Rhimes to Put Fun Back Into "Grey's Anatomy"
AUGUST 12, 2007: "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes has promised to bring her award-winning medical drama back to its fun roots after an unsettling third season took a darker journey into death and infidelity alienating some viewers in the process.
In an interview with Associated Press, the star TV producer says that every single show on television that people love to watch experiences a moment when suddenly fans begin to disagree with the creative direction of the show and that happened to "Grey's Anatomy" in the second half of its third season.
Rhimes does however hope true fans will stick with the show and continue to watch it grow and change. She still insists the writers moved into direction they had originally planned to move into and some of the backlash may have been brought about by the behind-the-scenes incident involving Isaiah Washington.
As for Washington who was fired from ABC's blockbuster Thursday night series for using a homophobic slur twice, Rhimes wished him all the best in his future work including his stint on NBC's freshman drama "Bionic Woman."
"I hope [Bionic Woman] does well," she said "but not as well as 'Private Practice'," referring to "Grey's Anatomy" spin-off series which will air in the same timeslot as "Bionic Woman," Wednesday at 9/8c on ABC.
As for "Grey's Anatomy," Chyler Leigh joins the show as Meredith's sister Lexi, a new intern Seattle Grace, but as TV Guide reports don't expect her to fall into McDreamy's arms. At least not iimmediately.
The last thing "Grey's Anatomy" needs is a disaster storyline of Gizzie proportions.