo for her job offer but clarified that she really had loved working with Wilson. Back at the wedding site, Matthew told April, “Let’s try again,” then got down on one knee and proposed… just as Jackson showed up to see. “I loved who you were five years ago,” Matthew said, “and I love you even more today… So I don’t want to waste any more time. April, will you marry me?” She was tearfully replying yes when the minister arrived. Judging from the looks on Matthew and April’s faces, they were gonna get married right then and there. Meanwhile, on the ferry, Maggie reported to Alex that Jackson had said they could move the reception to his place; Catherine was already ordering food. She also had an idea (which we wouldn’t find out for a few seconds). Off that chat, Alex approached Mer and reassured her that he’d never leave her. Also, about Maggie’s idea — Mer could get ordained as a minister right on the spot. Done!

    So, as April told Jackson that, of course, she wanted him to stay for her and Matthew’s wedding — and how nice for Matthew (not!) — Mer presided over Alex and Jo’s ferry ceremony. “I have never seen two people bring out better in each other,” she told the couple. Among the attendants, Owen and Amelia were looking so cozy as to once and for all settle Betty’s question of whether they were a couple. After Arizona walked April down the aisle, she and Matthew wed at the very same moment as Jo and Alex — and as the couple whose wedding had been interrupted by the Mother of the Bride’s collapse. In the last few seconds of the episode, Arizona got a text from Callie saying, “I can’t wait to see you!” And Teddy, watching with the Mother of the Bride her daughter’s nuptials via FaceTime, admitted that she was expecting. Just in time to blow up Owen and Amelia’s reunion before they’d even reunited!

    The Last Ship to End After Season 5

    (5/18/18) The Last Ship is being permanently docked. The TNT drama will conclude at the end of its upcoming fifth season.

    Rumors of The Last Ship‘s demise first began circulating back in Sept. 2017, when cast member Travis Van Winkle, who plays Danny Green, announced “a series wrap” in an Instagram post that was later deleted. In response, TNT released a statement, which read, “We shot two seasons simultaneously; the fourth is currently on the air and the fifth will return next summer. We greenlit the fifth with the idea that it could be the final season, however it’s far too early to make that determination.” But now it’s official.

    A premiere date for Season 5 has not yet been announced.

    ABC Fall 2018-19 Schedule

    (5/16/18) ABC FALL 2018-19 SCHEDULE (New programs in UPPER CASE)

    8 PM — Dancing with the Stars
    10 PM — The Good Doctor

    8 PM — Roseanne
    9 PM — black-ish
    9:30 PM — Splitting Up Together
    10 PM — THE ROOKIE

    8 PM — The Goldbergs
    8:30 PM — American Housewife
    9 PM — Modern Family

    8 PM — Grey’s Anatomy
    9 PM — Station 19
    10 PM — How to Get Away with Murder

    8 PM — Fresh Off the Boat
    8:30 PM — Speechless
    9 PM — Child Support
    10 PM — 20/20

    8 PM — Saturday Night Football

    7 PM — America’s Funniest Home Videos
    9 PM — Shark Tank

    ABC Boss Hints At ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & ‘Station 19’ Crossovers Next Season

    (5/15/18) While Grey’s Anatomy’s spinoff Station 19 was introduced on the mothership series, and Grey’s cast member Jason George moved from the medical drama to the firefighter show, there weren’t any crossovers during Station 19‘s current first season.

    That may change next season.

    “We are looking at more dynamic interplay between the 8 and 9 o’clock hours,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said during the network’s upfront presentation when unveiling the network’s TGIT lineup, which features Grey’s at 8 PM and Station 19 at 9 PM.

    Station 19 follows a group of heroic firefighters in Washington’s largest city. From the captain to the newest recruit, the show revolves around the men and women as they risk their lives and hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock.

    Grey’s Anatomy, continues its march through ABC’s history books, heading into its fifteenth season. It is ABC’s longest-running primetime scripted series, eclipsing sitcom 1952 sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett, which aired for 14 seasons.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Kevin McKidd welcomes baby

    (5/15/18) Five months after finalizing his divorce from Jane Parker, “Grey’s Anatomy” star Kevin McKidd welcomed his first child with new wife Arielle Goldrath.

    “On this beautiful Mother’s Day evening… Welcome- little Aiden to our family and to the World!,” McKidd wrote on Instagram. “Arielle, you’re the most amazing mother and I love you both so much !”

    McKidd, 44, and Goldrath wed in March.

    The Scottish actor split from Parker in late 2015 after more than 15 years of marriage, two years before they finalized their divorce. They share two teenage children.

    McKidd could be getting an infant-raising refresher course at his day job, as his character on “Grey’s,” Dr. Owen Hunt, recently became a foster parent to a baby.

    ‘Station 19’ Renewed For Season 2 By ABC

    (5/11/18) ‘Station 19’ Renewed For Season 2 By ABC

    Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Station 19 has been renewed for a second season at ABC.

    The series was not an out-of-the-gate hit for the network but has done respectably well ratingswise, averaging a 1.08 in the key 18-49 demo and 5.4 million viewers.

    Station 19, from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland and written by Grey’s executive producer/co-showrunner Stacy McKee, follows a group of heroic firefighters in Washington’s largest city. From the captain to the newest recruit, the show revolves around the men and women as they risk their lives and hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock.

    Jaina Lee Ortiz and Jason George star along with Jay Hayden, Alberto Frezza, Grey Damon, Okieriete Onaodowan, Danielle Savre and Miguel Sandoval.

    McKee executive produces with Shondaland’s Rhimes and Betsy Beers for ABC Studios.

    New York Split Screens TV Fest Slate: Sandra Oh To Be Honored; ‘Snowfall’, ‘Younger’ Episode Premieres

    (5/11/18) Premiere episode screenings of FX’s Snowfall and TV Land’s Younger, retro-dives into creepy classics Twin Peaks and The Outer Limits, and in-person conversations with David Costabile of Showtime’s Billions and Jeffrey Wright of HBO’s Westworld are among the highlights announced today for the second annual Split Screens television festival in New York.

    Running May 30 to June 3, the fest will also honor Sandra Oh with its Vanguard Award and a special episode screening of the actress’ BBC America series Killing Eve. Oh will be in attendance.

    See the entire festival line-up below.

    Produced and presented by Manhattan’s IFC Center, and curated for the second year by New York Magazine TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Split Screen kicks off Wednesday, May 30, with a big-screen showing of The Americans‘ series finale and an audience discussion about the series moderated by Zoller Seitz. On June 1, The Americans showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields will join Seitz in a discussion of the series.

    The fest concludes Sunday, June 3, with an evening conversation with Rhea Seehorn of AMC’s Better Call Saul. Other “Close-Up” conversations planned for the festival will feature Thomas Haden Church of HBO’s Divorce and Jean Smart of FX’s Legion.

    In addition to various special events, the Split Screen Fest features four sections: Premieres of new series and episodes; Close-Up conversations with actors; Rewind screenings and discussions of iconic programs; and TV Talk panel discussions of TV-related topics. A panel of female directors will represent such series as Mr. Robot, The Walking Dead, Halt and Catch Fire, Orange is the New Black, Queen Sugar, Silicon Valley and Casual.

    “This year’s festival speaks to the power of storytelling on all platforms,” said Seitz. “We have chosen to highlight series and actors that continue to engage, empower and excite a passionate base of fans — viewers who seek a destination like Split Screens where the conversation about their personal favorites is both meaningful and incredibly entertaining.”

    Here’s the complete schedule, with abridged fest descriptions:



    With six seasons of espionage and domestic drama coming to a close, Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields’ Cold War Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated FX series The Americans says farewell to its comrades in the viewing audience. The series finale will be shown live on the big screen at IFC Center, followed by a freewheeling audience discussion of the season, moderated by New York magazine TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz. Join as we ponder the fate of the Jennings family, the end of the Cold War, and the show’s six season May Day parade of astonishing wigs, glasses and fake mustaches… not to mention one of the smartest, most surprising uses of contemporaneous pop songs in TV history.



    In attendance: Actor Jean Smart

    Jean Smart has received numerous accolades during her illustrious career spanning television, film and theater including two Emmy Awards for her role as Lana Gardener in Frasier, an Independent Spirit Award nomination for the feature film Guinevere and a Tony Award for her Broadway performance in The Man Who Came to Dinner. And who could forget her turn as Charlene Frazier Stillfield in the classic Designing Women?

    Most recently, Smart’s career has been redefined thanks to starring roles in two critically-acclaimed FX series’ – Fargo and Legion. In this wide-ranging career survey, Smart will talk about the difference between drama and sitcom acting and how she manages to disappear into such a dazzling array of characters.



    In attendance: Series creator and executive producer Joe Weisberg; executive producer Joel Fields

    The Americans‘ showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields walk us through the rich narrative history of their Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated FX series (set around DC, but largely shot in New York), from its debut in 2012, which put a fresh spin on the newly minted tradition of antihero-driven drama, through its wrenching 2018 final season, which exposed deep fissures in a marriage of spies and set its fictional characters against real history with the deftness of Mad Men.


    In attendance: Actor David Costabile

    From his breakthrough role on Damages through his hilarious and haunting turn as meth chef Gale Boetticher (the would-be Salieri to Walter White’s Mozart) on Breaking Bad, David Costabile is the sort of actor who draws the eye no matter where he is in the frame. He’s an electrifying listener and watcher, creating old fashioned movie star tension by making you wonder what his characters will say or do next.

    He’s at the peak of his power inhabiting high finance enforcer Mike “Wags” Wagner on Showtime’s drama Billions, a character whose knife-flick menace is wreathed in elegance and dry wit. Join us as we discuss a great character actor’s bottomless repertoire of disappearing acts.


    In attendance: Actor Jeffrey Wright

    Since his first movie star turn as the troubled savant artist of Basquiat, Jeffrey Wright has become one of the most versatile and mesmerizing of actors, playing everything from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the HBO film Boycott to a gangster kingpin and political leader on Boardwalk Empire.

    Wright’s tour-de-force work on Westworld as two versions of the same character might be his most challenging assignment yet, somehow striking a perfect balance between felt emotion and analytical cool. Wright will walk audiences through the fine points of this performance and others in an hour-long discussion of acting craft.



    In attendance: Scott Derrickson, director of Doctor Strange; classic TV expert Stephen Bowie (AV Club, Vulture); Reba Wissner, author of We Will Control All That You Hear: The Outer Limits and the Aural Imagination; Edgar Award-winning crime fiction author Wallace Stroby; fantasy novelist Daniel Kraus.

    Now enshrined in a remastered Blu-ray box set from Kino Lorber, The Outer Limits will be commemorated with a big-screen showing of one of its most beloved episodes, “The Demon with the Glass Hand,” and discussed by a panel of passionate fans drawn from filmmaking, crime fiction, criticism and academia.


    In attendance: Critics Candice Frederick, Frank Guan, Dennis Lim, Emily Nussbaum

    The question above will be debated by Pulitzer prizewinning New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum; Dennis Lim, author of the David Lynch critical biography The Man from Another Place and director of programming at the Film Society of Lincoln Center; Candice Frederick, who writes about film for The Daily Beast, Black Girl Nerds and other outlets; pop music and literature critic Frank Guan of Vulture; and moderator and Split Screens artistic director Matt Zoller Seitz, who named Twin Peaks: The Return his #1 TV program of 2017.


    In attendance: Directors Tricia Brock, Gillian Robespierre, Julie Anne Robinson, Lauren Wolkstein

    “Show, don’t tell.” You hear that phase bandied about all the time. It’s a guiding principle across the arts, especially in visual storytelling forms like cinema and TV. But what does it mean? A gathering of top TV directors explores the answer, showing clips from their own work and revealing how the magic happens. Our panel includes Tricia Brock (Mr. Robot, The Walking Dead, Halt and Catch Fire); Julie Anne Robinson (The Good Place, Masters of Sex, Orange is the New Black); Lauren Wolkstein (Queen Sugar), and Gillian Robespierre (Silicon Valley, Casual, Crashing). They’ll walk us through the choices they made in their own work, talk about some of their most cherished storytelling moments from film and television, and take questions from the audience about their craft.


    In attendance: Actor Thomas Haden Church

    Thomas Haden Church broke through on NBC’s Wings as one of the goofiest of TV sex symbols, deadpanning his way through sitcom shenanigans with his hound dog grin. But he went on to show increasingly deep and unexpected shadings, playing everything from a self-destructive hedonist in an Oscar-nominated supporting role in Alexander Payne’s hit movie Sideways to a strong-silent cowpoke in AMC’s Western miniseries Broken Trail.

    He’s most excellent on HBO’s relationship comedy Divorce starring alongside Sarah Jessica Parker. This in-depth discussion will cover high points in Church’s career and explore his unique perspective on comedy and drama.


    In attendance: Co-creator/showrunner/executive producer/writer Dave Andron; consulting producer/writer Walter Mosley, star/”Franklin Saint” Damson Idris

    After previewing the first episode of season two of Snowfall on the big screen, take a ride deep into the menacing heart of this sensational FX series, which tells a sprawling, politically charged story about the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic’s destabilizing effect on Southern California. Not content to be a mere crime thriller or muckraking docudrama, this epic portrait from John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood) & Eric Amadio (Shadows & Lies), and Dave Andron (Justified), paints a panoramic view of greater Los Angeles, showing how the national security state, local law enforcement and the daily hustle of street criminals intersect in the nexus of the drug trade. The latest addition to the show’s deep bench of screenwriters is Walter Mosley, author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins novels and one of America’s greatest crime fiction writers.



    In attendance: Presenters Jeremiah Beaver, Jennifer Condon, Matthew C., Andreas Halskov, Samantha McLaren, Donald McCarthy, Connor Ratliff

    David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks created a new template for small-screen storytelling, mixing melodrama, surrealism, extreme violence, cliffhangers, and enough mysterious patterns and marginal details to inspire feverish theorizing. The most recent season, which ran on Showtime with the subtitle The Return, was even more unsettling and beguiling, as indebted to music, dance, mythology and performance art as to any tradition of cinema or TV. What was it saying? What was it doing? What was it?

    Split Screens is proud to host an international gathering of Peaks obsessives, unveiling videos and multimedia presentations to prove grand unifying theories of what makes Agent Cooper’s cosmos tick.

    Presentations include “The Tragedy and Triumph of Diane Evans,” “Talk about Judy,” “Ding-Dong, Cooper’s Dead,” “Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal as David Lynch’s Red Dragon,” “Peopled by Her Many Parts: Twin Peaks, Trauma, and Macrocosm-Microcosm,” “Just A Stranger’s Dream: A Unified Field Theory Of Twin Peaks,” and “Returning, Recycling and Remixing: Cut-Up and Collage in Twin Peaks: The Return.”


    With a special screening of Killing Eve’s Episode 1, “Nice Face” (BBC AMERICA)

    In attendance: Actress Sandra Oh

    Split Screens will sit down with Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning actress Sandra Oh, who now stars in the critically-acclaimed BBC America drama Killing Eve, which follows Oh as Eve, a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade MI5 security officer whose life changes when she’s tasked with hunting down a psychopathic assassin.

    Oh’s expansive career is full of widely-praised performances, including this year’s “delicious, instantly addictive” Killing Eve, which have consistently impressed across film, theatre and television. She received extensive critical acclaim for her outstanding performance on Grey’s Anatomy, for which she received a Golden Globe, two SAG awards and five Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Other notable television roles include American Crime and HBO’s Arli$$. Oh’s award-winning performances in film include Sideways, Last Night and Double Happiness, and most recently she starred in the films Catfight and Window Horses.


    In attendance: Writers Alice Bolin, Megan Abbott, Sarah Weinman

    From Laura and Lolita through Vertigo, Twin Peaks, True Detective and beyond, murdered women have driven some of the most influential and disturbing works of popular art. Author Alice Bolin explores the phenomenon in her provocative essay anthology Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession, tracing her fascination with classic hardboiled fiction, film noir, true crime books, and cable series about unsolved murders and autopsies.

    Bolin will be joined by two fellow experts in the field: Megan Abbott, writer for HBO’s The Deuce and acclaimed author of crime novels (including You Will Know Me and The Fever); and crime fiction expert Sarah Weinman, author of the upcoming The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World.


    In attendance: Actors Debi Mazar, Nico Tortorella and Charles Michael Davis; Executive Producer Dottie Zicklin and Co-executive Producer Alison Brown

    For four glorious seasons, Darren Star’s TV Land series Younger has told the story of 40-something single mother Liza Miller (Sutton Foster), who lies about her age at her job in the highly competitive world of publishing. For a very specific premise this series has proved itself endlessly inventive, quickly evolving into an ensemble comedy-drama about an extended community of friends and lovers making their mark in New York City. Join us for an exclusive advance screening of the season five premiere — one that promises to keep the characters, and the audience, on their toes – followed by a Q&A with cast and producers. Co-presented by TV Land


    In attendance: Actor Rhea Seehorn

    The backbone of AMC’s Emmy-nominated drama Better Call Saul, Rhea Seehorn’s Kim Wexler anchors a whirlwind of incidents and a heavy-hitting cast of veteran actors. And yet Kim is no mere reactive character: she’s an ethical person fighting a constant battle to maintain her standards even as she’s surrounded by lawyers and criminals who barely notice them, and engaged in a business and romantic partnership with an attorney who’s becoming more corrupt by the week.

    The critically-acclaimed actress talks about the art of being Kim, her stints on Franklin & Bash and Whitney, how her training as a visual artist influences her acting, and what it’s like to work on a show that never gives its performers their story arcs in advance.

    Ratings: Big Bang Hits 9-Episode High With Finale, Grey's at 6-Week Highs

    (5/11/18) The Big Bang Theory‘s season-ending “Shamy” wedding was well-attended, drawing the CBS hitcom’s largest audience — 15 million total viewers — since Jan. 11.

    In the all-important demo, Big Bang scored a 2.8, up 16 percent to mark its best rating since Feb. 1.

    Leading out of that, Young Sheldon (12.2 mil/2.1) drew its best numbers since March 8, while Mom was steady with its hour-long finale (which averaged 8.5 mil and a 1.4). Closing the Eye’s night, S.W.A.T. (5.6 mil/0.9) ticked up.


    ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (7.3 mil/1.8) hit 6-week highs, Station 19 (4.5 mil/0.9) dipped and Quantico (2.1 mil/0.5) was steady.

    FOX | Bubble drama Gotham (2.2 mil/0.7) ticked up from last week’s series lows; Showtime at the Apollo (2.4 mil/0.6) was also up.

    NBC | Chicago Fire‘s two-hour season finale averaged 5.9 mil and a 1.0, steady week-to-week (though the second hour, with 6.3 mil/1.1, was much stronger than the first).

    THE CW | Pending adjustment due to MLB preemptions, Supernatural (1.94 mil/0.6) is currently up a bunch, while Arrow (1.35 mil/0.4) is steady.

    Grey's Recap: Did April Survive?

    (5/10/18) ( Before revealing to Levi and Taryn in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy that April was being rushed into the ER, Bailey warned the interns that when they found out who was on the rig, “You’re not gonna lose your minds, you’re gonna hold it together.” Unfortunately, no one gave us that instruction. So I suspect I speak for most of us viewers when I say that, as we watched this singularly upsetting hour of television, we most certainly did lose our minds and did not hold it together. Did Kepner pull through in the end? Keep the tissues handy, and read on…

    ‘WE’RE NOT GONNA LOSE HER’ | As the penultimate Season 14 episode began, April was fine, sending out invitations to Jolex’s wedding when her ride honked. “It might be too fancy for me to go to,” joked Jo upon receiving the invite. Meanwhile, Amelia rushed to Owen’s because… Betty was back. And she hadn’t relapsed. She was six days clean. Rather than let the teen out of her sight, she took her to work with her for a consult. At the hospital, Arizona gave Bailey her notice; she was leaving to scrub in at Mount Sinai. The chief was not pleased. Turned out, Amelia’s consult was with Geena Davis’ Herman, who cracked that she and Arizona looked swell before admitting that she was still blind as an earthworm. At the coffee cart, Maggie clarified that she and Jackson were attending the wedding together — sort of their first public outing as a couple. Shortly, Matthew came in on an ambulance — he’d rolled his car and was in rough shape. OK, so now we knew for sure who April’s ride had been. But where was she?!? While Jo revealed that she and Alex had a cake-tasting with Kepner at 11, an ambulance raced back to the scene of Matthew’s accident, Owen in tow. At the site, he spotted April unconscious, her lower extremities apparently chilling in a frigid lake. At that very moment, Mer was back at Grey Sloan asking Jackson if he knew where his ex was. When she received Owen’s text, she elected not to fill in Avery, as he was about to go into surgery. By the time the ambulance arrived at Grey Sloan, Owen reported that April was hypothermic, with no pulse and no vitals, and an EMT added that they had no way of knowing how long she’d been down. “I think we lost her,” said another EMT. “No, we didn’t,” replied her friends almost in unison.

    While Mer paged Maggie, Bailey explained to the interns that they had to raise April’s temperature before they could try to jump-start her heart. The team accomplished that by working to pump blood through her body manually. An hour later, with Mer and Maggie still at it, Pierce urged her half sister to tell Jackson. When she ran into Alex in the corridor and he mentioned his appointment with April, Mer burst into tears. (She wasn’t the only one!) In the O.R., as docs took turns pumping blood through Kepner, Alex admitted that he’d hated her at first, because he’d wanted to be more like her. Nurturing, caring, all that good stuff, she just was naturally. “You gotta stop saying ‘was,'” Mer told him. Nearby, Richard operated on Matthew, whose spleen wasn’t looking so good. To feel like she was doing something, anything, Bailey pitched in. “This boy must be cursed,” Webber sighed. He might be onto something there, too. Jackson was fresh out of surgery and informing Jo that he was basically broke when he overheard Casey say they needed all the blood to save Kepner’s life. Not the way he should’ve found out.

    ‘DON’T TAKE APRIL, PLEASE’ | Bursting into the O.R., Avery learned that April had been there for three hours. Nothing to do but wait. “And pray,” said Owen, asking everyone to do what April would’ve wanted and pray for her. From there, the group waited to see any sign of a heartbeat in April, and Maggie, eventually convinced that she had, began using the EKG paddles on her over and over. Finally, Pierce actually did get a rhythm, and they — and we — breathed a huge sigh of relief. In recovery, Matthew came to and immediately asked about April. At that very moment, Amelia was noting that Kepner’s brainwaves were slow and irregular. As soon as Arizona found out what had happened, she rushed into her friend’s room and explained that April and Matthew had been seeing each other again for months. They’d even fallen back in love. Soon, Ben arrived and was welcomed with a huge hug by Bailey. Overnight, it appeared, April’s friends sat at her bedside. At this point, to my relief, I was thinking, “OK, she’s gonna pull through!” But then it seemed for an awful instant like she was basically brain-dead. Tearfully, Jackson told April that he didn’t just want to believe she was still there, he would believe it. “I’ll do whatever you want,” he then told God. “Don’t take her away, OK?” And at that second, she squeezed his hand — ever so gently — and opened her eyes. Lord, what an emotional roller coaster! As Amelia reported that April’s reflexes were good, Kepner related that she remembered calling 911, feeling warmer and warmer and safer… “And then I was here,” she said, delighting in pointing out to Jackson that “you prayed for me, and it worked.” She quickly added that she hadn’t died and come back — that was Jesus’ jam. Before they all left her to get some rest, April thanked Owen. “You always come and bring me back,” she said. Later, April thanked Maggie, too, for saving her life, and at last she was reunited with Matthew.

    ‘SO YOU DID BRAIN SURGERY WHILE YOU NEEDED BRAIN SURGERY?’ | During Amelia’s consult on Nicole’s case, Grey Sloan’s former Head of Fetal Surgery complained of headaches and dizziness. She also revealed to Arizona that she’d been keeping tabs on her career and was eager to catch up. Ticked at having been abandoned by her teacher, blind or not, Robbins didn’t appear quite so keen to. When Arizona revealed to Herman that she was going back into peds and leaving behind fetal surgery, her former mentor balked that that was unacceptable. After Nicole’s scan, she ordered Arizona not to even consider quitting fetal surgery. “After blind school, I hit a rough patch,” Nicole said by way of explaining why she’d ghosted Robbins. “I went very, very dark.” But hearing what Arizona had been up to had excited her — Herman had succeeded in downloading into Robbins her whole brain! It made her realize that she could teach and create a whole lot more Arizonas. And “that saved my life,” she said. At the same time, Amelia feared that Nicole’s tumor was back, but she just couldn’t find it, damn it. If the tumor was back, Amelia resolved, she was telling Herman that she’d had a tumor when she operated on Nicole. During a spinal tap on Herman, Arizona and DeLuca learned that Nicole didn’t have a tumor. When Amelia then tried to refer Nicole to Koracick to have her shunt put in, Herman revealed that she’d overheard — while in Tom’s bed! — all about her former doc’s huge, honking tumor. Left alone with Arizona, Herman told her that she’d just gotten a grant and wanted to move forward with the Robbins Herman Center for Women’s Health and launch Arizona’s cart program. “Could we do it in New York?” Robbins said. “We could do it wherever you want,” Nicole replied before asking Arizona to warn her the next time she’s lunging in for an embrace.

    ‘IT’S GONNA BE SO BEAUTIFUL’ | As the episode came to a close, Betty confessed to Amelia that she hadn’t really been clean for six days and had been too high to miss her son. She’d only come home because she’d been cold. Not surprised, Amelia took her straight to a meeting. When Jackson passed by the chapel on his way out of the hospital with Harriet, he couldn’t help but stop in to say a silent thank you. At home in bed with a snoozing Ben, Bailey appeared to be mulling something over, something big. Jolex looked forward to their wedding; Mer, realizing how lucky she was to have once pulled through a trauma that had been chillingly similar to April’s, took a sweet gaze at Derek’s Post-It wedding vows before placing his cap on top of them in her drawer; and Kepner and Matthew recovered with their hospital beds pushed up against one another.

    ‘The Umbrella Academy’: Kate Walsh Set To Recur In Netflix Series

    (5/9/18) Kate Walsh has been tapped for a recurring role in The Umbrella Academy, Netflix’s upcoming live-action series from Universal Cable Prods.

    Written by Jeremy Slater based on the popular graphic novels penned by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, the story follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes known as the Umbrella Academy — Luther (Tom Hopper), Diego (David Castañeda), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Vanya (Ellen Page), Klaus (Robert Sheehan) and Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) — as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities.

    Walsh will play The Handler, a composed and confident leader of a mysterious, bureaucratic company. She’s always ready to manage any situation, big or small, but it’s best not to get on her bad side. That said, her charm is her greatest strength, and she uses it to her full advantage to complete the business of her organization.

    She joins previously announced cast members Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Tom Hopper, Cameron Britton, Robert Sheehan, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Adam Godley, Aidan Gallagher, David Castañeda. John Magaro, Ashley Madekwe, and Colm Feore.

    The Umbrella Academy is executive produced by Steve Blackman, who will serve as showrunner, as well as Bluegrass Television and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá will serve as co-executive producers.

    Walsh is best known for playing Dr. Addison Montgomery on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and toplining spinoff Private Practice which ran for six seasons. She currently co-stars as Olivia Baker in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, which launches its second season May 18. She also starred in the NBC comedy series Bad Judge and recurred on the first season of Fargo on FX. On the film side, she was most recently seen in Girls Trip.

    Grey's Anatomy's Sarah Drew Begs Fans to Stop Bashing Co-Star Kelly McCreary

    (5/8/18) Emotions are running high for Grey's Anatomy fans as April's (Sarah Drew) exit from the show draws closer, but those emotions are causing some serious behind the scenes drama for the cast.

    Drew took to Twitter on Tuesday to beg her fans to stop bashing her costar Kelly McCreary as April's last episode draws closer.

    "I need to say something to some of you. I say 'some' because I know that many of you are not participating in this. Look, I know these characters mean so much to you — believe me, they mean a lot to me too — do I do not feel defended when you attack my friends," Drew wrote in a note. "My beautiful, loving, loyal sister, Kelly, is a brilliant, fiercely talented team player who ALWAYS shows up and dedicates herself to the stories she is asked to tell. Please stop attacking her for doing her job. When you hurt her, you hurt me. When you show kindness to her, you show kindness to me. Please be kind."

    April could depart the series as early as Thursday's (May 10) episode after ABC released a trailer that all but confirms that April will be killed off of Grey's Anatomy. McCreary plays Maggie Pierce on the medical drama, a character who has struck up a romantic relationship with April's ex, Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams). The angered fans over April's departure have turned on McCreary, blaming Maggie and Jackson's romance as the reason the writers decided to end April's storyline on the show.

    McCreary isn't the first Grey's Anatomy cast member to face the fan backlash over the decision to let Drew and her costar Jessica Capshaw go after this season. Ellen Pompeo was also bombarded with hate shortly after the decision was announced as fans blamed her new $20 million a year salary as the reason for Drew and Capshaw being written off. Both executive producer Krista Vernoff and Pompeo took the irate fans to task in that instance.

    Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/9c on ABC.

    James Pickens, Jr. on The Season Finale on Roseanne 5/22/18

    (5/8/18) “Knee Deep – Roseanne’s knee gets worse so Dan is forced to a make an important work decision; but when a major storm hits Lanford, their fortunes change for the better. Later, Darlene realizes she has to go back to her first passion … writing, on the ninth episode and season finale of the revival of “Roseanne,” TUESDAY, MAY 22 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    Guest starring in this episode are James Pickens, Jr. as Chuck, French Stewart as Dean, Doug Stanhope as Ray, Drue Delio as Patron and Austin Brady as Man.

    “Knee Deep” was written by Bruce Rasmussen and directed by Gail Mancuso.

    Ratings: Gotham Eyes New Lows as Arrow, Grey's and 8 Others Rise

    (5/4/18) Fox bubble drama Gotham this Thursday drew 1.92 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, ticking down on both counts to mark brand-new series lows.

    Leading out of that, Showtime at the Apollo (2.3 mil/0.6) was steady.


    THE CW | Supernatural (1.4 mil/0.4) dipped. Arrow (1.11 mil/0.4) ticked up in the demo while rising to its best audience since March 29.

    ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (6.6 mil/1.6) ticked up, Station 19 (5.2 mil/1.1) grew two tenths and Quantico (2.2 mil/0.5) was steady in the demo while dipping to an audience low.

    CBS | Big Bang Theory (12.6 mil/2.3) rose three tenths, while Young Sheldon (11.6 mil/1.9), Mom (8.8. mil/1.4) and Life in Pieces (6.3 mil/1.1) each ticked up. SWAT (5.1 mil/0.8) was steady.

    NBC | Superstore‘s finale (3 mil/0.8), AP Bio (2.1 mil/0.6) and Chicago Fire (5.4 mil/1.) all ticked up while Champions (1.5 mil/0.4) was flat.

    Why Ellen Pompeo Spoke Out About Her Grey's Anatomy Contract Despite Unease: "I Wanted to Show My Struggles"

    (5/4/18) Ellen Pompeo felt uncomfortable talking about her big Grey's Anatomy deal, but she didn't let that feeling stand in her way from speaking her mind.

    "At first it felt incredibly uncomfortable and awkward to talk about money and I think that that was precisely why I had to do it," Pompeo told E! News while partnering with Young Living Essential Oils. "Because basketball players and baseball players are celebrated and lauded for these big giant contracts…women, for some reason aren't seen in the same way…I thought, 'Well, there's a bigger reason than just me to do this.'"

    Pompeo said she's heard from women all over since opening up about her Grey's Anatomy contract, women who thanked her but also shared their fears about speaking out about pay.

    "I thought as just a pay it forward moment—it may be seen as audacious and bold to talk about my salary, but the meaning behind it was my—my reasoning was genuine with generosity of spirit just to kind of encourage and empower other women it wasn't…a way to brag about…I wanted to show my struggles, that it isn't easy, but if you're bold and you do speak up and if you do say unpopular things then you just might be part of some change," Pompeo said.

    Following Pompeo's The Hollywood Reporter cover story about her lucrative new contract, news broke that Jessica Chapshaw and Sarah Drew would be leaving the show. Fans started linking those two things together, which Pompeo quickly shot down.

    "I have a relationship with these women. I work with them every day and that was really hurtful, not only to me, forget about me, it was hurtful to them," Pompeo said. "This is hard enough. They've been part of our family for 10 years. They're an enormous part of the show, and it was hard enough."

    The actress and producer said the cast and crew were trying to process the exits together, and alluding to her contract as the reason for Capshaw and Drew leaving was hurtful to all involved.

    "It doesn't help for fans who supposedly love us and love the show and support us to then try to cause problems for us—isn't cool and ultimately it's why women have to start speaking up, right? Because it's patriarchy at its best, is to say because one woman gets something, the other women won't," she said. "That's what they've wanted us to believe and I just have to continue forward and celebrate my female coworkers. Support them and uplift them and be transparent and honest is really all we can do."

    In a statement, creative reasons were alluded to as the genesis of the exits.

    "The characters of Arizona and April are permanently woven into the fabric of Grey's Anatomy thanks to the extraordinary work of Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew," Krista Vernoff, co-showrunner and executive producer on Grey's Anatomy, said in a statement. "As writers, our job is to follow the stories where they want to go and sometimes that means saying goodbye to characters we love. It has been a joy and a privilege to work with these phenomenally talented actresses."

    Grey's Recap: Alex's Mom Is [Spoiler]

    (5/4/18) ( Mum was the word in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. Not only did Alex and Jo drive all the way to Iowa to check on his mother, but back in Seattle, Meredith’s mini-livers presentation dropped in her lap an opportunity to try to make right the wrong done to Marie by Ellis, thanks to that lecherous Harper Avery. So was Mama Karev (guest star Lindsay Wagner) OK? Were Mer and Marie able to bury the scalpel? Read on…

    ‘DON’T ASSUME THE WORST’ | As the Jesse Williams-directed “Fight for Your Mind” began, Meredith was prepping for her presentation; Alex and Jo were on the road; Amelia was caring for Betty as she went through the worst of her detoxing; Bailey was getting ready for a meeting with Vik’s lawyer brother; Arizona reported to Owen and April that Sofia had been suspended from second grade for stealing the field trip money; and Maggie thought she had a case that could take DeLuca’s mind off of his heartache. As Alex and Jo pulled up in front of his mom Helen’s house in Iowa, fear was written all over his face — fear that only grew when there was no answer at the front door. After talking to a neighbor, Alex reported to his fiancée that his mom was… at work. Hey, that wasn’t so bad! At the library where Helen punched the clock, Alex expressed to her his surprise that she’d gotten her old job back. “I missed you so much,” she said, embracing him. Shortly, Helen explained that the volume on her mental illness had been turned down somehow. And it helped if she kept to a routine. “You’re fine now,” said Alex, “and you didn’t tell me?” She had so much to manage, she replied. And instead of let herself become upset, she asked her son to leave — after he’d come all that way!

    Rather than head right back to Seattle, Jo got Alex to hang out and hit baseballs for awhile. It let him blow off some steam. Not quite enough, though. He remained furious that his mom was fine now, when nobody needed her anymore. He’d always had to clean up her messes, and now he couldn’t say s—, lest he be the cause of one. (Some exceptionally fine work from Justin Chambers in that scene, no?) Afterwards, he marveled that all he’d ever wanted was a mom who wasn’t sick, and now he had one — but she didn’t want him there. Off his conversation with Jo, Alex returned to the library just to tell Helen that he was happy for and proud of her. “I know that I haven’t stayed in touch,” he added, “but I always thought about you.” In response, she let him change the due date stamp like he used to do for her when he was a kid. At the end of the episode, Alex introduced his mom to Jo, and she invited Helen to the wedding. To his credit, Alex was understanding when his mom said that travel was tough with her condition. “My sweetest boy,” she sighed before getting on her bus. “My truest love.” (Sniffle.)

    ‘I’M WAY OVER MY SUNSHINE QUOTA’ | As Meredith was being pelted with pre-presentation questions from reporters, in walked Marie. Rather than speak with her, Grey beat a hasty retreat — all the way to the bar, where her order of coffee attracted the attention of a handsomish guy in a suit (Say Anything co-star Loren Dean). Turned out, he was in Seattle from L.A. for her presentation. Mind you, Mer didn’t reveal to him her identity. (Wouldn’t he have seen her on the cover of that medical journal? Or in the news when she won the Harper Avery?) When at last he found out who she was, he said that she was so charming that it made it harder for him to hate her for wasting a year of his life. What the what? Apparently, he’d been working on the kind of cutting-edge surgery that Mer beat him to the punch on with her groundbreaking stomach fix on Megan. So it wasn’t really hatred, more like aggravated admiration on his part. And he was clearly smitten, even flirting (badly), asking if she had any pets. As the day wore on, Mer admitted to her “date” that she felt for Marie — she’d been wronged, terribly. Yet Grey couldn’t bring herself to face her. Ellis had stolen Marie’s dream, totally screwed her friend, so Cerone thought it was OK to turn around and dick over Mer. Ultimately, Ellis’ daughter made a statement before her presentation, revealing that the Grey Method was really the Grey-Cerone Method. Afterward, Marie wanted to talk, but Mer replied curtly that they’d said all that needed to be said.

    ‘SHE EQUATES SURGERY WITH DEATH’ | To cheer up DeLuca, Maggie involved him in her and Arizona’s case involving a woman, Theresa, who was so deathly afraid of surgery that she couldn’t even allow Robbins to perform a barely invasive procedure to correct her unborn baby’s spina bifida. (And how soaptastic was the couple — Dallas alum Julie Gonzalo and Gavin Houston from The Haves and the Have Nots!) As Theresa tried to flee, Arizona attempted to remind her that without this procedure, her baby could be born paralyzed. Still, the mom-to-be wouldn’t change her mind. Later, Arizona told April that she’d read in Sofia’s diary that the kid had stolen the money to buy a plane ticket to New York. “I can’t keep her against her will,” Robbins said, “can I?” At least their conversation gave her an idea of how to approach Theresa, whose home she next showed up at. Finally, Arizona convinced the young woman to go through with the procedure by sharing the story of her amputation and how relieved she was that Callie hadn’t obeyed her order not to let her leg be taken. “I’ll die,” Theresa replied. But no, her dad had died way back when (thus giving rise to her fear). She wasn’t her dad, and what happened to him wouldn’t necessarily happen to her. Thankfully, the procedure went just fine. That night, Arizona had a fight with Carina, who wished what was best for Sofia wasn’t what was worst for her. The couple kissed, and it appeared that that was that. In the hour’s final seconds, Arizona phoned Callie and said that she thought Sofia should move back to New York — “and I think I need to move back with her.”

    ‘ALL THE BOY WANTS IS AN APOLOGY’ | In a meeting with Bailey and Richard, Sanjay explained that Vik would be happy to scrub back in at Grey Sloan — assuming he received a formal apology for his firing. Rather than jump at the offer, Bailey hit the roof. To calm her down, Richard reminded her that in the past he’d knowingly operated at Grey Sloan under the influence. Later, Miranda questioned Levi about, in essence, whether it had been right to fire Vik. He said absolutely… but also inadvertently reminded her that she’d opened up a patient while high as a kite. In other words, welcome back, Vik! However, Miranda choked on her apology and instead told him how lucky he was to learn from doctors like her and Richard. “I have made mistakes,” she said, “but firing you was not one of them.” Still, she welcomed him back for a one-year probation. If he didn’t screw it up, she’d shape him into an amazing surgeon. “I accept your apology,” he replied.

    ‘THE NIGHTMARES’LL STOP’ | At Owen’s, Amelia commiserated with Betty. But she was in too much pain to appreciate it. “Your life must be pretty pathetic,” the teen spat, “if you can just sit here all this time watching me puke.” Later, when Betty got quiet in the bathroom — and didn’t jump at the chance to “mean-girl” Amelia — the doc got worried. Rightly so, it turned out. Betty had flown the coop. Next, Amelia went to a meeting at which she confessed that she felt partly responsible that doctors like her who didn’t know any better had helped facilitate the epidemic of addicts with their prescriptions. Finally, near the episode’s conclusion, Jackson revealed to April that he’d paid off all the Harper Avery settlements himself. “You are on a really good path,” his ex-wife told him. Based on next week’s scenes, could those end up being her last words ever to Harriet’s dad?

    Ava DuVernay, Viola Davis, Shonda Rhimes Add Momentum To #MuteRKelly Campaign

    (4/30/18) The Time’s Up movement is cornering R&B musician R. Kelly and soon he won’t be steppin’ in the name of love no more. Women of Color (WOC), a subcommittee within the organization that focuses on issues affecting women of color, released a statement (see below) today demanding “appropriate investigations and inquiries” in regards to R. Kelly’s history of abuse.

    “The recent court decision against Bill Cosby is one step towards addressing these ills but it is just a start,” said the statement. “We call on people everywhere to join with us to insist on a world in which women of all kinds can pursue their dreams free from sexual assault, abuse and predatory behavior.”

    The statement adds, “To this end, today we join an existing online campaign called #MuteRKelly.”

    The statement from WOC and Time’s Up also draws out all of Kelly’s accusations which includes marrying a minor, being sued by 4 women for sexual misconduct and being indicted on 21 counts of child pornography. The campaign calls for corporations such as Spotify, Apple Music, Ticketmaster, as well as Kelly’ record label RCA to cut ties with the musician.

    Actors, activists and many others immediately took to Twitter with the #MuteRKelly hashtag, dragging the disgraced musician in hopes that Kelly would face the consequences of his alleged sexual misconduct.

    “Today we join the call to #MuteRKelly and insist on safety & dignity for all women,” said Kerry Washington.

    Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement tweeted, “All, all, all in together girls… It’s going DOWN!! #muterkelly once and for all!” Janet Mock tweeted, “Black girls are more vital than a few bops & a cute beat. #MuteRKelly”

    Mira Sorvino added “I stand with my sisters of color” while Jill Soloway said, “I support my siblings at #TIMESUP.”

    The support came in droves and Twitter and social media timelines were flooded with #MuteRKelly. Ava DuVernay, Viola Davis, Shonda Rhimes, Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o, Constance Wu, Gloria Calderon Kellett, Jurnee Smollett and many more supported the campaign, making it gain momentum and hopefully results.

    Why Kate Walsh’s brain tumor almost went undiagnosed

    (4/28/18) Kate Walsh, who had a benign brain tumor removed in 2015, says she had to convince a doctor to give her the MRI that led to her diagnosis.

    Describing the neurologist she consulted in 2015 as “condescending,” the 50-year-old actress recalled to Self magazine in an interview published Thursday that the doctor questioned her desire to have a brain scan.

    “He’s like, ‘Why? What do you think you’re going to find?'” she said.

    She says he implied that she was actually depressed, telling her, “You’re an actress, you’re in your 40s, you’re not working,” but she let him know that she already sees a therapist and did not want to be put on antidepressants instead of getting an MRI.

    “To be fair to this physician, he didn’t know me, I had never gone to a neurologist before,” she said. “I’m sure he gets a lot of people who are reactive or thinking that they’re constantly dying or something, but I do feel like it was probably a little bit of sexism. I had a female [general practitioner] in LA and I know that she was enraged when I told her about this.”

    According to the magazine, the “Grey’s Anatomy” star’s pre-MRI symptoms included exhaustion, cognitive difficulties and not being able to finish her sentences.

    Walsh told Cosmopolitan in September that she “really had to 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.”

    Ratings: Quantico Returns Down

    (4/28/18) On a sad little first Thursday of May Sweeps where broadcast shows were at best steady, Quantico opened Season 3 with 2.8 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating, down in the demo from both its sophomore average (2.8 mil/0.7) and finale (2.7 mil/0.6), tying its series low.

    Opening ABC’s night, Grey’s Anatomy (6.5 mil/1.4) slipped three tenths to a new demo low, while Station 19 (5.2 mil/0.9) was down two tenths.


    THE CW | Supernatural (1.5 mil/0.4) ticked down a tenth; Arrow (910K/0.3) was steady in the demo while dipping to its second-smallest audience ever.

    CBS | Big Bang (11.5 mil/1.9) and Young Sheldon (11 mil/1.7) respectively dropped 20 and 10 percent to new series lows. Mom (8.5 mil/1.3) dipped a tenth, while Life in Pieces (6.3 mil/1.0) and SWAT (5.3 mil/0.8) were steady.

    NBC | Superstore (2.9 mil/0.7), AP Bio (1.8 mil/0.5) and Chicago Fire (5.4 mil/0.9) each dipped a tenth, with the latter tying its demo low. Champions (1.5 mil/0.4) was steady.

    FOX | NFL draft coveraged averaged 3.8 mil and a 1.1.

    Katherine Heigl on Suits: First Footage

    (4/26/18) (Video) Ready or not, here she comes!

    USA Network on Wednesday unveiled the first footage of Katherine Heigl on Suits. The Season 8 promo introduces audiences to Samantha “Don’t Call Her Sam” Wheeler — and there’s no, ahem, doubt that she means serious business.

    By the end of the teaser, Harvey’s welcoming Samantha to the firm, and the no-nonsense attorney is making her intentions known: “I want to be name partner,” she says, “and I want it before the year is out.”

    Suits Season 8, which launches in July, marks the first season without original series regulars Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle. The on-screen couple left the series during Wednesday’s season finale, with — spoiler alert! — the newly hitched Mike and Rachel leaving Pearson Specter Litt behind for a job opportunity in Seattle.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Bad Medicine — Plus, Is Alex Nurse Olivia's Babydaddy?

    (4/26/18) ( Pills don’t come much bitterer than the cure prescribed for what ailed Grey Sloan in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy — in other words, the Harper Avery scandal. And, as the hospital’s powers that be grappled with ways to keep it off the critical list, Alex suffered a (metaphorical) heart attack when former fling Nurse Olivia returned — with her son! — and Arizona was diagnosed with heartache over Sofia’s struggles at school. How’d it all shake out? Was anything resolved by the end of “Bad Reputation”? Read on and find out.

    ‘WE ARE IN A CATEGORY 5 STORM HERE’ | As the episode began, DeLuca was moping at Meredith’s, having called in sick post-high; Mer packed up her Harper Avery as well as Ellis’ to return them; and reporters were camped outside the hospital to fire questions at Grey and her peers about how they felt working under the name of an alleged sexual predator. (“Surprised” would be my snippy response; no one but Catherine knew about Harper’s abuses until Jackson waived Rebecca’s agreement with his grandfather.) Inside, Bailey told Jackson she was pulling the plug on his contest — within Maggie’s earshot. Off that revelation, Maggie confronted April, who was unaware that her ex had paid the bill for the contest that he’d then entered. Off that revelation, April confronted Richard, calling him “slimy” for setting her up to look like she and Jackson were in cahoots. Off that revelation, Richard stormed Catherine’s situation room, thus tipping off to this new situation her and her crisis manager, Erin. “You entered your own contest?” Erin asked Jackson in disbelief. “Oh, God.” Unfortunately, oh, yes. Well, then, they’d just have to make sure nobody found out about it, said the attorney. In the meantime, she’d found through a charity organization a high-profile surgery for him to perform as a distraction for the press. “You want me to operate on a child as a PR stunt?” he asked, taking his turn to be incredulous. Pretty much — and Erin wanted him to operate with Meredith. When Jackson assumed that that was because she’d just won a Harper Avery, Catherine corrected him: Grey was a must on the case because she was giving her Harper Avery back — as well as Ellis’. After giving the journalists something to write about besides the Harper Avery scandal, Erin explained that they’d go after the women who’d accused him. No way, said Catherine, Richard and Jackson practically in unison. At that point, Erin warned the “Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts,” as she called them, that somebody was going down for this. If it wasn’t Harper’s accusers, it was gonna be them! “If it’s a scapegoat they want,” sighed Catherine, “I can sign the settlement.” But Jackson wasn’t about to let a strong black woman take the fall for a sleazy white man.

    Next, Mer floated the idea to Jackson that he might actually have planned to rig his contest. And though she initially balked at being part of his PR stunt, she had a change of heart when she got a look at the patient, Diego, a Venezuelan kid with a tumor taking over his face. Mer wanted to take a risky approach, but Jackson wouldn’t hear of it — they couldn’t afford a bad outcome right now. Before they could finish their argument, the charity tried to pull Diego out of the hospital since their religious donors were having, let’s say, a strong reaction to the Harper Avery scandal. Mer solved the problem by saying that they’d do the surgery pro bono. As Grey and Jackson resumed their argument, it took a turn. Jackson admitted that he was worried about the Harper Avery Foundation and all of the jobs that would be lost, were it to fold. He tried to appeal to Mer as someone who knew a thing or two about having a difficult forebear, and she shut him right down. “You don’t get to compare your grandfather and my mother,” she railed. Ellis had had to fight every day of her life whereas “Harper Avery had everything — except decency!” Before surgery, Jackson clarified that he hadn’t been comparing Harper to Ellis, he’d been comparing Catherine to Ellis. He also copped to it being “not the smartest thing in the world” to create his own contest so that he could compete for a change. Operating on Diego, Jackson suggested they reach out to the women Harper had harassed. Mer said they’d have to tear down the foundation before building it back up — a remark that inspired Avery to go all in on the procedure so as never again to have to put the kid through such a painful surgery. Afterwards, Jackson fired Erin and presented Catherine with an alternative to the falling-on-the-sword statement she intended to release. It stated that the Harper Avery Foundation was being dissolved, and all those wronged would be welcomed back to work and retrained for employment at the Catherine Fox Foundation.

    ‘IS HE STILL GIVING NURSES SYPHILIS, OR HAS HE MOVED ON TO GONORRHEA?’ | As Alex and Jo began thinking about spots to hold their wedding, Bailey chimed in that yes, absolutely, they should lock that down. Not because of their deep and abiding love, though. “This place needs morale,” she said. Since April figured she’d just lost her contest, she volunteered to plan the Jolex wedding for them. After the groom checked his bank account and became mysteriously upset, Olivia showed up in Grey Sloan’s ER with her son, who’d swallowed a chew toy. Chatting with Jo and Levi about the Harper Avery scandal, Olivia said that when she’d worked there, they wouldn’t have believed the “pig doctors” she had to put up with. And right on cue, in walked Alex. In short order, he learned that she no longer lived in Seattle and was married. When she, in turn, learned that he and Jo were engaged, Olivia wished the bride-to-be, “Best of luck with that.” The nurse then went on to tell Jo all kinds of (true) horror stories about Karev. So when Alex, Jo and Levi were treating Olivia’s son, it was… awkward. Jo admitted that she was bothered by the fact that Alex had cheated on his first wife, especially since he was suddenly acting so weird about the wedding. Hey, at least it didn’t appear that there was any real concern that Olivia’s son was also Alex’s!

    ‘HE IS SUCH A CUTE PRACTICE BABY’ | Owen was concerned that the birth mom was going to be present at Leo’s six-month checkup, prompting Amelia to remind him that he might not get to adopt the tyke. While filling out paperwork in Peds, Hunt was surprised that the very young girl sitting next to him was Betty — the birth mom. After Amelia joined them, she ushered away Betty for some food rather than make the clearly-uncomfortable kid watch her baby get a shot. And it was hard not to feel for Betty — she’d bought a dress (tag still attached) for this occasion — as if Leo would know, she noted. Alone with Betty, Amelia got her to admit that she’d gone from soccer jock to a homeless drug addict whose baby was fathered by a dealer. Off their conversation, Amelia raced to Richard and admitted that she was thinking of taking in Betty. “If you see something in this girl,” he advised, “you go ahead and drag her.” It might not work… but it also just might. Owen was for the idea, too. But he wanted Amelia and Betty to stay with him and Leo. Maybe they could give the baby back his mom.

    ‘MAYBE YOU CAN BRIBE ME WITH SOME SNUGGLE TIME’ | When Arizona told Carina what a tearfully tough time Sofia was having at school, DeLuca’s sister seemed to have… er, not a whole helluva lot of interest. Owen, on the other hand, asked if it would cheer Sofia up to come over and play with the baby — a normal human reaction, in Arizona’s estimation. Fired up, she ran to Carina and asked point blank if she liked kids. Sure, Carina said. She just didn’t know Sofia other than what her mom told her about her daughter. She also said that she just didn’t believe in coddling children. Her brother had been coddled, and look at him — he was in a fetal position over Sam!

    ‘I’M JUST A WEDDING PLANNER NOW’ | As the hour neared its conclusion, April assured Maggie that Jackson would have an explanation for why he entered his own contest. “He deserves the benefit of your doubt,” she said. Richard, on the other hand, had totally played her. That night, it was clear that Maggie had forgiven Jackson. She didn’t even mind if he was going broke, as long as it was for noble reasons. Betty agreed to come live with Owen, Amelia and Leo. Amelia immediately set ground rules, like that Betty had to text her family, quit drugs and attend meetings. “She’s so bossy,” Betty told Owen. But it looked like this had some potential to work. Mer asked Arizona to talk to her old roommate DeLuca for her — he hadn’t moved off the couch in a week, apparently. Arizona instead suggested someone else — Carina, who anything but coddled him. At last, Alex admitted to Jo why he was being weird: His bank account had a lot more in it than should have been there, which meant that his mom hadn’t been cashing the checks he’d been sending her for essentials like food. That meant she was dead, he said. Or wandering the streets. Maybe, he suggested, he wasn’t any less of a jerk than when he’d given Olivia syphilis. Sanjay Roy approached Bailey as she left the hospital to inform her that Grey Sloan was being sued for feeding Vik a psychotropic cookie and then firing him. But, Vik said perkily, he could start back on Monday.

    Grey's Anatomy: Meet Alex's Mother

    (4/26/18) Grey’s Anatomy found a literal Bionic Woman to play Alex’s estranged mother. TV vet Lindsay Wagner has been cast in the pivotal role, and is set to appear in the May 3 episode.

    Directed by Grey’s co-star Jesse Williams, the episode finds Alex (Justin Chambers) and Jo (Camilla Luddington) embarking on a trip to Iowa to find Alex’s mom, Helen, whom he hasn’t heard from in a very long time. The hour is a sequel of sorts to the March 15 ep, in which we caught a fleeting glimpse of a younger version of Alex’s mom, played by Emily Rutherfurd (The New Adventures of Old Christine).

    Per Grey’s canon, Alex spent much of his childhood coping with a drug-addict father and schizophrenic mother (the latter of whom he had committed). He made his way through more than a dozen foster homes, spent time in juvenile detention and lost his virginity to a nurse at his high school at 15.

    James Pickens Jr. on Roseanne

    (4/24/18) “Go Cubs” – The Conners can’t pay their Wi-Fi bill, so they befriend their new neighbors to use the internet for Mary to Skype with mom Geena, who is stationed in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Dan loses an important job and D.J. admits post-military life has been hard, so they come up with a plan to make extra money, on the seventh episode of the revival of “Roseanne,” TUESDAY, MAY 8 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    Guest starring in this episode are James Pickens Jr. as Chuck, Adilah Barnes as Anne-Marie, Jahmela Biggs as Geena Williams-Conner, Alain Washnevsky as Samir, Anne Bedian as Fatima, Callan Farris as Kazim, Andy Milder as Al and Kenzie Caplan as Cashier.

    “Go Cubs” was written by Dave Caplan and directed by Andrew D. Weyman.

    The series stars Roseanne Barr as Roseanne Conner, John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner.

    Grey's Anatomy Renewed for Season 15

    (4/20/18) It’s not a surprise, but it is official: Grey’s Anatomy will return this fall for a 15th season on ABC, TVLine has learned.

    The hit medical drama, which stars Ellen Pompeo as Seattle doctor Meredith Grey, has been a Thursday night staple for ABC for more than a decade now. It’s now the longest-running drama series in the network’s history, and this renewal takes it to a total of 15 seasons, matching the runs of fellow ratings juggernauts ER and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

    Grey’s has survived several waves of cast turnover over the years — including the imminent departure of longtime cast members Jessica Capshaw (Arizona) and Sarah Drew (April) — and remains ABC’s top-rated drama in the key 18-49 ratings demo. It’s averaging a 2.0 rating through this week’s episode, and in total audience (7.7 million), it trails only freshman hit The Good Doctor among ABC shows. Those numbers are down just slightly from last year’s averages (7.85 million/2.1).

    “Grey’s Anatomy has a special place in my heart, and millions of viewers feel the same way,” ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement. “Thanks to fiercely loyal fans who have been on this journey since the beginning, and new generations of viewers who continue to discover the joy and drama of Grey Sloan Memorial, the show is as strong as ever.”

    Grey's Brings Back Geena Davis, Drops Major Clue About Arizona's Exit

    (4/20/18) Dr. Nicole Herman is checking back into Grey Sloan Memorial just long enough to (possibly) discharge Dr. Arizona Robbins.

    Geena Davis is set to reprise her Grey’s Anatomy role as the hospital’s former head of fetal surgery in this season’s penultimate hour on May 10. And it appears her return is tied to the looming departure of Jessica Capshaw.

    Per the episode’s logline, obtained by our sister site Deadline, “Cold As Ice” finds one of Grey Sloan’s own “seriously injured, making the team reflect on what is truly important to them. Meanwhile, Dr. Herman (Davis) pays a visit to Grey Sloan and talks to Arizona about an exciting opportunity.” (Could the “seriously injured” doc be… Sarah Drew’s also-exiting April?)

    Davis wrapped her initial 12-episode Grey’s Anatomy arc in March 2015. When last seen, Dr. Herman had lost her eyesight following surgery to remove a brain tumor.

    News of Davis’ return comes just hours after both Capshaw and Drew shot their final scenes on the ABC drama (they last appear in the May 17 season finale). Series creator Shonda Rhimes paid tribute to both actresses Thursday in a lengthy Instagram post.

    Ratings: Scandal Surges With Series Finale, Falls Shy of Season Highs

    (4/20/18) R.I.P., #TGIT.

    Scandal‘s series finale on Thursday night drew 5.4 million total viewers and a 1.3 demo rating, surging 29 and 44 percent week-to-week yet failing shy of its farewell season highs (5.6 mil and 1.4).

    Opening ABC’s lineup, Grey’s Anatomy (6.9 mil/1.6) was down a tenth while Station 19 (5.5 mil/1.) ticked up.


    FOX | Gotham (2.2 mil/0.6) hit and tied series lows, while Showtime at the Apollo (2.5 mil/0.6) also ticked down.

    THE CW | Pending adjustment due to baseball preemption, Supernatural (1.8 mil/0.6) is currently up a tenth while Arrow (1.33 mil/0.4) is flat.

    CBS | Big Bang (12.6 mil/2.4), Young Sheldon (11.4 mil/1.9), Mom (8.8 mil/1.4) and SWAT (5.4 mil/0.9) were all steady, while Life in Pieces (6.3 mil/1.0) ticked down.

    NBC | Superstore (2.9 mil/0.9), AP Bio (1.9 mil/0.6), Champions (1.7 mil/0.4) and Chicago Fire (5.2 mil/1.0) were all steady in the demo, though Fire dipped to an all-time audience low opposite Scandal‘s swan song.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: High Times

    (4/20/18) (>) Grey Sloan Surgical Innovation Prototypes Day looked a lot more hilarious in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy than I remember Science Fairs being. Then again, I never attended a Science Fair the way that most of Grey Sloan’s doctors did these presentations: high as a kite on pot-laced cookies. Mind you, “Judgment Day” wasn’t all laughs — in fact, the hour thrust upon Jo an opportunity to take the lead, ready or not, on a major surgery, and revealed to Jackson why it had been such a mistake for him to waive the agreement that his grandfather had made with Rebecca. So grab a snack in case this recap gives you the munchies, then read on for all the juicy details.

    ‘WE CAN MAKE A BETTER VAGINA’ | As the hour began, Arizona handed out “lesbian gratitude cookies” to the staff as they assembled for the presentation of the prototypes. What exactly were lesbian gratitude cookies? Peanut-butter-flavored goodies given to Robbins by Dayna to thank her for busting “Dr.” Hanson and figuring out that she didn’t have cancer. Only what neither Arizona nor Dayna realized at the time was that the peanut butter in the cookies wasn’t ordinary peanut butter, it was cannabis peanut butter that Dayna’s wife Peggy had gotten her when they’d mistakenly believed that she had cancer. By the time Arizona found out and wobbled into Prototypes Day to retrieve the cookies she’d so cheerfully shared, half of her colleagues were flying high. In fact, by the time Mer warned everyone that the treats had been, er, “tainted,” Jackson had already included in his and Catherine’s vaginoplasty presentation clarification that he loved vaginas. “I came from one. This one,” he said, helpfully pointing out his mom. “Hers, actually.” (Cue April’s infectious giggle in 3, 2… ) Mind you, Jackson probably also needed the chill-out, having just learned from Catherine that the settlement between Harper and Rebecca that he’d waived was for sexual harassment. (Oopsie.)

    After postponing the remainder of Prototypes Day, Mer instructed her colleagues not to perform surgery or even interact with patients. Since Jo hadn’t had any cookies, she was assigned… pretty much everyone’s work. “You’re so pretty,” Maggie told her. “You look like a cartoon.” Since she’d never been high before, Arizona advised that she needed to be around people to keep her safe. In response, Maggie said, “I don’t think I need my neck anymore.” Meanwhile, Jo rallied the interns, and Bailey paged Mer to the ER when she froze during surgery. She was, of course, doped up — with a patient open wide on the table! Mer, in turn, called for Jo. Grey was going to sub for Bailey until the accidental pothead smashed Mer’s hand on her way out of the ER. (Oopsie, part 2.) “I’ve never done a gastrectomy by myself before,” Jo protested. She’d do fine, Mer insisted. And actually, she did better than fine, using Richard’s prototype to get all the cancer while only removing part of the patient’s stomach.

    ‘THE CAVALRY’S HERE’ | After Owen called Amelia in a panic saying that DSHS was bringing his foster child that day, she took off to lend her support. And, since before leaving she happened upon Alex tripping, decided to take him along for his own good. “I can’t believe this is happening,” said Owen. But in a good way. Well, aside from Alex being there and high. When the social worker arrived with baby Liam, Alex dippily insisted that he’d come by to make sure the kid didn’t have rickets. Afterwards, since Alex was in no shape to be taken to a store, Amelia escorted them to Mer’s place, which, since she was a packrat, was going to have every baby supply Owen could possibly need. “How do you know what all of this stuff is?!?” Hunt marveled when his ex loaded him with gear. Though he was scared s—less, Alex reassured him that he was doing a great thing by fostering the baby. One of his foster dads had given a crap, too, and he’d never forgotten it. And you, he told Owen, “are giving so many craps right now.”

    ‘I LISTENED TO MR. T’ | Jackson might have needed a drink as well as a toke after Catherine filled him on more of his grandpa’s sins: There had been a whopping 13 cases of sexual harassment! Unfortunately for the mother/son duo, April overheard. And, her head spinning, she almost told Bailey, who was surprised to find that she’d never hated Kepner more. Elsewhere in the hospital, Jackson wondered why neither Catherine nor anyone else had ever tried to stop Harper. The hope, Catherine explained, had been that if the financial hits hurt the geezer enough, he’d do exactly that. Suddenly, Jackson realized that — ew — his own mom had been behind the payoffs. Floating, Bailey, having by then gotten the whole story out of April, said that she wasn’t surprised that Harper was a sexual predator. Kepner admitted that she knew Jackson and Maggie’s secret, too — that they were having an affair. But she had a secret of her own. “I’ve been seeing someone.” (Does it rhyme with Shatthew?) In turn, Bailey admitted that she was going to produce her Trail-Blazer with a sex-toy company. Things were a lot more heated between Jackson and his mom. She refused to be called out, saying that times had been different when Harper was pulling that crap, and she’d done the best she could to help the women he’d harassed. She was only sorry that Harper’s misdeeds might be about to bring down not only Grey Sloan but all of the Avery hospitals. When Mer caught wind of the scandal, Catherine suggested to Jackson that they start with Grey down the long road toward making things right.

    ‘I REALLY WANT SOME CHEESE’ | Talking through their highs while DeLuca lay on the floor in a fetal position and imagined that he was seeing Sam, Maggie talked a lot about dairy products while Arizona reflected on her having asked Carina to stay in the States for her. Later, Vik excitedly rushed in to help a patient, then since, he was high, freaked at the prospect of putting in a central line and got speared by a scalpel while fleeing. Back in solitary with DeLuca and Maggie, Arizona accidentally said Callie when she meant Carina. (Foreshadowing of her story’s ending, perhaps? Perhaps not — she deduced as best she could that everyone left her eventually, and she was just afraid of repeating the past.) When DeLuca’s buzz began to wear off and his vision of Sam vanished, poor guy broke down crying. (Get him a real love interest already, for Grey’s sake!)

    ‘YOU’RE FIRED’ | As the hour drew to a close, Mer confirmed that her mother had not been one of the women who’d been sexually harassed. But… ah! Marie Cerone was one of the women. That was why Ellis had taken her name off of her research. As the day came to an end, the evening news began reporting on the Harper scandal. So much for Jackson and Catherine getting ahead of it… ! Richard, having figured out that Vik had lied about not having had a cookie, canned him. (First Sam leaves, now Vik’s out… ) Owen ended his first day as a foster parent worrying about SIDS and rickets. Sweetly, Amelia elected to stay the night to pitch in if needed. (If I wasn’t mistaken, we got our first look at the family they might have had, had her brain tumor not made her bolt when Owen had pressed during their marriage to have a kid. Heck, it’s a family they might still have, no?) Oh, and Maggie finally got her hands on some cheese.

    Grey's Anatomy's Family Feud

    (4/18/18) ABC’s “Sunday Fun & Games” lineup returns on June 10, with new episodes of Celebrity Family Feud (whose face-offs will include Team Kardashian vs. Team West and Team Grey’s Anatomy vs. Team Station 19), The $100,000 Pyramid and To Tell the Truth.

    Ellen Pompeo Warns Grey’s Anatomy Season Finale Is 'Not Easy'

    (4/17/18) Well, this sounds… ominous. During an informal Twitter Q&A on Tuesday, Grey’s Anatomy leading lady Ellen Pompeo dropped a super-crytpic clue about the ABC drama’s Season 14 finale, which will mark the end of the road for longtime cast members Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew.

    Asked by a fan to describe the May 17 closer in three words, Pompeo responded, “I can do it in two… not easy.”

    The foreboding teaser is sure to fray the nerves of Arizona and April acolytes, particularly given Grey’s Anatomy’s penchant for sending popular characters away in body bags (see also: George, Lexie, Mark, Derek, Denny, etc.)

    Last week, Drew shared her own very subtle hint about the Krista Vernoff-penned, Debbie Allen-directed finale via the script’s cover page, which featured the episode’s title — “All of Me.”

    Ratings: Gotham Eyes Its Smallest Audience, Arrow Up From Series Low

    (4/13/18) Fox’s Gotham this Thursday drew a 0.7 rating and 2.36 million total viewers, holding steady in the demo week-to-week while dipping to a new all-time audience low.

    Leading out of that, Showtime at the Apollo (2.7 mil/0.7) was up a tenth.

    Over on The CW, Supernatural (1.53 mil/0.5) and Arrow (1.08 mil/0.4) each ticked up a tenth, with the latter improving on last week’s series lows.


    ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (6.9 mil/1.6) dipped a tenth (matching its series low), while Station 19 (5.6 mil/1.0) and the penultimate Scandal (4.2 mil/0.9) were steady.

    NBC | Superstore (3.2 mil/0.8) and A.P. Bio (2.1 mil/0.6) were steady, while Champions (1.7 mil/0/4) slipped 15 and 20 percent with no fresh Will & Grace lead-in. Chicago Fire (5.5 mil/1.0) was steady.

    CBS | Big Bang (12.5 mil/2.3) dipped, Young Sheldon (11.6 mil/1.9) was flat, Mom (9 mil/1.4) and SWAT (5.4 mil/0.9) each ticked up and Life in Pieces (6.5 mil/1.1) rose two tenths.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Was [Spoiler]'s Immigration Dream Being Put on ICE?

    (4/13/18) (>) In Thursday’s particularly timely Grey’s Anatomy, ICE sent a chill through the halls of Grey Sloan by sending an agent to the hospital in search of a certain surgical intern. Which one? And why? Was the young doctor in question in danger of being deported? Read on, and we’ll answer not only those questions but reveal what happened when April’s recently-widowed ex-fiancé returned with his ailing daughter, and Alex’s young patient begged to check out before she, you know, checked out.

    ‘SHE’S NOT A FAKE-YOUR-OWN-DEATH KIND OF PERSON’ | As “Beautiful Dreamer” began, Meredith showed up at work with two out of three kids, Arizona suggested a double date with Carina, DeLuca and Sam (aka the surgical intern his sis referred to as a stalker), Jackson accused Maggie of being petulant in the wake of April’s jumping-him comment, and Amelia reassured Mer and Maggie that Richard would be OK when Olive passed. Amelia was more worried about Alex, who was upset that Kimmie wanted to check out. “It’s not your fault,” the youngster told him. But “I want to see Broadway before I die… And I want to sing” on a street corner, if need be. Undaunted, Karev told her to hang tight and they’d discuss it later — over ice cream. In peds, Arizona treated Matthew’s daughter, Ruby… until he admitted that he wasn’t cool with her being his kid’s doctor. Overhearing Robbins forbidding Jo from taking her interns into the room, April was dying to enter the room to offer her support. Nearby, Meredith was teasing Bailey about how everyone was calling her colonoscopy tool the tail-blazer rather than the trailblazer when up strolled ICE Agent Fields with his ominous request to speak with a surgical intern. “Which one?” Grey and Bailey asked in unison.

    Off that tense moment, Meredith and Bailey pulled Sam aside and instructed her to stay calm. Good luck with that. “I’m a Dreamer,” cried Sam. “I’m here under DACA.” She could only be deported, she said, if she broke the law, which, to be clear, she hadn’t. But since a friend of hers had been deported in a similarly sketchy scenario, she felt that she had to run. Covering for her, Bailey lied to Agent Fields that Sam was in surgery. “I will wait,” he said. Of course, he would. Next, Mer asked Helm for a favor — and she needed it so badly that she didn’t call her Hellmouth. That favor? Get DeLuca, fast. Why? Mer’s solution was for the young couple to get hitched at once. Alas, it wouldn’t work for Sam; marriage wouldn’t keep a Dreamer in the country. While Fields, cool as a cucumber, attempted to intimidate Bailey, she noticed that his pulse was racing. Nonetheless, he was disinterested in being examined. Meanwhile, Jo advised Sam about how to fake her death and start over with a new identity. No dice, said Sam, who had worked too hard to be who she was. While she weighed her non-options and Fields underwent an EKG, Amelia asked Owen to help save her favorite intern. No can do, he said (a bit dismissively). At his wit’s end, DeLuca accused Carina of sicking ICE on Sam. (Ouch.) After Maggie explained to Fields that he was a high risk of a heart attack and recommended a cardiac catheterization, Bailey asked him again if Sam had broken the law. Apparently, she’d run a red light — a red light, for crying out loud! If she wound up being sent back to El Salvador, Bailey warned, she’d probably be stripped of her medical credentials. “We should run,” DeLuca decided. Uh-uh, Mer countered. “If you run,” she said, “you’re a criminal. Don’t give them that.

    ‘IF YOU’VE DEMONSTRATED LOYALTY TO ANYBODY, IT ISN’T ME’ | Seeking help with Kimmie’s case, Amelia reached out to Rebecca Froy, a doctor at another hospital — who abruptly shut her down upon her mention of the name Harper Avery. In no time, Amelia got Jackson involved, and Rebecca insisted that, quite literally, she couldn’t say why she was bailing. And to underscore her point, she hung up on him. Off that non-conversation, Jackson learned from his mom that Rebecca had been involved in a lawsuit with his grandfather. At the same time, Maggie continued giving her new boyfriend the cold shoulder. When Jo caught Kimmie and her grandmother leaving the hospital, the teen asked Alex’s fiancee to tell him she’d been smiling when she said to thank him for her. Rather than do so at once, Jo instead distracted him with wedding talk. (Hey, maybe we could at least get to see that engagement party.) Then, at last, she broke the news, sending him running off after Kimmie. Speaking of whom, to get her the help she needed, Jackson told his lawyers to waive whatever agreement Rebecca had made with Harper so that she could pitch in on the case — a twist that left Catherine looking worried.

    ‘ARE WE SUPPOSED TO LIE TO MOMS?’ | Hoping to help Matthew, April covered for Owen in the pit so that he could treat Ruby at Arizona’s request. Meanwhile, Arizona advised a mom in labor against a C-section. At the same time, she took every precaution for fear that the woman would follow in the tragic footsteps of Matthew’s late wife, Karin. “I don’t think it’s [Ruby’s] heart,” April told Owen, who heeded her advice to check some other possibilities. Turned out, the problem was the baby’s belly. “There’s a simple surgery” to make her right as rain, Owen assured Matthew, who admitted, “Nights are tough” without his wife. After Hunt mentioned to Matthew that it had been Kepner’s intuition that had led him to the correct diagnosis, the former couple crossed paths in the chapel, and they wordlessly prayed next to one another.

    ‘YOU’RE NOT THROWING YOUR LIFE AWAY BECAUSE I HAVE TO’ | As the hour drew to a close, Arizona told Carina that they were done with their project — all they had to do was to always be prepared for a trauma. Wondering if she herself needed an emotional crash cart, Robbins asked Carina for (and received) reassurance that she wasn’t going to pick up and move to another country. Meredith presented Sam with a ticket to Zurich to continue her medical studies. “Dr. Yang is expecting you,” Grey added. Finding Alex, who apparently hadn’t found Kimmie, Jo told him that she wanted to have kids with him and take his last name, as she’d never had the surname of someone who’d loved her. Olive, poor Olive, finally drew her last breath, reducing Richard, poor Richard, to tears. (And you know a scene is emotional when, even while fast and furiously typing a recap, it makes you misty.) Owen applied to foster a child. Sam tried to keep DeLuca from following her to Zurich by insisting that she was just what his sister thought she was — a crazy stalker. He didn’t buy it for instant, but they nonetheless shared one last kiss in the rain, and then off she went, tears running down her face in the cab. Just then, Maggie walked up and expressed her sympathy to her ex. Off that heart-tug, she ran to Jackson, talking a mile a minute, and got him to admit that he’d been protecting himself from all this drama by not mentioning April’s pass at him. Maggie had to stop thinking of herself as some awkward underdog, he insisted. She had all the power in their relationship. At last, he got through to her, and she shut him up with a kiss. From there, it was zippers unzipping, melting-into-the-couch time. And just as we were about to fade to black, Catherine revealed to Richard that “Jackson ruined us… We are ruined.” What. The. Hell?

    Jesse Williams' Estranged Wife Wants More Child Support

    (4/12/18) Jesse Williams's estranged wife has gone to court asking for more money to support their 2 kids ... TMZ has learned.

    Aryn Drake-Lee filed docs claiming the $50,695 per month Jesse's been ordered to fork over in spousal support falls way short of covering expenses for their kids, ages 4 and 2.

    In the docs, Aryn says she's paying 100% of the kids' bills right now ... including clothes, food, traveling outside L.A. to visit family, swimming and dance lessons, child care and tuition. Aryn says that pushes expenses to $73,369 per month.

    Aryn claims Jesse can afford it since he makes at least $250k per "Grey's Anatomy" episode, so she wants to be reimbursed for what she's had to cover so far.

    On top of that ... Aryn wants $200k to cover her legal fees. We broke the story, Jesse agreed to front her $60k for her lawyer's fees ... but clearly that ain't cutting it for Aryn.

    Ratings: Will & Grace Flat With Finale, Grey's and Big Bang Eye Lows

    (4/6/18) NBC’s Will & Grace put a ring on Season 9 with 3.6 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating, dipping to its smallest revival audience while holding onto last week’s demo low.

    Everything else on the Peacock this Thursday night — Superstore (3.2 mil/0.8), A.P. Bio (2.3 mil/0.6), Champions (2 mil/0.5) and Chicago Fire (5.4 mil/1.0) — similarly were steady week-to-week.


    ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (6.8 mil/1.6) dipped 6 percent and two tenths to mark series lows. Station 19 (5.1 mil/1.0) slipped 14 percent and two tenths, while the antepenultimate Scandal (3.9 mil/0.9) ticked up.

    THE CW | Pending adjustment due to MLB preemptions, Supernatural (1.85 mil/0.6) is currently down a tenth, while Arrow (1.37 mil/0.4) is steady.

    CBS | Big Bang Theory (12.7 mil/2.3) dipped two tenths to what marks a series low, Young Sheldon (11.6 mil/1.9) and Life in Pieces (6.2 mil/0.9) each were down a tenth and Mom (8.5 mil/1.4) was steady. S.W.A.T. (5.1 mil/0.8) hit and held onto season lows.

    FOX | Gotham (2.54 mil/0.7) and Showtime at the Apollo (2.68 mil/0.6) each added a few eyeballs while steady in the demo.

    Grey's Recap: Ultrasound and Fury

    (4/6/18) (>) Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy was a biggie for Alex, Amelia and Koracick: The latter duo and DeLuca got to try on young Noah the same risky ultrasound procedure that they hoped would save Kimmie. If you’ve seen ABC’s promo for the episode, you might have a hunch about how well it went, based on Alex’s moment of Hulking out on Koracick for refusing to put Kimmie through the same treatment. If you haven’t seen the promo, or if you want to find out how misleading it was or wasn’t, keep reading. Actually, keep reading regardless — that story was by no means the night’s big jaw-dropper!

    ‘WE’RE AT THE EDGE OF THE CUTTING EDGE’ | As “Hold Back the River” began, Alex and Jo were happily canoodling, Owen was punishing his luggage for his having made a botched play for Teddy when he’d just left Amelia’s bed, Ben gave Bailey the worst present ever — a pill organizer, and April was back in the chapel, her long-lost smile having returned to her face. At Grey Sloan, having decided not to abandon her research project just because of mean ol’ Marie and her stab at blackmail, Meredith and Jo were frustrated that their lab rat had died. Upon hearing from Owen how badly things had gone with Teddy, Amelia, eager for him to not give up, cheerfully placed a call to Dr. Altman. And just about as quickly as Amelia said hello, she came to the same conclusion that Owen had: “Yeah, that’s not happening.” Working on Noah’s case with Alex, Amelia explained to his mom that the ultrasound procedure was very dangerous, but it was his best chance. “And we want this to work almost as badly as you do,” she added. That said, Mom signed the consent form. Afterward, Alex immediately reported to Kimmie and her grandmother that this was a big step toward getting her cured and back to singing.

    When DeLuca noticed how anxious Amelia was about the very real possibility that they were about to melt Noah’s brain stem, he very sweetly went into superhero pose to psych her up. “C’mon,” said Koracick upon realizing he was being left out. “You know I love doing that, too.” (If you haven’t tried it, you should — it really is kinda fun.) Unfortunately, Noah’s procedure was extremely touch and go — his head kept getting hot enough to make fondue. Fearing that they were about to turn the boy’s head into stew, Koracick called off the continuation of the procedure, so upsetting Amelia that she ran into the hall and puked. (Hmm… could she and Owen be expecting?) That night, Alex checked in on the patient, who was still unconscious. “What did we do to him?” Amelia wondered. The next morning, when Sam woke up with DeLuca in an on-call room, she realized that she’d never been to his place. After he confessed that, yeah, he was between places, she suggested that he move in with her. Finally, Noah awakened, and it turned out he was better — the treatment worked. Still, Koracick didn’t want to do Kimmie’s procedure — that, he said, was years away. There had been too many problems and it could have killed Noah. Alex flew into a rage and attacked Koracick. But at least he stopped himself before beating him up like he once had DeLuca.

    ‘I’M NOT GONNA LET YOU DIE’ | Richard’s heart sank when his AA sponsor Olive wasn’t just admitted to Grey Sloan but admitted with a DNR. “There are multiple options for dealing with liver failure,” he insisted. But she had decided that she’d reached her expiration date. She’d made that decision eight months ago but hadn’t told him, she said, because “I didn’t know how to sponsor you through my death.” Desperate to save Olive, Richard called in reinforcements: Mer and Maggie. Pissed, Olive threatened to reveal to the medical community that he was a recovering alcoholic if he didn’t respect her wishes. Left alone with Mer and Maggie, Olive advised them that, after she passed, Richard would need a new sponsor. “I need to know that he’s gonna get through this without a bottle,” she said. As another of Mer’s lab rats passed away, she dove back into the project with doubly renewed vigor — this was her and Jo’s chance to save people like Olive, dammit! Later, Richard told Bailey that Olive was the keeper of his secrets and “how I feel God’s presence.” When Olive rejected her so-so options for treatment, Jackson commiserated with Maggie, who’d have to somehow get through to her dad; he’d been there with her, after all, when her mom had died. Reaching out to Richard, Maggie said that she wished she could go back in time and not put her mom through that painful experimental protocol and instead give her the ending that she’d wanted — a peaceful one, with the assurance that she’d be OK. As the episode drew to a close, Richard brought into Olive’s room Amelia, frayed from her experience with Noah and Alex, and they had an impromptu AA meeting.

    ‘JUST PICTURE ME NAKED’ | Her faith restored, April pulled Koracick aside and apologized for using him just for sex. In response, he said it was fine to just use him for sex. And, sensing that she’d made up with God, he added that he was sure the Lord was cool with her doing that, too. Next, Kepner apologized to Owen for worrying him. “I forgive you completely,” he said, adding that (like him, obviously), she didn’t deserve to be crucified for one bad move. Casey was up next on April’s apology tour. But “I didn’t take it personally,” he said, adding that he’d thought she was having a nervous breakdown. Levi apologized to April before she could even get out an “I’m sorry.” At last, she got to Jackson and confessed, “I lost God” after losing Matthew’s wife. And she’d been furious with Jackson, because during their marriage, he hadn’t wanted to know God. And when she lost Him, it was like Jackson had won. Anyway, she had found God again. And even when it had felt like God wasn’t there, she added, Jackson was. So she thanked him, apologized and gave him a hug. April’s final mea culpa was to Maggie for the scene she’d made at party night. But, since her apology included a mention of her “jumping” her ex-husband in the closet, it was an “I’m sorry” for which Jackson would immediately be sorry.

    ‘PUMP THAT POISON INTO A COMPLETELY HEALTHY PERSON’ | While Owen took out his anger over the Teddy sitch on Levi, he also discovered that Dana, the wife of Arizona’s former patient Peggy, didn’t have cancer as she’d been led to believe. Soon, he had figured out that Dana’s oncologist wasn’t an oncologist at all. Playing Hardy Boy and Nancy Drew, Owen and Arizona went to “Dr.” Hansen’s clinic posing as a couple. To their horror, it turned out that — nooo! — Arizona actually did have breast cancer! Back at Grey Sloan, April scanned Arizona, and — whew! — she didn’t have breast cancer! (Jeez, that was scary!) Livid, Owen took off to take care of Dr. Hansen. Arriving just as Hansen was closing up for the night, Owen, scary as hell, threatened to administer chemo to him. Finally, sirens blared — Hansen would live, but he was so busted. And in the episode’s last minutes, it turned out that Mer and Jo hadn’t needed the polymer at all — one of their lab rats had grown a new liver without it! Hot damn! At the Bailey-Warren household, Bailey reminded Ben that she wasn’t dead or dying by demanding playfully that they have sex right then and there. Again, hot damn!

    Grey's Anatomy's Blast From the Past

    (4/4/18) Grey’s Anatomy is bringing back a somewhat random face from the first half of its 14-year run, leading us to wonder, “Why? And to what end?”

    Sarah Utterback, who recurred as Nurse Olivia Harper from the middle of Season 1 through early Season 6, is returning to the ABC medical drama in the Thursday, April 26 episode, reports.

    Back in the day, Olivia hooked up with — and contracted syphilis from — Alex, which she then gave to George O’Malley. So it’s anybody’s guess what the topic of conversation will be when she and her (um, how old???) son show up at Grey Sloan Memorial and are treated by Jo.

    Ratings: Supernatural Ties Season High, Scandal Goes Low in Later Slot

    (3/30/18) Fine, I’ll say it: “Zoinks!”

    The CW’s Supernatural with Thursday’s Scooby-Doo crossover drew 2 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, rising 20 and 40 percent from its last fresh episode to mark its best-since-premiere audience and tie this season’s demo high.

    Leading out of that, Arrow (1.14 mil/0.4) dropped a handful of eyeballs while steady in the demo.


    ABC | Grey‘s Anatomy (7 mil/1.7) slipped two tenths to match its series low in the demo, Station 19 (5.8 mil/1.2) ticked up from last week’s two-hour premiere and Scandal (3.8 mil/0.8) dropped a good 20 percent in its later time slot to easily hit series lows.

    FOX | Gotham (2.38 mil/0.7) dipped to a new audience low while steady in the demo; Showtime at the Apollo (2.5 mil/0.6) was steady.

    NBC | Superstore (2.9 mil/0.8) and Will & Grace (3.7 mil/0.9) each dropped three tenths to season lows. AP Bio (2.1 mil/0.6) and Champions (1.9 mil/0.5) each slipped two tenths. Chicago Fire (5.3 mil/0.9) fell three tenths to tie its all-time demo low.

    CBS | Big Bang Theory (12.9 mil/2.4) and Life in Pieces (6.2 mil/1.0) each slipped two tenths, with the former hitting a series low. Young Sheldon (11.7 mil/2.0) and Mom (8.7 mil/1.4) each dipped a tenth, while the newly renewed S.W.A.T. (5.3 mil/0.9) was steady.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Heart Condition

    (3/30/18) (>) Looks like Meredith’s back massager might be due for a break. Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy introduced Animal Kingdom’s Scott Speedman as a new love interest for our widowed heroine. His Dr. Mars was brilliant (he called himself a “world-class” transplant surgeon), charming (he was joking when he said it) and as handsome as Scott Speedman. The question was, since he was suffering from complications from his own kidney transplant, would she be able to keep him alive long enough for them to go on a date? Read on and find out.

    ‘THERE’S NOTHING STANDING IN OUR WAY’ | As “One Day Like This” began, April was awakened at the bar she’d passed out in and sent packing by the bartender; Owen shocked Teddy by showing up on her doorstep overseas; and Dr. Mars, having picked up a kidney at Grey Sloan, explained to Mer in the hall that he himself had had a kidney transplant. He was a few weeks post-op, he was saying when he… collapsed. Once checked in to Grey Sloan, he guessed that he was rejecting the organ and flirted up a storm with Mer. (Or maybe he wasn’t flirting; maybe Scott Speedman’s just so charming that he can’t help but seem like he’s flirting.) When Dr. Mars’ first test results came in, they looked good. He was in a hurry to get sprung, though. But, if he was stuck in a hospital bed, he wanted Mer to keep him company. During their conversation, he revealed that he was raising niece Charlotte for his apparently immature sister and that his mother had died waiting for a heart transplant. “Hearts are hard to come by,” he said. Before he let her get back to her other patients, he had “one last question,” he said. “Do you think I’m gonna lose this kidney?” Alas, she insisted that she didn’t and couldn’t know until his other labs came back.

    Until then, Mars continued to bond with Mer, even copping to once having considered shoe salesman as his Plan B occupation. In turn, she admitted that she’d once fancied working at the multiplex with Cristina. By and by, it came up that, once he was released, he’d be getting on a plane back to Minnesota. (Hmm… so if anything, a long-distance romance at first?) Still, whether they went with his fantasy life or hers, he was game for it. When his labs came back, Mer discovered that he had a clot in the renal vein. As he was wheeled into surgery, he quickly gave Grey about a zillion instructions on what to do with Charlotte if he didn’t make it. Next thing we knew, Mars was out of surgery and asking Mer which of their fantasies they were going to go with. Sorry, she said, neither was going to happen… because she’d saved his kidney! “You saved my whole damn life,” he said. That evening, Mer admitted to Alex that Mars had made her feel something that she hadn’t since Derek.

    ‘I IMAGINED THIS, TOO’ | In Germany, Owen revealed to Teddy that he and Amelia were done, so… what about them? In response, she kissed him, and that kiss quickly led to a whole lot more than kissing. Afterwards, she couldn’t believe that he was in her bed naked in Germany. It was all so surreal. Later, in a tableau as romantic as they come, Owen and Teddy, wrapped around one another like smitten pretzels, watched the snow fall outside her window. Then, a single question broke the spell: “What are you doing here?” she had to ask. It wasn’t as if she could leave Germany and abandon her life already in progress. “Why can’t I be a part of that?” he asked. “Because the show already fired two series regulars this season,” Teddy didn’t reply. Instead, she responded with another question: Would he really move to Germany? “Why not?” he answered. He could work with her, or not, but either way, he could move there. And leave Megan and his mom? she asked. Or she could come back to Seattle, he added. Any way you sliced it, though, he loved her and wanted to be with her, and that was why he’d gotten on that plane.

    Later, Owen accidentally suggested that Amelia had “led me to” Teddy and even admitted that his going there had been his ex’s suggestion. Things only got more awkward when Teddy pressed him to reveal when Amelia had said that. His answer was, uh, not great: The night before, when he and Amelia had been having sex. Enraged, Teddy accused Owen of being scared to be alone. She also lit into him for stringing her along and then marrying other women. How could he have come there 24 hours after being with his ex, because his ex had told him to?!? “I’m done, Owen,” she said in tears. No more was she going to be his fall-back person.

    ‘TELL ME THE DIRT’ | Meanwhile, April treated a Eli, a rabbi to whom Bailey’d previously prescribed antibiotics — three times — rather than recommend surgery. As a result, he was covered in a rash that was so bad, the burn unit was called. His skin was horrifically separating from itself, and the condition, Jackson and April reluctantly hinted, could kill him. Bailey was reassured by Jackson that she hadn’t done anything wrong — Eli’s reaction to the antibiotics this time was random. But April, incensed, wasn’t about to give up the patient so that Miranda could make his suffering all about her. She lashed out at her boss, saying Eli’d be lucky to make it through the night. Later, April found it difficult to hide from the patient her upset over the chief’s mistake. Sensing that Kepner wasn’t crazy about her fellow doc, the rabbi pressed for the juicy details. When April instead apologized for behaving unprofessionally, Eli stopped her in her tracks. “Dr. Kepner, you really think I can’t tell when someone’s in pain, too?” April didn’t want to talk — “I don’t need anything” — but he pleaded with her to let him do his job, and take away as much of her pain as he possibly could before he passed away.

    Finally, April confessed that she’d done everything God asked of her, and in return, He… what? Eli inquired. God doesn’t guarantee anything. No one in the Bible lived a life free of suffering or injustice, so why should their own lives be any different? “Faith wouldn’t be real faith,” he added, “if you only believed when things were good.” Time running short, he told April that she sounded like a child. She didn’t get to know why bad things happened any more than he got to know why he was about to die from taking an antidepressant. “The world is full of brokenness,” he concluded. “It’s our job to put it back together again.” Kepner begged him not to give up till his wife got there. In his delirium, he mistook April for his wife, and she tearfully let him do so in his final seconds on earth. (Tell me again why this is a character we’re out of story for. Sarah Drew slayed it.) As the episode neared its conclusion, April found Bailey in the chapel and helped her light a candle. “Eli forgave you,” Kepner said, her faith seeming to return. “Some things just happen, and we don’t get to know why.”

    Suzanne Patmore Gibbs Dies: Head Of Sony’s TriStar Television Was 50

    (3/30/18) This is very sad news for the TV community — Suzanne Patmore Gibbs, the head of Sony Pictures TV’s TriStar Television, died suddenly this morning. She was 50. The respected veteran TV executive, who also held top executive posts at Sony TV, ABC and Touchstone TV, passed away unexpectedly at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of complications from minor surgery.

    “Today we lost an amazing and wonderful member of the SPT family. This is a shock to all of us, and we are heartbroken,” SPT president Jeff Frost and co-presidents Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter wrote in a note to the company staff announcing Patmore Gibbs’ passing. “All of us at Sony Pictures Television were touched by Suzanne’s passion and friendship. She was a wonderful colleague and friend to all who worked with her. She will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time.”

    Patmore Gibbs most recently relaunched TriStar Television as a division of SPT. She led the unit for the past three years, gradually building it into a label focused on female-driven projects, in front and behind the camera, as exemplified by the Amazon series Good Girls Revolt. Patmore Gibbs was passionate about providing more opportunities for female showrunners and directors, about championing projects with strong female roles and about encouraging new voices and diversity. The exec, who also shepherded TriStar TV’s series Shut Eye and The Last Tycoon, is leaving behind a slate of a slew of high-profile projects set up at cable and streaming networks.

    Before taking over TriStar TV, Patmore Gibbs served as EVP drama development for SPT, where her team developed NBC’s The Blacklist, The Night Shift and The Player; Outlander on Starz; Bloodline and The Get Down on Netflix; Houdini and Doyle on Fox; and Powers on PlayStation.

    Before joining Sony TV, Patmore Gibbs served as EVP scripted programming for ABC Entertainment Group, where she was instrumental in the development of hits Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy, which she championed, and also shepherded such series as Lost, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Suburgatory and Ugly Betty. She also worked as SVP drama development at Touchstone Television, as SVP development at Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz’s Bedford Falls and acted as an adjunct professor of screenwriting at the USC film school from 1999-2002.

    Patmore Gibbs is survived by her husband, Stuart; children Dashiell and Violet; her brother, Alan; and her parents, Barry and Carole.

    “She was a mentor, a guiding light, and a tastemaker for multiple studios including ABC, Sony and most recently TriStar Television,” the family said. “She was kind, thoughtful and supportive to everyone she worked with — and in return, she was respected and admired throughout Hollywood. While she was justifiably proud of her many career accomplishments, she felt that her greatest success was her loving family and friends. She will be greatly missed.”

    Details regarding arrangements and services will be be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, her family has asked to make a donation to the Children’s Institute or Girls, Inc.

    Ratings: Chicago Fire Bests Station 19 in Thursday Firehouse Showdown

    (3/23/18) NBC’s two-hour blast of Chicago Fire on Thursday night averaged 6.8 million total viewers and a 1.20 demo rating leading out of sitcoms, edging out ABC’s two-hour Station 19 launch (5.4 mil/1.15) in the demo while easily drawing the bigger crowd.

    Looking at the hourlies, Chi Fi did 6.5 mil/1.2 and then 7.1 mil/1.2 — equaling its best-since-premiere rating — while Station 19 did 5.7 mil/1.2 and 5.1 mil/1.1, leading out of the night’s top scripted program aka Grey’s Anatomy.

    Station 19‘s regularly scheduled first hour was on par with time slot predecessor Scandal‘s season-to-date average (5 mil/1.2), while its second episode easily improved on How to Get Away With Murder’s Season 4 run (3.7 mil/0.9).

    Grey’s itself opened ABC’s night with 7.5 mil and a 1.9, ticking up on both counts from last week. Over on NBC, Superstore (3.9 mil/1.1) ticked up while A.P. Bio (2.9 mil/0.7) slipped two tenths.


    FOX | Gotham (2.44 mil/0.7) flirted with its smallest audience ever while up a tenth in the demo. Showtime at the Apollo (2.4 mil/0.6) was steady.

    CBS | NCAA hoops coverage led the night with 8.1 mil and a 2.4, up 14 and 20 percent year-over-year.

    Grey's Recap: Ready for Distraction

    (3/23/18) (>) The promos for Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy would have had us believe that Richard and Catherine’s reaction to Jackson and Maggie’s pairing was a lot like that of the Jaggie haters. But if there’s one thing we know about this show — besides that it always packs the biggest turning points into the final five minutes of any given episode — it’s that its ads are misleading about as frequently as stitches are required after surgery. So, was this another case of Grey’s pulling a fast one to pimp an hour that was less about the new couple and more about Jackson being distracted from his romance by the vaginoplasty surgery that he was set to perform on Michelle with his mother and stepfather? Scrub in and read on…

    ‘GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR VAGINA’ | As “Caught Somewhere in Time” began, Owen and Amelia were still going at it in a no-strings-attached kinda way (and giving each other high marks on their performance); Arizona was discovering how much Sofia missed New York, her friends and other mom; and Jackson paged Maggie to a supply closet, the door of which she was eager to lock so that they could hook up. Alas, “we don’t have time for that,” he said. “I got a vagina to build” — with his mother and her father, no less. “Some families do puzzles,” she noted. After they agreed to cancel their dinner reservations and spend the evening at his place instead, they left the closet and came face to face with… Richard and Catherine. Still, nobody discussed the elephant in the room. Maggie scampered off as quickly as she could, and Jackson opted to shut himself back in the closet. Later, Jackson asked his mother if anything was bothering her, but she was a closed book… till they got to Michelle’s room. Then, Catherine was all “Family is family” about Richard’s relation to Jackson — so much so that it even made Michelle nervous.

    Meanwhile, Maggie ran to Mer with her freakout over being caught by Richard and Catherine, but her sister didn’t even know yet about her and Jackson. “We haven’t had sex yet,” Maggie clarified. However, she had high hopes for that night. Before scrubbing in on Michelle’s surgery, Catherine lit into Jackson for having hidden Maggie from her — and for getting together with someone at the same hospital where April works. “Of all the places on earth for you to dip your wick!” she exclaimed. Overhearing all this, Michelle bolted. It was nothing, her docs insisted. But it was a “nothing” they’d have to resolve before the operation began, Michelle said. “You’re not cutting into me until I have your full attention.” Alone with Catherine and Jackson, Richard fussed at his wife for thinking that no woman is ever good enough for her son. As for Webber, he wasn’t thrilled. “You have my blessing,” he told Jackson, “but if I hear you hurt Maggie, I’m coming after you.” Going back to Michelle, Catherine admitted to Jackson that she feared Richard would take Maggie’s side in any dispute just as she would her son’s, and she’d lose him the way she had Robert. Jackson advised her to remember that Richard was twice the man his father was, and at last, the two of them hugged it out. As Jackson, Catherine and Richard operated on Michelle, Jackson sweetly gave his mom permission to take Maggie’s side if things went south between them.

    ‘PEOPLE ARE BLEEDING! PEOPLE ARE DYING!’ | At Grey Sloan, Amelia admitted to Owen that she’d been bothered by his earlier crack about her wanting kids one minute and not the next, so maybe she’d also decide she was fine with no-strings one minute and not so fine with it the next. She’d had a brain tumor when she’d done that flip-flop, she reminded him. And even with it, she added, she hadn’t cheated on anyone. Snap! When Owen, April and DeLuca held a trauma-certification training session for the interns, Kepner was, as she’s tended to be lately, extra intense. When Levi asked what the rules were for saving their patients/dummies, she replied, “This is real life, Blood Bank! In a harsh and uncaring world, the only rule is, there are no rules!” Mmkay, then. Eventually, Owen advised April that the youngsters weren’t going to learn anything if she kept killing their patients. But he soon bailed to address Amelia’s cheater remark. “Teddy is my… she’s Teddy,” he explained. “So I didn’t feel like I was cheating on you” by following his wife’s instructions to go to her. In response, Amelia said that Teddy was his tumor. As such, “our marriage didn’t stand a chance.” By the time Owen returned to the interns, April had a hose on them, and Levi was in tears. Later, Owen had to kind of regret asking Amelia for elaboration on her tumor metaphor. Teddy wasn’t benign, Amelia said, because his feelings for her had always been there, growing. Back with the interns, April had a breakdown recalling past traumas when she found out that Casey had sent the page that had called her inside — in essence, he’d cheated, because there are no rules. (Sarah Drew brought it so painfully, it only makes it more of a head-scratcher why the show is writing off her character.)

    ‘ARE YOU BUILDING A TIME MACHINE?’ | To Jo’s dismay, Meredith — feeling that Marie was too far ahead of them with what used to be their project for them to ever catch up — was clearing out the lab in which they’d done their research. Jo had found some substitute polymers that they could use in place of Marie’s, but Mer was giving up. As such, Jo was free to join Bailey in treating an astronaut named Marjorie (guest star Laura San Giacomo). Sci-fi fan Miranda fangirl’d the moment she realized who the patient was, and she was only left more in awe when she learned that Marjorie was building a time machine. For NASA? No, they’d parted ways ages ago. “I’m building it for me,” Marjorie said, “so I can travel to the future.” In surgery, as Marjorie bled like crazy, Maggie deduced that, since Ellis had kept her existence a secret, she could certainly have stolen her bestie’s work and kept it under her hat. Sadly, Marjorie didn’t pull through. She certainly had Bailey’s respect, though. She even gave Miranda an idea as to what to call her rectal-access port: the trail-blazer.

    ‘I’M CRYING ‘CAUSE I’M LUCKY’ | Taking Sofia to work to get her out of her New York state of mind, Arizona paired her off with a patient’s son named Noah while she told the boy’s pregnant mom that she was going to try to stop her contractions. The woman was only 23 weeks along in her pregnancy, you see. That wasn’t the only issue in the exam room, either — Noah presented hollow, uncontrollable laughter… which could actually be seizures. As the mom was rushed to the ER in agony, it started to feel like it might not have been the world’s best idea to bring Sofia to the hospital. Amelia and Alex’s MRI revealed that Noah’s laughs were, in fact, seizures. He had an inoperable tumor; his only hope was the same project that Amelia and Alex hoped would help Kimmie.

    IN THE END… | As the hour drew to a close, Jackson asked April, off her meltdown, “When did you decide that I’m not here for you?” They hugged, and she pulled him into a kiss. “You can’t fix what you can’t face,” he said. Angrily, she asked him to take Harriet that night. Off all that time-travel talk, Jo encouraged Mer not to let something Ellis did in the past wipe out Grey’s chance to change the future. Re-inspired, Mer pulled her paperwork out of the garbage and said, “Let’s get to work.” Maggie took it well that Jackson had to cancel their “dinner plans.” She even suggested that the longer they waited to eat, the hungrier she’d be. Finally, Owen took a cab to the airport: international terminal. Teddy, here he comes!

    Ellen Pompeo Talks Grey's Exits: 'I'm Not Involved in These Decisions'

    (3/22/18) (
    Video) Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is shutting down buzz that her new $10 million-a-year salary precipitated the recently-announced departures of co-stars Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew. “It’s absolutely not true,” the actress maintained on Thursday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

    Pompeo went on to echo Grey’s showrunner Krista Vernoff’s earlier statement that the pair were being let go for creative — not financial — reasons. “I’m not involved in these kinds of decisions,” she told DeGeneres (watch video, above). “However, there’s a few problems that you encounter doing a show for 14 seasons. One of them is the writers have a really hard time creatively thinking up new stories for all these characters. I think we have 16 regular cast members. It’s always sad when we lose people — whether they want to go or they don’t want to go. It doesn’t make it any easier.”

    Earlier this month, Vernoff vehemently denied that the two matters (Pompeo’s paycheck and the Capshaw/Drew news) were in any way connected. That intimation “is wrong and hurtful and misguided,” Vernoff wrote. “It smacks of an old, broken, patriarchal notion that women must be pitted against each other and that one woman’s success will be costly to others.”

    Isaiah Washington Says Shonda Rhimes Blames Racism for His 'Grey's Anatomy' Firing

    (3/22/18) Isaiah Washington insists he was ousted from "Grey's Anatomy" in 2007 over false accusations fueled by an allegedly racist ABC exec ... and he says Shonda Rhimes knows it too, and has his back.

    The actor tells us Shonda -- creator and exec producer of 'Grey's' -- has "nothing good to say" about ABC or its exec VP, Howard Davine. He also says Shonda believes Davine should be investigated for his "racist, biased behavior."

    What Isaiah's suggesting is pretty explosive. First, that the stories about him making homophobic comments on the 'Grey's' set were lies to get him blackballed in Hollywood. Second, Shonda, the queen of TGIT, taking a stand against ABC says a lot.

    She's the network's biggest content creator, and if she's calling out one of its execs ... y'know she's pissed.

    Isaiah says a whistleblower tipped him off to Davine's alleged actions, and now he's hoping the Time's Up movement or others get on board with his fight.

    We've reached out to Shonda's office several times, but so far no word back.

    Grey's Anatomy Fans Raise Over $1K to Fly Banner in Support of Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw

    (3/19/18) To say that Grey's Anatomy fans really don't want to see Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw leave the series at the end of season 14 is quite an understatement.
  • On Monday, March 19, a week and a half after it was revealed that their characters April Kepner and Arizona Robbins would be checking out of Grey Sloan Memorial for good this spring, fans took to the skies—literally—to prove their devotion of the pair, as both actresses revealed on social media.
  • "OMG. There is a plane carrying a banner that says.. WE Heart SARAH DREW & JESSICA CAPSHAW.
  • Both Capshaw and Drew shared more on Instagram, with Drew sharing photo and video evidence of the banner flying through the skies over the show's Los Angeles studios. "This is extraordinary. We are overwhelmed," she captioned the photo. "We love you right back!!!"
  • In one of her videos, Drew films Capshaw as she films the banner flying overhead, both actress clearly overjoyed at the sign of support. "You guys, you're so amazing," she can be heard saying off camera.
  • "Jessica," she says in another. "Can you believe our fans right now?"
  • "I can not believe our fans right now," Capshaw responds. "I can not. I can not. Thank you!"
  • Capshaw shared of Boomerang video of herself and Drew in costume on set, making a heart with their hands. It's been a while since @thesarahdrew and I have worked together," she wrote. "And we are feeling the love!!"
  • While the outpouring of love has no doubt made the news easier for both actresses to swallow, it remains to be seen what—if any—effect this might have on changing their employment situation. While Capshaw remains a free agent come May, Drew has already been cast in the pilot reboot of Cagney and Lacey, which is in contention for the 2018-19 line-up over at CBS.
  • When the news of Capshaw and Drew's impending dismissals broke, fan outrage caused both star Ellen Pompeo and showrunner Krista Vernoff to defend the decision, which they claim was made purely for creative reasons, in light of one report that some viewed was pinning the blame on Pompeo's highly-publicized raise, which has made her the highest-paid actress currently working in TV drama.
  • "The suggestion in the Deadline article that our cast changes are in any way related to Ellen Pompeo's salary renegotiation is wrong and hurtful and misguided," Vernoff wrote on Twitter. "It smacks of an old, broken, patriarchal notion that women must be pitted against each other and that one woman's success will be costly to others. Ellen Pompeo has not only advocated passionately for her fellow cast members, she has taken the time to educate women world wide as to how to advocate for themselves and that must not now be twisted. The decision to make changes to our cast was a creative one. The only thing as constant on Grey's Anatomy as Ellen Pompeo is our penchant for reinvention. It is a part of our success and what keeps the show exciting. We love these actresses and we love these characters and it felt true and right creatively to wrap up their stories. And that is the whole story."
  • Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

    ‘Designated Survivor’: Nora Zehetner Set To Recur On ABC Drama Series

    (3/19/18) Nora Zehetner (It Happened In LA) is set for a recurring role opposite Kiefer Sutherland on ABC drama series Designated Survivor from Entertainment One/Mark Gordon and ABC Studios.

    Zehetner will play Valeria Poriskova. Intelligent, attractive and formidable, Valeria is officially a “cultural attaché” at Russia’s Washington, D.C. embassy. However, her real job is spycraft: running Russian intelligence agents on U.S. soil.

    David Guggenheim is creator and executive producer. In addition to Guggenheim, the series is executive produced by Mark Gordon, Kiefer Sutherland, Simon Kinberg, Nick Pepper, Jeff Melvoin, Suzan Bymel, Aditya Sood, and Keith Eisner, who serves as showrunner on the show.

    Zehetner was last in Michelle Morgan’s It Happened In LA, which premiered at Sundance last year and was the lead in Amazon Studios feature Creative Control, opposite Benjamin Dickinson. She can also be seen in the Netflix film Imperial Dreams opposite John Boyega. Zehetner previously recurred on IFC’s Maron, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and AMC’s Mad Men. She’s repped by APA and Avalon Entertainment.

    Ratings: Gotham Eyes New Series Low

    (3/16/18) Fox’s Gotham this Thursday drew 2.51 million total viewers — its second-smallest audience ever — and a 0.6 demo rating, ticking down a tenthfrom last week to mark a new series low.

    Leading out of that, Showtime at the Apollo (2.6 mil/0.6) was steady.


    ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (7.3 mil/1.8) ticked up from last week’s series low, while Scandal (4.9 mil/1.1) was steady. How to Get Away With Murder (4 mil/1.0) ticked up with its finale, yet is down 18 and 29 percent from its previous closer.

    CBS | March Madness averaged 5.6 mil and a 1.6 during primetime, up sharply from last year’s tip-off (4.5 mil/1.2).

    NBC | Superstore (3.9 mil/1.0) and Champions (3 mil/0.7) were steady, A.P. Bio (3 mil/0.8) ticked up and Will & Grace (4.7 mil/1.2) grew two tenths from last week’s low.

    THE CW | Tough Mudder drew 600,000 viewers and a 0.2 rating.

    Grey's Recap: Flashback and Forth

    (3/16/18) ( For all the sexypants going on in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, it was still a rough week for several of Grey Sloan’s finest, at least at first. Meredith, as you’d expect her to be in the wake of “Games People Play,” was trying to binge FEUD: Ellis and Marie as best she could, that not being on Netflix or a series or anything. Alex was as chagrined as any Jolex fan to learn that, after all he and Jo had been through, she was applying for fellowships here, there and also everywhere. And April, poor April, hit a new low, waking up with the show’s version of Family Guy’s Quagmire, Koracick. Which, if any, of them were able to turn it around by the end of the flashback-filled hour? Read on and find out.

    ‘FIRST LOVE, RIGHT?’ | As “Old Scars, Future Hearts” began, Mer, though focused on her research into her mom’s past, still noticed how distracted Maggie was. “You just buttered the kitchen towel,” Mer noted. Across town, Koracick offered to make breakfast for April, who was eager to have him leave before she puked. And at Jo and Alex’s, he discovered that she was applying for fellowships as far away as Northwestern. At Grey Sloan, Maggie became so flustered by the sight of Jackson that she dropped her coffee. She still turned down his offer of a date rather than lose focus during her big Dor-procedure surgery that day on a cosplaying gay teen named Charlie whose romance sparked a flashback to a young Alex’s first love. Unbelievably, it was only a little while later that a heart became available for transplant. But, for fear that his new heart wouldn’t love his boyfriend Henry like his old one did, the kid insisted on going forward with the Dor procedure instead. “Give the new heart to someone else,” he said. If the Dor procedure only bought him another year, so be it. He’d spend it in love. Not so fast. To get Charlie to have the surgery, Henry broke up with him, saying he couldn’t be with someone who didn’t believe in science.

    During a flashback to 2003, Jo’s first love rode to her rescue when her car was being towed. She was reluctant to be around his perfect family, however, being the street rat that she was. We also got a fairly adorable flashback to Maggie in (pre?) med school as “first-cut virgins” with the boy she liked. The would-be docs even stole their cadaver’s heart to have a funeral for the guy they’d practiced on. When not bopping back in time, Maggie, Alex and Jo attempted to transplant the new heart into Charlie… only it was too big; it wouldn’t fit! The docs decided to leave the patient open overnight, wrapped up in medical-grade plastic wrap overnight, until the swelling went down. Filling in Charlie’s mom, Alex flashed back to his mom freaking out off her medication in front of his first girlfriend. In the O.R., things looked grim for Charlie for a hot minute, but after charging his new ticker a coupla times, it started beating again. Waiting nearby, Henry admitted to Maggie that he’d only dumped his beau to save him. At the end of the day, Alex didn’t want to talk to Jo about how much he’d been “brooding” over her applications. “For the first time,” she pointed out, “I can do exactly what I want to.” He just hadn’t realized that Paul, not Alex, had been the one keeping her in Seattle.

    ‘INSPIRATION IS INTANGIBLE’ | Meanwhile, when Marie arrived at the hospital, Mer confronted her right off. “Are you even going to let me license the patent?” Grey asked. “There is nothing petty here,” replied Marie, asking whether she was interested in her side of the falling-out story. According to her, Ellis had won her second Harper Avery with work that both she and Marie had done. “When she betrayed me, it was unimaginably painful,” she said. “She broke me.” In response, Mer asked if maybe Marie had given her too much power. Maybe, Marie admitted. Regardless, she felt she had a right to the work stolen from her. So if Mer wanted her patent, she’d have to publicly state that Ellis had developed “the Ellis Grey procedure” with Marie and rename it the Grey-Cerone procedure. Richard’s advice to Mer? Don’t undo her mother’s legacy when she wasn’t there to defend herself. That night, Mer and Alex were getting shnockered by firelight when downstairs strolled Amelia, who’d apparently been knocking boots with Owen almost non-stop since the previous day. When Karev opened up about the possibility of Jo leaving, Mer pointed out quickly that that didn’t mean she was leaving him. “She’s not Izzie.” During another flashback, Alex overheard his girlfriend telling all their friends about his “crazy” mother and saying that she was breaking up with him.

    ‘VODKA, BABY FOOD AND QUESTIONABLE CHEESE’ | By the time April rolled out of bed, Koracick wasn’t as she’d hoped gone. When he expressed interest in her beyond sex, she asked him not to bother feigning interest; she’d sleep with him again, anyway. He was curious, though: How had the woman Amelia’d once given her power of attorney to become the woman he’d been with last night? After about 100 guesses, he finally hit upon “God is dead” as the reason for her sudden transformation. No, April insisted. He wasn’t dead. “I just hate Him so much, I wish He was.” That night, Koracick was still there, having a whole, elaborate discussion about her crisis of faith. Is there more to Koracick than we gave him credit for? In fact, there was. His son had died in a freak accident at school. “It was unfair,” he understated. “The priest said, ‘Talk to God,'” but the grieving dad only wanted to choke the life out of God. In the aftermath, Koracick’s marriage fell apart, and he started going to church to talk to his son. “I still do,” he said, adding that neither had he left God or vice versa, they just got in a fight, that’s all. “Your turn,” he then said. Rather than talk, April reminded him he was there for sex.

    ‘IT ISN’T YOUR CRIME AND SHOULDN’T BE YOUR BURDEN’ | As the hour drew to a close, before going into the O.R. to finish up on Charlie, Jo told Alex she’d missed him (as he’d slept at Mer’s rather than go home). Jackson overheard Maggie recalling the dorky poem she’d read to her cadaver — and the boy she liked. Once Charlie was in recovery, Henry proclaimed his love poetically. Later, dropping off Harriet at April’s, Jackson got an eyeful of Koracick in her robe. From there, Jackson went to the bar, where he bonded some more with Maggie and insisted that he, too, had real pain and wreckage even though he’d been prom king four times. Now could he finally take her to dinner? Yes, she said. Back at the hospital, Meredith told Marie that she couldn’t bring herself to undo her mother’s legacy. Marie understood; regardless, she’d be taking Mer’s project, and forevermore, her livers would be known as the Cerone livers. And when Alex went home, Jo, having recalled running from her old boyfriend who loved her, started explaining that she’d never fit in, so she’d always wanted to run… till him. “You’re so screwed up that you make me make sense,” she said. “I never wanna go anywhere without you. You are my home.” Before he could find her engagement ring, she revealed that she was already wearing it, knelt down in front of him and proposed. You bet, he said with a kiss.

    Madam Secretary's Sara Ramirez, EP Lori McCreary Tee Up 'Roller Coaster Ride' of LGBTQ Refugee Episode

    (3/16/18) This Sunday’s Madam Secretary (CBS, 10/9c) focuses on the plight of a group of foreign lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer refugees seeking asylum — a storyline dear to both the political drama’s hotshot strategist Kat Sandoval and the actress who plays her.

    “Originally, some of the producers shared with me that an international LGBTQI storyline was coming down the pipeline, and they expressed interest in my being a part of that conversation,” says Sara Ramirez, who identifies as queer and bisexual and who has been a vocal advocate for LGBTQ issues, as well as for marginalized communities. Series star Téa Leoni “was really supportive around me participating, as well, which I really appreciate,” she adds.

    Ramirez tells TVLine that she met with Jessica Stern, executive director at OutRight Action International, a LGBTQ human-rights watchdog group. “I was given the show’s blessing to come in and go over some of the plot points,” she says, calling the conversation “really productive.” “We wanted to make sure we’re responsible and accurate, and we don’t want to put anyone in danger more so than they already are.”

    For example: The script originally had the human-rights abuses happening in one country, but based on OutRight’s input, the Madam Secretary writers swapped in another nation.

    “Having someone like Sara… being so connected to these issues was one of the reasons that we were able to pivot our storyline,” says executive producer Lori McCreary, explaining that the organization said, “‘Look, normally it’s really great to shine a spotlight on these issues. In this particular case at this particular time, the end will probably be much worse for us, and you’ll be doing the opposite of what your intention is on this episode.'”

    After sharing OutRight’s feedback with the writers’ room (“We had a table read, and then we were giving notes after on the episode, and I was invited to stick around, which I’ve never been invited to before,” Ramirez says gleefully. “It’s fun!”), Ramirez also weighed in on some of Kat’s scenes “and her personal disclosures,” the actress adds. (For more on that, make sure to read TVLine’s post mortem interview about the episode, posting Sunday at 11 pm ET.)

    During the episode, titled “Refuge,” Kat and Jay work together to assist persecuted LGBTQ citizens escape their country while their American Homeland Security applications are processed. When a giant, literal roadblock arises — the country closes its borders — they’re forced to improvise.

    “In this episode, we are learning about some of the things that happen behind closed doors that not everybody talks about, [such as] governmental work in conjunction with NGOs that are doing similar work,” Ramirez previews.

    “How do you work together? is what we really explore in this episode, and where it can go wrong and where it can succeed,” she says. “We kind of take folks on a roller coaster ride.”

    Big Little Lies' James Tupper to Co-Star With Katie Holmes in Fox FBI Pilot

    (3/16/18) James Tupper (Big Little Lies) has been tapped as a male lead opposite Katie Holmes in Fox’s FBI drama pilot from former Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken and Melissa Scrivner Love. Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya) also has been cast in a series regular role in the project, produced by 20th Century Fox TV.

    Written by Chaiken and Love and directed by Sanaa Hamri, the untitled drama (fka Mrs. Otis Regrets) centers on FBI Special Agent Hazel Otis (Holmes), who’s in the midst of investigating a domestic terrorism threat when a personal indiscretion – an affair with a prominent general (Tupper) – shatters her life and threatens her career at the FBI. Now labeled “the mistress,” Hazel Otis – wife, mother, patriot – begins to rebuild her personal life and professional reputation.

    Tupper will play Moses Fallon, a four star general, military hero and National Security Advisor. Christian Camargo had been cast as the other male lead in the project, Hazel’s husband. Paul will play Daniel Cohen, a scrappy, scruffy blogger.

    Chaiken, Scrivner Love and Hamri executive produce with Judy Smith, Holmes and 3 Arts’ Oly Obst.

    Tupper played Nathan Carlson in breakout Big Little Lies and is currently shooting Season 2 of the HBO series. The Revenge and Grey’s Anatomy alum also recurs on the upcoming Paramount Network series American Woman and recently did an arc on BBC’s The Brave. Tupper is repped by UTA and Untitled.

    Hauser played Shawn Eckhardt in Neon’s I, Tonya opposite Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney. He most recently wrapped a leading role in Spike Lee’s Black Klansman for Focus Features & QC Entertainment, and will next be seen in Super Troopers 2. Hauser is repped by CAA, Principato-Young Entertainment and attorney Isaac Dunham.

    ‘Cagney & Lacey’: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s Sarah Drew & Michelle Hurd Set As The Leads Of CBS Reboot Pilot

    (3/13/18) That was quick. Less than a week after news broke that popular Grey’s Anatomy cast member Sarah Drew will be exiting the series at the end of the current 14th season, she has been tapped as co-lead Cagney in CBS’ Cagney & Lacey drama pilot. Blindspot alum Michelle Hurd has been cast as fellow co-lead Lacey in the reboot of the iconic 1980s police procedural.

    Written by Bridget Carpenter and directed by Rosemary Rodriguez, the new Cagney & Lacey will follow the two female police detectives and friends who keep the streets of Los Angeles safe.

    Drew will play LAPD Detective Cagney, Lacey’s nimble and easygoing partner and protégée. Hurd’s Lacey is athletic, polished, a former high school track and field champion. Empathetic and straightforward, she’s the more experienced partner.

    CBS TV Studios is co-producing with MGM Television. Carpenter executive produces with Rodriguez.

    Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless played the title characters in the original Cagney & Lacey, whcih ran on CBS for seven seasons. The series won two best drama Emmys and six lead actress in a drama series trophies — four for Daly and two for Gless.

    There was strong reaction from Grey’s Anatomy fans last week when Deadline broke the news that longtime cast members Drew and Jessica Capshaw would not return next season in a decision the producers explained with the show’s creative direction. I hear the Grey’s team was very gracious in accommodating Drew’s filming schedule so she could do Cagney & Lacey, something she wouldn’t have been able to pursue because the ABC medical drama is still in production.

    Drew has been on Grey’s for nine seasons, eight of them as a series regular, playing Dr. April Kepner. Like most non-original cast members, she started on the show as recurring — in Season 6 — before being promoted to a series regular the following season. She is repped by LINK Entertainment, Innovative Artists and attorney Alex Kohner.

    Hurd co-starred on Season 2 of NBC’s Blindspot and recently recurred on Fox’s Lethal Weapon as well as CBS/CBS Studios’ Hawaii Five-0, the network and studio behind Cagney & Lacey. Hurd’s resume also includes roles on Netflix’s Daredevil and Starz’s Ash vs Evil Dead. She is repped by APA and TMT Entertainment Group.

    Grey's Anatomy's Jesse Williams Reacts to 2 Big Departures: 'It F---ing Sucks'

    (3/12/18) Grey’s Anatomy‘s decision to part ways with longtime cast members Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew has left co-star Jesse Williams with a serious case of heartbreak. “Sarah and Jessica are easily among my very favorite people and coworkers, so this news f—in’ sucks,” the actor vented on Twitter Thursday, shortly after news of duo’s departures broke. “Their immense talent speaks for itself, but it’s [Sarah and Jessica] as people that I’m so grateful to know, privileged to have worked with and learned from.”

    Williams, who has played Drew’s on-again/off-again love interest for much of the past decade, then added, “To say they’ll be missed is a massive understatement. Luckily for all of us, we’ll get to see these artists continue bringing compelling and complex characters to life for many moons to come!”

    Grey’s showrunner Krista Vernoff confirmed on Thursday that the pair are being let go for creative reasons. “As writers, our job is to follow the stories where they want to go,” she said, “and sometimes that means saying goodbye to characters we love. It has been a joy and a privilege to work with these phenomenally talented actresses.”

    Ratings: Grey's Ties Series Low

    (3/9/18) ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy this Thursday drew 7.1 million total viewers and a 1.7 demo rating, slipping 5 percent and three tenths to its smallest audience since May 11 and matching its series low in the demo (most recently set 11 months ago).

    It would be silly to infer causation, but the slippage did happen to come in the wake of Thursday’s big news that veteran cast members Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew are on their way out after Season 14.

    Leading out of Grey’s, Scandal (4.8 mil/1.1) and HTGAWM (3.5 mil/0.9) respectively dipped one and two tenths from last week’s crossover event.


    FOX | Gotham (2.45 mil/0.7) dipped to new series lows, while Showtime at the Apollo (2.4 mil/0.6) was steady.

    THE CW | Supernatural (1.74 mil/0.5) and Arrow (1.35 mil/0.4) each added some eyeballs while steady in the demo.

    CBS | Big Bang (13.8 mil/2.6), Young Sheldon (12.6 mil/2.2) and Life in Pieces (7 mil/1.2) each ticked up a tenth, while Mom (9.3 mil/1.5) was steady. S.W.A.T. (5.7 mil/1.0) rose 8 percent and two tenths from last week’s lows.

    NBC | Superstore (3.7 mil/1.1) gained two tenths, AP Bio (2.6 mil/0.8) was up one tenth, Will & Grace (4.2 mil/1.1) held onto last week’s revival low and Champions did 3 mil/0.8. Chicago Fire (6.5 mil/1.3) rose 14 percent and two tenths with its half of the P.D. crossover, delivering its best-since-premiere rating.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Game On

    (3/9/18) ( The minute Amelia declared, “I miss sex!” in the promos for Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, we all assumed that somebody was gonna be getting it on, right? That made the only question, which twosome? The commercial made it look like it was going to be Amelia and her ex, Owen — which, being too obvious, made me think, like it or not, it was instead going to be Maggie and Jackson, especially since the game night that Pierce threw was for the sole purpose of allowing Meredith and Amelia to judge their sis’ new beau, Clive. (The show loves to try to throw us off like that, after all.) Or maybe even that herring wasn’t red enough, and it was going to be Meredith and Dr. Cerone, the owner of the polymer patent she and Jo need? (There’s no saying he has to be the Wilford Brimley kind of older man.) So, who, if anyone, done it? Read on and find out…

    ‘HE’S NOT A SERIAL KILLER, HE’S TOO NICE’ | As “Games People Play” began, Clive was delighted to be Maggie’s “dirty secret” since she wanted to sneak him out of the house without the kids seeing him. Shortly, at Grey Sloan, Amelia remarked that hearing Maggie and Clive going at it every night through the house’s thin walls had left her with sex on the tumor-free brain. It wasn’t bothering Mer, though. Her sex drive had become her work drive, she said. Plus, she had “a really excellent back massager.” When Maggie admitted that she thought she might actually like Clive — for more than nookie, that is — but couldn’t be sure since her late mom had always told her whether her boyfriends were keepers, Amelia suggested forming a “sister panel” to weigh in. They’d hold a game night, it was decided. “And he’ll have no idea,” Amelia said, “that the real game is us judging him!” Hilariously, Helmouth, having overheard, thought that she and Levi had been invited.

    ‘YOU CUT A GIRL’S EAR OFF!’ | In the ER, April was treating a young patient named Sarah who’d come in with her school’s rugby team when holy crap! A flyaway ball knocked the doc, resulting in the girl’s ear pretty much being sliced off. Right on cue, DeLuca slipped on it and got himself a pre-concussion, per Amelia’s MRI. When Maggie looked in on Sarah, she noted a “lotta vibes” between Pierce and Jackson. Afterwards, when the guy who’d thrown the ball refused to be treated by the ear-slicer, Kepner gleefully assigned to him Levi. But her day was about to get way worse: Owen sent her home while legal looked into the ear-slicing incident that had opened Grey Sloan up to a massive lawsuit. Meanwhile, as Sarah focused as much on a potential cure for her heart ailment as her Van Gogh’d ear, she kept pointing out the vibes Maggie was giving off regarding Jackson — even when all she’d done was say his name.

    ‘YOU WERE A DISEMBODIED GIGGLE’ | In the lab, Jo revealed to Mer that their test on a mouse had been a success. But their celebration was supremely short-lived. They couldn’t even show Cerone the critter since they’d used his patent without permission. In no time, Helmouth came in with even worse news: Cerone was dead. (Guess that ruled him out as a potential hookup for Mer or anybody.) In fact, he’d died last week. So Mer and Jo were actually meeting with his daughter, Marie… who it turned out was an old family friend, the kind of old family friend that gets away with calling her “Mer-Mer,” even. (Wouldn’t that have occurred to Grey before she came face to face with the woman?) Catching up with Mer, Marie said she’d really wanted to get in touch when her dear friend Ellis died. But she’d been watching and was sure Mer’s mom would be proud. Alas, Marie refused to sell the patent based on Mer-Mer’s theory. “Helm,” Grey said, “get the mouse.”

    ‘I LIKE A MAN WITH AUTHORITY’ | When Owen put the rowdy rugby players in their place military style, Amelia couldn’t help but be turned on. (At the same time, Koracick was still circling Amelia like a hungry shark.) In the O.R., Maggie invited Jackson to game night. He could bring someone, she added. So he was going to bring Priya. Luckily, Sarah’s surgery went well. She even settled down her dad, a malpractice lawyer eager to lower the boom on Grey Sloan. Nauseous from her treatment, Kimmie asked Alex to get her some medical marijuana. It was her grandma’s idea, she said. And given that Kimmie was at that moment puking, there was no way he could say no. But could he actually get it for her? He did, but then it turned out not only hadn’t this been Grandma’s idea, she was so vehemently opposed to it that she fired Karev. In DeLuca’s room, he had a hard time recuperating since his sister and Arizona were busily doing research for their project in there. Elsewhere, Sam fretted so over DeLuca that Amelia advised her to just tell him she loved him already.

    ‘MY GOD, YOU ARE YOUR MOTHER’S DAUGHTER’ | When Mer and Jo revealed that their mouse had new livers and was alive and well, Marie couldn’t help but be impressed — by how Ellis it was of her to have used the polymer without permission. Rather than go to dinner with Grey, Marie was headed back to her hotel to drink a mini-champagne and crash. They could discuss price the following day. When Richard caught a glimpse of Marie leaving, he asked Mer if she was less angry now. Turned out, Marie and Ellis had only been BFFs until… dun-dun-DUN… they weren’t anymore.

    ‘YOUR PARENTS MUST BE THRILLED’ | At game night, things went from awkward to super awkward faster than April could ring the doorbell. Even before she arrived, Maggie was doing much too much nervous laughing around Jackson and Priya. And when Kepner did come knocking, she guessed from the way Maggie and Jackson looked in the doorway that they were already a thing. Did she want something to drink? Nah — she’d brought her own. “This looks like a rager,” cracked Koracick when he walked in on the sorry scene. (“Please don’t let him hook up with April!” I cried even as it looked more and more like that was gonna happen.) Watching the couples canoodle, Kepner’s mood went further and further south. She eventually got so intense about the rules of the games that she earned a slow clap from Koracick. Just then, the doorbell rang — it was Clive’s wife!

    ‘I’M A HOMEWRECKER’ | When Sam went to see DeLuca, he suggested that they were older and less dumb than they’d been the first time around. And she’d never just been sex to him, he said. “I love you, too,” she replied. Off Carina’s review of an OB’s records, Arizona pointed out to her now-former friend that her rate of C-sections — seemingly for convenience’s sake — was through the roof. Alex appealed to Kimmie’s grandma not to associate medical marijuana with insta-addict, and she ultimately relented. As game night broke up along with Maggie and Clive, Koracick gave a soused April a lift. (And, per scenes for next week, aw, man — a whole lot more.) Back at Grey Sloan, Owen, off his patient’s outburst about things left unsaid, thanked Amelia for making their split so easy. Was he grateful enough, she asked, to let her use him for sex? “Use me in every way you can think of,” he said enthusiastically. And then it was truly game on.

    ‘I GOT PLAYED’ | As the episode drew to a close, Levi and Helmouth actually showed up at Mer’s for game night, then Jackson returned, having told Priya that they were through. “All the time I’m with her,” he told Maggie, “I’m thinking of you.” So, risks be damned, wouldn’t she go on a real date with him? And the more he described the date, the closer he got to her until finally they were kissing. And OK, there was some heat there. At that very moment, Mer burst in, but she was so intent on finding her mom’s journals that she didn’t even seem to notice Jaggie smooching. As far as Mer could tell, Marie had played her — gotten her whole theory and procedure out of her, and now planned to use it herself. Yikes!

    Sarah Drew Reacts to Grey's Dismissal: 'I Haven't Had Time to Process It'

    (3/9/18) Sarah Drew was blindsided by her Grey’s Anatomy ouster. Just minutes after news broke on Thursday that the actress has been let go from the ABC drama she’s called home for nearly a decade, Drew took to social media to express her shock and sadness.

    “Thank you for all of the love,” she wrote. “I know you’re sad. I’m sad too. I haven’t really had the time to process this information. I’ve been with it for less than 48 hours, so I’m not ready to say my thank yous and give an all encompassing statement about my 9 years here. That will come later.

    “For now, I’d like to say: I love you,” she continued. “And I love April, and her story isn’t over yet. And the really good news (for me, at least) is that I’m here on set shadowing one of my favorite people, Kevin McKidd, with my beloved Grey’s family all this week and next, so I get to process all of my feelings surrounded by the community that has nourished and nurtured me for almost a decade. For that, I am so grateful.”

    Drew is not the only Grey’s vet departing. Fellow cast member Jessica Capshaw will also be leaving at the conclusion of the show’s current 14th season.

    Jessica Capshaw on Grey's Anatomy Exit: 'I'm Sad to See Arizona Go'

    (3/9/18) Jessica Capshaw has released a statement regarding her forthcoming exit from Grey’s Anatomy and, much like fellow departing cast member Sarah Drew, she’s bummed to be leaving.

    “For the past ten years I have had the rare privilege of not only playing Arizona Robbins but also being madly in love with playing her,” the actress shared on social media. “Arizona Robbins is kind, intelligent, funny, insightful, bold, playful, fierce and really good at her job. She was one of the first members of the LGBTQ community to be represented in a seres regular role on network television. Her impact on the world is permanent and forever. Forever. I am grateful that I have gotten to bring her to life and for the life that she has brought to me. I am sad to see her go but I am consoled by the idea that she will continue to live on and on in all of our consciences and our imaginations. Shonda [Rhimes], thank you for the ride on this incredible rollercoaster.” The decision to part ways with Capshaw and Drew was a creative one, showrunner Krista Vernoff confirmed on Thursday. “The characters of Arizona and April are permanently woven into the fabric of Grey’s Anatomy thanks to the extraordinary work of Jessica and Sarah,” the EP said in a statement. “As writers, our job is to follow the stories where they want to go, and sometimes that means saying goodbye to characters we love. It has been a joy and a privilege to work with these phenomenally talented actresses.”

    Grey's Anatomy Boss Blasts Suggestion That Jessica Capshaw/Sarah Drew Exits Are Due to Ellen Pompeo's Raise

    (3/9/18) Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff is not here for your speculation that Ellen Pompeo’s recently trumpeted payday is to blame for the dismissal of longtime castmates Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew.

    Hours after the news broke that Capshaw and Drew would be wrapping their respective runs as Arizona and April on ABC’s top-rated drama after Season 14, Vernoff tweeted her condemnation of speculation that Pompeo’s new deal — $10 million per season, for the next two years — dictated the need to winnow the series’ ranks.

    That intimation “is wrong and hurtful and misguided,” Vernoff wrote. “It smacks of an old, broken, patriarchal notion that women must be pitted against each other and that one woman’s success will be costly to others.” Vernoff goes on to note that front woman Pompeo has “advocated passionately for her fellow cast members,” and reiterated that the decision to shake up the cast “was a creative one…. And that is the whole story.”

    Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Shocker: Jessica Capshaw, Sarah Drew to Exit

    (3/9/18) Two popular, long-time Grey’s Anatomy cast members, Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew, will be departing the hit ABC medical drama at the end of the current fourteenth season. Capshaw has been on the show for 10 seasons, nine of them as a series regular, playing Dr. Arizona Robbins; Drew has been on Grey’s for nine seasons, eight of them as a series regular, playing Dr. April Kepner.

    The decision was made by the producers who at the start of each season have to formally pick up the option of each regular cast member. Sources say Capshaw and Drew will be the only series regular members of Grey’s large ensemble cast to depart this year.

    While Grey’s, created/executive produced by Shonda Rhimes and executive produced by co-showrunner Krista Vernoff, has not been officially renewed for Season 15, that is considered a foregone conclusion with its ratings remaining strong and its star, Ellen Pompeo, signing a new two-year deal. The decision not to bring back Capshaw and Drew comes on the heels of the blockbuster new Pompeo pact that gave her a significant salary increase, paying her as much as $20 million a year, including signing bonus, producing fees, ownership in the show and other extras.

    Sources close to the matter stress that the decision for Capshaw and Drew’s exits was based on the show’s creative direction, something Vernoff alluded to in her statement.

    “The characters of Arizona and April are permanently woven into the fabric of Grey’s Anatomy thanks to the extraordinary work of Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew,” Vernoff said. “As writers, our job is to follow the stories where they want to go and sometimes that means saying goodbye to characters we love. It has been a joy and a privilege to work with these phenomenally talented actresses.”

    Rhimes underlined the cultural significance of Capshaw and Drew’s characters — Arizona, who is a lesbian, and April, who has a very close relationship with God — and indicated that we may see them again.

    “It’s always hard for me to say goodbye to any of my characters,” Rhimes said. “Both Arizona Robbins and April Kepner are not only beloved but iconic — both the LBGTQ and devout Christian communities are underrepresented on TV. I will be forever grateful to both Jessica and Sarah for bringing these characters to life with such vibrant performance and for inspiring women around the globe. They will always be a part of our Shondaland family.”

    Like most Grey’s non-original cast members, Capshaw and Drew started on the show as recurring — Capshaw in Season 5, Drew in Season 6 — before getting promoted to series regulars the following season.

    Drew’s Dr. April Kepner is 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).

    Capshaw’s Dr. Arizona Robbins is Head of Fetal Surgery, an Attending Pediatric Surgeon and a board member at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. She was married to Callie Torres, who was played by Sara Ramirez until she left Grey’s at the end of Season 12 after 10 years on the show.

    Both characters are fan favorites, with each of the actresses boasting 1.9 million followers on Instagram. Drew often posts behind the scenes photos from Grey’s, including this shot of her and Capshaw a couple of weeks ago.

    Today, following the news of their pending exits, both shared their reactions with fans. “I know you’re sad. I’m sad, too, Drew wrote. “For now, I’d like to say: I love you April and her story isn’t over yet.”

    Wrote Capshaw, “For the past ten years I have had the rare privilege of not only playing Arizona Robbins, but also being madly in love with playing her. She was one of the first members of the LGBTQ community to be represented in a series regular role on network television. Her impact on the world is forever. ”

    Why this ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star decided to come out

    (3/8/18) It wasn’t until Orlando’s Pulse nightclub shooting and continued violence against the LGBTQ community that Sara Ramirez felt compelled to share her bisexual and queer identities.

    “An organic, incremental urgency to use my platform to empower those who are part of these communities that I’m a part of came over me in a way that I’ve never felt before,” the former “Grey’s Anatomy” star said on EW and People’s “Coming Out Stories.”

    Ramirez, 42, who currently appears on “Madam Secretary,” called coming out a “sense of relief.”

    “It’s been a form of liberation for me to own all of my identities,” she shared, “so that I no longer feel the need to hold back or hide any parts of myself when I walk through any threshold in life.”

    During a movie night at home, she decided to share her “truth” with people who were close to her. Ramirez never expected their reactions.

    “Everyone was very supportive and happy for me,” she said, adding, “The reaction went something like, ‘Huh? Cool. Can we get back to the movie now?'”

    Ramirez joked she had blocked out four hours for a discussion about her admission, but it turned out to be unnecessary.

    Kevin McKidd Marries Arielle Goldrath—and She's Pregnant!

    (3/3/18) Double the announcement, double the excitement!

    Kevin McKidd is married and expecting his first child with Arielle Goldrath, the Grey's Anatomy star revealed on his website today. He shared in a post, "Arielle and I are so happy to announce our marriage and new baby, who is soon to join our growing family. My kids are happy for us too and are looking forward to the arrival of their newest sibling!"

    McKidd shares two children, 17-year-old Joseph and 15-year-old Iona, with ex-wife Jane Parker. Their divorce was finalized in December 2016.

    The actor also shared, "Close friends and family came together with my Grey's family to share in our celebration day—an intimate, low key gathering culminating in a Scottish Ceilidh dance."

    McKidd concluded, "There's much to be grateful for and we're thrilled for the adventures 2018 will bring us all!"

    According to People, the ceremony was held at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, Calif. McKidd honored his native Scotland by wearing a traditional green kilt for the occasion, while his pregnant wife glowed in a lace gown and red wedge heels.

    Kevin, 44, has played Dr. Owen Hunt on Grey's Anatomy since its fifth season.

    Congratulations to the happy couple!

    Ratings: HTGAWM Hits Season Highs With Xover, Gotham Returns Steady

    (3/2/18) How to Get Away With Murder‘s half of Thursday’s crossover with Scandal drew 4.1 million total viewers and a 1.1 demo rating (per finals), surging 24 and 38 percent from its last fresh episode to hit and tie season highs.

    Scandal itself (5 mil/1.2) was up 9 percent, while Grey’s Anatomy (7.5 mil/2.0) was steady.


    THE CW | Supernatural (1.63 mil/0.6) and Arrow (1.11 mil/0.4) each were steady in the demo, though the latter flirted with its smallest audience ever (1.09 mil on Thanksgiving).

    FOX | Gotham returned from its three-month break with 2.6 mil/0.8, holding onto its midseason finale’s series lows. Showtime at the Apollo did 2.5 mil/0.6.

    CBS | The Big Bang Theory (13.8 mil/2.5) slipped 14 percent in the demo, tying its series low. Young Sheldon (12.4 mil/2.21) was down two tenths, Mom (9 mil/1.5) was steady and Life in Pieces (6.5 mil/1.1) dipped a tenth. S.W.A.T. (5.3 mil/0.8) hit season lows.

    NBC | Superstore (3.4 mil/0.9) returned down two tenths,, while Will & Grace (4.1 mil/1.1) dipped one tenth (to tie its revival low). A double dip of A.P. Bio did 2.6 mil/0.7 and then 2.7 mil/0.7. Chicago Fire (5.7 mil/1.1) was up a tenth in the demo.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Station Break

    (3/1/18) ( When is an episode of Grey’s Anatomy not just an episode of Grey’s Anatomy? When it’s also kinda-sorta partially an episode of the ABC drama’s spinoff, Station 19 (which premieres on Thursday, March 22). In “You Really Got a Hold On Me,” Ben and fellow firefighter Andy Herrera (Jaina Lee Ortiz) rolled up to Grey Sloan after saving two brothers from going up in smoke. Actually, make that “after mostly saving two brothers.” Turned out, Andy would have to take a hands-on approach with one of them until Meredith could work her magic in the O.R. Read on, and I’ll explain…

    YOU LOOK 12; CAN YOU FIND A GROWNUP… ?’ | As the hour began, Alex and Amelia were worried about how they were going to treat Kimmy since they hadn’t gotten into the Grey Sloan Surgical Innovation Contest; Meredith was worried about convincing the doctor who owned her polymer patent to let her use it in her project; taking Harriet from Jackson, April piqued his concern by admitting that she was hungover; and cleared by Maggie to return to work, Bailey was eager to hit the O.R. Shortly, Ben arrived at Grey Sloan with the first of the aforementioned brothers and explained that their injuries were the result of a fiery chemistry experiment gone awry. While the youngster sweetly worried that his sibling would get in trouble with their mom, Warren asked that Mer and April hang back to wait for the second rig, as the other boy had been bleeding from the abdomen. In response, Andy had stuck her hand inside him! When not being dismissive of baby-faced Levi, Herrera learned — from Glasses, we might add — that she had in her hand the patient’s abdominal aorta. If she moved her hand even the teensiest bit, the kid wouldn’t be going into surgery, he’d be going to the morgue! (Side note: Ambulance rides not usually being super smooth, how on earth did she not already move her hand?)

    Though Andy’s hand and arm were numb, she was game to maintain her position while the gurney was removed from the ambulance. (What choice did she have, really?) Of course, it was during this risky maneuver that the call came for Grey from the patent owner. Unable to take it, she heard from Taryn that the doc had not sounded happy. While Ben seemed to have difficulty keeping himself from doctoring brother No. 1, Mer distracted Andy from the predicament (and abdomen) she was in by telling her about the contest and “this old guy in Madrid” who holds the patent (which she needed to get fast, before April found out). Unwilling to head back to the station, Ben tried to “help” Andy, who instead sent him back to work. In the O.R., Mer freaked Andy out by having her actually pitch in with the surgery. “You run into fires,” Grey pointed out. “You can do this.” And, as a matter of fact, she did do it. Later, Andy marveled that Ben had done that — been a surgeon — and was giving it up. Explaining his reasoning, he recalled the time he’d cut open a patient with a clipboard and got in trouble for it. He wanted a job where he could do whatever it took to help someone, and that would be a positive thing. When again, Mer got the call from Madrid but couldn’t take it, Andy jumped in, speaking to him in Spanish. Meanwhile, Richard reminded Ben that he’d made his career choice, and if he wanted to be at Grey Sloan, he could be there in the waiting room. As the episode neared its end, Andy revealed to Mer that she had gotten Grey an appointment with her patent holder when he was in the States the following week, and Ben appeared to have made peace with having left behind his surgical career.

    ‘IS THAT A FIREABLE OFFENSE?’ | Concerned about April, Jackson pumped for information Arizona, who advised him that Kepner wasn’t the same Kepner that she’d been with him, and she was trying to figure out how to be happy without him. So maaaybe he could just be happy for her. Later, in the cafeteria, Jackson learned from Arizona that Maggie was still dating Clive. He had a date that night himself, he said. Overhearing Vik and Levi joking about April, aka Dr. Party, Jackson stepped in and cut short his ex’s boy toy’s lunch break. When the hour’s ending neared, Avery asked his ex for coffee, admitting that he was worried about her. “You’re Harriet’s dad, you’re not mine,” she reminded him. That night, Arizona got a firsthand look at just how hard April was partying with the interns.

    ‘YOU’RE A TERRIBLE WINGMAN, ALVIN’ | Since Amelia and Alex’s experiments in hopes of helping Kimmy had failed, Amelia called in reinforcements in the form of her former mentor/hookup Koracick, who immediately wrote off Karev as Amelia’s team mascot. While he seemed mainly interested in coming on to Amelia, Sam got flustered since Koracick was an idol of hers, leading to a slight laser mishap. Bemused by the disaster, he cracked, “I can’t believe this project hasn’t been funded.” When Koracick noticed how hot Sam was, DeLuca accidentally made him notice how jealous he was. Later, DeLuca made the mistake of revealing the reason for Amelia’s rush with the project: Kimmy. Only, instead of be his usual obnoxious self, he hit it right off with the musical-theatre fan. Alas, “she’s got a few months to live,” he said, “if she’s lucky.” When he tried to bail, Amelia lit into him, and in the heat of their argument, an idea came to him that, against all odds, might give Kimmy a chance. “It’s brilliant,” he declared, then corrected himself. “I’m brilliant!” As the episode neared its conclusion, the first trial of Koracick’s idea wasn’t a resounding success, yet it showed some promise. (Plus, Alex did a mini-duet with Kimmy… aw!)

    ‘MY VACATION IS OVER!’ | When fire boy No. 1 deliriously removed the object protruding from his leg, it started spurting blood dramatically. Since Owen had just left him with Dahlia, she had to think fast and took off her hijab to stop the bleeding. During surgery on the kid, Richard pushed Bailey to ease herself back in after her, ahem, vacation. Watching from the gallery, Ben did the same thing, and only succeeded in irritating his wife. When the kids’ mom arrived, Bailey forbade Dahlia from giving her an update — she was just an intern, after all. Miranda’s stress level rising, she finally admitted to the whole O.R. that she’d had a heart attack and insisted that she wouldn’t have come back to work if she hadn’t been able to handle it. Outside the O.R., Richard filled in the boys’ mom on their condition. When she broke down in tears, so did Dahlia. In the end, both brothers pulled through. Owen returned Dahlia’s cleaned hijab and complimented her on a job well done.

    Drugs, depression and cheating! Inside Rebecca Gayheart’s toxic divorce drama

    (3/1/18) Multiple troubling issues sent the train-wreck union of Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart flying off the rails, has learned.

    “Their marriage has been a disaster for more than a decade,” revealed a source close to the troubled couple.

    An insider added: “The relationship has faced its challenges, including Eric’s wandering eye over the years.”

    Both Gayheart, 46, and Dane, 45, have admitted to substance abuse problems. Each has spent time in rehab.

    The two wed in 2004, three years after Gayheart pleaded no contest to vehicular homicide charges after she struck and killed a nine-year-old boy.

    In 2009, the couple was embroiled in a sex scandal when a leaked video showed a woozy Dane — then at the height of his fame as Dr. McSteamy on Grey’s Anatomy — in a hot tub session with Gayheart and a former teen beauty queen.

    Two years later, Dane sought treatment for addiction to prescription painkillers.

    Last year, the actor checked himself into rehab under a gloomy cloud of “clinical depression,” and took a break from shooting TV’s The Last Ship.

    Gayheart cited “­irrecon­cilable differences” in divorce papers filed on Feb. 16.

    The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star is seeking spousal support and joint custody of the couple’s daughters, Billie, 8, and Georgia, 6.

    Big Little Lies Season 2: James Tupper, Iain 'Young Sheldon' Armitage Return

    (3/1/18) Iain Armitage‘s copious Young Sheldon duties will not prevent him from making a return trip to Monterey. HBO confirms that the young actor has signed on to reprise his role as Ziggy, the son of Shailene Woodley’s Jane, in Big Little Lies‘ upcoming second season.

    The cabler also announced that fellow Lies vets James Tupper (aka Nathan, hubby of Zoe Kravitz’s Bonnie ) and Jeffrey Nordling (aka Gordon, hubby of Laura Dern’s Renata) will also be back for Season 2. All three will be series regulars.

    HBO released the following teasers for the three characters:

    * Tupper’s Nathan “copes with a complicated turn of events in his marriage and with his eldest daughter Abby.”
    * Nordling’s Gordon “faces the consequences of a big mistake and risks losing everything along the way.”
    * Armitage’s Ziggy “starts second grade and continues to be the light of Jane’s life.”

    The trio’s return brings to nine the number of Big Little Lies alums signed on for the quasi-sequel. They join fellow returning vets Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz and Adam Scott. The number grows to 10 if you include the unofficial comeback of Alexander Skarsgard’s late Perry. And, as previously reported, Meryl Streep is joining the cast as Perry’s mom.

    Production on the seven-episode Season 2 begins in early March with a premiere eyed for early 2019.

    Eric Dane Responds to Rebecca Gayheart's Petition for Divorce

    (2/27/18) Eric Dane has filed his response to Rebecca Gayheart's divorce, and it's a mirror image of his estranged wife's petition.

    Dane is on board with Rebecca's custody and spousal support requests.

    Gayheart asked in her divorce petition for spousal support, as well as joint legal and physical custody of the couple's 2 daughters, ages 6 and 7.

    They both agree that the marriage is broken due to irreconcilable differences. In short, it appears there are no conflicts in ending the marriage.

    The couple has been married for 14 years.

    Both have filed legal docs on their own, without lawyers. Celebs often do this, having their business managers work out property settlements with only bare bones legal filings.

    Killing Eve First Footage: Sandra Oh Goes Up Against a Real (Lady) Killer

    (2/22/18) (Video) Sandra Oh‘s not playing a doctor anymore… but she’s still dealing with a lot of blood.

    The Grey’s Anatomy alum stars in BBC America’s upcoming spy thriller Killing Eve, and in the new first-look teaser posted above, we see Oh’s MI5 security officer Eve hot on the trail of coldblooded killer Villanelle, played by The White Princess‘ Jodie Comer. “These two women, equally obsessed with each other, go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse,” per the network description.

    As a seductive girl-group number plays in the background, Eve tells Villanelle she’s “an extraordinary person: exceptionally bright, determined,” but adds, “I know you’re a psychopath.” And we see proof of that diagnosis, as Villanelle smiles at a young girl in an ice-cream shop… and then cruelly dumps the kid’s ice cream in her lap on the way out. (She also kills a bunch of people, by the way.)

    “You should never tell a psychopath they’re a psychopath,” Villanelle warns Eve. “It upsets them.” And when Eve asks her if she’s upset, she plasters on an exaggerated frown. Yikes.

    Want to see more of Eve vs. Villanelle? Killing Eve — penned by Fleabag star/creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novellas by Luke Jennings — debuts Sunday, April 8 at 8/7c on BBC America.

    Rebecca Gayheart Files for Divorce from Eric Dane

    (2/16/18) Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart are getting divorced after 14 years of marriage ... TMZ has learned.

    Rebecca, who starred in "Beverly Hills, 90210" filed legal docs Friday afternoon. Rebecca is asking for spousal support, as well as joint legal and physical custody. The couple has 2 daughters, ages 6 and 7.

    Rebecca has been through a lot over the years. Back in 2001, she was driving and allegedly talking on her cellphone when she struck and killed a 9-year-old. She pled no contest to vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced to 3 years probation.

    Eric, who starred in "Grey's Anatomy," and Rebecca were caught up in a scandal back in 2009 when Gawker released a sex tape of them having a threesome in a bathtub with another woman.

    Jeanine Mason Lands Lead Role in The CW's Roswell Reboot

    (2/16/18) Jeanine Mason (Grey’s Anatomy) has been tapped as the lead of the CW pilot Roswell, a reboot with an immigration twist of the cult sci-fi series.

    Written by The Originals scribe Carina Adly MacKenzie and directed by Julie Plec, the reimagined Roswell, like the original, is based on the Roswell High book series by Melinda Metz. It hails from Amblin TV, Bender Brown Prods and Warner Bros. TV.

    Reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, Liz Ortecho (Mason), a jaded biomedical researcher and the daughter of undocumented immigrants, is haunted by a tragic incident. She discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: He’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.

    MacKenzie and Plec executive produce alongside Kevin Kelly Brown and Lawrence Bender via their Bender Brown Prods, as well as Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Amblin TV.

    Mason, whose parents are of Cuban descent, currently recurs as Dr. Sam Bello on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and was previously a series regular on the network’s Of Kings and Prophets. The actress, who started her career as a dancer, winning Season 5 of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, also has done guest spots on Criminal Minds, You’re the Worst and Major Crimes. In features, she is probably best known for her role in The Archer. Mason is repped by WME, 3 Arts Entertainment and Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.

    ‘Love Is___’: Tammy Townsend, Loretta Devine, Tim Reid & Vanessa Bell Calloway Set To Recur In OWN Dramedy

    (2/16/18) Tammy Townsend (K.C. Undercover), Loretta Devine (The Carmichael Show), Tim Reid (Greenleaf) , and Vanessa Bell Calloway (Shameless) have been tapped for recurring roles opposite Will Catlett and Michelle Weaver in OWN’s upcoming hourlong dramedy Love Is___, from Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil.

    Created and executive produced by the Akils, Love Is ___, is described as a humorous drama about a modern-day power couple balancing successful careers and a beautiful family, and draws inspiration from the Akils’ real-life relationship. In the world of Black Hollywood, they navigate a complex set of social codes, and this series will explore it all, from the good to the bad…to the ‘90s, because that’s where this definitive love story all began. Townsend will play Carol, the fun, sexy, bohemian mother of Nuri (Michele Weaver). Devine will portray Betty, the sharp-tongued and insightful mother of Yasir (Will Catlett). Reid will play Yasir’s lifelong friend Sean, as seen in the year 2027.

    Calloway is Angela in 2027. Angela is Nuri’s lifelong friend and trusted confidante.

    Townsend was most recently seen starring as Kira Cooper Disney Channel’s live-action spy comedy series K.C. Undercover. She also has recurred on The Client List, Lincoln Heights and According to Jim, among others. Devine most recently starred on NBC’s The Carmichael Show and co-starred in the third season of BET’s Being Mary Jane.

    Known for his role as Venus Flytrap on WKRP in Cincinnati, Reid has appeared in Simon & Simon, Frank’s Place, Sister, Sister, That ’70s Show and, most recently, HBO’s Treme and OWN’s Greenleaf. Calloway, who played the memorable role of Carol in Shameless, recently wrapped features Unbroken: Path to Redemption and Dragged Across Concrete. She also plays the lead in Bounce TV’s Saints & Sinners and has directed episodes of the drama.

    The Akils executive produce the series through their Akil Productions banner, with Mara Brock Akil serving as showrunner. The series hails from Warner Horizon Scripted Television and stems from the Akils’ big overall deal at Warner Bros.

    Ellen Pompeo: Women need to point the finger at themselves

    (2/9/18) (Video) Ellen Pompeo became the highest-paid actress on a TV drama in January, signing a two-year extension with “Grey’s Anatomy” for a whopping $575,000 per episode.

    Pompeo revealed her $20 million payday to The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month, but now tells Jimmy Kimmel she came forward about her big salary to teach other women a lesson.

    “As women, you know, it’s not only about what’s done to us or what’s not given to us. It’s what don’t we ask for,” the 48-year-old told Kimmel. “… I think that as much as we can point the finger at other people and [say], ‘You don’t give us or you don’t treat us fairly,’ we also have to point the finger at ourselves and say, ‘Did we ask? Did we step up and have the, uh, gumption, to ask for what a man would?’

    “We have to own part of it. And sometimes we’re too shy; we’re too afraid to be seen as difficult to really speak our mind.”

    She said that, right now, “People are blaming people. There’s a lot of finger-pointing, but there’s less people owning up to their side of things.”

    “And I wanted to sort of do a truthful interview and talk about my road to my own empowerment and how I got there, but also mistakes I’ve made along the way,” she added.

    Ratings: Olympics Dominate Thursday, HTGAWM Hits Series Lows

    (2/9/18) NBC’s coverage of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics’ first primetime events on Thursday night averaged 14.5 million total viewers and a 3.3 demo rating, dominating the night on both counts.

    Per the Peacock, coverage peaked from 9-9:15 pm ET, which included Nathan Chen’s performance in the figure skating team event.

    Opposite the Winter Games….

    FOX | The newly renewed The Four (3.73 mil/1.2) dipped a tenth with its freshman finale (read recap).

    THE CW | Supernatural (1.82 mil/0.6, recap) and Arrow (1.3 mil/0.4, recap) each added a handful of eyeballs while steady in the demo.

    ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (7.3 mil/2.0, recap) slipped 18 and 13 percent to its smallest audience since May and its lowest demo number since November’s midseason finale. Scandal (4.6 mil/1.1, recap) fell 18 and 21 percent to its smallest audience ever and its lowest rating since midseason finale. HTGAWM (3.3 mil/0.8, recap) was down 12 and 20 percent to all-time lows.

    CBS | Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (5.6 mil/1.4) dropped 22 percent from Wednesday’s opener.

    TGIT Crossover Event Set For March On ABC; First-Look Trailer

    (2/8/18) (Video) ABC has slotted Thursday, March 1 for the anticipated TGIT Crossover. The three-hour event kicks off at 8 PM during Grey’s Anatomy when we’re introduced to Jaina Lee Ortiz as Andy Herrera from Grey’s spinoff Station 19. That will be followed by the special crossover episodes of Scandal at 9 PM and How To Get Away With Murder at 10 PM.

    In the Grey‘s episode titled “You Really Got a Hold on Me”, Seattle firefighters Ben Warren (Jason George) and Andy Herrera (Ortiz) head to Grey Sloan after rescuing two boys that are injured in a house fire. With one of the boys lives literally in Andy’s (Ortiz) hands, her skills are put to the test. Meanwhile, the doctors are hard at work on their projects for the Grey Sloan Surgical Innovation Contest and Amelia brings Tom Koracick (Greg Germann) in to consult on her and Alex’s patient.

    Station 19, from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland and written by Grey’s executive producer/co-showrunner Stacy McKee, follows a group of heroic firefighters in Washington’s largest city. From the captain to the newest recruit, the show revolves around the men and women as they risk their lives and hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock.

    Ortiz and Jason George star along with Jay Hayden, Alberto Frezza, Grey Damon, Okieriete Onaodowan, Danielle Savre and Miguel Sandoval.

    “You Really Got a Hold on Me” was written by Stacy McKee and directed by Nzingha Stewart.

    You can watch a trailer of the Grey‘s episode above.

    There Will Be a Grey's Anatomy and Station 19 Crossover Sooner Than Expected!

    (2/8/18) If you are champing at the bit for Station 19 to premiere, TGIT is planning a special treat for you.

    The Grey's Anatomy spin-off doesn't officially premiere until March 22 with a two-hour opener, but series star Jaina Lee Ortiz will guest-star on Grey's sooner than that. Ortiz' character Andy Herrera will make a special appearance on Grey's Anatomy on the March 1 episode in a crossover of sorts.

    The official log line for the episode reads: "Seattle Firefighters, Ben Warren and Andy Herrera, head to Grey Sloan after rescuing two boys that are injured in a house fire. With one of the boys lives literally in Andy's hands, her skills are put to the test. Meanwhile, the doctors are hard at work on their projects for the Grey Sloan Surgical Innovation Contest and Amelia brings Tom Koracick in to consult on her and Alex's patient."

    The episode will introduce fans to Andy, who headlines Station 19 and is a veteran firefighter under her father Capt. Pruitt Herrera (Miguel Sandoval). Andy having to show off her skills for the doctors makes it clearer why Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) is so familiar with her in the premiere trailer for Station 19.

    Get ready for the drama to heat up! The special crossover event airs Thursday, March 1 at 8/7c on ABC.

    Grey's Recap: May the Best Doctor Win

    (2/8/18) ( “It’s not gonna kill you” is always high on the list of things one wants to hear in the hospital. But, in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, April isn’t saying it to reassure a patient that they aren’t at death’s door, she’s saying it to chill out her fellow doctors, who are stunned to learn that, to compete in the Grey Sloan Surgical Innovation Contest that she wound up in charge of, they have to write a proposal in three days. Which of Kepner’s peers made it to Phase 2 of the contest? Read on…

    ‘MLA OR APA STYLE?’ | As “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” began, a hungover April kicked Vik out of her place but turned him down for a rematch that night (since it was her turn with Harriet). When she made it to Grey Sloan, she revealed to her colleagues the rules of the contest: Of the initial proposals received, 25 would be selected to receive $100,000 in seed money; after that, five would be awarded $1m grants, and the eventual winner would get $5m. Who’d be doing the judging? A panel of esteemed Seattle surgeons, April said before recommending that her pals get to work so as not to waste that panel’s time. “Good God,” marveled Richard, “I’ve created a monster.”

    Meanwhile, a young patient named Kimmy was putting on a concert in her room, doing a fine rendition of “Maybe This Time” before meeting with Alex, Amelia and Sam. Meredith was giving bad news to a patient named Harry, an alcoholic old friend of Richard’s who wanted to die clean and sober. And Catherine introduced Jackson to Dr. Michelle Velez (Candis Cayne), a renowned plastic surgeon who hoped he’d want to win the surgical-innovation contest by harvesting tissue from the peritoneum for her gender affirmation surgery. Afterwards, Jackson reminded his mom that they’d agreed they would never work together on genitalia. “You can think of this vagina as your [birthday] gift to me,” she suggested, further traumatizing him.

    ‘STOP EATING CHIPS LIKE YOU’RE TRYING TO SEDUCE THEM’ | After Meredith’s recent patient Judy checked back in with the same symptoms as before her spleenectomy, Grey was surprised to discover that she was “infected with a bunch of tiny spleens.” (Hello, contest idea!) Meanwhile, Bailey enlisted Levi to bring her some things at home because she was on bed rest for reasons that they wouldn’t be discussing because they were above his pay grade. (Hilariously, she made it sound like they were going to be doing something naughty in her bedroom — as if.) Left by Amelia to work alone together, DeLuca and Sam — no shocker here — found it difficult to keep from having sex. (He even found her chip-eating arousing!) And, while accompanying her dad to a dance lesson — a surprise for his wife — Maggie made the mistake of disclosing that she was dating Clive and making her late mom proud. “I just wish,” she said, mortifying her dad, “I could call and tell her how slutty I’m being.”

    Working with Jackson on developing spray-on skin, Dahlia blurted out that she found him attractive. Oops — what she meant was “talented.” She found him talented. (Yeah, right.) Luckily for the intern, the awkwardness of the moment was interrupted by Catherine, chasing down her son to campaign anew for him to tackle Michelle’s case. Finally, it appeared that she might have (almost) reached him by noting the suicide rate in people with gender dysphoria. In the OR, while treating Kimmy, Amelia and Alex discovered that they couldn’t remove the girl’s tumor without taking away her ability to speak. Which would be awful, obviously. But since different parts of the brain worked to sing and to talk, she might still be able to sing, as she so desperately wanted.

    ‘NO CHA-CHA’ | That night, Maggie was having a perfectly nice date with Clive when she was called away suddenly. But it wasn’t a medical crisis, it was Richard — he needed her in his salsa class. While dancing terribly, they bonded over difficult anniversaries (since it had been about a year since her mom passed). At the hospital, April told Arizona that she was finding it difficult to dodge “the intern I’m sleeping with.” “We have a no-daylight rule,” she explained, even though Robbins was preoccupied with the ache she was still feeling over having lost Karen. Then, April continued, she sought him out at night. “I’m like a sex vampire,” she said. Later, Amelia called DeLuca and Sam off their research for her/flirting for themselves and put her on Kimmy’s case — how could a tumor be removed without losing a single cell?

    Operating on Judy with Jo, Meredith developed an idea to reproduce organs like, say, livers — yeah, her contest proposal was gonna be killer. The further along Bailey got with her prototype for her contest entry, the more convinced Levi became that she was seducing him. At last, after he announced, “I do not feel safe here,” she made it clear that she had no intention of getting frisky with him. Eventually, Amelia and Alex came up with a daring plan to help Kimmy. But they’d need to do testing through the contest to make it work. As Maggie noted that it was easier talking to Jackson about medical stuff than Clive, Dahlia’s crush only seemed to grow. (Also, Dahlia is funny.) Following Harry’s passing, Mer told Richard that he’d helped inspire her proposal.

    ‘IT WASN’T MY FAULT’ | Although Arizona missed the deadline to submit her proposal in writing, April allowed her to tell her about it. After hearing about Robbins’ idea to help save a lot of Karens, Kepner told her to write it down. (Maybe April’s about to get her groove back?) As the hour began winding down, Kepner and the panel started reviewing the proposals. Jo was thrilled to learn that Mer wanted her as her partner on her project — after all, she’d help come up with it. And Jo was ready to start using Brooke as her middle name. Jackson at last came around and decided to take on Michelle’s case. That night, Arizona thanked Carina for having been worried about her — and invited her to partner up on the project (and then some). Owen revealed to his colleagues that he wouldn’t be participating in the contest; research wasn’t really his thing.

    When the results of the contest thus far were revealed, we learned that Meredith and Jo would be advancing (which might be problematic, as Grey hadn’t gotten an important polymer patent); so would Arizona and Carina, and Maggie and Richard. While Webber surprised Catherine with his newfound dancing ability, Amelia and Alex wondered WTH they were going to do, because their proposal — which they needed to be accepted if they were going to have any shot at saving Kimmy — had not made it to Phase 2 of the contest.

    Scott Speedman Books Grey's Anatomy Stint

    (2/6/8) The condition of Scott Speedman‘s ailing Animal Kingdom character has just been downgraded to critical, and here’s why: The Felicity vet has been cast on Grey’s Anatomy in a top-secret Season 14 role, TVLine has learned.

    The length of Speedman’s Grey’s commitment is also being kept under wraps, although we hear he will be credited as a guest star. An ABC rep declined to comment.

    The news will no doubt raise questions about the actor’s involvement in the upcoming third season of TNT’s Animal Kingdom, particularly since his alter ego, Baz Blackwell, was last seen clinging to life in the Season 2 finale.

    As previously reported, Grey’s leading lady Ellen Pompeo recently inked a blockbuster two-year contract extension which all but guarantees the venerable drama will be around through at least Season 16 (and thus surpass ER as the longest-running medical drama in TV history).

    Ratings: Scandal Eyes Season Highs, Good Place Steady With Finale

    (2/3/18) ABC’s Scandal this Thursday drew 5.6 million total viewers and a 1.4 rating, ticking up on both counts to mark its largest audience since March 16, 2017 and tie its farewell season high in the demo.

    Bookending the ending drama, Grey’s Anatomy (8.85 mil/2.3) hit another one-year audience high while steady in the demo; HTGAWM (3.7 mil/1.0) was steady.


    CBS | The Big Bang Theory (14.5 mil/2.8) and Young Sheldon (12.9 mil/2.3) each dipped just a tenth, while Mom (9.2 mil/1.6), Life in Pieces (7.1 mil/1.2) and SWAT (6.2 mil/1.0)w ere steady.

    THE CW | Supernatural (1.69 mil/0.6) was steady in the demo, but dipped to its lowest non-Thanksgiving audience of the season. Arrow (1.24/0.4) was steady in the demo, but dipped to its lowest non-Thanksgiving audience ever.

    NBC | The Good Place (3.2 mil/1.1) was steady in the demo with its sophomore finale. Superstore (3.5 mil/1.1), Will & Grace (4.1 mil/1.2) and Chicago Fire (5.6 mil/1.0) each dipped a tenth, while A.P. Bio sneak previewed to 3.2 mil/0.9 versus Great News‘ 3 mil/0.7 Season 2 average.

    FOX | The Four (3.4 mil/1.1) dipped.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Change of Heart — Plus: Chandra Wilson Reflects on the Bottle Episode's Lasting Aftermath

    (2/2/18) ( Whether or not Bailey’s heart could take the stress of Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, we had our doubts about whether ours could!

    Early on in “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” the doc bailed on a ride to work with Ben by suddenly announcing mid-drive that she had a meeting at Seattle Pres. And at first, it appeared that she’d just been ticked off by her husband’s “not cute” mention of his firefighter training that day. But, it turned out, she was checking herself into the hospital with symptoms of a heart attack!

    Though first an intern, then big kahuna Dr. Maxwell, assured Bailey that she was fine, she knew otherwise and tried to get a cardiac stress test ordered. No dice. Instead, Maxwell focused on Miranda’s OCD and called in a psych consult. Desperate, Bailey phoned Maggie and told her to come to Seattle Pres, stat. “That’s an order,” the chief added. “Also a request.” Before Pierce arrived, the shrink asked Bailey what she’d say if asked to consult on a case like hers, in which there was no data to support the self-diagnosis and no apparent support system in place for the patient. Her perfect response: “Sixty-three percent of women who die suddenly from coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms, and women of color are at a far greater risk, so if I were consulting on the patient you describe, I would take into consideration statistics that would never even occur to people who look like you.” (Mic, dropped.)

    By the time Maggie’d arrived, so had Richard, who’d overheard Maxwell being paged when Bailey called in sick. When they found Bailey, she was saving the life of the patient in the bed next to hers. (Even during a cardiac incident, Superwoman didn’t stop!) Finally, Miranda collapsed, and when Maggie got done tearing Maxwell a new one, he operated to open a blockage. Unfortunately, that didn’t entirely get the patient out of the woods. In recovery, her pressure started dropping precipitously! Upon learning that Maxwell hadn’t ordered a cardiac stress test for Bailey, Maggie tore him yet another new one, and with Richard backing her, was granted hospital privileges to perform a keyhole CABG on the patient (a procedure far less invasive than the old-school one Maxwell prescribed).

    Before surgery, Bailey finally allowed Maggie to call Ben, who immediately ran — literally, ran — to Seattle Pres. While Pierce saved Bailey’s life, Richard made Ben understand that the way he felt in that waiting room was the same way his wife was going to feel every time he set off for a day of firefighting. So, when Miranda awakened, it was to the news that Ben had told his boss at the fire station that he’d quit. Instead, she wanted him to keep his new job. “Life is too precious to waste doing anything less than what makes us happy,” she seemed to have been reminded by the hour’s many fantastic flashbacks (young Mandy! George! Derek! Callie!).

    So… that was scary! While our palpitations die down, let’s talk with Chandra Wilson about her reaction to “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” and its implications for Bailey’s future.

    TVLINE | Did you get a heads-up before you got this script, or were you reading it going, “Wait, are they killing me off?!?”

    [Laughs] The writer [Elisabeth R. Finch] gave me a full-on verbal pitch from start to finish, including the flashbacks, of what this episode was going to be, and I was excited watching her be so excited about writing it! All I wanted to do was fulfill that [vision] for her. It also provided an amazing opportunity to again find out something new about Miranda Bailey, if you can believe there’s something new to be seen after 14 seasons. But there still is, and I love that.

    TVLINE | How does this scare affect Bailey going forward? What’s next?

    I’m really excited to be able to incorporate this heart surgery into [my portrayal of] Bailey along with her OCD — because those things don’t go away. They will forever change you. I’ve spoken to heart patients, and they tell me that there’s an uber-awareness of what’s happening with your body that wasn’t there before. It’s always there somewhere, brewing.

    TVLINE | Were you surprised that Bailey could be so pissed at Ben that she would keep him in the dark for so long about what she was going through?

    No, Bailey doesn’t surprise me at all. [Laughs] I’ve never been the kind of actor who would say, “Bailey would never do such and such.” I’ve never had that kind of ownership over her, because I’ve always wanted the writers to have the opportunity to free themselves to write whatever they wanted to. So Bailey’s not letting him in? OK, she’s got a reason for it. It’s not good for him to know yet. When she knows something, he’ll know something. But he doesn’t need to sit there and hold her hand right now.

    How a Grey's Anatomy Writer Used Her Personal Medical Nightmare to Produce Terrifying Episode

    (2/1/18) ( (Spoiler Alert!) Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) gave Grey’s Anatomy fans a scare during Thursday night’s episode — and the writer who produced it is now opening up about the personal medical situation that inspired the storyline.

    “The notion of Bailey having a heart attack came up,” Elisabeth Finch, who has been writing for the ABC drama for four seasons, tells PEOPLE. “We were all horrified by that. We were wondering what that would do to someone that we love and respect and believe in so much as a leader and as a doctor. A light bulb went off in my head and my gut. I felt something very strongly based on my own personal experience and health experience.”

    She adds, “When I was in my early 30s, I had several years of knee pain and knee trouble. I had a couple different surgeries that could not seem to correct what felt like should be an easy solution. No matter what procedure they did or what surgery they did, nothing was ever fixed. It got to the point where my doctor became very impatient wth me and actually told me that he thought I was behaving like a neurotic Jewish woman. He dismissed me and said, ‘I don’t know if there’s anything I can do for you anymore.'”

    In Thursday’s episode, Bailey seems to come across a similar problem. After an argument with her husband, Ben Warren, Bailey realizes she’s suffering from a heart attack and — in typical Bailey fashion — calmly walks into a local hospital (not Grey Sloan Memorial) seeking medical assistance. Instead, she’s greeted with unwelcome gender bias, as medical professionals question her knowledge and challenge her ability to advocate for herself.

    “Because of who she is and because of what she knows, her symptoms aren’t taken seriously,” Chandra Wilson tells PEOPLE. “The part that’s familiar is the line that you walk when you’re dealing with physicians and unfamiliar hospitals where you know what you know but if you know too much then you get ignored. You’re either accused of being an hypochondriac or you can get dismissed if it appears you know too much. It’s such an interesting line.”

    And Wilson knows all too well.

    While she’s used to solving medical mysteries on television, Wilson fell straight into detective mode when her daughter, Sarina McFarlane, suddenly came face-to-face with her own rare disorder. After ten frustrating months of unanswered questions and endless hospital visits due to dehydration, McFarlane was finally diagnosed with mitochondrial dysfunction (severe depletion of the body’s cellular energy supply) and cyclic vomiting syndrome, a rare disorder that presents with random attacks of nausea and extreme exhaustion, in 2010.

    “She would get these terrible bouts of vomiting and stabbing abdominal pains,” Wilson told PEOPLE in March. “I thought, ‘This was crazy.’ Something was wrong with my daughter, and nobody could tell me what it was.”

    Finch experienced a similar situation. It wasn’t until years later that she was told by another physician that she had a rare form of bone cancer that had spread to her spine.

    “All those years that I spent chasing down other avenue with this doctor who was being dismissive could have been spent trying to cure the cancer,” Finch says.”I think if more people become aware of the gender bias that exists in medicine – in a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to be so studied and such a strong advocate for yourself. A doctor would advocate for you. That’s not the case. We’re finding that gender bias exists and it exists on a racial bias as well.

    So the message of this episode?

    “Advocate, advocate, advocate for yourself,” she says.

    Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

    Station 19: Watch the Extended Trailer for ABC's Grey's Anatomy Spinoff

    (2/1/18) (Video) ABC cranked up the heat Thursday night, debuting the full-length trailer for its forthcoming Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Station 19.

    The extended promo offered the first extended glimpse of the firefighter-themed offshoot, which finds Grey’s vet Jason George starring alongside Jaina Lee Ortiz (Rosewood), Danielle Savre (Too Close To Home), Okieriete Onaodowan (Broadway’s Hamilton) and Barrett Doss (Marvel’s Iron Fist), Grey Damon (Friday Night Lights), Alberto Frezza (Dead of Summer) and Miguel Sandoval (Medium).

    As previously reported, the drama’s 10-episode first season will launch with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, March 22 at 9/8c. It will then continue to lead out of Grey’s Anatomy every week, pushing Scandal to 10 pm beginning March 29 (where it will remain through its series finale on April 19).


    (2/1/18) Katherine Heigl (“Grey’s Anatomy”) has been cast in a new series regular role for Season 8 of USA Network’s SUITS. Set to premiere later this year, Heigl will star opposite Gabriel Macht (Harvey Specter) as Samantha Wheeler – a talented new partner at Pearson Specter Litt who challenges the status quo and will either become the firm’s greatest ally … or most powerful enemy. Heigl joins the SUITS ensemble alongside Macht, Sarah Rafferty (Donna Paulsen), Rick Hoffman (Louis Litt) and new series regular Dulé Hill (Alex Williams). Season 8 begins production this April in Toronto.

    “Joining SUITS was the perfect organic way to not only collaborate with an EP I admire deeply, but to also become part of a show and cast that I am an immense fan of,” shared Katherine Heigl. “I have watched SUITS from the very beginning and feel incredibly lucky to be the newest member of the Pearson Specter Litt family.”

    “On behalf of the entire SUITS team, I am extraordinarily excited to welcome Katherine Heigl into our family – I have always been a big fan of her work and was delighted to discover she was an avid SUITS fan herself,” expressed Aaron Korsh, creator and executive producer of SUITS. “I cannot wait to have her come play with our entire cast and crew. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Harvey, Louis, Donna and Alex as the mysterious Samantha Wheeler is a direct threat to their status quo. One thing is for sure – Samantha's wit, charm, loyalty, strength and vulnerability will all be put to the test as she muscles her way into the firm currently known as Pearson Specter Litt.”

    Heigl is an Emmy Award®-winning and two-time Golden Globe®-nominated actress, as well as a producer. She is best known for starring in the feature films “27 Dresses,” “Knocked Up” and “The Ugly Truth,” which she also executive produced, as well as for her work on ABC’s critically acclaimed drama “Grey’s Anatomy.” Most recently, Heigl starred in the thriller “Unforgettable.” She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three children.

    From Universal Cable Productions, SUITS was created and is executive produced by Aaron Korsh. Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein of Hypnotic serve as executive producers. Genevieve Sparling, Ethan Drogin and Christopher Misiano also serve as executive producers.

    Grey's Plots Transgender Arc

    (2/1/18) Candis Cayne is set to appear in a multiple-episode arc on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cayne (The Magicians) will play a transgender patient that receives a vaginoplasty surgery at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

    “[The surgery] revolutionizes the making of a vagina, and we thought that was a really cool story,” Grey’s showrunner Krista Vernoff told the trade.

    Grey's Anatomy's Chandra Wilson Previews Bailey's Brush With Death: 'Your Mortality Is In Your Face'

    (1/29/18) ( If anyone was going to know what they were talking about when they announced that they were having a heart attack, it would have to be Grey’s Anatomy’s Bailey. But in Thursday’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (ABC, 8/7c), “she walks into that emergency room [at Seattle Pres] describing physical symptoms,” says Chandra Wilson, who plays Grey Sloan’s Chief of Surgery, “and then she gets hit with emotional responses from the physician.

    “He thinks he knows her because he knows of her and knows what she’s been experiencing in her life,” she continues. “Couple that with the fact that she’s obsessive-compulsive, and then people start to check off mental boxes in their head, as well as on the chart in front of them, which takes them completely away from the physical symptoms that she walked in with!”

    As you’d expect, that drives Bailey mad. “Absolutely!” the actress laughs. “If anyone had walked into Grey Sloan saying these things, they would have been treated accordingly. So she has no understanding for why that isn’t happening at Seattle Pres. But it’s not until she’s in that situation with no advocate with her that her true understanding of the dilemma comes in.

    “That’s why it’s always so important to have someone with you when you walk into an ER,” she continues. “Sometimes, when you’re in pain, it can be difficult to articulate that without having someone with you to corroborate what’s happening.”

    At a time like that, Bailey might want to lean on her husband, at least a little. Unfortunately, “Ben is in the naughty chair as far as she is concerned!” says Wilson. “She’s still not holding back her feelings about him simply deciding to make a career change. She expects everything around her to be as consistent as she is unless there is some kind of emergency.

    “This career change is not an emergency,” she adds, “so he doesn’t get to be in the circle of trust right now!”

    Which is a shame, because a little TLC — as well as the kind of treatment she’d get at Grey Sloan — may be exactly what the doctor ordered. “When your day starts off and you have no intention of dying, then all of a sudden your mortality is in your face, you can’t help but think about it,” Wilson admits. “But that wasn’t Bailey’s plan. The plan was to just go in and get checked, then come up with whatever the next plan was. The plan wasn’t to have a heart procedure done!”

    Jesse Williams Denies Estranged Wife's Girlfriend Allegations

    (1/28/18) Jesse Williams is firing back at his estranged wife, saying she's poisoning their children toward him ... and he insists she's all wet when she claims he has a girlfriend.

    Aryn Drake-Lee has claimed Jesse is romantically involved with a woman the kids call Mama C. She claims it's in violation of their custody arrangement which requires them not to introduce a significant other until the relationship has lasted 6 months. He says she's a longtime mutual friend of theirs and that's it.

    Jesse just filed legal docs saying Aryn has been interrogating their 2 children, trying to find fault with things he does.

    She claimed in earlier docs his inconsistent schedule was disrupting their lives, hurting their development, but he calls BS, saying the kids eat their meals and get plenty of sleep while they're with him.

    Jesse says it's rich for Aryn to complain about his work schedule, saying, "This is how I always supported our family and Aryn has no problem enjoying the financial benefits, including the $50,695 per month I pay her in temporary spousal support."

    As for Aryn's claim Jesse violated school rules by bringing cupcakes for Sadie's birthday, he says the treats were the teacher's idea and he only brought them with permission from her.

    Cyndi Lauper among ambassadors to Biden Foundation’s advisory councils

    (1/28/18) Cyndi Lauper, Sara Ramirez, and Justin Baldoni are among those who joined the Biden Foundation’s two newly created advisory councils dedicated to helping end violence against women and advancing LGBTQ equality.

    Those selected to join the LGBTQ Equality Advisory Council and the Ending Violence Against Women Advisory Council are considered leaders, experts and advocates at the forefront of their fields and were chosen to advise the foundation of their understanding the complexities of the broad challenges they aim to address. The individuals will serve as ambassadors of the Biden Foundation, co-founded by former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, to help strategic partnerships create societal change.

    “Jill and I believe that, in America, everyone deserves a fair shot at the American dream. That starts by making sure every person is treated with equal dignity,” Biden said. “The members named to the Advisory Councils today have devoted their lives to that creed, and we’re lucky to have them lend their expertise to this mission. By working together, we can do more to protect the rights of all people, expand access to opportunity and give every American a chance at a middle-class life. I am eager for what we will accomplish together.”

    The partnership will begin with a phone meeting at the beginning of this year. After that, members are expected to convene in person at least once every year.

    Members named to the LGBTQ Equality Advisory Council include:

    Cyndi Lauper, Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Activist; Founder, True Colors Fund
    Sara Ramirez, Tony Award–winning Actress and Activist
    Jason Collins, Professional Basketball Player (retired), National Basketball Association (NBA)
    Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary, Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
    Phillip Picardi, Chief Content Officer, Them and Teen Vogue
    Judy Shepard, President, Matthew Shepard Foundation
    Evan Wolfson, Founder and Former President, Freedom to Marry
    Marsha Aizumi, Author, Speaker, Educator, Advocate Member, PFLAG National Board of Directors
    Dr. Eliza Byard, Executive Director, Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
    Michael Guest, Former U.S. Ambassador to Romania
    Mara Keisling, Founder and Executive director, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
    Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Director and Co-Founder, Family Acceptance Project
    Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Founding Executive Director, Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE); Minister, United Church of Christ
    Jacob Tobia, Writer, Producer, Author
    Amit Paley, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Trevor Project
    Precious Davis, Activist, Educator, Public Speaker

    Members named to the Ending Violence Against Women Advisory Council include:

    Justin Baldoni, Actor, filmmaker and activist
    Karma Cottman, Founder, Ujima: The National Center on Violence Against Black Women; Executive Director, DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    Jess Davidson, Managing Director, End Rape on Campus
    Venkayla Haynes, Regional Advisor, It’s On Us
    Rosie Hidalgo, Senior Director of Policy, Casa de Esperanza; Senior Advisor, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
    Olivia Hinerfeld, Activist
    Vivian Huelgo, Chief Counsel, Task Force on Human Trafficking and Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence of the American Bar Association
    Neil Irvin, Executive Director, Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR)
    Demetra Lambros, Appellate attorney, U.S. Department of Justice
    Zerlina Maxwell, Director of Progressive Programming, SiriusXM
    Victoria Nourse, Professor, Georgetown Law School
    Nancy Schwartzman, Director, Producer, Mobile App Developer; CEO, Tech 4 Good
    Patti Seger, Executive Director, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (formerly Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
    Susan B. Sorenson, Professor, University of Pennsylvania
    Andrew Sta. Ana, Director of Legal Services, Day One
    Ebony Tucker, Advocacy Director, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

    Ratings: Grey's Dominates Night, Draws 1-Year Audience High; Arrow Dips

    (1/26/18) ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy this Thursday drew 8.5 million total viewers and a 2.2 rating, down just a tenth in the demo from last week’s superlatives while ticking up to its biggest audience in one year (with CBS’ Big Bang airing irregularly and in rerun mode).

    Leading out of that, Scandal (5.2 mil/1.3) ticked up to best-since premiere numbers. HTGAWM (3.5 mil/1.0) dipped to its smallest audience ever while steady in the demo.


    THE CW | Supernatural (1.95 mil/0.6) delivered its biggest audience since the season opener while steady in the demo. Arrow (1.38 mil/0.4) dipped a tenth in the demo to match its non-Thansgiving series low.

    NBC | Opposite whatever CBS’ MVP is, Superstore (4.2 mil/1.2) rose 16 percent and two tenths, while The Good Place (3.6 mil/1.1) was up 20 percent and a tenth. Leading out of a Will & Grace rerun, Great News (2.2 mil/0.5) dipped a tenth with its sophomore finale. Chicago Fire (6.0 mil/1.1) ticked up.

    CBS | MVP premiered to 4.2 mil and a 0.7 (versus the 14 mil/2.7 that Big Bang/Young Sheldon averaged last week).

    FOX | The Four (3.6 mil/1.2) ticked up.

    Jesse Williams and Minka Kelly Split Amid Grey's Anatomy Actor's Divorce Battle

    (1/25/18) Jesse Williams and Minka Kelly have split.

    After months of dating, the Grey’s Anatomy actor and Friday Night Lights alum have called it quits, multiple sources confirm to PEOPLE.

    Williams, 36, and Kelly, 37, began dating last summer after reportedly meeting while working on a video game, and PEOPLE confirmed their pairing in July, just three months after Williams separated from his wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, with whom he shares two children: daughter Sadie, 3, and son Maceo, 2.

    Kelly denied allegations of infideity in October.

    “I hope the cheating rumors aren’t true. It would be disappointing,” an Instagram follower wrote in a now-deleted comment on Kelly’s selfie with hairstylist Mark Townsend, E! News reported.

    “They’re not,” Kelly shot back. “Hate for you to be disappointed. Glad I could clear that up for you. Now f— off.”

    Later, Kelly told another user that she stands by her words. “Anyone and their assumptions about my personal life can do the same,” she said.

    Williams filed for divorce April 11. The actor first met Drake-Lee, a real estate broker, while working as a schoolteacher in New York. The pair wed in September 2012 after more than five years of dating.

    In July, Williams also addressed infidelity rumors surrounding his divorce in JAY-Z‘s short film Footnotes for 4:44, the visual accompaniment to the rapper’s latest album.

    Without mentioning his ex by name, the father of two subtly referenced the rumors and revealed how difficult the breakup was.

    “I was in a relationship 13 years, 13 real years, not 5 years, not 7 years — 13 years,” he said. “All of a sudden motherf—ers are writing think-pieces that I somehow threw a 13-year relationship.”

    “Like, the most painful experience I’ve had in my life with a person I’ve loved with all of my heart — that I threw a person and my family in the trash because a girl I work with is cute,” he continued.

    Grey's Anatomy's Sarah Drew on Tackling Black Lives Matter: "It's Incredibly Important"

    (1/25/18) ( Grey's Anatomy has never shied away from the tough issues and Thursday night's episode was no exception. As Jo (Camilla Luddington) was forced to deal with her abusive ex (Matthew Morrison) who was injured in a hit-and-run accident, April (Sarah Drew) experienced a personal crisis of her own when a 12-year-old was rushed into the ER after being shot by the police.

    For Sarah Drew, tackling the sensitive issue of unarmed police shootings was something that was difficult but needed to be done. "It's incredibly important," Drew tells TV Guide. "It's so unbelievably heartbreaking to witness what happens to this family as a result of the implicit bias and I think we really get an opportunity to spotlight it. It's an honor to get to be a part of a story that's that important."

    April received a serious wakeup call when Jackson spoke of his own experiences with the police. In a brutally honest conversation, he detailed the time he was racially profiled while walking around his own neighborhood. Though April never suggested the officer who shot the young boy was in the right, Jackson's story did force her to change her perspective.

    "This scenario opened her eyes in a way that maybe she wasn't aware because living in a place of privilege as she has in her life, she hasn't experienced any of this," Drew explained. "So when Jackson tells her the story [about being slammed against the car door by the police], that is a shocking realization of the way that an entire community of people is treated differently than she is."

    More than that, the conversation exposed the very different experiences April and Jackson have lived and allowed April to learn something new about her ex. "I think it maybe highlights something that she doesn't understand and it's hard to hear that something that traumatic happened and that was something he never shared with her. But like he says, it just comes up when it comes up. I think there's a moment in there that feels a little like, 'Oh wow, I don't understand your experience and it's hard,'" the actress added.

    April's spirit was also rocked by the re-emergence of Matt, the man she left at the altar back in Season 10, who shows up with his pregnant wife, Karen. "There's probably always been a longstanding sense of guilt knowing that she's tremendously hurt him. So him walking in years later is kind of a shock to the system but it's also an opportunity for her to potentially find some closure," Drew said. "It's complex but she's happy for him in that moment. She's grateful that he's found someone, that he has moved on."

    However, her day takes a turn for the worse when both the young boy shot by the police and Karen die almost simultaneously and she wasn't able to help either of them. The heartbreaking moment leaves her questioning her faith.

    "I think it's the last straw on a long day of tragic injustice that really causes her to question [that] if God is good and all-powerful, why isn't he doing something about all of the injustice that's happening in our country and around the world? And how can [she] believe in a God who doesn't do anything?" said Drew.

    It's a soul-changing process that Drew says will continue to weigh on April moving forward. "I think something has profoundly shifted in her that's causing her to ask some really big questions that she's never asked before, that's forcing her to question who she puts her faith in."

    Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Highway to Hell — Plus: Sarah Drew Breaks Down April's 'Screw It All Moment' With [Spoiler]

    (1/25/18) ( Although “Personal Jesus” was the title of Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, April was probably likelier to get stuck in her head a different Depeche Mode song — you know, the one that goes, “I don’t want to start any blasphemous rumors, but I think that God’s got a sick sense of humor.” She wasn’t the only one, either.

    Early on in the hour, while Jo and Jenny were insisting to each other that neither of them had run down Paul, we learned that his hit-and-run had left him not a whole lot worse for wear: He mainly just had a concussion. After Jenny admitted to Jo that her fiancé had repeated with her an all-too-familiar pattern of abuse, the women stormed his hospital room to announce that Jenny was pressing charges and Jo, testifying on her behalf. Enraged, Paul leapt from his bed to lunge at them, hit his head and wound up in such bad shape that a decision had to be made about whether or not to pull the plug. And it wasn’t Jenny who had to make the decision, it was Paul’s wife — Jo, who, upon realizing that, broke down in hysterical laughter. In the end, she donated Paul’s organs so that the bad guy could finally do some good. And, since it turned out he’d been hit by a drunk driver, “nobody has to go to Canada,” as Meredith put it.

    Meanwhile, Ben, having gone on his first firefighter ride-along, brought into Grey Sloan Eric, a 12-year-old African-American boy who’d been shot by the police while trying to get into his own house. (He’d forgotten his keys, you see.) Jackson did his best to act as a buffer between the cops, who were eager to get a statement, and Eric’s family. But the doctor was understandably outraged. “That is our tax dollars hard at work,” he said as the police “protected” them from the “suspect.” After Eric died, Jackson lit into the cops for being not racist so much as biased, and, duly shaken, Bailey and Ben had with Tuck “the talk” that no parent should have to have with their child.

    And as for April, poor April, not only was she affected by Paul and Eric’s unexpected demises, but she also treated a pregnant woman named Karen whose husband turned out to be, because this was Kepner’s day from hell, Matthew, the fiancé she’d left at the altar to elope with Jackson. The former couple’s reunion was as awkward as you’d expect, and maybe even more painful than you’d expect. (Props to the writers for getting in a super subtle reference to Samuel’s tragically short life.) Just when you thought April’s day couldn’t get any more harrowing, following the birth of Karen and Matthew’s daughter Ruby, the new mom’s liver started failing, other organs following suit. By the end of “Personal Jesus,” “the best thing that ever happened to” Matthew had passed away, and April was left drowning her sorrows, wondering where the hell God was when fate was raining down so much cruelty and unfairness. In the wrong (right?) bar at the right (wrong?) time, intern Vik wound up spending the night with April, even joining her in the shower in the episode’s final moments. Can she bounce back from this lowest of low points? TVLine asked Sarah Drew, who plays Kepner, exactly that and then some.

    TVLINE | Is this a case where God has actually given April more than she can handle?

    Yeah, she is kinda coming face to face with the bigger question about, if God is out there and He is good, how could He let all of this stuff happen? Why isn’t He intervening? Does He give a crap about anything? And if He does, why won’t He show up? This leads April into a multi-episode spiral of really questioning everything she grew up believing. It’s a pretty heartbreaking storyline. But I think it echoes a lot of questions people have now, people of faith, people who are not people of faith, just because of how much suffering we are witnessing in the world and in our country. It brings up a lot of big, deep questions, which I think is a good thing. I’m interested in telling a story about a faith that deals with doubt, and struggles with doubt and anger, and doesn’t just accept whatever is said at face value but really kind of fights to come to a kind of truth that makes sense.

    TVLINE | And, of course, there’s no pressure on you, knowing that the audience is watching April go through this trial by fire and thinking, “Oh, please, help her out of this, so I know I don’t have to live in constant despair!”

    [Laughs] No pressure at all! But I think the story’s honest, which is what I love about this show. It has always told hard stories because they echo what people are struggling with, and hopefully gives them a space to feel things and think about things and work through things. So there’s some pressure there, for sure, but there’s also a great privilege in getting to tell a story like this.

    TVLINE | What was April’s reaction when she realized, “Oh, Karen’s husband is… Matthew”?

    It’s a tender and complex situation. Back in Season 10 when she ran away with Jackson, there was an episode where she mentioned to him that she’d tried to reach out to Matthew, but he had basically moved shifts so that he never had to deal with the hospital again and wouldn’t return her calls. As far as the audience knows, there’s been absolutely no closure. So she had no idea how he was doing. I think, especially in the scene where they talk about how their lives went, and Matthew brings up, “Oh, you must have a 3-year-old, right? You found your soulmate with Jackson… Isn’t it great how it all worked out for both of us?”… In that moment, we played around a lot with whether that was a moment of despair for her, a moment of “Oh, maybe I made the wrong choice?” or whether it was a moment of, “I can let go of the guilt for running away with Jackson, because the suffering brought Matthew to a joyful place. I can cling to that!” By that point in the episode, she was really trying to cling to moments of joy and also really [remember] that if she hadn’t run away, she wouldn’t have Harriet. And Harriet is her great joy. So she wouldn’t want to change anything, but her life has turned out very differently than she thought it would in the moment in the barn when she ran off with Jackson. It’s bittersweet.

    TVLINE | How does Vik fit into this? After this soul-crushing day, is he just like a pain reliever for April?

    I think so. When April’s eyes go to camera right in that last moment in the shower, I kind of saw her joy fly out of her being. The moment with Vik is basically a “Screw it all” moment. “I’ve been following rules my whole life — for what? What was the point of doing all of this when people get screwed? Good people get screwed, left and right, and I got screwed, left and right. I’m tired of trying to do quote-unquote the right thing. It’s so hard. And I’m done with it.” And [the pain-relief aspect] isn’t specific to Vik, it could have been anyone. He just happened to be there, and she just wanted to do the quote-unquote wrong thing.

    TVLINE | Do you think she can bounce back from this?

    Absolutely. This is an exploration of a maturing woman engaging in a new way of looking at things that I don’t think diminishes her belief. She has the strength to find her way back, but it’ll take a little while.

    Grey's Anatomy Firefighter Spinoff Finally Has a Title

    (1/25/18) Hot off the presses — ABC’s firefighter-themed Grey’s Anatomy spinoff at long last has a name.

    The network on Thursday announced that the Seattle-based offshoot — which is scheduled to premiere in March — will be titled Station 19.

    Earlier this month, ABC boss Channing Dungey told TVLine that a decision/announcement about the show’s title was imminent. She went on to rule out Seattle Fire as an option due to the existence of NBC’s Chicago Fire.

    The seed for the spinoff was planted on the mothership drama earlier this season when Dr. Ben Warren (Jason George) expressed his desire to hang up his scrubs and put on a firehouse uniform. The cast also includes Jaina Lee Ortiz (Rosewood), Danielle Savre (Too Close To Home), Okieriete Onaodowan (Broadway’s Hamilton) and Barrett Doss (Marvel’s Iron Fist), Grey Damon (Friday Night Lights), Alberto Frezza (Dead of Summer) and Miguel Sandoval (Medium).

    The 10-episode drama will launch with a two-hour series premiere on Thursday, March 22 at 9/8c, then continue to lead out of Grey’s Anatomy every week. As a result, Scandal will shift to 10 pm beginning March 29, where it will remain through its series finale on April 19.

    Jesse Williams' Estranged Wife Says He Introduced Kids to His GF, Violates Custody Order

    (1/24/18) Jesse Williams' estranged wife has several new beefs with him -- the biggest being introducing the kids to his new girlfriend, and showing a complete lack of cupcake etiquette ... according to new legal docs.

    First, the gf issues. Aryn Drake-Lee says the "Grey's Anatomy" star has been taking their 2 kids to his new chick's house since October -- and the kids even call her "Mama C." She also claims he took them on a mini-vacay to Big Bear Mtn. with the unnamed gf.

    Aryn says this is a clear violation of the custody agreement which requires both of them to wait 6 months into a new relationship before introducing the children.

    According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Jesse also broke a golden rule at their daughter's school last month. Aryn says Jesse brought cupcakes to celebrate 4-year-old Sadie's birthday -- a big no-no because the school picks one day each month to celebrate all students' bdays together.

    She claims Jesse also screwed her with Sadie. In the docs, Aryn says Sadie tearfully said "she was mad at me for not attending her birthday party" at school.

    She says there are other issues ... mostly caused by Jesse's erratic schedule, and lack of notice before he picks up the kids. Aryn's asking the judge to set a more rigid and consistent schedule for his visits.

    A source close to the former couple claims Aryn is making up lies because she's obsessed with being seen as a victim, and she can't do that if people see Jesse as the fun, caring, good person he is.

    Grey's Anatomy: Kim Raver Returning as Teddy for Season-Ending Arc

    (1/23/18) Teddy apparently has some unfinished Season 14 business at Grey Sloan Memorial.

    TVLine has learned that Kim Raver is bringing her MD character back to Grey’s Anatomy this spring for a multi-episode arc. The 24 vet returned earlier this season to support her longtime BFF, Owen (Kevin McKidd), in the wake of his sister Megan’s (Abigail Spencer) quasi-resurrection. Teddy will presumably be free to pursue a romance with the now-single Owen, although it’s unclear if that’s co-showrunner Krista Vernoff’s plan.

    Raver will juggle her latest Grey’s stint with her forthcoming recurring role on another ABC drama, Designated Survivor (which kicks off March 7).

    Back in November, TVLine lightly grilled Raver about the possibility of returning to Grey’s on a more permanent basis, telling us that she’d “100 percent” jump at the chance to rejoin the show’s series-regular ranks. “I love being part of this company,” she gushed. “I love working with Shonda Rhimes. I love working with the cast. Literally for me it’s definitely home. I feel fortunate enough to be able to go off and join other companies, but every time I come back to Grey’s it’s really like being home.”

    Grey's Anatomy Plotting Big Arizona Episode, Jesse Williams to Direct

    (1/23/18) Grey’s Anatomy‘s next Season 14 destination: Arizona.

    The ABC medical drama is revolving an upcoming episode around Jessica Capshaw’s doc, with a key behind-the-scenes assist from co-star Jesse Williams. On Friday, Williams revealed on social media that he is set to make his Grey’s directorial debut later this season. Capshaw quickly piggy-backed on his announcement, tweeting, “It’s an Arizona standalone episode. Can’t wait!”

    It’s not clear if the episode will delve into Arizona’s origin story (as Grey’s will soon be doing with Justin Chambers’ Alex) or be set in the present day (where Arizona is poised to rekindle her romance with new crush Carina). “Carina’s not over Arizona,” co-showrunner Krista Vernoff recently told TVLine. “People have commitment issues in the world and Arizona happens to be one of those people. And Carina also happens to be one of those people. And there’s a lot of fun to be had looking at that down the line. But don’t think for a minute that love story is over.”

    Jason George Promises "Out of the Box" Danger on Grey's Anatomy Spin-Off

    (1/23/18) With the untitled Grey's Anatomy spin-off slated to launch on March 22, Grey's Anatomy alum Jason George will soon be setting off on his own adventures in the firehouse.

    He'll join an already experienced crew made up of Jaina Lee Ortiz (Rosewood), Miguel Sandoval (Medium), Okieriete Onaodowan (Hamilton), Grey Damon (Aquarius), Danielle Savre (Too Close to Home) and Barrett Doss (Marvel's Iron Fist). And though Ben's (George) experiences at Grey Sloan instilled him with some truly invaluable skills, he still has a lot to learn about being a firefighter.

    "The focus of being a doctor, the discipline of being a doctor, that's all there. He's got the maturity and all that's there, but the reality is it's a completely different set of tools," Jason George tells TV Guide. "And here, all Seattle firefighters are also paramedics. So it's a significant piece of what he needs, but it's certainly not the majority of what he needs in order to do this job. There is a steep learning curve for him here which wasn't necessarily the case when he became a surgeon."

    Fortunately for viewers, Ben's inexperience provides ample opportunities for the types of humor we've come to love on the flagship series — not to mention plenty of over-the-top drama as he's thrust out of the frying pan and into the, well, fire.

    "Just like Grey's, this new show will give you instances that make you laugh until you realize that, 'oh my goodness, there's real danger there,' as well as giving you things that are well out of the box," George promises.

    But the drama won't just revolve around the danger the firehouse team encounters on the job. The series will follow the firefighters from the action out in the field to their home base at the firehouse, where they'll end up spending a lot of time together — and that may not always be a good thing.

    "I think the other fun part is gonna be seeing how we all react to those [situations]. You gotta come back to this house and you gotta hold up for another 20 hours, be stuck in a house with a bunch of beautiful people and let good drama ensue."

    As long as none of those "beautiful people" gets in the way of Ben's marriage to Bailey (Chandra Wilson), this all sounds great to us.

    The untitled Grey's Anatomy spin-off heads to TV with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, March 22 at 9/8c on ABC.

    Jesse Williams Slammed with More Spousal Support

    (1/20/18) Jesse Williams just got hit hard ... a judge just signed off on a huge hike in spousal support he'll have to pay his estranged wife -- going from $33k to $50k per month.

    Aryn Drake-Lee had gone to court to ask for the increase based on his ability to pay. She and Jesse hammered out the agreement, and the judge approved it earlier this month.

    The divorce has been incredibly acrimonious ... particularly after he was linked to Minka Kelly.

    The exact amount of the new spousal support obligation is $50,695 per month.

    Under the new order, Aryn is responsible for paying all mortgage obligations and various other expenses related to the family home.

    She's also getting half of Jesse's residuals from Sept., 2012, to April, 2017 for "Grey's Anatomy" and other projects.

    And Jesse is required to give her a $50k advance for lawyer's fees related to their divorce.

    Ratings: Grey's, Scandal Return to Best Numbers Since Premiere Week

    (1/19/18) ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy resumed Season 14 on Thursday night with 8.2 million total viewers and a 2.2 rating, marking its largest audience in nearly a year(since Feb. 9) and its best demo number since premiere week.

    Leading out of that, Scandal (5.2 mil/1.3) rose to best-since-premiere numbers, while How to Get Away With Murder (3.8 mil/1.0) ticked up to its best numbers since Oct. 12.

    Over on The CW, Supernatural (1.87 mil/0.6, average TVLine reader grade “A-“) was up in audience and steady in the demo with its planted Wayward Sisters spinoff. Arrow (1.42 mil/0.5) ticked up in both measures.


    CBS | The Big Bang Theory (14.7 mil/2.9) and Young Sheldon (13.2 mil/2.4) each dipped two tenths, Mom (9.3 mil/1.6) and Life in Pieces (6.8 mil/1.2) were steady and S.W.A.T. (6 mil/1.0) ticked down.

    NBC | Will & Grace (4.5 mil/1.3) rebounded from last week’s revival lows, Great News (2.5 mil/0.7) and Chicago Fire (5.7 mil/1.0) ticked up, The Good Place (3.1 mil/1.0) was steady and Superstore (3.7 mil/1.0) dipped.

    FOX | The Four (3.5 mil/1.1) stabilized in Week 3.

    Grey's Anatomy: Camilla Luddington Opens Up About Jo's Tense Encounter with Her Ex

    (1/18/18) ( Season 14 of Grey's Anatomy may have taken on a lighter tone but Thursday night saw the show tackle one of its heaviest topics to date: domestic violence. The episode's title, "1-800-799-7233," bears the number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and, per Camilla Luddington, was suggested by Giacomo Gianniotti

    Picking up right where the fall finale left off, Grey Sloan is still in the middle of a crisis after a hacker hijacked the hospital's computers, forcing doctors to improvise alternative treatments for their patients. However, Jo (Luddington) experiences a crisis of her own when she ends up face-to-face with her abusive ex — a brilliant doctor by the name of Paul Stadler (Matthew Morrison).

    "It turns her entire world upside down," Luddington told TV Guide of the tense encounter. "In that moment, nothing else matters and it's just her and Paul Stadler. She's in complete shock and I don't think she knows in that instance what to think or what to even do."

    Paul showed up unannounced to finalize his divorce from Jo, but it looks like he may have also weaseled his way back into her world despite her massive efforts to escape him. Changing her name from Brooke Stadler, Jo crafted an entirely new life for herself and his presence now threatens that. "He's infiltrating a world that she didn't think he would or hoped he wouldn't," said Luddington.

    Things are further complicated by the fact that Paul didn't come alone. He brought along his new fiancée, Jenny (Bethany Joy Lenz), who Jo worries may also be a victim of Paul's abuse. With assistance from Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) and Alex (Justin Chambers), she gets Jenny alone and offers to help her escape the potentially violent relationship, but not before detailing her own harrowing experience with Paul.

    "We haven't yet heard her explicitly describe in detail what happened to her, exactly how he would abuse her," Luddington added. "So I think her saying the words may have been the first time she's ever said that out loud to anybody."

    But the touching moment backfires when Jenny outs Jo to an incensed Paul who then threatens the surgical resident. While her failed effort to reach out may have left her less inclined to share her story again, it also gave Jo a newfound strength. "I don't know if moving forward, she would necessarily feel so open to describe to someone again. But I do think it's the beginning of Jo finding her voice," Luddington explained. "Even though he threatened her, I think we'll see [her] grow in confidence."

    Part of that has to do with her support system made up of Alex and now Meredith and Arizona as well. Meredith standing with Jo and telling her, "I know who you are" not only marked a turning point in their sometimes tumultuous relationship, but according to Luddington, also gives Jo hope that she can move forward with her life.

    "Never before has she been believed but these people around her [Meredith, Alex and Arizona], they believe her. I don't think she feels that she is silenced anymore," she added.

    But now that Paul has turned up at Grey Sloan as the victim of a hit-and-run, the question remains: Were Alex and Jo behind it? Or did Jenny exact her revenge on her abusive partner?

    Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Antsy Meeting You Here — Plus, Camilla Luddington on Who's Behind the Shocking [Spoiler]

    (1/18/18) ( At last, with the midseason premiere of Grey’s Anatomy, we could pick our jaws up off the floor after the winter-finale cliffhanger left Jo face to smug face with her abusive husband, Paul. In “1-800-799-2233,” she was horrified to learn that he had a new fiancée, Jenny, then even more horrified to learn that he’d volunteered to pitch in at Grey Sloan during the hacking crisis!

    Though Alex and Meredith circled the wagons around Jo, Paul spent the day insisting that he’d been the victim of his “unstable” wife, that she’d run off with his money and, in the process, trashed his reputation. When at last the ink on the Stadlers’ divorce papers began to dry, Jo discreetly reached out to Jenny, offering to help if she was being abused. In response, Jenny told Paul, and the morning after his ensuing confrontation with “Brooke,” Meredith arrived at work to find Jo and Alex staring at Grey Sloan’s newest patient — Paul, who’d been the victim of a hit-and-run! “What did you do?!?” Mer asked.

    In other plot developments, Grey Sloan’s hacking crisis was resolved not by Jackson’s money or the FBI but by intern Casey, who confessed to Bailey that he’d once broken into the DMV’s computer system when the powers that be dragged their feet about changing the gender on his license. “I’m a proud trans man,” he revealed. Richard conned April into replacing him as overseer of Bailey’s version of the Harper Averys. Amelia dubbed DeLuca her “new Edwards” and also added Sam to Team Shepherd. And, though Jackson and Maggie continued to grow closer — sometimes wearing only towels (while waiting for clean scrubs) — they didn’t end up going out for a drink, since they were interrupted by Clive, the Tinder date she’d forgotten she had.

    Now, back to Meredith’s question: What did Jo and Alex do?!? Here with an answer — or at least a reaction — is Camilla Luddington, who plays Wilson.

    TVLINE | What did you think when you found out about the hit-and-run?

    I was surprised! When I was told that’s how the episode ended, I asked, “Did Alex and Jo do it?” I can’t tell you their response, because that will be in the next episode. But I was shocked! I know I should be used to all of the show’s twists by now, but even I was surprised by that one!

    TVLINE | Obviously, you can’t tell me if Jo and/or Alex did it. But did you suspect that she could have?

    After reading the script and seeing how much Paul gaslights her through the whole episode, I did wonder whether she felt so desperate in that moment that she thought this was the only way she could protect herself. I know that that’s not what Jo would ever intend to do, but this is Grey’s Anatomy — anything can happen! Characters can do things that, even as the actor playing them, you find completely surprising.

    TVLINE | And we do know that, at this point, Jo is beyond prepared to protect herself if she has to — like she did with Jason Myers back in Season 9.

    Yes, she has that capacity. She speaks up in the premiere of the season — she felt that was self-defense. So I wondered at the end [of this episode] what happened when Jo and Alex left the hospital. Did Paul do something to her? Did he get so physical with her that she had to take action?

    TVLINE | Looking forward, how does Jo handle this situation where now Paul looks like the victim?

    The only way I can describe it is that the next episode has a lot of twists and turns. There are moments that are going to be really unexpected.

    Ellen Pompeo Extends Grey's Anatomy Contract for Two More Seasons

    (1/17/18) Ellen Pompeo isn’t looking to scrub out of Grey’s Anatomy anytime soon, having just signed a new deal to continue on as Meredith Grey for at least two more years, our sister site Deadline reports.

    As part of the deal, Pompeo will now serve as a producer on the long-running medical drama, as well as a co-executive producer on the upcoming, still-untitled firefighter spinoff starring Jason George (and premiering Thursday, March 22). She will reportedly earn north of $550,000 per episode, making her the highest-paid actress on a TV drama.

    In Season 14, Grey’s currently stands as ABC’s No. 1 show in the coveted 18-49 demo, and ranks third for the network in total audience (behind The Good Doctor and Dancing With the Stars). Pompeo’s new deal all but ensures that Grey’s will remain on the air through Season 16 (though it has not yet received an official pick-up beyond this season). In doing so, it would surpass ER as the longest-running medical drama in TV history.

    Grey’s Anatomy returns from its midseason break this Thursday at 8/7c.

    Ellen Pompeo, TV's $20 Million Woman, Reveals Her Behind-the-Scenes Fight for "What I Deserve"

    (1/17/18) ( On March 27, 2005, ABC debuted a medical drama titled Grey's Anatomy from a then unknown creator, Shonda Rhimes. The show was an instant smash, and everybody involved was ecstatic.

    Everybody, that is, except for the series' star, Ellen Pompeo, the Grey of Grey's Anatomy. "I knew I was fucked," she recalls thinking at the time. After all, Pompeo was supposed to be a movie star.

    Following a rocky childhood in a blue-collar, mob-heavy Boston suburb, where she and several siblings were raised by her father and grandparents (her mother died of an overdose when Pompeo was just 5), she found her way to Hollywood. Before long, her breakout role as the love interest in the 2002 film Moonlight Mile had sparked interest from major filmmakers. "Sam Mendes, Steven Spielberg, Warren Beatty," she rattles off the names. "They were all, 'We were blown away by this performance' and 'You're a superstar.'"

    But by 2004, her movie career had stalled and she was perilously close to broke. Then her agent, CAA's Rick Kurtzman, brought her the script for Grey's Anatomy. "I was like, 'I'm not going to be stuck on a medical show for five years,' " she remembers telling him. " 'Are you out of your fuckin' mind? I'm an actress.'" He convinced her to audition anyway, if only to pay the rent.

    Fourteen years later, Pompeo is no longer a renter. In late 2017, she signed a new deal that will make her dramatic television's highest-earning actress. The expansive pact covers Grey's' current season and a 15th and 16th season after that (though the latter two have not been formally ordered, Rhimes says, "The show will go on as long as Ellen wants to do it.") Pompeo credits her boss and mentor — who recently signed a nine-figure deal of her own at Netflix — with empowering her to overcome any doubts she may have about her own worth and to demand the best possible deal.

    "As a woman, what I know is you can't approach anything from a point of view of 'I don't deserve' or 'I'm not going to ask for because I don't want other people to get upset,' " Rhimes says now. "And I know for a fact that when men go into these negotiations, they go in hard and ask for the world."

    Pompeo had plenty of leverage. Grey's has been drawing nearly 12 million viewers 300-plus episodes in, making it ABC's No. 2 drama, behind only fall 2017 entry The Good Doctor. And the show, which airs in some 220 territories around the world, is a multibillion-dollar franchise for ABC parent Disney. Rhimes recalls giving her star a simple piece of advice: "Decide what you think you're worth and then ask for what you think you're worth. Nobody's just going to give it to you."

    The result: Pompeo's new pact will have her earning more than $20 million a year — $575,000 per episode, along with a seven-figure signing bonus and two full backend equity points on the series, estimated to bring in another $6 million to $7 million. She also will get a producing fee plus backend on this spring's Grey's spinoff as well as put pilot commitments and office space for her Calamity Jane production company on Disney's Burbank lot. Already, she has a legal drama in contention at ABC, and she recently sold an anthology drama to Amazon, which will focus each season on a different American fashion designer's rise to prominence.

    Actors typically hate discussing their paychecks in the press, but Pompeo, a married mother of three, has chosen to do so with The Hollywood Reporter now in the hope of setting an example for others as women in Hollywood seize a new moment of empowerment and opportunity. An edited version of the conversation follows.


    I'm 48 now, so I've finally gotten to the place where I'm OK asking for what I deserve, which is something that comes only with age. Because I'm not the most "relevant" actress out there. I know that's the industry perception because I've been this character for 14 years. But the truth is, anybody can be good on a show season one and two. Can you be good 14 years later? Now, that's a fuckin' skill.

    I'm not necessarily perceived as successful, either, but a 24-year-old actress with a few big movies is, even though she's probably being paid shit — certainly less than her male co-star and probably with no backend. And they're going to pimp her out until she's 33 or 34 and then she's out like yesterday's trash, and then what does she have to take care of herself? These poor girls have no real money, and the studio is making a fortune and parading them like ponies on a red carpet. I mean, Faye Dunaway is driving a fuckin' Prius today. Now, there's nothing wrong with a Prius, but my point is, she had no financial power. If we're going to invoke change, that has to be part of it.

    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. At one point, I asked for $5,000 more than him just on principle, because the show is Grey's Anatomy and I'm Meredith Grey. They wouldn't give it to me. And I could have walked away, so why didn't I? It's my show; I'm the number one. I'm sure I felt what a lot of these other actresses feel: Why should I walk away from a great part because of a guy? You feel conflicted but then you figure, "I'm not going to let a guy drive me out of my own house."

    So, what does it look like when he leaves the show? First, it looks like a ratings spike, and I had a nice chuckle about that. But the truth is, the ink wasn't even dry on his exit papers before they rushed in a new guy. I was on vacation in Sicily, decompressing — it was a long working relationship and it was a tumultuous end and I needed a moment to just chill with some rosé — and they're calling me, going, "What do you think of this guy?" "What do you think of this guy?" And they're sending pictures. I was like, "Are you people fucking nuts? Why do you feel that you have to replace this person?" I couldn't believe how fast the studio and the network felt like they had to get a penis in there. We brought in Martin Henderson, but they didn't love the storyline, so that ended.

    Things have changed, though. In Shonda finding her power and becoming more comfortable with her power, she has empowered me. And that took her a while to get to, too. It was part of her evolution. It's also why our relationship is so special. I was always loyal to her, and she responds well to loyalty. So, she got to a place where she was so empowered that she was generous with her power. Now, what did that look like? It looked like her letting me be the highest-paid woman on television, letting me be a producer on this show, letting me be a co-executive producer on the spinoff and signing off on the deal that the studio gave me, which is unprecedented.

    Let me back up. What happened is that I went to Shonda and I said, "If you're moving on to Netflix and you want the show to go down, I'm cool with that. But if you want it to continue, I need to be incentivized. I need to feel empowered and to feel ownership of this show." And she was like, "I absolutely want to keep the show going. It's the mothership, so let's find a way to make you happy. What do you want?"

    Now, maybe it's my Irish Catholic upbringing, but you never want to [be perceived as] too greedy. Or maybe it's just that as women, that's our problem; a guy wouldn't have any problem asking for $600,000 an episode. And as women, we're like, "Oh, can I ask for that? Is that OK?" I'd call Shonda and say, "Am I being greedy?" But CAA compiled a list of stats for me, and Grey's has generated nearly $3 billion for Disney. When your face and your voice have been part of something that's generated $3 billion for one of the biggest corporations in the world, you start to feel like, "OK, maybe I do deserve a piece of this."

    What I said to Shonda is the truth: "I don't get to do anything else, and that's frustrating for me creatively. I make 24 episodes of TV a year, and as part of this deal, I cannot appear anywhere else. And directing is cool but, to be honest, it just takes me away from my kids." Then I said, "So, it's got to be a ton of money. And it has to help me with my producing because producing is something I really enjoy. That's my creativity now." Acting, to me, is boring. An actor is the least powerful person on set, so I don't care about chasing roles. Plus, at my age, it's pretty unrealistic. Not that I can't do a cool cable thing, but I'm not going to have this whole second life as a movie star. I'm not fuckin' Julia Roberts.

    In the last few weeks, a lot of us actresses in town have been having these meetings [as part of the Time's Up initiative]. We've been sharing stories and trying to figure out how we can promote change and use our voices to help other people. And I'll tell you, sitting in rooms full of Oscar-winning actresses listening to how they've been preyed upon and assaulted is frightening. And it confirmed that my path really was the right one for me, because I've chosen to financially empower myself so that I never have to be ducking predators and chasing trophies. It's not for everyone. You have to be more interested in business than you are in acting.

    By the way, I saw the other path. My agent once sent me to see Harvey, too. I went right up to his room at the Peninsula, which I would never normally do, but Harvey was a New York guy, so it made sense. Plus, it was in the middle of the day, and he had an assistant there. He didn't try anything on me. Had he, I'm a little rough around the edges and I grew up around some very tough people, so I probably would have picked up a vase and cracked him over the fucking head. But I also feel completely comfortable saying that I walked into that room batting the shit out of my eyelashes. My goal in that room was to charm him, as it is in most rooms like that. You think, "Not only do I have to show that I'm a good actress, but that director also has to in some way fall in love with me and at least become enamored with me." That never felt right or good to me. And I've had conversations with my agents 17 years later. I've said, "You sent me into that room knowing …" They claim they didn't know.

    So, again, if you're 100 percent an artist, this path, my path, is not going to fulfill you. I talk to a lot of girls who are on network shows, and they have the same culture problems that we had. Now, I don’t think it’s a secret that we had a real problem at Grey’s for a long time. On the outside, we were a massive success, but there was all of this tumult on the inside: It was a lot of rivalry, a lot of competition. It starts with actors behaving badly, and then producers enabling them to behave badly. And, by the way, I'm guilty of it, too. I saw squeaky wheels getting all the fucking grease, so I was like, “OK, that's how you do it,” and I behaved badly as well. I mimicked what I saw. I'm not perfect. But now I hear other stories from other shows, maybe not to the same extent, but what happens in network TV is that it's super-mundane and there are super-long hours and it's not necessarily the most creative space, so actors get frustrated and they get angry. And there are behavior problems because actors are miserable that they're not Leonardo DiCaprio or Margot Robbie. That's actors: They want to do whatever they're not doing. You could give them a fucking beautiful chocolate ice cream cone with sprinkles and they're gonna say they want strawberry.

    Here's the thing: You have a choice. You can hold actors down and try to control them, but it kills their spirit and they resent being there. When I'm directing an episode, as soon as I get the script, I give it to the actors. They usually don't get them until the table read, but of course they want it sooner. Then I let them come to the casting sessions and make them feel part of the process; I get so much more out of them that way. I don't know if you listened to Jay Z's latest album, but in one song he talks about how all the white guys own the record labels and they say to these artists, "Oh, here's a $3 million advance," while they're making billions. The artists are chasing Grammys and Lamborghinis, so they think, "Oh yeah, I'm rich." Meanwhile, Sony just made fucking $500 million, and they gave you $3 million and you think you're doing amazing. With Tidal, Jay Z's empowered artists by giving them a piece, and it makes them more invested. I love it. And I think, like the music business, we need to get to a place where actors have more ownership over what they do. That should be part of this conversation we're having now.

    I should also say this: I don't believe the only solution is more women in power, because power corrupts. It's not necessarily a man or a woman thing. But there should be more of us women in power, and not just on Shonda Rhimes' sets. Look, I only have a 12th-grade education and I wasn't a great student, but I've gotten an education here at Shondaland. And now my 8-year-old daughter gets to come here and see fierce females in charge. She loves to sit in the director's chair with the headphones on yelling "Action" and "Cut." She's growing up in an environment where she's completely comfortable with power. I don't know any other environment in Hollywood where I could provide that for her. Now I hope that changes … and soon.

    Ellen Pompeo On New ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Deal, The Show’s End Game & Legacy And Her Post-‘Grey’s’ Future – Q&A

    (1/17/18) ( Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo has signed a new two-year deal with ABC Studios, the studio behind the long-running ABC medical drama, paving the way for two more seasons — 15 and 16 — of the venerable Shonda Rhimes series. In an interview with Deadline, Pompeo talks about her decision to continue on Grey’s, the show’s success and new creative direction, will Seasons 15 and 16 be Grey’s final chapters, and is she planning to act after the ABC series is over.

    Pompeo, who plays Meredith Grey on the show, also talks about Grey’s legacy of featuring strong female characters and introducing well developed gay characters on TV and about expanding into producing and directing (as part of her new deal, Pompeo is becoming a producer on Grey’s Anatomy and co-executive producer on the upcoming Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, and she also has been directing on Grey’s). Pompeo, who is poised to become the highest paid actress on TV with the new deal, earning more than $550,000 an episode, also discusses her relationship with Rhimes and whether she would want her kids to watch Grey’s when they are older.

    DEADLINE: You’ve been on Grey’s Anatomy for 14 seasons and just committed for at least two more. What convinced you that there’s more life in the show and more story to tell about Meredith?

    POMPEO: Well, we have a brand new writer, who’s not brand new. She was one of the original writers, she was on the show the first seven years, her name is Krista Vernoff. She left for six years to go work with John Wells and do Shameless, and when Shonda decided to step away and go to her Netflix deal, she enlisted Krista to come on and run the show. Krista is a brilliant writer, so I was really excited of having a whole completely new fresh voice to write the show. We’ve completely retooled the writer’s room which is amazing.

    The show is very, very successful monetarily around the world, it makes a ton of money for everybody, and the kids, the new generation, they absolutely love it. I think there’s something like 200,000 streams of the pilot a month on Netflix, these are people downloading the pilot for the first time. The show’s hugely successful for Disney, for ABC. So everybody’s incentivized to keep it going.

    It’s not like a season 14 show with not good numbers, it’s the number one show on the network this year. So we’re all just sitting back laughing, saying, “How long can we keep this going at this level?” We’re almost in a competition with ourselves now.”

    DEADLINE: Do you envision Seasons 15 and 16 as the final chapter, or could Grey’s go beyond that?

    POMPEO: I’ve been saying since season one, “We have two more years.” This show, it’s taking on a life of its own, and who knows? We take it season by season really.

    DEADLINE: Did you have a conversation with Krista before you closed the new deal about where the show will be going creatively?

    POMPEO: Yes. The show was getting very procedural in nature. Krista is such a great character writer, and she’s just elevated the quality of the writing 100 fold, it’s remarkable. The show is a lot smarter, the writing is a lot smarter. The characters, there’s just a whole new fresh voice, and I love what she’s doing. Everybody does actually, the actors are so happy, they’re so energized.

    It’s an interesting thing that happens with the show this long because we have these periods of low energy. We keep changing, either we change the actors or we change the writers, and every time we make changes, which is quite often at this stage now, it gives the show a new burst of energy.

    DEADLINE: You are now Producer on the main show and Co-Executive Producer on the spinoff. Do you go to the Writer’s Room? How has your role evolved, and how much say do you have on both shows?

    POMPEO: ?n the spinoff, I don’t have a lot just because they’re in their early stages, s? it’s really the network and the studio with Stacy McKee developing what the show is going to look like. I’m kind of stepping back and letting them find the show, and if they need my help, I’m always available, and Shonda’s really good about reaching out to me and asking me to weigh in on certain things. Shonda has empowered me in a way that I don’t think many show creators do. It’s energizing, and I don’t want to let her down.

    DEADLINE: Do you still stay in constant contact with Shonda? How involved is she in Grey’s since she moved to Netflix with a new deal?

    POMPEO: Yes, I just spoke to her. I don’t know anything about her Netflix situation, but she’s busy, she has a lot going on. She’s there when I call her if I need her. Debbie Allen, Krista and myself and Linda Klein is the Medical Producer, we’ve watched the house while Shonda’s somewhere else doing what she needs to do, and whenever she pops in, she pops in. Ultimately, she’s the boss, and she’ll always be the boss, but we’re happy to steer the ship while she’s away, and we have an incredible loyalty to her.

    There’s a much bigger component to this, which is Shondaland, and Grey’s, we’re the engine piece that drives the whole Shondaland train. It’s a big responsibility, and we just want to be here for her, be with her to help her, and we have fun doing it. We’re incredibly lucky to be women in this business, doing what we’re doing. It’s been an amazing experience.

    DEADLINE: Grey’s is a show created by a woman with a strong female character at the center, which was a rarity at the beginning. Now times are changing and women are being empowered to take charge, and you and Shonda have been very active in that movement. How does it feel to be on a show that has been blazing the trail, and does the current climate change the way you tackle the show?

    POMPEO: It’s precisely why I stay on the show, because I think we were the beginning of the movement, and it’s taken us 14 years to finally get to this place. So that’s why it is so energizing for me to stay on it because, with this journey that we’ve made, you’re starting to see the results of the trails that we blazed 14 years ago. We’re now seeing the change that we contributed in creating.

    It’s not over by any means, but we blazed so many trails: Shonda putting the first woman of color on television in 40 years (in a leading drama role, Kerry Washington on Scandal), putting some gay characters. I filmed a scene last night on the show with these two brilliant actors, and one of them was from North Carolina, and he says he was gay. He said he felt like an outcast in North Carolina as a young gay man. He watched Grey’s Anatomy with his parents, and it was the only thing that he could do with his parents to show them that he wasn’t a freak of nature, that he was normal. And watching Grey’s Anatomy with his parents really helped them to understand him and seeing that being gay wasn’t a bad thing. That helped him keep his relationship strong with his parents and helped his parents understand what being gay means and what the experience is. So it’s stories like that, that are just so moving. This show has been on the front of so many things between gay characters, characters of color, women. We’ve been doing this stuff for a long time, and I think we’re really happy that the rest of the world has caught up or is catching up.

    DEADLINE: Now, are you empowered to push the envelope even more? Is the #MeToo movement somehow going to be reflected in Grey’s Anatomy?

    POMPEO: No, it’s not about pushing the envelope. It’s really more about telling the stories of people who feel unheard, it’s really just telling stories about human beings that are underrepresented, human beings that are compromised, human being that aren’t treated fairly.

    DEADLINE: Is this going to be your last acting job? You had said that you were not sure you want to act after you finish Grey’s. What are your personal ambitions – more directing, producing?

    POMPEO: We’ll see. I know that I really like directing, and that my ambition is not to be an episodic TV Director for sure, that’s a very hard job. I’d love to direct a pilot. I really like producing, that’s really challenging for me. I think I’ve had an amazing training. I’ve had a Master Class in producing these last 14 years. I know every aspect of making a television show. Producing and directing is where I’m challenged and where I’m learning. It’s more interesting to me because it’s a skill I haven’t mastered yet.

    Acting, I don’t know. If the right role comes along, and it’s interesting, then never say never, but I do have three kids. I don’t necessarily want to travel around. Acting is a tough gig in itself, and you’ve got to travel. I wouldn’t say it’s my burning desire to go act in something else.

    DEADLINE: What about activism? Is it something that interests you after the end of Grey’s?

    POMPEO: I certainly don’t have a desire to be an activist as a title. I think that I do have a platform, I do have the audience of young people. So I just try to be a decent human being, and I try to speak out for those who don’t have as big a voice as I do, but to actually be an activist, no.

    DEADLINE: What did you think when Patrick Dempsey left the show? There were some doubts that the show would be able to continue with Meredith as the sole lead but it’s done extremely well since.

    POMPEO: Patrick had an 11-year run on this show. He had an incredible 11-year run, and it’s not for everybody to stay forever. Sandra Oh had a 10-year run. Sara Ramirez did a 10-year run. It’s unusual for people to stay on a show this long. So I completely understand when people have had enough. It’s really hard to do an hourlong drama year after year after year, it takes an incredible amount of stamina. I just stay because it works for my lifestyle, and I get to be a mom to my kids, and Shonda, like I said, has empowered me in a way where my role is much bigger than it was.

    DEADLINE: When you were cast in the pilot, did you think that you would get to 16 seasons and this is a show that will make you the highest paid actress in television?

    POMPEO: You never think TV shows are going to go this long. Of course not, never, and especially me, I don’t ever assume things like that. I assume tomorrow everyone’s going to hate us. You got to try, you got to stay humble. In this climate, if you make one false move in this day and age of Twitter, Instagram, media, you say one wrong thing, you’re done, you’re toast. So I just always try to stay present and humble and grateful and take each day as it comes.

    DEADLINE: Where do you want to see Meredith’s journey end, do you have any idea how you want her story to wrap, regardless how many more seasons the show goes on?

    POMPEO: Shonda and I will decide when we end the show, and I think that Shonda will decide how the character ends her journey. That will be all Shonda Rhimes at this stage. Maybe that will change, but I think that until she says otherwise, until she says she wants Krista to decide, or me and Krista to decide, in my mind, she created this show, and it’s her right to end it however she sees fit whenever she sees fit.

    DEADLINE: You have young daughters.

    POMPEO: I have two daughters and a son.

    DEADLINE: Do you want them to watch Grey’s one day?

    POMPEO: My children are on set probably two or three days a week with me. My eight-year old has grown up on the show. She sits in the Director’s chair, she calls “Action.” She sees Shonda Rhimes and Krista Vernoff and Debbie Allen and Linda Klein and me making this show every day.

    This show has been one of the most incredible gifts to give to my kids because they get to see all women in power, people of all colors in power and making decisions, being creative, having fun, working hard. I couldn’t think of a better environment for my children to be in. So yes, they will absolutely watch the show because it’s something that’s been much bigger than a TV show for so many reasons. I’m extremely proud of the show and everyone that has worked on it in the past, everybody who’s here now. It’s the beginning of a movement, and it’s so special to me for so many reasons. So I certainly hope they watch every episode twice.

    Camilla Luddington Talks Jo and Paul's Fraught Reunion: 'She's Completely Horrified'

    (1/17/18) Picking up right where the midseason finale’s cliffhanger left off, Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy (8/7c, ABC) finds Jo “in complete shock” at the sight of her abusive husband, her portrayer Camilla Luddington tells TVLine. “She’s suddenly confronting the past and what she’s feared the most… and I think she’s kind of paralyzed. There’s nothing else happening in the world for her except for the fact that she and Paul Stadler are in the same room again, finally. She’s completely horrified and terrified in that moment.”

    Once Jo’s initial shock wears off, at least a little, and “it starts to sink in that he’s there,” she worries about how Alex will react to her abuser’s sudden appearance at Grey Sloan. “Alex has commented that he would never do anything to jeopardize anything,” says Luddington, “and she trusts him to make smart decisions. But now, Paul’s sort of in their territory. They’ve been thrown for a loop, so all their plans may go out the window!”

    Jo will also be taken aback to learn, as TVLine previously reported, that Paul has a fiancée (Jenny, played by One Tree Hill‘s Bethany Joy Lenz). “That’s another piece of information that completely derails Jo,” says the actress. “She’s wondering, ‘Is this another woman who is experiencing what I have experienced? Is she in trouble? Is she in danger?’ So Jo’s got to grapple with that throughout the episode, and you wind up seeing what happens with regard to Paul’s fiancée.”

    For the most part, though, Jo is is just trying to survive. “She’s living minute-to-minute” while Paul’s around, Luddington sums up. “She’s trying to think of how she can get ahead of the situation.”

    Grey's Anatomy's Camilla Luddington Engaged to Matthew Alan

    (1/17/18) (Pic) Wedding bells will be ringing for Camilla Luddington.

    The Grey's Anatomy star revealed on Instagram on Wednesday she is engaged to longtime partner Matthew Alan, and did so in the cutest way: she posted a photo of their baby girl Hayden's hand holding her hand, which now bears a solitaire diamond engagement ring.

    "Sooo this happened on New Year's Eve," she wrote. "I'm not sure I even let Matt get through his proposal before I started yelling YES YES YES!! Of course it was a yes! Also... Hayden approves.. ;)"'

    Luddington, who plays Dr. Jo Wilson on Grey's Anatomy, also posted a close-up of the ring and a photo of herself smiling while wearing it.

    The actress announced last April that she and Alan welcomed their baby girl.

    Luddington and her partner, who recently starred on the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, have been together for at least five years.

    Grey's Anatomy: Bethany Joy Lenz Is Playing [Spoiler]'s Fiancée

    (1/16/18) Since it was revealed in October that One Tree Hill alumna Bethany Joy Lenz had been tapped for an arc on Grey’s Anatomy, viewers have been dying to know more about her character than just her name (Jenny). Now, TVLine can tell you that the mystery woman is, according to a source, the fiancée of Jo’s abusive husband, Paul (returning guest star Matthew Morrison).

    As you’ll see in these new photos from the ABC drama’s midseason premiere (Thursday, 8/7c), “1-800-799-7233” picks up right where “Out of Nowhere” left off, with Jo face to face with her worst nightmare. But you’ll also see that, apparently in that same scene, Paul charms Arizona and ultimately is joined by Jo’s unfortunate successor, Lenz’s Jenny.

    ‘CBS Sunday Morning’: Oprah Winfrey Time’s Up Panel Interview Includes Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes

    (1/13/18) (Video Preview) Oprah Winfrey this Sunday will interview a gathering of prominent Hollywood woman – Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Tracee Ellis Ross, Shonda Rhimes, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, attorney Nina Shaw – about the Time’s Up campaign that gained much attention at this year’s Golden Globes.

    Winfrey’s taped interview, conducted earlier this week in Pasadena, will air on CBS Sunday Morning (CBS, 9 am ET). Watch a clip above.

    In excerpts released by CBS, Witherspoon says about the movement to take on sexual harassment, “There’s moments that you have to evaluate whether silence is going to be your only option. And certain times that was our only option. But now is not that time.”

    Witherspoon talks about her own sexual assault at 16 by a director.

    “We’re humans. We’re all humans,” Portman says. “And I think it’s treating people as fellow humans and – and it’s not because you have a daughter that you respect a woman, it’s not because you have a wife or a sister, it’s because we’re human beings, whether we’re related to a man or not. We deserve the same respect.”

    Ross of ABC’s Black-ish says, “At this moment it’s a campaign. “And we’re all sort of workers among workers and women among women, sort of rolling up our sleeves and doing whatever sort of comes to the forefront.”

    Says Kennedy about speaking for women without public profiles, “We have to maintain the momentum of this conversation because they can’t.”

    Sandra Oh's Killing Eve Gets Premiere Date, Intense First Photos

    (1/13/18) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Sandra Oh, my!

    BBC America has set a premiere date for the cat-and-mouse thriller Killing Eve, and the first photos suggest that the Grey’s Anatomy grad is the squeaky half of that equation.

    Premiering Sunday, April 8 at 8/7c and adapted by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) from Luke Jennings’ novellas, Killing Eve centers on two women: Eve, a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade MI5 officer whose desk job doesn’t fulfill her fantasies of being a spy, and Villanelle (The White Princess‘ Jodie Comer), a mercurial, talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her.

    Co-starring in the series are Fiona Shaw (True Blood), Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Downward Dog), Kim Bodnia (The Bridge), David Haig (Penny Dreadful), Sean Delaney and Owen McDonnell.

    “In Killing Eve, a genius bunch of women behind and in front of the camera transcend the predictable with this funny and heart-stopping twisted cat and mouse thriller,” BBCA President Sarah Barnett said in a statement. “From creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge – with remarkable performances from Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer – Killing Eve stands out in a sea of scripted stories as refreshingly entertaining and great fun.”

    How Often Will the Grey's Anatomy and the Spin-Off Crossover?

    (1/9/18) The Grey's Anatomy spin-off still doesn't have an official title, but fans are already wondering how often they'll see their favorite Grey Sloane Memorial doctors crossing over to the firehouse and vice versa.

    Outside of the pilot, which will launch in March and features some prominent Grey's cameos, the executive producers of the series are open to having the two shows intersect as often as the opportunities present themselves.

    "We exist in the same universe. The show is Grey's Anatomy adjacent," executive producer Stacy McKee told reporters during the spin-off panel at the Television Critics Association winter previews on Monday. "The world takes place in Seattle the same place that Grey's does, so there's a lot of potential for cross-pollination. We hope that comes to fruition."

    Both shows are set in Seattle and film in Los Angeles, which should make it fairly easy to get characters to bounce back and forth, even for an episode or two. The spin-off's lead character, Ben Warren (Jason George), is still married to the Chief of Surgery at Grey Sloane Memorial Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), after all.

    "It all depends," McKee said about the logistics and how often they'd go for the crossover. "The great thing about it is that we exist in the same universe so there's definitely great potential to have people or things work their way in and we are excited about all of those possibilities."

    The question is: who most do you want to see going to hang out at the firehouse?

    The Grey's Anatomy spin-off premieres Thursday, March 22 at 9/8c on ABC.

    Ellen Pompeo Slams Woody Allen as a "Fool" on Twitter

    (1/7/18) Ellen Pompeo took to Twitter on Friday to slam Woody Allen over his controversial relationship as public discourse over alleged sexual misconduct by powerful men continues to rise.

    The Oscar-winning director, who famously married Soon Yi Previn, who he had helped raise after his ex Mia Farrow adopted her as a child, has not responded. Pompeo had made her comments days after Woody's estranged adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, who has accused him of past sexual abuse, criticized Blake Lively for working with the director, in a response tweet to the actress' endorsement of the anti-sexual harassment Time's Up fundraising campaign.

    On Friday, Ellen tweeted she was "shocked" by the "people that work with this man." She also wrote that "he married his daughter...people see what they want to see or don't...Kind of hard not to see who this fool is."

    When a user voiced criticism about how some people "separate the professional from the person," the actress responded, "You know what I call that?? Ducking predators and chasing's WEAK AF."

    Woody has defended his relationship with his wife and has denied Dylan's claims of abuse. He has never been charged with a sex crime.

    Woody and Mia split in 1992, when she discovered nude photos of then-21-year-old Soon Yi, her adopted daughter, at his apartment. They were presented in court during the former couple's custody battle over Dylan and sons Moses and Satchel, now known as Ronan Farrow, who has also spoken out against the director.

    Woody testified that he took the nude photos of Soon Yi at his home about two weeks after he first had sex with her, the New York Times reported. He also said she was the one who suggested that he take the pictures and said he did not consider them to be pornographic, but rather "graphically erotic," according to UPI.

    Allen wed Soon Yi in 1997.

    In 1992, she told Time magazine and Newsweek that she never considered him a father figure. She told Time her relationship with Woody changed "when I was 20 and he had no one to go to a basketball game with and I wanted to see one" and that by that time, he and Mia were "long done, and they were going through the motions."

    In 2011, when asked if he thinks America is ready to forgive him for his "past scandals," Woody told Reuters, "What was the scandal? I fell in love with this girl, married her...There was no scandal, but people refer to it all the time as a scandal and I kind of like that in way because when I go I would like to say I had one real juicy scandal in my life."

    During her Twitter spree, Ellen also criticized Woody over the casts of his films.

    "And while we're on the subject & I'm fired up has this fool ever put one poc in any of his movies ever?" tweeted Ellen, whose show Grey's Anatomy is known for its diverse cast. "I wouldn't know because I don't watch that bougie s--t."

    "What about Hispanic or Asian actors? Or are Asians only for him to molest? You know me when I get started," Ellen continued.

    A Twitter user then pointed out to Ellen that Spanish actress Penélope Cruz won an Oscar for her role in Woody's movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

    "Wow okay one... good for him," Ellen replied.

    The actress' Twitter spree spurred another user to jokingly compare her to late wrestling legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.

    On Saturday, after her tweets went viral, many pondered if Ellen posted them while drunk.

    "I was 100 percent sober clear as a bell," she wrote on Saturday.

    Dylan retweeted several of Ellen's tweets.

    "Ellen, thank you," she wrote.

    Jesse Williams Wants Joint Physical Custody After Christmas Break Screw Up

    (1/2/18) Jesse Williams is asking a judge to modify his custody agreement with his estranged wife after he claims she stiffed him on time with the kids over Christmas.

    Jesse says Aryn Drake-Lee ?continues to make it difficult for him to maintain a stable relationship with his 4-year-old Sadie and 2-year-old Maceo. In docs, obtained by TMZ, Jesse claims Aryn has not followed the overnight agreement deal they struck back in November.

    Jesse says Aryn was stingy about giving him time with the kids on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and she kept them for New Year's Day, too.

    Not only has Aryn been tough on granting Jesse physical time with the kids -- he says she only answers one out of about every three FaceTime calls he makes to them, too -- and when he is able to talk to them, it's only for a few minutes.

    Jesse now wants a regular schedule with the kids enforced, and custody for 2 weekdays.

    Hollywood women launch anti-sexual harassment initiative

    (1/1/18) A star-studded group of female Hollywood figures — including Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Natalie Portman and Kerry Washington — has launched a new initiative to combat workplace sexual discrimination and inequality.

    The Time’s Up campaign — spearheaded by more than 300 actresses and executives — will push for a marked increase in women hires along with equal pay and benefits across professions both glamorous and otherwise.

    “The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end,” the group said in a statement. “Time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly.”

    The initiative will also feature a legal defense fund for both women and men who believe that they’ve been discriminated against or harassed in their workplace.

    “Time’s up on silence,” tweeted producer and participant Shonda Rimes in support of the campaign. “Time’s up on waiting.”

    A range of Hollywood boosters — including Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg — have already donated to the fund and have raised $13 million thus far.

    “Unfortunately, too many centers of power — from legislatures to boardrooms to executive suites and management and academia — lack gender parity and women do not have equal decision-making authority,” the group said in an open letter released on New Year’s Day.

    The coalition also demanded greater representation for minorities, immigrants, and those in the LGBTQ community whose “experiences in the workforce are often significantly worse that their white, cisgender, straight peers.”

    The effort also counted Emma Stone, America Ferrera and Eva Longoria as supporters.

    Noting recent disclosures of mistreatment by members of the National Farmworker Women’s Alliance, Time’s Up lobbied for more attention to gender-related problems in less prominent industries.

    “We fervently urge the media covering the disclosures by people in Hollywood to spend equal time on the myriad experiences of individuals working in less glamorized and valorized trades,” the letter read.

    In addition, the group will seek legislation that would penalize misbehaving companies as well as a specific push to achieve gender parity at Hollywood studios and talent agencies.

    Hoping to generate momentum, Time’s Up called for women to wear black at the upcoming Golden Globes as a sign of solidarity to the victims of sexual harassment who have come out over the last few months.

    'Grey's Anatomy' Doctor Kevin McKidd Officially Divorced With Massive Support Obligations

    (12/27/17) "Grey's Anatomy" star Kevin McKidd is officially a single man, but it came at a high price.

    Kevin's wife Jane had filed to end their 17-year marriage and the divorce is now final. They have joint legal custody of their 2 kids -- ages 17 and 15. As for physical custody, they agreed to a "nesting arrangement." The kids stay at the family home and the parents rotate in and out.

    As for money ... Kevin will pay $22,440 in monthly child support, and will also pay for private school and summer camp. Jane will get $65,096 a month in spousal support, plus 20% of any income Kevin receives in excess of $3 million a year.

    When the kids turn 18, Kevin's still not off the hook. Although his child support obligations will terminate, Jane will get an additional $12,147 a month in spousal support for 4 years.

    They each get a house and will continue to share ownership in a third house in Malibu. She gets the 2014 Chevy Volt.

    Patrick Dempsey Video

    (12/22/17) (Video) @PatrickDempsey After years of stress with strategy, telemetry, teammates and pit stops, @AussieGrit Mark Webber and I are finally enjoying our retirement from racing to live a life far away from fast cars, racetracks and competition. I think we are doing quite a good job, don’t you?

    Watch John Stamos Play Meredith Grey In Hilarious Grey's Anatomy Reenactment for a Great Cause

    (12/22/17) (Video) Watch out Ellen Pompeo! There’s a new Meredith Grey in town, and it happens to be John Stamos.

    Stamos and his former Grandfathered co-star Josh Peck reunited at Memorial Care Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Long Beach, California, on Thursday to spread some holiday cheer and act out a scene from Grey’s Anatomy with one of the patients, Carter Hall.

    “Josh and I making our annual @sprinklescupcakes run at@millerchildrens hospital,” Stamos captioned a fun video of the scene on Instagram. “We do a scene from #Greysanatomy w/ super cool@carterjhall. Thank you@sprinklescupcakes (I play Meredith)@shuapeck.”

    While Stamos took on the role of none other than Dr. Grey, Peck played Arizona Robbins and Hall played Alex Karev.

    This is part of a yearly tradition for Stamos, who stops by a children’s hospital the week before Christmas to thank the nurses for their work and put a smile on the faces of the children and their parents. Peck wasn’t the only thing that Stamos brought along this year, though, as the two visited the hospital with eight dozen Sprinkles cupcakes in hand.

    Last year, Stamos and Peck visited the same hospital and while talking to a patient named Amanda, they learned that she had just been broken up with by her boyfriend, Jorge. Stamos decided to take matters into his own hands and called up the ex-boyfriend to tell him exactly what he was missing out on.

    “We heard you broke up with Amanda so we got our asses down to the hospital and now we’re all dating and we don’t need you, Jorge,” Stamos told him on the phone. “I think you made a big mistake.”

    Earlier this month, Stamos announced his engagement to his fiancée Caitlin McHugh and exclusively revealed to PEOPLE that they are expecting their first child together.

    “I’ll be a fun dad. I’ve been practicing for a long time,” the Fuller House star said, joking, “I’ve done every schtick you can do with a baby on TV … all the bits and jokes and diaper gags. I’ll probably just do all that stuff.”

    Katherine Heigl Shares Topless Pregnancy Photo While Detailing Son's Dramatic Birth

    (12/20/17) (Pic) Happy birthday, little guy!

    Proud mama Katherine Heigl took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a topless pregnancy photo, taken right before her cesarean section last year, as well as to detail, through words and photos, her harrowing delivery of son Joshua Kelly Jr., who is celebrating his first birthday today.

    The Unforgettable star began the lengthy post, "At 9am one year ago today I had @joshbkelley take this photo of me so I could remember how incredibly pregnant I was right before we left for the hospital and my 12pm scheduled cesarean."

    Heigl explained that the unborn boy "had been in the breech position for over a month and had still not moved an inch a week before his due date."

    She said that's when she made the decision to have a cesarean, adding "I was incredibly nervous and a little scared this time last year."

    The actress, who has been married to singer Josh Kelly since 2007, said she was afraid at the time because she "had never been hospitalized or had ever had any kind of surgery" before.

    In addition to the topless photo, she shared a photo from "right before" she went into surgery, joking that she was, "Trying to look cool, calm and collected!"

    The 39-year-old, who has two other children, explained that once in the delivery room, "They numbed me up, gave me some morphine and opened me up."

    But things didn't work out as planned. "My doctor struggled to get him out because he was really wedged in there and not quite ready to leave the womb. When she finally pulled him out at exactly 12:33pm he didn’t start breathing and they worked quickly to get oxygen in him and start his tiny lungs," she wrote. "@joshbkelley was standing with them when he finally took his first breath."

    Flash forward a year later and Heigl says her baby boy is filled with so much life she says she can barely remember the early days.

    "Here we are, a whole year later and it’s only the photos that remind me my brute of a boy was ever so new and small! Now he’s 26 pounds of rolling, tumbling, grasping, giggling, shouting, curious, jolly energy!"

    The doting mom continued, "He is everything and more than I could have hoped for and he has brought our family even more joy, love, laughter, abundance, bliss and yes, exhaustion and exasperation too! It’s been a hell of a year and I could not be more grateful for it or him! Happy Birthday to my little man! Maybe I can make this next year go a little slower!"

    Grey's Anatomy: Ellen Pompeo Poised to Direct Pivotal Alex Episode

    (12/16/17) That noise you hear is Grey’s Anatomy dusting off Ellen Pompeo‘s director’s chair.

    TVLine has learned exclusively that Pompeo is poised to step behind the camera later this season to direct another episode of the long-running ABC drama. This will mark the actress’ second Grey’s directing stint; she helmed last season’s 18th episode, “Be Still, My Soul,” which revolved around the death of Maggie’s (Kelly McCreary) mother.

    Pompeo’s latest directing effort may prove to be equally as heavy.

    Although the script is still being finalized and therefore is subject to change, sources tell TVLine that a portion of the episode will flash back to Alex’s (Justin Chambers) turbulent teenage years. Per Grey’s canon, Alex spent much of his childhood coping with a drug-addict father and schizophrenic mother (the latter of whom he had committed). He made his way through more than a dozen foster homes, spent time in juvenile detention and lost his virginity to a nurse at his high school at 15. Suffice it to say, the episode will have no shortage of ground to cover.

    Producers are looking to bring in a different actor to play Young Alex.

    Pompeo is slated to begin work on the episode in January, with an air date likely falling in March/April. Grey’s is set to resume its current 14th season on Jan. 18.

    Roseanne Revival Gets Premiere Date on ABC — Watch Season 10 Teaser

    (12/16/17) (Video) ABC has firmed up plans for its return trip to Lanford.

    The network on Friday announced that its highly anticipated Roseanne revival will kick off with a special one-hour premiere on Tuesday, March 27 at 8/7c. It will then continue airing Tuesdays at 8, with current time slot occupant The Middle shifting to 8:30 pm as of April 3.

    Per the official network synopsis, Roseanne Season 10 “will explore life, death and everything in between through the relatable, hilarious and brutally honest lens of the Conner household. With the inimitable Roseanne at its epicenter, fresh stories that tackle today’s issues and even more laughs from a brilliant cast and crew that haven’t missed a beat, audiences old and new will celebrate the homecoming of America’s favorite working-class family.”

    All of the original cast is on board for the nine-episode revival. Returning series regulars include Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Lecy Goranson (Becky No. 1), Michael Fishman (D.J.) and Sarah Chalke (Becky No. 2, who will appear in a new role). Joining them are Shameless‘ Emma Kenney (as David and Darlene’s daughter Harris) and newcomers Ames McNamara (as Harris’ younger brother Mark) and Jayden Rey (as D.J.’s daughter Mary).

    Guest stars include Johnny Galecki (David), Estelle Parsons (Beverly), Natalie West (Crystal), Sandra Bernhard (Nancy), James Pickens Jr. (Chuck) and Adilah Barnes (Anne Marie).

    Grey's Anatomy's Jason George Breaks Down How His Still-Untitled Spinoff Will Crossover With the ABC Hit

    (12/8/17) Get ready for plenty of crossover goodness when Grey's Anatomy's still-untitled spinoff finally debuts this spring, Shondaland fans!

    When the Seattle firehouse-set series hits the air, after introducing at least one of its characters in an upcoming episode of the mothership, you can look forward to plenty of cross-pollination courtesy of Jason George's Ben Warren and his deep connections in both worlds. After all, his wife and all his pals will still be working at Grey Sloan Memorial, a hospital that the first responders at his new firehouse will no doubt be tasked with delivering victims to. And unlike Grey's' first spinoff, the L.A.-set Private Practice, not all crossovers will be big tentpole events. (Although you can certainly look forward to those too.)

    "My understanding is, Ben will be popping up in Grey's Anatomy some and some of your favorite Grey's Anatomy folks will be popping up in the spin-off," George explained to Entertainment Weekly. "When it was Private Practice, the show was located in Los Angeles, so by definition, it had to be an event when they came up to Seattle or vice versa. This one can be an event, but it also doesn't have to be. The fun part is, the writers have an embarrassment of riches, they can play it any way they want it at any given time. They could have a mega event that goes across both shows, or they could just drop off a person for a little bit and go have a beer. 'Hey Avery, this is my friend from the firehouse.'"

    While nothing is set in stone yet, showrunner Stacy McKee admitted to the magazine that keeping the stories on both shows interwoven shouldn't be all that difficult. "We're throwing every idea against the wall, and it's like spaghetti, we'll see what sticks. What's fantastic about this show is because it's Grey's Anatomy-adjacent, there's the potential for things to connect really, really easily," she said. "This show takes place in a Seattle fire station that could, in theory, be just a few blocks down from Grey Sloan Memorial. Plus, I know all the writers over at Grey's and vice versa, so it'll be a very symbiotic relationship."

    Of course, before we can get there, the show needs to get off the ground, with Ben officially switching jobs and switching shows. Before the spinoff premieres, fans will get a mini-introduction to the firefighting world when spinoff star Jaina Lee Ortiz, who will be playing Andy Herrera, stops by. "It's going to be such a fun, fantastic introduction to her character," McKee teased. "It will also showcase a really lovely story for Ben, where we get to just juxtapose his two worlds and see his reaction as he transitions from one world to the next. We're actually shooting it right now. It's going to be so good."

    And if you're worried about what Ben's decision to leave the hospital might mean for his marriage to Bailey (Chandra Wilson), especially after seeing her initial reaction to hearing the news, well, there's good news and bad news. The bad? George admitted that the true fallout in his marriage is still being hammered out. "They told me, 'Well, you're probably right to be concerned, because I'm sure Bailey is going to be concerned,' so I think we're still in the middle of working out what that means. I'm as much a fan of the show as anybody, so I'm figuring it out myself," he said. "This goes one of two ways—either it stresses them out, perhaps breaks them, or they find a way to work through it."

    And the good news? These words from McKee on the matter: "I don't think anyone should feel hopeless."

    Do you think Ben and Bailey can make this work? Or are you worried about them? And who from Grey's are you hoping to see crossover first? Sound off in the comments below!

    Grey's Anatomy returns on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m., while the spinoff will debut sometime in the spring, on ABC.

    Grey's Anatomy's Giacomo Gianniotti Is Engaged

    (11/26/17) We were introduced to this new Grey's Anatomy hottie just two years ago and he's already set to be officially off the market!

    Italian-Canadian actor Giacomo Gianniotti, who plays Dr. Andrew DeLuca, proposed to his girlfriend Nichole on Saturday over Thanksgiving weekend.

    "She said yes..." he wrote on Instagram on Sunday, alongside a photo of the two kissing. "I am truly one lucky guy, and I wouldn't rather be walking down this crazy road of life with anyone else. I love you. Thank you."

    He then repeated his comments in Italian, writing, "Mi ha detto di sì... Sono veramente fortunato. E non vorrei caminare giù la strada della vita con nessun altro che te. Ti amo. Grazie."

    Nichole, a makeup artist, shared the same photo as well as another pic of the two on her Instagram page. She also posted a photo of her engagement ring—which appears to be a radiant-cut diamond halo with an eternity band.

    "Yesterday my best friend asked me to marry him in the most romantic way, a day reliving our love," she wrote. "We are thrilled. I wouldn't want to do this life with anyone else. I love you baby and can't wait to be your wife...This man has showed me what true love is. What a dream come true, pinch me."

    She also posted on her Instagram Stories feed a video of a room and wooden deck containing hundreds of red rose petals from his proposal.

    "I'm sweeping up all the rose petals from yesterday," she said. "It all feels like such a dream come true. My best friend asked me to marry him and we couldn't be happier."

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ showrunner skewers Brett Ratner’s defenders

    (11/23/17) The showrunner for hit ABC series “Grey’s Anatomy” has skewered those who’ve come to the defense of embattled Brett Ratner over charges of sexual harassment in Hollywood.

    Writes Krista Vernoff in the Hollywood Reporter: “This past weekend, another article came out in the Los Angeles Times elucidating yet another barrage of awful and viscerally descriptive sexual abuse allegations against producer Brett Ratner … And, of course, along with the barrage of accusations came the inevitable denials.”

    She adds, “The denials read as so absurd to me that they reminded me of that old ‘Billy Madison’ quote, ‘Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard … Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points and may God have mercy on your soul.’”

    She then offers a “point-by-point rebuttal of this latest round of defenses and denials.”

    In a Nov. 1 LA Times piece, six women accused Ratner of sexual harassment, and a Nov. 19 article was titled, “Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner face new allegations of sexual misconduct,” which both denied.

    Of allegations of misconduct at Ratner’s home Hilhaven Lodge, his attorney told the LA Times that “does not square with the fact that there are regularly many other people around to whom someone could voice a complaint if something objectionable was allegedly taking place.”

    Vernoff writes of that denial, “LOL. No, seriously. LOLOLOL. This one is just too absurd. If I didn’t laugh and choke on my coffee, I might have to scream.”

    Ratner’s rep did not get back to us.

    Grey's Anatomy Stars Defend 'Jaggie,' Hint at a 'Real Hard Left Turn' Coming

    (11/23/17) If anyone is going to have a harder time than the audience accepting the pairing of Grey’s Anatomy stepsiblings Jackson and Maggie, it’s her father, Richard. How will he react when he finds out about their growing interest in one another? “I’m trying not to think about that!” portrayer James Pickens Jr. told TVLine at the ABC drama’s recent 300th-episode celebration. “Leave it to Shonda [Rhimes, the series’ creator].

    “I don’t want to divulge [too much],” he added, “but I think she’s setting it up to make a real hard left turn with this thing here.”

    No matter the direction in which the show takes Jackson and Maggie’s flirtation, the actor hastened to reinforce that, although Richard and Catherine are married, their kids are not brother and sister. “Fans have to keep remembering that,” he said. “They’re not blood-related, so there’s nothing incestuous about it. It’s just that the dynamic is funny. It’s almost like double jeopardy or something.”

    Whatever it is, Maggie is struggling with it, too. “It’s a lot for her to digest,” Kelly McCreary admitted at the same event. “She and Jackson just met, really. They’re still getting to know each other.”

    However, she suspects that the would-be couple has what it takes to win over not only each other but viewers as well. “Historically, the most beloved relationships on Grey’s are the ones where the characters really challenge each other and push each other’s buttons, and they always come back to the love,” she suggested. “Those are the relationships that people are the most invested in. So if Jackson and Maggie can find a way to help each other be the best people and doctors and, in Jackson’s case, parent, I think the audience will root for them.”

    Sara Ramirez Has No Regrets Leaving Grey's Anatomy, Says It Was 'Absolutely' the Right Decision

    (11/19/17) Sara Ramirez has a total of zero regrets about her decision to leave Grey’s Anatomy last year after more than a decade of playing Callie.

    In a new interview with, the actress — who returns to TV tonight via a series-regular gig on CBS’ Madam Secretary (10/9c, CBS) — said her choice to move on was “absolutely” the right one, calling her post-Grey’s hiatus “a really full year-and-a-half” that allowed her to take “a step back from the industry… and get even more clear about things that are important to me.”

    Asked whether she’d be open to slipping back into Callie’s medical scrubs at some point in the future, Ramirez told the site, “When [series creator] Shonda [Rhimes] and I last spoke, we agreed to keep the conversations going, and she knows I’m open to keeping those conversations going.”

    Back in August, Grey’s exec producer/director Debbie Allen told TVLine that there were “no plans at the moment” for Callie to resurface, adding, “We love her and we miss her, [but] there’s been no discussion of it.”

    Ratings: S.W.A.T. Goes Fractional in Week 3, Young Sheldon Still Strong

    (11/17/17) CBS’ S.W.A.T. this Thursday drew 6.2 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, dipping in both measures for a second straight week since its premiere. Because someone will ask: Pure Genius at this time last season was doing 5.5 mil and a 0.9 in the time slot.

    Of the Eye’s sitcom offerings, Big Bang Theory (13.2 mil/2.6), Young Sheldon (11.7 mil/2.1), Mom (8.5 mil/1.4) and Life in Pieces (6.4 mil/1.1) each dipped just a bit.


    ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (7.5 mil/1.8) dipped a tenth, while Scandal (5 mil/1.1) and HTGAWM (3.7 mil/0.9) were steady. Versus last year’s fall finales, Grey’s and HTGAWM were respectively down 18 and 36 percent in the demo. (Scandal didn’t premiere until midseason.)

    THE CW | Supernatural (1.87 mil/0.6) and Arrow (1.3 mil/0.5) were steady.

    FOX | Gotham (2.66 mil/0.9) was steady, while the already-renewed The Orville (3.3 mil/0.9) tied series lows.

    NBC | Thursday Night Football (10 mil/2.8) is up about 13 percent from last week’s fast nationals.

    Grey's Anatomy Fall Finale Recap: Yes, They Tried Turning It Off and Back On

    (11/16/17) ( Call it a life-and-death hack. In Grey’s Anatomy’s fall finale Thursday, the hospital’s computer system was hijacked, resulting in problems far bigger than I.T. could solve. How did Bailey manage to keep Grey Sloan running when her team couldn’t so much as get an X-ray taken? Did she keep it running? And what ended up being the cliffhanger that director Kevin McKidd promised? Read on and find out!

    ‘WHY IS EVERYBODY DYING?!?’ | Early on in “Out of Nowhere,” Meredith was enduring a post-Harper Averys-win interview and lamenting the fact that her newfound fame was cutting into her surgical time; Jo was trying (and, Alex said, failing) to sound like Bailey in a chief-resident practice speech; DeLuca and Sam were doing what apparently they always do; and Carina, Owen and Arizona were “enjoying” an elevator ride that April couldn’t help but label “awkward.” While Ben continued to train to be a firefighter, Bailey asked Richard to run her surgical contest so that she’d have a chance to win it. He agreed to do it on one condition: She reveal the identity of the anonymous donor. “Aretha Franklin,” she lied. In spite of that, he still agreed to do it. As for the intern pairings: Meredith took Levi along as she treated a woman with an enlarged spleen; Jackson and Maggie had Casey on board as they looked after an elderly man; and Taryn rode shotgun as Jo and Alex cared for a kid with what he called “sick-blood disease” and a mom who he admitted was crushing on Karev. And it was all pretty much just another day at the office until computer glitches resulted in every patient in the E.R. giving the impression that they were flatlining. (Hilariously, Sam zapped one poor guy with EKG paddles when he’d only been napping!)

    ‘ARE WE SUPPOSED TO COMMUNICATE VIA CARRIER PIGEON?’ | After Bailey OK’d Carina to pitch in to help in peds — much to Arizona’s chagrin — technical glitches spread throughout Grey Sloan. No sooner had Robbins advised I.T. guy Tim not to suggest the classic turn it off/turn it on fix than a message popped up on Bailey’s monitor — as well as everyone else’s — stating that “we” were now in control of Grey Sloan, its systems, its records, the works. To regain access, an encryption key was needed. The ransom? Almost 5,000 Bitcoins. If the hospital didn’t pony up, their whole system would be destroyed. When the doctors freaked out on Bailey, she instructed them to keep calm and keep their patients in the dark. Which, of course, was going to be a helluva lot harder once the FBI arrived en masse. The head Fed ordered Bailey to have every computer in the place powered down. In turn, Richard instructed the docs to carry around paper charts and communicate via cell. Like in the Stone Age, April cracked. While Meredith was operating on the spleen lady, a remark of Levi’s regarding computer viruses made her think that hmm, maybe she shouldn’t be using a digital camera in the operation. Nonetheless, she carried on with the procedure without changing her technique.

    ‘WE’RE NOT GONNA LET YOU PAY THIS’ | While Owen and Dahlia attempted to rush their patient to the head of the looong line for the one working CT scanner, the head Fed off the record admitted that yeah, Grey Sloan’s only chance of getting back up and running was to pay the ransom. Richard was all, “Fine, I’ll write a check”… until he found out that in real money the ransom was actually about $20 million. Normally, a hacker only asks for an amount they think the hacked can pay, the Fed said. It’s because they just announced the contest, Bailey deduced, roping in Jackson to pony up. One problem: The Feds wouldn’t let them pay. If they did, every hospital in the world would find itself in the same situation. When Carina had trouble with a patient who wanted drugs that couldn’t be ordered without a computer, she called in Arizona to try to soothe her. Throughout the crisis, Richard delighted in showing the young whippersnappers how well his old-school techniques still worked. What wasn’t working so well was Levi, who panicked when the lights briefly went out and left the sterile zone when hello, Mer needed the assist (yes, even his).

    ‘I NEED BLOOD!’ | Trying to get plasma for Mer’s patient, Levi discovered that the code to get into the blood bank had been changed by the hackers. “You’ve got this!” Levi still told Grey in the O.R., as if his reassurance would make any difference. On the plus side, he was the blood type that Mer needed to give her patient. As Carina and Arizona’s patient attempted to leave to go to a hospital that wasn’t celebrating pioneer days, her baby started making her grand entrance. Robbins, by the hardest, calmed the woman enough for her to give birth right there in the hallway. Afterwards, Arizona admitted that she and Carina had made a good team. “I’ve missed you,” they admitted to one another, and Carina clarified that her romps with Owen were just fun. Transferring their elderly patient to another hospital via helicopter, Jackson and Maggie were circling their feelings when the chopper hit turbulence and the old fella’s IV came out, squirting blood all over them. While Bailey decided that, whether it got her arrested, she was phoning “Aretha Franklin” to pay the ransom — too bad Jackson’s cell was blood-spattered on the chopper floor! — Alex and Jo were trying to find the nurse who administered their young patient’s morning meds so they could figure out what they could safely give him to keep him from having another stroke. Along the way, his condition got so much worse that he asked Karev to marry his mom if he died. At last, Jo had just found out what Alex shouldn’t give the boy when Karev was preparing to administer exactly that drug. As she raced back to the kid’s room, she ran smack into — OMG — her abusive ex, Paul (Matthew Morrison)!

    Jesse Williams Will Get Overnight Visits with His Kids

    (11/16/17) Jesse Williams scored a victory in his child custody dispute with his estranged wife, Aryn Drake-Lee -- he's going to begin having overnight visits with his kids.

    According to a new order in the case, Jesse will get their kids overnight if his scheduled visit with them falls on a weekend. In other words, Friday and Saturday night PJ parties at Dad's place!

    In the docs, the exes also spell out a bunch of other terms:

    - No Uber or Lyft rides for the kids.

    - Both parents must child-proof their homes.

    - Both parents have to make sure the kids wear helmets while skateboarding or riding bikes and scooters.

    Madam Secretary Video: Sara Ramirez Makes Her Distinctive D.C. Debut

    (11/16/17) (Video) When Sara Ramirez shows up as D.C. insider Kat Sandoval in this Sunday’s Madam Secretary (CBS, 10/9c), she’s got a very important message for Téa Leoni’s Elizabeth McCord: Do as I say, not as I do.

    So when Elizabeth waxes romantic about following Kat’s example and retiring from politics in order to run an avocado farm, a look of horror crosses the former political strategist’s face.

    “You are doing what so many of us wanted to do for years,” Kat fangirls in the exclusive clip above, citing Dalton’s foreign policy pivot as a feather in the Secretary of State’s cap. “A lot of people worked together to make that happen,” Elizabeth notes humbly. (Don’t worry, Jay is there to be her cheerleader.)

    “Stay in the game as long as you can,” Kat advises, adding that she’s happy to be retired, knowing that the country is in Secretary McCord’s hands. (But given that Ramirez recently signed on to the political drama as a series regular, we don’t think we’re being too presumptuous in guessing that the avocado farm is going to go untended in the very near future.)

    Grey's Boss on That Split: 'Don't Think for a Minute Their Love Story Is Over'

    (11/15/17) ()"> Fling-happy Grey’s Anatomy knows its way around hit-and-run romances, so it’s saying something that we suffered a severe case of whiplash when the show pulled Arizona and Carina (new cast member Stefania Spampinato) apart so soon after pairing them up. And as if to remove any and all ambiguity about the permanence of the breakup, Grey’s immediately sent Carina into the suddenly single arms of Owen. Well, according to co-showrunner Krista Vernoff, the end of Arizona and Carina’s affair is actually just the beginning of a longer, more complicated story arc for the characters.

    “Carina’s not over Arizona,” Vernoff maintains to TVLine ahead of Thursday’s fall finale (8/7c, ABC). “People have commitment issues in the world and Arizona happens to be one of those people. And Carina also happens to be one of those people. And there’s a lot of fun to be had looking at that down the line. But don’t think for a minute that love story is over.”

    Regarding Carina’s dalliance with Owen, Vernoff notes, “Carina is bisexual. I think it’s important for network television to recognize that bisexuality exists. And Arizona broke up with Carina before Carina moved on with Owen, which I also thought was important to make clear.”

    For her part, Jessica Capshaw admits she’s not in any rush to see her alter ego settle down. “You’ve seen her married and you’ve seen her go through a lot of really challenging circumstances,” the actress shares, “so the idea of [her] being in flirty, ephemeral relationships might be fun.”

    Grey's Anatomy's Jason George Talks Ben and Bailey: 'Nothing Lasts Forever'

    (11/12/17) ( It was just a couple of months ago that Grey’s Anatomy’s Jason George was telling TVLine that Ben and Bailey were the kind of marrieds who “work it out no matter what.” But as the time drew nearer for his character to cross over to the ABC drama’s upcoming firefighters spinoff, his outlook was beginning to change. Now, a breakup seems like “a genuine possibility,” he admitted at the show’s recent 300th-episode blowout. “Nothing lasts forever.”

    In spite of the risk to his relationship — not to mention the risk to his own physical well-being! — Ben remains determined to give up his promising medical career to saves lives in burning buildings instead of in the O.R. Uh, why? “You know what I honestly think it is? I think it scares the hell out of him,” George suggested. “I think we established in [Season 13’s ‘Ring of Fire’] that Ben was definitely afraid of fire, yet he ran into a fire. He is an adrenaline junkie.

    “A lot of really successful people,” he adds, “have said they just went charging at the thing that scared them the most.”

    Which, in Ben’s immediate future, might just be his wife. As we’ve already seen starting, “it’s going to get hot” between the couple, the actor summed up with a laugh. “Best-case scenario is, it gets real hot, and that’s meant both for the pun and about their relationship. That’s as good as Ben can hope for.”

    Grey's Anatomy 300th Ep Burning Qs: EP Krista Vernoff on MIA Addison, Izzie Tribute and That 'Devastating' Gaffe

    (11/10/17) ( Grey’s Anatomy aired its landmark 300th episode Thursday night (read our recap), and, coincidentally, that also happens to be the number of questions we were left with at the conclusion of the nostalgic hour. Luckily, co-showrunner Krista Vernoff — who also penned the satisfying installment — agreed to hop on the phone with TVLine to tackle a dozen of the biggest head-scratchers.

    TVLINE | I want to start at the end with that really great Ellis cameo, which would have packed a bigger emotional punch had her name not appeared in the opening credits.

    [Heavy Sigh] Listen…

    TVLINE | I know this is, at the end of the day, a business, and I’m sure there was some contractual reason she had to get name-checked like that. But I feel like this could’ve been considered a special, extenuating circumstance, no?

    I’m not going to lie — I was devastated when I saw her name in the opening credits. I didn’t spot it until the crew screening Thursday afternoon. And I actually started to cry. It’s one of those things that slips through the showrunning cracks. You are doing 1 million things on any given day and you think everybody knows that Kate Burton shouldn’t be credited on this episode. Everybody knows that this is the biggest surprise of the episode, and you assume that they would’ve made a deal with her that allows it to be an uncredited cameo. Mike, it never even occurred to me that I needed to have that conversation. You have nailed the one thing that broke my heart.

    TVLINE | And it was too late at that point to change it for that night’s airing?

    Oh, yes. By the time I saw the credits it was 3:30 pm in Los Angeles. It takes them days to burn the episodes that the affiliates are screening. There’s no opening the show back up on the same day.

    TVLINE | The episode leaned heavily into the show’s history, but it did so without the use of a single flashback. Did you feel like it wasn’t necessary since you had the doppelgangers?

    What I said to Shonda [Rhimes] when I pitched her this episode was, “I want to find a way for the 300th episode to do a clip show without actually doing a clip show.” And I feel like we did it. I feel like the level of nostalgia was really high.

    TVLINE | Was there ever any talk of having more than just Kate pop in? Surely, Sandra Oh would’ve agreed to contribute a voiceover in the scene at the end where Cristina Calls Meredith.

    Oh, believe me, a lot of asks were made. People are busy. [Laughs]

    TVLINE | Nearly every major character got a shout-out except Addison. Any particular reason she was left out?

    I love the character of Addison. And I love Kate Walsh. What I focused on were the original cast members and the characters who died, because the theme was the ghosts of our past. And Addison didn’t [fall into either] category. But I do wish that I had found a way to name her. I regret that I didn’t.

    TVLINE | I feel like there’s a Kate Walsh guest arc coming up. We haven’t seen Addison in a while….

    I mean I love that idea. Can you call her? [Laughs]

    TVLINE | I’ll get right on it. Any trepidation about doing an episode like that knowing it would only make longtime fans wish Cristina, Callie were still on the show?

    Of course. That is the needle that you are threading. Can I pay tribute to the originals and remember the beauty of them without actually showing them… or will the fans feel betrayed in some way. And I believe that we were successful. I was following Twitter last night and I was kind of amazed at how few negative comments there were. And I think the reason is we allowed the patients to be patients and we focused on our characters’ memories. We didn’t try to say these doppelgangers were just like the originals. In fact, we had them say, “We aren’t your friends!”

    TVLINE | Alex said he doesn’t need to see Izzie again, but I kind of do. I’m going to beat an old drum here and say it would be really nice to bring Katherine Heigl back in for a few episodes to bring closure to Alex/Izzie. Do you feel like there is unfinished business?

    I think television has an important responsibility and opportunity to help people walk through the various experiences of their lives by giving them an opportunity to see those experiences depicted on television. And one of the realities of life is sometimes you don’t get to know what happened to somebody that you love. Sometimes they move on and you have to grieve them in your own time and in your own way and by making up a story about what you hoped happened to them and invest in that. There were great loves in my life who I don’t have any idea if they are alive or if they are dead or what they are doing now. I think it’s super important to not tie up every loose end with a bow. Life doesn’t get tied up with a bow.

    TVLINE | How was Meredith suddenly eligible for the Harper Avery Award, when a conflict of interest was previously established due to that foundation’s funding of Grey Sloan?

    [Laughs] There was dialogue that referenced that in Episode 6 and somehow it fell out. [Basically], there was a change in the rules. I think it had something to do with the death of Harper Avery and there was a change in the rules.

    TVLINE | Going back to the big Ellis cameo, I kind of feel like that was a series finale moment. Was there any discussion of keeping that in your back pocket for eventual final episode?

    No. As a matter of fact Shonda pitched it. Shonda came to the table read and turned to me with basically one note: “Get Kate Burton to stand in that gallery and clap.” And I burst into tears when I said it [because] actually bringing the actress in is not cheap. Budgetary realities are real on this show. And bringing in an actress to stand in one scene and clap was exactly the right move. I love that it felt like a series finale moment, because 300 episodes — that is epic. That is so rare. It’s such a big deal.

    Ratings: Grey's Anatomy Ticks Up With Episode 300, S.W.A.T. Dips in Week 2

    (11/10/17) The 300th episode of a little show called Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday night drew 8.1 million total viewers and a 1.9 rating, ticking up 10 percent (to its largest audience since Feb. 9) and a tenth in the demo.

    Leading out of that, Scandal (5 mil/1.1) and HTGAWM (3.7 mil/0.9) were flat.


    CBS | Big Bang Theory (13.6 mil/2.7), Young Sheldon (12.3 mil/2.2) and Life in Pieces (6.6 mil.1.2) were steady and Mom (8.8 mil/1.5) ticked up, but S.W.A.T. (6.6 mil/1.0) dipped a tenth in Week 2.

    FOX | Gotham (2.7 mil/0.9) and The Orville (3.66 mil/1.0) were steady.

    THE CW | Supernatural (1.74 mil/0.6) and Arrow (1.33 mil/0.5) were steady.

    NBC | Thursday Night Football coverage (8.8 mil/2.5) is up 9 and 14 percent from the fast nationals for CBS’ final 2017 telecast.

    Grey's Anatomy 300th Episode Recap: Seems Like Old Times

    (11/9/17) ( Although the carousel never stops turning, there’s no telling what a rickety old roller coaster might do. In Thursday’s milestone 300th episode of Grey’s Anatomy, a car from a ride at a county fair goes flying off the rails into the crowd, turning loose on Grey Sloan not just a bunch of injured patients but also memories of the doctors that they reminded their caregivers of. Ready to take the nostalgia trip? Read on.

    ‘I THINK I’M HALLUCINATING’ | As “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story” began, Amelia stopped by the home she used to share with Owen to pick up something she left behind and got more than she bargained for: a gander at her soon-to-be-ex-husband cooking with Carina. Naked. So yeah, as Amelia wryly suggested, maybe she should go ahead and give those house keys back to Owen. Meanwhile, Bailey was so mad at Ben, who’d told her about his plan to become a firefighter, that she insisted on taking public transportation to work rather than ride with her husband. At Grey Sloan, the new interns were talking about how exhausted they were when pagers went off, and they all went running. Except for Levi, who needed to be awakened. Alex was telling Mer that she was most definitely taking the flight to win her Harper Avery Award that day when the interns went dashing by in anticipation of an influx of patients from the roller-coaster accident. Among the first to arrive were second-year residents Cleo and Greg, who immediately struck Meredith as doppelgängers for a young Cristina and George. Poor Greg was not only still stuck in the crushed roller-coaster car — paramedics didn’t dare try to remove him for fear of unstable pressure injuries — he was stuck in it with Cleo, whose bark we could only hope was worse than her bite. Before we cut to the original Grey’s theme music, they were joined by — seriously? — a pregnant blonde named Liza who Alex admitted to Jo was a dead ringer for Izzie.

    ‘WE ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS!’ | When Jackson asked Bailey how far she’d gotten with her version of the Harper Averys, she lashed out at him for having been sitting on Ben’s secret when he asked her to start the awards. Nearby, Cleo objected strenuously to Mer & Co. gaping at her and Greg, whose condition took a turn for the worse when he was removed from the roller-coaster car, as if they were their old friends. That is, until she found out that the Grey who was working on Greg was the Grey who was up for a Harper Avery. Shortly, it was revealed that Cleo had a dreadful puncture wound. Which was good news for Mer — it meant she’d surely miss the Harper Averys. Not so hot for Cleo, who freaked and decided, on second thought, it was OK if Grey saw Cristina in her. “I want to grow up to be you,” Cleo said, “so save me like I’m your friend.” Elsewhere, Arizona discovered that Liza had a tumor on her placenta. Scared and alone, since her birthing coach Greg was out of commission, she asked — naturally — Alex to stay with her while she underwent surgery. After explaining to Greg his condition, Bailey burst into tears. Richard assumed that it was because he reminded her so much of George. But no, she insisted, it was marital rage. Mid-conversation, they were interrupted by the sound of banging coming from the supply closet — DeLuca and Sam getting “reacquainted,” their tumultuous past be damned. Afterward, Carina tsk-tsk’d her brother and called him still an “innocent bambino.”

    ‘I COULD PICK YOU UP AND THROW YOU OUT A WINDOW’ | Later, Amelia lit into Owen for skipping a head CT on her patient, then brought the CT equipment into the O.R. during his operation to get it done then and there. Owen thought she was just being overly cautious because her brother had died under similar circumstances. That was true, but it didn’t mean that she wasn’t right — the patient needed brain surgery, stat. So, in a way, Derek, through his tragic end, had saved yet another life. Operating on Cleo, Mer admitted to April how desperately she wanted to win the Harper Avery. Ironically, the only person who’d understand how desperately she wanted to win it was Cristina, whose young lookalike they were trying to save. At the same time, Arizona distracted Liza from her (successful) emergency C-section by remembering Mark and imagining the advice he would have given her about Sofia’s imminent return. After putting the baby in Liza’s arms, Alex, affected, had to leave the room. Call Izzie if you want to know how she is, Jo sweetly told him. But he didn’t need to. He’d imagined a whole life for her in which she was as happy as he was with Jo. “When I picture her,” he said, “she’s always smiling.”

    ‘CONGRATS, MEREDITH’ | As the hour drew to a close, Bailey accused Ben of having commitment issues since he’d changed career direction so many times. In turn, he argued that he had to try this new goal while he was young enough, so that he wouldn’t be haunted by the ghost of the man he could have been. Since Mer didn’t make it to the Harper Averys, Richard & Co. brought them to her — allowing her to watch on a monitor in the O.R. surrounded by her family, friends and colleagues as Catherine announced that she was the winner. Accepting for Grey, Jackson acknowledged the losses that Mer had suffered — Ellis, Lexie, Derek — and the way that she turned those heartbreaks into drive. Mer even envisioned her mom applauding with Maggie and Zola in the gallery after Jackson’s speech. At Arizona’s, no sooner had Sofia walked through the door than she was saying she missed Callie (whose picture with baby Sofia and Mark was displayed prominently on the wall). Back at Grey Sloan, Sam admitted to DeLuca that yeah, they were bad for each other. And once again, they started going at it. Owen insisted to Mer that she didn’t see Cleo’s resemblance to Yang. Then again, he said, “there’s no one like Cristina.” Speaking of whom, she phoned Mer just as Alex was popping the cork on the champagne with which they were about to celebrate her victory.

    Grey's Co-Stars Talk Owen and Carina, a Cristina Comeback and the Fun of 'Practicing Not Being Married'

    (11/9/17) ( No one could blame Grey’s Anatomy viewers if they asked to be prescribed mild sedatives after last Thursday’s episode found both Owen and Amelia falling into out-of-left-field hookups — the former with Arizona’s latest love, Carina; the latter, with her mentor, Koracick. But what do the dalliances mean for the separated couple? “I think they’re just practicing not being married people,” Caterina Scorsone told TVLine at the ABC drama’s recent 300th-episode bash. “They’re trying to just break the seal.”

    For Owen, the romp with Carina — which promos have revealed continues in Thursday’s milestone installment (8/7c) — is also about letting go of the idea that he has to be a husband and a father. “He doesn’t really know where his life is headed,” said Kevin McKidd at the same event. “And then this incredible OB shows up and basically makes out with him. He was just kind of knocked off his feet, really.”

    Even his soon-to-ex-wife wouldn’t begrudge him a little fun. On the contrary, notes Scorsone, both Owen and Amelia have “been mired in tragedy for so long that they just want to shake it off — so they are!”

    Down the road, anything could happen. If Owen gets serious with someone again, “it could be Teddy,” McKidd suggested. Or “Cristina could come back. That could happen. But [my gut says] that the story of Owen and Amelia isn’t over, truly. I think they did the right thing by going, ‘This tumor means we need to go back to zero and see what we are.’

    “So I’ve got a weird feeling,” he adds, “that them breaking up has given them the best shot at a future” together.

    Whether a full-fledged reunion is in the cards, Scorsone could easily imagine the duo hitting the sheets some more. “A friends-with-benefits situation — I could see that,” she admitted, adding with a laugh, “I mean, he’s not bad-looking!”

    Designated Survivor Stages 24 Reunion: Kim Raver Set for Big Season 2 Arc

    (11/9/17) It’s the Jack-Audrey reunion 24 fans never thought they’d see: Kim Raver is returning to Kiefer Sutherland’s orbit with a major arc on ABC’s Designated Survivor, TVLine has learned exclusively. The casting comes just weeks after word leaked that the sophomore series’ current leading lady, Natascha McElhone, will exit at midseason.

    According to sources, Raver will play Andrea Frost, a wunderkind engineer and entrepreneur whose company, Apache Aerospace, is at the apex of high-tech industry. Frost is a woman with unshrinking confidence and vision — an Elon Musk-type with a philosophy about business and government that is sure to challenge the old ways that she’s made a career of breaking through.

    On 24, Raver’s Audrey Raines and Sutherland’s Jack Bauer were on-again/off-again lovers for three seasons (4-6), before reuniting in 2014’s limited series 24: Live Another Day, which culminated in [SPOILER ALERT] Audrey’s tragic death.

    Raver’s been busy of late. In addition to a recent arc on Showtime’s Ray Donovan, the actress just wrapped a short-term return to Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Teddy Altman. There had been speculation that the comeback stint could become more permanent — a rumor Raver “politely declined” to address when TVLine caught up with her at last week’s Grey’s 300th episode soiree. She did, however, share that she’d “100 percent” jump at the chance to rejoin the show’s series-regular ranks. “I love being part of this company,” she gushed. “I love working with Shonda Rhimes. I love working with the cast. Literally for me it’s definitely home. I feel fortunate enough to be able to go off and join other companies, but every time I come back to Grey’s it’s really like being home.”

    The Brave: James Tupper Set for Arc Opposite Wife Anne Heche

    (11/9/17) It’s the (sorta) Men in Trees revival we always wanted but were afraid to ask for: James Tupper is reteaming with his sometime leading lady (and real-life wife) Anne Heche via an arc on her freshman NBC drama The Brave, TVLine has learned exclusively.

    Tupper will play Alex Hoffman, a brilliant CIA field officer who in the past formed a partnership of opportunity with Heche’s Patricia as they rose through the ranks together. The two reconnect after years apart when Hoffman finds himself at the center of a crisis that threatens global security.

    In addition to their work on ABC’s late, underrated Men in Trees, Tupper and Heche more recently played a married couple in Syfy’s post-apocalyptic summer series Aftermath. Tupper’s TV credits also include Revenge, Grey’s Anatomy and Big Little Lies.

    The Brave airs Mondays at 10/9c on NBC.

    Grey's Video: 'Cristina' Begs Mer to Save Her in Landmark 300th Episode

    (11/7/17) (Video) Halloween may be behind us, but Grey’s Anatomy’s doctors are still very much being haunted in Thursday’s milestone 300th episode of the ABC drama (8/7c). “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story” has “this very nostalgic feeling,” Kevin McKidd (Owen) says in the above featurette previewing the hour.

    But that might actually be putting it mildly. As you’ll see among the clips for the installment, a patient of Meredith’s — hurt when a roller-coaster car falls off the rails at a county fair — immediately reminds Grey of her much-missed person, Cristina. So, when push comes to shove and the young woman is being wheeled into surgery, she pleads with Mer to save her by any means necessary. If it’ll help, “pretend I’m your friend,” she begs.

    Also included in the preview are many of McKidd’s castmates’ thoughts on the show reaching 300 episodes, and series creator Shonda Rhimes’ take on the outing. “It feels a little bit like old Grey’s in that it’s fun and it’s funny,” she says, “and yet it still has that heart that Grey’s has.”

    Co-showrunner Krista Vernoff, who’s done a remarkable job of lightening up the drama since returning for Season 14, wrote the hour, and EP Debbie Allen (Catherine) directed.

    Ellen Pompeo Recalls James Toback Incident Where He Asked Her To “Get Naked In A Movie”

    (11/7/17) Grey’s Anatomy actress Ellen Pompeo recently shared her own stories involving James Toback and Harvey Weinstein, both of which were incidents where she was fortunate enough to walk away unharmed.

    In an interview with USA Today, she said that there was a situation where she told Toback to “go **** himself.” Pompeo said that the incident happened in a public place where she met Toback. She brought along a male friend which she said Toback didn’t appreciate.

    “The minute my friend left, he asked me if I would get naked in a movie,” said Pompeo. “And I was like, ‘Really, dude? My friend has been missing all of 30 seconds and now you say that? I kind of laughed in his face.”

    Toback has recently been accused of sexual misconduct by approximately 40 women including Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams.

    Pompeo also has a similar story involving fallen-from-grace Hollywood producer Weinstein. Like many of his other alleged victims, Pompeo met him at him at his hotel, but he didn’t try anything on her. “I was very lucky,” she said. “I escaped those clutches.”

    “Going out there and auditioning for jobs and basically having to beg men and get their approval for jobs was never fun for me,” she added. “Even though I didn’t have any terrible experiences like some of these poor girls, this is the environment and you’re aware of it. I’m very grateful in my choice to stay in my safe space.”

    Grey's Anatomy EP Previews Powerful Jo Storyline: 'We're Facing the Issue of Domestic Violence Head-On'

    (11/7/17) ( Grey’s Anatomy is making it official: Matthew Morrison will indeed be returning later this season as Jo’s abusive (and very much estranged) husband Paul, and it sounds like this time the Glee alum will be sticking around for a while.

    “Matthew is coming back as Dr. Paul Stadler and we are facing the issue of domestic violence head-on,” co-showrunner Krista Vernoff confirmed to TVLine over the weekend at the ABC drama’s 300th episode soiree in Los Angeles. The EP was quick to assure fans, however, that Morrison’s return — and the dark cloud he’ll be bringing with him — would not upend Season 14’s lighter tone.

    “I’ve talked a lot about how this season [we’re refocusing the show on] fun and joy and laughter, and my commitment has been to make sure there’s laughter in every episode — even the ones where the stories that we’re telling are quite painful and quite dark,” Vernoff explains. “And my hope is that women will come out of this story feeling empowered. I’m really proud of this story. I’m really proud of the work that we’re doing.”

    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). In last week’s episode, Jo announced her intention to finally divorce Paul — a move she (rightfully) feared would bring him back into her orbit.

    Morrison foreshadowed his Grey’s comeback over the summer when he hinted that Paul would play “a big role” this season. ABC has yet to reveal when exactly he’ll resurface on air.

    Grey's Anatomy EPs on Sudden Death of Meredith/Nathan Love Story: 'So Many Things Go Into These Decisions'

    (11/5/17) ( Grey’s Anatomy administered last rites to Meredith and Nathan’s burgeoning love story nearly two weeks ago but an official cause of death remains elusive. Why exactly did the ABC drama write out Martin Henderson just as his onscreen romance with leading lady Ellen Pompeo seemed to be catching on with viewers?

    “So many things go into decisions like that,” co-showrunner Krista Vernoff hedged Saturday night at the show’s 300th episode soiree in Los Angeles. “What I can say is I was really proud of how we told that story. I was really proud that we had a love triangle [with Meredith, Nathan and Megan] where the women continuously supported each other and nobody ever tried to tear anybody down or backstab anybody. They were rooting for each other and grateful for each other and taking care of each other.”

    Vernoff then added, “Martin is an incredible talent and that’s what I can say.”

    Series creator Shonda Rhimes was similarly cagey about Henderson’s departure and its impact on Meredith/Nathan. “Meredith is a very complex character who had the love of her life die,” she shared. “I don’t know that, for her, an epic romance is exactly what she’s looking for. I think it might come when she least expects it, but I don’t think that’s what she is looking for next. And so I kind of subscribe to the idea that a woman should be looking for something else. Mainly something for herself as opposed to basing everything on a man.”

    According to Vernoff, the “something else” Rhimes speaks of involves her day job. “Right now, Meredith is a medical superhero,” she noted. “We came into this season and I sat down with Ellen and said, ‘What stories do you want to tell?’ And Ellen said, ‘I get so many little girls who come up to me and tell me they were inspired to become doctors and surgeons because of Meredith, and I think Meredith has become a little bit of a medical superhero. I want to see that.’ So that’s what I’m writing, and I’m loving it. I’m loving how empowered Meredith is and how brilliant Meredith is and how she’s thriving despite continued heartbreak.

    “Do I think there are other kinds of happiness in store for Meredith? I think there might be,” Vernoff continued. “But I don’t think she needs them. I think she’s gotten to a place in her life where her friends and her family and her career are filling her up.”

    Ratings: Young Sheldon Stays Strong in Thursday Debut, Will & Grace Hits Lows

    (11/3/17) Young Sheldon is still putting up big boy numbers, now in its regular time slot.

    Pending adjustment due to NFL preemption, the Big Bang Theory spinoff this Thursday delivered 13.3 million total viewers and a 2.4 demo rating, down from its boffo sneak preview (17.2 mil/3.8 on Premiere Week Monday) but still placing an easy second for the night and demonstrating 90 percent retention out of its sire.

    In fact, in and of itself, Episode 2 of the prequel sitcom — which already has a full-season order — would still mark the TV season’s No. 2-rated series premiere (if one counts The Orville‘s special Sunday launch, which scored a 2.8).

    Opening the Eye’s night, Big Bang is currently showing 14.1 million total viewers and a 2.7 rating, off just a tenth from its most recent Monday outing and right on par with last season’s final Thursday telecast. Leading out of Sheldon, Mom (9.6 mil/1.8) and Life in Pieces (7.7 mil/1.5) look to be up sharply from their finales.

    S.W.A.T. debuted to 7.5 mil and a 1.3 (and an average TVLine reader grade of “B”) — an improvement over Pure Genius‘ year-ago launch (6.2 mil/1.0) in the problematic time slot while falling shy of fellow freshman SEAL Team‘s premiere numbers (9.9 mil/1.5).


    FOX | Gotham (2.72 mil/0.9) dipped to a new audience low while holding onto its demo low. The Orville (3.8 mil/1.0) slipped 10 percent and two tenths.

    THE CW | Supernatural (1.82 mil/0.6) and Arrow (1.35 mil/0.5) both held steady.

    ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (7.3 mil/1.8), Scandal (4.9 mil/1.1) and How to Get Away With Murder (3.6 mil/0.9) were all steady.

    NBC | With their fall finales, Will & Grace (5.6 mil/1.5) and Great News (2.7 mil/0.7) each slipped three tenths (with W&G hitting revival lows); Superstore (3.5 mil/1.0) and Chicago Fire (5.8 mil/1.0) were down two tenths; and The Good Place (3 mil/1.0) dipped one tenth.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Must-Sea TV

    (11/3/17) ( Just sit right back, and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip… Yep, Grey’s Anatomy set sail Thursday as Jackson took most of Grey Sloan’s menfolk “fishing” aboard his brand-spanking-new boat. Meanwhile, back at the hospital, Arizona, April and Maggie’s dull, dull workday got a whole lot more interesting when they treated a patient who… On second thought, keep reading. You’re gonna have to see it (in print) to believe it.

    ‘SHE IS A ROCK STAR, HAVEN’T YOU HEARD?’ | As “Come on Down to My Boat, Baby” began, Owen wondered aloud whether he and Amelia had made a mistake splitting up. Alas, no, she replied. But “I want us to be friends” — the real kind. That said, they decided to blame everything bad that had transpired on the brain tumor and start over as pals. Pals who’d again be colleagues since Amelia was nervously returning to work. So nervously, in fact, that she wanted Koracick to lend a hand with her first surgery. Speaking of operations, Meredith’s on Megan had gotten Grey the cover of a medical journal. Her patient du jour was one Judge Jeffrey King, who was in for a liver resection and diversion procedure (whatever those are). Since it was overall a slow-ass day at Grey Sloan — perhaps the calm before the 300th-episode storm — Arizona and April killed time swiping left and right on Tinder. Robbins was single again, she explained, because she’d broken up with Carina “by accident” — when she told her new lover that she needed space in anticipation of Sofia’s return. “So now here I am,” Arizona sighed, “swiping instead of having sex with an Italian orgasm scientist!” After dating-app beginner Maggie joined the duo, Bailey seized her cell and did a little matchmaking for her — “I don’t get to swipe!” the married doc said, pleading to have a little fun — until at last a page alerted them to an actual medical situation in need of attention: a woman who’d been trying to smuggle a gun into prison via her vajayjay! Of course, it went off in the O.R. and hit Grey Sloan’s resident hypochondriac!

    ‘DR. GREY IS CREEPING ME OUT!’ | Since Meredith was being especially nice to Jo for Alex’s sake since she couldn’t be mentioned in the medical journal — damn you, Paul! — it freaked out Wilson, who complained to Richard that Grey was treating her like a baby deer. In turn, Webber revealed that Jo was up for chief resident, which only weirded her out more. Though Judge King was iffy about signing the consent form for Mer’s surgery, Jo encouraged him to be brave rather than live what life the cancer patient had left wondering “What if… ?” When Mer checked in on him afterwards, concerned that Jo had pressured him into signing, he recalled his late wife and gave off sweet sparks that made one think, “Hmm… is he the next Nathan?” Later, Mer reassured Jo that she didn’t see her as a victim. And it appeared that Wilson was ready to go on the offensive to boot. Once the judge was out of surgery, Jo, having heard that he worked with domestic-violence cases, asked him for some legal advice. Unfortunately, he reported that there was nothing she could do to keep Paul from confronting her face to face if she filed for divorce.

    ‘WHO SAID ANYTHING ABOUT SLEEPING TOGETHER?’ | Off a random remark by Alex about how if he had as much money as Jackson did, he wouldn’t be at work, he’d be on a boat, Avery impulsively bought a boat and invited aboard Karev, Ben, Owen and DeLuca. When talk turned to sisters, with each of the guys complaining about the way that theirs drove them crazy (Ben, winning the contest: “I used to call my sister my brother”), Jackson said that he liked having a sibling. Cue the guys laughing and Ben clarifying, no, “Maggie is not your sister,” regardless of Richard and Catherine’s union. Didn’t Alex think of, say, Meredith as his sister? “No, she’s like family,” Karev said, prompting Jackson to reply, tellingly, “But you wouldn’t, like, sleep with her?” Cue more laughing, and like it or not, Jaggie is a thing. As the beer began to flow, DeLuca revealed that he needed a new place to live since Sofia was moving back to Seattle. Stay with me, said Owen (or at least so said his beer). Ben also blurted out that he was training to become a firefighter — and sshh, Miranda didn’t know.

    ‘WE ALL HAVE TO DO HARD THINGS’ | As Amelia continued to freak about her loss of her brain tumor, she admitted to Richard that she feared it had been what made her brave in surgery. No, “it’s just like sobriety,” he reassured. “You can take it one day at a time, one surgery at a time.” In the O.R., Shepherd’s patient started hemorrhaging, prompting Koracick to remark that maybe he’d cleared her to return to work too soon. (Did anyone not imagine that was a tactic to get her competitive spirit to kick in?) “I cannot believe I ever considered you a mentor,” she said. Still, his ploy worked; she got the tumor she was after. “You are still better than me,” Koracick admitted, “and that really pisses me off.” And, in that moment, you had to think, “Are they about to get it on, or what?” And holy crap, they were. They did. Nonetheless, “I dislike you so intensely,” she insisted.

    ‘I’M NEVER COMING TO THIS HOSPITAL AGAIN’ | Operating on the hypochondriac, Bailey said that he made everything harder than it had to be, prompting Maggie to ask if she did the same thing. Just then, her phone pinged, and she agreed to go out with whomever it was. As a matter of fact, she’d meet him in the lobby at the end of her day. (Mind you, when he showed up, she hid. Literally ducked behind a desk and hid.) At the interns mixer, Jackson & Co. showed up drunk as skunks. And, as the episode drew to a close, Judge King died. (So OK, not the next Nathan.) Just then, Richard ushered Mer downstairs to the mixer to announce that she’d been nominated for a Harper Avery Award. Her response: “I need a drink.” Pulling Bailey aside, Jackson told her that he had a quarter of a billion dollars and wanted to give her half of it to start, in essence, her own Harper Avery Award. “I just want in the game,” he said. No sooner had DeLuca told Arizona that he was moving in with Owen than they caught him making out with Carina! Next, he bumped into new intern Sam… who he seemed to know and know well. Finally, Jo told Alex that she was going to file for divorce from Paul.

    Grey's Anatomy Star Caterina Scorsone Claims Director James Toback Sexually Harassed Her

    (10/31/17) Grey’s Anatomy actress Caterina Scorsone has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against embattled director James Toback.

    Scorsone joins numerous women, including actresses Selma Blair, Rachel McAdams, and Julianne Moore, in making such claims against the filmmaker. Toback has denied any wrongdoing and also issued a profanity-laced statement against his accusers to Rolling Stone.

    “In response to James Toback’s crass denial in Rolling Stone, I feel I must corroborate the stories of these women. I want to be clear that the predatory director I wrote about in the article I posted a few days back, was James Toback,” she wrote on Instagram. “The article was written 17 years ago. Many industry people knew about it and encouraged me to stay silent. I didn’t, and it directly affected my career. I stand with all the women who were brave enough to tell their stories. I also stand with all the women who don’t feel that they can speak up, even now. Let’s shine light into all the darkest corners. #metoo @rollingstone”

    caterinascorsone: In response to James Toback’s crass denial in Rolling Stone, I feel I must corroborate the stories of these women. I want to be clear that the predatory director I wrote about in the article I posted a few days back, was James Toback. The article was written 17 years ago. Many industry people knew about it and encouraged me to stay silent. I didn’t, and it directly affected my career. I stand with all the women who were brave enough to tell their stories. I also stand with all the women who don’t feel that they can speak up, even now. Let’s shine light into all the darkest corners. #metoo @rollingstone @hillelaron

    A few days prior, Scorsone had shared an essay she wrote 17 years ago detailing her own experiences with sexual harassment as part of the “#metoo” movement online. She had not specified at the time that the “fairly prominent director” whom she described as making unwanted sexual advances toward her during an audition was allegedly Toback.

    “I wrote this article 17 years ago. I was a teenager. After it was published, I quit the business in reaction to the veil of silence surrounding this issue,” she wrote in her previous post. “I eventually returned to acting as an adult, supported by show runners like Shonda Rhimes. She is an example of the good side of this industry. These examples exist. Let’s be done with the other kind. #metoo”

    caterinascorsone: (Article) I wrote this article 17 years ago. I was a teenager. After it was published, I quit the business in reaction to the veil of silence surrounding this issue. I eventually returned to acting as an adult, supported by show runners like Shonda Rhimes. She is an example of the good side of this industry. These examples exist. Let’s be done with the other kind. #metoo

    “He told me that I was repressed, and that, if I were a real actor like the half-dozen names he mentioned working with, I would be willing to trust him and just ‘go there.’” Scorsone wrote of her alleged experiences with Toback. After refusing his sexual advances, she lost the role and eventually quit the business over frustration at what she describes as “the veil of silence surrounding this issue.” She has since returned to acting, portraying Dr. Amelia Shepherd, sister of Patrick Dempsey’s deceased Derek Shepherd, on Grey’s Anatomy.

    Toback has vehemently denied all of the allegations, including those made in an Oct. 22 Los Angeles Times article which has now risen to include more than 300 women. Toback told Rolling Stone reporter Hillel Aron, “I’ve struggled seriously to make movies with very little money, that I write, that I direct, that mean my life to me. The idea that I would offer a part to anyone for any other reason than that he or she was gonna be the best of anyone I could find is so disgusting to me.” Toback has since been dropped by his agent.

    Grey's Anatomy's 300th Episode: New Details on the 'Ghost'-Filled Hour

    (10/31/17) Life for the Grey Sloan doctors is often a metaphorical roller coaster. But as new intel about Grey’s Anatomy‘s upcoming 300th episode reveals, it’ll be a literal one, too.

    ABC has released the official description for the monumental hour, which is titled “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?” and which will air Thursday, Nov. 9 at 8/7c.

    A roller coaster car falls off the track at the county fair, and the doctors at Grey Sloan tend to patients who spark memories about ghosts from their past.

    Executive producer/co-showrunner Krista Vernoff recently told TVLine that she conceived of the landmark episode “as a love letter to the fans who have been watching all 14 years.”

    She added: “So I have found a way to pay some small tribute to everyone who has been here before.”

    The long-running drama will be the subject of a “Day of Grey’s” on the network, featuring cast appearances on Good Morning, America, The View, The Chew and Nightline, among other shows.

    On Tuesday, ABC added two additional episodes to Grey’s current season order, bringing the total number of Season 14 installments to 24.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘American Housewife’ & ‘Black-ish’ Get Extra Episodes From ABC

    (10/31/17) ABC has ordered additional two episodes each of veteran drama Grey’s Anatomy and comedies black-ish and American Housewife, expanding the seasons of each series from the regular 22 to 24 episodes. All three shows hail from ABC sibling ABC Studios.

    Shonda Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy continues to be in a league of its own. A heavily serialized drama, a genre that often commands limited-run seasons of 13-18 episodes a year –strategy employed by such high-profile dramas as NBC’s This Is Us, Fox’s Empire and ABC/Shondaland’s How To Get Away With Murder — Grey’s has been able to deliver suppressed seasons for most of its long run while remaining a ratings stalwart. Besides its original midseason run, 12 of Grey’s 13 subsequent seasons have consisted of 24 or 25 episodes each.

    As a result, Grey’s Anatomy, now in its 14th season, is about to cross the 300 episode mark.

    The Kapital Entertainment-produced, Sarah Dunn-created American Housewife, a promising newcomer last season when it produced 23 episodes, has made a successful move to its high-profile new time slot this season, Wednesdays at 9:30 PM, behind Modern Family. Meanwhile, Kenya Barris’ black-ish, has done solid business holding up Tuesdays as new 9 PM anchor. Now in its fourth season, black-ish has had orders for extra two episodes every year, churning out 24 episodes a season.

    Shonda Rhimes on Her Move to Netflix: 'I'm Excited to Tell Other Stories'

    (10/31/17) Shondaland is moving to a new address — and its mayor is looking forward to the change in scenery.

    “I’m really excited about the future on Netflix,” Shonda Rhimes said — in some of her first public comments since leaving ABC in August for a multi-year deal with the streaming giant — during a “TV Game Changers” panel hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “There’s nothing wrong with having spent so many years telling network television,” the Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal veteran emphasized, but “the constraints of network television tell you what kinds of stories you can tell. Period. And that’s just the way it is.”

    In fact, Rhimes says that the soapy, twist-heavy dramas she’s known for might be more a reflection of the confines of network television than her true passions: “There is a brand that people assume that I am, and the kinds of stories that I can tell, and they have nothing to do with me as a writer, but simply have to do with the fact that we were on ABC… I’m excited to tell other stories. I’m excited to tell stories in different ways. I’m excited to be able to just do things in a different way. It’s just time.”

    Rhimes didn’t offer any details on what kinds of “other stories” she plans to tell at Netflix, but she’s confident that quality will win out, no matter what form her shows take: “Good stories are good stories, and people find them wherever they are.”

    Grey's Anatomy's Kevin McKidd Hints at What It Means for Owen and Amelia to Stop and 'Press the Reset Button'

    (10/30/17) ( Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy wasn’t just a biggie for Nathan and Megan, who began their new life together with Farouk in Malibu. It was also huge for Owen, who not only ended his marriage to Amelia but loosened his vise-like grip on his plans for the future. All of a sudden, he’s free — and so, in a way, is portrayer Kevin McKidd, who tells TVLine, “I’m having a lot of fun getting to play that side of Owen.

    “He’s been very much wanting to have a wife and a child, and I think those are still desires of Owen’s,” he hastens to add. “But he’s realizing that sometimes if you hold onto something too tightly, then it slips through your fingers. I’m hoping [that going forward] he handles things more delicately and gets to enjoy moments in his life as opposed to constantly trying to chase that dream. Ironically, maybe when he lets go of trying to grip that so tightly [will be] when those dreams will become a reality.”

    “There may be some moments that neither Amelia nor Owen expect” coming down the pike, he continues. “So there’s always a chance on our show. Anything can happen.”

    Grey's Anatomy: Bethany Joy Lenz Joins Season 14 Cast for Arc

    (10/27/17) Grey’s Anatomy taketh away and now Grey’s Anatomy giveth.

    On the heels of Martin Henderson’s out-of-nowhere departure as Nathan, the ABC drama has recruited One Tree Hill grad Bethany Joy Lenz to join the Season 14 cast in a recurring role, TVLine has confirmed. All that is known about the actress’ character is her name: Jenny. first broke the news of Lenz’ casting.

    Lenz and Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes’ paths (very briefly) crossed three years ago when Lenz was tapped to star in the original pilot for The Catch. The series underwent a major change in direction post-pilot and Lenz’ role was recast. Lenz’ TV credits also include stints on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Dexter and, most recently, Colony.

    Ratings: The Orville Returns to Thursday Highs, Great News Rises

    (10/27/17) Fox’s The Orville returned from a two-week break to 4.2 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating, up 24 and 20 percent from its last fresh outing to mark its best Thursday numbers to date.

    Leading into that, Gotham (2.8 mil/0.9) added a handful of eyeballs while holding onto its demo low.


    ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (7.6 mil/1.8) dipped 6 and 14 percent with its flashback-heavy, cast-thinning episode, while Scandal (4.9 mil/1.1) and HTGAWM (3.6 mil/0.9) were steady.

    THE CW | Supernatural (1.92 mil/0.6) ticked down a tenth. Arrow (1.37 mil/0.5) flirted with its smallest audience ever (1.36 mil) while holding onto its demo low.

    CBS | The network’s Thursday Night Football coverage (8.1 mil/2.2) is down about 20 percent from last week’s fast nationals.

    NBC | Superstore (4.6 mil/1.2), Will & Grace (6.6 mil/1.8) and Chicago Fire (6.5 mil/1.2) all ticked up a tenth, Great News (4 mil/1.0) rose two tenths and The Good Place (4 mil/1.1)w as steady.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s Martin Henderson & Shonda Rhimes On Dr. Riggs’ Fate

    (10/26/17) ( SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details about tonight’s Grey’s Anatomy episode “Danger Zone” on ABC.

    On tonight’s Grey’s Anatomy we finally witnessed the moments leading up to Dr. Megan Hunt’s (Abigail Spencer) disappearance in Iraq.

    But the episode also marked the quiet exit of Hunt’s lover Dr. Nathan Riggs, played by New Zealand actor Martin Henderson, who is departing the medial drama after a little more than two seasons as a series regular.

    Watching the episode, we’d hardly know it was the last we’d see Riggs; the final shot of him is alongside a beaming Hunt and her Iraqi son Farouk on the beach as they start a new life in Southern California. Riggs’ storyline tonight, which involved bonding with Farouk, was rather low key next to the evening’s biggest turning point: Dr. Owen Hunt and Dr. Amelia Shepherd finally calling quits on their marriage. Yet for those who believed that Riggs should wind up with Meredith, “Danger Zone” provided enough backstory as to why his destiny would lie with Hunt.

    “I loved that we were able to give Riggs a happy ending worthy of his character and talent,” Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes said in a statement to Deadline.

    Grey’s was Henderson’s third project with Shondaland, following pilot Inside the Box and series Off the Map, and Rhimes hinted it may not be the last. “As for Martin, this is not an ending for our relationship,” she said. “He has been part of the Shondaland family since the pilot of Inside the Box and he will always be family. I can’t wait to find a new project to work with him on in the future.”

    We spoke with Henderson about his Grey’s departure (and possible future return), how it may impact the show, what future he envisions for Nathan and Megan, why Nathan and Meredith didn’t work out as a couple and what’s up next for him:

    DEADLINE: When did you find out that Nathan’s story was coming to an end, and what were your impressions? Did you have any leeway with the writers on how he would exit?

    HENDERSON: It doesn’t work that way in Shondaland. It’s handed down. If there are certain concerns or tweaks in a scene, the writers are open to hearing your thoughts and collaborating, but the direction of the major storyline is decided on high. I only had a short-term contract with the show. This is my final year so I was expecting Nathan’s storyline to be wrapped up. Bringing in Megan and tying up loose ends, provided a reason. That was always intended when they brought Megan back with a twist. The triangle played out nicely, the way they gave perspective leading up to her disappearance, the mutual infidelity; the way it was handled was interesting. It’s been a couple of fun years on the show.

    DEADLINE: We last see Nathan on the beach with Megan and Farouk. What do you think is next for them, how do you envision their future?

    HENDERSON: I think there’s probably going to be a tenuous start to their life together given all the circumstances leading up to their separation, then their reunion, and the complications of the relationship with Meredith. In a real-world scenario, I don’t think the transition will be seamless. They’ve embarked on a commitment to start a new positive change and a new energy. Thinking symbolically, the image of them on the beach looking at a new horizon, for me signifies a sense of a new beginning and hope. Obviously raising the child, and Nathan finding his feet in a new town, won’t be without its challenges. They’re committed to a life together.

    DEADLINE: Is there a possibility for you to return to Grey’s Anatomy for a visit?

    HENDERSON: I would never close the door. In my mind it’s been left open-ended enough. This is the third time that Shonda and I have worked together. I think providing an exit for the character where there’s a possibility for him to return is always nice. It was always a short-term thing and I was happy to spend a few years doing the show. For now, it’s about exploring some other areas and I think that suits me. I’m not use to do doing long-term things creatively, so for me it’s a nice amount of time. If the opportunity came in the future with an interesting storyline, I’d be happy to explore. I definitely feel connected to Shonda and am grateful for the opportunity she has given me.

    DEADLINE: What about doing another Shondaland series down the road? This is your second medical drama with Rhimes after Off the Map?

    HENDERSON:There’s nothing at this point. We both expressed a keen desire to work with each other again. She intimated that she’d like to put me in a show with a gun in my hand. I don’t know what that means if it’s a view on my virility or something darker.

    DEADLINE: What did you think about Nathan’s arc this season, him ending up with Megan after he had feelings for Meredith for so long? What would be his advice for Meredith?

    HENDERSON: I think there was clearly something for Nathan in those relationships. Feelings like that, I don’t think they go away. The nature of his previous commitment to Megan and his feelings around that put him in a horrible state of having to choose between two people he cares about, but honoring his commitment to Megan and following through on that is the right thing to do. It doesn’t negate his feelings for Meredith. The complications of Meredith’s emotions, the loss of Derek and moving on from that still plagues her. And there’s as much ambiguity around all those feelings. The two of them found each other and that provided good drama. I feel bad for fans who were keen on Meredith and Nathan making it, and not being privy to where each character would go. It’s hard to hear those outpourings from those who didn’t know it was going to end up like this. But it makes for nice drama and it’s something that Shonda does brilliantly: Dashing people’s hopes and expectations. That’s why the show continues to be successful. You can’t predict what will happen to people at any time.

    DEADLINE: Do you think Nathan and Owen have left the bad blood behind them when it comes to Megan?

    HENDERSON: I guess that would remain to be seen if Shonda brings characters back together, how they would move forward. Megan shedding more light on the details of the break-up and what was going on, that would go toward healing that rift. It’s interesting that they didn’t bring Owen to say goodbye (to Nathan). It was left hanging in that way. It was interesting how that was left open. Owen might need a bit of time to get used to the idea of Nathan and Megan being together in real life. It takes a while to get around a situation like that in real life. When you’ve built up thoughts and feelings we think are true, and then when you find out that they’re not true, it takes a while for our ability to recalibrate.

    DEADLINE: What is next for you? What are you working on at the moment?

    HENDERSON: That’s a bit of a work in progress at the moment. I’m finding the right thing. I’m fortunate at this point in my life and career where I can take a bit of time. One of the things that I was grateful for on Grey’s was having the opportunity to live and work in the same town. So much of my career has been on the road. It spoiled me in a way. I’m not interested in projects that will take me out of L.A. I’ve reached a point in my other relationships and community, and my connection with the community and my career; these things are important to me. I’ve got a movie early next year, a horror film, a sequel to Strangers (Strangers: Prey at Night). I’m talking to my agents and looking at a range of projects that suit me creatively and what I want to do lifestyle-wise. I just got off a boat that sailed from New Caledonia down to New Zealand. I’ve been doing that for the last week or so. I’m just spending some time with my family, and plan to get back to L.A. to my girlfriend and my dog.

    Grey's Anatomy Shocker: [Spoiler] Exits

    (10/26/17) ( Warning: The following contains spoilers from Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy — proceed at your own peril.

    Grey’s Anatomy has unexpectedly pulled the plug on Meredith’s first big post-Derek love affair: TVLine has confirmed that Thursday’s episode (read recap here) was the last for Martin Henderson, who’s played Nathan Riggs since Season 12.

    Though “Danger Zone” moved Riggs, his back-from-the-dead fiancée Megan (Abigail Spencer) and her son Farouk to Malibu and gave them what appeared to be the happiest of endings, he was still texting Mer. So the news of Henderson’s departure comes as something of a surprise.

    “I loved that we were able to give Riggs a happy ending worthy of his character and talent,” series creator Shonda Rhimes said in a statement. “As for Martin, this is not an ending for our relationship. He has been part of the Shondaland family since the pilot of Inside the Box and he will always be family. I can’t wait to find a new project to work with him on in the future.”

    With Henderson’s 2015 arrival coming so closely on the heels of Patrick Dempsey’s swan song as Derek, fans instantly pegged him to be a new love interest for Ellen Pompeo’s Mer. For his part, Henderson bristled at the McDreamy comparisons. “What Patrick did on the show, and what his character represented, is something that can never be replaced,” the actor told TVLine shortly after his debut. “The idea of me replacing McDreamy — or being the new McDreamy — is unrealistic, and not something that I would want to do as an actor. I’m my own person and my own actor and what I do is my thing. And what Patrick does is his thing; and he did it brilliantly.

    “It would be disrespectful to the audience to suggest that my character would be a replacement,” he added. “I see myself more as an addition to an existing show.”

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Past Imperfect — Plus, Abigail Spencer on Megan's 'Beautiful' Parting Gift to Owen

    (10/26/17) ( Warning: The following contains spoilers for Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy.

    Although a great deal of the action in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy took place in Iraq a decade ago, what transpired in the present in “Danger Zone” looked like it would have a profound impact on life in Seattle going forward. How so? Read on. We’ll go over the episode’s big twists, then talk with Abigail Spencer about how Megan’s happily ever after might have just paved the way for Owen to get one, too.

    IN THE PRESENT | The hour began with Megan preparing to road-trip it to Malibu, where Nathan and Farouk were busily setting up the insta-family’s new home. (Clearly, Riggs’ grand gesture in “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” had done the trick.) After Nathan got a sense of how big an adjustment this was all going to be for Megan’s son — he’d have to get used to everything from not sleeping in Mom’s bed to going to school to food trucks offering mile-long menus — the doc used his own currently-unemployed status to reassure him that they could both find a way to get by without immediately knowing all the answers.

    Meanwhile, Owen, perhaps to escape the awkwardness of his reunion with Amelia, decided to tag along on Megan’s drive. And at first, it was all jolly fun. But when, mile after mile, he tried to talk her out of leaving Seattle, it became clear that they were headed for a fight as much as California. Turned out, Owen had a habit of second-guessing his sister, and Megan was still steamed that she’d gotten kidnapped before they’d had a chance to argue about his not backing up her attempt to become a flight surgeon 10 years earlier. (At least he ultimately admitted that he’d been wrong and apologized.)

    During the sibs’ roadside showdown, Owen suggested that she was making a mistake, settling down with someone who’d cheated, prompting her to remind him that hello, he’d cheated on Cristina. And besides, Megan had cheated on Nathan first. (Say what?!?) As the sibs’ hot heads cooled, Megan explained that, during her worst days in captivity, she’d flashed back to a beach vacation the Hunts had once taken and sworn, if she was ever free, she’d move somewhere that she could feel the ocean on her toes every day. “My beach plan makes me happy,” she said, adding that for Owen to be happy, he might have to break up with some of the unworkable ideas to which he’s so loyal.

    As the episode drew to a close and Megan reunited with Nathan — just after he’d been texting with Meredith — Owen showed up back at his and Amelia’s house, the look on his face telling his wife all that she needed to know: It was over. “It feels like we don’t know each other,” he admitted. “I just want us to be happy.” So they took off their wedding bands and embraced, maybe marking the end of a disastrous marriage and the beginning of a great friendship? Maybe they can even be as happy — separately — as Megan looked playing on the beach with Nathan and Farouk?

    IN THE PAST | In the Middle East 10 years ago, Megan discovered among Nathan’s things an emerald necklace — which he used to propose to her… even though, we soon learned from a disapproving Teddy, the necklace belonged to another woman; it was even engraved! Before that bombshell could be dropped on an unsuspecting Megan, she learned that her future would not include becoming a flight surgeon — because Owen hadn’t recommended her! (Ouch. Just ouch.)

    Later, “Nate” asked Megan for the engagement necklace back, which led her to mistakenly believe that he’d learned about her straying, so she confessed. (Man, these two were a mess, huh?) In spite of her own betrayal, she was shocked and hurt to hear that her fiancé of about a hot minute had cheated. Moreover, “you proposed to me with some other chick’s necklace?!?” she asked, incredulous. Upon informing Owen of this development, he gave the OK for Megan to break protocol and fly out on a medical chopper with her freaked-out patient. And we all know how that turned out! Now then, here’s Spencer with her take on her Grey’s stint and the wise words that may have changed Owen’s life.

    TVLINE | Part of you has to be hoping that Megan will get tired of the beach and want to go back to Seattle, right?

    Or we just make a spinoff that takes place at the beach! The beach is a lot nicer than Seattle — she makes a great point there.

    TVLINE | All kidding aside…

    This is one of the funnest jobs I’ve ever had and also one of the most surprising, just because I really was just trying to step into the shoes of Bridget Regan, who originated the part and [couldn’t pick it back up due to scheduling conflicts]. I’ve been the victim of a scheduling thing as well, so I have a lot of empathy. And I had no idea this was going to come along. Who knew that I was going to literally have the perfect window between seasons of Timeless to do this and that NBC would be so generous as to let me? This doesn’t really happen. Obviously, you always hope for more, but I’m super grateful for these five episodes and really proud of [“Danger Zone”].

    TVLINE | Speaking of which, what’s your take — was the advice Megan gave Owen specifically about his marriage, or was that just how he took it?

    I think it’s pretty specific. Megan was planting a seed that, even if it’s not about Amelia, it’s something you actually have to look at. This is a real pattern for him. He’s holding onto something, and is he willing to let it go? I think she says it in a really beautiful way, because she’s talking about herself, too. She had to let go of a lot of stuff to get where she is. It’s that thing where you tell someone else something about yourself, and then it’s like, “I hope you do something with this” — as only a good sister can. [Laughs]

    TVLINE | Pretty clever, in a way, letting him think it’s his own idea.

    Nobody likes to be told what to do, and it’s not up to anyone else. People are going to do what they’re going to do. I love that scene, where she just sort of lays it out: “This is what makes me happy. That stuff that you hold on to? That’s not real. Let’s deal with reality.” Megan has gotten to a place where reality is so beautiful. When you go through something so traumatic, you come back with so much more perspective. “Life is short! Life is really short! Do you wanna keep doing that? Enough!”

    Grey's Anatomy's Abigail Spencer Talks the 'Big Oprah Aha Episode' and the 'Earthquake' It Sets Off in Owen's Life

    (10/25/17) ( Ever since Grey’s Anatomy introduced Nathan back in Season 12, we’ve heard the legend of how his two-timing had led to the “death” of Owen’s sister. Well, in Thursday’s “Danger Zone” (9/8c, ABC), we actually flash back to 2007 to see how the story unfolded for real. “It’s like a big Oprah ‘Aha!’ episode,” says Abigail Spencer, who plays Megan. “What you think went down, because everybody’s been alluding to it for years and years, is not the thing that actually happened.

    “I hope that viewers will be like, ‘Oooh!'” she continues. The way characters have previously behaved “makes a lot more sense [afterwards], because you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s why Nathan… ‘ ‘Oh, that’s why Owen… ‘ Everything becomes an ‘Oh!'”

    In the wake of the revealing hour, which takes place partly in the past, partly in the present, the reunited couple won’t be the only ones who have closure. Though “it kind of sets up a whole new life for them… it’s a big moment for everybody to get very real about their relationships,” previews the Timeless star. In particular, “Megan’s a real catalyst for Owen to deal with his life. She says a lot of things that he needs to hear. He’s been shape-shifting for a lot of different people, and I don’t know if he really knows what he wants. Megan’s return has set off a tremor that’s going to be a larger earthquake in his life.

    “And I don’t mean just with Amelia and his marriage,” she adds. “I think it’s going to be really interesting to see Owen from here on because of Megan being alive and what [a shock like] that really does to someone. It forces them to ask, ‘Are you living your life to the fullest?'”

    As for the reluctant third leg of the Megan/Nathan/Meredith triangle, “there’s a completion [with Grey] and a lot of grace between the three of them. You’re watching people be adults,” says the actress, who goes on to suggest that, after her ordeal, Megan can’t help but be mature. “You don’t spend 10 years being kidnapped and held in captivity to not have perspective. She comes back and is like, ‘This [dilemma] is not a thing. We can work through this.'”

    Madam Secretary Adds Grey's Alum Sara Ramirez as Series Regular

    (10/24/17) (Pic) Sara Ramirez, welcome to the State Department: Madam Secretary has added the Grey’s Anatomy alum as a series regular in Season 4, CBS announced Tuesday.

    Ramirez will play Kat Sandoval, “a brilliant political strategist, legendary in D.C. for her talent and for abruptly dropping out of politics until Elizabeth manages to coax her back into the State Department,” according to the official character description. The part will be Ramirez’s first on-camera gig since leaving Grey‘s (though she voices Queen Miranda in the animated children’s series Sofia the First).

    Ramirez will first appear in the Madam Secretary episode airing Sunday, Nov. 19 (10/9c).

    “We’re very excited that Sara is joining the cast,” Barbara Hall, executive Producer and series creator, said via statement. “She brings a fresh perspective and a fun, energetic quality to the State Department staff.”

    EP Lori McCreary added via statement: “We are thrilled to have Sara join the Madam Secretary State Department team. From the moment she walked on set with her talent, intellect and spirit, she became part of the family!”

    Ramirez began playing Grey’s Dr. Callie Torres in 2006 and left the ABC medical drama for good in 2016, when Callie moved to New York in the Season 12 finale. “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.

    ABC Buys PI Drama From Mila Kunis & ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ EP William Harper

    (10/17/17) ABC has put in development an hourlong gumshoe/family drama from Mila Kunis’ Orchard Farm Productions, Grey’s Anatomy executive producer William Harper, and ABC Studios, where Orchard Farm and Harper are under overall deals.

    Written by Harper, the untitled project centers on a housewife who feels invisible to her husband and shunned by her teenage daughter but finds new purpose and confidence when she becomes the indispensable protégé of the sexy private investigator who moves in next door.

    Harper is a longtime writer-producer on Grey’s Anatomy. He began as a staff writer in 2008, working his way up to executive producer. Harper served as co-showrunner for the past three seasons of the veteran medical drama.

    Harper is repped by CAA and attorneys David Matlof and Ryan Nord. Orchard Farm Productions is repped by CAA, Patti Felker and JR McGinnis.

    Ratings: Supernatural Returns Up, Arrow Holds Steady in Thursday Move

    (10/13/17) The CW’s Supernatural opened lucky Season 13 with 2.1 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, up from its May finale and previous average (both at 1.7 mil/0.6) to deliver its biggest audience in a year and its best demo number since Feb. 16.

    Leading out of that, Arrow‘s Thursday debut (1.6 mil/0.6) was on par with its May finale (1.7 mil/0.6) and Season 5 average (1.76 mil/0.6), and up sharply from what Riverdale averaged (1 mil/0.4) in the post-Supernatural time slot last spring.

    All CW numbers are pending minor adjustment due to high school football preemption in small markets.


    FOX | Gotham (2.69 mil/0.8) dipped to new series lows, while The Orville (3.4 mil/1.0) ticked up a tenth.

    ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (8 mil/2.0) dipped a tenth but for the first time bested Will & Grace as the night’s No. 1 entertainment program. Scandal (5.05 mil/1.2) slipped to new series lows and HTGAWM (3.9 mil/1.0) added a tenth to last week’s low.

    CBS | Thursday Night Football coverage (10.5 mil/3.1) was on par with last week’s fast nats.

    NBC | Superstore (4.3 mil/1.1) and Chicago Fire (6 mil/1.1) each dipped a tenth, Will & Grace (6.6 mil/1.7) slipped another 15 percent in the demo, while The Good Place (4 mil/1.2) and Great News (4.3 mil/1.0) were steady.

    Grey's' Caterina Scorsone: Tumorless Amelia Is More Fearless, 'Less Angry'

    (10/13/17) In Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, Nathan, taking Meredith’s suggestion that he make a “grand gesture” to prove his love to Megan, reunited her with son Farouk; Jackson inherited a quarter of a billion dollars from his grandfather and inched closer to a romance with Maggie — till Catherine referred to her as his sister; Arizona had no sooner gotten finished reassuring April that she’d get used to nights away from Harriet than she got a text saying that Sofia wanted to move back to Seattle; Jo asked that Mer exclude her name from an article on Megan’s operation, lest an accompanying photo tip off Paul to her whereabouts; Ben kept Bailey in the dark about what we all know is his firefighter training; and Richard and the chief interviewed a slew of potential interns, among them Glasses Levi, cocky Vik, Iraq vet Casey, Stephanie fan Sam and sweet Dahlia.

    But, of course, the “A” story in “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” was the surgery that removed from Amelia’s head the brain tumor that had been causing so much of her erratic behavior. Not only was the operation a success and her recovery, speedy — albeit also painful (she momentarily forgot that Derek was dead) and weird (at one point, she only spoke French) — but at the end of the hour, the patient went home with her long-estranged husband, Owen. Here, Caterina Scorsone, who plays Amelia, reflects on the game-changer and its potential for giving the embattled couple a second chance.

    TVLINE | Did it resonate with you, DeLuca’s suggestion that the thing Amelia was “missing” after surgery was the sense of dread that she seemed to carry around?

    Absolutely. Since she was a small child, the initial trauma of witnessing her father murdered in front of her really kind of laid in a lot of her neuro pathways as far as how she thought the world was going to treat her. She thought disaster was waiting for her around every corner. And as it happened, there were a lot of disasters waiting for her. Who knows, if she’d had a different perspective, would her life have followed different lines? But she’s been in this constant sort of low-level expectation of devastation and despair sneaking up on her. I think it’s essential to her. [Her father’s murder] happened so early [that it programmed in her head,] “You’re in danger. The people you love are in danger!” So for that feedback loop to suddenly stop — potentially because of the tumor, she’s still sorting through that — that would be a huge shake-up in how she could potentially move forward in her life.

    TVLINE | Already, we’re seeing some changes. Even as Amelia tried to set Owen free toward the end of the episode, the anger that she’d so often directed at him seemed to be gone.

    I think so much anger and blame is a reaction to fear, and in really facing her mortality in such a direct and stark way, Amelia has had a chance to cross over a threshold of fear that all of us ignore. This fear of one’s mortality is so central to all of the other little fears, and she has had this really incredible opportunity to step over that threshold and get to the other side. There’s a major reduction in her fear of anything after that. That’s going to make her a less blame-y, less angry person, tumor or not, after that. She’s definitely seeing things in a new light. And again, we’ll never know, was it because of the tumor coming out? Was it just the experience of going through this and coming out the other side? She’ll never know. We’ll never know. But she’s changed forever.

    TVLINE | Will this new, fearless Amelia be less adamant about the issue of kids that made such a disaster of her marriage to Owen?

    We’ll have to see. That’s so far ahead of where we’re at right now. I have certain feelings about it, but that doesn’t mean that I can pull the whole writing staff with me! [Laughs] Right now we’re still in the trenches of getting Amelia back on her feet and into scrubs. This has been a major life event, so she’s still picking up the pieces and dusting herself off.

    TVLINE | When the dust settles, might Meredith view Amelia a little more sympathetically?

    I hope so. As silly and sarcastic as Amelia can be, she loves Meredith and loved Derek with everything she has. And Meredith [and the kids are] that Derek connection. Amelia wants to be family with her, so my heart kind of bleeds for Amelia every time she gets rejected by Meredith, because I know that, as much as Meredith might find her off-putting, there’s a real vulnerable earnestness with which Amelia wants to be in a sister relationship with Meredith. She moved all the way from L.A. to help her take care of her kids, and she stayed [after Derek died]… She loves Meredith and wants Meredith to love her. So I hope this leads to kind of a softening for both of them.

    TVLINE | Lastly, did you really cut your hair for the opening scene?

    No, I did not. We have fantastic special-effects people, and they created like a rubber cap that my hair was in, then a hand-punched half-hairpiece. So half of the hair was mine, and half of the hair was this piece that an artist painstakingly punched every single hair through so that it would be natural enough that when I used the razor on it, I was actually shaving hair, strand by strand, off of basically a latex scalp. They did a great job!

    ABC Developing ‘Big Law’ Drama Based On Colombian Format From Ellen Pompeo & David Marshall Grant

    (10/13/17) ABC has put in development drama Big Law, based on the Colombian format from RCN, from Ellen Pompeo’s studio-based production company, Calamity Jane, David Marshall Grant and ABC Studios.

    Written and executive produced by David Marshall Grant, Big Law is a modern look at a large LA law firm and what it takes to survive and thrive in our work obsessed society. The line between our lawyers’ professional and personal lives are increasingly blurred and moral ambiguity is a job requirement. Code Black executive producer Grant writes and executive produces as part of his new overall deal with ABC Studios. Grey’s Anatomy star Pompeo and Laura Holstein executive produce via Calamity Jane.

    La ley del corazón is a Colombian telenovela created by Mónica Agudelo Tenorio and adapted for television by Felipe Agudelo. It began airing on Colombian broadcast channel RCN Televisión in November 2016 and was renewed for a second season in June.

    Pompeo’s Calamity Jane previously sold to ABC a female-led crime drama, written and executive produced by Andy Stern, and murder mystery drama Personal Motives based on the Spanish series Motivos Personales.

    Grant is continuing as executive producer on CBS medical drama series Code Black, which is produced by ABC Studios in association with CBS TV Studios. He previously served as executive producer/showrunner of ABC/ABC Studios’ Brothers and Sisters and also executive produced NBC/Uni TV’s Smash and HBO’s Looking and served as a consulting producer on Nashville, from Lionsgate TV and ABC Studios, while the country music drama was on ABC.

    Last season Grant also executive produced and served as writing supervisor of CBS/CBS TV Studios’ untitled Jenny Lumet drama project, which went to pilot starring Sharon Leal.

    Grant is repped by CAA and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum. Calamity Jane is repped by CAA, John Carrabino Management, and attorneys Gretchen Rush and Steve Warren of Hansen, Jacobson.

    Shonda Rhimes Is Fame-ous

    (10/13/17) The queen of Shondaland and the indigenous Not Ready for Primetime Players are among the Television Academy’s latest Hall of Fame inductees.

    Shonda Rhimes and the original cast of Saturday Night Live — including Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, and John Belushi and Gilda Radner (posthumously) — will be inducted during a non-televised ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Saban Media Center in Hollywood, Calif.

    Additional 2017 honorees include TV producer John Wells (Shameless, The West Wing, ER), the late Joan Rivers and art director/production designer Roy Christopher (Frasier).

    Grey's Anatomy's Caterina Scorsone Previews Amelia's 'Terrifying' Surgery, Hints at Its Impact on Her and Owen

    (10/11/17) ( It’s a no-brainer: “Ambivalent,” Grey’s Anatomy leading lady Caterina Scorsone tells TVLine, is the word that best describes Amelia’s feelings about the life-altering surgery she undergoes in Thursday’s “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” (8/7c, ABC). “On one hand, it’s terrifying. Somebody’s going to be cutting into her brain to remove the tumor, and though she’s a fantastic brain surgeon, it isn’t going to be her.

    “On the other,” she continues, “there’s some degree of relief that they have found the source of the problem. So much of her behavior over the last season or two has been so erratic. She’d do something kind of wild and crazy and not really know why she did it. Even running away from [her and Owen’s] wedding… Yes, it could have been cold feet, but it was so sudden, so extreme, and then she came right back, and there was no discernible reason for it other than a spike of adrenaline, which essentially this storyline is explaining. She was having kind of chemical events happening inside her that informed her behavior.”

    Now that Amelia knows the reason for at least some of the volatility that torpedoed her marriage, perhaps she and Owen can get it back on track. Certainly, that crosses her mind. “They got married very recently,” notes Scorsone, “and definitely, the tumor has implications for that period of her life — their romantic time together and all of the chaos of their marriage. So they definitely have to sort through how they want to go forward.”

    Amelia herself will have some sorting-though to do, too. Among the questions that she has to ask, says her portrayer, is, without the tumor, “Is it possible that some of the aspects of her personality that she’s the most ashamed of or struggles with the most could be alleviated? I think yeah, there must be some hope.”

    At the same time, the tumor will not erase Amelia. “We had some long discussions about this,” the actress says, “because we wanted to be very clear that the tumor was affecting her decision-making, her levels of adrenaline and her evaluation of risk. But the tumor is not Amelia. It did not create her personality.

    “She even jokes about it a little bit,” she adds with a laugh, cracking “that she is greater than the sum of her tumorous parts.”

    Grey's Anatomy Adds Six (!) New Cast Members in Season 14 Intern Surge

    (10/10/17) (Photos) Grey’s Anatomy is getting a massive infusion of new blood, STAT.

    ABC’s venerable medical drama is beefing up its intern quotient, adding six new (and relatively unknown) actors to play doctors-in-training in Season 14. Of the half-dozen, one of them — Jake Borelli — already made his debut as nerdy, Jo-crushing intern Levi in last month’s two-part premiere. The remaining five will arrive at Grey Sloan in this Thursday’s episode (8/7c) as Richard and Bailey search for the stars of tomorrow.

    Meet the new sextet below:

    Debuted in Sept. 28 premiere
    Credits: The Thundermans, played “Teenage Shawn” on Psych
    Status: Recurring

    Debuts in Oct. 12 episode
    Credits: Guest stints on Extant and Famous In Love
    Status: Recurring

    Debuts in Oct. 12 episode
    Credits: This is her first major acting role
    Status: Recurring

    Debuts in Oct. 12 episode
    Credits: Guest stints on NCIS and 2 Broke Girls
    Status: Recurring

    Debuts in Oct. 12 episode
    Credits: A regular on ABC’s short-lived Of Kings and Prophets, Season 5 So You Think You Can Dance winner
    Status: Recurring

    Debuts in Oct. 12 episode
    Credits: Recurring role on Faking It
    Status: Recurring

    Patrick Dempsey goes home to Maine for cancer fundraiser

    (10/7/17) Actor Patrick Dempsey is back in his home state for a cancer fundraiser.

    Dempsey created the bike-and-run “Dempsey Challenge” to raise money for a cancer center created in 2008 in partnership with the Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

    He was inspired by his mother, Amanda, who died of cancer in 2014.

    Dempsey opened the two-day event that started Saturday with 10K and 5K runs, along with a two-day ride. Cyclists on Sunday will participate in road races ranging from 10 miles to 100 miles.

    Dempsey became widely known as Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd on TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” After leaving the show, he went to London to film “Bridget Jones’s Baby.” He’s currently filming a 10-part adaption of the best-selling novel, “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair.”

    The Last Ship's Bridget Regan: 'We See Sasha Break' in Finale — Plus, the Story Behind Her Grey's Anatomy Recasting

    (10/7/17) As The Last Ship braces for its final Season 4 battle, Sasha Cooper — one of the Vulture team’s finest and fiercest — is reeling from an emotional wallop. And the worst may be yet to come.

    Yes, British Royal Navy Commander James Fletcher betrayed those aboard the Nathan James by abetting Vellek’s theft of the African palm seeds that can save humanity from starvation. But Fletcher sought to right that wrong by tipping off the James to Vellek’s next stop, in Malta. That reversal left Sasha to recontextualize her relationship with the Brit, whose noble act likely (and did) cost him his life.

    With the TNT drama sailing toward its two-hour finale (airing Sunday at 9/8c), TVLine spoke with Bridget Regan about Sasha’s long-stifled “break” to come, a “first” for her and Tom Chandler, and much more.

    TVLINE | Sasha is feeling some emotions right now….

    So emotional. So emotional! I loved it, there was so much to play, so much to do. In a way, Sasha is going through what Chandler (played by Eric Dane) went through in Season 3, where she’s losing hope. And this two-hour finale that we’re coming up on is where we really see her break. For me, playing such a strong, badass character, I was waiting for this moment when I finally got to see whats under that hard exterior.

    TVLINE | I was going to say: On a show like this, where they don’t have the luxury of making too much time for these kinds of moments, is there a unique challenge in giving them the weight that they need?

    For me going into the show, it took me a minute to adjust to the genre, which is so action-packed and fast and furious. We’re really just moving all the time, trying to defeat the enemy. We don’t get to stop and think about how we feel, we don’t have the luxury. Besides, these aren’t characters that sit around and talk about their emotions; they’re soldiers, they’re tough, strong, focused individuals. In the middle of Season 3 I had this revelation that actually these characters don’t want to stop, whereas me, I’m such an emotional, feeling actress and I love to talk about how I feel. [Laughs] But we’ve touched on a lot this season in terms of PTSD and the nostos and Adam Baldwin’s character wanting to go back…. It got more emotional this year than it has in the past, and I loved it.

    TVLINE | Of course you’ve played a variety of badasses, from Legend of the Seeker to Agent Carter and even what you’re doing on Jane the Virgin. What makes Sasha unique?

    Well, I find Sasha to be the most different from myself. Not that Dottie on Agent Carter wasn’t different as well [Laughs], but Sasha is so skilled and strong, she doesn’t ever doubt herself, so I have to dig and find that most confident place in myself to play her. It’s not like she doesn’t feel fear — she feels it — but in spite of it she pushes past it. It’s like she doesn’t even give herself the moment, which to me is the ultimate soldier.

    TVLINE | Was there any discussion about whether Bridget pumps out a tear when Sasha is standing on the deck talking to Tom about Fletcher?

    I actually had a scene in Season 3 where a character on board our ship was giving birth and we thought we were losing the baby. It was a really big scene for Travis Van Winkle (who plays Danny Green) because he has a son, and it was such an emotional day that I was crying throughout the whole day — and it wasn’t right. It wasn’t right for Sasha. We ended up editing around it, and because I was wearing a mask we got to dub over my lines. It was too much emotion for her to show. I learned a lot about her in that episode, because whereas Bridget might cry, Sasha wouldn’t.

    TVLINE | You seem to have made a fast friend in new series regular Jodie Turner-Smith, who plays Azima. Talk about Sasha having another fierce gal in the field with her.

    Jodie was such a beautiful addition to the cast this season. She cares so deeply about her character, Azima Kandie, and I think it shows on-screen in her performance. Every moment we’ve shared on-screen we cherish and try to make the most of. I love that our characters organically developed this quiet friendship out of mutual respect and trust. Because they are women in a “man’s world” they immediately understand one another in a deeper, more connected way. And when we pick up in Season 5, Sasha and Azima are really like sisters. It also doesn’t hurt that I adore her and we have a blast dancing, singing and being goofs on set.

    TVLINE | Now, everybody is heading to Malta. What kind of finale are we getting on Sunday? Will there be missiles, boots on the ground, some hand-to-hand…?

    Oh my God…. It’s The Last Ship, so we’re not going to disappoint. We always go out with a bang. We always try to top ourselves, which I love, in terms of the action and what the crew manages to pull off, stunts…. Everybody is always upping their game. This season in particular, I have loved our villains — Peter Weller, come on! He’s a legend and he’s a trip, such a character in real life. And in these episodes he’s been directing as well and its so cool to watch him give this amazing, massive monologue, standing on the edge of the ship and then go, “Cut!” He really elevates the show whenever he’s on the set as a director or an actor.

    TVLINE | He’s a nice guy, not some cranky Harrison Ford type?

    He’s not cranky, he’s passionate. He’s really, really passionate about the show and the material. His only “flaw” is he gets impatient, because we are racing the clock every day. This crew works miracles, what they manage to squeeze into eight or nine days. We’re trying to deliver a summer blockbuster movie every week, so there’s no room for mistakes on anybody’s part. Actors can’t go up on their lines, the crew can’t mess up, the weapons…. There are so many elements, but he manages that well. We have a lot of great directors.

    TVLINE | Any “firsts” for you or Sasha in the finale?

    I will say that Sasha and Chandler go somewhere that they haven’t gone yet, in terms of this season and their emotional transparency, which I appreciated.

    TVLINE | Does the finale — and I stumbled into this pun, sorry — plant a seed for what Season 5 looks like?

    We always assume that these characters are going to be ready and waiting, and there’s something comforting about that. They’re looking out for humanity, prepared to take on whatever comes next.

    TVLINE | We saw this year that Bridget Regan — she who typically juggles three to four shows at a time — is merely mortal, when you couldn’t fit in a return to Grey’s Anatomy (as Owen’s sister Megan).

    I know! I know, it was heartbreaking. But I have to say, producers both on Last Ship and on Grey’s were working overtime to try to make it happen, and it proved unrealistic. It was an unfortunate thing with timing, where there was nothing you could so. I had to take a deep breath and just trust that the universe has got a plan and it wasn’t meant for me this time around.

    TVLINE | What’s funny is it probably hadn’t dawned on anyone until the recasting that you and Abigail Spencer (Timeless) look as alike as you do.

    Maybe it hadn’t dawned on you, but it certainly has dawned on me and Abigail. [Laughs] I have left events where people have been screaming, “Abigail, Abigail!,” holding photos of her for me to sign.

    TVLINE | Have you ever run into each other in casting rooms?

    No, we haven’t ever. We met once at, like, a Golden Globes event. But in person, I feel like we’re so different. I’m so much taller, and I probably have 30 lbs. on the girl! But our faces! I’m like, “I’m ready to play this woman’s sister. Whenever that call comes, let’s do it.” She is absolutely lovely, and a great actress. I have nothing but praise for her and I’m sure she’s killing it on Grey’s. I haven’t gotten to watch it yet, but I’m looking forward to it.

    TVLINE | So what’s next for you? Since Last Ship has already wrapped Season 5, you’re down to “just one show” right now, Jane the Virgin.

    I’m actually heading to Vancouver next week to do a Christmas rom-com [TV-movie] that I’m so excited about. I just love those movies, my mom loves them, and that’s my favorite thing to do when you finish a job, do something that’s the opposite.

    TVLINE | Let me guess — you play a Christmas wedding planner and you fall in love with the groom?

    Dude, you should write these movies. No, I’m a travel writer and I have to write an article about a traditional American Christmas, but I’ve never had one, because I’ve been living all over the world for so long. So I’m having my first American Christmas at home and of course the cabin is double-booked with a handsome man and his cute kid!

    Ratings: Scandal Returns Up, Grey's Ties Will & Grace for Thursday Win

    (10/7/17) ABC’s Scandal opened its seventh and final season on Thursday night with 5.6 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating, up from its May finale and right on par with its previous average.

    Bookending the ending drama, Grey’s Anatomy (7.9 mil/2.0) dipped 13 percent in the demo from its premiere but still tied NBC’s Will & Grace for the nightly win among non-sports programs, while How to Get Away With Murder (3.9 mil/0.9) ticked down to new series lows.

    Over on NBC, the aforementioned Will & Grace (7 mil/2.0) was down 31 and 33 percent from its boffo return. Leading out of that, Great News (3.8 mil/1.0) fell 27 and 23 percent and Chicago Fire (6.1 mil/1.2) slipped 15 and 20 percent. Opening the Peacock’s night, Superstore (4.5 mil/1.2) and The Good Place (4.2 mil/1.2) dipped one and two tenths respectively.

    Fox’s Gotham (2.8 mil/0.9) hit a new audience low while flat in the demo; The Orville (3.4 mil/0.9) ticked down to new lows.

    CBS’ Thursday Night Football coverage (10.8 mil/3.2) matched last week’s fast nationals.

    Grey's Anatomy Recap: Out of the Frying Pan, Into 'You're Fired!'

    (10/6/17) ( When the fire with which Grey’s Anatomy concluded last season was put out, Bailey thought that the worst was over. But in Thursday’s episode, she learned that she’d thought wrong. Very wrong. The arrival of Jackson’s grandpa, Harper Avery, to assess the damage done — to his foundation’s bank balance more than to the hospital — led to one of Grey Sloan’s finest getting sacked. And, given Amelia’s diagnosis in the Season 14 premiere — coupled with her determination to keep her condition a secret — that first dismissed doctor’s head wasn’t necessarily the only one on the chopping block. When the metaphorical smoke cleared, who still had a job? Read on…

    ‘IF THE FOUNDATION PULLS OUT, WE’LL FOLD’ | Early on in “Go Big or Go Home,” Bailey was on edge about Harper’s imminent arrival — with good reason. The grump didn’t like the welcome wagon that she rolled out to greet him, and it was pretty much downhill from there. When not belittling Jackie — sorry, Jackson — he terrorized the chief and, frankly, exhausted Catherine. Finally, concluding that Grey Sloan was a financial drain with which he didn’t want his foundation (or its coffers) involved, Scrooge announced that he was pulling its funding.

    When Bailey couldn’t reverse Harper’s decision by pointing out the long-term upside of not merely having repaired the hospital but upgraded it, she warned that, because of Stephanie’s well-documented heroism, “to pull our funding now would bring about a PR nightmare for your foundation.” Fine, he said, relenting. Grey Sloan could keep its funding — but Bailey was fired! Adding insult to injury, he asked Catherine to take her somewhere else to “have her feelings,” because he had calls to make. “I will fix this!” Catherine assured Bailey. But Miranda had to let her do it her way since she’d “embarrassed that old white man!” Turned out, there wasn’t much need to worry after all: When next they entered the room, Harper was dead! Seizing the opportunity to undo the damage he’d done, Jackson and Catherine kept it to themselves that the geezer had canned Bailey.

    ‘NEVER SHOULD HAVE CALLED YOU’ | While Amelia remained adamant about not letting anyone at Grey Sloan know about her brain tumor, she was at least willing to call in reinforcements: specifically, Tom Koracick (Greg Germann, who’ll always be Fish to me). Besides being Hopkins’ head of neuro and “the most arrogant teacher [Amelia] ever had,” the doc was sharp as a scalpel and quickly deduced, based on his patient’s scans, that she was not — and long hadn’t been — of sound mind. However, rather than report her to the medical board, Tom had her inform Bailey, who, since she was busy, referred Amelia to Richard. During the trio’s meeting, Tom declared that she wasn’t to perform surgery again until he cleared her to do so. Later, DeLuca tried to clue in Maggie to Amelia’s condition under the pretense of discussing the poor way he’d handled their breakup. Alas, she didn’t notice the scans behind him or pick up on his hints about wanting to “Amelia-rate” the situation, she just accepted the apology that she decided he’d long owed her. (Since, after all, thanks to him, her father knew what sex sounds she made!)

    As Shepherd continued to undergo testing, she tried to order DeLuca to pull the files on all the amazing surgeries she’d performed while “compromised” but was told he was Tom’s whipping boy now, not hers. When ultimately she did get the files, she feared she’d harmed many a patient. Intervening, Richard looked over the records and reassured Amelia that she had a better mortality rate than Derek — and he hadn’t had a brain tumor. Furthermore, he encouraged her to come clean with the people who love her. At last, Amelia confided in Maggie and asked for her help telling Owen — and flat-out asked her to tell Meredith, since she’d long accused her sister-in-law of being crazy, and this kind of made her right. At the episode’s conclusion, Amelia paged Owen, who was busy railing about how she’d pushed him away when he noticed her scans behind her. After Maggie filled in Mer, she and Owen were by Amelia’s side as she was checked in as a patient.

    ‘I DON’T DO LOVE TRIANGLES’ | When Mer’s former psychiatrist, Walter Karr, checked in, she took advantage of the opportunity to discuss with him her situation with Nathan and Megan (who, since she was recovering nicely, was eager to get back to son Farouk, stat). “I was wonderful” about it all, Grey hilariously pointed out. Yet she was still stuck in a love triangle! Later, she insisted to the shrink that her feelings toward Nathan were now “rage bordering on physical violence.” Calling B.S., he asked her to dig deeper. Before she could, Walter had to be rushed into surgery. Meanwhile, Megan unloaded on Owen. As the episode drew to a close, Mer admitted to Nathan that she was angry because he was throwing away a gift she was never going to get. “Show [Megan] that you love her,” she pleaded. “Please don’t blow this.”

    ‘PEOPLE SHOULDN’T ASK BIG QUESTIONS UNLESS THEY ALREADY KNOW THE ANSWER’ | In other plot developments, Arizona sang Carina’s praises to April, even going so far as to say that her new lover’s sexual “skill level is curative.” (Eliza who?) Carina, who it seemed had a kinky side, was also able to help her girlfriend with a woman who’d been in labor for ages by suggesting she try, er, manual manipulation. Elsewhere, Jo and Alex celebrated their reunion by canoodling in the elevator. After treating a teenager who’d been injured staging an elaborate hocosal, Jo staged a mini-hocosal of sorts to ask Alex to move back in.

    John Legend & Jesse Williams To EP 1968 Olympics Protest Salute Documentary

    (10/5/17) With the recent furor over NFL players staying on the bench or taking a knee during the national anthem in protest, John Legend and Jesse Williams want to shine a contextual spotlight on one of the most famous examples of athletics and politics controversially coming together.

    The Oscar winner, his Get Lifted Film Co partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius plus the Grey’s Anatomy star will executive produce With Drawn Arms, a documentary about Olympic gold medalist and NFL wide receiver Tommie Smith, we’ve learned.

    The winner of the 200-meters at the Games of the XIX Olympiad in Mexico City in 1968, Smith became renowned when he and Bronze medalist and fellow Olympic Project for Human Rights member John Carlos raised their black leather gloved fists on the podium in protests of racial injustice and for human rights during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.

    “We are excited to collaborate with true artists in Glenn Kaino and Afshin Shahidi to bring this powerful story to the world in a fresh and compelling way,”said Oscar and Grammy winner Legend today of the co-directed docu. “In this current climate we are once again being charged to stand up to bigotry, fear, and hate. We are inspired by this story and honored to be a creative partner on this film.”

    Prompted by Smith and protesting social injustice, the duo were suspended from the American team and had to leave the Games under threat for their gesture that was widely viewed as being a sign of Black Power. Following the Summer of Love, 1968 saw the rise of the Black Panther movement as well as riots in American cities over race and poverty as well as the assassinations of both Sen. Robert Kennedy and Dr, Martin Luther King Jr.

    After his powerful symbolism at the ’68 Olympics and with several track and field records under his belt, Smith went on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals for a couple of seasons. Never avoiding the topic of what he did in Mexico City and his beliefs, Smith’s later career saw the Tennessee born Track and Field Hall of Famer teaching in Ohio and Santa Monica College.

    Smith and Carlos’ raised fists have been recreated by numerous athletes over the decades. While always harking back to the 1968 gesture, Williams feels Smith is more than just that moment.

    “Tommie Smith is more than an iconic poster or risky act of defiance that inspires people the world over,” noted Williams, whose activism became known to a wider audience after his impassion speech accepting the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award was seen by millions live. “He is a living man, whose incredible journey is worthy of examination,” the actor added. “I couldn’t be more excited to join forces with this team of filmmakers, to share his reality and challenge our notions of heroism in the process.”

    Currently in production in L.A., With Drawn Arms is co-directed by conceptual artist Kaino, and former Prince creative collaborator Shahidi. The film is aiming to be released towards October 16 next year, the 50th anniversary of the raised salute by the now 73-year old Smith.

    It is not known if NFL players will kneel, sit on the bench or link arms in unity before the national anthem at tonight’s Thursday Night Football match-up on CBS between the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Grey's EP Promises to Deal With Jackson and Maggie's Stepsibs Issue

    (10/5/17) Grey’s Anatomy viewers weren’t the only ones caught off guard by the polarizing pairing of Jackson and Maggie. The doctors in question never saw it coming, either, co-showrunner Krista Vernoff tells TVLine. “Here’s what I think happened — and I’ve lived this personally, where somebody says something that maybe hadn’t occurred to you… and then suddenly, you can’t stop thinking that way.

    “I’ve had someone say to me, ‘I think that guy’s into you,’” she continues, “and I’d never noticed that guy, and maybe that guy had never noticed me, but suddenly, something’s been said, and it’s let something out of a box that might [otherwise] never have come out of it.”

    In Jackson and Maggie’s case, the someone doing the talking was April, who suggested — and quickly regretted suggesting — that there was a spark between her ex-husband and their colleague. “She named a thing [that] was mostly rooted in her own pain, jealousy and fear, but you can’t put it away” once it’s out there, says Vernoff. “She named a thing that may not have been real, and in naming it, she may have made it a little bit real.

    “So we’re going to get the fun of watching Jackson and Maggie try to navigate what April said,” she adds. “It will be joyful.”

    And before you cry, “But they’re stepsiblings!” the EP has a message for you. “I’d like to say to the fans that yes, I am aware that Jackson and Maggie’s parents are married to each other, and we are not avoiding that conversation,” she promises. On the contrary, “that story is bringing a lot of comedy and fun to the season.”

    Shonda Rhimes On Netflix Move, Inclusion & Knowing Your Value

    (10/5/17) ABC’s maven of Thursday night primetime, Shonda Rhimes, was on hand at the 2017 Vanity Fair Summit to talk about the decision to strike a mega multi-year deal to move her Shondaland company to streaming giant Netflix after a long tenure at ABC Studios, among other topics.

    The Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator cited that the ability to “put something out” all at once “that can be available all over the world” without having to platform the release informed her decision as well as the less restrictive environment.

    “There no broadcast standard and practices” or length requirements,” Rhimes said. “I can make something that is an hour and a half and I can make something that is 15 minutes long. There’s no ‘we want to see more of this because that’s what you’ve done before.’ It’s an open road.” She insisted that it wasn’t the traditional network formula that drove the change. “It’s not like we left it behind,” Rhimes said. “I have six shows that are happening over at ABC. It really was about doing something new and trying something new. After being someplace for 15 years, she said, acknowledging her appreciation for network television, “I reached a point where I could solve problems in my sleep. There was nothing new in terms of the challenges. I thought when you reach that point where you’re that comfortable it’s time to try something new.”

    Although Rhimes remained tight-lipped on her future Netflix projects, she said: “There’s a totally open road that Ted [Sarandos] has provided and an absolute clear lane to do whatever I want. They are very excited to go where I want to go.”

    During the panel discussion, Rhimes talked about the importance of ownership and knowing your value.

    “It’s important to have a stake in what you make,” she said. “I think that that’s been a problem since the beginning of time.” Rhimes noted that Grey’s Anatomy has made about $2 billion for Disney, adding. “I don’t have $2 billion.”

    “I think of myself as more of a businesswoman, and I have had to learn what’s important and what is not in terms of not getting screwed financially,” she said. “There’s a lot of people in this town that don’t know what the value of their work. … What’s important is to plant a flag, get a stake and build that up.”

    She also touched on the hot-bottom issue of inclusion and lack of the accurate representation in the world of Hollywood.

    “It’s an obvious fact that the world looks like what it looks like, which is I don’t walk out and see a sea of white men,: Rhimes said. “That’s not how the world looks to me, and that’s certainly not interesting.”

    She added: “There’s a problem with the idea that a movie that stars a white guy is a movie but if it stars a female then it’s a female-driven movie, or if it stars a black person, it’s a black film. There is something inherently ignorant about that.”

    Grey's Anatomy to Stage Standalone Flashback Episode — First Photo

    (10/4/17) (Photo) Grey’s Anatomy is kicking off November Sweeps by going to war, and it’s deploying four major characters to the front lines.

    TVLine has learned exclusively that the ABC drama’s Oct. 26 episode, titled “Danger Zone,” will be told almost entirely in flashback and chronicle the events leading up to Megan’s (Abigail Spencer) kidnapping in Iraq. In addition to Spencer, the standalone hour will also feature Kevin McKidd’s Owen, Martin Henderson’s Nathan and Kim Raver’s Teddy. (Check out an exclusive first look above.) I’m told the episode — penned by staff writer Jalysa Conway and directed by Cecilie Mosli — will be partially set in the present day, with Owen and Megan unpacking old baggage.

    As Grey’s fans know, Megan’s disappearance drove a tractor-trailer-sized wedge between her brother Owen and her then-boyfriend Nathan. The pair have put forth dramatically different versions of the events leading up to her kidnapping (GreysAnatomyWiki has a solid summary of the whole kerfuffle). They have since buried the hatchet, thanks in no small part by Megan’s recent reappearance. The Season 13 episode, “The Room Where It Happens,” briefly revisited Megan’s pre-kidnapping period, although Bridget Regan was playing the role at the time. (Regan’s Last Ship duties prevented her from returning this season, triggering the Spencer recast.)

    ABC Digital Studios Launches Six-Part Web Series, ‘Grey’s Anatomy: Post-Op,’ to Celebrate Show’s 300th Episode

    (10/4/17) In anticipation of “Grey’s Anatomy”’s 300th episode, ABC Digital Studios is launching a six-part web series, “Grey’s Anatomy: Post-Op,” hosted by Gordon James who plays Nurse Gregory on the series. Each week, leading up to “Grey’s Anatomy”’s astounding 300th episode, James will be joined by special guests including cast, writers, producers and various crew members as they look back at over a decade’s worth of memorable moments. Each new episode will offer a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most iconic scenes of the prolific ABC series, as well as an exclusive sneak peek into upcoming episodes from this record-breaking 14th season.

    The series will go live tomorrow, Wednesday, October 4, at 10 a.m., on and the ABC app; a promo for the series is live now:

    Grey's 300th-Episode Nostalgia Trip Is a 'Love Letter to the Fans,' Says EP

    (9/30/17) Of all the romances that have been sparked by Grey’s Anatomy, from Meredith and Derek’s to Callie and Arizona’s, one stands out as the greatest love of all: the relationship between the ABC drama and its audience. So it was with that in mind that recently-returned executive producer/co-showrunner Krista Vernoff sat down to come up with the script for the series’ milestone 300th episode. “I have written it,” she tells TVLine, “as a love letter to the fans who have been watching all 14 years.”

    Although Vernoff’s goal now that she is once again Team Grey’s is to move the show forward, imbuing it with “more joy and more light and more humor,” the 300th episode is a special occasion, one on which it’s only appropriate to take a moment and look back. “If there is a feel to the episode,” she says, “it is nostalgia. And if there is a theme of the episode, it is the ghosts of our past.

    “So I have found a way,” she continues, “to pay some small tribute to everyone who has been here before.”

    Beyond that, Vernoff isn’t giving away any plot details — at least not yet. But we do know that the 300th episode will fall during the first half of Grey’s Season 14, which kicked off with a two-hour premiere Thursday. An official airdate for the big Three-Oh-Oh has not been announced.

    Kate Walsh Opens Up About Her Brain Tumor & How She Chose a Doctor Who Was Just Like Her Grey’s Anatomy Character

    (9/29/17) After receiving a devastating brain tumor diagnosis in 2015, it seemed like Kate Walsh needed to find a real life Dr. Addison Montgomery — the character she memorably played in ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.

    And, lucky for her, the actress found her real life match.

    “I ended up finding this amazing doctor here in L.A. who is kind of a total Addison and I say that only because I’m like I can’t believe I kind of found an Addison,” she said during a recent episode of ABC Radio’s “No Limits With Rebecca Jarvis.”

    “I love her so much and she’s so cool and so knowledgeable and so fierce and amazing,” Walsh said of her doctor.

    Since her diagnosis, Walsh said she refers to her life as “before tumor” and “after tumor.”

    “I think most people who go through, you know, a major health scare or crisis like that, it’s very cliche and trite but it forces you to really sort of assess your life if you haven’t already,” she said.

    Walsh said her tumor, which was found to be benign, was removed three days after her doctors discovered it.

    “When I was going into surgery and I didn’t know what was going to happen, I just had that real, I call it, like, a God moment or a very special moment,” she revealed. “Like, ‘Well this is it, I’ve had a great run and if not I just want to do stuff that I love.'”

    The 13 Reasons Why actress admitted she didn’t talk about her experiences before because she wanted to recover in her own time.

    “I really was always intent on wanting to partner with someone just to share and talk about my experience,” she said.

    After a nine-month break from working, Walsh shot several projects including Girls Trip and 13 Reasons Why. Though long days of shooting are still in her schedule, she makes sure to get a good night’s sleep and not take too much on for herself.

    “Find your Addison… I did… she’s awesome,” she said.

    Ratings: Will & Grace Revival Tops Thursday, Draws 10 Million Viewers

    (9/29/17) You can go home again.

    NBC’s Will & Grace revival drew 10.2 million total viewers and a 3.0 rating (per finals), topping all Thursday entertainment programming in the demo and marking NBC’s best new or returning comedy premiere in six years (since 9/22/11, when The Office and Whitney did 3.9 and 3.3, respectively).

    In total audience, W&G delivered NBC’s most-watched Thursday comedy telecast in 10 years (since My Name Is Earl drew 10.7 million on 2/1/07).

    CBS’ Thursday Night Football (10.7 mil/3.2) was the night’s overall demo leader, though down 18 and 26 percent from the fast nationals for the network’s coverage of last year’s Texans/Patriots kickoff game.

    Elsewhere on the night, per fast nationals….

    NBC | Superstore (4.6 mil/1.2) drew its best regular time slot rating since Oct. 27, The Good Place (4.6 mil/1.3) matched its recent Wednesday return and Great News (5.1 mil/1.3) returned to a demo high. Chicago Fire (7.2 mil) improved on its finale (6.3 mil/1.3, on a Tuesday) and gave NBC its best non-sports rating in the time slot since October 2015.

    ABC | Grey’s Anatomy‘s two-hour premiere averaged 7.9 million and a 2.3, improving on its finale (7.9 mil/2.0) with its best numbers since early February. How to Get Away With Murder (4 mil/1.1) was down from its finale (4.9 mil/1.4), tying series lows with its return.

    FOX | Gotham (2.8 mil/0.8) dipped to new series lows, while The Orville (3.7 mil/1.1) dropped a few eyeballs but was steady in the demo.

    THE CW | Penn & Teller (1.7 mil/0.4) was flat, Whose Line (1.1 mil/0.2) dipped.

    Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Premiere: EP Talks 'Fresh' Love Triangle, Minnick's Exit, That Kiss and Jolex's Future

    (9/29/17) ( Warning: The following article contains spoilers for the Season 14 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy. If you haven’t watched yet, you might want to do that — stat — before reading further.

    We’d heard over the summer that Season 14 of Grey’s Anatomy was going to be “funnier… sexier… lighter,” and if Thursday’s zippy premiere is any indication, that might have been an understatement. In the two-parter — penned by the ABC drama’s former executive producer/head writer, Krista Vernoff, who only recently rejoined Team Grey’s as co-showrunner — Owen and Nathan were happily reunited with Megan (who, upon seeing her brother, deadpanned, “Who are you?”); Ben, playing the role of Jo’s new Stephanie, helped get her back together with Alex (and save her from any future trysts with an adorkable sub-intern); Maggie and Jackson took turns seeing which of them could be more awkward around the other; and Arizona rebounded from being ghosted by Eliza by hooking up with a beautiful stranger… who turned out to be DeLuca’s sister, Carina!

    Of course, this being Grey’s, “Break Down the House” and “Get Off On the Pain” weren’t all laughs. Megan turned down Nathan’s proposal because, as he explained to Mer, “she thinks I’m still in love with you”; Owen, as estranged as ever from Amelia, kissed Teddy, but she refused to start anything with a married man; April, hurt by “the Montana situation” with Jackson, told her ex that she had to move out; and, while participating in the very Masters of Sex-y research that Bailey was allowing Carina to conduct at Grey Sloan, Amelia learned that she had a brain tumor the size of a baseball! Here, Vernoff previews what’s next, from hard choices to second chances.

    TVLINE | Going forward, how does Meredith handle knowing that she is the obstacle that’s standing between someone she cares about — Nathan — and someone she really likes — Megan?

    As you can tell from her reaction at the end [of the premiere], initially, it makes her angry. We spend a few episodes unpacking this story. It’s complicated for her. It’s complicated for Nathan. It’s complicated for Megan. There are no easy answers. What I love about the way we’ve told this story is that we’re doing a love triangle where these two women never turn on each other. That’s what feels fresh about it to me. [After Mer performed groundbreaking surgery on Megan], they have been through something together, and they have a profound amount of respect for each other.

    TVLINE | And, at the same time, Mer and Nathan’s feelings for one another obviously didn’t just evaporate.

    Exactly. Feelings don’t disappear overnight. They get really complicated by the fact that everybody respects everybody involved. And everybody involved has been through a lot in this lifetime. So there’s nothing petty or small about the way we’ve told this story, and I’m really proud of that.

    TVLINE | Now that Alex and Jo have reunited, what’s next for them?

    There’s joy and romance — and these two characters really earned this. They were apart for a long time, and things were so complicated between them. Now, I’m really enjoying some good times with them.

    TVLINE | Even though Paul is still out there…

    Yes, that is a dark cloud, and domestic violence is no laughing matter. But it wouldn’t be Grey’s Anatomy if there weren’t some dark and twisty turns along the way.

    TVLINE | Let’s talk about Owen kissing Teddy. Was that more about him really wanting her or him being upset about the state of his non-marriage?

    I believe it was both. Teddy and Owen have been longing for each other since we first met Teddy. And we played that. The two of them have talked about this in the past, and then they went on to have great loves with other people. Owen has always — since the beginning of Teddy knowing him — been with someone else, and she just loves him. So I think his kiss is driven both by his desire for Teddy that is undeniable and the fact that he’s been so totally rejected by his wife. It’s a combo platter.

    TVLINE | Speaking of Owen’s wife… is it safe to assume that Amelia’s brain tumor has been the cause of some of her more erratic behavior?

    That is indeed safe to assume. And you can look forward to the [story delving into the] complexity of what it is to have a marriage in crisis and then find out there’s this illness, and then potentially know that the illness caused the crisis. Does that allow you to come back from the crisis?

    TVLINE | Does that mean we’ll finally get to see Amelia smile again?

    Yes, 100 percent, you will.

    TVLINE | Tell me about the decision not to move forward with Arizona and Eliza’s relationship.

    I felt like the Minnick story had been told, not necessarily in terms of Arizona but in terms of [Eliza’s] impact on the hospital and on Richard. One of my goals for this season was to eliminate some of the darkness and us-against-them dynamic and return to a more all-of-us-together-against-the-limitations-of-medicine [feel]. There were a lot of people mad at each other and hurt by each other, and my goal was to bring in more joy and more light and more humor. I wanted Bailey and Richard side by side again. So I made that decision, due to Minnick’s overall impact on the hospital. I am aware that that will be hard for the fans, because there was also a romance there…

    TVLINE | I think they’ll get over it. Carina’s a blast.

    I don’t want to spoil too much, but I can tell you that I’m having a great deal of fun writing her. She’s terrific and funny and sexy.

    TVLINE | April and Jackson’s last conversation felt like a real ending between them. Was it?

    Those two people are divorced. And we went through a tremendous amount of drama and pain with them in recent years. And what I love about what they played in the finale is that they were adults together. April has grown up. She has recognized that a dynamic is causing her pain… and that maybe it’s not the smartest thing to keep living with your ex-husband when you still have feelings for him. And so, rather than accusing anyone of anything, she’s making a very adult decision to take care of her own feelings.

    TVLINE | Will she be rewarded for her maturity?

    Yes. April is going on a complicated journey this season.

    TVLINE | The sub-interns were pretty hilarious. Will any of them be sticking around — or will we be getting new interns?

    One of the things we’re doing this year for the first time ever is showing you some of the interviewing process for new interns. And yes, we will have some new ones.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season Premiere: Kevin McKidd On Tonight’s Jawdropper & What’s Next For Dr. Owen

    (9/29/17) ( SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details about tonight’s two-hour 14th season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy on ABC, “Break Down the House” and “Get off on the Pain.”

    Leave it to a mother, a sister, and a girlfriend to try and break up a marriage.

    After Dr. Owen Hunt is cornered by all three over their concerns that Dr. Amelia Shephard (Caterina Scorsone) is in need of therapy, tonight’s back-to-back episodes, “Break Down the House” and “Get off on the Pain” left us in a stone-cold standstill: Amelia learns that she has a massive tumor.

    And after Owen made a pass at BFF Teddy following the fam’s meddling in his marriage, he might want to think twice about leaving Amelia high and dry. Moments before tonight’s 14th series premiere about the Seattle hospital that refuses to burn down, Deadline caught up with the good doctor himself, Kevin McKidd, to sort through Dr. Owen’s emotional baggage.

    In Episode 3, “Go Big or Go Home,” airing next Thursday, we’re bound to see Owen “stepping up the way someone must do when the person they love is in a medical dilemma,” teases McKidd.

    “Amelia had this tumor go undiagnosed and it’s been affecting her choices and her personality. She probably had it when she asked Owen to marry her. When you roll the videotape back however many years, she asks, ‘Who have I been?’ and Owen asks the same emotions. It’s interesting to see where they end up. The tumor changes the game,” explains McKidd.

    If you remember back to season 11, Amelia has had a previous entanglement with a brain tumor, but on the other side of the knife: When she pulled off a surgical feat and removed Dr. Nicole Herman’s (Geena Davis) tumor, leaving her blind. There was a moment when Amelia remarked to Arizona that Dr. Herman’s brain tumor scan was “spectacular.” Amelia’s is bigger, and cold shock is more akin to her reaction tonight than “spectacular.”

    Days have elapsed between tonight’s episodes and the season 13 finale when Owen and Amelia picked up Megan (Abigail Spencer) in a gurney at the military base. And the fact that Amelia hasn’t stuck her head in to see how Owen’s missing sister is doing (despite the fact that she is a busy surgeon at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital) simply offends the Hunt family. Loaded with their voices in his head, Owen confronts Amelia about what they have left that’s sacred: “When she basically says that she’s checked out of the relationship, Owen is completely lost, confused, and hurt, and doesn’t know what the marriage is anymore,” says McKidd Hence, his kiss with Teddy. But Owen should be the bigger and better guy with Amelia, come episode 3.

    And though Owen has Amelia’s pain to contend with moving forward, there’s a greater emotional cavity that’s being filled by the return of his sister, Megan, who – speaking of cavities – gets a new abdomen thanks to Dr. Meredith’s groundbreaking surgery.

    But seriously, the fact that Megan is alive for Owen fills a great void. Even though he wasn’t responsible for her disappearance, as an older brother, he felt he could have done something in the Army. “He’s played the role of feeling guilty about things, and what you realize is that it all stems back to the disappearance of his sister, and that guilt gets eased in upcoming episodes. Her return and irreverence helps him heal,” says McKidd, who directed tonight’s second hour, his 17th helming credit on Grey’s Anatomy. Debbie Allen helmed the first episode, “Break Down the House.” In total, the first two hours of tonight’s premiere took 18 days to shoot.

    But, man, that Megan, she’s a firecracker. Even though, health-wise, she’s got bigger things to worry about, she promptly starts making waves from her hospital bed, getting into Owen’s head about Amelia and hooking Nathan, her former lover, away from Meredith.

    So what’s next for Megan on the show? She’s a surgeon. Will she don scrubs and yell, “Hey, give me that scalpel!?” Not so, according to McKidd. While there’s a competitive streak between Owen and his younger sister, her focus isn’t about rolling up her sleeves at Grey-Sloan, but “reconnecting with her son and going back to Iraq. It will pencil out to be a satisfying conclusion,” says McKidd about Megan’s arc.

    But, really, no pressure, Owen. If something happens to her, can you take care of her adopted child? While McKidd is mum about whether we’ll see Megan’s son in a future episode, should Owen be faced with the responsibility, he’ll take it on, no questions asked.

    “Owen will do anything for his sister, he’ll throw himself off a bridge, he loves her so much,” explains McKidd.

    And obviously we know that Megan can’t overstay her welcome on Grey’s Anatomy because actress Spencer has the second season of NBC/Sony’s Timeless she has to start filming.

    And what of Teddy and Owen? After she keeps him in check after the kiss, McKidd says that the duo will maintain their boundaries as friends and controlling their emotions. For their relationship “is an interesting one, complicated as very close friends with an unrequited component. It’s fun to play that relationship, there’s always the pull and push between them,” says McKidd.

    Currently, Grey’s Anatomy is in production on episode 7 this season.

    ‘The Last Ship’: Season 6 Of TNT Drama Series Considered A Long Shot

    (9/29/17) TNT’s action drama The Last Ship is currently airing its fourth season and already has Season 5 in the can. But I hear a sixth season is unlikely.

    There were a flurry of rumors about The Last Ship coming to an end last week when cast member Travis Van Winkle posted (and subsequently deleted) an Instagram note about wrapping production on Season 5, which he referred to “series wrap,” reminiscing on the show’s five-year run. While the network issued a statement to dispel the rumors, I hear those involved in the series do not expect it to go beyond five seasons.

    The Last Ship star Eric Dane was recently approached to star in a new TV series and, while he ended up passing on the project, I hear he had been made available and is free and clear to take other jobs. Additionally, I hear Season 5 is not ending in a cliffhanger, which could’ve been used to write off Dane’s character and would’ve made it harder to end the series.

    The Last Ship, a leftover from TNT’s previous regime, has been a solid performer but not as potent as earlier on in its run. It’s the network’s third most watched series behind Major Crimes and The Librarians though it is older skewing and its current fourth season is down double-digits from last year.

    Here is TNT’s statement:

    We shot two seasons simultaneously, the fourth is currently on the air and the fifth will return next summer. We greenlit the fifth with the idea that it could be the final season, however it’s far too early to make that determination.

    Shonda Rhimes & Grey's Anatomy Cast Take a Knee in 'Solidarity of Racial Justice' at 300th Episode Party

    (9/26/17) (Pic) Shonda Rhimes and the cast of Grey’s Anatomy are supporting NFL players’ protest of racial injustice in the wake of the backlash from President Donald Trump.

    “and we took a knee in solidarity of racial justice. #takeaknee#greysanatomy #300th,” Rhimes, 47, shared on Instagram Tuesday, along with a photo of her, Ellen Pompeo, Jesse Williams and Debbie Allen on one knee at the 300th episode celebration party. (Jason Winston George, who plays Ben Warren, was cropped out of the picture.)

    “We kneel because we are supposed to be one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. #ilovethesepeople #300thepisode,” Pompeo captioned the same photo.

    Meanwhile, Williams, 36, responded to a Twitter follower who tried to to get the hashtag #BoycottGreysAnatomy trending after their protest picture.

    “No one’s scared of u. Also, u follow me. #GetYourLifeTogether See u this Thursday for our season premiere at 8pm!” the actor wrote.

    The ABC drama, which is one of the longest-running scripted shows in TV history, will mark its 300th episode this season on Thursday.

    Also on Monday, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny took a knee on the set of the upcoming reboot of The X-Files.

    NFL players and celebrities continue to show their solidarity with athletes like Colin Kaepernick, who made headlines in Aug. 2016 for refusing to stand for the national anthem to protest racial injustice in the United States.

    While numerous NFL stars kneeled and locked arms during the national anthem during a Sunday game in London, celebrities, including Stevie Wonder, Diddy and Uzo Aduba, lent their voices to the movement.

    On Saturday, Rhimes tweeted: “I think: By kneeling, players don’t disrespect the flag.They ask US to respect the flag. They ask us to make the anthem true for all of us.”

    During a rally speech in Alabama on Friday, Trump stated, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, say, ‘Get that son of a b–ch off the field right now. Out, you’re fired.’”

    In addition, the president had a series of follow-up tweets. “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect…our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem,” he wrote. “If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”

    Jesse Williams Coughs Up Huge Spousal, Child Support Payment

    (9/26/17) Jesse Williams is opening his wallet wide for his estranged wife, to the tune of $160,000.

    Jesse's estranged wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, just filed legal docs which disclose a temporary settlement, in which Jesse agrees to give her $100k for spousal and child support and $60k to cover her lawyer's fees and other costs.

    He has to pay her in 3 installments from his first 3 "Grey's Anatomy" paychecks.

    This doesn't mean things are copacetic with their divorce, which has been super nasty, but it's one battle ground where they've stopped fighting.

    Sofia Vergara Is the Highest-Earning Actress on TV for the Sixth Year in a Row

    (9/26/17) To paraphrase Jay-Z, Sofia Vergara ain't a businesswoman, she's a business, woman.

    For the sixth year in a row, the Modern Family star has topped the Forbes list of highest-paid TV actresses, raking in $41.5 million from June 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017 before taxes and management fees. And perhaps even more impressively, her hefty Modern Family salary only accounts for about a quarter of her income, with the bulk of it coming from endorsement deals with Head and Shoulders, Pepsico and Covergirl and licensing deals that get her name on perfume, furniture and a coffee maker and earn her a share of the profits.

    Her earnings dwarf the second-place finisher, The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco, who earned about $26 million. She earns more per episode than Vergara but doesn't have as many endorsement deals.

    There's a steep drop to third place, where Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo and The Mindy Project's Mindy Kaling are tied with $13 million. Pompeo's income mostly comes from Grey's, while much of Kaling's comes from movies and an endorsement deal with McDonald's.

    Most of the women on the list are the stars of long-running broadcast series. There's no better way to make money as an actor than starring on a show that does a lot of episodes for a long time. There are only two streaming stars -- Kaling and House of Cards' Robin Wright -- and no cable stars. Cable and streaming actors often earn more per episode but do a lot fewer episodes.

    The list of male actors for 2017 is not out yet, but last year it was The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons, who earned $25.5 million, and will likely top the list again this year, especially now that he's added Young Sheldon to his portfolio.

    Here's the full list.

    1. Sofia Vergara - $41.5 million
    2. Kaley Cuoco - $26 million
    3. (tie) Ellen Pompeo/Mindy Kaling - $13 million
    5. Mariska Hargitay - $12.5 million
    6. Julie Bowen - $12 million
    7. Kerry Washington - $11 million
    8. Priyanka Chopra - $10 million
    9. Robin Wright - $9 million
    10. Pauley Perrette - $8.5 million.

    Jesse Williams Makes Waves for Controversial Stance on the NFL's Pregame National Anthem

    (9/26/17) (Video) Jesse Williams is making headlines for his comments on MSNBC in which he referred to the NFL's pregame playing of the national anthem as a marketing "scam."

    Back in September 2016, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the playing of the national anthem as a form of protest against the oppression of people of color. The protest sparked a debate in terms of whether Kaepernick's action was disrespectful or a form of freedom of speech. Kaepernick was not signed with an NFL team the following season. Here's a good timeline of these events.

    Many athletes both in the NFL and outside of the league have continued to kneel or sit during the pregame playing of the national anthem as a form of protest. In fact, star athletes like Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers locked arms or knelt with teammates before this past weekend's game in response to President Donald Trump's recent tweets and remarks in Alabama in which he said, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say 'Get that son of a b-tch off the field right now. Out. He's fired'?"

    During his interview with MSNBC, Williams argued that the pregame playing of the national anthem isn't actually rooted in NFL tradition.

    "I think, Thomas, it's also important to realize that this anthem thing is a scam," he told the interviewer. "This is not actually part of football. This was invented in 2009 from the government paying the NFL to market military recruitment—to get more people to go off and fight wars to die. This has nothing to do with NFL or American pastime or tradition. This is to get boys and girls to go fly overseas and go kill people. They're marketing. They're pumping millions and millions of dollars into the NFL to get us to put on a pageant in front of NFL football games to get you to go off and fight."

    Williams also said that there was "an incredible level of cowardice and selfishness in the ownership class in this particular league on this particular topic."

    "[The owners] don't know right from wrong because we know, what, seven or eight of these owners gave Donald Trump a million dollars each and are close friends with a very horrible guy who thinks he's a dictator, who treats America like it's a game show and we're North Korea and we need to stand pledging allegiance as war machines fly overhead for military recruiting videos," Williams said at one point during the interview.

    Williams continued to discuss the issue on social media after the interview and this past weekend's game.

    Williams' comments also drew attention from Dan Bongino, a former secret service agent and NYPD officer, on Fox and Friends.

    "What planet does this clown live on?" Bongino said. "Is this guy serious that the national anthem in the beginning of a game a symbol of national solidarity for the greatest country for the history of mankind. Is this joker serious that this is some kind of a scam? You know what's a scam? Hollywood continuing to take our money while they crap all over Americans who give their hard-earned money to watch these people entertain us, and then turn around the very next day and call us all deplorables, idiots, and they make fun of us all the time."

    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, 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 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.” 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) ( 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

    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, 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.

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