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If you're a Grey's Anatomy fan, there's probably not much you don't know about the show. But seeing as we're in the doldrums of Summer, we thought we'd put together some of the lesser-known facts about the medical drama. If you do already know some of these trivia bits, then pat yourself on the back, because we dug deep. The guts and gore you see on screen are not human but are in fact a mix of cow organs, chicken fat, and red jello. Fun! Rob Lowe was offered the role of Dr. Derek Shepherd but turned it down to star in a CBS drama called Dr. Vegas, which was canceled after five episodes. Kevin McKidd (aka Dr. Owen Hunt) is Scottish, and hearing his accent will mess you up. Miranda Bailey was the only role written with a character description ("tiny with blonde curls"), but when Chandra Wilson auditioned for the role, »
- Amanda Rosenberg
It's hard to imagine Jessica Capshaw playing anyone else on Grey's Anatomy other than Dr. Arizona Robbins, but it turns out that wasn't the first role she went after on the long-running series. As Grey's executive producer Betsy Beers revealed on Friday during her panel at the Atx Television Festival in Austin, TX, the actress, who's starred as the lesbian pediatrics surgeon since the fifth season, first auditioned for the role of Nurse Rose, a love interest of Patrick Dempsey's Derek Shepherd in seasons four and five. The role ultimately went to Lauren Stamile. "Jessica Capshaw came in for Nurse Rose," Beers revealed. "Jessica came in for Nurse Rose and did a chemistry read »
Dr. Owen Hunt and Dr. Arizona Robbins are staples in the world of “Grey’s Anatomy,” but the actors behind the TV characters were almost cast in different roles.
Kevin McKidd and Jessica Capshaw have played Owen and Arizona, respectively, since the fifth season of Shondaland’s hit medical drama, which is heading into its 13th season, but they originally auditioned for different parts.
“Jessica Capshaw came in for Nurse Rose,” Shondaland producer Betsy Beers revealed on Friday during her panel at the Atx Television Festival in Austin, Texas. “Jessica came in for Nurse Rose and did a chemistry read with Patrick … we fell in love with Jessica Capshaw.”
Reminding the room of the character, Beers said, “Nurse Rose was a nurse who Derek (Patrick Dempsey) had a brief relationship with and it didn’t really end up going anywhere.” With a laugh, the producer added, “Nurse Rose ended up going to probably another hospital. That’s my guess. She’s probably on like ‘Chicago Med!'”
As for McKidd, he also auditioned for “Grey’s” well before actually joining the show, and Shonda Rhimes brought him back later when she developed the Owen character.
“One of the things that happens a lot in Shondaland is that we meet actors and love them, but they’re just not perfect for that part,” Beers said. “We met Kevin McKidd generally for a couple of different parts for him, until she created the role of Owen.”
Sharing one of her all-time favorite auditions, Beers brought up Katie Lowes, who now plays Quinn on “Scandal.” Beers revealed that she and Rhimes first met Lowes when she auditioned for Shondaland’s short-lived drama “Off the Map,” which aired in 2011.
“Katie Lowes, we originally met because she came in for a show called ‘Off the Map.’ She came really, really close. We loved her, but she just didn’t end up being right for the role,” Beers said. “For ‘Scandal,’ Katie Lowes came in to read for the role of Quinn. … We knew it immediately. The network and the studio all agreed we didn’t have to audition anyone else.”
Though the Shondaland team knew that Lowes got the part from the moment she walked in the room, Beers and Rhimes put Lowes through the ringer just a bit.
“We brought her in and she thought she was doing another audition,” Beers recalled. “It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen because you could see all the expressions of death and dying, but backwards, to oh-my-god to oh-my-god to tears and tears to running up to each of us and hugging us and making the slightly unfortunate statement that this was the best thing that ever happened to her — and she just got engaged.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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NBC’s Chicago Fire returned from a five-week break to 8.7 million total viewers and a 1.7 demo rating (per finals), up 12 percent and a tenth from its last fresh outing to deliver its best audience since its Dec. 8 midseason finale and its best demo number since Feb. 9.
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Similarly, Chicago Med (8.7 mil/1.8) returned up 30 and 23 percent, also to its best tallies since Dec. 8. The Voice opened the Peacock’s night with 11.1 mil and a 2.4, up in eyeballs but down a tenth week-to-week.
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It was the “Linstead” sigh heard ’round the Interwebs: Despite much enthusiasm from Chicago P.D. creatives and fans, alike, the show’s planned Lindsay/Halstead road-trip hour stalled out of the gate. And now we’re learning why.
Originally slated to air as this season’s 15th episode, the change-of-pace installment was set to sequester the couple in a car as they journey to Green Bay, Wis., for a case. In addition to featuring some serious one-on-one time between the detectives, the outing was also supposed to shed light »
What’s good for Casey’s political career on Chicago Fire is very bad for his romance with Dawson.
The firefighter’s “new job that he’s taken on [in running for alderman] is really going to affect his relationship,” star Jesse Spencer told TVLine on Saturday, prior to PaleyFest’s salute to Dick Wolf.
Trouble begins to arise for the pair when Lauren Stamile (Grey’s Anatomy, Burn Notice) enters the picture as a political consultant who sparks “a connection” with Casey, Spencer previews. “They’re denying it. It’s not fully conscious, »
Weathers — who famously portrayed Apollo Creed in the Rocky films and recently co-starred on USA Network’s Colony — will play State’s Attorney Mark Jefferies in the backdoor pilot, airing as Episode 21 of Chicago P.D. this spring.
Weathers’ other TV credits include Arrested Development, Brothers »
While the Grimm’s away, the Hexenbiest… will have a chilling resurgence of the monster she’s fought so hard to quell?
That’s the set-up to this exclusive sneak peek at Friday’s Grimm (NBC, 9/8c), which finds Adalind sweating Nick’s homecoming from Germany. After all, even though we know the return of her Wesen powers was unintentional, there’s no assurance that Det. Burkhardt will see things the same way.
In fact, Ad is so distracted »
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Per our sister site Deadline, Stamile’s Windy City character is an alluring, political consultant with confidence for days — and the looks, intelligence and savvy to back it up. The role is heavily recurring, meaning Stamile will be seen often.
Lauren Stamile has been booked for a major recurring role on NBC’s Chicago Fire. She will play a sexy and smart political consultant with great ambition who’s confident, well-spoken with incredible intuition and has the ability to be a game changer in politics and beyond. Chicago Fire stars Jesse Spencer and Taylor Kinney, along with actors from the other three Dick Wolf NBC drama series, Chicago Pd, Chicago Med and Law & order: Svu, will be on hand on Saturday for the… »
A crime begets a punishment… which in and of itself is a crime, setting the stage for a dangerous Game of Silence in NBC’s midseason thriller.
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Adapted by exec producer David Hudgins (from the Turkish series Suskunlar) and debuting Thursday, April 7 at 10/9c, Game of Silence stars David Lyons (Revolution) as Jackson Brooks, a rising star attorney whose perfect life is at risk of being upended when two childhood pals, Gil and Shawn (played by Once Upon a Time‘s Michael Raymond-James and Rescue Me‘s Larenz Tate), resurface »
12 items from 2016
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