Shonda Rhimes Opens Up On Meredith, "Transitional" Season Six

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With two months to go until the premiere, Grey's Anatomy creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes is opening up about the transitional new season ahead, as well as how Ellen Pompeo's pregnancy fits into the mix going forward.

Here are excerpts from EW's spoiler Q&A today ...

Q: Hey, do you have any Grey's Anatomy news that doesn't involve George or Izzie?

A: Yes - the entire cast will be following T.R. Knight out the door. At least series creator Shonda Rhimes is braced for them to. Eventually. She got to thinking about it both because of Knight's departure and Ellen Pompeo's impending maternity leave.

“It's going to be tricky,” Rhimes says. “Ellen is incredibly optimistic and somehow thinks she will be back and ready to rock 'n' roll. [But] I have a child, so I know that that's not true. [So] we have a lovely story [on deck] that will take us into her maternity leave."

"And we have plans for some really interesting stand-alone episodes for [while she's gone]. But we're heading towards the future of the show and eventually, unless we are extremely lucky, everybody's going to go. That's what the end of Season 5 taught me."

"So we're looking at, How do we mess with that structure now while we have everybody and figure out ways in which, 'What would we do without Ellen? What would we do if we had an episode without Patrick Dempsey?' So Season 6 is important."

"A lot of shows don't make it because they don't know how to transition."

Still the Bride-to-Be?

Can Rhimes envision Grey's Anatomy someday going on with Pompeo (and Mer) completely out of the picture?! "I don't know" she hedges. "I clearly want Meredith Grey on the show for as long as Ellen Pompeo wants to be on the show; that's not even a question."

"But I think that there's a possibility of [her leaving the series good at some point]. I haven't even thought that far. That's the one blank spot I have in my head. I can't really picture Mer Grey not appearing on the show. But [at least] we have Lexie Grey."

But would anyone watch Lexie Grey's Anatomy?

Q: Will Ellen Pompeo's pregnancy be written into Grey's Anatomy?

A: No. "Ellen is pregnant, but Meredith is not," Rhimes says. "Meredith wouldn't be pregnant."

Q: Now that Grey's Anatomy has finally started production, you got anything?

A: Look for Owen's PTSD to possibly flare up in the September 24 opener. I say this because a Grey's Anatomy mole says that Seattle Grace's go-to shrink, Amy Madigan, will appear in the second hour of the two-hour premiere.

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I might Watch "Lexie Greys Anatomy" but it is MerDer that we fell in love with. i think it would go downhill if Ellen or Patrick left:(


I just got into Greys two months ago.Have and watched all four seasons.Fell in love with Derek and Meredith but do not like the way they are treated.They are always being interrupted, they cannot breathe.They need to be married,with no interruptions, they need to be happy,with no interruptions so,stop with all the interruptions already.You will never find a love like his anywhere.They are also the perfect pair. They are adorable together.Cute.Cuddly. Write them out, I am GONE!Open up a clinic.


I am new to Greys. Got and watched all four seasons and know it is too late for what I about to say but,Do hope Meredith soon comes down to earth and gets rid of her I,Me,My,Mine thing.My heart goes out to Derek. After she comes down to earth, would like to see them married,but something always comes up,would like them to have a life together,but something comes up,would like the humor they had, but something comes up, would like to see longer scenes, but something comes up.Open up a clinic for them.


You guys are so whiney! You're not going to watch the show if she leaves? Well newsflash, the whole world doesn't love her, only you people on here love her, most of the people can't stand her. She's so annoying, and a pansy!


i agree without mer there is no greys & hope they write her pregnancy into the show it will be a challenging role to do her residency & at the same time taking care of mcbaby. can't wait for Sept. 24


No Meredith? No Derek? What's on earth is going to be at Grey's Anatomy? I can't stand these changes! What's a pitty Mer and Der aren't going to have a McBaby yet afterall... I don't really like the new ideas!!!


Please do not let Lexie Grey be the Grey in "Grey's Anatomy"! Big mistake!


Owen didn't talk George into enlisting so I don't see why he needs to feel responsible for George's accident/death. I certainly don't wanna see him fall apart again, hope Shondra do not return to that again. Please bring in some fresh ideas for Owen/Cris! Yeah bring back Burke...Miss that dude!!


wew so there's no mcbaby. if mere not in there too, this tv serial is done.


Deve ser difícil agregar opiniões e emoções para iniciar a 6a. temporada de Gray's Anatomy, depois das cenas que finalizaram a 5a temporada. O que sei e sinto é que Dr. George O’Malley e Dra. Izzie Stevens são dois dos mais populares atores da série aqui no Brasil, e vai ser complicado suas ausencias na proxima temporada - se os boatos de que ambos estarem fora da proxima temporada, e da série, forem verdadeiros. No Brasil, a medicina é corporativa, às vezes é fria e impossível de ser compreendida
na linguagem do cuidar, mas Gray's Anatomy trouxe a possibilidade de a rotina médica ser vista por outro prisma, mais humana, de forma que T.R. Knight e Katherine Heigl encenam os médicos competentes e emotivos, capazes de envolvimento com os pacientes, que toda pessoa doente busca em seu/s médico/s.
Os dois fora da série? VAI SER DIF�CIL IMAGINAR, Shonda Rhimes.

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