Patrick Dempsey had his fans' hearts pounding when he hinted to Italian Vogue that he won't be returning to Grey's Anatomy after next year, the show's eighth season.
"It will be my last," Dempsey said. "I do not know what's going to happen to the other characters but for me it's done."
Will Patrick Dempsey hang up his scrubs and quit Grey's Anatomy after one more season?
It would seem so, judging by a recent interview he gave to the Italian edition of Vanity Fair, in which the actor, 45, suggested he will leave ABC's hit medical drama.
"It will be my last," he said. "I don't know what will happen with the other characters, but for me, it's done." He adds that the decision is "bittersweet because it's been a great part of my life. But I can't see me doing it anymore."
The doctors of Grey's Anatomy definitely know something about both surgery and sex – but do they know how to sing?
Viewers are about to find out Thursday, when several of the more melodically inclined members of the cast – Tony winner Sara Ramirez, Kevin McKidd, Chandra Wilson and Chyler Leigh among them – raise their voices in song for a special musical episode of the medical drama.
Grey's Anatomy: The Music Event features an extended musical fantasy playing out in the head of Callie Torres (Ramirez), with performances of several tunes very familiar to longtime viewers of the show, including The Fray's "How to Save a Life," Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" and Brandi Carlile's "The Story."
A lot will happen on Thursday's Grey's Anatomy – Derek starts on a series of trial surgeries that Meredith isn't asked to work on, Cristina is back but jousting with Jackson to work alongside Teddy, and Richard gets hip to technology – but the biggest thing is that the episode has a new director, actor Kevin McKidd.
The Scottish actor, who plays Dr. Owen Hunt, steps behind the camera for the first time as a director on the Feb. 3 episode, titled "Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)."
"It's really scary to take on something big like this because it's so new," McKidd, 37, tells PEOPLE, "but everyone brought their A-game to really support me, and I'm blessed that they did. They know how scary it is."
Some of TV's hottest shows have been recognized for their "outstanding" portrayal of same-sex equality issues.
Fox's Glee, HBO's True Blood, ABC's Modern Family and Grey's Anatomy have all been nominated by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for the group's 22nd annual Media Awards, which recognize the entertainment industry's impact on same-sex equality issues.
Other nominees among a total of 147 include the films Burlesque, Easy A and The Kids are All Right.
The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 19, in Los Angeles on April 16, and in San Francisco on May 14.
– Sara Hammel
With a highly emotional crisis behind them, the doctors of Seattle Grace attempted to move on to the next chapter of their lives on Thursday's episode of Grey's Anatomy. Too bad life rarely cooperates.
Meredith and Derek hoped their fresh start would include a baby but the numerous pregnancy tests she took at work yielded the same disappointing result as the one she'd first taken at home. "A baby doesn't wanna set up shop in a hostile uterus," she said. When Derek reassured her that it takes time to get pregnant, Mer was quick to point out that wasn't the case for everyone.
Put Callie's name at the top of that list! In the closing moments of the show, after Arizona had pleaded once again for her ex's forgiveness, Callie dropped the bombshell that, thanks to a drunken hook-up, she's expecting Mark's child.
Grey's is back! And in 2011's emotional first episode, the survivors of the Seattle Grace shooting faced a potential setback to their healing process when a gunman opened fire on students and faculty at nearby Pacific College, flooding the ER with gunshot victims.
"Our own trauma is fresh and we're going to have feelings today, and there's no shame in that," the Chief told his staff as they waited on the ambulances. "What we went through six months ago, they are going through right now ... which makes them our brothers and sisters ... so to the very best of our ability we are going to do our work first and you're going to have your feelings later."
'Tis the season for the final fresh episode of Grey's Anatomy in 2010. Thankfully, there were plenty of twists in Thursday's installment to keep fans buzzing well into the New Year.
Scott Foley is so the new Denny Duquette. As a seriously ill but oh-so-charming patient, the former Felicity star first encountered Izzie – er, Teddy – in the elevator, where he announced that he planned to propose to his girlfriend. The next time the two met, though, Henry admitted that he'd only (unsuccessfully) popped the question because he desperately needed health insurance. Rather than spend another day blaming herself for Cristina's decision to quit the surgical program, Teddy threw herself into trying to convince the Chief, and then the hospital board, that the tumor-afflicted patient deserved pro bono surgery. And when that ultimately failed, Teddy made an impulsive proposal of her own. "I have great medical insurance," she said. "I'll marry you." Will this union of convenience evolve into something more? And considering how things turned out the last time a doctor got engaged to a patient (RIP, Denny), do Teddy and Henry have a shot at a healthier prognosis?
Never fear, Grey's fans – Your favorite show isn't jumping the Broadway shark.
ABC may have announced that the long-running medical drama plans to shoot an episode devoted to music, but according to one star, don't expect this to turn into Glee's Anatomy.
"Everyone keeps calling this a 'musical episode,' but really it's about the music of Grey's Anatomy," Chandra Wilson told PEOPLE at the Hollywood premiere of Frankie and Alice. "We're basically taking iconic songs from the show, songs that everyone knows, or has heard, and we're going to bring them to life through the characters on the show."
Cristina's decision to quit her promising surgical career rocked the hospital on this week's Grey's Anatomy.
While confusion and sorrow filled the halls of Seattle Grace-Mercy West, Derek was downright mad – not at Cristina, but Teddy, whom he felt put too much pressure on Cristina by leaving her in charge of last week's complication-riddled lung-transplant patient.
But Teddy had more pressing matters to deal with when a car-crash victim arrived on a gurney, and she and Owen were charged with saving his life.
The rumor quickly spread that the VIP patient was U2's frontman Bono, but the heavy security detail turned out to be for a peace-loving politician from the Middle East. When it was discovered that the dying man not only had a tear in his heart but a cerebral aneurysm, Derek was also recruited for the case, leading to a double surgery and a war of words in the OR.