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McKidd to Seattle Grace?

One of the biggest disappointments last season was that NBC's trippy sci-fi/time travel/romantic drama Journeyman failed to pay off the promise in its pilot and, after sliding ratings, was canned after twelve episodes.

I had predicted that Journeyman would be a breakout series for lead Kevin McKidd (Rome) but he's been pretty quiet since the drama was axed at the end of last year. So what is McKidd up to these days?

Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello (still can't get used to saying that) claims that McKidd is in talks with the producers of ABC's ratings juggernaut Grey's Anatomy to join the cast as a doctor who signs up at Seattle Grace after a stint with the army in Iraq.

I'm thrilled to see McKidd working and think that the producers may have cannily cast him in an effort to bring his diverse fans to Grey's Anatomy. While I think he'll be a good fit for the medical series, I do wish that the producers on another ABC drama had managed to grab him for their own series.

Which series am I thinking of? Well, wouldn't McKidd just be absolutely ideal as a cast member on, say, Lost? I could definitely see him as a member of the Others or Charles Widmore's island-seeking outfit and McKidd's intensity--so well used during his tenure on Rome--would be right at home alongside that of Matthew Fox, Michael Emerson, and Terry O'Quinn.

Just a thought if the bed-hopping and suturing at Seattle Grace don't suit.

Stay tuned.

What's On Tonight

8 pm: Price is Right Million Dollar Spectacular (CBS); Baby Borrowers (NBC); America's Next Top Model (CW); Wife Swap (ABC); So You Think You Can Dance (FOX; 8-10 pm)

9 pm:
Criminal Minds (CBS); Baby Borrowers (NBC); Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious (CW); Supernanny (ABC)

10 pm: CSI: New York (CBS); Celebrity Circus (NBC); Primetime: Crime (ABC)

What I'll Be Watching

8 pm: Notes on a Scandal on HBO2.

Yes, there's seriously such a lack of compelling network and cable content on tonight that I am turning to a movie on HBO2 that I've already seen twice. Still, Cate Blanchett and Dame Judi Dench? There are much worse ways to spend a Wednesday night than watching them in this gripping drawing room thriller.


Susania said…
I have an even better doctoral casting idea for McKidd - how about as the (eventual) replacement for David Tennant on Doctor Who? Where better for a man who has time travel experience!
Oskar said…
You sure it was Ausiello who broke this? I haven't seen anything in his blog, and the news story on EW was written by Lynette Rice.

Regardless, I'm totally stoked about this. I think Lucius Vorenus is one of the truly great television characters of all time. I couldn't be more happy to see him join Grey's, although Lost would be awesome too.
Anonymous said…
McKidd is fantastic but I don't think he'd be good as the new Doctor. Too stoic. And I'm not sure how he would do with the lighter, comedic aspects of Who. But he would be great on Lost.
Vance said…
I know. I was a bit surprised at that news of Greys but while I love Grey's, I assume McKidd is better suited elsewhere (I like your Lost suggestion). Still, I think it may add a nice roundness to Kevin's career and some extra depth, and maybe sparring partner for Christina on Grey's.
Anonymous said…
I liked McKidd on Journeyman, but I'm not too sure about how I feel about Grey's Anatomy being the one getting him. Almost any other ABC show would have been better: as you suggested, Lost, or Dirty Sexy Money, or Desperate Housewives, Eli Stone, Brothers & Sisters...
Susania said…
Bella, you should see him in Topsy-Turvey as the rather campy heroic lead of the Gilbert and Sullivan ensemble - the guy can be pretty silly, when called for!
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