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Grey's Anatomy Cast to Return in Full Next Season?

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Will the Grey's Anatomy cast be back in full next year for a ninth season?

That's been the burning question for months now, and truthfully, it's still one without a definitive answer. But according to reports, network executives are already in the process of trying to make this happen.

Whether they're successful remains to be seen, but ABC wants them all back next season, according to TV Line. The network has begun preliminary talks with the Grey's Anatomy cast to extend their contracts.

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The talks include Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey, who have been the most vocal about the possibility of exiting Seattle Grace once their original deals with the show expire at the end of Season 8 this May.

It's possible that Pompeo and Dempsey will agree to return for a full season or an abbreviated number of episodes, allowing them more personal and professional freedom, while still keeping them in the cast.

All speculation for now, but it'll be interesting to keep our eyes on.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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I really love greys anatomy and can't imagine my thursday nights without it however if Sandra, Patrick, or ellen were to leave I dont know that I could feel the same watching it. also, I agree with everyone who said izzy should come back. I love Katherine heigl and would love to see Alex be happy again instead of such an asshole . and please don't end the show with derek and Meredith mad at each other !!!!

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i cant imagine grey's anatomy without sandra n elley...

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can't agree more kim. i don't think grey's anatomy should go on without mer+der and if it end they should at least be happy and together. i think there have been enough sadness and they need something exciting- like mer being kidnapped by some guy with a grudge against her mom and a dark secret that is released in the process, but a happy ending on the season finale or something!!! it's getting too depressing to watch. how about something fun and exciting where they all come together at the end. something like the season 6 finale because at the end the main characters survived and they all came together to help each other

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Have you evere noticed that Simon Baker from The Mentalist look like a young and blond Derek? If Patrick leaves the show....without changing character (only his hair)...

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I hope all of the characters return for another couple of years. I so want Meredith and Derek to finally be happy and when Grey's Anatomy ends I beg that the two of them be together and happy. There has been more than enough sadness in Meredith's life. It's time for happiness and good times. I also hope that maybe Katherine Heigl will return as Izzie. I really miss her character. Even if it were abbreviated stints on the show. I would love for her to return and maybe her and Alex end up back together.

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I would like to see Izzy come back... if only to formally end her character... it seems she's just "out in the world" and there's no telling if she's alive or not? It seems like a loose end that should be cleaned up. It would also be cool in the "What if" episode if they showed what would have happened if George didn't die.

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I hope all of the originals stay, especially Ellen, Patrick and Sandra. If Ellen were to leave I would have to stop watching. I wouldn't be able to watch Derek romantically involved with someone else.

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i hope they come back i love watching this show i started watching this show since the first night when my husband told my to put it on lol but i miss them already i hope they dont end the show that would SUCK!!!!!!

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I really really hope they stay! I have watched it from day one and it is my favorite show!!! Ellen and Patrick are both amazing!!

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Really hope that they last for a few more seasons (at the least). I LOVE GA!!! Didn't start watching until i was on bed rest while pregnant during the 3rd season then made my husband RUN out that night and buy the first two seasons on dvd so I could watch it. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE come back. Dont leave me like Friends did!