Behind-the-Scenes Drama Minimal on Grey's Anatomy

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With cast members coming and going more frequently these days, and contract statuses becoming a frequent topic of discussion, what's the mood on the Grey's Anatomy set?

Apparently quite normal.

According to E! Online, things seem to be quasi-tame behind-the-scenes on the series now, part of which may have resulted from the departure of she-who-must-not-be-named.

Perhaps that's why the Season 6 finale was so darn amazing? Returning the drama to where it belongs - on-screen? The ratings have held steady, let's hope the cast follows suit.

Listening, Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo? You have to stay! Well, at least we know we'll get two more seasons minimum - but how many more do you think it will run total?

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@ jr , Carrie and MerDer4EveR
I totally agree with all of u and thanx Carrie for pointing out some main reasons i mean we as fans sometimes we are carried away with our feelings and we totally forget facts i mean most of the fans slammed Shonda Rhimes for killing George and for the departures of Katherine Heigl & T.R Knight i mean what was she supposed to do i totally adored George But T.R requested to be released from his contract what was she supposed to do with his character as for Heigl she's be nagging and bugging Shonda and ABC for 3 years i mean even I who adored Izzie wanted her to leave and Carrie i agree we shouldn't be bitter about Heigl's departure i mean it's her choice she's free to do what's suitable for her but i don't like her ways i mean after slamming the show for 3 years she's somehow using the show's popularity to promote her own projects and i don't think that's decent if i may say so i won't use another word .... As for Ellen she was graceful enough to come back after a month from delivery and i think since there is so much devotion and generosity from her part the least they could do is understand that she's a mother and she needs to tend for her new born but i think this gonna change this year since the baby will be a year old in September i think she could bring her to the Set some of them do like Chandra wilson so i'm optimistic and i have a feeling that i cannot understand or interpret ( and usually i get those right i have a strong 6th sense especially with people and things that i'm strongly emotionally involved with) but i have a strong feeling that this season is gonna be an extraordinary one if the finale points to something it's that :):)


jr WORD!! I totally agree with everything you said.


@jr - I agree that Grey's will not be the same without EP/DP. However, there are many reasons they were unable to get more story lines this season. EP had a baby which included maternity leave, and when she returned the writers let her request to only work 3 hours instead of 12 a day. That cuts down on the story lines for MerDer in general. Derek did get some story lines but it would of had so much more potential if Meredith had more air time. Oh well, I was kind of 'sad' about it at first but hey it's life and at least she is still an amazing actress. I hope they get more air time for the next two seasons as well. As for Katherine Heigl, the only reason I ever felt for Izzie Stevens was because KH is an amazing actress. Her, Sandra Oh, and Ellen Pompeo definitely carried the show from the female aspect. I think people are being a little too bitter towards here though. Like I stated just now, EP has cut down on her air time significantly because she had a child (not including maternity leave). So having children on the show does affect people professionally. It will be interesting to see how Jessica Capshaw handles her pregnancy. Oh well, Sandra Oh, Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, and Chandra Wilson keep me watching this show. If any of them leave (especially EP/PD/SO) I will stop watching =(. Let's hope they get amazing story lines for the next 2 seasons!!!!


I agree with Joan, MerDer4Ever and Uniquely Yours. We don't miss KH. She didn't watch the finale of a show she was a part of for 5 1/2 years but now she will to see what Alex said about Izzie. I guess she was thinking about her character when she left in the middle of a season with total disregard to the producers of the show, her fellow castmates especially the ones that had a storyline with her and the fans. The more she says the more she just makes herself look bad and is totally unbelievable. No one believes she left because of her daughter. Many people on that show have had children and were able to carry on professionally. But I'm glad she is gone. The finale was great, it gave more airtime to other characters that really deserve it who never complain publicly even when they didn't get much airtime and their storylines were not good. I hope Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo get great storylines for the next two years. They deserve it. They deserve Emmys and Golden Globes when they are given the material and the air time. Patrick Dempsey does more marketing around the world for Grey's than any other character on the show. He and Ellen deserve to be in the lead categories. I hope Shonda doesn't diminish their characters for the next two seasons anticipating their departure and gives it to all these new characters. Keep up the greatness with the core characters and if they leave, then do a spinoff with the remaining characters when they leave. Grey's will not be the same without Patrick and Ellen.


I just read this on MTV website.... Katherine heigl when she came to know about what happened in finale (she hasn't watched yet!!!): Midway through Josh's delivery of the details, Heigl interrupted when he mentioned that a main character was pregnant. "I'm sorry, wait," Heigl said and held up a hand to stop the recap for a moment. "A pregnant who? Meredith is pregnant?" she said, totally surprised. "You've made me feel horrible [for not watching yet]. "I'm going to have to watch this now. I have to see [Alex] call for [Izzy] and her never come. ... I really miss that relationship," Heigl said of her former onscreen romance with Alex (played by Justin Chambers). "Justin Chambers is one of the most amazing men and certainly a spectacular actor. I feel oddly attached to him and the character and my character being together. It just seems what's supposed to be, but you can't have it all." I wish she Comes back :)


KH isn't a black sheep! Sure her leaving the show wasn't very good, and her caracther went a little crazy and was kinda annoying, but I understand her too. She just got a baby, and mayby prefer working with movies. So I wish her luck in the future and I just have to say, Grey's is SO good without her, they don't need her. They have, Teddy, Owen and Arizona now as the new caracters, and the show is better then ever!


' we are refering to katherine heigle that way now? who is she...the friggin dark lord of harry potter? come on now, while there is less drama, she did bring some good stuff to the show.
it just stinks that they really gave her a lot of story lines early on and ran out of things to do to her character. still a good show, but really, can we at least come up with something a little more original than taking from harry potter (i.e. He-who-must-not-be-named; the dark lord voldemort...)


I ask to you,if there was the KH ,we have had this ending in season...i don't believe,i' m very happy when she left the show ,because she was more famous than other she askes always.Naturally this is my mind .Shonda has be wrong when she has been hang on the whims of the KH ,without respecting for the other actors,that they have always thanked TO BE PART OF THIS show as EP AND PD.i'M SO SORRY ,BUT WHEN I LISTEN AGAIN TO SPEAK ABOUT THE KH ,I LIFT MY HAIRS AND COMES ME THE SHIVERS AT ONLY THINK THAT SHE CAN BACK...


There was a USA Today in January, I believe, article where the writer was on set talking to people about the off-screen drama, which since it was on KH's second hiatus, was about zero. So this article was adding proof to the inside sources. I don't need to know KH to see that she isn't a model person. Her actions speak all alone for her. I am just so glad that she's gone.


I bet Katherine Heigl watched the season finale and was kicking herself the entire time realizing what she left behind for a lackluster movie career. Nobody is interested in Katherine Heigl, they're interested in Izzie Stevens. She's going to fade into obscurity, and I'm not happy to say it. I thought she could have been a great actress. Knocked Up and the fact that she left Grey's proves this. Stupid move on her part, but now she has to live with it.


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.