Talk about your Seattle grace. Patrick Dempsey is heading up a group that plans to put in a bid for struggling Tully's Coffee, a Washington-based chain with stores along the West Coast, a rep for the "Grey's Anatomy" star confirmed Wednesday to E! News.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to save hundreds of jobs, give back to Seattle and become a larger part of the economic growth and fabric of the community," Dempsey said in a statement.
"I've always loved this city, and with the purchase of Tully's Coffee, I plan to spend a lot of time in Seattle and at the stores connecting with the community and growing the Tully's brand. It looks like Seattle may be my home away from home in the very near future," he added.
Could he be more McDreamy?
Tully's filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Oct. 10 and has closed -- and is in the process of closing -- a number of "underperforming" locations, according to a statement on the company website.
A bankruptcy auction, at which the Dempsey-led group could have some competition, is scheduled for Jan. 3.
Bill on "True Blood," Sheldon and Amy on "Big Bang Theory," and Mark on "Grey's Anatomy."
By Anna Chan and Ree Hines, TODAY
They're the moments that you can't forget. The ones you end up watching over and over -- whether on your DVR, online or just in your head. They're the best, most memorable TV spots, and scripted TV had no shortage of those unforgettable scenes in 2012.
For prime-time viewers who want to relive the action again -- or for those who missed it the first time around -- check out our list of must-see moments of the year.
'Big Bang Theory' Oh, how Sheldon and Amy's relationship has blossomed! The pair hit a significant milestone in the season five finale when anti-affection Sheldon sweetly held his lady's hand as they watched Howard blast off in to space. That first touching moment has led to a softer side of the theoretical physicist in season six, which has seen Sheldon apply the relationship agreement -- not for his own gain -- and actually cared for Amy when she was sick, instead of walking away and keeping her germs at bay. Go boldly, sweet genius, to where your selfish mind didn't think was necessary for human relations.
'Walking Dead' Bang bang! You're dead! TWICE! Shane's double death in season two's penultimate episode perfectly highlights why AMC's zombie drama is one of the best scripted shows on TV. It propelled the story forward (zombie bites not required for infection, sets up the Ricktatorship), packed a huge emotional punch (Rick kills his BFF, little man Carl kills his former stepdad figure while Rick watches) and was a massive jaw-dropper (THEY KILLED SHANE! Then ZOMBIE Shane!!!). Scripted TV doesn't get much better than that. But we also have to give an honorable mention to Daryl in episode five of season three, when he delivered one of the show's tenderest moments as he cooed to "little ass kicker" while feeding the baby girl.
'Saturday Night Live' "SNL" often finds its best humor in politics, and there's nothing like an election year to really bring out the best of the best. The electoral laughs kicked off on the season premiere, when Bill Hader channeled his inner Clint Eastwood for a chair-centric bit that no doubt had viewers falling out of their seats. Then there was side-splitter where Jason Sudeikis' Mitt Romney tossed a reasonable facsimile of Karl Rove out of his life after the vote didn't go his way. But both of those sketches were topped when one not-so political Muppet stopped by the "Weekend Update" desk after being name-checked in one of the presidential debates. Big Bird didn't get his feathers ruffled over it, but he did get in one zinger: "You know who loves debates? De-fishes. Because fish eat bait!"
'Breaking Bad' Pretty much every episode of season five was great television, but the entire hour of episode five was simply amazing. In "Dead Freight," Walt, Jesse, Mike and Todd pull off a heist of epic proportions: 1,000 gallons of hard-to-obtain meth ingredient methylamine. From a train that the gang stops in its tracks. And without anyone being any the wiser to the massive theft. Even more stunning, it was former loser/drug addict Jesse -- not Walt -- who came up with the brilliant idea of how to pull it off without killing any innocent folks. And the plan went off without a hitch ... until the final jaw-dropping moment.
'True Blood' After a season chock-full of death, mayhem and vampire fundamentalism (and not nearly enough Christopher Meloni), "True Blood" wrapped it up with an expectedly bloody finale -- in a completely unexpected way. Sure, somebody finally downed the last drops of Lilith's ancient, hallucinogenic blood, but who really thought it would be hardcore religious convert Bill Compton? If his eagerness to down all the precious liquid wasn't enough of a shocker, what happened next sure was. Fans of the Bon Temps drama were faced with what appeared to be (gasp!) Vampire Bill's true death, right before they were treated to his true resurrection. (Watch.) Long live Billith! Next summer can't come soon enough.
'Grey's Anatomy' Who didn't need a few tissues in the season eight finale as Lexie lay dying while pinned under debris from the plane crash?! In one of the most bittersweet moments in recent TV memory, Mark and Lexie -- who had broken up in season seven -- confessed their love for each other during her last moments. "We can get married! You're going to be an amazing surgeon. We're going to have two or three kids! ... You and me, we're going to have the best life, Lexie. We're going to be so happy, so you can't die," Mark cried. "Because we're supposed to end up together. We're meant to be." She died a minute later, and he followed in episode two of season nine. (We're choking up again as we type.)
'30 Rock' When the perennially single and never sentimental Liz Lemon decided to finally swap vows with her main man, it was no surprise that she opted for a quickie courthouse affair. "Getting married in a sweatshirt, no bra!" the snarky third-wave feminist declared. It was just what fans of the show expected of her. But before the big event, Liz caught white-wedding, perfect princess fever -- well, at least her version of it. And then, in just the sort of twist on a theme that "30 Rock" does so well, she showed up dressed in her well-worn Princess Leia gown, ready for groom Criss Chros to place a police-auction knuckle-ring on her finger. The groom got a golden grill. Aw. Now that's how a wedding episode should be done!
Two Peas in an OR: Cristina and Dr. Thomas' friendship keeps growing. He even brought her breakfast. Aw! Meanwhile, sex friend Dr. Parker (Steven Culp) is still trying to court Cristina (and we don't just mean in bed). Cristina opts to work on an aneurism with Thomas (William Daniels) rather than Parker's case and Parker seems to take it personally, so he puts Thomas on probation.
Old Wounds: Meredith is driving and sees an accident, so she pulls over. There is a woman trapped under a car named Melissa (who looks eerily like Meredith) and she is able to pull the woman out. Once in the OR, Meredith seems to have a problem separating this case from the plane crash. Melissa has the same injuries Lexie (Chyler Leigh) had, and Dr. Webber (James Pickens Jr.) is afraid emotions are clouding Meredith's judgment.
Mommie Dearest: Meredith is having a lot of guilt about being a working mom. Derek (Patrick Dempsey) is out of town, so Meredith has to bring Zola to the hospital. Meredith's focus seems to be on helping her patient, but you can tell she still is dealing with guilt about leaving her daughter. In the end, Meredith is able to save patient Melissa.
Doctor Down: Parker keeps telling Cristina that Thomas is holding her back, but she adamantly fights for her mentor. Thomas ignores orders that he's on probation and decides to perform a second surgery on his and Cristina's patient anyway. If he's going down, he wants to go down fighting. Unfortunately during surgery, Thomas goes down...literally. In the middle of operating, he collapses with the patient on the table. Cristina has to focus on saving the patient while someone else tends to Dr. Thomas, who ends up dying. Why does Shonda Rhimes do this to us?! Maybe because this is what sends Cristina back to Seattle. The episode ends with Cristina at Meredith's door.
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Thursday's ninth season premiere of "Grey's Anatomy."]
After losing Lexie (and Teddy) last year, "Grey's Anatomy" opened its ninth season with a look to its future as Seattle Grace welcomed a new batch of interns as the deadly plane crash claimed its second victim during Thursday's season premiere.
Opening with a familiar scene -- a new intern walking Seattle Grace's halls on her way to meet a feared doctor to the same Rilo Kiley song from its premiere -- the residents-turned-attendings experienced some major role reversals as everyone is dealing with the after-effects of the crash in a different way.
"Going, Going, Gone" was (in a way) a tribute to Mark Sloan (the departing Eric Dane), who became the second fatality from the crash. The episode, which interweaved flashbacks -- complete with brand-new footage -- to Derek's wedding to Addison as well as Callie and Arizona's nuptials, flashed forward to 30 days after the crash that claimed the life of Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh) and found most everyone back in Seattle but with a new set of hurdles to overcome: Arizona had to have her leg amputated, Cristina has moved on to Minnesota, April left the medical industry and Derek's medical future remains up in the air.
Meet the New Interns: Gaius Charles' Shane, Camilla Luddington's Jo Wilson and Tina Majorino's Heather are among the new batch of interns who must contend with a "Nazi" of their own -- Meredith. While some are ahead of the curve (Jo), others have found new friends (Heather) to spend time with. Early on, Jo is bearing the brunt of Meredith's wrath, but at the same time excelling to the point where she earns her first solo surgery (which doesn't exactly go her way).
Meredith (Ellen Pompeo): Dealing with the aftermath of the crash, Meredith has gone one beyond her former dark and twisty persona into "Medusa," an attending who instills fear in her interns. She's yet to process Lexie's death and high-tails it from Mark's bedside as a way to avoid addressing the epic losses in her life. At the airport, she runs into Alex and lets him have it for leaving without saying goodbye. "Nothing is the same, everything is different, everyone is leaving and everyone is dying," she tells him. After boarding the plane for Minnesota, she's unable to fly and instead hits the bar where she has a Facetime conversation with Cristina.
Derek (Patrick Dempsey): His surgically repaired hand (thanks to Callie) doesn't quite make it through his first surgery back; it goes numb in the middle of the procedure, prompting a rare emotional outburst.
Cristina (Sandra Oh): She made good on her vow to leave Seattle and has set up shop at Henry Mayo in Minnesota, the land of snow and rambling doctors who are just not a match with her style -- and skills. While she's tried to fly back to Seattle multiple times, her PTSD has prevented her, too, from making the flight home. "We're working on it," Meredith tells Owen of her attempts to get on the plane. After voicing her disdain for the Mayo regime, she's told to take mandatory R&R for an attitude adjustment (although there's clearly nothing wrong with her performance). Her Facetime conversations with Meredith, meanwhile, are a fun way to keep the BFFs in constant communication and still keep the heart and soul of the series intact.
Owen (Kevin McKidd): Owen, who as chief was responsible for sending the team out to Boise, is processing things in a stoic way, barely expressing any emotion at all despite being in email contact with Cristina (at the very least). His biggest faceoff comes with intern Jo, who asks why Meredith is so mean. He defends Meredith, saying she's not mean, but strong and is going hard on Jo to bring out the best in her. "If you can't handle that, leave now. If not, don't stand around in hallways and cry. Cry somewhere else, where I can't see you," he tells her. Amen.
Mark (Eric Dane): After 30 days in a coma, Mark was taken off life support per his medical directive. In a touching sendoff via a flashback to Callie and Arizona's wedding, Mark reveals that if he were to have a partner, it'd be Lexie (awww). After Richard takes Mark off life support, Callie and Derek stay with him until his very last breath. "We thought if we could just get him back here alive…" an emotional Meredith says as she looks on. Ultimately, she can't stay to watch and decides to head to the airport to see Cristina. Mark's death will be further explored in next week's second episode of the season, which will feature a flashback to the crash site in the woods, their attempts to save him and their ultimate rescue.
Arizona (Jessica Capshaw): Last seen coughing up blood and with exposed bone at the site of the plane crash, Arizona survives the crash but her fate isn't all good news as her leg couldn't be spared. Worse: Arizona's wife, Callie -- an orthopedic surgeon -- was the one who had to amputate her left leg. The pediatrics surgeon, who made her "Grey's" debut in a pair of light-up wheelie sneakers, has lost her formerly preppy persona as she sinks into a deep depression to cope with her loss, leaving Callie to care for Sofia -- and herself. Her depression, meanwhile, is creating a rift in their marriage as Callie attempts to use tough love to get her wife back. "Get up! Get the h--- out of bed and snap out of this because Sofia lost a parent and I lost my best friend," she tells Arizona, only to have her bite back: "Snap out of this?! How the h--- am I supposed to snap out of this when you cut off my leg?" It sets up a grueling story line for the duo, as Callie processes Mark's loss and a new, angry Arizona.
Callie (Sara Ramirez): She and Derek have bonded in the 30 days since the crash as they've cared for Mark -- and as she's helped repair Derek's hand. While she puts on a brave face -- yelling at staffers who feel sorry for her and stare -- she's crying alone in a closet as she attempts to process everything that's happening to her family.
April (Sarah Drew): In a bid to help restore some of the heart that has been taken from the hospital, Owen flies not to Minnesota to see Cristina but instead to visit April, where he offers the farmhand her old job back. "I should have helped you be strong instead of kicking you when you were down," he tells her. "You don't belong here, on a farm. You belong in Seattle, saving lives." How her return will impact Jackson, meanwhile, is anyone's guess.
Jackson (Jesse Williams): Speaking of Jackson, he continues to seek Mark's guidance, even from his comatose state. "I really think I know what I'm doing. Plastics Posse is going to live on, I can take it from here," an emotional Jackson tells Mark just before the clock strikes 5 p.m.
Bailey (Chandra Wilson): Her "Nazi" nickname has been retired, in favor of something more fitting to her romps with Ben (Jason George): BCB -- "Booty Call Bailey." The mortified look on her face when she finds out? Priceless. It's a personality switch to the nth degree that offsets the gloom and doom that's taken over Seattle Grace.
Alex (Justin Chambers): He's coping with survivor's guilt by bedding multiple interns, including Heather. Bragging about his exchange program, he learns that the new pediatrics attending plans to ship it off to UCLA. Ultimately, Alex opts against going to Hopkins to stay at Seattle Grace. "I'm not going to stay in Seattle just because you don't want to be alone," he tells Meredith at the airport. More likely, he'll fight for the peds program, setting the stage for a battle to come with Arizona's replacement.
"Grey's Anatomy" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC. In the meantime, watch a promo for next week's flashback episode above.
Following the plane crash that has already claimed Lexie's (Chyler Leigh) life, Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) and Mark's (Eric Dane) fate was -- pardon the bad pun -- left up in the air as both were clinging to life.
Arizona was coughing up blood with a severely injured leg, while Mark had internal injuries that forced Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) to perform a risky surgery in the middle of the woods.
The short promo finds the survivor (or survivors?) at a hospital that clearly isn't Seattle Grace -- perhaps they did make it to Boise Memorial? -- and being rushed into surgery.
Showrunner Shonda Rhimes told The Hollywood Reporter in late July that it's "possible" that there will be other fatalities to come and that "any number of people could be departing at this point." Dane, for his part, has already confirmed that he'll be exiting the series, but will McSteamy be joining Lexie or leaving by choice?
ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" bid farewell to two talents from the long-running medical drama in its eighth season finale Thursday when one perished and another accepted a position outside of Seattle Grace.
[WARNING: This story contains spoilers from Thursday's season finale.]
During the episode, which takes place both in the woods following the shocking plane crash in the penultimate installment of the season as well as at the Seattle hospital, Chyler Leigh's Lexie and Kim Raver's Teddy both were written out of the series.
Lexie, whose lower body was crushed and pinned under the plane wreckage, succumbed to her injuries in an emotional farewell with Eric Dane's Mark.
Teddy, meanwhile, was ultimately fired by Owen in a loving move on chief of surgery's behalf to get his former Army colleague take the next step in her personal and professional life and accept a position at a military hospital.
Rhimes, who tweeted a warning signal to viewers Thursday, addressed her loyal -- and vocal -- fans following the West Coast broadcast with an extended statement, released via her Twitter feed:
"Okay. Callie said it best tonight: Life changes in an instant. Turns on a dime.
"This finale was incredibly hard to write. I did not enjoy it. It made me sick and it made me sad. We end the season not knowing ANYTHING about the future. Except for two things. We know we are definitely saying goodbye to two of my favorite people: Chyler Leigh (Lexie) and Kim Raver (Teddy).
"I know this season’s finale had some surprises for viewers and the exit of Kim Raver was one of the big ones. But Kim’s series option was up and she was ready to give Teddy Altman a much-needed vacation. It’s been a pleasure working with someone as talented and funny and kind as Kim; everyone is going to miss her terribly. I like to imagine that Teddy is still out there in the Grey’s Anatomy universe, running Army Medical Command and building a new life.
"I love Chyler and I love the character of Lexie Grey. She was an important member of my Grey's family. This was not an easy decision. But it was a decision that Chyler and I came to together. We had a lot of thoughtful discussion about it and ultimately we both decided this was the right time for her character's journey to end. As far as I'm concerned Chyler will always remain a part of the Shondaland family and I can't wait to work with her again in the future.
"I'd write more but I'm honestly too sad. I don't like life changing in an instant and turning on a dime.
"Thanks for watching Season Eight. We are, as always, grateful that you joined us for the ride."
For her part, Raver also took to her Twitter account to release a statement of her own:
"I've had one of the best times of my creative career working on Grey's with Shonda, Betsy and the best cast on Television," she wrote, adding: "I feel fortunate and grateful to have worked with such an amazing team at GA. i am going to miss everyone!! And to the GA fans, you guys rock! I am sure S9 will be great!"
Could one of these beloved characters be dying this season?
By Anna Chan, TODAY
The Grim Reaper is once again visiting "Grey's Anatomy." But unlike the last time death decended among the staff of Seattle Grace, creator Shonda Rhimes told TV Guide that just one character will be meeting his or her maker during the season finale. So relax -- a little.
Sure, the body count won't be nearly as high as the tragic hospital shooting that killed off so many of the Mercy West doctors during season six. But Rhimes revealed it would be a much loved character going six feet under.
"A lot of our writers were crying," Rhimes told TV Guide. "There's some really shocking, horrible moments."
Rhimes also said that "it scares me how fans are going to react."
With the original stars' contracts expiring after the current season and no word yet on renewals, it seems anyone from the cast could be walking out of Seattle Grace's doors for good. After all, with the residents -- Meredith, Cristina, Alex, Jackson and April -- all interviewing at other hospitals, there could be other ways of exiting without dying.
The season finale of "Grey's Anatomy" airs on May 17 on ABC.