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‘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.