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Washington returns for guest role on ‘Anatomy’

ABC says Isaiah Washington will return to “Grey’s Anatomy” for a guest appearance in May, seven years after he was fired from the medical drama.

Washington exited the series in 2007 after an on-set clash the year before, in which an anti-gay epithet was directed at another cast member at the time, T.R. Knight.

Washington’s return as Dr. Preston Burke coincides with the announced departure of series star Sandra Oh at the season’s end in May. Her character, Dr. Cristina Yang, was engaged to Washington’s Burke at one point in the long-running drama.

The date of Washington’s episode was not announced.

Gold medal pair to ice-skate in specials

ABC says it will air figure-skating specials with Sochi Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White among the performers.

The network said Wednesday that veteran Olympian Brian Boitano also will skate in the series of four specials hosted by Kristi Yamaguchi and Michael Weiss.

Two of the programs will air in the fall, with the second set to air in early 2015. They will be taped in various locations including Penn State’s ice arena and at a Las Vegas resort.

The events, produced by Disson Skating, will choreograph the skaters’ routines to live music performances. Past singers for Disson shows have included Michael Bublé, Aretha Franklin and Wynonna Judd.

Ellison’s Trek tale to get IDW adaptation

Harlan Ellison’s classic Star Trek tale “City on the Edge of Forever” is getting its complete and original adaptation in a five-issue series from IDW more than four decades after it aired on television.

Ellison said the adaptation – “Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay” done in partnership with CBS Consumer Products and San Diego-based IDW Publishing – stays true to his original telling and intent, and it expands fully on that which appeared on the television series in 1967 to its full form.

“It’s a very simple love story between the captain of the Enterprise who goes back through a time portal to save the future because he believes, as Einstein did, that time is a river that flows endlessly through the universe and you cannot step in the same river twice,” Ellison said.

But in doing so, history is changed and its effects are far-reaching, negating the Enterprise and its existence.

Kirk and Spock, who are trapped in the Depression-era 1930s, have to figure out which rock redirected the stream of time and remove it.

The series, which is out starting in May, elaborates on their efforts and isn’t constrained by television time slots or the original episode.

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