Grey’s Anatomy creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes confirmed Friday the termination of one-time pivotal cast member T.R. Knight.
“I think I speak for the entire Grey’s Anatomy family when I say we wish T.R. Knight the best in his future endeavors. He is an incredibly talented actor and a person whose strength of character is admired by all of us,” Rhimes said
Thus two of the three people (Patrick Dempsey was the other individual) involved in an ugly clash in which Isaiah Washington used offensive and homophobic language plus physical violence are now off the show. Washington was subsequently fired in June 2007.
Letterman loses sponsor with deep baskets
But Knight’s close friend Katherine Heigl, whose own fate was seemingly up in the air, now seems set to return this fall when the program begins its sixth season.
David Letterman may have made up with former GOP Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, but the flap over his controversial joke about her daughter has cost The Late Show a sponsor.
The Olive Garden restaurant announced Friday in an article that ran in, of all places, Politico (though it was later picked up by various entertainment Web sites) that they had pulled all scheduled advertising on The Late Show for the rest of the year.
Sherri Bruen, the company’s guest relations manager, sent an e-mail to right-wing radio talk show host John Ziegler, currently campaigning on-air to get Letterman fired from the show.
“We apologize that Mr. Letterman’s mistake, which was not consistent with our standards and values, left you with a bad impression of Olive Garden,” the e-mail said.
Ziegler is compiling a list of The Late Show advertisers on the Web site FireDavidLetterman.com.
Clever ‘Cleaner’ starts explosive second season
A&E scored a mild hit last summer with The Cleaner, their first original drama in over six years. The program is based on the real life exploits of William Banks, a former drug addict who helps others — often celebrities — break their habit through both legal and illegal means.
Some past Banks clients have included Courtney Love, Mel Gibson and Whitney Houston.
The show has also returned Benjamin Bratt to the spotlight he enjoyed during his years on Law & Order. Bratt’s portrayal of Banks has proven the show’s primary lure. His character has jeopardized his marriage on several occasions, with his wife Melissa (Amy Price-Francis) openly angry because he puts the plight of his clients ahead of the needs of his family.
His son Ben (Brett DelBuono) remains angry and alienated due to his father’s past misdeeds, while his daughter Lula (Liliana Mumy) tries to keep things together.
The Cleaner’s first 13 episodes did so well A&E renewed the show. The second year gets off to an explosive start at 9 p.m. Tuesday night when Whoopi Goldberg makes a rare return to nighttime series television as a guest star. Goldberg plays a former client who eventually clashed with Banks over his recommendations regarding her recovery. Why their paths cross again and what subsequently happens should give The Cleaner early legs.
But there won’t be a second season for A&E’s other marquee series The Beast, starring Patrick Swayze as a maverick undercover FBI agent working in Chicago. Swayze, fighting pancreatic cancer, won raves for his courage in handling the demands of the role while battling a serious illness, but the show never jelled either creatively or commercially.