Sarah Drew Lands Lead in Cagney and Lacey Reboot After Grey's Anatomy Exit – eonline
April Kepner is going to be just fine.
Ok, we should say Sarah Drew is going to be fine, since less than a week after the announcement of her exit from Grey’s Anatomy, she’s already got a novel gig. (The word is still out on whether April Kepner will survive her time at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.)
Deadline first reported the news that Drew will star as Cagney in CBS’ Cagney and Lacey reboot pilot alongside Blindspot alum Michelle Hurd, who has been cast as Lacey.
The note, based on the 1980s police series, will follow the two LAPD detectives and friends as they preserve the streets of Los Angeles safe.
The original note ran for seven seasons on CBS from 1981 to 1988 and starred Tyne Daly as Lacey and Sharon Gless as Cagney. The duo became kind of iconic, so Drew and Hurd hold some titanic shoes to fill.
ABC announced final Thursday that Drew would be leaving Grey’s Anatomy, along with Jessica Capshawfor creative reasons at the finish of this season. Capshaw had been on the note for 10 seasons, and Drew had been a fragment of it for nine.
“The characters of Arizona and April are permanently woven into the fabric of Grey’s Anatomy thanks to the extraordinary work of Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew,” Krista Vernoff, co-showrunner and executive producer on Grey’s Anatomy, said in a statement. “As writers, our job is to follow the stories where they want to travel and sometimes that means saying goodbye to characters we esteem. It has been a delight and a privilege to work with these phenomenally talented actresses.”
“The suggestion in the Deadline article that our cast changes are in any way related to Ellen Pompeo’s salary renegotiation is wrong and hurtful and misguided,” Vernoff wrote. “It smacks of an worn, broken, patriarchal notion that women must be pitted against each other and that one woman’s success will be costly to others. Ellen Pompeo has not only advocated passionately for her fellow cast members, she has taken the time to educate women world wide as to how to advocate for themselves and that must not now be twisted. The decision to develop changes to our cast was a creative one. The only thing as fixed on Grey’s Anatomy as Ellen Pompeo is our penchant for reinvention. It is a fragment of our success and what keeps the note exciting. We esteem these actresses and we esteem these characters and it felt dependable and right creatively to wrap up their stories. And that is the whole narrative.”
Drew summed it every bit of up in her own tweet approximately the news.
“Well, it’s been fairly a week,” she tweeted, along with a choice of contented emojis. “So excited!!!!”
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.