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Grey's Anatomy stars named top entertainers of 2006

Grey's Anatomy

Story by Jack Foley

THE cast of US medical drama Grey’s Anatomy have been named as the top entertainers of 2006 by influential US magazine Entertainment Weekly.

The leading publication credited the show with having a cultural impact far beyond its 20 million viewers, adding that steamy storylines and moral dilemmas have provoked office chatter and emptied restaurants during broadcasts.

Grey’s Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey and is shown in the UK on Living TV and Channel Five.

It is currently into its third season on US TV and held the coveted number one spot in the US TV ratings for a short while, beating stalwart show CSI.

Lori Majewski, executive editor of the magazine, described the show as “a phenomenon”, adding that when the last season finale aired in May, “every place in New York was empty”.

Earlier this year, the show’s stars were placed under media scrutiny following an on-set bust up between male leads Dempsey and Isaiah Washington.

Washington subsequently had to apologise for some of the comments he made during the spat, which prompted another of the show’s main stars, TR Knight (who plays George O’Malley) to reveal his homosexuality.

Needless to say, the story created a US tabloid frenzy and got further tongues wagging about the show.

Other top performers

Entertainment Weekly also listed actress Meryl Streep, fake reporter Borat and video website YouTube in their top entertainers of 2006 round-up.

Streep was praised for strong performances in two very different movies – the summer blockbuster hit Devil Wears Prada, in which she played a boss from hell, and musical drama The Prairie Home Companion, in which she played a country singer in Robert Altman’s final film.

Borat, meanwhile, was credited with forcing America to see itself in a new light. “He [Sacha Baron Cohen] held up a mirror to America,” Ms Majewski added.

YouTube was praised for the influence it had on pop culture, especially in light of its coverage of the Michael Richards controversy.

The site enables users to add clips of their choice on any given subject and is one of the fastest growing internet phenomenons in a while.