Exclusive: 'Grey's Anatomy' promotes Jessica Capshaw

Jessica-Capshaw-Greys-Anatomy_l Finally, some good news for poor, lovelorn Callie: Grey’s Anatomy has officially promoted her on-screen leading lady, Jessica Capshaw, to a full-fledged series regular, sources confirm to me exclusively.

The news hardly comes as a surprise. Last month, series creator Shonda Rhimes all but signed off on Capshaw’s promotion when I interviewed her after the finale. “I love Jessica Capshaw,” she gushed. “And when I say love I mean love. She couldn’t be a more wonderful person, and I feel like the chemistry Arizona and Callie have feels like the Meredith and Derek chemistry to me. I find them delightful to watch.”

The ex-Practice star joined Grey’s last February as a recurring love interest for Sara Ramirez’s Callie. Her arrival came on the heels of the controversial dismissal of Brooke Smith as Callie’s girlfriend Dr. Hahn.

What do you think? Happy Capshaw is sticking around? Are you as high on Callizona as Rhimes is? Or are you still holding out hope that Dr. Hahn will one day escape from Seattle Grace’s parking lot? Sound off below!

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  • Lost4Life

    LOVE HER!! YAYYYYYY

  • snoofle

    yay so excited! love love love arizona1!

  • Kari

    Finally! Lead female characters in a relationship! I’m glad Callie & Arizona will be able to create some rich relationships (with one another, and other characters). :)

  • Adam

    That’s good, she was a great addition to the show. Now THATS some NEW news.
    http://tvdonewright.com/2009/05/27/breaking-news-is-greys-t-r-knight-leaving-spoiler/

  • Lynn

    Best possible news on this front. Jessica earned it.

  • Cathy

    I can’t help but be ambivalent about this. I mean, I LIKE Arizona, but Grey’s Anatomy was about the story of FIVE interns. There was no need to kill George off, she only needed to ship him off to the military. Arizona is a good character, but she’s not a replacement for one of the characters I have known and loved for five years. I am happy for Capshaw having steady work, and I wish her luck with it, but her becoming a regular is not enough to interest me into tuning in regularly this upcoming season. TR Knight’s departure is part of the reason why I won’t. This is not the same show anymore.

  • J

    Ecstatic she is staying. She is a fantastic addition to the cast! Yay!

  • rememberwhengreyswasaboutsmartcompetitivedoctors

    I actually really miss Brooke Smith. Sure, she and Callie were a little awkward together, but no less so than Arizona and Callie. The difference I feel is that Hahn added something the show increasingly lacks: a grounded, sensible, intelligent presence. Especially after Addison left, Hahn seemed to be the only character left functioning in the complex, sometimes-cutthroat, bracing reality that made Season One so good.

  • Aled

    Great news!!! great actress and character! Arizona fast became a fav character of mine

  • Olivia

    This is probably the best news I’ve heard all week. Love Arizona! And her relationship with Callie.

  • chuck

    She did good work on The Practice-BOY I miss that show.
    http://blog.entertainmenttodayandbeyond.com/

  • Cassy

    Their relationship is my favorite story line! I look forward to seeing more of it next season!

  • Humbug

    I think it’s fantastic. i think she’ll be the first lesbian series regular on a major network and that’s great, because it’s progressive. There have been plenty of gay men on television, but gay women seem to be a little scarier to people. Her character will def. help to break that mold i think… Plus, Jessica Capshaw is just adorable and great on the show…

  • Humbug

    yay!

  • Chris

    Hate her and lesbian callie

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