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The Hollywood Reporter / September 29, 2016 6:00am PT / by Lesley Goldberg
Sandra Oh Plots TV Return With ABC's 'American Crime' (Exclusive)
The 'Grey's Anatomy' grad will return to ABC with a recurring role on the John Ridley anthology.
Sandra Oh is returning to the small screen.
More than two years after exiting Grey's Anatomy, Oh is returning to TV — and ABC — with a guest role on John Ridley anthology American Crime.
Season three of the drama is set in Alamance County, North Carolina, and explores labor issues and economic divides in addition to individual rights. Oh will have a recurring role and play Abby Tanaka, a social worker who runs a local shelter dedicated to housing victims of domestic abuse in the face of community indifference.
She joins fellow American Crime stars set to return for season three including Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Regina King, Lili Taylor, Richard Cabral and Connor Jessup. Ridley and Michael McDonald exec produce the ABC Studios drama. American Crime returns in 2017. A premiere date has not yet been announced.For Oh, the role marks her TV follow-up to Shonda Rhimes' Grey's Anatomy, where she was one of the medical drama's original stars. Oh was written out in the season 10 finale after a 10-year run as prickly doctor Cristina Yang. She earned five supporting actress Emmy nominations for the role and took home a Golden Globe in 2006 for the part.
Since exiting Grey's, Oh has focused on feature films including Catfight and Window Horses, the latter of which she produced, as well as theater, with roles including Julia Cho's Office Hour at the South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, Calif. She is repped by UTA, Principal Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.
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Grey's Anatomy's Camilla Luddington Discusses Jo and Alex's "Complicated" Future
by Liz Raftery | Sep 29, 2016 10:09 AM EDT
Has the final nail been hammered into the Jolex coffin on Grey's Anatomy?
In last week's Season 13 premiere, Alex (Justin Chambers) and Jo (Camilla Luddington) had a brutal conversation in the halls of Grey Sloan, during which Alex essentially told Jo that she's incapable of loving someone due to her upbringing -- this after he beat up the man he (incorrectly) believed Jo was sleeping with. So, suffice to say, their relationship is at a minimum on hold, at least for the time being.
This week, we'll continue to see Alex grappling with the fact that his career hangs in the balance. But where does Jo go from here?
TVGuide.com chatted with Luddington about how Jo continues to deal with the aftermath of Alex's actions, whether there's any hope for them to get back together and when, if ever, we'll find out Jo's backstory.
Now that Webber's (James Pickens Jr.) convinced Jo to stay at Grey Sloan, what can we expect from her this week?
Luddington: In [this] week's episode, Jo is kind of dealing with coming out of the aftermath of all of the drama that happened with the fight in the hospital. ... Everyone is talking about it and talking about her and DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti), and it's a big topic of conversation, and she feels very isolated. I think she's just looking for anyone to lean on, and she doesn't really have anyone. ... Also, people are choosing sides, and you see that happen. So, I think it's kind of a polarizing time within Grey Sloan.
It looks like Alex is going to go to court on Thursday's episode. Does Jo play any role in supporting him through this ordeal?
Luddington: Yes, you see Alex have to go to court, and obviously the outcome of that will possibly change his career. ... Jo does go. She wants to be present for many different reasons that you find out in this episode, [but] she really feels very torn. ... In the last episode, she does go and try and talk to Alex, but he shut her down in a way that was so brutal to her that I think that she's even more heartbroken than she was in the finale of last year.
That conversation between them was pretty hard to watch.
Luddington: It was hard for us to do! It was hard for us to film.
What was Jo feeling in that moment? She seems to just freeze up rather than clarifying things with Alex.
Luddington: I think in that moment she wanted to really clear up what had happened that night, and then maybe get to [telling him about her past] at some point. But I think his reaction to all of this doesn't bode well for her telling him the truth. They know each other so well that he knows exactly how to drive the knife in, and that is the one thing that would be the most hurtful to her, is to make out that her past means that she is not capable of love or commitment. It's hard because I don't even know if Alex really believed that. I think that he was, in that moment, just himself so hurt, confused, angry, that he's going to the lowest low he can think of. But now I think it's shut her down. I'm not sure what it will take for her to open up and ever tell him now.
I think there are two reasons she wanted to go to the hospital in the last episode. ... She tried initially, obviously, to [explain things to] Alex and it didn't work. But I also think she came to the hospital to make sure that DeLuca wasn't the one that delivered any news about her past, and if it ever came out it was going to be on her terms with her telling her boyfriend.
What's your take on why Jo didn't tell Alex the truth about her past in the first place?
Luddington: This storyline's been really interesting to me, because I haven't seen my Twitter erupt in such a way in the four and a bit years I've been on the show than with this particular storyline. Because some people are blaming Jo and some people are blaming Alex, and wondering why she didn't tell him. I think ... she didn't tell him because she thought that he might have a knee-jerk reaction, and that it might make her situation with her past worse, and therefore dangerous for both of them. You guys have been able to see that he didn't just sock DeLuca a couple times. DeLuca almost lost his sight. It was so brutal.
Will we, the audience, learn about Jo's backstory, even if Alex doesn't?
Luddington: We're still so early into filming episodes. It feels like we haven't even really dived in yet to this season and we're really dealing with the initial aftermath of the fight. I hope that once we get into the season we do learn more about that. I think that, when the writers do open Pandora's box in that way, things just happen to spill out. So my hope is that yes, but I can't confirm anything.
Now that she's seen such violent behavior from Alex, would Jo even want to get back together with him?
Luddington: This is why this is so complicated, and when I said earlier that I think she's really torn, she's torn about so many elements over this. And one of them is definitely that she has been a victim of physical abuse, and she saw a side of him when he reacted so badly that he abused someone, basically. ... So I think that's very confusing to her, and I think that she's going to spend a lot of this season unraveling how she feels about him now, how he feels about her, how she feels about different people, how she feels about the fight, if she feels like she can trust people. It's not even any more that she can't tell Alex about the past. Now the fight has just added this completely crazy other layer to it, where it does remind her of things that have happened to her in the past. And she cannot separate it.
We see that Jo also has a conversation with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) in Thursday's episode. What can you tell us about that?
Luddington: I think she's known for a really long time that relationship [between Meredith and Alex] is extremely close. [Laughs] I mean, they've had problems in the past with maybe boundaries being pushed a little bit. So, I don't think that she's surprised that Meredith would be on Alex's side. I think that she expects it. I think the trouble for her is that Alex is a loved attending, and she is a new resident, and it's been hard for her to make relationships really other than Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton). When people are taking sides, and there's rumors, of course, going around the hospital, it's hard for her to feel like really anyone's taking her side. And of course, there's speculation. So, I think that she thinks that Meredith will side with Alex, but she also feels like maybe everyone will. Which is difficult for her.
When you say she has no one on her side, what about Stephanie?
Luddington: I think Stephanie will always be there for her, and I think Jo has a bad habit of feeling like she wants to try and cope with it on her own. And even if there are moments where Stephanie is there for her, I think that at the end of the day, the people that she's trying to impress in order to get ahead in the hospital, those are the people that she's hoping to forge relationships with too, and then something like this, where it's their fellow attending, that makes it hard for her.
What kind of rumors are going around among the other doctors?
Luddington: Was there cheating going on? Were Alex and Jo really broken up? All those kinds of things.
Do we see her try to clear any of those things up?
Luddington: I think you just see her sort of slowly kind of backed into a corner, as opposed to really trying to explain to what would be 100 people what happened. ... I think it's difficult for her to feel like someone has made that assumption about her. But I think she also understands that that maybe is what it looked like. But at the end of the day, also what's tricky, again, is that, would it have even been considered cheating? Because he had broken up with her. This is what people are arguing over. There are so many elements to this. it's not black and white. It's very gray.
Does Jo feel any sense of guilt or responsibility about dragging DeLuca into this?
Luddington: She does know that she's not responsible, but I think that she sees herself in him in that moment. She has been physically broken, basically, before, and so I think that she feels terrible that he was part of Alex and [her] breakup. So, I don't think she feels responsible necessarily for Alex initiating a fight like that, but I think she feels some sort of guilt for bringing [DeLuca] home. You see elements of that in the next few episodes too.
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.
Grey's Anatomy: What next for the Mer-Maggie-Riggs love triangle?
Ellen Pompeo, Kelly McCreary, and Martin Henderson weigh in
by Natalie Abrams • @NatalieAbrams
Posted September 29 2016 — 7:57 AM EDT
Alex will be facing the consequences of his actions during Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, but the real drama comes via Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), Maggie (Kelly McCreary), and Riggs (Martin Henderson) as they navigate their accidental love triangle.
During the season 12 finale, Maggie revealed to Meredith that she had feelings for Riggs, completely unaware that her half-sister had already slept with him. In the premiere, Maggie subsequently made Meredith swear never to lie to her again after discovering she lied about Alex’s role in what happened to DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti). “She really can’t betray her sister again,” Pompeo tells EW. “Yet she’s finding herself in this triangle that Maggie for sure is going to see as a betrayal.”
Maggie’s feelings will actually help Meredith keep Riggs at arm’s length for the time being. “She actually is using it as an excuse to not have to deal with Riggs,” Pompeo says. “But she’s also choosing not to tell her sister that she’s already had a fling with Riggs, which of course Maggie is going to see as a betrayal. Meredith sees it as protecting her and doesn’t want her sister to get embarrassed.”
However, “Riggs doesn’t know that the Maggie situation is complicating it,” Henderson says. “The audience does. So we see Meredith trying to protect Maggie’s feelings and also deal with her own or come to terms with what they may be. As far as Riggs is concerned, there’s this great attraction, and he hasn’t felt anything for anyone like this for a long time. So he’s like a bull at a gate. He’s ready to go back to the parking lot, as it were, and Meredith is turning him down consistently. However, there’s still sparks flying in unguarded moments that confirm for Riggs that this is actually something more than just the sex that happened at the end of last season; it’s actually a true connection that he wants to really build on. But her resistance and reluctance, Riggs initially interprets as her just maybe needing a little more time or a little space.”
Therefore, the more Meredith pushes Riggs away, the more he thinks she’s just playing hard to get. “He uses that to prove his point, that that’s because she wants him,” Henderson says. “ ‘You want me to say no because you want me,’ which infuriates her more, but she’s not entirely saying no. She’s caught between a rock and a hard place.”
Keeping this secret from her sister will likely end up blowing up in Meredith’s face. “I would think there are going to be repercussions,” Pompeo says. “Eventually Maggie’s going to find something out.”
“It’s going to definitely be way worse because she makes Meredith promise never to lie to her again, and whatever Meredith’s motivations for doing so, she ultimately does,” McCreary says. “Trust is a really, really important issue for Maggie. We saw how she reacted to Richard holding back the truth from her when she first arrived at the hospital, and it affects her very deeply when people are not completely transparent with her. She’s invested so much in creating a bond of trust with Meredith and invested a lot in creating this new family with her, and part of that investment has been bearing her soul. When you find out that someone hasn’t been truthful with you, you regret having shared that, and you have to reevaluate how close you want to be to that person.”
Through navigating the love triangle, viewers will also learn much more about Riggs. “When the relationship actually really starts to happen, whether it’s with Maggie or Meredith or both — I’m kidding — whoever it ends up being with, that’s when we’ll start to see a little more of his inner emotional life,” Henderson says. “At this point, he’s kept quite a bit of a mystery, and of course, last season was all about, ‘Well, do we hate him? Do we like him? Is he a good guy? Is he a bad guy? What really happened with Megan in the past?’ I’m hoping that this season will actually start to shed more light on his real character as he becomes intimate with someone in the hospital.”
Whomever Riggs ends up with, Henderson teases that he’s been working much more with Pompeo this season. “We were kept quite separate in the first season that I was in, last season,” Henderson says. “I’m really enjoying just connecting creatively with Ellen on screen, and I think we work really well together. It’s always fresh and fun.”
But the situation becomes infinitely more complicated amid Alex’s trial for beating DeLuca within an inch of his life. “It’s going to cause some divisions and taking sides,” McCreary says. “The doctors are going to have to decide whether to be loyal to Jo and Alex or DeLuca, and it’s going to be a little messy.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER / September 29, 2016 6:00am PT / by Lesley Goldberg, Jackie Strause
'Grey's Anatomy' Star Ellen Pompeo: There's "No Talk" of an Endgame
The ShondaLand leading lady talks with THR about how the veteran medical drama continues to reinvent itself.Thirteen seasons in, ABC's Grey's Anatomy is showing no signs of slowing down and that is just fine with leading lady Ellen Pompeo (Meredith).
The actress, who signed a new deal to return for season 13, tells THR that she isn't taking the show's success lightly — and that there are no plans to hang up the show's proverbial scrubs anytime soon given its new ranking as ABC's No. 1 drama.
Additionally, the actress opens up about the show's continued reinvention and its incredible ability to start anew as cast members (think Sandra Oh and Patrick Dempsey, among others) come and go.
This season focuses on the original stars — you, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. What does that mean for Meredith and her journey this season?
It’s strange because when we’ve lost people from the show, you feel sad and you feel like, “Is it going to be the same? Is it going to be more fun?” But in a funny way, the evolution really helps us continue. And we’re finding our way. The writers are doing a great job. I don’t know what it is, but we’re having a great time. I think we’re all in a place — Justin, myself, [creator] Shonda Rhimes, Jim Pickens, Chandra Wilson — all the originals that are left. You go through a journey of 13 years and at this stage, you’re just so grateful that we’ve had the support that we’ve had. I mean, can you imagine the audience has supported us for 13 years? Some movie stars don’t get a career that long. And we’re on every week and people are still watching. We don’t take it lightly, it’s unbelievable.
From what we've seen in the season 13 premiere, Meredith is getting a lot of time early on with Alex.
Justin and I have such unbelievable chemistry. I would sit on the sidewalk with him for days and I wouldn’t have to do anything. He’s one of my closest friends. So to be able to get to act with him and to have stories that we get together all the time is a dream come true.
How will Alex's arrest impact his reputation and the season going forward?
He’s going to get demoted at work. Justin is an unbelievable talent. He’s just so simple and present and he’s an amazing scene partner. I always say I’ve never had a scene partner like Sandra Oh; she was the most incredible scene partner. And Justin is right up there with her. I’m having a ball with him this season. All we have to do is look at each other and we really vibe.
Meredith also told Riggs (Martin Henderson) that she isn’t interested in him, though it seems pretty clear she’s just being a good sister.
Yes! Well apparently they’ve had sex several times in a car — which is not something I can condone or advocate. I think a hotel or a bed possibly would have been better! But Meredith continues to make bad choices as a parent. [Laughs.] It has been revealed that Maggie (Kelly McCreary) has a crush on Riggs, too, so it’s a good way out for Meredith because she doesn’t have to commit and can’t have anything to do with him. She has a good excuse to not feel guilty about her dead husband (Dempsey's Derek) because her sister likes him.
Is she inching toward being ready to date again?
She is inching. But there are 24 episodes, so we have to inch forward, inch back. But that is a fun triangle to play.
Grey's is ABC's top drama in season 13, an impressive accomplishment. Do you and Shonda have an endgame?
We’re blessed to be able to go on this long. As long as the show is successful, and Shonda and I and the cast are having fun, I think that will be a decision that Shonda and I come to. Obviously the network and the studio will have some say. There’s no talk of going away with numbers like this. As long as the show’s a success — I mean, it’s so fun! It’s such rarified air. To have a show on the air for this long and have it be this successful and have it be driving a whole night of television and be the network’s No. 1show. I’m super grateful and I don’t want to take that for granted and I don’t want to walk away from the golden goose. I want to put a leash around it and take it everywhere with me!
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Wishing the fab Jerrika Hinton a wonderful birthday & adventurous year ahead!
We've heard in the media that Season 13 (!!?) of Grey's Anatomy would focus much of its dramatic energy on the remaining original cast members and that was clear from the moment go in this premiere episode. And fortunately, Grey's writers didn't give us any severe timeline adjustments, as they've been known to do, just to mess with all of us viewers who want to see the story that was unfolding when we last saw our Seattle team of docs. That was especially important to Alex Karev's storyline given that he was last seen employing his fists to express his severe emotional reaction to finding Andrew getting a very drunk Jo home in last season's finale. While my recaps usually center on Owen Hunt's storyline, since we saw very little of him in this episode this will be a more general 'where are we now' kind of recap.
The episode opened sweetly and rapidly turned bittersweet as we saw all of the surgeons we love enjoying a social moment at Owen and Amelia's wedding reception. Of course, we were in the dramatic soup too. Meredith was caught between a charming Nathan who both lamented that in his experience, happiness doesn't last - while they watched Owen and Amelia dance at the reception - but then reminded Meredith that it made sense to take advantage of it while it was available. Meredith deflected his flirting while Maggie, whom we found out also has feelings for Nathan, did some flirting of her own as she pulled him onto the dance floor. Soon this swoony socializing was interrupted by a phone call from a frightened Jo who told Meredith of Andrew's injuries and his inevitable treatment at Grey Sloan Memorial.
This news shocked the doctors but also mobilized some of them into action. As Ben, Jackson, and Bailey began to treat Andrew's injuries, the question everyone asked was 'what happened?' Alex deflected as he tried to assist in Andrew's treatment while also clearly uncertain how things had gone so terribly wrong. Meanwhile Meredith and Richard followed up on the phone call that set this episode in motion. While Richard comforted a still drunk and weepy Jo, Meredith took in the jumbled scene and left for the hospital to find Alex, the closest thing she has to a brother.
When she finally found him, Meredith tried to shock Alex back to reality while also taking in his attempts to reach out to her for support. Alex's fear clearly spoke to Meredith's protective urges as she agreed to check Andrew's scans as she could tell Alex wasn't yet ready to tell Bailey or the police what had happened. Next came further challenges as Maggie wanted to know the details of Andrew's experiences and how he ended up in the hospital. Meredith skated that answer by simply saying she didn't know, a not quite truthful or untruthful answer at that point as the details had yet to emerge.
We were given small bits of light throughout the episode as we were reminded a wedding for Owen and Amelia had just occurred and that April and Jackson now had a baby daughter - named Harriet Kepner-Avery, thank you very much. Ben asked about paging Owen given his specialty in trauma medicine and Andrew's critical state. Miranda cautioned him that calling a surgeon back to work on their wedding night was probably not the best idea. Instead, Bailey suggested Ben step in as she'd decided he could again operate after his suspension. We also saw April trying to diplomatically deal with Catherine, her overbearing mother-in-law, as she probed for information and connection to April and Jackson's daughter.
The tension continued to ratchet up among the new Grey's love triangle - Meredith, Nathan, and Maggie. Meredith was the repository for both Maggie's worry about Andrew and her yearning for Nathan, while Nathan - oblivious to Maggie's feelings - kept reaching out to Meredith. And, of course, her concern for Alex overshadowed everything as the weight of the trouble he was in continued to weigh on Meredith too. The waters kept getting muddier as Jo finally found Alex and attempted to explain herself. Instead of letting her talk - a bad habit Alex has developed in recent episodes - he talked over her with his misinterpretation of Andrew's presence in their home with a drunken Jo.
The theme of how did we get here, and how does the past inform the present, and wherever the future might take us continued, as we saw Jackson operate on Andrew and commiserate with Maggie about how relationships may end but feelings don't. A conversation between Ben and Meredith swiftly followed in which Ben said he understood making a split second decision and having to deal with the horrible results in a coded conversation in which he said he knew Alex had injured Andrew without naming any names. The swirling vortex of past, present, and future continued in a Grey's game of telephone as Jo told her side of the story to Stephanie, who told it to Meredith, who then told it to Alex before admonishing him to do the right thing and confess his actions to Bailey.
Some parts of the episode saw sweet resolution. It was left to Richard to be the stand-up guy who has been through hell and knows you don't fix it by running away to talk Jo out of leaving her residency. Catherine and April finally found a sort of detente with the intervention of Jackson's presence in the room after Andrew's surgery. These scenes were only the prelude to the more challenging conclusions found in this episode. Jo and Alex's attempts to talk to Andrew went about as predictably badly as you could imagine they would, while Meredith shut down her heart to a maybe beginning with Nathan and then told him so just after telling Bailey that Alex was responsible for Andrew's injuries. The shock we felt as viewers slowly reverberated through the hospital as we and our Seattle surgeons discovered that Alex had turned himself in.
And thus was set in motion the emotional traumas these surgeons will be twisting and wading through for at least the next few episodes, if not the rest of the season: can Alex come back from his actions and the resulting charge of aggravated assault; can Alex and Jo's relationship be saved; can Meredith and Maggie maintain their sisterly bond while they both have feelings for Nathan; can Ben and Bailey maintain their church and state approach to living and working together; how will April and Jackson parent their daughter Harriet; will Stephanie get a storyline of her own again; how will Owen and Amelia step into their life together; will we see more of Richard's mentorship (please let the answer be yes); what will Arizona's arc be once Jessica Capshaw returns from maternity leave; and will Meredith and Alex continue to believe being grown ups is all it's cracked up to be?
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