Grey's Anatomy Season 12 to Add New Male Surgeon

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Fans may still be processing the lost of Derek Shepherd, but both Patrick Dempsey and Grey's Anatomy are ready to move on.

As previously reported, the actor is in negotiations to possibly star in a new series this fall.

And now TV Line confirms that Shonda Rhimes and company are looking for a new male lead to debut on Season 12.

Derek Says Goodbye - Grey's Anatomy Season 11 Episode 21

Producers are seeking a "name” actor in his late 30s to late 40s to check in as a series regular doctor.

The actor must be believable as a surgeon; must be good-looking; and must be charismatic.

Grey's Anatomy, of course, leaped ahead a full year after Derek's death, angering many viewers who feel as if proper respect was not paid to such a significant passing.

“The possibilities for what may come are endless," Rhimes said in a statement after Derek died. "As Ellis Grey would say: the carousel never stops turning.”

And now that carousel will include a new male lead.

Based on the above description, who do you think should play the role?

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There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

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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."
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MEREDITH: "Finally."
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