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Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 1:46PM EST
A scientific study of 269 Grey's Anatomy episodes found that the medical drama gives a distorted view of patient care
In a "duh" study published Monday in the journal Trauma Surgery & Acute Care, two physicians and a nurse practitioner from St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix reviewed all 269 episodes from the first 12 seasons of Grey's Anatomy. For the 290 patients who appeared on those episodes, they calculated an Injury Severity Score for each patient, based on their injuries and length of stay in the hospital. They then compared those results with real-life patients. Their conclusion? “The balancing act between the presentation of the realistic and the dramatic can actually result in a skewed perception of reality among television viewers,” the researchers found.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:12PM EST
The Top 50 Grey's Anatomy couples, ranked
Are Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd No. 1?
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 5:44PM EST
Netflix is looking like a "parallel TV universe" following the Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes deals
Netflix has been considered everything from an online-video platform to a network to a cable channel. "The Murphy and Rhimes deals suggest something else: It’s an entire parallel TV universe, and it’s still expanding," says James Poniewozik. "Think of Netflix as the Upside Down in its sci-fi series Stranger Things. By this I don’t mean that it’s a nefarious or dangerous force. But it is a kind of alternative TV dimension, overlaying and replicating the known world of traditional television, that tries to acquire one of everything that exists in the universe of TV." Poniewozik says his first instinct was to liken Netflix to cable. But cable channels have brands. They have specialties and sensibilities to cater to a specific audience. "Netflix doesn’t have that; in fact, it is specifically anti-that," he says. "Its brand is 'stuff that you like to watch on TV.' It developed a vast library of reruns, and with that, a proprietary trove of data on who likes to watch what and how much. Then it made more of that, or bought it. If you liked 30 Rock, here’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. If you liked Damages, here’s Bloodline."
- FX responds to Ryan Murphy's Netflix deal, points to its deep bench of shows its "very successful track record of identifying and developing talented writers"
- Who's next? Will Kurt Sutter, Donald Glover and Noah Hawley also bail on FX?
- Losing Murphy and Rhimes deals a blow to a Disney's planned rival streaming service
- What the Netflix deal means for each of Ryan Murphy's shows, from 9-1-1 to American Horror Story
- Rhimes and Murphy's Netflix deals should put traditional networks on alert
- Netflix's poaching of Murphy could change TV for good
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
Check out Scandal-How to Get Away with Murder crossover photos
There's a lot of handshaking featured in the crossover photos.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
Watch the first footage of the Scandal-How to Get Away with Murder crossover event
Tony Goldwyn will direct Scandal’s hour of the crossover, titled “Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself.” How to Get Away with Murder’s hour will be called “Lahey v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” ALSO: Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 are also doing a crossover on March 1.
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 6:30PM EST
Thomas Lennon is headed to Shondaland
The Reno 911! alum will guest on Shonda Rhimes’ For the People, playing a “self-made vigilante.”
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
Shonda Rhimes calls on the entertainment industry to stop saying “Smart Strong Women” and “Strong Female Leads”
“There are no Dumb Weak Women,” she tweeted. “A smart strong woman is just a WOMAN. Also? ‘Women’ are not a TV trend — we’re half the planet.”
Posted Sunday 1/28/18 at 3:52AM EST
Reese Witherspoon has become a big-time TV producer thanks to the massive Emmy success of Big Little Lies
Since Big Little Lies won eight Emmy Awards last September, Witherspoon has made deals to produce three TV series for Apple — including one she’s starring in with Jennifer Aniston — and her Hello Sunshine production company has potential series in the running at ABC and NBC. “It opened a lot of doors for me,” Witherspoon says of the massive Emmy victory in an interview with the New York Times. “People wanted to be in business with me as a producer in the TV space. My mission was to create television for other women, for other female storytellers that are actresses, other directors and other writers. I think it just clicked in people’s minds.” The Times’ John Koblin says Witherspoon’s TV producing work “puts her in the company of series creators like Dick Wolf, Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.” “Reese has been very smart about what she wants to do," says Rhimes. "She has leveraged her power in a very smart way to get big projects done. She knows what she’s doing.”
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 1:32PM EST
How will the Scandal-How to Get Away with Murder crossover handle Liza Wei’s two different roles?
Weil, whose Scandal character was killed off early on, will not be part of the crossover.
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 3:37PM EST
Grey’s Anatomy spinoff finally has a title — Station 19
Executive producer Paris Barclay revealed on Twitter the title of the firefighter-themed spinoff. The spinoff, set at Seattle Fire Station 19 in the Grey’s universe, will follow Jason George’s Dr. Ben Warren as he becomes a firefighter. Station 19 premieres on March 29 as part of ABC's TGIT lineup.
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 4:39PM EST
Viola Davis on working with Kerry Washington: “It was black girl magic on steroids!”
Here’s your first look at Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating in a scene from the Scandal-How to Get Away with Murder crossover event.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 4:02PM EST
Ellen Pompeo’s “astonishingly candid” interview exposes Hollywood’s misogyny when it comes to equal pay
The Grey’s Anatomy star’s chat with The Hollywood Reporter is “surprising in that few performers of any gender have ever been this frank and this specific about the terms of their salaries and negotiations,” says Kevin Fallon. He adds: “Speaking with the candor, not to mention shrugging profanity, that gave Pompeo line-cutting passes to the VIP section of the ‘Celebrities We All Want to Grab Drinks With’ party, she reveals her ambitions as an actor (more specifically, her lack thereof), the neglect of male allies, the bleak reality for women in Hollywood, and the explicit notion that because she’s a woman she didn’t deserve an excessive payday—despite being the lead of her show. At a time when gender pay equity is one of the more visible lightning bolts in the thunder storm of industry conversations about the treatment of women and minorities, Pompeo just became Zeus of the cause. (And if former Grey’s co-star Patrick Dempsey gets a little electrocuted in the aftermath, well, bitch should’ve aligned himself with the Goddess Pompzeus when he had the chance.)”
- Even if you couldn’t care less about Grey’s Anatomy, Pompeo’s interview is worth reading
- Pompeo offers some frank salary advice for women
- Pompeo reminds women that it’s empowering and important to have a woman (like Shonda Rhimes) in your corner
- Actors everywhere, take note: This is how you do an interview
- 10 remarkably candid quotes from Pompeo’s interview
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 10:38AM EST
Ellen Pompeo signs $20 million deal to stay with Grey’s Anatomy two more seasons, reveals how Patrick Dempsey affected past negotiations
Pompeo’s new deal will make her TV’s highest-paid drama actress and keep her on the ABC series for Seasons 15 and 16 while also making her a producer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she’ll make “$575,000 per episode, along with a seven-figure signing bonus and two full backend equity points on the series, estimated to bring in another $6 million to $7 million. She also will get a producing fee plus backend on this spring's Grey's spinoff as well as put pilot commitments and office space for her Calamity Jane production company on Disney's Burbank lot.” In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about her new deal, Pompeo recalled her past battles for pay: “For me, Patrick (Dempsey) leaving the show (in 2015) was a defining moment, deal-wise,” she said. “They could always use him as leverage against me — ‘We don't need you; we have Patrick’ — which they did for years. I don't know if they also did that to him, because he and I never discussed our deals. There were many times where I reached out about joining together to negotiate, but he was never interested in that. At one point, I asked for $5,000 more than him just on principle, because the show is Grey's Anatomy and I'm Meredith Grey. They wouldn't give it to me. And I could have walked away, so why didn't I? It's my show; I'm the number one. I'm sure I felt what a lot of these other actresses feel: Why should I walk away from a great part because of a guy? You feel conflicted but then you figure, ‘I’m not going to let a guy drive me out of my own house. So, what does it look like when he leaves the show? First, it looks like a ratings spike, and I had a nice chuckle about that. But the truth is, the ink wasn't even dry on his exit papers before they rushed in a new guy”: Martin Henderson.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 2:44PM EST
Oprah to interview Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera, Shonda Rhimes and more on their Time’s Up initiative
Natalie Portman and Tracee Ellis Ross will also be part of Oprah Winfrey’s discussion on sexual harassment in Hollywood this weekend on CBS Sunday Morning.
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 5:52PM EST
Shonda Rhimes says her move to Netflix doesn’t mean she’s abandoning her ABC shows
“I think there’s a misconception,” Rhimes said at the TV press tour. “We’re already at Netflix and we’re on ABC. Our deal with Netflix already began. It’s not like we’re going to pack our bags and take some boxes and march some place else at a set time. We’re here. We have five shows at ABC. We’re developing another. We’re really happy where we are…It’s not as if we’re going anywhere. It’s like saying I have five kids and I’m going to leave and go someplace else. It’s not as if there’s a separation date or something.”