How to re­sus­ci­tate the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ we loved

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BE­TWEEN the TR Knight and Isa­iah Wash­ing­ton ker­fuf­fle, Katherine Heigl’s can­did com­ments to the press , and Eric Dane’s sex tape that sur­faced a few months ago, Grey’s

Anatomy has been plagued with plenty of off-cam­era drama.

As for the on-screen drama, it’s been a bit scat­tered as well. Fal­ter­ing sto­ry­lines, in­con­sis­tent char­ac­ters… you get the idea. What breaks our heart about

Grey’s is that we used to love it. Here’s a few sug­ges­tions to keep the show on air.

● Go easy on the Izzie: Make sure Izzie has so much to do that Katherine Heigl doesn’t re­sort to shrieky over-act­ing. When she’s on, she’s on. When she’s over­act­ing, it’s a hot mess. Let us re­dis­cover the Izzie we loved from the beginning.

● Give Sloan some­thing to do: For that mat­ter, give McSleazy a ma­jor sto­ry­line and let Eric Dane be known for a per­for­mance that the fam­ily can watch.

● Don’t for­get the in­terns: When

Grey’s started the main cast was mostly in­terns. We thought they were in­ter­est­ing, so why treat the new in­terns any dif­fer­ently?

● Cal­lie’s gay – or bi – get used to it: The writ­ers and pro­duc­ers had to have known they were go­ing to make a lot of peo­ple an­gry when they went down the path of Cal­lie (Sara Ramirez) ex­plor­ing her sex­u­al­ity. Tough.

● More Cristina and Owen: They are about the only char­ac­ters who haven’t man­aged to work our last nerve. Let’s keep it that way.

● Go back in time and cast Hugh Lau­rie in­stead of Isa­iah Wash­ing­ton. Grey’s needs that larger-thanlife im­mov­able ob­ject that forces ev­ery­thing and every­one around him/her to bend to his/her will.

● Bring back Ad­di­son Mont­gomery: Re­mem­ber when Kate Walsh joined the cast of Grey’s and was smart and sassy and sexy? Then she moved to Los An­ge­les and lost at least half of her IQ. The cross­over episode with Pri­vate

Prac­tice in sea­son five re­minded us how much we used to like Ad­di­son.

● More medicine, please.

● More funny: What made Grey’s fun early on was the way it was sprin­kled with hu­mour. Now when it’s funny it seems forced.

● No more oth­er­worldly vis­its: Sorry, folks, if you kill some­one off they need to stay dead. – LA Times

● Grey’s starts on M-Net on Jan­uary 19 at 7.30pm. – LA Times

HAPPY TIMES: The cast of Grey’s.

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