Mood on the Set of 'Grey's Anatomy' is "Much Better"
Mood on the Set of 'Grey's Anatomy' is "Much Better"
The third season of Grey's Anatomy has been the most tumultuous to date, what with the firing of Isaiah Washington and the departure of Kate Walsh for her spin-off, Private Practice.  However, show star Patrick Dempsey says that all is now well behind the scenes.

"There's a much better mood on the set... I think [creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes] is really finding her way trying to balance out the two shows,” Dempsey, who plays Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy, said. "We find her to be much more receptive this season.  She's looking for more feedback from people than she had in the past."

At this time, however, production has shut down due to the WGA strike. Dempsey said that when the strike, which has gone on despite the resumption of talks, comes to an end, he hopes the writers will also find a way to settle things between his character and Ellen Pompeo's Meredith Grey.

"I think we've become really stagnant in the relationship,” he said.  “I'm tired of going back over and over and playing the same beat again.  And I think that's been the biggest conversation we've had -- we have to move forward with the dynamic between the two of them."

Moving forward is, indeed, the key not just for Dempsey and Pompeo's characters, but for the rest of the Grey's Anatomy brood as well.  This is why their main concern right now is the growth of the show, and not whatever feelings they may have with regards to Walsh's new show, which is turning out to be a success for the network.

"I think it's a very awkward situation to find yourself in when someone is going off to a spin-off and it was a difficult year last year for obvious reasons,” Dempsey said.  “I think it's settled now.  We don't discuss it. It's one of those things, it's too close to discuss.  We're more concerned with where we're at with our show and are the characters growing."

As for talks that he himself is ready to move on from Grey's Anatomy, Dempsey, who is currently starring in the hit Disney film Enchanted, said that he still has “a few more years” on his contract, “so we'll see what happens with that and we'll see how successful these movies are.”

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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