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The Grey's Anatomy cast just keeps getting bigger.

With today's news that Kim Raver, a.k.a. Dr. Teddy Altman, has been promoted to a full-time star, the ABC medical drama now boasts 14 series regulars.

What does Kim's signing mean for Katherine Heigl's long-term status at Seattle Grace? And what about Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Owen (Kevin McKidd)?

Katherine has already missed numerous episodes this season, both for shooting movies and maternity leave. But she remains under contract ... for now.

Kim Raver is picking up Katherine Heigl's Grey's Anatomy slack.

On the romance front, Kevin (Owen) and Sandra (Cristina) are shooting romantic scenes together for new episodes, so Kim might be the odd girl out.

She'll be a force to be reckoned with on the show in general, though. Raver will appear in all but one of the 12 episodes left in the current sixth season.

This season has been a transitional one at Grey's Anatomy, with Katherine Heigl and Ellen Pompeo missing huge chunks of time and T.R. Knight gone.

At the same time, new characters have been introduced that have helped fill the void and turn the long-running show into more of an ensemble effort.

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Grey's Anatomy hunk Eric Dane and Private Practice leading lady Kate Walsh will be teaming up in the newest crossover of those successful ABC medical dramas.

Here's the crossover situation:

  • On Grey’s Anatomy, Dr. Mark Sloan (Dane) pleads with Addison to come to Seattle and help perform surgery on a patient (guest star Leven Rambin).
  • On Private Practice, complications arise and Mark is forced to take the patient down to L.A. for more surgery, presumably also performed by Addison.

As for Mark's connection to the girl, whether sparks fly between the former lovers, and whether the relationship between Mark and Lexie is at all impacted?

That remains to be seen. But we can only assume it will involve serious surgical and sexual tension, plus a long-winded melodramatic monologue or eight.

Eric Dane and Kate Walsh (right) will cross paths again on Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice. Their medical link? Former All My Children star Leven Rambin (middle).

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If you weren't glued to your TV last night ... good for you.

Social activities are preferable (as is reading Hollywood Gossip online). But if you were in fact plopped on the couch, there was plenty to entertain you.

In addition to the premiere of FlashForward, the guilty pleasure that is The Vampire Diaries and The Office quotes that are always hilarious, there was this:

Grey’s Anatomy kicking off its sixth season with a two-hour episode, picking up where the May's cliffhanger left off and leaving many a tissue box emptied.

Frankly, it was one of the best episodes the long-running has offered us in years - and this is from someone who's seen all 104 of them (sad, but very true).

Here were some of the highlights of the premiere, in which George was laid to rest and the doctors of Seattle Grace struggled to cope in their own ways:

  • Quote of the night, from Chandra Wilson's Miranda Bailey: “I have to stop caring so much. I have to save it for my son. I can’t keep giving it away here.”
  • Quote of the night, runner-up: Mark, after George's death, on the women in his life: "What is it about that guy... was he hung?" Classic Grey's Anatomy.
  • Hottest couple: Owenstina. Sorry, MerDer. Kevin McKidd (Owen) is awesome, and at least Sandra Oh (Cristina) can be shown from the neck down.
  • Horniest couple: Meredith and Derek decided to go at it at every moment (and location). Hot for fans, and a clever move by the producers, as it allowed a pregnant Ellen Pompeo to be on the show, yet rarely visible!
  • Lame, made-for-spoiler moment: Lexie briefly thought it wasn't George who was hit by a bus, disfigured and killed. Cut to commercial. Then we come back and it totally was George! We hate Shonda Rhimes so much.
  • DVR Hall of Fame: The original interns stepped away from the funeral unable to control their despair ... or laughter. They began howling about George's death, Izzie's cancer, and the weddings of Izzie and Meredith.
  • A long road: Izzie was brought back from the brink and is beating cancer. But an uphill battle lies ahead as Alex struggles big-time with her condition.
  • New faces: As usual, characters were introduced that helped tell doctors' stories: Arizona and Lexie were wonderful working with them throughout.
  • Recession special: Seattle Grace is merging with rival Mercy West and there will be layoffs as a result. No one can accuse the show of not being topical.

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Thursday night is shaping up to be quite the TV night.

This isn't a new concept, but with two of the hottest new shows on this evening in addition to the return of a perennial Top 10 drama, it's more true than ever.

At 8 p.m., the CW airs Vampire Diaries, while FlashForward premieres on ABC (and from the looks of the FlashFoward spoilers we've seen so far, it looks great).

Then at 9 p.m., Grey's Anatomy returns for its sixth season. One that its producers and cast say will be unlike any other we've experienced in its long history.

As a teaser for the premiere, the network has leaked the first five minutes of this two-hour Grey's event. Needless to say, we're in for a gripping evening.

Check out the clip below, in which Alex ponders how to tell Izzie about George, Mark and Lexie hear the news, and she makes a surprising declaration ...

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Oft-maligned malcontent Katherine Heigl just got her wish.

The 30-year-old actress will be leaving Grey's Anatomy this fall. At least temporarily. She will be filming the omantic comedy Life as We Know It, reports say.

Grey’s Anatomy has worked around Heigl’s schedule before, but giving her an extended leave is a puzzling move - especially considering her recent behavior.

Katherine Heigl is known as much for disparaging remarks about the show as for her work on it (she won an Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy in 2007).

The temporary departure of her character, Izzie Stevens, "will be explained on screen," although it’s not yet clear how. Wonder if it ends up being permanent.

A Katherine Heigl Picture

Katherine Heigl: So beautiful. So talented. So obnoxious.

Heigl’s departure, which starts this month, will likely coincide with her co-star Ellen Pompeo’s maternity leave, meaning that Grey’s Anatomy (which just bid farewell to George) will be without Izzie and Meredith at the same time.

Grey’s Anatomy executive producer Shonda Rhimes said that this will be a transitional season for the show, and "eventually, everybody is going to leave."

We just didn't think they'd be shedding cast members so fast.

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Grey's Anatomy fans were shocked when T.R. Knight made the decision to leave the cast of one of TV's biggest shows. They probably shouldn't be.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 34-year-old reveals what led him to leave Grey's Anatomy, and says it was a long time coming.

The show debuted in 2005, turning Knight into a breakout star who received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2007.

But it was an incident in late 2006 that changed everything.

Co-star Isaiah Washington referred to Knight as a "f----t" during an on-set argument with Patrick Dempsey, the media caught wind of it, Knight came out of the closet, and Washington was fired from the show the following summer.

That's the short version. T.R. reveals that he does not directly fault executive producer Shonda Rhimes for how she handled the situation, she discouraged him from coming out and a gradual communication breakdown ensued.

T.R. Knight EW Cover

Knight returned to work on Season 4, but struggled a story in which George cheated on wife Callie (Sara Ramirez) with Izzie (Katherine Heigl).

By this past season, the show's fifth, Knight's character George O’Malley all but vanished from the show. Feeling that the character had run its course, and that Rhimes would not give him straight answers, he asked to leave.

"My five-year experience proved I could not trust any answer that was given [about George]," he explains. "With respect, I'm going to leave it at that."

T.R. Knight knows he’s taking a risk walking away from a top 10 show and a $14 million contract: "From an outsider's perspective, I get the [impression that] 'Oh, he’s just a spoiled actor ... he doesn’t know how good he has it.'"

"There are a lot of people who would like to be in my position. But in the end, I need to be fulfilled in my work, and there comes a time when it’s so clear that moving on is the best decision. I have no doubt this was right."

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Following the season finale of Grey's Anatomy, and the gossip that dominated the series all year long, the buzz was that either T.R. Knight or Katherine Heigl, or both, would be leaving the show at the conclusion of the drama's fifth year.

Well, it now appears that T.R.'s George O'Malley will move on into the light after his tragic bus accident, while Katherine's Izzie Stevens will beat brain cancer.

Katherine Heigl Bikini Photo

Knight is leaving the show for good, according to EW. Meanwhile, E! News reports that Heigl "will be back," though neither ABC or the star have commented.

BEST FRIENDS in real life and on TV, T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigl have long been the center of Grey's Anatomy gossip. Looks like one's going and one's coming back.

Season Five's finale left Grey's Anatomy viewers wondering if Izzie, with cancer, would awake after flatlining, while George struggled to survive a bus crash.

The impression you got was that Izzie was ready to return to her life, while George was fine passing on. Looks like this turned out to be the correct conclusion.

Jessica Capshaw, who plays cute lesbian surgeon Arizona, has been signed as a full-time series regular for the upcoming sixth season, premiering in September.

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In a word ... seriously!?

As Grey's Anatomy faded to white, Izzie stood in the elevator in her prom dress from Season Two, with George in his new Army uniform staring back at her. The presumed afterlife encounter was the last we will see of either ... until September, anyway.

Katherine Heigl at New Year's Even Premiere

After almost an entire year of off-screen and on-screen drama regarding the future of Katherine Heigl (Izzie Stevens) and T.R. Knight (George O'Malley), their status remains ambiguous after last night's heart-stopping Grey's Anatomy finale.

Izzie was getting better, and George finally had a purpose, enlisting as an Army doctor. But then she coded at the end, while it a bus crash patient whose facial injuries made him unrecognizable turned out to be George. He crashed, as well.

Creator Shonda Rhimes was still coy in an interview this morning on the fate of Heigl and Knight. Here are some questions about the two beloved, likely-dead characters, and those who we know will be back, that linger as we await Season Six ...

  • Where does Dr. Bailey go from here?
  • Will Lexie and Mark move in together?
  • Are Cristina and Owen like, a couple now?
  • Will Jessica Capshaw (Arizona) be around next season?
  • As the baby bump becomes more and more visible, is Ellen Pompeo's pregnancy going to be written in, or will she go on leave?
  • Was the Meredith-Derek wedding - officiated by themselves, and with hastily written vows recited via post-it note - the real deal?
  • Will this be the most talked-about episode since the second season finale (2006), in which Izzie wore said prom dress as Denny passed away?
  • Is this ending the result of the producers' own ambiguity over whether George and Izzie will die - and/or the actors' willingness to come back?

What do you think? Was it outrageously bad? Are you exhausted in every way? Did you find the Grey's Anatomy season finale exhilarating?

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Shonda Rhimes, Grey's Anatomy's creator and executive producer, wants to set the record straight: T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigl are not leaving the show.

"That was a very interesting rumor," Rhimes said. "And it's not true."

Heigl and Baby

Speaking at the 40th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, Rhimes was referring to the recent comments by Grey's Anatomy cast member James Pickens Jr., in which the actor seemed to confirm their impending departure.

Are best friends T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigl leaving Grey's Anatomy this season or not? This question has persisted for months - and the answer is still unclear.

"That was absolutely taken out of context," said Rhimes. "Things happen, and ... I think rumors become fact very easily. And you know I don't like to tell you what's going to happen on the show – but that is a rumor."

Not sure how "Yes, she is" and "He's going too" could be taken out of context exactly, but James Pickens, Jr., is now spouting the company line as well.

"We've been living with these rumors for a long time," he said. "When the question was posed to me, I was more trying to congratulate Katie and T.R. on whatever they were going to do. But yeah, I don't have any special info about it."

Mmm hmm. It's hard to know what to even think anymore. But we can tell you this fact with absolute certainty: Katherine Heigl pictures are hot!

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Grey's Anatomy spoiler alert! After months of rumors that stars Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight may be leaving the show, their co-star James Pickens, Jr., a.k.a. The Chief, has added fuel to the fire by sort of confirming they are:

"Yes, she is," he said when asked by Us Weekly if Heigl will exit the show that made them famous. "Wherever Katherine goes, I wish her nothing but the best."

Heigl on Today

As for Knight, Pickens said, "He's going too."

The network and studio say they cannot confirm anything, and Katherine Heigl's and T.R. Knight's personal reps have declined to comment on the subject.

However, an ABC source says, "There's no way [James Pickens] could know that, because nothing has been decided yet. Nothing has been written and [Heigl and Knight] are still working out what will happen next season with the network."

T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigl want out of Grey's Anatomy.

According to inside sources who work closely with Grey's Anatomy, it is likely that Heigl and T.R. Knight will make an exit at the end of the current fifth season.

Both have asked to leave. However, ABC needs to sign off on letting them out of their contracts, which extend six years, and that hasn't been done.

So why did Pickens say they are leaving?

"I don't think James meant to say what he did," one insider said. "I think he was thrown by the line of questioning and didn't realize what he was saying."

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