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Shonda Rhimes’ twisty political drama started season six with the one-two punch of the results of a Presidential election followed by the death of one character, possibly at the hands of another major one (trying to avoid names, so I won’t be accused of spoilers). I think it’s time Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and her Gladiators to get on the case. 9:01 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, on ABC.

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Also: It’s season finale time for “Alone” at 9 p.m. on the History channel (followed by a reunion special); a junior edtion of “MasterChef” premieres at 8 p.m. on Fox; and frankly, my dear, “Gone with the Wind” is on TCM at 9 p.m.

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mcdreamy-greys-1024-1020x765Back in the spring of 2005, a new medical drama premiered on ABC. I tuned in partly because the show was set in Seattle and partly out of simple curiosity. Heck, “Frasier” was set in Seattle and was a very funny half hour comedy that ran nearly 11 years, it couldn’t hurt to give this show a try.

That initial curiosity has turned into a 12 year habit. Call it “hatewatching,” call it stupid devotion, but I just can’t stop watching “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Shonda Rhimes, who created the show and writes many of its best episodes, took the simple premise of following a group of first year interns at fictional Seattle Grace Hospital, and has turned it into a long-running, top network television show.

Go back and watch the premiere episode. All the elements that keep the show popular are there: the intense medical procedures, the wild soap opera-like romantic entanglements – and most importantly, I think – the all too human reactions.

Sure, Meredith Grey (star Ellen Pompeo) began her first day at the hospital by discovering she had unknowingly slept with her boss (Patrick Dempsey) the night before, but you can see the beginning of her seasons-long friendships with fellow interns Christina Yang (Sandra Oh), George O’Malley (T.R. Knight) and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) and her strained relationship with her mother (Kate Burton) – a former doctor herself.

The show also features great work from cast members who have been there from the beginning: Chandra Wilson and James Pickens, Jr. And the music supervisor should get some sort of recognition for matching the music to the emotion, scene for scene.

Last year around this time there was a lot of Internet buzz from fans who were going to stop watching the show after Dempsey’s character, Dr. Shepherd, was written off the show. A year later, the show is even more popular than before.

calliearizonaPersonally, I was ready to bail after the plane crash that ended season eight, and put several major characters in jeopardy — including one half of my favorite couple — Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) and Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez). Robbins survived, and to tell the truth, I probably would have kept watching no matter what.

One more complaint. The show is set in Seattle — there are fleeting shots of the Space Needle, the bridges over Lake Washington and the city’s skyline, and the actors seem to have coffee in their hands constantly — but to this native’s eyes, it so obviously is not filmed here. The KOMO News building in lower Queen Anne stands in for the exterior of the hospital.

And yet, I keep coming back to see how the employees are coping with their (sometimes ridiculously) complicated lives. Tonight’s season finale promises to be a little lighter emotionally (a wedding and a baby), but I’m pretty sure we haven’t seen the last of the fallout from the Robbins/Torres custody battle.

Oh yes, you’ve got me hooked, Shonda Rhimes, for whatever you have in store for season 13 and beyond.

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143445_1732From what I can determine, the 12th season finale of this medical drama will feature a wedding and a new baby. But you never know what producer/creator Shonda Rhimes has up her sleeve for the staff of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. Let’s not forget all the cast departures via car accidents, plane crashes and rogue gunmen (let alone rare diseases). And I’m not so sure that we’ve seen the last of the fallout from Callie and Arizona’s custody battle. Yes, I’ve been watching this show for a long, long time. Season finale, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 19, on ABC.

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1tvscandal_tzrWhat does creator Shonda Rhimes have in store for Olivia Pope and her gladiators to close the series’ fifth season? I don’t have a clue. This show excels at poking fun at the political system and does plot twists like no other (that disturbing violent outburst that closed a recent episode is still reverberating). Grab a glass of red wine and settle in. Here we go. Season finale, 9 p.m. Thursday, May 12, on ABC.

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rs_634x1024-131002110745-634_Kerry-Washington-Scandal-Wardrobe4_jl_100213_copyYour television should be in full season-finale mode this week with multiple final episodes airing almost every night. And what does creator Shonda Rhimes — who does this sort of thing so very well — have in store for the fourth-season ender of this twisty, political soap opera? Surely nothing as devastating as the loss of a major character on “Grey’s Anatomy” a couple weeks back, but you never know what Rhimes has up her sleeve for Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and her gladiators. You’ll just have to watch to find out. Season finale, 9 p.m. Thursday, May 14, on ABC.

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scandalSPOILER ALERT! What more could creator Shonda Rhimes possibly have in store for this hyper-paced, twist-filled nighttime soap in the next few weeks (the season finale airs April 17)? The last few episodes have seen the death of a major character (played by Emmy-winner Dan Bucatinsky), a murderous/crazy vice president (Kate Burton), an adulterous affair for the First Lady (Bellamy Young), face-licking and many close-ups of Olivia Pope (actress Kerry Washington is pregnant in real life). Hold on tight, Gladiators. 10 p.m. Thursday, April 3, on ABC.

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