NEW YORK — Joshua Jackson might now be the star of J.J. Abrams’ new sci-fi drama “Fringe,” but we “Grey’s Anatomy” fans out there remember a time not so long ago where Jackson was supposed to be the new dreamy doctor at Seattle’s Grace.

Though the “Fringe” roundtable interview with Jackson at New York Comic-Con didn’t leave much of an opportunity to get a question in edgewise about “Grey’s” versus “Fringe,” I got the opportunity to talk to Jackson before he was rushed off to the “Fringe” panel.

After informing him how, as enjoyable as Kevin McKidd is on the show, I couldn’t help but watch and think how much different (and better?) the show could have been with him on it, he wistfully responded with, “You know, the day we were supposed to start filming was the day the writer’s strike began.”

It is clear that Jackson is in his element on “Fringe.” If you watch our video clips from the interview, he is off at 100 miles a minute about the intricate nature of the science of the show.

Declaring that “The X-Files” was one of his favorite shows ever and comparing the hidden connections of “Fringe” to how Beastmaster’s third sword was the same as He-Man’s, (“Because it was,” he assured us) it is clear that a sci-fi show could be more up his alley than the adult, hospital version of “Dawson’s Creek.”

He did assure me he regretted not having the opportunity to work alongside Christina Oh – he was supposed to be her love interest in “Grey’s Anatomy” until filming was put on hold due to the strike and he eventually went to “Fringe” and McKidd replaced his character – and he would take any future project where he could work with her.

Maybe if Shonda Rhymes ever does make a second spin-off starring Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh’s “Grey’s Anatomy” character) she could give Jackson a call and have one of her characters live happily ever after. That is, if she doesn’t decide to make a spin-off where Izzie and George (if T.R. Knight gets the same send-off it looks like Katherine Heigl is being sent towards) hang out with Denny Duquette and Ellis Grey and ride unicorns across rainbows over rivers of chocolate joy. Both options seem entirely plausible at this point.

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Terri Schwartz was a Blast Contributing Editor from 2008-2009.

4 Responses

  1. Zeiss

    Joshua and Sandra together would be a dream. He made DC for me and she made GA. Unfortunately when IW left I could not stomach the rest of the cast.

  2. Crystal

    No thanks. No offense to him, but I can’t even begin to picture Joshua Jackson in the Owen role. Kevin McKidd is perfect as Owen and I wouldn’t want it to be any different.

  3. Giveitakick

    This topic was brought up with the spoiler guy from TV guide or EW, anyway one of them, sorry cannot remember which one. Anyway, he said that the character Josh would have played would have been vastly different to the one Kevin’s playing at the moment. So who knows!

    Sandra Oh is fantastic, and I’m so glad to hear that Josh would still like to work with her someday. They were photographed together at the nomination ceremony for the People’s Choice awards. They looked genuinely happy to see each other.


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