Shonda Rhimes wants her characters to feel like human beings — even if it makes them less likable. Rhimes revels in her characters' moral and ethical gray areas. In the first episode of Grey's Anatomy, the title character (Ellen Pompeo) goes binge-drinking before enjoying a one-night stand with a strange man. It didn't necessarily make her lovable, but it made her feel real. We spoke to Rhimes, who is among the influential television industry players interviewed for TVGuide.com's Best of the Decade section, about how The West Wing and Buffy inspired her, her race-blind approach to casting and what she's learned about portraying lesbians on television.
Chris Lowell, Private Pratice
Thursday night's Private Practice blew the roof off. The two-hour episode claimed the life of Dell's new wife, Heather, in a meth-induced explosion, sending him into a rage. TVGuide.com caught up with Chris Lowell to get the scoop on what happens now that Dell's a single father and if his character will ever be able to trust anyone again...
Rosanna Arquette will guest-star on Private Practice, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
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The 50-year-old actress — who appeared on another Shonda Rhimes program, Grey's Anatomy, as an inmate who jeopardized her health to evade solitary confinement — will be playing...
Taye Diggs, Private Practice
Two hours of Private Practice are airing Thursday (9/8c on ABC). Besides the giant meth-induced explosion at Dell's house, the double dose of the show promises some family drama. To get a taste of what we're in for, TVGuide.com chatted with Taye Diggs, who spilled that Addison (Kate Walsh) and Sam are definitely not over. He also teases the possibility of another crossover with Grey's Anatomy...
Steven Bailey, Grey's Anatomy
For fans sick over the thought that Thursday's episode of Grey's Anatomy is the last until next year, here's a prescription — Seattle Grace: On Call, a webisode series.
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Grey's Anatomy executive producer Shonda Rhimes gave fans a wonderful couple to root for in Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Owen (Kevin McKidd), and then introduced Dr. Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) into the mix. While some fans may be worried for their new favorite couple, McKidd tells TVGuide.com that "Crowen" may survive this triangle. That doesn't mean there aren't a few bumps along the way. McKidd discusses the deep connection Teddy and Owen have, and more ...
In Thursday's episode of Grey's Anatomy, a new cardiothoracic doctor comes to the hospital, and she's unlike the previous cardio gods who've held that position. Dr. Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) has a past with Owen (Kevin McKidd), which will create future problems for Owen and Cristina (Sandra Oh). Raver tells us all about the new love triangle, how long she'll be sticking around and the possibility of returning to 24 to reunite with Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland)...
Ellen Pompeo, Paula Abdul
We're kicking off a new regular feature on TVGuide.com, bringing you the best, funniest and most comment-worthy tweets from entertainment insiders.
We'll bring you the latest insights on your favorite shows, updates on the stars you love, and the occasional random thought — whatever people are tweeting about. We're also looking for your suggestions, so send in any submissions for the best tweets by 4/3c each day to @tvguide with the hash tag #tvgtoptweets.
Let's take a look at who tops our list today...
T.R. Knight and Shonda Rhimes
T.R. Knight says a "breakdown in communication" with Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes led him to quit the hit ABC drama — and that Rhimes tried to discourage him from coming out soon after Isaiah Washington used an anti-gay slur.
Knight said that during "IsaiahGate" — when Washington referred to Knight with an anti-gay slur during an October 2006 on-set argument with Patrick Dempsey — Rhimes "was concerned about having my [coming out] statement come out so close to the event."
Rhimes denies it: "I said [to T.R.], 'If you want to come out, that's awesome,'" she told Entertainment Weekly.
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Fueling Knight's decision to leave ...
Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes and T.R. Knight have confirmed that Knight is leaving the ABC drama.
"Leaving Grey's Anatomy was not an easy decision for me to make," Knight said in a statement on Friday. "I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to play this character [Dr. George O'Malley] and will miss my fellow cast and crew very much. I continue to wish them the very best, and wholeheartedly thank all of the fans who have supported me and the show with such passion and enthusiasm."
Reports had speculated Knight asked out of his contract ...