FD News: Groundbreaking ‘Grey’s Anatomy’; Reboots rule; Sundance ‘Science Fair’ sweep
Learn about the “groundbreaking” trans story heading to Grey’s Anatomy
Grey’s Anatomy is continuing its mission to shine a spotlight on transgender stories, having booked actress Candis Cayne (Transparent) for a recurring role in its fourteenth season. Cayne’s character will be that of a transgender patient who receives “groundbreaking” vaginoplasty surgery at Grey Sloan – the fictional hospital within the medical drama series.
The storyline is based on the true story of Hayley Anthony, a trans woman who helped surgery director Jess Ting create a new procedure for vaginoplasty surgeries. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Krista Vernoff said the surgery “revolutionizes the making of a vagina”, adding that “Candis is playing a character inspired by something we read.” It’s another example of Grey’s Anatomy breaking the boundaries with its storytelling.
Find out why Science Fair is the first ever winner of Sundance’s Festival Favorite Award
The Sundance Institute has handed out its first ever Festival Favorite Award to Cristina Costantini & Darren Foster’s Science Fair, a documentary about nine high school students and their journey to the international science fair.
The film managed to beat off competition from 123 other feature films, securing the final recognition bestowed on this year’s feature lineup. In a statement, director of the festival John Cooper explained why: “Audiences responded to the hope in this film, and how it thoughtfully depicted a rising generation of innovators. The film was so engaging and inspiring that we felt it would delight audiences and be a strong contender for this award.”
CBS launches into reboot frenzy; nostalgia is the central theme of 2018
Having already ordered a thirteen episode run of a Murphy Brown revival, CBS is eying pilot orders to bring Magnum P.I. and Cagney & Lacey back to the small screen. The shows, which came to an end back in 1988, would add to the network’s existing reboots of MacGyver, S.W.A.T., and Hawaii Five-0. This trend proves one thing: The reboot frenzy is far from over. It appears that nostalgia is to be the central theme of 2018.