Katherine Heigl is returning to Grey’s Anatomy, or more specifically, Katherine Heigl is not leaving Grey’s Anatomy after all. In an announcement made by ABC, Katherine Heigl’s contract option for a sixth season of Grey’s Anatomy was picked up, meaning that the actress is now under contract again to reprise her role on the show. There had been numerous rumors that Katherine Heigl was leaving Grey’s Anatomy, and the network took a very long time coming back with an answer for fans, but now basically everything has been cleared up as Katherine Heigl has had her contract picked up for another season.
In an Entertainment Weekly article, John Rottenberg wrote that EW had gained confirmation from AVC that they indeed have Katherine Heigl under contract for at least one more season of Grey’s Anatomy. When the cast signed on to play their characters for Grey’s Anatomy, it seems that they also signed seven year contracts that could be picked up each season by the network. ABC had been pushing off the decision about accepting a sixth season from Heigl, maybe in part because she had expressed interest in leaving the show, and maybe also in part because they felt her character had runs its course on Grey’s Anatomy. It’s also possible that ABC just wanted to keep suspense for how her character’s fate would play out in the end.
This is probably very good news to those fans of the show that enjoy Katherine Heigl as Izzie. She has always been an energetic character within the cast, and Heigl’s personality had lent itself well enough to earn her a couple of awards along the way. There are probably also fans of Grey’s Anatomy who may be dismayed at this news, because Heigl’s character had reached a bit of predictability and monotony over that last couple of seasons, causing some viewers to become frustrated.
This is the role that made Katherine Heigl a star, and though she has parlayed it into a lot of success on the big screen, she has to thank the writers and creator of Grey’s Anatomy for giving her the chance to make it big. Now the show will bring her character back for at least another season, and it will once again be interesting to see how Izzie recovers from the position writers had left her in at the end of season five. There has been no news about whether she will return again for season seven yet. Do people enjoy the fact that Izzie is coming back? Let us know with a comment on this latest development.
Source: ABC Announcement