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Doc­tor, Doc­tor

Fans have been in an up­roar since it was an­nounced that GREY’S ANATOMY’S Ari­zona (Jes­sica Cap­shaw) and April (Sarah Drew) will soon exit the hospi­tal drama. Truth be told, Ari­zona hasn’t ex­actly had a lot of story this sea­son, and we’re kinda hop­ing that her exit in­volves a re­union with her ex, Cal­lie. But the de­ci­sion to write off April is down­right baf­fling. In re­cent weeks, we have watched the char­ac­ter spi­ral out of con­trol fol­low­ing a cri­sis of faith, and Drew has done some of her finest work ever (which is say­ing some­thing, given the dra­matic jour­ney April’s been on over the past few years!). That said, af­ter 14 sea­sons which have seen nearly ev- ery orig­i­nal cast mem­ber exit, we have faith that the still wildly pop­u­lar drama will sur­vive these lat­est de­par­tures, too.

... or has ABC’S new le­gal drama FOR THE PEO­PLE earned a place on your view­ing sched­ule? More eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble than the ex­cru­ci­at­ingly com­plex HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MUR­DER, the show feels like a throw­back to the early days of GREY’S ANATOMY, with a bit of L.A. LAW thrown in for good mea­sure. Sure, we can’t yet tell you the names of the in­ter­change­able new­bies bat­tling it out in the court­room, but Hope Davis (as Fed­eral Pub­lic De­fender Jill Car­lan) and Vondie Cur­tis-hall (as Chief Judge Ni­cholas Byrne) ground the show in such a way that we wind up think­ing all those kids run­ning around the court­house will be okay un­der their watch.

Re­ver­sal Of For­tune

As big fans of THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS, we were pretty dis­ap­pointed in the sea­son fi­nale… es­pe­cially since pro­mos had al­ready shown the “cliffhanger” in which Veron­ica ap­proached David and Erica’s love shack! As the show ramps up for the new sea­son — which we’ll have an ex­clu­sive preview of in the next CBS is­sue — we’d like to sug­gest a rad­i­cal change. Imag­ine if long-suf­fer­ing Hanna, pushed over the edge by grand­son Q’s death, went from God-fear­ing to devil-may-care, even as wick- ed daugh­ter Can­dace fi­nally saw the er­ror of her ways? While the sudser re­mains OWN’S most pop­u­lar show, the rat­ings have taken a bit of a hit, so maybe a shake-up is ex­actly what’s needed to bring back the buzz!

More, More, More

Look, let’s just say right up front that the CW’S re­boot of DY­NASTY is a flawed show. But we were still thrilled to hear that the soap was picked up for a sec­ond sea­son. Ni­col­lette Sheri­dan’s re­cently-in­tro­duced Alexis is not a car­bon copy of Joan Collins’ orig­i­nal ver­sion, but that’s a good thing, given that those de­signer pumps would be im­pos­si­ble to repli­cate. We could sit and watch the mother/daugh­ter duo of Alexis and Fal­lon (played to bitchy per­fec­tion by El­iz­a­beth Gil­lies) all day. Heck, maybe dis­card­ing half the cast in or­der to fo­cus on them — as well as Alan Dale’s wry Joseph and Adam Hu­ber’s ridicu­lously charis­matic Liam — would pro­vide just the rat­ings boost this show needs!

April and Jack­son have had a rough year!

Davis is help­ing keep the law in or­der.

What if Hanna be­came a holy ter­ror?

Like mother, like daugh­ter.

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