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Grey's Producer Gives Six Degrees a Hand

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An executive producer of Grey's Anatomy is will be lending a hand to the new series ABC plans to air after the hit medical drama this fall.

Peter HortonAccording to industry sources, Peter Horton (left), a leader among the top-notch Grey's Anatomy directing / producing team, will be working in conjunction with the writers and producers of Six Degrees for the next month and be credited as a consulting producer.

Six Degrees, which focuses on six New Yorkers whose lives are intertwined, despite the fact that they don't know one another, hopes to build success on the coattails of Grey's Anatomy this fall. It was created by writers Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner, and executive produced by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias).

Rumors have it that ABC is somewhat concerned about the much-touted show's direction in its early episodes. Production stopped for a week earlier this month, a co-exec producer and director has reportedly left the series.

A former star of thirtysomething, Horton has been with Grey's Anatomy from the beginning, directing the show's first two episodes (and several others) while serving as executive producer alongside creator Shonda Rhimes.

The 53-year-old is also working with Rhimes on her forthcoming pilot about a group of female journalists, which will feature former Grey's guest star Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Horton's directing credits also include The Shield, Line of Fire and Once and Again.

Six Degrees is slated to premiere Thursday, September 21, following the season premiere of Grey's Anatomy.

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I almost didn't finish watching the October 30, 2008 episode in which pigs were used as "live tissue" for "teaching" medical techniques for saving lives. The fact that these pigs were obviously not real did not matter. It is the backward, morally repulsive, and dangerous idea of using animals like this that almost made vow to never watch this show again. However, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised that the show tried to show both sides of this very important debate through Izzy. So instead of never watching this show again, I congratulate the producers and creators for showing the valid arguments that opponents of medical animal experimentation often make. That said, I was disappointed at the end of the show when the pigs were killed. If the interns apparently saved them, why did they have to kill them? I guess this nevertheless shows that animals are yet to be given the respect and intrinsic value they deserve.

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