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Izzie Does it, Take Four: Katherine Heigl Officially Signed For Next Season

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Drop Dead GorgeousJumping on a board a train that already includes T.R. Knight, Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey, Katherine Heigl has been invited back for Season 4 of Grey's Anatomy.

A day after ABC Television Studio opted to not renew Isaiah Washington's contract, thereby ending Dr. Preston Burke's tenure at Seattle Grace, Katherine Heigl received word that Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens was still wanted, the actress' rep confirms.

"Katherine Heigl has received a formal pick-up notice and is still hopeful that ABC will show her the same respect that they have shown for her co-stars," her publicist said in a statement obtained by E! Online.

Katherine Heigl is the last of the Golden Globe-winning drama's major stars to be reupped, a few months removed from pulling the plug on contract talks back in February after not getting a raise that would have put her on the same level with co-stars Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh, who get about $200,000 per episode and a percentage of the show's profits.

Although ABC maintained throughout that the 28-year-old actress, a Golden Globe nominee for supporting actress in January, was "an integral part of Grey's Anatomy and its success," Katherine Heigl admitted she was upset the contract disagreement was leaked to the public, and "disappointed that Touchstone felt it necessary to divulge private information."

"I just want to be treated with the same respect they're showing the other actors, and so far they've refused to do that," she told Entertainment Weekly in an interview last month.

So while Heigl waited it out, telling CBS' Early Show just a few weeks ago that she hadn't received her pickup letter yet, she focused on her future.

The star inked a deal with Coty Inc. to be the face of Nautica's first fragrance for women, and signed on to star in the bridesmaid comedy 27 Dresses, which is currently filming in New York.

Meanwhile, the Judd Apatow-directed Knocked Up is getting great critical feedback, banking major money at the box office â€" $46.2 million after less than a week in theaters â€" and earning Heigl many accolades as well as comparisons to Meg Ryan and other queens of romantic comedy.

But the best news is for George and Izzie fans, who, with Heigl and T.R. Knight back, get to see the fallout from Izzie's season finale plea to George. Callie O'Malley be darned, I am in love with you, George!

Production on the fourth season of Grey's Anatomy is expected to kick off later this summer. With Katherine Heigl and a terrific band of co-stars back, we're already anticipating the new campaign!

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The only thing that I dislike about the character Izzy is her actions and her behaviour. She acts so damn weak all the time. It's almost like she went from being a grown woman to a seven year old child. The way she is behaving towards George is not the way a woman who has lost her fiance, had to give up her child, and had to struggle to earn everything, would behave. She's instead acting like a girl who has always had everything she wants, and I thought that was the opposite of her characters basis? I was under the impression that Izzy had grown from her struggles but she's behaving more immaturely than ever before. It's depressing to watch, especially since Katherine is such a talented actress (beautiful composure in front of a camera). As for the bickering behind the scenes, I could so do without it. If you get on tv and get paid for it, be fucking happy and thankful that you're blessed with the opportunities that so many other struggling actors never even get. Shit. The more people get the more they seem to want.

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comee on cathy don't be stupid!! she is the most important part of grey's anatomy! seriOusly without her the show would be like.. soo incomplete 'cauze he plays the best character!!!! SOO PEOPLEE DON'T BE SOO STUPID,,, KATHERINE IS THE BEEST!!!!!

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I LIKE Katherine Heigl as an actress. I loathe Izzie, and quite honestly if an intern has to go I think she's the one

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Kh is also a good actress like the other casts of GA. But I think that by repeatedly telling everyone that she deserves equal treatment as the other cast members like Sandra Oh and Ellen Pompeo, it made her sound arrogant and getting a little airhead. Even if she was telling the truth, I think it would have been better if it didn't get to the press anymore. Though I think among the three of them, Ellen P, Sandra O, and KH. Katie's character is the most dispensable 'coz her character build-up isnt as strong as Meredith or performance as strong as Cristina's.

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There she is again I am so fed up to see her show up every other day on this site. Maria Magdalena is back in S4 how many times will she cry this season!!! Gosh I definetely don't like this actress can't help it.

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Hey Hafsa i agree with you whole heartedly.
Lexie staying in GA is a horrible idea & as for getting someone to compete with PD aka McDreamy or getting someone better & sexsier than him is SERIOURLY NOT POSSIBLE.

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Season 4 will start shooting in july and starts airing in september. I just read this comment from another forum; "06/12 - Executives tied to the show say the fourth-season plan is to add several cast members, including at least one fresh-faced new intern: Meredith Grey's half-sister Lexi (Chyler Leigh) will become a frequent presence with a multi-episode story arc. They are also seeking a new recurring male character to compete with Patrick Dempsey's Dr. McDreamy". God i am so pissed! lexie as a regular?

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btw..does anyone know when season 4 will start shooting??..just curious totally agree with you.. ew... umm..but if Izzie doesn't stop being so annoying i probably won't be a Izzie fan..but i'll still love KH..

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Katherine is a wonderful actress. She is definitely getting up there with the best of the comedic actresses, and i'm excited to see what's in store for the future of Katie..and even Izzie.

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I love Katherine Heigl!!! and Izzie..even though the character has sucked lately.. it's sad to hear that so many of you do not like KH..i know it's ur opinion and everyone has their own...and i respect that..it just disappoints me..but oh well KH is an AWESOME actress..and a comedic queen in my book ;)

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