Grey's Anatomy Spoilers: What's Next For MerDer

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The return of Grey's Anatomy is still weeks off, but TV Guide sleuth Michael Ausiello is already getting the scoop on what we can expect when our favorite show ends its long, long writers' strike-induced absence on Thursday, April 24.

MerDer Communication

There's nothing Earth-shattering here, but we've hidden these new Grey's Anatomy spoilers after the jump for the benefit of those who wish to be kept in the dark.

If you want some hints on the future of Mer-Der and the character that was supposed to be played by Josh Jackson, follow the jump and read on!

Question: I was really looking forward to Joshua Jackson being Cristina Yang's new love interest on Grey's Anatomy, so the scheduling conflicts suck! Any updates on who will be cast in the role instead?

Ausiello: I'm hearing that Shonda Rhimes has handed the plum part to a relative newcomer by the name of No One. Get it? She handed the role to No One. [Hold for laughter and/or crickets] Seriously, my Grey's Anatomy spies tell me that Rhimes has decided to put the character on hold indefinitely. Bummer.

Question: I need some Grey's Anatomy scoop. Any hope for us Mer-Der fans?

Ausiello: Not in the first episode back, which flashes forward a few months and, per one source, picks up at the end of Derek and Rose's latest date. In that same episode, I'm hearing about a contest to determine who Seattle Grace's best doc is.

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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.