Chyler Leigh Promoted to Cast Member

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TV Guide reports today that the Grey's Anatomy brain trust has officially promoted Chyler Leigh (a.k.a. Mer's half-sister, Lexie Grey) to a series regular.

An ABC Studios rep confirmed the move, stating that Chyler Leigh is signed for at least 13 episodes at the present time.

The news confirms our story from last week about Leigh possibly joining the cast.

It also comes in spite of a report that Grey's test audiences chewed up and spit out the Lexie character during a recent focus group.

Her flirtation with Derek Shepherd - one of only two scenes featuring Lexie Grey thus far - didn't help.

In any case, Chyler Leigh appears to be here to stay.

In related news, the spin-off, Private Practice, also added a new star in KaDee Strickland (The Wedding Bells) to play the administrator of Oceanside Wellness Center. She too will be a series regular.

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Oh please, spare us the melodrama of a half sister! Of a slutty half sister! Of a slutty half sister who is threatening to break up MerDer! The Powers That Be must hate us all. They want to burn our retinas with images of terrible actresses murdering good shows!


She's very pretty! I guess she and George will be sleeping together next, after all he is the stud of the show.


To: thedirtymistress Hey. I don't know who you are but your opinion is absolutely awesome! I feel the same exact way. Lexie needs to vanish into thin air... get killed or something and just leave. She's horrible. Everyone clearly wants to see Derek and Meredith together forever... MARRIED! They are so perfect. I get so wrapped up in the show that I feel what the charatcers are feeling. I cry when Meredith cries or when Derek just doesn't kiss Meredith when all she needs is to be hugged and kissed. Grey's Anatomy is the perfect romance story... when it's romantic, not when Derek and Meredith are fighting or not together. I wish I could just kiss Derek all day long but when he hurts Meredith I just want to cry with Meredith and give her a long, big hug and tell her it will be ok... then go yell at Derek, and he would be pretty hard for me to yell at with his dreamy eyes and pouty lips and all together GREAT looks. Anyways, I love your opinion and I wish Shonda would listen to what we have to say because people are slowly but surely growing apart from the show. I will probably never quit watching with the hope of Derek and Meredith getting married but a lot of my friends have quit watching because of JUST Meredith and Derek. SHONDA, PLEASE CONSIDER REPLYING TO ALL OF US... WE ALL, AS VIEWERS, HAVE SOME GREAT IDEAS AND ADVICE. WE KNOW YOU'RE THE EXPERT, BUT EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, THE LITTLE PEOPLE CAN HELP TOO.


Grey's Anatomy is absolutely awesome but now it is completely falling apart! Isaiah Washing was fired for a freakin dumb reason and Kate Walsh is leaving. Lexie Grey can't take Derek from Meredith... that would be a disaster and I would cry. Meredith and Derek belong together everyone knows that. George and Izzie are awesome together but George is married to Callie. The thing I am most worried about it seeing Derek and Lexie together... but after the eppisode where Burke ended the relationship with Christina... I have a feeling that George will have an affair with Lexie Grey. I'm so ready for season 4! and season 3 needs to hurry up and come out on DVD!


aaaaarrrrrrgggggghhhhhhhhh what is happening to greys anatomy?????????????? its already falling, after 3 seasons. :(:( im going to cry now.


That is the understatement of the year Mccharms but well done for trying anyway, Shonda will never give any hint concerning merder simply because everyone wants to know what will happen. She is annoying but very clever that shonda oh....


You guys new spoiler just came in 07/12 - Entering their first year as residents, Meredith Grey, Cristina Yang, Izzie Stevens and Alex Karev now have interns of their own to mentor. Among the new interns are George, forced to repeat his internship after failing his exams, and Lexie Grey, Meredith's half-sister. Actress Chyler Leigh joins the cast as Lexie Grey. "Grey's Anatomy" stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Katherine Heigl as Isobel "Izzie" Stevens, T.R. Knight as George O'Malley, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres, Eric Dane as Mark Sloan and Chyler Leigh as Lexie Grey. Source: ABC Aww! i feel sorry for George


Hi there loyal merder fans.
I still cant believe that they will go ahead and make lexie a series regular, are they not reading what we are saying!!!!!. I said it before and im saying it again.
Mclexiebith will never grow on me, I realy dont know what Shonda is up to but one thins is for sure, she will never have der with any onel else that mer without creating a riot. I will never like lexie, and I agree with she does look like a slut in that picture. GA is my like an addiction, but since Lexie cam into the story I have to say, the addiction is slowly fading. PLEASE, PLEASE SHONDA, GIVE US SOME SORT OF HINT THAT YOU WILL NOT GET DER AND LEXIE TOGETHER!


Hmm, after reading these comments or rather complains, i am thinking Shonda is under alot of pressure of trying not to disappoint fans anymore. I say goodluck Shonda you need that and now start fixing what you burned in the first place. Oh and can we pls!!!!!! get some pictures of what is happening on set right now?


Maybe Lexie will catch something from one of the patient's and die and Thatcher will be so heart broken he will jump off a bridge. Molly and Laura can go live on an oversea's Army base somewhere. Meredith can then get on with her life. Her and Derek can be happy plus she will have her friend's. That's all the family she needs.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.