Grey’s Anatomy fans — particularly those who love the relationship between Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) as much as I do — got a little queasy last week with the arrival of Kim Raver’s Dr. Teddy Altman. While, of course, we watch the show for the drama, it’s hard not to feel protective of a couple that’s overcome so much — his post-traumatic stress disorder from serving in combat, her general prickliness. So it’s hard to take kindly to a pretty, talented doctor type who shows up out of nowhere, then becomes Cristina’s mentor only to also confess her festering-since-their-military-days feelings for Owen. If it’s any consolation, McKidd feels our pain: “Sandra and I, when this [storyline] was pitched to us, we became very angst-ridden about it,” he says. “We love working together, and I think that adds to the dynamic on screen.” The triangulation continues to unfold on tonight’s episode — here’s what McKidd had to say about what Cristina-Owen fans can expect from the hour and in the near future: READ FULL STORY
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Women are being beaten, tortured, and brutally murdered more than ever on network TV: A new study by the Parents Television Council shows violence against women on television is up a stunning 120 percent in the past five years. Violence overall in the same period increased only 2 percent, which seems to indicate there’s very little guy-on-guy combat happening, relatively speaking. Those stats also seem to implicate procedural dramas, which have taken over the airwaves ever since CSI became a hit nearly 10 years ago.
There’s definitely an arms-race mentality when it comes to making one team of whip-smart crime-solvers stand out from another — and one way to do that is with increasingly gory, baroque crimes, often against women. (You know, dudes just shoot or knife each other, but oh, the things that can happen to poor, innocent women…all the better to make the clues ever more twisted, the heroes ever more heroic.) And brutality specifically against teen girls has risen a whopping 400 percent, mostly in crime-solving shows as well — CSI is cited in the report as a repeat offender — which indicates perhaps that pretty, young victims grab more eyeballs than any others. (CBS hasn’t yet responded to EW’s request for comment.) One of the bigger surprises from the report comes courtesy of Fox animated comedies, which are apparently using more violent acts against females — say, shooting a woman as part of standard 18th century divorce procedure on Family Guy — as a punchline. (Though, to be fair, those shows are just plain chock full of intentionally shocking stuff.)
ABC was the only network not to see a significant increase in female victimhood — no surprise from the home of Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives (though even the latter is basing this entire season on the strangling of a young girl, Susan’s daughter Julie). We’re not asking that every network dedicate itself entirely to post-feminist hospital staffs and empowered ladies of a certain age, but it wouldn’t hurt to lay off the gruesome playbooks for committing intricately heinous acts against women.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Is there too much violence against women on network television? Have you noticed more of it in the last few years? Does it turn you off to certain shows?
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Sarah Drew is set to scrub in on Grey’s Anatomy, apparently as one of the Mercy West docs heading to Seattle Grace thanks to the merger. Drew, best known as the awesomely uptight Hannah from Everwood and as Kitty (Salvatore’s wife) on Mad Men, is venturing back to the Shonda-verse after a stint on Private Practice last season.
I’m wild about Drew and hope she can make the leap to Grey’s regular — she has the emotional eyebrow-cock thing down like nobody’s business, and she might be just the actress to get me back into the show. Seriously, watch the cry/smile at the very end of this. It belongs at Seattle Grace:
But! Where are all the dudes, Grey’s Anatomy? Where is the romantic subplotting and the scheming and the will they/won’t they? Everyone’s all coupled up, and I miss the romantic relationship shenanigans that brightened the often freakishly sad patient stories.
What say you, PopWatchers? Do you miss the sexytimes tension as much as I do?
ABC’s released a few 30-second teaser promos for the upcoming sixth season of Grey’s Anatomy (which returns Sept. 24 with a two-hour premiere), and oh man, I don’t know if I’m emotionally prepared for all the death and funerals. Or even the cancer recovery, though of course that is a technically happy event. Watch first, then we’ll talk some more:
By now we all know…(but I’ll say SPOILER ALERT just in case)…George is out and Izzie’s in (at least until Katherine Heigl’s upcoming hiatus) — which this trailer seems to pretty much acknowledge. Though what I don’t know is if I can handle two hours of gut-wrenching right out of the gate. It does, on the other hand, look like George will get the send-off he deserves (let’s hope he gets more respect in death than he did while technically “alive” all last season). It also looks like Cristina and Owen will be romping around in sexy underwear — and to that I say, amen. (I would totally watch a show called Just Cristina & Owen’s Anatomy.)
How are you feeling, PopWatchers? Are you excited about Grey’s return? Or will it be too sad to watch George’s demise?
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Looks like Patrick Dempsey wants to make sure his chance at an Emmy nomination this year doesn’t become another victim of a showier serial killer (Dexter) or ladykiller (Don Draper). The Grey’s Anatomy heartthrob is taking himself down a notch from the leading-man category to supporting actor in his award campaign materials, the Los Angeles Times reports. You can’t blame a guy for trying: This season gave Dempsey noticeably more acting to do, as his Dr. Derek Shepherd navigated a shame spiral after losing a patient and also finally proposed to longtime star-crossed love Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo, who’s sticking in the lead category herself). He’s clearly trying to take advantage of his actual-range-of-emotions-showing clip reel while he’s got it. You never know when he’ll have to go back to simply looking pretty. Though, ironically enough, if there’s any season when the guy was a lead instead of supporting, it’s this one.
Other categorical surprises?
* Connie Britton as a supporting actress for another stellar season on Friday Night Lights. She deserves a nom even among the Glenn Closes and Holly Hunters, but certainly she should get a spot in the supporting category…right, voters? Please?
* Judy Reyes suddenly as a lead on Scrubs after about a thousand seasons.
* Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, and Leighton Meester as leads for Gossip Girl. I’d love to believe they have a shot — Crawford’s grown tremendously this season and Westwick and Meester made the show worth taking seriously. But in categories with very grown-up actors like Sally Field and Gabriel Byrne, that longshot’s even longer.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Is Patrick Dempsey really a supporting actor? Who has a shot at nominations in these categories? Who would you like to see get a nod?
A few weeks ago, I used this slice of cyberspace to gripe about the inexcusably annoying use of empty take-out coffee cups in TV and the movies. Your numerous impassioned comments about this and other pop culture pet peeves delighted me like only a good ole communal bitch-fest could.
In that same spirit of protest, I now invite you to join me as I vent about another of my bêtes noires that popped up in last night’s season finale of Grey’s Anatomy. To what am I referring? Oh yes, that’s right: The robust terminal cancer patient with the bald noggin as realistic as The Coneheads. There was Izzie, pale and weary, yet still appearing to be at her normal, healthy weight. (The same went for guest star Liza Weil, a.k.a Paris from Gilmore Girls, whose face bore none of the hallowed-out traits of someone who’s undergone months of chemo.) Izzie spent most of the episode under a head scarf, but when she took it off to undergo Derek’s brain scan, all I could think was: "Mmm, that shadow near all those electrode thingies on her skull looks suspiciously like the seam of a bald cap…because it is the seam of a bald cap!"
Now, I’m certainly not advocating that anyone starve themselves à la Christian Bale in The Machinist. And I understand that not every actor is willing to go all Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta and shave their heads for real. But come on, Shonda Rhimes and the rest of you entertainment heavy-hitters who are equally guilty of this sin! (That includes you, whoever did Cameron Diaz’s ridiculous chrome dome in this summer’s My Sister’s Keeper!) I implore you to do better. See, there are these things called lighting and makeup that work wonders. Look into it, will ya?
Okay, end rant. Anything to add, PopWatchers?
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Tonight is the 100th episode of Grey’s Anatomy, which…holy emo soundtrack, Batman, that’s a lot of overwrought metaphors and "he’s crashing!!!" and hooking up and….Well, welcome to the century club, Shonda Rhimes et al!
In keeping with the celebratory atmosphere, I’ll refrain from airing grievances against the show — but trust me: I have many, many grievances — and instead just focus on my favorite things. Here, I’ll do a voice over to get us all in the mood:
As doctors, we’re taught to cut away the bad — slice out that tumor; remove that damaged tissue. Sometimes, it seems like all we can see is what’s wrong with her, or what’s destroying him. At the end of the day, it’s a relief to finally, finally start looking for something good…
Bailey She’s the only character I’ve never hated. Bailey, don’t fail me now!
Meredith and Cristina Easily my favorite relationship on the show, and one of my favorite buddy relationships on TV in general (second place: Grace and Rhetta on Saving Grace). I like that their friendship isn’t just a series of gushy moments — it’s casual and understood and present in all their interactions without constantly being a big deal.
It’s all right to cry* I’m getting choked up just thinking about "Into You Like a Train." Or Kyle Chandler assploding. Or Cristina ripping off her wedding dress and that fugs necklace. Or Derek having to admit that Meredith is "a good swimmer" after she almost drowns/kills herself. Or that girl wanting to "die Amish." Or even that doofy face-transplant guy’s orchid buddies loving him. This show is scientifically engineered to make me weep. Cathartic!
Hey, good lookin’ Any time two people face each other on this show, I just want them to kiss. Any two people! Even couples I don’t really want to see together, somehow Grey’s makes it seem like a really good idea in the moment — the fumbling, the moody music, the longing gazes, the schmaltzy lighting, all of it = smooch factory.
Group huuuuuug! I like when the whole staff is in on the same problem or issue, instead of everyone having his or her own crisis o’ the day. Grey’s has spent a lot of time fleshing out a sprawling regular cast, and one of the show’s enduring themes is that there are lots of ways to be a good doctor — the show’s at its best when the different doctoring styles play off each other.
Okay, PopWatchers, what makes you check in to Seattle Grace?
Before today if someone had said "music lounge" I would immediately have pictured myself sitting in a comfortable chair drinking something cold and strong while a jazz band played in the background. Mind you, that’s where my mind pretty much always drifts whenever people start bothering me with their inane yammering. In fact, the Music Lounge is a new website from ABC which showcases the music featured on the likes of Ugly Betty, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, and Grey’s Anatomy (the launch of the site coincides with the latter’s 100th episode). The Music Lounge will host performance footage, music videos, information about what tracks will be heard on forthcoming shows, and so on.
Over the past few years TV shows such as Grey’s have become an increasingly important way for what’s left of the music industry to promote its product and this seems like a smart move on everyone’s part. But check out the Music Lounge for yourself and tell us what you think.
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