Frustrating as it is, racism in Hollywood is still prevalent in 2013. When USA Today explored the absence of Black women in Hollywood this week, they highlighted the approach behind the racial diversity that can be found on “Grey’s Anatomy” — color-blind casting. Linda Lowy, the casting director behind the oh-so-addictive hospital drama created by Shonda Rhimes, explained, “When I cast the pilot of ‘Grey’s,’ Shonda didn’t give anybody a last name. She just said, ‘Linda, I want you to cast it the way you see the world.’” Usually casting notices come with descriptions like “White male, late 30s to early 50s, musclar” or “Asian female, any age, must look 15 to 17.” But with little physical description or race tied to the casting of the characters, the opportunities for more equality expanded in a major way. Keep reading »
Some people remember Katherine Heigl from her days on the show “Roswell.” But the grand majority got to know the actress as Dr. Izzie Stevens on”Grey’s Anatomy,” a role which won her the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in 2007. (The film “Knocked Up” helped solidify her reputation that year, too.) But Heigl did not make too many friends when, in 2008, she pulled herself out of Emmy consideration, saying, “I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination.”
Two years later, she left the show. “I am done,” she said at the time. “It’s sad but it’s what I wanted.”
Fast forward to the present. I was interested to read an interview with Heigl today, in which she is eating some serious crow trying to get her old job back.
“I really, really, really want to see where [Izzie] is,” Heigl tells E! News. Keep reading »
Hot damn, Shonda Rhimes, it’s good to be you. Rhimes, the writer responsible for “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” has just made her third — yes, third — sale to a major network this year. “The Circle,” which was bought by ABC, is billed as an hour-long drama about “10 friends, adopted as children by a billionaire philanthropist, who begin to question their past when one of their own is murdered.” Earlier this year, Fox laid claim to “Wildwood,” a drama about an underage girl who weasels her way into a bartending gig on the Jersey Shore. (No matter the underage debauchery, we’re sure that it’ll be a classier update to MTV’s reality show!) And finally, the spectacular Kerry Washington will star in Rhimes’ D.C. drama “Scandal” on ABC. Congratulations, Ms. Rhimes! Now quit it, you’re making the rest of us look lazy. [Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »
”I didn’t want to do ‘The Grey’s Anatomy: Abortion Episode.’ Like, that wasn’t the point. I think for me the point is it’s a painful choice that a lot of women have made in their lives and we just wanted to portray it honestly and with a really good conversation that I think started in the season finale and carries over in this episode. And see what happens after. I try to discuss this a lot. Addison on Private Practice is an abortion provider. There are only a certain number of abortion providers in the country and she is one of them. And she is a character who in the past had had an abortion and we talk about this issue a lot. And I felt like it made sense; I wouldn’t be doing it randomly, it made sense for the character of Cristina Yang. And the network, I think, stays behind that, stays behind my choice to do that, anyway, for the character.”
— Shonda Rhimes spoke to NYmag.com about a recent episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” on which the character Christina Yang (played by Sandra Oh) has an abortion. Not many prime time televisions shows will portray an abortion, so this is a fairly big deal. After the jump, Rhimes responds to a question about whether putting an abortion on TV was advocacy on her part.
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“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” did it
” does it every week. Tonight’s “Grey’s Anatomy
” will be a musical episode, tasking the cast with belting out tunes like The Fray’s “How to Save a Life,” Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars,” and Brandi Carlile’s “The Story.” The standout star of the night will be Sara Rameriez, who won a Tony for her performance in “Spamalot” on Broadway
before joining the cast of “Grey’s.” The episode focuses around her, as her character Callie Torres dreams up the whole melody-filled thing when she is seriously injured in a car accident.
But there was one doc at Seattle Grace who was not onboard to sing. Keep reading »
First, Preston Burke left Cristina Yang heartbroken at the altar, after a scandal erupted when Isiah Thomas called T.R. Knight a gay slur on set. Next, Addison Montgomery took off to start her own private practice. Then, George O’Malley was killed in a bus accident. Last month, Katherine Heigl appeared on the cover of Entertainment Weekly to announce that Isobel Stevens was being written off the show so she could focus on her real-life family. Shortly after, rumors arose that Patrick Dempsey was on his way out, too, when an episode description read, “After learning at a deposition that more of his patients have died than survived, Derek Sheperd decides to quit.” ABC quickly put out a press release saying that Dempsey was staying.
But now people are whispering that Ellen Pompeo, aka Meredith Grey, aka the one “Grey’s Anatomy” is named after, wants out, too. Keep reading »
“[The being called] ungrateful thing bothers me the most. And that IS my fault. I allowed myself to be perceived that way because I was being whiny and I was griping and because I made these snarky comments. So much about living life, to me, is about humility and gratitude. And I’ve tried very hard to have those qualities and be that person and I’m just so disappointed in myself that I allowed it to slip. Of course, of course, I’m grateful. How can I NOT be grateful? I have been afforded such a wonderful life. And to have come this far and to have this kind of success and the freedom of choices it allows me … The fact I could even have Naleigh [her adopted daughter with husband Josh Kelley] in my life — adoption isn’t cheap — is something to be so unbelievably grateful for. I am disappointed in myself for allowing that perception to exist … There’s nothing more gross than [the idea of] somebody in my position being ungrateful … And I hope in the coming years, I can change people’s minds about that.”
— Katherine Heigl regrets criticizing the writers of “Grey’s Anatomy” and for complaining about long hours to David Letterman. But geez, what’s with the big “I’M SORRY!” cover? Can we stop acting like she killed a man? [Entertainment Weekly] Keep reading »
Katherine Heigl, who you may remember bad-mouthed her employers on “Letterman” earlier this summer when she complained about doing 17-hour work days on the set of “Grey’s Anatomy,” will be taking a five-episode hiatus from the show this season. Might the hiatus be related to her late-night comment? Well, higher-ups certainly weren’t happy with her behavior. During the Television Critics Association summer press tour, ABC President Stephen McPherson said this about Heigl’s comments: “I think it’s unfortunate. It’s not something I think you want to let consume you or your people because it is what it is. People are going to behave in the way they choose to behave.” Heigl also made waves last year when she withdrew her name from Emmy consideration because she didn’t feel the material she worked with deserved an award. So is this sudden five-episode hiatus a way for the show’s creators to transition Heigl off without making a big to-do? Keep reading »