ABC Takes One Step Forward, Two Steps Back by noyoufalled

In one swift move, ABC has extinguished hope of improving equal visibility for same-sex relationships on primetime television. Entertainment Weekly reported earlier this evening that Brooke Smith, who plays Dr. Erica Hahn on Grey’s Anatomy, has been fired from the show. This means the end of the developing relationship between Dr. Hahn and Dr. Callie Torres, who just last week seemed to be moving happily forward. Smith’s last appearance will be in the next episode, airing this Thursday, November 6th.

[via hollywoodinsider.ew.com]

Grey’s creator and head writer Shonda Rhimes reportedly delivered the news to Smith, and released the following statement to Entertainment Weekly in attempt to end suspicion that the move was made because of the sexuality of Smith’s character.

“Brooke Smith was obviously not fired for playing a lesbian. Clearly it’s not an issue as we have a lesbian character on the show – Calliope Torres. Sara Ramirez is an incredible comedic and dramatic actress and we wanted to be able to play up her magic. Unfortunately, we did not find that the magic and chemistry with Brooke’s character would sustain in the long run. The impact of the Callie/Erica relationship will be felt and played out in a story for Callie. I believe it belittles the relationship to simply replace Erica with ‘another lesbian.’ If you’ll remember, Cristina mourned the loss of Burke for a full season.”

However, Rhimes and ABC may have dug themselves in deeper than they suspect. They have also reportedly ‘de-gayed’ a character that was to be introduced as a friend of Meredith’s and possible love-interest for Dr. Torres.

All this from a network who previously fired an actor for uttering a gay slur. How did things turn so quickly? Both mainstream entertainment and LGBT websites are already reporting the news and receiving hundreds of comments from outraged fans. How do you feel about this move, on the eve of the American Presidential election that keeps promising us change?


November Sweeps Are Upon Us! by noyoufalled

November sweeps have officially begun! The quarterly ratings booster officially began its fall session last night, October 30th, and will continue through till November 26th. November sweeps, in case you haven’t heard the terminology before, refers to a month-long extravaganza where networks deliberately up the ante on their shows in attempt to sway viewers into tuning in. During sweeps we can expect more action and violence, more conflict and tears, more romance and one-night stands, and of course plenty of outrageous guest stars.

Each of the major American networks (CBS, NBC, and ABC, click for day by day schedules) have released a ‘sweeps plan’ outlining some of the surprises we can expect over the next few weeks. Here’s the rundown on just a few of the must-see events from front-runner series coming soon to a TV near you…..

CSI– The Miniature Killer makes an appearance as Grissom is called to testify against Las Vegas’ tiniest murderer. Lady Heather returns as Grissom explores the world of erotica. It’s for a case! Really!

CSI:NY – For the series’ 100th episode, a serial killer bent on extinguishing all individuals named Mac Taylor poses an interesting conundrum for the show’s star investigator: save himself, or save all the little Mac’s of New York? Expect guest-stars popping up everywhere in this episode!

Grey’s Anatomy– An old friend of Meredith’s arrives at Seattle Grace as one of the hospital’s newest interns, and receives a less than warm welcome from McDreamy and the rest of Meredith’s crew. In addition to the Chief continuing his quest for greatness (and Bailey cleaning up his mistakes), we can expect a little more screen time for the Callie-Erica romance as Seattle Grace’s first same-sex couple further explores the motherland.

My Name is Earl – Earl loses his list when a series of tornadoes rips through Camden County! Oh no! What will he do?!

Deal or No Deal – 200th episode! We can only guess what Hollywood’s favorite OCD host Howie Mandel will pull out for this landmark!

So, will the amazingness of November sweeps draw you in? Are all these cheap tricks really going to garner more viewers than average?