Holding Patterns

If you’ve been paging Dr. Lexie Grey then you’ve been answered with silence since Chyler Leigh departed her Grey’s Anatomy gig, taking her character, Meredith’s half-sister, along with her. We can now report, however that the actress has scored her first major TV role since leaving the ABC medical drama. Her new gig is one of the lead parts in NBC’s new comedy pilot called Holding Patterns. We’ve got the details.

Holding Patterns comes from The Office scribe Justin Spitzer, but the material sounds more dramatic than slapstick. The project is a multi-cam ensemble featuring a group of friends whose lives are forever changed when they survive a plane crash. You’ve got to wonder at the coincidence here because Dr. Lexie Grey was killed in a similar catastrophe.

Leigh will play Leah, the quintessential slacker. She forgets things and is always running late. She’s aimless, without much direction and her life is a total mess, but she’s also genuinely bright, funny and loyal. Leah is the type of gal who makes jokes at your expense, but you don’t mind it because you know where her heart is. TV Line unveiled the exclusive.

Leigh recently appeared in Brake, a film where she co-starred with Stephen Dorff and Tom Berenger.

On Grey’s, Leigh’s character, Lexie, transferred to Seattle Grace after her mother passed away. Lexie made it to surgical resident status there and then after about 5 years on the popular series, the infamous plane crash took her life.

Thus far Rachel Kaplan of Do No Harm and Peter Traugott from Samantha Who? are also joining NBC’s Holding Patterns. Here’s to hoping the pilot gets picked up as a series.

I hear NBC is also mulling over a comedy pilot called About A Boy, yes, just like the film which starred Hugh Grant and the now all grown up and very dashing Nicholas Hoult, a.k.a. Jennifer Lawrence’s friend and former boyfriend. There is also a Dick Wolf production in the running with Christina Ricci in the cast, about a woman who wakes up from a comma after almost 20 years only to learn she’s got a 17-year-old daughter from a pregnancy she was unaware of at the time of the comma. Now there’s an unusual scenario.