As Grey's Anatomy finally returns with new post-strike episodes this week, we realize how much we missed the actors in that familiar ensemble. But it isn't just Grey's they're familiar from. Nearly all the cast members bounced around through other short-lived shows before landing in their current ABC megahit.
TV makes most of its stars work for what they get. How many shows was George Clooney in before ER? Five? Eight? (And can you name them? We've got answers below.)
Every time my job required me to watch Grey's Anatomy last season, I was consoled by only one thing: the presence of Kevin McKidd, whom I loved so much on all 13 of episodes of Journeyman. The show was like Quantum Leap 2.0, with McKidd Desmond-ing around in time, righting wrongs and saving lives with Moon Bloodgood, who was fresh off of the also short-lived Daybreak (or "Groundhog Taye," as we call it in my house.) The show was engrossing and effective light sci fi, but I really loved it because it was just so exquisitely sappy in the most perfect way, just like Leap was.