'Grey' shifts for Vernoff, Noxon

5:00 AM PST 04/24/2007 by Nellie Andreeva, AP

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Faced with the prospect of running two big medical dramas next season, Shonda Rhimes has picked Krista Vernoff as the day-to-day point person on "Grey's Anatomy." Marti Noxon also has been tapped for the same position on the anticipated "Grey's" spinoff series.

Rhimes, creator/executive producer of both "Grey's" and its potential spinoff, will serve as showrunner on both series.

On "Grey's," the highest-rated scripted series this season, Rhimes will continue to serve as executive producer alongside Vernoff, Mark Gordon and Betsy Beers.

On the potential spinoff series, slated to test the waters as a two-hour "Grey's" episode May 3, she will executive produce alongside Noxon, Gordon and Beers.

Both shows hail from ABC TV Studio and the Mark Gordon Co.

Vernoff has been a rising star on "Grey's" and was named executive producer on the show in June.

Noxon joined "Grey's" at the end of last year. She quickly became a key team member on the show and was named executive producer in March. An experienced showrunner best known for her stint at the helm of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," she will now move to the new "Grey's" series, helping to get it off the ground.

While it has not been ordered to series yet, the "Grey's" spinoff series starring Kate Walsh, Tim Daly and Taye Diggs and Amy Brenneman is considered a sure bet for ABC's 2007-08 schedule.

Noxon is repped by ICM and attorney Jeanne Newman. Vernoff is repped by CAA and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum.
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