Grey's Anatomy Scoop: Shonda Rhimes on Dream House, Cast "Graduation" & More

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Grey's Anatomy creator, executive producer and show-runner Shonda Rhimes took the stage, fittingly, during An Evening with Shonda Rhimes & Friends at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences this week.

What did she reveal about the hit medical drama?

With cast members Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh (plus Private Practice stars Taye Diggs and KaDee Strickland) on hand, Shonda touched on another of buzzed-about subjects from the Grey's world. Such as ...

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  • The dream house, which is apparently not happening. Not right away, anyway. Shonda said at one point that we'd have us a house by the end of the season, but it looks like it became a casualty of the upcoming season finale re-write. As recently as a few days ago, they were getting the house by season's end. No longer.
  • The future of the "Class of 2012" is unclear, due to the cast's contract situations, and Shonda is writing that into the show in a sense, as the interns we met in 2005 are graduating to full-blown attendings. "They are going to become attendings, they have to take their boards, they have to interview for jobs all over the country. We don't know where people are going to end up in that sense," she says. There's this very nostalgic sense that something is being lost for all of them." Talk about art imitating life.
  • The outlook for Owen and Cristina is equally murky, and has been trending in that direction for awhile. "If you take a look and go back for years, you can see places where things were glossed over, decisions were made out of haste," Sandra Oh says. "The question of where they are going, what I can say in a very general but truthful way, is that hopefully they are going to a place that is truthful for both characters, that is not am immediately solvable situation. So we're going to be in this storyline for a bit."
  • The funniest moments of the season are still to come. Her words.

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It's easy to say that people don't accept Owens cheating because they don't like him, but Christina's never condoned cheating. And she has never cheated. Not on Burke and Not on Owen, the closest she came to such things was when Avery kissed her, Before her and Owen were super serious. Christina unlike Meredith, Derek, Addison, Mark, Karev...etc. never got involved with another person while in a relationship, thats what makes this a real tragedy, she doesn't deserve it.


Its true that everyone has cheated in some capacity or the other on grey's but the season 2 mer/der scenario was very different than crowen. I do not condone cheating but I am sure no one is rooting for owen to be with whoever he cheated on or is he in love with this person. Even addison knew that derek was in love with meredith.... This came completely out of left field & What irks me is that Owen callously says "It was just sex"... ugh


@Marty @SiriD interesting. i suspect your response is to other people, not to me. i explicitly stated i do NOT agree with cheating. no matter who. perhaps you should re-read my entry before responding with bias. i actually started watching season 5. (although i've gone back and watched from the beginning by now.) i didn't want to watch this show back then. truthfully, i got started watching it because i moved back to the midwest from seattle and missed it. the overhead views made me nostalgic. the first episode i saw was "Invest In Love" and i decided to buy the season on Itunes and then kept going. so no...i'm not really a MerDer shipper at all and wouldn't have enjoyed this show if I had started from the beginning. @Daphne thats kind of my take on it too


Yeah, people hate Owen for cheating on Christina, but the moment in the season 2 finale when Mer cheats on Finn with Derek is one of the "favorite moments" of the show. Talk about hypocrites.


Ok, I really hope Ellen n Patrick are staying and that we'll see them next season.
But....I'm seeing quite a few comments about how it must be a given since Shonda has them moving into the dream house next season instead of the end of this one.
Only, I haven't read anywhere that Shonda has actually said they'll be moving in at the beginnning of next season. Just that they're not moving in at the end of this season they way she had originally thought.
That lends me to believe that they've decided not to renew their contracts:(
If (storyline wise) Mer accepts a position somewhere else then they move away and that tidies up the storyline for Ellen n Patrick's departures.
I'm not saying that that is what's happening. But after Shonda being so optimistic for so long now that they would be in the dream house by end of season and having that suddenly change...Well, I'm not ruling it out.


@Kyrhyn I get it. Cheating is only bad on Grey's if a character you don't like does it, right? The old double standard. But then what else is new? Grey's ain't real life, lest you forget.


Omg, Ellen and Patrick have to stay! If they don't I will be so upset :( but from what this article says it sounds like their staying cause the dream house will be itroduced in next season! Maybe that will be the premiere them moving in?! Maybe but I'm not sure? .......


seems like there’s a lot of people in the world who think cheating is okay. i mean, our divorce rate is atrocious and it doesn’t include all the bad marriages that are still going. i feel like the show is going try to sell that its okay if you work through it. which is likely hollywoods view. but its not mine. owen was wrong to expect change, christina was wrong to ignore his feelings, they were both wrong to continue this travesty of a marriage. and shonda’s wrong if she intends to sell cheating as a problem one simply works through and moves on never to have to deal with it again. and if she expects us to sit through more than one season of it. yuck!



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I am guessing that the dream house/finale rewrite means that Patrick and Ellen will be back, I think she would have had it built in order to give them a happy ending if they were not coming back. At least I am holding out hope that everyone will be back.

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