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Grey's Anatomy Spoilers: More Denny, George, Mark & Lexie

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Michael Ausiello of EW has a lot of good stuff on Grey's Anatomy in his weekly spoiler Q&A today. He covers everything from the absence of George to the portrayal of Dr. Dixon, to Mark Sloan and "Little Grey" and more on Hahn's dismissal. Here goes ...

Q: Tell me more about this Grey's Anatomy-Private Practice crossover. I'm intrigued.

A: It'll take place over the course of three episodes (February 5, 12, and 19) and the only confirmed participant as of now is Kate Walsh.

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Q: I didn't think Shonda Rhimes could ever come up with anything worse than Gizzie on Grey's Anatomy, but this ghost Denny business is about one episode away from officially being the worst thing the show has ever done. Please tell me it will be over soon!

A: Afraid not. Denny will be haunting Izzie at least through February. In possibly related news, the title of episode 14 is "Beat Your Heart Out." Hmmm....

Q: Is Mary McDonnell going to be back on Grey's Anatomy? I loved her Dr. Dixon. I watched last week's episode thinking she'd be back, but she wasn't.

A: Her second of three episodes, "All By Myself," airs December 4. Personally, I wasn't a fan. You know I worship the ground McDonnell walks on, but I found her Asperger's depiction a tad over the top. And I'm not alone. Megan, a self-proclaimed Aushole and Asperger's sufferer, called the portrayal "robotic and single focused - which we are but not to that degree. Grey's Anatomy missed the boat on this one. Instead of normal with slight social misperceptions, it came off as a bad version of a high-functioning autistic, and they're two different things."

Q: Enough with Izzie-Denny and Cristina-Owen. I'm surprised that no one has asked about another "situation" that I've noticed on Grey's Anatomy since the season began: The slow and steady flirtation between Mark and Lexie. Where are they going with this?

A: To first base in early '09, and I can't wait. McSteamy is actually making Lexie (gulp) interesting.

Q: Why has T.R. Knight had only a few scenes per episode on Grey's Anatomy recently?

A: I did some digging and, unfortunately, there's nothing juicy to report. I'm told it's just part of the natural ebb and flow of storylines. He'll start flowing again next year when he gets mixed up in the Alex-Izzie-Denny story, but not in any romantic sort of capacity. Shonda may be kooky but she's not a masochist.

Q: How come ABC has issues with lesbians on Grey's Anatomy, but no problem with all the guy-on-guy make-out sessions on Brothers & Sisters?

A: I honestly don't think the suits at ABC are scared of gay men or lesbians. They just despised the character of Erica Hahn and her romance with Callie Torres. And as soon as they had proof that the audience agreed, they dumped Brooke Smith. As an ABC insider explained, "In the process of doing some maintenance polling, the sample group for Grey's Anatomy hated the Callie/Erica coupling while still liking Callie." 

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Why the season sucks:
1) The attending surgeons have been dumbed down and not acting like teachers.
2) The residents haven't matured much, aren't teaching anyone and are getting dumber.
3) The new interns aren't doing a whole lot. They are idiots. Dr. Bailey was at least interested in her interns -- educating them, keeping track of them, assigning them tasks. The Dizzie situation is serving no purpose. It's irritating. Denny is dead. The acting is thoroughly unappealing, as is the writing. For the main characters, the transition from interns to residents appears to be a lost opportunity to see the characters grow. The residents should all be demoted and Dr. Bailey back in control of them. And include some of the newer interns. In fact, some of this season's residents should be fired. Some of the interns should be fired. It really feels like the writers strike killed the feel of the show.

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Hrii, in defense of the mods here, they are not the ones who called Gizzie the worst thing ever, the poster who sent the question to Aussiello is. The mods here have always been very respetful of us Gizzie fans and wouldn't make comments like that. I agree with everyone on Mark and Lexie, completely gross. He has grey hair and she looks 15 for goodness sake. Could for once in his life Mark be the mentor who helps someone, does he have to sleep with everyone? It is getting gross.

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Alex and Izzie were a very small part of season 2. You had MerDer, George and Izzie as best friends, Burketina. Izzie slept with Al;ex a couple of times the n dumped him from Denny. Of course the ratings were higher in season 2, the show was still fresh and new, and I will say it: beack in season 2, I know AI had a lot more fans. Now in season 5, I read a lot of people who think they should have stayed dead and that they lost their magic (to me, they naver had it anyway). Beginning of season 5 was all Alex and Izzie all the time, and the ratings went down, which means they just aren't working anymore. Denny came back and the ratings went up. You also have to understand that back in season 2, even the Gizize fans who hate AI could tolerate them back then because they hadn't seen how totally amazing Gizie would be as a couple. I know many people who stopped shipping AI when theys aw how great Gizzie was, and after that, those Gizzie fans couldn't go back to just accepting them as friends, especially since that friendship was killed too so they left and the ratings have been bad ever since. I also read that Grey is one of the show that lost the most ratings after the strike. That said, I could accept Gizzie as just best friends as long as she is not with Alex (they don't work) and they have ,ots of scenes like they did in season 2 and George can hook up with Lexie. Mark and Izzie would be super hot, see I can be reasonable. No you didn't say Gizzie brought the ratings down, mbut when they were together,the people against them claimed they would make the ratings go down, which never happened. I am in agrement with most people here. Mark and Lexie are seriously gross and have zero romantic chemistry.

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I'm sorry, this is becoming a real joke here. First, ABC removed Hahn because they didn't 'like' her... as if it matters!
Then Izzie's got this foolish storyline.
Shonda's pretending George doesn't exist.
And the pedophilia thing with Mark and Lexie... Gexie was going pretty well, and now they're ruining it - the only couple that is actually good, and George and Lexie are both alive.
And where the hell do you get off telling that Gizzie was the worst thing that's ever happened to the show? You pissed a lot of Gizzie fans with that.

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I will say, as much as I love(d) Denny. He needs to be gone. He is dead. And as for Izzie, I have no idea what to think. I just hope that she will be able to move on, to Alex who is actually being a genuinely (shock!) nice guy to her. Or is it to much to ask that things could be slightly normal?

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I didnt say the ratings were down because of Gizzie. I said Gizzie was not solely responsible for the ratings being down. I told you it was thanksgiving (that was the episode after Gizzie was over). The ratings went down because nobody was bother to tune in to see anything on Thanksgiving. 2 weeks later the ratings came up again and remained the same even 1 month later. Im just trying to prove that Gizzie was not the main reason. Grey's anatomy is not about George and Izzie. Its about the fab 5 and Meredith. Obviously the ratings had to go down because the strike put the production on hold for like 3-4 months. They put too many reruns to fill the gap.. thats why people kind of gave up and chose to watch the episodes on ABC.com or wait for the DVDs. Lost used to be like this so they solved it by scheduling the premiere in January. All the ratings are down this year too including shows like CSI PvP DH UglyBetty Heroes. If you look at the statistics, you'll know that every show has gone down 20-30%. so are you saying that Gizzie brought down the ratings for other shows too? Everybody knows its because of the strike, even the critics like (Kristin,Ausiello,Mitch,Matt) said it. Im not saying Gizzie was Bad. I just dont agree with you about the ratings thats all.
Here's the chart from last season
09/27/2007 A Change is Gonna Come 20.93
10/04/2007 Love/Addiction 18.51
10/11/2007 Let the Truth Sting 19.04
10/18/2007 The Heart of the Matter 18.04
10/25/2007 Haunt You Every Day 16.44
11/01/2007 Kung Fu Fighting 19.31
11/08/2007 Physical Attraction, Chemical Reaction 19.50
11/15/2007 Forever Young 19.61
11/22/2007 Crash Into Me, Part 1 (thanksgiving) 14.11
12/06/2007 Crash Into Me, Part 2 17.78
01/10/2008 Lay Your Hands On Me 17.68
04/24/2008 Where The Wild Things Are 16.37
05/01/08 Piece of My Heart 15.31
05/08/08 Losing My Mind 16.03
05/15/08 The Becoming 15.55
05/22/08 Freedom 18.09 If you see the time gap btw Lay Your Hands on Me and Where the wild things are, you will know what Im talking about. It took almost 4 months to air the new episode. People are not gonna stick around for that and some just didn't care to wait anymore. Season 5
1-2 18.5
3 14.8
4 14.8
5 14.5 A/I kiss scene
6 15.3 A/I going steady
7 15.7 Denny came back from the dead
8 14.9
9 15.9 See you can tell that Denny actually did not make any big difference at all. the viewers were around 15.5 even b4 he came. plus even the ratings are down. Grey's anatomy is still no.1 among 18-34 viewers. The ratio index (the ratio the advertisers are looking for) for Grey's Anatomy is 2.0-2.1 and CSI and DH came right after. so even though Gizzie fans said they have quitted the show, it still did not matter at all. plus why do Gizzie fans always have the make a comparison between A/I and Gizzie? You know i don't even think that A/I had anything to do with the ratings either. like I said, Grey's is not just about Alex Izzie and George. There are like 7-8 other characters on the show as well. If you are going to take credit for the ratings being high then A/I fans can also say because of their sex scenes in season 2 during that bomb episode and their post-Olivia relationship after the bomb, Grey's Anatomy has become the no.1 show in America... so if you think about it
A/I sex scenes, Post Olivia-Relationship, Love Triangle btw Denny, Izzie, Alex
from no.10 show --> no.1 show and number of viewers just kept going up
Gizzie -- No 1 in viewers on par with CSI in season 3 finale then lost many viewers in season 4 premiere then 20 mills down to 18 b4 they broke up so using Gizzie's ratings logic -> AI brought in more viewers than Gizzie did But deep down you know, its all bullpoo because Grey's isn't just about these 3 characters..

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You are all soooooooo boring with that Mark-Lexie adittude-she is like a child,he's like her father!They have more chemistry than George and Lexie,and their story line would be so much interesting than Callie/Mark or George/Lexie.Anyway,I think that episodes which are coming will have a good part reserved for Mark and Lexie.

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I hate Alex and Izzie. Alex becomes this creepy cheesy guy when they are a couple. He seems so overly possessive in that sneak peek. Reminds me of season 2 when he followed Izzie around like a little puppy begging for her attention. God I hate that Alex. I don

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OOooooooh, so many good news! Addie will be back! George and Izzie will be seen as friends again! And Denny will stay until FEBRUARY! Yaay, I think this is awesome! I love the Denny-Izzie-Alex story. In my opinion Izzie and Alex make a cute couple (and will be one eventually) but Denny is just perfect, the love of her life. I think it's great he's here and I am really curious where this is going and especially about the others' reactions when they find out Izzie had to deal with seeing her dead fiance's ghost all the time. Again: Thanks for the great news, what a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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I don't think Gizzie ending are the sole reason for the ratings being down. A lot of people are just tired of the show for a lot of other reasons. That said, I think it does prove that Gizzie didn't bring the ratings down by being together like their haters claimed before they broke up though. I still see some of them say they were disastrous for the ratings, which makes me laugh given the fact the episodes were they were together got 20 millions and now the show gets 15 million. Shonda dropped them to brought the ratings up, everyone knows that, and thing is, it didn't work. Bringing Denny back seem to do it though, although they are still not as good as they were in season 3. You know, I just want the GI haters to admit that Gizzie together had no bad effect on ratings, and that in fact no single couple can have any strong effect on ratings. They also need to admit Gizzie does have a big fanbase and not just haters. I am just thrilled we are getting more scenes again, even if just as friends. I agree with the majority on Mark and Lexie. She looks like his kid, for goodness sake. She and George would be perfect together, and h and Callie would too. I don't know why Shonda insists on making her a lesbian when she clearly has more chem with Mark than anyone and why she insists on Mark and Lexie, a couple most people seem grossed out by?