Will she be Dr. Burke's mom? A terminal cancer patient? A new hospital administrator? Only "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes and her writing staff on the hit ABC drama know for sure what role Diahann Carroll will play during her guest appearance next season.
The casting was announced Thursday as TV reporters were shown around the show's set at Prospect Studios in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. Rhimes was on hand for a brief Q&A, but would not drop any hints about the role Carroll would play.
"Grey's Anatomy" executive producer Betsy Beers confirmed that Sara Ramirez, the actress who played the love interest of series regular T.R. Knight's character George last season, will return to the show in its upcoming third season as a regular.
The same field trip included a visit to the set of FX's "The Shield," where creator/executive producer Shawn Ryan had some guest-star news of his own. Famke Janssen, the former Bond girl most recently seen in "X-Men: The Last Stand," will be a guest-star in the final three episodes of the Emmy-winning police drama series.