Patrick Dempsey Featured in New TV Guide

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The patio dining room of the refined Hotel Bel-Air will never be the same for the two teen girls who just spotted Patrick Dempsey, one of the cover subjects of TV Guide's fall preview issue.

Dressed casually on an August morning in a striped shirt and jeans, the father of three (Talula, 5, and twins Darby and Sullivan, 7 months) has finished the morning newspaper and is digging into a plate of eggs Benedict.

Sexy Patrick
"Excuse me," the braver of the two squeaks. "We are from Saudi Arabia and we love Grey's Anatomy so much that we want to become surgeons."

Dempsey, 41, flashes the famous smile that sends estrogen levels surging, rises from the banquette and happily poses for a picture with the young ladies.

"I didn't even know the show was on in Saudi Arabia," he says, delighted.

Although last season Grey's Anatomy suffered from surprising complications â€" hard-to-diagnose storylines and painful backstage drama â€" the rabid audience that fell in love with the surgeons of Seattle Grace kept the faith.

And Patrick Dempsey's Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd remains the show's most feverishly admired male character.

"What's great about Patrick is that he's both warm and funny," says Grey's Anatomy creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes. "He's just as dreamy as you'd think he'd be. And what I love about the way he plays this character is that he has ups and downs and always pulls them off."

Quick to return the compliment, Patrick Dempsey says of his boss:

"Shonda is very clear on where she wants to take the show, a real visionary. She is creating it as it goes along and you have to surrender to that. It took me a long time to come to terms with it, but that's why I go off and do other things like movies and racing to balance it out."

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.