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Who's the "major female character" that's pregnant?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 25th 2009 9:18AM
Meredith Grey pregnant?EW.com's Michael Ausiello posted this blind item yesterday: "A major female character on a popular and highly rated hour-long drama series will learn that she's pregnant next month."

Other tidbits: The expectant character isn't thrilled to be pregnant. The timing, both personally and professionally, is really bad. The baby daddy's going through some stuff. And the bun in her oven may have company.

Ok, let's speculate here. My first thought is that it's Meredith Grey on Grey's Anatomy, since her real-life alter-ego Ellen Pompeo actually IS pregnant. But the timing isn't all that bad. She and Derek are getting married. They can use a distraction with Izzie's cancer taking center stage. And although he's had some issues, Derek seems to have pulled it together.

My next idea is that maybe it's Cristina Yang. It would be a horrible time for her, since she's so driven to claw her way up the medical ladder at Seattle Grace. Plus, if the baby daddy is Owen Hunt, he's seriously messed up after trying to choke Cristina, and he's seeing a therapist.

Some other ideas:

Izzie Stevens, Grey's Anatomy. The timing couldn't be worse, what with her struggling with cancer. Then again, if she survives long enough to have the baby, it could take the series in a whole new direction.

Bree Hodge, Desperate Housewives.
She shunned Orson's ridiculous request to shut down her business, so she's full-steam ahead there. And things really aren't all that great with Orson. She should have kicked him out long ago, but he's been playing the "I went to prison for you" card long enough.

Cuddy, House.
She and House have been playing cat and mouse since the series started, and it would make for a really interesting storyline if House ended up being a dad. Heck, it might even make him seem human again.

Kate, Lost. She and Jack hooked up right before they got on Flight 316. And everyone is always messed up on that show, not to mention everything is always bad timing, no matter what.

Melinda, Ghost Whisperer. With Jim's memories merging back into Jim 2.0/Sam, a baby is a real possibility here. And because of Jim dying and his memories coming back to Sam, it's pretty messed up with Melinda, in general.

So what do you think? Any of my ideas viable? Share your own thoughts in the comments.

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So the pregnant one is Lennette. She's pregnant with twins and that's not good for her personally or professionally. And Tom is going through his midlife crisis. LOL. None of your guesses were even close.

May 18 2009 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

just had to respond to the comment about actresses not being able to get pregnant. This is ridiculous and illegal to ask any women to not get pregnant because of her job. If actresses were to really sign something like this, they could sue the living sh** out of the producers. It goes against everything in the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. This act pretty much states than any women who is pregnant is to be treated the same as any other employee. she can not be termintated from her job and her job has to be saved for up to 12 weeks post partum. There is also the whole Equal Oppurtunity Employment thing. So, Bruce, next time you want to run your mouth about something you know nothing about, maybe you should do your homework!

May 07 2009 at 6:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm pretty sure it's Melinda off Ghost Whisperer. There were pictures around about a month ago when she was onset and had the fake baby bump. Also in the US the episode has already been aired and she told Jim that she was pregnant. Also Jim and Melinda are going through the 'personal stuff' with Jim remembering everything and being introduced to his new body.Also, Jennifer confirmed that Melinda will be having a baby on the Ellen Degeneres Show and she said there would be a twist with the pregnancy. Maybe twins?

May 03 2009 at 2:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Luis U

I think it's Lynette the one that is pregnant!
Tom is in his middle life crisis and Lynette recently came back to work.
So is think it's Lynette.

April 29 2009 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Melinda found out she was pregnant this past week...we saw the baby on the monitor...and its 8 weeks, so it's pre-Sam...yay!

April 27 2009 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dr. Sara Tancredi from Prison Break.

April 27 2009 at 9:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This has absolutely nothing to do with my morals, although I do believe people should comply with the terms of contracts they sign. I don't think that's very controversial.

I mention the Tylo case solely to show that actresses' TV show contracts cover the condition that they not materially change their appearance. It was the first one that popped up when I googled it. It's my understanding that they had other reasons for firing Tylo (including wanting to hire someone else who became available) and used the material change of appearance as an excuse.

A breach of contract claim has nothing to do with FMLA time.

If you can find me some case that says pregnancy is never to be considered a "material change of appearance" for purposes of these contracts as a matter of law, then I'll concede that I'm wrong.

April 26 2009 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Truthfully, I don't care if you admit you're wrong or not. You brought up one case that did not prove your point. She sued and won!

FMLA provides federal protection, at its most basic level, against losing your job for becoming pregnant.

April 26 2009 at 9:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wonder why the "no material change in appearance" clauses in their contracts are not enforced against actresses like Ellen Pompeo who get pregnant.

Why don't you explain why you think I'm wrong instead of calling names like a 10 year old.

April 26 2009 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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If I were twelve, I wouldn't know that 'idiot' isn't a name, it was used, in this situation, as an adjective (or possibly an adverb).

Why do you feel the need to enforce your moral structure on these showrunners? If they thought it was the 'right thing to do,' then they would have. Obviously they don't share your opinion.

Furthermore, you are wrong because of the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993. Employees, male or female, are allowed by law twelve (12) weeks of unpaid time for various reasons, but specifically including the birth of a child.

If your really wanted to throw that lawsuit in our face, perhaps a bit more research was in order. Tylo, after being fired, sued (in this case based on discrimination, not not specifically FMLA) the production company, and won to the tune of $4.8 million.

April 26 2009 at 6:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


There's an example of such a contract, which was breached and enforced by an actress who got pregnant. No "material change in appearance" (which includes pregnancy). I assure you EVERY contract for EVERY TV actor/actress in a significant, recurring part contains such a clause in it. Why are so many actresses getting pregnant in breach of their contracts, and why are they not getting their big pregnant asses sued for breach of contract? No writers should have to change the overall plot of a TV show or "write around" a problem because an actress got knocked up in breach of her contract.

If you think this is mean because children are so beautiful and pregnancy is so wonderful, then you need to grow up.

April 26 2009 at 2:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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No, we think you're an idiot.

You wonder why a lawsuit like this hasn't been brought since?

April 26 2009 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm not saying there should be a law requiring mandatory birth control for TV actresses, and for them to be thrown in prison if they violate it. I'm saying "Actress will not get pregnant" should be one of the most basic conditions of any actress's contract when she signs on to take a major recurring part in a TV series. The actress can determine on her own how she avoids pregnancy. Birth control, celibacy, contraception, or just having abortions all the time. Do you think it's ridiculous to require an actor in a major recurring part on a TV show to not significantly gain weight? We can't have Dr. House weighing 300 pounds all of a sudden because Hugh Laurie decides to become a competitive pie eater during his free time. Actresses getting pregnant is no different. Insofar as it only effects women, well that's just the nature of pregancy. If men got pregnant then the same contractual conditions should apply to them, too.

I can't imagine that "not getting pregnant" is not already a condition of actresses contracts for big parts on TV shows. To not put that in there would be a grossly negligent oversight on the part of the producers. The question is why they're not enforcing their contracts.

April 26 2009 at 2:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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