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'Grey's Anatomy' Keeps Sunday Time Slot

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."

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A 'Grey's Anatomy' Lesson

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."

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For last week's eppy.

SUNDAY

Grey's Anatomy

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!"

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FROM TV GUIDE: The Water Cooler

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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

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From 'Watch with Kristin' chat transcripts on E!Online:

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.

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FROM TV GUIDE: The Water Cooler

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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 — 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 — but I bet that changes in future weeks.

Meanwhile, back in the Cristina ranch, she has got to tell Dr. Burke she's pregnant — 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!

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Anatomy of Medical Television Show's Success

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."

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FROM TV GUIDE: The Water Cooler

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This show keeps getting better and better. The main story line of tonight's intense hour

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Pranks keep crew alive on Grey's Anatomy set

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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"

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Well, you learn a new word every day

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Memo to ABC

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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

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Grey's Anatomy

Speaking of Golden Globe nominations, how happy was I that Grey's was nominated for best drama series, along with Patrick Dempsey for best actor and Sandra Oh for best supporting actress? Here's hoping more of the cast get noticed for future awards, especially my favorite, T.R. Knight. This repeat of the season premiere reminded me why George is my favorite character. I loved that Webber asked George to be the mole, or in this case the "sponge," and it was very cool for George to use his sponge status to help get Joe the insuranceless bartender's expensive surgery financed. I remember how glued to the TV I was the first time I watched this, wanting to find out more about Addison. It was also the first time Meredith found out about Cristina sleeping with Burke, so it was great to relive those early Cristina-Burke moments, along with seeing Alex and Izzie when all they did was play the flirt-and-ignore game. One line I missed the first time was Meredith saying "my ex-boyfriend's wife looks like Isabella frickin' Rossellini and I'm like me." Of course, George had to tell Meredith "you look nice" twice. And, of course, I cried again when Alex hugged George at the end. What can I say? I'm a sap. Dave Anderson

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RICCI KEEN: Grey's Anatomy has tapped film vet Christina Ricci to guest-star on the Feb. 5 episode

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I think my mother, Joan, summed it up best: "I like these catch-up episodes. Just like last week's Desperate Housewives recap, it helped me to get caught up since I missed a few here and there." Thanks, Joan. And it especially helps when you love the show. This hour did a great job capturing just about all the best scenes, plus it solidified exactly why we love the show so much: It has great characters whom we care about. But what goes into making great characters is a combination of fantastic writing and top-notch acting. Thank you, Writers Guild, for nominating Grey's for Outstanding Achievement in Writing for a Dramatic Series and thank you, Screen Actors Guild, for nominating Patrick Dempsey for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, Sandra Oh for best actress and the entire cast for drama series ensemble. It was great to relive so many of the best moments: Addison revealing that she cheated on Derek rather than the opposite, Burke getting into the hospital bed with a crying Cristina and comforting her in front of her mother, George flying solo on the stalled elevator ("I've got my finger in a heart") and Izzie's best line ever: "Because it's what Jesus would freakin' do!" But my favorite part of tonight's recap was seeing all the times Izzie and Meredith have said "seriously," all edited together. I have been saying that word quite often, both to myself and aloud, because of this show. Seriously.

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First of all, I was so happy they finally played the opening theme song again. Admit it

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I loved tonight's episode, and I'm not lying

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