Grey's Anatomy Spoilers: What's Next For MerDer

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The return of Grey's Anatomy is still weeks off, but TV Guide sleuth Michael Ausiello is already getting the scoop on what we can expect when our favorite show ends its long, long writers' strike-induced absence on Thursday, April 24.

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There's nothing Earth-shattering here, but we've hidden these new Grey's Anatomy spoilers after the jump for the benefit of those who wish to be kept in the dark.

If you want some hints on the future of Mer-Der and the character that was supposed to be played by Josh Jackson, follow the jump and read on!

Question: I was really looking forward to Joshua Jackson being Cristina Yang's new love interest on Grey's Anatomy, so the scheduling conflicts suck! Any updates on who will be cast in the role instead?

Ausiello: I'm hearing that Shonda Rhimes has handed the plum part to a relative newcomer by the name of No One. Get it? She handed the role to No One. [Hold for laughter and/or crickets] Seriously, my Grey's Anatomy spies tell me that Rhimes has decided to put the character on hold indefinitely. Bummer.

Question: I need some Grey's Anatomy scoop. Any hope for us Mer-Der fans?

Ausiello: Not in the first episode back, which flashes forward a few months and, per one source, picks up at the end of Derek and Rose's latest date. In that same episode, I'm hearing about a contest to determine who Seattle Grace's best doc is.

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Arizona: Oh my God! I mean, I understand why you're into her. She's hot. Wait, she likes you?
Nathan: What? I mean, I'm going to try not to be offended at that.
Arizona: No, no, no. It's just that Derek was--Derek was epic for her. They were the great love story. I mean, that girl's heart beat for Derek Shepherd. It just...it never occurred to me that she would ever be with anyone else. He was perfect. He was everything. That man turned her world. It...I spooked you. Don't be spooked.

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)