Grey's Anatomy Fans Petition for Show Changes

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Have you heard about the online petition that's been sent to ABC and Shonda Rhimes?

Disgruntled fans are demanding "something to be done to fix the mess [the show] has become." They've apparently become disheartened by "dark and depressing" story lines - and the 400 people who have signed the document (at the time of this posting) are meticulous in describing their problems with the show.


"The most affected would have to be Derek," the petition reads. "In season 1, we were introduced to the perfect man. He was that guy that everyone wanted to find, everyone wanted to be with. Now he's a shell of that man. The fans are wondering how someone who would always show up, someone who called Meredith the love of his life, who understood her and wanted a lifetime with her became the man he was on our screens January 10, 2008."

(Many on the staff of Grey's Anatomy Insider would point out how difficult it's become to date the self-involved, wishy washy Meredith and wonder what, exactly, Derek did wrong on the aforementioned date, considering his previous warnings and Meredith's reaction to his house plans).

The petition writers, profoundly, ask: "WHO is McDreamy? A question none of us should be asking four seasons into a show."

In short, petitioners explain the reason for their protest as follows:

"We want to know that we're valued, that our feelings and opinions do matter to the people who run the show. We would like to stop feeling alienated and start to feel like they are actually writing for us."

Do you agree with these complaints? Do you think Derek has become lost as a character, or has he simply been forced to adapt to the ever-wavering Meredith? As always, discuss it all now in our

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what a greta petition! nicely written! i signed it. =] hopefully it will work this time.


I signed this petition. Changes need to occur. I used to watch Grey's Anatomy crying and becoming so emotionally involved with the characters that it was probably a little ridiculous. I did not do that on January tenth. I was utterly uninvolved. They're not the same characters I fell in love with at the beginning. It isn't even a matter of character development. It's character-twisting, character-stretching, whatever you want to call it, it just isn't them and I'm hoping something is done to change that.


Personally, I think this is kind of overkill. I mean, Grey's Anatomy really is a great show, don't get me wrong...but that's what it is. A show. And I think it's the writers' right to do what they think is best for the storylines. The only problem I've ever had with the show is Meredith's consistent whining, but that's just who the character is. And with the writer's strike being built up to as these first new episodes were written, it isn't hard to believe that some of the writer's gloom and dissatisfaction rubbed off into the scripts!


As one of the writers of the petition, I would like to point out we also complained about Meredith's characterization, asking the writers to please make her human again, and to get her back to a different Meredith, and not the character so many people now hate. It isn't that we don't find the show good anymore, we adore this show with every fiber of our beings, but we are tired of poorly written plots and the assassination of our favorite characters (Derek and Meredith both). As of right now, over 800 people have signed the petition, either by e-mail or the petition online. If you would like to read/sign the petition, please follow the link: Thanks guys!


I agree with everyone else that seasons 1 & 2 we're the absolute best, and it's been downhill ever since.
The writers just have to figure out how to keep it interesting without making it ridiculous (rose). I read a poll in Entertainment Weekly, it said that Grey's Anatomy was voted as the show with the worst writers' slump- and I agree with it.


agreed sam123. it goes 2nd, 1st, then 3rd. and 4th was ok. i was wondering the same thing... wheres this petition?!?


I liked season 2 the most. Season 3 was ok, and season 4 was just wierd for me at times. Anyone know where I can sign this?


i like the show, i just HATE rose (she DOES need to die; anything to get merder back together!). derek is getting kinda shallow--where is this petition? i need to sign it!!


gonna have to disagree with you sarah. this show used to be so awesome, not that it isnt still awesome, it just isnt AS awesome. i want it back to normal. it was dark enough for me in the first three seasons. im all for this petition. =]


Oh my goodness. This show is amazing. I'm glad there finally is a show that isn't perfect, nothing is perfect. So the story lines are dark right now, well you know what some people's lives really are dark. So you so called fans need to shut up and start paying attention to the good parts. What about the healer that saved Bailey's child?! Is that dark?! I think not. Losers.


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.