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