Grey’s Anatomy

Spielberg eyes down under

Steven Spielberg is eyeing up Queensland as the filming location of his new big budget series Terra Nova. The Hollywood heavyweight sang the praises of Australia after shooting war drama The Pacific in Melbourne and is looking at the far North this time to provide the backdrop for his new dinosaur series which is said to cost around $150 million.

Pro-whaling comedian says more on the way

The comedian who duped Breakfast host Paul Henry earlier in the week pretending to be a pro-whaling supporter has sent out a gentle warning of more pranks on the horizon. Guy Williams is a part of C4 show The Jono Project whose goal it was to make it onto a live interview on the rival broadcaster’s news and current affairs show as a joke.

Vinnie Jones lands TV role

British tough guy Vinnie Jones has signed on for his first regular TV role in the new superhero series The Cape. The footballer-turned-actor will play a powerful criminal called Scales whose rare condition causes his body to look as though it is covered in green and gold scales.

Skins “unrealistic”

Teen drama Skins has been voted the most unrealistic representation of student life on TV in a poll carried out by a UK website. The results showed that 67% of those polled agreed that the British series was the most unrealistic with fellow British soap Hollyoaks second and Gossip Girl third.

DeWyze signs record deal

American Idol winner Lee DeWyze has signed a record deal with 19 Recordings/RCA Records. The 24-year-old singer will release his album in spring this year.

Grey’s promotes actress

Grey’s Anatomy has promoted another character to a full-time role with news that Sarah Drew will become a regular next season. Drew plays April on the show and will join the recently promoted Jesse Williams in beefed-up roles in season 7 of the medical drama.

MTV sorry for swearing

MTV execs have apologised for the amount of swearing during the MTV Movie Awards that recently screened on the network. The broadcast which was described as “live with a delay” failed to be clean of objectionable language with a few words sneaking through despite the bleep button taking a pounding throughout the two-hour show.

NZ production good to go

Filming on the New Zealand-based production Spartacus: Blood and Sand has been given the green light once again after lead actor Andy Whitfield was given the all-clear after being diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year. The Australian actor is set to appear before the camera again in October.

Stamos for Glee role

Uncle Jesse himself John Stamos is eying a spot on the Glee cast according to Entertainment Weekly. The ex-Full House actor is currently in talks with producers over appearing on the drama series in a guest role playing Emma’s (Jayma Mays) dentist, whom she may or may not be having a relationship with. Let’s hope common sense will prevail.

Matt Lucas on Glee?

In related news, the latest rumour to hit the net is that Little Britain star Matt Lucas has signed on to make a guest appearance on Glee. The actor is said to be playing a teacher with a hidden passion for musicals. Only time will tell as to whether this one is true or not.

Katy Perry to host awards

Katy Perry has been confirmed as the host of the 2010 Teen Choice Awards. The pop singer will both host and perform at the ceremony which will dish out it’s surfboard trophies to the year’s biggest achievers in television, film, music, sport and fashion.

McConaughey’s new “comedy”

Actor Matthew McConaughey is developing a new comedy series for an American network set in Malibu. With a working title of Kick-Ass Militia, the series will centre on a pair of brothers, one a cult leader the other a survivalist, who share a pad on the beach in the Californian town. The series is written by Meet The Fockers writer Marc Hyman.

Williams Grey’s regular

Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams has been promoted to a series regular for the next season of the medical drama. Williams joined the show in season 6 as Dr. Jackson Avery and has impressed series creator Shonda Rhimes enough to be given a full-time contract.

Entourage movie?

Actor and Entourage producer Mark Wahlberg has said recently that he is determined to make a movie out of the series. Walhberg said in a n interview with MTV that he wants to bring the characters to the big screen and believes fans would react positively to the movie concept.

8:30pm Tuesday, June 8 on TV2

The past comes back to haunt Owen (Kevin McKidd), as he succumbs to his dark side, tonight on Grey’s Anatomy.

When Teddy’s (Kim Raver) cancer patient, Kim (Sara Gilbert, The Big Bang Theory and Roseanne), decides to end her treatment and her life, Teddy turns to Owen for help. However, he reacts angrily and the situation triggers a painful flashback for Owen of his life at war and his past relationship with Teddy in Iraq.

McKidd says he did a lot of research for the role, about what it would be like for a medical soldier in Iraq.

“I did a lot of reading, trying to get into the head space of what those trauma rooms are about on a day-to-day basis, just to kind of differentiate in my head the difference and experience that Owen brings with him.”

McKidd commends the network on running the posttraumatic stress disorder storyline, and says there has been a lot of feedback.

“There’s been really positive feedback. I think people felt it was a bit of a gamble to be really talking about this on the show. And I think it’s been a very positive thing.

“A lot of letters have come in from people who have families who are dealing with the fallout of posttraumatic stress and had to pick up lives and had to carry on.”

Elsewhere, Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) have a difference in opinion on what their future holds when the subject of children comes up, and Richard (James Pickens Jr) tries to adjust to his role as a surgeon.

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Grey’s Anatomy will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘ondemand’ button.

8:30pm Tuesday, May 25 on TV2

When Dr Harper Avery (Chelcie Ross, Horsemen), the namesake of the Avery award, is rushed to Seattle Grace, recovering alcoholic Richard (James Pickens Jr) is forced back into surgery, tonight on Grey’s Anatomy.

Richard’s request for a low stress first day back is overridden, when prestigious Dr Avery arrives at Seattle Grace with abdominal problems. From the old school and unaware of Richard’s recent troubles, he specifically requests Richard to perform the necessary surgery. Derek (Patrick Dempsey) agrees even though he does not think it is a good idea.

Meanwhile, the doctors are surprised to learn that new Mercy West recruit Jackson (Jesse Williams) is the medical legend’s grandson, and Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) help Mark (Eric Dane) and Teddy (Kim Raver) move on from their rocky past relationships.

Tuesday 18 May, 8.30pm on TV2

Catch a glimpse of some Seattle Grace stalwarts as their awkward younger selves, tonight on Grey’s Anatomy.

In his new role as Chief, Derek (Patrick Dempsey) decides to restore the hospital lecture series, and Richard (James Pickens Jr), Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Callie (Sara Ramirez) present to the assembled physicians some pivotal surgical cases from their past. Bailey reflects on her first days at the hospital in far less bombastic form – she started out as a timid resident, and finds herself intimidated by a feisty fellow doctor (played by guest star Missi Pyle, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory). In another lecture, Callie, crippled with nerves at having to speak in public, looks back on a polio case that she and Alex (Justin Chambers) worked on together.

Elsewhere, Richard tells the group about a case he worked on with Meredith’s mother, Ellis (Sarah Paulson, Cupid), when the pair were young residents in the ’80s. They diagnose a patient with one of the first cases of the highly rare and controversial disease GRID – a virus that later came to be renamed AIDS.

Heroes officially axed

Drama series Heroes has officially been axed by its American network NBC. After running for four seasons, the show has been given the boot by its network due to flagging ratings in the third and fourth seasons. Despite premiering strongly in 2006, Heroes suffered badly during the writers strike and subsequently never fully recovered in terms of popularity.

Napoleon Dynamite animated series

US network Fox is developing an animated series based on the 2004 movie Napoleon Dynamite. The majority of the original cast is on board the project including Jon Heder and Efran Ramirez along with the creators Jared and Jerusha Hess.

New series from Grey’s creator

Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice creator Shonda Rhimes is producing a new series called Off The Map which will again be involved in the medical field. The new series centres on a group of US doctors who leave the country to work at a small clinic on a tropical island. Off The Map will feature Jason George (Ben Warren) from the current Grey’s line-up.

New Chuck Lorre series

Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre has a new comedy series in production called Mike and Molly. The series stars Billy Gardell (My Name is Earl) and Melissa McCarthy (Gilmore Girls) as the titular leads who meet at Overeaters Anonymous.

Law & Order cancelled

Long-running series Law & Order has been cancelled by NBC after a run that has spanned two decades. The crime drama series has run for a mammoth 20 seasons since premiering back in 1990 and will go down as the longest-running drama series in television history alongside Gunsmoke. The series’ spinoffs including Law & Order: SVU will continue to run.

Bret Michaels plans TV return

Rocker and TV reality star Bret Michaels is already planning his return to television following the brain haemorrhage he suffered last month. Michaels, a contestant on the American Celebrity Apprentice, has said he plans to return to the show for the finale episode this Sunday as well as make an appearance on Oprah during the week.

Underbelly actor leaves rehab

Underbelly actor Matthew Newton is out of rehab after spending a 28-day period in a Melbourne facility. Newton featured in the second season of the crime drama playing drug lord Terry Clarke alongside kiwi actress Anna Hutchison. The exact reason for his stay at the rehab centre was never made public.

Eurovision winner picked

According to bookies, the favourites to win the 2010 Eurovision song contest are Germany and Azerbaijan. The televised talent competition takes place in Oslo in less than two weeks and with the bookies predicting the 2008 and 2009 competitions correctly, it’s difficult to argue with them.

Name change for Cougar Town?

The creator of Cougar Town would like to change the name of the series as he believes it has moved on too far from its initial premise. Bill Lawrence cited the fact that many people have been put off by the title despite enjoying the content of the show, which has just premiered here on TV2.

Entourage producer’s new show

The producers behind Entourage are planning a new show which would centre on a group of women. Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson are currently developing the concept alongside writers Leah Rachel and Emily Montague which will focus on a group of young women “working and finding romance in LA.”

Cowell lines up X Factor judges

Simon Cowell is reportedly lining up pop star/actress Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony to take the judging roles on his new show The X Factor. The format is already successful in the UK and Cowell is bringing it to the US in order to cash in on the success of American Idol. Mariah Carey is also on Cowell’s list of potential judges.

Power Rangers return

The Power Rangers are set to make a return to television with original producer Haim Saban acquiring the franchise from the Walt Disney Company. The new 20-episode run of the show will now screen on the rival Nickelodeon channel in 2011 as well as re-runs of previous seasons. Disney had tried to distance itself from the series due to complaints over the violent content of the show.

Gandolfini returning to TV

Ex-Sopranos star James Gandolfini is returning to screen in a new HBO TV movie. The Emmy winner will join Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) and Diane Lane on the project which is called Cinema Verite and looks at the making of the 1973 series An American Family. Gandolfini will play the producer of the series.

The end of Heroes?

US network NBC has reportedly decided to cancel Heroes. The network has not confirmed the announcement as yet but insiders are claiming the series has been cut. There was talk recently that a final 130episode run of the show might be produced in order to wrap up the story but this doesn’t look to be the case.

Grey’s/Private Practice crossover planned

Dramas Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice may cross over again with a character from Grey’s appearing on the spin-off series. Derek’s (Patrick Dempsey) sister Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) is a possibility to appear on Private Practice in an extended role and executive producer Shonda Rhimes has said there is also talk that Derek, Amelia and their mum will appear on one show.

 

FlashForward close to cancellation

Drama series FlashForward is reportedly close to cancellation in the US due to poor ratings. Despite performing well overseas, the American series is not hitting the mark stateside and ABC is said to be thinking of axing it. Fans will know next week as to the future of the show.

New series to be shot in NZ

A prequel to swords and sandals series Spartacus: Blood and Sand is set to start production in New Zealand this winter. The six-part series will star Lucy Lawless and John Hannah and focus on the rise of the House of Batiatus and its champions before Spartacus. Meanwhile, the second season of Spartacus has been delayed due to star Andy Whitfield’s cancer diagnosis.

Burn Notice gains Reynolds

Burt Reynolds has signed on to appear in Burn Notice next season. The 74-year-old will take on the role of a former CIA operative who has since retired alongside series regular Michael Western (Jeffrey Donovan). The upcoming season of Burn Notice hits American screens this June.

NZNTM wants more Maori models

Producers of the second cycle of New Zealand’s Next Top Model are urging more Maori women to apply for the show. With auditions being held next month around the country, producer have said they would love to see more Maori models auditioning as they believe they would have better opportunities overseas due to their “special New Zealand look”.

Cast additions to True Blood

Several new faces will appear on the next season of vampire series True Blood with Lara Pulver and Michael Steger confirmed as series regulars. British actress Pulver will play Sookies’s fairy godmother Claudine while 90210’s Steger will feature as a gay prostitute named Tony. The pair join Alfie Woodard and Ugly Betty’s Grant Bowler as newbies for the next season.

US remake Skins

MTV has ordered a US remake of hit UK teen series Skins. As with the UK original, the remake will utilise unknown talent and young writers on the staff in order to keep the show as close to the original as possible. There will be, however, an overhaul of character names.

New additions to Jersey Shore

The next season of MTV reality series Jersey Shore will feature several new characters. It has been reported that the new faces will make their appearance halfway through the season. The original cast will still headline the show which is currently filming scenes down in Miami before returning to their usual beach haunt of Seaside Heights in New Jersey.

The Office star on new series

The Office star Mackenzie Crook, who played office weirdo Gareth alongside Ricky Gervais’s David Brent, has signed on for a new BBC crime drama. The six-part series entitled Accused will feature Crook and fellow Brit Christopher Eccleston along with four other headlining actors. Each episode of the series will focus on how one of the men came to be in court.

Astronaut to host WWE

Ex-American astronaut Buzz Aldrin will guest host an episode of WWE Raw in Canada. Aldrin, who headed to the moon alongside Neil Armstrong, has been all over TV recently after featuring in the American version of Dancing With The Stars. When he hosts the two-hour wrestling special he will appear under his official WWE name ‘Rocket Hero’.

Grey’s actress in new role

Grey’s Anatomy actress Sandra Oh has signed on to a new British crime drama. Oh, who plays Cristina Yang on the medical series, will take a lead role in Thorne: Scaredy Cat, an adaptation of a Mark Billingham novel which focuses on the Metropolitan Police as they investigate a number of murders in London.

 

8:30pm Tuesday, April 27 on TV2

Katherine Heigl checks out of Grey’s Anatomy tonight, in the star’s final appearance on the show that made her a household name.

Over the course of the show’s six seasons, Izzie Stephens (Heigl) has had a rough ride: falling in love and becoming engaged to a patient, Denny Duquette (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who later died in her arms; being diagnosed with incurable cancer; marrying on-again-off-again love interest Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) in the midst of her cancer treatment, before then dying on the operating table herself; being revived, and cured – but then fired from her job after the hospital merger.

Now, Izzie is back in Seattle, and wants to reconcile with Alex, who she left after feeling he was partly responsible for the loss of her job. How will he react to her reappearance now?

One thing is certain – whatever happens between Alex and Izzie, she won’t be returning to Seattle Grace’s operating rooms after tonight.

“I am done,” Heigl tells Entertainment Weekly. “We just finalised our agreement. Everyone had been working really hard to find an amicable and gracious way of letting go and moving on. It’s sad but it’s what I wanted.”

Heigl’s absence this season has been due to her film commitments, as well as a three-month maternity leave which she took to bond with her newly-adopted daughter, Naleigh.

It’s the latter which Heigl insists is the reason for her departure from the hit medical drama.

“I started a family and it changed everything for me,” says Heigl. “It changed my desire to work full-time.”

“I know I’m disappointing the fans,” she continues. “I just had to make a choice. I hope I made the right one.”

Elsewhere in tonight’s show, Derek (Patrick Dempsey) confronts Richard (James Pickens Jr) after learning about his drinking problem, and tensions run high between Teddy (Kim Raver), Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) in the aftermath of Cristina’s startling confession.

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Grey’s Anatomy will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘ondemand’ button.

Tuesday 20 April, 8.30 – 10.30pm on TV2

A desperate Mark (Eric Dane) seeks out Addison’s (Kate Walsh) help for his pregnant daughter who risks losing her baby, in thrilling crossover episodes on Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice tonight.

Mark flies Addison to Seattle Grace to attend to his pregnant daughter, Sloan (Leven Rambin, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), who’s unborn baby faces life-threatening danger. However it is a complicated procedure, which leads to a decision for Mark and Sloan to return to Oceanside Wellness with Addison.

Elsewhere in Seattle Grace, Owen questions Teddy’s (Kim Raver, Lipstick Jungle) motives when she assigns Cristina (Sandra Oh) the lead on a complicated surgery, and Derek’s (Patrick Dempsey) suspicions are raised when the Chief (James Pickens Jr) recruits Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) to assist with a high profile operation.

In Private Practice, while Addison goes into surgery on Sloan again, Dell (Chris Lowell) and Naomi (Audra McDonald) struggle to raise their children under the same roof, and Violet (Amy Brenneman) and Cooper (Paul Adelstein) heatedly disagree on how to treat a patient.