Friday, June 08, 2007

Renewals and firings at “Grey’s Anatomy”: T.R. Knight will be back next season, but Isaiah Washington has been fired. The long overdue dismissal is said to be in part due to Washington’s “homophobic slur scandal”, which has cast a shadow on the whole production. The season finale of “Grey’s” left Washington’s character with a convenient exit which could have been undone if Washington had remained with the show. All in all, good riddance.

Katherine Heigel is still in negotiations, but I think her success in “Knocked Up” may give her more leverage. After watching “Knocked Up”, I was please to see that I enjoy Katherine as an actress, and it’s just her character on “Grey’s” who irritates me.

While the season finale of "Heroes" left the fate of Nathan and Peter Petrelli up in the air, a clue to next season may have flown into Toronto, as Adrian Pasdar (Nathan) was present at Global's fall TV launch announcements. The Star reports that when asked if he died in the season finale, he replied with a hurried “Apparently not!”

Most of the cast of HBO’s 2001 – 2005 hit “Six Feet Under” will be back on T.V. screens next fall:

Peter Krause (Nate Fisher) is starring in “Dirty Filthy Money”. He plays a lawyer who inherits his father’s clients, a rich family who routinely ends up either in the tabloids or jail.

Rachel Griffiths (Brenda Chenowith) continues in a starring role on the hit "Brothers & Sisters".

Michael C. Hall (David Fisher) stars in Showtime's "Dexter", which from all accounts is an excellent show. I’m planning on picking up the DVDs and watching this summer.

Lauren Ambrose (Claire Fisher) co-stars in the Fox comedy "The Return of Jezebel James", with Parker Posey as her sister. This is the new show from Amy Palladino, and all accounts are that it’s promising, provided they ditch the laugh track.

Jeremy Sisto (Billy Chenowith) trades in his big bag of crazy for a badge as he joins "Law & Order" as Jesse Martin’s new partner. This is excellent news, as Jeremy is a great talent (like the rest of the Six Feet cast). I still get shudders when I think of his work as Billy and his amateur tattoo removal antics. Jeremy was a standout of a strong cast in last season’s “Kidnapped”, which was cancelled by NBC.

And I’m not taking the odds, but things appear to be taking a fatal turn for Tony going into the final episode of “The Sopranos” this weekend. Alan Sepinwall counts his Top Ten Sopranos episodes, and he doesn’t go for some obvious picks.

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