It's Sunday, and on a stylish strip of Hollywood's Melrose Avenue, Elizabeth Reaser has her choice of two popular coffeeshops — one that's packed with self-consciously hip Nicole Richie look-alikes, the other with a more serious sweats-and-Sunday-paper crowd. She makes a beeline for the latter. "It's such a scene at that other place," she says, pouring soy milk into her coffee.
This preference for depth over superficiality makes the Michigan native a natural for a scene-stealing role that has nothing to do with her good looks: a nine-episode stint on ABC's Grey's Anatomy (Thursdays at 9 pm/ET) as Jane Doe, the pregnant ferry-crash victim with severe facial injuries.
"Elizabeth can communicate so much with her voice and eyes — she has incre
The emotionally unstable residents at Seattle Grace are finally getting just what the doctor ordered: a shrink. Sources tell me that Elizabeth Reaser most recently Tom Everett Scott's leading lady on TNT's Saved is joining the cast of Grey's Anatomy as a psychiatrist. My spy says Reaser will start off as a recurring guest star, but the gig could become full-time. I have to confess, I never watched Saved and, therefore, am not familiar with Reaser's work. Do we like her? Any thoughts on which character she's being brought on to, um, psychoanalyze? Post your thoughts below!
TNT is in talks to grant series orders to the drama pilots Grace (starring Holly Hunter as an Oklahoma City police detective at times visited by an angel) and Heartland (Treat Williams as a heart surgeon). In other TNT news, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that Tom Everett Scott's Saved has perished after one season. Seriously, they used the paddles and everything.
Question: Is the TNT drama Saved coming back for a second season? I've been dying to know ever since the finale of last season. Please say yes!
Answer: If we knew, we'd have told you already. TNT still hasn't made the call on this one ...
Question: Are you pleased with how terribly Desire and Fashion House did during their first week? Ratings are horrible! I can't imagine anyone wanting to tune in to these series five or six times a week when there are already daytime soaps and Spanish telenovelas. It reminds of me when NBC tried a soap called Sunset Beach. It always ranked near the bottom because who has the time to invest in a new five-hour-a-week series? What were MyNetwork TV's expectations? I'm sure they weren't met!
Answer: Especially considering that these shows launched in early September, without the real competition of most regular network series, the early numbers are probably as disappointing to the network's powers-that-be as the programming itself is to the public at large. But you asked if I'm pleased, and the answer is no. I'm never pleased about failure; I want TV to succeed. But I am gratified to think that the public won't necessarily swallow junk delivered this cynically. Dead air would be preferabl ...