Shonda Rhimes: Grey's Anatomy "Will Go On" Without Full Cast

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How do you go about writing a season finale when you don't yet know if you - or your stars - are coming back for another run? Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes recently weighed in on just that.

"It has been tremendously challenging," she told E!. "I've never started a season not knowing how it's going to end. In a weird way, it's been more creative because you don't know where you're going."

It certainly can make for unpredictable and exciting television, and lead to endless speculation about the fate of the cast members who have been with the ABC medical drama since the beginning.

Recent reports and season finale set Twitpics have fueled rumors that one or more characters may be written off the show, or have their storylines left open-ended in case new contracts aren't reached.

Doctors being offered fellowships at other hospitals is one possible route Shonda could take.


Although ABC has yet to give Grey's Anatomy an official pickup for season nine, Shonda says, "I have been told not to make any other plans. The show will be going on next season, no matter what."

"I am hopeful that it goes on with all of our originals [actors] still in tact. I love them ... Whether or not the show is going to be picked up next season is not the concern, it's who's coming back."

"I know the show can and will go on without everyone we currently have on the cast."

In the meantime, Shonda certainly has a lot on her plate and has been keeping busy with Grey's, Private Practice and Scandal (a new ABC drama starring Kerry Washington, premiering April 5).

She's also preparing for a Grey's Anatomy concert (yes, the actors will sing, a la the musical episode) taking place this Sunday at Royce Hall (UCLA) in Los Angeles, which will benefit the Actors Fund.

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Now that I know you're trying to be off twtiter for a while i can leave you a long comment here that you'll get! YAY!Anyways, I had a sudden urge to re-watch grey's too this weekend, of course, with so many things going on, didn't get started but I definitely willYou brought up so many good points about re-watching a show. The idea that knowing where the characters are further down the road really does affect how you view them in earlier seasons. I'm mainly excited to re-watch because I know I missed some details mainly because I started watching the show season 5-ish and was more concerned about getting caught up than I was about the characters themselves and their relationships and growth. Really excited that your'e doing this, and please continue to post about it. Reading your thoughts as well as seeing what you missed since last watching these seasons is going to be great!Talk to you more when you re-join us on twtiter


i hope mere and der stay tedd a leave should bring burke back please keep avery april,alex,bailey,lexie,mark,callie and arizona


Little grey and Avery make up for the lost relationships between izzie and Christina they've had awful relationships!! Work on Avery and little grey to keep the younger adult watching the show/ the older mamas!!


you have to come back with the org cast members.. at least mer and der...
they are the main... ones. the show would nto be e the same without them...
they are like everyone s fav. couple... and & so look forwd to seeing them ea. wk.. or whn they are on... they are so good togethr.... really...
please renew.. them... please.. leave the stars where thy are...
sincerely..... jl


I would love to see Kevin McKidd sing in person. He & Ramirez did a ridicoulously awesome job on the musical episode! I replay it like a cd. LOVE, LOVE LOVE


@ uklass My wish list too!!!


Please please please keep greys going>best show on tv they are family to all of us fans we need the original greys back i could do without izzie she need too much attention storyline got messed up with her . ideas> bring burke back loved him wish poor george did not die he was fabulous character meredith and derek need to really be married and have their own baby and where is that house they need to get out of the frat house lexie needs to get back with mark i think they really love each other the chief needs to be chief again


More Grey's Anatomy, PLEASE!!! I love this show and will be a loyal fan for as many future years as they are willing to give to us! I am serious. People have come and gone on this show, but it has never failed to touch my heart and stir my emotions and intellect yet. I am not and never have been bored with even one episode. I don't want it to end. Too many great shows have ended or been cancelled and I do NOT want Grey's Anatomy to be one of them. I beg you, don't cancel this show, PLEASE!


My wish list for S9.
All the originals sign up for S9.
Avery goes to work with his grandad, Kepner gets a fellowship in New York.
Altman realises that Cris is gonna outshine her as a cardio surgeon and leaves. LOL


Let Richard retire, he barely adds something to the show these days. Or let him be the chief again and Owen leaves. I think Teddy won't be back. She has nothing to stay for.
April should get a job at an another hospital. Please let the rest stay! If one of the orginals leave, please bring back an old orginal like Izzy or Burke. I want Burke to be the new Chief.


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.