Two Season 4 Guest Stars Announced

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Tony Award winner Ben Vereen, who made his New York nightclub debut earlier this year, will guest star on Grey's Anatomy in the fall.

Vereen, according to his spokesperson, will play a burn victim on the hit ABC series. His appearance is currently scheduled for October 4.

A star of stage and screen, Ben Vereen made his Broadway debut in Jesus Christ Superstar, earning a Tony Award nomination for his performance. He nabbed the Tony for his work in Bob Fosse's production of Pippin and has also starred on Broadway in Grind, Jelly's Last Jam and Fosse.

Vereen was nominated for Emmy Awards for "Roots," "Intruders" and 1976's "The Bell Telephone Jubilee." He also received Golden Globe nominations for his work in "Funny Lady" and "Ellis Island." He was most recently back on Broadway as the Wizard in Stephen Schwartz's Wicked.

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Edward Hermann

Also today, it was announced that Edward Hermann, perhaps best known for his work on Gilmore Girls, will appear on Season 4 of Grey's Anatomy.

Hermann was a fixture on The CW's Gilmore Girls as Richard Gilmore in all seven season of the show. ABC hasn't released much regarding what Hermann's character will consist of on Grey's Anatomy, but it appears that he will play a doctor for at least three episodes.

As for the regular cast, it's been a tumultuous off-season as we know. The Season 4 lineup will be minus Isaiah Washington, who was not retained by ABC amid a storm of controvery, and Kate Walsh, who left to headline her own spin-off series, Private Practice.

Meanwhile, Chyler Leigh has been added as a series regular in the role of Lexie Grey, younger sister of Meredith and new Seattle Grace intern.

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

MEREDITH: "You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done! All the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cares? I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."
DEREK: "This thing with us is finished. It's over."
MEREDITH: "Finally."
DEREK: "Yeah, it's done."
MEREDITH: "It is done."

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.