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Just weeks after Grey's Anatomy returned with new episodes, sources are saying Katherine Heigl is itching to bolt and hang up her scrubs. Again.

This is not the first time this rumor has circulated. Nor will it be the last. Heigl is said to be dreaming of bigger and better things.

Katherine Heigl, Family

"She's working really long hours and is ready to move on," a source close to the actress told MSNBC.

Fifteen months ago, Heigl renegotiated her Grey's Anatomy contract. The net result was that the negotiations went public and she got the raise she wanted from the show, but questions about her status have lingered.

ZZZZ: Being extremely hot and full of one's self is hard work!

Compounding the issue is the fact that Heigl has already had significant big-screen success with her leading roles in Knocked Up and 27 Dresses. She's slated to star with Gerard Butler in The Ugly Truth next.

"She is smart. She saw what can happen with somebody like Jennifer Aniston, who was crazy successful on TV, but can't seem to carry a film, and she tested the waters early," said a movie industry source.

Even so, Katherine Heigl might be locked into Grey's Anatomy a bit longer. "I don't think she'll be able to get out of it," the source said of her contract.

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Ghost Whisperer star Jennifer Love Hewitt and Grey's Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey were recently voted the sexiest stars on TV by TV Guide.

Hard to argue with that logic. The respective hotties will appear on two alternative covers of the TV magazine's "Sexiest Stars" issue.

Jennifer Love Hewitt Pregnant?

In honor of the (well-deserved, sexy) honors earned by Jennifer Love Hewitt and Patrick Dempsey, here is a very sexy photo of each. Enjoy ...

J. Love and Patrick Dempsey: The sexiest stars on TV.

All we have to say about these pics is that McDreamy is living up to his McNickname, and man, all those ghosts Jennifer Love Hewitt whispers to on the CBS TV show she apparently stars on are pretty damn lucky.

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McDreamy is no McSteamy, Patrick Dempsey admits.

"I'm not Eric Dane â€" McSteamy is in perfect shape" the Grey's Anatomy star tells the new issue of Parade Magazine. "I definitely have pec envy."

Patrick Dempsey Style

"There's a lot of pressure being a man in this town."

He says his wife of eight years, Jillian, keeps him grounded.

"She always says in the morning, ‘They should see you now!'" jokes Dempsey, who adds that fame "gets very heady ... you've got to be very careful.

"I think I've been managing that well. This is a great opportunity now to really define the next part of my life. I just want to do it right."

Defining the life of Patrick Dempsey these days at home? His daughter Tallulah, 6, and his one-year-old twins, Darby and Sullivan.

"It's like a slapstick routine watching these drunk little men run around because they're so wobbly," he says. "When you see something happen that they couldn't do the day before, it's really heartwarming."

As for what happens tonight with Meredith and Derek? That you'll have to wait and see, although Dempsey says he's "excited" for the couple to finally move forward and grow together.

Patrick and the rest of the Grey's Anatomy cast return at 9 p.m. on ABC. How well do you know the hit medical drama? Follow this link for an exclusive Grey's Anatomy quiz!

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Sandra Oh, 36, one of the most talented members of a great Grey's Anatomy cast, takes a stroll with her musician boyfriend Andrew Featherson through the streets of Los Feliz, Calif., on Sunday afternoon. See below ...

Sandra Oh and Andrew Featherston: Blinded by love... and sun glare.

Andrew Featherson is a percussionist in the independent band The Hereafter. No word on how long Sandra Oh and Featherson have been together, but it looks like they had a nice day, riding mountain bikes and enjoying the great outdoors.

Sandra Oh officially divorced her ex-husband, Sideways writer-director Alexander Payne, just last week, although they had been separated since 2005.

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Although she is no longer be blogging about The Bachelor, The Sports Gal - a.k.a. the wife of ESPN's Bill Simmons (The Sports Guy) - still occasionally drops some knowledge on the masses regarding pop cultural topics of the day.

In the crosshairs this week: Grey's Anatomy, which she says might drop clear out of her must-TiVo list any day now. Here's what the hilarious Sports Gal says...

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I used to look forward to Thursday nights; now I look forward to Friday Night Lights, Gossip Girl, Tell Me You Love Me and Californication.

Grey's Anatomy jumped the shark when T.R. Knight's dork character cheated on his overweight wife with blonde, beautiful, leggy Izzie - a relationship about as realistic as Spencer Pratt from The Hills getting a job.

I'm also a tad fed up with the whole McDreamy / McSteamy thing. The usage of "Mc" for cute guys has been carried way too far. I read something this week that Seth Green was going to be on a future episode as a "sick guy" and the writer referred to him as "McSicky."

McSicky? Come on. Let's stop before we have a McFatty and a McHairlip.

The big problem is that the show became too successful and we know too much about the cast now. I used to think McDreamy was hot until I found out he just had twins and his previous marriage was to a woman twice his age.

TMI! Can I just see Patrick Dempsey pictures with his shirt off please?

I used to really like McSteamy, too, until I kept seeing him in Us Weekly with Dylan McKay's dead wife (Rebecca Gayheart) - they creep me out, though not as much as Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott.

Also, the Isaiah Washington saga overshadowed last season when Katherine Heigl (who plays Izzie) defended T.R., who seemed so wounded by everything (I felt so bad for him). Now, we're supposed to be watching T.R. and Izzy have an affair?

I know it's acting, but come on! Every time they have "sexual tension," I'm watching them and thinking about what a good friend Katherine Heigl was and how I wish I had my own dorky gay friend that I could defend against mean jerks like Isaiah Washington. Now I'm just McBored.

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Grey's Anatomy spoiler alert, fans!

In the photo below - taken from the upcoming fourth season - it sure looks like Meredith's half-sister, Lexie (Chyler Leigh), is hitting on Meredith's full-boyfriend (Patrick Dempsey), doesn't it?

Please don't go there, Shonda Rimes.

Might Meredith Grey have a new reason to cry this season, based on this Grey's Anatomy scoop? It appears that way.

Meanwhile, follow our link to check out a handful of Heroes spoilers, as well.

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We now interrupt this increasingly Zac Efron-centered celebrity news publication to bring you a story about a new cast member on a popular television series.

Meredith Grey may have one more thing to worry about in the upcoming season of Grey's Anatomy. No, we're not talking about eating too little or whining too much.

Lovely Leigh

We're talking about actress Chyler Leigh joining the show as Lexie Grey, Meredith's half-sister and a new intern at Seattle Grace hospital.

Chyler Leigh, 25, will be a series regular, a rep for ABC Television confirms. She appeared in the last two episodes of Season 3. Lexie Grey's chemistry with Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) has already caused tension between him and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo).

  Hel-lo! Chyler Leigh might actually inspire us to watch Grey's Anatomy. Or not. But we'll at least look up more pictures of her on the Internet.

She previously starred in the short-lived series Girls Club, Reunion and That 80s Show, and appeared on The Practice and 7th Heaven. She starred in Not Another Teen Movie.

Leigh joins the cast on the heels of Isaiah Washington's dismissal from the show on June 9, when he was informed that ABC was not picking up his option to return to the hit series.

The Grey's cast, Chyler Leigh included, began filming the show's fourth season today after a two-month hiatus. The show returns with new episodes Thursdays in September.

Elsewhere in the Grey's Anatomy universe, the much-anticipated Kate Walsh spinoff, titled Private Practice and scheduled for Wednesdays this fall, added a new cast member in KaDee Strickland. Apparently it's quite the day for witty medical dramas!

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Get ready, impressionable readers. Fans ages 13-19 can vote for their favorites in the Teen Choice Awards, to be announced August 26. Fans can vote here for their choices.

Not surprisingly, Heroes, Grey's Anatomy, House, Lost, Prison Break, The Hills and American Idol led the way. We'll have the full list of nominees for you when get it. For now, the TV nominees:

Drama series: "Grey's Anatomy," "Heroes," "House," "Lost," "Kyle XY."

Comedy series: "Hannah Montana," "Desperate Housewives," "Entourage," "The Office," "Ugly Betty."

Animated series: "Aqua Teen Hunger Force," "Family Guy," "Lil' Bush," "South Park," "The Simpsons."

Reality show: "American Idol," "America's Next Top Model," "Dancing With the Stars," "The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll," "The Hills."

Dramatic actor: Hugh Laurie of "House," Jared Padalecki of "Supernatural," Matthew Fox of "Lost," Milo Ventimiglia of "Heroes," Wentworth Miller (above) of "Prison Break."

Dramatic actress: Emily Deschanel of "Bones," Evangeline Lilly of "Lost," Hayden Panettiere of "Heroes," Jennifer Love Hewitt of "Ghost Whisperer," Katherine Heigl of "Grey's Anatomy."

Comedy actor: Adrian Grenier of "Entourage," Charlie Sheen of "Two and a Half Men," David Spade of "Rules of Engagement," Neil Patrick Harris of "How I Met Your Mother," Steve Carell of "The Office."

Comedy actress: Emma Roberts of "Unfabulous," Miley Cyrus of "Hannah Montana," Tia D. Mowry of "The Game," America Ferrera (below, left) of "Ugly Betty," Eva Longoria of "Desperate Housewives."

TV sidekick: Donald Faison of "Scrubs," Allison Mack of "Smallville," Jorge Garcia of "Lost," Kevin Dillon of "Entourage," Jerry Ferrara of "Entourage."

TV personality: Nick Cannon of "Wild 'N Out," Ryan Seacrest of "American Idol" and E!, Simon Cowell of "American Idol," Tyra Banks of "America's Next Top Model," Bruno Tonioli of "Dancing With the Stars."

Breakout show: "Ugly Betty," "Friday Night Lights," "October Road," "Heroes," "South of Nowhere."

Breakout: America Ferrera of "Ugly Betty," Matt Dallas of "Kyle XY," Taylor Kitsch of "Friday Night Lights," Hayden Panettiere of "Heroes," Masi Oka of "Heroes."

Male reality TV star: Apolo Anton Ohno of "Dancing With the Stars," Flavor Flav of "Flavor of Love," Jojo, Diggy, Russy of "Run's House," Sanjaya Malakar of "American Idol," Three 6 Mafia of "Adventures in Hollyhood."

Female reality TV star: Jaslene Gonzalez of "America's Next Top Model," Jordin Sparks (below, right) of "American Idol," Lauren Conrad of "The Hills," New York of "I Love New York," Paris Hilton of "The Simple Life."

Villain: Michael Rosenbaum as Lex on "Smallville," Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina on "Ugly Betty," Zachary Quinto as Sylar on "Heroes," Michael Emerson as Ben on "Lost," Robert Knepper as Theodore Bagwell on "Prison Break."

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Before Grey's Anatomy star T.R. Knight came out of the closet last year, some advised him not to do it, the 34-year-old actor revealed in a new interview.

While friends were "beautifully supportive," Knight tells The Advocate in its June 19 issue, others cautiously advised him, "Don't do it - don't do it now."

Looking back, the 34-year-old has no regrets.

"I remember saying to someone when I got one of those don't-do-it comments - I just remember hearing my voice being calm and saying, 'No, it's going happen. It's going to happen. I'm just letting you know.'"

Ultimately, T.R. Knight (left) is glad he made the decision to go public after his castmate, Isaiah Washington (right), called him a gay slur. Washington, in an argument with Patrick Dempsey on set, referred to Knight as a f@gg*t. 

"I made the decision to make a statement," Knight says. "I could have not [spoken up]. I could have retreated. But I'm definitely happy I made the decision."

Around the same time, Neil Patrick Harris came out of the closet, saying rumors by people such as Perez Hilton made him want to quiet speculation and move forward in life.

As for Knight's outing, Washington has since apologized, entered therapy, and is appearing in public service announcements on behalf of gay rights groups.

Since coming out, Knight, who plays the unassuming Dr. George O'Malley on the hit ABC drama, has seen his Grey's Anatomy character marry Dr. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) and sleep with fellow interns Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl).

Off camera, Katherine Heigl is a close friend of Knight, but she says the actor came out to her much more gradually.

"There came a point where we were close enough friends that he would just talk about dates or about other guys," Heigl told The Advocate. "I wasn't shocked or surprised.... It was more just like, 'Oh, okay, now I know why you don't want to go out with me.'"

Knight, who is single - "Not that I've had the most successful dating experiences," he says - insists coming out hasn't much affected his love life. He says he still assumes people aren't interested in him, but notes:

"Too much aggression isn't a good thing, either."

We assume that remark is meant for Jason Wahler.

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Are things falling apart on the set of Grey's Anatomy?

That remains to be seen, but we can say for a fact that American Idol isn't the only hit show mired in controversy right now. While the furor over Isaiah Washington's gay slur in reference to co-star T.R. Knight has mostly blown over, the New York Post reports that he's in the middle of contract negotiations and getting the shaft.

In a manner of speaking, of course. This isn't an Antonella Barba story.

Of course, there's a pretty good reason Washington (pictured) is getting screwed. With all the cast in contract negotiations, Washington's gay-hating tirades and hot-headed antics are giving more than people like Rosie O'Donnell stuff to complain about - they're giving ABC reason to keep from paying him more.

"Isaiah knows it is his fault he may not get the fat raise he was going to get ... this is going to cost him millions," a source dished.

Washington's rep declined to fan the flames on this one, stating "We are going to do our business in private, not in the press."

THG NOTE: You see, Britney Spears? You don't have to attack photographers. You can simply stop giving them as many reasons to follow you around and harass you.

Also last week, Grey's co-star Katherine Heigl was incensed when details of her contract negotiations were released to the media.

The blonde beauty was apparently angling for a raise, and didn't want that fact getting out. It did. She was pissed.

There are also rumors that other cast members, such as Ellen Pompeo, are up in arms over the potential spin-off of the hit series starring Kate Walsh.

We can only hope that everyone involved patches things up and gets down to the business at hand. If only they could all be as respectful, humble and McDreamy as Patrick Dempsey.

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