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Patrick Dempsey Discusses Writers' Strike

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What impact will the Hollywood writers' strike have on Grey's Anatomy? In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Patrick Dempsey said the ABC hit drama - like many others - is not prepared for the pending strike.

While promoting his new film, Enchanted, Patrick told ET that the problem is "that we're not that far ahead script-wise. I think we'll have enough shows that take us through Christmas, and after that we'll see if that's the season or not."

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When asked if Hollywood is looking at a virtual shutdown due to the Writers Guild of America strike, Patrick Dempsey said, "I think there's a real chance of that happening. It's going to be very bad for television, certainly. The season will be wiped out if [the strike] happens and continues for too long."

The Grey's Anatomy star, who plays Dr. Derek Shepherd, also expressed deep concern for crew members and those in the Hollywood community.

"My concern is not so much for myself really, because I'll be alright, but I think how long this strike lasts is going to affect a lot of people living paycheck to paycheck - they are going to be damaged profoundly by this, and that's a tragedy," he said.

"I think a lot of people and many families are going to be in a difficult place in their lives; hopefully we can come to some sort of understanding and resolve this soon enough that it doesn't affect those people."

Unless an agreement can be reached, the strike is expected to begin today. Here's hoping it can be resolved amicably soon and that the series we love - and the talented men and women who make it possible - won't be disrupted.

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Here is the interview with TV guide....... http://community.tvguide.com/b...

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i got a question...........does this mean if it isnt resolved that greys will be cancled forever or jsut for this season????

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Hafsa how u jo`n the forum?.

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What does Patrick mean by...the show may not survive a lengthy walkout? Does he mean for the remainder of the season or what? Just really concerned about all of this stuff! Check out this link.......
http://www.hollywood.com/news/...

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I pray this strike will be short-lived, and that all parties are treated fairly. I'm very sad to see what potentially could happen to our favorite shows. Especially GA.

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Hey Debs and Kathy i was just wondering if you guys will want to join the greys forum? i am sure you will love the site. You can discuss,chat, express ur opinions with other grey fans, its really nice. Plus i heard Shonda reads every single post on that site.
Kathy &Debs, i always value your opinion and i am sure so many others will too on that site. pls just think about it. thks.

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Oh...this makes me really SAD! I can't imagine that there may be a chance our GA season may end soon! We've just got started back and we are all so involved with all the new storylines with the characters this season. This really makes me feel so depressed! From what I've read they have filmed about 4-5 episodes already and if I understood from what our precious PD stated that they are not that far ahead from all ready written scripts...so does that mean they only have 3-4 scripts left to film? And if that be the case...the actors would be finished by December.......and the televised shows through Jan....maybe??? I just hope that they can get all of this stuff worked out and everything gets back to normal before it is too late to continue with the season. I wonder how long the strike could continue before they would really end the season? Hopefully us fans will not have to worry about that...I'm looking forward to many more shows for this GA season...we'll just have to keep our fingers crossed!

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OMG!!!!!!!! :( writers, i totally feel ur pain on this 1, but we need u and u have 2 come back soon. Grey's won't ever be the same without u!!! :( plus u have to get us through the rest of the season, u can't destroy a part of our lives that we love so much!!!!!! :) :( so here is 2 hoping that u get everything worked out soon and come back to write us some more of the amazing episodes that we have seen through the last 3 seasons and into this 4th one!!!!!! Grey's rules!!! SERIOUSLY!!!!!!! :)

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Hi Hafsa No it´s NOT good but i have faith that the writers will work their issues out. But they better work them out FAST.

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