Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey Sign New Grey's Anatomy Deals

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Paging all Grey's Anatomy Fanatics: it's time to celebrate!

While Grey's Anatomy Season 10 may not return with new episodes until February 27, the show's two leads have given fans a reason to be very happy in the meantime:

Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey have signed new two-year contracts with the series that will keep them around through 2012.

Granted, ABC hasn't even announced a Grey's Anatomy Season 11 yet... but come on.

An Important Package

Pompeo and Dempsy, of course, have anchored the series since the pilot.

Fans have been wondering about their fate all season long, especially once fellow long-time regular Sandra Oh announced last summer that she will depart after Season 10.

The contacts of Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr.. meanwhile, are all also up at the conclusion of this season. No word yet on where these negotiations stand.

But let's focus on the positive for now: MerDer forever! Or at least for two more years!

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A Hard Day's Night
The series opens with Meredith removing a sofa pillow from the bare bottom of a man named Derek. The rest is history.

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AMY M i was gonna write the same thing

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Hooray! But don't split them up as a SL. Here's hoping my comment will get through this time!

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2012? Do you mean 2016? "Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey have signed new two-year contracts with the series that will keep them around through 2012."

Merderistruelove

Awesome!!! Hope they actually use them.. I'm sure their new paycheck is even bigger than before.

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Oh yes, let Grey's travel back in time...when it was good, not the limp imitation it is now!

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they will stick around until 2016! not 2012.

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.