Focus Groups Kill Gizzie
JULY 11, 2007: There are many fans of Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight out there. But as far as their "Grey's Anatomy" characters being a couple? Not that many. For this reason, you should be happy to hear one of the most hated couplings on prime-time television may have run its course.
According to TV Guide, the producers of the ABC Studio-produced "Grey's Anatomy" which is shortly about to go into production of the 4th season have conducted a focus group research to find out how fans of the show feel about the recent storyline that saw good friends and colleagues George and Izzy become lovers.
Over 95% of the 200 people involved responded negatively, and although nothing is certain, it appears the storyline is as good as dead, and the cheating George may be getting back together with his wife Callie. Of course, had the producers paid any attention to the Internet, they would have realized that a lot sooner.
Heavily dependent on ratings and advertising income, network television rarely allows for creative decisions that may hurt a timeslot's income, especially such a coveted spot as Thursday at 9 p.m., a premier piece of prime-time real-estate filled with expensive movie studio advertising for films opening the following day.
For this reason, the drama creator and head writer Shonda Rhimes may be forced to cut the unpopular storyline. And if Isaiah Washington's pompous claims of conspiracy of T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigl are any true - there goes T.R.'s plan to make his George more of an exciting dramatic bed-hopping leading man.