Over the next few months, we’ll see new series soar, old series sour, and so much Jersey Shore madness, we’ll want to shower. Let’s face it: The Fall TV season is intimidating. With dozens of new and returning shows hitting our small screens, we know we have some big choices to make. So, to help you determine what to watch, we’re digging deep into the most notable series premiering this season. Where did each show leave off? Where is it headed? And who should you watch it with? Next up is ABC's returning melodrama Grey's Anatomy, which is somehow still on the air and pulling in dedicated viewers even though it has jumped every shark (and tiger) known to mankind.
Returning Series: Grey's Anatomy
Premiere Date: Thursday, Sept. 27 at 9pm ET
Number of Seasons On the Air: This will be the ninth season for Grey's.
You’d Like It If…: You've watched it from the beginning and are fully committed to the cause — no amount of bombings and shootings and gigantic sink holes can keep you away from Meredith and the Seattle Grace gang. Also, if you love smokin' hot (even if they're aging) doctors and cheesy catchphrases. If you have a "person."
You’d Hate It If…: You prefer your medical dramas to be realistic of if you think that it's impossible to come back from the dead; once you drown, that's it.
Grey's Anatomy's Formula: (General Hospital + ER - George Clooney) tequila
Ratings: Eleven million viewers tuned in for the Season 8 finale, so we can most likely count on big numbers for the premiere. Eveyone's gotta know who will survive the crash!
Where Grey's Anatomy Left Off: In last season's penultimate episode, Dr.s Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh), Mark Sloan (Eric Dane), and Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) boarded a plane bound for Boise, Idaho, where they would perform surgery to separate conjoined twins. The plane crashes, leaving everyone gravely injured. In the finale, Lexie dies immediately after Mark professes his love to her. Just before the credits roll, we learn that Mark is bleeding internally and may be on the brink of death as well. Other, less dire (and yet somehow equally dramatic) loose ends include whether Cristina and her husband Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) will be able to work things out following his affair, and if April Kepner (Sarah Drew) will be able to find a job after failing her surgical board exams.
Where Grey's Is Headed: Before the crash, our gang was about to go their separate ways for new job opportunities. Meredith and Derek were off to Harvard, Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) had just snagged a dream job at Johns Hopkins, and Cristina plans to leave for Mayo Clinic. But could the crash wind up keeping everyone in Seattle? And will their injuries — I'm most worried about Derek's mangled hand — even allow them to continue working as surgeons? Whatever happens, the show's main characters (with the exception of Eric Dane, spurring rumors that he doesn't make it through the premiere) have all signed on for two more seasons.
Accolades: Lots. Grey's and its actors has been nominated for 38 Primetime Emmy Awards since its inception, but has only walked away the victor four times: Casting Directors Linda Lowy & John Brace snagged Outstanding Casting in a Drama Series in 2006, Katherine Heigl walked away with Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama in 2007, the show won for Outstanding Makeup in 2010, and Loretta Devine received a trophy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama in 2011.
Who To Watch It With: You college BFFs (for old times' sake) or your cat.
Who Not to Watch It With: Someone who works in the medical profession.
Things you're bound to hear: "You're my person." "Seriously?!" "Mc[Insert Word Here]."
Appropriate Wine and Cheese Pairing: Drown your Seattle Grace woes with a nice bottle — one bottle per viewer — of blood red Pinot Noir and some sharp, but slightly aged, cheddar. But if that's not doing it for you, grab some tequila and drink it right out of the bottle, preferably while dancing on your coffee table.
What You’re Most Likely to Yell at the Screen: “That would never happen!" "Kiss her/him already!" "Take the job!" "Is that even a real disease?!" "Ewwwww!"
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Dempsey has led the cast of the hit TV medical drama for eight seasons, but his contract expired this month (May12) and he recently admitted he was unsure about continuing his role as top neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd as he also wanted to pursue his passion for car racing and build on his film career.
He said, "The question is will I do a full season, a half season or come back at all? There are a lot of things I'd like to do: racing, films... so if I'm able to balance all those things and continue on with the show, why not?"
And producers appear to have bowed to his requests to accommodate his busy schedule - Dempsey has signed on until 2014.
Breaking the news to fans on his Twitter.com blog, he writes, "Looks like two more years on Grey's".
News of the contract renewal came on Thursday (10May12), as his fellow leading castmembers Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers and Chandra Wilson also followed suit.
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Ah, the "What might have been?" episode. It's a popular one in television. Friends did it. Community did it. And now Grey's Anatomy is doing it. In a February episode of the ABC series, characters will entertain fantasies of "what life would be like" given a slew of hypothetical circumstances. As the scenarios play out, we might be seeing a few familiar faces of Grey's Anatomy past: specifically, one Kate Walsh, who was a former series regular as Dr. Addison Montgomery, ex-wife of Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). Walsh will find her way back on set, thanks to the dreamed up scenario wherein her character and Derek are still dating. In other words, shippers will have one more episode to rejoice the duo's romance. Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. -TVLine
In other news about main characters' loved ones returning to the screen, Chuck will be welcoming back Linda Hamilton for its series finale. Hamilton has played the hero Chuck Bartowski's (Zachary Levi) mother, Mary, in a storyline that producer Chris Fedak refused to talk about, telling TVGuide, "If I said anything, I'd be ruining too many good spoilers. Chuck's two-hour season finale airs Friday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. -TVGuide
Good Christian Belles, ABC's upcoming comedy (generally being referred to as GCB) has roped in two guest stars. The first is Sheryl Crow, who will play herself on the show's fifth episode, playing a guest star at the series-centric church social. Queen-of-the-guest-stars Sandra Bernhard, who is also renowned for her great work on Roseanne and The L Word, will also be stepping onto the GCB set, in an undisclosed role. GCB will debut Mar. 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.-TVGuide
Mengers was surrounded by friends, including actress Ali MacGraw and Joanna Poitier, wife of Sidney Poitier, when she passed away at her home in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday (15Oct11).
During her career, Mengers also advised stars such as Sir Michael Caine, Faye Dunaway and Cybill Shepherd, and several of her former clients have paid tribute to her.
MacGraw says, "I loved Sue Mengers unequivocally and her passing marks the end of a most glorious era. There will never be another Sue Mengers."
In a post on her Twitter.com page, Kathy Griffin writes, "RIP Sue Mengers, Hollywood original & true female role model. Thx (thanks) 4 (sic) the great dinners. Each 1 (sic) was a 'once in a lifetime'."
Actress/comedienne Sandra Bernhard adds, "Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of super agent Sue Mengers my agent for two years one of the greats in the Hollywood glory days."
Disney is on a roll in the wake of the success of both the Pixar animated Up and the Sandra Bullock romantic comedy The Proposal, as the Jerry Bruckheimer produced animal action-adventure exceeds expectations and rockets to number one with $32,152,000. A great marketing campaign and a premise that had people scratching their heads while simultaneously grabbing the family and rushing to the theatre, the film became an instant PG-rated family-friendly hit.
At number two is Warner Bros. juggernaut Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince which drops to second place with $30 million in its second weekend of release and has already amassed a magical $221.8 million in just 12 days of release at the domestic box-office.
In third with $27 million for the weekend is Sony’s The Ugly Truth which posted the highest per-theatre average ($9,368) of any movie in the Top 10 and proves once again the power of the female audience at the box-office. With a modest reported budget of around $38 million, the Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler R-rated romantic comedy will be another winner for the studio.
In fourth is the R-rated horror scare-fest Orphan. The Warner Bros. film earned $12.8 million against a modest budget and thus successfully used the strategy of keeping the cost factor and the star power low, while delivering an effective genre film with a great marketing campaign for a nice ultimate return on investment.
Rounding out the Top 5 is Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs from Fox which continues to be a summer favorite after a month of release dropping only 53% and grabbing another $8.2 million and a domestic total at just over $170 million.
Notable news outside of the Top 5 includes Paramount’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen which is nearing the $400 million mark in domestic receipts an now stands at $379.1 million after 5 weeks in release. In addition, Warner Bros. The Hangover continues to be the Summer season “go to” comedy with another $6.5 million and a cumulative domestic total of an impressive $247.1 million.
On the Indie front, Fox Searchlight has another hit on its hands with (500) Days of Summer adding 58 theatres to good effect with the highest per-theatre average in the Top 12 of $19,176. This audience and critic’s favorite looks to capitalize on the momentum it has created as it expands in the coming weeks. Summit’s The Hurt Locker also continues its strong run with another 144 theatres added to the mix as this, possibly the best reviewed film of the year thus far, adds an additional $1.5 million, jumps up 97% over last weekend and finds its cumulative domestic total at an explosive $4 million.
On the down side, we have had three consecutive “down” weekends at the box-office as comparisons to last year’s “Dark Knight” fueled bonanza are making it tough on this year’s summer revenues. Our “Transformers” boosted 5% summer revenue advantage of three weeks ago has now dwindled to virtually dead-even as the summer box-office tug-of-war vs. last year continues. Year-to-date revenue still robust with a 8% advantage over 2008 at this point. The home stretch of summer looms as we approach the final month of August and another 5 weeks or so to wring out a summer box-office record.
THREE DAY ESTIMATES:
1. NEW! G-Force (Disney), $32.1M, 3697 theaters, $8,697 PTA; $32,152,000 cume (3 day gross)
2. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Warner Bros) $30M, 4325 theaters, $6,936 PTA; -61%; $221,834,000 cume
3. The Ugly Truth ( Sony/Columbia) $27M 2882 theaters, $9,368 PTA, $27,000,000 cume
4. Orpan (Warner Bros.), $12.7M, 2750 theaters, $4,644 PTA; $12,770,000 cume
5. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Fox) $8.2M, 3300 theaters, $2,485 PTA, -53%, $171,290,671 cume
6. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Paramount/D'Works) $8M, 3237 theaters, $2,471 PTA, -42%, $379,090,000 cume
7. The Hangover (Warner Bros.) $6.4M, 2285 theaters, $2,829 PTA, -21% $247,077,000 cume
8. The Proposal (Disney)$6.4M, 2779 theaters, $2,311 PTA, -23%, $140,086,000 cume
9. Public Enemies (Universal) $4.1M, 2291 theaters, $1,820 PTA, -46%, $88,095,850 cume
10. Bruno (Universal) $2.7M, 1895 theaters $1,435 PTA, -67%, $56,515,845 cume
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