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.......


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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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.......


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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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 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!


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!!!!!!! :)


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.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

When we say things like "people don't change" it drives scientist crazy because change is literally the only constant in all of science. Energy. Matter. It's always changing, morphing, merging, growing, dying. It's the way people try not to change that's unnatural. The way we cling to what things were instead of letting things be what they are. The way we cling to old memories instead of forming new ones. The way we insist on believing despite every scientific indication that anything in this lifetime is permanent. Change is constant. How we experience change that's up to us. It can feel like death or it can feel like a second chance at life. If we open our fingers, loosen our grips, go with it, it can feel like pure adrenaline. Like at any moment we can have another chance at life. Like at any moment, we can be born all over again.


Callie: Did anyone ever think you two were a couple?
Meredith: No, because we screw boys like whores on tequila.
Cristina: Then we either try to marry them or drown ourselves.
Callie: Huh.