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Grey's Anatomy Prepares to "Reboot"

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Cristina Yang On Her Wedding DayWithout question, Grey's Anatomy pushed the envelope in its third season, resulting in the cavalcade of kudos from the lords of the Emmys - and more than a little criticism from fans.

As it comes into Season Four, Grey's Anatomy sits on the verge of what has become a fad for drama series exiting their sophomore years, BuddyTV notes.

The show is heading for a reboot.

Grey's Anatomy will now be shifting into a whole new dramatic space, a new chief, a flock of new interns, and, of course, a bunch of newly upgraded physicians.

As with all the other shows making changes to their dramatic architecture this year, Grey's Anatomy seems poised to either sink or swim:

  • The Preston (Isaiah Washington) and Cristina (Sandra Oh) histrionics that helped form the path to the Season 3 finale are over.
  • Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) have fallen apart, or almost fallen apart, so many times that their dangling over the edge of shattered romance seems more held back by rubber bands than the viewers' empathic heart strings.
  • O'Mizzie, the disastrous pairing of Izzie (Katherine Heigl) and George (T.R. Knight) has reportedly been nixed. But did we detect a gleam in George's eye when he spotted Meredith's sister, Lexie Grey?

Rumors have it that Jane Doe (Elizabeth Reaser) will, thankfully, return to challenge Alex's aversion to attachment, but beyond that, no one knows what this "reboot" holds for Grey's Anatomy.

A change in structure and authority suggests an attempt to create a blend of some of the resident drama from the first three seasons mixing with a faculty drama that was confined mostly to the over-40 set.

If one thing is clear, it is that Shonda Rhimes and the Grey's Anatomy writing team have always handled everything, even their failings, with a sensitivity and inventiveness that is uniquely Grey's.

The beauty of the reboot will be not knowing what to expect, but knowing it comes from some of the best in the business.

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Bravo Claire you are so right. Let's "hope" they read your post.

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I Sooooo Agree With Claire! xox

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Claire i couldn´t have said it better myself. YOU SERIOUSLY ROCK.

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THANK YOU CLAIRE!
Well said, ditto to all your points made.
As just one of the thousands that were insulted by the quality of the writing last season, I have all but given up on Shonda and her team of flash in the pan dramatists. Too bad too - some amazing acting talent and ensemble cast chemistry. I'm not against new characters if Shonda et all writers can get over themselves and try to pull this debacle out of
to be cancelled and not so brilliant TV archives.

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BRAVO CLAIRE!!!!

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no she didnt she got chief resident

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Chief went to Callie

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Seriously, who wrote this peice? I did not see a source below it to find out who wrote this, but WHAT A SPIN job. Last season was not only largely disliked by fans, but by critics as well. As far as the Emmy's, most do not agree with voters choices as they think thye are not in touch with what is strong in any given season, so I'm not even going to try to tell you why the Emmy nods this year (as always) don't hold much weight as far as fans and critics are concerned. The show failed last year, THOUSANDS of fans have been writing everywhere to voice this as well as articles and net news by critics have been voiced. Evey major couple, story and character was beaten down to the lowest they could go to. Meredith (lead character on the show) was brought through a "shark jumping" three parter only to have the WRITERS let her learn nothing from it. Her break up with Derek was disastrous. Don't blame fans for caring. Even Ellen Pompeo voiced herself to NZ TV Guide she thought the three parter was more to take attention off the back stage fighting than for anything legit. The Meredith and Derek characters are the most popular couple on the show, and the writers reduced them to a couplel on a really bad episode of Saved by the Bell. If they are helded by rubber bands, blame the WRITERS. Plain lazy writing for two actors who have built in chemistry and a HUGE fanbase. All they needed was strong writing and guess what? None of that was to be found. Fans have every right to be angry. Shonda & Co. failed us plain and simple. Purely bad writing for the sake of ratings, nothing more. There's a REASON the writers were not nominated for Emmy's this year. Show creator Shonda Rhimes has made every excuse possible for the poorly written season (including dismissing the die hard fans) Not smart Shonda, even LOST writers and creators acknowledged mistakes in their second season and in season three both fans and critics noted the great changes to the show, but not Shonda. The blame game seems to be her call and she admits nothing. Shame. If you can't see where you failed and take at least some of the blame, you cannot look to fans for wanting to bail if we see the new season does not get any better. You can blame the characters, you can blame the fans, you can blame the critics, spin off show, departures of lead characters or the weather conditions in your state, but in the end, the blame is solely on Rhimes & Crew, and in the end, if nothing changes, it will be HER to blame when the fans exit. But please DO NOT "spin" your love for this show in your articles. We love it too, but we got dumbed down last season and it won't happen again this seaon I promise you. There's too much really great competition out there. Cheat the fans again, and we'll look elsewhere.

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speaking of new chief...WHO GOT CHIEF!!!and will james still be on the show???? im confuzled:(:( please help me

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Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

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