Sarah Drew Promoted to Grey's Anatomy Series Regular

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As expected, Sarah Drew has joined the Grey's Anatomy cast full time.

An ABC rep confirms that Drew’s new contract, which kicks in this fall with the start of Season 7, was finalized this morning, promoting her to series regular status.

News of the former Everwood actress’ promotion comes less than 48 hours after fellow Grey's Anatomy rookie Jesse Williams joined the full-time ranks at Seattle Grace.

It’s safe to say that while the elevation of Williams, who plays Dr. Jackson Avery, to main cast member was met with general praise, Drew may not be so fortunate.

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This is not her fault, of course, but Dr. April Kepner's. The Mercy West alumna and McDreamy quasi-stalker has not been a fan favorite with many. But times change.

We're talking about Grey's Anatomy, after all, a show with a penchant for endearing us to characters the more we get to know them and see them in new situations.

April’s heart-to-heart with Meredith in the sixth season finale was a pretty good start, too. Right? Are you excited Sarah is sticking around? Displeased? Indifferent?

Share your thoughts with us by leaving comments below ...

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I guess she is alright. As long as she don't get in the way of other relationships. She knows now that MerDer is together and love one another deeply. I think next season will see her getting over Der and see her bonding with Mer. She is going to need a new friend since Reed is gone.

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LMAO Jana. Indeed, if she gets together with Alex, her room in the fifth floor will be waiting.

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"I like her!!And with Alex,she will be the perfect match!!" Hmmmm...because Alex knows crazy, right? Psycho Mom, psycho Ava, psycho Izzie. Yep. Alex knows crazy, all right.

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As annoying as she was before, she was great though in the season finale. Her panic was so real when she was talking to Clark about herself and her family, that I could almost feel it. Also when she was talking to Meredith, or interacting with Cristina, I started thinking that she would be a great addition to the cast. So I'm glad we'll see her again in S7.

Emilielovesmerder

Even though I really don't like April I felt they were accepting her into the group in the season finale and so I guess i'll just ahve to accept her

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I like her!!And with Alex,she will be the perfect match!!

Aries93

I just seriously think we should all be grateful.
We all have characters we do not like. But we deal with it.
Yes, some characters we love, some we hate. But we still focus on them.
Like when Addy first came and broke up MerDer for the first time, we all eventually loved her. Like with Erica, she was a bitch to Cristina and everyone else, I eventually liked her.
I personally like the whole cast. I don't hate any of them. They're all an excellent cast and crew and if I were offered to become a series regular, I'd take it to be number 15. Wouldn't you?

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Maybe all the original cast want more time away from GA to do other things? Hence a larger cast to cover films and family time? Maybe the extra season will be at a cost of seeing less of our favourite characters?

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Big mistake, more ridiculous, superfluous characters to take screen time away from our favs. Way to go Shonda.

Merderistruelove

Totally agree with you ana114!

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)

Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.