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Isaiah's PSA Debuts During Tonight's Grey's

As previously detailed in the TV Guide News Report, Isaiah Washington's mea-culpa public-service announcement on behalf of GLAAD and GLSEN is ready to roll. Produced in 20- and 30-second versions, the spot will get its first airing tonight during a two-hour block of Grey's Anatomy repeats. Per GLAAD, the script reads as follows:"Words have power. The power to express love, happiness and joy. They also have the power to heal. When you use words that demean a person because of their sexual orientation, race or gender, you send a message of hate. A very powerful message. But we all have the power to demand better from one another and from ourselves. We have the power to heal and change the world by the words we use." read more

Twenty Things I Learned This Past TV Season

1. I learned how to type "Isaiah" correctly on the first try. (Yeah, that lesson became kind of imperative.)2. I learned that creating a keyboard shortcut for "from O.C. creator Josh Schwartz" would have saved me loads of time come pilot season.3. I learned that no matter how you ask, no matter which one you are talking to, you will never get an American Idol castoff to pick their favorite to win. Good manners, you say? Top-secret contract clause, I theorize.4. I learned that unless a new series holds onto about 10 million viewers, it's a goner. (Unless it's a kickass comedy starring Tina Fey or the stellar Friday Night Lights.)5. I learned that Rob Lowe simply doesn't age.6. I learned how to spell Dannielynn. Boy, did I.7. I (or rather my e-mail box) learned that Supernatural fans really, really, really want to see Sam and Dean hug.8. I learned that the show you could never imagine cutting from your play list, you actually can, and with little pain. Case in point: Desperate Housewi... read more

Grey's Star's PSA Promotes "The Power to Heal"

Isaiah Washington by Bob D'Amico/ABC

Isaiah Washington's mea-culpa public-service announcement is finally seeing the light of day — on prime-time TV. In the works since the actor's late-January meeting with gay activists, the PSA could run as early as Thursday, possibly around a Grey's Anatomy rerun. Washington, whose return to Grey's next season was kept tantalizingly open in last week’s finale (though we hear he'll be back for a while, at least), got in trouble for twice using a homophobic slur, once directed squarely at costar T.R. Knight. He subsequently underwent anger counseling. The PSA, shot in 20- and 30-second versions, was developed by ABC, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), with input from the actor. In it, TV Guide has learned, Washington says, "When you use words that demean a person because of their sexual orientation, race or gender, you send a message of hate," and then goes on to talk about "the power to hea... read more

Grey's' Burke: The Doctor Isn't Necessarily Out

Isaiah Washington by Karen Neal/ABC

The Grey's Anatomy season-ender may have appeared to pave the way for Isaiah Washington to quietly exit stage left, but don't be surprised if MIA Preston Burke scrubs back in come the fall. While an ABC rep would not comment on either the story line or Washington's status, the actor's spokesperson tells the Associated Press, "We fully expect to be back. The deal's not done, but we have no reason to believe he won't be putting on the scrubs." Interestingly, no allusion to blueberries. read more

T.R. Knight Feels Very "Blue" About Grey's Incident

In his sit-down with The Advocate (hitting newsstands June 19), Grey's Anatomy's T.R. Knight not-quite-artfully dodges pointed questions about the fallout (or lack thereof) of the October 2006 on-set incident that urged him out of the closet, painted cast mate Isaiah Washington as a homophobe and left many waiting for significant repercussions at the hand of series creator Shonda Rhimes. An excerpt obtained by AfterElton.com: "When asked if Washington had apologized to him personally, Knight initially responded, 'Which time?' Then, when pressed, he said, 'What a lovely blue sky.' When queried about whether Rhimes had come to him and asked what he wanted to happen, he paused thoughtfully before saying, 'I like blueberries. Do you like blueberries?'"As Raven here just observed, this much is now clear: T.R. likes blue. read more

May 17, 2007: Didn't We Almost Have It All

I can't decide what I was most surprised about since I thought there were multiple shockers in this season's finale episode. So I will make a list of things that I did not see coming:— I did not expect Burke to call off the wedding. If anyone was going to put a stop to it, I thought it would've been Cristina. Apparently, Burke could tell Cristina just wasn't ready.— I did not expect George to be the only intern that didn't pass the exam. Alex would've been more predictable.— I did not expect Callie to be named new chief resident over Bailey.— I did not expect Izzie to (gag me) profess her undying love to George with hopes that he would reciprocate the feelings (once again, gag me).While I'm on the subject of shockers, let me also list things that were more predictable and not shocking:— I was not surprised that Rebecca's husband Jeff finally showed up, and she wanted Alex to give her a reason to not return to her hubby. I was pleased that Jeff was played by ... read more

May 10, 2007: Testing 1-2-3

How many of you were sitting there waiting for somebody to ask Addison how L.A. was? Almost the entire hour went by and Sloan finally asked her: "How was L.A.?" Addison replied with, "L.A. was different." And different would be the perfect way to describe the opinions expressed in the comments section last week. I thank you for your honesty, but most importantly, for respecting the opinions of others (including mine). Hey, different strokes for different folks, right? Now, onto this episode...Wow. For those of you who were like me and felt really bad for Meredith after her father Thatcher slapped her last week, how about this time? I'm going to sound like a broken record, but sometimes the best acting is reacting. The way Ellen Pompeo reacted as Meredith while Thatcher yelled at her, blaming her for Susan's death, was acting at its best. I just wanted to hug her. Just like the Chief did toward the end. I love their relationship. Meredith: "Just because you slept with my mother, it d... read more

May 3, 2007: The Other Side of This Life

Raise your hand if you're already hooked. Shonda, you have just sold me on Grey's 2.0, or what you are currently planning on calling it: Private Practice. I can't imagine ABC not picking the show up for the fall. To make this easier for me to write, but more importantly, to give it a more reader-friendly approach, I'd like to split this in two. I'll get to my comments on the very well-executed Kate Walsh pilot later. First, let's talk about Grey's...I. GREY'S ANATOMYWhen I heard that Meredith was going to be experiencing another family death, my initial thought was Thatcher, but then I felt that it would be silly to kill off her father right after her mother. When her step mom Susan (Mare Winningham) showed up again at Seattle Grace, this time with perpetual hiccups she claimed were due to her acid reflux, I agreed with Meredith and Thatcher. I figured Susan was faking it as an excuse for Thatcher to spend needed quality time with his daughter. As Susan kept returning with worse sym... read more

Isaiah Washington Says, "Gay? Yay!"

Isaiah Washington by Richard Cartwright/ABC

Go ahead and check your calendar, because no, it isn't April 1. Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington really has agreed to do a PSA for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. Although neither organization will comment on the content of the ad, Washington's well-named publicist Howard Bragman — who is primarily responsible for helping his client out of this quagmire — said that there will be "at least two versions [of the PSA]... to broaden our message a little." The spot is set to be shot in the next few weeks. And next month, I'm sure Don Imus will be being feted by the NAACP. read more

April 26, 2007: Desire

This episode effectively set the tone for next week's two-hour spin-off that will establish Kate Walsh's potential new series wherein Addison skips town for L.A. after getting Sleepless in Seattle. Poor gal couldn't get a break. First, McSteamy tells her he broke their no-sex agreement because he figured out that he wasn't the one for her (it didn't help when he saw Addison and Alex come out of the closet in more ways than one). Then, just when she figured she had a new boy toy after their totally hot closet sex, Alex gave her the "You're not my girlfriend" speech. Cue Debbie Downer. I felt that final narration line from Meredith summed up the hour quite eloquently: "People who suffer the most are the ones who don't know what they want." Terrific script by Mark Wilding.I was glad they didn't drag out the Izzie-George-Callie awkwardness anymore and had Callie finally speak up. I liked how Callie couldn't really be specific with her request to Izzie, saying: "Do whatever you have to d... read more

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