Sunday, February 22, 2009

Is Shonda Rhimes toying with us ?

If you don't already know her, Shonda Rhimes is the creator and writer of Grey's Anatomy. She recently released a press update on the cast troubles, the rumours of Katherine Heigl leaving and whatnot, "reassuring" the viewers that the precedent articles and media bits weren't true.
According to her, the rumours began after the press misquoted actor James Pickens Jr. (who plays Chief Dr. Richard Webber) when he was asked about the actors leaving. "" reported the words of the actor talking about Katherine Heigl : "Wherever Katherine goes, I wish her nothing but the best." Of Knight, he said, "He's going too. He just wanted to pursue other career paths."

Now that things seem to have been cleared up, my point of view about the future of the show hasn't changed. Needless to say, I'm not buying the back and forth and the excuses delivered by the show execs, I'm staying with my original prognostic: Katherine Heigl is indeed leaving, if not at the end of the season, it will happen somewhere at the beginning of next season.
Why?, several recurring cues are too numerous to be ignored:
  • Katherine Heigl have had many arguments with the writers about her character having less and less substance on the script.
  • The off-camera relationships between the actors are often subjects to gossip and newsworthy (not the off-screen hooking ups kind of news ). First, there was the on-set dispute between Patrick Dempsey and Isiah Washington, next we had the feud between T.R. Knight and Isiah Washington about the "F" word, then Brooke Smith was "let go" from her role as Dr Hahn for reasons that still remain a mystery to me.

So yes, anything is possible in the near future of Seattle Grace, the question is: Are we ready for what is to come ? I know I'm not because Grey's is the most depressing thing on TV (seriously every thursday night is filled with tears and nervous breakdowns, I know they are humans but aren't doctors supposed to come to terms with the eventuality of death, at least for a week?), and I'm definitely not ready to say goodbye to Izzie.


  1. I too will miss Izzie...I think Heigl will leave but not for the reasons you suggest. She has a lot of movies lined up and something has to give. That is the main reason. She has not had many arguments with the writers - she made one comment about her material when withdrawing from the Emmy's. That was it. The cast get along very well off camera - Heigl in particular socialises with all her castmates.

  2. You have a point there, with Katherine Heigl being on many future projects, I can't wait to see her in "The ugly truth" this summer. I hope however that she'll stay on Grey's for one more season.