Get your dancing shoes ready, Grey's Anatomy fans, because your favorite medical soap opera is about to go all Glee on us. It seems the docs of Seattle Grace/Mercy West have been getting their behinds kicked in the ratings by American Idol, so the next episode will be a musical one.
It's not airing tonight -- sorry guys, the show is on hiatus until March 24 -- but that hasn't stopped us here at The Stir from debating how this will go down. Because we love Glee. And we love our Grey's. The question is whether we'll love them ... together. Let's look at the good, the bad, and maybe a sneak peek at what's going to happen?
The cons: We've all heard of the restorative power of music therapy, but how does one emote through a surgical mask? And how will they manage to keep the docs from seeming like airheads, singing while people are lying cut open on a table in front of them? I wouldn't want my surgeon belting one out when she's supposed to be putting me back together.
Medical shows have always struggled to draw a balance between the lives of the doctors and retaining respect for the profession, and this idea cuts awfully close to the line. And we like shows like Glee because they don't have to be too serious; when they cut away for a song, it's not jarring or inappropriate.
The pros: Shonda Rhimes promises they'll be sticking to the music already heard on Grey's. So picture a rousing chorus of The Fray's "How to Save a Life," and you're probably right on track.
Even better for you music fans, Sara Ramirez, aka pregnant ortho doc Callie Torres, got her start in the biz on Broadway, and she has a Tony Award under her belt for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. The girl's got pipes:
It's more than a little ironic that six months ago comments on YouTube videos of her singing were calling for a Glee appearance. Now they're getting their wish -- sort of.
Also good news: Kate Walsh -- aka lady parts doc Addison Montgomery is starring, as is her voice. So all those fans who veered off when the show began shedding its core cast members (about the time of the Mercy West merger), will have something to draw them in.
So, you take an OB/GYN cameo and a song-heavy show with a Tony Award winning actress playing a pregnant woman ... AND that Fray song. Who sees Addison swooping in to save Callie's baby's life, huh? Hey, it's as good a bet as any.
What do YOU think is going to happen? Will this bring viewers back?
Image via ABC