Shonda Rhimes Teases Forest Flashback, Love Interest for Alex

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Note to Grey's Anatomy viewers who are upset over the impending departure of Eric Dane:

Shonda Rhimes has some good news, and it has to do with a couple of major piece of male eye candy.

“The loss of ‘McSteamy’ is going to leave a giant hole in our world in terms of - for lack of a better phrase - man whore-ness," the creator tells EW in a new interview, explaining her solution:

"I’ve told the actors who play Alex and Jackson [Chambers and Williams] that we need some leading men here. We need to add to that pool, and they’re going to step up."

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In what regard?

Look for a new love interest to be cast for Alex and for the series to really explore the "funny and sexy" dynamics of Jackson and April, Rhimes said.

She also previewed the unusual structure of the first couple Season 9 episodes, saying she wanted to tackle this tragedy in a different way than the hospital shooting from a few seasons ago.

"When we start the season, we are ahead enough in time where we see the outcome of lots of things. And in the second episode of the season, there’s rewind - we go backwards - to where they’re still in the forest. So you see what happened and in the next episode, you see how we get there. That was a really great experiment for us, and we think it turned out really really well."

Grey's Anatomy Season 9 premieres on September 27.

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Too bad April didn't die! She will be the final ruination of this show. I can't stand her and i know I'm not alone


Bring Izzy back for Alex. It's simple, she finished her exam and she got a job at Seattle Grace again.


As a HUGE Slexie-shipper, I wrote the show off when Lexie died. Now that Eric Dane is also leaving I have hope that Grey's might be salvageable. I hope Eric Dane's departure means that Mark Sloan dies, otherwise there is NO reason why Slexie couldn't have left the show happy and together.


I just read an interview of Shonda Rhimes, she basically said that the first episode would show the situation 2-3 months after the plane crash. She also confirmed April would be back and it seems she'll figure out a way to be a doctor but she still refuses to talk about Calzona until the first 2 episodes are aired...
Who knows, Arizona might die and maybe that Mark and Callie will leave with Sophia to go somewhere else. It was never confirmed if Sara Ramirez had her contract extended i think ?


too many changes.!! So overwhelming!!!


its like they're trying to pull a revenge where they flashforward then flashback. I hope they dont try to like remodel the whole entire grey's anatomy cast. they should introduce the new people after the first few episodes.. because it'll be too sudden and weird to have a new face when it just starts.


Btw no one ever mentioned it, but if Private Practice is ending soon, would that mean that Addison might come back to Grey's Anatomy ? (no love interest for Alex ... ? )


Not sure where you live but in the US EBay is good. Amazon is also worth a try.


I just can't get over all the changes. Too overwhelming. But Alex needs a meaningful relationship... A little izzy drama is over due.. But Alex never got the opportunity to tell her where to go. He never got closure. , and on lizzys exit... There was a chance she was pregnant and it was never officially confirmed before she left.


Who said Mark is quitting did I miss something? So we have to wait til Sept to see a new episode. I want all of the seasons on DVD. Where can I get them used of new for a good price? emai me

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

CRISTINA: "There's a club. The Dead Dads Club. And you can't be in it until you're in it. You can try to understand, you can sympathize. But until you feel that loss... My dad died when I was nine. George, I'm really sorry you had to join the club."
GEORGE: "I... I don't know how to exist in a world where my dad doesn't."
CRISTINA: "Yeah, that never really changes."

MEREDITH: "You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done! All the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cares? I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."
DEREK: "This thing with us is finished. It's over."
MEREDITH: "Finally."
DEREK: "Yeah, it's done."
MEREDITH: "It is done."