Kicks off season 19 on primetime TV this month – yes, that’s seasons 1-9, Grey’s Anatomy It established itself long ago as a solid, not just a spot on ABC’s prime-time programming, but other time slots on reruns. Part of the success from the get-go is due to protagonist Ellen Pompeo’s Dr. Meredith Gray and Patrick Dempsey’s character Derek “McDream” Shepherd Dr. De, who left the cast in 2015.
Tuesday, greyThe creator of Shonda Rhimes, explained that the way the relationship between Meredith and Derek started – they went home together after meeting at the bar – was a problem for some. At least Meredith’s behavior is. The next day, she found out that Derek was her new boss at what was then called Seattle Grace Hospital, and she was the new resident there, and they weren’t fascinated at all.
“I remember being called into a room full of old people,” Rhimes said in a statement. 9 to 5ish with Skimm Podcast, “They brought us in and told me the show was a problem because no one would watch a show about a woman sleeping with a guy the night before her first day at work. And they mean it.”
In fact, they asked after watching the pilot, who gets drunk and has a one-night stand with a stranger the night before starting a new job?
Betsy Beers, Rhimes’ production partner on the show and many others, volunteered. The men’s answers, possibly rhetorical, shocked them and left them in a rut.
“They can’t call me a slut in person,” Beers said. “They don’t know what to say.”
The focus is on Beers and Rhimes, who have worked together on shows since then, including scandal, How to get away with murder and bridgetondid not see women like myself on TV.
“There aren’t even that many female-focused shows,” Beers said. “That’s surprising in itself.”
Rhames said she realized later why they had reacted the way they did.
“I think it feels really obvious now. But at the time, you had to remember that there was never a show where a lead character had her sexuality on network TV,” Rhimes said. “Unless it’s on a sitcom, there’s no show where you see three or four people of color talking in a room with no one else in the room. You don’t see a lot of what we’re doing. And I Didn’t really think they were revolutionary. I thought, like, ‘We’re just making shows that I want to watch.'”
After four Emmys and countless others, they still are.
The Meredith-Derek coupling, which the men in the Rhimes story disapproved of, has become one of the most fan-favorite combinations in television history. Just last month, the actors behind the characters, Pompeo and Dempsey, happily reunited at the D23 Expo, where they swiped a few laughs into Yahoo Entertainment’s microphone.