Ellen Pompeo has made headlines recently for talking about how the set of Grey’s Anatomy was a “toxic environment” that had her wanting to escape for several years. Ultimately, though, she decided to stay, and she says the show — which recently completed its 15th season — has become a much happier place to work. How did she make it through those rough early years? Well, her on-screen relationship with Dr. McDreamy certainly helped, but when we spoke to Pompeo at the time, she gave a lot of credit to Shonda Rhimes and the stories she generated for Meredith and McDreamy. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ellen Pompeo)
Grey’s Anatomy returns for its 16th season on ABC this fall.
It’s rare enough to find one Academy Award winner working on a TV series, much less two. But three? That’s unheard of, right? Well, that’s exactly what HBO’s got with its second-year drama Big Little Lies. Joining Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon for the new season is the most decorated actress of our generation, Meryl Streep. So why would a three-time Oscar winner commit to a television series? Streep told us the answer is a simple one: She’s simply a huge fan of the Emmy-winning show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Meryl Streep)
ABC is bringing back some new versions of old game shows for the summer, reviving Press Your Luck, Card Sharks, and Match Game for its Wednesday nights. The new host of Card Sharks is Joel McHale, who began his career with an improv comedy troupe and has had plenty of live TV experience with E!’s The Soup. Those qualifications seem perfect for a game show host, so of course ABC came calling when these game show revivals came up. McHale told us what happened after that. (Click on the media bar below to hear Joel McHale)
There are a couple of new faces on the America’s Got Talent judges’ panel as the show begins its new season — along with Julianne Hough, Gabrielle Union has joined the search for some of the country’s most unique performers. We spoke to Union, who told us exactly why she wanted to be part of the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Gabrielle Union)
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.
As we wrote about last week, the new season of American Ninja Warrior features a brand-new sideline reporter. Zuri Hall joins hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila on the team. She told us that Iseman and Gbaja-Biamila have gone out of their way to make her feel welcome on the show; when we talked to the two of them, they couldn’t stop talking about how much Hall brings to the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Matt Iseman &Akbar Gbaja-Biamila)
American Ninja Warrior airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC.
For two seasons, Mexican actor Demián Bechir starred on FX’s series The Bridge. Since then, the Oscar-nominated actor has concentrated on making movies, but Eva Longoria was able to lure him back to the small screen with a starring role in a new series she’s producing, Grand Hotel. Bechir told us he’s had good experiences working in American television before, but — even with Longoria’s prodding — the show sold itself. (Click on the media bar below to hear Demián Bechir)