Chyler Leigh by Scott Garfield/ABC; KaDee Strickland by John Sciulli/WireImage.com
Focus groups be damned!
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
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,
) has tapped KaDee Strickland (
The Wedding Bells
) to play a doctor and hospital administrator. She too will be a series regular.