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Kate Walsh (actress)

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Kathleen Erin Walsh (born October 13, 1967) is an American film and television actress, currently known for her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on the ABC dramas Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice.

Walsh was born in San Jose, California and grew up in Tucson, Arizona. According to a commercial interview that Walsh did for Cadillac, she explains that her maternal grandfather was Italian American. Her mother Angela lives in Nevada and Walsh has four older siblings. She has two sisters and two brothers, Sean and Joe, who are filmmakers. Walsh studied at University of Arizona for a while where she got involved in regional theatre. She now lives in Los Angeles.

Walsh was a model in Japan during the 1980s where she also taught English as a second language to Japanese students. When Walsh moved to Chicago, she began working with the Piven Theatre Workshop. She performed on National Public Radio in the production of the radio play Born Guilty. Walsh subsequently moved to New York City and joined the comedy troupe Burn Manhattan on June 27, 1987, performing in a number of Off-Broadway plays.

After playing Cathy Buxton in the "Stakeout" episode of Homicide: Life on the Street in 1996, her first major television appearance was in 1997, when she appeared on The Drew Carey Show as Carey's character's girlfriend Nicki. She wore a fatsuit in some episodes of the show, as the Nicki character was a formerly obese woman who lost weight and slowly started to gain it back. She went on to portray Carol Nelson in HBO's The Mind of the Married Man television series, and played Norm Macdonald's romantic interest in the sitcom The Norm Show. Walsh also made a notable guest appearance on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Mimosa, a transsexual. She sometimes appeared in sketches on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. She had a recurring role on Karen Sisco as Detective Marley Novak in 2003 and 2004. In 2005, she was cast in the ABC series, Grey's Anatomy, as Dr. Addison Montgomery, the estranged spouse of Derek Shepherd ("Dr. McDreamy", played by Patrick Dempsey).

It was announced in February 2007 that Walsh's Grey's Anatomy character Addison would be in a spin-off of Grey's Anatomy that began airing in September 2007. Taye Diggs, Tim Daly, Amy Brenneman, Chris Lowell and Audra McDonald have been cast in the spin-off, which has been given the name Private Practice. Walsh returned to Seattle Grace as a guest star for episode thirteen in Season 4 of Grey's Anatomy, she is currently shooting the second season of Private Practice, for which ABC has ordered a full season of episodes.

Beginning in September 2007, Walsh has appeared in television commercials for the 2008 Cadillac CTS. She is also the current spokeswoman for Caress' Exotic Oil Infusions body wash.

Kate Walsh reports that she is considering returning to Grey's Anatomy.

The crime drama Normal Life marked her film debut; she played the sister of a bank robber played by Luke Perry. She portrayed a kleptomaniac in the film Peppermills. Walsh also appeared in the cult movie, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Part 2. She had her first significant role in a major Hollywood production as Will Ferrell's wife in the family comedy, Kicking & Screaming, alongside Robert Duvall and Mike Ditka. Walsh has also appeared in several other films with Ferrell, including Bewitched and an "alternate film" to Anchorman titled, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie.

Walsh was also set to star across John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in the supernatural thriller 1408, but she had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Walsh is set to be starring alongside Dennis Quaid and Paul Bettany in the biblical horror film Legion, due out 2010.

Walsh married movie executive Alex Young on September 1, 2007. They were married in the Ojai Presbyterian Church in Ojai, north of Los Angeles. On December 11, 2008, it was announced that Young filed for divorce after 15 months of marriage.. On December 24, 2008, Walsh counter filed for divorce, contesting the date of separation listed in Young's divorce papers.

Since the summer of 2007, Walsh has been the spokesperson for Narcolepsy Network, working to promote national awareness of narcolepsy through infomercials and DVDs.

In January 2008, Walsh participated in a video for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama called, "Yes We Can", produced by Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas. She also campaigned for Obama in Arizona, Texas, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.

In July 2008, Walsh was nominated as a candidate on the Unite for Strength slate for a place on the national governing board of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in elections scheduled for 18 September 2008. On September 18, 2008, Walsh was elected to serve on the SAG board for a three year term. Walsh ran as a candidate with the Unite for Strength party who won 6 of the 11 Hollywood Division seats which were up for contention in the recent Screen Actor's Guild National Board elections.

Kate Walsh is an active supporter of pet adoption, and frequently campaigns towards the cause. On February 7th, 2008, Kate cut the ribbon to a new dog adoption centre named Pedigree(R) Dogstore in Times Square.

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Kate Walsh (singer)

Kate Walsh at a conference in England, 2005.

Kate Walsh is an English singer from Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex.

A graduate of the Brighton Institute of Modern Music, her first album was Clocktower Park (produced by Lee Russell), released in 2003 by Kitchenware Records. The album was named for a meeting place in her home town. In 2007, she released her second album, Tim's House. It quickly became the No. 1 album on the UK iTunes Store. The album also features her most popular song, Your Song. Her big break came when she gained iTunes customers' attention when her song Talk of the Town became the iTunes Free Single of the Week from the week beginning 20th March 2007 .

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Kate Walsh (politician)

Kate Walsh (1 March 1947 – 24 April 2007) was an Irish Progressive Democrats politician and community activist from Celbridge, County Kildare. In 2002 she was nominated by the Taoiseach as a member of the 22nd Seanad Éireann.

Walsh was elected to Kildare County Council at the 1999 local elections, when she stood as an independent and won over one-and-a-half quotas on the first count. She later joined the Progressive Democrats (PDs), and stood unsuccessfully as a PD candidate for Dáil Éireann in the Kildare North at the 2002 general election. She was unsuccessful again at the by-election in 2005.

She died on 24 April 2007 from complications related to diabetes, after a long illness.

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Tim Daly


Timothy "Tim" Daly (born James Timothy Daly on March 1, 1956 in New York City, New York) is an Emmy Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award nominated American stage, screen and voice actor, director and producer. He may be best known for his television role as Joe Hackett on the long-running NBC sitcom Wings. He is currently starring as Peter Wilder on the Grey's Anatomy spin-off, Private Practice.

Daly, an Irish American, was born in New York City, the only son and youngest child of actor James Daly and actress Hope Newell. He is the younger brother of actress Tyne Daly, who is 10 years his senior, and is a brother-in-law of television and film composer Mark Snow. He is also related to former game show host and newsman John Charles Daly. He has two other sisters, Mary Glynn (Snow's wife) and Pegeen Michael. He attended The Putney School, where he started to study acting.

Daly began his professional career while a student at Vermont's Bennington College, where he studied theatre and literature, in which he now holds a Bachelor of Arts, and acted in summer stock. He graduated from college in 1979 and returned to New York to continue studying acting and singing.

Daly debuted on stage when he was seven years old in Jenny Kissed Me by Jean Kerr, together with his parents and two sisters. The show also starred Sharon Laughlin and John D. Irving.

Daly appeared for the first time on TV when he was 10 years in an American Playhouse adaptation of An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, which starred his father James Daly. He dreamed about a sports or music career and also considered becoming a doctor or a lawyer, but finally decided to become an actor. Daly started his professional acting career when he appeared in a 1978 adaptation of Peter Schaffer's play Equus.

His first leading film role was in the film Diner, directed by Barry Levinson, in which he shared screen time with actors including Kevin Bacon and Mickey Rourke. Starring roles soon followed in Alan Rudolph's feature, Made in Heaven, the American Playhouse production of The Rise & Rise of Daniel Rocket, and the CBS dramatic series, Almost Grown created by David Chase.

In theatre he has starred in the Broadway production of Coastal Disturbances by playwright Tina Howe opposite Annette Bening and received a 1987 Theatre World Award for his performance. He has also starred in Oliver, Oliver at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Mass Appeal by Bill C. Davis and Bus Stop by William Inge at Trinity Square Repertory, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams at the Santa Fe Festival Theatre, A Knife in the Heart and A Study in Scarlet at the Williamstown Playhouse, and Paris Bound at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.

Wings was an American sitcom that ran on NBC from April 19, 1990 to May 14, 1997. It starred Daly and Steven Weber as brothers Joe and Brian Hackett, the show was set at the fictional Tom Nevers Field, a small airport in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where the Hackett brothers operated Sandpiper Airlines.

In 2002 Daly guest-starred as himself in the TV series Monk in the episode "Mr. Monk and the Airplane," briefly reuniting him with with his Wings castmate Tony Shalhoub.

In 2006 Daly returned to Broadway when he appeared on stage opposite David Schwimmer and Željko Ivanek in the Broadway revival of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial.

Daly is well known for his role as straight-laced pilot Joe Hackett on the long-running NBC sitcom Wings. Daly made several appearances on The Sopranos as J.T. Dolan, an AA buddy of Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli). Daly received a 2007 Emmy nomination for his work on the series.

He appeared on the midseason ABC crime series Eyes, which got good reviews but was canceled after only five episodes.

Tim Daly played Superman in Superman: The Animated Series, but was unable to return as Superman in Justice League, as he was already under contract to star in a remake of the 1960s TV drama The Fugitive, which aired for only one season (2000–2001). He reprised his role as Superman in the 2002 video game Superman: Shadow of Apokolips and the 2006 direct-to-video release Superman: Brainiac Attacks.

In 2006, Daly played the role of Nick Cavanaugh on the new ABC drama The Nine. Starting May 3, 2007, Daly began playing a new love interest for Kate Walsh's character on the Grey's Anatomy spinoff, Private Practice.

In 1997 he and J. Todd Harris formed the Daly-Harris Productions company, through which he produced such movies as: Execution of Justice (1999) (TV), Urbania (2000) and Tick Tock (2000).

Daly is an owner of Red House Entertainment production company, which he co-founded with wife, Amy Van Nostrand, and Steve Burleigh. Movies produced through the company include Peabody Award and Humanitas Prize winning Edge of America and Daly's directing debut, the independent film Bereft.

Daly and his wife have also created Wandering Park Productions, a company designed to develop and produce a variety of film, television and theater projects. The company producing credits include the critically acclaimed and award winning Los Angeles premiere of Vincent Cardinal's play A Colorado Catechism, starring both Daly and his wife. The play received outstanding reviews and earned both Daly and his wife DramaLogue Awards for Best Actor and Best Actress.

Daly co-produced a documentary, PoliWood, about the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. The documentary, directed by Barry Levinson is scheduled for release in 2009.

Tim Daly is an activist in various liberal political and social causes. In 2004 he became active in the presidential politics of the Democratic Party by joining "John Kerry for President," an organization dedicated to John Kerry's presidential candidacy for the 2004 election.

In the beginning of 2007, Daly became a member of The Creative Coalition (TCC), a nonprofit, (501(c)(3)) nonpartisan, politically-active group formed of members of the American film entertainment industry. As a member of TCC Daly has joined the National Task Force on Children's Safety, a program co-founded by The Creative Coalition and Safety4Kids, "the first children's media brand focused solely on safety and health." According to the program website: "The Task Force is the first critical step in creating a national dialogue on safety and media literacy and determining next steps to ensure that the issues are prioritized in the minds of parents, educators and legislators." "The Task Force is dedicated to awareness, education and lasting change by impacting national policy on safety education and media literacy." In August 2007 Tim Daly became one of the three chairs for the organization's activity at the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions. Along with actress Kerry Washington and writer/director Sue Kramer, Tim Daly was responsible for leading "TCC's Convention efforts designed to bring issues of importance to the forefront of the 2008 presidential campaign." In November 2007, Tim Daly interviewed senator John Edwards, one of the Democratic president candidates.

In June 2008, Tim Daly, together with Chandra Wilson, was named the 2008 ambassador for Lee National Denim Day — a fundraiser for breast cancer, benefiting the Women's Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. In August 2008, Daly was named co-president of the Creative Coalition, a nonpartisan group that works on issues such as health care reform and arts funding.

Daly and his wife, actress Amy Van Nostrand, married on September 18, 1982. They have two children: son Sam born in 1984, and daughter Emelyn, born in 1989.

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Grey's Anatomy


Grey’s Anatomy is an American primetime medical drama. It debuted on ABC as a mid-season replacement for Boston Legal on March 27, 2005, immediately following Desperate Housewives.

The title of the show is inspired by the classic medical textbook Gray's Anatomy. The series revolves around Dr. Meredith Grey, played by Ellen Pompeo, who began the show as a surgical intern at Seattle Grace Hospital in Seattle, Washington.

Meredith Grey, a surgical resident, is the title character of the series Grey's Anatomy; her name is a reference to Henry Gray, the original author of the textbook Gray's Anatomy. Printed under the current title, "Henry Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body", as the 40th British edition in September 2008, the textbook on human anatomy has become a classic in medical schools, since first being published in 1858.

As a drama series the show has many correct medical references to work by real surgeons in medical history. For example, Dr. Virginia Dixon made a reference to Dr. Christiaan Barnard, the surgeon who performed the first human heart transplant in December, 1967.

The characters of the series include a group of surgical interns and the various physicians who serve as mentors to the interns in their professional and personal lives. The show's producers used a "blind-casting" technique, resulting in a racially diverse cast. All roles for Grey’s Anatomy are cast without the characters' races being pre-specified, in keeping with creator Shonda Rhimes's vision of diversity. The five characters who serve as the series' focal point are Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Alex Karev (Justin Chambers), George O'Malley (T. R. Knight), Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) and Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh). They begin the series as interns at Seattle Grace Hospital, progressing to residency after their first year in the surgical program. They are initially mentored by Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), a general surgeon who becomes the hospital's Chief Resident and later applies for a pediatric surgery fellowship. The surgical program is run by Chief of Surgery Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.) who has a pre-existing personal relationship with Meredith, having dated her mother when Meredith was a child. In Webber's employ are attending physicians Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) and Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington), who specialise in neurosurgery and cardiothoracic surgery respectively. Derek is introduced as Meredith's love interest, while Preston begins a relationship with Cristina, but ultimately leaves her at the altar. Washington was written out of the show after allegedly directing homophobic slurs at Knight.

Introduced in the show's second season are OB-GYN and neonatal surgeon Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh), plastic surgeon Mark Sloan (Eric Dane), orthopedic surgeon Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) and cardiothoracic surgeon Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith). Addison is Derek's ex-wife who arrives in Seattle seeking a reconciliation with him. Walsh left the series in its third season to star in spin-off Private Practice, but continues to make occasional guest appearances in Grey's Anatomy. Mark is Derek's former best friend, who aided in the breakdown of his marriage by having an affair with Addison. Callie is introduced as a love-interest for George, who she later marries, but ultimately divorces. Erica replaces Preston as head of cardiothoracic surgery and begins a lesbian relationship with Callie, however leaves abruptly in the show's fifth series. Smith's removal from the show was criticized in the media as revealing an anti-homosexual agenda on the part of ABC.

The third season introduces intern Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh), Meredith's half-sister. She forms a fast friendship with George, and harbours romantic feelings towards him which go unreciprocated. She later embarks on a relationship with Mark. A second intern, Sadie Harris (Melissa George) is introduced in the show's fifth season, however George's did not go on to become a series regular, criticizing the show's writers for severely restricting her character's growth. Also introduced in the show's fifth season are trauma surgeon Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), cardiothoracic surgeon Virginia Dixon (Mary McDonnell) and pediatric surgeon Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw). Owen becomes a love-interest for Cristina, Richard attempts to convince Virginia to replace Erica as head of cardiothoracics, and Arizona becomes a love-interest for Callie.

Meredith Grey, the daughter of the once-renowned surgeon Ellis Grey, becomes an intern at the Seattle Grace Hospital. She meets fellow interns Cristina Yang, Isobel "Izzie" Stevens, and George O'Malley, who become her closest friends during the intern program. Other characters include Dr. Miranda Bailey, nicknamed "Nazi" due to her "tough love" capability; Alex Karev, an intern who is not very popular with the others (especially Izzie); and renowned surgeons Dr. Derek Shepherd and Dr. Preston Burke. The chief of surgery is Richard Webber, who was once more than close friends with Meredith's mother.

The season chronicles the first few months of the internship program and the day-to-day life of a surgical intern. Recurring plots include Meredith's battle to keep her mother's Alzheimer's disease a secret and her relationship with Dr. Shepherd. Others include George's infatuation with Meredith, Izzie dealing with the criticism of being a former model, Cristina's relationship with Burke and her miscarriage, and a power struggle between Dr. Burke and Dr. Shepherd in the hospital. The season's end introduces Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd, Derek's estranged wife, although for other areas where the season was aired, Meredith waiting (Season 2, Episode 5) was the season finale instead.

The second season aired Sunday, September 25, 2005, and ended on May 14 and May 15, 2006 with a three-hour finale spanning both nights. The first season had originally contained 14 episodes, representing ABC's original midseason order for the show. However, it was decided to end the season early because ABC executives wished for the show's first season to end with ABC's Desperate Housewives (which had the time slot before Grey’s Anatomy for the first two seasons).

Rather than condensing or throwing out plot lines, Grey’s Anatomy producers chose to end the first season with the ninth episode and save the following episodes for the second season. Episodes 10-14 were then held and broadcast as the first five episodes of Season 2. ABC ordered 22 episodes in addition to the five being carried over, bringing the total number of episodes for the second season to 27. Bring the Pain, which aired as the series' 14th episode, has been cited in series creator Shonda Rhimes' blog as having been originally intended as the first season finale.

The second season focuses on Meredith and Derek's relationship, which comes to an abrupt halt when it is revealed that Derek is married to neo-natal surgeon Addison Montgomery. Izzie and Alex embark on a relationship of their own (although this is cut short when Izzie falls for heart patient Denny Duquette), as do Cristina Yang and Preston Burke. Doctor Bailey becomes pregnant, and more is revealed about her personal life. On some of the weeks airing after its highly-watched February 5, 2006 post-Super Bowl episode, the program attracted more viewers than its lead-in, Desperate Housewives.

Once the second season ended on May 15, 2006, the show had two previously recurring actors, Sara Ramirez (Callie Torres) and Eric Dane (Mark Sloan), join the regular cast. The series' opening credit sequence was also dropped by the last half of the second season, replaced by a title card displayed at the end of the first act and credits displayed over the opening of the second act of each episode.

On May 16, 2006, the morning following the close of the second season, ABC announced plans for a third season of Grey’s Anatomy to anchor the network's Thursday evening programming, set to air at 9 p.m. ET. ABC first tested the series' potential for Thursday audiences on February 9, 2006, as it aired an encore of the Super Bowl XL-leadout episode titled "It's the End of the World." The following Thursday, February 16, 2006, the network repeated the second part of the story arc, "(As We Know It)." Both airings began at 9:30 p.m. ET, and thus positioned Grey’s Anatomy against CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Without a Trace, Fox Network's The OC, and NBC's long-running medical drama ER. Solid performance on these nights, with the repeat airings maintaining a strong second-place finish, may have been influential in the fall scheduling decision.

The move to Thursdays was viewed as a vote of confidence in the series from ABC, as well as a bid to attract more advertising dollars, since movie studios heavily advertise movies on Thursday evenings for that weekend's box office. The move was cited as one factor for competing network NBC's decision to move its own Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, originally intended to air Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET. ABC announced on July 18, 2006, that the third season would premiere on September 21, 2006.

The series assumed its new Thursday slot on July 6, 2006, as part of a two-hour event featuring a repeat of the pilot episode, "A Hard Day's Night." The season focused on Izzie's struggle to let go of Denny, Meredith's choice between Finn and Derek, the ramifications of Burke's injury and the decision between the four attending surgeons as to the new Chief of Surgery and between the residents for Chief Resident. Throughout July and August, the series aired twice weekly — once in the new Thursday time period, and once in its previous Sunday time period. Grey’s Anatomy performed strongly in the show's new timeslot in its season premiere. It was able to snatch away the No. 1 position from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation during the 9 p.m. hour, bringing in an impressive 25.14 million viewers throughout the hour and a strong 10.9 rating in the vital 18-49 demographic. In comparison, CSI's season premiere earned a competitive 22.04 million total viewership and a 7.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

The show was renewed for a fourth season, with the first episode airing on September 27, 2007.

In the official blog, creator Shonda Rhimes gave a few clues as to plot lines for season four, indicating that Mark Sloan will be given a bigger role and in the aftermath of the finale, events for Derek Shepherd and Cristina Yang will be "interesting to watch." Due to her producing responsibilities on both Grey’s and the spin-off, Rhimes assigned the day-to-day showrunning duties to writer and executive producer Krista Vernoff.

For the first time in the show's history, two of the series regulars were not returning. Kate Walsh's character was transferred to the Grey’s Anatomy spin-off, Private Practice. On June 7, 2007, it was announced that Isaiah Washington's contract had not been renewed. Former Reunion star, Chyler Leigh, guest starred in the final two episodes of season three as Lexie Grey, a new intern and Meredith Grey’s younger half-sister. On June 11, 2007, it was announced that Leigh would become a series regular, instead of a 13 episode story arc as previously planned.

The character Dr. Erica Hahn (The Silence of the Lambs fame actress Brooke Smith) joined the main cast, reprising her antagonizing role in the season's fifth episode. She replaces Preston Burke as head of Cardiothoracics. Upon her return, she makes Sandra Oh's character, Cristina Yang work harder for her success in Cardiothoracics.

It was once reported that a new male character would be introduced in season four. This character would somehow be in "competition" with Dr. Derek Shepherd. This idea was obviously not put into fruition until the next season, with the arrival of Dr. Owen Hunt. Fourth season guest stars included former Gilmore Girls actor Edward Herrmann who appeared in three episodes. Seth Green of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame guest starred in a two-part episode. Lauren Stamile plays a scrub nurse named Rose, who became a potential love interest for Derek. Dawson's Creek alumnus Joshua Jackson was scheduled to make his return to television in a multi-episode arc as a doctor with his first appearance in the season's eleventh episode. Jackson's appearance was cancelled due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. Kate Walsh returned as Dr. Addison Montgomery for the May 1 episode, Piece of My Heart. Her appearance played a pivotal role in the burgeoning romance between Dr. Erica Hahn and Dr. Callie Torres, as she was the first one to suggest that perhaps they were an item.

On February 20, 2008, it was confirmed that Grey’s Anatomy would return on April 24, 2008 for five new episodes. Where the Wild Things Are was the first episode shown after the incubation resulted from WGA strike. The double episode finale (Freedom) aired May 22, 2008. It was centered around Meredith having a huge breakthrough with her personal life including Derek and her mother. Meredith and Derek performed clinical trials on patients with brain tumors. They lost all of their patients except for one whose boyfriend died just before her life saving surgery. After finally succeeding, Meredith took a risk and reunited with Derek. Almost all the cast had a kiss, including Meredith and Derek, George and Lexie, Richard and Adele, Alex and Izzie, and, Erica and Callie. To prepare for the lesbian story line, which continued momentarily in season five, Grey’s consulted with GLAAD. At the end, Derek goes to his camper in search of Meredith, only to find her waiting on his land with candles dividing each room of their could-be "home". They kiss, and Derek leaves her long enough to break up with Rose.

The fifth season premiered with a two-hour episode on September 25, 2008, directly after the third season premiere of Ugly Betty. Regular one-hour episodes of the series began airing in the U.S. on October 9, 2008, following the October 2 coverage of the 2008 Vice Presidential Debate. OK! magazine reported that Katherine Heigl was remaining with Grey's Anatomy, and that Kevin McKidd and Melissa George were being added to the cast. On November 3, 2008 it was announced that Brooke Smith (Erica Hahn) had been written out of the show. Before the announcement of Smith's departure, it was announced that Mary McDonnell would appear as Virginia Dixon a cardiothoracic surgeon with Asperger's Syndrome.. It has also been announced that Melissa George would not be remaining as a series regular, and her run on the show would end after her character, Sadie Harris decides to leave the hospital.

On November 6, 2008, TV Guide reported that Grey’s Anatomy will feature a multi-episode crossover arc with spin-off Private Practice in time for February sweeps.

Unlike previous seasons, this season has not prominently featured the romance of Meredith and Derek until now. The season has focused on several different things--Derek's discovery of Meredith's mother's journals from when she was a resident; Meredith's reaction to the journals;Lexie and her fellow interns performing procedures on each other (from injections to surgeries) in an attempt to learn things they believe they are not learning from their residents; the appearance of Meredith's old friend, Sadie, back into Meredith's life and Christina's reaction to this; the reappearance of Denny Duquette, who is appearing to Izzie Stevens as a hallucination of some sort; the intensity rising between the residents as an opportunity for a solo surgery comes into play; the new-found romances in other characters' lives such as McSteamy and Callie; and the increasing amount of involvement there is with the patients coming into Seattle Grace. Rhimes has announced that contrary to popular speculation, the appearance of 'Dead Denny' is not due to a brain tumor. In fact, recent episodes reveal what exactly he is doing back in Izzie's life and what is to happen in the next ones to come. After learning of her disease, she lets the interns diagnose a "patient x", unaware that it is her. The interns diagnose her with a malignant melanoma that has spread to the brain, skin and liver, giving her only a 5% survival rate.

A new romance for Dr. Calliope Torres was also a plotline on recent episodes, as she met new head of Pediatric Surgery, Dr. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw), who is apparently attracted by her. They both shared a kiss in Joe's bar, as they almost met for the very first time. However, Callie's lack of experience with homosexual relationships seemed to make Arizona hesitate in the following episodes, stating she didn't want to deal also with "babies" in her personal life.

It was announced that Jessica Capshaw has made a deal with ABC, giving her the opportunity to be featured as Dr. Robbins on all Season 5 episodes to come, and to even become a series' regular next year.

Dr. Bailey also made new experiences this season. As the Chief announced her he had made the request to promote her as an attending in General Surgery, one of Dr. Dixon's comments about the way she cared about kids made her change her mind, choosing Pediatric Surgery as a specialty instead. Convinced by Dr. Robbins, she made an application for a Pediatric Surgery fellowship. However, she was unsatisfied of the Chief's recommandation letter.

Cristina had to deal with the reappearance of Dr. Hunt's old fiancée, with whom he had briefly broke up without telling her he was coming back from war. However, he showed her he would stick with her after a case they shared with an older surgeon who was asked to retire, saying he hoped to still be there for Cristina during the years to come.

The new relationship between Dr. Sloan and Lexie, Meredith's younger sister, was also a plotline. They kept the secret for a moment, Lexie being even covered by Sadie after Mark's "injury", but Lexie asked him to go public with her. During the last episode of the crossover between Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice, Mark told Derek about his new love, but the latter didn't quite appreciate it, especially after the rough day he had had. They had a fight because of it.

Fisher Plaza, which houses Seattle's ABC affiliate KOMO-TV, is used for some exterior shots of Seattle Grace Hospital, such as air ambulances landing on the KOMO-TV news helicopter helipad. This puts Seattle Grace conveniently close to the Space Needle, the Seattle Monorail, and other local landmarks. However, the hospital used for most other exterior and many interior shots is not in Seattle; these scenes are shot at the VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center in North Hills, California. While the interior of Meredith's house is a built set, the actual home used for exterior shots is in Seattle.

In 2005, ABC gave the hit show a vote of confidence by announcing that Grey’s Anatomy would receive the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot which aired on February 5, 2006. The special episode pulled in a record 38.1 million viewers. The network's faith in the show was proven further when it removed it from its comfortable post-Desperate Housewives berth and scheduled it opposite the CBS ratings blockbuster CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in fall 2006. The gamble paid off, with the season premiere drawing 3 million more viewers than CSI.

Afterward, in an interview with Access Hollywood, Katherine Heigl criticized Washington for revisiting the incident publicly and using the slur in the press room, and said "he needs to just not speak in public. Period." Later that week, Knight appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show and said he and others had heard Washington use the slur during the October incident.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation then called on Washington to apologize. Network executives went on to reprimand Washington, who then agreed to undergo counseling and issued a statement saying: "I can neither defend nor explain my behavior...I can also no longer deny to myself that there are issues I obviously need to examine within my own soul, and I've asked for help." In an effort to try to come clean with the viewers, Washington surprisingly checked into a residential treatment facility to undergo a psychological assessment for the slur.

Nevertheless, on June 7, 2007, ABC announced they had decided not to renew Washington's contract, and that he would be dropped from the show. Washington's response, in a statement released by his publicist, was "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore." He has also spoken out about the controversy and said that "I have to clear my name. I'll start from the beginning. I'm telling everything. So here's the truth ... I used the word during a disagreement with Patrick Dempsey. I apologized for that. We shook hands and went back to work." He has also stated that it was Knight who spun the slur into a personal attack, alleging it may have been to increase his salary or story lines; Washington has also said he is considering legal action. He has stated that Patrick Dempsey will support him in saying the previous statement.

Since then Isaiah Washington has spoken about the firing and has said that he was not mad but "saddened" by his firing. He also said that if he was asked to make a cameo appearance on the show, he would not hesitate to say "yes".

The image of Washington's character (Preston Burke) was used in advertisements for the May 9, 2008 episode entitled "The Becoming". The picture was shown in a newspaper article announcing a medical award he (Burke) had received. After this aired, Washington's attorney Peter Nelson contacted ABC and SAG and cited this as an unlawful use of his client's image. His publicist, Howard Bragman, pointed out to the Hollywood Reporter that "they have the rights of the character to advance the story, but not the image" and stated he expected this to result in a "financial settlement".

Fan reaction was followed by a flow of articles from critics and reporters who felt the need to take a stand. Kristin Dos Santos of E! online reported that "Grey's has been de-gayed", Entertainment Weekly's Michael Slezak wrote the article "Brooke Smith's Grey's Anatomy ouster is not right and not okay" and while TV guide's Matt Mitovich reported "Grey's Actress "Really, Really Shocked" by Ouster from Show" in his other piece "GLAAD Sad about Grey's Lesbian-ectomy; Plus the Latest Scoop on Erica's Exit" he reports that "Contrary to some online accounts, Erica will not simply hop in her car and ride away at the end of this Thursday's episode. Rather, sources tell me, "significant events" transpiring during the episode will make very clear her reasons for leaving...". In the same article Mitovich makes known that The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in its president's statement said that "e are disheartened that the burgeoning relationship between Callie and Erica on Grey's Anatomy has come to an end," GLAAD president Neil G. Giuliano said in a statement. "Because there are so few lesbian characters on network television, we hope that ABC and Grey's Anatomy will commit to further developing Callie's character and her relationships, and continue providing this important representation on one of TV's most-watched shows." The Los Angeles Times in its Critic's Notebook titled "Brooke Smith's firing is bad for Grey's Anatomy, and the world" also spoke of the issue as did many other publications.

On November 4, Grey's star Patrick Dempsey appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and read a statement from ABC that said that they had a great time working with Brooke and he said her storyline came to an end. Due to this decision, Erica Hahn made her last appearance on November 6, 2008. Brooke Smith claimed that her character was not even given a customary send off. She states, "I'm not written out. My final scene is just me heading to my car." This means that although her exit is ambiguous which could mean a guest appearance later on, Brooke Smith will no longer be a member of the cast after the November 6 episode airs.

On February 21, 2007, The Wall Street Journal reported that ABC was pursuing a spin-off of Grey’s Anatomy featuring the character Addison Montgomery. On May 3, 2007, a two-hour episode of Grey’s Anatomy doubled as a backdoor pilot for the proposed spinoff. ABC officially picked up Private Practice for its fall 2007 lineup on May 11. The series aired its first nine episodes during fall 2007 on Wednesday nights on 9:00PM Eastern/8:00PM Central, premiering on September 26, 2007 on ABC. The premiere episode followed the second part of the season debut of Dancing with the Stars and provided a lead-in to fellow freshman series Dirty Sexy Money. Pushing Daisies, a third new series for the evening, rounded out the evening's lineup as a lead-in to Private Practice on October 3, 2007.

While the series garnered generally favorable ratings and a full-season episode order from ABC, production was halted on Private Practice after the ninth episode, due to the WGA strike which similarly halted the fourth season of Grey’s Anatomy. Upon resolution of the strike, ABC announced Private Practice would resume broadcasts of new episodes at the start of the 2008-2009 season, retaining its time slot alongside the other two series it had accompanied on Wednesday evenings during the previous season. The trio of programs had second season premieres on October 1, 2008.

In January 2008, Gameloft released an official mobile game based on the first three seasons of the drama series. Players can play as Meredith Grey and meet many other characters from the show.

In January 7, 2009 Ubisoft announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with ABC Studios to develop a video game based Grey’s Anatomy. Designed for the Wii, the Nintendo DS and PC, Grey’s Anatomy: The Video Game was released on March 10, 2009. The game will be a cross between Trauma Surgeon and an adventure game, with players taking on the roles of the characters.

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Grey’s Anatomy.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.

Among many others, Grey’s Anatomy is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning television show.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (formerly Buena Vista Home Entertainment) has released seasons 1, 2 3, and 4 of Grey’s Anatomy on DVD in Region 1 & region 2 except season 4 as of yet.

The producers of Grey’s Anatomy recently released a novel depicting the lives and minglings of two bit-part characters; Joe the bartender and Nurse Debbie. The book is double sided written in blog and IM form, while gossiping on the actions of the Grey’s characters. The events discussed give background information for Joe and Debbie themselves and give insight on the events and cases the doctors deal with in the show.

A bi-monthly magazine has also been produced and is currently being sold in stores across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The title of the magazine is GREY’S ANATOMY and it is a published work through Titan Magazines, and ExpressMag (for subscriptions). The first issue was released in March 2007.

In January 2008, Grey's Anatomy was made into a mobile game on behalf of video game publisher Gameloft. A Reuters.com article states that it "gives players and fans the chance to experience intense emotions and drama unique to their favorite show in unlimited different skill-based surgery mini-games taken from actual episodes of the show".

On March 10, 2009, Ubisoft will release Grey's Anatomy: The Video Game for the Wii, Nintendo DS, and PC.

The show's main title theme during its first two seasons is an excerpt of "Cosy in the Rocket", by British artist Psapp. It is featured on the soundtrack album released via ABC corporate cousin Hollywood Records on September 27, 2005. A list of all the songs featured in each episode, which are all selected, mixed and supervised by Alexandra Patsavas, can be found on the program's official website. Patsavas similarly gained acclaim for selecting the music used for the FOX series The O.C. prior to her work with the ABC series. A second soundtrack, featuring songs from the series' second season, was released September 12, 2006, followed by a third soundtrack with music from the third season.

In addition to use within the series, certain songs have been become key to promotion of Grey’s Anatomy. Prior to the series debut, The Postal Service's song "Such Great Heights" was used as part of series previews aired on ABC. As the series has continued, it has been instrumental to the success of songs such as Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” and The Fray’s “How to Save a Life”, both of which became top 5 hits after appearing in the show. Anna Nalick's "Breathe (2 A.M.)" also regained popularity after appearing in the "As We Know It" episode (the second of a two-part episode which premiered after Super Bowl XL). “Chasing Cars” gained in popularity after its use late in the second season, and was used in a video of second season clips. “How to Save a Life” was the song used for the series' third season promotional music video, and all Grey’s Anatomy previews for the season. Brandi Carlile’s “The Story” and Mat Kearney’s “Breathe In, Breathe Out” have also been featured prominently.

Music plays a key role in the creation of Grey’s Anatomy. Each episode of the show is uniquely named after a song. The episode titles usually have something to do with the theme or moral of the episode's storyline and this moral is reproduced by the voice-overs heard at the beginning and end of each episode. Artists featured on Grey’s Anatomy include Meiko, Adele, Beck, Tegan and Sara, The Boy Least Likely To, Nouvelle Vague (band), Kate Havnevik, Róisín Murphy, Gemma Hayes, Snow Patrol, Kanye West, Interpol, Maria Taylor, Mat Kearney, Medeski Martin & Wood, Ingrid Michaelson, Joshua Radin, Jem, Brandi Carlile, Anya Marina, Erin McCarley, Duffy, Corinne Bailey Rae, Chris Garneau, Devics, KT Tunstall, Sia, Anna Nalick, Santigold, and Missy Higgins.

Icelandic singer Emiliana Torrini specifically wrote the song "Beggar's Prayer" for use in the show, as did Ingrid Michaelson, whose song Keep Breathing was written specifically for Grey's Anatomy and was featured prominently in the third season finale. During the season five premiere, Taylor Swift debuted "White Horse" from her sophomore album, Fearless.

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