Spoiler! Grey's Anatomy's New Chief Is 'As Surprised As Anybody Else' By the Decision
Already, we have April stepping in as chief resident, but the shuffled pecking order won’t stop there. There’s also going to be a new Chief of Surgery to hail, and this time around it will be [spoiler alert!]
“He’s as surprised as anybody else about this. And he’s nervous about it,” Kevin McKidd told TVLine on the set of Grey’s on Tuesday. “He’s a man of action, really, and the head of trauma surgery — that’s what he knows. Suddenly, he’s in a more administrative position. I think the way he deals with that is going to be interesting.”
That, however, leaves Owen to deal with the fallout of this most unexpected change in the hierarchy. “People give him a hard time,” McKidd previews. “It’s not going to be easy for Owen being the chief in the aftermath of Richard Webber.”
Assessing the situation as “complicated, because these doctors and surgeons have huge egos, and they don’t like administrative change,” McKidd says, “It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out.” As an actor, he anticipates “a fun ride” as Owen “tries to shake things up and bring things up to the 21st century in the hospital.”
The most interesting reaction to it all may be that of Owen’s wife, Dr. Cristina Yang, whom McKidd says “will be excited for him, on one level.” But…? “There’s so much more going on in Cristina and Owen’s life,” what with the unexpected (and protested, by her) pregnancy, “that this in a way that adds another layer of complication for them.” (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)
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The doctor is in!
As we first reported, in the new season of Grey's Anatomy, Chief Webber (James Pickens Jr.) will take the fall for Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) tampering with the Alzheimer's clinical trial. As a result, he'll step down as Chief of Surgery. So who's replacing him?
TVGuide.com can exclusively reveal that Dr. Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), whom the Chief enlisted to pick the new Chief Resident last season, will become the new boss.
Grey's Anatomy, premiering Thursday, Sept. 22 at 9/8c on ABC.
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