Monday, January 22, 2007

Saving Grey's Anatomy

Things are not going good on the set of Grey's Anatomy. I loved this show almost immediately, since it's set in my hometown, plus the cast is diverse and good looking. Then season one ended and Grey became an pathetic anorexia whiner and McDreamy became an emotional blackmailer. But hey it still made for great TV and the supporting cast was stronger than ever.
So why did the cast of this show have to go and fuck things up? Just to recap the events. In October, Isaiah Washington referred to to T.R. Knight as an F*ggot. TR and other cast members overhead and T.R. immediately called People Magazine to make a stand. Now, I've always found something a little off about Isaiah Washington but we all make mistakes. Then crazy Isaiah goes and repeats the word after the Golden Globes and lies about saying the word back in October. Which then leads T.R. to go on Ellen to cry about it. Oh and in between all this co-star Katherine Heigl also makes a statement to reporters. Got that?
Here's the deal Isaiah needs to be fired. Which is difficult for me to say since Dr. Burke is probably my favorite character on the show. And it may be even more difficult for the creator of the show Shonda Rhimes. She was quoted back in October as saying: "I found (those rumors) not only ridiculous but offensive that we would consider replacing a member of our family. And also the (idea) that one black man was interchangeable with another seemed disturbing to me." Yes it's disturbing but an actor on one of the most ethically diverse casts in television can not go around using the word Faggot. I propose that Isaiah be replaced by Morris Chestnut and then Isaiah needs to go some where and work on his issues.

The back-up

As for T.R. Knight things are a bit more complicated. I hate to blame the victim but if you overhear a colleague referring to you as a Faggot then you don't call People magazine to “make a stand by coming out”, you make a stand by going directly to the producers and demanding some action. And when that colleague uses the word again, you don't go crying on the Ellen Show, instead you call the president of ABC demanding action. Because of the media circus the focus is now on T.R.'s homosexuality. And since the Hollywood standard is that gay men can't play straight expect Dr. O'Malley to come out the closet by the end of next season.

Getting teary eyed on Ellen

The PR golden rule is that cast of hit shows keep their business out of the media. There were claims of racism on the set of Seinfeld(which Michael Richards proved to be true), personality clashes on Sex and City and drug use on Frasier. But each cast handled the situations internally to keep the cash flowing. To save this show from itself let's get Morris on the cast and a good PR rep stat!


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