Harry Shum Jr. is joining Grey’s Anatomy for upcoming 19th season

For better or worse, Grey’s Anatomy is still chugging along and will premiere its 19th season later this year. With most of the original and even second and third wave cast gone, they need some fresh faces at Seattle Grace Mercy West Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. And they really need those new doctors to be compelling because the residents they’ve had for the past few seasons are definitely not. The show has added a new crop of first-year surgical residents, including Harry Shum Jr.

Harry Shum Jr. will join ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” for its upcoming 19th season, adding to a group of new characters played by recently cast actors Adelaide Kane, Alexis Floyd, Niko Terho and Midori Francis.

Shum will play Daniel “Blue” Kwan, a character described as sharp-witted, impatient and brilliant. He who faced a family crisis that interfered with his career plans, leaving him with a chip on his shoulder and much to prove. He’s also generous by nature but competitive to a fault, natural gifted and someone who is used to winning at everything.

The “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 18 finale left viewers in suspense, with lead character Meredith Grey, played by Ellen Pompeo, electing to stay with Grey Sloan in Seattle and not move to Minnesota. Shum, along with the rest of the new cast, will play first-year surgical residents at Grey Sloan, which was ordered to disband and rework its teaching program.

[From Yahoo! Entertainment]

I really like this casting news because Harry Shum Jr. is really cute and I love a man who can dance. (And his Crazy Rich Asians spinoff with Gemma Chan is still probably a long way off.) I think he’ll be a good addition to the cast, which has an unrealistic dearth of Asian-American doctors. Aside from the incomparable Cristina Yang, there have only been a few supporting Asian-American characters and they’ve lacked interiority compared to other secondary characters. Sandra Oh even said in an interview once that during her time on Grey’s they never addressed people’s ethnicity, which was true until their recent ripped-from-the-headlines storylines post-2020. So hopefully the writers find a way to incorporate Harry’s character’s ethnicity in an organic and realistic way instead of ignoring it or making it some kind of lesson.

My only quibble with his casting is the whole “new residents at the hospital” storyline has been done to death. If there’s an “endless amount of stories” why do they keep telling the same one? Harry’s character description even sounds like season one Meredith Grey: family crisis interfered with career, much to prove, naturally gifted. Grey’s should break the formula and the new cast should just be new doctors at the understaffed hospital.  Also, Alexis Floyd, who played Neff in Inventing Anna, is part of the new class of residents. Shondaland repeat casting strikes again.

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  1. FHMom says:

    I wish he could do better than Grey’s Anatomy. I’ve been watching the show forever and I can’t remember the last new cast member that had a real storyline. I wonder if he”ll leave after a few episodes because of “prior commitment ‘ or something like that. This show drops storylines like they are on fire.

    • CC says:

      The money must be great, but after seeing him in a few things recently (‘Everything, Everywhere, All at Once’ and ‘Broadcast Signal Intrusion’), I feel the same about wishing he could take on something more interesting and higher profile than Intern 472. I suppose there’s some morbid curiosity about the methods the show will use to kill off the new crop of sexy interns. Has ‘Grey’s’ done an alien abduction story yet?

      • FHMom says:

        Haha I’ll be watching for the alien abduction story. It could happen. I also saw “Everything All At Once.” I didn’t even realize he was in it. I spent the whole movie trying to figure out who the husband was and couldn’t believe it was the kid from Goonies. His face is the same

  2. Jamie says:

    Good for him but damn when is this show gonna end?

  3. Pulplove says:

    He was so extremely underused in “Glee”. He’s not only a fantastic dancer but such a good actor as well. I realised that when I watched “Shadowhunters”, he was wonderful in it and I also enjoyed him in “Love Hard”.
    I stopped watching “Grey’s Anatomy” sometime during season 3 and I really don’t care for it, nevertheless I’m still happy for him. But it’s the Crazy Rich Asians spin-off I’m really looking forward to.

  4. Michelle says:

    Absolutely adore him!!

  5. Sunnyjyl says:

    I hope they punch up the energy level on the show when they bring him in. It’s more than a bit draggy. I’m a huge fan, but there are more characters who make me cringe than ones I like.

    I vote for a dancing doctor. Wouldn’t that be great?!