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New Study Shows Grey's Anatomy's Episode About Rape Increased Calls to Crisis Hotlines(12/4/19) During one of its most difficult episodes, Grey's Anatomy took care to include several key viewer discretion warnings and information about how to reach out to various crisis hotlines, and that decision had some measurable effects on the public.
A new study published by The Journal of the American Medical Association found that the Season 15 episode titled "Silent All These Years," which included a post-episode PSA from Ellen Pompeo that encouraged audiences to reach out to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) hotline (1-800-656-4673), was directly linked to an increase in searches related to the hotline as well as a 1,000 percent increase in engagements with the organization's Twitter account, the day after the episode aired.
Trevor Torgerson, the Oklahoma State University medical student who co-authored the study, told Axios that he also uncovered a sharp uptick in communications with RAINN's hotline in conjunction with the episode as well.
"More importantly, the RAINN hotline saw their call volume increase by 43 percent in the 48 hours after the episode," Torgerson told the site. "These findings are important as it displays another way for the media and involved parties to reach survivors of sexual violence who may not be aware of the resources otherwise."
Grey's Anatomy's "Silent All These Years," which aired in March, featured devastating descriptions of sexual assault, after Jo (Camilla Luddington) visited her estranged birth mother (Michelle Forbes) and found out the horrific details of her pregnancy.
It was one of several episodes throughout the season that directed audiences to seek help if they were to identify with the characters' crises. A previous episode centered on Jo's history with domestic abuse went so far as to re-title itself "1-800-799-7233" in order to direct audiences to a helpline.
Grey's Anatomy returns to ABC on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 for a crossover event with Station 19, starting at 8/7c.
‘Them’: Brooke Smith, Anika Noni Rose, P.J. Byrne, Malcolm Mays, Jeremiah Birkett & Sophie Guest To Recur on Amazon Anthology Series(12/2/19) Brooke Smith (Bombshell), Anika Noni Rose (Power, The Quad), P.J. Byrne (Black Lightning), Malcolm Mays (Snowfall), Jeremiah Birkett (Euphoria, Lucifer) and Sophie Guest (The Good Nanny) are set to recur opposite Deborah Ayorinde and Ashley Thomas in Amazon’s Them (fka Them: Covenant), the first season of the anthology horror series from executive producer Lena Waithe and writer and executive producer Little Marvin. The project, from Vertigo Entertainment and Sony Pictures TV, has a two-season straight-to-series order.
Written by Little Marvin, the 1953-set Them centers on Alfred and Lucky Emory (Ayorinde and Thomas), who decide to move their family from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood. The family’s home on a tree-lined, seemingly idyllic street becomes ground zero where malevolent forces both real and supernatural threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.
Smith will play Helen Koistra, the realtor who moves the Emory family into their new home to the chagrin of their white neighbors.
Rose will play Ella Mae, a petite, loving, god-fearing, if a bit fastidious housewife. Like the Emorys, Ella Mae and her family are a pioneering black family in lily-white Compton.
Byrne will portray Stu Berks, Henry’s patronizing new boss at the aeronautics plant. A 1950’s version of the white dude who says shit like “I can’t be racist, I have black friends”.
Mays is Calvin, the first friendly face Henry meets at his new job in the aeronautics plant. Good humored and affable, Calvin helps Henry navigate the racial tension of being the first black engineer of the newly integrated office.
Birkett and Guest’s characters are being kept under wraps.
Little Marvin executive produces with Waithe, along with Roy Lee, Miri Yoon and Michael Connolly of Vertigo Entertainment. David Matthews as executive producer and showrunner. Sony Pictures TV, which has a deal with Vertigo, is the studio.
Smith will next be seen as Irena Briganti in Bombshell. Her most recent TV credits include Unbelievable, The Good Fight, The Act and Project Blue Book and she previously recurred on Bates Motel. Smith is repped by Paradigm and manager Sue Leibman/Barking Dog Entertainment.
Rose will next be seen in a recurring role on Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere. Her other recent television credits include Power and The Quad. She’s repped by Innovative, David Williams Management, GoodManagement and Schreck Rose Dapello.
Byrne was most recently seen in a recurring role in Black Lightning and in the second installment of Big Little Lies. He’ll next appear on the big screen as Neil Cavuto in Bombshell.
Mays played Kevin Hamilton for two seasons on FX’s Snowfall. He also starred in Antoine Fuqua’s boxing movie Southpaw and the Cuba Gooding Jr.-Dennis Haysbert film Life of a King. He can be seen starring opposite Anna Kendrick in IFC’s The Day Shall Come from See-Saw Films.
Birkett appeared in recurring roles on Euphoria and Lucifer. On the film side, he can currently be seen in Lucy in the Sky. He is repped by Pantheon, Matt Sherman Management and Skrzyniarz & Mallean.
Guest was most recently seen starring as Sophie Walsh in the Lifetime thrillers The Good Nanny and Fatal Defense. Her film work includes The Fault In Our Stars and Love the Coopers. She’s repped by Coast to Coast Talent Group and Treadwell Entertainment Group.
Ellen Pompeo supports Gabrielle Union amid ‘America Got Talent’ exit(11/28/19) Ellen Pompeo fired off a series of tweets Thursday defending Gabrielle Union after her recent ouster from “America’s Got Talent.”
“I support @itsgabrielleu commitment to speaking up to injustice. It takes courage,” the “Grey’s Anatomy” star wrote.
Union, 47, and fellow judge Julianne Hough exited “America’s Got Talent” last week. On Wednesday, reports surfaced of alleged toxicity on the NBC talent competition series. Union is said to have addressed racially insensitive incidents with producers, according to Variety.
“Workplace cultures will continue to be toxic until there is unity and solidarity among all women,” Pompeo tweeted.
“If you go for self in these moments you undermine the work we are out here trying to do. Obviously this network feels like they can operate like this and it’s okay,” she continued.
The actress also encouraged women to look elsewhere for entertainment.
“With that said GIRLS….instead of wack jugglers and messy Simon Cowell [a judge and executive producer on ‘America’s Got Talent’] watch @ReeseW and Jennifer Anniston [sic] in The Morning Show!! Soooo much better. Hard to believe these networks are still getting away with this,” Pompeo continued. “Our work continues @itsgabrielleu.”
Pompeo, who previously spoke about a “toxic” environment on “Grey’s Anatomy,” also addressed her own network.
“Also I feel important to mention our problems on the Greys set and every set has them…some kind of issue …there’s lots of people in a workplace.. point is… exec producers and the NETWORK cared enough to help us make change support is crucial,” she tweeted.
Union spoke out Wednesday, stating she is “humbled and thankful” amid the controversy.
“So many tears, so much gratitude. THANK YOU!” Union tweeted. “Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone… you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever.”
Reps for NBC did not immediately respond to our request for comment.
Loretta Devine on Black-ish 12/10/19(11/26/19) “Father Christmas” – Pops doesn’t do Christmas, so when he shows up to the house full of holiday cheer with Lynette (Loretta Devine), Dre is thrown off. Pops wants to make up for lost time and go all out this Christmas. The whole family gets into the holiday spirit until someone from Lynette’s past shows up on “black-ish,” TUESDAY, DEC. 10 (9:30–10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
ABC’s “black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Laurence Fishburne as Pops, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson, Jenifer Lewis as Ruby, Peter Mackenzie as Mr. Stevens, Deon Cole as Charlie Telphy and Jeff Meacham as Josh.
Guest starring Loretta Devine as Lynette, Baron Vaughn as Doug and Raven-Symoné as Rhonda.
“Father Christmas” was written by Mary Fitzgerald and directed by Anthony Anderson.
Ratings: Grey's Dominates Non-NFL Fare With Final Bow in Longtime Slot(11/22/19) ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy this Thursday drew 6.4 million total viewers and a 1.3 demo rating with its fall finale (and its final airing before changing time slots after the holiday break), adding a few eyeballs week-to-week while steady in the demo. A Million Little Things (4.6 mil/0.8) was also steady in the demo with its own fall finale, while How to Get Away With Murder (2.2 mil/0.4, reader grade “A”) tied its demo low heading into a four(!)-month hiatus.
FOX | Thursday Night Football was down sharply from last week, posting its second-lowest fast nationals of the season.
THE CW | Supernatural (1.15 mil/0.2) and Legacies (845K/0.2) both ticked down, with the former hitting a series low in the demo.
NBC | Superstore (2.7 mil/0.7) and SVU (3.8 mil/0.6) dipped, Perfect Harmony (1.9 mil/0.4) and The Good Place (2 mil/0.6) were steady, and Will & Grace (2.2 mil/0.5) ticked up from last week’s lows.
CBS | Young Sheldon (8.3 mil/1.0) slipped two tenths to match its series low, Mom (6 mil/0.8) dipped one tenth, while The Unicorn (5.7 mil/0.7), Carol’s Second Act (4.9 mil/0.6) and Evil (3.5 mil/0.5) were all steady.
Grey's Recap: Legends of the Fall Finale — Plus, Shocks Around the Docs(11/21/19) (tvline.com) Just in time for Grey’s Anatomy to take its winter break, Meredith returned to work in Thursday’s “Let’s All Go to the Bar.” But the episode wasn’t all choruses of “For She’s a Jolly Good Doctor.” On the contrary, the action-packed fall finale also dropped a baby in Jo’s arms, sped up the swirling of Maggie’s downward spiral and gave DeLuca some stiff competition for Grey — courtesy of Cristina! Read on…
‘IT’S WEIRD SPENDING ALL YOUR TIME IN A PLACE MOST PEOPLE HATE’ | As the hour began, Mer was texting with Cristina, who wrote that she’d sent a package; being welcomed back by her Grey Sloan colleagues; and throwing shade at DeLuca. “I was gonna tell you [Bailey rehired me],” she said, “but you were too busy dumping me.” While outside Catherine, as far as I know still unaware that Jaggie is finito, got an eyeful of Jackson flirting with Vic, inside Amelia and Link, and Levi and Nico, were busy canoodling. When Amelia and Link came up for air, Jo related that she’d become a safe haven volunteer and had just gotten her first call that a baby had been dropped off at a fire station. While Maggie, still shaken after losing Sabi, treated Elliot, who was set to receive his fourth aortic valve replacement, Bailey discovered that her patient of the week was Station 19’s Captain Herrera, who feared that his cancer had returned. Meredith was about to discuss a tumor with 13-year-old patient Jamie and her mom when she was interrupted by Cormac Hayes (Richard Flood), as newly-minted chief of pediatric surgery. And, at Pac-North, when not noticing how handsy Gemma was with Richard, Owen stepped in for an absent Alex to give Dr. Daphne Lopez a walk-through in hopes of enticing her to join the staff.
At Station 19, Jo met Vic and kinda freaked her out by calling her Jackson’s girlfriend. “Did he… say something?” asked Vic. Then, as the firefighters got called away, Jo was handed the baby in need by Ben. At Grey Sloan, Maggie asked Teddy to scrub in on her valve replacement and grew increasingly anxious about the possibility of losing Elliot, who’d just — and I mean just — become a dad. (His significant other was still icing her lady parts, that’s how new the newborn was.) Meanwhile, Miranda discovered that Chief Herrera had a tumor, which she refused to let him assume was malignant. Off Catherine’s awkward meeting with Vic, Jackson explained that he and Maggie had broken up months ago, but his mom didn’t have to worry about it affecting her marriage. She, in turn, said that she didn’t know how much longer her marriage would be an issue — she was duly suspicious of his relationship with Gemma. Oh, come on, said Jackson. Richard would lie down in traffic for his wife! “I might ask him to,” she snarked.
‘PREGNANCY CLUB JUST GOT LESS FUN’ | During a coffee break/impromptu AA meeting with Gemma at Pac-North, Richard learned that she’d started to drink when she became a young widow. At Station 19, Jo was struck by the surreal situation in which she found herself, caring for a baby who, like her, had been abandoned as a newborn. “We prefer the term ‘surrendered,'” Ben told her, because the parent(s) didn’t feel they could care for the child. (Anyone not expecting Jo to want to adopt this baby?) When Helm and Schmitt argued about his ratting out Mer as they wheeled Elliot to the O.R., he asked them 1) to lay off and b) to take him past the nursery so he could get what might be his last peek at his baby. (Damn, this episode jumped around a lot!) While comparing notes on her pregnancy with Amelia, Bailey was shocked to learn that her colleague hadn’t had an ultrasound yet. “Best way to fight fear is with information,” Miranda told her. “You can’t fix what you don’t know.” Treating Jamie, Mer clashed big time with Cormac. “Who are you, exactly?” he asked, six feet of bad attitude in a lab coat. Later, before bringing the “surrendered” baby to Grey Sloan, Jo told Ben that she’d hoped being a safe haven volunteer would better help her understand her mother; it had not. “Link thinks this is too much, too soon,” she admitted. And it appeared that he might have been right. In the O.R., Maggie got seriously snippy with a chatty Teddy. As soon as she was called away, Pierce realized that — uh-oh — the heart wasn’t restarting. Thankfully, Teddy returned in time to suggest that if they waited a while, it still could.
Hilariously, when Catherine arrived at Pac-North, she had to tell a nurse who she was — and was informed that Richard was having coffee with “his wife.” After Cormac scared Jamie and her mom to death with talk of the possibility that her tumor was cancer, Meredith all but face-palmed. Meanwhile, Link almost laughed at DeLuca for telling Mer to “take some time” because they weren’t equals, and strongly advised him to go undo whatever he’d done, stat. When Bailey was informing Chief Herrera that he had lymphoma, she began bleeding. By the time Ben got there, sadly, she had lost the baby. When it turned out that Jamie didn’t have cancer, Mer informed Cormac that he was in her house and told him that he was going to remove the mass — which turned out to be a gall stone?!? — right then and there. At Pac North, Richard warned Owen against getting too chummy with the lovely Daphne; he knew firsthand what a slippery slope that was. Meeting Jackson for lunch, Catherine announced that Richard was having an affair — just because he had been in his office with Gemma with the door closed. Back at Grey Sloan, Bailey begged Ben to go home, go drink with his buddies, anything but stick around “with those sad, beautiful eyes.” Immediately after, she learned that Amelia was getting her ultrasound imminently, and rather than scare her, said that she had elected to find out the gender of the baby: It’s a girl, Miranda said. Or it had been.
IN CLOSING | As the episode drew to a conclusion, Teddy explained to Elliot’s babymama that they weren’t sure how long it would take his heart to restart. In response, the poor woman asked a distraught Maggie what had happened. More like demanded to know — and Pierce couldn’t take it. “I would like to tender my resignation,” she told Koracick afterwards. “I had a bad feeling. I can’t be a surgeon if I can’t trust my own gut.” When he immediately offered Teddy Maggie’s position as cardio chief, she launched into a speech about how he had to stop offering her things in hopes of obtaining a future with her. That wasn’t what he was doing, he said. But he would marry her in a heartbeat — whereas Owen had yet to propose, he noted. Cormac at last showed a sweeter side, telling Jamie not to worry about the boy she liked — his sons and all boys her age were basically scared of girls. Catherine texted Richard that she was leaving for Chicago on foundation business. When Link showed up at Jo and Alex’s, the baby was there. It appeared that she was keeping him, or hoping to. Finally, Cristina texted Mer that the package she’d sent wasn’t an it, it was a him — she’d basically sent Cormac. At Amelia’s ultrasound, Carina revealed that the mom-to-be wasn’t 20 weeks pregnant, she was 24 — meaning that the baby was… aw, crap! Owen’s. And a car crashed into Joe’s Bar while Jackson, Ben, Chief Herrera, Levi, Nico, Helm, Casey and Blake were all there, setting the stage for [see here].
Krista Vernoff On How ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Fall Finale Tees Off Season 3 Of ‘Station 19’, Sexier ‘Grey’s’ At 9 PM, “Messier” ‘Station 19’ & “More Unified Storytelling”(11/21/19) Coming off its 350th episode last week, ABC’s flagship drama Grey’s Anatomy airs its fall finale tonight. It will help set up the January return of spinoff series Station 19 with new showrunner, Grey’s Anatomy‘s Krista Vernoff, who is pulling double duty running both series this season.
The fall finale of Grey’s Anatomy also will mark the medical drama’s last airing at 8 PM for now. ABC just unveiled its winter scheduling plans, which include Grey’s and Station 19 still airing as a 8-10 PM block on Thursday, but switching places, with firefighter drama Station 19 at 8 PM and medical juggernaut Grey’s Anatomy at 9 PM.
It’s been a Grey’s Anatomy staple that a fall or season finale would feature a cataclysmic event and end with a cliffhanger. But instead of tuning in to the next Grey’s premiere to find out what happens next, this time viewers will need to watch the Season 3 premiere of Station 19 on Jan. 23.
“It felt very organic to launch the premiere of Station 19 off this incident that happens on Grey’s Anatomy,” Vernoff said. “We often do catastrophes or disasters in the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy, and it felt organic to do that and then allow the Station 19 first responders to be on the scene when we come back in January. There is an incident at the end of the Grey’s episode that requires you to come back in January at 8 PM to see how the first responders handle it.”
The storyline will carry through to the Grey’s winter premiere at 9 PM to complete the two series’ first crossover this season.
While “this is a big splashy way to premiere the new season of Station 19,” it’s not going to be an every week thing,” Vernoff cautioned about upcoming Station 19-Grey’s crossovers.
The two shows will interconnect “every few episodes,” she added. “We don’t want to do it every week, we don’t want to create a mold, we don’t want to fall into any kind of pattern, we don’t want people to ever know what to expect. We have found many different, really quite exciting and fun ways to interact between the two shows.”
That would involve more characters from each show appearing on the other. “We have got big casts from both shows and natural ways for them to interact with each other,” Vernoff said. “It’s always really fun when we find ways to bring the Grey’s characters onto Station 19 and vice versa. It feels like our worlds have grown and the possibilities for storytelling have grown.”
That was part of the plan for Vernoff taking over both series.
“The network hired me to run Station 19 so that Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy could be a more unified world with a more unified timeline and a more unified storytelling,” she said.
Vernoff gave big thumbs-up to the Thursday scheduling change, which will have Station 19 leading to Grey’s Anatomy after airing behind the mothership series for its first two seasons.
“With Station 19 airing at 8 o’clock and Grey’s Anatomy airing at 9 o’clock there are very organic opportunities for Grey’s Anatomy to, for example, inherit patients we see rescued on Station 19,” she said.
This is how Vernoff had envisioned the two series airing from the start.
“Ever since Station 19 premiered, in the writers room we always thought the better progression was from firefighters to the hospital,” she said. “I didn’t think it was going to happen but I was thrilled ABC had made the decision. I literally cheered when they let me know that. It’s really exciting and opens up the storytelling.”
Vernoff also is happy about Grey’s Anatomy’s return to the Thursday 9 PM slot where it had aired for eight seasons before it was moved to the 8 PM time period in fall 2014 to anchor TGIT. There are significant limitations on adult content from 8-9 PM, which is designated as a family viewing hour.
“There are different rules for a 9 PM show than there are for an 8 PM show, and we hope to take advantage of those rules,” Vernoff said. “Grey’s was definitely allowed to be a sexier show when it was on at 9 o’clock. So we are excited by the change back to our original (Thursday) time slot.”
As for Grey’s successor at 8 PM, Station 19, “I think it’s quite a different show this year,” she said. “It’s messier visually, and it’s messier emotionally than it’s ever been. It was an exciting thing for me to dive into the world of firefighters; it’s very different from the world of surgeons, and to educate myself and talk to these heroes who run towards a fire.”
“I kept coming back to this image of sweat and soot and feeling like that needed to be a thing on this show, that it needed to feel grittier in all ways,” Vernoff continued. “The friendships are really more complicated this season. People are a little less polite this season, a little less kind, a little more competitive and dirtier, literally and metaphorically.”
“It’s Meredith first day back at work after 8 episodes of cleaning services on the side of the road. So she is very excited to be back at work but that is a little bit complicated by the fact that her relationship has hit the skids.”
In a typical Grey’s fashion, “right when you think you know what’s happening and where a thing is landing, you’re wrong, it is full of surprises. It was written by Kiley Donovan, who is doing both Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy with me, and she found a beautiful way to introduce some of the characters from Station 19 and to intrigue people to want to come visit that world next year.”
Grey's Anatomy Back To 9pm as ABC Unveils Midseason Schedule(11/21/19) Grey’s Anatomy is getting a new Thursday-night shift.
ABC has unveiled its midseason schedule and the big news is that Shonda Rhimes’ enduring medical drama is moving from 8 pm back to its signature 9 pm perch beginning in late January to make way for the return of spinoff series Station 19, which will now lead off the night. To christen the rejiggered lineup, which kicks off Thursday, Jan. 23, ABC will stage a “dramatic two-hour crossover event” between the two shows.
Grey’s spent eight of its 16 seasons airing Thursdays at 9 pm before turning the time slot over to Scandal beginning in Season 11.
A Million Little Things, meanwhile, will shift to 10 pm, where it will remain until it finishes out Season 2 in late March. And then on April 2, How to Get Away With Murder will reclaim its 10 pm spot for the remainder of its final season.
ABC’s early 2020 game plan also finds the new 50 Cent-produced drama For Life (watch trailer here) taking over Emergence‘s Tuesday-at-10 pm slot beginning Feb. 11 when the latter series wraps its 13-episode rookie run. The network will decide Emergence‘s fate in the spring.
Additionally, American Idol will return Sunday, Feb. 16.
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Ratings: Will & Grace Eyes New Low, Perfect Harmony Also Dips(11/15/19) NBC’s Perfect Harmony (with 1.9 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating) and Will & Grace (2.1 mil/0.4) both ticked down this Thursday, with the former matching its season low and the latter eyeing a new series low. Elsewhere on the Peacock network, Superstore (2.7 mil/0.7) and The Good Place (2.1 mil/0.6, read recap) were steady, while SVU (3.8 mil/0.7) ticked up.
Also this Thursday in Ratingsland….
FOX | Thursday Night Football (12 mil/3.4) is up sharply from last week’s fast nationals.
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (6.3 mil/1.3) and A Million Little Things (4.6 mil/0.8) were steady, while How to Get Away With Murder (2.3 mil/0.5) ticked up.
THE CW | Supernatural (1.32 mil/0.3) was steady, while Legacies (882K/0.3) ticked up.
CBS | Young Sheldon (9 mil/1.2) and Mom (6.3 mil/0.9) ticked up and both hit season highs in the demo, The Unicorn (5.7 mil/0.7) and Carol’s Second Act (4.8 mil/0.6) dipped, and Evil (3.3 mil/0.5) was steady.
Grey's Recap: Meredith's Judgment Day Arrives in the Series' 350th (!) Episode(11/15/19) (tvline.com) Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy — the ABC drama’s 350th! — found Meredith fighting for her life… ’s work. And she wasn’t fighting alone, either. Colleagues and patients alike lined up to throw down on behalf of the doctor who’d committed insurance fraud in order to get little Gabby the surgery that she needed. Were their efforts sufficient to allow Mer to wriggle off the hot seat? Read on and find out!
‘THIS ONE’S GONNA BE A CIRCUS’ | As “My Shot” began, Richard apologized for not calling Jackson back to attend Sabi’s services (tellingly, Catherine hadn’t attended, either), Bailey groused that she didn’t recall her entire staff of attendings putting in requests for the day off, Jo instructed the interns to try not to kill anybody while the big kids were busy, and an anxious Mer arrived for her day in court a hotel with her crew (her sisters, DeLuca and Alex). Quicker than you could say, “Objection!” things went from bad to worse — she saw that on the panel was the doctor who had been responsible for Derek’s death! (And he didn’t even remember her!)
First on the witness stand was an embittered Bailey, who testified that she hadn’t grown close to Mer despite the fact that she’d named her son after Miranda. On cross, prosecuting attorney Ashley (wasn’t that Mrs. Maisel’s mother, Marin Hinkle? It was!) listed a litany of sins that Grey had committed, sparking a series of quick-cut flashbacks. Soon, DeLuca was being grilled about his relationship with Mer — “Is it consensual?” — and her treatment of him after Alex nearly beat him to death. Next, poor Levi was forced to admit that he’d taken his concerns that Gabby’s bracelet was mislabeled as Ellis to Bailey.
‘IT’S A CRAP PILE OF CRAP’ | When Jo arrived, Alex filled her in on the s—-show thus far. During a 15-minute break, Mer told DeLuca that if she lost her license and he could still practice, they’d never make it. Once the hearing was back in session, Ashley quoted some damning comments from Owen about Mer, and prompted Richard to lie that he and he alone had gotten Adele a trial drug rather than the placebo that she was prescribed. Next thing we knew, a former staffer of Webber’s was admitting that Grey had never been supposed to work at Seattle Grace.
When Alex took his turn in the hot seat, and was questioned by Derek’s killer about Zola’s adoption, Mer went ballistic and announced that she remembered him “as the coward who stood over my dying husband… after you failed to get him a head CT! You don’t deserve to judge anyone!” As the court was thrown into chaos and recessed, the guy keeled over! Immediately, the zillion doctors in attendance leapt into action — with Mer ordering a damn head CT once he reached Grey Sloan! Meanwhile, Maggie appeared to be drinking away her sorrow over Sabi’s demise when Jackson entered the bar. “Did you come to gloat?” she asked. He hadn’t, so she admitted her fear that Richard would never speak to her again.
‘YOU FLAT-OUT LIED!’ | Back at the hotel where the hearing was being held, Bailey called Richard on his lie and defended her decision to answer questions about Grey as if she didn’t know her at all. “Meredith Grey could commit murder, and you’d hide the body,” huffed Bailey. “You choose her, you always choose her.” If Miranda was jealous, she could lay off; he got enough of that from his wife. At Grey Sloan, Amelia beseeched Tom to perform a craniotomy on her brother’s killer, and he cancelled the rest of his day to do so. (That’s the Koracick we know and want to love.)
At the hotel, Richard admitted to Bailey that OK, he did sometimes give Mer special treatment. She was family — and brilliant. So it was worth putting his career in jeopardy for her. In turn, she argued that she had lost her job, her best surgeons and her best friends because he had supported Mer instead of coming to her. Inside, it was being announced that the hearing was being postponed when in came Alex with an army of Mer’s former patients, including Gabby and… Katie Bryce, is that you?!? (It was!) One by one, they testified to Mer’s amazingness.
‘SINCERELY, DR. CRISTINA YANG’ | At Grey Sloan, as Tom concluded his surgery, Amelia declined Link’s offer to get out of there. She needed to stay with the man who’d taken away her favorite person in the world. “But up here, far away from the scalpels,” he said. Her anger at Derek’s killer was understandably intense. Suddenly, the patient flatlined. At the hotel, Alex read a letter from Cristina and would’ve read testimony from Callie and Arizona, too, had he not been hushed up. Before the room adjourned, Bailey piped up — on Mer’s behalf. “She deserved to lose her job” for what she did, Miranda said, but “no one should be questioning her license.” Mer was the best… well, aside from Bailey herself.
As the hour neared its conclusion, everyone waited around while the medical board deliberated Mer’s fate. When Amelia returned to the hotel, she shared with Mer that Derek’s killer had died. Also, she hadn’t done it! Just then, Mer’s lawyer revealed that it was over — the verdict was, in essence, that Grey would get to keep her license. Off that, Bailey invited Mer back to Grey Sloan. And she didn’t just accept, she gave the chief “a big, fat yes.” At Mer’s, Jackson and Maggie pondered whether Richard and Catherine were having “problems.” After the text came in that Mer got to keep her license, Jackson came thisclose to kissing Maggie but managed to stop himself.
At the hospital, Blake delighted in telling the interns that Levi had been the one who’d ratted out Mer. After the doctor of the hour got home, DeLuca showed up asking to talk. The look in her eye when she spoke about Derek, he said, was different than the look in her eye when she spoke about him. She didn’t respect him the way she had her husband; maybe she never would. So “take some time, Meredith, and figure out what it is that you want… and let me know if I’m a part of that.”
T.R. Knight Takes Flight(11/12/19) Grey’s Anatomy vet T.R. Knight is boarding HBO Max’s upcoming drama The Flight Attendant.
Based on Chris Bohjalian’s bestseller, the dark comedic thriller stars Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) as Cassandra “Cassie” Bowden, a flight attendant who wakes up hungover in a Dubai hotel room… with a dead body next to her. Knight will play the series-regular role of Cassie’s older brother Davey, who “gently” disagrees with her life choices and is constantly frustrated that his sister remembers their childhood very differently.
The cast also includes Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Sonoya Mizuno (Maniac), Colin Woodell (The Originals), Merle Dandridge (Greenleaf) and Griffin Matthews (Dear White People).
Grey's Actor Jake Borelli to Lead Gay-Themed Valentine's Movie at Freeform(11/11/19) Freeform on Monday greenlit its first-ever Valentine’s Day movie — and with no disrespect to Sally, this romantic comedy is all about Harry.
Titled The Thing About Harry, the gay-themed original film will center on high school enemies Sam (played by Grey’s Anatomy‘s Jake Borelli) and Harry (newcomer Niko Terho), who are forced to share a car ride to their Missouri hometown for a friend’s engagement party on Valentine’s Day. But when Sam learns Harry has come out, things take a turn, and the two men “begin to develop a deep friendship — with neither admitting a potential romance may be brewing — leaving them wondering if one road trip could change the rest of their lives,” the project’s logline reads.
Borelli’s Sam is described as a “handsome, funny, neurotic, intelligent gay man” who has both “a scathing wit” and “an overly idealistic worldview.” Sam came out when he was still in high school, for which he was constantly bullied in his small Missouri town. Terho’s Harry, meanwhile, is an “emotionally uncomplicated, promiscuous player” who secretly “yearns for love, family and stability,” even though commitment terrifies him.
Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown will co-star as Paul, a gay man who is both “exceedingly well put-together” yet “overbearing and pretentious,” while GLOW‘s Britt Baron will play Stasia, Sam’s edgy and opinionated best friend. Peter Paige (The Fosters) will direct the movie and appear as Sam’s warm-hearted roommate, Casey.
“It’s been an honor to partner with Freeform in making great television with LGBTQ+ characters as leads,” executive producers Paige, Greg Gugliotta and F.J. Denny said in a statement. “True equality can only be achieved when you see yourself reflected in the movies, music and stories that paint our culture. As young gay men in the 90s, whenever a rom-com opened, we would watch the leading lady fall in love, and imagine what it would be like if the boy was saying all those things to another boy. We’ve always wanted to make a movie — an unabashedly romantic comedy — that queer boys wouldn’t have to translate. It’s rewarding to take the genre to a new, all-inclusive level.”
The Thing About Harry is, fittingly, slated for a February 2020 premiere on Freeform.
No Gain For ‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings; ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Rises(11/8/19) The Oakland Raiders’ 26-24 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers came down to the final two minutes, helping keep Fox’s Thursday Night Football interesting with a primetime-best 2.6 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 9.42 million viewers.
Those early numbers are mostly even with the season-low-hovering results of the past couple of weeks for the midweek NFL game; last week’s Halloween night 49ers-Cardinals matchup drew a 2.8/10.19 million in early numbers. Adjustments later today are likely, but as usual it gave Fox an easy win for the night in both metrics.
Elsewhere, Grey’s Anatomy (1.3, 6.13M) jumped up two tenths in a return to normalcy and ranked as the night’s top-rated non-sports show, helping lead-out A Million Little Things (0.8, 4.49M) gain a tenth. CBS’ Young Sheldon (1.1, 8.73M) snagged the night’s best viewership number for a scripted program, pacing a comedy block that was even across the board with The Unicorn (0.8 5.93M), Mom (0.8, 6.20M) and Carol’s Second Act (0.7, 4.99M).
NBC saw even results for Superstore (0.7, 2.61M), Perfect Harmony (0.5, 1.99M) and The Good Place (0.6, 1.99M), while Will & Grace (0.5, 2.18M) and Law & Order: SVU (0.6, 3.57M) ticked down.
At 10 PM, SVU still won its time slot in both metrics, topping CBS’ Evil (0.5, 3.48M) and ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder (0.4, 2.27M) which both were steady with last week.
The CW’s Supernatural (0.3, 1.12M) and Legacies (0.2, 790,000) were both even week-over-week.
Grey's Anatomy Recap: In A Family Way — Plus, [Spoiler]'s Devastating Loss(11/8/19) (tvline.com) All together now, Grey’s Anatomy fans: Damn it, Owen! You have it all now, buddy. A woman that you love, not one but two kids, a job far, far away from Tom. You didn’t have to react as badly as you did to Amelia’s revelation that she and Link are having a baby. It just wasn’t a good look for you, buddy. Read on, and not only will we shake our heads at the exes’ latest dustup, we’ll review the development that put kept Richard and Catherine at odds, and cover Maggie’s tragic introduction to some relatives that she didn’t realize she had.
‘WE COULD BE TWINS!’ | As “Papa Don’t Preach” began, Amelia grabbed an elephant of Leo’s Ellis’ — the literal elephant in the room? — as an excuse to visit Owen at Pac-North and disclose that she is with child. Or did she really have to? she asked Mer, who didn’t have time to dither. Wouldn’t Owen figure it out when her baby bump ballooned? At Grey Sloan, Maggie quickly deduced that Catherine wasn’t aware that she and Jackson had broken up. Maggie later filled in Jackson, adding that she hadn’t mentioned their relationship status to Richard, either — they were both in the dark?!? Soon, Maggie was distracted by the arrival of Sabi (Kelly McCreary’s sister, Crystal) and her dad, Chris — Webber’s niece and brother. Speaking of Richard, at Pac-North, he brushed off Gemma despite her apology for what had transpired between them. En route to her dad’s new workplace, Maggie got to know her relatives, with grumpy Chris making a point of saying that Richard was ashamed of them. (Apparently, the brothers had been estranged for five years, and Chris had been pretty nasty when he’d learned about the existence of Richard’s illegitimate daughter.)
At Pac-North, Amelia had no sooner totally Amelia’d her baby news by blurting it out to Owen than in came Cassidy, a woman whose son Henry had called 911 when she’d taken a fall down the stairs. Moments later, Sabi and Chris arrived with Maggie, and it quickly became apparent that they weren’t just there for a family reunion: Sabi had an insanely large tumor. She even had a three-week-old scan of it! “This kind of tumor is operable,” Maggie explained. But they’d need new imaging, stat. Sabi was just as interested in getting the scoop on Maggie’s personal life as she was in getting better; she even hated Jackson on principle. In no time, the cousins decided that they could be twins — they loved a lot of the same things, from classical music to crossword puzzles. Though Richard was apologetic about the fact that he hadn’t mentioned this branch of the family tree to his daughter, she was more fascinated than ticked. Unfortunately, Sabi’s scan revealed that her tumor had grown. A lot.
‘WE’VE KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR TWO HOURS’ | Despite the fact that Sabi and Maggie are related and Maggie wasn’t a doctor at Pac-North, she was determined to be her cousin’s surgeon. When Chris balked at that notion, big time, Richard offered to bring in an on-call doctor. Maggie understood — kinda. If something went wrong in the O.R., she’d “always be the love child that killed your favorite niece.” When Mer stopped by to visit Alex, Maggie filled in her sister. Soon, they were joined by Amelia, who expressed surprise that Owen was being so weird about her pregnancy. (Had she met him? “Weird” is kinda Owen’s go-to.) Seconds later, Maggie was paged: Sabi was crashing. And at that point, Richard wanted his daughter to operate — fast. “Don’t put your daughter’s life in someone else’s hands,” he beseeched Chris, who grudgingly agreed to let Pierce do her genius thing. In the O.R., Alex told his crew to be on their best behavior and joked that maybe he could get Maggie to come work there one day. Outside, Chris grumbled to his brother that “the last time you tried to calm my nerves in a waiting room, Mom died.” Replied Richard: “I was 10 years old.” After Chris left to get some air, Gemma approached her crush and offered him some sympathy — and that isn’t a euphemism, she wasn’t making another pass, she was being understanding. But it didn’t look that way to Catherine when she walked in. She wouldn’t even shake Gemma’s hand.
When Chris returned, Catherine’s chilliness dissipated — at least toward him. Reminiscing, Richard and Chris even started to get along… till the latter threw in Adele’s name. Quickly, the tension rose again to the point that it was too thick to be cut with a scalpel. Left alone with his wife, Richard attempted to explain about Gemma, which only made things worse. He was talking a lot, Catherine noted, for someone who said there was nothing to talk about! Outside the hospital, Gemma approached Catherine… who offered her a foundation job with better pay. “We have openings all over the country, though none here in Seattle, I’m afraid,” said Catherine, transparent as cellophane. In the O.R., Sabi took a nosedive because the staff didn’t work the way that Maggie did (or vice-versa). Still, Pierce was able to take control of the situation. She couldn’t lose her cousin… could she? While Chris climbed the walls, Richard reached out to him — and actually managed to get to him, it seemed. Sadly, at that moment, Alex was telling Maggie that it was too late, Sabi was brain dead. S—.
‘MA’AM, DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WERE PREGNANT?’ | While Owen was treating Cassidy, he reported to her that she was expecting. Her response: “It didn’t work.” Yikes. It appeared that she had thrown herself down the stairs to terminate her pregnancy. When Amelia offered to speak with Cassidy, suggesting that she might be more comfortable talking to a woman, he took her up on it. By and by, Cassidy revealed that she couldn’t afford another pregnancy. But she hadn’t tossed herself down the stairs for a do-it-yourself abortion; she’d doubled up on an herb to terminate the pregnancy, but it hadn’t worked and had made her so dizzy that she’d taken a spill. Even with all of that information in mind, Owen, to Amelia’s consternation, refused to adhere to Cassidy’s wishes and end her pregnancy. At this point, he began getting extra testy with his ex. Oh, Owen. After talking with her sisters, Amelia returned to Cassidy and helped her get the medication that she needed to safely terminate her pregnancy. When Owen hit the roof, thinking that maybe Cassidy would’ve changed her mind, it led him and Amelia directly into a fight about the fact that she hadn’t wanted to have a baby with him but now was having one with Link.
In the end, Owen concluded that it wasn’t that his former wife hadn’t wanted to have kids. “You just didn’t want to have them with me.” Instead of saying #braintumor, a—hole, and running, Amelia just ran. Moments later, he caught up with her and she apologized; she shouldn’t have ambushed him with her news. What’s more, she said that she hadn’t been ready before Leo and Betty to have kids. So in a way, she had him to thank for her present-day readiness. And like it or not, they were family now. Softening, Owen wondered how they were going to manage their fantastically big, messy family, and acknowledged that he had been awful to Cassidy. He owed her a Jell-O and then some. In the episode’s final moments, Maggie understandably melted down over Sabi’s death — she’d pushed her cousin and uncle to let her do the surgery! With Alex’s help, she pulled herself together enough to break it to Chris that his daughter had died on the table. “I did everything that I could,” she said, “but unfortunately, I couldn’t save her.” Chris did not take it well; he furiously reminded Richard and Maggie that he and Sabi hadn’t even wanted her to operate. Heartbreaking.
Peter Facinelli, Teri Polo, Eric Dane Topline ‘The Ravine’ Drama(11/8/19) Peter Facinelli (Supergirl, Escaping the NXIVM Cult, Twilight saga), Teri Polo (The Fosters, Meet the Parents), and Eric Dane (Euphoria, Grey’s Anatomy) are attached to star in The Ravine from writer/director Keoni Waxman.
In the indie drama, a group of friends is blindsided by news that someone they trusted has committed a terrible crime. In their quest for answers they fall on hard times but ultimately must turn toward faith.
The pic is shooting in New Orleans this month. Phil Goldfine, Robert Pascuzzi, and Kelly Pascuzzi are producing.
Facinelli is repped by Mainstay Entertainment and Abrams Artists Agency. Polo is with Gersh and manager Bob McGowan of McGowan Rodriguez Management. Dane is a client of CAA.
James Comey Mini: Scoot McNairy Is Rod Rosenstein, William Sadler Is Michael Flynn, T.R. Knight Is Reince Priebus(11/7/19) Halt and Catch Fire‘s Scott McNairy has been set to play former US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, William Sadler (When They See Us) will play former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, and T. R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) will play former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in the four-hour CBS Studios miniseries based on James Comey’s book A Higher Loyalty.
They join Jeff Daniels (Comey), Brendan Gleeson (President Donald Trump), Holly Hunter (Acting Attorney General Sally Yates), Michael Kelly (Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe), Jennifer Ehle (Patrice Comey), Peter Coyote (Robert Mueller), Steven Pasquale (ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok) and Oona Chaplin (FBI lawyer Lisa Page) in a miniseries that begins shortly with Billy Ray directing his scripted adaptation of Comey’s bestselling book A Higher Loyalty. The mini takes a look at the Trump presidency and its potential clashes with Constitutional Law.
Rosenstein was confirmed as Deputy Attorney General in late April, 2017, and authored the memo that President Trump cited as the basis for his decision to dismiss Comey as FBI Director; Flynn, the retired Army Lieutenant General, was National Security Advisor, undone after just 24 days by his interactions with a Soviet ambassador, and later pleaded guilty for providing false information to the FBI, becoming a cooperative witness in the Mueller Investigation; Priebus was the longtime Republican National Committee chief who thwarted attempts to deny Trump the nomination. The new president rewarded that loyalty by tapping him chief of staff, only to drop him months later in favor of Homeland Security Chief John Kelly, giving Priebus the distinction of serving the shortest term in that post of anyone who didn’t come in as an interim replacement.
CBS will set an airdate and decide whether to broadcast it on Showtime, CBS All Access or both. Alex Kurtzman, Shane Salerno and Heather Kadin are the executive producers. The mini is produced by Secret Hideout, The Story Factory and Home Run Productions in association with CBS Television Studios.
McNairy is repped by The Group Management and WME; Sadler is Insurge Entertainment and Knight is SDB Partners and Paul Hasints LLP.
Melissa George Joins Justin Theroux in Mosquito Coast at Apple TV+(11/4/19) Melissa George is putting down stakes along Mosquito Coast, Apple TV+’s forthcoming drama series starring fellow Alias alum Justin Theroux.
Based on the novel by Justin’s uncle Paul Theroux, Mosquito Coast follows an idealistic inventor named Allie (Theroux) as he uproots his family and takes them to the jungles of Central America to start a new life. George — who most recently starred opposite Sean Penn in Hulu’s one-and-done The First — will play Allie’s wife Margot.
The Mosquito Coast cast also includes relative newcomer Logan Polish (as Dina, Margot and Allie’s teenage daughter) and Stalker alum Gabriel Bateman (as Charlie, Margot and Allie’s son and youngest child.)
Luther creator Neil Cross co-wote the first episode (with Tom Bissell) and will serve as showrunner and EP. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will direct several episodes and also serve as an EP.
The book was previously adapted as a 1986 film starring Harrison Ford in Theroux’s role.
Halloween Ratings: #TGIT Dramas Go Low, While Four NBC Shows Rise(11/2/19) ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy delivered 5.7 million total viewers and a 1.1 demo rating on Halloween night, slipping to new series lows. A Million Little Things (4.1 mil/0.7) similarly tied its own demo low and drew its smallest Thursday audience thus far, while How to Get Away With Murder (2.23 mil/0.4) matched its demo low and equaled its second smallest audience.
The news was far better over on NBC, where Perfect Harmony (2.5 mil/0.5), The Good Place (2.3 mil/0.7), Will & Grace (2.6 mil/0.6) and SVU (3.9 mil/0.7) all rose a tenth in the demo. Opening the Peacock’s night, Superstore (3.1 mil/0.7) was down a tenth in the demo. Also of note, all five NBC programs grew in audience week-to-week.
Elsewhere, Fox’s Thursday Night Football coverage (10.3 mil/2.9) was up a tick from last week’s fast nationals…. and CBS’ first Young Sheldon rerun of the night delivered Thursday’s biggest non-sports audience, with 5.8 million viewers.
T.R. Knight on GOD FRIENDED ME 11/17/19(10/31/19) “The Last Grenelle” – Miles is shocked when the clues he began following in Paris lead him to Gideon (T.R. Knight), who had been helping friend suggestions years ago before making a fateful decision to leave the God Account behind, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, Nov. 17 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8:00-9:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Erin Brockovich-Inspired Drama From Grey's Anatomy Boss Set as ABC Pilot(10/31/19) ABC has given a put pilot commitment to Rebel, a drama series inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich, the character played by Julia Roberts in the award-winning 2000 film.
Penned and executive-produced by Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff, Rebel follows Annie “Rebel” Rebelsky, a legal consultant who, 20 years after a movie made her famous, is still working without a law degree.
Rebel is described as a “funny, messy, brilliant and fearless real-life superhero” who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. As such, when she applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.
As depicted in the Julia Roberts film, Brockovich was working as a paralegal on a pro bono real estate case when she discovered that a public utility company was contaminating a small town’s water supply. After she proceeded to intrepidly and tirelessly knock on doors to discuss the problem with reluctant, cancer-struck residents, Brockovich helped plaintiffs win $333 million in damages in one of the largest class-action lawsuits in history.
Per our sister site Deadline, Brockovich herself will serve as an executive producer on Rebel, alongside John Davis and John Fox in the ABC Studios/Sony Pictures Television co-production.
Somewhat similarly, ABC last TV season aired The Fix, a legal drama that starred Robin Tunney as a thinly veiled version Marcia Clark avatar who emerged from a sabbatical to investigate a movie star’s possible involvement in (yet another) murder.
Grey's Recap: Till Death Do Us Part(10/31/19) (tvline.com) Warning: The following contains frightful quantities of spoilers for Thursday’s Halloweenderful Grey’s Anatomy.
Eat your heart out, American Horror Story! Thursday’s Halloween episode of Grey’s Anatomy was jam-packed with goosebump-inducing developments, from the discovery of a mass grave at Pac-North to the spectacle of Meredith in a prison cell instead of an O.R. But perhaps likeliest of all to make you squeal, if only with delight, was a wedding that was totally unexpected — at least on October 31st! If you think you can bear a relapse of the heebie-jeebies and/or the warm-fuzzies, read on, and we’ll go over all the thrills and chills!
‘ANYBODY EVER TELL YOU YOU SNORE LIKE A TRUCKER?’ | As “Whistlin’ Past the Graveyard” began, Meredith, her stay in the big house down to its last few hours, was understandably eager to get sprung. But even when the time arrived for her to be released, she remained stuck behind bars: The court had yet to send over the paperwork necessary for her to reacquaint herself with the taste of freedom. So she distracted herself by, as cellmate Paula put it, “whining about how you might lose your medical license” and ultimately getting to know the other woman. Turned out, Paula was a single mother of two who had been arrested for assaulting a cop (she hadn’t really) after being forced to leave her children home alone to work the graveyard shift at her second job. Now, her kids were in foster care, and she was looking at another month in the slammer before her hearing because she couldn’t afford bail. Do I really need to mention that, when Mer’s paperwork at last came through, she anonymously paid to get Paula out, too?
While Mer was busy singing the last chorus of “Cell Block Tango,” Maggie was “killing the auntie game,” in her estimation. In PJ pants, but still. DeLuca, on the other hand, was struggling, in particular with Zola. When he offered to help her with her butterfly wings, she snapped, “You’re not my dad.” At Grey Sloan, Owen terrified Teddy by dropping off some old Halloween costumes that his mom had sewn for him and Megan back in the day. Did he expect his babymama to do the same? Teddy wondered. Levi told Taryn that he was spending Halloween in Capitol Hill with Nico, which was lovely. However, his mother had asked him not to post pictures, which was significantly less lovely. He’d thought she didn’t have an issue with his sexual orientation, but apparently, she did. After sharing with Amelia that she was pregnant, Bailey admitted that the hormonal surges were driving her crazy. “I can’t cry at work,” she exclaimed, “and certainly not in front of Tom Koracick!” Unfortunately, even Amelia’s advice on how to keep the tears at bay made Miranda weepy! Speaking of Amelia, Link invited her not just to lunch but to lunch with his divorced parents, aka the Bickersons, for his cancerversary — the anniversary of the day that his doctor told him that his scans were clear. Sure, their get-togethers always devolved into fights, but this time would be different, he was sure, because he and Amelia would tell them about the baby.
‘I DON’T HAVE MORE ROOM FOR DEAD BODIES TODAY’ | At Pac-North, Alex was just about to show the investors that he hoped would chip in for his new research wing the construction site when the foreman showed him that… er, his crew had dug up some bones. Like, a lot of ’em. Later, Karev revealed to Richard that he’d found out that, 100 years ago, Pac-North had been a mental hospital. If no one claimed the body of a deceased patient, that body got dumped. “That sure explains why this place feels haunted,” cracked Webber. When Jo stopped by in her corpse-bride outfit — and yes, since her wedding dress had been expensive, she was indeed going to wear it every Halloween! — patients started crashing right and left in the ICU. Not from the shock of seeing her, mind you. One of Pac-North’s fridges for blood was on the blink; the hospital had nearly killed a bunch of people! After Jo helped Alex get the situation back under control, he barked at some nurses to stop spreading ghostly rumors, inadvertently cluing in the investors to the fridge situation… and the burial-ground situation!
Meanwhile, Link and Amelia’s lunch with his folks, Eric and Maureen, quickly went from bad (Amelia admitting that just last year, she’d been living with her ex and their two kids) to worse. So. Much. Worse. After Maureen announced that she was getting remarried — to Eric — Link lost it and yelled at his parents in disbelief. They’d used him as a pawn not only in their divorce but for years afterwards, and now they were getting back together?!? Over the course of his tirade, he accidentally slipped and mentioned the baby. So “oh yeah,” he huffed, “you’re gonna be grandparents.” When he went outside to get some much-needed air, he was followed by Amelia, who — as we well know — just happens to be one of the world’s leading experts on family dysfunction. She sweetly (and, it seemed, rightly) suggested that maybe his anger had less to do with his folks’ unexpected reunion than with them making his cancerversary all about them. Now, if he wanted to, they could split, she added. “Or… you can give them a chance to do better.” Link chose the latter option but came thisclose to regretting it when Eric and Maureen inquired when Amelia was due — because they’d already put a deposit down on a venue for a spring wedding. Thankfully, they quickly volunteered to forfeit the deposit if necessary. So they weren’t all bad… just mostly.
‘THEY CALL THESE FUN-SIZE? THEY’D BE MORE FUN IF THEY WERE BIGGER’ | At Grey Sloan, while working with Bailey and Teddy on a teenager who’d been hit by a car — not, as it appeared, struck in the chest with axe — Tom groused that there came a time when kids were just too old for trick-or-treating. When Bailey expressed her disbelief that he wanted to put an age limit on Halloween, he retorted that “a town in Canada did it — 16. After that, it’s just panhandling in a costume.” Later, Teddy — unaware that her ex-boyfriend was still in the room — floated the idea that Owen equated good Halloween costumes with good mothering. “You are not inept,” Tom reassured her, “except in your choice of babydaddies.” In the end, Bailey advised Teddy not to worry about the costumes, worry about spending time with Allison and Leo; that was what mattered. As for Tom, Miranda privately asked him why he was such a damn Halloween Grinch — prompting him to reveal that the holiday had always been his late son David’s favorite. One year, the boy had been especially psyched about the Luke Skywalker costume that he and his dad had put together… and he’d died two weeks before Halloween. Obviously, this reduced Bailey to tears (despite her use of Amelia’s waterworks-avoidance techniques), leading to a fantastically awkward moment between the nemeses.
The other big case-of-the-week was that of Mary Rose, an 11-year-old with xeroderma pigmentosum, a condition that left her unable to withstand UV light. She’d gone outside without her protective gear and had come back with bad burns on her arms. And that was just the tip of the iceberg as far as her woes went: She was also upset that her usual doctor (Alex) no longer worked at Grey Sloan and that her injuries might make her unable to go out on Halloween night — the one time she could be a regular kid. In response, Jackson invited her to the hospital’s Halloween party… which Levi pointed out didn’t exist this year since Karev wasn’t around to assign it to a resident. Schmitt couldn’t take it over. “I have plans,” he said. “I know,” Jackson replied. “I just gave them to you.” Argh! While operating on Mary Rose, DeLuca opened up to Jackson about his recent difficulties: no phone time with his jailbird girlfriend and Zola’s sudden dislike of him. With kids, Harriet’s dad said, there’s always a reason for their behavior — you just have to figure out what it is. Later, DeLuca did just that, getting Zola to admit that Derek had once fixed her wings for her. “I don’t want to forget him,” she said. To reassure her that neither would she nor anyone else, he told a story about how her legendary dad had once saved lab tech Isaac. By doing a comical impersonation of Alex, Jackson got Mary Alice to open up, too. She revealed that she’d only rushed outside without her gear because her cat had run out. She hadn’t wanted to tell her moms, lest they respond by giving away her pet. Not to worry, said Jackson. He’d let doctor/patient confidentiality take care of this one.
‘YOU ARE TURNING A HOUSE OF HORRORS INTO A LEGIT HOSPITAL’ | As the hour drew to a close, Nico showed up at Grey Sloan since Levi kept getting delayed (especially by an adorable tyke who wanted to be a sunflower for Halloween). Delighted by his beau’s arrival, Schmitt took some selfies with him and posted them online. “Because,” he noted, “joy should be shared.” As Grey Sloan’s Halloween parade got underway, Teddy arrived with Leo and Allison, and was relieved to learn from Owen that he hadn’t expected her to make costumes, he’d just thought the old ones might fit. Well, instead, Teddy had improvised and made them zombies. “You dressed our babies up as dead babies?!?” he exclaimed. Priceless. At Pac-North, Alex shared with Jo that, despite the day from hell, he was still getting the funds that he needed for the hospital’s research center. The investors, he explained, had been “impressed with my ability to handle chaos.” Ha, replied Jo. “They should visit your childhood!” When he suggested that they celebrate, and she remarked that she was “absolutely dressed for that,” he got the kookily romantic idea to run off to the courthouse and retie the knot. During the impromptu ceremony, his vampire fangs nearly fell out of his mouth when Jo changed her vows from “for richer or poorer” to “for richer or pregnant… I’m pregnant.” She was just kidding, but at least she’d finally gotten the shocked reaction that he’d never given her amazing costume.
Grey's Star Visits Power(10/26/19) Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams will appear in this Sunday’s episode of Power as Kadeem, who is LaKeisha’s ex-lover and the father of her son, Cash, EW.com reports.
Ratings: Will & Grace Improves NBC Time Slot (Whew!), #TGIT Lineup Rises(10/25/19) Will & Grace opened its final season on Thursday with 2.3 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, marking revival lows but nonetheless improving on Sunnyside‘s broadcast average (1.4 mil/0.3) to give NBC its best numbers in the time slot since late March.
Lead-out SVU (3.6 mil/0.7) in turn ticked up to a best-since-premiere audience while also rising a tenth in the demo.
Opening NBC’s night, Superstore (2.9 mil/0.8), Perfect Harmony (2.1 mil/0.4) and The Good Place (1.9 mil/0.6) were all steady in the demo.
FOX | Thursday Night Football (10.3 mil/2.9) is right on par with last week’s fast nationals.
THE CW | Supernatural (1.25 mil/0.3) was steady, while Legacies (883K/0.2) dipped.
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (6.1 mil/1.3) and How to Get Away With Murder (2.4 mil/0.5) both rebounded from series lows, while A Million Little Things (4.4 mil/0.9) rose two tenths in the demo to a best-since-premiere rating.
CBS | Young Sheldon (8.5 mil/1.1) and The Unicorn (5.9 mil/0.8) both ticked up, with the former hitting a season high in total audience. Mom (6.4 mil/0.8) and Carol’s Second Act (5.1 mil/0.7) held steady, with the former hitting a season high in total audience, while the recently renewed Evil (3.6 mil/0.5) slipped to season lows.
Grey's Recap: Chamber Musing — Plus, [Spoiler]'s Going to Prison!(10/24/19) (tvline.com) Familiar faces abounded in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. Not only did Jo and Bailey wheel into the hyperbaric chamber a patient that the former recognized from her time in a psychiatric facility, but Richard found himself noticing a flirtatious look on the lovely mug of his old pal, Gemma. (Honestly, it was impossible to miss!) At the same time, Mer affixed her tried-and-true “Ugh, this again!” expression as she was due in court for bailing on her community service in “It’s Raining Men” — not that she’d be making that date. Was anyone left smiling by the end of the hour? Maybe Ben when he learned that Miranda was expecting? Or if he learned that she was? Keep reading, and all will be revealed.
‘BOUNDARIES… I DON’T SHARE FOOD’ | Early on in “Breathe Again,” Ben collapsed into bed after a hard night’s work and immediately started [see photo] — just as Bailey attempted to tell him that she was pregnant. As Richard was clocking out for the day — well, night — Gemma twisted his arm and convinced him to have breakfast with her. After Zola threw up on Mer’s shoe and complained of headaches, Mom rushed her to Grey Sloan and, specifically, to Tom for a CT; the little girl, who has spina bifada, needed a shunt revision, it turned out. And no, DeLuca — God, no! Mer would not be leaving her side, not even to go to court. Last but not least, Jo clocked unconscious patient Carly, who might have tried to commit suicide, as a former therapist of hers, and joined Bailey in the hyperbaric chamber in hopes of reviving her.
Once inside, Jo told Bailey that her former therapist had been 13 years sober and was crazy possessive about her almonds. Also, “I couldn’t stand her; she was the worst.” In a flashback to Jo’s time in the treatment facility, we saw that Carly was indeed a tough cookie. But she was also sharp — sharp enough, even, to get Jo to open up about her mom pulling away her hand from hers. Back in the chamber, Jo freaked. If Carly, the one person who could help her, could snap and try to take her life, what hope was there for her? Desperate, Jo began to list the things that she knew by heart — a calming technique that Carly had taught her. When that didn’t work, Bailey blurted out that she was “super pregnant,” and that actually helped.
Afterwards, Jo reassured Bailey that it was OK to admit if she was scared. “What’s said in the hyperbaric chamber stays in the hyperbaric chamber.” What’s more, Jo told Bailey that she’d learned in treatment that she could be feeling happy, excited and terrified. Cut to: another treatment-facility flashback. In this one, Carly busted Jo trying to skip out after their session, and expressed her wish that her patient could move past her shame and feel the anger toward her mother that she was denying. Back in the chamber, Bailey chilled out by rattling off a list of things she knew by heart. Just then, all the monitors attached to Carly went off — she was going downhill fast. Luckily, Jo deduced that she was always eating almonds because she was diabetic — she needed glucose. Once it was administered, her condition began to improve. Whew.
In one more flashback, Jo hollered at Carly that she was in pain and hated that her therapist was treating it like a joke. Not that Carly was actually doing that at all. Jo still had trouble with anger — she didn’t want to be, like, say, Paul. But she only felt that way because she didn’t know what healthy anger looked like, Carly argued. To demonstrate, she threw stuff at the wall. See, Jo? Healthy anger is feeling the feeling but still controlling the behavior. At last, Jo was able to unleash some of her anger, even if her aim was so-so. Afterwards, Carly suggested that Jo’s body remembered what it had felt like to be abandoned by her mother as a newborn, and that feeling had come back to her when her mother had pulled away her hand at that diner. No wonder she’d had a big reaction — anyone would’ve, having been through what she had. Back in the present, Jo was relieved to discover that Carly hadn’t attempted to kill herself, and told the therapist that she couldn’t be her doctor. At last, Jo had learned boundaries, Carly said with a smile.
‘YOU MAKE ME SOUND LIKE AN ASS’ | Though Tom was pissed about Mer’s article, he still reassured her that he’d take good care of Zola. Mer’s lawyer Nancy texted that if her client’s daughter was doing OK, she should really hit the courtroom, stat. But no way was that going to happen. And, she told Maggie and Amelia, she couldn’t believe that DeLuca had thought she would go! She also couldn’t believe that he’d volunteered to sit out the surgery to stay with Mer. “Cristina and I would have mocked him mercilessly” for offering to be a human Kleenex, Grey exclaimed. In other words, Maggie and Amelia pointed out, Mer was unhappy with DeLuca for suggesting that she go to court and also for trying to be there for her. Yeah, she did sound kind of like an ass — he was in the doghouse no matter what he did. Anyway, the surgery, which seemed to take all of five minutes, was a total success.
‘LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO DEPRIVE OURSELVES’ | Over breakfast with Richard, Gemma thanked him — for his help in getting her the job at Pac-North, for getting a high heel out of her chest, the works. She was having trouble finding a sponsor, though. Not that she wanted to discuss AA. She moved over to his side of the table and casually asked how it worked with him and Catherine when she spent so much time out of town — and out of their bed. “It’s like the light’s gone out” since this last fight, he admitted, “and I don’t know how to turn it back on.” Shortly, Gemma was mentioning that the one thing better than having one man love her was… a rotation. To his credit, Richard removed her hand from his arm and made it plain that he loved his wife. Uh-huh, Gemma said. He loved Adele, too. When the going got rough, Richard always fell into either a bottle or another woman, and Gemma knew which one he could handle. Before he emphatically set her straight once more, she managed to plant a kiss on him (in which, again to his credit, he was neither a willing nor active participant).
As the episode drew to a close, Catherine returned home, noted that Richard looked tired and told him to go back to sleep. Right on cue, Gemma texted, saying she was sorry if she’d been out of line… and signed off with two heart emojis. When Ben met Bailey at Grey Sloan, she blurted out that they were expecting. “I kind of think this might be great,” she added. “Or am I wrong?” She wasn’t wrong. Though Ben’s expression was at first hard to read, he was elated, almost beyond words. At Jo and Alex’s place, she declined his offer to listen to her talk about her rough day. But ya know what she did want to do? Throw stuff. He joined in — and nearly killed a lamp in the process. (Now, great — I want to throw stuff, too.) Finally, after checking in on a fully-recovered Zola, Mer was on the hunt for Jell-O — which DeLuca had already obtained for her. (So much for him being just “sexy and fun.”) When Nancy showed up, she told her client that she’d squeezed “a small drop of humanity” from the judge. Make that miniscule — Mer wouldn’t be making up her missed work-crew time on work crew, she’d be making it up… behind bars!
Grey's Anatomy Taps Shameless Alum Richard Flood as the 'New Karev'(10/19/19) A Flood warning has gone into effect at Grey Sloan Memorial.
Shameless vet Richard Flood (get it?) is joining Grey’s Anatomy in the recurring role of Dr. Cormac Hayes, the new head of Pediatric Surgery at Grey Sloan. Dr. Hayes is brought in to fill the void left by Justin Chambers’ Karev.
As fans of the venerable ABC medical drama know, Karev was sacked in last season’s finale, and has since segued to Pacific Northwest General Hospital (where he is working with Richard, who also got fired from Grey Sloan). Flood’s first episode is set to air later this season.
On Shameless, Flood played the boyfriend of Emmy Rossum’s Fiona in Seasons 8 and 9. Although current Grey’s showrunner Krista Vernoff previously served as an exec producer on Shameless, her stint did not overlap with Flood’s.
Ratings: Evil Rises in Week 4, Superstore Closes In on Sheldon(10/18/19) CBS’ Evil this Thursday drew 3.8 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, capping two steady weeks with its first uptick of Season 1.
Opening the Eye’s night, Young Sheldon (7.8 mil/0.9) dipped another tenth, The Unicorn (5.3 mil/0.7) and Mom (5.8 mil/0.8) were steady, and Carol’s Second Act (5 mil/0.7) ticked up.
FOX | Thursday Night Football (10 mil/3.0) is down 17 and 13 percent from last week’s fast nationals.
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (5.7 mil/1.2) slipped to new series lows, A Million Little Things (4 mil/0.7) dipped a tenth and HTGAWM (2.2 mil/0.5) was steady.
THE CW | Supernatural (1.16 mil/0.3) and Legacies (846K/0.2) each dipped a tenth in the demo, while the former hit an audience low. NBC | Superstore (3 mil/0.8) hit a season high in audience and was steady in the demo, falling just a tenth shy of time slot rival Young Sheldon. Perfect Harmony (2.1 mil/0.4), The Good Place (2 mil/0.6), Sunnyside (1.2 mil/0.3) and SVU (3.4 mil/0.6) were all steady.
Grey's Anatomy Recap: The Pen Is Mightier Than the Scalpel — Plus, [Spoiler] Is Moving to Pac-North!(10/18/19) (TVLine.com) We knew from last week’s Grey’s Anatomy that the article that Meredith was writing wasn’t going to win her any friends on the medical board — not with possible titles like “If You Die On Our Watch, We’ll Still Bankrupt Your Family.” But neither we nor she could have guessed at the way her story ideas would be twisted into “Hospital Hell at Grey Sloan Memorial.” Read on, and we’ll not only discuss just how hard Bailey hit the roof when she read the pieced-together piece, we’ll reveal who dared to challenge “chief of chiefs” Tom, and who was courted to jump ship from Grey Sloan to Pac-North.
‘BAILEY’S GOING TO KILL ME!’ | As “It’s Raining Men” began (and without even a riff of the Weather Girls’ classic to start us off), Mer’s sexy morning bedtime with DeLuca was interrupted by Amelia and Maggie, who revealed what the website to which she’d submitted her story ideas had done with them. To put it mildly, it wasn’t pretty. At Grey Sloan, Jackson informed Vic that the article included a list, which seemed to, as Helm put it, “torch” the hospital, and Owen informed Bailey that he was out until Tom’s restraining order was lifted. The first that the chief heard about Grey’s story was when a patient panicked and refused to be admitted. In the locker room, we learned that Dahlia had gotten a job in Michigan. So no transfer to Pac-North for her, I guess. Speaking of Pac-North, Alex learned that a psych patient had been found before he had wound up passing himself off as a doctor. So… yay? Back at Grey Sloan, Bailey didn’t want to hear from DeLuca that Mer had been as surprised as she was by what had been done with the information she provided the website. Instead, since a Dr. Kang had quit over the list, Bailey made Mer’s boyfriend chief resident. “You can fix what your girlfriend broke,” she hollered at him.
Meanwhile, Jackson balked at Tom’s idea to videotape his surgery on a child as a way of controlling the damage from Mer’s article, and Teddy treated a woman named Alicia who had a guy fall from a plane on top of her. As will happen? (Oh, that’s why it was raining men. Hallelujah!) As for Jackson’s case, it was going to involve fixing the little girl’s skull for free — which was news to him. “Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly like you less,” Jackson huffed to Koracick, who had basically bribed the parents into letting the surgery be used as a promotional tool. As the episode went on, Tom only disgusted Jackson more and more. And honestly, he was super creepy, trying to get the girl’s dad to redo an interview just because the lighting had been bad. Where’s the Koracick we’d come to know and love? When Jackson stood up to Tom, Koracick reminded Catherine’s son that Mom had made him the boss. Off a talk with Jo, in which she pointed out that Mer, having been canned, could just “do the right thing,” Jackson went to his young patient’s parents and asked that they bump Tom from the surgery and replace him with Amelia. “Your little girl means more to me than some good press,” he explained. And immediately, they agreed to have Amelia scrub in in place of Koracick. That Tom was gonna blow a gasket was, in Jackson’s estimation, “an added bonus.” When Koracick interrupted the surgery, Jackson reminded him that he was really his boss, not the other way around. In response, Tom marveled that Jackson had blown a ton of great press that could’ve helped put out the fire Mer had started, and had taken arrogance to a level that even he had never achieved. After the miraculous operation was completed, Schmitt suggested that Jackson had made a mistake by not letting it be filmed — sure, Jackson’s career was secure, but not everyone was that lucky.
‘THIS PLACE IS REALLY SHAPING UP’ | At Pac-North, Owen arrived with the patient who had refused treatment at Grey Sloan. When Alex heard that Hunt was taking some time off to stay at home with Leo and Allison, he leapt into action, offering to take his former colleague on a tour. Clearly, he saw a potential recruit. And it appeared that he might be making headway with Owen, too, when they were distracted by a scream. A patient was bleeding all over the place because no test had been performed to see if the blood he was given would coagulate. So much for Pac-North “shaping up.” While treating the bloody patient, Alex flat out asked Owen to come pitch in with him and Richard at Pac-North. Hunt didn’t have to put up with Koracick and his BS.
‘MEREDITH CALLS BOWEL RESECTIONS HER ME TIME’ | Joining Teddy, Link and Taryn in treating Alicia, Maggie impressed Vic. “She’s kind of a genius, isn’t she?” the firefighter asked Ben, pretty much rhetorically. Nearby, Link tended to Alicia’s boyfriend Josh, who appeared to be going into shock — he found himself holding the severed thumb of the guy who’d fallen from the sky. After Alicia died during surgery, Teddy wept that the whole world was broken, a fact made even worse by the fact that she now had a daughter. In other developments, when the medical website dragged its feet changing the headline on Mer’s article, she ticked off her litter-pickup supervisor Lisa by walking off the job to try to do her own damage control with Bailey. (“Move to Switzerland” was the advice that Cristina texted her pal.) When Mer arrived at Grey Sloan, Jo warned her that Bailey might ask her to take back her name from little Bailey — it was that bad. And the list wasn’t Miranda’s only concern. Though her stress level throughout the episode was through the roof, Maggie suspected that that wasn’t the reason Bailey was so warm — it might be, er, hormonal, Pierce suggested. Later, Bailey wept to Ben that she knew it was coming “someday.” But now that it was here, it was hard. “No one warns you about all the feelings,” she cried. Could he help? Just sit with her, she pleaded.
When Mer came face to face with Bailey, she explained that most of what was in the article wasn’t even directed at Grey Sloan. Miranda understood on one hand, but on the other, “the damage has been done.” As the hour drew to a close, Tom ran into Owen with Teddy at Grey Sloan, and informed Hunt that he was lifting the restraining order. It didn’t matter, though — Owen was going to work at Pac-North. After Josh broke down in front of Link over Alicia’s demise, he let Amelia act as his weighted blanket and confessed that he thought he was in love with her. “Love leads to divorce, to pain,” he said. “But I’m feeling it, I’m pretty sure, and it’s a feeling I like and I wanna name, because sometimes people fall out of the sky.” Her response: “OK.” Oh, Limelia, you two are the best. Finally, Mer filled in DeLuca on her talk with Bailey — and the fact that she now had to appear in court for walking off work crew. He argued that she should’ve worked within the system rather than do what she had — she didn’t need any more enemies at the moment. Yeah? Well, she didn’t need his lecturing, either, she huffed. And Maggie reported to Bailey that she was both perimenopausal… and pregnant! “Please tell me you’re not going to keep it a secret,” Pierce pleaded.
Shonda Rhimes Teams With iHeartMedia To Launch Shondaland Audio(10/17/19) Shonda Rhimes has conquered television and now she has her eye on the podcast world. The Emmy-nominated superproducer and writer is partnering with iHeartMedia to launch Shondaland Audio.
Rhimes is set to executive produce a new slate of iHeartRadio Originals on Shondaland Audio which will be distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network. The agreement includes a full slate of iHeartRadio Original Podcasts set to release over the next three years. Rhimes will oversee development and Sandie Bailey, Chief Digital and Design Officer, will manage day-to-day operations.
“Podcasting continues to see tremendous growth and I’m excited to partner with iHeartMedia as Shondaland expands its storytelling journey into this medium which has seemed to usher in a unique sense of boldness, intimacy and connection,” said Rhimes. “With iHeartMedia we aim to share stories that are engaging, insightful, and reflect a robust world-view while staying true to the authentic storytelling voice that has become synonymous with Shondaland.”
Rhimes isn’t a total stranger to the world of podcasting. In 2017, Shondaland launched Katie’s Crib, a weekly podcast following Scandal and Waitress actress Katie Lowes where she shared intimate conversations about the joys, pains, and hilarity of new motherhood with guests. New episodes of Katie’s Crib will be folded into the Shondaland Audio’s slate originals.
Shondaland Audio will be an addition to iHeartMedia’s podcast library including iHeartRadio Original shows like The Ron Burgundy Podcast, Disgraceland, Chelsea Handler: Life will be the Death of Me, Noble Blood and Committed.
James Tupper on A Million Little Things 10/31/19(10/14/19) “unleashed” – Gary’s growing tension with Maggie comes to a head as she accidentally lets Colin out while she’s on the phone with Eric. Meanwhile, Delilah does a podcast about suicide, which helps her open up to Andrew, on a new episode of “A Million Little Things,” airing THURSDAY, OCT. 31 (9:01-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-14, D) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
“A Million Little Things” stars David Giuntoli as Eddie Saville, Romany Malco as Rome Howard, Allison Miller as Maggie Bloom, Christina Moses as Regina Howard, Grace Park as Katherine Saville, James Roday as Gary Mendez, Stephanie Szostak as Delilah Dixon, Tristan Byon as Theo Saville, Lizzy Greene as Sophie Dixon and Chance Hurstfield as Danny Dixon.
Guest stars include Jason Ritter as Eric, James Tupper as Andrew and Dr. Jennifer Ashton as herself.
The episode “unleashed” was written by Lauren Bachelis and Christopher Luccy, and directed by Tessa Blake.
Ratings: Evil Takes First Dip, Legacies and Supernatural Return Steady(10/12/19) Evil took its first dip in the demo this Thursday, scoring a 0.5 rating to go with its 3.7 million total viewers. Fellow CBS freshmen The Unicorn (5.2 mil/0.7) and Carol’s Second Act (4.9 mil/0.6) also saw their first demo declines.
Young Sheldon (7.5 mil/1.0) and Mom (5.8 mil/0.8) were steady in the demo yet slipped to new audience lows.
THE CW | Supernatural (1.26 mil/0.4) was on par with its previous demo average and up a tick from its May finale, yet reported its second smallest audience ever. Legacies (824K/0.3) matched its freshman finale in the demo yet was down in audience.
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (6 mil/1.3), Million Little Things (4.3 mil/0.8) and HTGAWM (2.33 mil/0.5) were all steady.
FOX | Thursday Night Football (12.5 mil/3.7) matched last week’s fast nationals.
NBC | Superstore (2.8 mil/0.8), The Good Place (2 mil/0.6), Sunnyside (1.22 mil/0.3) and SVU (3.3 mil/0.6) were all steady in the demo, while Perfect Harmony (2.1 mil/0.4) took its first dip.
Grey's Recap: Charmed, I'm Sure — Plus, Who Did Bailey Fire Now?!?(10/10/19) (TVLine.com) The staffing crisis at Grey Sloan only got worse in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. When a Meredith fan called out Bailey for canning the award winner, the chief turned around and dropped a pink slip on the individual who’d spoken up, thus making herself even likelier to be called a witch than the Charmed sorceresses who passed through the episode as part of ABC’s Cast From the Past stunt. Who was the latest to get the axe? And who else wouldn’t be scrubbing in again at Grey Sloan anytime soon? Read on…
‘DO NOT WALK TOWARD THE LIGHT’ | Early on in “Reunited,” Richard discovered that, thanks to efforts he’d all but forgotten he made, his old friend Gemma (Jasmine Guy), now 62 days sober, worked at Pac North in the billing department. (And with him and Catherine on the outs… uh-oh.) Shortly, Webber broke it to estranged siblings Haylee (Alyssa Milano) and Heidi (Holly Marie Combs) that their sister Heather appeared to be brain-dead following a disfiguring fall into a construction site. Once a last, conclusive test was performed, it would be up to Haylee and Heidi to decide whether to take Heather off life-support.
First, the siblings just reacted very differently to this development: Haylee by bringing in crystals in hopes of healing Heather, Heidi by saying her goodbyes. Then, they began quarreling, prompting Richard to adopt a parental tone as he hollered that they should make the decision about Heather together. By doing so, it would be like she had given them back to one another. Ironically, just as they agreed that Heather was gone and let Richard turn off her life-support, the deceased’s phone rang: Turned out, her bag had been stolen! They’d given permission to pull the plug on a stranger! After that rough day, Richard attempted to reach out to Catherine but got only voice-mail. So he accepted a dinner invitation from Gemma. (I repeat: Uh-oh.)
‘LOVE MAKES IT ALL WORTHWHILE’ | At Grey Sloan, Maggie — still struggling with the fact that Jackson had gone into a fog and come out with a new girlfriend — received words of wisdom from a spry patient named Bertie (Hal Linden). At the same time, Amelia and Link happened upon a South Korean woman roaming the halls looking for her birdie. You probably didn’t need Nico to come along and translate to guess that her birdie was going to actually be Bertie, did you? “This is the first woman I ever loved!” explained the old guy when they were reunited. He’d fallen for her when he’d been stationed in Korea during the war but had lost track of her (as had she him) when they both missed their train-station rendezvous. Sixty years later, she’d managed to find him online and had bought a plane ticket to Seattle after he’d posted about his surgery.
Meanwhile, Dahlia seemed a lot less excited about performing an ALPPS procedure with Jo than she would’ve with Mer. The patient, Shirley, wasn’t too jazzed about Dr. Grey being replaced on her case, either. In fact, the only way Jo managed to get her into the O.R. was by convincing Bailey to allow Mer to perform “remote surgery” — basically, observing the whole thing via cell phone. Despite a touch-and-go moment during the procedure, it didn’t appear that Jo really needed a lot of supervision. Her first week as an attending, and she’d aced it — at which point Bailey hung up on Grey. Toward the end of the hour, a tearful Dahlia lit into the chief for firing Mer, who’d been the reason that she and so many interns had chosen to come to Grey Sloan. In response, Bailey sacked her on the spot. “Now you and your hero have something in common,” she said.
‘YOU’RE JUST HUMORING ME BECAUSE YOU KNOW I MISS THE SMELL OF BLOOD’ | In other developments, after being forced to leave not only rooms but patients because of Tom’s restraining order, Owen welcomed the chance to take Allison on a tour of Grey Sloan with Teddy, who felt like she was failing as a mother. After seeing the way his babymama lit up in the hospital, Owen suggested that she return to work, and he’d stay at home with their newborn. “A happy mom is a better mom,” he noted. And elated, she agreed. Elsewhere, Jackson turned an opportunity to treat Vic for a scratch on the forehead into a chance to seduce her with a description of his skills as a, um, surgeon. “We should take it slow,” they agreed… an instant before deciding, “That’s slow enough,” and getting passionate. Afterwards, Vic’s attempt to clear the air with Maggie went so spectacularly awkwardly, it was probably only a little less painful than Tom’s electrified testicles.
Finally, while Bailey kept DeLuca in charge of the ICU as a kind of punishment, Schmitt dropped a catheter guide wire into a patient. When the chief hit the roof, DeLuca took the blame, telling the intern that what happened on his watch was his responsibility. Still, DeLuca was gonna make Levi carry around a guide wire for a week so he’d remember never again to let go of it. (Later, Nico insisted that his boyfriend demand more of himself, starting with a night of practice… together, at least.) And, having seen how much Bertie and his lost love regretted the years they’d missed, Amelia elected to thumb her nose at her fears and start telling everyone that she and Link were expecting — by blurting it out over drinks with her boyfriend, Mer and DeLuca.
Charmed Reunion Video: Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs Face a Sisterly Crisis on Grey's Anato(10/4/19) (Video) “We’re sisters.” Those two little words may not mean much to the average Grey’s Anatomy fan, but when spoken by Holly Marie Combs in reference to Alyssa Milano, the results are nothing short of magical. The former Charmed actresses are guest-starring on Thursday’s episode of Grey’s (ABC, 8/7c) as a pair of sisters who arrive at Pac North to check on their other sibling (who is played by neither Shannen Doherty nor Rose McGowan, so don’t even bother hoping for it).
ABC has released a sneak peek of the actresses’ first scene together, during which they attempt to figure out whether their sister fell at or in a construction site. Hopefully Dr. Webber can straighten that out before the end of the hour.Combs and Milano are reuniting as part of ABC’s “Cast From the Past,” a special week of episodes that — as the name suggests — reunites the casts of beloved TV shows. Other reunions include the cast of Cheers on The Goldbergs, the cast of The Drew Carey Show on American Housewife and the cast of Girlfriends on black-ish.
Ratings: Evil, The Unicorn, Two Other Newbies Steady; Sunnyside Goes Lower(10/4/19) CBS’ Evil this Thursday drew 4.3 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating, holding steady in the demo in Week 2 while dropping just a handful of eyeballs.
On the CBS sitcom front, Young Sheldon (8.1 mil/1.0) dipped, while The Unicorn (6 mil/0.8), Mom (6.4 mil/0.8) and Carol’s Second Laugh (5.7 mil/0.7) all held steady.
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (6 mil/1.3) dipped from its premiere to match its demo low and deliver its second-smallest audience ever. A Million Little Things (4.8 mil/0.9) and HTGAWM (2.7 mil/0.5) were each down a tenth, with the latter matching its demo low.
NBC | Superstore (2.8 mil/0.8), Perfect Harmony (2.1 mil/0.5) and SVU (3.3 mil/0.7) were all steady in the demo, while The Good Place (2.2 mil/0.6) and Sunnyside (1.3 mil/0.3) each dipped a tenth.
FOX | Thursday Night Football (12.4 mil/3.9) matched last week’s fast nationals.
NEXT FRIDAY: Supernatural and Legacies return.
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Pregnant Pause — Plus, a New Meredith and Alex?!?(10/4/19) (TVLine.com) Thursday at 8 turned out to be decision time for many a Grey’s Anatomy doctor. Amelia and Link had to figure out whether they wanted to become parents, Jo had to choose between two tempting job offers, Richard had to weigh the pros and cons of sulking through his stint at PacNorth, and Bailey had to pick — or at least begin trying to pick — interns with enough potential to be the next Grey and Karev. Now it’s decision time for you, too: Will you read on to find out where things stood when the hour ended?
‘THE OCCASION IS I HAVE NO JOY’ | As “Back in the Saddle” began, Meredith learned that her medical-board hearing, though expedited, wouldn’t be held for three months; Ben encouraged Bailey not to let the firings/Koracick promotion keep her from claiming her joy at Grey Sloan; and since Jo was ready to return to work, Alex suggested that she join him at PacNorth, where she’d have free reign over her own fellowship. But her therapist had told her it would be advisable to resume her old routine as much as possible, even if that meant everyone at Grey Sloan staring at her like she was some fragile bird. Meanwhile, as Amelia kept Maggie company while she cleared her stuff out of Jackson’s place, the expectant doc wondered aloud whether she could break the news to Link in a text. Erm, no. Before they left, Amelia noticed that Jackson had posted a sunset photo the previous day… and hashtagged it “freedom.” Ouch.
At Grey Sloan, Tom relished the bizarreness of finding himself in an elevator with two other guys who’d slept with Amelia — Owen and Link. And he really relished telling Teddy’s babydaddy that “Catherine made me god of this place, so practice kneeling.” Nearby, Bailey rounded up the interns, as well as DeLuca and Koracick’s protégé from Hopkins, to compete to be the new Grey and Karev as they weighed in on the case of Wade, a 55-year-old with ED. When Maggie and Amelia arrived at the hospital, Pierce’s car was struck — hard — by a guy who’d stolen his girlfriend’s credit card to rent a scooter. Once the docs made it inside with their new patient, Jackson’s ex couldn’t resist asking how he was enjoying his freedom. Amelia made a beeline for Link, blurted out that she was pregnant and then fled to answer a page. Yes, it was a very zippy opening!
‘THIS WAS YOUR IDEA, SO HELP’ | Throughout the episode, Meredith diagnosed her peers on the community work crew and then sent them to see Richard and Alex at PacNorth. (She even enlisted Schmitt to bring her supplies from Grey Sloan.) Mind you, Richard and Alex were in no position to receive the influx of patients. Not only was PacNorth’s trauma center tragic, but the hospital had only two residents — what kind of residency program, Webber wanted to know, was he supposed to run with just two residents?!? When Jo approached Bailey at Grey Sloan, Miranda, fearful that she might lose yet another doctor, shocked her by offering her carte blanche with her fellowship. Had Alex put her up to that? Jo wanted to know when she phoned her husband. First of all, no. And second of all, he had to go because it appeared that there was a dead guy in the waiting area.
OK, it turned out the guy wasn’t dead, he just looked it. So Alex and Richard rushed him to the O.R., where Webber noted that he’d been late for work that morning for the first time in, like, ever, because he’d accidentally driven to Grey Sloan out of habit. “I want to work in my hospital,” he grumbled, “but that is no longer an option.” Later, Alex pointed out that, although toiling at PacNorth hadn’t been in Richard’s plans — and certainly wasn’t as appealing as someday dropping dead in a Grey Sloan O.R. — he could still make the best of a bad situation. “Help me do the impossible” and turn this place around, Karev challenged him. “Help me prove Bailey wrong.” And it seemed clear that, moving forward, Richard was going to do just that. Alex would still have to do something about his office, however. A supply closet wasn’t gonna cut it!
‘YOU DEEP-FRIED MY ‘NADS’ | In class with the interns, Bailey said that the first person to complete a perfect practice [insert complicated medical procedure I can’t spell here] would get to perform it on Wade. DeLuca nailed it, with Taryn coming in a close second. Yet Bailey still let Helm do the procedure in the O.R. During surgery, Wade started bleeding from the intern’s suture line. When she panicked, Bailey allowed DeLuca to take charge and save the day. Later, when he accused his boss of sidelining him in the first place because of his relationship with Mer, Bailey countered that she’d sidelined him because Helm had needed experience. In other medical developments, scooter guy nearly died, sending Maggie into a tizzy. If both she and Mer went to prison, that would leave the kids with… Amelia?!? Luckily, scooter guy was brought back when he was shocked with EKG paddles for the 19th time… after which Owen accidentally delivered a jolt to Koracick’s privates!
Elsewhere in the hospital, Jo reassured Link that he’d make a great dad, despite the myriad, apocalyptic worries that any sane potential parent would have in 2019. Shortly, he sat down with Amelia, who opened up about Christopher. She knew that the odds of that heartbreaking history repeating itself were a million to one… but she also knew that if it happened, she wouldn’t survive it. What did Link think? Just one thing: that he didn’t want anything to hurt her. That was more important to him than his fears, than anything. So he would be there for her if she wanted to keep the baby and he would be there for her if she didn’t. “Dammit, Link,” she responded and walked out. Had he said the wrong thing? he asked when he saw Amelia at the end of the episode. No. She had just made up her mind before then, because she’d been scared. Now she felt less scared “and a little bit in love,” she added. “Please don’t say it back.” They both agreed that they’d make an amazing kid. What’s more, they both kinda wanted to meet that kid.
‘I NO LONGER HAVE GOOD TIMES’ | When Jackson and Maggie bumped into each other at day’s end, she less snarkily than previously noted that “hashtag freedom is a little aggressive.” At least he hadn’t been being consciously spiteful. Jo announced to Bailey that she wanted to be a general-surgery attending. She’d be an asset to any hospital. “Do you want that hospital to be yours?” she asked. And, of course, short-staffed as she was, Bailey had no choice but to say yes. Alex was bummed that his wife wouldn’t be joining him at PacNorth but offered sound advice nonetheless. “Just make sure you get a parking spot,” he said. Oh, that was already taken care of. Bailey “gave me yours,” Jo replied. When Owen approached Koracick to apologize for the shock, Tom responded by asking him to step back — 500 feet back. He’d taken out an emergency restraining order against Hunt. (Come on, Tom — you’re better than that.)
And, after Meredith checked a nodule on work-crew supervisor Robin’s neck, she convinced Jackson to see her that very day rather than send her to County. Turned out, the woman has thyroid cancer. But if she missed work for treatment, she wouldn’t get paid, and if she didn’t get paid, she couldn’t pay rent, much less for an asthma inhaler. Insurance only paid for one a month — a second one cost $500… which she reckoned was cheap compared to the cost of treating cancer. Jackson would make sure she was given options, but she knew what they were: “Bankruptcy or death.” Off her day treating her work-crew colleagues, Mer told DeLuca, “I keep coming across people who can’t get the help they need because of the same crap.” So, although her attorney had instructed her to lie low until her hearing, she was fired up to publish a paper on the subject. “You’re very sexy,” he observed, “when you’re about to burn your whole life down.” Ah, we should all have a Meredith Grey in our corner.
Grey's Star to Little Fires(10/3/19) Jesse Williams is taking a break from his doctor scrubs: The Grey’s Anatomy star will recur in Hulu’s upcoming limited series Little Fires Everywhere.
Starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon, the 1990s-set drama “follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives” in the upscale community of Shaker Heights, Ohio, per the official synopsis. “The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood — and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.”
Williams will play Joe Ryan, a wealthy Wall Streeter. After years of struggling to conceive, Joe and his wife turn to an unlikely source to help start their family.
Ratings: Young Sheldon Drops in Leadoff Spot, Unicorn Is Night's No. 1 Debut, Sunnyside Opens Low(9/27/19) To the surprise of no one, Young Sheldon took quite a hit in CBS’ Thursday leadoff spot.
The Big Bang spinoff’s Season 3 premiere drew 8.1 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating, down sharply from its sophomore average (11.1 mil/1.7) leading out of its sire, and marking series lows. That said, it was Thursday’s most watched non-sports programming and the night’s top-rated sitcom of many.
Continuing the Eye’s night, The Unicorn debuted to 6 mil/0.8, making it Thursday’s top-rated series launch. With a softer lead-in, Mom (6.2 mil/0.8) returned down three tenths from its finale, while the arrival of Carol’s Second Act (6 mil/0/7) was a tenth below Life in Pieces‘ springtime average in the time slot. Capping CBS’ night, Evil premiered to 4.6 mil/0.7, down fa tick rom SWAT‘s sophomore average (5.3 mil/0.8).
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (6.5 mil/1.5) returned up from its finale and easily led non-sports Thursday fare in the demo. A Million Little Things (5.1 mil/1.1) and How to Get Away With Murder (2.5 mil/0.6) were steady with their finales.
NBC | Superstore (2.9 mil/0.8) improved on its finale, while The Good Place (2.4 mil/0.7) and SVU (3.7 mil/0.7) were steady. Among debuts, Perfect Harmony did 2.6 mil/0.5, while Sunnyside mustered just 1.8 mil and a 0.4.
FOX | In fast nationals, Thursday Night Football (12.7 mil/3.9) is up from last year’s Eagles/Rams opener.
THE CW | The Outpost‘s double-episode finale did 650K/0.1 and 510K/0.1.
Grey's Anatomy Season 16 Premiere Recap: To Everything, Turn, Turn, Turn(9/26/19) (TVLine.com) Warning: The following contains spoilers for Thursday’s eventful Season 16 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy. If you’d rather watch first, read later, scrub out now.
Well, it’s about time! After what felt like an endless summer away from Grey Sloan — the struggle was real — Grey’s Anatomy at last refilled our prescription for new episodes Thursday, kicking off Season 16 with an hour full of mini-fast-forwards that took us from a marriage proposal to a surprise pregnancy, from a massive promotion to a new flirtation, and from a defection to another hospital to… well, this recap. And now that you’re here, read on; before you grade “Nothing Left to Cling To,” we’ll review all of the big plot twists.
‘I DO NOT SEE ME FORGIVING ANYONE BUT MYSELF ANYTIME SOON’ | The episode began pretty much right where Season 15’s finale ended. While Jo checked in for psychiatric treatment, Maggie and Station 19 firefighters discovered Jackson helping a climber named Mari hold on to the rope that was keeping her unconscious husband Jai from plunging to his death. Richard was at an AA meeting complaining that Catherine hadn’t said a word when Bailey fired him, just as Meredith was learning from her lawyer that she was unlikely to lose her medical license, much less go to prison. But, Grey admitted, “I did this long, dramatic goodbye with my kids.” Over beers, Link, when not assuring Alex that Jo would get better, admitted that he thought Amelia had dumped him. And at Grey Sloan, Bailey interrupted Leo’s introduction to Alison to order Owen and Amelia to prep for an incoming trauma. When he protested that Teddy’d just had their baby, Bailey shot back, “She’s very cute. I still need you to come. Altman, you’re excused.” Left alone with both the newborn and Leo, Teddy was just about to cry for a nurse when in came Tom, keenly aware that she and her babydaddy had reunited. It was OK, though. She’d regret that decision one day, he said. “When you do, I’ll still be here, because I’m in love with you. And in the meantime, we are friends.” (I could not love Koracick more.)
‘WE’RE NOT EVEN LEGALLY MARRIED’ | One week later, as Alex dropped off Jo at the psychiatric facility where she’d ultimately undergo treatment, she beat herself up for becoming yet “another name on your list of crazy women” and noted that, since they’d never filed their marriage license, “You have an out, and I guess I’m saying I love you enough that I’d understand if you wanna take it.” Somehow, Alex didn’t say a word as she walked away after that. Back at Grey Sloan, while performing a successful surgery on Mari, Amelia clarified — in language that even guys could understand — that she didn’t want to stop seeing Link, she simply didn’t want to bury herself in him. She wanted them to date, to get to know each other, thus breaking her pattern of going all in too fast. At Teddy’s hotel room, Owen found the new mom weeping along with Alison, who wouldn’t stop crying. “Just come home with me,” he pleaded. But no, she didn’t want to move into the home he’d bought for Amelia. “That’s not the way you and I are supposed to start our lives together,” Teddy said. She knew it in her soul. And her soul really preferred that hotel room? Maybe it was best not to ask her soul too many questions just then. “My soul needs a shower,” she cried. At Grey Sloan, Jackson made the terrible mistake of asking Maggie how “they” were before she’d adequately cooled off after their fight. In response, she accused him of leaving her “in a car on an unfamiliar road in the woods surrounded by fog and bears and wolves!” Bears and wolves? Really? “I could hear them!” she insisted. Meanwhile, as Richard slummed it making house calls for a medical app, Meredith had her day in court… and blew it. She just couldn’t quite bring herself to take her attorney’s advice and appear repentant. “She has three kids,” the lawyer finally interjected. “Don’t throw her in jail!”
‘TOM KORACICK IS MY PUNISHMENT’ | One week later, Jai crashed suddenly, just stroked out, leaving Jackson wondering aloud whether Mari should’ve just let him go. “In this metaphor,” asked Maggie, “am I the thing that should just be thrown off a cliff now?” No, he replied. But maybe they as a couple were. (Stick a fork in ’em, folks; they’re done.) Nearby, Bailey hit the roof when she learned that Catherine had put Tom in charge of all of her hospitals, making him “chief of chiefs.” Turned out, though Catherine was silent when Bailey fired Richard, she was still pissed. Now, she hollered, “my husband is making house calls like it’s 1965,” and her marriage was in shambles. Off that argument, a cocky DeLuca offered Bailey his services, which, short-staffed as she was, she had no choice but to accept. One week later, Maggie reported to Mer, Amelia and DeLuca that her breakup with Jackson was sticking. “I think I deserve better,” she said, “than someone who regularly abandons me for trees.” And hey, they were still friends. For his part, Jackson was quick to move on; he asked out Station 19‘s Vic, who seemed very open to the idea. Owen showed up at Grey Sloan looking for Teddy after he’d made — good God — such a mistake. “I offered to milk her,” he admitted to Amelia. Yes, she’d had a clogged duct, but still. No, Owen. God, no. During a therapy session with Alex, Jo read a letter in which she apologized for losing the ability to receive the love he was offering. He read a letter to her as well, one in which he admitted that he’d been scared when she pushed him away. “You deserve someone who doesn’t break like glass,” said Jo, whose therapist reminded her that seeking help was a sign of strength, not weakness.
‘I HATE MATERNITY LEAVE’ | On Amelia and Link’s fun dinner date, talk of her desire to have her first three-way somehow led her to think of Private Practice and a patient whose condition was much like Jai’s. Thanks to a telltale rash in that case, Jai’s doctors were able to figure out that a fat embolism was to blame for his condition, too. They could potentially wake him from his coma! The following day, Jackson and Vic had a casual burger date, during which they both admitted that they were fresh out of serious relationships and, therefore, not in the best place to start something new. But they got on so well, it was clear that they were most definitely starting something new. While picking up trash roadside as part of her community service, Mer was spotted by the classroom mom at Zola’s school. “I always wondered why we never saw you volunteering at the school,” said classmom, “but now I get it.” Mer was right in the middle of explaining what it meant to be a working mom when her supervisor yelled that she wasn’t at Happy Hour. At Grey Sloan, Bailey happened upon Teddy, who was desperate to use her brain and decidedly not loving maternity leave. “I think I might be a terrible mother,” she admitted. Nah, said Bailey. She’d hated maternity leave, too, and she was an awesome mom. After interviewing for the chief of surgery post at failing Pacific Northwest General, Richard visited Alex to encourage him to go for the job. Webber knew that he wasn’t going to get it — the interviewer had “practically called me Grandpa,” he noted. But if Alex got the gig, then he could hire Richard. He had another bright idea, too: If Karev was worried about his marriage, he needed to give Jo a reason to come back home.
‘I DON’T WANT AN OUT’ | One week later, just when Mari had given up on Jai ever waking up, ta-da! He did. When Jo emerged from the treatment facility following her 30 days there, Alex was waiting, freshly shaved and dressed in a snazzy suit. “Marry me again, please,” he said, getting down on one knee. “I don’t want an out. You offered me an out.” Though she explained that she wasn’t “magically fixed,” he didn’t care. He wanted to love her in sickness and health. That being the case, she accepted his proposal. At Teddy’s hotel room, Owen reported that he’d put his house on the market and, until it sold, had gotten them a suite at the hotel. Being a new mom is hard, and she didn’t have to do it alone, he wanted her to know. “Thank you for listing the house,” she replied. At the hospital, Amelia hilariously approached Carina, who was confused at first about the why. “Are you here for your pregnancy,” she asked, “or just asking for a menage a trois?” Amelia was there for the latter reason, but… “Oh my God,” she gasped as she realized that she might be there for the former reason as well. As the episode drew to a close, Maggie spotted Jackson with Vic and got colder than ice. Your affairs are “none of my business,” Maggie decided, “’cause I don’t like you, and you don’t like me, and we’re not friends.” Finally, Catherine pitched a fit when she found out that Richard was going to work at PacNorth with Alex, and Meredith got a text saying that — uh-oh — the medical board was going to be pursuing action against her license.
Shondaland Teams With Norman Lear, Steve Martin & ‘Shrill’ Creator Lindy West On Neflix Anthology Series ‘Notes On Love’(9/24/19) Shonda Rhimes is teaming up with Norman Lear, Steve Martin, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before author Jenny Han, Shrill creator Lindy West and songwriter Diane Warren for a Netflix anthology series.
Notes On Love will feature collections of stories centering on marriage with each episode coming from the lens of a high-profile creative. It is the latest project unveiled as part of Shondaland’s overall deal with Netflix.
The show is an episodic anthology series that ranges across genres and explores the unexpected, life-changing, euphoric, hilarious, surreal, and all-consuming places where love intersects with our lives. The first season will include stories about where love and marriage meet, specifically, examining what marriage is, what it means, and how it’s changing.
Lear, fresh from the success of ABC’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience and the revival of One Day At A Time, is penning an episode with his writing partner Aaron Shure, who has worked on Everybody Loves Raymond, The New Adventures of Old Christine and The Office. Lear and Brent Miller will exec produce the episode.
The Jerk and Roxanne writer Steve Martin, who recently undertook Netflix special Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life, will write an episode, while other episodes will be written by Jenny Han, who has exec produced all three To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before films for Netflix, songwriter Diane Warren, who wrote I’ll Fight for the recent RBG documentary, and an episode written by Shrill creator Lindy West and musician and comedian Ahamefule J. Oluo (left), who both wrote feature film Thin Skin with Charles Mudede.
Han, Martin, Warren, West and Oluo will exec produce their episodes, while Rhimes and Betsy Beers will exec produce the entire series.
It is the latest Shondaland show for Netflix following period drama Bridgerton, which is set to air next year, as well as a project about con artist Anna Delvey.
James Pickens Jr. on The Connors 10/8/19(9/24/19) “The Preemie Monologues” – Harris is forced to confront Darlene about her lifestyle, while Jackie involves herself in other people’s problems to avoid confronting her own. Meanwhile, Becky is overwhelmed by the costs of raising a baby, so her family steps in to help on “The Conners,” TUESDAY, OCT. 8 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
The series stars John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner.
Guest starring is Katey Sagal as Louise, James Pickens Jr. as Chuck and Dan Aykroyd as Buddy.
“The Preemie Monologues” was written by Jana Hunter and Mitch Hunter, and directed by Gail Mancuso.
Debbie Allen Recurs on S.W.A.T. 10/16/19(9/24/19) “Funny Money” – The SWAT team bumps heads with Lt. Lynch when she signs them up for an off-book undercover operation to take down a local gang printing counterfeit money, without giving them enough time to prepare for the mission. Also, tensions rise at home for Hondo as his parents’ strained relationship becomes worse, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Oct. 16 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Debbie Allen (Charice Harrelson), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr), Deshae Frost (Darryl), Otis “Odie” Gallop (Sergeant Stevens)
James Tupper on A Million Little Things 10/10/19(9/24/19) “mixed signals” – On the verge of becoming a filmmaker, Rome takes a meeting with an old producer friend which causes him to feel torn about the creative changes he suggests for his script. Meanwhile, Gary steps in to help Danny prepare to audition for his school play; while Delilah, craving some adult time, agrees to go to dinner with Andrew, on a new episode of “A Million Little Things,” airing THURSDAY, OCT. 10 (9:01-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-14, L) Episodes can also be viewed on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
“A Million Little Things” stars David Giuntoli as Eddie Saville, Romany Malco as Rome Howard, Allison Miller as Maggie Bloom, Christina Moses as Regina Howard, Grace Park as Katherine Kim Saville, James Roday as Gary Mendez, Stephanie Szostak as Delilah Dixon, Tristan Byon as Theo Saville, Lizzy Greene as Sophie Dixon and Chance Hurstfield as Danny Dixon.
Guest stars include Drea de Matteo as Barbara, Melora Hardin as Patricia, James Tupper as Andrew, Jason Ritter as Eric and Jerry Ferrara as Todd.
The episode “mixed signals” was written by David Marshall Grant and directed by Steve Robin.
There's a Light at the End of the Tunnel for Jo on Grey's Anatomy(9/22/19) If anyone deserves some good news on Grey's Anatomy, it's Jo Karev (Camilla Luddington). Jo was on the brink of a revolutionary medical discovery last season on the medical drama when her entire life was derailed by the discovery that her birth mother was still alive and living in Pennsylvania. Jo flew across the country to meet her mom, only to find out that she was given up because she was the product of rape.
That bombshell information lead Jo to a depressive cycle that culminated with her checking herself into the psychiatric wing of the hospital to get professional treatment for her trauma and anxiety. The last we saw of her was her saying goodbye to Alex (Justin Chambers), and entering the wing to begin her treatment.
"I was really proud of the character of Jo for being strong enough to ask for the help she needed. I was really proud of Bailey and Alex for stepping up to help her get that help," Grey's executive producer Krista Vernoff told TV Guide at the ABC Summer Stars party. "We're playing that through in the premiere as well. Jo had a severely depressed episode in reaction to intense trauma. That was a real trauma for her to meet her mother, to learn that she was a product of rape, to understand her father. It would have triggered all of her childhood stuff around abandonment and it sent her into a spiral."
If last season was depicting the authenticity of that trauma, Season 16 will be about finding the light again. After all of her suffering, Jo will be getting better this season and finding her way back to being stable and happy.
"It was very hard for fans to see her without Alex, her inability to receive the love that he was offering. That is so often true of depression and we wanted to depict it honestly," Vernoff explained. "Now, we want to honestly depict the fact that you can recover. People can put in the work and heal and recover. I'm really excited for everyone to see that."
We're excited to see Jo get back on her feet as well.
Grey's Anatomy premieres Thursday, September 26 at 8/7c on ABC.
‘Emily In Paris’: Darren Star’s Paramount Network Dramedy Rounds Out Cast; Sets Directors, Costume Designers(9/20/19) French actors Philippine Leroy Beaulieu (Call My Agent!), Lucas Bravo (Smart Ass), Samuel Arnold (Antony & Cleopatra), Camille Razat (The 15:17 to Paris) and Bruno Gouery (Doc Martin) are set as series regulars opposite Lily Collins in Emily in Paris, Paramount Network’s half-hour dramedy from Younger and Sex and the City creator Darren Star.
Kate Walsh (The Umbrella Academy), William Abadie (Resident Evil: Extinction) and Arnaud Viard (Clara et Moi) also join the cast in recurring roles. Previously announced Ashley Park rounds out the list of series regulars in the 10-episode series, which is in production in Paris.
Additionally, Star reunites with iconic costume designer Patricia Field (Younger, Sex and the City) and also has brought on Marylin Fitoussi for costume design. Andrew Fleming, Zoe Cassavetes and Peter Lauer are set to direct.
Created, written and executive produced by Star, Emily in Paris follows Emily (Collins), a driven twentysomething from the Midwest who moves to Paris for an unexpected job opportunity. Cultures clash as she is tasked with bringing an American point of view to a venerable French marketing firm, and Emily adjusts to the challenges of life in a foreign city while juggling her career, new friendships and love life.
Walsh will play Emily’s co-worker and mentor who still lives in Chicago.
Tony Hernandez and Lilly Burns of Jax Media executive produce for Paramount Network. Andrew Fleming also executive produces, and Collins serves as a producer for the new series.
Emily in Paris joins a Paramount Network scripted roster headlined by its hit Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner, and upcoming series Coyote, from Michelle MacLaren and starring Michael Chiklis; the series adaptation of Sexy Beast; 68 Whiskey, from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment; and Paradise Lost (working title), from Rodes Fishburne, Arika Lisanne Mittman and John Lee Hancock.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Jasmine Guy To Recur In Season 16 Of ABC Medical Drama(9/18/19) Jasmine Guy (A Different World, Harlem Nights), who guest-starred near the end of last season on Grey’s Anatomy, is returning to the ABC medical drama in a key recurring role opposite James Pickens Jr. on the upcoming 16th season.
Guy plays Gemma, a woman who showed up at the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital emergency room last season, following a freak accident. There, she encountered Dr. Richard Webber (Pickens), with whom she shares a problematic history.
Created and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes, ABC Studios-produced Grey’s Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens Jr as Richard Webber, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce, Kim Raver as Teddy Altman and Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca.
Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, showrunner Krista Vernoff, Debbie Allen, Zoanne Clack, Fred Einesman, Andy Reaser and Meg Marinis are executive producers.
Guy most recently played recurring characters on BET’s The Quad and the CW’s The Vampire Diaries. She’s repped by Kass Management.
Make-Up Artists And Hair Stylists Guild Awards: Thomas Burman & Martin Samuel Set For Lifetime Achievement Honors(9/18/19) Emmy-winning makeup artist Thomas Burman and Oscar-winning hairstylist Martin Samuel are set for lifetime achievement awards from the Make-up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild at its awards ceremony in January.
Burman has racked up more than 30 Emmy nominations during his 50-year career and won seven for such series as The Tracey Ullman Show, Nip/Tuck, Tracey Takes On … and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. He also picked up an Oscar nomination for the 1989 Bill Murray holiday pic Scrooged. Since launching his career in 1966 as an apprentice to Ben Nye at 20th Century Fox Studios and becoming an assistant to John Chambers on Planet of the Apes in 1967, his dozens of credits also include Grey’s Anatomy, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Acclaimed for his period hair styling and expertise with wigs, Samuel has scored three Academy Award nominations for Hitchcock, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Curse of the Black Pearl. He also has three Emmy noms to his credit for Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union. Samuel’s 40-year career includes credits on such films as credits include Wild Wild West, Angels and Insects, Blow, Burlesque, Love and Mercy, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Rich and Famous.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to one make-up artist and one hair stylist for extraordinary Lifetime Achievement, exceptional contributions to the motion picture arts and sciences, or outstanding service to their union or the entertainment industry.
The Make-up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild, aka IATSE Local 76, will hold its annual trophy show on Saturday, January 11, at Novo in Los Angeles. Final online voting closes on Friday, January 3.
Sandra Oh Applauds SNL's Decision to Fire Shane Gillis, Calls Embattled Comic 'Lazy Ass Unoriginal'(9/18/19) In the wake of comedian Shane Gillis’ firing from Saturday Night Live, Sandra Oh is cheering the sketch series’ decision to let him go.
“Glad 2 see @nbcsnl decision NOT [to] legitimize/give platform 2 purveyors of racist homophobic content,” the Killing Eve star wrote in a tweet Tuesday morning. “Risks? LAZY ASS UNORIGINAL.”
Gillis was fired from SNL on Monday, just four days after he was brought on as a new featured player for Season 45. Shortly after his casting was announced, tweets began to circulate with clips from a particularly offensive episode of Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast, which Gillis co-hosted with fellow comic Matt McCusker in 2018. During a conversation about New York City’s Chinatown neighborhood, Gillis used a racist slur, asking, “Why do the f–ing ch–ks live there?”
Another episode found Gillis referring to Judd Apatow and Chris Gethard as “white f—got comics,” calling them “f—ing gayer than ISIS.”
The footage prompted intense backlash on social media, though in his pseudo-apology (which Oh referenced in her tweet), Gillis insisted that “I’m a comedian who pushes boundaries. I sometimes miss… My intention is never to hurt anyone but I am trying to be the best comedian I can be and sometimes that requires risks.” (After he was officially booted from SNL, Gillis said he was “honestly grateful for the opportunity,” but “I was always a [MADtv] guy anyway.”)
Oh made her SNL hosting debut last season, becoming only the third Asian–American woman to headline the show (following Lucy Liu in 2000 and Awkwafina in 2018).
James Tupper on A Million Little Things 10/3/19(9/16/19) “grand canyon” – Eddie manages to keep Theo distracted in the midst of trying to track down Katherine, while Maggie realizes her mother’s surprise move to Boston might not be just for her. Meanwhile, Regina struggles with accepting Andrew’s ideas about the restaurant, and PJ makes a shocking confession to Rome, on a new episode “A Million Little Things,” airing THURSDAY, OCT. 3 (9:01-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-14, L) Episodes can also be viewed on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
“A Million Little Things” stars David Giuntoli as Eddie Saville, Romany Malco as Rome Howard, Allison Miller as Maggie Bloom, Christina Moses as Regina Howard, Grace Park as Katherine Kim Saville, James Roday as Gary Mendez, Stephanie Szostak as Delilah Dixon, Tristan Byon as Theo Saville, Lizzy Greene as Sophie Dixon and Chance Hurstfield as Danny Dixon.
Guest stars include Drea de Matteo as Barbara, Melora Hardin as Patricia, Rhys Cairo as Mitch, James Tupper as Andrew and Jason Ritter as Eric.
The episode “grand canyon” was written by DJ Nash and Geoffrey Nauffts, and directed by Chris Koch.
Rob Morgan, Dascha Polanco and Loretta Devine Board Short Films From Lena Waithe-Led AT&T Filmmaker Mentorship Program(9/11/19) Production for the short films chosen for the AT&T Filmmaker Mentorship Program are underway and Rob Morgan (This Is Us, Just Mercy), Dascha Polanco (Orange is the New Black, When They See Us) and Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy, Family Reunion) have joined two of the films.
With Emmy winner Lena Waithe as the lead mentor and with the support of Waithe’s producing partner Rishi Rajani, AT&T Hello Lab, and Fullscreen, the program discovers, incubates and empowers emerging filmmakers from underrepresented communities to evolve their work, grow their audience and provide national distribution on platforms such as DIRECTV and DIRECTVNOW.
Waithe hand-picked the five shorts from up and coming creators and storytellers. The films represent a range of diverse identities including LGBTQ+, women, communities of color and more. The chosen mentees had access to industry advisors, studio and production company executives, agents and casting directors. They received advice on pitching, budgets and directing. In addition, the program introduced a unified theme of “growing pains” with all the shorts which allowed the writers and directors freedom to express their unique, individualized perspective. Waithe also expanded the mission and scope of the diversity-driven program to incorporate music by identifying unsigned and underrepresented musicians.
Read the complete details for the short films below.
Postmarked (Angela Carbone)
After uncovering a trove of long-lost letters, a ten-year-old boy goes on an adventure to find the person who sent them.
Cast: Rob Morgan, Jaylin Fletcher Quie Tann, Loretta Devine
Spilt Milk (Mechi Parada-Lakatos)
Single mom Ximena moves back in with her parents while struggling to care for her infant son. She reconnects with her ex-partner, Lena, who is now raising the child they conceived of together with the sperm donor they chose, and the old wound is reopened. Cast: Dascha Polanco, Zuri Adele
1/30 (Malik Aziz)
On the first day of Ramadan, a young architect attempts to fast for the first time while also trying to win a major contract for his firm. Cast: Jeremie Harris, May Calamawy, Kevin Corrigan, Tom Lipinski
The Fat Friend (Jasmine Johnson)
A woke boarding school student questions her commitment to activism when she finds herself with no friends, countless enemies and facing some very serious accusations that threaten to get her expelled. Cast: Melora Walters, Dylan Chloe Dash, Sara Targum, Rileigh Skye McDonald
Fragile.com (Brittany Menjivar)
A teenage girl with acting dreams, an empty wallet, and a broken heart is approached by a charming man who promises her fame, fortune, and affection—if she agrees to livestream herself crying for his niche website, Fragile.com. Cast: Colin Woodell, Carly Stewart
‘The Eddy’: Melissa George To Recur In Damien Chazelle’s Netflix Series(9/10/19) Melissa George (The Good Wife) is set to recur opposite Andre Holland and Amandla Stenberg in Oscar winner Damien Chazelle’s (La La Land, Whiplash) anticipated Netflix series The Eddy, from Endeavor Content.
The Eddy is a musical drama set in contemporary multicultural Paris revolving around a club, its owner (Holland), the house band, and the chaotic city that surrounds them. The eight-episode series will be shot in France and feature dialogue in French, English and Arabic for premiere exclusively to Netflix members worldwide.
George will play Alison Jenkins, a sophisticated New Yorker, comes to visit her ex-husband (Holland) and daughter (Stenberg) in Paris, with complicated results.
George is known for her role as Marilyn Garbanza on Season 5 of The Good Wife. She most recently appeared in a recurring role on Australian series Bad Mother. Her other previous credits include British series Heartbeat, Beau Willimon’s The First and a guest-starring role on Star Trek: Discovery. She’s repped by Untitled, Gersh, Agent Agitateur, Lou Colson Associates, Sue Muggleton and Mitch Smelkinson.
Grey's Anatomy: First Season 16 Trailer Confirms Meredith's New 'Job' and Jackson's... Death?(9/7/19) (Video) Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff promised us that there would be “ramifications” for Meredith in the wake of the superstar MD breaking the law and getting fired in last May’s finale, and now we have confirmation of at least one of them.
The first teaser trailer for the ABC drama’s upcoming 16th season shows Ellen Pompeo’s unemployed alter ego performing court-ordered community service. Her job? Picking up trash on the side of the road. (And from the looks of the clip, her first performance review is going to be a disaster).
The promo also portends an ominous outcome to the Disappearance of Jackson Avery, although that’s presumably a big ol’ bait-and-switch considering Jesse Williams recently re-upped with the show for two more years.
As Vernoff previously told TVLine, the Thursday, Sept. 26 opener will pick up “moments from where we left off” in the Season 15 finale, with “all of the lingering” cliffhangers — i.e. Meredith, Richard and Alex receiving pink slips, DeLuca wearing prison orange and Jackson vanishing into thick fog — being addressed “pretty immediately.” But shortly thereafter, the episode “will then span a little bit of time over the course of the hour.”
Grey's Anatomy Time Jump Twist: The Season 16 Premiere Will Pick Up...(9/5/19) Grey’s Anatomy will be doing the time warp again when it returns for Season 16 later this month, but there’s a catch.
Showrunner Krista Vernoff tells TVLine that the Thursday, Sept. 26, opener will pick up “moments from where we left off” in the Season 15 finale, and “all of the lingering” cliffhangers — i.e. Meredith, Richard and Alex receiving pink slips, DeLuca wearing prison orange and Jackson vanishing into thick fog — will be addressed “pretty immediately.”
But shortly thereafter, the clock will begin to tick but quickly. “We will then span a little bit of time over the course of the hour,” reveals Vernoff by way of describing the unusual time-jump scenario. How much time will lapse by the end of the premiere? “I would rather not reveal that,” she says, holding her cards close to her vest.
Regardless of the leap forward’s exact length (be it weeks or months or… years?), Vernoff promises that there will be fallout from the various conflicts — particularly where Meredith and DeLuca are concerned.
“They’ve got to navigate the complexities of a new relationship in the wake of Meredith having been fired and having broken the law,” previews the EP. There are stressors on their very new relationship coming from the ramifications of those decisions last season.”
E! People’s Choice Awards Finalists(9/4/19) Fans can vote online at pca.eonline.com, via Twitter or for select categories on Xfinity X1. Fans can vote up to 25 times per method, per category, per day if they vote via online or Twitter. Voting via Xfinity X1 has a limit of 25 times per ballot, per Xfinity X1 device, per candidate for the duration of the official voting window. Additionally, any vote cast on Tuesdays throughout the voting window will count twice.
The E! People’s Choice Awards will be broadcast live from Barker Hanger in Santa Monica on Sunday, November 10 at 9p ET/PT
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Sky’s Patrick Dempsey-Fronted Financial Thriller ‘Devils’ To Have World Premiere At Mipcom(9/3/19) Patrick Dempsey is heading to Mipcom in Cannes for the world premiere of his Sky-backed Italian drama Devils.
The Sky Italia financial thriller, produced by Lux Vide and Orange Studio, funded by Sky Studios and distributed internationally by NBCUniversal Global Distribution, will launch in the Palais on Monday October 14.
The Grey’s Anatomy star, along with co-stars Alessandro Borghi (Suburra) and Kasia Smutniak (Loro) will be in attendance.
Based on the best-selling novel by Italian trader Guido Maria Brera, the anticipated ten-part English-language series will be set in the London office of a major U.S. bank, where the ruthless Head of Trading, Massimo Ruggero (Borghi) from Italy, has been welcomed and introduced to the world of finance by Dominic Morgan (Dempsey), the bank’s CEO. When Ruggero ends up involved in an intercontinental financial war rocking Europe, he has to choose whether to ally himself with his mentor or fight him. The book was partly inspired by the financial crisis that swept global markets in 2008.
Among the series supporting cast will be Laia Costa (Victoria), Malachi Kirby (Roots), Pia Mechler (Everything Is Wonderful), Paul Chowdhry (Swinging With The Finkels), Harry Michell (Chubby Funny) and Sallie Harmsen (Blade Runner 2049).
Directors are Nick Hurran (Sherlock) and Jan Michelini (Don Matteo) with the former also serving as show-runner. The writing team includes Guido Maria Brera, Alessandro Sermoneta, Mario Ruggeri, Elena Bucaccio, Chris Lunt, Michael Walker, Ben Harris, Daniele Cesarano, Ezio Abate and Barbara Petronio.
Jane Millichip, Chief Commercial Officer of Sky Studios said: “Devils is a thoroughbred European thriller with tremendous international appeal, thanks to great storytelling by Lux Vide and Sky Italia, strong partnership of Orange Studio, and fabulous casting. We are grateful to Laurine Garaude and Reed Midem for selecting Devils for this year’s World Premiere TV Screening.”
Laurine Garaude, Director of Reed Midem’s Television Division, said: “We are thrilled to be hosting the premiere of this fast-paced thriller with a truly international cast as part of the much-anticipated World Premiere TV Screenings. As a global showcase platform, Mipcom offers the opportunity to discover the hottest fresh content with the World Premiere TV Screenings representing a special selection of exceptional series screened for the first time, and open to all participants and press.”
Debbie Allen Recurs On S.W.A.T. 10/2/19(8/28/19) “Fire in the Sky” – The SWAT team works with Lieutenant Piper Lynch (Amy Farrington), a senior LAPD Hollywood Division officer, when the mayor assigns her to oversee city departments joining forces to stop a serial bomber using drones as detonation devices. Also, just as Hondo settles into legal guardianship of his teen charge, Darryl (Deshae Frost), his home life becomes more complicated when his estranged father (Obba Babatundé) unexpectedly moves in, on the third season premiere of S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Oct. 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Debbie Allen (Charice Harrelson), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr), Gabrielle Dennis (Brianna Harrelson), Deshae Frost (Darryl).
Sandra Oh To Narrate Wildlife Doc ‘She Walks With Apes’ Featuring Jane Goodall For Canada’s CBC(8/26/19) Sandra Oh is to narrate a feature-length documentary about three women who went into the jungles of Africa and Borneo to live with great apes.
She Walks With Apes, for Canada’s CBC, features Jane Goodall, the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, who was the subject of Brett Morgen’s Nat Geo doc Jane.
The film is a fresh take on Goodall’s early years living with the chimpanzees, and also reveals rarely seen images of Dian Fossey, the legendary scientist who was murdered while working with the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. The two-hour documentary also gives credit to the third pioneering woman, Canadian Biruté Galdikas, who went to live among the orangutans of Borneo 50 years ago and is still there today. They became known as the “Trimates”.
The film, which launches on September 20, was filmed over the course of a year by the father-daughter filmmaking team of Caitlin and Mark Starowicz, who trudged through jungles to tell the story of the women who helped launch the global environmental movement.
Filmed in 4K, She Walks With Apes was commissioned by CBC for its science strand The Nature of Things and is scheduled to be released in both television and theatrical versions in 2019. The documentary, which is produced by Grand Passage Media is distributed internationally by CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution.
“The lives of the three female scientists who made up the Trimates are filled with courage and determination and love for life,” said Killing Eve star Oh. “They have inspired future generations and their work continues to underline the urgency of saving the Great Apes and their forest environment. I grew up watching CBC’s The Nature of Things, and I am happy to be a part of the great Canadian doc tradition.”
“People don’t realize that there were actually three remarkable women who embarked on parallel journeys,” said Mark Starowicz, “It’s an intertwined story of adventure, tragedy and redemption that has not been fully told.”
“We climbed for hours every day following gorillas up extinct volcanoes,” added Caitlin Starowicz, “We journeyed up Borneo rivers following orangutans. It was the most arduous, but most awe-inspiring thing I have ever done.”
Major Grey's Anatomy/Station 19 Continuity Mystery Solved(8/22/19) Ever since word got out that ABC would be further blending the Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 universes under dual showrunner Krista Vernoff, fans have been wondering the following: How will both series be able to maintain parallel timelines considering that Grey’s kicks off Season 16 in September — months before Station 19 Season 3 launches in early 2020?
Calling the task of fusing Grey’s and Station 19 “a massive Rubik’s Cube” crossed with a “game of speed chess” that “required months of planning from two writers’ rooms,” Vernoff shares the somewhat simple solution at which she arrived to solve the scheduling-born continuity issue. “We are using Grey’s to mark time on both shows.” In other words, “When Station 19 premieres [at midseason], we’ll do a little bit of flashing back to cover the time lapse.”
Until then, fans can keep tabs on some of their Station 19 faves — Jason George’s Ben and beyond — as they orbit Grey’s throughout the fall. But Vernoff, echoing comments made earlier this month by ABC president Karey Burke, maintains that the two shows will continue to stand on their own. “The challenge that was presented to me was this: How do you create a more unified universe and a little bit more in the way of crossovers but also allow for the fact that these shows don’t air back-to-back in many other countries?” the EP says. “You can’t write it as a two-hour movie. They need to be completely satisfying if you’re only watching one show, and exciting and illuminating if you are watching both. And so far, I feel really good about what we’re doing.
“If you only watch one show, you’re satisfied,” she adds. “And if you watch both shows, you get some information or some cool pieces that you wouldn’t have if you didn’t watch both shows.”
Grey's Anatomy Showrunner Blasts ABC for Casting Sean Spicer on DWTS: 'I Deely Abhor This Decision'(8/22/19) Add Krista Vernoff to the list of ABC employees unhappy with the network for climbing into bed with Sean Spicer. The Grey’s Anatomy/Station 19 showrunner ripped into ABC’s Powers That Be for casting the disgraced ex-White House flack on the new season of Dancing With the Stars.
“I deeply abhor this decision by the company I work for and truly love,” Vernoff lamented in a statement posted on Twitter late Thursday. “This man lied daily, to our faces, and made a mockery of our country. This is not cause for celebration or celebrity.”
Vernoff then called on ABC brass — Disney chairman Robert Iger, specifically — to remove drop Spicer from DWTS Season 28. “It’s not too late to change this plan,” she said, before adding, “Please.”
I deeply abhor this decision by the company I work for and truly love.
This man lied daily, to our faces, and made a mockery of our country. This is not cause for celebration or celebrity.
It’s not too late to change this plan. Please @DancingABC @abc @RobertIger https://t.co/OAlvpgSpJg
— Krista Vernoff (@KristaVernoff) August 22, 2019
DWTS host Bergeron also took issue with Spicer’s presence on the show, revealing in a lengthy Twitter post on Wednesday that he had hoped Season 28 “would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from ANY party affiliation.” Though Bergeron had made that suggestion to a DWTS executive producer, “a decision was made to, as we often say in Hollywood, ‘go in a different direction.’”
Bergeron continued, “It is the prerogative of the producers, in partnership with the network, to make whatever decisions they feel are in the best long term interests of the franchise. We can agree to disagree, as we do now, but ultimately it’s their call. I’ll [leave] it to them to answer any further questions about those decisions.”
In response to the backlash, DWTS EP Andrew Llinares told TVLine, “We’ve got a great and diverse cast. We are excited about the season.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Spicer said that he hopes the ABC series will be a “politics-free zone,” regardless of his ties to the Trump administration. “My hope is that at the end of the season, [DWTS host] Tom [Bergeron] looks back on this and realizes what a great example it was of being able to bring people of really diverse backgrounds together to have fun with each other,” Spicer said, “engage in a real civil and respectful way, and maybe show millions of Americans how we can get back to that kind of interaction.”
Grey's Anatomy: [Spoiler] to Be 'Given His Due' With Meaty Season 16 Episode(8/21/19) Grey’s Anatomy is making up for lost time when it comes to one of its long-running characters. Showrunner Krista Vernoff tells TVLine that she is earmarking an hour in Season 16 for Richard, played by original cast member James Pickens Jr.
“We have big episode for him this season,” Vernoff says, adding, “I don’t feel like he’s quite been given his due.”
But don’t expect Richard’s special episode to mimic the format of some of the series’ more recent character-centric outings. “The standalone episodes are always evolving,” Vernoff explains. “They were born out of scheduling, because we could shoot them simultaneously with other episodes. But my hope for this season is to make those episodes feel a little more like our traditional episodes.”
Vernoff cites Season 14th’s change-of-pace 17th episode — which focused on Meredith, April and Owen over the course of a single day — as a good prototype for Grey’s standalone episodes moving forward. “That was a standalone, but it didn’t feel like one,” she says of the installment, which featured a memorable guest turn by Scott Speedman. “So we’re trying to make those episodes feel a little more cohesive with the rest of the season.”
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ actress Camilla Luddington weds Matthew Alan(8/18/19) Camilla Luddington is a married woman.
On Saturday, the “Grey’s Anatomy” actress wed boyfriend Matthew Alan in front of 70 guests in California, People confirmed.
Luddington, 35, who plays Dr. Jo Wilson on the ABC medical drama, walked down the aisle to The Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition,” a nod to her first date with Alan, 36, which took place at a Temper Trap concert in 2008, the outlet reported.
The bride also wore an embroidered Mira Zwillinger gown for the big day, while the groom, whose credits include “Castle Rock” and “13 Reasons Why,” rocked a gray suit.
The couple announced their engagement in January 2018.
“Sooo this happened on New Year’s Eve,” Luddington posted on Instagram at the time. “I’m not sure I even let Matt get through his proposal before I started yelling YES YES YES!! Of course it was a yes! Also… Hayden approves.. ;).”
Luddington and Alan welcomed daughter Hayden in the spring of 2017.
Grey's Anatomy Alum Being Eyed for Season 16 Return — But Which One?(8/9/19) Grey’s Anatomy is looking to mine its rich, 15+-year history this season by bringing a familiar face back into the fold.
“I’m trying to get someone back,” showrunner Krista Vernoff teased exclusively to TVLine earlier this week at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour. “There’s someone I’m hoping will make an appearance this year, [but] it’s a real maybe. I’m trying.”
Vernoff declined to identify the name of the alum she’s currently pursuing, nor would she divulge the size of the arc she is envisioning for the vet in question.
The EP was a tad more forthcoming when discussing the overall theme of Season 16, which kicks off Thursday, Sept. 26 at 8/7c. But that’s partly because Season 16 is (ahem) theme-less. “I don’t have a theme this season,” Vernoff confessed with a laugh, adding that Season 15’s “Season of Love” branding “was a lucky swing.” Vernoff went on to note that Season 16 actually juggles a multitude of themes. “It’s the season of family and it’s the season of expansion, because we’re expanding the world of Grey’s Anatomy [via Station 19],” explained the EP, who has assumed oversight of the spinoff (in addition to her current Grey’s duties). “We’re having so much fun. I kind of want to call it the ‘Season of Fun.’ We sat at the table read today [for Episode 2] and we laughed until we cried. There is some really fun, funny stuff coming up.”
Madam Secretary: Sara Ramirez Not Returning as a Series Regular for CBS Drama's Game-Changing Final Season(8/6/19) Madam Secretary is taking a big leap forward in its final season, but not everyone will be making the jump. TVLine has confirmed that Sara Ramirez will not be returning as a series regular for the CBS political drama’s abbreviated sixth season. The Grey’s vet — who may return for a guest appearance in one of the show’s final 10 episodes — joined Madam Secretary in Season 4 as brilliant political strategist Kat Sandoval.
Ramirez’s departure comes amid word that Madam Secretary is shaking things up creatively in Season 6. As first reported by The Salt Lake Tribune, the show’s Oct. 6 premiere will pick up two years after the events of the finale, and find Tea Leoni’s titular character answering to a different title: President of the United States.
“We are doing about a two-year time jump,” Amy Reisenbach, CBS’ executive vice president of current affairs, told the paper. “When we come back, Elizabeth will be president. It will be about 100 days into her presidency.”
As viewers recall, the final moments of the Season 5 finale found Leoni’s Elizabeth announcing her run for the Oval Office. Series co-creators Barbara Hall and Lori McCreary initially told TVLine that a then-potential Season 6 would likely chronicle Elizabeth’s experiences as a candidate in a political primary and presidential election. The subsequent final-season development likely led the EPs to dramatically accelerate the narrative.
Toni Morrison Remembered: Shonda Rhimes Says “I Grew Up Wanting To Be Only Her”(8/6/19) “She made me understand ‘writer’ was a fine profession,” tweeted Shondaland producer Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal). “I grew up wanting to be only her. Dinner with her was a night I will never forget. Rest, Queen.”
Grey's/Station 19: New Inter-Show Romance Eyed — Plus: ABC Boss Walks Back 'Weekly Crossover' Comment(8/5/19) News that ABC plans to further commingle the Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 universes has drawn a strong rebuke from fans (TVLine included), but the network’s top exec is now clarifying the merger plan.
Last May, shortly after announcing that current Grey’s showrunner Krista Vernoff would also be taking the helm of Station 19, ABC’s entertainment president Karey Burke revealed that when the spinoff returns to its post-Grey’s at midseason there would be a weekly “crossover event” between the two shows.
Burke now concedes that she misspoke. “I did not intend to say that every week there would be a crossover [event],” the exec tells TVLine. Instead, Burke says there will be “several [Grey’s/Station 19] crossover events” throughout the coming season, adding, “To do a crossover every week would dilute the special nature of them. I think it’s going to be three or four peppered throughout the season.”
That said, Burke says that under Vernoff the two shows will — generally speaking — feel “more blended.” To that end, she reveals that a new inter-show romance will blossom this season between a Grey’s character and a Station 19 character, although she did not reveal the identity of said characters.
The decision to more closely merge the two series makes sense seeing as how every time ABC staged a Grey’s/Station 19 crossover the ratings for both programs ticked up. But some fans worried that weekly doses of Station 19 on Grey’s would dilute the mothership. “Don’t bring Grey’s down!” bemoaned TVLine reader Grace. “I’m not a fan of Station 19. I’ve tried but just can’t get into it. I don’t think trying to force Grey’s fans to watch Station 19 is the way to go at all.”
Burke stresses that Grey’s fans need not worry, explaining that “Station 19 will likely feel more like Grey’s” but not the other way around. “The goal is not to have Grey’s feel more like Station. The goal is to extend the DNA of Grey’s to Station in a more significant way.
“It’s so smartly constructed,” Burke declares. “Both shows will absolutely stand alone. But fans of both shows will get that extra gravy of knowing they are watching crossovers.”
'Grey’s Anatomy’: ABC Drama Will Run Until Ellen Pompeo Calls Time As Karey Burke Hopes Medical Drama Will Air For Years – TCA(8/5/19) ABC renewed Grey’s Anatomy for a record-breaking two more seasons in May, and the network’s entertainment chief Karey Burke hopes the medical drama will continue on for years to come.
In May, the network handed the show a renewal for Season 16 and Season 17 with star Ellen Pompeo, as well as other original cast members, signed up. The show created by Shonda Rhimes became the longest-running primetime medical drama in TV history in terms of number of episodes last season, surpassing NBC’s ER.
Burke is hoping for more and said the series will end when Pompeo and Rhimes no longer want to make it. “We love them. They are as deep a part of the fabric of ABC as anyone and certainly it will be up to them whether or not they want to continue the show. I hope I’m watching with my grandchildren,” she said.
Burke, speaking Monday the TCA summer press tour, joked earlier in her presentation that the first thing her 15-year old daughter said to her when she got the ABC job was that they could now visit the Grey’s Anatomy set.
Grey’s Anatomy, which also cemented its place last season in ABC’s history books as the network’s longest-running primetime scripted series, has continued to be a powerful ratings performer for the network as its top scripted series.
Created and executive produced by Rhimes, Grey’s Anatomy follows Meredith Grey (Pompeo) and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial, who are faced with life-or-death decisions on a daily basis. They seek comfort from one another, and, at times, more than just friendship. Together they discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white.
‘Black-ish’: Loretta Devine To Recur In Season 6 Of ABC Series(8/2/19) Emmy winner Loretta Devine has been tapped for a recurring role opposite Laurence Fishburne on the upcoming sixth season of ABC’s praised comedy series black-ish.
Season 6 picks up following a season of change for the Johnson family and Pops (Fishburne) will be surprising everyone when he introduces Lynette, played by Devine, as his new fiancée.
Created by Kenya Barris, black-ish stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Fishburne as Pops, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson, Jenifer Lewis as Ruby, Peter Mackenzie as Mr. Stevens and Deon Cole as Charlie Telphy.
Newly named showrunner Courtney Lilly will executive produce with Barris, Gail Lerner, Lindsey Shockley, Peter Saji, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and E. Brian Dobbins. Jonathan Groff and Kenny Smith are consulting producers. The series is produced by ABC Studios.
Devine won an outstanding guest actress Emmy for her role as Adele on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. She currently stars on Netflix’s Family Reunion and will be seen in Starz’s upcoming drama series P-Valley. On the big screen, Devine will next be seen alongside Ellen Burstyn in Never Too Late. She’s repped by Innovative Artists and Essential Talent Management.
Black-ish returns for season 6 on Tuesday, September 24 in its new 9:30 PM timeslot on ABC.
Grey's Anatomy: Production Begins on Season 16(7/29/19) Happy days are here again for Meredith and DeLuca — at least judging by the first image from Grey’s Anatomy‘s new season.
“First day back at work with this beauty,” cast member Giacomo Gianniotti wrote on Instagram alongside a buoyant behind-the-scenes photo of him and leading lady Ellen Pompeo (see image, below). “Season 16 of Grey’s Anatomy, here we go!”
The smiles on the actors’ faces stood in stark contrast to the demeanor of their respective alter egos when last we saw them in May’s finale, which found Meredith on the receiving end of a pink slip and her main squeeze DeLuca behind bars. Regarding Mer’s professional predicament, showrunner Krista Vernoff told TVLine that viewers should not assume the doc will get her job back right away.
“It was a big swing we took,” she conceded to TVLine of the decision to oust not only Mer, but Richard and Alex, too. “I can’t promise that Grey Sloan isn’t going to have to do without those doctors, at least for a while. I mean, they got fired!”
Grey’s Anatomy is set to kick off Season 16 on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 8/7c on ABC.
2019 Emmy Nominations(7/17/19) The Emmys will be held Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, airing live on Fox.
LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (2018 winner: Claire Foy)
GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (2018 winner: SNL host Tiffany Haddish)
Katherine Heigl to Star in Netflix's 10-Episode Firefly Lane Adaptation(7/11/19) Katherine Heigl is headed to Netflix by way of Firefly Lane. The Grey’s Anatomy vet has signed on to star in and exec-produce Netflix’s 10-episode series adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s best-selling book, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Firefly Lane centers on two inseparable best friends and tracks their enduring, complicated bond over the course of four decades.
Heigl, who is currently wrapping up a two-season stint on USA Network’s soon-to-include Suits, will play Tully Hart, a magnetic, ambitious, reckless and fiercely loyal force of nature. Still bearing the scars of a traumatic childhood, Tully is, per the official character description, “dogged by inner loneliness, even as she goes on to fabulous fame and fortune as a journalist and talk show host. Her saving grace is her best friend and soulmate, Kate (not yet cast), with whom she shares an unshakable bond, over the course of four tumultuous decades.”
Maggie Friedman (Witches of East End) serves as writer/showrunner/exec producer. Stephanie Germain and Lee Rose are also EPs, while Hannah is a co-EP. Peter O’Fallon (UnREAL) will direct the premiere.
In addition to Grey’s and Suits, Heigl’s TV credits include CBS’ Doubt and NBC’s State of Affairs. Firefly Lane marks Heigl’s first project with Netflix.
‘P-Valley’: Loretta Devine To Recur In Starz’s Strip Club Drama Series(6/24/19) Grey’s Anatomy alumna Loretta Devine is set to recur opposite Brandee Evans and Nicco Annan in Starz’s P-Valley, Katori Hall’s strip club drama based on her play Pussy Valley.
Created by Hall, who also showruns, the drama is set down deep in the Mississippi Delta, where lies an oasis of grit and glitter in a rough patch of human existence where beauty can be hard to find. The Southern-fried hourlong drama tells the kaleidoscopic story of a little-strip-club-that-could and the big characters who come through its doors: the hopeful, the lost, the broken, the ballers, the beautiful, and the damned. Trap music meets film noir in this lyrical and atmospheric series that dares to ask what happens when small-town folk dream beyond the boundaries of the Piggly Wiggly and the pawn shop.
Devine will play the Granmuva of Uncle Clifford and former proprietress of The Pynk. Though she may be blind, she sees through the tangled mess of inherited injustice and contradictions that have long ruled the South.
Elarica Johnson, Shannon Thorton, Skyler Joy, J. Alphonse Nicholson and Parker Sawyers also star. Chernin Entertainment executive produces along with Katori Hall.
Devine won an Emmy for her role as Adele on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. She most recently starred on NBC’s The Carmichael Show and co-starred opposite Gabrielle Union in the third season of BET’s Being Mary Jane as the titular character’s main antagonist, Cece. Devine continues to voice Hallie the Hippo on Disney Channel’s Peabody Award-Winning animated series, Doc McStuffins, and will next star in the Netflix family series, Family Reunion, which will feature an all-black cast and crew. Her more recent film credits include co-starring roles in This Christmas and First Sunday.
Grey's Anatomy's Camilla Luddington Explains How Jo's Depression Affected Jolex(6/19/19) (tvguide.com) One of the most heartbreaking aspects of Grey's Anatomy's 15th season was the harrowing emotional journey Jo (Camilla Luddington) experienced.
It was a season of lows for the Grey Sloan doctor, who learned that she was a product of rape and revealed that she had an abortion while married to her physically and emotionally abusive ex. Jo's spiral toward rock bottom put a strain on her marriage to Alex (Justin Chambers) and culminated with her seeking out professional help in the finale. While this season did test their relationship in ways that it hadn't been tested before, actress Camilla Luddington says their issues had more to do with Jo's deep-seated trauma and that the tension was not a reflection on the strength of their marriage.
"It was interesting to see other people on Twitter educate people and say, 'Listen, when you have depression, and this is the story we're telling, it's not about whether she loved him or not. It's just that she cannot communicate how she's feeling. She is in too deep in her own trauma and depression, and she can't get herself out of it,'" Luddington told TV Guide during ATX's annual television festival.
"The story that she had to tell Alex about her past was just so painful that she couldn't express it," the actress explained. "I love that we see Alex at the end realize that he is not the solution for her. She has to go and get professional help, and [we see] her realize that herself. She could not pull herself out, Alex couldn't do it, and it's not a reflection of their relationship, whether it was good or bad. The end of the season, that's where we left them, and I think that they're a great couple. I don't think it's a reflection on how strong their relationship is or not, it's just a story of depression and trauma."
As Jo continues to receive the helps she needs in order to deal with these ongoing issues, co-executive producer Elisabeth Finch teased a difficult but necessary road to recovery for Jo next season. "She has not had an easy life and having this experience really fundamentally changed her," Finch said. "So giving the space on our screen to actually show her desperate for help and needing it, and other people seeing it before she did, and then actually having her ask for help and get the help that she needs is something we don't really get to talk a lot about on television. ... We just started our writers' room this week, but I'm really excited about honoring that and showing what it is for somebody to really go through trauma and come out the other side and have their full happy lives."
Grey's Anatomy returns this fall on ABC.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ EP On Taking On The Topic Of Sexual Assault – ATX(6/10/19) Grey’s Anatomy co-executive producer and writer Elisabeth R. Finch was joined by stars Camilla Luddington and Kim Raver to unpack the highly emotive season 15 episode, titled Silent All These Years, which involved a patient being admitted to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital after being brutally raped.
Finch initially had the idea after going on a WGA sponsored a story tour of the UCLA Santa Monica rape crisis center which she described as the “gold standard” when it comes to its approach in treating victims rape and sexual assault. It wasn’t until the producers witnessed Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in regards Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that the story came into fruition.
“It destroyed us… I don’t think there’s a woman who wasn’t rocked by that,” said Finch during the show’s presentation at the ATX Television Festival. “We collectively felt that the world was getting a message that consent was irrelevant and we wanted to counter that message and wanted to do it as soon as possible.”
That message sparked a change in the backstory of Jo Karev (Luddington) meeting her mother, which resulted in the character discovering she was a product of rape.
“Finding the why now for our characters and the why now for the world, we needed a story like this because they don’t exist, ” said Finch. “You don’t see rape kits on television and don’t have a conversation about what the impact is of rape and sexual assault… we got to have it here and it started with an issue base.”
There was an initial push back from ABC in regards to how far the show would go to portray the storyline, particularly when it came to showing the fluids.
“So many people had never seen one before,” Finch referring the workings of sexual assault kit. “The reason no one knew the steps is because they’ve never be shown before in so much detail. We show countless acts against women but we don’t show the caretaking. We don’t show what does into actually doing it… that is something that’s a medical step and a medical process and we wanted it on there/”
Ultimately, with the insistence from show creator Shodan Rhimes to include, the network’s Standards and Practices department came around and the head of the department even participated in the potent scene with the wall of women.
Speaking on that scene, “that moment was the very first thing that I pictured… I saw the hallway of women first and its something that I just couldn’t put down,” said Finch, who pulled from her time at the non-profit RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).
“They would have radio communication among the staff and say are we clear in the hallway for us to go to the next room,” she recalled as part of a protocol the organization would initiate when a patient didn’t want to be around other people. “I thought that was one of the most powerful things I’ve heard but what if it’s the opposite? What if safety doesn’t come in removing people from situations, what if it comes in the form of women standing up lining the hallway, holding space, and just being there.”
The title of the episode also had a special meaning. It comes from the “Tori Amos song, from her album ‘Little Earthquakes’, which was a massively important album. It was a powerful piece of art that album,” Finch explained. “That song, in particular, she was unapologetically rageful and emotional about her experience of being sexually assaulted” and “she was the original spokesperson for RAINN”, an organization Finch became privy of while attending her concert.
“I really honor the work that Tori Amos continues to do for survivors and RAINN.”
Season 16 of Grey’s Anatomy will return in the fall on ABC.
Grey's Anatomy: Jesse Williams Signs Deal to Return for Season 16 (and 17)(6/8/19) Don’t worry, Grey’s Anatomy fans: Dr. Jackson Avery won’t be lost in that fog forever.
Jesse Williams has signed a two-year deal to remain with the hit ABC drama, our sister site Deadline reports. The actor’s new contract matches the two-season renewal that Grey’s scored back in May, ensuring that the long-running medical drama will be on the air through Season 17. (Deadline adds that Williams earned a pay bump as well.)
Williams joined Grey’s back in Season 6 as surgical resident Jackson Avery; the actor was promoted from recurring to series regular for Season 7, as Jackson worked his way up to become head of plastic surgery at Grey Sloan. Last we saw Jackson, though, he was walking into a dense fog that descended on Seattle, leaving his girlfriend Maggie alone in their car — and he never returned.
Along with Williams’ return, Grey’s recently promoted three cast members to series regulars for the upcoming Season 16 (premiering this fall on ABC): Chris Carmack (Link), Greg Germann (Dr. Thomas Koracick) and Jake Borelli (Levi Schmitt).
Donal Logue & Kate Walsh To Star In Indie ‘Sometime Other Than Now’(6/8/19) Donal Logue and Kate Walsh have been set to star in Sometime Other Than Now, an indie drama written and being directed by Dylan McCormick. Shooting is underway in East New York on the pic being produced by Monolith Pictures’ Michael Goodin, Riverbend Pictures’ Stan Erdreich and Small Victories Productions’ Jackie Filer.
The plot revolves around Logue’s Sam, who after his motorcycle is damaged in an apparent crash into the ocean becomes stranded in a small New England town, where he finds refuge at a run-down motel looked after by Kate (Walsh), a similarly burnt-out, lost soul. The mystery around Sam’s presence in town unravels when it’s discovered his estranged daughter, Audrey (Trieste Dunn), lives there, and he hasn’t seen her in 25 years.
As he tries to bridge the gap between the little girl he left long ago and the woman who grew up without her father, Sam learns he was never cut out to be emotionally connected to anyone … unless he falls in love with another soul just as lonesome.
“This movie started as a dream I couldn’t get out of my head and spun into the story we are telling today,” said McCormick. “The idea of forgiveness and redemption, second chances and what happens when good people make bad choices are the backbone of these characters. It’s been amazing to see the cast bring these flawed people to life and the crew build their environment.”
Logue, who most recently wrapped his five-season run as Harvey Bullock on Gotham, is represented by UTA, Kipperman Management and Shep Rosenman. Walsh, the Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice alum, can currently be seen in Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy and is up next in the indie Honest Thief opposite Liam Neeson. She is repped by Gersh, United Agents and Kevin Yorn.
Dunn (Blindspot) is repped by Innovative Artists and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Ellen Pompeo and Taraji P. Henson on ‘Toxic’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Culture, Fair Pay(6/5/19) (variety.com) Taraji P. Henson and Ellen Pompeo are two of the most powerful women on television, sitting at the center of major broadcast hits. On Fox’s “Empire,” Henson’s Cookie Lyon has proved to be a fan favorite, while Pompeo’s Meredith Grey has kept viewers obsessed with ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” for a decade and a half — making the series history’s longest-running medical drama. Both stars, too, have found their voices, speaking out about inclusion and inequity in Hollywood.
TARAJI P. HENSON: Ellen, we’ve been living with your character for 15 years now. How was the character written on the page?
ELLEN POMPEO: When I read the script, the thing that stood out was that it was the lead character. I had been in a bunch of movies, but just the girlfriend or the wife. And then — listen, the nature of how she’s evolved is that I’m 15 years older. What about you when you read the pilot for “Empire”?
TpH: I thought, “The NAACP, they’re going to get me for this one.” She calls one son, who’s gay, the F-bomb, and she beats one son with a broom. This is something that has never been shown on national television — certainly not by a black woman. When you’re a person of color, you have to be careful about the roles you pick. You want to uplift the people. Once I got past the fear, I was able to really see her. I didn’t want just black people to identify with her. I wanted every mother in the world to understand the sacrifices that only mothers can make.
EP: I think that Caucasian actresses don’t understand the nuanced struggles that you have as a black woman, and the roles you choose — what you’re sidestepping, what you want to make sure gets out there. It’s a whole different layer of difficulty that I certainly didn’t understand when I started my show. I knew that we were doing special things by showing people of color as doctors, which hadn’t been done on television in a long time. But when we’re young actresses you’re trying to get any role you can. You don’t have time to have empathy. I’ve had a tremendous education, not always in the most pleasant of ways. I’ve had to observe and have a lot of uncomfortable moments, which is fine, because I’m happy to have uncomfortable moments as long as I’ve learned.
TpH: That means you’re growing. Growth is uncomfortable. When I booked “Empire,” I had a momentum going that I’d been waiting my entire career for. I seized every opportunity. If I was getting 5 or 10 million a movie, I wouldn’t work so much. I’m working because I have bills to pay. I have dreams. I have to get it in.
EP: For me the performance that stands out is “Hustle & Flow.” Your quote should have shot up after that.
TpH: It did not. I think the industry knew I was talented. But it’s about money. Are you bankable? I had to continuously prove that. I’ve been trying to prove and improve. I was asking for half a million. I didn’t get paid that until I did my first Tyler Perry film. He was the first person who paid me $500,000. I was never in a position where I could not take a job; by the grace of God, they have all been really good characters. But it was never a situation where I was like, “I’m not going to do that.” Now, I’m finally there.
EP: It’s impossible to have this conversation without talking about race. It’s such a significant piece of pay parity.
TpH: It’s not going to change until privilege reaches across the table and helps. Otherwise, we’re playing a rerun. The only narrative that I wish I could change is my money. It’s almost like they want this incredible performance for a discount price. The black movies — we don’t get big budgets. I have to wait until Scorsese or someone with a franchise film calls.
EP: You hear that? She wants a franchise movie. Who’s calling?
TpH: We’re going into our sixth season. How did you do 15? Was there any moment where you were like, “Child, I want off this bus”?
EP: There were many moments. It’s funny: I never wanted off the bus in the year that I could get off. The first 10 years we had serious culture issues, very bad behavior, really toxic work environment. But once I started having kids, it became no longer about me. I need to provide for my family.
TpH: I know that.
EP: At 40 years old, where am I ever going to get this kind of money? I need to take care of my kids. But after Season 10, we had some big shifts in front of the camera, behind the camera. It became my goal to have an experience there that I could be happy and proud about, because we had so much turmoil for 10 years. My mission became, this can’t be fantastic to the public and a disaster behind the scenes. Shonda Rhimes and I decided to rewrite the ending of this story. That’s what’s kept me. Patrick Dempsey left the show in Season 11, and the studio and network believed the show could not go on without the male lead. So I had a mission to prove that it could. I was on a double mission.
TpH: Were you and Patrick getting paid the same in the beginning?
EP: He was being paid almost double what I was in the beginning. He had a television quote. I had never done TV.
TpH: I know that story. Is there wine in this cup?
EP: “He’s done 13 pilots.” Well, none of them have gone. I didn’t even realize until we were renegotiating Season 3. No one was offering that up.
TpH: That story sounds about like mine. But when all the tweets were about Cookie, I said, “It’s time to renegotiate. Can everybody sit down at the table, please?” I’d been in the game long enough to know the numbers game, and I knew Cookie had become iconic. You need her. So I need my money.
EP: My husband says, “Closed mouths don’t get fed.” But if you have to walk, don’t be a victim. If you don’t get what you want, put your big-girl panties on …
TpH: And bounce.
EP: You can know your worth, but if they don’t know it, you can’t cry.
TpH: I had to leave a show before, and it was the most money I’d ever seen in my life, and I was so miserable. It was stealing my joy. I just remember praying to God: “God, I’m not happy creatively.” And the next day, I called the producer. He got it. And I walked away, not even knowing where I was going. I ended up doing a play in Pasadena. I didn’t care about who was coming to the theater, executives or casting directors. It was about Taraji falling back in love with this craft. Fox had to woo me. I wouldn’t read the script. I was done with television.
EP: It’s a grind.
TpH: It’s really not for me. I had to say, “I want my money because I know what I bring to the table and I know the following that I have.” I know if there’s money to be had, I should be paid.
EP: I now have three kids. And we turned the culture around. I’ve hit some marks that have made me feel accomplished in a different way. Shonda Rhimes has been amazing. She lets us be mothers. I don’t have to travel. I don’t have to go anywhere.
TpH: I don’t know if I could do 15 seasons of Cookie.
EP: Are you involved in your storyline at all?
TpH: Absolutely. No one knows Cookie better than me.
EP: I haven’t been challenged creatively at all. Every once in a while we do an amazing storyline. But for the last five years, I’ve had other milestones that we were trying to achieve behind the camera.
TpH: For me, one of our proudest moments was with gay marriage. Because we didn’t know how the black community would accept Jamal, the gay son [played by Jussie Smollett, who since this conversation has not been asked back to the sixth and final season of the show], because it’s so taboo. There’s still the homophobes on Twitter, but those are small voices compared to the resounding voices of love that he gets, the character. I’m just proud to be a part of this show that’s not afraid to get people talking. That’s the only way you’re going to get change.
EP: We have the most incredible community of actresses right now. Everybody is just pushing and taking all these old stereotypes and throwing them out the window.
TpH: I don’t want anyone that looks like me, or any woman at 40, to feel they have to stop being sexy on-screen. I’m not ready to just collect a check. I want to open films. I’ll be 49 this year.
EP: Me too.
TpH: And we still have an audience.
EP: We still have an audience.
TpH: We’re still bankable, and we’re still sexy as hell.
Grey's EP Krista Vernoff Hints at How Jo's Recovery Could Reunite Her With Alex 'In a Way That's Beautiful'(6/2/19) The honeymoon might be over for Grey’s Anatomy’s Alex and Jo — so over that, during Season 15, she threatened to leave him. But that doesn’t mean that another one couldn’t begin in Season 16.
“They were pretty great together,” showrunner Krista Vernoff reminds TVLine, “and then Jo suffered a very real trauma in discovering her birth story and experiencing the complexity of that rejection by her mother.
“It’s impossible to be mad at the mother [since she was a victim of rape],” she continues, “so Jo got trapped in a really painful mental spiral. She needs treatment to come back to herself.”
Since at the end of Season 15, Jo checked herself in to Grey Sloan to start getting that treatment, there’s every reason to believe that she will emerge in Season 16 with her equilibrium restored. “I hope therapy brings her back to herself and Alex,” says Vernoff, noting that among her fondest wishes is that at last “he gets to heal that wound that keeps repeating, where he chooses women who go into mental-health crises. I’d like to see that story complete for him, with Jo returning to him in a way that’s beautiful.
“But,” she hastens to add, “we’re not in the writers’ room yet for Season 16.”
‘Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams Sets Broadway Debut In ‘Take Me Out’ Revival(5/30/19) Jesse Williams, a star of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, will make his Broadway debut in next year’s revival of Richard Greenberg’s Tony Award-winning 2002 play Take Me Out.
Earlier this spring, news reports surfaced that Jussie Smollett had read for the role but been bypassed following his attack-hoax scandal. A source close to the production confirmed to Deadline at the time that Smollett had indeed read for the role in January just before the hoax incident but that no casting decisions had ever been made. At the time, Zachary Quinto had read for a co-starring role.
The Second Stage Theatre production, to be directed by Scott Ellis (Tootsie), will begin previews April 2, 2020, at Second Stage’s Hayes Theater, with an official opening on April 23. No casting beyond Williams was announced today.
Williams, who plays Dr. Jackson Avery on Grey‘s and has appeared in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and The Cabin in the Woods, will play the lead role in Take Me Out: Darren Lemming, a star center fielder for the Yankees-like Empires who comes out of the closet as gay and deals with the consequences of teammate prejudice, damaged friendships and “the challenges of being a gay person of color within the confines of a classic American institution.”
Take Me Out premiered in London in 2002 before an Off Broadway production that year at the Joseph Papp Public Theater. It’s Broadway debut came the following year, with Daniel Sunjata in the lead role, along with Neal Huff, Denis O’Hare and Frederick Weller, among others.
In addition to his role on Grey’s Anatomy, Williams has served as senior producer and correspondent alongside Norman Lear on EPIX docuseries America Divided, and exec produced feature doc Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement. He gained international attention for his 2016 BET Humanitarian Award acceptance speech.
Greenberg’s play has always drawn considerable speculation about its inspirations. Rumors at the time of an about-to-come-out Derek Jeter were, of course, proven unfounded, though on firmer ground was the widespread belief that the tale’s racist player Shane Mungitt (played in the original by Frederick Weller, now playing a similarly hateful rube in To Kill A Mockingbird) was based on the then-notorious Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker.
Hulu Sets Animated Kids Series With Openly Gay Main Character; T.R. Knight, Bobby Moynihan, RuPaul & Others Add Voices ‘The Bravest Knight’(5/23/19) T.R. Knight, Bobby Moynihan, Storm Reid, RuPaul, Christine Baranski and Wanda Sykes are among the stellar voice cast set for The Bravest Knight, Hulu’s groundbreaking animated kids series based on Daniel Errico’s popular children’s book The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived, from Big Bad Boo Studios. The first five episodes of the series will launch June 21 on Hulu June 21, followed by additional episodes later this year.
The boundary-breaking new series features a household with two dads (Sir Cedric, voiced by Knight, and Prince Andrew), making it one of the first children’s television series with an openly gay main character. It chronicles a young pumpkin farmer’s adventure as he attempts to become the bravest knight who ever lived.
In addition to Knight as Sir Cedric, The Bravest Knight stars Moynihan as young Cedric’s troll sidekick Grunt, Reid as Not-Yet-Knight Nia, and will also feature the voice talents of RuPaul, Baranski, Sykes, Wilson Cruz, Teri Polo, Steven Weber, Donna Murphy, AJ McLean, Dot-Marie Jones, Maz Jobrani, Chance Hurstfield and more. The Bravest Knight’s opening theme song was written and performed by Grammy-nominated musician, songwriter and activist Justin Tranter.
Following the inspiring and perseverant former pumpkin farmer, Sir Cedric, now grown and married to the prince of his dreams, The Bravest Knight recounts personal tales of his journey. Sir Cedric shares his story with his adopted 10-year-old daughter Nia, on how he transformed from day-time farmer to full-fledged knight. Nia, who is training to become a brave knight herself, learns important values such as honor, justice and compassion; proving that knighthood is much more than slaying dragons.
The Bravest Knight joins Hulu’s original kids series including Holly Hobbie, Find Me In Paris and Doozers, among others.
Ratings: Big Bang Theory Series Finale Draws 18 Million, a 3-1/2 Year High(5/18/19) It all ended with a big bang, too.
CBS’ The Big Bang Theory very ceremoniously ended its 12-season run on Thursday night before an audience of 18 million total viewers, while scoring a 3.1 demo rating.
Surging 43 and 55 percent week-to-week, those numbers mark more than a 3-1/2 year high in audience (since 9/21/15), while matching a 1-1/2 year high in the demo.
Leading out of that, Young Sheldon (13.7 mil/2.2) hit 16- and 15-month highs with its sophomore finale, while the Big Bang retrospective did 11.8 mil and a 1.8. Capping CBS’ big night, S.W.A.T.’s finale (6 mil/0.9) hit and tied season highs.
ABC | Opposite Big Bang, Grey’s Anatomy (5.9 mil/1.3) hit and tied series lows. Station 19 (4.9 mil/0.8) dipped, while For the People (2.6 mil/0.5) ticked up with its series finale.
NBC | Superstore‘s double pump averaged 2.2 mil/0.6, dipping to season lows. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (averaging 1.6 mil/0.5) also dipped with its finale. SVU (3.5 mil/0.7) hit and held onto series lows.
THE CW | iZombie (615K/0.2) was steady, while In the Dark (521K/0.2) ticked up.
FOX | Yet another Paradise Hotel episode did 1.1 mil/0.3.
Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo Tears Into Bachelor Boss: 'We Don't Attack Successful Women on Our Network'(5/17/19) Hell hath no fury like Ellen Pompeo when one of her own comes under fire. The Grey’s Anatomy leading lady — and the veritable queen of ABC — tore into Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss after the EP shaded Kelly Ripa earlier this week.
On Wednesday, Fleiss tweeted, “Easy, Kelly Ripa … The Bachelor franchise pays your salary!” after Ripa called the dating series “gross” and “creepy” on ABC-owned Live With Kelly and Ryan. Early Thursday, Pompeo shot back at Fleiss (also via Twitter), writing, “Okay [Mike Fleiss], that’s some handle bro! Your show does NOT pay Kelly Ripa’s salary. Also we don’t attack successful women on our network and men certainly cannot take credit for their success. Don’t get me started on your show cuz I’m a savage.”
Pompeo then took one final dig at the series long-chronicled diversity problem, ending her tweet with “#bachelorsoooowhite.”
Okay @fleissmeister… that’s some handle bro! Your show does NOT pay @KellyRipa salary. Also we don’t attack successful women on our network and men certainly cannot take credit for their success. Don’t get me started on your show cuz I’m a savage…. #bachelorsoooowhite — Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) May 16, 2019
Moments later, Pompeo — who had been taking a mini-social media hiatus — tweeted to a follower, “Took a break but had to jump back in the ring for my girl.”
ABC has thus far not commented on the kerfuffle.
Grey's EP Krista Vernoff On the Finale's Massive Shake-Ups… and Break-Up?(5/17/19) (tvline.com) The Season 15 finale of Grey’s Anatomy dropped a lot on us, from Meredith and Owen’s declarations of love (to DeLuca and Teddy, respectively) to Bailey’s firing of three doctors to Jackson’s disappearance. Here to help us process it all — and hint at how the events of “Jump Into the Fog” will impact Season 16 — is showrunner Krista Vernoff, who also wrote the bittersweet hour.
TVLINE | Let’s start with the firings. Obviously, Grey Sloan isn’t really going to lose Mer, Alex and Richard, right?
[Laughs] It was a big swing we took, and I can’t promise that Grey Sloan isn’t going to have to do without those doctors, at least for a while. I mean, they got fired!
TVLINE | What prompted Meredith to tell DeLuca — when he was behind bars, of all times — that she loved him? Was she afraid of what dumb thing he’d do next to prove his love?
I think she told him because she had come to terms in her own time with what her fear [of saying it] was about. I also think, whether it was conscious or unconscious on her part, he couldn’t walk after her to talk about it further, so she could still take it at her own pace.
TVLINE | It just happened to coincide with this worst case scenario of him being in prison.
Was it the worst case scenario, though? Because she said it, which I think a lot people didn’t expect she would, and I think he didn’t expect it. It’s a scary thing for her, and he gets that. The fact that she said it at all is big, big, big growth for Meredith.
TVLINE | I was really torn about Owen and Amelia — glad to see them happy but mortified for Koracick. Is there anything you can say to Teddy/Tom fans to make us feel better?
[Laughs] Well, I would say that you can glean from the finale that there’s more telling in that story. We didn’t cut to Tom putting together that nursery for no reason. But the fact is that so often in life, complicated love stories come at a cost. There is collateral damage. We want to believe that love is easy and smooth and perfect, but sometimes we create a bit of chaos in our wake, and that’s what we have here.
TVLINE | There were two conversations I especially loved in the finale. The first was the one in which Maggie stood up for herself to Jackson. It felt like a break-up to me. How about you?
It felt significant, for sure. It did feel like one of those fights that you don’t know if you can come back from.
TVLINE | Was she right — that he loves her but doesn’t like her? Was he right that she doesn’t respect “Mr. Monopoly”?
I know from painful experience that love is one ingredient that makes a relationship work, but if you just love each other and don’t like and respect each other, then love alone will not make it last. I think they were kindly and somewhat lovingly acknowledging that he keeps wanting her to expand. And I don’t know that she ever would have called him Mr. Monopoly. I don’t know that she ever sat around feeling like she didn’t respect him, but the way that scene evolved, it just felt like one of those really awful fights that you don’t realize you’re in until you’ve said the thing you can’t take back.
TVLINE | How worried would you recommend we be about Jackson?
[Chuckles] It’s worrisome.
TVLINE | And it seems like the kind of scare that could make her realize, “Oh — even when I was super ticked off at him, I was terrified of losing him.”
That’s exactly right. I am proud of the design of that cliffhanger, because we don’t know if they’re going to make it as a couple or why Jackson disappeared into the fog. It gives us as writers a lot of exciting places to go potentially.
TVLINE | The other talk I loved was between Link and Amelia. It seemed like it was setting us up to get to watch them get together all over again without them having to break up…
That is a possibility, yeah. Amelia shows a lot of maturity in that moment in acknowledging that she does have feelings for Link, but she dove into him super fast. She still has to grieve [losing her relationship with Owen]. As she walked away and the feelings were coming, I think that performance is so beautiful by [Caterina Scorsone].
TVLINE | Jo and Alex seemed to get over a hurdle. But I was surprised that Mer was the one who told him about what happened in Pittsburgh, not Jo. Was there a discussion about “Wait, this is Jo’s story to tell”?
Jo feels so broken and is so regretful of the way she’s been treating him, and she can’t find the words [to tell him what she found out]. Sometimes it’s really hard to talk to the person you love the most. And in the penultimate episode, Jo gave Meredith permission to tell him. Jo can’t put it into words — she’s had five episodes to put it into words to Alex, and she can’t do it. And somehow Meredith pushed her to the point where she could voice it, and in voicing it, she began to feel a little better. But she didn’t want to be the one to go tell Alex. I think the messiness of that is very real.
TVLINE | I was surprised — and glad — that you gave Levi and Nico a happy ending for the season, but I’m also worried. We don’t know yet if Nico got that out-of-town dream job he applied for. Have you decided if he got it?
I haven’t decided yet, but I can tell you that Alex Landi will be recurring for us next year. We love him and [Schmico].
Grey's Anatomy Season 15 Finale Recap: Which Couples Emerged From the Fog Still Together? — Plus, Who Vanished?(5/17/19) (tvline.com) There weren’t enough sedatives in all of Seattle to get us through the Season 15 finale of Grey’s Anatomy without having palpitations! Thursday’s “Jump Into the Fog” included not one but two declarations of love, three firings, one possible breakup, one definite makeup, a new character making her debut and an old character… just… um, vanishing into the mist. Who was who? Read on and find out!
‘CAN WE SAVE A LIFE FIRST AND TALK AFTER?’ | Picking up where “Drawn to the Blood” left off, “Jump Into the Fog” began with Meredith revealing Jo’s debilitating secret to Alex in the hyperbaric chamber and telling him that his wife was ready to get help — more help than either of them could provide, as much as they might want to. On the freeway, Owen carried a petrified Frances through the wreckage to hitch a ride to Grey Sloan on a fire truck. And Amelia and an in-labor Teddy realized en route to the hospital that they could’ve been friends in another life. “Why not just decide to be friends in this one?” Amelia suggested. Sure, she still loved Owen a little. But, she was quick to add, she fell in love at the drop of a hat and would probably love somebody else by the time Teddy’s baby had made her debut! (Good news for Link, it sounded like… )
‘YOU DATED MY OB AND YOU DIDN’T THINK TO MENTION IT?’ | At Grey Sloan, Bailey and Catherine informed Luis and Gabi that the little girl’s cancer was only Stage 2 and that Catherine’s foundation would cover all the costs of her future treatment. (Gee, where was that solution when Mer was committing insurance fraud?) In other patient news, Carrie’s hand twitched (hurrah!), and Frances’ blood restored Gus’ interest in Legos, the surest sign that he was going to be just fine (double hurrah!). After Teddy got over Amelia’s accidental revelation of Owen’s fling with Carina, the mom-to-be was glad that he was there for the birth of their daughter — especially when, to distract from her labor pains, he confessed, “I’m in love with you, and I’ve been in love with you since the day I met you.” If she’d let him, he wanted to spend the rest of his life proving that he was worthy of her love. And they were already so in sync that they announced little Alison’s name in unison. Of course, all I could think of was our poor, poor Tom, who at that very moment was all alone using his million-dollar hands to build Teddy a crib!
‘YOU’RE TURNING INTO SOMEONE NOBODY WANTS TO WORK WITH’ | Meanwhile, after a tongue-lashing from Link over his increasingly crummy attitude, Nico admitted to Levi that he missed him, and the two of them not only ended the episode snuggling up in front of My Girl, but Schmitt introduced his boyfriend to his mom as exactly that. (#schmico forever!) Thankfully, Mama Schitt took the revelation in stride and even gave the bad-day chicken soup that she’d made for her son to his bummed-out beau. Back at Grey Sloan, Meredith, Alex and Richard all tried to claim responsibility for the insurance fraud that DeLuca had lied that he’d committed. In fact, “the only person it wasn’t,” Karev said, “was Andrew DeLuca.” Left with no other choice (and her blood pressure surely skyrocketing!), Bailey fired all three of them on the spot!
‘I NEED TIME’ | Before turning herself in to the police, Mer paid her jailbird boyfriend a visit during which she told him, “If we’re gonna be together, you’re gonna need to develop some instincts for self-preservation” and not pull such gallant, boneheaded moves. What’s more, “as stupid as [your gesture] was, and as much as this terrifies me,” she added, “I love you, too.” For a scary second at day’s end, it looked like Amelia might write off Link as a rebound. “You definitely were” one, she admitted. However, she wasn’t sure that he still was. So if she didn’t have to make any longterm commitment right then and there, and could discover who she is without Owen, “I’m open to possibilities,” she said — including Link. And prior to checking in to Grey Sloan for inpatient treatment for depression, Jo reassured Alex that she loved him and was sorry for how she’d behaved. Which seemed like only a fragment of a much bigger conversation that they were overdue to have.
‘MAYBE I MISSED OUT ON SUMMER CAMP, BUT YOU MISSED OUT ON A SUMMER JOB’ | Finally, while all of this was going on, Maggie and Jackson hiked toward their SUV in the woods and had the talk that they’d needed to for a while now — the one in which she pointed out how patronizing it was when privileged “Mr. Monopoly” suggested that she didn’t know her own likes and dislikes, and should allow him to introduce her to things he thinks she’s missed out on. In the end, he felt that she didn’t respect him, and she felt (as have some of us!) that, while he loved her, he fundamentally didn’t like her as she was. When they got stuck in the fog heading back to the city, Jackson got out of the SUV to look around and… that was that. He never returned, so Maggie was left in the fog and in the dark calling out for her possibly-now-ex-boyfriend.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & ‘Station 19’ To Build Shared Universe Next Season(5/14/19) Last week, ABC announced that Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff will also take over spinoff series Station 19 for its upcoming season. It turns out the move wasn’t just about utilizing the magic touch Vernoff had shown revitalizing Grey’s on the sophomore firefighter drama.
I have learned that there is a bigger, ambitious plan for integrating the two series into a shared universe following the success of the shows’ two crossovers this season.
ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke hinted at the idea during the network’s upfront presentation Tuesday in New York.
“People can expect crossover event between these series every week,” she said of Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19.
Indeed, I hear that Grey’s and Station 19 are going to play up the shared universe aspect much more next season, with storylines kept fluid and characters seamlessly going back and fourth in what would feel like two-hour episodes.
Vernoff and her team will have time to map out the intricate joint storylines as Station 19 is not on the fall schedule and will return for season 3 later in the season. Grey’s Anatomy is heading into a record-breaking 16th season this fall.
Powered by strong delayed-viewing gains, the recent second Grey’s Anatomy-Station 19crossover event drove ABC to win the Thursday 8-10 PM time slot among Adults 18-49 after three days of TV playback, with Grey’s Anatomy matching a 5-week high and Station 19 soaring to its 2nd highest-rated telecast ever
Luke Bracey, Jessica Capshaw, Frances Fisher, Jake Manley, Kristin Chenoweth & More Join Emma Roberts In ‘Holidate’ Film At Netflix(5/14/19) Holidate, the Netflix romantic comedy, has added a bevy of actors including Luke Bracey (Hacksaw Ridge, Point Break), Jake Manley (The Order, Midway), Jessica Capshaw (Grey’s Anatomy), Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor (The Babysitter, Meet The Blacks), Frances Fisher (Watchmen, Titanic), Manish Dayal (The Hundred-Foot Journey, The Resident), and Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies, Trial & Error). Emmy winner John Whitesell is directing the film based on a screenplay by Tiffany Paulsen. Emma Roberts was previously announced to star.
The pic, which is being produced by Wonderland’s McG and Mary Viola, follows Sloane (Roberts) and Jackson (Bracey), both of whom hate the holidays! Their enduring singledom leaves them subject to the judgment of their meddling family members or stuck with clingy, awkward dates on each festive occasion. When these two meet, they pledge to be each other’s plus-ones for each holiday celebration over the course of the year.
Holidate marks the fifth collaboration between Wonderland and Netflix including The Babysitter, When We First Met, and the upcoming family action film Rim Of The World, which was directed by McG.
Steven Bello will serve as executive producer.
Bracey is repped by CAA; Manley by ICM, Luber Roklin, and Ambition Talent; Capshaw by CAA; Bachelor by UTA, Christina Bachelor, Adam Kaller, and Duncan Hedges; Fisher by Greene & Associates Talent Agency; Dayal by UTA, Industry Entertainment, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman; Chenoweth by Three Arts Management, ICM, and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams LLP.
ABC Fall Schedule: Million Little Things Stays With #TGIT, Rookie on the Move(5/14/19) Upfronts Week 2019 is underway, and ABC is the third broadcast-TV network (following NBC and Fox) to announce its schedule for the fall TV season.
Giving the ratings boost it enjoyed with its midseason move to Thursday nights, A Million Little Things will stay put in the #TGIT lineup for Season 2.
The Rookie for Season 2 is moving from ABC’s famously challenging Tuesday time slot to… Sundays at 10/9c, where it will lead out of three hours of reality-TV.
With Speechless silenced, American Housewife will join Fresh Off the Boat Starring Constance Wu on Friday nights.
The black-ish prequel spinoff mixed-ish will be paired with its sire on Tuesdays, leading out of The Conners and a relocated Bless This Mess.
Fall TV Schedule 2018MONDAY
American Idol, The Bachelor, THE BAKER AND THE BEAUTY, FOR LIFE, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 7), Station 19, UNITED WE FALL
The Fix, For the People, The Kids Are Alright, Speechless, Splitting Up Together, Take Two and Whiskey Cavalier
Jennifer Morrison and Sarah Drew Pilots Get Passed on by CBS(5/12/19) Sad news for those hoping to see Jennifer Morrison and or Sarah Drew back on their TV screens: CBS has chosen not to pick up either actress’ drama pilot.
Once Upon a Time alum Morrison was hoping to head Under the Bridge with a medical drama in which a scandal rocks the private practice a cardiothoracic surgeon runs with her husband (Weeds‘ Justin Kirk) and their friends. The cast also included David Ajala (Supergirl), Sarayu Blue (I Feel Bad) and Reggie Lee (Grimm).
Grey’s Anatomy grad Drew, meanwhile, was in line to lead The Republic of Sarah, playing the unlikely young mayor of a small New Hampshire town that is thrust onto the world stage when the discovery of a valuable resource within its borders compels the residents to declare themselves an independent nation. That cast also included Carlos Leal (The Last Ship), Jonathan Slavin (Speechless), Kirsten Nelson (Psych), James Lesure (Las Vegas), Kimberly Guerrero (Longmire), Daniel Ings (Instinct) and Annie Funke (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders).
Grey's Anatomy Promotes 3 Actors to Series Regular Ahead of Season 16(5/11/19) On the heels of Grey’s Anatomy‘s two-season pickup at ABC, the drama has promoted a trio of actors to series regular. TVLine has confirmed that Chris Carmack, Jake Borelli and Greg Germann will officially become series regulars in Season 16.
“Chris, Jake, and Greg have been recurring for us as guest stars and have popped as fan favorites,” Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff said in a statement. “We are excited to continue revealing their characters and we are beyond thrilled to welcome them to the Grey’s Anatomy family.”
Germann and Borelli joined Grey’s last season as Dr. Thomas Koracick and Levi Schmitt, respectively, while Carmack — who play Dr. Atticus Lincoln (aka “Link”) — joined the series this season.
Ratings: For the People Goes Low Following Cancellation News(5/11/19) With what is now its penultimate episode ever, ABC’s For the People this Thursday night drew 2.3 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, ticking down on both counts to mark series lows.
Opening #TGIT, Grey’s Anatomy (6.3 mil/1.3) dipped, while Station 19 (5.1 mil/0.9) dropped back down to pre-crossover numbers.
FOX | Paradise Hotel Season 3 opened with 1.4 mil and a 0.5.
NBC | Superstore (3 mil/0.8) was down a tenth with its first episode, while the second (2.5 mil/0.7) hit and tied series lows. With a stronger lead-in than A.P. Bio usually offers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.9 mil/0.6) rose a tenth to mark a four-week high. Abby’s (1.4 mil/0.4) was flat, while a quite questionable episode of SVU (3.6 mil/0.7) hit and tied series lows.
CBS | Big Bang (12.3 mil/1.9), Young Sheldon (10.4 mil/1.5), the Mom finale (8.2 mil/1.1), Life in Pieces (5.7 mil/0.8) and SWAT (5.1 mil/0.7) were alllllll steady.
THE CW | Pending adjustment due to sports preeemptions, iZombie (1 mil/0.2) is currently steady and In the Dark (837K/0.2) is up, with both shows up in viewers.
Grey's Anatomy Renewed for Two More Seasons at ABC as Ellen Pompeo Extends Contract Until 2021(5/11/19) ABC has formally renewed Grey’s Anatomy for Season 16 and Season 17 —and, yes, Ellen Pompeo is sticking around for both.
TVLine has confirmed that Pompeo — whose blockbuster two-year, $20 million deal was set to expire in May 2020 at the end of Season 16 — has tacked another year onto her contract, clearing the way for the two-season pickuo.
Earlier this year, Pompeo told TVLine that she had not decided if she would re-sign beyond a then-potential Season 16. “I’m contracted through Season 16,” she stated last January on the Grey’s set. “And beyond that… I don’t really know. I take it day-by-day.
“I keep saying, ‘I’m ready to move on and I want to stop the show before the ratings go down,’ but the ratings never go down!” she added. “They go down a little bit, but the fact that we are able to hold our [title as ABC’s No. 1 series] is kind of [incredible]. It’s very cool to have these kind of ratings and be on a hit network show in this [Peak TV] landscape.”
For her part, showrunner Krista Vernoff — who has also extended her Grey’s deal through Season 17 — recently told TVLine that she is looking less toward the finish line than she is ahead. “I find myself thinking forward,” she admits. “It feels like the show could really go on. In the early years, we would pitch stories, and Shonda [Rhimes] would go, ‘Uh, that’s a Season 8 story. Let’s do that toward the end.’ Now we’ve doubled the expected lifespan of the show and told all the stories we talked about in the early years, so we have almost a blank slate. Where do you go from here? It’s exciting!”
Vernoff, meanwhile, will also be taking over as showrunner at spinoff series Station 19 during its just-ordered Season 3.
Grey's Recap: Wake Me Up Before You… Oh No! — Plus, [Spoiler]'s Jail-Bound?(5/10/19) (tvline.com) Thursday’s penultimate Grey’s Anatomy of Season 15 was a “Wham, bam, thank you, ma’am!” kind of episode — heavy on the Wham! Not only was another character (besides Owen) ready to declare their love, but Jo finally opened up about Pittsburgh (though still not to Alex), one doctor appeared poised to hang up their stethoscope, and another looked like they were leaving the O.R. for prison. How’d it all shake out? Read on…
‘IF ANYONE CAN HELP, IT’S MEREDITH’ | As “Drawn to the Blood” began, Meredith awakened in bed with Jo after a nightmare in which Cece featured prominently, Amelia awakened to find that ack! She and Link had fallen asleep post-nookie. And since her nieces and nephew had “just found out about Mer and DeLuca,” she said, “I’m not gonna spring someone else on them” — even if he had to pee! Finally, Maggie awakened in a tent with Jackson and was forced to admit that OK, camping “is not hell.” (At least it wasn’t yet.) At Grey Sloan, Gus’ condition had deteriorated so much that he no longer even played with Legos. Luckily, a blood donor was being flown in from England. “Don’t break her and don’t spill her,” Alex told Levi, who was charged with retrieving Frances from the airport. He should have added, “And don’t let her therapist be dragged off by customs over some question about his visa,” because that was exactly what happened, leaving poor, agoraphobic Frances scared to get off the plane. Upon hearing that there was yet another holdup, Gus’ mom Lori had a full-on Lego-scattering meltdown… after which husband Scott slipped on a Lego and badly hurt himself. “Can you even break your ass?” he cried. And not only could you break your ass, that was exactly what he’d done.
Hearing of the difficulties getting Frances to Grey Sloan, Owen leapt into action and, once he’d arrived at the airport, found her aboard the plane singing “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” to calm her nerves. She really, truly wanted to help Gus, she explained. But good God, no, she wouldn’t let Owen draw her blood right there on the plane. “You could stab me wrong,” she feared. She needed to be at the hospital… only she couldn’t get there, because she’d been taught from an early age that, owing to her extremely rare blood type, if she was injured, she could die. Eager to embolden Frances, Owen tried to introduce her to Gus via FaceTime, but since the boy had just suffered a heart attack, he couldn’t even speak. In the end, Frances allowed Owen to carry her off the plane to the car. “You will not break,” he promised her in such a way that Teddy got all starry-eyed as she listened in. (Ruh-roh.) Even then, it wasn’t smooth sailing, this being the last episode before the season finale and all. As Alex had Gus moved into the hyperbaric chamber to get more oxygen to his organs, the car taking Frances, Owen and Levi to Grey Sloan got stuck in traffic. (Can you imagine? Cause of death: traffic congestion.)
‘DO YOU LOOK LIKE A RAPIST?’ | At Jolex’s place, Mer admitted to Jo that maybe in part she was sleeping there because DeLuca had said he loved her “out loud, to my face, and it’s terrifying. That doesn’t mean I’m not mostly here for you.” When Jo got snippy about Mer complaining about love, Grey reminded her that the last person who’d said he loved her had died. So “I’m not a delicate flower.” As for Jo’s unwillingness to reveal what happened in Pittsburgh, Mer and Alex had both had parents who’d messed with their heads nine ways to Sunday, “so there isn’t anything that we wouldn’t understand.” Oh no? said Jo. “Was your mother raped by your father? Is that why you exist? Do you wear his face? OK, then.” Well, she was awfully nasty about it, but at least she’d finally told someone. Later, Jo suggested that she never should have existed in the first place, so what Paul had done to her, “that was my birthright. That was my inheritance.” In response, Mer rattled off just a few of the things that would never have happened if Jo hadn’t come into being. For one, Alex would still be “evil spawn”!
Little by little, Mer got through to her friend. The way Jo came into being, what she went through with Paul, it didn’t define her, “it’s something you survived,” Mer said, “because you are the opposite of that. You’ve taken all this darkness and used it to help other people who are facing the same.” As the uplifting music kicked in, you could tell that Jo was at last coming out the other side of her crisis. To ensure that she made it all the way out that other side, Mer told her about a moment after she’d fallen into the sound, when she’d thought, “Why fight?” And she hadn’t fought. “The only reason I’m here is the people who love me didn’t give up on me.” So was Jo telling her that she wanted to stop fighting? Or was she just saying that she wanted to spend a little more time under the covers? “I don’t wanna stop,” Jo answered. But she did want some more time to come to grips with what she’d learned. So they’d go to Grey Sloan and talk to Bailey and Alex, said Mer. They’d get Jo a proper leave of absence and make sure that her career was waiting for her when she came back.
‘IT’S KIND OF NICE SEEING YOU IN YOUR ELEMENT’ | In the woods, Jackson led Maggie on a hike to a spot he wanted to show her that he’d found the last time he went camping. To propose perhaps? We never found out, because along the way, Maggie was bitten by something and sprained her ankle. By the time they got back to their campsite, she’d gotten a zillion pages regarding Gus; they had to get back to Grey Sloan, stat. Back at the hospital, Richard and Nico worked on Scott’s broken coccyx. When Taryn asked to scrub in on the amusing procedure, Nico shut her down hard; there was nothing funny about it. Only there was, said Richard, adding, “If we don’t find some lightness in this darkness we face every day, no one would stay in this job.” Nico’s response — a terse “Thank you, sir” — suggested that he might just be performing his last procedure. Nearby, everyone wondered what the big foundation meeting Catherine and Bailey were attending was all about. “My money’s on a mountain of new funding,” Link told Amelia when they weren’t worrying about Carrie, who still had no tingling in her fingers. How, Amelia asked, did he not always assume the worst? He’d already been through the worst, he replied. And “life’s gotta give you some good apples along with the rotten ones, right? For balance.” Amelia was skeptical. “But I like my theory,” he said. “Works for me.” Cue rotten apples coming his way in 3, 2…
Carrie not only had pneumonia, she had pneumonia that was so bad, Teddy was going to have to remove a lobe of one of her lungs. Hearing this, Toby flipped, prompting their mom to give a speech about how they’d inspired her with their fearlessness. There is no life without risk, Carrie concluded as Teddy got that starry-eyed look again. (Don’t do it, Teddy. Nooo!) When Link shortly thereafter caught up with Amelia and filled her in, she was taking Leo “home” to Owen’s. Uh, what was up with that? he wanted to know. He’d been fine with them being each other’s pain management until it had started to feel like something real — at least it had for him. Had it for her? She didn’t have to give him an answer that very second, he said. But he would need to know. He wouldn’t be hanging on to a situation that was guaranteed to bring him pain. And speaking of pain, Tom was being his sweet self with Teddy when she began looking at him a little oddly. Next thing we knew, she’d taken off to “go take care of something.” Crap. She was gonna do it. When she arrived at Owen’s, Amelia opened the door with Leo in her arms. “Did I just open a time portal?” asked Teddy. “Are you two back together again?” Upon hearing that Omelia hadn’t recoupled, Teddy was relieved, because she’d realized that she loved Owen. Tom makes her laugh and feel safe, she said, but he doesn’t make her feel passion or rage or ecstasy. “Owen is the only person who has ever done that for me.” And she was determined to tell him before giving birth… which was gonna be tough because her water had just broken!
‘DON’T YOU THINK YOU’D KNOW IF YOUR WIFE WAS SELLING THE HOSPITAL?’ | After Mer charged DeLuca with babysitting Jo while she joined Alex in the hyperbaric chamber with Gus, Bailey called Andrew into that big meeting. Turned out, the suits were inspectors for the hospital’s insurer — Mer’s fraud on Gabi’s behalf had been discovered. (Well, that didn’t take long!) Only we soon found out that no one in the room was aware that Mer had committed the fraud. So DeLuca did something rash and heroic and dumb. When he appeared in the window of the hyperbaric chamber at the end of the episode, he “informed” Mer that he’d put Ellis’ name on the insurance paperwork so that Gabi could have her surgery. But “it’s all been cleared up,” he added as Catherine looked on. “I got caught.” He was on his way to the police to report what he’d done, then he’d take his lumps and go to prison. Holy crap, Mer basically said, do not do that. But, of course, the door to the hyperbaric chamber couldn’t be opened, so she couldn’t go after him! And in the last seconds of the episode, thick fog rolled in, slowing Owen, Levi and Frances’ progress to… well, no progress at all. Then a car rear-ended them (or had they hit the car in front of them?), and suddenly, vehicles were crashing all around them. This was gonna be one hell of a finale!
General Hospital's Nurses Ball Returns Friday May 17(5/8/19) General Hospital's infamous Nurses Ball returns to Port Charles, Friday, May 17 on ABC. The much-anticipated event kicks off with stunning red carpet arrivals beginning Friday, May 17; followed by awe-inspiring original music and performances, Monday, May 20, Tuesday, May 21, and Wednesday, May 22. Celebrating its 25th year and founded in 1994 by Port Charles resident Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring), the Nurses Ball is one of General Hospital's most enchanting charity events dedicated to raising money for HIV/AIDS awareness and research. Stunning red carpet fashion with plenty of romance and folly define this exciting programming event.
"This will be 'GH''s 15th Nurses Ball. In the 25 years that we have been doing this, it's been a thrill to treat our wonderful viewers with something a little out of the ordinary. This year will be particularly special and personal. We were able to incorporate original music and performances from a few of our actors, including James Patrick Stuart," shared Frank Valentini, executive producer, General Hospital. "There's a lot of heart in these amazing performances. You won't want to miss them!"
Television actor, director and 40-year fan of GH, Chandra Wilson (Grey's Anatomy and Station 19) makes her official Nurses Ball debut as Sydney Val Jean, Crimson magazine's New York City fashion editor, with a little red carpet rivalry against media maven Nina Clay-Cassadine (Michelle Stafford). In addition to the gorgeous gowns and elegant tuxedos, viewers can expect to see at least one familiar face: KABC Los Angeles Emmy® Award-winning entertainment reporter George Pennacchio returns to the red carpet for the sixth time. As always, the Nurses Ball will be the backdrop for several dramatic events taking place in Port Charles, including an evening of romance that includes a surprise proposal!
Ratings: In the Dark Hits 0.1 With Softer Lead-In; Crossover Fires Up Station 19(5/4/19) The CW’s already-renewed In the Dark this Thursday drew 513,000 total viewers and a 0.1 demo rating, ticking down on both counts to mark season lows. Opening The CW’s night, iZombie (752K/0.2.
FOX | Miss USA (3 mil/0.7) was up 25 percent and a tenth from last year.
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (6.9 mil/1.4, read recap) ticked up, while Part 2 of the crossover event lifted Station 19 (6.4 mil/1.2) to its second-largest audience of the season and its best rating since the November crossover. For the People (2.7 mil/0.5) however was flat.
CBS | Big Bang (12.2 mil/1.8), Young Sheldon (10.5 mil/1.4), Life in Pieces (5.6 mil/0.8) and SWAT (5.1 mil/0.7) were all steady, while Mom (8 mil/1.1) ticked up.
NBC | Superstore (3 mil/0.9) rose two tenths to equal its best rating in more than a year. AP Bio (1.9 mil/0.5), Abby’s (1.5 mil/0.4) and SVU (3.9 mil/0.8) all ticked up, while Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.7 mil/0.5) was steady.
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Station Break — Plus, [Spoiler] Says, 'I Love You'(5/3/19) (tvline.com) “I did not see that coming,” Alex remarked halfway through Thursday’s zippy Grey’s Anatomy. And I found myself saying the same thing over and over again, as the Link/Amelia/Owen/Teddy/Tom polygon took turn after turn, Jo’s downward spiral left someone besides her in tears, treating Station 19’s chief helped Maggie make a big decision about her future with Jackson, and finally, someone uttered to their significant other the three little words that are part and parcel of the Season of Love. Who was it? And did they get an “I love you” back? Read on…
‘I HALF EXPECTED TO FIND A HANDSOME ITALIAN RESIDENT BREWING US CAPUCCINOS THIS MORNING’ | After “What I Did for Love” opened with a cute scene at Meredith’s, during which Amelia noted that Grey looked happy — “Do I? That’s weird” — we cut to the Grey Sloan coffee cart, where Owen beat a hasty retreat after taking note of Link’s arm around his ex-wife. Inside the hospital, Jackson quipped to Maggie that yep, it was indeed “funny bumping into you where we both work every day.” Clearly, she was pulling another “We need milk” on him, putting off giving him an answer about moving in by insisting that she needed to talk to Mer first. OK, said Jackson. “You just let me know what she decides… about our life.” Shortly, we got to the big case of the week, a 4-year-old named Gabi, whose father Luis had come to the US on a visa, applied for asylum and gotten a job and apartment before bringing his family over. Only they’d nonetheless been detained at the border and “caged like animals.” Wife Dani was still there, it seemed. And though Luis was employed and paid taxes, he wasn’t yet able to afford insurance. “I’m not asking for something for nothing,” he told Alex. But the cost of Gabi’s treatment was a worry. After Mer was called in to consult and it was suggested that Luis apply for state insurance, which would kick in immediately, DeLuca reported that Gabi’s dad earned too much to qualify for it. “So he makes too much for insurance and not enough to get treatment?” marveled Mer. “That’s insane.”
Soon, the docs found that Gabi had a mass and would need an x-lap. “I don’t want you to worry about the money,” Mer told Luis. “It’s taken care of.” Her plan? Making smoke come out of Richard’s ears, she put daughter Ellis’ name down in place of Gabi’s as the patient! “I did not see that coming,” said Karev. Webber huffed and puffed, but Mer wouldn’t back down. “If you’d like to have me arrested when I’m done,” she told him, “that’s your call.” After the x-lap revealed that Gabi’s mass was cancerous, meaning she was looking at years of treatment, Richard yelled at Mer some more. She could lose her license and maybe her children! Wait, her children? “They don’t put your kids in jail with you, Meredith!” he hollered. “Unless you come here seeking asylum,” she shot back. Upset as Richard was, he still came up with a solution: Mer had to make Gabi appear so sick that they could keep her in the hospital for 30 days, which would cause the state policy to kick in automatically. So first he was mad that she’d lied. Now “you want us to lie more?” What of it, Mer? “So now you’re a Girl Scout?” he asked. Later, Grey thought DeLuca expected her to apologize for her stunt, but no. “You got me all wrong,” he said. “I’m in awe of what you did today.” In fact, he hadn’t spoken up sooner just because “I was afraid that if I opened my mouth, the only thing that was gonna come out was… I love you.” In response, Mer said… “Oh. Glad we cleared that up” and hurriedly walked away.
‘IN REAL LIFE, IT IS ROMANTIC TO LET A PERSON BE HERSELF’ | Early on in the hour, Levi rode up in an ambulance with a John Doe who’d passed out in front of a flower shop. Of course, it wasn’t really a John Doe; Bailey soon recognized the man as, “Hey, you’re that guy from the spin-off!” — er, Ben’s boss’ boss. Once Ripley’s fellow firefighters arrived on the scene, they were extremely curious about why he’d have been at a florist. Was he seeing someone? No sooner had Levi reported that Ripley had been buying roses for a Vic than he feared he’d accidentally outed the fire chief. “My gaydar is not great,” he admitted. Though the first-responders were surprised to learn of Vic’s romance with the chief, it was no different, Owen told Ben, then Warren having been married to their chief, Bailey. Before Ripley was due to undergo fairly mundane but important surgery, he admitted to Maggie that Vic had proposed, and he’d said… nothing. That was why he was so eager to put off the operation, to get to his girlfriend and say yes. Well, “if you leave here, your heart could stop,” she told him. But if he stayed, his heart might… Thankfully, he caught himself before saying “break.” Ultimately, he agreed to be held hostage at the hospital if Maggie would go accept the “proposal” that she’d wanted to consider before accepting — which, she noted, didn’t mean that she loved Jackson any less than he loved her.
A deal with Ripley struck — or so Maggie thought — she sought out Jackson and told him, “The only correct answer was yes” to his suggestion that she move in. However, he hadn’t asked her the way, knowing her as he does, he should’ve. It would have been better if he’d suggested they weigh the pros and cons of cohabiting, allowing her to be the thoughtful, sensible scientist that she is. When he laughed that that wouldn’t have been very romantic, she communicated even more clearly (way to go, Mags!): “I love you, and I want to move in with you,” she said. The question was, “Can you love me for who I am, or are you always going to be disappointed when I’m me?” In response, he asked her to go camping with him — wait, what? — and he’d weigh the pros and cons of cohabiting with her till the cows came home. Er, “can we pro and con the camping?” she asked. Before the negotiation could go any further, Levi interrupted with Ripley’s pre-op labs: He was in far greater danger than had been originally believed. But by the time she got to his hospital room, he’d already taken off to find Vic.
‘HEY, BIRTH BUDDY’ | In other relationship news, with Teddy’s due date approaching at about the same speed as the season finale, Tom suggested that if the mom-to-be wanted, he could find a sub in Baltimore so that he wouldn’t have to be out of town for the birth. “Would that be weird if I stay?” he asked. To his delight almost as much as mine, she replied that no, that wouldn’t be weird at all. Which was good, because he’d already arranged it, “I just wanted to feel out your reaction” before admitting it. Later, since no home Teddy looked at could compare to her place in Germany, Koracick took it upon himself to find and rent her her dream apartment. He even presented his delighted girlfriend with the keys. Well, the keys to his file cabinet, anyway. He couldn’t pick up the real ones, so “I had to use a prop.” Elsewhere, Levi tried to elicit an apology from Nico but only got “I’m sorry I killed a guy, and you’re making it all about you.” #fail Later, Link strongly suggested that Levi give his boyfriend some space to process what he’d done. “That’s how you can be there for him. If you’re lucky,” Link added, “he’ll do the same when it happens to you.”
During a moment alone with Amelia, Owen started to ask about her and Link but got shut down hard and fast. “You and I are not a thing anymore,” she said, drawing a line in the sand. “You do not get to have an opinion on this.” But Hunt couldn’t quite let it drop. So later, he reminded her that he’d said she was incapable of love. However, having been through some therapy, “I think it was me that I was talking about, not you, and I’m sorry I said that. It’s the opposite of true.” Not only did Amelia accept his apology, she gazed after him as he left the room. Ruh-roh. Off that exchange, Owen was back in his therapist’s office. “Your weird voodoo’s working,” said Hunt, amazed. “I feel clear on what it is I want, and I don’t feel guilty that I’m gonna try to get it, and that’s some kind of a miracle.” So why, exactly, was he there? “I wanna feel perfectly clear when I tell her I love her,” said Owen, making it perfectly unclear whether it was Amelia or Teddy to whom he was going to make that declaration. (Although this episode certainly suggested that he was hoping the third time with Amelia would be the charm.)
‘YOU ARE A GOOD-LUCK CHARM’ | When not playing Legos with Gus, Jo got a call that was actually meant for Alex: There was another RH-null patient in Canada! Excitedly, she told Gus’ mom and Karev, and smiled for the first time since… since before Pittsburgh, right? Unfortunately, in her excitement, Jo had misunderstood entirely the reason for the call: The Canadian patient needed blood, he couldn’t donate it. Naturally, it was mere seconds later that Jo was sent reeling when she overheard Gus’ elated mom on the phone filling in his dad on the good news that was actually neither good nor news. “I screwed up,” Jo cried to Ben. Desperate, she pleaded with Teddy to break some rules, call in a favor, work some magic. But there was no magic to be worked. “You don’t seem quite OK,” observed Teddy, whose offer to lend an ear was rejected. Next thing we knew, Teddy showed up in Bailey’s office to discuss Jo… and found Ben already there doing exactly that. When Bailey and Alex arrived at Gus’ room, Jo was breaking the bad news to the boy and his tearful mom. For a second, it looked like Jo might keep it together, at least for the most part. But then Gus sweetly asked why he couldn’t give the Canadian patient some of his blood, and Jo collapsed, sobbing in Mom’s arms. Naturally, Alex’s frustration, already at 11, went through the roof. “I need to break something,” he told Bailey afterwards. And not the chief’s pencil cup, either.
Debbie Allen on S.W.A.T. 5/9/19(5/1/19) “Trigger Creep” – The SWAT team races to locate the next place a lone gunman will strike while he is at large in Los Angeles. Also, Hondo takes some time away from the team to pursue an investigation that hits close to home, and Jessica is presented with an unexpected opportunity, on S.W.A.T., Thursday, May 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Debbie Allen guest stars as Charice Harrelson, Hondo’s mother.
‘P-Valley’: Isaiah Washington To Recur In Starz’s Strip Club Drama Series(4/24/19) Grey’s Anatomy alum Isaiah Washington is set to recur opposite Brandee Evans and Nicco Annan in Starz’s P-Valley, Katori Hall’s strip club drama based on her play Pussy Valley.
Created by Hall, who also showruns, the drama is set down deep in the Mississippi Delta, where lies an oasis of grit and glitter in a rough patch of human existence where beauty can be hard to find. The Southern-fried hourlong drama tells the kaleidoscopic story of a little-strip-club-that-could and the big characters who come through its doors: the hopeful, the lost, the broken, the ballers, the beautiful, and the damned. Trap music meets film noir in this lyrical and atmospheric series that dares to ask what happens when small-town folk dream beyond the boundaries of the Piggly Wiggly and the pawn shop.
Washington will play Mayor Tydell Ruffin. The newly elected mayor of Chucalissa City is a true man of the people. Born onto hard-scrabble streets, Ruffin is a relatable and crass no-f***s-given bawse. He’s determined to make good on his campaign promise of a Chucalissa renaissance by any means necessary.
Known for his role of Dr. Preston Burke on Grey’s Anatomy, Washington most recently co-starred on the CW’s The 100. His other recent credits include a recurring on Survivor’s Remorse. Washington is repped by Stride Management and Attorney Ricky Anderson at Anderson & Smith PC.
ATX Television Festival Adds ‘Euphoria’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Grown-ish’ And Kevin Bacon To Program Slate(4/24/19) The ATX Television Festival has unveiled a second wave of programming for its eighth season, which will now include the premiere of the HBO teen drama Euphoria from Sam Levinson.
Also on tap for the festival, which this year runs June 6-9 in Austin, is ABC’s always-popular medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, a screening of an all-new episode of Freeform’s Grown-ish and an advance screening of a brand spanking new Archer episode. Kevin Bacon is also slated to join the festival’s previously announced presentation of the never-picked-up Tremors pilot from writer/executive producer Andrew Miller and based on the 1990 ncult horror pic.
The second wave of programming adds to the ATX Television Festival’s previously announced slate. The debut of Euphoria on June 6 will be followed by a panel conversation with creator/executive producer Levinson, and cast members Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Barbie Ferreira and Eric Dane. The Grey’s Anatomy panel will include a screening of the Season 15 episode “Silent All These Years,” written by Elisabeth R. Finch and directed by Debbie Allen. That will be followed by a Q&A conversation with showrunner/executive producer Krista Vernoff, co-executive producer/writer Finch, and stars Camilla Luddington and Kim Raver, who will discuss the impact the episode has had on viewers as well as their approach to tackling topics of sexual assault and consent. The new episode of Grown-ish will be followed by a Q&A with cast members Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Francia Raisa, Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Emily Arlook and Jordan Buhat, and executive producer/writer Craig Doyle. FXX’s advance screening Archer: 1999 will feature a once-in-a-lifetime, never-to-be-seen-again special version of an upcoming episode — with an element added exclusively for the ATX audience. The screening will be followed by a conversation with executive producer Matt Thompson, actor H. Jon Benjamin, producer/art director Chad Hurd, and lead storyboard artist Taylor Parrish.
The Tremors panel will feature a selection of clips, a partial script reading, and discussion with Bacon, Miller, executive producer Jessica Rhoades and cast members Toks Olagundoye, P.J. Byrne, Haley Tju and Emily Tremaine.
In addition, Stephen Falk, creator/executive producer/writer/director of FXX’s comedy series You’re the Worst, will participate in a discussion with writers, producers, and advocates who are working to destigmatize the conversation around mental health and mental illness through story and visibility. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.
ATX’s non-profit foundation, The Syndication Project, will host a programming track for a second year, with a focus on encouraging actionable advocacy through storytelling. “Making Criminal Justice Matter,” presented by the ACLU, in which writers and producers, along with a criminal law expert from the ACLU, will discuss the importance of working together to ensure authentic representations of current issues surrounding criminal justice, and television’s impact on viewer opinions with regard to issues of police practices, racial profiling, and governmental and police abuses of authority. Confirmed panelists include co-showrunner/executive producer Sunil Nayar (The Red Line), showrunner/executive producer Joanna Johnson (Good Trouble) and showrunner/executive producer Anthony Sparks (Queen Sugar). Twyla Carter, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, is moderating. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.
“Resistance, Inclusion, and Creating Authentic Muslim Narratives” presented by the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s (MPAC) Hollywood Bureau will examine the collaborative efforts among consultants at MPAC and creatives and executives in the industry to raise the quantity and quality of Muslim representation on and off-screen. Confirmed panelists include showrunner/executive producer Carina Adly MacKenzie (Roswell, New Mexico), actress Nikohl Boosheri (The Bold Type), and Sue Obeidi (Director, MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau). Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.
The Television Academy joins The Syndication Project track with “Power(ful) TV,” a panel discussion with writers & producers on how series can rise above trends and token characters by weaving in storylines of gender, race, religion, aging, immigration, health care, and more — all with the belief that exposing audiences to a variety of people, experiences, and worlds they might never encounter will foster understanding, empathy, and community. The conversation will be moderated by Television Academy President and Chief Operating Officer, Maury McIntyre. Panelists will be announced at a later date.
Katherine Heigl, Harry Connick Jr., Madison Iseman To Star In ‘I Saw a Man With Yellow Eyes’(4/23/19) Katherine Heigl (27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth), Harry Connick Jr. (Dolphin Tale, Will & Grace), and Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween) are set to star in I Saw a Man with Yellow Eyes, a psychological thriller written and directed by Castille Landon. The film will start shooting this week in Tampa and St. Petersburg.
The pic follows a teenage girl living with schizophrenia who struggles with vivid and terrifying hallucinations as she begins to suspect her neighbor has kidnapped a child. Her parents try desperately to help her live a normal life, without exposing their own tragic secrets, and the only person who believes her is Caleb – a boy she isn’t even sure exists.
“I was truly taken by the heartbreaking story of I Saw A Man With Yellow Eyes. Castille Landon has written a tremendous script and has proven to be a fabulous director, tirelessly searching for the most truthful and artful ways to tell this tale of mental illness. Castille and the incredible cast and crew have gone all-in to make the often-misunderstood world of schizophrenia a bit more familiar. It’s an honor to be a part of such a noble and artistic film,” said Connick Jr.
Added Heigl, “When this unique and thought-provoking project came my way I knew it was a story I desperately wanted to be a part of telling. Not only am I proud to be collaborating with a talented female director, a beautiful and talented young actress, and one of my all-time favorite male leads, but I get to be a part of telling a story that touches on themes I believe to be incredibly relevant and meaningful like mental illness, tragedy, grief, unconditional love and hope. I am honored and privileged to be a part of this film.”
“Having this phenomenal cast and crew come together to bring to the screen a film that is simultaneously entertaining and thought provoking, with the aim of opening a much needed dialogue about mental health, is a dream come true for me as a director and writer,” remarked Landon.
Dori Rath is producing the project with Joseph Restaino and Robert Molloy at Pinstripe Productions and Joe Riley at Zero Gravity Management. The film is shooting in partnership with Film Tampa Bay and the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commissions.
Heigl recently filmed the multi-cam comedy pilot Our House for Sony Pictures TV and CBS and she can be seen on Season 8 of the USA series Suits. Connick Jr.’s film credits include P.S. I Love You with Hilary Swank, Bug with Ashley Judd, and Copycat with Sigourney Weaver. Iseman will next appear in Annabelle Comes Home and is set to reprise her role in Sony’s forthcoming Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel.
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Two Couples Take Big Steps Forward, While Two Others Take Humongous Steps Back(4/19/19) (tvline.com) For one pair of couples, Grey’s Anatomy’s Season of Love was in full bloom in Thursday’s episode. For another pair, it appeared that the season was — and maybe the relationships were — as good as over. Was there any coming back from what transpired between Alex and Jo, and Levi and Nico? Read on, and after we’ve gone through the blow-by-blow, you can answer that question in the comments.
‘IS IT WEIRD HAVING SEX WITH A CARTOON CHARACTER?’ | As “Head Over High Heels” began, DeLuca got caught by Zola while he was sneaking out of Mer’s bedroom in the middle of the night. (You can watch the scene here.) When he went back in to inform his girlfriend that he’d been spotted, she took it fairly well, though it did mess up her plan to tell the kids about him over ice cream. As it was, the moppets only knew DeLuca from his post-Sam stint “as the sad guy from the couch.” The following morning, as Nico excitedly prepared to interview for a job in San Francisco, Levi eagerly suggested that he instead try to land a position in Seattle. Nearby, into the hospital walked a woman named Gemma (Jasmine Guy) who’d gone out dancing, had a few shots too many, taken off her shoes to make it up the stairs to her apartment and then fell on them, impaling herself with a stiletto! Richard, we soon learned, knew Gemma from AA. In fact, Ollie had also been her sponsor.
After Jo showed up for work looking like death warmed over, Alex, who was waiting for the extremely rare blood that Gus needed for his transfusion, predicted the worst for himself and his wife. He knew the drill, he told Meredith. The women he loves are “happy for a while, then they break, and then they leave me.” Have faith, his person replied, that “it’s not happening again.” In the lab, Koracick teased Amelia about her romance with “Ortho Barbie.” But, though she admitted that he wasn’t her type — a jock? Come on! — he was great. The sex was great. And as an added bonus, nobody cried after they were done. So the whole thing confused her. Suddenly, Tom got it: “He’s your Altman,” he said. In other words, someone so good and unbroken and kind that Amelia thinks he couldn’t possibly be right for her when he just plain is. Speaking of Altman, Amelia warned her pal not to get too attached. (A bit late for that!) “Owen and Teddy are inevitable,” she declared. However, since Koracick was headed into the O.R. with Link and Amelia to perform an experimental procedure that might give Carrie back the use of her arms, he wasn’t fazed. “Inevitable,” he insisted, “doesn’t scare me.” (On an unrelated note, how beautiful was Toby’s monologue about how hyper aware of their hands and feet they were since their mother’s accident.)
‘DOES IT INVOLVE ELECTRIC SHOCKS OF ANY KIND?’ | In therapy, Owen tried to make sense of his wanting to be with Amelia, then Teddy, then Amelia again after accidentally blowing things up with Teddy in Germany. Wait, accidentally? “Was it an accident?” asked his therapist. Owen wasn’t dumb and didn’t like hurting people. So why would he have blown it up? The therapist suspected that his patient was caught in a pattern, one that he could break free of if they could discover the event that caused the pattern to be formed. Using the NET technique — in which the therapist pushed down on Owen’s outstretched arm in order to detect stress-related responses as he asked questions — the therapist found that Germany triggered a response. “Do you feel distrustful of Teddy?” he asked. Had he ever felt distrustful of her? (Maybe Teddy is Owen’s Altman, too.) The patient was sure that they should be looking for trauma farther back, like during the Iraq war.
The therapist, however, went even father back than that, bringing Owen to age 10 and his science-bee victory. It was “the best I ever felt,” he said, choked up. Thing was, it didn’t sound to his therapist like it had been the best he ever felt. As the two of them dug deeper, Owen shared that that wondrous day had also been the day that his mother had told him that his father had died. As a result, Owen had never told her about his win; he’d been too ashamed to have felt happy at such a tragic moment. Aha, the therapist didn’t say but might as well have. Owen could have then gone forward undermining and stopping any feelings of happiness he might have experienced before the bad news that was sure to follow it could swoop in and ruin it. Major breakthrough for Owen! At the end of the day, Teddy, prompted by Megan, texted her babydaddy to make sure he was OK. He was, he assured her. The session had been hard but good.
‘I HAD ALL THIS HAPPY, AND I JUST TOSSED IT ASIDE’ | Recruited by Jackson to do what turned out to be grunt work, Jo refused to talk to him about Pittsburgh. “You were right” was all she’d say before observing that “this is a lab where boring things go to get more boring.” Still, Jackson persevered in hopes that he could make her feel “one drop less crappy.” Finally, when not guessing that Karev had asked him to talk to her, she opened up. Well, a crack. “I told you not to go looking [for your mother] if everything is OK,” Jackson reminded her, “so maybe everything was not OK.” But it had been, she insisted. She’d had Alex and her career, and she’d taken them for granted; now it felt impossible to get them back. Except, Jackson noted, she still had those things. And Alex would love to help her, so why wouldn’t she communicate with him? “‘Cause it would only hurt and not help,” she insisted. At last, Jackson admitted that it had been Mer who’d asked him to check on Jo, and it had been a good thing that she had. “You came to work drunk,” he pointed out. “You’re still drunk.” What’s more, if “you set foot in this hospital drunk again, you’re not gonna be met with compassion.”
When Alex returned home at the end of the day, stunned that Jo had been blotto at work, he again beseeched her to talk to him. “If you love me, you will let me… ” she began, vodka in hand. But this time, he wasn’t playing the “If you love me, you’ll… ” game. They’d been fine before she went to Pittsburgh, he noted, temper flaring. “So how about I go to Pittsburgh and find out what the hell happened to my wife? Huh?” At that, anger flashed in Jo’s bleary eyes. “I will talk to you when I’m ready to talk to you,” she said coldly, “and if you ever threaten to go to Pittsburgh again, I will leave you.” Oh, Jo. Nooo… In response, Alex drew a line in the sand. “If you ever come to work drunk again,” he said, “I’ll tell Bailey.” And something told me one of them would be sleeping on the sofa that evening… and maybe for quite a few evenings thereafter.
‘YOU’RE REALLY BATTING A THOUSAND TODAY’ | Circling back to DeLuca’s run-in with Zola, Mer asked if he even liked kids. Was she kidding, though? Based on his past interactions with 16 younger cousins, “your problem’s not going to be that I don’t like kids,” he told her. “Your problem’s gonna be that your kids might like me more than you!” While Bailey dealt with the fallout from Tuck hurting his father’s feelings by calling Ben dad, she got swept into the case of a woman who was surprised to find herself giving birth a day after she’d had her period. Since Dahlia had ordered a CT before anyone knew the patient was expecting, Miranda was able to discover that she had two uteri and was only pregnant in one. And right on cue, Mer and DeLuca delivered the newborn baby boy!
How had Bailey told Tuck that she was dating Ben? Grey asked later. In response, Miranda told her not to make a big deal of it. “All [Zola] wants to know is that you’re there for her,” she said, “and you’re not going anywhere no matter what.” Afterwards, DeLuca reported to Bailey that Dahlia had administered a pregnancy test, but since the patient had been so sure that she wasn’t pregnant, they hadn’t waited for the results. “Trust but verify” what the patient thinks, she reminded him so that his girlfriend wouldn’t have to. That evening, Mer sat down her kids to tell them that they’d be seeing more of DeLuca. And no, he wouldn’t be sleeping on the couch again. Zola immediately guessed that he was her mom’s boyfriend, and there was a good deal of “Ew!” about the prospect of the couple kissing. (Won’t someone think of the cooties?!?) But the kids took the news in stride. Zola only had one request: “Can he leave his guitar at home?”
‘JUST BECAUSE I MADE IT LOOK EASY DOESN’T MEAN IT WAS’ | After Nico once again impressed Levi with his surgical prowess, the would-be ortho god was dealt a blow when his patient, 21-year-old Josh, collapsed post-op en route to the bathroom. At the same time, Gemma made it clear to Richard and Maggie that she wanted nothing to do with him. After losing Ollie, he’d had his wife and kids. She’d had nada. And now she had a stiletto in her chest and a bottle of tequila waiting for her, she said. Before Maggie operated to remove the shoe, her dad told her that the last time he’d seen Gemma, she’d been getting a cake for 17 years of sobriety. He guessed that after Ollie died, Gemma, like him, had stopped going to meetings for a while. Only in her case, she’d fallen off the wagon.
Suddenly, Maggie had to run off to try to fix Nico’s mistake on Josh. It was OK, Richard said. He’d stay off of Gemma’s case as she wished, and would just talk Dahlia through the prodedure. Or so he said. Instead, he operated on Gemma himself. After he admitted to her that he’d done so, she threatened to sue, prompting him to call her an ungrateful, “stubborn drunk.” And just like that, they were laughing like old friends. Richard even encouraged her to start over at one day of sobriety. Meanwhile, Maggie found that she couldn’t undo or correct what Nico had done — Josh died on the table. “You made a mistake on a healthy 21-year-old man,” Bailey told Nico, the words hitting him like punches. “That man is now dead.” So he was going to accompany her to break the news to Josh’s grandfather, Pop Pop, a longtime patient of hers. “If you’re a good surgeon, you’ll remember it,” she said, “and you’ll never make this mistake again.”
‘I LOVE YOU… I DON’T WANT TO MISS IT’ | As the hour drew to a close, Maggie, exhausted, joined Jackson in the blue room. When he suggested they go to his place and order in, she noted that she needed clothes from her place, and she was so tired, she might just stay there. “Move in with me,” he said, turning to her. Off his conversations with Jo, he was determined not to take Maggie or their love for each other for granted. And based on her smile, I think it’s safe to say they’d very soon be living together. After Link, Tom and Amelia’s experimental procedure, it remained unclear whether Carrie would regain the use of her arms. Before she set off to ingest a culinary abomination with Link — sushi burritos… eesh! — she spent a last moment with Koracick to express her worry about how high he had his hopes up with Teddy. But “hope scares you,” he said. “That’s why you’re hiding behind a very pretty, very decent guy to cover the fact that you’re still hung up on Owen Hunt.” Amelia didn’t deny that she had lingering feelings for her ex. But she wasn’t using Link, she said. She was just choosing an “easier, softer” path, something she advised Tom to consider doing, too.
Last but not least, despite having had a day that shook him to his core, Nico still intended to do his Skype interview for his dream job. Why didn’t he just email them? asked Levi. Then they could get out of there and forget the horrors of the day. No way would Nico do that, he snapped, adding a layer of “Ugh!” to an already-ugly day. “You don’t get it,” he yelled at his boyfriend, “’cause you let failure hold you back your whole life. It’s basically your entire identity. It’s not mine.” And with that, he began his interview as if he hadn’t just been a total d—, and let Levi slip out of the room with a whole new — and not-remotely-appealing — perspective on his beau.
Alex Landi To Recur In Season 2 Of Netflix’s ‘Insatiable’(4/16/19) Grey’s Anatomy‘s Alex Landi is set for a recurring role opposite Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts and Alyssa Milano in Netflix’s Insatiable, from writer Lauren Gussis (Dexter, Once Upon A Time), Ryan Seacrest Productions and Storied Media Group.
Described as a dark, twisted revenge comedy, Insatiable centers on Patty (Ryan), who, for years, has been bullied, ignored, and underestimated by those around her because of her weight. But now that she finds herself suddenly thin, Patty is out for payback against anyone who has ever made her feel bad about herself. Bob Armstrong (Roberts), a disgraced attorney whose true passion is coaching beauty pageant contestant, is the only one who sees Patty’s potential, and takes her under his wing — first as a legal client, and then as a pageant contestant whom he coaches toward becoming the top pageant queen in the country. But Bob and his wife Coralee (Milano) have no idea how deep Patty’s rage goes, or how far she will go to exact revenge on anyone who has ever wronged her. Bullies beware: payback’s a bitch, revenge is sweet, and if you cross Patty, you’ll be her next treat.
Details of Landi’s character are being kept under wraps.
Gussis executive produces with Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Andrea Shay, Todd Hoffman, Dennis Kim and Andy Fleming.
Landi is known for his role as Dr. Nico Kim on Grey’s Anatomy. He is repped by Buchwald and Asian Cinema Entertainment.
Debbie Allen in S.W.A.T. 4/25/19(4/16/19) “Rocket Fuel” – The SWAT team discovers a new version of PCP with ties to an escaped drug dealer who created a version that ravaged the city decades earlier. Tan’s personal ties to the case emerge when he brings in his mentor, Ben Mosley (Dominic Hoffman), the former lead detective on the original drug case, to help. Also, Chris weighs a major decision regarding her romantic relationship with Kira and Ty, and Hondo’s patience is tested by his new familial responsibilities, on S.W.A.T., Thursday, April 25 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Debbie Allen guest stars as Charice Harrelson, Hondo’s mother.
Ratings: The Orville Steady, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Up After 3-Week Breaks(4/12/19) Fox’s The Orville returned this Thursday to 2.57 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating, holding steady in the demo while dipping to a new audience low leading out of a Gotham rerun.
Over on NBC, Brooklyn Nine-Nine returned from its own three-week break to a 0.6 rating (up a tenth in the demo from its last fresh episode) and 1.9 million total viewers (a season low). Elsewhere on the Peacock network, Superstore (3.4 mil/0.9) ticked up to match its best rating in over a year, AP Bio (2.1 mil/0.5) was flat, and Abby’s (1.7 mil/0.4) and SVU (3.9 mil/0.7) dipped.
THE CW | Supernatural (1.5 mil/0.4) rose, while In the Dark (776K/0.2) was steady in Week 2.
CBS | Leading out of a Big Bang rerun, Fam (4.9 mil/0.8) ticked up with its freshman finale.
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (6.7 mil/1.5), Station 19 (5.4 mil/0.9) and For the People (3.1 mil/0.5) were all steady.
Grey's Caterina Scorsone Unpacks Amelia's 'Huge' Turning Point and What It Could Mean for Her and Link(4/11/19) (tvline.com) “Oh brother!” had nothin’ on “Oh sister!” in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. While in New York with Link to perform (what ultimately turned out to be) a vertebral column resection on an 18-year-old named Jonah, Amelia wound up agreeing to have dinner with her horrible sister, Nancy (Embeth Davitz)… who surprised her by inviting her even more horrible sister, Kathleen (Amy Acker), whom she described as being like “Martha Stewart if Martha Stewart also had a license to diagnose you with a personality disorder.” Sensing that his bedmate was the “Good Shepherd” that gave the episode its title, Link not only stuck up for her, he went along with her charade that he was her husband, Owen — yep, she’d never told the relatives that hadn’t attended her wedding that it had been followed by a divorce!
The non-couple probably would’ve gotten away with their exercise in role-play, too, had Kathleen not “accidentally” mentioned the family reunion to their mother, Carolyn (Tyne Daly). Having met Owen on a visit with Derek, she no sooner was through the door than the jig was up. “Fake Owen,” Nancy told the so-called black sheep of the Shepherd family, might just be “the most demented thing you’ve ever done.” At that, Amelia stood up for herself, not that her siblings would give her credit for anything if their lives depended on it. When Link attempted to help, he only complicated matters by mentioning Betty and Leo. Finally, off the dinner from hell, Amelia kinda-sorta broke up with Link — he now knew too much about her for their non-relationship to remain uncomplicated!
Thankfully, before the duo returned to Seattle, Carolyn reached out to her daughter and expressed her remorse for pushing her away in the wake of her father’s death. “If you don’t think you’re worthy of love, you’re wrong,” said Mom, “and that’s on me.” So go ahead and blame her, and by all means, move on. What if Amelia couldn’t? “Then that’s on you.” Taking Carolyn’s words to heart, Amelia apologized to Link — with his favorite donuts, even. “You are more than a human blue light,” she admitted, “though you’re very, very good at blue-lighting.” And as if they were ever really off, they were now extra on. What does it all mean for Amelia — and for her and Link — going forward? Fresh off another knockout performance, here’s Caterina Scorsone with the answers.
TVLINE | Biiig episode for Amelia — and, thanks to her mom, a big turning point, too.
Oh my gosh, yeah, huge! And when I heard Tyne Daly was actually coming, my heart leapt. I was terrified. All these years, I’d been playing creatively with the image of her as Amelia’s mom. Whenever Amelia’s thinking about her past, I’m picturing Tyne Daly in those inner narratives. So when she walked on the set and I met her for the first time, I burst into tears. It was so embarrassing!
TVLINE | Would you agree that the trick for Amelia going forward will be not falling into old patterns — in other words, not going when the going gets rough?
I think what her mom gave her was consciousness. In the early years of childhood, there’s so much information being laid down in the unconscious brain, and for Amelia, that story had a lot of trauma. So as she became older, a lot of her reactions to external stimuli were informed by a fear response or a trauma response as opposed to a consciousness about why she was doing things. So when her mom was able to generously and courageously reflect back to her, “I wasn’t able to help you with attachment to heal after that trauma, and that might be why some of your reactions in relationships are a little broken,” she gave her that consciousness that she was too young to have as a 5-year-old. She now has the missing puzzle piece. She can move on. Not only that, [but Carolyn said, in essence,] “I believe that you can. You have the tools and the grit and the heart to take this missing puzzle piece and do amazing things with it.”
TVLINE | I thought it was so bittersweet that, after Amelia promised Owen she’d try be less wary, it wound up being Link, in a way, that she wound up doing that with.
One of the things that’s always been difficult for Owen and Amelia is they both have some pretty severe trauma, so even when she’s trying to be conscious and practice contrary action when she’s afraid, if Owen goes into his fear reaction, they just kinda bump up against each other and their amygdalae are at war. [As the season goes on,] he starts to understand how traumatized he’s been in life, too, so hopefully, they’ll both continue this healing process and become more functional in the love department.
TVLINE | Since Link accepted Amelia’s apology, can we now say that they are officially, totally in an actual relationship?
[Laughs] I don’t know if we can call it a relationship. It’s not like she’s wearing his pin or anything! But it’s definitely moved beyond the kind of alternative pain relief [that she initially called it]. She was trying to keep it very surface, but she has definitely realized that he’s more substantive than she had hoped. He’s actually a pretty stand-up guy. We’ll see where she goes with that. I think she’s wise to be a little cautious. She doesn’t wanna jump in with both feet, because that would be crazy — she just got out of a marriage.
TVLINE | Really, he should be sending a thank-you note to Nancy and Kathleen, because he never would’ve gotten quite such a golden opportunity to show Amelia what he was made of if they hadn’t been so utterly horrible to her.
[Laughs] I know! And I feel like it’s so unfair [to their portrayers]. They’re just the most delightful, charming women, and they were forced into being these kind of “wicked stepsisters.” But yeah, Amelia’s kinda bewildered by Link. He’s so tirelessly supportive, and yet he has boundaries, where’s he’s like, “Mm, that wasn’t OK with me.” He’s got so much psychological health, it would seem, and Amelia hasn’t really encountered that, so it’s almost like he short-circuits her short circuit. She’s like, “What is this that’s happening here?”
TVLINE | Did you know that Amelia and Link were going to become an item way back when he gave her, I believe the term was, “pants feelings”?
[Laughs] I did not. I thought that that line was only serving the storyline with Meredith, but here we are. You never know on Grey’s Anatomy.
Grey's Anatomy and Station 19 Are Staging Another Drama-Filled Crossover(4/10/19) The drama-filled worlds of Grey's Anatomy and Station 19 will once again collide.
Shondaland's seminal medical drama will crossover with its firefighter-centric sister series on Thursday, May 2. The two-hour event kicks off with Grey's at 8/7c. Titled "What I Did for Love," the episode finds Maggie (Kelly McCreary) tending to someone from Station 19, though we don't know which firefighter will wind up at Grey Sloan. Meanwhile, Jo will learn a hard lesson and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) makes a call that jeopardizes her career.
The night continues with Station 19's "Always Ready" at 9/8c as the firefighters remain on high alert following a deadly blaze at a coffee shop that landed one of their own in the hospital. With a member of the crew looking at an uncertain future due to life-threatening injuries, they'll need to dig deep in order to continue fighting the good fight.
This marks the shows' second crossover, after the two-hour extravaganza in October 2018 that saw Meredith finally start dating again and Station 19's Dean (Okieriete Onaodowan) awkwardly hit on Maggie.
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays, at 8/7c on ABC, followed by Station 19 at 9/8c.
Sandra Oh's Killing Eve Renewed for Season 3(4/8/19) Killing Eve has been renewed for a third season, not much more than 12 hours after its sophomore premiere ended.
That said, that’s almost “slow” on the draw for producer BBC America, seeing as Season 2 was ordered before the series even premiered.
Also, just as Season 1 lead writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge handed the reins to Emerald Fennell for Season 2, Suzanne Heathcote (Fear the Walking Dead) has been tapped to take over as showrunner for Season 3. “It’s been such an exciting year for me on Killing Eve, Fennell said in a statement. “I think it’s cool that this tradition has been built into this untraditional show. Inheriting some of Phoebe’s characters was a treat – I can’t wait to see what Suzanne does next.”
“We love having this show and the brilliant Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and Fiona Shaw on our networks,” AMC Networks president Sarah Barnett said in a statement. “Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Emerald Fennell have delivered two addictively entertaining seasons. As we did last year, we’re renewing Killing Eve right out of the gate, now with Suzanne Heathcote as lead writer, as a sign of confidence – we adore this show as much as our fans do. Killing Eve doesn’t do anything in a templated way; we love giving opportunity to three genius women to make their mark.”
Killing Eve this season is being simulcast on BBC America and AMC, airing Sundays at 8/7c.
Ratings: Young Sheldon Returns Down, The CW's In the Dark Opens Low(4/5/19) CBS’ Young Sheldon returned from its month-long break to 10.3 million total viewers and a 1.4 rating, down 11 and 18 percent from its last fresh outing to mark its second-smallest audience ever and a series low in the demo.
Elsewhere on the night, The Big Bang Theory (11.9 mil/1.9) was down two tenths to a series low, Mom (7.8 mil/1.1) was down a tenth, Fam (5 mil/0.7) was steady and SWAT (4.7 mil/0.7) matched its series lows.
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (6.8 mil/1.5, read recap) and Station 19 (5.3 mil/0.9) each dipped, while For the People (3.1 mil/0.6) was steady.
THE CW | Supernatural (1.27 mil/0.3) dipped, while In the Dark (894K/0.2) eyed The CW’s second-lowest numbers for a series launch in at least two TV seasons, rivaling only All American‘s (690K/0.2).
NBC | Superstore (3.1 mil/0.8), AP Bio (2 mil/0.5), the already renewed Will & Grace‘s season finale (3 mil/0.7Week 2 of Abby’s (2.6 mil/0.5) and SVU (3.9 mil/0.8) were all steady in the demo.
Killing Eve Star Sandra Oh, EP Tease a Deadlier Season 2: 'No One Is Safe'(4/5/19) After Season 1’s addictive thrill ride, did you really think Killing Eve would slow down at all in its sophomore run? Not bloody likely.
BBC America’s wickedly clever crime thriller returns for Season 2 this Sunday (8/7c), and the premiere doesn’t even give us a chance to catch our breath, picking up literally 30 seconds after the finale’s climactic showdown between Eve and Villanelle. “The obvious route was to have picked up six months later, when everyone was healed and everything was back to normal and reset,” new showrunner Emerald Fennell, who takes the reins from Phoebe Waller-Bridge this season, tells TVLine. But “something’s happened here, and it’s going to change everything. So it gave us an opportunity this season to keep everything we love about the show, but also take it sort of further and deeper and darker.”
Stabbing Villanelle leaves Eve in a darker place indeed when we see her again, star Sandra Oh reveals: “She’s in this incredibly guilt-laden [state of mind]: ‘I’m going to be in a lot of trouble, and what does that mean to me, and how do I hold that and not tell Niko, and how do I try to be normal?’… She’s not realizing yet that she can never go back to how her life was.” The new season doesn’t give her a lot of time to process those feelings, though. “We go from stressed to more stressed,” Oh says with a laugh. “There’s no rest for her. We’re going full steam ahead throughout the entire second season.”
Eve also gets pulled back into Carolyn’s orbit in Season 2, which presents her with some new workplace dynamics. Nina Sosanya (Strike Back) joins the cast as Jess, who provides Eve with “someone who’s a confidante who’s basically her same age, who’s also a woman, and a woman of color,” Oh previews. Plus, Edward Bluemel (A Discovery of Witches) plays cocky young co-worker Hugo, who puts Eve in an unfamiliar position: that of boss. “Eve also finds herself in a [position] of authority,” Oh says, “and is also still exploring her power, and her sexual power, and the dynamic of a younger man.”
Killing Eve Season 2 Premiere Villanelle Jodie Comer
But how long will we have to wait until Eve and Villanelle cross paths again? “Not that long,” Oh promises, adding that the mutual obsession they had in Season 1 hasn’t faded at all: “Eve is still in denial of how much Villanelle is on her mind, but they’re clearly on each other’s mind.” Killing Eve is classified as a crime thriller, but it’s also “a love story, in many ways,” Fennell notes. “And a love story is a very different thing to write, and it can go on for much longer, but it can also be more brutal, and end more tragically, than a thriller.”
Yeah, about that tragedy thing: Eve racked up an impressive body count in its freshman season (RIP, Bill), and Fennell hints that Season 2 could cut even more deeply into its main cast. “What’s important for me is that no one needs to survive any scene. Girls like Villanelle don’t last very long, and women like Eve don’t last very long, because they’re playing a very dangerous game. So I had to come into this season thinking no one is safe… Villanelle’s absolutely not safe anymore. And neither is Eve.”
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Did Megan Just Doom Teddy and Tom's Romance?(4/4/19) (tvline.com) In Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, Megan thought that the biggest surprise on tap was going to be her showing up in Seattle without her brother knowing she was coming. But it was actually she who was in for the real shock — when she learned that Teddy was also in town, expecting a baby with Owen and doing his job at Grey Sloan… but not at last with him. When Megan’s head finally stopped spinning, what she did next I feared set the stage for Teddy to exchange Koracick, the guy who loves her and only her, for Owen, the guy who loves her when he doesn’t love Amelia. Do you share my worry? Let’s go over the episode’s salient points, then we can move the discussion to the comments.
‘I DON’T WANT TO RAISE A BABY IN A HOTEL ROOM’ | As “The Whole Package” began, Alex’s worries about Jo continued to grow. She’d missed work all week, owing to what she insisted was “just a bug,” and still refused to talk to him about what went down with her mother in Pittsburgh. At Grey Sloan, Jackson and Mer checked in on Richard and Catherine, who’d just undergone radiation but was clearly feeling fine. “A potato wouldn’t have cooked in the time that I was in there,” she snapped, annoyed that people were fussing over her. At least her mood improved when Jackson and Mer told her that they had a patient being flown in from L.A. for an abdominal wall, penis and scrotum transplant. “My baby brought me a penis!” she then exclaimed. Elsewhere in the hospital, Owen and Amelia were communicating through Leo when they bumped into Teddy and Tom, who seemed to be house-hunting. “I’m looking at houses,” clarified Altman, who didn’t seem keen on having the hotel staff change her daughter’s diapers along with the sheets. “You can always stay with me,” said Owen, making it clear that Koracick had not, as I thought, gotten through to him. “I have lotsa room and baby supplies.” At the same time, Bailey was perturbed to learn that the compliance reports that Alex had been supposed to fill out — and which were due the following day — had not been filled out. She was even more perturbed to discover that Levi had disappeared so fast after introducing her to students from the STEM Leadership Program that she couldn’t pawn them off on the intern!
Finally, Mer and DeLuca compared notes on Richard — they’d both been avoiding working with him as best they could since he walked in on their tryst at Catherine’s party. However, DeLuca couldn’t avoid Webber anymore — he’d given him a lap appy, but not just as a surgery, Andrew felt. It seemed to him like it was a test, to determine whether he was worthy of Mer. In Maggie’s blue room, Amelia, rattled by her interaction with Owen, Teddy and Tom, tried to remind herself, and Piece along with her, that now “I’m having aerobic sex” — just as Bailey happened by with STEM kids. #awkward As for Megan, she was thrilled to learn from Mer that Teddy was in Seattle… which tipped off Grey to the fact that Owen’s sister had zero idea what had transpired between him and the women in his life since last she was in town. Mer texted a heads-up to Owen, but it was too late to do any good. When Megan saw Owen and Teddy, she embraced them and asked, “Why didn’t you tell me that you two had finally gotten together — and you’re having a baby?” Needless to say, Megan didn’t take the truth well. In fact, she summed up the turn of events as “just so. Much. Stupidity.” Owen had screwed up so badly, “you gave [Teddy] your job instead of a ring!” Right on cue, Tom entered. “Is this your realtor?” Megan asked Teddy. Again, she did not take the truth well. She definitely puts the “fiery” in “fiery redhead.”
‘THIS IS JUST A FRIEND DOING ANOTHER FRIEND’S LAUNDRY’ | Alex’s case of the week was Gus, a 10-year-old boy who has autism, whose parents reported that he’d been listless lately, not himself. Gus was tough to examine since he reacted negatively to being touched, but Karev eventually figured out — after distracting him with toys — that the youngster’s chest hurt when he walked. Turned out, he had a tumor on his thymus and was severely anemic. So Alex wouldn’t be able to operate until Gus had undergone a blood transfusion — which was also going to be tough, since it turned out that his blood was so rare, fewer than 50 people were known to have it. (Didn’t Sookie Stackhouse have that same type?) Despite obstacle upon obstacle, Alex promised that he and Team Grey Sloan wouldn’t give up until they’d fixed Gus. For that matter, Alex was determined to make Jo feel better, too. After he reported to Link that his wife had been shutting him out since she met her mother, Jo’s old buddy, at Karev’s request, reached out to her. Though he showed up at her door with what was said to be amazing chicken soup, she wasn’t interested in company. Or soup, for that matter.
Still, Link hung in there the way only a longtime pal could. He even reminded her of how, when he’d broken up with his redheaded bartender girlfriend with the Texas tattoo and become “a shell,” she wouldn’t leave him alone. “So this is revenge?” Jo asked. Finally, when she made her way to the kitchen, it looked like she might be warming to the idea of at least soup. But no, she was going for the vodka. Link would have one, too, he said. “I wasn’t offering,” she replied. By and by, Jo became tipsy enough to talk… a little. She recalled dating a waiter, a cute stoner from whom she’d fled when he’d told her he loved her. As soon as the words had left his mouth, she explained to Link, she’d felt like he was wrong, like no one should ever feel that way about her. So she had moved across town and started a new job as if their relationship had never happened. She’d also done that to a guy in high school. She’d always done it. “It’s in my wiring,” she said, adding that her mother had been a runner — and still was; Vicki couldn’t even sit in same room as Jo. “And my father… ” Nope. Jo couldn’t quite bring herself to finish the sentence. She did, however, finish off the vodka — and open a new bottle.
‘YOU’RE THE NEIL ARMSTRONG OF JOHNSONS’ | While Jackson and Meredith retrieved the penis for Catherine’s surgery — wait, that sounds wrong — Grey couldn’t help but fret over Richard’s “test” for DeLuca, even though Andrew could do a lap appy in his sleep. Naturally, Jackson delighted in teasing her. “If you’re feeling this nervous,” he said, “imagine how DeLuca feels.” As for the recipient of the new organs, he was Caleb, an engaged soldier wounded in an IED blast in Afghanistan. He’d gone over the operation extensively with Megan in L.A. and was now in Seattle with his mom by his side until fiancée Anna could get there. Veteran Owen would also be pitching in during the surgery, though that didn’t stop Megan from pouting at him even as she drilled Levi on the procedures they’d be executing. Or thought they would be. When Anna arrived, Caleb flipped — turned out, he’d broken up with her months ago and therefore would not, as required, have a post-op support system to care for him. Livid, Catherine declared, “I am not giving that man a penis today!”… just as Bailey approached with the STEM kids. Alone with Jackson, Catherine reassured him that she wasn’t bailing on the surgery because she was scared or tired; Caleb needed a support system, it was that simple and that important. Megan balked at the notion of Owen trying to ride to the rescue by talking to Caleb, but he had a, ahem, point when he asked her, “Do you have a penis?” So the men took a stroll, during which Owen shared his own story and convinced Caleb to admit to Anna that he’d dumped her because he hadn’t wanted to saddle her with a mate who was missing a part of himself. “Sometimes when you give people a chance,” Hunt said, “they show up in ways you wouldn’t believe.” In the end, Caleb came clean with Anna, she stood by him, and Owen persuaded Catherine to go on with the transplants.
Meanwhile, Jackson and Mer discussed Richard. When Jackson had feared he was going to lose his mother, he’d thought it would just be him and Webber afterward; he forgot the fact that he had a biological father. Same with Mer as Thatcher lay dying. Only in that moment did she remember, “I have a father, and it’s not Richard Webber.” As Caleb’s surgery was completed, Catherine promised Jackson that if things got worse for her, she’d tell him. “I will not keep any more secrets from you.” Also, she loved his gift of this surgery! In the hall, Megan thanked her brother for saving the case — and strenuously encouraged him to do for himself what he’d done for Caleb; in other words, heal enough from the traumas he’s suffered to allow himself to be truly happy. She’d been traumatized, too, heaven knows. But she was in therapy — lots of therapy — for it. She and Nathan even went to couples therapy every week. And Owen needed some, big time. If he didn’t, she suggested, there would’ve been no way he’d have flown all the way to Germany, then not fought for Teddy after she threw him out upon learning that he’d just rolled out of bed with Amelia. “Owen, you’re not well,” she concluded. “Do the work to fix it.” And with those words, I saw our happy ending for Teddy and Tom evaporate before my eyes. (Just me? I’d be perfectly happy to be wrong about this.)
‘HE GOT A LITTLE SNIPPY WITH ME’ | Before DeLuca’s lap appy, he amused Richard by mistakenly thinking that the patient was hitting on him. “I’m hot, right?” she said. But she’d only been trying to make sure that he didn’t leave her with a scar. During the operation, Richard asked the resident, “Where do you see this going longterm?” Thinking Webber meant his relationship with Mer, he replied that he didn’t know, they hadn’t talked about it yet, but OMG, she made him happy. Of course, Richard was only inquiring about DeLuca’s surgical career. Had he thought about a specialty? “General surgery is attractive,” he said. As the procedure grew suddenly complicated, DeLuca leapt into action, becoming, as Richard put it “terse.” Following what became a — successful — four-hour surgery, DeLuca admitted that he’d “wanted to show I was worthy of… ” Yes? “A career in general surgery.” Well, Mer is in charge of that, Webber said. “I could put in a good word.” And, as the hour drew to a close, he did just that, giving Grey the thumbs-up on DeLuca as both a surgeon and a boyfriend.
Nearby, Bailey apologized to the STEM students for not having been a better Yoda for them that day. She could be, just not that day. Nonetheless, the kids had been blown away by what they’d seen. “Better than Yoda, you were,” said one. And the surprises just kept coming: Bailey then learned from Schmitt that the reports she’d been worried about were, in fact, done — Alex always delegated drudgery like that to the interns. “Karev did something better than us,” she admitted to Richard. “And he can never know,” Webber replied. When Alex got home, he found Jo blotto watching cartoons. Link told him that he and Jo had been through a lot over the years, but he’d never seen her this rough before. “I want to help,” Link said. “I don’t know how.” Sadly, the “derailment” of Jolex that Camilla Luddington previously teased appeared to be underway.
Debbie Allen on SWAT 4/18/19(4/4/19) “Invisible” – The abduction of Luca and Street’s neighbor sends the SWAT team in pursuit of a home invasion crew targeting domestic workers to gain entry into upscale homes. Also, the SWAT division prepares to help Mumford mark a major career milestone, on S.W.A.T., Thursday, April 18 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Debbie Allen guest stars as Charice Harrelson, Hondo’s mother.
Sandra Oh says she’ll never return to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’(4/3/19) Sandra Oh has ruled out ever returning to hit show Grey’s Anatomy, insisting that “creatively” she’s “moved on.”
The 47-year-old actress starred as Dr. Cristina Yang in the U.S. medical drama for 10 seasons before she left in 2014. Sandra has since taken on a critically-acclaimed gig playing Eve Polastri in Killing Eve, and at the premiere for the upcoming second season of the show, she admitted her Grey’s days are well and truly behind her.
Asked if she’d ever think about reprising her role as Cristina, Sandra told Extra: “I just got to tell you, creatively you have moved on and while I know, and I deeply appreciate it, because I can feel it from the fans how much they love Cristina and that the show also still keeps Cristina alive, for me, Killing Eve is my home now. This is where I am.”
Sandra also hinted that the second season of Killing Eve won’t be the last, as she smiled: “I am Eve and that’s where I plan to stay as long as the show will have me. And that’s really where I want to be.”
Grey’s isn’t the only part of Sandra’s life she’s not interested in repeating. She hosted the Golden Globe Awards alongside Andy Samberg back in January, and while she enjoyed the experience, she won’t be doing it again.
“It was the time of my life, it really was, and I feel like I can say that now in retrospect, but that’s not what I do,” she mused. “The opportunity came along, and to work with (Andy) Samberg, that guy is top-notch, but I feel like again, it’s that creative thing – it’s done, it’s done, I don’t need to do that again.”
Killing Eve returns to Bravo on April 7.
NAACP Image Awards: 2019 Winners(3/31/19) Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
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Grey's Anatomy's Camilla Luddington: Alex and Jo's Marriage Will 'Derail' in Wake of Devastating Backstory Reveal(3/30/19) (tvline.com) Alex and Jo have officially encountered their first rough patch as a married couple. In the wake of this week’s Grey’s Anatomy, which found Jo learning that she was, the product of rape, the newlyweds will find their relationship rocked to the core according to Camilla Luddington.
“I think it will derail [them],” Jo’s portrayer tells Cosmo. “You will see the ripple effect through the rest of the season. ‘Jolex’ has been unshakable all season, but this does end up shaking them.”
As teased in the promo for next week’s episode (watch it below), Jo will not only continue to pull away from Alex, but she may choose to confide in co-worker Link before her own husband. “I would like for her to tell Alex,” Luddington muses. “I’m not sure she can avoid telling him forever, but that’s a very very painful thing to disclose to someone. I don’t think she’s fully processed it herself yet. I think even saying the truth out loud to him would break her right now.”
As Grey’s nears the Season 15 finish line, “Viewers will witness… how this [revelation] completely takes over her life,” Luddington previews. “We have yet to see Jo react to anything in this way before. It’s devastating and raw…. You’ll see a person slowly lose sense of themselves. You’ll watch a person implode.”
Ratings: #TGIT Lineup Rises Opposite March Madness; Abby's Opens Low(3/29/19) ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (with 7.3 million total viewers and a 1.5 rating), Station 19 (5.5 mil/1.0) and For the People (3 mil/0.6) all rose a tenth in the demo this Thursday. Grey’s delivered its second-largest audience of the season, very easily led the night’s non-sports programming in the demo, while Station 19 fired up its best numbers of… 2019.
CBS | March Madness coverage averaged 6.3 mil and a 1.6, down sharply from the fast nationals for the same night last year.
THE CW | Leading out of a Supernatural rerun (?!), Legacies (937K/0.3) was steady with its freshman finale.
NBC | Superstore (3.4 mil/0.8) dipped in the demo, while A.P. Bio (2.4 mil/0.5) and Will & Grace (3.3 mil/0.7) were steady. Abby’s debuted to 2.6 mil and a 0.5
Grey's Recap: Jo Learns the Awful Truth About Why Her Mother Abandoned Her(3/29/19) (tvline.com) In Thursday’s fraught Grey’s Anatomy, Jo at long last heard her origin story from her mother (guest star Michelle Forbes). Unfortunately, instead of give her closure, it appeared to open a Pandora’s box — one that left her pushing away even Alex. What the hell went down in Pittsburgh? Read on and find out…
‘I THINK YOU’RE MY MOTHER’ | After a brief opening in which Jo insisted that she wasn’t avoiding her husband, she just needed to pitch Bailey on a new grant for her fellowship before Alex’s term as interim chief ended the following day, “Silent All These Years” flashed back to her arrival on Vicki’s doorstep. As far as Jo could see, her mother was living in a modern-day Norman Rockwell painting: She had a beautiful home, nice husband, two kids, even a dog. But upon learning the identity of the stranger standing before her, Vicki was sorry she’d ever put out a welcome mat. Not about to give up, Jo suggested that they meet at a nearby diner. “One conversation,” she said, “and you will never hear from me again.”
Back, in the present, Jo escorted to the ER a woman named Abby, who she quickly realized hadn’t, as she claimed, smacked her head on a cabinet. Now, rather than toggle between past and present the way the episode did, let’s go through this story in order first, shall we? Then we’ll join Jo for that fateful cup of coffee with her mother. So, the more Jo examined Abby, the more injuries she found. Teddy reported that the patient would need surgery but ordered Dahlia to have the O.R. readied without an antibiotic prep; Abby’s wounds were consistent with sexual assault, and Altman wanted to give her time to say as much before any evidence was erased. When Abby admitted that someone other than her husband had hurt her, Jo pressed her to let them gather evidence, which could remain sealed until she decided whether she wanted to file a police report.
‘ONE DAY, YOU MIGHT WANT JUSTICE’ | Abby balked at the idea of filing a report. For what? she asked. So that a jury of her peers could determine whether the tequila she’d drunk after fighting with her husband over the laundry had meant she was asking for it? Ultimately, Jo was able to sway Abby by telling her about her past with Paul and assuring her that her husband didn’t have to know they’d done a rape kit. When at last Abby was wheeled into surgery, DeLuca helped assure that the path to the elevator was a man-free zone; in fact, all of Grey Sloan’s female staff had been recruited to line the hallway in a show of support.
While operating on Abby, Teddy told Jo that the way she’d spoken to the patient had not been protocol. But it wasn’t the scolding that Jo thought it was. “It should be” protocol, Teddy said. Post-op, Altman reported to Abby that her surgery had been a success, and her kit would remain at the hospital. “This is not your fault,” she added. “There is nothing you did to deserve this.” Though Abby feared if her husband knew about the rape, he’d only see her as a broken person, Jo reassured her that she was a survivor. Again, Jo’s past with Paul resonated with Abby, and in the end, she reported the attack to the police with her husband by her side.
‘THE COFFEE HERE SUCKS’ | Now let’s flash back to Jo’s meeting with her mother… Jo was actually about to give up and leave the diner when Vicki finally showed up. After complaining that she was late for work — she tries to create jobs for underserved communities through the mayor’s office — she asked if this meeting was about money. “I don’t need your damn money,” spat Jo, who went on to admit that in her mind, she’d pictured her mom as a hard-luck case working at an even-worse diner. “That would make it OK that I left you?” asked Vicki. “I wanted you to have a better life than I could give you.”
Of course, Jo hadn’t had a better life… or even an OK one. “I lived in foster homes so bad, it was better to live in my car,” she said. And when a man had told her he loved her, she’d believed him, even when he beat her. At that, Vicki tried to leave. “Did you honestly come here to punish me?” she asked. “Consider it done.” No, Jo had come because she wanted to know something about herself that she couldn’t learn “from spitting in a tube.” So Vicki gave her a kinda half-assed backstory that prompted Jo to ask who her father was; she’d talk to him instead.
‘HE WOULD NOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER’ | “You can’t” find your father, Vicki told Jo. “He’s dead.” Motorcycle accident. Though if she’d had her druthers, “I would’ve preferred that he be eaten by fire ants.” And she wasn’t bitter, as Jo thought, because it hadn’t worked out with her childhood sweetheart; Vicki had been date-raped in college by a T.A. Nine months later, she’d had a baby, and then, “five days later,” she said, “I didn’t.” Despite the trauma Vicki had suffered, Jo remained angry. “You got therapy,” she pointed out. “You moved forward, and you didn’t once try to find me?” In response, Vicki explained that she’d hoped throughout her pregnancy that when Jo arrived, it would be just like in the baby books — her heart would crack open with a greater love than she’d ever known. And it had. It actually had. Nonetheless, Jo was a constant reminder of him, and “I resented you so much for it.”
So Vicki had done the best that she could for her daughter. Ha, said Jo. What would have been the best for her would’ve been if her mother had found an adoption agency and made sure she’d had a home, not dumped her at a fire station. “Of course you deserved better,” Vicki acknowledged. She just hadn’t been in her right mind, so “I didn’t have better to give you.” At that, Jo revealed something that she never had — that she’d had an abortion without telling Paul after he’d thrown her across the living room when she was seven weeks pregnant. She couldn’t raise a baby in all that fear and danger. “I did what I had to do,” she said. But when she reached out to touch Vicki’s hand, her mother pulled away. Before Vicki left, she answered a last question for Jo: Did she look like her father? No. “You have my father’s eyes,” said Vicki. “The hair is all mine… and maybe the fire in the belly.” Tearfully, Vicki apologized; she was still doing the best that she could.
‘DEAR LORD, I HAVE TO TALK TO MY SON ABOUT CONDOMS’ | In the hour’s only other plotline, Ben and Bailey learned that Tuck was “talking” to a girl he liked, prompting his dad to speak with him about consent. And as the episode drew to a close, Alex and Jo bumped into each other at the end of her rough day with Abby and his last day as chief. But she didn’t want to go out with him, not to talk or to celebrate Bailey’s return to her stressful job. “Can you just go celebrate with Meredith?” she asked. Alex couldn’t believe that his wife wouldn’t open up to him about Pittsburgh — he wasn’t going to judge; she knew that. “I can’t talk about it,” she told him. “I wanna go home alone… and sleep. Please.” And that was that, at least for now.
BAFTA TV Nominations(3/29/19) LEADING ACTRESS
JODIE COMER Killing Eve – Sid Gentle Films / BBC One
KEELEY HAWES Bodyguard – World Productions / BBC One
RUTH WILSON Mrs Wilson – Snowed-In Productions / BBC One
SANDRA OH Killing Eve – Sid Gentle Films / BBC One
Ratings: With March Madness on CBS, Everyone Else Holds Pretty Steady(3/22/19) CBS’ March Madness coverage this Thursday night averaged 3.85 million total viewers and a 1.1 demo rating during primetime, down sharply from the same night last year.
Opposite men’s collegiate “hoops”….
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (6.9 mil/1.4) and For the People (3.2 mil/0.5) were steady, while Station 19 (5.6 mil/0.9) ticked up.
THE CW | Supernatural (1.47 mil/0.4) and Legacies (1.01 mil/0.3, read recap) were steady.
FOX | Gotham (2.2 mil/0.6,) and The Orville (3 mil/0.6) each added a literal handful of viewers, while steady in the demo.
NBC | Superstore (3.9 mil/0.9), A.P. Bio (2.3 mil/0.5) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.2 mil/0.6) were all steady in the demo, while Will & Grace (3 mil/0.7) and SVU (4.3 mil/0.8) ticked up. Of note, Superstore drew its largest audience in a year.
Grey's Recap: And Baby Makes Trouble — Plus, a 'One-Time Thing' Is Repeated(3/22/19) Grey’s Anatomy’s Teddy thought that she wouldn’t be experiencing firsts with her and Owen’s daughter until after she was born. But in Thursday’s “Add It Up,” the peanut scared her mom half out of her mind for the first time — by making it appear that she might arrive prematurely. And while that tense situation brought to a head the simmering tension between the men in the mom-to-be’s life — and revealed how awful at baby talk Owen is — Amelia futilely tried to keep her distance from Link, and DeLuca so successfully kept his distance from Meredith that he made her wonder what she was doing with him. How’d the myriad dramas shake out? Read on…
‘PHEROMONES… I REALLY LIKE YOURS’ | As the episode began, Maggie showed the interns around the Grey Sloan rooms in which she hoped to use environment to improve patient health pre- and post-op. One was a virtual Garden of Eden; another, a blue-light special. But the most popular seemed to be the game room, where the tour found Bailey engrossed in a round of Tetris. Nearby, Meredith tried to ask DeLuca if he’d heard from his father, and her beau vanished so fast, his exit could’ve been accompanied by the sound effect that always underscored the Road Runner’s takeoffs. Speaking of speedy, Owen so briefly informed Teddy that he’d be able to attend her birthing class that neither she nor Koracick had a chance to tell him that her boyfriend was going with her. “I think he and I are thisclose to becoming besties,” Tom cracked. No sooner was he out of the room than the mom-to-be began experiencing pain. “I’m hoping that it’s just stress,” she told Casey when he subsequently found her in the blue room. But, since it “feels more like my body is pushing out all my organs,” she instructed the intern to page Owen and OB. Finally, Richard informed Jackson that his mom had decided not to return to work as scheduled. Because… ? “She didn’t give me a reason,” Webber replied. “She just waved her hand and said, ‘Cancer card,'” aka her new shorthand for “Don’t question me.”
Later, Maggie was telling Amelia about the way blue light could improve one’s mood when she noticed that Amelia was already in a good mood. Considering she’d been in tears the last time Maggie saw her, WTH? she asked. Amelia had had “insanely good sex” at the conference in San Diego, she admitted. With a complete stranger? asked Maggie. “Not a complete stranger,” Amelia answered. And right on cue, Link entered and apologized to Maggie for being pokey responding to her inquiry; he’d been away at a conference in San Diego. Ack! Now Maggie knew! Off that awkwardness, Amelia fussed at Link for being indiscreet — even though she’d been even less discreet! — and reminded him that their hookup was a one-time thing, strictly for pain management. Not even any ordinary pain management, “for acute pain, not chronic; do not refill.” What’s more, since she found his pheromones pretty tough to resist, she suggested that they steer clear of one another. Which was going to be difficult since Richard had paged them both to tackle the case of a woman named Carrie who’d injured her spine when she’d rolled her snowmobile. Also hurt in the accident was Toby, Carrie’s genderqueer offspring.
‘IF I WAS HIDING OUT, YOU WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO FIND ME’ | When Alex found Mer in the green room working on her ingestible diagnostic device, they compared notes on their relationships: Jo was in Pittsburgh, potentially to meet her mother, and Karev was worried since he couldn’t reach her. As for Mer, she was giving DeLuca space — whether she wanted to or not — to deal with the emotional fallout from his father’s tumultuous visit. And he was busy helping out on the case of a young math whiz named Nora, whom Alex had known since she was 5. In fact, DeLuca told the child and her mom, she could now have the pancreatectomy for which she’d been waiting ages. Or, that is, she could have had it, had Alex not had to report that Nora’s glucose levels had suddenly spiked; now it would have to be postponed. When Karev apologized to DeLuca for having to cancel his surgery, Andrew snapped at him, “Did Meredith ask you to do this? Throw me a bone?” After he stomped off, Dahlia discovered that the youngster’s glucose level might have spiked because she’d snuck a juice box, potentially to sabotage her own surgery. In the green room, Karev was complaining to Mer, “Your boyfriend’s being a jerk,” when in walked the jerk himself. No, he didn’t want to get coffee with Grey; he was actually there to fill in Alex on Dahlia’s discovery. When the docs confronted Nora, she admitted that she’d drunk the juice box — not to get out of surgery but to get out of returning to school, where she was friendless and bullied.
As Mom began spiraling, blaming herself, she asked what she should do. And DeLuca, with all the compassion of a rock hurled through a window, told her to force Nora to have the surgery. He was so out of line, the way he spoke to the patient’s mother, Alex ended up angrily telling him, “Walk away now, or you’re fired.” Later, the interim chief was just about to axe DeLuca for returning to Nora’s room when he overheard the younger doctor sweetly opening up to her about his own experience being bullied. And she had a big advantage over the younger version of him, he noted, because “you are way cooler than I was.” At the end of the day, “kids are mean, and they’re always gonna be mean, but you can kick their asses at math,” he noted. What’s more, “we’re all a buncha nerds here [at Grey Sloan], and we like you a lot.” So could she push through? Yeah, she nodded as Alex observed from the doorway. Nonetheless, when Nora was wheeled into surgery, Karev left DeLuca out — and ordered him out when he tried to scrub in. As the episode drew to a close, DeLuca approached Karev as he again tried to reach Jo. “What you did today,” DeLuca said, “was unprofessional.” Au contraire, Karev shot back — what DeLuca had done had been unprofessional. He’d been too pissed about Vincenzo to gently get through to Nora in the first place. Oh, and that anger of his was screwing with his relationship with Mer, too, said Alex, adding with the voice of experience, “When people reach out a hand, you don’t bite it!” Otherwise, they’ll stop reaching out.
‘YOU WANNA HOLD OR BE HELD?’ | Though Amelia found it a muscle-bound challenge to work in close proximity to her one-night stand, she agreed to remain on Carrie’s case when they learned that she was at risk of being left paraplegic and Link expressed his reluctance to fly solo on her surgery. And it turned out they would have to operate fast, too — Carrie was already beginning to lose feeling in her lower extremities. In the O.R., it at first appeared that the patient was going to pull through just fine. Link couldn’t believe how well Amelia handled working in neuro — it was a pressure cooker. Yes, she said, but “adrenaline’s the only high I let myself have anymore.” Just then, Carrie’s signal dropped — she wasn’t registering feeling in her arms or legs! In the end, despite Amelia and Link’s best efforts, Carrie wound up paralyzed from the neck down. In another O.R., Richard, Jackson and Helm operated on Toby, Webber struggling every step of the way to get the pronouns right. Then again, he’d once fired a mechanic for calling him Ricky. “That’s kind of a false equivalence,” noted Taryn, “comparing an annoying nickname to misgendering.” Still, Webber continued on with his Grumpy Old Man routine. When Toby learned post-op about Carrie’s condition, they wondered aloud to Jackson how they could possibly help a mom who’d always had all the answers. “She’s already given you all that you need,” he reassured them. “You’ve got it.” And it appeared that they did indeed have it; Toby then asked to be present when Carrie got the news. Mind you, they weren’t the only ones left reeling by the end result of Carrie’s surgery. Off that heartbreak, Amelia and Link retired to the blue room, where they tenderly engaged in some additional pain relief. (Which was fine — we no more believed that was a “one-time thing” than we wanted it to be.)
While all that was going on, Owen received his page about Teddy and ran out of birthing class — without saying a word to Koracick about why he was splitting! (Jerrrrk.) In the ER, Carina told Teddy that her contractions were sporadic and not very strong. OMG, “what do they feel like when they’re strong?” asked the mom-to-be, who was in full-on panic mode by the time her babydaddy arrived. She had cervical insufficiency, for Pete’s sake! “‘Insufficient’ is something I’ve never been called my entire life!” Regardless, Carina OK’d Teddy’s course of action — which involved tilting her bed upward at the feet — and advised Owen to remain calm and talk to her and their daughter. And he tried. Lord, did he try. But his baby talk left so much to be desired that Teddy soon told him, “You can’t use that voice.” Teddy herself had trouble with baby talk, too. “Hello… hi… guten tag,” she said, then gave up. “I’m already failing as a mom!” To alleviate her worries, Owen brought in a second bed and joined her in her uncomfortable semi-upside-down position. Even as he began to turn green, he reassured her, “We’re in this together. We’re a family.”
‘WELL, THIS IS COZY’ | Owen finally seemed to get the hang of baby talk as he told his daughter how amazing her mom was, whether she was jamming to Duran Duran or scarfing down a whole pizza. Of course, it was during that tender moment that Tom arrived on the scene. Teddy hadn’t messaged him because she hadn’t wanted to worry any more people than she’d had to, she said. (But she kinda owed it to him not to leave him in the dark, didn’t she? Dude cares!) When Owen stepped out of the room, Tom followed, smoke coming out of his ears. “If you plan to make a play here, if you’re gonna show up with a ring and take advantage of the very old pain and vulnerability of a woman you have over and over again hurt and abandoned, please rethink that,” Koracick spat, “because I will not lie down. I’ll fight for her.” You go, Tom! Sure, Owen had history with Teddy, but that “history is… you chose Amelia,” Koracick pointed out. He was in love with Teddy and argued that she deserved to be with someone for whom she was the first and only choice. (Swoon… ) Apparently, Tom got through to Owen, too, because after he learned from Carina that everything was OK, he left Teddy with the guy who was so devoted to her.
As the hour came to an end, DeLuca invited Mer over to his place, and when she arrived, she quickly informed him that she wasn’t the wait-around-at-work-and-wonder-if-her-boyfriend-was-avoiding-her type. “I’m past that point in my life.” In response, DeLuca admitted that he’d been shocked by how much it hurt that he hadn’t been able to fix his dad. So he’d needed a minute. “Now I just need you,” he added. “Well, maybe I need a minute now,” she replied. She didn’t need one, mind you. But she wanted to… at least until she saw that he’d cooked her a mind-blowing dinner. At Jolex’s place, Alex came home to find Jo in bed asleep. “I missed you,” he whispered as he kissed her forehead. Only after he’d moved off did Jo reveal — at least to the audience — that she was awake. And looked troubled. And I suspect we know why.
Katherine Heigl Eyes CBS Return as Star of Comedy Pilot Our House(3/21/19) Two years after the demise of Doubt, Katherine Heigl is plotting a return to CBS via a starring role opposite Timeless‘ Malcolm Barrett in the sitcom pilot Our House.
Written by Neighbors scribe Brendan O’Brien, the multi-cam Our House centers on married couple Bridget and Shawn (Heigl and Barrett) who are committed to raising their children with the love and support Bridget never got as a kid. They soon discover how difficult that is with her insane parents and siblings insert themselves back in the picture.
Heigl’s Bridget “tries her best to be a laid-back, progressive parent like her therapist hubby, but often finds herself reverting to the old school style of her parents,” per the official character description. “Now that she’s moved back into her childhood home, surrounded by her parents and crazy siblings, finding a balance between these wildly different parenting styles is going to be more difficult than she imagined.”
Should Our House land on CBS’ fall schedule, it would mark Heigl’s first sitcom role. The Grey’s Anatomy vet is currently starring in Suits. She’s slated to return for the USA Network drama’s ninth and final season, which begins production this summer.
In addition to starring in Our House, Heigl will serve as an EP alongside Nick Stoller and Conor Welch. Sitcom vet James Burrows is on board to direct the pilot.
Ratings: Superstore Eyes Possible Season Highs, Grey's Matches Low(3/15/19) Pending adjustment due to ACC basketball preemptions in some NBC, CBS and CW markets….
NBC’s Superstore this Thursday drew 3.7 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating, up 19 and 25 percent to mark season highs. A.P. Bio (2.4 mil/0.7) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.3 mil/0.7) in turn are both currently up a tenth, while Will & Grace (2.7 mil/0.6) and SVU (4.3 mil/0.8) dipped a tenth.
Over on ABC, Grey’s Anatomy (6.7 mil/1.4) dipped a tenth to match its series low (set back on Feb. 14). Station 19 (5.2 mil/0.8) dipped from its midseason opener, while For the People (3.4 mil/0.6) ticked up and drew its (faint praise alert!) second-biggest audience ever. The CW’s Supernatural (1.58 mil/0.4) added some eyeballs while steady in the demo. Legacies (1.12 mil/0.3) is currently up.
Over on CBS, a Big Bang rerun drew Thursday’s biggest audience (7. 9 mil), while a pair of fresh Fam episodes did 6.1 mil/1.0 and then 4.8 mil/0.8.
Grey's Anatomy Reveals Jo's Mom — Plus, [Spoiler] and [Spoiler] Hook Up(3/15/19) (tvline.com) Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy was so action-packed and eventful, I had to check a calendar to make sure we weren’t in sweeps again! Not only did the sheep hit the fan where Vincenzo’s baby-in-a-bag project was concerned, but a new couple started playing doctor, and we got our first peek at Jo’s mom. Oh, and Jackson made a merman. Say what? Read on, and all will become clear.
‘WE’RE MAKING FISH PEOPLE!’ | As “And Dream of Sheep” began, Mer delivered coffee as a peace offering to DeLuca, who’d spent yet another night at the hospital working on Vincenzo’s project. “I guess I was wrong about your dad,” she admitted (unwittingly about a day too soon). As tired and tied up as DeLuca was, he still made time for a tender make-out session with Mer. And, were he to get home to his place one night that week, would she stay? Oh yes. In fact, she called that “the best idea I’ve ever heard.” Elsewhere at Grey Sloan, Jackson was observing Dahlia, Casey and Levi honing their scalpel skills on fish when Maggie stopped in to announce that she wanted to cancel her appearance the following day on Good Morning Seattle. “It’s not even about medicine anymore,” she told her beau. She and her surprise parentage had become “morning-show fodder.” Jackson reassured her that the interview had been inspired in the first place by her brilliance. And besides, “it’s not like you’re going in there to make French toast.” After she left, Jackson revealed to the interns why they were working on fish rather than cadavers. Their patient was a poor fellow named Rick who was so covered in scales, he looked like he’d been hospitalized on his way to an Aquaman audition.
At the same time, Bailey was in her/Alex’s office questioning the wisdom of Grey Sloan’s interim chief OKing Vincenzo’s project, given his history of mental illness, when Taryn interrupted to suggest that Karev might want to take a stroll past the lab, where it turned out the elder DeLuca was engaged in a shouting match with his kids. “He lost the lamb,” Carina told Alex and Bailey. Just one, though, Vincenzo shot back. When she suggested that he was working too fast, he threw her out. Shortly, DeLuca offered to get Carina back on the project, but she didn’t want to be back on it. She was furious that the signs of their father’s bipolar disorder were so obvious, yet her brother was as determined as Vincenzo to deny it. After she stomped off, DeLuca assured Alex that this was just the dynamic between his dad and sister. But was it? In the ambulance bay, Teddy snapped at a tardy Owen, who revealed that Amelia was not only at a conference but out of the picture altogether. Then, as they wheeled in husband-and-wife traumas, even though Teddy hadn’t criticized Owen’s parenting at all, he snapped, “Suddenly, I feel like I’m auditioning to be a father.” Easy, Tiger. While Owen, Schmitt and Nico treated the husband, he revealed that his wife Lizzie was five months pregnant. So Hunt went next door and asked Teddy to trade with him. Just because she was expecting? No thanks, said Teddy. “I’m fine.”
‘GO HOME AND HAVE KORACICK RUB YOUR FEET’ | After Carina was paged to the pit by Teddy, she told Lizzie that her baby was fine. Which infuriated Teddy, because the patient’s belly was full of blood, meaning that she might have to remove the uterus along with the baby — a death sentence for the kiddo. If that came to pass, “you just made it so much harder for her to hear,” Teddy told Carina. “So please keep your mouth shut.” Sheesh. Carina was having a bad week. Shortly, Teddy reported to Owen that she’d been able to keep Lizzie, her uterus and her baby intact. Lizzie would be fine as long as she didn’t re-bleed. Still, the doc was going to spend the night in her patient’s room, just in case. When Owen was unable to convince Teddy to go home and let him keep an eye on Lizzie for her, he joined her in the room — and, since Koracick was away, got enlisted to rub his babymama’s feet. Alas, it soon turned out that Teddy would have to perform an emergency hysterectomy on Lizzie after all. Meanwhile, when Vincenzo complained to his son that Carina had turned on him, DeLuca insisted that that wasn’t the case, and furthermore, his tantrums were making it hard for Junior to defend his dad. OK, said Vincenzo. He’d talk to Carina and make nice. Not now, DeLuca said. Carina had a patient who might lose her baby. “Why?” asked Vincenzo, an idea clearly already forming in his head. Next thing we — or Teddy and Carina — knew, Vincenzo had swooped in and filled Lizzie and her husband’s heads with the idea that oh yes, he could definitely save the baby with his gestational Ziploc.
Off that shock, Teddy ran to Alex to ask if it was really possible to save both Lizzie and the baby. And apparently, it wasn’t since Karev then interrupted a DeLuca family argument to tell Vincenzo, “You can’t promise fake procedures to my patients!” As Carina and Alex reentered the fray to deal with the mess that Vincenzo had made, DeLuca told his dad to stay put in the lab. “You’ve done enough,” he huffed, prompting the elder DeLuca to throw something (was that a petri dish?) besides a hissy fit. Shortly, Alex, Carina and Teddy broke it to Lizzie and her husband that the procedure Vincenzo told them about wasn’t yet approved. “I’m the mother,” said Lizzie. “I give you approval — try it.” Sadly, that was not permissible. Her hopes dashed along with Lizzie’s, Teddy broke down post-op in Owen’s arms… just in time for Tom to see (and leave without being seen — and they had better not be messing with my KoraTed!). Meanwhile, DeLuca returned to his dad’s lab to ask why he’d given the parents false hope. In no time, Vincenzo was balking that Andrea sounded “just like the rest of them.” And that was when it hit DeLuca: This was a rerun of the night that Vincenzo’s combination platter of hubris and madness had killed four people. He was delusional. It was more merciful for Lizzie to lose her baby to a car accident than to watch it die in a bag created by a scientist who didn’t know what he was doing, DeLuca said, choking on the words. “Are you too sick to see that?”
‘MY GOD, YOU ARE JUST CHISELED’ | At the conference on alternate pain relief, Amelia, sporting a cute new ‘do, ran into Link, who wasn’t just attending but giving a lecture. When he mentioned that he was on his way to an acupuncture demo, she decided not to go to the presentation she’d planned to. “I’d rather get poked,” she said, adding when she’d heard how that sounded, “with needles.” Then, embarrassed, she opted to go back to avoiding him like she had been since he’d witnessed her crying jag in the hospital hallway. Despite that, Amelia bumped into Link again during a session that looked like it was set in a fancy daycare nap room. Afterwards, she was left so lightheaded by the energy meridians or whatever had been pumped through them that she needed a hallway sit-down. During it, she confided in Link about Betty and her continued worries about her former almost-foster daughter. “You sound like… ” he responded. “A mess?” she interrupted. “A parent,” he said. (And I am feeling Link and Amelia a whole lot more than I ever did Link and Mer. This could work and might be already.) Just then, she noticed how ridiculously Ken-doll handsome he was. “It’s like your chin has muscles,” she marveled. “I do work out my chin pretty hard,” he cracked. “Takes a whole day.” (OK, this is definitely working.) Alas, when she broke away from what looked like it might turn into a kiss, she declined to invite him to her room. The following day, Amelia pretty hilariously tried to extol the virtues of having slept instead of having slept with Link. All she needed was coffee now, “which is not in my room,” she noted quickly. “There’s coffee in my room,” he said. It couldn’t be more “on” if the two of them had switches.
Later, Amelia attended Link’s presentation, during which he admitted that he’d gotten a young patient hooked on opioids… a patient who’d died as a result. When he added that he’d do it again, Amelia walked out. Subsequently showing up at her room to have the fight that they both knew was coming, he argued that she’d have done the same thing he had. His patient’s pain had been so bad, he was talking about suicide. “And you gave him the means,” she spat. “A child is dead. You failed him.” But of course, Link was acutely aware of that fact. He’d even given up medicine for a year after the kid’s death and just fixed bikes instead. Then he’d gotten mad and gone back to work to try to make it right. The system, he said, was broken. But he was trying — hard — to fix it. “Maybe we can fight this thing together,” he suggested, “like Batman and… Batman.” In the end, Amelia no longer wanted to hit Link. Nor did she want to have dinner with him. Rather, she gave him the kiss that had probably been coming since he instilled in her “pants feelings” back in Episode 3. He attempted to hit the brakes for fear that he was taking advantage of her, because she was “in a [weird] place, and I think you’re insanely pretty.” In response, she unbuttoned his shirt and got him to agree that this wasn’t going anywhere, it was just “alternative pain relief.” And with that, they hit the sheets.
‘CONGRATULATIONS, YOU WON THE GENETIC LOTTERY’ | While Maggie was looking at scans, Jo burst in and greeted her with, “You’re adopted.” This was not news to Maggie, of course. Thing was, Jo wanted someone with experience having their DNA tested to be with her at that moment, as she’d gotten the results of her DNA test. “I don’t wanna open them alone,” she explained, “but I don’t wanna open them with Alex,” lest she have to watch his face as he discovers that his wife is “a genetic lemon.” When at last Maggie read the results, it turned out that Jo has tremendously good DNA. Taking a peek, Jo marveled that the report said that she was mostly British. (Ha, considering Camilla Luddington is a Brit.) Oh, but there was one more thing in the report: It said that her results were being compared to those of Martha Tomlinson, likely a cousin. Since Casey was in the room for all this, the hacker volunteered to track down Martha for Jo, who wondered if he could also find out to whom Martha was related. As in Jo’s mother? “I didn’t say do it,” Jo exclaimed. But we all know where this is heading. Later, looking for a sign that she should pursue her mother, Jo happened upon Maggie’s interview just in time to hear her call meeting Richard “life-changing.” OMG, Jo exclaimed. “That is a sign!” Not so fast, advised Jackson, recalling his painful interaction with his father. “Unless there’s some big answer that you’re looking for, you might just wanna let it go.” Drat. There went Jo’s sign.
Oh, and as for Jackson’s scaly patient, Rick, Jackson hoped to use tilapia skin to treat his burns. Which definitely outweighed Richard’s complaints that the hospital smelled like high tide. Later, Mer teased Jackson that he was being called the king of Atlantis. Whatevs. He hoped to incorporate his fishy business into his spray-on skin and was in high enough spirits to tease Mer about whether DeLuca was her boyfriend. In other developments, Helen ran into Bailey at the hospital and revealed that she’d knitted a scarf that had turned into a sweater that had turned into all but a car cover. She also admitted that she was worried about making the trip back. When Miranda reported what she’d learned to Alex, he accused her of being biased against people with mental illness. As if! She was a person with mental illness, she angrily pointed out. It just needs monitoring, dammit. Off that conversation, Alex asked Bailey to cover his shift as chief for a coupla days so he could fly his mom home. Had he mentioned to Helen that Bailey had talked to him? Hell no, he looked like a thoughtful son — duh!
‘YOU MADE A MERMAN TODAY’ | As the hour drew to a close, Vincenzo refused to let Alex pull the plug on his research; instead, the elder DeLuca yanked it himself, scorching every inch of earth between himself and the exit as he did. Maggie and Jackson canoodled and compared notes on their days. Upon hearing that he might have figured out a way to heal burn victims for mere pennies, she told him, “That is the sexiest thing you’ve ever said.” Still, she was going to come up with something even cooler than mermen. And with that, they were getting naked on the desk. When Mer dropped by the DeLucas’ lab, her forlorn boyfriend/non-boyfriend shared that his father was taking his sheep and returning to Italy. So “go ahead, say I told you so,” he told Mer. But she didn’t want to. What’s more, “it kinda bugs me that you think I would,” she said. Still, he wasn’t fit for company, so she gave him his space. Finally, Jo gave Casey the go-ahead to find her mom. Which was good because he hadn’t been able to resist and was able to pull up on his computer right then and there a photo of her mother, Vicki (who looked a lot like Michelle Forbes).
Grey's Anatomy Stars Made a Teen's Wish Come True and Whew, Try Not to Cry(3/10/19) (Video) With the help of Disney and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a 17-year-old girl named Izzy got the chance to fulfill her dream of meeting the stars of Grey's Anatomy on the Hollywood set of the hit ABC medical drama.
During her time on the set, she got to rub elbows with Ellen Pompeo and Giacomo Gianniotti — no word yet on whether she got any vital MerLuca scoop — along with show stars James Pickens Jr., Chandra Wilson, Kelly McCreary, and Jaicy Elliot.
Izzy also got to "witness a spoiler" and direct a scene from the episode in production during her time on the set, along with trying out some of the costuming and props that might help prepare her for her real-life ambition of becoming a doctor some day.
Even without their medical licenses, it looks like the stars of Grey's Anatomy really can help in the healing process.
Of the event, Pompeo tweeted, "This was such a great day."
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.
Sandra Oh to Make SNL Hosting Debut(3/9/19) Hot off cohosting this year’s Golden Globe Awards, Sandra Oh is set to make her Saturday Night Live debut.
SNL announced during this weekend’s Idris Elba-hosted telecast that the Golden Globe- and SAG Award-winning Killing Eve costar will lord over Studio 8H on March 30, one week and a day ahead of her BBC America drama’s Season 2 debut.
In addition, NBC announced that Tame Impala — an Australian music project conceived by multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker (or so Wiki tells me) will serve as musical guest, marking their first time on the late-night sketch comedy series.
New Killing Eve Trailer(3/9/19) (Video) Villanelle has a message for Instagrammers: “Get a real life!” she exclaims in a new Killing Eve trailer after a young woman asks to take the assassin’s photo for her social media.
Elsewhere in the Season 2 sneak peek — which you can watch above — Villanelle dons several new disguises, while Eve stocks up on candy (to fuel her obsession?) and starts losing her mind. Killing Eve returns Sunday, April 7 at 8/7c on BBC America and AMC.
Ratings: For the People and Station 19 Return Steady, The Orville Ties Low(3/8/19) ABC’s Station 19 reignited Season 2 on Thursday with 5.4 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating, right on par with its fall average. Leading out that, For the People returned to 3.2 million viewers (its second-largest audience yet) and a 0.6 rating, matching its freshman demo average. In total viewers, it matched time slot predecessor How to Get Away With Murder‘s biggest Season 5 audience.
Opening ABC’s night, Grey’s Anatomy (6.6 mil/1.5) ticked down.
FOX | Gotham (2.11 mil/0.6) dipped to its smallest audience ever whole steady in the demo. Bubble drama The Orville (2.9 mil/0.6) slipped to its second-smallest audience while down two tenths in the demo to match its series low.
THE CW | Supernatural (1.3 mil/0.4) and Legacies (852K/0.2, read recap) each ticked down.
NBC | Superstore (3.1 mil/0.8) returned up, A.P. Bio (1.9 mil/0.5) opened Season 2 down from both its freshman average and finale, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2 mil/0.6) dipped and Will & Grace (2.6 mil/0.7) ticked up.
CBS | Big Bang (12.8 mil/2.1) and Mom (8.4 mil/1.2) dipped, Young Sheldon (11.5 mil/1.7) and SWAT (5.6 mil/0.9) were steady. and Fam (5.7 mil/0.9) ticked up.
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Baby Talk — Plus, [Spoiler] Confesses, 'I Love You!'(3/8/19) (tvline.com) Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy had babies on the brain. Not only was Jo freaked to the nth by Helen’s keen interest in having grandkids, DeLuca’s dad presented Alex with a project that could potentially save the lives of a lotta preemies, Maggie accidentally revealed to the world that she was Richard and Ellis’ love child, and Amelia made a huge decision about little Leo’s future. All that, plus someone told their, ahem, baby “I love you” for the first time. Who uttered those three little words? Read on and find out.
‘SOME GENETIC TRAITS ARE UNAVOIDABLE; THANKS, MOM’ | As “Blood and Water” began, Maggie had no sooner gotten finished answering Zola’s question about whether Grandma Ellis was her mother than Ellis herself was appearing to her daughter, tsk-tsking her for the typos in the paper she’d published. When Amelia entered the room, she told Ellis that she was Derek’s sister; surely, they’d met before. “I think I’d remember,” said Ellis. As the dream wrapped up, she told the women to take their vitamins and whispered something in Zola’s ear that she knew Meredith would understand. And apparently, she did understand, too, because when she awakened from the dream, she jotted down “the light in the blood.” (Had she just come up with the title to a great vampire novel?)
Meanwhile, Levi and Nico were starting their day with some nookie when they were interrupted by a call from Schmitt’s mom, during which he covered his boyfriend’s mouth when he playfully tried to say hello. “Did you just shush me?” Nico asked afterwards. It was a rhetorical question, of course. Levi had shushed him, “but not in a shame-spiraling way,” he insisted. His mom was just a lot, and he didn’t want her to find out about Nico as the hot, shirtless guy in his bed. Ticked, Nico quickly removed himself as the hot, shirtless guy in Levi’s bed. At Grey Sloan, Mer cancelled all her surgeries for the day to work on the idea that had come to her overnight. “You dream science?” marveled DeLuca, who reported that his dad seemed stable and was, in fact, at the hospital that day to pitch a medical breakthrough “that will change-a the world.” As for Vincenzo’s diagnosis, Carina thought that he was bipolar, but it was impossible to tell since he refused treatment. “He just says he feels the world deeply,” DeLuca related before forgetting Mer’s no-kissing-at-work rule, much to her delight.
‘YOU TOLD THE ENTIRE MEDICAL COMMUNITY THAT ELLIS AND I HAD AN AFFAIR?’ | Nearby, Maggie was being interviewed for a medical podcast, during which she accidentally let slip that her biological parents were Ellis and Richard. “Maybe we could edit that” out, she suggested. But her interviewers were beside themselves over the fact that they’d stumbled onto such a scoop. Later, Maggie filled in Mer, whose reaction was, “Oh. Well, that’s not that big a deal.” Except that Maggie suspected that it was a big deal. “You said ‘oh,'” she noted, “and you made a face.” Again, Mer reassured her that it was fine, Richard would be fine, everything was fine. So naturally, when Maggie admitted to Richard that she’d made a gaffe, he was not fine; he was so pissed that his and Ellis’ past had been broadcast that he huffed away from his daughter. When Maggie subsequently sought out Richard in the gallery, he insisted that he wasn’t mad, it was her story to tell. “Right words,” she noted. “Wrong tone.”
Richard attempted to play it off as if he was concerned about Catherine. There she was, fighting cancer, and now she had to deal with it being made public that her husband was an adulterer. That, he added, was not a part of his story that he was particularly proud of. Stung, Maggie took a moment before reminding him, “It’s a part of your story that culminated in me, Richard.” And good for her, not letting him get away with that BS. Near the end of the episode, Richard sought out Maggie to tell her that, although he was ashamed of his past behavior, he was only grateful for her existence. She tried to say that she was a scandal, but he wouldn’t hear of it. “I’m a scandal,” he clarified. “You’re a miracle. I am proud to be any part of you, Maggie Pierce.” Though that upset was settled, Maggie still wasn’t quite out of the woods. Her adoptive father was going to hear her give Richard and Ellis the credit for her medical genius and be crushed.
‘IT IS A BABY IN A BAG!’ | When it came time for Vincenzo to pitch his medical breakthrough, he turned down Carina’s offer to help with the English. “You can barely speak it yourself,” he scoffed. But he did allow both her and DeLuca to stick around while he talked to Alex. So what was Vincenzo’s big idea? Since so many preterm babies don’t survive outside of the mother, he proposed transferring them to external gestational sacs to finish their development. And he was not only already in trials with bovine subjects, he’d delivered a healthy lamb from one of his bags. Speaking of babies — again, that was always the case this week! — during a break from refiling books around the hospital, Helen left Jo all but speechless when she showed her the hats she’d begun knitting for her and Alex’s kids. “Are you pregnant and you didn’t tell me?” Jo asked her husband afterwards. Helen had inquired whether they wanted children, he replied, and he’d said yes since they do. Oh, and she was making the hats extra big on account of he has a big head… which he realized as soon as the words had left his mouth must sound daunting. Later, Vincenzo expressed his amazement that his son was with Mer. “She is beyond you,” he said. “Andrea, even I have heard of Meredith Grey all the way back home!” But Papa had an idea of how DeLuca could become worthy of his girlfriend: He’d bring his son in on the baby-in-a-bag project and “put [him] on the map.”
When Alex visited Mer in the lab, he sounded awfully high on Vincenzo’s idea. “Ten years in peds,” he remarked, “and I never thought of something so cool!” He’d asked for a couple of days to think over the proposal, but he’d wanted to tell Vincenzo yes right then and there. In response, Mer advised him to “dig deeper” into the elder DeLuca’s reputation. What did she know? “Read my face,” she told him. “Constipated?” he guessed. And he never did get any closer to what Mer wasn’t at liberty to disclose. (Suddenly, she can keep a secret? When HIPAA isn’t involved?) When Mer subsequently ran into her beau and his sister, she sensed tension. Carina, DeLuca said, “is trying to shut down my father’s research project.” Hearing that Vincenzo might conduct said research at Grey Sloan, Mer asked about his untreated mental illness. “He’s not dangerous,” DeLuca said. “Until he is,” Mer replied. Carina added that a) their father hadn’t trained in this field, b) she’d spent the last three months with him and knew firsthand how unwell he was, and c) since Andrea hadn’t grown up with Vincenzo, the elder DeLuca knew he could manipulate his son better than his daughter. After DeLuca stomped off, saying that he was teaming up with his dad, period, Mer suggested that, if she were Carina, she’d talk to the chief.
‘DOES THE CUTE OUTWEIGH THE TERROR?’ | After Jo fled from all the baby talk to a surgery, any surgery, she beseeched Link to get her into the O.R., stat. When she was done being horrified by her pal and Jackson’s elaborate secret-handshake thing, she convinced the guys to let her scrub in as they turned a cancer patient named Hunter’s ankle into a knee. Irked at being replaced, Levi accused the chief’s wife of getting special treatment. With a glance at Nico, she sassily shot back, “Oh yeah? How’d you get in on it?” With that, Schmitt was dispatched to work with Bailey on the case of a guy named Frank who turned out to have a rare blood-clotting disorder. Though he and husband Dan had never wanted to know which of them was the biological father of their daughter Ella, they now insisted that she be tested to see if she, too, had the disorder. Turned out, she was Frank’s. But “it never mattered to me which one of you was my biological dad,” she told them, “because you’re both my dads. So let’s not flip out.” Speaking of flipping out… Off a conversation with Hunter’s mother, in which she expressed her rage at being kept in the dark for months about him undergoing chemo, Jo admitted to Link and Jackson in the O.R. just how wigged she was that Helen was knitting lots and lots of gender-neutral hats for her future bigheaded babies. Mind you, Helen hadn’t meant to freak out her daughter-in-law, she told Alex over lunch. Just maybe “give her a little nudge.” (How great is Lindsay Wagner in this role — jeez!)
Alex, his mind still on Vincenzo’s baby bag, asked his mom if she’d ever heard an idea that was so good, she was angry that she hadn’t thought of it. “Yes,” she admitted, “but it usually means my meds aren’t working.” As a matter of fact, she’d spent years furious that she hadn’t invented the cordless phone! When he was a kid, she’d always expected him to be an engineer, she told him. But in his mind, “I’m a fixer, not an innovator.” Regardless, she’d always been in awe of his brains. Back in the O.R., Jo’s freakout continued. If she had a baby, she’d worry forevermore, just like Hunter’s mom, who was having a nervous breakdown “all because she made the choice to ruin her life with a child.” With a glance at Jackson, she added, “No offense.” Post-op, Jo apologized for dissing Harriet, which prompted Jackson to admit that children are “sleep-depriving, sticky little monsters that demand snacks endlessly… but when they lay their head on your shoulder, everything seems right.”
‘IF YOU WANT THIS CHILD IN YOUR LIFE, YOU’RE GONNA NEED TO GET ON THE SAME PAGE — FAST’ | Visiting a lawyer regarding Leo’s custody, Owen and Amelia were relieved to hear that the matter was almost too uncomplicated. That is, until the attorney asked Leo’s address… in other words, their address… and they revealed that they weren’t living together. Though they had no intention of fighting one another for custody, their simple case had just become complex. They hadn’t even thought about how they would divvy up their time with Britney’s son, and any judge would want to know their plan for that. In a matter of seconds, the ex-couple was arguing over whether the teen would’ve given them both custody if she’d known that Amelia had just left Owen, and the lawyer was bailing to go to another meeting. You two, she said, are nowhere near ready to go before a judge. Left alone in the office, Omelia worked out a schedule, which Amelia speculated would go right out the window when Teddy returned from her trip with Koracick and gave birth. By and by, Owen admitted that he didn’t just want Amelia in Leo’s life, he wanted her in his life, too.
Sadly, Amelia maintained that things had changed between her and Owen when Teddy had returned to Seattle pregnant. What’s more, breaking up with him had been a moment of clarity for Amelia. It was no one’s fault. “It hurts,” she said, “but it hurts less than the alternative.” At that, Owen snapped. This was someone’s fault, he argued — Amelia’s. He’d tried to write off their past split as being due to her brain tumor, but he couldn’t anymore. “Apparently, there’s just some fundamental part of you that can’t love or be loved.” Ow. True, but ow. When they next sat down with the lawyer, Amelia surprised both the attorney and Owen by saying that she needed to be removed from the paperwork. She’d still be in Leo’s life, she’d just be “Auntie Amelia, who is fundamentally incapable of love. I have clarity on this, too,” she told Owen. “Leo is yours.” And somehow I don’t see Omelia coming back from this one. (That night, Owen even signed the documents to make Leo his own.)
‘YOU ARE MY FIRST LOVE’ | As Nico was leaving for the day, Levi ran after him to blurt out, “I love you.” The reason he hadn’t come out to his mom yet wasn’t because Nico wasn’t amazing but because Mother Schmitt would spin out. Apparently, that’s her thing. She even found a way to turn her son’s purchase of a backpack into a life-and-death scenario. So “I wanna lock you in through my eyes,” Levi said, “before I see all the deathtraps through hers.” Do I need to mention that the scene ended with Schmico closer than ever? That’s a given, right? Right. Nico even admitted that he loved Levi back, he just wasn’t gonna tell him for a coupla minutes for the fun of watching him sweat it out. Stopping by Alex’s office, Jo assured her husband that she wasn’t afraid of passing along his mom’s mental illness to their kids. What she was scared of was her own genes, which were an entirely unknown entity. “So we’ll hire someone to track down your family,” Karev suggested. No, no, she replied. She didn’t want to meet them. She was going to take a DNA test instead.
Having heard from Carina about Vincenzo’s mania, Alex asked Meredith if she’d known. Well, duh! She’d told him to read her face. But since she’d been confided in by someone she cares about, she hadn’t been able to blab. (Again, what does that say about her relationship with Catherine that Grey did reveal her cancer diagnosis to Maggie?) “If it wasn’t for the guy’s history, I wouldn’t think twice” about greenlighting the project, Karev said. Coming in as Alex left, DeLuca learned from Mer that she’d advised Carina to speak to the chief. “I need you to try and trust me on this,” he told Mer. Whether she could, Alex seemed to, because Project Baby in a Bag appeared to be a go. “I hope you’re right [about our dad] this time,” Carina told her brother. But I think we all know that this can’t go well, right? Finally, Maggie, Jackson and Amelia congregated at the end of the day at Mer’s, and at last Grey revealed what she was working on: “What if there was a non-invasive way to diagnose diseases as easy as taking a vitamin?”
Grey's Vet Sarah Drew to Headline CBS Drama Pilot The Republic of Sarah(3/5/19) Grey’s Anatomy alum Sarah Drew is returning to her Everwood roots with a starring role in CBS’ small town America-set drama pilot The Republic of Sarah, TVLine has confirmed.
Written by Elementary producer Jeffrey Paul King, the potential series takes place in a quaint New Hampshire town that finds itself thrust onto the world stage when the discovery of a valuable resource within its borders compels the residents — led by Drew’s Mayor Sarah Cooper — to declare themselves an independent nation.
Per Deadline, which first broke the news, Drew’s alter ego is described as “the titular beating heart of The Republic of Sarah. She’s a quintessential New Englander: sharply intelligent, fiercely loyal, and always willing to lend a hand. She’s hesitant to step into the spotlight at first, but her quiet strength and innate leadership begin to flourish after external forces threaten her community and her way of life.” The casting brings Drew back into the CBS fold one year after she landed a starring role in the network’s ill-fated Cagney and Lacey reboot. She wrapped her nine-year stint as Grey’s Anatomy‘s April Kepner last May.
Abigail Spencer Returning to Grey's as Megan — Will Nathan Be Joining Her?(3/5/19) Grey’s Anatomy is getting a blast from its recent past later this season when Abigail Spencer reprises her role as Owen’s younger sister Megan Hunt.
An ABC rep confirms to TVLine that the Timeless actress will appear in a spring episode of the ABC medical drama. Plot details are being kept under lock and key, but this much we can share: Megan’s main squeeze Nathan (played by former cast member Martin Henderson) will not be joining her back in Seattle.
Spencer assumed the role of the previously-MIA Megan from Bridget Regan at the start of Season 14, and went on to appear in five episodes. In her final episode (which aired in October 2017), Megan relocated to Los Angeles with fiancé Nathan and her son Farouk.
Spencer broke news of her return engagement Tuesday on social media.
Ratings: HTGAWM Ticks Up From Series Low With Season 5 Finale(3/1/19) Bubble drama How to Get Away With Murder wrapped Season 5 on Thursday night with 2.8 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating, ticking up a tenth in the demo from last week’s series low.
Opening ABC’s night, Grey’s Anatomy‘s record-breaking episode (7 mil/1.6) dipped a tenth but led the night in the demo, while the already renewed A Million Little Things (5.3 mil/1.1) was steady with its freshman finale.
FOX | Gotham (2.3 mil/0.6) and The Orville (3.1 mil/0.8) were both steady.
CBS | A Big Bang rerun delivered Thursday’s largest audience (8.2 million). Fam (5.2 mil/0.8) was down a tenth, adrift in a sea of repeats.
THE CW | Again leading out of a rerun, Legacies (857K/0.3, read recap) ticked up.
NBC | The Titan Games finale (4.4 mil/1.0), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.4 mil/0.7) and Will & Grace (2.4 mil/0.6) all dipped a tenth, with the latter recording its smallest revival audience yet.
‘Prism’: Chloe Wepper, David Alpay & Brooke Smith Cast In NBC’s Rashomon-Inspired Pilot(3/1/19) Chloe Wepper (Good Trouble), The Lottery alum David Alpay and Brooke Smith (The Good Doctor) are set as series regulars in NBC’s Prism pilot, from Daniel and Ben Barnz’s We’re Not Brothers Productions, Carol Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz and Universal Television.
Written by Daniel Barnz, who also directs, Prism is inspired by Rashomon, the 1950 Japanese period psychological thriller directed by Akira Kurosawa. Prism is described as a provocative exploration of a murder trial in which every episode is told through the perspective of a different key person involved. Each new version of the facts ratchets up the mystery and the suspense, calling into question everything we have seen so far and asking is the right person on trial? Driven by an ensemble of complicated characters, the show lets the audience ask if truth matters less than who can tell the most compelling story.
Wepper is Sophie Regen, a recent law school graduate who worships Rachel. Alpay is Jay Kershaw, a therapist who’s kind of messed up. Smith is Bec Jamison, the hard-living and tough mother of the accused.
Daniel Barnz and Ben Barnz executive produce along with Mendelsohn and Weitz. Universal TV produces in association with We’re Not Brothers and Carol Mendelsohn Prods.
Wepper is coming off a recurring role on Freeform’s Good Trouble, and her films include Spivak and Office Christmas Party. She’s repped by Authentic Talent and Literary Management, Innovative Artists, Ginsburg Daniels and DPN Agency.
Alpay recurs on Proven Innocent and Suits, recently recurred on Quantico, had a lead role in The Lottery and was a series regular on The Borgias, The Vampire Diaries and The Tudors. His film work includes Ararat and Man of the Year. He’s repped by APA, the Characters Agency, The Green Room Management and Morris Yorn.
Smith recently shot a supporting role in the untitled Charles Randolph-Jay Roach Roger Ailes movie and had guest-starring roles on The Good Doctor, Chicago Med and Project Blue Book. She next will be seen in the upcoming Netflix/CBS Studio’s miniseries Unbelievable as well as The Act and in an upcoming episode of The Good Fight. Smith is repped by Paradigm and manager Sue Leibman/Barking Dog Entertainment.
Grey's Recap: Where There's Smoke — Plus, Two Huge 'Omelia' Twists(2/28/19) (tvline.com) With Thursday’s 332nd episode of Grey’s Anatomy, the ABC series beat ER‘s record to become the longest-running primetime medical drama in US television history. And to mark the momentous occasion, “We Didn’t Start the Fire” mischievously included not a single patient or procedure. Instead, it took us to Jackson’s party in honor of mom Catherine’s surgeons, Amelia and Tom. Which is not to say that there were no diagnoses made, injuries sustained or remedies prescribed — because boy, were there! So RSVP yes to this recap, pour yourself a glass of bubbly, and we’ll go over them, one and all…
‘I TOLD YOU I DIDN’T WANNA HAVE A PARTY’ | The episode began, briefly, with the soiree’s ending — firefighters in Jackson’s penthouse, him and his guests out on the street. From there, we flashed back to before the blaze that apparently had made the to-do such a “hot” ticket. After the host reviewed Catherine’s guest list — “only the doctors who saved my life and a few friends, child” — and Maggie marveled that he seemed to have procured “every egg roll in Seattle,” he snuck her upstairs for some pre-bash nookie. At Grey Sloan, Catherine tempted Bailey to join her for a drink in her limo on their way to Jackson’s, and Meredith informed Alex that she and DeLuca were dating. “Are you telling me this as the chief or your friend?” he wanted to know. In no time, they were squabbling over their respective residents, with him reminding her that she’d been mean to Jo for two years and Grey reminding him that he’d put DeLuca in the hospital. In the end, of course, he simply said that the chief wanted her to report the romance to HR, and her friend hoped DeLuca made her happy. Shortly, Taryn informed Alex that Mrs. Karev wanted to see him. Just tell her he’d see her at the party, he instructed the intern. Only it wasn’t Jo whose message Helm had delivered, it was Helen, Alex’s mother.
At Omelia’s, after Britney confessed that she worried about how she’d go back to her old life now that she was “a drug addict with a baby and a dead boyfriend,” Amelia assured her, “I am here for you no matter where you live” and gave her the whole “It gets better” speech. Once the Dickinsons had left with their daughter and grandson, Amelia sadly mentioned to Owen that her ward hadn’t said goodbye. Despite the heartache of the evening — or, rather, because of it — she was going to the party in her honor. She couldn’t bear to remain in the house that was suddenly so quiet and empty. While guests began arriving at Jackson’s, Jo bumped into Helen at Grey Sloan and became concerned about her mother-in-law’s mental state when she likened her journey to Seattle to Lewis and Clark’s adventures. As Jo drove to the bash with Helen, trying to reach Alex at every turn, Owen and Amelia happened upon Tom and Teddy happily canoodling outside Jackson’s place. When Owen balked upon hearing that his babymama’s boyfriend was taking her to Palm Springs, Koracick reassured him, “She’ll be in good hands — my hands.”
‘WE’RE JUST BOTH STUCK IN THIS GIANT SINKHOLE OF SADNESS’ | Once Amelia made it through the front door, Mer tried but failed to fill her in about DeLuca before she started saying that maybe she’d crash at Casa Grey that evening. It wasn’t like she and Owen were getting busy, after all. “We went from ex sex to bickering married couple in like 60 seconds,” lamented Amelia, sounding suspiciously like someone who might not be “married” much longer. Elsewhere, Maggie was working herself into a tizzy over an article that Kiki had written about the life-saving surgery Pierce had performed. Richard thought that the article was very moving but not Maggie. In her estimation, her former bully had made it sound like she’d “healed herself with the magical power of her own narcissism.” While Jackson futilely looked around for his mother, Catherine was clinking glasses with Bailey and encouraging her to splurge a little now that the TrailBlazer had made her rich. What, Catherine asked, was the one thing that Miranda really wanted that she hadn’t let herself buy? An $800 blender, it turned out. “You can make Christmas dinner with it,” Bailey exclaimed, “and it cleans itself.” And before another champagne bubble burst, she’d ordered it!
Back at the party, as Koracick sweetly offered to feign diarrhea to get Teddy outta there and away from crankypants Owen, Jo shared with Alex her fear that his mom might be having a psychotic break. But before the Karevs could exit with Helen, she disappeared. When Owen found Amelia alone on the deck, she told him that she wanted to talk, which you didn’t need Google Translate to know meant “I want to argue.” Before the fight bell had even rung, she came out swinging, reminding him of his “piss-poor life choices” dig and reluctance to classify addiction as a disease. In turn, he came down on the way she loved to say “You always do this, you always do that.” Finally, she noted that he’d been staring at Teddy all night and just walked the hell away. And this was only Round 1! Inside, Teddy was forced to acknowledge that Tom had been right — “I do hate this party” — after she tried to congratulate an increasingly tipsy Maggie on Kiki’s article, only for Pierce to say that it was a shame no one would ever get to read her own article on the life-saving operation because it would never get published. But then, “who needs science,” Maggie groused, “when there’s pluckiness and spunk?!?”
‘YOU DO REALIZE NOTHING IS HAPPENING IN THE GUEST ROOM OF JACKSON AVERY’S HOUSE’ | Mer was thisclose to sneaking out of the party with DeLuca when Amelia cornered her with a revelation: “I’m not in a love triangle, it’s a circle” that just keeps going around and around. “Make peace with it,” Grey advised. Baby or no baby, Teddy was always going to be a part of Owen’s life. Off their conversation, Mer had to break it to DeLuca that obviously her house wasn’t going to be as empty that evening as she’d previously thought. In response, he pulled her into the guest room and, in Italian, told her that even if they weren’t having sex, he was still going to kiss her for a good long time. Elsewhere at the party, Helen assured Alex, “I feel sturdy.” But his concerns about her mental state only grew when she revealed the scarves that she’d knitted as wedding gifts for him and Jo. Later, his wife observed that actually, Helen seemed OK. “I wanna trust” that she is, Alex responded. “I swear I do.” But, unlike when he was a kid, he didn’t know the warning signs for which he should be looking now that she was better.
Nearby, Owen announced that he was leaving, so great was his hatred of Koracick. Jackson wasn’t a fan, either — he hadn’t gotten over Tom’s hookups with April. And the playboy had been after Catherine since he got to Seattle, chimed in Richard as if Owen needed any more riling up. Shortly, rather than go, Owen sought out Amelia again to admit that he hadn’t been looking at Teddy but Tom; he didn’t want Koracick in his daughter’s life, period. So she needn’t be so insecure. Whether that was what Amelia was, she said, “You and I fell back in love over children that we adored that we no longer have.” What’s more, she believed that when he held his and Teddy’s baby, he’d fall in love with her, too. And she could talk herself out of being insecure… but “I’m starting to think I shouldn’t try.” Owen and Teddy are expecting — they have to be in the circle. Amelia, on the other hand, doesn’t. So she decided, “I’m not in it anymore.” (Sigh. So much for being less wary.) Meanwhile, no sooner had a (declined) call from Carina threatened to wreck the mood of her brother and Mer’s make-out sesh than Richard accidentally walked in on them. Afterwards, Grey went downstairs and worked overtime at acting “normal” — by taking over putting egg rolls in the oven.
‘I WANNA BURN SOMETHING DOWN!’ | After Bailey’s blenderpalooza, Catherine revealed that she had no intention of going to Jackson’s party and letting people congratulate her as if she’d beaten cancer. “My tumor hasn’t gotten any bigger, but it could!” she noted. So now she had to live in dread between scans. And that “is not something I feel like celebrating.” In response, Bailey accused her of being afraid to spend joy. “What, you think you’re gonna run out of it?” Miranda asked. Given her iffy ticker, Bailey knew a thing or two about living with uncertainty. But heck, “an earthquake could take us all out tomorrow… or a meteor… or robots. We don’t get to know that.” What they did know was that they were there at that moment, and loved, and that was worth celebrating. You tell her, Bailey! Back at Jackson’s, when Maggie begged her dad to stop going on and on about the article, he informed her that, having been the only African-American resident in his class, he’d been bullied, too. However, “it’s no good to be pissed if you don’t use it… [If] someone takes your story, you take it back and tell it louder. Start that fire, Maggie Pierce!”
Nearby, Helen was sure that she smelled something burning. “Mom, there is no fire,” Alex assured her. Oh, but there was smoke coming out of Owen’s ears. As Catherine and Bailey were arriving, Teddy was defending her beau, prompting Hunt to spit at Koracick — altogether wrongly, I (and Teddy) might add — “You may be many things, but a father isn’t one of them.” At that, despite his $1-million hand, Koracick slugged Owen. Then, as Jackson attempted to make a speech, Helen spotted smoke right before his (apparently lousy) smoke alarm went off. As everyone exited, Alex was thrilled — his mom hadn’t been losing it after all! Later, Ben reported to the party guests that plastic in the oven had led to the smoke-out. Plastic in the oven? As in, when Mer was cooking egg rolls to be “normal”? “We don’t know that that was us,” she told DeLuca just as Alex approached to introduce his mom. “You’re Alex’s best friend,” Helen said. “And he’s mine,” Grey replied. Though Mer got a text from Amelia saying that she didn’t need a place to crash after all, Grey and DeLuca still opted to go to his home.
‘EVERYTHING TASTES BETTER IN THE BACK OF A LIMOUSINE!’ | After Jackson scolded his mom for acting like she was the only one allowed to have feelings about her cancer, Catherine suggested that they celebrate after all — in the limo. And she, Richard, Maggie and Jackson had so much fun that she decided that “from here out, every scan, this is how i wanna celebrate — in the back of my limousine eating trashy food, drinking champagne and sparkling apple cider with the people I love most in the world.” Sounded good to me. As the milestone episode drew to a close, Owen was surprised to find Amelia back at his house. Holy s—… the Dickinsons were there to give up the baby. “We’re Britney’s parents,” said Carol, “but you’re Leo’s.” Alone with Amelia, the teen mom said that she was sure of her decision. “I wanna be a kid” and make mistakes — but “not like overdose mistakes.” Finally, Britney thanked her stand-in mom, hugged the family she was leaving behind and told Amelia goodbye. And, in the last moments of the hour, Mer and DeLuca arrived at his place… just as Carina did. “I tried to warn you,” she told her brother — she was in Seattle with their father!
‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Lorenzo Caccialanza To Recur As DeLuca’s Dad In ABC Series(2/28/19) Dr. Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) got a surprise visit from his dad in tonight’s record-breaking 332nd episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Lorenzo Caccialanza (Days Of Our Lives) appeared as Vincenzo DeLuca, Andrew’s dad, at the end of tonight’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” episode, his first appearance in a multi-episode arc. Tonight’s 332nd episode officially made the ABC Studios series, now in the midst of its 15th season, the longest-running primetime medical drama in TV history, passing NBC’s ER.
In tonight’s episode, written by Andy Reaser and directed by Chandra Wilson, nothing went as planned when Jackson threw a party to celebrate Catherine’s surgery and those who worked to save her. Meanwhile, Helen paid Alex and Jo a surprise visit. Jennifer Grey, Jason George, Lindsay Wagner, Debbie Allen, Greg Germann, Peyton Kennedy and Jaicy Elliot guest starred.
Grey’s Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Wilson, James Pickens Jr, Kevin McKidd, Jesse Williams, Caterina Scorsone, Camilla Luddington, Kelly McCreary, Kim Raver and Giacomo Gianniotti. It was created and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Krista Vernoff, Allen, Zoanne Clack, Fred Einesman, Reaser and Meg Marinis are executive producers.
Chandra Wilson Plans to Stick With Grey's Anatomy Until the Bitter End(2/28/19) While we may have speculated that Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) could be planning her exit thanks to recent plot twists on Grey's Anatomy, at least we know one character is likely to stick around until the bitter end!
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter to celebrate the series' 332nd episode (which has officially broken ER's streak as TV's longest-running medical drama), Chandra Wilson indicated that she has no plans to leave the series. "I would love to be a starter and a finisher of a thing," she said. "When the show is ready for that last shot, I want to be in that."
A few actors' contracts with the show will be up after this season, and one of them happens to be Wilson, which is why this news comes as a bit of reassurance for fans during this time of transition. Given how people tend to come and go from this series no matter how beloved their character is, it's nice to hear that she's so steadfast in committing to seeing it through to the end.
On a storyline level, we're also more than a little relieved to hear that Bailey's story won't get cut off anytime soon considering she's finally gotten back to a healthy place with her anxiety. Now that she's ready to start pursuing the chief position again, that promises to be a juicy storyline with Alex (Justin Chambers), so the longer we have with these characters, the better!
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.
Grey's Team Previews Record-Breaking Episode: MerLuca's 'Coming Out,' Alex's Mom's 'Complicated' Visit, More(2/28/19) If ever an occasion called for a blowout to end all blowouts, tonight’s Grey’s Anatomy was it. Not only is the hour “our first-ever no-medicine episode,” says showrunner Krista Vernoff, but it breaks ER’s record, making the ABC smash the longest-running primetime medical drama in American TV history.
On screen, “Jackson is throwing a party to celebrate Catherine’s successful surgery” and the doctors who performed it, explains the EP. So right off the bat, that’s an extremely tense situation, since it puts all four legs of the Amelia/Owen/Teddy/Tom quadrangle in one room. Plus, Meredith and DeLuca aren’t just on the guest list, they’re “coming to that party as a couple. It is in many ways their coming out.
“And since Alex is still chief,” she adds, “Meredith also has to tell him about her relationship in an official capacity.”
Speaking of Karev, he and Jo have RSVP’d yes without any inkling that his mom Helen (guest star Lindsay Wagner) is about to pay them a visit. “She turns up unexpectedly, and Alex doesn’t know where she is at with her [mental] illness,” previews the doc’s portrayer, Justin Chambers. Adds Camilla Luddington, aka Jo: “We’re trying to read the situation, and we can’t, which is complicated.”
Meanwhile, despite the fact that “We Didn’t Start the Fire” has no cases-of-the-week, “a patient that Maggie treated before comes back into her life in an interesting way,” teases Kelly McCreary, who plays Pierce. “She’s sort of preoccupied with that in this episode.”
The actress herself might have been sort of preoccupied, too — by the momentousness of the milestone the show was reaching. “It’s mind-boggling,” she admits. “When I first started in Season 10, I had no idea it would continue this long. You can’t assume. So to be here and not only be in our 15th season and going strong but to be making television history… it feels huge and very humbling.”
Debbie Allen, the executive producer and sometime director who plays Catherine, concurs. Being a member of Team Grey’s “means I am part of a legacy that will stand the test of time, because Shonda Rhimes created a show that helped the world see themselves as they could be and should be and as we are,” she suggests. “And Shonda gave us Krista Vernoff back, which was the gift of a new life for the show, because Krista’s thought pattern is the one that’s most like Shonda’s. She was there from the beginning, then she left and came back to us.
“This has been amazing,” she continues. “It feels like the show is brand-new. It’s a little more fun. There’s always darkness, but there’s been a lot of joy.”
No wonder, then, that even James Pickens Jr., who’s played Richard since Grey’s debut, doesn’t contemplate hanging up his stethoscope. “It’s been such a ride,” he marvels. “It’s still fun coming to work. When it ceases to be fun and starts becoming a chore, then it’s time to go.”
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Scrubbing In For Record-Breaking Episode This Week(2/27/19) ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy will definitely earn having the phrase “long-running” in front of it now. Thursday’s episode, “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” will be its 332nd, officially making the ABC Studios series, now in the midst of its 15th season, the longest-running primetime medical drama in TV history. It is passing NBC’s ER.
Grey’s, which had its season order increased in January to 25 episodes, remains a strong earner for ABC in ratings performance, popularity and longevity. It went into its winter hiatus averaging a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating (Live+7) to rank as the network’s No. 1 TV show of the 2018-2019 season in the demo. It also regularly ranks among the top most binged series on streaming.
Grey’s already tied ER as the longest-running primetime medical drama ever at 15 seasons apiece. However, ER produced 22 episodes or less in every season except the first, which gave Grey‘s a leg up on the episode number. (Grey’s Anatomy has remarkably aired 24 or more episodes in every full season it has had, only airing fewer in Season 1 — in 2005 — because it premiered in midseason, and during the writers strike-plagued 2007-2008 season.)
In Thursday’s episode, written by Andy Reaser and directed by Chandra Wilson, nothing goes as planned when Jackson throws a party to celebrate Catherine’s surgery and those who worked to save her. Meanwhile, Helen pays Alex and Jo a surprise visit. Jennifer Grey, Jason George, Lindsay Wagner, Debbie Allen, Greg Germann, Peyton Kennedy and Jaicy Elliot guest star.
Grey’s Anatomy currently stars Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Wilson, James Pickens Jr, Kevin McKidd, Jesse Williams, Caterina Scorsone, Camilla Luddington, Kelly McCreary, Kim Raver and Giacomo Gianniott. It was created and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Krista Vernoff, Allen, Zoanne Clack, Fred Einesman, Reaser and Meg Marinis are executive producers.
Grey's Anatomy: Ellen Pompeo and Giacomo Gianniotti Revisit Meredith and DeLuca's Awkward First Kiss(2/25/19) (tvline.com) Grey’s Anatomy’s decision to pursue a Meredith/DeLuca love story was sealed with a kiss — specifically, the awkward yet oddly charming one that the duo shared in last season’s finale. The gasp-worthy smooch — initiated by a drunken DeLuca, mid-meltdown at Alex and Jo’s wedding — was originally conceived as a “comic moment,” recalls showrunner Krista Vernoff. “But then I got the dailies and saw the chemistry, and I decided this was coming.”
On the eve of Thursday’s record-breaking episode of Grey’s (8/7c, ABC), which finds Mer and DeLuca heading to their first Grey Sloan social event as a couple, TVLine lightly grilled Ellen Pompeo and Giacomo Gianniotti about that fateful first kiss.
TVLINE | Did you have any idea at the time that that one-off kiss would lead to a full-fledged MerLuca pairing?
GIACOMO GIANNIOTTI | I didn’t know it was going to lead to what it has, but I definitely felt like it was the beginning of something. But, at the time, I just thought [the kiss] was going to have to be a cross for him to bear [in Season 15], like, “Oh, God, I kissed her drunkenly at the wedding, and every time I see her, I have to think about that and relive that.” But that initial childish interpretation turned into something more.
ELLEN POMPEO I was so sick actually when we filmed that. The only thing I could think about was poor Giacomo. [Laughs] It was like the last day of shooting [on Season 14] and he was leaving to go shoot a movie in Toronto, and I was like, “Oh my God, this poor guy. I have to kiss him. I hope I don’t get him sick before he goes to shoot his movie.” So that’s pretty much all I was thinking about!
TVLINE | When did Krista tell you about the larger story she had in mind?
GIANNIOTTI | At the beginning of [Season 15], during filming of the first episode. Krista called me and said, “We are getting you guys together. But I don’t want it to be a clear path. There should be some obstacles. She should be dating people and you should be dating people, and maybe somewhere in the middle of the season, they find each other.”
TVLINE | What was your reaction to the storyline?
GIANNIOTTI | I was shocked. Surprised. I definitely wasn’t expecting that. But then we talked about the stigma in Hollywood about men typically being cast with much younger women and how that’s very normalized now and people don’t bat an eye. But if the woman is with a much younger man, then there is a weird stigma and a negative connotation around that. Krista wanted to take that double standard and flip it on its head and show it can be an older woman with a younger man and be sexy and empowering. So I said, “Great, let’s do it.”
POMPEO | I really liked the dating stuff. I thought that was really fun. It takes us out of the hospital, and we get to have really cool guest actors. I liked doing those scenes. Ultimately, when they came to me [about Mer/DeLuca]… it’s always a discussion. It’s a group effort and a collaboration. And we all love Giacomo.
TVLINE | How has it been working together?
GIANNIOTTI | I’ve had a lot of fun developing this relationship with Ellen. We’re great friends off screen. I think our chemistry as friends is hopefully translating on screen.
POMPEO | I am having a lot of fun. I love Giacomo. We’re having a great time.
Ratings: Grey's Anatomy Rebounds, While HTGAWM Eyes a New Low(2/24/19) ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy this Thursday drew 6.9 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating, rising 21 percent from last week’s demo low as it heads into its record-breaking episode.
Leading out of that, A Million Little Things (5.3 mil/1.1) delivered its third-largest audience while tying its demo high. HTGAWM (2.6 mil/0.5, read recap) however dipped a tenth to a new series low in the demo.
FOX | Gotham (2.19 mil/0.6) dipped to a new audience low while steady in the demo. The Orville (3.04 mil/0.7) was steady.
NBC | Titan Games (4.3 mil/1.1), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.4 mil/0.8) and Will & Grace (2.7 mil/0.7) were all steady in the demo, while SVU (4 mil/0.9) ticked up with Episode 450.
CBS | Big Bang (13.3 mil/2.3) and Young Sheldon (11.3 mil/1.8) dipped three and two tenths respectively, Mom (8.6 mil/1.3) rose two tenths and Fam (5.7 mil/0.8) ticked up. SWAT (5.4 mil/0.8) dipped a tenth.
Grey's Recap: Did Betty/Britney Live?(2/22/19) (tvline.com) With Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, the ABC drama’s Season of Love served up a sobering reminder that sometimes love hurts: Despite Amelia’s best efforts to get Betty/Britney clean, her young ward arrived at Grey Sloan unconscious after mixing meth and opioids. (And she wasn’t the only overdose with which the doctors had to contend in “I Want a New Drug.”) Did Leo’s mom pull through? Read on…
‘SHE’S GONNA BREAK THE RECORD FOR THE HOSPITAL’S LONGEST SURGERY’ | While watching from the gallery as Mer operated, Dahlia wondered aloud how long it would be before she could handle a 24-hour surgery. “I’m not sure that’s a healthy life goal,” Link told her. When Jo learned from Alex which procedure Mer was doing, she assumed that it had been bumped from its place on the schedule the previous day. “No,” Link told her, “she started it yesterday.” And, because it was likely to take five more hours, she was on target to break the record for the hospital’s longest surgery ever! In another part of the hospital, Levi was adorkably chagrined by the fact that Nico was working through their breakfast. “When I said breakfast,” the doc formerly known as Glasses said, “I meant more a place that we could sit, someone takes our orders… ” In response, Nico said that he only let interns help with hip replacements when they were prepared — he didn’t dish out special favors. “At work,” cracked Levi. And when it appeared that Schmitt was indeed prepared, Nico suggested that they have a real breakfast on Thursday. “I’ll make French toast,” said Levi. Adorkable!
‘I PACKED A SMALL SHOVEL’ | When Maggie bumped into Jackson in the parking lot, she was surprised to see him with… toilet paper? It’s the most important supply when camping, he explained, tipping her off for the first time that Glen Rock wasn’t some kind of spa or five-star hotel. She’d thought “it sounds fancy, but I deserve it.” Nope, they were going camping, he said. “Are we, though?” she replied. And if I’m not mistaken, wasn’t this the first fun, playful Maggie moment that we’ve gotten since she and Jackson hooked up? In any case, I’m counting it as progress. As Teddy walked into work with Bailey, she was admitting that the last thing she’d expected was to be dating at 30 weeks pregnant. Nonetheless, she could easily sing the extended remix of Koracick’s praises. “He’s kind of wow,” she summed up. Just then, a car pulled in much too fast, nearly running them down, dumped out an unconscious passenger and went squealing away. Upon examining the patient, the docs immediately realized that it was an OD — the first of many they’d see that day.
‘I’M AWARE THAT I SOUND LIKE MY MOTHER, BUT HAS THE WORLD GONE TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET?’ | At Omelia’s, the couple were bracing themselves to let go of Leo. “I hope you play soccer,” Owen told the little boy. “I hope you love your life,” Amelia then said. Which made Owen realize that his goodbye had sounded shallow. “I’m always gonna be rooting for you,” he said on his second try. Since the Dickinsons were ringing the bell — and knocking, and dammit, keep your pants on, people! — it was time. “You ready?” Owen asked. “No,” Amelia admitted. But she reassured him that Britney’s parents were good people, and the baby would grow up loved. No sooner had the Dickinsons entered than Owen exited — Grey Sloan was being slammed with enough trauma cases to fill a whole season, he said. At the hospital, the ODs were being ambulanced in so fast and furious that Owen set up shop in the parking lot and arranged for “the walking wounded” to go to the clinic. Among the patients was Britney, whose rehab boyfriend Linus still called her Betty. Owen was only a few steps away, but as the girl was wheeled into the clinic, he was too busy with other patients to realize that Amelia’s ward had ever been there.
‘DO YOU THINK SHE’S PART ROBOT?’ | As Mer’s never-ending surgery continued, Taryn began to seem like she was in pain. She wasn’t, though; she’d just had too much coffee. Within earshot of Mer, DeLuca told Helm that the hardest part of the surgery was yet to come, and suggested that, despite fatigue, Grey would need to be sharper at the end than she was at the beginning. Finally, Mer told Taryn to go update the family and pitch in in the pit. Later, when Mer actually did break the record and those in the gallery applauded, she wasn’t in any mood to celebrate. For one thing, she still hadn’t completed the operation. For another, as she told DeLuca, “that just means that I’m gonna wanna break [the record] again.” As the surgery went on (and on), she asked her suitor to tell her something, anything, to distract her from her aches and pains. So he revealed that, when he was a kid, he’d broken a record himself: most roller-coaster rides in one day. How many times had he done it? Uh, 12. He hadn’t actually broken any record, he’d just believed he had for several years.
‘WHEN I LOOK AT YOU, SURGERY ISN’T WHAT SPRINGS TO MIND’ | When Nico tried to get Levi an assist on a hip replacement with Link, the boss ixnayed it, saying that the intern would have to wait. “I see the butterflies floating around between you two, and that’s cool” — but see past your boyfriend, and you’ll notice that the ER is inundated with traumas. But Levi, Link added, could assist with surgery on a patient who’d broken both her arms when she took a fall after OD’ing. During the operation, Nico marveled that anyone could want anything badly enough to break both of their arms trying to get it. Levi understood, though. As a kid, he’d been so eager to be the first to get his mitts on a new X-Men comic book that he’d wound up flipping over the handlebars of his bike and breaking both of his arms. Post-op, an impressed Levi praised Nico as more than a surgeon, an artist. “I think it didn’t occur to me,” he added, “because you’re also a work of art, physically.” Anyway, newly inspired, Levi wanted to become as good a surgeon as Nico. “You’ll get there,” Nico replied, adding with a whisper, “You’re also good at a lot of things.” As Nico left the room, Levi lit up. “So much better than a comic book!” he exclaimed. Adorkable!
‘HE CAN’T MAINTAIN A PROTOCOL ON A PARK BENCH’ | Meanwhile, Alex was peeved that this influx of patients just had to occur on the day that Mer was about to break a hospital record; now, he told Jo, he might not get to be there to cheer her on. Just then, a woman named Wendy approached looking for her son Truman, who’d gone missing from the park when she’d turned around to see why it was suddenly full of police cars and ambulances. She’d come to the hospital thinking that maybe a cop might have brought Truman there. Later, as Jo worried about the anxious mom’s blood pressure, a homeless old guy named Mr. Tennyson entered the ER with the shaken-up little boy, whom he’d found in the park. As Alex noticed that the fella’s feet needed tending to, Mr. Tennyson revealed that Wendy had been “passed out on the bench… with the rest of the junkies.” After Wendy’s husband arrived and learned that she’d taken Truman with her while she’d gone to buy drugs, he was… well, you can imagine how he was. Not pleased. Extremely not pleased.
‘YOU WILL REALIZE ALL THE THINGS YOU DON’T NEED IN LIFE’ | Shortly, as Dahlia treated Mr. Tennyson’s feet, he shared that he wasn’t a junkie, he was only living in the park because shelters had limits on how many nights a person could stay, and he was maxed out. Later, Maggie visited Mr. T’s room to tell Jackson that she couldn’t go camping with him that weekend. And, before she could stop him, he’d sweetly given her a long spiel about why he was so sure that she’d love it. Only the thing was, Betty/Britney was in the hospital, Maggie explained. So Amelia would need her support. “My bad,” said Jackson, bummed but accepting of this turn of events. After learning that Mr. Tennyson was homeless, Jackson was perturbed to discover that he couldn’t get him into a shelter. He felt even worse about the fact that he’d blathered on in front of this homeless man about how he had so many pairs of ski boots, etc. Finally, it dawned on Jackson that he had enough gear in his trunk alone to at least set up the old guy with a decent campsite.
‘SHE WAS SCARED THAT FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE, SHE WOULD HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE THAT HER DEALER GOT HER PREGNANT AT 15’ | At the clinic, Betty told Linus that she had to, had to, had to leave. She couldn’t put Amelia through seeing her there. But before she could even begin to beat a hasty retreat, she experienced chest pains and lost consciousness. After quickly finding out from Linus that the girl had taken meth and the tainted opioids, Link carried her into the ER, where Owen laid eyes on Amelia’s worst nightmare. As Link hustled Linus out of the trauma room, Richard wisely urged Owen to let him treat Betty/Britney. When Owen refused, Richard did as he asked and went to call Amelia. Meanwhile, as Link treated Linus, the boy told his doctor that Betty had shared with him all her fears — including that no one would love her after her mistakes. “But I did, alright? And I do,” he declared. Later, Owen was going over Betty/Britney’s case with Richard, Bailey and Teddy — the teen had had an aortic dissection — when Amelia arrived… with the girl’s parents. Amelia scarcely had time to process what had happened before tempers flared, and Bailey had to tell Owen and John to simmer down now.
‘RIGHT NOW, THAT SOUNDS PRETTY GREAT’ | As Betty/Britney was prepped for surgery, Bailey laid down the law with Omelia, forbidding them to set foot in the ER. Afterwards, Amelia was taking a moment to compose herself in an empty hallway when she wound up being joined by Link, who marveled at how futile their work seemed on a day like that, when they were treating people who were working so hard to kill themselves. “Where would you go,” she asked, “if you just gave it all up? When it all seems hopeless, what’s your secret fantasy escape hatch?” Barbados, he said, adding that when he’d visited, he’d been taken by the blues bar some expats had opened. What about Amelia? Actually, in that moment, Link’s fantasy escape sounded awesome to her. And it was about to seem even awesomer when blood leaking into the hall from beneath a door brought an end to their moment of bonding. Behind the door? Linus, who fell out of the room like one of Jason’s victims in a Friday the 13th movie.
‘SHE’S GONNA NEED HER SISTER’ | Knowing just how touch-and-go Betty/Britney’s condition was, Teddy suggested that she, not Maggie, scrub in on the surgery with Richard. “Amelia may never see that little girl open her eyes again,” Teddy noted. And if that happened, “let me be the surgeon to tell her that we lost her.” That way, Maggie could be there for Amelia. Smart, Teddy. And kindhearted. And, it soon appeared, prescient. Betty/Britney wound up with a total of zero blood flow to the aorta if I understood the medicalese correctly. So Richard beseeched Teddy to take whatever extraordinary measures she possibly could. Teddy’s solution: She’d rebuild Betty/Britney’s distal aorta completely. Meanwhile, Link expressed to Amelia his frustration at having lost Linus. “He was a good kid,” she said. “I have to call his parents.” Link offered to do so for her, but she turned him down… and then broke down, collapsing under the weight of her fears for Betty/Britney. Link clearly wanted to hug her, help her… something… but they didn’t know each other well, so he couldn’t or, at least, didn’t. As Mer left the O.R. for the first time in more than a day, Maggie reported that Amelia needed them, stat.
‘THAT MEANS SHE MADE IT, RIGHT?’ | As the hour drew to a close, Amelia and Owen were sitting on pins and needles in the waiting room with Leo and the Dickinsons. “I can’t even stand to look at you,” muttered John, reflecting in horror on the last words he’d said to his daughter. He then begged Omelia to tell him that Britney was going to be OK. Alas, they couldn’t. Buuut… it turned out that she would pull through. Teddy soon came in with the good news and, for her Herculean efforts, was rewarded with a warm hug from Amelia. Arriving on the scene, Mer and Maggie were relieved to know that Betty/Britney — and, by extension, Amelia — was all right. That out of the way, Mer immediately fell asleep standing up. When DeLuca found her a little later snoozing on a gurney in a hallway, he rolled her into a room, gently laid a blanket over her and left her with a kiss on the forehead. Upon hearing from the Karevs that Wendy had been taken into custody, her husband said, “Good. The police can have her.” Though Jo urged him to get his wife help, Alex added strongly, “[But] you don’t let her near [your son] till you know she’s clean. Protect your kid.” Afterwards, thinking that her hubby had been dumped by his junkie dad when he was Truman’s age, Jo gently approached him. “I was 6,” he said. “I wish I’d been 3 [like Truman] so I wouldn’t have remembered.” Jo couldn’t take away that pain; however, she had brought him hot chocolate.
‘BE IN THE BEAUTY WITH ME FOR A SECOND’ | As Bailey left for the day, Ben by her side, she was struck by what a scary world it was — especially for a parent. Her husband agreed that it was scary, but, he hastened to add, “It’s beautiful, too. And if you descend into the fear and miss the beauty, that’s when you start to go to a bad place and need to escape.” So he urged her to just be with him for a moment and take in the beauty. As for Betty/Britney, as Amelia waited along with the Dickinsons for her to wake up, John argued against telling her that Linus had died. “I’m afraid something like that would kill her,” he said. In response, Amelia revealed that her fiancé had died years ago. And it could have killed her. “Instead, it saved my life… because I decided to live.” When at last Betty/Britney awakened, she and her mom shared a tender moment, and Amelia and Owen’s eyes shone with gratitude and relief.
Debbie Allen on SWAT 3/7/19(2/16/19) “Jack” – The SWAT team tries to zero in on the next target of a carjacking ring that’s using deadly force to boost luxury vehicles all over Los Angeles. Also, Hondo takes a big step to help his childhood friend’s incarcerated son, Darryl (Deshae Frost), and SWAT team leader Mumford (Peter Onorati) weighs a major decision, on S.W.A.T., Thursday, March 7 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Debbie Allen returns as Charice Harrelson, Hondo’s mother.
Ratings: Grey's Eyes New Low But Still Tops Night, Titan Games Ends Slide(2/16/19) Grey’s Anatomy this Thursday drew 6.5 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating, ticking down on both counts to match and hit series lows.
Leading out of that, A Million Little Things (5 mil/1.0) and HTGAWM (2.6 mil/0.6) were steady in the demo, though the later hit a new audience low.
FOX | Gotham (2.32 mil/0.6, read post mortem) dipped to a new audience low and was down a tenth in the demo. The Orville (3.1 mil/0.7) was steady.
CBS | Leading out of Big Bangverse reruns, Mom (7.6 mil/1.1) and Fam (5.5 mil/0.8) each slipped two tenths in the demo, while S.W.A.T. (5.6 mil/0.9) ticked up.
NBC | Titan Games (4.3 mil/1.1) ended its 5-week slide by ticking up. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.6 mil/0.8) and Will & Grace (3 mil/0.7) each dipped a tenth, while SVU (4.2 mil/0.8) was steady.
Grey's Recap: The Dating Game — Plus, Betty's Parents Descend on Grey Sloan(2/14/19) (tvline.com) Though Grey’s Anatomy celebrated Valentine’s Day a week ago with Meredith and DeLuca’s first (real, deliberate, sober) kiss, their budding romance put a little spring in the step of Thursday’s episode, too. And it was much-needed, given that the arrival of Brittany’s parents all but guaranteed that Owen and Amelia were going to lose the kids they’d taken in. How heartbreaking did it get — and, perhaps more importantly, did my new favorite couple Teddy and Koracick score any good flirt time? (Spoiler alert: Oh yeah!) Read on…
‘BUY TWO OF THOSE THINGS, MAYBE 10’ | As “I Walk the Line” began, DeLuca bumped into Mer at the coffee cart and suggested that, since she wouldn’t let him take her on a real date, she should at least let him buy her a cuppa joe. Mer would let him take her out, though, she insisted. She just had to first talk to Maggie, who he insisted wouldn’t care. (And since I couldn’t recall her even visiting her ex-boyfriend while he recovered from Alex’s Season 12 pummeling, I was more than inclined to agree with him.) Inside the hospital, Owen was flummoxed to learn that Teddy and Koracick had just realized that they were staying at the same hotel — his expression was all, “What’s that about?” Jolex wondered why they could spend all day, every day, saving people, yet they couldn’t keep a houseplant alive. “We just need a plant that doesn’t need sunlight or water,” Jo suggested as they… what the what? They came upon the wall of chiefs and saw that Alex’s portrait had been added to it. He was embarrassed; she, proud. (She even took a pic for his mom.) But he did seem to have gotten the hang of the job. The interns, for instance, loved him — and the fact that he’d sprung for breakfast. When Bailey asked him what the deal was, he said he did it weekly to boost morale. How much longer was her sabbatical going to be? Richard wanted to know. Two months, Bailey said. And she was clearly unnerved that Karev was killing it in her role.
Bringing Harriet and Leo to the hospital’s daycare center, Jackson and Owen no sooner had bonded over the importance of having duplicates of the kids’ favorite toys than Amelia reported to her ex-husband/lover that Betty/Brittany had gone MIA from rehab. Rather than have both of them leave work to search for the recovering addict, Amelia suggested that Owen stay at the hospital, and after dropping Leo at daycare, she’d try to find the erstwhile Betty. During a moment alone with Maggie, Mer carefully broached the subject of her going out with her half sister’s old flame. And though Maggie insisted that no, of course, she wouldn’t be mad, the expression on her face indicated (at least a strong possibility of) otherwise. The person who was definitely mad at Mer was Jo, since Grey had stood up Link. Shortly, Maggie had a more pressing matter that Mer’s love life: Her med-school tormentor Kiki was at Grey Sloan with an aorta graft that was wearing out. Meanwhile, in the ambulance bay, the trauma of the week arrived — Colin, a 15-year-old bagpiper, had been shot at a parade. “Why would someone bring a gun to a bloody parade?” asked his father (Billy Boyd). Turned out, the shooter had gotten drunk and meant to shoot up at the sky. (Was I only the only one who had a helluva time understanding a word through those thick Scottish accents, especially at first?)
‘I COULD SEE THAT SHE NEEDED HELP, AND SO SHE JUST BECAME A PART OF OUR FAMILY’ | After dropping off Leo, Amelia never made it out of Grey Sloan. As she was leaving, she ran into Brittany’s parents, Carol (Jennifer Grey) and John Dickinson (Kyle Secor), who were surprised to have found out at rehab that the doctor was their daughter’s legal guardian. Amelia explained that she thought she’d been phoning them all this time, only Brittany had had her calling a pal of hers instead. “I’m sorry,” said Carol. “I’m just trying to figure out how she even met you in the first place.” So Amelia, forgetting that the Dickinsons didn’t know that they were grandparents, explained that they’d met when Brittany came to Grey Sloan for a doctor’s appointment for Leo. “Who’s Leo?” Carol asked. “Is that her boyfriend?” Oh dear. After Amelia filled in Owen that Brittany had called her folks, but still hadn’t told them about Leo, he couldn’t bear to observe as the couple bonded with the tyke. And the blows just kept coming. Brittany had even lied about her surname. “I can’t be here, Amelia,” said Owen as he fled. “I just can’t.” (Honestly, could ya blame him?)
Later, Amelia and Carol bonded while watching Leo in daycare. “The first time [Brittany] ran away, I was so terrified, I could barely breathe,” Amelia admitted. “I can’t imagine living with that fear for a year and a half.” As for Leo’s father, Amelia reported that Brittany had said he wasn’t in the picture. (Though neither they nor we could exactly count on her for honesty… ) Trying hard to process everything, Carol said, “I’m a good mom… I don’t know what you must think.” Brittany had been a good kid, too — until the drugs. Then she’d become someone unrecognizable. “She’d be standing right in front of me but not there.” That being the case, “I missed her [even] before she ran away.” Now Carol wasn’t sure that she could keep going through this. Hoping to comfort her, Amelia admitted that she, too, was an addict who’d done awful things. And once she’d gotten clean, her mother had been the last person she wanted to see — the shame she felt had been just too great. But “I promise you,” she told Carol. “Your little girl is still in there.”
‘EVERYTHING YOU JUST SAID, SAY AGAIN’ | Despite Mer putting off going out with DeLuca, it seemed like she was at least starting to realize that he would be impossible to resist. As Dahlia gave her an update on a patient, Grey found herself unable to focus on anything but DeLuca smoldering at her from across the room. Afterwards, she pulled her would-be boyfriend aside and told him, “No looking at me like that at work! It’s a rule!” She then filled him in on her conversation with Maggie and her sense that her sis had been acting weird. “You’re acting weird,” he cracked. Nonetheless, she maintained that she needed to get Maggie’s blessing before they could officially date. In response, DeLuca pointed out that Carina had never gotten his permission to date any of his exes. “She just dives right in,” he said. And how did that make you feel? Mer shot back. Point made. Still, he couldn’t help giving her “the look” once more. “Stop breaking rules!” she cried before retreating.
While treating with Teddy a patient named Lucille who was involved in what appeared to be a polyamorous relationship with two men, Koracick delighted in their “thrupplehood.” Since Teddy sounded like an expert when she talked about someone always being shortchanged in such a scenario, he asked, “Which one are you, the torchbearer or the one getting burned?” Meanwhile, Maggie pulled Jo away from her work with Bailey to help with Kiki’s case. And the longer Pierce treated the patient, the more the woman’s bullying came back to her. “I used to lie in bed at night wishing she was dead,” Maggie admitted. And now it appeared that she might soon be — Kiki’s condition was dire. So Maggie was pretty distracted when Jackson told her that a kid had been shot. “That’s great,” she said. But then she revealed why she wasn’t paying attention to a word he said, and he gave her a big thumbs-up on her sharing. Later, Maggie told Kiki that she couldn’t help her, prompting the bully to ask if it was because she was holding a grudge. Ultimately, Kiki pleaded with Maggie, who she acknowledged was the best, to give her a chance to not just get better but to be better. “If I die and there is a hell,” said Kiki, “that’s where I’m going.” Later, an accidental consult with Mer gave Maggie an idea that might save Kiki if the two of them teamed up.
‘HE WAS JUST PLAYING HIS MUSIC!’ | While Owen and the docs treated Colin, all of the bagpipers took it upon themselves to perform outside the hospital. “Is it really bad or really good?” wondered Jackson. (Fair question.) Before the boy was taken into surgery, his dad railed about the fact that, despite this tragedy, the gun laws wouldn’t change. Later, while the bagpipers flooded the cafeteria, Bailey marveled at the fact that Karev’s picture had been added to the wall of chiefs. He was just interim, for Pete’s sake! Mark had been interim, and he wasn’t up there. In response, Richard reminded Bailey of a patient of his that she’d saved — so she got the than-you pears every year, not him. Still, she couldn’t resist swapping her and Alex’s pictures’ places. Post-surgery, Jo marveled that Maggie and Meredith had pulled off Kiki’s operation with no consequences. Except there were consequences of her past behavior — her emergency contact was… no one. Owen reported to the bagpipers that Colin had pulled through. Lucille made it through her procedure just fine, too. Upon learning the good news, one of her fellas explained to Teddy that it worked because Lucille and the other guy were friends. After witnessing the reunion between Colin and his dad, Owen panicked and made a beeline for daycare. Seeing his upset, Teddy got him to confess that he knew he was gonna lose the baby he’d come to love like his own.
As the hour drew to a close, Mer again asked Maggie if it was OK if she went out with DeLuca. “I’m not gonna be a Kiki,” Grey said. But Maggie hadn’t even heard her that morning; she’d just read her nemesis’ chart. Anyway, it was fine with Maggie. “He’s a good guy,” she said. Nearby, Owen and Amelia were shocked to learn that Carol and John planned to take Leo home with them. He and Amelia are the baby’s family, Owen protested. But hell would freeze over, John said, before he’d entrust his grandson to another drug addict. As Amelia shot Carol a crushed “How could you?!?” look, Owen said that Leo wouldn’t be going anywhere without a court order. “I’m his legal guardian,” he said, “and I’ve sworn to protect him.” What’s more, if the Dickinsons tried to leave Grey Sloan with Leo, Owen would have them arrested for kidnapping. (Gee, that escalated quickly.) After the couple departed with exactly the “You haven’t seen the last of us!” threats you’d expect, Owen, shocked that Amelia would disclose her drug-addict past to either of them, turned on her. If he wanted to fight for Leo, she replied, she wouldn’t be an issue. They aren’t married, after all. Of course the word that Owen zeroed in on was “if.” Why wouldn’t he fight for Leo? Because he’s the baby’s foster father, Amelia reminded him. He’d wanted Leo to have his mother in his life. Now he was starting a war with the baby’s grandparents, and all the while, Betty was missing, and he didn’t even seem to care. “Her name is Brittany,” Owen snapped. “And she’s never been much of a mother. I think we both know that.” Frustrated, Amelia just walked away.
‘SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY, I GOT GOOD AT IT’ | After Jo restored Alex’s chief portrait to its rightful place as the most recent one, Bailey approached Karev with an offer to return to her post. “I’m ready,” she said. Only he turned her down. He’d figured how to kick ass at the job like Richard had suggested, and the money was awesome. So he wasn’t budging until their six-month contract had expired. Grudgingly, she had to admit that she was proud of him. Next, Teddy went to Koracick’s hotel room and started going on about friendships, which struck him as odd. “You didn’t have to come to my hotel room to tell me we’re just friends,” he said. “That’s like a leave-a-note-at-the-front-desk kinda thing.” In response, she said he’d misunderstood. She and Owen are friends, she and Tom are… “something else.” (Inner voice: Yay! Outer voice: OK, fine — same.) With that, they shared a kiss that seemed like it could’ve turned into more. Except “I am really pregnant,” she reminded him. So maybe, he suggested, she could come in and share his club sandwich — extra bacon. That being an offer she couldn’t refuse, she accepted. Back at the hospital, Mer told DeLuca that he wasn’t taking her out that evening. Because of Maggie? he asked. No, because “I have three kids,” she replied. “I’m not getting on the back of a motorcycle, so I’m driving.” In other words, she was taking him out! (Viva la Season of Love!)
Killing Eve Season 2 Trailer: Will You Be My Bloody Valentine?(2/14/19) (Video) Of course Killing Eve would drop its Season 2 trailer on Valentine’s Day… after all, the heart is what pumps all the blood, right?
BBC America has released the first footage from the award-winning thriller’s hotly anticipated sophomore run — set to debut Sunday, April 7 at 8/7c — and in it, we see where Sandra Oh’s intelligence analyst Eve and Jodie Comer’s hired killer Villanelle end up in the aftermath of their bloody season finale confrontation. (Spoiler alert: Eve finally hunted Villanelle down and stabbed her, and Season 1 ended with a badly wounded Villanelle fleeing into the Paris streets.)
While Eve confesses to someone on the phone, “I think I might’ve killed her” (a happy couple in the middle of a proposal overhears her, too), Villanelle recovers in a hospital, and later skulks around a quiet suburb in colorful pajamas. “Sometimes when you love someone, you do crazy things,” she says, and when a man asks her what she needs a kitchen knife for, she smiles: “To stab you with.” These two are still completely obsessed with each other, too: Eve receives a shipment of beautiful white flowers spelling out her name — from guess who? — and she and Villanelle end up on opposite sides of a door, sensing each other’s presence.
Amy Acker Cast as Derek's MIA Fourth Sister, Kathleen(2/14/19) Grey’s Anatomy‘s Shepherd sibling puzzle is at long last complete. Amy Acker has been tapped to play the pivotal role of late Derek Shepherd’s oft-mentioned-but-never-seen fourth sister, Kathleen, TVLine has learned. As we first reported last week, the character will make her long anticipated entrance in the forthcoming Amelia-centric episode.
Little is known about the mysterious Kathleen (aka “Kate”), but it was previously established that she — like her other siblings — is a doctor (her speciality being psychiatry). Of Derek’s other three sisters, only Caterina Scorsone’s Amelia remains on the show. The roles of Liz Shepherd and Nancy Shepherd were previously played by Neve Campbell and Embeth Davitz, respectively.
“I’ve been doing the show for a long time and just hearing what [the episode is] about fills me with nervous excitement,” Scorsone previously enthused to TVLine of the Amelia-focused hour, which will be written by Julie Wong and directed by Bill D’Elia. “It’s not just, ‘Let’s follow Amelia to the neuro lab.’ It’s definitely a little standalone. It’s almost like a little movie on its own.”
Acker — who is thus far committed to doing just one episode of Grey’s — currently stars on Fox’s The Gifted as moms-to-mutants Caitlin Strucker. Just weeks away from its Season 2 finale, Fox’s lowest-rated, least watched drama has yet to be picked up for the 2019-20 TV season. Acker’s extensive TV resume also includes stints in Person of Interest, Dollhouse, Alias and Angel.
NAACP Image Awards Nominees(2/13/19) 50th NAACP Image Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of TV, music, literature and film will be unveiled March 30 at the Dolby Theatre in a ceremony that will air live on TV One.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series
Ratings: Supernatural Hits Highs With #300, Biggest Bang Audience in a Year(2/8/19) The CW’s Supernatural with its landmark 300th episode drew 1.64 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, up 17 and 25 percent week-to-week to mark its best numbers since last May’s season finale.
Leading out of that, Legacies (1.15 mil/0.4) ticked up to match its best numbers thus far.
CBS | The Big Bang Theory (14 mil/2.6) hit season highs, delivering its biggest audience in a year and its best rating since March 8. Young Sheldon (12.1 mil/2.0) similarly hit season highs. Leading out of Celeb Big Brother (4.8 mil/1.1), SWAT (5 mil/0.8) ticked down.
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (6.8 mil/1.5) slipped two tenths to match its all-time demo low. Million Little Things (5.3 mil/1.0) dipped a tenth to its lowest Thursday rating so far. HTGAWM (2.7 mil/0.6, read recap) was flat.
NBC | Titan Games (4.7 mil/1.0) dipped for a fifth straight week, while Brooklyn Nine-Nine (3 mil/0.9) ticked up and Will & Grace (3.1 mil/0.8) was steady. SVU (4.2 mil/0.8) dipped.
Grey's Recap: Happy Holidays — Plus, Did Bailey and Ben Break Up for Good?(2/7/18) (tvline.com) Time flew when Meredith was having fun in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. In fact, it flew so quickly that the show blew through three major holidays in under an hour. Which leads us straight to one of our two $64,000 questions: When the ABC drama was finished with its mini time jumps, which of Grey’s suitors had gotten Mer’s Valentine’s Day kiss — DeLuca or Link? And No. 2, was it officially splitsville for Bailey and Ben? Read on, and we’ll answer those questions and one we had no idea we should have been asking for ages: What’s Betty’s real name?
‘I DON’T THINK WE’VE EVER HAD A CHIEF GIVE US CURED MEAT BEFORE’ | As “Girlfriend in a Coma” began, Garrett was sitting (and standing and pacing) vigil by fiancée Natasha’s bedside as we flashed all the way forward to Christmas. Meredith invited Amelia and Owen over to open presents on the 25th, but they were looking to create their own traditions with Leo, especially with Betty in rehab. Teddy and Koracick were still circling one another, but it was Owen who took his babymama outside to show her that it was snowing. Amelia wanted him to invite Teddy to Christmas dinner, but she was covering for Hunt in the pit. Duh! Jo and Alex informed Mer that they were throwing a New Year’s Eve party — and the former encouraged Grey to ask Link as her date. Instead, she suggested to DeLuca that he come. “You are in a love triangle,” Jo delighted in telling Mer after they ran into a Santa-suited Link. Ben stopped by his former home to drop off presents for Tuck, leading to Bailey admitting that she’d signed both of their names to their son’s gifts as if they weren’t on a time-out. #awkward At Richard and Catherine’s, the cancer patient, exhausted, cut out of dinner with Jackson and Maggie early. Back at the hospital, Nico admitted that he wished Levi was going to be with him and his family the following day. (Obviously, they’d gone from being seriously cute to kinda serious.) Just then, Garrett called for help — Natasha had come out of her coma!
Shortly, we learned that Natasha just had to get stronger, and then she’d likely regain the ability to speak. After spotting Grey in a playful moment with Link, DeLuca asked, “When are you gonna stop stringing him along” and giving him false hope? “Who says it’s false?” she replied playfully. Oh, it was false, alright, the newly-emboldened DeLuca said before dropping some sexy Italian into the conversation and asking whether New Year’s Eve was an actual date or just an occasion where “we’ll make eyes at each other over the punch,” because Mer wasn’t brave enough to just be with him in public. Gauntlet thrown, Grey accepted the challenge — NYE was, in fact, a date! (And I’m not sure who was happier about that — DeLuca or me.) At rehab on December 31, Betty admitted to Amelia that she missed Leo — though not as much as she missed drugs. They’d made her feel better than being a mom. “I should just give you guys Leo and pretend none of this ever happened,” the teen said, pulling away from Amelia. That night, DeLuca was chagrined to learn from Levi that Mer wasn’t coming to the Karevs’ swanky party — she wanted to be there when Natasha used the speaking valve for the first time. As the gang counted down till midnight — yay! — Teddy and Koracick shared a sweet first (as far as we know) kiss. (Should they be Teracick? KoraTed?)
‘WE’RE HAVING A BABY GIRL’ | At Grey Sloan, Natasha asked Mer whether she shouldn’t be kissing one of the doctors who liked her — or Abercrombie and Stitch, as Garrett called them. “Kiss the one who turns back time for you,” the patient suggested. At Alex and Jo’s, DeLuca and Link copped to the fact that Mer had stood them both up. Mind you, the way she’d torn out of Natasha’s hospital room, it didn’t seem to me that they’d have been stood up for long. Or at least one of them wouldn’t have been. Alas, she never did show up at the party. DeLuca, when he next crossed her path at work, told her that he wasn’t her doormat and what she’d done had just been rude. At Richard and Catherine’s, the patient loathed her rehab exercises, was pissed that her therapist wasn’t helping her get back to her sensual self and refused to let her husband help her do anything. Back at Grey Sloan, Owen and Teddy learned that they were expecting a daughter. When Ben came by on duty, Bailey asked him to come home. But he wasn’t having it. “You broke my heart,” he reminded his estranged wife. “I’m not coming home just because you’re lonely and the fence needs patching.” She pleaded that her meds were to blame. Her pushing him away hadn’t been his fault. “But I’m better now,” she insisted. Called back into action, he told her they could talk about it later. (Though he seemed awfully relieved to have been given a way out from that conversation… )
‘YOU CAN’T LEAVE ME LIKE THAT AGAIN — EVER’ | Flashing forward a bit again, Garrett was upset to learn that Natasha would have to go under the knife once more to drain fluid from her lungs; her recovery had hit a big hitch. Koracick delighted Teddy by recommending to her and her sore feet that they get a mani/pedi sometime — he knew just the place. In the O.R., Mer and Jo marveled at the change in Levi — he was so much more confident than he used to be. In response, he adorably came out to all of them. DeLuca was especially happy for the intern formerly known as Glasses. “If you meet somebody who lights you up,” he said — pointedly to Mer — “you should fight for them.” At rehab, Betty admitted to Owen and Amelia that she’d been lying to them since she met them. Betty wasn’t even her real name; it was Brittany. And they hadn’t been calling her parents all this time, they’d been calling her friend, Jerry. She’d run away when she got pregnant and feared that, if her folks knew about Leo, they’d try to take him. (Yikes — and given her parents’ imminent arrival… ) At Grey Sloan, the dead bowel that Mer had discovered while operating on Natasha suddenly seemed like it might render more than just the patient’s bowel dead. After that crisis, we flashed forward 11 days — Natasha had had a pulmonary embolism. “Why is this happening to us?” Garrett cried. “She was getting better.” He became so overwrought that he almost collapsed and announced that if his fiancée died, he would, too. Mer tough-loved him back onto his feet, though. His job, she said, was to go home, take a shower and fight for Natasha.
At Richard and Catherine’s, she fell off her treadmill while doing her therapy — a crushing sight if ever there was one. “I can’t do this,” she wept. At Owen and Amelia’s, he was anxious to contact Brittany’s parents or at least tell the social worker the truth. In no time, the two of them were in a fight over his remark that addiction was just an excuse for “Betty’s” piss-poor decisions. But really, he was just scared s—less. If Brittany’s parents were gonna take Leo — his son — he wanted to know sooner than later. On Valentine’s Day, Maggie tried to perk up Jackson by suggesting a date. But he was pretty bummed about his mom’s progress and spirits. Maggie admitted to him, that during the worst of her mom’s illness, she’d actually wanted out for a moment — out of this life. Back at the hospital, DeLuca asked Mer how she could tell Garrett to fight for love when she wouldn’t do so herself. “I used to think you were so beyond me,” he said. “But you’re not.” Retaliating, she turned around and asked out Link, who, having been blown off so much himself, was stunned. When Bailey found Ben at home fixing the fence, he blamed himself for not having recognized the signs that she was in trouble. He hadn’t even built her the treehouse that he’d promised to. Except… oh! He wasn’t fixing the fence. He was building her that treehouse! So long as she never left him again, they were gonna be OK. (Whew.)
‘TAKE ME OFF THE VENT’ | After Garrett and Natasha called Grey Sloan’s doctors into her room and pointed out that, since she’d been there, she’d just kept getting worse, the patient asked them to let her die. “You may not have gotten that wedding under the stars,” she told Garett. But, turning to the docs, she added, “You gave us the rest of our lives together.” However brief the rest of her life had turned out to be. As the hour neared its conclusion, Mer told the couple that when she turned off Natasha’s vent, she couldn’t be sure how much time she’d have. As the almost-marrieds wept — me along with them, I can’t deny — Owen surprised Amelia with a bouquet of flowers. Just then, in strolled Koracick’s Valentine’s Day date — Teddy. And this was the first that Omelia seemed to know about their interest in one another. Alex called soon called them into Natasha’s room, where the docs all held up cell phones with stars on them so she and Garrett could kinda have the wedding they’d dreamed of. After Mer read the bride’s vows, we cut to Richard and Catherine’s place for a tender moment that quickly turned passionate. “She’s back, baby!” Webber smiled. Once more returning to Grey Sloan, Natasha and Garrett were pronounced husband and wife, and not a moment too soon — she expired immediately after. Upon leaving the room, DeLuca stole away Meredith to the rooftop. “I’m supposed to be on a date,” she protested. “You already are” he said, revealing that he had a bottle of wine for them. Finally, we saw Koracick and Teddy on their mani/pedi VD date, complete with dinner, got a glimpse of Bailey and Ben, ahem, reuniting, and at last got DeLuca and Mer’s sexy first real kiss. (I’m not counting the drunken liplock he laid on her at Jolex’s nuptials — not after this.)
Grey's Anatomy Poised to (Finally) Introduce Derek's Elusive Fourth Sister(2/7/18) (tvline.com) Grey’s Anatomy‘s forthcoming Amelia-centric episode has officially morphed into a full-fledged event. TVLine has learned exclusively that the Caterina Scorsone-driven hour will at long last introduce late Derek Shepherd’s oft-mentioned-but-never-seen fourth sister, Kathleen.
An ABC spokesperson confirmed that casting for the pivotal role is underway, but the rep declined to provide further details. Little is known about the mysterious Kathleen (aka “Kate,” but it was previously established that she — like her other siblings — is a doctor (her speciality being psychiatry).
Of Derek’s other three sisters, only Scorsone’s Amelia remains on the show. The roles of Liz Shepherd and Nancy Shepherd were previously played by Neve Campbell and Embeth Davitz, respectively.
“I’ve been doing the show for a long time and just hearing what [the episode is] about fills me with nervous excitement,” Scorsone previously enthused to TVLine of the Amelia-focused hour, which will be written by Julie Wong and directed by Bill D’Elia. “It’s not just, ‘Let’s follow Amelia to the neuro lab.’ It’s definitely a little standalone. It’s almost like a little movie on its own.”
Grey's Anatomy: Jennifer Grey Is Playing [Spoiler]'s Mother(2/7/18) After weeks of speculation about whether Jennifer Grey would be playing Jo’s mother on Grey’s Anatomy, TVLine can now exclusively confirm that the actress is actually playing the mother of Betty, the young recovering addict that Amelia has taken under her wing.
In the Thursday, February 14, episode of the ABC drama, Grey’s Carol Dickinson and husband John (played by Homicide: Life on the Street vet Kyle Secor) show up at Grey Sloan looking to find their daughter. When last seen in the midseason premiere, “Blowin’ in the Wind,” the teen mom was being sent to rehab by Amelia after relapsing and then getting busted by Richard while scouring the hospital in hopes of scoring more drugs.
Fans of Greys as well as Grey’s will recall that the Dancing With the Stars champ’s father, Joel Grey, previously appeared on the show back in Season 6 as an Alzheimer’s-afflicted former teacher of Izzie’s. Prior to the start of the younger Grey’s multi-episode arc next week, tonight’s “Girlfriend in a Coma” (9/8c) features not only Meredith gaining some clarity on the love triangle in which she’s entangled, and Bailey and Ben dealing with her “break” from their marriage, but Betty — ruh-roh — dropping a bombshell on her stand-in parents, Amelia and Owen.
‘This Is Us’ Casts Young & Teen Beth; Carl Lumbly To Play Her Father(2/7/18) NBC’s decades-spanning This Is Us features multiple younger versions of a number of central characters, including The Big 3 and Jack. Add Randall’s wife Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) the list.
Rachel Naomi Hilson (Madam Secretary) and Akira Akbar (Grey’s Anatomy) are set to recur as teen Beth and young Beth, respectively. They will make their first appearance in the Feb. 19 episode titled “Our Little Island Girl,” which will focus on Beth’s backstory. Set to guest star in the episode as Beth’s father Abe Clarke is Carl Lumbly (Supergirl,).
They join previously announced Phylicia Rashad as Carol, Beth’s mother and Goran Višnjic as Vincent, a teacher of Beth’s, in the episode, in which Beth’s trip home to care for her mother sparks an unexpected realization.
The Dan Fogelman-created seres has been Emmy nominated for Outstanding Drama Series for both of its first two seasons.
In addition to Watson, Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan and Susan Kelechi Watson star.
Produced by 20th Century Fox TV, This is Us is executive produced by creator Fogelman, Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Ken Olin, Charlie Gogolak and Jess Rosenthal.
Lumbly’s credits also include NCIS: Los Angeles, The Chi, Alias, and the upcoming Warner Bros’ feature Doctor Sleep. He’s repped by Kass Management.
Hilson also has appeared on Law and Order SVU, The Americans, The Affair, Elementary, The Slap and the NBC series, Rise. She made her motion picture debut in Kings. She’s repped by Carson-Adler Agency and Link Management.
Akbar has been seen on shows such as Criminal Minds, and will soon be seen in the recurring role of Brooke on Netflix’s Family Reunion. She’s repped by Green Room Management and Eris Talent Agency.
This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 PM on NBC.
Jerrika Hinton & Lena Olin Poised To Join Amazon Drama Series ‘The Hunt’(2/7/18) Grey’s Anatomy alum Jerrika Hinton and Lena Olin (Alias) are nearing deals to join the cast of Amazon’s The Hunt, a vengeance-driven Nazi hunting series executive produced by Oscar-winning Get Out writer-director Jordan Peele, Deadline has confirmed.
Starring Logan Lerman, and Al Pacino also nearing a deal, The Hunt follows a diverse band of Nazi Hunters living in 1977 New York City. The Hunters, as they’re known, have discovered that hundreds of high ranking Nazi officials are living among us and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. The eclectic team of Hunters will set out on a bloody quest to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans.
Hinton is poised play Millie Malone, a gutsy FBI agent who’s marginalized in the Bureau because of her race and gender. Olin is in final talks to play a Nazi.
The project, produced by Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Sonar Entertainment, was created by David Weil (Moonfall), who will write and executive produce. Nikki Toscano executive produces and co-showruns with Weil.
Hinton played Dr. Stephanie Edwards on Grey’s Anatomy and most recently appeared in HBO’s Here and Now. She’s repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency, Trademark Talent and attorney Derek Kroeger.
Olin is best known for her role as Irina Derevko on Alias.
DeLuca and Meredith Are 'Definitely Going to Heat Up' on Grey's Anatomy(2/6/18) It's been a couple of weeks, but some of us are still trying to recover from the DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) elevator scene from the Grey's Anatomy winter premiere. Their intimate exchange while waiting for the generators to come back on during a windstorm kicked Meredith's romantic life into high gear and sent the audience's thirst to a new level.
"The fan response has been really great so far. They are in a place where they can accept that Meredith is in a place where she can find love and not just a fling or hook-up, but something real again," Gianniotti told TV Guide at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Tuesday. "We are having a good time telling this story."
DeLuca is only one side of Meredith's current love triangle though, with Link (Chris Carmack) also taking some of her attention. Gianniotti isn't too concerned about other men, and he confirms that DeLuca isn't sweating the competition either.
It' been a couple of weeks, but some of us are still trying to recover from the DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) elevator scene from the Grey's Anatomy winter premiere. Their intimate exchange while waiting for the generators to come back on during a windstorm kicked Meredith's romantic life into high gear and sent the audience's thirst to a new level.
"The fan response has been really great so far. They are in a place where they can accept that Meredith is in a place where she can find love and not just a fling or hook-up, but something real again," Gianniotti told TV Guide at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Tuesday. "We are having a good time telling this story."
DeLuca is only one side of Meredith's current love triangle though, with Link (Chris Carmack) also taking some of her attention. Gianniotti isn't too concerned about other men, and he confirms that DeLuca isn't sweating the competition either.
Grey's Anatomy's Camilla Luddington Teases 'Hardest Episode I Ever Shot'(2/6/18) Amelia will not be the only Grey’s Anatomy vet getting the standalone episode treatment this season. Camilla Luddington tells TVLine exclusively that her newly-wedded alter ego, Jo, will take center stage in a spring outing penned by co-exec producer Elisabeth R. Finch and directed by co-star/EP Debbie Allen.
“It was the hardest episode I ever shot,” Luddington declares. “It’s unbelievable. It’s so powerful.”
The actress previously told TVLine that the ABC drama’s current (and recently expanded) 15th season would delve deeper into her character’s mysterious backstory via her never-before-seen biological parents, whose introduction fans have long been anticipating. Luddington declined to say whether the Jo-centric episode in question will mark mom and/or dad’s arrival, revealing only that the installment features “a lot” of Kim Raver’s Teddy and is rooted in themes both “medical and personal.” Meanwhile, as we reported last month, the aforementioned Amelia-centered episode — which is also slated to air sometime in the spring — will be set entirely outside of Grey Sloan. “I’ve been doing the show for a long time and just hearing what it’s about fills me with nervous excitement,” Amelia’s portrayer, Caterina Scorsone, previously enthused to TVLine. “It’s almost like a little movie on its own.”
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Likely To Return For Season 16 After New ABC Chief Karey Burke Hints At Renewal – TCA(2/6/18) Grey’s Anatomy will likely be back for a sixteenth season.
Karey Burke, President of ABC Entertainment, during her first TCA session after taking on her new role in November, discussed the status of the medical drama.
While it was widely presumed that the show, which is ABC’s highest rated series, would continue for season 16 after star Ellen Pompeo signed a two year-deal with ABC Studios, it had not been previously announced.
Burke told Deadline that she was “planning for more”.
“We’re thrilled with Grey’s performance; I was visiting the set earlier this week. I believe the status is that we’re in conversations about continuing the show,” she said.
Earlier this month, ABC ordered three additional episodes of Shonda Rhimes’ drama for the current 15th season, bringing the total season order to 25 episodes.
Created and executive produced by Rhimes, ABC Studios-produced Grey’s Anatomy stars Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens Jr as Richard Webber, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce, Kim Raver as Teddy Altman and Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca.
Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, showrunner Krista Vernoff, Debbie Allen, Zoanne Clack, Fred Einesman, Andy Reaser and Meg Marinis are executive producers.
James Tupper on A Million Little Things 2/21/19(2/5/18) “the rosary” – As her friends anxiously await the outcome of Maggie’s surgery, an unexpected arrival from her mother leads to a tense first meeting with Gary, on an all-new episode of “A Million Little Things,” airing THURSDAY, FEB. 21 (9:01-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“A Million Little Things” stars David Giuntoli as Eddie Saville, Ron Livingston as Jon Dixon, Romany Malco as Rome Howard, Allison Miller as Maggie Bloom, Christina Moses as Regina Howard, Christina Ochoa as Ashley Morales, Grace Park as Katherine Kim, James Roday as Gary Mendez, Stephanie Szostak as Delilah Dixon, Lizzy Greene as Sophie Dixon and Tristan Byon as Theo Saville.
Guest stars include Melora Hardin as Patricia, Chandler Riggs as PJ, James Tupper as Andrew, and Marissa Jaret Winokur as Linda.
DJ Nash is creator and executive producer; Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor and James Griffiths are executive producers. “A Million Little Things” is produced by ABC Studios and Kapital Entertainment.
The episode “the rosary” was written by Tawnya Bhattacharya and Ali Laventhol, and directed by Richard J. Lewis.
Grey's Anatomy Boss Explains Why [Spoiler] Had to Die in Latest Episode(2/2/19) The following contains spoilers from the Jan. 31 episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. Proceed at your own risk.
In a roundabout way, April Kepner killed Thatcher Grey.
You see, after Grey’s Anatomy writer Elisabeth R. Finch pitched showrunner Krista Vernoff Thursday’s emotional episode, “The Winner Takes It All” — in which Catherine underwent grueling surgery in hopes of removing a cancerous tumor — the boss was 100-percent on board. “She wanted to tell the story of her own diagnosis, surgery and survival, and I wanted to support her telling that story,” Vernoff says. “So often on television, cancer is death, or life cancer-free, and so many millions of Americans are living with cancer.
“Finchy lives with cancer,” she adds, referring to the episode’s writer. “And she wanted to help other people living with cancer see themselves represented on television, because representation matters. I was for it.”
But — and it’s a big “but” — Vernoff was hesitant to spare Catherine after Season 14 nearly froze April to death, took out Amelia’s brain tumor and gave Bailey a heart attack.
“We did some brutal things to our characters and expected them to die… then they lived,” she points out. “So I said to [Finch], ‘If you really want Catherine to survive this surgery that so few people survive and have it feel like a miracle, someone we deeply care about has to die. And she came to me with the idea of Meredith’s father.”
Ratings: Will & Grace Returns Up From Fall Finale, All CBS Sitcoms Rise(2/1/19) Will & Grace resumed Season 10 on Thursday night with 3.1 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, ticking up on both counts from its Dec. 8 midseason finale.
Opening NBC’s night, Titan Games (4.6 mil/1.1) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.8 mil/0.8) each dipped a tenth, though the latter is still up versus its final Fox season. At 10 pm, SVU (4.6 mil/0.9) was steady.
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (7.2 mil/1.7) ticked up, while A Million Little Things (5.3 mil/1.1) and HTGAWM (2.6 mil/0.6) were steady — though the latter dipped to another all-time audience low.
CBS | Big Bang Theory (13.5 mil/2.4) ticked up to equal this season’s second-best rating, while Young Sheldon (11.6 mil/1.9) rose two tenths to match its season high in the demo. Mom (8.7 mil/1.3) was up a tenth, Fam (6.1 mil/1.0) rose two tenths and SWAT (5.7 mil/0.9) was steady.
THE CW | Coming off renewal news, Supernatural (1.36 mil/0.4) and Legacies (1.01 mil/0.3) were steady.
FOX | Gotham (2.4 mil/0.7) ticked up, The Orville (3.1 mil/0.7) was steady.
Grey's Recap: Father's Day for Mer — Plus, Did Catherine Pull Through?(1/31/19) (tvline.com) We’re gonna need some tissues, stat! Thursday’s feels-filled Grey’s Anatomy not only included the risky surgery that was going to decide whether Catherine lived or died, it also reunited Meredith with her terminally-ill father (Shondaland fave Jeff Perry). Have you dried your eyes enough yet to read through a recap? I’ll give you a minute while I look over it again to see how many typos I made while I was choking on that lump in my throat.
‘I NEED YOU TO BE MY HUSBAND AND MY SON TODAY’ | As “The Winner Takes It All” began, Catherine quietly sang “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” as she underwent a pre-op MRI, Richard attended an AA meeting, and Teddy found Koracick practicing for surgery with a game of Operation. “Funny bone,” he cracked. “Not as easy as it looks.” (And I am 100 percent on board with Teddy and Tom — already. Am I too easy?) Richard turned down Mer’s offer of coffee and assured her that he didn’t need her support. You know who did, though? Her father, he said, all but pushing her out the door to visit Thatcher. Shortly, Jackson rubbed Koracick the wrong way by questioning the plan that he and Amelia had laid out for Catherine’s surgery. It was gonna be a long day for the lot of ’em.
Next thing we knew, Meredith was at Thatcher’s door. After steeling herself to ring the bell, she was greeted by her father’s aide, who recognized her at once. “Do you want to come in?” he asked. “That’s a loaded question,” she replied. Once she’d been ushered into the study, she came face to face with her father for the first time in years. Before leaving them alone, Thatcher’s caretaker reported that the patient was totally clean and sober. Still, “I didn’t come here to say anything or to hear you say anything to me,” Mer told her dad. But he was in a talkative mood — time was short, after all — and eager to discuss his wondrous journey to Zimbabwe following Lexie’s passing. “You went and got a whole new life — halfway around the world this time,” she said. And he’d forgotten all about her. OK, so maybe, just maybe she had a few things that she wanted to say to him, too.
‘I WILL SEE YOU WHEN I WAKE UP’ | During a moment alone with Jackson in the O.R., Catherine recalled her nervousness the first time that she’d had a scalpel put in her hand — and the way “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” had calmed her down and restored her joy. They shared a laugh about how he’d called Diana Ross “old-people music,” and she revealed that of course she’d snuck into the gallery to watch his first surgery years ago. Then the conversation got deadly serious: Catherine revealed to her son the arrangements that she’d made, should the worst happen — and the party that she’d planned for if she made it off the table alive! Meanwhile, Koracick and Amelia couldn’t shake their uncharacteristic nerves. Tom was so off his game, he was even willing to indulge in the “word vomit” that Amelia favored. In the end, he admitted that he couldn’t lose Catherine — he’d lost enough. “So let’s not lose her!” Time for the superhero pose.
“‘For better or worse’ doesn’t include seeing [your wife’s] insides,” Catherine told Richard, encouraging him not to spend the day watching and worrying in the gallery. Besides, “I will see you when I wake up.” Just then, Jackson cued up “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and my eyes welled up for the first time as the entire O.R. happily danced around. (How freaking radiant was Debbie Allen?!?) As Koracick and Amelia dug in, they kept the music going in the background to keep their spirits up. Meanwhile, Maggie joined Richard and Jackson in the gallery. At this point, things were “so far, so good,” Jackson reported. Except that he hated Koracick. “He’s bopping over my mother’s spine!” he marveled. As for Richard, he wasn’t leaving — he and Catherine had an agreement to always be where the other needed them, and he was right where he should be. As Maggie went into the hall to check on Jackson, things went downhill suddenly in the O.R. — Amelia and Koracick were going to have to turn Catherine over sorta and attack the tumor from another angle, putting the patient at risk for the loss of the use of a hand, for starters.
‘ALL I REALLY WANT TO SAY IS THANK YOU’ | Back at Thatcher’s, Mer reminded her father that when she gave him a piece of her liver, he’d said they would try to keep in touch, to be closer. But he hadn’t, she spat. On the contrary, he had — he’d even come to Derek’s funeral, he revealed. He just hadn’t spoken to her. She’d appeared as ghostly to him then as he now did to her. And if he’d made sure she knew he was there, it would have been for him, not her, he added, growing short of breath. However, he came home for her. “I tried calling you,” he went on. But she hadn’t called back. So he and Richard began talking, about a lot of things. In the end, he’d realized that all he really wanted to tell his daughter was thank you. “When you gave me your liver, you gave me time,” he said, to get his act together and finally have a real life. “I just wish you and I could have shared it.” Well, “I guess you did try this time,” Mer had to concede. “I just didn’t know.” As talk turned back to Lexie, Mer revealed that she had another sister. And Maggie, she said, was “the best of Ellis and Richard.” In that moment, I thought Thatcher had actually passed away from shock. But eventually he spoke. “At least something good came from all that,” he said.
Later, Mer and Thatcher actually shared a smile as he recalled that Ellis hadn’t even wanted to admit that she was pregnant with her till she was ready to deliver. “I never heard her laugh like that” before, he said, remembering that he’d thought, “What a way for you to come into the world.” In that moment, Mer’s mom had been so delightful, he would have married her all over again. As Thatcher began to deteriorate before Mer’s eyes, she told him about his grandkids. “They are exhausting and amazing,” she said. “I wish you knew them, too, because they are so, so beautiful.” And just like that, Mer’s father died. (Cue that lump in my throat.) As the hour drew to a close, Grey was back at home and giving her kids the presents that Thatcher had told her he had for them.
‘I CAN’T IMAGINE WHAT A ROOM WOULD EVEN FEEL LIKE WITHOUT HER IN IT’ | Finding Jackson misty-eyed, Maggie sweetly listened as he described his larger-than-life mom to her… and reflected on losing Samuel. It makes you feel unsafe, Maggie suggested, like nothing makes sense anymore. “I don’t like it,” he sobbed. “I don’t like it.” (I’m not crying, you‘re… OK, fine, I’m crying.) Meanwhile, Catherine was turned on her side in surgery, and secured so that the operation could continue. “They did it,” Bailey told Richard, who hadn’t been able to bear to watch. (Jeez, the look on Richard’s face as Koracick and Amelia went back in — heart-shredding.) For a second, Koracick froze… till Amelia gave him a task that snapped him out of it. Then, yikes! They discovered that their best course of action was to take out the tumor piece by piece. Leaping into action, Richard got on the intercom and told the docs to use his MasSpec Pen to make sure that they’d gotten it all. His invention wasn’t approved yet, but it worked, he swore.
When Catherine came out from under anesthesia, she was thrilled to learn that her hands and feet moved. “I thought for sure you were gonna kill me,” she told Tom. He and Amelia hadn’t, but they still had some difficult news to break: They’d had to leave a cancerous nodule behind. Still, “I can live with this for many years,” Catherine said. This wasn’t a death sentence. “You two have given me my life back!” And in a couple of months, the lot of ’em were gonna have that party she had planned. At day’s end, Koracick ran into Teddy, who joked that she’d been on the fence about him being able to pull off the surgery. “Why don’t you get cleaned up… I’ll buy you a drink,” she offered. Instead, he wanted to wait for her to spend money on him when he smelled better — and paid a visit to the chapel to tell his son that he’d saved his friend. (Lump No. 2.) Meanwhile, at a meeting — which Richard also attended — Amelia described her “terrifying” day operating on a legend who meant the world to a lotta people that she loves. And she was so grateful to have been sober to feel every incredible moment.
Catherine's Cancer Storyline Was Extremely Personal For One Grey's Anatomy Writer(1/31/19) (tvguide.com) When Grey's Anatomy goes there, it really goes there. Thursday's episode took a break from the soapy dramatics and instead focused on telling an intimate story about what it really means to deal with cancer.
In "The Winner Takes It All," Koracick (Greg Germann) and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) faced a daunting surgery to remove a tumor lodged on Catherine's (Debbie Allen) spine in the hopes of saving both her life and her surgeon's hands. They were successful in preserving her life and career but were unable to fully cure her. With 95 percent of the tumor removed, Catherine will now live with the disease for the rest of her life. It was a moving story with a hopeful ending as Catherine looked forward to all of the things she'll still be able to do, including spending time with her family.
Elsewhere, the harrowing hour offered a different perspective through Thatcher Grey (Jeff Perry), who chose to stop treatments and die on his own terms. In an emotional final visit, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and her father hashed out their issues and found closure before he ultimately passed away.
The standalone episode was deeply personal for Grey's writer Elisabeth Finch. She based Catherine's story arc on her own experiences with cancer. In an interview with TV Guide, she opened up about what it meant to tell that very raw story, what Catherine's future might look like and the things she'd like to see changed with regard to how we handle the disease.
This was a deeply personal story for you, so what was it like putting yourself out there like that? Elisabeth Finch: This is my fifth season working on Grey's. Everyone, including the writers and the actors, has seen the various stages of me being sick, so it wasn't about me exposing myself to the people around me. What was challenging to me was figuring out how I could communicate the things that mattered most to me about my cancer experience, which is atypical, out into the world. And figure out how to give Catherine a character arc that was engaging and unique.
Which was the most difficult scene for you to write?
Finch: Honestly, I go somewhere in my head where I'm not thinking about it. But when we started filming, it started to filter into my brain how much of my story I put down on paper, how much of my story was being told through Catherine. Watching Catherine wake up and everyone else in the room is heartbroken and she finds out that they got 95 percent of the tumor and her hands still function and she can still be a surgeon, she starts to list all the things that she's still going to get to do with her life because they saved her life. They didn't cure her but they saved her. I started to hear those words over and over and over again. And that was when I think it finally hit me what story I had told. And also, just starting to see myself being reflected back at me. It's something I had never seen before. Never on television or in a movie where someone else's cancer looks like mine, or their disability looks like mine. That's something I think everybody should have the opportunity to see, to see a version of themselves reflected back.
In the end, Catherine will have to live with cancer but she looks forward to all of the things she's going to accomplish instead of dwelling on the what-ifs. What went into the decision to give that hopeful ending?
Finch: It's the most honest ending, with regards to my own story. I'm a person who lives with cancer. I'm not dying of it. I am not cured of it. I have it and it's a part of my life and it's not my entire life. That was what I was interested in telling in the first place. That's what [Grey's showrunner] Krista Vernoff asked me to consider relating. We've seen patients that live in the cured space or that live in the dead space. We don't see cancer patients who live in a space where they have it and they have their full lives too. So it wasn't just about we'd like to stick a hopeful ending on the end of this episode. It was more about telling a version of cancer that doesn't get told anywhere.
This episode could have been very dark but it wasn't. There were moments of laughter, like when Jackson danced with Catherine. How important was it for you to include humor during this hour?
Finch: It's so true to mix in those heartbreaking moments with those moments of crazy laughter and crazy joy because that was my experience and continues to be my experience. There are days where things are not good and I feel miserable and I'm doing miserably. And then there are days where thing are absurd and I'm absurd. And there are days where it's half and half and then any moment, I think those moments of grief and joy come in intermittently and that's true to life. I had in my head for a long time that I wanted to see Catherine singing a song to herself while she was going through the scanner because that's how I measure time in my head when I'm going through MRI machines. I just sing the same songs over and over again and I know an MRI machine is three versions of this song. And so, having those little moments that are odd but true felt really tightly put together. And how could you ever resist having Debbie Allen dance it out on the OR floor? Like who wouldn't want that dream?!
Oh, that was fantastic!
Finch: It was my all-time favorite thing I've gotten to do on Grey's.
This episode also touched on the language we use with regard to cancer, those militant terms like "battle" and "fight." How did that language play into the way you dealt with cancer and what do you hope to change about it?
Finch: I really hope the thing people take away from this episode is that militarized language around cancer is often hurtful and destructive to the people dealing with it firsthand. I am not the mayor of Cancer Town so I cannot speak for everyone. If someone wants to adopt those words and that's what makes them feel better, that's up to them. But all the conversations that I've had with people that I know that are living with cancer or have cancer, they don't connect to it. And it assigns value to life and death.
I don't understand what winning and losing really means when you're talking about cancer. Because I have seen people who have read every medical text they possibly can, gone to every doctor they possibly can and have lived. I've see people do the same thing and die. I've seen people do nothing and be fine. I think it puts hurtful expectations on patients to somehow gear up or appear stronger than they are. And nothing drives me crazier than to read an obituary of someone who's passed away from cancer and say that they lost their fight. I don't know what that means because there ain't much in their control. They took their medicine or they didn't take their medicine and they died. And I take my medicine and I'm alive. It has nothing to do with my winning spirit or their losing spirit. It has nothing to do with what's good or bad or if I fight harder than those other people. It's luck. It's genetics. It's my doctor. It's my privilege. It's not in my control and so assigning those words as if it is in your control, I think, is harmful to people who are in that position.
Meredith touched on that in her voiceover. Did you at some point consider her to be a conduit for your own voice?
Finch: Yeah, I think her voiceover is my thesis statement for the episode. You see it in Thatcher who talks about how he got treatment and it didn't work and he died. You see Catherine who took her medicine, got her surgery and she lived. Neither of them is a winner or a loser, and Meredith gets to give words to that. Hopefully, that will register with people and they'll get to absorb a different point of view because of it.
How will we see Catherine deal with living with this disease and how will that affect the others around her?
Finch: What I'm interested in is watching someone living with cancer being normalized. Because I walk around in the world and other people that I know living with cancer walk around in the world and have good jobs and big families and a lot of love and a lot of things to do. And every once in a while, they have to go in and take care of themselves by going to a scan or seeing a doctor. Sometimes they have a bad couple of months and then a good couple of months and it becomes normal. It's not always in crisis mode. I don't live in crisis mode. I live from scan to scan. I appreciate all the time I have in between those scans. But my reality is, honestly, not that much different from anyone else because no day is promised. There's no guarantee that anyone is going to live 'til tomorrow. So I'm interested in watching Catherine live her life and go back to surgery and be with her family and talk about all the other things that are going on in her life and have all the other emotions about what's going on in her life that don't revolve around cancer. Because that's the reality for most people.
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.
Grey's Anatomy: Michelle Forbes to Guest Star — Is She Jo's Mother?!(1/31/19) Michelle Forbes is fleeing Berlin Station for Emerald City. The TV vet has booked a guest appearance on Grey’s Anatomy, TVLine has learned exclusively.
An ABC rep confirmed Forbes’ casting but declined to provide details on her character, so naturally we are going to speculate that perhaps she could maybe-possibly be playing Jo’s estranged mother, whose imminent arrival was previously confirmed by Camilla Luddington herself. (If it’s not Forbes playing Jo’s mum then it’s gotta be Jennifer Grey, right?)
ABC recently announced that it ordered three additional Grey’s episodes, bringing the Seattle-set series’ current Season 15 tally to 25. As a result, Season 15 will mark the second-longest season in Grey’s Anatomy history, tying Season 3’s 25-episode haul but falling shy of Season 2’s record-setting run of 27 (which was boosted by a four-episode spillover from Season 1). As TVLine reported earlier this month, one of the three bonus episodes will be Amelia-centric.
Forbes’ lengthy TV resume includes stints on Guiding Light, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Homicide, The District, 24, Battlestar Galactica, Prison Break, In Treatment, True Blood, The Killing, Chicago Fire, Orphan Black, The Returned, Powers and the aforementioned Berlin Station (which just concluded its third season on Epix).
AMC To Simulcast BBC America’s ‘Killing Eve’ Season Two(1/31/19) AMC will simulcast season two of BBC America’s Killing Eve when the series returns in April, AMC Networks announced today. The series stars recent SAG Award winner Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer.
“When we launched Killing Eve on BBC America last year we had high hopes, but no idea it would become this obsession,” said Sarah Barnett, President, Entertainment Networks for AMC Networks. “We believe we’ve just hit the tip of the iceberg in terms of potential viewers and we want to expose this brilliant series to the largest audience we can.”
Produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd for BBC America, the series revolves around Eve (Oh), an MI6 operative, and psychopath assassin Villanelle (Comer). In the second season, the action picks up just 36 seconds after the end of last season’s finale, as Villanelle has disappeared and Eve having no idea if the woman she stabbed is alive or dead. With both of them in deep trouble, Eve has to find Villanelle before someone else does.
The series is based on the Codename Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings and is executive produced by Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Gina Mingacci and lead writer Emerald Fennell. Oh and Francesca Gardiner are co-executive producers, with Elinor Day as series producer. Damon Thomas returns to direct and is also executive producer, with Lisa Brühlmann and Francesca Gregorini also directing. The series is distributed by Endeavor Content.
Last season’s finale, AMC says, delivered series highs with 1.25 million viewers in live+3, up 86 percent from premiere, with 545,000 adults 25-54 and 378,000 adults 18-49, up 127 percent and 100 percent from premiere, respectively.
AMC’s simulcast of BBC America’s Killing Eve Season 2 premieres Sunday, April 7 at 9 pm ET/PT.
Kate Walsh To Host Costume Designers Guild Awards(1/29/19) Kate Walsh will host the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, which this year is set for February 19 at the Beverly Hilton. The Grey’s’ Anatomy and Private Practice alum will preside over the unveiling of winners in eight film, television, and short form categories.
The top film and TV noms each are split into three categories — contemporary, period and sci-fi/fantasy.
The guild that night will also bestow its Career Achievement Award on Ruth Carter, who is up for a CDG Award and an Oscar this year for Black Panther. Other honorees include Glenn Close (Spotlight Award), Betty Pecha Madden (Distinguished Service Award), and Ryan Murphy (Distinguished Collaborator Award).
SAG Awards 2019 Winners(1/28/19) Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
GLAAD Media Award Nominations(1/27/19) Acknowledging the fairness, accuracy, inclusiveness, boldness, originality, impact and overall quality of LGBTQ representations in the media, this year’s GLAAD Media Awards will be held Thursday, March 28 (in Los Angeles) and Saturday, May 4 (in New York).
Outstanding Drama Series
Grey's Vet to Whiskey(1/26/19) Scott Foley’s real-life wife Marika Dominczyk (Grey’s Anatomy) has landed a multi-episode arc on his upcoming ABC spy dramedy Whiskey Cavalier, playing a tough-as-nails mercenary, per Deadline. Additionally, Christa Miller (Cougar Town) — the spouse of Whiskey Cavalier EP Bill Lawrence — will guest-star as a federal judge/close friend of Lauren Cohan’s character.
Ratings: HTGAWM Eyes Lows, While Million Little Things Hits Audience High(1/25/19) How to Get Away With Murder this Thursday drew 2.74 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating opposite S.W.A.T. and SVU reruns, ticking down on both counts to match and hit series lows.
Opening ABC’s night, Grey’s Anatomy (6.9 mil/1.6) slipped 16 percent in the demo. A Million Little Things (5.4 mil/1.1) held steady in the demo while inching up to a new audience high.
THE CW | Supernatural (1.41 mil/0.4) was steady, while Legacies (1/05 mil/0.3) matched its midseason finale.
FOX | Gotham (2.43 mil/0.6) dipped to match its series low in the demo; The Orville (3.14 mil/09.7) was steady.
NBC | Titan Games (4.9 mil/1.2) dipped a tenth, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (3 mil/1.0) ticked up to mark its second-best rating in two years, and The Good Place (2.7 mil/0.8) was steady with its season finale.
CBS | Floating in a seas of reruns, a double helping of Fam did 6.4 mil/1.0 and then 5.1 mil/0.8.
James Frawley, Emmy-Winning Director Of Monkees and Muppets, Dead At 82(1/25/19) James Frawley, the Emmy-winning director who brought both the Monkees and the Muppets to screen success during a prolific television and film career spanning five decades, has died. He was 82. Frawley died on Jan. 22 at his home in Indian Well, as first reported in the Palm Springs Desert Sun.
Frawley was born in Houston in September 1936 and gravitated toward acting, first on stage and then in classic 1960s television fare such as Gunsmoke, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Perry Mason, My Favorite Martian, Dr. Kildare, The Outer Limits and I, Spy.
Frawley’s career took a major turn in 1966 when he set aside acting to step behind the camera as the director of an experimental new NBC series, The Monkees. Inspired by Beatlemania, the primetime music and comedy series introduced a “pre-feb” version of the Fab Four with Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones, Peter Took and Mickey Dolenz as a daft pop troupe channeling their own riff on the frenetic charms of the Beatles films Help! and A Hard Day’s Night. The Monkees lasted 58 episodes spread over two seasons but its pop-culture legacy and popularity went far beyond that, especially when the show’s band scored authentic chart hits that became pop classics, among them Last Train to Clarksville, Daydream Believer, Steppin’ Stone and I’m a Believer.
In 1967 Frawley won an Emmy for directing an episode of the Monkees titled Royal Flush and he was nominated again a year later for another episode, The Devil and Peter Tork. He would add two more Emmy nominations in later decades for his work on the 1997 pilot of Fox’s Ally McBeal and the 2000 pilot of NBC’s Ed.
His credits in television also include Columbo, Magnum, P.I., Grey’s Anatomy, The Practice, Wonderful World of Disney, Cagney & Lacy, That Girl, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Melrose Place, and Smallville.
The sharp but loopy improvisational energy of The Monkees made a big impression on Jim Henson who more than a decade later flew Frawley to the London set of The Muppet Show to discuss a big-screen adventure based on the syndicated television series.
The two bonded and Frawley signed on to direct The Muppet Movie, the 1979 puppet epic that tracks an intrepid amphibian named Kermit the Frog on his quest for Hollywood fame and introduces him to new friends like Fozzy Bear, Miss Piggy and Gonzo. The film’s all-star cameos gave Frawley a chance to direct Orson Welles, Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin and Mel Brooks.
Kate Walsh on Fam 1/31/19(1/25/19) “Jolene, Jolene” – After Clem and Nick tell Shannon she can’t go to a music festival on a school night, Shannon’s long-absent mother, Jolene (Kate Walsh), comes back into her life and tries to undermine them. Also, Freddy attempts to help matters in an effort to get back in Clem’s good graces before the wedding, on FAM, Thursday, Jan. 31 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Freeze Frame(1/25/19) (tvline.com) “Freeze!” yelled no one in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. Yet, due to circumstances beyond Owen’s control, he wound up frozen — as in paralyzed, and just when he was about to operate, too! Who leapt into action to ensure that the patient didn’t go from the O.R. to the morgue? What new intel did Meredith learn about would-be beau Link? And who, out of nowhere, seemed to have a possible course of treatment in mind for Catherine? Read on; this recap includes more details than a medical chart!
‘WHAT, DO YOU LIVE HERE?’ | As “Help, I’m Alive” began, Mer and DeLuca were making eyes at one another in the O.R.; Koracick was asking for Amelia’s help with Catherine’s case; Bailey was checking in with her therapist and seemed to be making progress; and Richard was revealing his wife’s diagnosis to a guy we hadn’t seen before and asking the fellow to be his sponsor. At Grey Sloan, Teddy admitted to Bailey that she was having Owen’s baby, had an iffy relationship with Mer’s sisters and badly needed a job. “You’re gonna have to say all that again to Alex Karev,” Miranda told her. Nearby, Mer was mad that Alex had surgery when she needed his help with son Bailey’s superhero-themed birthday party. But her anger was nothing compared to Catherine’s. She was livid that Grey had blabbed to Maggie about her cancer. As such, “you’re fired from my team,” she told Mer, adding that Grey should stay out of her sight “until my fury passes.”
Outside, Mer found Link chilling while he waited for a trauma case to arrive. “No point stressing out until you have to,” he said, straightening up as the ambulance pulled in. The patient turned out to be a woman named Natasha who’d fallen from a hotel balcony, and arriving right behind her was Garrett, the guy she was supposed to marry the following day. “And I thought my wedding day was a mess,” said Jo. Shortly, Mer was taken aback when Link’s “whatever” attitude continued as they took care of the patient. He wasn’t even going to treat her pelvis before they took her to the ER. Afterwards, Mer marveled at how Jo ever could have thought that her old pal would be a good match for her. He didn’t help his case by jogging up to the O.R. to get the blood flowing and saying that they had to save the woman because she was getting hitched. Uh, “we have to save ’em all,” Grey snapped, “even the sad and lonely ones.” In surgery, Mer asked Link how the hell he ever became a doctor, relaxed as he is, prompting Jo to blurt out that he’d had cancer, that was what had spurred him to practice medicine. He then admitted that he hadn’t explained his reason for not treating the patient’s pelvis earlier because he hadn’t realized he had to prove that he belonged there. Later, when Mer admitted that Hulk — the Hulk, Link corrected her — had just cancelled on her party, the newbie volunteered to pitch in. As they decorated, he mentioned that he was enjoying the chase with her. Ha — why, because women usually threw themselves at him? she shot back. When the kids arrived, little Bailey asked Link, “Are you Thor?”
‘ARE YOU SAYING IT’S MY FAULT THAT YOU AND AMELIA ARE BACK TOGETHER?’ | When Owen bumped into Teddy, she complained about having to “audition” for Maggie, “which is only slightly enraging,” and marveled at how weird it was that Alex was interim chief… aaand that was the first that her babydaddy had heard a word about her plan to work at Grey Sloan. So again (!), he was finding out big Teddy news after the fact. Sensing his anger — it was hard to miss! — she testily reminded him that she’d upended her whole life so that he could be a real father to their child. In response, he yelled at her for waiting five weeks after she returned to Seattle to tell him that she was expecting. If she’d informed him right away, he wouldn’t have been back together with Amelia yet. As he went on about the crap situation that Teddy’s delay had put him in, Amelia happened by. “I’ve had some excellent nicknames,” she said, clearly hurt, “but ‘crap situation’ might be my new favorite.” Nice going, Owen. Real nice.
Later, after Koracick and Amelia kicked an ailing Owen out of their lab so that they could focus on Catherine’s case, Teddy went through the awkwardest job interview ever with Maggie, who snarked at her about the fact that she’d waited so long to inform Owen that he was going to be a dad. Still, Pierce promised that any minute, she’d “shove aside [her] personal contempt in favor of professional courtesy.” Meanwhile, Owen treated a woman who’d taken in her late sister’s kids and was exhibiting the same flu-like symptoms that he was. But it turned out that she had not merely the sniffles but a ruptured bowel. Just as Owen was about to begin life-saving surgery on her, a nurse accidentally injected him with something that was going to leave him paralyzed in a matter of… Thump. Just like that, he was on the floor, stiff as a corpse. He wouldn’t even be able to breathe on his own. While Levi ensured that Hunt didn’t die, DeLuca took over the surgery. When Alex quizzed DeLuca post-procedure, he stumped the resident by asking what he had to do next. Turned out, DeLuca had to do nothing next — he’d already done it all! Upstairs, when the medication wore off on Owen, Teddy asked him to kindly stop making everything her fault. “I’m having a hard time wanting to stay here,” she admitted. He could move to Germany, after all. His response? Come run trauma — he’ll work for her, she won’t have to work for Maggie. “Are you giving me your job?” she asked. “You’re giving me a lot more,” he replied. Meanwhile, Levi — high off saving Owen — pulled Nico into an on-call room and suggested that the change in him was his new beau, ahem, rubbing off on him. On the contrary, Levi had always been that good, Nico suggested. He just hadn’t realized it. (Nonetheless, the nookie was on.)
‘IF YOU THOUGHT YOU MIGHT BE PERFORMING YOUR LAST SURGERY, WOULDN’T YOU WANNA GO OUT WITH A BANG?’ | Despite her dire diagnosis, Catherine prepped for an innovative surgery — her innovation, by the way — that would allow a patient to keep her uterus. The young woman was so grateful to the “pioneer” who’d be treating her that she didn’t even mind if other doctors watched from the gallery. “Full house,” Taryn noted as Dr. Fox began. At least one person in the gallery — Maggie — worried that Catherine wasn’t up to the task in her condition. But it turned out that she had no reason to be concerned. Catherine did great, despite her pain. So Maggie moved on to fretting over whether Jackson and Richard had made peace with their loved one’s prognosis. At the same time, Catherine discovered that the patient’s uterus had already been fried by radiation. Damn. Afterwards, as Maggie eavesdropped, Jackson, Richard and Catherine had an epic blowout about her decision to keep them in the dark about her cancer. Why wouldn’t she keep it from them? Good Lord, she yelled, “I’m gone for two days, and my husband has an arrest record!” As the guys tag-teamed her, she broke down as she cried that yes, hell yes, if she had to, she’d play the cancer card. Because being forced to discuss it with them was making it real.
‘SHE JUST WALKED IN WITH A MIRACLE, AND SHE LOOKS LIKE A MERMAID’ | Overhearing Koracick and Amelia arguing over Catherine’s (im)possible treatment, Jo jumped into the fray, and it appeared that she had an idea that just might save the day — and Richard’s wife along with it. “Who is she?” Tom asked Amelia. As the hour drew to a close, aunt-mom thanked DeLuca for saving her life and Owen for not letting her write off her symptoms, Catherine broke the bad news to her patient, and Hunt told Amelia that he had given Teddy his job. “I have to be able to make mistakes” — and be truthful, he said, adding that he missed them. “What took you so long?” she replied. Wait for it — he joked that he’d been, uh, paralyzed. Koracick introduced himself to Teddy and guessed that she was 16 weeks along. “Do you work at a carnival?” she asked. I never saw it coming, but in a matter of seconds, she was letting him feed her fries while she rubbed her feet. Elswhere, Levi tried — hard — to trade his glasses for contacts. “I wanna look as different as I feel,” he said before finally letting Taryn touch his eyeball since he couldn’t. Post-bday party, Link suggested to Mer that she liked him. At least “I don’t dislike you,” she answered. Which was an improvement over that morning. So much of one, in fact, that she didn’t check the text that she received — from DeLuca, saying that he’d flown solo on a surgery and inviting her to celebrate with him.
Grey's Anatomy Poised to Introduce New 'Element' to Amelia/Owen/Teddy Triangle — What (or Who) Is It?(1/23/19) Grey’s Anatomy‘s messy Amelia/Owen/Teddy triangle is about to get even messier. Kim Raver reveals to TVLine that a new wrinkle will soon be folded into the mix, further complicating the already knotty romantic imbroglio.
“There’s another fantastic element that gets thrown in,” the actress behind Owen’s babymama Teddy teases. “There’s an ‘other person’ element, and it’s fun and funny and complicated. It’s great because it’s quintessential Grey’s Anatomy where it’s not just one layer. We were just shooting a scene that was so uncomfortable and funny and great and wild.”
Even before she became privy to this mysterious new hitch, Raver was relishing being part of a such a non-traditional TV love triangle. “On the one hand, I think Teddy wants this child and a romantic relationship with Owen,” she muses. “And on the other hand, she absolutely doesn’t want to break up Amelia and Owen, out of her respect for Amelia. And that’s what’s so cool about this love triangle: It doesn’t pit woman against woman.”
Echoing her co-star’s sentiment, Caterina Scorsone (aka Amelia) marvels, “It’s not just, ‘I don’t know which girl to choose!’ There are other people’s lives that are affected. It’s not just about ‘Who do I desire the most?’ Real children and teenagers are involved. We have lives to choose between, and we have to be very delicate about how we tread.”
Suits to End With Season 9(1/23/19) USA Network is packing up Suits: The network announced Wednesday that it has renewed the venerable legal drama for a ninth and final season. Production on the 10-episode farewell season will begin later this year.
The current eighth season — which resumes tonight on USA; get scoop here — has gone through something of a revamp following the departures of original series stars Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle in Season 7. Grey’s Anatomy vet Katherine Heigl joined the ensemble as lawyer Samantha Wheeler, while Amanda Schull (aka newly promoted senior partner Katrina Bennett) was upped to series regular.
A USA rep confirms to TVLine that Suits’ current crop of regulars are all set to return for Season 9.
Suits creator Aaron Korsh released the following statement about the series’ imminent conclusion:
“Though I know it isn’t true, it seems like only yesterday USA Network took a chance on an unestablished writer’s very first hour long script. These days that’s a common thing, but 47 years ago when I first wrote the Untitled Korsh Project, nobody did it. Nobody except the people at USA and [Universal Cable Productions]. First and foremost I would like to thank Alex Sepiol and Dennis Kim, without whom Suits would never have gotten made. I also cannot thank Bill McGoldrick, Jeff Wachtel, Bonnie Hammer, Chris McCumber, Ted Chervin, Dave Bartis, Gene Klein, Doug Liman, Dawn Olmstead and everyone at the network and studio enough for their dedication and support throughout the years. And to the exceptional writers, cast and crew — thank you for your passion and devotion, without which, Suits would be nothing. And last but never least, to the fans who have stuck with the Suits family through thick and thin, through can-openers and flashbacks — thank you for always speaking your mind. Without you, I might start to think I’m getting the hang of this writing thing. And once that happens, nobody wins. I look forward to enraging and hopefully sometimes delighting you with the final episodes. Finally, to my wife Kate and my children Cooper and Lucy. Thank you for enduring countless late nights and times away, for me to get to live my dream. I love you. Love, Aaron”
Although Suits is coming to an end, the franchise will live on: Spinoff series Pearson, headlined by Gina Torres, is slated to debut later this year. The offshoot follows Torres’ former lawyer Jessica Pearson, who has relocated from New York City to Chicago to enter the dirty world of politics.
James Tupper on A Million Little Things 2/7/19(1/21/18) “someday” – On the eve of the new restaurant opening, Delilah tracks down a handsome expert to help with the last-minute details. Meanwhile, Regina struggles with her overbearing mother who causes friction by bringing up disturbing details of her past, on a new episode of “A Million Little Things,” airing THURSDAY, FEB. 7 (9:01-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“A Million Little Things” stars David Giuntoli as Eddie Saville, Ron Livingston as Jon Dixon, Romany Malco as Rome Howard, Allison Miller as Maggie Bloom, Christina Moses as Regina Howard, Christina Ochoa as Ashley Morales, Grace Park as Katherine Kim, James Roday as Gary Mendez, Stephanie Szostak as Delilah Dixon, Lizzy Greene as Sophie Dixon and Tristan Byon as Theo Saville.
Guest stars include Romy Rosemont as Shelly and James Tupper as Andrew.
Ellen Pompeo: 'I Would Love to See Sandra Oh Come Back to Grey's, But... '(1/20/18) Kevin McKidd is not the only Grey’s Anatomy vet relishing Sandra Oh’s career ascension. Oh’s former onscreen BFF, Ellen Pompeo, tells TVLine that she’s so enjoying the actress’ Killing Eve-fueled rise that she would be A-OK if it precluded her from ever returning to Grey’s.
“Selfishly I would love to see Sandra Oh come back to Grey’s,” Pompeo admits. “But I also love Killing Eve so much, and I love seeing her have so many of these incredible moments. So, as much as I love Sandra, I’d rather see her shine out on her own. I enjoy that more. That‘s more gratifying to me.”
On the eve of her Grey’s exit in 2013, Oh told us, “Eventually [Grey’s] will have to come to a close, and I would love to come back [for the series finale].” But while speaking with TVLine last June — shortly after Killing Eve exploded on the scene — Oh admitted having second thoughts about resurrecting Cristina.
“I get [the Grey’s] question regularly, and I answer it really based on what I’m feeling that day — and today [my answer] is no,” she said, before explaining that her desire to keep Grey’s in her rearview mirror is due, in large part, to enormous affection she has for her current gig. “I love Eve. I really love her.
“I also love Cristina Yang,” Oh was quick to add. “I’m constantly stunned at the response I still get from [Grey’s fans], you know? It’s so fantastic, and it pleases me. It gives me a tremendous amount of satisfaction that, you know, you did work that actually continues going on past the time that you’ve left it… It’s really phenomenal. And the only way that I think I can continue doing good work is just staying true to my own compass. And that compass is pointing north.”
Grey's Anatomy Winter Premiere Recap: Did 'MerLuca' Find Love in an Elevator?(1/18/19) (tvline.com) If you’ll recall, the windswept fall finale of Grey’s Anatomy ended with Amelia about to learn what Owen had just found out — that Teddy is pregnant with his baby; Maggie on the verge of revealing to Jackson that his mother has cancer; Levi and Nico making one another’s pulses spike while stuck in an ambulance; Alex and Jo having discovered that they aren’t yet legally hitched; and Meredith and DeLuca trapped in an elevator with their burgeoning feelings. Yeah, it was a lot! Where did things stand when the storm finally exhaled its last gasp? Read on…
‘IF THIS IS HOW I DIE, IT’S OK’ | Picking up right where “Blowin’ in the Wind” left off, “Shelter From the Storm” began with Levi and Nico scarcely taking a break from their canoodling after an electric pole fell near their ambulance, Richard bellowing about getting the lights back on (which didn’t take long but didn’t set the elevators back in motion) and Amelia finding out from Owen about Teddy’s pregnancy. Wait, “it’s yours?!?” she asked incredulously. Meredith freaked about getting out of the elevator with DeLuca to harvest that heart for Cece, sending him into action-hero mode to find the escape hatch; and Jackson admitted to Maggie that he’d “never felt less like a doctor” than he did now that he’d been informed of Catherine’s diagnosis. Meanwhile, Cece’s ticker began failing faster and faster. “My old heart is jealous of my new one,” she told Maggie. But she might never get that new one, because at that very moment, it was stuck in another elevator with Bailey and Taryn. When the intern expressed her fear that she was having a panic attack, Miranda insisted that she wasn’t — because she herself was on the verge of having one!
“I just think we’re gonna plummet, and Cece’s gonna die,” said Taryn, bringing to the fore Bailey’s fears about Ben’s death-defying job. As the temporarily-former chief started to lose it, the intern caught on and attempted to calm her down. Meanwhile, frantic to get Cece her organs — to save someone even if he couldn’t save his mom — Jackson threatened the hospital’s building manager and ultimately battered at the elevator door to get to Bailey, Taryn and the deceased patient full of donor organs. Though the tag team of Jackson, Link and the building manager were ultimately successful, the building manager — a big Cece fan (but who isn’t?) — wound up getting his legs crushed as he tried to get back out of the elevator. “Are they gone?!?” the poor guy asked. When Link subsequently operated, the cardio god and Jackson clashed, with Avery getting his way so that the building manager wouldn’t have to get prosthetics. (Maybe Link is merely an ortho demigod?)
‘YOU SEEM TO KNOW WHAT EVERYBODY WANTS!’ | Before Owen, Teddy and Amelia could get into their situation, their patient took a nosedive, and the trio realized that they had to operate right then and there. “What else do we have to do?” Teddy cracked. They weren’t going anywhere. And speaking of cracking, they’d have to do some of that to the unfortunate patient’s sternum in order to save him. While Owen prepped for that indelicate procedure using the license plate that had been sticking out of the patient, Teddy, it seemed to Amelia, gave her permission to stay with him — as if she needed permission! But Teddy was going to stay in Seattle so that the baby could have two parents, and she herself could have her friend. Once the trio were freed from the elevator, Teddy told Owen that yes, she wanted him to be involved in their child’s life. He wanted that, too. Of course, he did. And for the first time, he actually looked happy that he was becoming the father he’d always wanted to be. But as an Amelia fan, I was not happy with how close he and his babymama came to kissing at that moment! Bad, Owen! Bad, bad, bad!
‘TELL ME AGAIN WHY THIS IS SUCH A BAD IDEA’ | Before Mer and DeLuca’s elevator got moving, he reassured her that Cece would be fine without her — the matchmaker’s surgery didn’t require a surgeon as brilliant as Grey. He also tried to convince her that the elevator was like a Tardis, in which the ordinary rules didn’t apply. She was amused but still didn’t take the bait. Later, he revealed — in Italian — that his father was a famous surgeon in Italy… who once, during a manic phase, had operated on seven patients, losing four. But because of his money and connections, he’d been acquitted. And he’d never told anyone that before. (There’s that deepening connection we’d heard about… !) As the duo resumed looking for an escape hatch, they wound up close enough to nearly kiss. Go back to talking to me in Italian, she said when he pressed her to do just that. So he did, saying, “When you finally let me kiss you, and you will let me kiss you, I won’t ever stop.” To his surprise, she spoke Italian and knew exactly what he’d said. But before they could actually surrender to the moment, the elevator doors opened, dammit!
‘DOCTORS ARE SO COOL’ | When Alex at last arrived at Grey Sloan, leaving Jo behind (she was drunk from their second honeymoon), he momentarily jumped into Levi and Nico’s ambulance to get out of the wind. Awkward. Afterwards, the new couple were sure they were gonna get axed. Running into an antsy Betty, Richard put her to work helping other people. Addictive personalities like them had to be kept busy. But when he got called into surgery, she was left to wander the halls… and started looking for drugs. Soon enough, Webber caught her, prompting her to beg him not to tell Amelia. No chance of that. As the clock kept ticking, with no sign of Cece’s organs arriving, the matchmaker sensed that something was wrong and pleaded with Maggie to distract her by talking about her romance with Jackson. In no time, Cece that gleaned that Maggie didn’t feel “safe” in the relationship, which meant that either Jackson was terrible for her or so wonderful for her that she was scared of losing him. Had he ever made her feel safe? Yes, Maggie said — when her mom had died. Just then, Cece began coding. Thankfully, it wasn’t much longer before her transplants could be performed. “We got a heartbeat,” Mer declared. “Thank God — she told me she would haunt me” if she died. Next, they were gonna give Cece a new kidney. Meanwhile, Bailey retreated to her old office and desperately texted Ben: “YOU OK?” Finding her there, Alex, miffed at how she’d bossed him around as if she was still the chief, told her that she could have her old job back. As she was admitting that she didn’t want it, that she had had to step down, that she’d been in crisis, Ben texted her back that he was fine. At that, Bailey broke down. “Please don’t quit,” she sobbed to Karev. “I need your help.”
‘I NEARLY KISSED THE ITALIAN ONE… I MAY KISS THE OTHER ONE, TOO’ | As the hour drew to a close, Mer did what Cece loved best — talked to her about her romantic prospects. Even though Cece had passed away on the table. (Nooo… !) Owen apologized to Amelia, who reminded him that she’d been the one who’d told him to go to Germany in the first place. “I wanted you to be happy with” Teddy, she said. In response, he tried to reassure her that it didn’t change anything between the two of them. No, Amelia insisted sweetly. “She’s here. She’s an option. So I’m going to give you time to consider your options.” (Go, Amelia 2.0 — super mature.) When the building manager awakened after surgery, Jackson and Link reported that the prognosis for his legs was great. Hilariously, Alex told Levi and Nico that “that” could not happen — not in an ambulance, anyway. They could, however, get it on anywhere else in the hospital. Tipped off to Betty’s drug search, Amelia told the teen that she’d called a rehab center. Would Betty go? Yes. Jackson and Maggie pulled Richard aside to tell him about Catherine (which really seemed like something they could have let his wife break to him). And finally, Mer got stuck between her two suitors and realized that it was Cece’s way of haunting her. So she was going home to see her children. See ya later! “You’ll see who later?” asked Link. Good question.
Grey's Anatomy's Giacomo Gianniotti: Meredith/DeLuca Connection Will 'Deepen' in Wake of Elevator 'Ride'(1/17/19) (tvline.com) During the first half of Grey’s Anatomy Season 15, the race to see which guy — DeLuca or Link — will win Meredith’s heart has remained “pretty neck-and-neck,” concedes Giacomo Gianniotti, the former’s portrayer. But that all changes when Mer and DeLuca emerge from a certain elevator in tonight’s midseason opener (8/7c, ABC).
“This is a point where, in the race, I think DeLuca is going to get a little bit of the lead because he’s going to have this very [significant] quality time in close quarters to really deepen the connection and the bond between him and Meredith,” Gianniotti previews. “She can’t really run and hide, so they’re forced to hash it out and talk about their feelings and move forward. I think DeLuca will definitely be gaining some ground in the elevator.”
While discussing DeLuca’s arc earlier this season with Grey’s showrunner Krista Vernoff, Gianniotti stressed the importance of reminding viewers that his alter ego is more than just a pretty face. “I said to Krista, ‘There have to be moments where Meredith witnesses DeLuca being brave or generous or kind or chivalrous so there is something to back up just the immediate physical, superficial attraction,'” he recalls. “I think we’ve done a good job so far of doing that.
“Physical attraction gets you to walk across the room to that person,” he concludes, “but if the person opens their mouth and they’re vapid and unintelligent, then immediately, all of that goes away.”
Grey's Preview: Jackson and Maggie Are 'Still Dancing Toward Each Other'(1/17/19) (tvline.com) Despite their epic blowout, despite his secret interactions with other women, despite her reluctance to open up, Grey’s Anatomy’s Jackson and Maggie are anything but finished. In fact, as Season 15 of the ABC drama resumes tonight (8/7c), the lovers might just be starting to be really good for another, say portrayers Jesse Williams and Kelly McCreary.
Certainly, Jackson would benefit from having his significant other in his corner. Having lost son Samuel as well as his marriage, plus having been reunited with his deadbeat dad and learning that his grandfather was “a really s—ty person, he’s struggling,” suggests Williams. “There was a lot of negativity dredged up around him that has for so long represented him. So a lot of cracks were exposed in the façade.
“And while Maggie’s been terrific for him, people have to fix themselves,” he continues. “Jackson realized that, and that’s what contributed to him taking off on that [spiritual] quest… and developing relationships outside of his romantic relationship. That’s hard for Maggie to deal with, but she’s got all these crappy [communication] habits, so it’s a lot like real life. We come with our baggage.”
And, in the best-case scenario, we unpack that baggage — which the actors hint will be the next step for Jaggie. “Jackson learned something important after his relationship [with April], and one thing Maggie can learn,” McCreary says, “is to not let the opportunity pass by and learn in the moment. So they’re still dancing toward each other and exploring.”
Concludes Williams: “As long as they truly love each other and can be mature and call time-out when they need to, I think they’re figuring it out.”
Kevin McKidd Recounts 'Tearful' Post-Golden Globes Reunion With Former Grey's Anatomy Co-Star Sandra Oh: 'We Hugged for a Long, Long Time'(1/17/19) In the immediate aftermath of Sandra Oh’s Golden Globe co-hosting stint/Lead Actress victory last week, Grey’s Anatomy star Kevin McKidd didn’t just shower his former leading lady with congratulations on social media. He brought the message to the Killing Eve star in person.
“I hung out with her that night after she won,” McKidd tells TVLine. “She invited me to her after-party. It was pretty amazing to see her get such props and be honored in that way. I was a bit tearful. She saw me across the room and she ran over and we hugged for a long, long time.”
McKidd, meanwhile, says Oh aced her job as Globes’ co-emcee. “She was terrified about the hosting thing,” he notes. “It’s not what we [as actors] are trained to do. But she nailed it. I was really proud of her.”
McKidd has maintained a tight relationship with Oh since the actress departed Grey’s four years ago. What’s the secret behind their enduring bond? “We really trust each other and know each other,” he says. “During all of those hours working together [on Grey’s] we watched each others’ lives unfold… When she was going through a hard time, or I was, [we] leaned on each other.
“Some co-stars hate each other,” McKidd adds with a chuckle. “But I feel very fortunate in these last years of my career to have been blessed with Sandra Oh and now [current Grey’s squeeze] Caterina Scorsone.”
Grey’s Anatomy kicks off the second half of Season 15 this Thursday (8/7c, ABC).
Grey's Anatomy Is Devoting an Entire Season 15 Episode to [Spoiler](1/16/19) Another longtime Grey’s Anatomy character is about to get the standalone episode treatment. Showrunner Krista Vernoff tells TVLine that one of the three bonus episodes recently commissioned by ABC will be “Amelia-centric.”
Earlier this month, the network announced that it was expanding Grey’s Anatomy‘s current 15th season from 22 to 25 episodes. But as Vernoff reveals, the order was — in her mind — just for one additional episode. “I knew for a long time that we were making 24,” she explains. “We’ve been making 24 episodes a year for many years now. ABC asked about [doing one more] and I spent a week thinking about whether or not we could accomplish it. I [ultimately] said yes because I like to be a team player.”
Once Vernoff signed off on the extra hour, it didn’t take long for her to settle on the Amelia of it all. “I had an extra standalone episode idea that I wanted to do this season,” she notes. “So it doesn’t really lengthen our season too much. It allows us to tell [this Amelia-centric] story that we might not otherwise have gotten to tell this season.”
For her part, portrayer Caterina Scorsone is cautiously optimistic that she’s up for the task at hand. “I’ve been doing the show for a long time and just hearing what it’s about fills me with nervous excitement,” the actress enthuses, before assuring TVLine that the episode will not merely shadow her alter ego around Grey Sloan. In fact, the Bill D’Elia-helmed installment doesn’t even take place in the hospital.
“It’s not just, ‘Let’s follow Amelia to the neuro lab,” Scorsone says with a laugh. “It’s definitely a little standalone. It’s almost like a little movie on its own.”
Grey’s Anatomy‘s midseason premiere airs this Thursday at 8/7c.
Ellen Pompeo May Not Bid Farewell to Grey's Next Year After All: 'I Keep Saying I'm Ready to Move on But... '(1/16/19) Last fall, Ellen Pompeo sent Grey’s Anatomy fans into cardiac arrest when she intimated that she’s itching to bid Meredith adieu next season when her current contract expires. But during an interview on the ABC drama’s set earlier this month, the actress was singing a slightly different tune.
“I keep saying, ‘I’m ready to move on and I want to stop the show before the ratings go down,’ but the ratings never go down!” she exclaims with a laugh. “They go down a little bit, but the fact that we are able to hold our [title as ABC’s No. 1 series] is kind of [incredible]. It’s very cool to have these kind of ratings and be on a hit network show in this [Peak TV] landscape.”
Pompeo — who is approaching the midway point of her blockbuster two-year, $20 million deal — says she knows she has a good thing going at Grey’s. “It’s pretty nice place to work,” she admits. “I like my situation here. As much as the idea of something new appeals to me… the truth is I have three kids. I don’t really want to travel and leave [them]. I don’t want to be a circus traveller and live in hotels. And the network and studio continue to incentivize me and just make me offers that I can’t refuse.”
It’s also not lost on the actress that should she decide not to re-up with the show in 2020, it would likely bring about the end of Grey’s altogether. (Her character’s name is in the title of the show, after all.) “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about how many people have stable jobs [at Grey’s],” Pompeo notes. “In this town you don’t get a lot of 24-episodes-a-season shows. So the fact that this crew gets to film 24 episodes – that’s 10 months of work – and they get to stay in LA [is remarkable].”
Translation: Pompeo remains undecided about her Grey’s future. “I’m contracted through Season 16,” she states. “And beyond that… I don’t really know. I take it day-by-day.”
Grey’s Anatomy resumes its current 15th season this Thursday at 8/7c.
Critics’ Choice Award Winners(1/14/19) BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Sandra Oh – “Killing Eve” (BBC America)
Grey's Anatomy Super-Sized: ABC Increases Season 15 Episode Order(1/7/19) Further proof that Grey’s Anatomy‘s vitals remain strong despite its age: ABC is expanding the medical drama’s Season 15 order, and not by a measly one or two episodes.
The network on Monday announced that it has ordered an additional three episodes, bringing the series’ current-season tally to 25. As a result, Season 15 will mark the second-longest season in Grey’s Anatomy history, tying Season 3’s 25-episode haul but falling shy of Season 2’s record-setting run of 27 (which was boosted by a four-episode spillover from Season 1).
For the second year running, Grey’s stands as ABC’s No. 1 series. So far this season the show is averaging a 1.7 demo rating, down a scant 11 percent vs. Season 14.
The move comes as Grey’s is set to fly past the 331 episode mark and, in doing so, surpass ER as TV’s longest-running medical drama. As previously reported, the show is planning to acknowledge the record-shattering outing — slated to air in the spring — with an episode featuring nary a single medical story line.
Grey’s Anatomy resumes Season 15 on Thursday, Jan. 17.
2019 Golden Globes Winners(1/6/19) Best performance by Actress in a TV series - Drama
Caitriona Balfe ("Outlander")
Elisabeth Moss ("The Handmaid's Tale")
Sandra Oh ("Killing Eve") *WINNER
Julia Roberts ("Homecoming")
Keri Russell ("The Americans")
Grey's: Here's Why a Meredith/Koracick Romance Isn't Happening(12/26/18) If you were among the Grey’s Anatomy viewers who were bummed to learn from TVLine’s interview with showrunner Krista Vernoff that Koracick was out of the running to become Meredith’s new love interest, this is gonna be hard for you to read. “In my mind,” the EP says, “Koracick was never in the running for Meredith.”
But… but… what about the sparks that have flown between the doctors? What about the banter? The chemistry between Ellen Pompeo and Greg Germann? “They really love working together; maybe you’re [picking up] on that,” Vernoff suggests. “Greg is such a delightful actor, and they have such a blast working together.
“But,” she hastens to add, “[the chemistry] wasn’t scripted or intentional.”
Grey's Anatomy Boss Talks Mer/DeLuca Elevator Fallout, Drops Big Clue About 'The One'(12/20/18) After going through high-profile break-ups on This Is Us and Grey’s Anatomy respectively, Alexandra Breckenridge and Martin Henderson are on the rebound. The duo have signed on to star in Netflix’s 10-episode Virgin River, a contemporary romance based on Robyn Carr’s Harlequin book series.
The story centers on Breckenridge’s Melinda Monroe, who answers an ad to work as a nurse practitioner in the remote California town of Virgin River thinking it will be the perfect place to start fresh and leave her painful memories behind. But she soon discovers that small-town living isn’t quite as simple as she expected and that she must learn to heal herself before she can truly make Virgin River her home. Henderson plays Jack Sheridan, a sharp-witted ex-Marine commander who moved to Virgin River after his service was over in search of a peaceful life, far away from the horrors of war.
The cast also includes Daniel Gillies (The Originals), Tim Matheson (The West Wing), Annette O’Toole (Smallville), Lexa Doig (Arrow, Lauren Hammersley (Orphan Black), Benjamin Hollingsworth (Code Black), Jenny Cooper (24), Colin Lawrence (Riverdale) and Ian Tracey (Bates Motel).
7th Heaven vet Sue Tenney will serve as the series’ showrunner and executive producer. Virgin River is slated to premiere in 2019.
Grey's Anatomy Boss Talks Mer/DeLuca Elevator Fallout, Drops Big Clue About 'The One'(12/18/18) And then there were two. Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff confirms that Meredith’s crowded Season 15 dance card now contains just two names: DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) and Link (Chris Carmack).
“Her dating adventure has boiled down to [that] triangle,” the EP tells TVLine. “I can’t reveal more than that.”
As you will recall, Vernoff over the summer teased, “The question this season is not ‘Will Meredith Grey find love again,’ but ‘With whom will she find love?’”
Considering that the fall finale ended with Mer being trapped in an elevator with DeLuca, conventional wisdom suggests the surgical resident has the upper hand heading into the Jan. 17 midseason premiere. And while Vernoff promises that the maybe-couple will emerge from captivity “with a deeper understanding of each other” (and, in Mer’s case, some kickass Princess Leia braids; see below), she notes that Link will soon get some one-on-one time with Grey as well. “In Episode 10, Meredith will get to know Link better,” Vernoff previews. “She gets to know DeLuca better in [Episode 9, aka the midseason premiere], and she gets to know Link better in 10.”
And to those fans who grumble that neither gentleman caller has the life experience to truly go toe-to-toe with Mer, Vernoff argues, “Viewers don’t yet know all of DeLuca’s life experience. And they don’t yet know all of Link’s life experience.
“And if life experience is code for age, then I would ask those viewers to look at the double standard,” she adds. “Because they never questioned Meredith for Derek even though there was an age difference.”
Kate Walsh ignores flasher at holiday party(12/16/18) A flasher crashed a “krampus” holiday party at Diego at Public hotel Wednesday night.
Mick Rock’s manager Liz Vap threw the holiday shindig for old-school downtown New Yorkers such as Rock, Norman Reedus and Debbie Harry — and guests got more than an eyeful from a young exhibitionist.
“She approached guests, including Kate Walsh, and asked, ‘Do you want to see my t?-?ts?’ and then flashed them. No one knew who she was,” said a guest. “Kate smiled and continued talking to Mike Doyle.”
The racy lady also asked Page Six to “look at my t?-?ts” before changing into a trenchcoat, and having photographer Amalia Papadimos take her picture in front of the fireplace.
Meanwhile, Reedus was overheard talking to a guest about his move to the West Village and his changed life since welcoming a baby daughter with Diane Kruger in November.
Jennifer Grey Joins Grey's Anatomy for Mysterious Multi-Episode Arc(12/13/18) It’s the job she was born to do: Jennifer Grey is checking into Grey’s Anatomy.
TVLine has learned exclusively that the Dirty Dancing icon is joining ABC’s still-thriving medical drama for a multi episode midseason arc. An ABC rep confirmed Grey’s Grey’s (ha!) stint, but declined to provide details on her character and/or exactly how many episodes she will appear in. One possibility has the actress playing Jo’s estranged mother. (Camilla Luddington previously confirmed to TVLine that viewers would meet her character’s MIA parents this season.)
The gig brings Grey back into the ABC fold eight years after her Mirror Ball-winning Season 11 stint on hiatus-bound Dancing With the Stars. It also comes nine years after her father, Joel Grey, graced Grey’s with his presence. The acting legend played an Alzheimer’s-afflicted, former science teacher of Izzie’s (Katherine Heigl) whom she sought medical treatment for (after helping him flee a nursing home) in the Season 6 episode, “New History.”
As TVLine reported earlier this week, Grey’s returns on Jan. 17 to a slightly rejiggered Thursday lineup. ABC’s promising rookie drama A Million Little Things will shift into the cushy post-Grey’s 9/8c perch, temporarily replacing spinoff Station 19 (which resumes its second season in the spring).
Ellen Pompeo calls out Kathie Lee Gifford’s drinking before ‘Today’ exit announcement(12/13/18) No wine for Dr. Meredith Grey.
Ellen Pompeo called out Kathie Lee Gifford for her and Hoda Kotb‘s penchant for drinking wine during their “Today” show hour after seeing a tweet from their official Twitter account that shared Pompeo’s appearance on Jada Pinkett Smith’s “Red Table Talk.”
The tweet from the “Today” show co-anchors’ account read, “.@EllenPompeo and @PatrickDempsey haven’t spoken since he left ‘Grey’s Anatomy’,” and included a link to the story. Pompeo wasn’t thrilled with the angle Kotb and Gifford — or really, the social media manager — took to promote the story.
“Hey here’s a suggestion!! Maybe all of you over there lay off the booze and pay attention to the real conversation that took place ? ????????????” the “Grey’s Anatomy” star fired back.
The Twitter altercation took place only hours before Gifford announced she’s leaving the morning show after 11 years. Page Six learned soon after that Jenna Bush Hager is likely to fill her seat.
While Pompeo’s “Red Table Talk” discussion did include bits about former co-star Dempsey, the majority of the conversation centered around raising her three biracial children with husband Chris Ivery. The “Today” show’s story didn’t include any of that information.
In a follow-up tweet, Pompeo added: “@klgandhoda and whoever is in charge of this account.. the two women you work for deserve to be represented a bit more dignified.”
SAG Awards Nominations(12/13/18) The SAG Awards are January 27 at the Shrine Auditorium, simulcast live by Turner’s TNT and TBS. As previously announced, Alan Alda will receive the guild’s Life Achievement Award during the ceremony.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
JULIA GARNER / Ruth Langmore – “OZARK” (Netflix)
Critics’ Choice Awards Nominations(12/12/18) The winners will be revealed at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala, broadcast live January 13 on the CW at 7 PM ET/PT.
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Ellen Pompeo Says She Hasn't Spoken to Patrick Dempsey Since He Left Grey's Anatomy(12/12/18) It's always difficult watching beloved actors leave long-running TV series, but nothing was harder than watching Patrick Dempsey's exit from Grey's Anatomy. It's hard to believe it's been almost four years since Dempsey left the ABC medical drama, but it's even harder to believe that Ellen Pompeo apparently hasn't spoken to him since then.
While appearing on Jada Pinkett Smith's Facebook Watch talk show, Red Table Talk, about interracial marriage and the challenges of raising bi-racial children, Pompeo mentioned that she hasn't had much contact with Dempsey since he departed the show.
"We haven't spoken since he's left the show," said Pompeo. "I have no hard feelings toward him. He's a wonderful actor, and we made the best TV you can make together. That's a talented man right there. He did 11 amazing years. Typically, when people leave the show, they need to sort of re-find themselves, who they are without the show, because the show takes up so much of your life. You need that time to like figure out who you are without the show. So, we have not spoken, but I will always have a place in my heart for Patrick."
Though it's disappointing to hear that two people we loved so much together on-screen maybe aren't so close in real life, it's nice to hear that Pompeo has so much respect for Dempsey and the work they did on Grey's Anatomy. Not to mention, we give her major points for being so classy about her answer. There's not a lot of delicate ways to say, "Um, no. We're not friends."
Golden Globes Nominations(12/7/18) The ceremony is January 6 on NBC.Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Julia Roberts, Homecoming
Keri Russell, The Americans
Andy Samberg, Sandra Oh Tapped to Host 2019 Golden Globes Ceremony(12/6/18) After giving one heck of an audition at this year’s Emmy Awards, Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh got the gig: The Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Killing Eve stars will co-host the 76th Annual Golden Globes.
“Sandra and Andy are the perfect choices to host this world-class event,” said Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, co-chairmen of NBC Entertainment. “They bring wit, charm and style to a room filled with the very best of film and television. It’s sure to be another unforgettable fun-filled night.”
Added Meher Tatna, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: “We’re excited to welcome Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg as co-hosts of Hollywood’s Party of the Year. Both Golden Globe Award recipients have continually showcased their talents in film and television, and we can’t wait to see what their undeniable chemistry will bring to the Golden Globes stage.”
Of course, Samberg and Oh already proved their chops back in September, when they co-presented an award at the Emmys and nailed their scripted banter — a moment that landed on our list of the broadcast’s highlights. And Samberg is no stranger to hosting award ceremonies: He also emceed the Emmys back in 2015.
The 2019 Golden Globes will air Sunday, Jan. 6, at 8/7c on NBC. Nominations will be announced on Thursday morning.
Debbie Allen honored at gala for World AIDS Day(12/4/18) Debbie Allen was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Keeping the Promise gala for World AIDS Day.
“It means a lot to me that we’re all here .?.?. This is a war — a war that we still have not won, but we’re standing tall and fighting it — fighting back really strong,” the star said.
The evening included presentations by Allen’s sister, Phylicia Rashad, as well as George Faison, Misty Copeland and Jennifer Holliday, who received a standing ovation after performing her signature song “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from “Dreamgirls.”
SeriesFest Teams With Shondaland To Launch First-Ever Women Directing Mentorship(12/1/18) SeriesFest, a non-profit supporting the art of episodic storytelling and inspiring work of female creators, is partnering with Shonda Rhimes’ TV empire Shondaland to launch the inaugural Women Directing Mentorship.
SeriesFest organizers said the initiative is an expansion of their “Featuring Women” platform. The partnership with Shondaland will include the opportunity to shadow a director for an episode of a Shondaland production. Submissions opened today on http://www.seriesfest.com and will close on March 4, 2019. The winner will be announced in June 2019 at SeriesFest: Season 5.
“At SeriesFest, our mission is to support all artists working on serial content,” said founders Randi Kleiner and Kaily Smith Westbrook. “Knowing that there are far too few working women behind the camera today, we felt empowered to focus our efforts on an initiative that could help support emerging female directors. We are thrilled to launch our Women Directing Mentorship as the next step in the evolution of our Featuring Women platform and can’t think of a better partner for this inaugural year than Shondaland. Shonda Rhimes changed television landscape and continues to be a leading force as she and her company redefine representation on both sides of the camera and we are honored to be creating this incredible opportunity with them.”
“Shondaland has long been known to defy industry standards through dynamic female characters, but we have also always felt it was important to have equal representation behind the camera,” adds Rhimes. “To have talent and sets that reflect the world we live in has always seemed natural,” said Shonda Rhimes. “We’re happy to partner with SeriesFest on this mentorship initiative to continue providing opportunities for women directors.”
SeriesFest also launched the Jan Marino Scholarship in 2018. The initiative supports women over age 55 enrolled in the Stephens College M.F.A. in Television and Screenwriting program. In addition, the non-profit started the Forward Impact Project, designed in partnership with the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) to help finance, produce, release, scale and build an audience for 12 select independent series deemed ready for development and production.