Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Grey's Anatomy

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Denny lives! Or, OK, probably not, but the ABC rep for Grey’s Anatomy just confirmed to us that Jeffrey Dean Morgan, known affectionately ‘round here as Dr. Sexy Pants, will return to Seattle Grace in the coming season.

When? How? Why?

Katherine Heigl

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ABC isn’t commenting further, but I have it on good authority that Us Weekly’s story of a planned brain tumor for Katherine Heigl’s character, Izzie, was indeed the plan for this season, and in that plan, Izzie was to see “visions” of Denny. (And we can’t forget that E! Online’s own Marc Malkin first broke the story that Shonda Rhimes was considering doing something bad to Izzie this year.)

But here is the big ol’ hitch: Shonda is pretty darn likely to change that storyline plan, now that the word is out. (In case you hadn’t heard, she’s not so down with the spoilers.) That’s precisely what happened a few seasons back, when some koo-koo-bird chick who covers TV at E! reported that Sandra Oh’s character, Cristina, was to have a lesbian storyline. (Storyline = totally scrapped.)

Still, JDM's casting confirmation lends further credence to the notion that the brain tumor could still happen. Unless another cast member is “crossing over”—remember Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith Grey saw Denny when she fell in the water and nearly died.

What say you of Jeffrey Dean Morgan returning to Grey’s? And is the brain tumor a good idea? Battle it out below...

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