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“Grey’s Anatomy” Season 12 ended strong with big ratings big cliffhangers and a big shocker — Sara Ramirez, who plays Dr. Callie Torres, is leaving the show.
Chatting Friday at the Atx Television Festival in Austin, Texas, Beers said that there is a chance Ramirez could come back. “Bottom line is we love Sara, we love that character and anything can happen,” she said.
Another shocking moment, though on-screen, was Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) hooking up with Riggs (Martin Henderson) in the penultimate episode of Season 12 — though in the season finale, there was a tinge of foreshadowing at a love triangle with Maggie (Kelly McCreary). Asked if Meredith will continue to hook up with Riggs, Beers simply said, “God I hope so.”
“That was certainly one of my favorite moments of all of the shows this year, and I can tell you that at the table read, the reaction from the actors was, ‘Oh my god!’ It was just one of those great moments of total surprise,” Beers — who’s a non-writing producer on “Grey’s” — said, emphasizing that she does not know what is planned for their relationship in Season 13.
“I think she deserves some love,” Beers said of Meredith, who’s been single since her husband Derek (Patrick Dempsey) was killed off in Season 11. “She spent a lot of time saying ‘I don’t need it, I’m fine, my life will go on,’ and there was something about that, that I felt so pleased and so satisfied. I feel like there’s something incredibly delicious about getting to watch this, so fingers crossed this is the tip of an iceberg.”
Besides “Grey’s Anatomy,” Beers also spoke to Variety about “Scandal,” which was pushed to midseason, rather than its usual fall timeslot, due to Kerry Washington’s pregnancy. With the schedule change, the political drama will not air at the same time as the presidential election, but Beers says she’s not concerned. “Personally, I think it’s actually really fun where we are because running parallel has its challenges, too. We never even discussed that. I’m just excited to see what happens next. We never even talked about that, so it’s a good question.”
The schedule change also results in the demise of ABC’s Thursday night “Tgit” programming block with new drama “Notorious” slotted into “Scandal’s” 9 p.m. window.
Even though “Tgit” is gone this fall, Beers can’t wait for “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How To Get Away with Murder” to return to TV. “I’m just excited for the shows to be back on the air. It’s a long summer,” she laughed.
Offering a bit of a tease on Shondaland’s fall shows, Beers said: “The little bit that I know, there’s some good stuff coming up.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens, Jr. will join Ellen Pompeo as original cast members of “Grey’s Anatomy” who will stick around through Season 13, TheWrap has learned. Kevin McKidd, who joined the Shondaland drama in Season 5, has also closed a deal to return to Seattle Grace Hospital. The five actors’ contracts were all up after Season 12. A sixth, Sara Ramirez, decided not to renew hers after 10 seasons on Shonda Rhimes‘ medical drama. Also Read: 'Grey's Anatomy' Star Jason George on How to Avoid Getting Killed Off (Exclusive Video) “Grey’s” finished strongly, with its season finale hitting a 14-week. »
- Linda Ge and Lawrence Yee
Four of Grey’s Anatomy‘s finest docs will continue to keep watch over the hospital.
Kevin McKidd (Owen Hunt), Justin Chambers (Alex Karev), Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey) and James Pickens, Jr. (Richard Webber) have inked new contracts with the ABC drama that will keep them in scrubs at least through the upcoming 13th season, TVLine has learned.
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Cinemax is currently developing a TV adaptation of “Scarlet,” based on Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s comic of the same name, published under Marvel’s Icon imprint. According to Deadline, Bendis announced, albeit coyly, at the Atx Television Festival in Austin that the property was being developed by HBO, but Variety has confirmed that it will be developed for Cinemax, which is owned by the premium cable network. The comic follows a rebellious protagonist named Scarlet Rue who ends up sparking a new American revolution. Bendis also co-created “Jessica Jones” and “Powers,” both of which have been adapted for TV. Development for “Scarlet” is in the early stages.
Rob Doherty, creator, executive producer and showrunner of CBS’ “Elementary,” has signed a new three-year deal with CBS Television Studios. He will continue as showrunner on “Elementary,” which is heading into its fifth season, and will supervise new projects for CBS TV. The news was first reported by Deadline.
“Grey’s Anatomy” actors Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens, Jr. and Kevin McKidd have renewed their deals and will return to the ABC drama for the upcoming 13th season. They’ve signed on after star Ellen Pompeo inked her deal to return and Sara Ramirez confirmed her departure from the show.
Disney Xd and Lego have released the first trailer for “Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures,” which takes place in the period between “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” On June 11 at 8 p.m. on YouTube, Instagram star Zack King will be hosting a “Brick-Building” event where fans can get a sneak peek of the upcoming animated series.
PBS announced that “The Great British Baking Show” will return for Season 3 on July 1 at 9 p.m. on the network. The competition show, which features amateur bakers vying to be the best all-around baker, will feature returning judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood joined by hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc.
- Maria Cavassuto
In the Season 12 finale of Grey’s Anatomy, Arizona might just have had the best idea ever: “Let’s all be happy.”
She only meant that she and her ex-wife, Callie, should toss out their custody arrangement and do whatever it takes to put a smile back on not only both of their faces but daughter Sofia’s, too. However, it was such a good suggestion that we can’t help but hope that some other characters take it, too.
The doctor is still in! Ellen Pompeo is officially set to return as Meredith Grey for the 13th season of Grey's Anatomy, the actress's rep confirms to People.The 46-year-old has portrayed the central figure on the Shonda Rhimes medical drama since it premiered on ABC in 2005. News of Pompeo's contract renewal comes less than a month after it was announced that Sara Ramirez - who spent 10 seasons on Grey's as Dr. Callie Torres - will not be returning next season. Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. are the only original cast members who have remained on »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
The Grey is staying in Grey’s Anatomy, now that Ellen Pompeo has signed a new deal to continue on as Meredith.
Pompeo’s news — she earns north of $300,000/episode, our sister site Deadline notes — comes weeks after another long-running Grey’s star, Sara Ramirez, announced that she would not be back next season as Callie, choosing instead to take “some welcome time off.”
As previously reported by TVLine, Justin Chambers hinted at nearing a new deal back in March, while Kevin McKidd was optimistic about his future as Owen. Jessica Capshaw settled her own business a year ago, signing »
Ellen Pompeo has inked a new deal to return to next season of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Variety has learned.
The “Grey’s Anatomy” star had signed a two-year contract back in 2014, which expired at the end of this season. This new deal guarantees that she’ll back for the 13th season of “Grey’s Anatomy,” which will air in fall 2016.
Pompeo is one of the hit medical drama’s remaining original cast members, following the recent departure of Sara Ramirez at the end of season 12, who announced she would be taking “some welcome time off.” Justin Chambers still remains, along with Chandra Wilson, Kevin McKidd, and James Pickens., Jr.
The Shonda Rhimes-produced “Grey’s” is enjoying a renaissance, proving a reliable performer for ABC in its Thursday night slot. The show has topped ratings, ending the season as Thursday’s top-rated series in key demographics. It’s also enjoyed a creative resurgence, »
- Debra Birnbaum
Don’t fret “Grey’s Anatomy” fans: Dr. Meredith Grey isn’t going the way of Dr. McDreamy. Ellen Pompeo has closed a new deal to remain on “Grey’s,” her reps told TheWrap on Wednesday. The specific terms of the deal have not been made public. Pompeo’s last contract was for two years, and had kept her on board through the recently concluded twelfth season. Also Read: Sara Ramirez to Exit 'Grey's Anatomy' After 10 Seasons Retaining the titular star was a top priority for ABC, as “Grey’s” is easily the strongest series on its highly promoted “Tgit” these days. »
- Tony Maglio
Nathan seems poised to be Meredith’s first significant post-Derek fling on Grey’s Anatomy. He may even turn out to be something more than a mere fling. But there is one thing that he can and will never, under any circumstances, be: another Derek. Take it from Ellen Pompeo, who plays Shepherd’s widow.
“There will only be one McDreamy ever,” she swears to TVLine. “You know, he’s not replaceable.”
Oh, we know. Viewers do, too. And luckily, so does Grey’s boss Shonda Rhimes. »
TVLine hits rewind on the TV season’s biggest “What Happens Next” finales, then invites you to predict the cliffhanger outcomes.
If you or I were Grey’s Anatomy‘s Jo, we probably would have admitted to non-fiancé Alex a long time ago that we wouldn’t marry him because we were already hitched to an abusive spouse we feared would hunt us down if we divorced him. The way Karev loves us her, he not only would have understood, he’d have been supportive as hell.
Shonda Rhimes did not know about Sara Ramirez‘s desire to take a break from Grey’s Anatomy until three days before the finale aired. Shonda Rhimes On Sara Ramirez Exit Ramirez has played orthopedic surgeon Callie Torres on Grey’s Anatomy for 10 years, and was expected to continue playing her for at least the next season. […]
- Chelsea Regan
Did Shonda Rhimes announce a time of death — or at least a months-long coma — for ABC’s “#Tgit” marketing campaign?
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For the first time since 2013, ABC’s primetime Thursday lineup this fall will not be entirely furnished by Rhimes’ Shondaland production company. With Scandal on an extended hiatus and not premiering Season 6 until midseason, ABC is comfortably nestling between Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder the real life-inspired freshman drama Notorious, which stars Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs) and Daniel Sunjata (Graceland) and, more notably, is a Sony Pictures Television/ABC Studios co-production, »
If you're sad about Sara Ramirez departing Grey's Anatomy, imagine how Jessica Capshaw feels. Nearly a week after the news broke that Ramirez would be leaving the show after 10 years, Capshaw addressed the news in a tweet: "Congrats on 10 incredible years! I wish @SaraRamirez the very best & I celebrate what Callie has given to all of us." Ramirez, who has played the role of Dr. Callie Torres on the ABC series since 2006, announced the news in a statement on Thursday, the same day the medical drama's 12th season finale aired. "I'm deeply grateful to have spent the last 10 years with my family at Grey's Anatomy and ABC, but for now I'm taking some welcome time off. Shonda [Rhimes]'s been so incredible to work for, and we will definitely continue our conversations! I send my love to Ellen [Pompeo], the rest of the cast and crew, and I look forward to always »
- Brittney Stephens
It’s time to give Dancing With the Stars credit where it’s due.
A few months back, as I compiled my gallery of Season 22 odds, I found it difficult to suppress my scoffs as I scrolled through a seemingly dismal lineup of celebrities. From Geraldo Rivera to Doug Flutie, it seemed as though the Season 22 roster was the ABC series’ least impressive yet, resulting in a general feeling of “meh” as the premiere approached.
Now, to be fair, Geraldo had no business stepping even his pinky toe on the ballroom floor, and Doug — though he exhibited great sportsmanship — was »
We may never get to see what the future held for Callie Torres and Arizona Robbins after the latter set aside her custody battle win to show a little kindness to the former in the Grey's Anatomy season 12 finale now that Sara Ramirez has chosen to take off Callie's scrubs for good, but at least we know that things behind the scenes on set between the actors were never as acrimonious as they'd become for their characters. Days after Ramirez stunned fans of the long-running ABC soap by revealing her exit shortly after the season 12 finale finished airing, her co-star Jessica Capshaw is showing the actress nothing but love. And we've got to admit, it's making us miss the good old Calzona days even »
Grey’s Anatomy may have hurled Callie and Arizona into a bitter custody battle as Sara Ramirez was wrapping up her decade-long stint with the ABC drama. But behind the scenes, the departing actress got nothing but love from her longtime leading lady, Jessica Capshaw.
“Congrats on 10 incredible years!” Robbins’ portrayer tweeted to her now-former co-star. “I wish [Sara] the very best, [and] I celebrate what Callie has given to all of us.”
Congrats on 10 incredible years! I wish @SaraRamirez the very best & I »
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Question: Had Castle not been cancelled, how was the show going to explain Stana Katic’s absence as Kate next season? You previously (and ominously) hinted that none of the options being bandied about were good. —Bobbi
Ausiello: According to sources, one scenario had Kate surviving the season-ending shootout, but everyone — Rick included — would think her dead. Why the ruse? I’ll divulge that little tidbit in the next Ask Ausiello Live! (scheduled for this Tuesday, May 24 at »
We know: That headline reads as if the news contained in this article is going to be amahzing. But it’s only potentially amahzing. You see, although Happy Endings creator David Caspe and his cast would be delighted to regroup for a revival of their prematurely cancelled ABC sitcom, they’ve yet to receive an offer that they couldn’t refuse.
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Actually, they’ve yet to receive an offer that they could even consider seriously. “A lot of [them] have been to do, like, six episodes shot on an iPhone,” Caspe said at a Vulture Festival »
At General Hospital‘s annual Nurses Ball, “there’s always lots of little surprises,” executive producer Frank Valentini tells TVLine. And, since this year’s variety show is kicking off tomorrow (ABC, 3/2c), he’s revealing what a few of them are. For instance…
The volatile combination of “Elizabeth’s burgeoning feelings for Franco” and the enmity between the formerly-psychotic artist and Liz’s ex, Jason, has an unexpected side effect that Liason fans will love (and JaSam fans will hate). “That conflict,” says the showrunner, “pulls Liz back into Jason’s life and his world.”
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