Why Grey's Anatomy Fans Don't Have to Worry About Another Character Exit (Yet). Grey's Anatomy said goodbye to Justin Chambers' Alex Karev (sort of), but fans don't have to worry about another exit... yet. Jesse Williams, Jackson Avery on the show since season six, will make his Broadway debut in the revival of Take Me Out in the spring of 2020. But that doesn't mean Williams is leaving the show or Jackson is leaving Grey Sloan Memorial. "I've known since the beginning of the season and I've been able to plan [Jackson]'s storyline [accordingly]," executive producer Krista Vernoff told TVLine about any possible scheduling conflicts. "Jesse is able to fly back one day a week; we're just making it work [because] this was important to him." Typically, Broadway shows are dark (meaning they don't run) one day out of the week. Rest easy, Grey's Anatomy fans. Jackson is sticking around...for now. Meanwhile, the show has yet to fully explain Karev's exit aside from the fact that he's still visiting family. His character's last episode aired in November. Chambers has been with the show since the start. "There's no good time to say goodbye to a show and character that's defined so much of my life for the past 15 years," Chambers said in a statement. "For some time now, however, I have hoped to diversify my acting roles and career choices. And, as I turn 50 and am blessed with my remarkable, supportive wife and five wonderful children, now is that time. As I move on from Grey's Anatomy, I want to thank the ABC family, Shonda Rimes, original cast members Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens, and the rest of the amazing cast and crew, both past and present, and, of course, the fans for an extraordinary ride." What happens to Karev remains to be seen. As of now, his wife, Jo (Camilla Luddington) is still at work in Seattle and he's still visiting his mom out of state. Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays, 9 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

Chase Rice Slams 'Bachelor' Producers After Run-In With Victoria Fuller: 'I Was Really Pissed Off'. It's not all coming up roses! Chase Rice revealed he's really upset over the way The Bachelor producers handled his past relationship with contestant Victoria Fuller in the Monday, January 27, episode. "I've known her for a little while now," the "Eyes on You" singer, 34, revealed about Fuller, 25, during an interview with SiriusXM's The Highway on Monday, January 27 -- but he didn't expect he'd be singing for her on her date with Peter Weber. "I didn't know any of that was going to happen," Rice said. "I don't want to be a part of that, you know? That's not why -- I'm going on there to promote [my music]." When he did have to sing for the couple -- which was teased in a promo of Monday's episode -- Rice wasn't super comfortable. "Ya, it was a little weird. I'm not gonna lie. When she came I just started laughing," the Florida native admitted. "Obviously I wasn't happy at first. I tried to spin it positive. I'm going to move on and live my life and make it about the music." The radio hosts then asked about the musician's new songs that were rumored to be about an ex, but he clarified they're not about Fuller. "That's not true at all, either," Rice told the radio hosts. "Without throwing her under the bus, it's about my ex-girlfriend." A few days prior, the country music star admitted in an interview on "Fitz and the Morning" that he was "really pissed off" after being "pretty surprised" to see Fuller during his Bachelor appearance. "We spent a night together in Charlotte, she's a cool chick, from what I know of her," Rice said on the radio show on Friday, January 24. "You know, I got no problem with her. I got no problem with [Weber]. You know, I knew she was going on the show." The issue he had was that he was supposed to serenade Fuller while she was trying to romance the show's lead, which he thought was strange. "The fact that they did that to me, it's over the top. It's unnecessary, I didn't expect it," he admitted. "But at the end of the day, it happened." "I don't know if it's the producers, or if they just got lucky," he continued. "I know what I think, but I'll let everybody else figure out what they think." The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. (UsMagazine)

Shrill season 2 is challenging stereotypes in the best way. It's SO underrated. * This article contains spoilers. If you spent the entire weekend binge-watching Shrill season 2, then you're not alone. The show is based on Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, the book by Lindy West, and it feels like a warm hug and an ice-water wake-up call all in one - with the first season not getting the attention it deserved (imo), season 2 is having a Fleabag-esque revival. Annie Easton (Aidy Bryant), left Season 1 running away from her troll whom she confronted IRL, with him yelling "you better run, you fat b*tch!" as she fled. Season 2 opens in the vein it's set to continue, with Annie releasing a primal scream at Ryan's house (her now-boyfriend): "I'm a f*cking bitch, and I LOVE IT!." Where season 1 was all about Annie finding her voice, and demanding better from the people around her, season 2 is about embracing this new voice, and learning to understand the messiness of life. Shrill is challenging how we portray fatness with the newest series: Annie is so used to rejection because of her size, that she accepts her mum tracking what she eats, Ryan making her sneak through the back door because he's embarrassed to be with her, and her boss ignoring her. At the end of season 1, she's learning that her weight doesn't make her unworthy of love or respect, and by the end of season 2, she's dumped Ryan, got recognition from her boss's boss, and reconnected with her mother. But, it's not Annie who steals the show - it's Ruthie and Fran. Ruthie, played by Patti Harrison, is hilariously malevolent - she works as the office PA, and made me choke with laughter. From declaring that "scaring people makes me horny," to telling Ryan he should "you should stay down here and die" - she's a healthy reminder that the way we stereotype trans women isn't okay. The actor, Patti Harrison is trans in real life, but we only find out that Ruthie is in season 2 - because, being trans, is the least exciting thing about Ruthie (in the same way Annie's fatness is part of her identity, but not the entirety of it). There's a scene in season 2 where Ruthie tells (her coworker) Amadi off when he assumes that, because she's trans, she has a bad relationship with her family - this conversation helps shed light on trauma-porn. Society shouldn't need to feel empathy or sorry for trans women, in order for them to be valid - yes they deserve our allyship and understanding of specific traumas cis people can't relate to, but they also deserve to been seen with a more multifaceted view. Harrison told Vanity Fair that " this character is not an asshole because they're trans - they're just an asshole that happened to be trans. It's not because her family abandoned her. It's really, like, she loves money, and her family's boring." Fran, played by British comic and actor Lolly Adefope, makes us warm to Annie (as her character is often jarring and centered). This season, Lolly gets her heartbroken, and decides to spend some time dating herself - there's an iconic karaoke moment, where she sings 'Shallow' after just devouring a burrito, which will make you fall even harder for Fran. This is what makes us love Shrill so much - it portrays women in a real, smart, funny and vulnerable way - Fran, isn't typecast as the typical quirky BBF - she's a complex and developed character. Any of the women in this show could be the lead and focus, which is what makes it so great. We're all the leading women of our lives. (British Glamour)

'Degrassi' Co-Creator Christopher "Kit" Hood Dies at 76. The Canadian cult kids series gave an acting start to Drake, Nina Dobrev and Shenae Grimes. Christopher "Kit" Hood, the co-creator of the long-running Canadian Degrassi TV franchise, which launched the young acting careers of the rapper Drake and actresses Nina Dobrev and Shenae Grimes, has died. He was 76. Hood "died suddenly" on Jan. 20 at his home in West Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia, a local funeral home reported on its website. No cause of death was given. Fellow Degrassi co-creator Linda Schuyler in a statement said Hood's contribution to the Degrassi TV franchise had been essential and enduring. "As Kit and I created Kids of Degrassi Street in the early 1980s, he shifted his focus to directing and brought his influence to the world of Degrassi. He added his trademark impish charm, and a kid's-eye view, never letting the camera look down on our young protagonists," Schuyler said. "Kit's intimate and respectful style of directing, small of scale and richly layered, was integral to the success of the series through Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High. To this day, his style is deeply imbedded in Degrassi's DNA," she added. Born in 1943, Hood emigrated to Canada from Britain after starting his film career in London as an editor for Walt Disney Productions in the late 1960s. Schuyler and Hood in 1979 launched the Degrassi franchise under their Playing With Time production banner as iconic after school TV specials about Toronto high school students. The property began with The Kids of Degrassi Street, and eventually evolved as an episodic drama to its newest installment on Netflix, Degrassi: Next Class, since 2016. Other iterations of the Degrassi franchise include Degrassi Junior High, Degrassi High and Degrassi: The Next Generation, which aired stateside on TeenNick. Pasquale "Pat" Mastroianni, a Canadian actor who played Joey Jeremiah on the Degrassi drama, on Twitter praised Hood as "fundamental in laying the foundation of the Degrassi franchise." Hood spent the last two decades in Nova Scotia, and is survived by two daughters, Georgia and Fenella, his wife Agnes Malouf and her daughter July, and his sister Nicola. (Hollywood Reporter)


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