Fans may love Patrick Dempsey best as Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy but the actor says he's got another passion to pursue before he'll commit to another season on the show.
"The biggest point for me in negotiations is getting time off to come race, so if I don't miss races, I'll probably stay on Grey's Anatomy, Dempsey told reporters Sunday at the Daytona International Speedway where he was testing his car for an upcoming race.
Last year, Dempsey (who turns 46 on Friday) said the next season of the show would be his last, but his publicist downplayed those comments, saying that the actor was referring to his contract being up.
Now, it seems, he may have more life on Grey's after all.
Eric Dane isn't the only Grey's Anatomy star expanding his family.
Less than a month after news broke that Dane's wife Rebecca Gayheart is expecting again, Dr. McSteamy's costar Sarah Drew – who plays Dr. April Kepner on ABC's hit show – is announcing a pregnancy of her own.
The actress, 30, is due in January, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively. This will be the first child for Drew and husband Peter Lanfer.
– Dahvi Shira
Grey's Anatomy star Eric Dane recently entered a rehab clinic in Los Angeles to battle an addiction to painkillers.
"Actor Eric Dane voluntarily checked himself into a treatment facility to help him get off of pain medication that he was prescribed for a sports injury that he suffered over the recent hiatus. He reports back to work this week. Business as usual," his rep says in a statement.
The news comes just a few weeks after PEOPLE confirmed that Dane, 38, and his wife Rebecca Gayheart, 39, are expecting their second child. Daughter Billie is 16 months old.
Sara Ramirez can start putting her acting skills to good use.
Fresh off the heels of a small screen Grey's Anatomy wedding, the actress – who plays Callie Torres on the hit show – will prepare to walk down the aisle in real life.
"Sara Ramirez and her longtime partner, Ryan Debolt, are thrilled to announce their engagement which took place in Paris, France, on June 17th, 2011," her rep tells PEOPLE in a statement.
This will be the first marriage for Ramirez, 35.
– Dahvi Shira
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.