TVLine Items: Grey's Gets a New Doc, HBO Sets John Oliver Debut, Sabrina Reunion and More

Patrick Fabian Grey's AnatomyPatrick Fabian is scrubbing into Grey’s Anatomy.

The actor, who has appeared on everything from Big Love to Veronica Mars to Saved By the Bell: The College Years, will recur as a pediatric surgeon who arrives to help Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, reports

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Fabian’s debut on the ABC drama is slated for early April.

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• John Oliver’s new topical HBO comedy show now has a title and a premiere date: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver will launch Sunday, April 27, at 11/10c.

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Melissa & Joey will host a Sabrina the Teenage Witch reunion when Beth Broderick (who played the spellcaster’s aunt Zelda) guest-stars on the ABC Family comedy, per The Hollywood Reporter. Broderick will play Mel’s doctor in the April 30 episode. David Lascher, who co-starred as Sabrina’s love interest Josh, will appear in the April 9 installment.

Office alum Oscar Nuñez has joined USA Network’s upcoming comedy series Benched, playing a public defender and colleague in Nina’s (Eliza Coupe) new office, reports Deadline.

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• British actress Sarah-Jane Potts (Keen Eddie, Felicity) will replace Georgina Rylance in Gracepoint, Fox’s adaptation of Broadchurch, per our sister site Deadline.

• Ron Canada (Boston Legal) will guest-star on a March episode of Elementary as a retired high school teacher who locks horns with Detective Bell over whether to force a frightened teenaged girl to testify in a murder trial, per

• HBO has given a series order to The Brink, a dark comedy starring Jack Black (School of Rock) and Tim Robbins (The Shawkshank Redemption), Deadline reports. The show revolves around a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Robbins); Alex Coppins (Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Callahan (Orange Is the New Black‘s Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot.

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  1. Eric7740 says:

    Yay!!! Love Patrick Fabian!!!

  2. Lisa. says:

    Nothing against Patrick Fabian, but every show I’ve seen him in I’ve always found him a bit creepy!

  3. Angela says:

    “Last Week Tonight”-cute :D. Look forward to Oliver’s new show.

  4. greysfan says:

    Another new doc? Seriously Shonda?

    • Leigh says:

      For the first time in a long time I welcome it. The doctors they have already have been torn apart and put back together so many times they’re ragged at this point. Fresh meat!

  5. Hannah says:

    Glad Pablo Schreiber is getting a new gig after that awful Ironside remake.

  6. dude says:

    I was just thinking “If there’s one thing Grey’s Anatomy needs, it’s another doctor.”

  7. D says:

    If they’re bringing in another peds surgeon, that means Arizona and Callie are over. IMO Arizona is off the show. They don’t need another one, they have Alex too. Unless it’s Alex that’s leaving but I doubt it. Personally they wrote Arizona into a wall. There’s nothing much more to do with her storyline. The position they should fill is an ob/gyn or neonatal specialist like Addison was. Those were interesting cases she had.

  8. barbaradesmond says:

    I like Patrick. I think I first saw him on Xena. But with that said I have to wonder if Grey’s Anatomy needs another doctor.

  9. Forwardad says:

    Well Cristina is leaving not that a pediatrician replaces a cardiologist. I’m tired of the Arizona-Callie story.

  10. HAP says:

    I think that 11pm on Sunday night is an awful time slot for John Oliver. People go to work on Mondays. They have Maher in prime time on Fridays. Why bury Oliver in that slot?

  11. Fido says:

    Big thanks for the Sarah Jane Potts and Gracepoint news :yay:

  12. Laura says:

    Professor Lasky!

  13. Luli says:

    Yeeaaaaaaah!! another Sabrina reunion!! and with Aunt Zelda!!! Now we just need Aunt Hilda (Caroline Rhea) to guest star on m&j!!!

  14. Marie says:

    I read the spoiler about Melissa & Joey last night. Apparently Mel is going to receive some shocking news from her doctor!! Can we say maybe baby!!

  15. cdeno says:

    Any word on how long this new doc is sticking round on Grey’s Anatomy?

  16. Johana says:

    when is Greys back?

  17. Katie says:

    Where I live Fabian does ads for Bellin Health in Wisconsin so this kind of tickles my funny bone