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A medical based drama centered around Meredith Grey, an aspiring surgeon and daughter of one of the best surgeons, Dr. Ellis Grey. Throughout the series, Meredith goes through professional and personal challenges along with fellow surgeons at Seattle Grace Hospital.
The doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital deal with life-or-death consequences on a daily basis — it’s in one another that they find comfort, friendship and, at times, more than friendship. Together they’re discovering that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white. Real life only comes in shades of grey.
The character Alex Karev was not in the original pilot script. His role was inserted into the pilot as an afterthought, in order to provide a foil, as well as male companionship for Dr. George O’Malley. Since he wasn’t added until after the pilot was shot, scenes with him were either re-shoots or digitally altered.
T.R. Knight left the show at the end of season five, because he felt that his character, Dr. George O’Malley, wasn’t given enough storyline, or on-screen time throughout the season. He said that there was a “breakdown in communication” between him and Creator Shonda Rhimes. Instead of making any demands, he just asked to be written out of the show.
Ellen Pompeo has stated in an interview that Shonda Rhimes originally wanted to pair up her character with Isaiah Washington’s because she wanted an interracial couple on the show. However, Pompeo preferred Patrick Dempsey, because in real life, she is in an interracial relationship, and thus being paired up with Washington felt too close to home.
As is common for major television and film productions, stars of the show have become famous in roles other than those they originally sought. Sandra Oh was initially looking to audition for the part of Dr. Bailey. On The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986), Isaiah Washington (Dr. Burke) said that he had auditioned to play the role of Dr. Shepherd.
I love this show. I didn’t know if I would like it or not, because I’m not a big ER fan, due to the depressing parts, however “Grey’s Anatomy” has a lot more depth to it on so many levels. Let’s face it, who really wants to talk about death? This show involves some humor, unlike ER, but you also get the blood and guts popping out, very sad moments, more involved stories about the DR’s personal life’s, issues that are bombarding our medical care in this country today and the great music puts it over the top. It’s more of a “tug at your heart strings” kind of show when it comes to death and also there are some politics involved, which i highly think should be brought up in this day and age-such as being a full donor and saving peoples lives, rather than rotting away. I’m actually surprised it’s not a David Kelly Show (Boston Legal) – it seems like something he’d create. Anyway, you have to watch this show- it’s completely addicting– and I only watched it since i like Patrick Dempsey on the off chance it may be a good show–Wow, was I pleasantly surprised. I did also like Boston Legal, but not nearly like “Greys.” Hopefully there is room for both of them on Sunday nights.
The Network From Nowhere really knocked me for a loop by smacking the viewing audience upside its collective head with THREE strong series that came out winners: “Desperate Housewives” and “LOST” being the first two.
Now that we are well into the second season for both of those, and their story arcs are looking a little ‘iffy’, it’s the third and most surprising contender, “Grey’s Anatomy”, that looks to be the strongest of the bunch. As the follow-up riding on “Housewives'” coattails, I was ready to dismiss it outright as “Ally McBeal in hospital scrubs.” But not having much else to watch in that time slot, I decided to give it a try, and was I pleasantly shocked! Though there ARE some moments where the principal characters come off as self-centered, neurotic and at times downright eccentric, it never reached the level of absurdity that “Ally” often did, and thank God for that! Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey comes off as likable and probably more self-aware and introspective than self-absorbed and scatterbrained, though there are moments you do want to reach into the screen and give her a good shaking.
And good call on the ensemble casting! You really have to give props to any show that FINALLY figures out how to effectively showcase the sweet-and-sour charms of Sandra Oh, who was good enough to elevate a sow’s ear of a show like “Arli$$,” if not to save it. And not to mention give assorted actors who have all been great in projects not up to their talents, the chance to really shine in some very well-written roles, and I want to single out Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson and especially T.R. Knight as George, who is really coming into his own as this season progresses.
Not to snub Isaiah Washington, James Pickens, Jr., Kate Walsh or the so-hot-it’s-criminal Patrick Dempsey. Seasoned vets all, it’s just good to see them all land in a nice place where they can do great work with some sense of job security. (WE HOPE.)
Realistic enough to be accessible but not a turn-off, and whimsically light enough at other times without straying into “Stefan-the-Frog” territory, (are you listening, David Kelley?), “Grey’s” should remain as a dependable Sunday night staple as long as creator/producer Shonda Rhimes and her crew are able to continue to strike that balance, and keep its newfound audience interested and entertained with the trials, tribulations and trysts of the staff at Seattle Grace Hospital.
Ellen Kathleen Pompeo was born in Everett, Massachusetts, to Kathleen B. (O’Keefe) and Joseph E. Pompeo, a salesman. She is of Italian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, and some English, ancestry.
Pompeo made her major studio screen debut in Brad Silberling’s Moonlight Mile (2002), starring alongside Susan Sarandon, Dustin Hoffman and Jake Gyllenhaal. She received outstanding reviews for her portrayal of an outspoken young woman carrying a silent burden that’s breaking her heart.
Pompeo starred opposite Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell in the wildly successful Old School (2003) and, before that, in Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can (2002), opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.
Pompeo has starred in several independent features, including In the Weeds (2000) and Coming Soon (1999), and Life of the Party (2005). Since 2005, she has played Dr. Meredith Grey on the television series Grey’s Anatomy (2005).