Kim Raver Becomes Grey's Anatomy Cast Regular

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Kim Raver is taking up permanent residence at Seattle Grace.

The actress has been upped to a series regular on ABC's Grey's Anatomy, only two months after she joined the medical drama as a recurring character, Dr. Teddy Altman.

Kim made her debut in the ninth episode of Grey's Anatomy's current sixth season as the hospital's new cardio surgeon brought in by her former Army colleague Owen.

She and Owen (Kevin McKidd) have quite a history, it turns out, and Teddy stirred things up by professing feelings for Owen, laying the groundwork for a love triangle.

He and Christina (Sandra Oh) have developed terrific chemistry since McKidd joined the cast last season. It will be very interesting to see where that story leads.

Owen and Teddy

Raver is expected to appear in all but one of the show's remaining episodes this season. She takes over for Jessica Capshaw as the newest full-time Grey's Anatomy cast member.

Among Kim Raver's other recent credits include 24, Lipstick Jungle and The Nine.

Are you excited about her joining the Grey's Anatomy cast full time?

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No more new characters, Please!!! I am just getting used to Hunt and Arizona. I watch Grey's re-runs in the afternoon. They are better than the current shows at night. The chemistry between the blond and Hunt...who knows yet, bu Christna deserves a break. Give her somebody that will stay, at least for awhile. Blond is troublemaker if you ask me.

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Where are the old caracters we love.it is like they can't find time together or in the or.

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I don't mind that new characters are entering the scene at SGH, just so long as they SUPPORT and not diminish the original, main characters. If "Teddy" is to stay, I hope "Cristina" evolves in another relationship. Why leave Cristina all alone by herself again? Bring "Preston Burke" back!!! Now, that'll be a story...

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Here here Macey! It's astounding the way this show has "progressed".

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Macey I agree entirely about the multi cultural casting seems to have lessened recently. That's a real shame. The MW docs need to disappear though

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I dont' think they need to keep adding people to the cast, but if they do can we get more minorities, like another asian, hispanic, black woman or man? Jeez that's why I liked the show in the beginning because it was diverse.

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I think KR is very, er slight, and needs to put on a few lbs. I think the Grey's females are an attractive lot. Those HD cameras must be a nightmare for any actor. But KH must be in a strong position to be able to say that she'll be a season regular, but can dissappear from SO many episodes. It would seem she has the biggest earning potential of all the acotrs in GA, and is persuing the most successful movie career earning big bucks doing it. A TV series must be a bit of a bind. I'm very curious as to what role Iz will play when she comes back, cos Iz needs to be in SGH to be a viable character

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but another plus about her is that she is BEAUTIFUL. Let's face it some of our Grey's girls have not aged so gracefully.. they need to pull in the (small) male audience they may have.

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I certainly agree that another character is just adding to the problem of an already overcrowded cast, but I think that Kim Ravier is a good addition. We've needed a cardio surgeon for awhile to mentor Christina (she's been missing one since Burke left 2 years ago) and frankly, a couple on Grey's that gels like Owen and Christina can't actually become a permanent fixture without some pot stirring... 3 seasons of Mer/Der drama should have taught us that by now. The problem isn't KR, it's the size of the cast, and the show will continue to loose steam if the episodes continue to lack focus and neglect to give screen time to the characters we watch the show for, ie Meredith, Derek, Alex, Izzie (even though I hate her), Christina, etc.-- which is one of the major problems with such a massive cast. I have high hopes for the path the show is taking us on, but I have serious reservations about it's longevity or it's ability to hold the interest of its core fan base if the episodes continue to be as disjointed and unfocused as over 1/2 this season was. I don't think we should focus too much on the size of the cast because if we all recall, Grey's lost about 5 million viewers after season 3 because they had run out of storylines for their core cast members and were shooting in the dark (POORLY) and frankly even I stopped watching for a while (Meredith dying anyone?). The show does need to move forward and evolve with time, but they need to avoid alienating the fans by ignoring the characters we love the most. And what the hell was up with the 2 month hiatus?

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ANOTHER CHARACTER? I think there are a lot already! I don´t mind Kim Raver if she stays away from Owen and Cristina. Right now it´s the only couple I enjoy.More owen and Cristina! We barely see Alex, Cristina, Callie, Bailey! I don´t mind if Heigle leaves. I´m enjoying the show without her. But NO MORE NEW CHARACTERS!

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