Star Shuns Emmys, Angering Producers


From the NY Times:


"Writers and producers for the ABC hit Grey's Anatomy are fuming after one of the show's stars, Katherine Heigl, said this week that she had opted out of the Emmy race this year because she was not given good enough material to work with last season.


The remark has fueled speculation in Hollywood that Ms. Heigl, 29, wants out of her contract on the series. This is the second time in little over a year that a dispute between Ms. Heigl and the show's producers has spread beyond the studio soundstage."


Read the rest of this article in the NY Times


So what do you think? Is Heigl an ingrate or is this type of behavior just a fact of Hollywood life?

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Jun 17, 2008 1:33AM EDT

"Is Heigl an ingrate or is this type of behavior just a fact of Hollywood life?"
I think that question is rather narrow in its scope. Like any other job, if you feel that you are not happy, or that you are being provided the necessary tools/material to do the job, who says you should just keep quiet?
I think that anyone who has been following the show knows that Heigl's comments about the quality of the writing and the stories have seriously degraded since previous seasons. And the writer's are upset that she spoke out and said something that everyone was thinking anyhow? Good.
And yes, there is the side of the argument that Heigl should have kept quiet and put up a strong front - stood united to help give the show a better image - to let everyone know that everyone is confident about the show.
But really, when it comes to accepting nominations or awards for a job that you think is/was sub-par, I have to agree with Heigl. Do we really want actors who just ride popularity and help churn out boring material? Or do we want people who will speak out and demand higher quality?
I vote for the outspoken option vying for higher quality.

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Jun 17, 2008 1:54PM EDT

Here's a question though - do you believe she actually behaved this way because she feels morally wrong accepting a nomination (and actually, not even a guaranteed nomination...just putting her name in contention for a nomination) for the material she received or because these are all part of a series of efforts to get out of her contract?I personally believe it is the latter, which is why phrased that final question in the vein that I did.If her sole motivations were honorable and to maintain the integrity of the Emmys, then fine, I suppose withdrawing her name and criticizing the material is within her right, though it still seems to me to be in poor form, especially the particular way in which she phrased things. Also, why is it that nobody has ever done this before, when I am sure other actors have certainly been in similar situations and even actors far more esteemed than Heigl? While yes, you could praise her for not just sticking with the status quo, it just seems that she has done this under false pretenses.If Heigl were offered a script tomorrow that was of the same quality as the height of Grey's, as well as the opportunity to get out of her contract, I believe she would bolt, which again says to me that she is misrepresenting her intentions here.Of course, only Katherine Heigl knows what Katherine Heigl would do and what her motivations are, so we can only speculate. I tend to lean towards the more negative though based on some of her past behavior (which is mentioned in the Times article).

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Jun 18, 2008 4:52PM EDT

I think that she has integrity, and that's not something you find often enough in Hollywood. Great job, Katherine, for doing what you feel is right! The fact of the matter is that the show DID suck until the very end of this season, and just because they were nominated doesn't mean that they deserved a win. I think that this will encourage the writers to live up to their potential, and the SHOW's potential... it started off with a great balance of heart, talent, and laughter, and that is something that should continue no matter the off-camera circumstances.Once again, Katherine wants to voice her opinions and do what's right. People need to make up their minds. You can't want to know EVERYTHING about people and then when they are actually honest, call them snobs, bitches, etc. It's not right. Make up your mind! Do you want Britney, or do you want Katherine??

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Jun 19, 2008 11:29PM EDT

I think that Katherine made the right choice! I don't think that she should go away from the show, but I respect her decision for turning down the nomination. In one article I read she said, "In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials"....And that is so true! Compared to season 2 and season 3, her role in season 4 was kind of a let down. We all know that she can take on material that is tough and I was upset with the writers for not giving more to her character! They keeping going back to the same ole Mer-Der stuff and it gets annoying! Izzy is my favorite character on the show and she needed more drama after the whole denny incident. I really hope she comes back and I am one of those who thinks what she did was right...I don't think she was being arrogent or ungrateful at all. At the end of the say, she wants to do what makes her happy and what she wants to do....

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Jun 20, 2008 5:26AM EDT

Her character has been thrashing around a bit over the last couple of series, looking for a plot line. The story with George was just stupid and unconvincing. The one with Denny was better, but so unprofessional as to have been ridiculous (with the speed it happened etc).They shouldn't have killed Denny off - he'd have been a good way of getting her out of the series for a while to let her mature as a character and explore other options as an actress.There have been so many hinted at aspects of Heigls character, baby, modelling to pay her way (remember, she didn't have any debts to begin with because she'd modelled....) and the very hot relationship with Alex was the best line to go along.The relationship with Alex is still the most interesting thing about her character. We just can't seem to get past the pretty blonde having the least characterisation or plot, can we?

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Jun 23, 2008 10:25AM EDT

based on the point that RachelL said: (and actually, not even a guaranteed nomination...just putting her name in contention for a nomination) It could be because of this she felt that maybe her character wasn't that developed and so she had no confidence in actually winning... Maybe her saying that she didn't get enough good material was just a poor choice of words.

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