Friday, May 24, 2024

Kate Walsh Returns to “Grey’s Anatomy” After Many Seasons Because Most Older Characters Are Dead


Kate Walsh is one of the few “Grey’s Anatomy” alum who made it out alive. They couldn’t kill her character, Dr. Addison Montgomery, because she left the series for the spin off, “Private Practice.”

Well, now, Walsh is returning to “Grey’s” after many seasons away largely because her character is among the few from the show’s beginning who is still alive. Walsh posted a notice to Instagram and I must say she looks younger now than she did then. What does Derek Shepherd’s first wife want? Why is she returning to Seattle? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

“Grey’s” is also bringing back Meredith’s dead mother in the person of Kate Burton, and adding Peter Gallagher maybe as Meredith’s real father. It’s season 18, they’ve gotten rid of so many people, and they’re clearly running out of stories. Plus, “Grey’s” goes up against the cult favorite “Law & Order SVU” and “Organized Crime,” so they need some gimmicks to keep fans tuned in.

Addison will return to “Grey’s” to find both McDreamy and McSteamy dead, a statistical improbability for young men in good health unless their contracts were cancelled. I’m sure someone will explain it all to her. .

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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