So when George and Izzie slept together on "Grey's Anatomy" — and then when it went beyond a drunken hookup to professions of love — I was a little less than thrilled ... if you can call screaming and throwing pillows in the general direction of my TV screen "a little less than thrilled." Now, rumor has it ABC is hearing the anguish over "Gizzie" direct from fans themselves: According to Michael Ausiello at TV Guide, the network did a "Grey's" focus group to ask 200-some fans about the pairing — and the results were 95 percent negative.
Now, I have no idea how seriously Shonda Rhimes and the powers-that-be at ABC take focus groups, and I'm not sure I believe Ausiello's anonymous source saying this means Gizzie is done — especially given his report that Lexie Grey, whom the focus group didn't like much either, will be a regular character. But I do think it's hilarious that the network presumably spent money to put this focus group together in the first place. I mean, if they wanted to see how people were reacting to the hookup, they could have just read the outraged comments on Buzz, or their own blog or, you know, any other site on the Internet.
To be fair, though, only a modest 70 percent of Buzz readers wanted Gizzie gone. Maybe we should do our own "Grey's" focus group, hm?
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Aside from his bizarre Network-inspired statement, Isaiah Washington initially kept quiet following his firing from "Grey's Anatomy," letting his riled-up spokesman do the talking instead. But the former Dr. Burke finally broke his silence by speaking to Entertainment Weekly about his firing and his future plans. Here are a few highlights:
On whether his firing was fair:
"I'm saddened by the outcome. I did everything that the producers and the network asked me to do. I came back under great duress and stress, and thought I was doing the job I was hired to do."
On what he'll miss about "Grey's":
"I'll miss working with the team. I think the past season we got our rite of passage and we pretty much all learned what we can and we can't do...like any other new show or fledgling child trying to find its legs. Season 4 is going to be stronger, better and wiser and smarter, and I had hoped to be a contributor to that."
More Isaiah quotes, so read more
Exciting news on the Grey's front today: T.R. Knight has been bought for another season! Now promised $125,000 per episode along with a small portion of the show profits, the adorable George O'Malley will continue to bumble about the halls of Seattle Grace. There had been some uncertainty surrounding George's (and T.R. Knight's) fate on the show after what he did (er, failed to do) in the finale, and the highly publicized incident in which costar Isaiah Washington directed a homophobic insult toward Knight on set. In the end, it looks like we'll be able to see which of the gorgeous women who are inexplicably head-over-heels for him he chooses after all.
Speaking of Isaiah Washington, his return to the show is still not definite. Pay boosts similar to Knight's were also awarded to several other Grey's stars, but not to Washington. A source hints that Washington's character will "be back as a series regular," though the publicists at ABC are deflecting questions about the issue, claiming the audience is supposed to not know whether Dr. Burke will be back, and reminding us that that's what "cliffhanger" means.
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Before this month's "Grey's Anatomy" finale, we in the Sugar office were debating whether "Grey's" jumped the shark this season with the not-wedding, the trip to heaven, the multiple parental deaths, etc. It got me thinking about all of the ridiculous things that have happened on that show since the start. What's your pick for the most insane "Grey's" plot twist of all time?
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So after everything this season — the tremors and the ferry crashes, the weddings and the births and the deaths — this is where we end up. I thought the "Grey's Anatomy" finale this week was pretty reflective of the season as a whole: pretty predictable, but with enough good things thrown in to make me hopeful for next season. In fact, I'm actually pretty happy with the cliffhangers leading us into season four, so without further ado, read more
In the midst of all the excitement over ABC's new shows, I forgot to point out a bit of gossip that sprung up around one of the old ones: "Grey's Anatomy." There have been rumors floating around for a while now that someone — maybe TR Knight, maybe Isaiah Washington, maybe Sara Ramirez — could be leaving the show at the end of the season. The Knight and Washington rumors date back to the on-set scandal last fall, while Ramirez's departure would pave the way for George and Izzie to be together — and when a reporter recently asked Ramirez if she'd be back, she responded with a "maybe."
Before ABC's schedule presentation, reporters asked ABC President Steve McPherson if someone would indeed be leaving, and his responses were less than reassuring; according to E!, the answers "ranged from 'at this point, nothing's been decided' to 'The show will return intact next season' to 'Most of the cast will return.'" Yikes!
So, do you think someone's really leaving? And if so, which cast member will it be?
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Well, that felt ... normal. It was nice to have "Grey's Anatomy" back as its own show after last week's jumpy, jumbled mess, and for the most part, I thought it felt like old-school "Grey's." While I'm dreading next week's finale, I enjoyed the setup, so to talk about it, read more
Are the women of "Grey's Anatomy" and its soon-to-be spinoff, "Private Practice," just weak, spineless creatures who can't function without a man? That's the buzz from a couple of recent articles, and I'm curious to hear what you think.
In Entertainment Weekly, critic Gillian Flynn says there's not a woman on "Grey's" worth emulating. (The story isn't on EW's site, but you can read it here.) And in the New York Times, Alessandra Stanley says even Addison is going downhill as the leading lady of a spinoff populated by women even more pathetic than those on "Grey's":
It wouldn't matter, since the show is admittedly over-the-top escapist fantasy for women, except that it is troubling that even in escapist fantasies, today’s heroines have to be weak, needy and oversexed to be liked by women and desired by men.
Stanley goes on to say that Addison has "become dizzier, chattier and very much like the ever confused and self-doubting Meredith" — as well as the queen of neurotic TV heroines, Ally McBeal — since first appearing on the show, so read more
That Ellen sure does get things done. While taping an interview with Kate Walsh for an upcoming show this afternoon, Ellen DeGeneres decided the "Grey's Anatomy" star shouldn't have to wait until ABC announces its fall schedule on Tuesday to learn whether her spinoff, "Private Practice," is getting picked up as a series. She phoned up ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson and asked for an answer on the spot. The episode will air Thursday, but if you can't wait to see what he said, read more
As I said earlier, I really wish the LA portion of this week's "Grey's Anatomy could have gotten its own hour, rather than being intercut with the regular episode. It was tough to get a good sense of what kind of show "Private Practice" could be from that jumpy, scattered two-hour episode. Frankly, I wish they'd skipped the medical cases in LA altogether; we didn’t even care about the doctors yet, much less the patients.
Still, I imagine that if I could pull all the "Private Practice" bits out and watch it as a stand-alone episode, I'd think it was a decent pilot. It wasn't anywhere near as good as the "Grey's" pilot was back in 2005, but the "Grey's" pilot was one of the best I've ever seen. Pilots always have problems, especially in ensemble shows where the writers have to set up a lot of background. But I thought the "Private Practice" elements had promise, even if the show's not quite there yet.
Maybe the most reassuring thing for me was seeing Addison carry a show successfully, so read more