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Patrick Dempsey to star in TV legal drama Ways and Means

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Story by Jack Foley

PATRICK Dempsey is returning to broadcast TV with new legal series Ways & Means, from Nina Tassler.

Formerly known as The Whip, Ways & Means follows a powerful congressional leader (Dempsey) who has lost faith in politics, who finds himself working secretly with an idealistic young congresswoman from the opposing party to subvert the hopelessly gridlocked system he helped create.

Together, they attempt to save American politics… if they don’t get caught doing so in the process!

Mike Murphy and Ed Redlich, the duo behind past hits SEAL Team, Unforgettable and Without A Trace, will pen the script and executive produce the drama alongside Dempsey and Tassler.

Ways & Means will mark Dempsey’s first broadcast series regular role since his character, Derek ‘McDreamy’ Shepherd, was written out of Grey’s Anatomy during the long-running medical drama’s 11th season.

Tassler, meanwhile, stepped down from her role as CBS entertainment president in 2015 following an 11-year run at the top of the network.

Ways & Means is the latest new addition to the CBS roster, following adaptations of The Equalizer, The Lincoln Lawyer and Clarice, a sequel to The Silence of the Lambs.