ABC postpones the return of Shondaland for real-life political shitshow

In case you’re in the market for yet another reason to be despondent over the presidential inauguration next week, this bit of news should come in handy. Apparently, the looming specter of an impending Trump administration has been deemed important enough to hijack ABC’s primetime programming the night before the…

Shonda Rhimes’ characters are defined by what they drink

A go-to drink isn’t necessarily a reflection of character, but as with most predilections, it’s definitely a part of someone—one of the infinite threads that makes up the fabric of a person. When it comes to creating TV characters, a signature drink can make for convenient shorthand. Raylan Givens loved bourbon,…

The Catch’s first season ends with endless betrayals

The Catch ended its first season with a two-part finale, but at no point does it ever really deserve to be that long. “The Happy Couple,” more or less, sets everything up, while “The Wedding” knocks it all down, but even though the story twists and turns with betrayals and more mind games, the stakes are confusingly…

A phenomenal season of Grey’s Anatomy sticks the landing

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Over the years Grey’s Anatomy has had a complicated relationship with the idea of “happily ever after.” From the beginning, Meredith and Cristina were the kind of people who rejected the idea that everyone deserves a fairy tale ending. And the show toyed around with their dark and twisty philosophy by positioning both…

Hayley Atwell and Kiefer Sutherland adjust to their new jobs in ABC’s previews

In the lead up to its 2016 upfront presentation, ABC shed several underwhelming or underperforming series, including Marvel’s Agent Carter. As disappointing as that news was, it wasn’t that surprising given the show’s ratings, as well as the fact that Peggy Carter herself, Hayley Atwell, was recently assigned to Conviction

Grey’s Anatomy heads to court for “Calzona: Civil War”

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I’m going to say right off the bat that I don’t know much about how real life custody battles work. But that’s okay because I’m not sure Grey’s Anatomy does either. What we see unfold tonight is more like an oddly detailed interrogation of the inner workings of Grey Sloan Memorial hospital than it is an exploration of…

Grey’s Anatomy examines its own incestuous world

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“You’re Gonna Need Someone On Your Side” feels a bit like a throwback to an earlier era of Grey’s Anatomy. For the first few seasons the show grounded its medical melodrama with nuanced relationships. But as the years passed and the ensemble grew, Grey’s began painting with a broader brush. While tonight’s episode…

The always topical Grey’s Anatomy tackles both gun control and online dating

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Hey, remember when the doctors of Seattle Grace-Mercy West lived through a terrifying shooting incident that left several of their friends dead and many more wounded? Good, because Grey’s Anatomy certainly doesn’t! Okay, Alex briefly mentions that he was once shot in the chest, but for the most part this is an episode…

A two-episode “event” highlights Grey’s Anatomy at its best and worst

Tonight’s double-header offers a perfect case study in what separates an average Grey’s Anatomy episode from a great one: Focus. The first episode, “There’s A Fine, Fine Line,” narrows in one on event to tell a tight, tense story that offers welcome stylistic flourishes and refuses to pull its punches. It’s one of…

On The Catch, Alice finally catches Ben, but there’s a catch

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The Catch changed the rules of its own game tonight. The limitations to its premise seemed evident from the start, but “The Princess And The I.P.”—an unfortunate pun of an episode title as it may be—moves the narrative in a new direction. As it turns out, the show’s title doesn’t really seem to refer to an actual…

Wilmer Valderrama says good day to Grey’s Anatomy

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Any show churning out over 22 episodes a season is going to wind up with some filler. After the inventive storytelling of “The Sound Of Silence” and “Unbreak My Heart,” Grey’s has been spinning its wheels and waiting for another big event—which looks to be next week’s two-hour hospital lockdown episode. That’s far…

Meredith answers a question on this week’s Grey’s Anatomy

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“I Am Not Waiting Anymore” isn’t a particularly great episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Neither of the cases were all that compelling, I don’t care nearly as much about Meredith’s love life as the show wants me to, and the patient-as-metaphor trope felt especially ham-fisted this week. And yet despite all that, I still…

Grey’s Anatomy’s Jerrika Hinton to star in ABC wedding toast comedy

According to Deadline, Grey’s Anatomy regular Jerrika Hinton has signed on for another series produced by Grey’s mastermind Shonda Rhimes. Hinton will now be playing the female lead in Toast, a “hybrid comedy pilot” for ABC that’s built around an engaged couple (Hinton and Jono Kenyon) and the real stories behind the…

Read This: The New York Times struggles to separate Cliff Huxtable from Bill Cosby

New York Times correspondent Rachel L. Swarns is “grieving,” but not necessarily for a person. Instead, in a new piece for the Times, Swarns mourns for a television show that was an important part of her life. From 1984 to 1992, NBC’s The Cosby Show broke new ground by presenting a prosperous, professional…

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