Scoop: Grey's Anatomy 'Crisis' Intensifies

The prognosis is looking grim for the Chief’s ailing wife on Grey’s Anatomy.

Loretta Divine confirmed to TVLine at Sunday’s Night of 100 Stars Oscar party that viewers will be seeing a lot more of Adele as the season progresses, all but confirming that the character’s recent memory issues will turn out to be early-onset Alzheimer’s.

“I’m booked for about five episodes,” she confirmed. “Adele and Richard are going through a real crisis.”

Of course, said crisis is further complicated by the fact that the Chief’s ex-lover (and Meredith’s mother) also battled Alzheimer’s.

News of Divine’s extended Grey’s arc comes amid a bit of a career renaissance for the acting vet. The Tony winner recently landed a high-profile guest stint alongside Kathy Griffin on Glee, and will also co-star in the new ABC Family comedy The Great State of Georgia.

“I play Raven Symone’s wacky aunt,” Divine said of Georgia. “It’s about her trying to be an actress in New York.” (Reporting by Michael Maloney)