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Alex Landi Lands Role On ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ As First Gay Male Surgeon Character

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When Grey’s Anatomy returns for its 15th season with a two-hour special on Thursday September 27 (8/7c), there will be another new face joining the cast in a recurring role.

Alex Landi, a relative newcomer, had been cast in the role of Dr. Nico Kim, the series’ first gay male surgeon character.  While “Grey’s” has had LGBT representation throughout its run with several characters including: Callie Torres, who was bisexual and Arizona Robbins, who was a lesbian, very few have been men, and none of have been in a key surgeon role.

According to TV Line, who broke the casting news, Land is s half Korean and half Italian and while ABC confirmed the casting they did not provide any additional details about Dr. Kim’s story, or how long he will be in story.

In addition, to his acting, Landi is a trained martial arts expert.

So what do you think about the casting of Alex in the role of Grey’s first gay male surgeon? Share your thoughts below and if you will be checking out the upcoming all-new episode of the series this fall,

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I hope it’s a good and juicy role and that he can act and that the writing is good and….too many “ands”…I have high hopes.

Patrick
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thrilling ride. Grey’s Anatomy – always – turns

I have – loved – Justin Chambers from the get go

lost interest .. or no time .. since Sandra Oh left. I wish him the best.

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I’m sure he will be a smooth operator…

Satan
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So does this mean they will also have to bring on another new male character to be his love interest – since everybody on Grey’s Anatomy has to have one.

I don’t recall any existing male member of the cast who has identified as anything other than 666% heterosexual. I’m going to guess that one of them suddenly identifies as bisexual, even though they never showed any interest in dudes before.

Not that these things don’t actually happen in the real mortal world, but for a bunch of doctors in Seattle, you would think they would be a bit more accepting of themselves and/or others. Especially if you are familiar with the city and know that most of the hospitals are located fairly close to the most LGBT friendly part of town.

EDIT: now that I think about it, there’s a single gay fireman on the spinoff Station 19. Maybe they will pair the new doctor up with him, so they have more excuses for crossovers between the two shows (shamelessly stealing the strategy from the “Chicago” shows on NBC.)

James
James

To be fair, Grey’s used to have crossovers with its earlier spin-off, Private Practice.

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On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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British Soap ‘Coronation Street’ Set To Resume Production Next Week Following COVID-19 Shutdown

Will American soaps soon follow the Brits, and be able to start up your favorite soap towns again? While production entities await for guidelines from the state of California and the city of Los Angeles, across the bond, ITV’s Coronation Street has set next Tuesday, June 9th to begin filming new episodes of the popular drama.

Coronation Street had been on  10-week mandatory shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping our globe.  The return to start up the show keeps the soap on-air throughout July and then ongoing.  There will be three episodes filmed each week at their studios in Manchester.

Along with ITV’s Emmerdale, and  other programs, Coronation Street is returning to production under the UK’s guidelines and  safety protocols for COVID-19.

According to Deadline that will include: crew members designated to a specific studio or exterior lot  …  social distancing will be observed … cast and crew will have daily temperature checks, while older and more vulnerable members of the team won’t be part of the new episodes during the initial period of filming.

In a statement, John Whiston, ITV’s managing director of continuing drama, said: “Getting to this point has taken a huge amount of work and goodwill from a huge number of people, not least our cast and crew. With the peak past, all indications are that the time is right for a return to filming.  And with the extensive protocols we have put in place, we have made our workplace as safe as possible. I’m sure our audience will appreciate having the show they love continue on air. For many who have written in it is a vital escape from all the fears and stresses this virus brings in its wake.”

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ATWT and ‘Vampire Diaries’ Alum, Zach Roerig Arrested For DUI

Another actor has been arrested for a DUI, and this one happened over Memorial Day Weekend.

News out of TMZ is that former As the World Turns actor, Zach Roerig (Ex-Casey), who went to appear in CW’s Vampire Diaries was taken in by the cops.

According to the report: “Zach was busted Sunday around 2:30 AM in Montpelier, Ohio. Police tell us, officers noticed Zach’s pickup truck did not have a front license plate, so they pulled him over.”

Apparently when the officer went up to the driver’s side window they noticed that Zach’s slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and say he, “reeked of booze”.

Roerig was arrested for  for a misdemeanor and was held overnight in a holding cell.  He was later released.

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Zach’s arraignment is set as of now for June 4th.

ATWT fans will remember Zach as part of the younger set in Oakdale comprised of: multi-Daytime Emmy winner Jennifer Landon (Ex-Gwen), Jesse Sofer (Ex-Will) and Alexandra Chando (Ex-Maddie), all who went on to primetime fame during their careers.

So, what do you think about the latest past or present soap star receiving a DUI? Remember Zach on ATWT? Comment below.

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