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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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.

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