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Grey's Anatomy future looks healthy says ABC chief

Greys Anatomy: Season 6

Story by Jack Foley

THE long-term future of long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy looks good despite uncertainty surrounding the show’s leading cast members.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, ABC Entertainment head Paul Lee confidently predicted a healthy future even if the likes of Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey and Sandra Oh fail to renew their contracts at the end of the current season.

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But Lee is confident that the top-rated drama can continue without key cast members much in the same way as other long-running hits, such as ER, survived the loss of key personnel throughout their runs.

He also paid tribute to the vision of creator Shonda Rhimes for ensuring that Grey’s is is “creatively still at the top of its form”.

While refusing to speculate or elaborate on the state of contract negotiations, Lee said: “Shonda has a vision like nobody else. She knows what she’s doing and she knows where she’s going. We’ve heard that vision not just for the end of the season but for beyond and it’s really very strong. I am feeling very good about the show.”

ABC’s confidence in Rhimes now extends to three shows given that her Grey‘s spin-off Private Practice is also back for a new series, as well as a new political thriller Scandal, which will benefit from following Grey‘s when it airs on US TV for the first time.

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