Once upon a time, Grey’s Anatomy used to be best known as a television hit. But now, it is a television hit that has damaging gossip about its cast once every few months. However, the latest cast departure is the most civilized of them all so far – and probably the most welcome. Melissa George, who came on to Grey’s Anatomy to the dismay of many remaining fans, will be leaving shortly.
George came on to Grey’s Anatomy as Sadie, a new intern and old friend of Meredith. Fan reaction to her was instantly divided, as George’s Sadie was a loose cannon, and a new potential love interest for Sara Ramirez’s Callie. But after things ended so controversially between Callie and Brooke Smith’s Dr. Hahn, thanks to ABC, the new pairing wasn’t going to gain much favor with fans.
George and Sadie became the latest scapegoat for a season that has provided a record amount of backlash, even by Grey’s Anatomy standards. Therefore, the option to make George a series regular was taken off the table, and George will depart after eight episodes.
George did not have the same luck as Kevin McKidd’s Dr. Owen Hunt, a guest star this season who succeeded in becoming a regular, and a fan favorite.
Unlike the damaging and ugly departures of Dr. Hahn and Isiah Washington’s Preston Burke, George will get to depart in a more orderly fashion. Of course, Grey’s Anatomy fans will still be upset that she gets to leave orderly while Dr. Hahn and Burke were forced out.
The additional rumors of T.R Knight’s George also leaving the show soon have gone on for months.
George has experience in dividing fans of a cult show on ABC. George first became widely known in the fourth season of Alias, as the new wife of Michael Vartan’s Vaughn. The character was widely unpopular among fans of Alias, and as a result, so was the entire season that she was on. Some say that Alias never recovered as a result.
George found better luck last season as a star of HBO’s In Treatment, as a patient deeply in love with Gabriel Byrne’s psychiatrist. She attended the Golden Globes on Sunday as a nominee for Best Supporting Actress. George didn’t win, but Byrne did for Best Actor.
With George and Sadie gone, that’s one problem solved for Grey’s Anatomy this season. Of course, that still leaves all the other problems. But little that Grey’s Anatomy does this year may stop this season from being best known as the year that Izzie and Denny had ghost sex.
People TV Watch- “Melissa George: It Was My Choice to Leave Grey’s” tvwatch.people.com/2009/01/13/melissa-george-it-was-my-choice-to-leave-greys/
E! Online- “Melissa George Hangs Up Her Grey’s Anatomy Scrubs” www.eonline.com/uberblog/marc_malkin/b78701_melissa_george_hangs_up_her_greys.html