By Michael Ausiello
February 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM EST

Looks like Callie’s new girlfriend is a keeper!

Grey’s Anatomy has signed Sara Ramirez’s latest lesbian crush, Jessica Capshaw, to a contract, sources confirm to me exclusively. The deal calls for the actress to appear in all remaining episodes this season with an option to return as a series regular next fall.

The ex-Practice star joined Grey’s last month as Seattle Grace pediatrician Arizona Robbins. Although she was initially signed for only three episodes, the possibility existed that it could turn into something more permanent.

News of Capshaw’s promotion should silence critics who sounded the anti-gay alarm after ABC kindly asked Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes to banish Callie’s first girlfriend, the brusque and ballsy Dr. Hahn (played by Brooke Smith), to the hospital’s parking lot. “The character was not working for us and the relationship was not working for us,” Alphabet prez Steve McPherson acknowledged last month at press tour.

Still, though McPherson seems to be having no such reservations about Hahn’s kinder, perkier successor, Arizona may want to go with valet over self-parking for the time being. You know, just to be safe.

What do you think? Is Capshaw clicking? You a fan of Callie and Arizona (Callizona?)? Or are you still carrying a torch for Callica? Sound off below!

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Meredith. Alex. Bailey. Arizona. The doctors are definitely in on Shonda Rhimes' hospital melodrama.
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