"Grey's Anatomy" returns with new episodes on April 19, but after Meredith's brush with death and George and Izzie's hookup, many die-hard fans, including myself, are starting to lose patience with the show. How are you feeling about "Grey's"?
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My hopes that the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff is actually an elaborate hoax just took another hit, because apparently the project now has a working title: "Private Practice." [Insert groan here.] Executives used the tentative name during a program development meeting last week, when they brought in the spinoff's cast to talk to media buyers. They also revealed when the two-hour episode I like to think of as "A Very Special 'Grey's'" will air: May 10.
Update: The Los Angeles Times has even more details about the spinoff. According to their story:
Following her recent disastrous romantic misfortunes, Addison (Kate Walsh) travels to Santa Monica to seek advice from her old medical school pals, Naomi (Merrin Dungey) and Jackson (Taye Diggs) whom she believes have it all: a beautiful teenage daughter, a great marriage and a highly successful health cooperative.
Addison quickly learns that Jackson, also a successful TV health guru, has divorced Naomi. During the visit, Addison also meets the rest of the gang at the cooperative: a widowed alternative medicine doctor, a self-doubting therapist, and a male gynecologist who knows little about women, and realizes she is on familiar ground.
So, to recap what else we (might) know about the (possible) spinoff:
Given the quality of regular "Grey's" recently, does anyone else think Shonda & co. might have enough on their plates with just one show?
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Thanks to Defamer for pointing me to the "Grey's Anatomy" gag reel, a set of three behind-the-scenes videos that have mysteriously appeared on YouTube. The videos are heavy on the inside jokes, with writers and backstage staff reenacting some classic "Grey's" scenes and generally poking fun at themselves. Unfortunately, parts 1 and 2 appear to have been taken down, so if you got to watch Katherine Heigl's fake on-set freakout, consider yourself lucky.
Meanwhile, if you hurry, you can still watch part 3, which includes a montage of drinking scenes (hint: there are a lot) and some writers' room antics with a cardboard cutout of Patrick Dempsey. To watch the clip, read more
Alexandra Patsavas is known for getting songs by little-known indie acts — including Death Cab For Cutie and Imogen Heap — onto very well known TV shows like "The OC" and "Grey's Anatomy." Now, the music supervisor behind so many influential TV soundtracks is forming her own record label.
As reported today by Reuters, Patsavas just signed a deal with Atlantic Records to launch a new imprint called Chop Shop Records, sharing a name with her music-supervision business. The Pasadena-based label hasn't signed any artists yet, but Patsavas is most likely to scout the same types of indie-rock acts she's been breaking on TV. For the details, read more
Would these last couple of episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" have annoyed me so much if the ferry boat crash had never happened? On the one hand, I — like a lot of you — think George and Izzie sleeping together would have seemed lazy no matter what. On the other hand, the little things about this show that I used to shrug off now bother me in a much bigger way, and I can't blame that on anything but Meredith's "death."
The overbearing metaphors in the medical cases really bugged me on Thursday — seriously, a dollhouse? — but I didn't hate everything about "My Favorite Mistake." For one thing, at least someone is dealing with the fact that Meredith almost died. For another, I loved seeing how completely ruthless Mark can be. To talk about the episode, spoilers and all, read more
Now that we've had a week to ponder the George/Izzie drunken hookup on "Grey's Anatomy," how are you feeling about this potential couple?
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ABC initially planned to take a week off between new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy," but I'm glad those plans changed: I'm not sure I could handle waiting around to see the aftermath of the George and Izzie hookup. Now, I know I said last week that I was glad to see "Grey's" return to being more light-hearted, but the preview for tonight's episode seems a little too "wow, infidelity's hilarious!" for my taste. Still, my faith in the show hasn't been completely destroyed ... yet. To see the promo, read more
As everyone gears up for wedding season, Katherine Heigl is preparing to sigh "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride," for her next film project, 27 Dresses. The movie will be Anne Fletcher's second directorial venture after Step Up, and the screenplay comes from The Devil Wears Prada writer Aline Brosh McKenna. According to Variety:
Heigl will play a single woman who has served as a bridesmaid 27 times. She is enlisted once again for the job, and this time it's particularly painful: Her sister is marrying the man the bridesmaid is madly in love with.
Huh. Well, so far, the movie sounds like a silly, campy, girly flick, and I'm sure Heigl will do well with it. Apparently, the actress has been courted for more roles ever since she signed on to do Knocked Up with 40-Year-Old Virgin writer/producer Judd Apatow. If the early buzz is any indication, Heigl is likely to have even more offers after Knocked Up comes out. To find out why, read more
Well, everything appears to be back to normal on "Grey's Anatomy" after that whole ferry boat incident. It's almost like Meredith didn't even "die"! With all of the regulars still living and breathing, it's time for them to refocus on what really matters: doomed relationships, drinking, and inappropriate sex.
I was glad to see my lighter-hearted "Grey's" back, but it seemed like things went back to pre-sweeps days a little too fast. It's a little like the whole clinic-opening-in-eight-days debacle — can't we all just have a moment to talk about how Meredith almost died? All of this is really just a way of stalling so I don't spoil the big, humongous, scream-at-your-TV moment that came at the end, though, so if you want to talk about that, read more
One of TV Guide scoop king Michael Ausiello's friends-in-high-places has nabbed a copy of the script for the potential "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff. And it answers the question of where Addison's going: not back to New York, but to Los Angeles!
His sources also spill a few details from the script:
- Plastic surgery, psychiatry, and neonatology — three great tastes that taste great together? — all play prominent roles.
- One scene from the pilot involves "a pampered Beverly Hills princess contemplating a chemical peel with her hot plastic surgeon."
So, who's the hot plastic surgeon — Taye Diggs or Tim Daly?
Honestly, I'm waiting for the day when they're going to announce this whole spinoff thing has just been a big joke. Given that "Nip/Tuck" is also heading to LA, I have to assume the next announcement will involve a collaboration between Addison and Dr. Christian Troy.
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