Actor Isaiah Washington attends the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California
*Seven years after he was kicked off “Grey’s Anatomy” for allegedly using a gay slur, ABC says Isaiah Washington will return to the medical drama for a guest appearance in May.
Washington exited Shonda Rhimes’ series in 2007 after an on-set altercation the year before, in which he was accused of hurling an anti-gay epithet at another cast member at the time, T.R. Knight.
Washington’s return as Dr. Preston Burke will coincide with the announced departure of series star Sandra Oh at the season’s end in May. Her character, Dr. Cristina Yang, was engaged to Washington’s Burke at one point in the long-running drama.
*Comedian Kevin Hart and “America’s Got Talent’s” Nick Cannon – also co-stars of BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” are two of the top players returning to the annual NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, to be held on Valentine’s Day in New Orleans.
Hart, who has earned MVP for the past two years, will be feeling some extra love during the game: His new movie “About Last Night” also premieres on Feb. 14.
“Scandal” star Columbus Short and “Fruitvale Station” standout Michael B. Jordan are also on the roster, perhaps channeling some energy from the former NBA superstar who shares his name.
Actress Chandra Wilson attends NYU’s Tisch School Of The Arts’ West Coast Benefit Gala at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on October 28, 2013 in Beverly Hills
*Chandra Wilson of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” is due to scrub in on daytime soap “General Hospital” for a guest appearance.”
According to Soaps In Depth, producers haven’t yet told her who she will play, but the actress is fulfilling a lifelong dream in visiting TV’s Port Charles.
“I’ve watched General Hospital for 35 years,” Wilson tells the magazine. “I grew up with it. It holds such a place in my heart. Even though we’ve shared the same lot for 10 years I can’t talk to anybody on the lot. … It’s weird to see them because they’re supposed to be in Port Charles! I have that kind of fan disconnect.”
*The stork is en route toward “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams and his wife Aryn Drake-Lee.
The longtime couple, who married in September 2012, are expecting their first child together, according to E! News. No other details on the pregnancy were available at press time.
Drake-Lee is a real estate broker who met Williams before he became a McHeartthrob on “Grey’s.” The two crossed paths when Williams was a schoolteacher in New York City. After 5 years of being together, they decided to make it official.
“Jesse was beaming with joy throughout the entire ceremony,” a guest at the wedding told People. “It was the perfect night with lots of smiling, laughing and emotion. You could feel the love they have for each other. They’re madly in love!”
Producer Shonda Rhimes attends Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Presents an Evening with “Scandal” at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on May 16, 2013 in North Hollywood, California
*President Barack Obama on Thursday used some of his patronage power to appoint Shonda Rhimes, the creator/EP of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” to the Kennedy Center’s Board of Trustees.
Rhimes was a big supporter of Obama’s campaigns for President as both a donor and even worked in a phone bank for the candidate with actress Kate Walsh, who starred in Rhimes’ former ABC drama “Private Practice.”
Obama also appointed the Carlyle Group’s CEO David Rubenstein Empire Global Ventures’ CEO Alexandra Stanton, Chicago art gallery owner Amalia Pera Mahoney, FI Investment Group CEO Frank Islam and Entravision Communications’ CEO Walter Ulloa to the Board Thursday as well.
“I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead,” said Obama in a statement when making the announcements.
Season 10 of “Grey’s Anatomy” premiered Thursday on ABC with Season 3 of the D.C. political drama “Scandal” set to launch on October 3rd.