ABC President Shows Confidence in Grey's Anatomy, Speaks on Cast Shakeup

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Chyler Leigh and Kim Raver are out. Eric Dane will soon join them. Gaius Charles and Camilla Luddington are in.

Indeed, the hallways of Seattle Grace on Grey's Anatomy Season 9 will look VERY different than in past years. But ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee isn't too worried. He has enormous faith in Shonda Rhimes.

“If you look at what Shonda’s done… she has maintained the critical dynamic behind that show, the creative dynamism, for such a long time," Lee told reporters today at ABC's session of the Television Critics Association press tour. "And I love to see her taking risks and reinventing the show every year.”

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Will there be any more significant pieces of casting news announced?

"I think you’ve seen the major moves," Lee said, adding that he's "excited" about where Rhimes and Grey's are going after such an intense season finale.

Hear that, fans? You can finally take a breath. Until the September 27 premiere, of course.

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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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Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.