Thursday, July 17, 2008

Katherine Heigl Stays With “Grey’s Anatomy”

And...the Emmy goes to...well, not Katherine Heigl.

Weeks after the actress withdrew her name from Emmy nominations, ABC announced the Knocked Up star is sticking with Grey’s Anatomy.

Heigl’s complaints about the script last year raised speculation that she might leave the TV drama, but the network’s president said that is completely false.

“She’s absolutely staying with the show. There’s an unbelievable story line for her this year, which is really central to everything that’s going to go on this season,” ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson told the Television Critics Association on Wednesday.

Last month, in explaining why she didn’t put her name in for Emmy consideration, Heigl said she hadn’t been “given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination.”

Nominations for the 60th Annual Emmy Awards will be announced Thursday.

McPherson noted that Heigl won an Emmy for her role as Dr. Izzie Stevens for the previous season, then defended the popular series.

“It’s unfortunate when there’s any kind of turmoil on a show… I think it’s a beautifully written, beautifully acted, beautifully produced show,” he said, adding that all those involved with the show deserve “an enormous amount of credit.”

Added McPherson: “I never like to see when any of them are in any way taken lightly.”

A spokeswoman for Heigl said the actress had no comment.

Heigl made the leap to big-screen success last summer with the comedy Knocked Up and this year’s 27 Dresses.

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