Denzel Washington Checks Into The Hospital!

Denzel Washington is the latest famous visitor to ABC’s blockbuster Thursday night lineup — as the Oscar-winning movie star checks into the flagship drama “Grey’s Anatomy” this season.

However — sorry, fans! — his star turn won’t be in front of the camera.

Denzel is directing this season’s ninth episode. He’s no stranger to the director’s chair after helming movies like “Antwone Fisher,” but this is the first time he’s trying his hand at television.

“Grey’s Anatomy” might seem like a big step backwards, but Denzel is really stepping up as a longtime friend of the show’s newly-minted executive producer Debbie Allen — who also plays Dr. Catherine Avery on the long-running medical soap.