SPOILER ALERT: The story features a element about tonight’s Season 18 premiere of Gray’s Anatomy.
EXCLUSIVE: Scott Speedman, probably the most memorable visitor stars in Gray’s Anatomy historical past, has joined the solid of ABC’s venerable medical drama as a sequence common for its upcoming 18th season. Speedman simply made his first look within the Gray’s Anatomy season premiere because the stunning divulge to the “somebody from Meredith’s previous comes again” tease ABC has been working in promos for Thursday’s premiere. (You may see it under.)
Since Gray’s Anatomy alumna Kate Walsh can be reprising her position as Addison in a number of episodes this coming season (as Deadline revealed earlier this month), many followers assumed that the tease was a reference to her return to the present. However the truth is, this “somebody from Meredith’s previous” was Speedman’s Nick Marsh. For the story behind the high-profile solid addition, learn Deadline’s unique interview with Speedman and Gray’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff, which can be posted after the East Coast airing of the premiere.
Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) bumped into Marsh throughout a visit to Minnesota, invited by neurosurgeon David Hamilton (performed by new recurring visitor star Peter Gallagher) to attend the dedication of a analysis library to her mom.
The placement was a clue as a result of Speedman’s Nick Marsh was a transplant surgeon on the Mayo Clinic when he was launched within the “One Day Like This” Season 14 episode of Gray’s. Impressed in his profession by his mom, who died when he was 15 of coronary heart failure whereas ready for a coronary heart transplant, Nick additionally cared for his teenage niece on the time.
A liver transplant recipient himself, Nick was handled at Gray Sloan when he collapsed whereas visiting the hospital to retrieve a liver for a affected person of his. It was Meredith’s fast considering that led to the invention of a life-threatening clot which she surgically eliminated, saving Nick’s kidney — and certain his life.
Speedman’s immediate chemistry with Pompeo had Gray’s followers swooning as sparks flew between Nick and Meredith and she or he admitted that he made her really feel issues she hadn’t felt since Derek (Patrick Dempsey) died.
The influence of Speedman’s March 2018 visitor spot was so huge, followers have been satisfied he could be becoming a member of the present full time in Season 15. Hypothesis additional intensified when it was confirmed shortly after Speedman’s Gray’s look that he had left the TNT drama sequence Animal Kingdom, the place he was the male lead. However on the Felicity 20-year reunion panel in July 2018, Speedman dashed followers’ hopes by revealing that he was not returning to the ABC sequence.
That modified this previous summer time. In the interview with Deadline, Speedman and Vernoff reveal how he was introduced again as the one new sequence common for the upcoming Season 18, how lengthy he is likely to be sticking round for, the good lengths to which the present went with a view to maintain his arrival secret, whose thought Meredith and Nick’s reunion scene was primarily based on, what’s in retailer for the brand new couple, and whether or not a possible love triangle with Cormac Hayes is looming. Vernoff additionally touches on a few different main developments within the Season 18 opener.
Including an enormous title like Speedman as a brand new sequence common and new love curiosity for Pompeo’s Meredith, along with the return of Walsh, might reinvigorate Gray’s Anatomy following the exits of sequence regulars Jesse Williams, Greg Germann and Giacomo Gianniotti final season because the sequence’ producers ABC and Pompeo will quickly face the annual choice whether or not to increase or finish the vastly profitable sequence.
The Gray’s Anatomy stint was Speedman first and solely one-off guest-starring look because the very begin of his appearing profession. Centered totally on options, he has had three main sequence runs up to now on Felicity, Final Resort, Animal Kingdom and a recurring arc on the upcoming third season of You. He’s at present seen within the film Greatest Vendors, which premiered on the Berlin Movie Competition. His upcoming options embody Sharp Stick and Crimes of the Future.
Speedman is repped by CAA.