Grey’s Anatomy Was a Good Show at One Time…Seriously

Ah, Grey’s Anatomy. Back in 2005, I gave Grey’s a chance; mainly because of the participation of Patrick Dempsey. The show quickly grew on me and became a must-see addition to our household lineup.

It didn’t take long for the show to lazily venture from interesting medical drama to soap opera territory. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), once a complex and intelligent character, became annoying, dumb and predictable. Luckily, other characters emerged strong.

First, was Izzie (Katherine Heigl) and George (T.R. Knight). As they developed, Meredith started to (thankfully) fade into the background a little. Of course, this was short-lived. George was killed, and Izzie fell victim to the same lazy writing that ruined Meredith. Allot was said about Heigl’s departure, but she was right. The writers got lazy, and her character became less interesting.

Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) was for the longest time the most consistant ‘bright spot’. As attested to by her many awards for the character, Sandra Oh delivered excellent performances week after week. Still, the writing for the character became derivative and predictable. Even the stellar acting of Oh can’t hide the 1-dimensional writing.

The crux of the issue is the title of the show, Grey’s Anatomy. The character of Meredith is ruined and beyond repair. Pompeo, though a good actor, doesn’t have the ability to save her. A “Grey” needs to be the center of the show.

When Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh) joined the show, it looked like the show runners had realized that they needed to replace Meredith as the center of the show. Lexie Grey was a fresh start; she had all the qualities that made Meredith a great character at the start of the series, with none of the baggage that ruined the character. Lexie lived up to this challenge, rarely falling into the creative issues that plagued the other characters. Sadly, Shonda Rhimes jumped the shark this week by killing Lexie Grey.

With Lexie Grey gone, Grey’s Anatomy lost it’s chance at redemption.

Heigl Speaks Out

Katherine Heigl recently spoke out about her decision to not seek an Emmy nomination this year after her stellar win last year. The Hollywood Reporter has:

“I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization” decided against competing, Heigl said in a written statement provided by her publicist, Melissa Kates, who was contacted by the AP.

“In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials,” added Heigl. She plays Dr. Izzie Stevens on “Grey’s Anatomy,” which slipped in the ratings this past season but remained a top 10 show.

Although I think is was rude to express those thoughts publicly, I do agree with them. I’ve expressed my feelings in the past on the terrible way that the writers have treated her character this past season. Izzie was unbelievably out of character for nearly the entire season, yet I still believe Heigl shined. She did an excellent job of being given lemons, and making lemonade. Only at the end of the season was the character of Izzie truly brought back.

Should Heigl have expressed her opinion of her co-workers so publicly? I have mixed feelings. I like openness, and I wish more people in the public eye would express themselves openly. Also, she has done this in the past (the whole Isaiah Washington incident), so it isn’t out of character for Heigl.

I’ve shared my [minority] opinion, please share yours below.