TVLine Items: Kate Burton Returns to Grey's, Intervention Revived and More

Grey's Anatomy Season 11

Grey’s Anatomy is prepping for the mother of all season premieres.

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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.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

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.

* In light of its moved-up Sept. 17 finale date, CBS’ Extant will double-up on episodes Aug. 20 and Aug. 27, airing from 9 to 11 pm, TVByTheNumbers has confirmed.

* 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).

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* 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.

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  1. GuessWhat says:

    Burning off EXTANT is more like it.
    Please tell me that the “season” finale will be a “series” finale and tie up all loose ends.

  2. Ashlee says:

    I love Kate Burton as Ellis Grey so I’m thrilled to hear she’ll be appearing in flashbacks- presumably regarding Merediths [other] half-sister….

  3. Tran says:

    Don’t know if CBS is planning to renew Extant for Season Two or on the verge of getting canceled. Also, can’t wait for Celebrity Name Game with Craig Ferguson but now that he’s leaving as host of The Late Late Show, is James Corden a perfect fit to replace Ferguson as the new host?

  4. Chris says:

    I hope she returns to Scandal.

  5. IMHO says:

    Looks like CBS is going to burn off the existing Extant episodes and call it a day.

  6. LaBete says:

    I want Extant to get canceled so Goran Visnjic could go to Penny Dreadful to play Dracula! His reps should get on that!

  7. Really looking forward to Celebrity Name Game. I’m thrilled it will be aired in my region.

  8. J says:

    A bad dream for meridith??? They used a pic of her smiling…..LOL!!!!!!!!