ABC talks Heigl, Leno, Katie

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The American Broadcasting Company, or ABC to you laypeople out there, is currently holding court at the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles, and as is tradition, some nuggets of information were dropped on the assembled press.

Network president Stephen McPherson was of course asked by the media about the volatile Katherine Heigl situation on Grey's Anatomy, which stemmed from comments made by the actress that were taken as a slight on the drama's writers. According to McPherson, not only is Heigl sticking around the show (creator Shonda Rhimes was rumored to be mulling killing her character off), but her character will be an integral part to next season's storyline. Heigl's camp has been quiet on the situation since it developed, perhaps learning a lesson from her previous comments.

The question of where Jay Leno will end up following his departure from the The Tonight Show has been kicked around a lot lately (Leno is set to replaced by Conan O'Brien next year). After his presentation, McPherson told a mass of reporters congregated around him that Leno would be welcome at ABC and that he would make a great team with current ABC late-night man Jimmy Kimmel.

Apparently Katie Holmes is still alive. The Dawson's Creek alum and wife of the diminutive Tom Cruise is heading back to television with a guest spot on ABC's Eli Stone. Speaking with TV.com, Eli actresses Loretta Devine and Julie Gonzalo (editor's note: meow!) spilled the news during an interview and said that she'll be on for an upcoming episode. As with many other characters on the show, Holmes is rumored to do a bit of singing and dancing.

Finally, ABC Family announced that Secret Life of an American Teenager was picked up for an additional 13 episodes, which is a good thing because star Shailene Woodley, who plays the pregnant Amy, told TV.com that she'll only be 18 weeks pregnant when the initial order ends. Let's see that kid pop out!

Also announced today were the season premieres of Greek (August 26) and Lincoln Heights (September 16).

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