The tears will come, my friends, and they will be plentiful. Tonight marks the Season 10 finale of “Grey’s Anatomy,” and I, for one, am dreading saying goodbye to Cristina Yang. The show has had some pretty memorable exits from fan favorites like George, Izzy, Lexie, Denny (OMG tears for days) and Mark to name a few, but THIS one … ugh. This one will be brutal. Not only has Cristina, played by the talented Sandra Oh, been a series regular from the very beginning, but she’s become “our person.” We love her snark, wit and brains, and WHAT WILL MEREDITH DO WITHOUT HER?!
Thankfully, as emotionally unprepared as I am for this episode, I’ll have all of the Twitterverse to lean on (if I can even see what’s going on through my snot face).
At 9 p.m. EST, tune in to “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC and be sure to follow The Frisky on Twitter if you’re not already! Use the hashtag #MyPerson to join in on our (and the world’s) conversation about the episode.
See you then…and bring the scalpel. It will be needed to remove my aching heart.
Is anybody on this earth still watching “Grey’s Anatomy” besides me? It still rakes in fairly decent ratings, so I know there are at least a few of you out there. How devastated are you that Sandra Oh (aka our beloved Cristina Yang) is leaving the series? The show will have a massive hole in it without her, but I’m begrudgingly okay with it, in some sort of “circle of life” way. Sandra is off to bigger and better things, and her departure is just one more sign that “Grey’s” is no longer the show it once was. It has a new cast trickling in, and even though the series will never be as epic as the first few seasons, that’s totally okay. “Grey’s Anatomy” had to adapt to stay afloat, even if that meant losing some of the sparkle it had in the very beginning. Keep reading »
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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