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Beanie Feldstein Joins Grey's Anatomy as an Eager New Intern. Beanie Feldstein joins the show just one month after Justin Chambers' surprising exit from the hit ABC drama. There's a new (but familiar) face in the halls of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. Beanie Feldstein has joined the cast of Grey's Anatomy, playing Tess Desmond, a new intern at the hospital. In a sneak peek at Thursday's episode, Feldstein's character introduces herself to Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) as he is practicing a medical procedure for an upcoming surgery. "Haven't you done a million of those?" she asks Richard. "Why are you practicing?" "I'm experience because I practice," the veteran doctor replies. Eager to prove herself, Tess ponders, "I just don't get it. Those residents, they work their butts off, they go into a mountain of debt all for a chance at the greatest job on the planet, and they treat it like it's retail." Richard seems impressed by Tess' drive. Feldstein, 26, joins the show just one month after Justin Chambers' surprising exit from the hit ABC drama. "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, who starred as Dr. Alex Karev since the show's start, said in a statement to PEOPLE. "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." He added, "As I move on from Grey's Anatomy, I want to thank the ABC family, Shonda Rhimes, 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." Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. (People)
CBS' Silence of the Lambs Sequel Series Casts Rebecca Breeds as Clarice Starling. Clarice is set to take place in 1993, one year after the events of the iconic film. The upcoming Silence of the Lambs sequel series has found its leading lady. Originals actress Rebecca Breeds will star as the titular Clarice Starling in the upcoming CBS series Clarice, according to multiple reports. Clarice is set to take place in 1993, one year after the events of the iconic film. The drama will explore the untold personal story of FBI agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field to take down serial murderers and predators while navigating Washington, D.C., politics. Jodie Foster famously played the young FBI agent in Silence of the Lambs, which was based on Thomas Harris' 1988 and won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1992. Breeds' Clarice is described as both "brilliant and vulnerable," according to TV Line. Her bravery gives her "an inner light that draws monsters and madmen to her. Her complex psychological makeup comes from a challenging childhood, and her drive comes from her need to escape the burden of family secrets that have haunted her throughout her life." Along with playing Aurora de MArtel in The Originals, Breeds had a reoccurring role as Nicole Gordon in the later seasons of Pretty Little Liars. Star Trek executive producer Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet wrote the pilot script for Clarice and will also serve as executive producers. "After more than 20 years of silence, we're privileged to give voice to one of America's most enduring heroes -- Clarice Starling," Kurtzman and Lumet said in announcing Clarice in January, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Clarice's bravery and complexity have always lit the way, even as her personal story remained in the dark. But hers is the very story we need today: her struggle, her resilience, her victory. Her time is now, and always." (People)
Detective Ambrose Dares Jamie to Do Something Bad in The Sinner. Jamie is getting closer and closer to the edge on The Sinner. E! News has an exclusive sneak peek at the night's brand new episode of The Sinner, which sees Jamie Burns (Matt Bomer) and Detective Ambrose (Bill Pullman) having a tense confrontation on the streets of New York City. "I'm stronger than you. I can take you down any time I want," Jamie tells his pursuer. "What's with you anyway? You think you're the only person that's angry at the world?" Ambrose asks. "No! That's the problem, I'm not," Jamie responds. "Then stop indulging yourself," Ambrose retorts. "We all have dark thoughts, we learn how to live with them. We contain them." Jamie begins further antagonizing the detective by bringing up his divorce and increasing age and that's when Ambrose dares him to follow through on his violent thoughts in real life. "Just do something! You're going to act out, you're not going to act out," Ambrose yells. "Quit talking. Do it!" The Sinner airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on USA. (Eonline)
Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell reckon with aftermath of 'train wreck' debate. Following their dismal debate performance, a tense Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell were left to face the music. The pair presided over a chaotic Democratic debate on CBS Tuesday night that multiple TV insiders described as "a train wreck." O'Donnell, with a palpable sense of relief, announced that the debate was over at 10 p.m. But King, her co-moderator, immediately jumped in: "Time for one more break, Norah. Time flies when you're having fun!" O'Donnell looked surprised. The moderators reappeared following the break, only to say that the show was over. A TV source inside the Charleston, SC, venue told us the pair, who were once co-anchors on "CBS This Morning," left the Gaillard Center amid tension following the broadcast, although other insiders deny this, saying they later got together with the crew for drinks. A source said, "There has been a lot of finger-pointing going on. There were issues with the teleprompter and the cues." Another said, "It was a glimpse into the dynamic between Gayle and Norah." A third source added, "This debate really got out of control because there were too many cooks in the kitchen. Everybody had their own producers. It was a total train wreck with too many egos. Nobody was in full control." One source added that CBS News president Susan Zirinsky held a call with the news division and said they should all be proud of their work on the debate, and that it was the candidates who were really fired up. Another debate source also blamed the candidates, saying, "Tom Perez at the DNC has to rein in the candidates. It was a disgrace. It was like 'Saturday Night Live' on steroids." Meanwhile, TV pros watched the debate in disbelief. Meghan McCain weighed in on Twitter: "These moderators need to get this under control. This is way worse than any bad day @TheView hot topics table. At least Whoopi has the bell." Mika Brzezinski tweeted: "Does CBS have a buzzer or something to organize this??? What's going on?" CBS reps didn't comment. (PageSix)
'The Bachelor' Premiere Scores 2-Year High With Digital Viewing. The long-running ABC unscripted show draws a sizable multi-platform audience, in keeping with the performance of several other popular network series. Add The Bachelor the list of network series getting a big lift from digital viewing. The Jan. 6 premiere of the long-running ABC unscripted series nearly doubled its initial audience after five weeks of multi-platform viewing, according to figures from Nielsen and the network. It also gathered more than twice as many viewers in the key ad demographic of adults 18-49 and marked the show's most-watched episode in two years -- since the 2018 season debut. "The Bachelor franchise is a great example of how broadcast can create a cultural dialogue that both resonates and entertains," said Rob Mills, senior vp alternative series, specials and late night at ABC. "We are overjoyed with the continued success of the series, and will be watching along with the rest of Bachelor Nation as Peter's journey continues to unfold." The show's season premiere drew a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and about 6.1 million viewers for its first airing, improving to 2.4 and 7.52 million after three days of delayed viewing as measured by Nielsen (ABC, for its part, no longer tracks same-day ratings). Even within those three days, people who watched on digital platforms had a noticeable effect on ratings. Adding them to the Nielsen three-day figure gave The Bachelor premiere a 3.47 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.6 million viewers. With a week of delayed and digital viewing, the premiere rose to a 4.21 in the demo and 10.6 million viewers. After 35 days, it stands at 4.96 in adults 18-49 -- more than double its initial Nielsen rating (and the three-day figure as well) -- and 12 million viewers, a 60 percent bump from the Nielsen three-day total and a 98 percent improvement on the same-day viewership. The 12 million multi-platform viewers over 35 days is a 19 percent improvement on last year's premiere, which had 10.1 million viewers after five weeks. In both total viewers and adults 18-49, The Bachelor scored its largest multi-platform audience since Jan. 1, 2018. Nielsen's 35-day ratings, meanwhile, put the season premiere at a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.1 million viewers. That means The Bachelor got 46 percent of its 35-day 18-49 rating and about a third of its total viewers from digital platforms. Those figures track with some of the other (limited) multi-platform data networks have released. The percentage of The Bachelor's total 35-day viewing that comes from nonlinear sources is in line with that of the season premiere for fellow ABC stalwart Grey's Anatomy (37 percent) and ahead of shows like NBC's This Is Us (26 percent) and Fox's The Masked Singer (23 percent) and 911 (24 percent). Similarly, The Bachelor's all-in 18-49 rating is similar in its linear/digital split to those of the premieres for This Is Us (41.5 percent digital), ABC's Stumptown (44 percent) and NBC's Law & Order: SVU (45 percent). The Bachelor, like The Masked Singer, is something of an outlier among unscripted shows in that it brings in bigger delayed-viewing numbers than most of its counterparts. It's very much of a piece, however, with the trend toward viewing where and when audiences want it. (Hollywood Reporter)