EW’s Michael Ausiello gives us the scoop on some of the new drama we can expect with the return of Gossip Girl this season!


Question: Is something going to happen between Dan and Blair on Gossip Girl? Or were you just pulling our legs? —Janice
Maybe a little of both? I asked executive producer Stephanie Savage about the possibility of a Dan/Blair hook-up down the line, and here’s what she said: “There are only so many combinations [you can explore] on the show, so I think you have to be open to all of them at some point. So, certainly, we have an open mind when it comes to them… Those two are really gold when they’re together. They have great on-screen chemistry.”

Question: I need some scoop on Gossip Girl. More importantly, good news about Chuck/Blair. —Vanessa
I’m going to let executive producer Stephanie Savage take this one. “The good news about Chuck and Blair is that when we come back [on March 8] they’ve got a really incredible run with each other. They’re [involved] in a very emotional storyline regarding the mystery lady at Bart’s grave. They solve that mystery together and it’s a great example of Chuck and Blair working together and being very emotionally supportive of each other.”

Question: Is it true that Chuck and Blair break up again on Gossip Girl? —Mary
I will neither confirm nor deny that particular rumor on the grounds that it’s too spoilery. Besides, it’s also kind of a non-issue since any Chuck/Blair break-up will undoubtedly be followed by a reunion at some point. Isn’t that right, Stephanie Savage? “We really feel like those guys are made for each other,” she tells me. “But it’s not going to be an easy ride because of their personalities and their dynamic. It’s our job to throw some good obstacles in their path, but we always root for them to find their way back to each other.”

According to EW’s Michael Ausiello, there might be doctors leaving Grey’s Anatomy, but it doesn’t look like it will be Katherine Heigl!

Here’s this week’s exerpt from his blog:

looks like Grey’s Anatomy will be down two doctors next season, and, believe it or not, neither of them are played by Katherine Heigl!

Sources confirm to me exclusively that Mercy West transplants Robert Baker (Dr. Percy) and Nora Zehetner (Dr. Adamson) are not expected to return next season.

There’s no official word on the fate of fellow “invaders” Jesse Williams (Dr. Avery) and Sarah Drew (Dr. Kepner), but there’s buzz both may stick around long-term. Grey’s boss Shonda Rhimes has until June to decide whether to exercise the series regular options in their contracts. (Here’s hoping she does; I like those two.)

Heigl’s MIA Izzie, meanwhile, will reappear in April. But for how long? Confides an ABC source: “No one knows.”

Thoughts? Will you miss Percy and Adamson? Should Rhimes keep Avery and Kepner around? And are you so over the Heigl drama? I kind of am.

It was probably obvious, but it doesn’t look like the love triangle between Owen, Cristina and Teddy has found closure yet. When Kevin Mckidd sat down with TV Guide recently, he dished on how he thinks things should unfold on the show, and might have revealed a bit of how they will!

“I think as the season draws to a close it’s going to get pretty intense and more complicated then it already is,” Kevin McKidd (Owen) told TV Guide Magazine.

“Also I think things come up with Owen beyond Christina and Teddy,” he adds.

“More stuff comes up about his past that he has to deal with so that gets really interesting as well as complicates even more his situation with the two women.”

“I always imagined that Owen and Christina would always be together,” he notes. “As me being a fan of the show and going beyond playing the character, I’ve always kind of pictured them being together and having this tempestuous relationship.”

Maybe due to hanging with Grey’s Anatomy cast member and expectant father Eric Dane at the 8th Annual World Poker Tour Invitational (whose charity of choice, Chrysalis, benefitted from the night’s winnings, he has babies on the brain too.

“I’ve always thought it would be cool to see (Owen and Christina) have a baby together down the line,” Kevin McKidd adds, immediately making us smile at the prospect.

One of the episodes that fans have been anticipating all season long will take place this week as some of the cast of Grey’s Anatomy travel back in time and share some of their history. We’ll see the Chief as he goes back prior to 1982, divulging more information perhaps on his affair with Meredith’s mom, and perhaps we’ll even get a glimpse at young Dr.Grey!

Since we don’t know much about the past of Dr. Bailey or Callie, we’ll also see them before their Grey’s Anatomy days (i.e. the episode will go back prior to 2004 when he first got a glimpse inside of the Seattle Grace halls).

Previews are already airing, and photos from the show are out so it’s time to start aligning your expectations and get ready for a time warp!

Eric Dane’s been talking to TV Guide, and he’s given the scoop on his character’s relationship with Lexi, who has newly transformed herself into a blonde!

It looks all but certain at this point, but if there were a nail to be placed in the proverbial coffin of Mark and Lexie on Grey’s Anatomy, Eric Dane may have done so last week.

If her second hookup with Alex wasn’t proof that the relationship is dead, or at least in a coma, Dane said “We’re done,” when asked about it his Valentine’s Day premiere.

“At least done for now. Mark is stubborn and was shocked and hurt by her and he isn’t going to let that go very easily.” It certainly showed in “Valentine’s Day Massacre.”

As for Mark’s surprise progeny Sloan, whose arrival indirectly doomed Mexie, the book appears to be closed. “I don’t know if we will see the daughter again,” Dane said.

In other Grey’s Anatomy news, Sara Gilbert will play a patient in an episode slated to air in March or April. Not the same patient Gilbert played on Private Practice, BT-Dubs.

ew Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams (Dr. Jackson Avery) has made quite an impression on fans this season already, and we have only begun to explore his character.

With his good looks and charm, it was really just a matter of time before the Mercy West transplant got some lovin’ on Grey’s Anatomy. The only question is, who with?

Grey’s is getting a little crazy,” he told TV Guide Sunday. “I think there’s going to be a lot of changes for my character. Jackson Avery has a lot of big things happening.”

And yes, that means romance.

“There’s a lot of relationship changes. Within the group,” he teases. Asked if sparks fly between he and a fellow Mercy Wester or Seattle Grace original, he played it coy.

“Well, because it might be one of both,” says Williams. “Jackson … he’s a man.”

rom the early days of Team MerDer vs. Team Addek, to the more recent bed-swapping of Mark, Lexie and Alex, certain Grey’s Anatomy debates provoke varied fan reactions.

Miranda Bailey’s love life is not one of those issues. After all she’s been through with her divorce, what Grey’s Anatomy fan isn’t excited for a Bailey romance heating up soon?

According to TV Guide, Chandra Wilson will be back behind the camera again after making her directorial debut this season in the fantastic episode, “Give Peace a Chance.”

Soon enough, Wilson will direct an episode in which the new anesthesiologist (Jason George) films some steamy scenes with her. Expect “lots of romance and kissing scenes.”

Wilson is not listed as the director of the next two episodes, so we’re not entirely sure when this happens, but we assure you we’ll be watching (excitedly!) when it does!

It’s safe to say the Seattle Grace-Mercy West merger did not work out for anyone.

No offense to Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) and his good looks, but no one else came out of this looking good. Especially not the Chief, who started drinking again.

On Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked,” the truth finally came out thanks to Derek, who’s poised to take the top job.

So what does this mean for James Pickens, Jr., (Chief Richard Webber) staying on the show? How will the doctors take to Patrick Dempsey’s Derek being the boss now?

Sources say Pickens is not leaving the show and Derek is not permanently taking his position. But Derek will be acting as interim chief while Richard works on his issues.

“Obviously the minute that your leader trips, there’s a ripple effect that happens throughout the hospital,” Jessica Capshaw said. “It’s going to bring great challenge.”

“Is he going to leave, is he going to get help, is he not going to get help, who’s going to get help for him, is he going to get help for himself?” the actress pondered.

Co-star Justin Chambers added: “We’re all in shock because for me, the Chief has always represented someone stoic and smart and definitely experienced. I still respect McDreamy, but to see him as the big cheese is going to be kind of strange.”

While some doctors can see that Derek was doing what was right for the hospital, others accuse him of betraying the Chief. Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) is on Team Der.

“Owen has a scene where he kind of supports him,” McKidd said. “Derek asks, ‘Do you feel like I’m being selfish?’ and he says, ‘If this benefits the most amount of people, then that’s the right decision. If it’s just benefiting you, it’s the wrong decision.'”

If you think Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) is all of a sudden going to get special treatment for being married to the interim head honcho, then you best think again.

“Meredith is so good anyway,” said Chambers. “She has a high IQ, she does every surgery impeccably. I don’t think we’ll have a problem with her. However, I’m sure Alex will throw out a few words that aren’t necessarily polite about her sleeping with the Chief.”

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and Grey’s Anatomy will be celebrating, according to Shonda Rhimes in an interview with TV Guide:

The last new episode of Grey’s Anatomy was an all-inclusive holiday bonanza. Next month, the show will get into a festive mood once again in its first-ever Valentine’s Day episode.

The big plans? Derek and Owen have a double date in mind. Cute, right?

It might be, except that “Meredith is not a Valentine’s Day girl, and neither is Cristina,” creator Shonda Rhimes tells TV Guide, “so the guys will try to force them to enjoy the holiday.”

Celebrating Valentine’s Day more willingly? Callie and Arizona!

The two “go out on a date and exchange gifts at four o’clock because they know they’ll be in the ER in the evening,” then play cupid for Bailey and anesthesiologist Ben Warren.

The new character, played by hunky actor Jason George, will (according to Shonda) give our workaholic Nazi “a little bit of lovin’” and we can’t wait to see how that plays out!

What about for intriguing newcomer Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams)?

“I think he’s adorable, but he’s not ready for that,” says Rhimes. “There’s a sense of the audience not knowing where he’s going to land, and I’d like to keep it that way awhile.”

Turning our attention to Izzie-less Alex, Rhimes hints that he’ll “find his own way to amuse himself quite adequately.” NOTE: By amuse himself, she means with another person.

Speaking of Izzie, what’s the deal with all the coming and going? Is Katherine Heigl’s schedule and her character’s future something anyone is even clear on at this stage?

“As writers, we’ve had to be creative with having Katie for such a limited time,” Shonda said of Heigl. “Maternity leave is maternity leave, and it’s a choice I fully support.”

Rhimes adds that she doesn’t know when Heigl will be back full time. As you probably know, Alex hooks up with someone this week – at least the new promo suggests it!



Fancast brings some more great information about the relationships that are about to heat up on the Grey’s Anatony set!

Q: Do you know with whom Alex is supposed to have a one-night stand?

A: Indeed, “a lot of people do the deed” during the January 14 Grey’s Anatomy / Private Practice crossover episodes, Shonda Rhimes says in the new TV Guide Magazine.

Although Alex is married and as such is not supposed to get it on with anybody but his Mrs., I do know the identity of his indiscretion, and she has an “e” in her first name.

My advice to Dr. Karev: Dude, you better sort through whatever issues you’ve got and soon, because your wife, Izzie, is going to be resurfacing at Seattle Grace January 21!

Q: Can you help out some spoiler-hungry lesbians? We haven’t heard a peep regarding upcoming storylines and/or the next hurdle for Callie and Arizona on Grey’s Anatomy.

A: There’s a writers’ meeting going on right this second, so let me press my good ear against Ms. Rhimes’ door. Okay, I’m hearing fragments of conversation. “Callie battles” … something … “and Arizona is there by her side.” Hmm. Any theories yet?

Hold on, ABC security is walking by. [Whistling innocently while flipping through Men’s Health] Back to the door: “but let’s also give them a good amount of make-out time!”