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Hey, Michael, were you in the ...

Question: Hey, Michael, were you in the press room when Isaiah Washington hijacked the microphone and said, "I did not call T.R. Knight a f----t!" And, if so, care to give us the scoop?Answer: I certainly was there, and I have the internal scars to prove it. It was by far the ugliest, most uncomfortable press-room moment I have ever experienced. And judging by the shell-shocked faces on the cast — particularly T.R. Knight and Patrick Dempsey, who have been class acts throughout this entire ordeal — it was a new low for them, too. And what's ironic about the whole thing is that in Washington's attempt to clear his name, he came off as an out-of-control homophobe who throws the f-word around like it's candy. (He's also playing fast and loose with the truth. Did he call T.R. a f----t to his face? No. Did he refer to him as one behind his back? Yes. T.R. says 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

November 16, 2006: Staring at the Sun

The three words that kept going through my head while watching this episode were, "It's about time...."— It's about time... that someone (George) noticed that Cristina's been covering for Burke's shaky hand.— It's about time... that Meredith stopped being dark and twisty and started having a more positive outlook on life.— It's about time... that Alex kissed Izzie again. Even though she wasn't ready for it, it got her mind off her mourning.— It's about time... that Richard focused on Adele and stopped visiting Ellis.— It's about time... that someone (Addison) witnessed Sloan asking his interns to do menial tasks.— It's about time... that Derek attempted to be more civil with Addison while at work ("bright and shiny") and to "peacefully coexist" with her.— It's about time... that someone besides Cristina (George) offered Burke some help.— It's about time... that George's family realized what a good doctor he is, thanks to Cristina.— It's a... read more

I know you love Grey's ...

Question: I know you love Grey's Anatomy and don't really like Desperate Housewives, and last season I shared that opinion. This season, though, I feel as though Desperate Housewives is a great show, while Grey's Anatomy began to slump during the Izzie and Denny story line. What made for an exciting finale with Izzie cutting the LVAD (a term I never want to hear again) has now turned into the Grey's Anatomy version of the Moldavian Massacre. It made for great viewing, but I don't think that creator Shonda Rhimes thought ahead to the fallout from this action. Izzie's being allowed back into the program in any form is a "shark-jumping" moment for me. This is not to say that I don't still like the show. I just think that it's going through a downturn. My friends are starting to leave it, especially after viewing the amazing season premiere of The O.C. I think that an audience backlash is the one thing that seemed to shake up Housewives. I kind of hope Grey's goes through one, so Shonda ... read more

Do you think people will ...

Isaiah Washington, Grey's Anatomy

Question: Do you think people will boycott Grey's Anatomy because Isaiah Washington is still on the show? How do you think ABC and Shonda Rhimes handled the situation? It's a shame that this whole incident created such bad buzz for GA and damaged its reputation. Answer: How exactly does "this whole incident" reflect badly on Grey's Anatomy? On the actor in question, yes, absolutely. But to hold his most regrettable and, yes, unforgivable outburst against the show itself would be absurd. It doesn't seem to me that ABC or Shonda Rhimes tried to deny the incident, so they handled it as well as can be expected. They expressed regret, kept their heads down and got back to work as best and as quickly as they could. No one's happy that it happened, least of all Isaiah Washington. Are you really asking if he should have been fired for making what by all accounts was a bigoted remark in the heat of an ill-advised temper tantrum? If actors were fired for being jerks on set or elsewhere, the ... read more

Grey's Boss Diagnoses Recast Talk as "Ridiculous"

As part of a People article in which Grey's Anatomy's Isaiah Washington expresses his "sincere regret" and "unfortunate use of words" during an Oct. 9 on-set tussle involving cast mates Patrick Dempsey and T.R. Knight (the latter of whom subsequently came out as gay), series creator Shonda Rhimes rebuffs talk that Washington will be replaced in the role of Burke. (ER alum Eriq La Salle was a name frequently mentioned amid the murmurings.) "I found [those rumors] not only ridiculous but offensive," Rhimes tells the mag. "The [idea] that one black [actor] was interchangeable with another seemed disturbing to me." Asked to also chime in on the controversy, Meredith Grey said, "Why wasn't Derek happy that I chose him?" read more

Penn & Teller's BS. Meter Hits New Heights

Penn & Teller: Bulls--t!

In the spirit of Harry Houdini, the legendary illusionist who spent his free time exposing scams, comic magicians Penn &Teller have taken up a similar pastime. With the Showtime series Bulls--t!, the duo touches on a wide array of topics, from circumcision to bottled water to cryptozoology, in an attempt to wipe away the mire of misperception. Because a Q&A with Teller might not be much of a read, spoke with Penn about Bulls--t!'s third season, which is now out on DVD. Why are you and Teller so bent on debunking things?Penn Jillette: What we're really doing is celebrating the principles of science. If you believe in this thing that can't be substantiated, then immediately you cut yourself off from the rest of the world, except for read more

September 21, 2006: Time Has Come Today

I f---ing love this show. There -- I said it. And to use the title of the episode, "Time Has Come Today" for all us Grey's fans to rejoice -- we finally saw our season premiere! I want to say right away that I really enjoyed all the flashbacks -- and not flashbacks to scenes we've already witnessed ("previously on Grey's Anatomy"). It had a sort of Lost feel to it with the backstories -- not completely Lost-like since most of the scenes were things they've alluded to before, but it was great to finally see them:- The very first time Izzie and Alex said "Seriously" to each other.- George introducing himself to Meredith in an oh-so "I'm Dorothy -- the small and meek" way.- Meredith flashing way back to her childhood and recalling her mother arguing with Dr. Webber at an amusement park.- Cristina meeting Burke for the first time.- Derek throwing Addison out of their home ("We're not 'Derek & Addison' anymore!").- Derek's first meet-n-greet with Meredith at the bar.Those last two we... read more

I need some Grey's Anatomy ...

Question: I need some Grey's Anatomy scoop, please!

Answer: In Episode 4, McSteamy and McDreamy cross swords over how to treat a burn victim. And there's no more mystery as to what Diahann Carroll will be doing on the show. According to this spoileriffic ABC promo, she'll be playing — as many of us suspected — Burke's mom. (That noise you hear is Shonda Rhimes tearing ABC's promo department a new one.)

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Any truth to the rumor on ...

Question: Any truth to the rumor on about the Grey's Anatomy cast being upset at Shonda Rhimes over her alleged unwillingness to let them tackle other projects?

Answer: I honestly have no idea. I do, however, find it curious that the "story" came out just hours before it was announced that Kate Walsh had to drop out of the Stephen King thriller 1408 due to "scheduling conflicts" with Grey's. Hmmm….

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