Grey’s Anatomy is prepping for the mother of all season premieres.
Kate Burton will return as Ellis Grey — the late mother of the ABC drama’s titular doc — in the Season 11 premiere, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ellis, who will appear in flashbacks, was last seen in the Season 8 episode “If/Then.”
Grey’s Anatomy returns for its 11th season on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 8/7c.
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* Intervention, cancelled by A&E in 2013, is being revived on LMN, according to THR. The network has ordered a 15-episode 14th season of the long-running reality series, set to debut in early 2015.
* Craig Ferguson has been tapped to host Celebrity Name Game, premiering Sept. 22 in syndication. Name Game pairs contestants with celebrities to guess famous figures in popular culture, based on improvised clues. Celebrity guests for Season 1 include Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback) and Kevin McHale (Glee).
* Dateline: Ratingsland…. NBC’s America’s Got Talent on Tuesday night drew 8.9 million viewers and a 2.0 demo rating, down 16 and 17 percent opposite ABC’s presentation of the CMA Festival thingy (which itself slipped 13 and 10 percent vs. last year, to 7.2 mil/1.8.) Opening NBC’s night, Food Fighters (4.3 mil/1.2) dipped 9 percent and a tenth.
* Jaimie Alexander (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Bernard White (Silicon Valley) will recur on HBO’s upcoming comedy The Brink, our sister site Deadline reports. Alexander will play public affairs officer Gail Sweet, while White will play General Haroon Raja, the head of Inter-Services Intelligence.