This entire story is going to feel in some ways like so two years ago: We are once again in a holding pattern in regards to the future of Ellen Pompeo on “Grey’s Anatomy.” When we first heard that the show was going to last until season 10, we thought to ourselves it would be a nice way to send the show off into the sunset. Ten years is a long time, the actors have commuted a nice chunk of their lives to it, and then everyone can move forward.
However, it no longer appears necessarily like the end is going to be here. Rather, ABC’s programming head Paul Lee suggested today that there are not plans to have the story end with season 10, regardless of whether or not Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, or the rest of the cast sign on. One thing that could help them facilitate the storytelling in the future? Thanks to the hospital now being named the Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital, you could say that the “Grey’s Anatomy” name still has a nice double meaning that it has preserved for the entirety of the show.
But as for whether or not the series would continue without the main character, that’s a different question. If Pompeo were to leave, there would be a certain need to try and turn the show into almost a prime-time soap, where you had different characters constantly shuffling in and out. They would need to likely lessen the load on Meredith and Derek this year to soften the blow, and prove that some other characters can handle more.
Then again, these two actors could stay. While we know they each have other pursuits, it may be hard to turn down money … and this show pays very well, even if there are long hours and the work can feel tiresome after a certain amount of time.
It’s time now for that inevitable question: Would you still watch “Grey’s Anatomy” without Ellen or Patrick? If you want to read some more scoop on the September 26 premiere, just be sure to visit this link.