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Greys Anatomy Fans Are Accusing the Show’s Writers of "Assassinating" Alex Karev’s Character – Yahoo Lifestyle

Posted: February 20, 2020 at 3:43 pm

From Good Housekeeping

Brace yourselves, Grey's Anatomy fans: After weeks of wondering what will happen to Dr. Alex Karev following Justin Chambers's exit from the show after 16 seasons, it looks like we finally have some answers but it's not exactly a heartwarming send-off like we'd hoped.

Since Justin's departure, his character's absence has mainly been addressed in off-screen references and passing mentions that he was in Iowa taking care of his sick mother. But the latest episode, entitled "Save the Last Dance for Me," gave us even more information: Alex is still in Iowa, but is not responding to phone calls from his wife, Jo (Camilla Luddington).

The upsetting update was revealed in a conversation between Jo and Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone)."He says that he's going through something and he needs time, and if I didn't know better, I would think he was getting revenge for when I needed time. But I know he would never do that, so ... I'm sorry. I'm anxious," Jo tells Amelia during the episode.

Wait, so does this mean that Alex is ghosting the love of his life? Needless to say, Grey's fans are definitely not happy with this update on Alex and what it means for his relationship with Jo. Some are even fearing that a divorce between the couple is the way the writers are wrapping up Alex's storyline.

"How are you really going to send Alex off with a bad ending? really #GreysAnatomy? really?" one fan tweeted. "Karev deserves better than becoming the distant husband who will eventually file for divorce," wrote another Twitter user.

Meanwhile, many other fans are enraged at the inconsistencies of this storyline with the character, pointing out that Alex would never suddenly abandon his wife with no explanation. After all, as longtime Grey's fans might remember from the many character exits in the show, Alex himself suffered through a painful divorce after his past love interest and ex-wife, Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl), abruptly left him.

"Alex wouldn't just take off. He knows how much that hurts because Izzy [sic] did that to him. He loves Jo too much to just disappear," one fan wrote on Reddit. Many other viewers expressed the same sentiments on Twitter, conveying their frustrations over what they believe is a major step backwards for Alex's character development:

By the sounds of it though, there might be more to Alex's story after all, as showrunner Krista Vernoff revealed in a recent interview with Variety.

It was a very careful threading of a needle, where we are giving a little bit of information and pain to Jo, she explained. Were, episode by episode, illuminating the story of where Alex is. And it takes us quite a few more episodes to get there and to give the audience clarity.

Krista also promised that the show's writers have dealt with Alex's character "as carefully as [they] could." Does this mean there's still a chance that Alex can get the happy ending he deserves? We'll have to find out in the next few episodes, but our fingers are definitely crossed.

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Patrick Dempsey ‘Immediately Had a Great Connection’ with Ellen Pompeo Here’s Why – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Posted: February 20, 2020 at 3:42 pm

Connections can be hard to fake between actors.

But thankfully for Patrick Dempsey, who played Dr. Derek Shepherd aka McDreamy on Greys Anatomy, he didnt have to pretend to have a bond with his on-screen love, Dr. Meredith Grey, played by Ellen Pompeo.

The two actors are both happily married in real-life but as a testament to their acting skills, they made audiences believe they were a real couple complete with adorable marriage vows scribbled on a Post-It while starring in Greys Anatomy.

During the course of his 11-season tenure on the show from Shonda Rhimes, Dempsey and his character became beloved by fans. Heck, McDreamy candles are still being sold today long after the actor left the medical drama in 2015.

From the start, the two actors had a connection. According to a 2013 article from TV Guide, Dempsey said he and Pompeo hit it off right away.

I met Ellen, and her Boston accent lit me up because I was from Maine, he said. So, I immediately had a great connection with her.

He echoed the same sentiment again in Oct. 2018 during an interview with Entertainment Tonight three years after his departure from the series.

Dempsey shared that what he and Pompeo had while filming Greys Anatomy proved to be special.

That was a very special bond that just there was a magic to our connection, and thats special, he said.

While they had a bond during Greys Anatomy, Pompeo revealed to Jada Pinkett Smith on an episode of Red Table Talk in Dec. 2018 that she and Dempsey hadnt talked in years, crushing the hearts of Meredith and Derek fans everywhere thinking the two actors were friends in real life.

Pompeo, 50, insisted theres no bad blood between them.

I have no hard feelings toward him, hes a wonderful actor, and we made, you know, the best TV you could make together, she said.

Pompeo emphasized that she and Dempsey arent at odds, saying, Thats a talented man right there he did 11 amazing years.

He continued on doing other things with his acting career, which Pompeo deemed perfectly OK.

You need that time to figure out who you are without the show, she said. So, we have not spoken, but I will always have a place in my heart for Patrick.

While our own hearts hurt a little when Pompeo said she and Dempsey hadnt spoken in years, her sweet comments about her former co-star soften the blow.

Fans were saddened to say goodbye to Dempsey and their favorite surgeon with the ferry boat scrub cap when Derek died in a car crash leaving Meredith to raise their children as a widow. But theyll still appreciate all the scenes Dempsey and Pompeo filmed together where they portrayed one of the most famous couples in recent TV history.

Pompeo continues to star in Greys Anatomy, now in Season 16, which airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.

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Jennifer Esposito to Join New Netflix Series From the Creator of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Posted: February 20, 2020 at 3:42 pm

Shonda Rhimes continues being one of the most ubiquitous creative presences on TV and in the streaming universe, with some of her older shows still going. Now shes delving into the Netflix arena with a new series called Inventing Anna.

Those familiar with Jennifer Esposito will know shes not a part of the usual Rhimes repertory of actors. Shes nevertheless been hired by Rhimes to play a pivotal part in Inventing Anna, a show exploring the true tale of criminal German heiress Anna Delvey.

Its going to be a different role in how Esposito fans usually see her. Take a minute to see what this means based on her more familiar roles in shows from Blue Bloods to NCIS. Even though shell play a more outlandish role in Inventing Anna, shes done comedy very well before.

According to most media sources, Esposito plays Talia Mallay, possibly loosely based on a Martha Stewart lifestyle guru. Her character is like Anna Delvey in being an avid user of Instagram.

Such a role may involve a little bit of comedy or satire since the premise of the series is already a little broad. However, its perfect territory for Rhimes to explore and turn into an interesting portrait of women dealing with unique circumstances.

Whether theres any real comedy in this is still yet to be determined since its marketed as a drama. Also, Esposito will only play her character as a background figure since the main cast has Anna Chlumsky and Julia Garner in the leads.

Should Esposito play someone with a little more comedic flare, it wouldnt be the first time by any means. Shes one of the rare actresses whos been able to fluctuate successfully between doing dramas and comedy in movies/TV.

Her first role on TV was on Law & Order: SVU, setting her up for playing parts in cop-related shows, something shes done several times in her career. The same year (1996), she acted in a TV movie remake of The Sunshine Boys, proving she could split it down the middle when it came to veering into two different genres.

The best example of Espositos early dramatic work in film was Summer of Sam in 1999, leading to a string of dramas for a couple of years until finally moving into a few movie comedies.

As she continued to flourish on TV at the same time, the only Oscar-caliber movie she appeared in happened to be a drama: The notorious Oscar Best Picture winner Crash.

Before this occurred, she did find herself on a comedy series for a brief time (Spin City), later starring in her own sitcom called Samantha Who? on ABC. Latter series lasted a couple of years from 2007-2009, giving everyone awareness she could do comedy with aplomb.

Rather than venture further into sitcoms, she pivoted into playing cop roles more recent audiences would find familiar. A year after Samantha Who? ended, she nabbed a role on CBSs Blue Bloods playing Det. Jackie Curatola. During the third season, however, Esposito found out she had Celiac disease, causing her to collapse one day while filming.

Her doctors told her shed have to take time off from acting to properly recover, hence the producers of Blue Bloods dropping her character, never to return. Esposito was more than a little upset about being laid off from the show, despite it only being a temporary setback.

Since those days, shes been working steadily on shows like The Affair and even briefly on NCIS. Now shes maybe reinventing herself from the cop show persona into something different in Inventing Anna, a plan already started recently by joining the superhero show The Boys.

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 16: Link and Amelia’s romance may be doomed just like the other couples before them – MEAWW

Posted: February 20, 2020 at 3:42 pm

'Grey's Anatomy' is not known for successful and happy relationships. Think for yourself, which couple on this show actually got to ride off happily into the sunset?

Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd's epic love story spanning 11 seasons ended in a fatal car crash. Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) and Cristina Yang's break up (Sandra Oh's) was comparatively less painful than the rest as Cristina left for greener pastures. Jackson (Jesse Williams) and April Kepner's (Sarah Drew) passionate romance faded out too. Mark Sloane (Eric Dane) saw Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh) die in a catastrophic airplane crash. Later, Mark died too. Callie Torres (Sarah Ramirez) and Arizona Robbins's relationship didn't make it either despite the tears and heartbreak. Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr) and Catherine Fox (Debbie Allen) are going to separate. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) won't be seen anymore in the show and we're nervously biting our fingernails because we don't know what this means for Jo (Camilla Luddington).

So, after sticking with 'Grey's Anatomy' for 15 years, it seems rather improbable that the relatively new relationship between Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) and Link (Chris Carmack) will survive the baby drama that has been thrust upon them. For a long time, Amelia was under the impression that the father of the baby was Link...except, uh oh, there's a chance it might be Owen Hunt's. Owen and Amelia's relationship was the most complicated and dragged out spectacle on the show and digging that up again, just spells doom for Link and Amelia. Also, Owen had just about found happiness with Teddy (Kim Raver), but that might just go south soon.

Link has asked Amelia to do a paternity test and she has asked for time and is avoiding him. When will that girl ever get happiness, Grey's? Going by the show's track record, this just *might* be the end. But, no harm in staying positive, right?

'Grey's Anatomy' airs on ABC, Thursday nights, 9pm.

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Lifespan: The New Science Behind Anti-Aging and Longevity that Can Help You Live to 100 – Thrive Global

Posted: February 19, 2020 at 11:47 pm

Is aging a disease? David Sinclair, PhD, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School one of the worlds top experts on aging and longevity, thinks so.

His new book Lifespan: Why We Ageand Why We Dont Have To covers the latest research on longevity and anti-aging therapies. I was excited to read this book after listening to Sinclair on a podcast.

Sinclair believes that aging is a disease one that is treatable within our lifetimes. According to Sinclair, there is a singular reason why we age: A loss of information. The most important loss occursin the epigenome, the expression of genetic code that instructs newly divided cells what they should be.

Aging is like the accumulation of scratches on a DVD so the information can no longer be read correctly. Every time theres a radical adjustment to the epigenome, e.g. after DNA damage from the sun, a cells identity is changed. This loss of epigenetic information, Sinclair proposes, is why we age.

Scientists have discovered longevity genes that have shown the ability to extend lifespan in many organisms. These include sirtuins, rapamycin (mTOR), and AMPK.

There are natural ways to activate these longevity genes: High intensity exercise, intermittent fasting, low-protein diets, and exposure to hot and cold temperatures. These stressors, or hormesis, turn on genes that prompt the rest of the system to survive a little longer.

Researchers are studying molecules that activate longevity genes rapamycin, metformin, resveratrol and NAD boosters. Resveratrol is a natural molecule found in red wine that activates sirtuins and has increased lifespan in mice by 20 percent. NAD supplementation has been shown to restore fertility in mice that have gone through mousopause.

Sinclair believes these innovations will let us live longer and have less disease. He predicts that humans could live to 150 years of age in the near future, with average life expectancy rising from around 80 now to 110 or higher.

The best ways to activate your longevity genes: Be hungry more often skip breakfast, fast periodically for longer periods, get lean Avoid excessive carbs (sugar, pasta, breads) and processed oils and foods in general Do resistance training lift weights, build muscle Expose your body to hot, cold, and other stressors regularly.

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Time Of The Season: Study Finds Late Fall, Early Winter Is Best When Trying For Baby – Study Finds

Posted: February 19, 2020 at 11:45 pm

BOSTON Thinking about adding a new member to the family? Scientists at Boston University say that couples tend to achieve conception at a quicker rate during the late fall or early winter. That timeline is especially relevant for residents of southern U.S. states, according to this first-of-its-kind piece of research.

First, birthday rates according to month were calculated. In the United States, birthdays tend to peak in early September. However, in northern U.S. states, and Scandinavia for that matter, birthdays usually increase a bit earlier than that, reaching their peak in the summer. While its undeniable that a variety of factors play a role in the popularity of birth months (November births are often linked backed to Valentines celebrations nine months prior), the research team at BU say that the seasons themselves greatly influence a couples chances of conceiving.

All in all, couples in the United States and Denmark are most likely to start trying for a baby in September, but they actually have much better odds of conceiving a few months later (late November, early December). This appears to be extra true for couples living in lower latitudes.

There are a lot of studies out there that look at seasonal patterns in births, but these studies dont take into account when couples start trying, how long they take to conceive, or how long their pregnancies last, says study lead author Dr. Amelia Wesselink, postdoctoral associate in epidemiology, in a mediarelease. After accounting for seasonal patterns in when couples start trying to conceive, we found a decline in fecundability in the late spring and a peak in the late fall. Interestingly, the association was stronger among couples living at lower latitudes.

Fecundability means the odds of conception within the duration of a single menstrual cycle.


The researchers used data on 14,331 pregnancy-planning women who had been attempting to become pregnant for a maximum of six months. Of that sampling, 5,827 women were from either the U.S. or Canada, and 8,504 were Danish. All of those participants had filled out a series of surveys every two months until each had either successfully conceived, or been trying for a total of 12 menstrual cycles. The questionnaires asked about menstruation cycles, intercourse frequency, diet, smoking habits, income, and education level.

North American women were more likely to try for conception in the fall than Danes, but even after accounting for that, season affected North American womens fecundability by 16%. In comparison, Danes saw an 8% seasonal boost in the fall and subsequent drop in pregnancy rates by the spring each year. In southern U.S. states, the influence of season was even stronger: these women saw a 45% increase in pregnancies in late November.

Even after the studys authors accounted for factors such as seasonal intercourse rates, sugary beverage consumption, smoking, and medication use, the studys findings largely remained the same.

Although this study cannot identify the reasons for seasonal variation in fertility, we are interested in exploring several hypotheses on seasonally-varying factors and how they affect fertility, including meteorological variables such as temperature and humidity, vitamin D exposure, and environmental exposures such as air pollution, Wesselink concludes.

The study is published in Human Reproduction.

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