Posted 09 April 2005 - 03:44 PM
By Lynn Elber
LOS ANGELES - The new ABC drama "Grey's Anatomy," which has proved a strong Sunday night partner for "Desperate Housewives," will keep its time slot and cut short the season for "Boston Legal."
"Grey's Anatomy," about first-year surgical interns at a Seattle hospital, debuted March 27 and improved on the ratings in the 10 p.m. EDT Sunday time slot that had belonged to "Boston Legal." Maximizing that period is key for ABC since the show preceding it at 9 p.m. EDT is "Desperate Housewives," the big freshman hit, and the network wants to keep as many of its viewers as possible tuned in.
"Desperate Housewives" and another newcomer, "Lost," have helped pull the network out of a ratings slump. Both "Grey's Anatomy" and "Boston Legal," a reworking of the long-running ABC series "The Practice," were winning the time slot among total viewers and with advertiser-favored adults ages 18 to 49. But "Grey's Anatomy" has averaged 17 million viewers compared with 12.5 million for the legal drama from veteran producer David E. Kelley ("Ally McBeal," "Boston Public").
Kelley had no comment Friday on ABC's plans, a spokeswoman said.
The blow for "Boston Legal" has been softened by the fact it will get a run of 27 episodes next season, which includes the five that were to air this season. The network was in the "enviable position" of having two strong shows for the time period, Stephen McPherson, ABC Entertainment president, said in a statement Friday. "However, with this embarrassment of riches comes a tough decision," he said. "Ultimately we decided that, without having adequate lead time or marketing dollars to devote to moving either show so late in the season, we'd continue to let 'Grey's' build on its tremendous momentum through May."
Posted 01 May 2005 - 11:55 AM
By KATE AURTHUR
Grey's Anatomy" - ABC's hourlong hybrid of "Ally McBeal," "Sex and the City" and "ER" - is the most-watched midseason drama in 12 years, since CBS's "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." When you parse its ratings, "Grey's Anatomy" underscores one of the real lessons of the current season, a month before the fall schedule is set: men will watch shows with a female lead. That goes against conventional wisdom, which dictates that it's easier to get women to watch shows aimed at men. But Steve Sternberg, a media analyst with Magna Global USA, pointed out that "Desperate Housewives" was one of the highest-rated shows among men and added: "So was 'Ally McBeal.' Even though the stars are women, that type of quirky humor also appeals to men."
According to Stacey Lynn Koerner, an executive vice president at Initiative, a media services agency, the sudden success of "Grey's Anatomy" - which arrived after most potential pilots had already been chosen - will cause some rethinking of the fall schedule: "The networks will be looking at their bench and saying, 'What have we got that looks like we can get that 'Grey's Anatomy' audience?"
A number of shows might benefit. Among the Fox pilots is "Amy Coyne," in which a twentysomething lawyer (Ashley Williams) inherits her father's sports management agency and has to deal with wacky athletes. On UPN, Lara Flynn Boyle plays a behavioral therapist who could use therapy herself in a show called "Crazy." ABC has "Introducing Lennie Rose," about a struggling musician in New York. WB has two shows with young female leads: in "Pepper Dennis," Rebecca Romijn plays an ambitious television reporter, and on "Halley's Comet" (with Audrey Marie Anderson and Adam LaVorgna, above right) a medical student who conquered a life-threatening illness finds herself working at the facility where she was a patient. The executive producer of that show is David E. Kelley, the creator of "Ally McBeal," and therefore the daddy of the whole genre.
But to make it onto the schedule, these shows need to be good, right? "Are you sure about that?" Ms. Koerner asked. "That's not how it's happened in the past. There's always the wannabes that follow the shows that break the mould. And they always pale in comparison."
Posted 01 May 2005 - 01:45 PM
So tonight was originally the night that Boston Legal was set to return to this slot and I, like many, was stoked. But since Grey's Anatomy has been doing so well after Desperate Housewives, Boston won't be tossed into the schedule until the fall. The only reason this doesn't p--- me off is that I also enjoy Grey's.
For the most part, I liked tonight's episode, especially when they were at the hospital. How weird was it to see that towel pulled out of Kathryn Joosten's lung area? If you're reading this without having seen the show, I can imagine how strange my last sentence sounds. Imagine seeing it. Kathryn's second only to Madchen Amick in juicy guest-starring roles this year. First she's a cranky, curmudgeonly neighbor on Desperate. Now she's a cranky curmudgeon getting her second lung surgery. If you want a cranky curmudgeon, get Kathryn! I'm thinking best guest actress in a drama series Emmy nomination. Brilliant.
What I thought was quite lame were some of the nonhospital scenes. I'm so sure that Meredith, normally resistant to the flirtations of Derek (the suddenly studly Patrick Dempsey), ended up having sex with him in his car and then (please!) caught by Dr. Bailey. And Izzie's boyfriend getting mad at her ("This is my life now. These are the people I hang out with.")? Whatever. It was nice that Cristina finally got some, though. When she locked that door, I was like, "You go, Sandra Oh!"
Posted 23 May 2005 - 05:59 AM
Well I'd been waiting for those "last 5 minutes" since last week's previews. Very interesting. Derek Shepherd has a wife! But now we have to wait until the fall to find out if Addison Shepherd is a recent ex-wife, or if they are going through a separation or who knows? Very primetime soap. But that sort of fits after watching Desperate Housewives, eh?
Since George is my fave character, it was great that he had to expose himself to and (literally) get poked by Alex, Izzie, Cristina and Meredith. Loved it when he had to tell Mayim Bialik, I mean Olivia, that he had syphilis. Loved it even more when it was revealed that it was Alex who gave Olivia and George "the syph." My favorite moment was Cristina and Dr. Burke standing in the syphilis line telling each other they hadn't had sex with anyone else. "Do I need to be in this line?" "No." Then they walk away in unison loved the smile on Sandra Oh's face!
And, of course, I must mention the obscure guest stars. First there was Lauren Bowles as the bitchy daughter of the man with the enlarged stomach. It was driving me crazy trying to think "where have I seen her before?" Voila! She's Julia Louis Dreyfus' real-life sister and played her sis on Watching Ellie. But portraying her mother (and you don't get more obscure than this) was the barely recognizable Patty McCormack. TV fanatics will remember Patty as Jeffrey Tambor's wife on The Ropers, but movie fanatics go way back with child actress Patty as the title character in The Bad Seed. Dave Anderson
Posted 25 May 2005 - 02:15 AM
From blueiiss: On Grey's Anatomy, please tell that is not Shepard's current wife. Please tell me they are divorced or something. Please!
I'm 99 percent certain it's a blast from the past. But that is far from the last of her. His lady's entrance last night was just the beginning of a storyline that will drive Meredith and the Seattle Grace staff up the wall. She'll be around for a six-episode arc, at least. As of now, there are no plans for her to become a regular cast member, but you can definitely expect to see her face in the hospital halls when the show returns next fall, working on a case that requires her special expertise.[/color]
Posted 26 September 2005 - 06:45 AM
I would like to first clarify something I wrote in my Watercooler recap of the season finale back in May since I got a few feedback replies about it. When I referred to George telling Olivia he had syphilis and I called her Mayim Bialik, I was kidding. One of my many middle names, especially if you've read my Being Bobby Brown recaps, is "Sarcastic." Olivia was actually played by Sarah Utterback, an utter Mayim clone. OK, got that out of the way. Awesome season premiere. I love that we now know that Addison Shepherd was the actual cheater in the marriage with McDreamy, not the one being cheated on â and she cheated with his best friend! Why do I keep relating to the characters I write about? I had a similar experience once and it was an extremely hurtful experience so I know exactly how McDreamy feels. The fact that he's McSeparated and not still McMarried makes him look so much less like a McJerk. Meredith still ain't havin' it, though â but I bet that changes in future weeks.
Meanwhile, back in the Cristina ranch, she has got to tell Dr. Burke she's pregnant â especially since the bastard just dumped her. And I was happy that George stood up for himself and refused to be the "sponge" for Dr. Webber. Alex hugging George was a great moment at the end. But the best moment of the entire episode was Addison shockingly defending Meredith to the patient who was just cheated on by her husband. Kate Walsh kicks butt as Addison and I hope she sticks around. She adds spice to an already hot show. And finally, in the "obscure guest star" department, I must point out that Joe the bartender was played by Steven W. Bailey. If you think he looked familiar, maybe it's because he was the title character in Fox's "reality" show My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance. Obscure with a capital O! Dave Anderson
Posted 03 October 2005 - 09:09 AM
By R.D. Heldenfels
The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio
Oct. 2--Former Clevelander James Pickens Jr. started the new TV season in a hospital bed. But it was a very nice place to be. The bed was in Seattle Grace Hospital, the dramatic center of Grey's Anatomy.
The ABC medical drama became a big Sunday hit last season and continued its winning ways when it premiered a week ago. Following mega-hit Desperate Housewives on the ABC schedule, Grey's attracted 18.9 million viewers, ranking fifth among all prime-time shows for the week.
Starring Ellen Pompeo as surgical intern Meredith Grey, the show originally had a midseason tryout. It proved such a good fit with Housewives that ABC kept Grey's on the air and held former time-slot occupant Boston Legal. Boston has since been moved to Tuesday nights. "We knew we had a good show," Pickens said recently. "We knew we had a good product. But it became this juggernaut that nobody had control of after a while, and the audience just really latched onto it like nobody's business. We're going along for the ride, man."
On the show, Pickens plays Dr. Richard Webber, the hospital's chief of surgery, a tough boss both for the interns and for the doctors overseeing them.
Webber was recently bed-ridden after brain surgery. But even lying down he has been a tough authority figure, whether picking his temporary replacement or demanding that an intern keep him up to date on the hospital gossip.
And in tonight's show -- at 10 p.m. on ABC -- we'll also get a closer look at Webber's personal life. According to an ABC synopsis of the episode, "As Dr. Webber recovers... it seems that his wife (guest starring Loretta Devine as Mrs. Webber) has some concerns about the state of their marriage."
Asked about coming plot developments, Pickens smiled and said, "I can't divulge it right now, but it's going to be interesting." Also hard work. Hourlong dramas can be demanding for a cast, Pickens said, "especially a show of this nature, a medical drama that's technically heavy. It can be long days." As a result, on his summer break, he said, "I just kind of relaxed, man, and took it easy. The wife and I took a little trip, and that was great." But he's not complaining about hard work when it has led to such a big reward.
Pickens has labored long in TV without being part of this kind of success. He found a niche as authority figures, notably in a recurring role on The X-Files, but that did not always translate into long runs. His last series before Grey's was The Lyon's Den, a Rob Lowe drama that didn't last a full season.
But Grey's has benefits beyond being a hit. Pickens is not only playing a boss, he is playing the boss of a diverse group of characters at all levels of responsibility.
In contrast to a show where ethnically diverse characters are window dressing, Grey's has "real diversity," Pickens said. "And it also shows that these people are in their positions because of their expertise. It's not so much their color. It just so happens that they're African American, or Asian American. And it just works, you know? And it resonates with what society has been trying to do and hasn't been able to do quite yet," he said.
He credits Shonda Rhimes, Grey"s creator and executive producer. "I'm so proud of Shonda, who has really gone to bat... to make sure that the show is diverse," he said. "I think that was another thing that audiences have latched onto. They see themselves in the show."
Posted 06 October 2005 - 05:11 AM
This show keeps getting better and better. The main story line of tonight's intense hour the car-crash family with the abusive father was made even more intense by the constant pounding of the son's fists on the hospital bed. It made you think: Would you save your alcoholic father by giving him your liver even though he continually beat up your mother? The end result was a great one, but only because the son said, "I have a couple of conditions." Good for him especially the "You and I are moving out enough is enough" line. Best moment of the show. As for the other story of the dude who swallowed 10 doll's heads, I'm glad we never got to find out why he did it. That would have been TMI, for sure.
Meanwhile, the soap-opera portions of the show went a bit further (well, except for the Meredith-Shepherd situation she's still not budging). I'm glad Cristina and Burke are being nice to one another, and it was very nice of George to finally be honest with Olivia maybe too honest. George is still my favorite character, and that's because T.R. Knight makes him so likable. Nice to see Waiting to Exhale and Boston Public's Loretta Devine on the show as Richard's wife.
Another great thing about this show is the music it just adds to the mood of each episode. Apparently the creators of the show agree, since they released a soundtrack CD last week. Of course I'll be getting that. Dave Anderson
Posted 10 October 2005 - 08:19 PM
Laughing and pulling pranks on each other is the only way the cast of Grey's Anatomy can survive the long and gruelling hours of working together.
Just ask cast members T.R. Knight, Chandra Wilson and Isaiah Washington. "It's hard, believe me it's really hard ... I still don't know how we get any work done with all the laughing and joking around and silliness, but we do, and that's what makes it so much fun," Wilson says. "Especially the little comments to each other and the inside jokes, sometimes all it takes is a look from one to the other and we all crack up laughing."
Grey's Anatomy tells the story of young people trying to become doctors and doctors struggling to stay human. It's a drama about the intensity of medical training combined with the sexy, funny and painful lives of interns who are realizing that there's more to medicine and relationships than what they had realized.
Coming out of the film world, Washington knew the show would be a hit but was expecting to get the role of Dr. Derek Shepherd instead of Dr. Preston Burke. "I knew this would be good no matter who would be on it or who I played," Washington says. "But I was genuinely hurt that I didn't get the role of Dr. Shepherd but I didn't care I just wanted to be a part of this because it was something really special, I wanted to be a part of the team."
But for Knight, the baby of the Grey's Anatomy crew, the best part is working alongside actors who can help him better his craft through their advice and in watching them work. "It's fantastic being on this show and just having landed the role, because as an actor there's a lot of unemployment," Knight says. "So although sometimes it's tough and painful watching my performance it's great to watch and learn from these people."
And those people all mesh to put the show together. "There's nine totally different personalities but we all complement each other somehow," Wilson says. "And there's so much to learn all the time ... and to be able to make mistakes and go on with each other's help is a good thing."
Posted 27 October 2005 - 12:35 PM
I knew this would be an especially good episode since series creator Shonda Rhimes wrote it. And I've been fond of Shonda ever since the show began, but I've never admitted it. What I have been verbal about is that George is my favorite character and he was at his very best tonight, both as a serious doctor and as his hilarious self. Best moment was George performing open heart surgery all by himself inside the stalled elevator (with the aid of Burke, who was instructing him through the top of the elevator door like the "Who rang that bell?" guy in Wizard of Oz). Burke's complimentary "O'Malley, you just flew solo!" gave me chills. Funniest moment was all of them watching the porno that the patient needed to watch to release endorphins in his brain to help manage his pain, and then George walking out of the room with his lab coat covering his crotch. I laughed so hard I had to rewind that scene. Of course, a close second in the funny department was Cristina talking dirty to the same patient after the power outage. Of course, Bailey had to be the one to catch Cristina doing it. Speaking of Bailey, she certainly "cleaned up good" at the end. Who knew she had a husband of ten years? First Nina on Desperate Housewives, now Bailey all the crabby people are getting laid, thus making them less crabby. And why is Alex acting so weird? Why didn't he at least kiss Izzie on their date and why did he freak out during the elevator surgery? And they're certainly keeping us waiting on the "Will Derek sign the divorce papers?" question. Enough already. At least Meredith poured it all out to him, declaring her love, making his decision even more difficult. DA
Posted 29 October 2005 - 02:35 PM
Four Series Are the Ones to Watch
By Robert Bianco, USA TODAY
(Oct. 28) -- Looking for the best shows on TV? Look no further than these four, which actually have strengthened in their second year:
"Lost" (ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. ET/PT)
Each week, this brilliant, beautiful, intricate series about life lived in doubt has strengthened its claim as TV's top series. Start with the perfectly pitched season premiere, which ingeniously negotiated the dance a series like Lost must master: doling out enough information to keep an audience involved without depleting the series' store.
From there, it has been one high point after another all leading to the show's Nov. 9 return and the threatened loss of one of the main characters. It's a testament to the writers and the actors that many fans would no doubt be happy if the network promos proved to be misleading. I can't think of a single castaway I'm willing to lose. (Related story: Second-year series are the class of 2005)
"Veronica Mars" (UPN, Wednesday, 9 p.m. ET/PT)
What do you do when you've built your show around a mystery and then solve it in the first season? If you're Veronica Mars, you come back with an even stronger story, one that throws the show's smart-as-a-whip teen detective into the middle of the divide between the local haves and have-nots.
Yet as intriguing as the main plot may be, there's far more to Mars than its mystery. Kristen Bell and Enrico Colantoni are playing the funniest and yet most touchingly realistic father-daughter team on TV. Now if only they were doing so in front of a larger audience.
"House" (Fox, Tuesday, 9 p.m. ET/PT)
If you were afraid that House might start to soften its fabulously abrasive main character, you can stop worrying. This excellent medical drama has deepened our understanding of its curmudgeonly diagnostician without rubbing away his rough edges or succumbing to the TV urge to make every character easily likeable. When the series returns from its baseball hiatus Tuesday, House will be horrid to a fellow doctor because he resents the doctor's popularity. What makes him behave so badly? Wait another week, when you meet his father.
The writing this season has been first rate, as the show learns to tweak its format and our expectations. And the show's incredible star, Hugh Laurie, is playing the most difficult and yet engaging TV character since Andy Sipowicz and that's as high as TV praise gets.
"Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, Sunday, 10 p.m. ET/PT)
Some shows sort of sneak up on you. Arriving last spring as no more than a decently designed companion for Desperate Housewives, this female-centric medical drama has blossomed in its second season. Clearly, Grey's has found its stride and its confidence, as witness Sunday's terrific episode, which lightens the drama with jokes about the show's own all-seeing narrator device.
In a flawless supporting cast, the standouts have been Sandra Oh, as an unabashedly ambitious young surgeon, and Chandra Wilson, who brings warmth and nuance to a character who could have been a standard-issue taskmaster. But the real spark this fall has come from the romantic equilateral triangle of Ellen Pompeo, Kate Walsh and Patrick Dempsey, who ideally captures both the charm and the selfishness that so often comes with being considered "McDreamy."
Who does McDreamy pick? You'll have to watch Sunday to find out.
Posted 01 November 2005 - 10:35 AM
Usually, if I use the words "train wreck," I am referring to a show like Being Bobby Brown. But this edge-of-your-seat hour was all about a train wreck. The main story about the man and the woman stuck together by the metal pole going through each of their bodies was extremely powerful. Can we talk about how phenomenal Monica Keena was as the woman? That gal has come along way since being such a beeyotch on Dawson's Creek. Interesting how Meredith related to Monica's character at the end, since Derek chose the salmon-scrubbed Addison over Meredith. "What about her? You can't just abandon her!" I guess it will make it a more dramatically interesting show with Addison sticking around, but poor Meredith. You knew it killed Derek to have to give Meredith his decision: "She's my wife." Something tells me he hasn't left Meredith for good, though. The other story line of the two best friends who both got pregnant via the same sperm donor just so they could be mothers together and have their babies be siblings was really cool. Loved Izzie asking "so how long have you two been together?" Loved even more that the blonde woman (played by the awesome Cynthia Ettinger) was smilingly like "We're not lovers" without giving a look of disgust. So glad Alex saved the day with the missing leg. Hopefully his confidence will improve and he'll get back to his old self. Yes, I know he failed his boards and only has one more chance to pass, but I didn't think that would cause him to freak out during last week's elevator surgery and to not at least kiss Izzie. I was wrong. Apparently he's not as much of a horndog as I thought he was. DA
Posted 01 November 2005 - 10:53 AM
October 31, 2005
One of the happier surprises of this TV season has been my deepening crush on Grey's Anatomy, which has taken advantage of Desperate Housewives' sophomore malaise to become the water-cooler show on Sunday night. (And a show I gave a lukewarm review when it premiered last spring.)
This week's (Oct. 30) episode may have been the best yet, a scintillating mix of soap opera and medical drama with just the right blend of mordant comedy (Cristina's hunt for the missing leg) and wrenching tragedy (the two train passengers impaled by a metal pole, only one of whom could possibly survive).
Grey's is a fabulous show for "shippers" who groove on will-they-or-won't-they dynamics, epitomized by Meredith's mortifyingly drunken wait for Dr. McDreamy's answer will he pick her, as she asked him to do to his face, or will he stay with his intimidating estranged wife Addison (a name I've loved since All About Eve). He picked Addison, but for how long?
Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey are perfectly sympathetic and swoony as the star-crossed couple, but there's also the compellingly tentative relationship between another young doctor and her aloof boss, with Sandra Oh's voraciously ambitious Cristina Yang battling her feelings for Isaiah Washington's coolly efficient Dr. Burke.
Adding new wrinkles to the show's relationship romp is the Izzie-Alex flirtation, nicely underplayed by Katherine Heigl and Justin Chambers. Izzie is justifiably puzzled over obnoxious hotdog Alex's sudden ambivalence toward his work and his play. (He didn't even kiss the former underwear model on their date.) How long before everyone realizes that Alex's medical career is in the balance?
And then there's my absolute favorite, George (T.R. Knight), a mouse who roars when the circumstances are right. He stepped up like a champ when he and Alex were stuck in a stalled elevator with a patient who needed emergency open-heart surgery. (Alex, struggling with self-doubt, froze.) At home with Meredith and Izzie, George is treated like one of the girls, with the condescension you'd give a tagalong brother or maybe a pet. He writhes with comic frustration at not being taken seriously, as either a doctor or a man. But we can see what they don't, that he's got the goods.
The other great performance on Grey's Anatomy is Chandra Wilson's brusque, funny and ferocious Dr. Bailey, supervisor of the young docs. A tiny dynamo of attitude and barely disguised compassion, she's a role model in many ways, not the least being the fact (which came as a surprise to all) that she has been happily married for years.
Grey's Anatomy has charisma and tremendous entertainment value and buzzes with the glorious hum of all cylinders working, reminiscent of ER during its early days. (That original cast is taking on a mythic hue, kind of like Saturday Night Live's classic ensemble of the first five years.) Though ER has badly faded into a mopey bad habit occasionally brought to life by a memorable patient, Grey's and House (which makes a welcome return this week) prove that the TV medical drama is far from dead.
Posted 01 November 2005 - 02:03 PM
GREY'S GETS XL AUDIENCE: The tens of millions of viewers tuning in for ABC's coverage of Super Bowl XL will be handed off to Grey's Anatomy when the Feb. 6 football championship concludes on or around 10 pm/ET that night. "The producers are preparing a great episode that will appeal to new viewers as well as devoted fans," ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson said in making the announcement. "It's the perfect conclusion to one of TV's biggest days." That and a Tums.
Posted 07 November 2005 - 08:10 AM
It used to be that when you were watching Desperate Housewives and then a promo for Grey's Anatomy came on, you'd think "Hmm maybe I'll watch it." Now, when you see a promo for GA while watching DH, you're more like "Can't ****ing wait!" OK, maybe some of you don't swear when you say it, but I do. The show just keeps getting better and better. So many highlights, so little space:
- Have you ever seen a husband react the way the husband did when he was told his curmudgeon of a wife survived her fifth open heart surgery, even after her heart caught on fire? The way he was covering his face when you thought he'd be crying but was actually hysterically laughing was brilliant. "She's like some mythical monster she's never gonna die!" and then "You tell her she'll survive without me," as he walked out. Wow. Props to veteran actor Reni Santoni for that scene alone.
- So glad the pregnant man wasn't actually pregnant. Nuff said.
- I love that it was Bailey who told Derek to lay off Meredith. "She's a human traffic accident and everybody's slowing down to look at the wreckage. Leave her to mend!" Loved it even more when Meredith said to Derek: "And what are you looking at?", leading him to tell the couples therapist "Meredith is not an issue she's out of my life." Yeah, right. Kate Walsh is now in the opening credits so we shall see how long this situation lasts.
- Very valiant of Burke to tell Webber about his relationship with Cristina.Last but not least, the biggest Watercooler moment was Alex finally kissing Izzie, literally sweeping her off her feet. Glad it took his patient Nicole to knock some sense into him. DA
Posted 14 November 2005 - 03:12 PM
Right away, I've got to mention how funny it was to see Sandra Oh in that tight blue dress one hour after seeing Eva Longoria squeeze into basically the same dress. I love how Cristina and Burke's first real date went from a disaster ("You eat red meat?") to the "best date ever" after they saved a man's life. Great line (after Burke asked Cristina to operate the saw during surgery): "You won't let me pick the wine, but this you'll let me do?" Other highlights:
- George was his usual hilarious self. I knew his day wasn't going to be a good one after the pigeon pooped on his bagel and then the man fell from the sky on top of the pigeon. Awesome moment when George realized the man jumped from the scaffolding on purpose. It's all about George's facial expressions.
- Nice to see Shelly Berman in a hospital but not as a patient this time, like he was on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Even nicer seeing an elderly couple still so much in love after 60 years of marriage. Made perfect sense that neither of them wanted the other to know the wife was dying.
- Glad that Bailey told Webber she was pregnant. (Chandra Wilson just had her baby in real life two weeks ago if you want to know more about her, pick up the new issue of TV Guide.)
- Beautiful ending with the Shepherds' friend Weiss showing up just in time for his wife's double mastectomy and hysterectomy. Interesting to see Derek and Addison attempting to make their marriage work.
But poor Meredith. The episode began with Addison catching her popping a zit and it ended with her telling Derek "I miss you" and Derek answering with "I can't." Somehow I think the next time he says those two words, they'll be followed by "resist you." DA
Posted 21 November 2005 - 03:13 PM
Who knew that Meredith would be the one to help Derek move on and go back to being intimate with Addison? How very adult of "miserable diseased dirty ex-mistress" Meredith to be so supportive. Luckily it helped her own sanity and confidence, since she met that new guy at the end. Loved that she asked if he was a doctor. Other highlights of this thankfully non-"very special" Thanksgiving episode:
- So great to see Burke being social and cordial ("call me Preston"), as well as being such a good cook.
- Brian Kerwin was extremely effective as the guy who woke up after being a vegetable for 16 years. How horrible for him to find out his wife got remarried and is pregnant, but I liked that he wanted to hear this news from Meredith.
- I could somewhat relate to my favorite character, George, since he has a dad and two brothers who he doesn't have much in common with. (My dad and two brothers are very much into sports and I'm so not). But in the end (no pun intended since his dad got shot in the butt), I could also relate since we got to see that they still love and support each other. Best line was George to Izzie when he finally showed up: "Today, I committed bird murder and I was forced to touch my dad's ass. I get extra credit for showing up at all."
- Glad Alex opened up to Meredith and told her he failed his medical boards. Hopefully he'll tell Izzie soon, too.
- Too funny that Bailey didn't let that temporary attending physician know she was "the Nazi" his face at the end was priceless.
- Cristina not being able to do Thanksgiving without liquor hit home for me. What am I bringing to my friend's house for Thanksgiving on Thursday? Beer and wine. DA
Edited by Dade, 21 November 2005 - 03:14 PM.
Posted 28 November 2005 - 02:06 PM
Well, you learn a new word every day now I know what "priapism" means. Interesting that the guy Meredith had a one-night stand with was admitted to the hospital because his erection would not go away, but Alex had the exact opposite problem. Little did Izzie know that Alex's emotional feelings for her were what caused that since he apparently didn't have the same problem with Olivia. Of course, in true soap-opera style, Izzie just had to walk in on them. Even with a condom, what was Olivia thinking? Alex gave her syphilis he should be off-limits. But back to Meredith, I loved when Derek found out the erection guy had just been with Meredith. The best line was right before that, when Derek entered the room: "Hello, everybody what's up?" George's moment with Meredith sitting on the stairs was short but sweet ("not every guy's a nightmare"). Cristina freaking out that Burke gave her a key to his place cracked me up ("I am keyed up and cranky!") and Burke's face when he saw Cristina's messy apartment was even funnier. ("You still want to live together?") Speaking of freaking out, will Curtis Armstrong ever play someone who isn't a freak? OK, maybe that's a bit harsh, but he played an annoyingly eccentric man with a tumor and no friends or family who was caught drinking out of a toilet. Not much of a stretch from Miles in Risky Business, Booger in the Revenge of the Nerds movies, Herbert from Moonlighting and Sal the Pig-Boy from Sci Fi Channel's The Chronicle. I enjoyed the main story line about the quintuplet births better. An awesome ending to a mostly great episode. DA
Courtesy of: TV GUIDE, ASK MATT
Question: I, too, was not a big fan of Grey's Anatomy, but I am so glad that I stuck with it. The only thing that has bothered me about this season is Meredith's pining for Dr. McDreamy. Maybe I am in the minority, but I actually like his wife. Addison is a strong, sensitive female character who obviously made a mistake, but at least she doesn't spend her days whining about him. The whole woe-is-me was really getting on my nerves, but I think Meredith finally hit a turning point last week (Nov. 20) with fireman waking up from a coma. Do you think she can finally stop whining and become that strong female lead character that I know she can be? Colleen
Matt Roush: We can only hope. But it's also refreshing that, unlike on some TV shows, Meredith has been allowed to wallow for a while and not bounce back immediately from this crushing romantic setback. Being around someone so miserable all the time isn't the most fun, but there's no reason to think she won't eventually snap out of it although working in close promixity with McDreamy keeps the wounds very (and entertainingly) fresh. (Plus, who's to say circumstances won't bring them back together?) I also think it's very cool that the writers have developed the Addison character in such a way that she's nearly impossible to hate, when at first it looked like she was going to be introduced as a typical bitchy TV vixen. Her insecurity as she tries to earn McDreamy's affections, mixed with her cool and tough professionalism on the job, makes her a welcome addition to this already terrific cast. Speaking of which...
This from H.P.: "I have noticed that in Grey's Anatomy, aside from the funny Sandra Oh, there has been a handful of Asians playing supporting roles. I am an Asian-American myself and find it very surprising to see such consistency. I would like to give major kudos to the show for being more representative of minorities. What are your thoughts on this phenomenon? Do you think we're likely to see more minorities on TV? Or is there a risk to not having an all-white cast?"
Grey's seems to me one of the most sensationally diverse and color-blind shows ever on TV. I hope it becomes an inspiration for more producers and casting agents to vary the mix, and I wouldn't be surprised to see more ensembles in the near future reflect this. But as this show has jelled (as Colleen noted above, I wasn't an instant fan, either), I have come to appreciate this cast as something pretty magical, something that will be difficult to replicate even nearly as well, regardless of ethnicity. I will note, however, that the real breakthrough will come when a lead character in an ensemble drama such as Meredith, who really is first among equals is allowed to be of a minority.
Edited by Dade, 28 November 2005 - 02:17 PM.
Posted 05 December 2005 - 01:20 PM
Memo to ABC we like the theme song, so why skip over it? "Nobody knows where we might end up. Nobody knows...." Am I alone iin this? Anyway, four out of the five quints made it and I loved that it was Meredith who thought to put two of the quints together in the same incubator, thus saving the day, even impressing Bailey. But poor Izzie what an unfortunate lesson to learn. At least Addison's tough-love mission was accomplished. George pining away at Meredith is cracking me up, but I could've done without that shot of him leering at Meredith and Derek while they were standing next to each other all smiley and friendly. As usual, great guest stars tonight. Margaret Welsh (hilarious on Jake in Progress) did an intensely effective job as Dorie, the mother of the quints. Timothy Bottoms kicked butt as the guy with the skin melanomas. PETA will adore that he wanted to keep as pets the leeches that were used in his treatment. Of course, George had to compare Alex to a leech when talking with Olivia. Rosanna Arquette has been a "Special Guest Star" on several shows and never disappoints. Her line to Cristina "I only murdered three people and none of them were doctors" killed me because of Sandra Oh's priceless facial expression. Cristina had lots of zingers tonight. "Sleep with a snake, you get bit" and "Hell hath no fury like a girl who's non-boyfriend screws a nurse" were funny enough. Then she topped herself when she said to Izzie: "You're not going to have a nervous breakdown and kill yourself are you?" Izzie: "No." Cristina: "So there's no chance you'll kill us?" Izzie walks out. George: "That was wrong on so many levels." Cristina: "But so good." George: "That was that was good." Just like the episode. Dave Anderson
Posted 12 December 2005 - 04:07 PM
That little C.J. Sanders sure knows how to pull at our heartstrings, doesn't he? First, he captured our hearts as the young Ray Charles in Ray, followed immediately by his awesome appearances on Six Feet Under. Tonight he gave yet another stellar performance as Justin, the kid in need of a second heart transplant. I was so glad it was Cristina who revived him and then gave him a good talk and it was her positive mental energy that really saved him in the end. I really liked how Burke told Cristina there was a difference between being religious and being spiritual. Her smiling when she saw the decorated tree and then the menorah was great. Also great was how everyone helped Alex study for his retaking of the boards, even Izzie ("because it's what Jesus would freakin' do!"). Nice moment with Izzie crying like that towards the end you could really tell how sorry Alex was. Then there's Bailey the more pregnant she gets, the more supportive she is of her interns. So cool of her to allow Meredith and the others to help Alex, but the best Bailey moment was when she asked George to be tough with that obnoxious family. Speaking of which, did you notice Helen Slater playing the woman with the gastric ulcer? Kind of a blah role for Supergirl, but actors need work, I guess (her not-so-exciting role reminded me of the one John Stamos played on ER last month). I always love the final moments of this show Meredith's narration sums up the basic theme of the episode while something pivotal happens right at the very end. In this case, Meredith explained how important our friends, in addition to our real families, are during the holidays, and then Derek told Addison he was still in love with Meredith. Care for another hot-buttered rum, Addison? Dave Anderson
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