News Briefs: Isaiah Washington Is Returning to Grey's Anatomy

By Kaitlin Thomas

Mar 07, 2014


THE YIN TO HER YANG

File this one under "Things I Never Thought Would Happen": Isaiah Washington is returning to Grey's Anatomy in May to help wrap up Cristina Yang's storyine as Sandra Oh exits the series. Washington was very publicly let go from Grey's in 2006 following a months-long controversy during which he allegedly used a homophobic slur to refer to a fellow cast member. I stopped watching the series a long time ago, but series creator Shonda Rhimes said in a statement that Washington's character, Dr. Preston Burke, is a "vital" part of Cristina's arc and that his return will help provide closure for the character. I hope closure means she gets to punch him in the face for leaving her at the altar. [EW]


BUSINESS TIME

... SundanceTV (formerly Sundance Channel, do you even recognize it with that new name?!) has finally, finally, finally announced a premiere date for Rectify's second season. Grab a Post-It and jot down a reminder to mark your calendar to remember to set your DVR for Thursday, June 19 at 9pm. [SundanceTV via press release]

... TBS has renewed Ground Floor, the new Bill Lawrence sitcom you've possibly forgotten about because it doesn't have a ridiculous name or a cast with a drinking problem. The series, about a romance between an investment banker (Skylar Astin) and his lowly lady friend who works in the maintenance department of his office building (Briga Heelan), averaged 1.8 million viewers in Live+7 numbers during its first season. Season 2 will premiere in late 2014. [TBS via press release]

... E! is moving into scripted programming whether we want it to or not. The Royals, from One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn, is a one-hour drama that's framed around Shakespeare's Hamlet. It follows a fictional British family headed up by Queen Helena, who's played by Elizabeth Hurley. I'm sure there's a role for Crazy Nanny Carrie Torrey DeVitto somewhere, right? I can't wait for the episode where the Queen's pomeranian eats the heart meant for her mom's transplant. Or the episode with the Boy Toy auction for charity. Or the one with the choreographed Spice Girls dance. Come on, that last one has to happen. [THR]

... To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Deadwood, HBO is airing a marathon of the entire series on HBO Zone beginning Saturday, March 15 at 10am and ending Sunday, March 16 at 10pm. That's 36 straight hours of Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane, folks. If you don't have 36 hours to spare, though, HBO Signature will also air the entire series, but at the slower pace of one episode per night, from Monday through Friday at 8pm beginning Wednesday, April 2. This is your friendly reminder that Al Swearengen and the rest of Deadwood can also be found on HBO GO at any time and that you shouldn't let HBO dictate when you can and cannot watch Deadwood. [HBO via press release]

... Starz has partnered with the BBC on The Missing, a limited drama series centered on a man (James Nesbitt, The Hobbit) whose young son was abducted during a family vacation in France. Although the kidnapping occurred several years ago, it still haunts him and he can't let it go. Frances O'Connor  (Mr. Selfridgeplays the man's wife, Tcheky Karyo (Goldeneye) is the French detective who worked the original case, and Jason Flemyn (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) is the English police officer who flies to France to aid in the search and comfort the couple in the immediate aftermath of the abduction. [Starz via press release]

... The Parents Television Council has its collective panties in a bunch over the news that The CW is releasing a sexier, uncensored version of tonight's episode of Reign online. The organization released the following statement:  "There's a reason that The CW network's own standards department cut the two sex scenes from the broadcast version—they weren't appropriate for television. So what makes them appropriate to post online where presumably children will be able to watch them with no rating or blocking capability?" Please, no one tell the PTC about all the free porn that's already available online, lest it cause members' heads to explode. [The Wrap]

... HBO will air a new Bruce Springsteen documentary chronicling the making of the Boss's most recent album. Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes airs Friday, April 4 at 9:30pm. [HBO via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Ryan McPartlin (Chuck's Captain Awesome) is set to star opposite Ashley Judd in Fox's new pilot Salvation. The drama follows the widow of a mega-church pastor who rallies to keep both her church and family together after her husband's death. McPartlin plays Congressman Todd Bishop, whose job often keeps him from home. Yeah, I don't see how those things are related either. [Deadline]

... Mariana Klaveno (Devious Maids) has joined the cast of Kevin Williamson's untitled psychological thriller pilot at CBS. She'll star opposite Dylan McDermott as Janice, a detective for the LAPD's Threat Assessment Unit. [THR]


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  • current Mar 07, 2014

    36 hours of Deadwood could lead to a separation in my household, as I 'inadvertently' called 'someone' a cock sucking mother fucker after watching it in bursts last time around.
    Shame the Deadwood movie appears , well, dead.

  • current Mar 07, 2014

    "Isaiah Washington Is Returning to Grey's Anatomy "

    Is he going to have a gay affair?

  • fweak Mar 07, 2014

    Deadwood marathon sounds awesome. I'm going to tune in no matter what. Maybe with some high ratings numbers they'll finally make some new episodes/movie to conclude the series. (wishful thinking)
    Great comments about the Parent's TV Council reaction to the online Reign scenes!

  • Tjsmooth0 Mar 07, 2014

    If James Nesbitt is making something, I will be watching it. Jekyll is masterful.

  • Yaspaa Mar 07, 2014

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  • lalaforever1989 Mar 07, 2014

    Do I have to pay taxes on that big stack on money I'll make?

  • TrevPlatt Mar 07, 2014

    Does anybody else sigh when they read the words "The Parents Television Council"? I wonder how they explain to their children (assuming they actually have children) exactly how they were conceived?
    "lest it cause members' heads to explode" Is that not exactly why we SHOULD tell them?

  • lalaforever1989 Mar 07, 2014

    They also seem to forget that parents can block their kids from seeing all kinds of shit online.

  • TrevPlatt Mar 07, 2014

    Is that a website? "All kinds of shit!" I'm not going to google it, just in case!

    ;)

  • sabrips Mar 07, 2014

    Ha! I made a bet YEARS ago that Isaiah Washington would return... Guess who will make some money?!

  • Larrystrawberry Mar 07, 2014

    Bout time we get a premier date for rectify.To long away,but at least we now know when.

  • tamaabi Mar 07, 2014

    PTC, if only you knew....

  • JasonMelvil Mar 07, 2014

    Oh Kaitlin, that zing about the PTC made my day :)

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