SPOILER: What’s Ahead for Callie/Arizona.

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Arizona Robbins, Betsy Beers, Callie Torres, Interview, Jessica Capshaw, Sara Ramirez, Season 8, Shonda Rhimes, SPOILER ALERT | 30 comments

Hey Gabblers.  With yet some more scoop from Shonda at the TCAs, see what she and fellow producer Betsy Beers had to say about Callie and Arizona’s future for the rest of this season.  The dish is below a cut for those who are spoiler-free.

Callie and Arizona of Grey’s Anatomy placed third on our Cutest Couple of 2011 poll, and with good reason. Not only did they manage to make it through some tough times last season, but they also have had more on-screen sexy time than any lesbian pairings on primetime network television. And the good news is we can expect even more. At the ABC TCA party last night, producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers discussed the characters and their perfect coupling.

“I think their relationship — it’s in a really good place,” Beers said, “so I think one of the things we’re interested in doing is exploring that plus themselves as teachers, which, for a little bit, was not the area we were focusing on but, now, is something we’re really interested in doing. But we’re so excited about the relationship because we really feel those two characters work so well together and really have a solid base. It’s kind of cool.”

Rhimes promises a great Valentine’s Day episode, with a sexy scene. “They’re fighting with Mark about whose going to have the baby because who ever doesn’t have the baby gets to have sex,” Rhimes said. “They’re really good together. I feel like they have this great amazing chemistry.”

And Beers says she thinks the couple needs some happy times. “I feel like right now, those two deserve — given what they’ve gone through, traffic accidents, they had a baby, it was super premature, Callie went through a windshield — they should get a break. Two lovely women who are in love should actually get a tiny break!”

Fans will likely agree, although the couple is likely only stronger for having gone through all of the tough times of last season. But isn’t there a worry they could get a little boring?

“All I know is that Shonda has an amazing ability to make couples that seem like they might potentially get into a rut never fall into a rut,” Beers said. And Rhimes agreed: “We’ve been trying to play with them more together and enjoy the two of them as a couple. We all love to watch them. It’s been actually fun. I think Sara is a person I can write for endlessly. Jessica as well.”

Beers said that there’s an episode coming about an “alternative universe” that she’s excited about. “It’s Callie from a different point of view and I think that’s going to be really, really fun to watch.”

Rhimes and Beers have a new show coming to ABC mid-season called Scandal, starring Kerry Washington, and Beers said the show will be just as inclusive as Grey’s and Private Practice.

“Obviously, it’s very, very important and we’re committed in Shondaland to making sure everyone is portrayed as fabulous and equal in relationships, as you know,” Beers said. “It’s always something we’re thinking about.”

(Source|After Ellen)

30 Comments

  1. Please keep those two in the background so that the real stars of the show can continue to have stories. The reason why Patrick and Ellen are even considering (which they weren’t at the end of S7) is because nonsense like this has been sidelined.

    • @Samantha, Seriously!!! “Nonsense like this” are you kidding me…WOW!!! Homophobe Much!!! This is why a show like Grey’s even tries to balance hetro couples with gay couples…because that is the way it is in the real world…too bad in this day and age that we still have to keep proving that with a fictious TV show…

      • @katelisa, Not liking Callie and Arizona equals homophobia? Please. I don’t like them as characters and the actresses have little range, especially Jessica. The second half of last season was all about them and it was horrendous, in case you forgot.

        • @Samantha, Wow! Both Sara and Jessica are tremendously talented actresses. Plus season seven just sucked period. Every story line every, every character just seemed odd and out of place. Writing was just horrible last season. I personally don’t think it’s homophobic not to like Callie and Arizona but I also think that they play more to the shows success than you probably realize. So yeah, bring on more Calzona!

          • @1203kitkat, I second this!

        • @Samantha, When you make a comment saying “Nonsense like this” you are referring to Callie and Arizona as a couple. This reference to gay couples in general is why I used the word “Homophobe”. Because no matter how you explain yourself after the fact, your comments reflect your meaning whether or not you like Callie and Arizona or Sara and Jessica.

          I was brought up that what you say is how you feel. So if you do not want to see anymore “Nonsense like this” then I suggest that you do not comment under any more of Calzona’s posts because your words reflect how you really feel.

          I do apologize for referring to you as a homophobe, because I do not know you personally, but your language mirrors that of folks I have heard say these kinds of statements all my life.

          So from a lesbian in Ohio, I want to see more “Nonsense like this” every Thursday night until the last episode is shown. More Calzona until the very end. Go Sara and Jessica…

          • @katelisa, I will comment if I choose to, there was nothing offensive about my post, it has nothing to do with them being gay. Look at all the posts criticizing Mark, no one bats an eyelash at those, even on spoilers about him. This is a comments section, even the almighty Calzona can be criticized.

            • @Samantha, Don’t worry Samantha! I totally see your point! I love merder and I have to admit that I am not really interested in watching Calzona and Mark’s stupid thing and I also can’t stand with seeing lexie and mark’s relationship and stupid love triangles! It’s just I don’t really blame the actors, I just don’t really see them as addictive, although there are some individual scenes and perfomances that sometimes suprise me

    • @Samantha, I get we all have our own preferences and such. That’s totally ok. But why do you go and read about characters you don’t even like? It doesn’t make sense. I don’t read about people I don’t like and certainly don’t comment on it. And more importantly, why do you feel the need to repeat yourself over and over in every post? If it wasn’t so childish it would be just plain mean.

    • @Samantha, i love Calzona
      sorry for my english
      pero soy de Mexico y lo unico que puedo decir es que estas muy mal, una cosa es que no te guste Callie y Arizona y otra que digas que Jessica Capshaw es mala actriz o que no tiene rango eso si que es una estupidez disculpa la palabra pero no encuentro otro adjetivo…

      No se porque entras a un post de Callie and Arizona si es que no te gustan no entiendo

  2. I hate when people use the argument that season 7 sucked because it focused on Callie and Arizona! The season sucked because the modern family storyline was poor and the writing was horrible. That’s on the writers and Shonda, not the characters or the actors. The storyline would have been just as awful if it happened to MerDer. It’s fine if you don’t like Callie and Arizona as a couple but don’t blame the characters when the problem was the writing.

  3. I love all the characters and last season it was nice to have a different couple in the spotlight. Go calzona!

  4. It’s really nice to hear that Shonda and Co. are invested in Calzona’s storyline. But I would also like to see it reflect on my screen. They should show Callie and Arizona more, so we can see how are they functioning as partners and parents. It wouldn’t hurt if they show them with Sofia once and a while. Anyway, the more Calzona, the better. :)

  5. I love Calzona, so I think it’s only fair that they get to experience what it’s like to be a stable couple for a change.
    But people, don’t forget- it’s only fiction, concocted by one Shonda Rhymes to entertain. Don’t take shit personally.

  6. I think sometimes we fans get a little carried away and need to take a breather. It’s easy to get blinded when the show is in a time when maybe our favorites aren’t being showcased. But the beauty of Grey’s is that there’s something or someone for everyone. We just have to keep in mind that while it might not be our favorite characters’ “turn” at the moment, they’ll be back. I understand the frustration of MerDer fans who felt that last season wasn’t the best for their favorite couple in terms of screen time. But heck, I know there are a lot of Calzona fans who weren’t happy with their share of the screen time because of the way it was written. But getting angry is honestly just a waste of time. Either deal with it or stop watching. Or record it and fast forward through the parts that bore you. Getting up in arms every time there’s a Callie/Arizona spoiler is a little extreme I think. So far, they’ve taken a much smaller role this season. Be happy for that if you’re not a fan. My guess – this spoiler will play out in a handful of scenes in that ep – minor scenes. The majority of the big spoilers have been MerDer or Cristina/Owen related lately. Don’t sweat it if the TV columnists throw the Calzona fans a bone every now and again. It doesn’t mean they’re taking over. Invest in a DVR, fast forward, and move on. I for one love the more ensemble way the show has been this season. A little for everyone. After all, variety is the spice of life.

  7. I think sometimes we fans get a little carried away and need to take a breather. It’s easy to get blinded when the show is in a time when maybe our favorites aren’t being showcased. But the beauty of Grey’s is that there’s something or someone for everyone. We just have to keep in mind that while it might not be our favorite characters’ “turn” at the moment, they’ll be back. That’s how the show has been for a few seasons now – certain characters take the spotlight for a while, then it rotates. I expect the second half of Season 8 to be Cristina/Owen and MerDer heavy – maybe Teddy to some extent given the loss of Henry. I understand the frustration of MerDer fans who felt that last season wasn’t the best for their favorite couple in terms of screen time. But heck, I know there are a lot of Calzona fans who weren’t happy with their share of the screen time because of the way it was written. But getting angry is honestly just a waste of time. The logical thing to do is deal with it or stop watching. Or record it and fast forward through the parts that bore you. Getting up in arms every time there’s a Callie/Arizona spoiler is a little extreme I think. So far, they’ve taken a much smaller role this season. Be happy for that if you’re not a fan. My guess – this spoiler will play out in a handful of scenes in that ep – minor scenes. The majority of the big spoilers have been MerDer or Cristina/Owen related lately. Don’t sweat it if the TV columnists throw the Calzona fans a bone every now and again. It doesn’t mean they’re taking over. Invest in a DVR, fast forward, and move on. I for one love the more ensemble way the show has been this season. A little for everyone. As a shipper of all the major couples, i appreciate it when the writers mix it up a little. After all, variety is the spice of life.

  8. Oh how i love reading everyone’s point of view here.I will admit but last season was awesome.I love the MUSIC EVENT and how it was focus more with Arizona and Callie in it.There was a reason to all of that.So i hope to see more of Callie and Arizona in this season and Sophia.Yes,they just got married and it is so amazing to see these to cute couples go on with the storyline.This is what makes the show ROCK! They both are always on top for everything as Cutest couples,Best Kisses.I mean for two gorgeous looking beautiful women they make Grey’s top and besides all the other couples.Mer/Der are also the top actors in this show.I hope everyone stays on for the next season.Without them,the whole show will be different besides new actors always coming in.I just wish they can focus more on the original characters and stop brining in newer ones… Calzona You Both Rock and keep up the good job ;-)

  9. more calzon que se joda quien no quiera

  10. As another lesbian (this time from Illinois), I just want to say that I didn’t find Samantha’s initial comment to be homophobic per se, but it definitely shows an insensitivity to those of us who don’t think it’s “nonsense” to get to see decent mainstream portrayals of lesbian couples. Both Callie and Arizona were horribly written in S7, with the possible exception of the musical episode, so perhaps *that* is what Samantha means by “nonsense.” If so, I agree with her, and I hope Shonda and Betsy do better by the characters in the future.

    (So far, S8 has been okay, but Calzona has definitely been sidelined. And I would disagree with Samantha about another issue: I always figured that Ellen and Patrick *asked* not to have very much screentime last season, so they – or at least P – could have more time for other projects. What makes you think they *like* having to bear more of the burden of the storyline?)

    • @jodief1, I suspect “Samantha” also posts over at TWoP as RysenSun where her endless posts about how anything non-MerDer related on the show “sucks”, especially CalZona. And she loves nothing more than to make her points in the snottiest tone possible, much like Samantha. It’s tedious.

    • @jodief1, I’m not RysenSun, for the record. There’s a gay character/couple in most mainstream shows these days (Glee, Modern Family, Desperate Housewives, heck, even The Office) and it’s been going that way since at least the mid-90′s (Friends), so I don’t really see a shortage on TV to be brutally honest. I’m honestly surprised they have so many gay fans, they epitomize every negative stereotype in the book.

      My comment on Ellen and Patrick had to do with the drastic change of heart they seem to have had since last season. It’s seems to be that’s because their storyline has improved and the focus is not on whether or not Callie should drink coffee or let Arizona repaint her apartment. That’s what I mean by nonsense, they haven’t done anything interesting in a very long time and considering the large focus they had last season, I have no desire to watch another one of their tedious storylines.

      • @Samantha, buuuu que mal comentario mejor YA NO HABLES CALLATE SHUT UO

  11. Samantha, if you think Ellen Pompeo or PD are sitting and contemplating returning to the show based on cute little segments of Callie drinking coffee or Az painting apartments, you have too much time on your mind. Seriously? What I think it boils down to with you is Calzona took a little bit of MerDer’s thunder the past few seasons and you can’t deal with it. Callie & Arizona are intense and have had intense scenes/storylines and I think it bothers you that MerDer hasn’t had that same intensity written for them in recent years. Blame Shonda for that, not Sara or Jessica.

    • @mcyummy, Intense storylines? :lol: Like wnat, the musical clown show? And my observtion was quite simple, the answer was no then and maybe now, becausse the storyline and ratings have improved. I’m sure a lot of longtime fans like myself of the died a little inside seeing half of every episode revolve sround the “intensity” of Callie’s frivolus dilemmas, if not the ratings wouldn’t have been so low (minus the musical, but the overflow of negative reviews made up for thet one).

      • @Samantha, lo siento pero el episodio 7×18 fue bueno al menos para algunos que a ti no te guste no es nuestro problema en segundo lugar a mi me parecia aburrida muy aburrida la historia de MERDER deje de ver la serie hasta que aparecio Lexie y Arizona ellas hicieron que de vuelta mi cara volviera a Grey’s anatomy lo siento pero asi como a ti te gusta Mer y Derek a mi me encanta Arizona y Callie,.
        Para terminar a mi me parece poco el tiempo que se le ha dedicado a Calzona pero como dijeron son 14 personajes no solo 2 y cada quien tiene gustos diferentes y para cada quien hay……. No ofendas ni des comentarios negativos y vuelvo a decir que eres INMADURA ya CRECE

    • @mcyummy, From Samantha’s response to your post McYummy, I think you hit the nail on the head. She has way too much time on her hands.LOL.

      Whether she liked Season 7 or not, she does not quite see the reality of gay couples and their lives together. I do agree that some of the storylines from last season were different but they were interesting. And I agree with you when you say that Calzona stole some of MerDer’s thunder the past few seasons but MerDer has had thunder since the first episode.

      With fourteen characters on the show sometimes the thunder needs to be shared. Still do not understand why anyone that does not like the Calzona characters find time to comment on something they do not like. As Bones questioned on Samantha’s comment earlier “why do you go and read about characters you don’t even like”? Pretty cynical if you ask me.

      • @katelisa,

        Agreed! ;-) We better get used to Samantha’s complaints because Shonda loves Sara Ramirez & recently stated she could write for her, forever. And that’s musical to my ears :lol: Certain people don’t realize that when MerDer has an article placed on here regarding storline etc, you’ll never see Calzona fans leaving negative comments underneath. Whether they like MerDer or not. Certain people just like to be nasty, just for the sake of being nasty. It’s ok! because i’ll still continue to enjoy Calzona regardless.

        • @mcyummy, Not to change Grey’s show topics but in the word of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory “Bazinga” to you McYummy!!! LOL!!!

          I agree that the whole “Samantha” idealism has had a negative impact on Calzona storyline but if fans like you and I keep up he positive comments then they will out weigh the negative comments by folks like her…

          I also agree that you do not see any Calzona fans wasting their time posting negative feedback towards MerDer or any other folks storyline that are disliked. For me personally, I like all the characters storylines, I just like the Calzona storylines more because I can relate to them.

  12. @Samantha I don’t really understand how you think that Calzona is a negative stereotype. They are in a committed, loving relationship and yes, they’ve been subjected to the typical television drama, but other than that are normal. They don’t subscribe to the common misconception that all lesbians have to be confined to a specific gender role. I think they are quite fair to the queer population and wouldn’t want them to be any different.
    And for the record, there are not gay couples on every television show. There are a great many that avoid homosexual behavior like the plague. Grey’s Anatomy expresses individuality that should be lauded not condemned.

    • @SeetheRed, yes you’re right,

      Calzona is the best ( al menos para mi)