Chyler Leigh by Scott Garfield/ABC; KaDee Strickland by John Sciulli/
Focus groups be damned!

Grey's Anatomy has promoted Chyler Leigh (aka Mer's McDreaming half-sis Lexie) to a series regular, an ABC Studios rep confirms. The news comes on the heels of my vodcast report that test audiences chewed up and spit out the character during a recent focus group. To be fair, her brief flirtation with Derek didn't exactly help her cause.

In sort of related news, Grey's 2.0 (aka Private Practice) has tapped KaDee Strickland ( The Wedding Bells) to play a doctor and hospital administrator. She too will be a series regular.