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Grey's Anatomy Cast Joins Picketing Writers Again

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Even without a script to guide, the Grey's Anatomy cast generated plenty of drama Wednesday when they showed up once again to support striking writers picketing outside the fabled Paramount Studios lot in Los Angeles.

Stars Katherine Heigl, who plays Dr. Izzie Stevens, T.R. Knight, who plays her on-screen love interest Dr. George O'Malley, and Sara Ramirez, who plays George's estranged wife Dr. Callie Torres, posed for pictures and gave interviews.

Stars on Strike

Sara Ramirez, T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigl on the picket line.

Even former cast member Isaiah Washington showed up. Washington, who played Dr. Preston Burke, was not asked back to the show in June amid tension that began and quickly escalated when he allegedly used a slur in reference to T.R. Knight and then used the word again during a Golden Globes appearance.

Isaiah Washington has since apologized, met with gay leaders and checked into rehab, and the actor appeared on NBC's Bionic Woman earlier this fall.

His presence underscored the symbolism of "Diversity Day" in which writers and actors who are gay or minorities were specifically asked to appear on the picket line.

Grey's Anatomy creator and writer Shonda Rhimes, considered one of the most powerful black women in Hollywood, was among those picketing at Paramount.

Isaiah Washington denied there were problems with his former co-workers. He later posed for a photo with another Grey's Anatomy star, Justin Chambers.

"They're former castmates. I've been in over 25 movies, I have lots of former castmates," the actor said.

Justin and Isaiah

Justin Chambers and Isaiah Washington on the picket line.

The Grey's Anatomy cast members joined fellow actors Rex Lee from Entourage, Amy Brenneman of Private Practice, Motorcycle Diaries screenwriter Jose Rivera, and other cast and crew from CSI Miami, Cold Case, The Shield and Bionic Woman to support the television and screenwriters in their six-week strike.

The writers are negotiating their payments for work shown on the Internet. Talks broke off last week when the writers walked away from the bargaining table.

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Yep bring back IW to Grey's. He's not the same w/o Grey's and Grey's Anatomy is certainly incomplete w/o him. So is Sandra Oh. what a beautiful perfect lovestory they had. Oh bring back, oh bring back , Oh bring Back IW to Grey's , to Grey's. ..lol

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After the writer's strike and murky Grey's storylines this season, I applaud them for bringing Kate Walsh back for minimally one episode, but I think the story arc that would bring many viewers back is if Dr. Burke returned...even for 2 - 3 episodes. Christina hasn't had anyone in her life since him...it would generate ratings and buzz. Like the rest of life issues, isn't it time to forgive and move forward. Please Ms. Rhimes.

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Bring Isiah back for the 5th season! PLEASE!!!

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your awesomely gooood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I have never written anything on one of these before, but I hope this gets to one of the writers. I am a 38-year-old female business owner. I do not hardly ever watch TV, except for Grey's Anatomy. My life basically consist of my business, my children, and a dinner date with my friends once a month. However, I am addicted to your show. It brings life and romace back into me that I've lost long ago. But please, please, please do not lose the chemistry between Dr. McDreamy & Meredith. It truly is what makes the whole show, and, unfortunately, I'm afraid I'm going to lose interest if they are not together. They're relationship is what makes me tune in.
You guys are awesome, thank you for giving me something to tune into once a week!

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yeah justin and issiah look really photoshopped. but i support the writers<3

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Nice to see Isaiah again. Go Grey's cast for supporting the WGA.

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give them (the writers) what they want so they can get some new episodes. I love the show

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the picture with justin and issiah looks EXTREMELY photoshopped...

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i agreee
they should bring isaiah back..
i love dr.bruke...

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