With Grey’s Anatomy this season, everything old is new again. They’re basically rebooting the show with Ellen Pompeo stepping back and focusing on a new class of interns, there’s a new Shepherd with dreamy hair, Kate Walsh will be recurring, and Jesse Williams will be appearing and directing. And now, Greg Germann, who left the show with Jesse Williams’ character during the terrible covid season, will be returning as well. Gee, it’s almost as if the show isn’t working and they have to bring back old characters to drum up interest.
Jesse Williams is not the only Grey’s Anatomy alum returning to the ABC drama next month.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Greg Germann is set to reprise his role as Tom Koracick in the Nov. 3 episode, the same installment that marks Williams’ comeback as Jackson Avery.
Germann left what had become a series-regular role in Season 17, when Koracick, having won his battle with COVID but having lost Teddy to Owen, decided to move to Boston to help Jackson run his mother’s Catherine Fox Foundation.
In the Nov. 3 outing, Koracick reaches out to Catherine (who is in Boston) regarding a personal matter. Meredith, meanwhile, also spends the episode in Boston, catching up with Jackson.
After exiting Grey’s last year, Germann joined the second and final season of Netflix’s Firefly Lane (which kicks off Dec. 2) in a recurring role. The Ally McBeal vet also turns up in this week’s episode of The Good Fight.
When Germann’s Grey’s departure was announced in May 2021, showrunner Krista Vernoff all but confirmed that Koracick would be back.
“Greg Germann is a comic genius and we are so lucky that he brought his talents to our show these last few years,” Vernoff said at the time. “We will miss Greg terribly in the day to day — but we plan to see Tom Koracick again!”
The only things I can think of Greg Germann in offhand are House of Lies and Grey’s. In both he managed to play a funny and super annoying, but ultimately sympathetic character. I was a little surprised they didn’t let him die of his covid when he last appeared, but that would have been far too realistic for Grey’s, which prefers death by more statistically unlikely means like plane crashes. I’m bitter about the many unnecessary deaths, but I do appreciate that they bring back characters that simply moved away and took other jobs, as is more typical than never again seeing old colleagues/friends when you live in a major city and remain in the same industry. And it’s interesting to get the details about these upcoming episodes. It’s already known that Ellen Pompeo is stepping back, so it’s interesting that she’s headed to Boston for a bit before whenever she’s written out for that longer stretch. But yes, the fact that they have to have all these guest appearances to pull people in may not bode well for the reboot, or at the very least it may not bode well for their confidence in the reboot.
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Seriously though, he’s an amazing actor & I wish he got better parts. He & Biscuit we’re the best parts of Ally.
Greys was trending yesterday & god help me, I clicked. Addison is back (again).
It’s past ridiculous now, the storylines.
Janet Reno’s wattle!
Yes! I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks Ally McBeal first when I see him. He was the best part of that show. He was also in Once Upon a Time, playing Hades. Love him. Haven’t watched Grey’s in years, but had I known he was on it, I probably would have tuned in again.
Greg German and Peter MacNichol were one of my all-time favorite comedy duos, they can work off of each other like very few. I miss them together!
I remember him from Ally, he really was great in it. I checked IMDB and was surprised at how busy he’s been. I’ve never watched Grey’s but he’s been in a few things I’ve watched and I guess didn’t realize it was him.
Janet Reno’s wattle. LOL All these years and it can still make me laugh.
It truly never gets old!
I’ve checked out of Grey’s after watching it from the start because the covid season and the next season were so dreary and the characters have become so awful, with incomprehensible stories, and so much Station 19. There was a sweet spot a few years back where the interns were actually decent and I liked all the couples and everyone’s storylines but nothing lasts!
I do love Greg Germann though. Tom deserved better than getting thrown over for awful Owen. But he’s way too old to have a relationship with an intern so I dread to think what his storyline is going to be.
Maybe he will get back with Teddy? She loathes her husband atm and I always hated Teddy and Owen together.
This would actually be the most realistic Grey’s storyline ever. Who hasn’t gotten together with a long-term crush only to discover that it wasn’t a love for the ages like we dreamed it would be? And still we pressed on because of sunk-cost fallacy, maybe, or we were in denial that something we thought would be beautiful is actually a giant turd.
Teddy and Owen never really made sense — Owen needs more therapy than there will ever be therapists in his lifetime, and Teddy was ignored/rejected *repeatedly* by this man, blows her life up every couple of years for funsies, and has been treated *far* better by other romantic interests. I’d love to see her get some mental health help and find her way back to Tom once she’s ready to settle down.
Owen…who knows what Owen needs…no one…not even the writers…he was such a poorly managed character.
@osito I agree 100%!!! I would love to see this happen and you are right, no one has been written well for Owen, although I didn’t mind him with Cristina OR Amelia, but both ended terribly.
I loved/hated him in Ally McBeal. He always plays a jerk with some kind of redemption arc thrown in. He is a great actor, though, and I’m a bit excited about this. I guess I’ll be watching Greys until they pull the plug. Lol
Grey’s is my guilty pleasure.
I can’t help myself.
Greg Germann is the male Cheryl Hines.
I would watch them in a romantic comedy or a sitcom, yep. Definitely.