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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!