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Sarah Drew Lands Lead in Cagney and Lacey Reboot After Grey's Anatomy Exit

April Kepner goes to be simply advantageous. 

Okay, we should always say Sarah Drew goes to be advantageous, since lower than every week after the announcement of her exit from Gray’s Anatomy, she’s already bought a brand new gig. (The phrase continues to be out on whether or not April Kepner will survive her time at Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital.)

Deadline first reported the information that Drew will star as Cagney in CBS’ Cagney and Lacey reboot pilot alongside Blindspot alum Michelle Hurd, who has been solid as Lacey. 

The present, based mostly on the 1980s police sequence, will comply with the 2 LAPD detectives and associates as they maintain the streets of Los Angeles secure. 

The unique present ran for seven seasons on CBS from 1981 to 1988 and starred Tyne Daly as Lacey and Sharon Gless as Cagney. The duo turned sort of iconic, so Drew and Hurd have some large footwear to fill. 

ABC introduced final Thursday that Drew could be leaving Gray’s Anatomy, together with Jessica Capshawfor artistic causes on the finish of this season. Capshaw had been on the present for 10 seasons, and Drew had been part of it for 9. 

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“The characters of Arizona and April are completely woven into the material of Gray’s Anatomy because of the extraordinary work of Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew,” Krista Vernoff, co-showrunner and government producer on Gray’s Anatomy, mentioned in a press release. “As writers, our job is to comply with the tales the place they wish to go and generally meaning saying goodbye to characters we love. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with these phenomenally proficient actresses.”

Followers had been so outraged that Veronoff and  Ellen Pompeo discovered themselves having to talk out on Twitter, defending the present and shutting down theories that the exits had been because of Pompeo’s large elevate. 

“The suggestion within the Deadline article that our solid adjustments are in any means associated to Ellen Pompeo’s wage renegotiation is improper and hurtful and misguided,” Vernoff wrote. “It smacks of an previous, damaged, patriarchal notion that girls should be pitted towards one another and that one lady’s success will probably be expensive to others. Ellen Pompeo has not solely advocated passionately for her fellow solid members, she has taken the time to coach girls world extensive as to easy methods to advocate for themselves and that should not now be twisted. The choice to make adjustments to our solid was a artistic one. The one factor as fixed on Gray’s Anatomy as Ellen Pompeo is our penchant for reinvention. It is part of our success and what retains the present thrilling. We love these actresses and we love these characters and it felt true and proper creatively to wrap up their tales. And that’s the entire story.”

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Drew summed all of it up in her personal tweet in regards to the information. 

“Effectively, it has been fairly every week,” she tweeted, together with a choice of joyful emojis. “So excited!!!!” 

Gray’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at eight p.m. on ABC. 

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