'Grey's Anatomy' to do musical episode

greys-anatomy-musicalImage Credit: Eric McCandless/ABCAs if the season-ending shooting episode weren’t groundbreaking enough, the resurgent Grey’s Anatomy is now going in the opposite direction: planning a musical episode for later this season, ABC reps confirm. Though specifics are under wraps, the show will make good use of Tony winner Sara Ramirez’s Broadway pipes, though it will feature unexpected performances as well. And don’t expect show-stopping showtunes: exec producer Shonda Rhimes tells TVGuide.com, “Part of the way I figured out that we could do this was to take the songs that our show has made iconic and have them be sung by our cast members, as opposed to singing Broadway songs or singing some songs by a known artist. We’re simply singing songs that Grey’s Anatomy has made famous.” So get ready for an indie adult-contemporary fest full of Snow Patrol, Ingrid Michaelson, The Fray, Mumford & Sons and the like.

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  • mark in nyc

    I think the first song should be an original number called “we are out of ideas”

    • Average TV Viewer

      They have OFFICIALLY ran out of ideas. When a dog becomes old and extremely sick, then one should put him/her down. That’s exactly what needs to happen with this show. Terrible melodrama is terrible! A musical? LOSERS!!! Terrible writing. Terrible actors. Terrible storylines. Terrible EVERYTHING. And EW declared that this season was good, please! EW sucks and so does this show.
      I really feel sorry for those who have seen the show because most Americans know that if you watch this show then your taste in TV shows SUCKS!

    • james

      The day this airs is the day I cancel my Season Pass of this show. There is no bigger way to jump the shark, than to create a pointless musical episode that in no way relates to the story. Dumbest idea Rhimes has ever had, and it will absolutely kill off half of the fan base.

      • Bee

        read the interview james. she said it doesn’t just pop out of nowhere and there isn’t sudden singing down hallways and while performing on patients.

      • Alan of Montreal

        They’ll probably do it Ally McBeal style, where it’ll be like a karaoke night or something

    • A.F. for EW

      Agreed! If I had the opportunity to send a memo to the producers about the idea of a Grey’s Anatomy musical episode, it would consist of one word: DON’T!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • reason

      wow! you all are extremely negative! It could work, it may be through seen through the eyes of a deranged patient, or one of the main characters has a medical condition and under anesthesia. There are ways this could work for sure.

      • Krystal

        But that’s been done before… on Scrubs. I love Grey’s Anatomy I do but they need to put a VERY creative spin on this.. Maybe kareoke?

  • Gerry

    What?! Huh?! Really?!

  • jeff

    should be terrible…

    • Michaela

      i love ingrid michaelson. i wish they wouldn’t give her music to actors with sub-par musical capabilities!

  • Ann

    I love Grey’s but this is stupid. It’s just not the kind of show that can pull it off and maintain any type of credibility.

    • Luiza

      I totally agree! First off EW a musical ep is not groundbreaking, lot’s of shows have done it (Buffy is the one that pops into my mind) and Glee does it every week. I know you love Glee EW so don’t pretend that you forgot.

      • mindal123

        EW doesn’t consider the idea new or original that’s why the article started by saying they were going in the opposite direction from grounbreaking.
        “As if the season-ending shooting episode weren’t groundbreaking enough, the resurgent Grey’s Anatomy is now going in the opposite direction: planning a musical episode…”

  • Diva

    Sara (Callie) will shine in this episode, but I still think it’s a bad idea.

    • Sara

      My first thought…disaster! Second thought? WHATEVER! Sara’s going to sing!

    • jes

      I thought for sure last week the stars were aligning. I’ve always thought an awesome episode would be for everyone to be at the bar (check) and totally drunk (check). But then I would’ve added karaoke. Everyone getting up and embarrassing themselves…then Callie gets up and knocks everyone on their a$$es! I’ll begrudgingly take a musical episode if it means hearing Sara’s amazing voice.

  • Sam

    Doesn’t this usually work better for comedies, not dramas? I’m a big fan of Grey’s and of musical episodes and musicals, but I can’t see the two working together, especially the way they apparently have it planned… but who knows, maybe they’ll surprise us.

  • Casey

    “As if the season-ending shooting episode weren’t groundbreaking enough,”

    This statement implies that having a hospital shootout and a musical episode are both groundbreaking. This isn’t true considering they’ve been done before on other TV shows.

    • kylee

      I think when they said “enough” at the end, they meant it by thinking outside the ‘Grey’s box’. They complete that sentence with “They go in the opposite direction with a musical episode.” which contradicts your statement. Also, when they were talking about the “film documentary” they were going to do, I was skeptical at first, but was actually glad for the change of pace. Like someone said earlier, it’s not gonna be a Broadway, sychronized dancing, showstopping tunes thing. Having been a Grey’s fan for these last 7 seasons, I will reserve judgement until I see it. I have faith in Shonda Rhimes.

  • Anne

    The only way I can see this working of they all go to the bar and do karaoke. Other than stealing Scrubs’ idea of how to execute this, I can’t think of a way to do this that makes sense. P.S. Kind of disappointed that the whole thing will just be low key indie music (a waste of Sara’s talent) but since they’re doing it, they should cross over Taye and Audra from Private Practice for this. But again, kind of a waste of talent on the kind of songs they are thinking of doing (and I do love the Grey’s soundtrack…just seems like a dull idea for a musical).

    • sils71

      I was thinking the same thing. Unless they work in a karaoke episode, this has horrible disaster written all over it. In fact, the only thing that could make this worse is to have Denny’s ghost join in as a backup singer.

    • mb23

      Yes. If you must do a musical thing, please incorporate the songs in a realistic way. I don’t want to see Meredith breaking out in song during surgery. Please don’t ruin the season… it was going so well…

  • Kris

    I love this show and I love musicals, but this seems like a really bad idea.

  • Danielle

    I’m not sure I agree with the notion that “Grey’s” has made any music “iconic”. Sorry. Love this show and love Shonda, but, that’s a stretch. And…this musical episode idea is really a dumb idea. If I wanted to watch a “musical show on TV” I’d watch “Glee”. Wait, I am a Gleek, so I already have my fix of “musical numbers” on TV. FAIL.

    • D

      This is what I’m saying. I can’t think of a SINGLE song from that show. So the notion of any of them being “iconic” is indeed a stretch.

      • Megan

        I just remember Cozy in the Rocket, which used to be the theme song. That’s the only song I can think of associated with Grey’s.

    • reason

      Snow patrol’s “chasing cars” and The Fray’s “How To Save a Life”

      • Esther

        I think its a great idea – a lot of the music that they play is massive over in the UK and Ireland and being played in the background in Greys gives the artist a massive audience of fans who WILL go and look up the songs from each episode. I know thats how i found Augustana! For all the American fans, they’ve discovered Fran Healy, Mumford and SOns, Snow Patrol and Coldplay through this show. And there’s nothing like a good piece of music in a key scene to make you want to go and find out about the music!

  • Julz

    This is a horrible idea.

  • Anonymous

    I bet you all $100 they can’t pull it off as well as Fringe did.

    • Peter

      I beg to differ. Fringe was barely a musical. A few cast members sang two lines each.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly. Grey’s Anatomy will probably go all American-Idol.

      • toonaspie

        I’m glad Fringe didnt go full out as a true musical episode or I would’ve been done with the show.

      • Peter

        I agree, toonaspie. I’m just saying that as a “musical episode”, it failed.

  • Peter

    The Musical Episode is the Cousin Oliver of the 2000s.

    • Mary


  • Snsetblaze

    This works on some shows, like Buffy, because there was a reason for it being a musical episode but it won’t here. Just too wierd.

  • janine

    clicked because it sounded so obsurd,, but after reading all I can say is I’m glad I stopped watching this show!

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