Maureen Ryan is reporting today that Evil Francie (ALIAS) better known to the rest of the world as Merrin Dungey (KING OF QUEENS) has signed on to the much buzzed about GREY’S ANATOMY spinoff.
Now I know what you’re all thinking — thanks to an absolute dream ensemble including Kate Walsh, Taye Diggs, Chris Lowell (VERONICA MARS), Paul Adelstein (PRISON BREAK) and TIM DALY (EYES) — can this spinoff be anything less than the most successful new show of the season? To that I say six words: STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP.
Around the same time last year the television community was buzzing about Aaron Sorkin’s highly anticipated return to television featuring — surprise, an absolute dream ensemble. Almost a year later where’s the dream team now — on ‘hiatus’. Now don’t get me wrong, I love STUDIO 60 and will be in front of my television the moment the GREY’S spinoff premieres. But can we at least try to refrain from awarding the show a best drama Emmy before it’s even aired? Nothing good comes out of over-hyping a show so early. Remember last year’s sure fire hits. Ray Liotta in SMITH, NBC’s answer to LOST —KIDNAPPED! Well I don’t, because they’ve already been cancelled. Let’s not have our favourite character from GREY’S ANATOMY suffer the same fate.