Month: April 2016
I’ve put together all the scenes of ‘Penny’ from Grey’s Anatomy S12E21.
Episode: S12E22 (267)
Title: ‘Mama Tried’
When: May 05, 2016
Directed by: Kevin McKidd
Written by: Tia Napolitano
“Mama Tried” – Callie and Arizona are at odds over Sofia’s future, and Stephanie questions the status of her relationship with Kyle. Meanwhile, Alex and April work on a pregnant teen that is readmitted to Grey Sloan Memorial, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, MAY 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.
“Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jessica Capshaw as Arizona Robbins, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Sarah Drew as April Kepner, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Jerrika Hinton as Stephanie Edwards, Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce, Jason George as Ben Warren, Martin Henderson as Nathan Riggs and Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca.
Guest starring is Samantha Sloyan as Penny Blake, Wilmer Valderrama as Kyle Diaz.
Is Grey’s Anatomy is about to weather another major cast shakeup?
On Wednesday afternoon, Sara Ramirez — who has played Callie Torres for more than a decade — posted a message on Twitter that has fans wondering if she’ll be returning for the ABC drama’s recently-ordered 13th season.
— Sara Ramirez (@SaraRamirez) 27. april 2016
It’s entirely possible Ramirez was simply celebrating her final day of work on Season 12 (Grey’s is currently in production on its May 19 season finale). It’s also possible the actress — whose contract is set to expire in June — was looking to increase her negotiations leverage. And then there’s the possibility that she has, in fact, decided to call it quits.
In a possibly telling sign, Ramirez’s personal reps have not responded to TVLine’s multiple requests for comment. An ABC rep, meanwhile, did get back to us, but declined to comment on the matter.
If Ramirez does opt to hang up her scrubs, this would mark the third major Grey’s exit in as many seasons, following the departures of Sandra Oh (in Season 10) and Patrick Dempsey (in Season 11).
Ramirez, who joined Grey’s in its second season, is one of several longtime cast members whose contracts are set to expire at season’s end. Her longtime scene partner Jessica Capshaw, however, is not one of them. As TVLine exclusively reported, Capshaw inked a new three-year deal with the show last May.
On-screen, Ramirez’s Callie is gearing up for a heated custody battle with Capshaw’s Arizona, one triggered by Callie’s desire to follow current squeeze Penny to New York with her and ‘Zona’s daughter.
Source: TV Line
Stars Ellen Pompeo, Jerrika Hinton, Kelly McCreary and Martin Henderson talk with THR about the key’s to the Shonda Rhimes drama’s success.
It’s hard to imagine that it’s been a year since ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy said a shocking farewell to leading man Patrick Dempsey’s Derek “McDreamy” Shepard.
In episode 21 of season 11, Derek was killed off after being struck by a car — with a year remaining on Dempsey’s two-year contract.
But a year later — as Grey’s prepares for its 21st episode of season 12 — Grey’s Anatomy is poised to end the 2015-16 television season as ABC’s No. 1 drama among the coveted adults 18-49 demographic and one of the top five dramas on all of broadcast.
The news is quite a feat for a show in its 12th season, considering fans, angry after Dempsey’s stunning departure, claimed in waves that they’d be quitting the Shondaland medical drama. A THR poll the morning after Dempsey’s final episode found that 65 percent of voters said that they were “McDone” watching.
So what’s behind Grey’s Anatomy’s staying power?
“I really think change is what keeps it moving forward,” star Ellen Pompeo (Meredith) told The Hollywood Reproter during a recent visit to the show’s L.A. set. “The audience wants to see how the show looks without Derek. They’re curious. How do we go on? They’re as curious as we are, as the writers are. We’re all figuring this out together. I think people tune in out of curiosity, and I think they love the characters.”
Part of the growth, Pomepo and co-star Jerrika Hinton (Stephanie) say, is that nearly 250 episodes are available to stream on Netflix.
“Our viewership keeps expanding in age,” Hinton tells THR. “We have teenage girls who are so wonderfully obsessive about the show, who discovered it because people in their family are watching it. And they take ownership of the show, and they discover it through Netflix.”
Also key, Pompeo says, is the “remarkable” fact that the 2005 pilot still holds up 12 years later. “That’s a testament to Shonda Rhimes and her vision right from the very beginning,” says Pompeo, who notes that new viewers are watching fresh episodes as they air and turning to the streaming giant to become more fully invested in the journeys of remaining original stars Meredith, Alex (Justin Chambers), Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Richard (James Pickens Jr.).
For as many of its shocking deaths (RIP George O’Malley, Mark Sloan and Lexie Grey), Grey’s has also become well versed in reinventing itself with new characters — including the additions of fan favorites like Jesse Williams (Jackson), Sarah Drew (April), Camilla Luddington (Jo), Hinton and, more recently, Kelly McCreary (Maggie) and Martin Henderson (Nathan Riggs), who is happy to take the credit for the show’s loyal audience.
“Clearly it’s me! Just do the math!” Henderson says with a belly laugh.
For her part, McCreary says there’s something special about returning to the home of Meredith’s late mother, Ellis Grey (Kate Burton), in season 12.
Following Derek’s death, Meredith sold the so-called dream house that Derek built for the couple and returned to the home she inherited from her mother that was featured prominently in the show’s early seasons (and where many characters have at least temporarily lived).
“Spending time as a unit of people, bonding and getting to know each other under the roof of Ellis’ house really had a visceral impact on our audience,” McCreary tells THR. “It’s very familiar; a lot of important memories about these characters were made in that space. And having [sisters] Meredith, Maggie and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) living together and fighting with each other in that space allows us to explore who Meredith is without Derek in a different way. We got to see this other side of Maggie and see Amelia growing with all the changes in her relationship with Owen. I think that’s a big part of it.”
Hinton, meanwhile, also looks at Grey’s Anatomy as a good window into some of the more dramatic elements of humanity.
“Shondaland is really good at exploring messy humanity, and that’s appealing to people,” she says. “It’s not just for purely escapist reasons, but also because it reflects our own underbellies and you can learn so much from seeing how other people deal with that kind of stuff. Beyond that, it’s magical. Maybe you can’t explain it because if you could, there would be a dozen people doing it, but there aren’t.”
As for the show’s future — Grey’s Anatomy is already renewed for season 13 — Pompeo remains humble when asked if there’s been talk about challenging ER as TV’s longest-running medical drama.
“We’re not out for a record,” she says, opting to remain mum on her contract status. “We want to keep the quality of the show as good as it can be. When we feel like it can’t go on anymore, certainly with the numbers being as strong as they are, the network doesn’t want to hear anything about an endgame right now. I think it’s presumptuous to say we want to go for 15 [seasons, like ER]. The audience at any time can drop out. We can’t take that for granted, that they’re just going to stick with us for as long as we do the show. I don’t think that’s true. Even if it is true, I don’t think you should think that way. I appreciate every season as it comes and what we get and leave it at that.”
With the loss of their baby, a divorce, another pregnancy and lawsuits filed from both sides, April and Jackson have had more than their fair share of drama. But actress Sarah Drew hints there’s still more to come.
“There’s extreme drama that happens with April and Jackson in the finale. I can also tell you April gets to be incredibly badass and strong and 2.0 all over the place so that’s been fun. We haven’t shot that stuff yet, we’ve shot some of it but it’s an incredible ride.”
While Drew can’t say exactly what’s going to go down in the Season 12 finale, airing May 19 on CTV, she can say April and Jackson have reached a turning point.
Even though Jackson is suing April for fraud and she filed a restraining order against him, Jackson reminded April in a recent episode they were best friends who really loved each other. It prompted April to let Jackson feel the baby kick and invited him to come to the ultrasound.
“I think (it) really does make a huge shift happen in their journey. I don’t know if it’s going to turn romantic again I don’t know if it’s just going to be a way forward into friendship and co-parenting, I don’t know what it’s going to look like but I think we’re on better terms now for sure.”
Drew says she is definitely rooting for “Japril.”
“Oh always. I love them together. They’ve been through such an epic story and they’ve weathered so many extreme things that it just feels like it would be such a waste if they didn’t wind up together, if there wasn’t some beautiful reunion and reconciliation. You want to make all that pain worth it. But sometimes that’s not how life works.”
Drew says all of the intense, dramatic events April has experienced over the past two seasons have been both challenging and rewarding for her as an actor.
“It’s really forced me, challenged me to dig deep as an actor and find some very deep intense places to access so it’s been great. I’m so grateful. I’ve never been bored on this show and I’ve been on this show for seven years and that’s saying a lot I think.”
Drew says it was particularly challenging when April and Jackson’s baby died last year as she was pregnant with her daughter Hannah Mali Rose at the same time. (The actress also has a four-year-old son Micah with husband Peter Lanfer).
“(When) we shot that scene where (April’s) baby died in my arms it took like 10 hours to shoot that scene and then I went home and went into early labour 10 hours later. My daughter came four weeks early and then had to be in the NICU for a couple of weeks and that was pretty profoundly traumatic. But all is well now, she’s doing great and she’s fine.”
While filming those scenes were really intense, Drew adds it did allow her emotions to flow.
“If anything it enabled me to cry a lot easier. I can access depths of like fear and love and sadness, I can access that stuff so much easier now that I’ve had kids.”
In this week’s Grey’s Anatomy (8/7c, ABC), Stephanie finds herself on the outside looking in when her new MS-afflicted musician BF Kyle (Wilmer Valderrama) is re-admitted with a worrisome new tremor — and she’s barred from participating in his care. Why is she prevented from playing actual doctor with him? And how does she react?
In the following Q&A, Steph’s portrayer Jerrika Hinton previews this week’s “excruciating” turn of events, while also setting the record straight about her character’s own long-term prognosis in light of a certain high-profile pilot deal.
TVLINE | When you factor in time jumps, it’s been quite some time since Stephanie had a real love interest. What was it about Kyle that convinced her to take the plunge?
They had that moment after his surgery where, in his cocky way, he was talking about their similarities. There’s something [nice] about being with a person who sees you for you, and all that you are capable of. And I think that one conversation they had went a long way. Also, they met in the hospital but he’s not in the hospital. [Laughs] There’s enough separation there for her to feel a little more comfortable and not have to suffer the same fate as her last relationship did.
TVLINE | They seemed to go from flirting to coupledom pretty fast…
I think it took a while for them to go from flirting to coupledom. They texted back and forth for a while [before they had] some physical fun. And physical fun doesn’t always have to mean you’re coupled up. [Laughs] A nice pants-off dance-off doesn’t mean that there’s 100 percent commitment on the table. [Laughs]
TVLINE | Does she freak out when he develops this tremor?
She defaults to the thing that she knows. And the thing that she knows is that kind of stubborn/hardheaded/get-it-done nature. She knows his case. Once they get a little more information she has a pretty good idea what the prognosis should be. And so she fights for that. That’s what makes her good at her job. And that ends up getting her in a ton of trouble with her superiors.
TVLINE | ABC released a photo from the episode (see above) that shows Stephanie angrily staring through glass doors after she’s blocked from participating in his care. What is that like for her?
Excruciating. That is the worst thing you can do. Worse than leaving your girlfriend in a barn as you run off with your ex-girlfriend. [Laughs] Like I said, she’s good at her job and she’s trying to keep the professional and the personal separate. She learned that lesson the hard way [with Jackson]. So even though she has a personal relationship with him, she’s really doing her best to make sure that everything she advocates for is 100 percent about the medicine. And it’s up for debate whether or not she succeeds.
TVLINE | Grey’s fans know you are starring in Shonda Rhimes’ ABC comedy pilot Toast, so they’re a little on edge wondering if a bus is about to run over Stephanie…
We’ve already done that death. We’re not going to do that one again. [Laughs]
TVLINE | Without spoiling anything, is Stephanie’s storyline coming to some kind of conclusion in these final episodes of Season 12?
Definitely not. I feel very confident that there’s more ground to explore next season.
Source: TV Line
Source: The Ellen Show
Any scoop on what will happen next between Grey’s Anatomy‘s Maggie and Andrew? —Semaj
Sounds like a reunion is out of the cards. Speaking with TVLine, Kelly McCreary all but confirms that the ex-lovers will remain just that, although she does hint that there may be some unresolved feelings in the wake of their “abrupt” split. “We haven’t watched either of them process any emotions about it,” McCreary muses. “So, I guess it remains to be seen whether it’s just a done deal … or if there’s some residual stuff to come along.” Regardless, Maggie walks away from the experience a better, more open-minded person, believes her portrayer. “Andrew made her do things to stay in the relationship that made her very uncomfortable — she really had to break out of her comfort zone,” she shares. “Ultimately, it opens her heart up a little bit more and it opens her mind up a little bit more. And that’s a great takeaway.”
Source: TV Line