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'Grey's Anatomy' Is Getting the 'Sliding Doors' Treatment, Reuniting Derek and Addison

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 3rd 2011 10:00AM
Twitter got 'Grey's Anatomy' fans very excited this week, but were the tweets misleading?

'Private Practice' star Kate Walsh and the shows' creator Shonda Rhimes were all a-tweet about Walsh being back on the 'Grey's' set to shoot. But it's not another crossover episode (although Rhimes promises there will be one again soon) -- Walsh's Addison is there to reunite with her TV ex Derek (Patrick Dempsey) for a "what if?" episode.

TV Line is reporting that a very special February sweeps episode of 'Grey's' will see the gang at Seattle Grace in an alternate reality. A very alternate reality, one where Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) isn't so dark and twisty, her surgical pro mom Ellis (Kate Burton) never got Alzheimer's and -- brace yourselves, MerDer diehards -- Addison and Derek never broke up.

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'Grey's Anatomy' Hits Ratings Low: Fans Share Why

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 7th 2011 1:15PM
MerDer: Are they over? Do you care?Now in its eighth season, 'Grey's Anatomy' seems like the Shonda Rhimes engine that could, but have fans had enough of the drama at Seattle Grace?

Last night's ratings were the series' lowest ever, with 8.5 million viewers and a 3.0 rating, down 17 percent, leaving the show in third place for the hour behind 'Person of Interest' on CBS and Fox's 'The X Factor.'

So what gives? Is it just general fatigue, or are there certain storylines that fans aren't on board with? Was this a fluke, or a sign of the end? And can we just keep blaming it all on that musical episode?

With speculation about cast departures still in the air (Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo have both waffled about whether or not they'll return after this season), it's possible that fans are giving up on the show before their favorite stars do. But it's also just as likely the the MerDer relationship has just gone back and forth one too many times.

So I took to Twitter to hear the reasons straight from 'Grey's' fans ...

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'Scandal' Will Be One Big Shonda Rhimes Reunion Show

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 26th 2011 4:00PM
Scandal, Kerry WashingtonAOL TV has learned that Shonda Rhimes' newest ABC series, 'Scandal,' will share a lot more than a creator in common with the network's medical soaps 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice.'

Many of the guest stars booked to appear in the first season of 'Scandal,' which is scheduled to debut in early 2012, have also roamed the halls of Seattle Grace. Kate Burton and Jeff Perry, otherwise known as Ellis and Thatcher Grey, will both play Washington D.C. higher-ups in the new series, which stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, a PR crisis management consultant who specializes in ushering politicians and other celebs through very public scandals.

Burton will recur as the Vice President starting in episode 5, while Perry plays the White House Chief of Staff. JoBeth Williams, who played Addison's mom on 'Private Practice,' will appear as a major client during the series' third episode.

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Hannibal Lecter TV Series In the Works, TBS Buys Conan O'Brien Comedy Pilot & More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 12th 2011 7:00PM
Bryan FullerHannibal Lecter: TV star? Maybe, just maybe.

According to Deadline, 'Pushing Daisies' creator Bryan Fuller is at work on a one-hour drama series about the famous cannibal. 'Hannibal' will focus on Lecter's relationship with a young FBI profiler named Will Graham. Lecter's foil Graham is haunted by his knack for empathizing with serial killers. Fuller is executive producing with Martha De Laurentiis, producer of 'Hannibal,' 'Red Dragon' and 'Hannibal Rising.'

The 'Hannibal' project is part of the recently launched Gaumont International Television, run by NBC's former had of drama, Katie O'Connell. In addition to 'Hannibal,' the company is working on 'Madame Tussaud,' a six-hour miniseries from 'The Tudors' creator Michael Hirst.

Over in comedy land, TBS has ordered a pilot from Conan O'Brien. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the multi-camera comedy follows a centers a family man who leaves his day job and returns to his childhood neighborhood. While at home, the character reunites with his old best friend. O'Brien will serve as an executive producer.

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Patrick Dempsey May Not Be Leaving 'Grey's Anatomy' After All

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 1st 2011 3:40AM
Patrick DempseyReports of McDreamy's demise may have been premature. Yesterday we reported that Patrick Dempsey said he's leaving 'Grey's Anatomy' at the end of the upcoming Season 8.

Now it seems that he may have to put away those golf clubs and get out the stethoscope again. According to E! Online, McDreamy misspoke. Kind of.

His rep. told E! News that when Dempsey told Italian 'Vanity Fair' that "It's gonna be my last. ... For me it's done," what he really meant was: "He was referring to the fact that his contract is up at the end of next season and we have no idea what the future holds."

So that's all cleared up then. Several members of the 'Grey's' cast -- including Ellen Pompeo -- have contracts expiring at the end of Season 8 and right now it's all up in the air. It's possible that there could be a mass exodus, but it's also possible that some of them will be renewed.

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HBO Passes on Diane Keaton, Ellen Page Pilot, FX Orders 'Powers' Pilot and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 28th 2011 1:07PM
Diane KeatonIt appears Diane Keaton won't be making her TV series debut this season.

According to Deadline Hollywood, HBO passed on its Keaton-starring comedy series, 'Tilda,' loosely based on Deadline blogger Nikki Finke. The show would've followed a powerful but reclusive writer but fell apart despite high-profile names like Keaton, director Bill Condon and producer Alan Poul aboard.

Ellen Page and Jason Patric were also booked to co-star.

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The latest in comic-to-TV-show news: FX ordered a pilot of 'Powers.' Based on the graphic novel series of the same name, the show follows "two homicide detectives who investigate cases of people with extraordinary abilities." [Entertainment Weekly]

Melissa Leo has apologized for dropping the F-bomb during her Oscars acceptance speech last night. The Best Supporting Actress's flub was the first F-bomb in the history of the Academy Awards. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Shonda Rhimes' previously untitled P.R. pilot has gotten a name and another lead actor. 'Damage Control,' as it's now called, will star Tony Goldwyn as the president. [THR]

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'Off the Map' Will Look (Too) Familiar to Fans of 'Grey's Anatomy'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 11th 2011 1:00PM
The title of the mid-season medical drama 'Off the Map' (10PM ET Wednesday, ABC) is highly ironic.

Once you find out that 'Grey's Anatomy' creator Shonda Rhimes is one of the show's executive producers, you know exactly what the layout of this drama is going to be: Sexy surgeons with good hair (and better abs) will nurture secret pain; hot young doctors will learn Important Life Lessons while working on challenging medical cases.

You don't need a map for this show: Its blueprints are visible on Rhimes' other dramas, 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice.' But if you like the television comfort food offered by those soapy dramas, you might be best off sticking with them. Despite its exotic setting, 'Off the Map' offers nothing new and the whole venture is relentlessly predictable.

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Betty White Named AP Entertainer of the Year, 'Jersey Shore' Star Indicted and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 20th 2010 12:00PM
Betty WhiteCapping off a year of renewed pop culture relevance, Betty White has been named the Associated Press' entertainer of the year.

The 88-year-old beat out phenomenons like 'Glee,' Conan O'Brien and James Cameron for the title, which was voted on by the 102 news organizations that comprise the AP.

The star's time in the sun isn't up -- she was just nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award (after receiving a lifetime achievement award last year) and has two books coming out in 2011.

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The legal woes continue for 'Jersey Shore' cast member Ronnie Magro. The reality star was indicted on one count of assault stemming from an incident last September where Magro knocked a man out after an altercation on the boardwalk. Magro could face up to five years in prison. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Will Smith is developing a China-set crime drama for Fox. The female-fronted action series will follow a college student in China. Chinese-born filmmaker Eva Jin is also involved in the production. [Variety]

Nicollette Sheridan dropped abuse claims from her lawsuit against 'Desperate Housewives' showrunner Marc Cherry. Sheridan claimed Cherry hit and emotionally abused her before she was let go from the show. [EW]

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TV Land Orders Pilot From Fran Drescher, Natasha Leggero Signs NBC Holding Deal and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 30th 2010 11:30AM
Fran DrescherFran Drescher is already back on TV in some areas with a trial run of her new talk show, but fans around the country could be welcoming her back to primetime very soon. TV Land has ordered a pilot based on Drescher's life.

According to Deadline Hollywood, TV Land has ordered 'Happily Divorced' from Drescher and her ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobsen. The two previously created and wrote 'The Nanny' together.

Drescher will executive produce, co-write and possibly star in 'Happily Divorced,' a sitcom about a woman who is thrown back into the dating world when her husband comes out as gay.

TV Land has also ordered a pilot for 'Rip City,' a multi-camera office comedy from 'Lizzie McGuire' and 'Less Than Perfect' creator Terri Minsky.

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Rumors of Nicole Scherzinger and Cheryl Cole headlining the American 'X Factor' are heating up. Cole has reportedly signed a deal that will bring her to American televisions and help launch her career in the States. [Daily Mail]

Natasha Leggero has signed a talent holding deal with NBC. As part of the deal, the 'Last Comic Standing' judge will either join the cast of an existing series or star in a pilot. Could she be the new Dunder Mifflin boss? [Variety]

Shonda Rhimes is turning her attention away from doctors and onto publicists. The 'Grey's Anatomy' creator is working on a new soap inspired by PR guru Judy Smith. Rhimes will write and executive produce the pilot, about a publicist and her dysfunctional staff. [Vulture]

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Shonda Rhimes Distances Herself From the Word "Va-jay-jay"

by Ryan McKee, posted Aug 20th 2010 6:30PM
In 2006, the term "va-jay-jay" became a revelation for women looking for a humorous, slightly-urban way to refer to their downstairs lady-parts. It began during the second season of 'Grey's Anatomy,' when Miranda Bailey went into labor and berated an intern, "Stop looking at my va-jay-jay."

Oprah Winfrey
caught wind of it and suddenly even Midwestern housewives were whispering "va-jay-jay" to their friends with a smirk.

Shonda Rhimes, creator of 'Grey's Anatomy' and "va-jay-jay," is now trying to curb its usage with her Twitter page. Referring to a headline on the September cover of 'Cosmo,' she tweeted, "Eww. This is taking my word a little 2 far."

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'Friday Night Lights' Vet Zach Gilford Goes 'Off the Map' for ABC

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 9th 2010 9:30AM
zach gilford off the mapAfter a brief flirtation with the movies ('Dare,' 'Post Grad'), 'Friday Night Lights' vet Zach Gilford is returning to the tube in a new series from the creator of 'Grey's Anatomy.'

The former Dillon Panther is heading to South America for a role in producer Shonda Rhimes' 'Off the Map,' reports The Ausiello Files. The ABC medical drama follows a group of hot young doctors working at an understaffed clinic in the South American jungle.

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ABC Picks Up 'Off the Map,' 'Body of Proof'

by Andrew Scott, posted May 14th 2010 4:50PM
Shonda RhimesABC has put another medical series from Shonda Rhimes on the map, while making room for a new series starring 'Desperate Housewives'' Dana Delany.

According to the Live Feed, ABC has picked up 'Off the Map,' about a trio of medical doctors who set up shop on a remote tropical island. Enrique Murciano ('Without a Trace'), Jason George ('Grey's Anatomy') and Martin Henderson star.

Also getting picked up today is the Dana Delany vehicle 'Body of Proof.' In it, Delany will play a medical examiner who solves crimes based on her background as a neurosurgeon. Unfortunately, her unique ways of going about business clash everyone who crosses her path. (Think 'CSI' meets 'House.')

Today's news caps off a busy week for ABC. For more on the network's renewals and cancellations, click here.

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Katherine Heigl Might Already Be Gone From 'Grey's Anatomy'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 12th 2010 1:31PM
Katherine Heigl
'Grey's Anatomy' star Katherine Heigl was supposed to return to the set of the ABC show on March 1 after taking some time to film a movie. But... she didn't, because she's been negotiating her contract with the network for a while and they still haven't come to an agreement. Now sources are telling Michael Ausiello that Heigl, Shonda Rhimes, and ABC will end her contract now instead of waiting until the end of the season.

Would this be a bad thing? It seems like there's a lot of drama surrounding Heigl, and I don't mean on the show. Remember when she made that odd comment about the 'Grey's Anatomy' writers? Or when she complained about long hours on the set?

If she doesn't return to the show, that means that her last episode has already aired.

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Big Shot TV Producers Aren't Straying From Familiar Territory, And Why Not?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 8th 2010 7:00PM
If you're one of the fortunate few who make it big in the television biz, shouldn't you take the opportunity to use that cushy cushion you have built for yourself and take a big risk on something exciting and new? Not if you're one of these big television producers.

Big shots like Shawn Ryan, David E. Kelley, and Shonda Rhimes all have pilots in the can that don't seem to stray much farther from the shows that made them the big shots that they are today.

For instance, Ryan, creator of the groundbreaking FX cop drama 'The Shield,' has another cop drama premiering with Fox called 'Ridealong.' Kelley, the writer/producer behind 'The Practice' and 'Boston Legal,' has created a reality drama for NBC called 'Kindred.' Even Rhimes, the woman behind ABC's 'Grey's Anatomy,' has another medical drama show for ABC called 'Off the Map.' Is ABC looking to create an all-medical soap opera cable channel in the coming year?

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Major Networks Pick Up New Pilots

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 20th 2010 12:00PM
Hey, TV fans: Do you like medical dramas, ensemble comedies, and shows about Las Vegas? The major networks hope you do, since they bought six series pilots yesterday that could make those elements staples of this fall's primetime schedule.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, ABC bought three pilots, including a new medical drama from 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice' creator Shonda Rhimes, as well as a medical/crime procedural and a comedy about a group of young adult friends. Fox picked up another group comedy, centering on an Indian-American family. Set in Vegas are a new NBC pilot from the makers of 'Reno 911!' and a CBS buddy cop drama.

Here's our breakdown of the six new pilots and their chances for success.

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