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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While I'll admit I am very sad that Rose could possibly more than just a few dreamy glances and a kiss for Derek, I think it's something he needs to do, and that Meredith needs to experience so that they can see how much they truly mean to each other. Also, in the petition, the writers said something about Meredith was a character that everyone hated and no one could relate to, but I have to disagree. I love Meredith's character the way she is now as much as I loved her character in the very first episode. She is flawed and an emotional wreck, but she is still human. I don't know what the lives of those who wrote the petition are like, but apparently they're pretty good if they can't relate to her emotionally. I have always been able to relate to Meredith's character, and still even in this very dark time for her, I'm sure I am not alone in saying I have felt that way. I'm not trying to stir up things, because the petition makes some very good points, but I feel like when the show finally gets up and running again, we as fans should allow the creator the freedom to take her show where she pleases. You wouldn't tell someone else how to raise their baby, and this show is kind of like Shonda Rimes' baby...she brought it into the world so she can "raise it" as she sees fit. Like I said, I'm not happy with the Derek/Rose combo either, but I am willing to see where the show's award-winning creator is taking the characters of this award-winning program. If you truly hate the show and where it's going, you always have the freedom to change the channel or pop in an old season's DVD and relive the "good 'ol days." All that being said Mer/Der forever, Grey's still rocks my socks, and I'm out!


i've just signed the petition...whatever


you know what the real problem with grey's anatomy this season is, in my opinion, there is no preston burke a.k.a issiah washington. that was the BIGGEST MISTAKE! firing him. the show had a dynamic flow with ALL its principle characters, and once he left the show was never the same. i read an article with patrick dempsey in a magazine and he said it best. the whole situation is sad because preston burke was a beautiful character that didn't get a chance to be explored fully, and the fans lost out. i really believe that to be true. the office politics should have been dealt with and everyone should have moved on, out of respect for the loyal fans and for the integrity of what grey's anatomy was.


I agree with the one person that said that Season 2 was the best. Season 3 was decent and 4 is just seems to have gotten a bit twisted and diluted when it comes to where the storylines are going. In Season 2, it seemed that there was always an interesting twist and turn- Mer and the bomb, Denny and Izzy. Now it just seems that whoever is writing for the show is more interested in keeping the storylines within the charactors. I don't think there has been a really memorable "temp" charactor like (and honestly I'm having the biggest brain fart here, LOL) bomb guy and Denny. Now it's Izzie and George, how confused Christina is after Burke and with the addition of Hahn, and all this convoluted mess with Mer and Der. Like come on, get back to what drew everyone to continue watching the show in the first place. Get back to the EXCITING grey's and not this weepy, depressing version that we have been fed lately. Don't get me wrong, I love this show- it is the only show that I consistently (well not as of late, since I've see every repeat and, love it as I do, really don't want to sit through another watching of an episode that I have seen) sit down and watch. I just miss all the daring stuff that was in Season 2. Maybe when the writers figure out the strike and get back, they should sit through a night of watching that Season and then compare what is missing in the next 2 seasons. Maybe they will see what went downhill.


I think I finally figured it out!
I went to the ABC website to see which rerun was going to be on tonight and happened to see the break-up scene between the two of them again. I had a totally different take about it tonight than I did the night I watched it. The first time I watched it I was mad- Here we go again. Same old/ same old- been there done that so stop already. They are NEVER going to get together! I didn't really hear them. This time I thought- I agree with what MER is saying to DER and I think she nailed it right on the head. DER on the other hand basically admits that the plans were a test and that he KNEW she would fail because she is not ready. SO MER'S conclusion that he just wants to be married to someone is dead on and since she is not ready he is going to find someone that is because DER has not really realized yet that MER is the ONLY one for him. He's sad and pitiful looking because it is painful breaking-up with her but he THINKS that the house, wife, and kids are what is going to make him happy. MER has grown and realizes that she only wants DER but I think now on her terms. The first time I was frustrated that MER didn't look sad about it- almost a little cocky/mad. Like I challenge you to go ahead and try and get that dream without me. Now what I wish MER would have done is just said, DER I don't want to end it- all I am asking for is time to build a relationship that will last- I want you! He would have probably still have ended it and asked Rose out on a date because he thinks it will make him feel better and he wants to HURT/punish MER for the way she is killing him by not agreeing to his terms. The thing with Rose is for a different reason-DER has to realize that his DREAM will not work with just anyone- He needs to figure out that he will only truly be happy when he makes it work with MER! I was right it was DER'S character that has some more growing to do. DANG- Shondra's is giving me what I want and I didn't even know it!
DER just needs to do this thing with Rose so that they can finally be together. As someone said earlier- this was never supposed to be the season finale. I also liked the rerun last night because knowing where the characters are today-I have a better understanding about how the events of tonight impacted what happened to them down the road. Maybe will all need to just watch the reruns so that we can appreciate the show even more than we already do. This is why the show is great! The story line is deeper than we give her credit for! I did realize that I like watching the show better on DVD because the story lines flow and are not as choppy as on the weekly show.


Academically, Derrick is now officially a manipulative bitch. After all, turnabout is fair play. The writers have recreated the Hathaway-Ross relationship from ER, only switched the genders. Instead of a woman in love chasing after a man in love, but who won't commit, they have made Derrick as the sensitive one and Merideth as the cold one. If Hathaway had pulled out house plans to create a negative reaction from Ross, then used that reaction to prove he wouldn't commit, she would have been (rightly) called a manipulative bitch and been portrayed as scheming. There would be backlash against her character for tricking Ross into initiating a breakup so she could date someone else with a clear conscience. What Rimes and the other writers have forgotten is that turnabout really is fair play and that their audience will feel that way about ANY character that acts in such a way, no matter the gender. Officially, Derrick has become a manipulative bitch and the backlash should have been expected.


Shonda et al. are masters at planting seeds for a couple of unspectacular episodes and then flinging open the greenhouse doors to reveal exploding bloom after bloom in one brilliant moment. It's coming. Trust that it is. And if you think you can do better, create your own damn show.


Is Grey's my favorite show? You bet! Have I been dissapointed? You bet! However, that is life. Life has dissapointments. Life has bad timing. Everything is not perfect. I agree that it has been hard to watch our beloved Mcdreamy move on. Again that happens sometimes in our lives. Sometimes the truth hurts. The storylines have been a little hard to follow in season 4, but Shonda has to build back what was torn down in season 3. I feel that we as fans are upset that 1/10/08 episode was dissapointing because we don't know when we will see our beloved characters again. We are being ripped off because we have only half of the season completed. All of us would much rather watch Grey's than a bunch of lame reality tv. We can only hope that there is an end in sight for the writers strike. I guess we have to remember that we didn't see a season finale. We have a lot to look forward to in the future. Lets try to remain optimistic. I am going to keep on watching my favorite show. Even though sometimes it is hard to watch. I guess that is what makes us want to watch it. You can't predict what is in store for our beloved characters. If we could predict it why would we want to watch? By the way...One reason I know that Grey's still has a lot to offer us is...Everyone is still talking about it. If no one cared then it would be the end of it.


I agree with confused, we can have both but with Shonda, we get constant despair. The beautiful love story with George and Izzie was the one thing keeping me tuned in, now that she has dropped them and is going back it seems to the pukefest that is Lexzie, I can finally cut the cord and never watch again.


here is my thought - Unfortunately there are many relationships that do go through crap just like Meredith and Derricks relationship - not so much the crazy situations - but the emotional side of things - and as stupid as it may seem - there are people out there who watch the show and want beyond all hope for Meredith and Derrick to get together and make their relationship work - because it gives them hope that things can work out in their own life - I am not saying it is rational or even understandable - but you do have to acknowledge the fact that this show hits home with a lot of people and they can relate - that's one of the reasons this show has been such a huge success - anyway, thats just my opinion - I am sure someone has a wonderfully smart a** comment to leave about my post - go ahead - its an opinion - you don't agree:)


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)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.