Thursday, June 12, 2008

Shades of Grey

So Katherine Heigl is in the news again, this time for removing her name for Emmy consideration. The "Grey's Anatomy" star says: "I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization."

People are, naturally, frothing at the mouth about this. Heigl has established a reputation of being outspoken, a bit of a pill; she's also had some choice words about her big-screen breakthrough "Knocked Up" (calling it "a little sexist"). Previously, she'd used her powers for good, saying that former Grey's costar Isiah Washington "needs to not talk in public" after the whole TR Knight / Patrick Dempsey / "faggot" episode.

And while her words may have been a bit indelicate, they shouldn't hide one simple fact: Heigl is right.

Her character, Izzie Stevens, had an awful AWFUL year, dating back to late-season 3, when she all of a sudden developed a mad crush on her married best friend George. George/Izzie as a couple made sense to NO ONE who watches Grey's Anatomy, and it was perhaps the primary reason why the show's fourth season suffered in quality. Fortunately, by the end of the season, the relationship was long dead, and Izzie had finally returned to being the likable no-nonsense character we'd known in the show's first couple of seasons. (Grey's itself had a tremendous resurgence post-strike, and it looks to be on track for a terrific fifth season.)

Heigl's win last year was a huge surprise; she was nominated against two of her superlative co-stars, Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson, AND the brilliant Lorraine Bracco and Aida Turturro from "The Sopranos". (Also Rachel Griffiths from "Brothers and Sisters", which I've only seen a couple of times.) Heigl herself was shocked at her win, as she should have been -- LOOK AT THAT LIST. I like Heigl, but there's no comparison.

I also love that Heigl is outspoken. She even corrected the Emmys announcer when she mispronounced "Heigl" when presenting an award. She's not a shy wallflower-type, and that may be why people are turned off by her comments. If you believe the cynics, it may simply be an attempt to get out of her contract, but that doesn't make her comments any less true.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I found this blog randomly, but I just had to say that as someone who watchs Grey's Anatomy - George/Izzie made sense to ME.

I think the characters are perfect for each other - but I think the way they put them together wasn't ideal, (with the adultery) and then they were written poorly for the most part in Season 4.