ABC's Grey's Anatomy Named Recipient of Eighth Annual 'TV Land Future Classic Award'
Cast Received Honor at TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV Airing
Wednesday, March 22
SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 20 - ABC's critically-acclaimed
hit drama, Grey's Anatomy, was awarded this year's TV Land Future Classic
Award tonight at the TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV in Santa
Monica, CA. Creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes, along with the cast
of Grey's Anatomy, accepted the honor on behalf of the show. The award --
which TV Land unveiled in 1998 and is presented annually -- recognizes the one
new show from the past calendar year which best exemplifies the qualities of
an emerging television phenomenon that will endure for years to come. The TV
Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV will air on TV Land and simulcasts on
Nick at Nite on Wednesday, March 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
"Grey's Anatomy embodies the qualities of a true television classic,"
states Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land and Nick at Nite. "The show's
complex and emotional storyline, as well as its amazing cast has made it one
of the most important television shows to come along in years. TV Land would
like to thank ABC, Shonda Rhimes and the entire cast and crew for making every
episode of this series a weekly event we look forward to with anticipation. Of
all of 2005's freshmen shows, TV Land is thrilled to present Grey's Anatomy
with the 2005 TV Land Future Classic Award."
"We are honored that TV Land has chosen Grey's Anatomy as their Future
Classic Award recipient," states Shonda Rhimes, creator and executive producer
of the series. "TV Land has quickly established itself as a great home for
the most loved series to air on television. As we continue to build upon a
great start to Grey's Anatomy, we are thrilled to be honored by this
institution and look forward to one day joining their elite line up of
fantastic television shows."
Grey's Anatomy is a primetime, hour-long drama centering around a group of
new surgical interns battling the job, each other and life in general on a
daily basis at Seattle Grace Hospital, the toughest surgical residency program
west of Harvard. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) is a woman trying to lead a real
life while doing a job that makes having a real life impossible. She and
fellow first-year interns Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Izzie Stevens (Katherine
Heigl), George O'Malley (T.R. Knight) and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) were
students yesterday. Today they're doctors and, in a world where on the job
training can be a matter of life and death, they're all juggling the ups and
downs of their own personal lives.
The interns fight to maintain friendships in this most stressful and
competitive atmosphere. Meredith's medical ambition is overshadowed by a
troubling secret: her mother, a noted pioneering surgeon, is suffering from a
tragic and devastating illness. Cristina is a study in contradiction; highly
competitive and driven, she eschews any favors in order to make it on her own.
Isobel "Izzie" Stevens, the small-town girl who paid for medical school by
modeling in her underwear, battles for respect amongst her peers. George
O'Malley is the warm but insecure boy next door who always manages to do or
say the wrong thing -- even in the O.R. Worse, in spite of his obvious
attraction to Meredith, he's treated as "just one of the girls." And Alex
Karev, the intern every intern loves to hate, masks his working class roots
with arrogance and ambition.
The interns are guided by an established team of doctors who are
determined to shape them into skilled surgeons or break them: Miranda Bailey
(Chandra Wilson), the senior resident responsible for training them, masks her
softer side with a demeanor so tough that she's the nicknamed "The Nazi."
Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) is the flirtatious but wildly talented
surgeon. Meredith thought he was her soul mate when the two began a forbidden
sexual relationship, and is shocked when she discovers he is married to Dr.
Addison Shepherd (Kate Walsh), a new doctor at the hospital. Preston Burke's
(Isaiah Washington) arrogance is second only to his skill with a scalpel. He
meets his match in Cristina when they begin a less romantic but equally
forbidden relationship of their own. Overseeing them all is Dr. Richard Webber
(James Pickens Jr.), Seattle Grace's paternal but no-nonsense chief of surgery
who harbors some secrets of his own concerning Meredith's mother.
Grey's Anatomy focuses on young people struggling to be doctors and
doctors struggling to stay human. It's the drama and intensity of medical
training mixed with the funny, sexy, painful lives of interns who are about to
discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and
white. Real life only comes in shades of grey.
Shonda Rhimes (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) is creator and executive
producer. Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan), Betsy Beers (Casanova), James
Parriott (The American Embassy) and Peter Horton (thirtysomething) are
executive producers. Grey's Anatomy is a Touchstone Television Production.
Comprised of various members of the TV Land staff, the Future Classic
Award selection committee reviews episodes of all new shows premiering
throughout the entire year. The committee then votes on the one show that TV
Land feels best exemplifies an emerging classic series that would one day fit
its broad mix of award-winning line-up ranging from The Andy Griffith Show to
Good Times. Shows considered by the committee are based on the following
* Each show must have premiered between January 1 and December 1, 2005.
* No returning series are considered.
* Each show must be regularly featured in prime time.
* Each show must be a drama, sitcom, or sketch comedy series.
Previous winners of the Future Classic Award are Sports Night, The
Sopranos, Scrubs, Malcolm in the Middle, American Dreams, Arrested Development
and Desperate Housewives.
The fourth annual TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV is presented
by M&M'S(R) Brand Chocolate Candies. Other major sponsors include Capital One,
Dell and Nestle's HOT POCKETS(R) Brand SUBS.
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