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Ausiello Dishes About the New Grey's Doc!

Brooke Smith by Ron Tom/ABC

You know I'm not one to toot my own horn, but given what just transpired on Grey's Anatomy, I believe a little toot's in order. Last July, shortly after Isaiah Washington received his pink slip, yours truly very publicly recommended Seattle Grace's on-again, off-again heart doc Erica Hahn (played to steely perfection by Brooke Smith) for the now-vacant position of top cardiothoracic surgeon. And sure enough, on last night's Grey's — three months since that high-profile endorsement ran in TV Guide magazine — the Chief offered Hahn the job....read more read more

Grey's Doc is Staying! Now for the Big Question...

Brooke Smith by Ron Tom/ABC

You know I'm not one to toot my own horn, but given what just transpired on Grey's Anatomy, I believe a little toot's in order. Last July, shortly after Isaiah Washington received his pink slip, yours truly very publicly recommended Seattle Grace's on-again, off-again heart doc Erica Hahn (played to steely perfection by Brooke Smith) for the now-vacant position of top cardiothoracic surgeon. And sure enough, on last night's Grey's — three months since that high-profile endorsement ran in TV Guide magazine — the Chief offered Hahn the job. Cynics would say the idea of Hahn replacing Burke wasn't that much of a stretch considering, well, she'd subbed for him before. But cynics be damned, I'm taking the credit and no one's going to stop me! To be fair, a share of the props also belongs to Smith, who, after years of toiling as a Grey's guest star, will now finally become a full-fledged series regular. To commemorate the milestone, Smith sat down with me to discuss her promotio... read more

Exclusive: Grey's Doc Stirs Pot on Weeds

Sometime Grey's Anatomy surgeon Brooke Smith has scored a four-episode arc on Showtime's high-sterical comedy Weeds, my dealer confirms. The actress — also a fixture on the final season of Crossing Jordan — will play Valerie, the ballsy ex-wife of Martin Donovan's Peter who strikes up a close kindred-spirit-esque friendship with Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker). She'll first appear midway through the show's third season, which debuts Aug. 13.BTW, I was just kidding about the dealer thing. Like he'd ever give me scoop. read more

November 30, 2006: Don't Stand So Close to Me

Last season, back in April, I made a comment that I was officially old since Mare Winningham was playing a soon-to-be grandmother. That's because, even though I know she was Oscar-nominated for Georgia, I will always think of Mare as Wendy, the gal that Billy (Rob Lowe) discovered was wearing a girdle in St. Elmo's Fire. Are you with me here? But it was good to see her back tonight as Susan Grey, the current wife of Meredith's dad, Thatcher, and the timing made sense since Susan and Thatcher's daughter, Molly (Mandy Siegfried), was there for an emergency C-section. I won't refer to Susan as Meredith's stepmother since Meredith doesn't seem to want to associate herself with Susan and Molly: "You are not my family." Oh, Meredith. So harsh. But I have friends who are in the same boat — they don't really want to become close with their father's new family. I did kind of want Meredith to take Susan up on her offer to become part of their family. What made things better was the poign... read more

November 23, 2006: From a Whisper to a Scream

Hours after the effects of the tryptophan from the fabulous Thanksgiving dinner I had with friends wore off, I gave thanks for a new episode of Grey's. This episode was anything but a turkey. How many of you were screaming "yes!" to the TV as soon as you heard Sandra Oh's voice in the opening narration rather than Ellen Pompeo's? Not that I dislike Meredith Grey being the show's narrator — it is called Grey’s Anatomy. But it's a nice diversion when someone else takes over for a change. Last time this happened, it was T.R. Knight's narrative voice and I remember how most of you were thrilled and only a few of you insisted on having it be Meredith's voice. It made such good sense for Cristina to narrate at the opening and closing of the show since it was a heavily Cristina-centric episode. In fact, the entire super-sized hour and 10 minutes made such good sense, I kept thinking how satisfied I was. In fact, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'd like to send a thank you note to ... read more

ON (AND OFF-) BROADWAY

The Great White Way will get a lot of freckles when Julianne Moore returns to the New York stage in David Hare's The Vertical Hour, making its world premiere Nov. 30.... Per Playbill.com, Scrubs' Judy Reyes completes the cast of Neil LaBute's off-Broadway play Some Girl(s), joining Eric McCormack, Fran Drescher, Maura Tierney and Brooke Smith. read more

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