glaadBLOG is happy to report that Jessica Capshaw, who plays lesbian pediatric surgeon Arizona Robbins, has just signed a long-term contract with Grey's Anatomy! According to EW's Michael Ausiello, "The deal calls for the actress to appear in all remaining episodes this season with an option to return as a series regular next fall." Ausiello continues:
The ex-Practice star joined Grey's last month as Seattle Grace pediatrician Arizona Robbins. Although she was initially signed for only three episodes, the possibility existed that it could turn into something more permanent. News of Capshaw's promotion should silence critics who sounded the anti-gay alarm after ABC kindly asked Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes to banish Callie's first girlfriend, the brusque and ballsy Dr. Hahn (played by Brooke Smith), to the hospital's parking lot. "The character was not working for us and the relationship was not working for us," Alphabet prez Steve McPherson acknowledged last month at press tour.Though we are certainly excited that Callie (Sara Ramirez) is going to start getting action on a more permanent basis, we know Grey's can be a somewhat rotating cast. We've learned the hard way not to get too attached to beloved characters. Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 PM on ABC.