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'Grey's Anatomy' cast news: Heigl takes another hiatus

November 12, 2009 |  5:02 pm

Levin Tonight's episode of "Grey's Anatomy" will not only see Ellen Pompeo's Meredith returning to her regular duties after Pompeo's maternity leave, but will also feature Katherine Heigl returning to Seattle Grace as Izzie Stevens after taking a three-episode hiatus to shoot a movie.

However, don't expect Izzie to settle back in too comfortably. ABC has confirmed that Heigl will be taking another leave -- this time of the maternity kind.  Heigl will take time off to be with her husband, Josh Kelley, and their newly adopted daughter, Naleigh. Heigl is expected to return to "Grey's Anatomy" in early 2010.

Fans of the series may be distracted from Izzie's absence by the arrival of a few new faces. In tonight's episode, "24" alum Kim Raver will become Seattle Grace's latest "Cardio God," Dr. Teddy Altman. Altman, a veteran who worked with Dr. Hunt in Iraq, will stir things up in Hunt's already-rocky relationship with Dr. Yang.

The Nov. 19 "Grey's" episode, titled "Holidaze," will introduce 19-year-old "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" actress Leven Rambin as Riley, a face from Dr. Mark "McSteamy" Sloane's past -- possibly his long-lost daughter.

Rambin, in a recurring role, will not only feature heavily on "Grey's," but will instigate another "Private Practice" crossover in early January, bringing McSteamy and Addison (Kate Walsh) together again.

--Carina MacKenzie (follow me on Twitter @cadlymack)


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Photo: Kim Ravin and Leven Rambin in "Holidaze" Credit:ABC