ABC’s reps confirm that they are planning a musical episode for later this season (but don’t expect the doctors to just burst into song). Although the details of the episode are still in the works executive producer Shonda Rhimes says that we should not expect show-stopping showtunes: “Part of the way I figured out that we could do this was to take the songs that our show has made iconic and have them be sung by our cast members, as opposed to singing Broadway songs or singing some songs by a known artist. We’re simply singing songs that Grey’s Anatomy has made famous.” So for now we know that the songs they’ll be singing are really good: Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars”, The Fray’s “How to save a Life”, just to name a few might be included.
When we first heard the news our minds went directly to remember Buffy, the Vampire Slayer musical episode. Coincidentally exec Shonda Rhimes tells TV Guide that it will be nothing like ‘Buffy’: “They did an all-out, show-stopping, Broadway kind of musical. This is very different.”
It is a great opportunity for the show to showcase the singing talents of Chandra Wilson and Tony winner Sara Ramirez. But don’t expect them to be the only ones singing, according to the show exec many of the cast members have really good voices (hopefully we will be pleasantly surprise). “You will be very surprised to discover that some people sing quite well. That’s sort of a little gift to the fans, to discover that people who are not necessarily known for singing have pretty great voices. Also, some people won’t be singing because it doesn’t go with the story.”
So what do you think about this musical episode? What songs do you want to hear? Will you watch it? (we certainly will!).
Read the entire TV Guide exclusive interview with Shonda Rhimes here.
Dec. 1st Update: You might want to read Is Grey´s Anatomy Going Glee with a Musical Episode? where Chandra Wilson talks about this episode (don´t expect it to be like Glee)