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Grey's Anatomy's Jason George on the Show Without Patrick Dempsey: Everybody Is 'Falling into Bed' Again | Patrick Dempsey

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Grey's Anatomy's Jason George on the Show Without Patrick Dempsey: Everybody Is 'Falling into Bed' Again

Originally posted 08/28/2015 08:10AM

Everything changed after McDreamy was killed off on the season finale of Grey's Anatomy back in April. Many fans wondered how the show could possibly continue without seeing Patrick Dempsey every week, but Jason George, who plays Dr. Ben Warren, says the show's prognosis is good.

"The writers have made this extra effort to breathe new air and refresh everything," George, 43, told PEOPLE at the Television Academy's Dynamic & Diverse Emmy cocktail party at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills on Thursday.

"They've hit reboot almost. There's a lot of things that make it feel brand new, but it has that lightness and sense of humor that people fell in love with in the first place," said George. "And the sexy sexy is back on. There are a lot of people who are not in couples now and are falling into bed. Everyone's getting a little bit of loving."

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ABC President on Killing Patrick Dempsey Off on Grey's Anatomy: It Was a 'Difficult Decision' | Patrick Dempsey

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ABC President on Killing Patrick Dempsey Off on Grey's Anatomy: It Was a 'Difficult Decision'

Originally posted 08/04/2015 04:15PM

When Grey's Anatomy returns for season 12 in September, it will be without leading man Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Derek Shepherd.

Fans are still reeling from McDreamy's sudden death in April – and at the Television Critics Association's press tour Tuesday, ABC's president discussed the network's "difficult decision" to have him die in a car crash.

"Patrick obviously has lots of interests outside. He's very big in motosports. [Creator Shonda Rhimes] decided that was the way to go," Paul Lee told reporters. "We've seen the pitch for Grey's next season, and the show reinvents itself again."

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WATCH: Patrick Dempsey Shows Off Driving Skills in Car Matchmaker

Originally posted 07/22/2015 12:00PM

From McDreamy to McSpeedy!

Patrick Dempsey is revving up for Wednesday's episode of Car Matchmaker with an exclusive sneak peek in which the Grey's Anatomy alum and racing aficionado zooms around a track at high speed – all while remaining cool and calm as Dr. Derek Shepherd in the OR.

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Inside the Final Photo Shoot of 'Kindhearted' Amanda Peterson Before Her Death

Inside Amanda Peterson's Final Photo Shoot: 'She Had the Greatest Smile,' Photographer Tells PEOPLE

Originally posted 07/08/2015 03:00PM

"Kindhearted."

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Patrick Dempsey Pays Tribute to Can't Buy Me Love Costar Amanda Peterson: 'In My Memory, She Will Always Be Vibrant and Young'

Patrick Dempsey Pays Tribute to Can't Buy Me Love Costar Amanda Peterson: 'In My Memory, She Will Always Be Vibrant and Young'

Originally posted 07/08/2015 11:05AM

Patrick Dempsey has spoken out about the unexpected death of Amanda Peterson, his costar from the fan-favorite '80s teen comedy Can't Buy Me Love.

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Why People Loved Can't Buy Me Love's Cindy Mancini

Why People Loved Amanda Peterson's Can't Buy Me Love Character, Cindy Mancini

Originally posted 07/07/2015 10:00PM

When news broke on Monday that Amanda Peterson had died, many of her fans grieved an actress whose fame hinged on her highest-profile role: as Cindy Mancini in the 1987 teen comedy Can't Buy Me Love.

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FROM EW: Did Grey's Anatomy Just Replace McDreamy?

FROM EW: Did Grey's Anatomy Just Replace McDreamy?

Originally posted 06/15/2015 02:20PM

Martin Henderson has joined the medical drama

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Patrick Dempsey Finishes Second in France's Top Auto Race | Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey Finishes Second in France's Top Auto Race

Originally posted 06/15/2015 09:20AM

It was a dreamy finish for McDreamy.

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From EW: Is Patrick Dempsey Prepping a Return to Primetime? | Patrick Dempsey

From EW: Is Patrick Dempsey Prepping a Return to Primetime?

Originally posted 05/28/2015 05:40PM

The Grey's Anatomy actor is making the rounds in the TV industry in an effort to find his next gig

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Patrick Dempsey: 'I'm Not Retiring from Acting' | Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey: 'I'm Not Retiring from Acting'

Originally posted 05/24/2015 11:15AM

We've got good news for fans who are still heartbroken over Patrick Dempsey's departure from Grey's Anatomy – the actor isn't ready to trade in his acting career for racing full-time just yet.

"I'm not retiring from acting," Dempsey told PEOPLE Saturday in Indianapolis, where he was in town for the annual Indianapolis 500, which Dempsey is set to kick off Sunday by serving as honorary starter, waving the green flag as a signal for drivers to start their engines.

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