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'Grey's Anatomy' Hits Ratings Low: Fans Share Why

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 7th 2011 1:15PM
MerDer: Are they over? Do you care?Now in its eighth season, 'Grey's Anatomy' seems like the Shonda Rhimes engine that could, but have fans had enough of the drama at Seattle Grace?

Last night's ratings were the series' lowest ever, with 8.5 million viewers and a 3.0 rating, down 17 percent, leaving the show in third place for the hour behind 'Person of Interest' on CBS and Fox's 'The X Factor.'

So what gives? Is it just general fatigue, or are there certain storylines that fans aren't on board with? Was this a fluke, or a sign of the end? And can we just keep blaming it all on that musical episode?

With speculation about cast departures still in the air (Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo have both waffled about whether or not they'll return after this season), it's possible that fans are giving up on the show before their favorite stars do. But it's also just as likely the the MerDer relationship has just gone back and forth one too many times.

So I took to Twitter to hear the reasons straight from 'Grey's' fans ...

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The Top 10 Highest Paid Actresses on TV

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 28th 2011 6:00PM
TV's Highest Paid ActressesWho are TV's highest paid actresses? You know their names, but you won't guess where they wind up on the list.

According to Forbes, the four main ladies of 'Desperate Housewives' made it on the list. So did Julianna Margulies of 'The Good Wife.'

What about Tina Fey, one of the busiest ladies in comedy? You betcha!

Combined, the Top 10 ladies made $94 million between May 2010 and May 2011.

Forbes took into consideration salaries and endorsement deals while compiling their list. Remember, some of these women are also producers on other projects.

So, who's tops and who is set to do some climbing? Find out below!

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Ellen Pompeo Says She'll Stay on 'Grey's Anatomy' if She's Wanted

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 6th 2011 7:20AM
Ellen PompeoIt seems as though behind-the-scenes contract wrangling is continuing to dog ABC medical drama 'Grey's Anatomy.'

Earlier this summer Patrick Dempsey seemed confused as to whether McDreamy's coming or going, and now Ellen Pompeo says she could be persuaded to stay on after the upcoming season 8.

Pompeo told TV Guide that she's open to the idea of continuing to play Meredith, but that her contract will soon expire and no one's actually asked her to stay on. "I would love the opportunity to discuss it," she says.

"I would never turn up my nose at 'Grey's.' ... If I hear from the fans that they want us to keep going, then I would continue because we owe them everything."

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Brian Regan Can't Match the Elegance of Ellen Pompeo's Words on 'Marriage Ref' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 11th 2011 6:20AM
Ellen Pompeo, Brian Regan & Kathy Griffin, 'The Marriage Ref'Ellen Pompeo may be the most eloquent guest yet on 'The Marriage Ref' (Sun., 10PM ET on NBC). The issue at the heart of this couple's marriage had to do with the wife's very expensive little hobby.

She liked to build and furnish lavish dollhouses, but the cost of the furniture accessories was almost the same as buying the same thing at full-size. The wife says other hobbies are expensive too, but this is the one that makes her happy. The husband's simply balking at the price.

Pompeo sided with the wife, but managed to do it so masterfully that the husband was nodding and hanging on her every word as well.

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Patrick Dempsey May Not Be Leaving 'Grey's Anatomy' After All

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 1st 2011 3:40AM
Patrick DempseyReports of McDreamy's demise may have been premature. Yesterday we reported that Patrick Dempsey said he's leaving 'Grey's Anatomy' at the end of the upcoming Season 8.

Now it seems that he may have to put away those golf clubs and get out the stethoscope again. According to E! Online, McDreamy misspoke. Kind of.

His rep. told E! News that when Dempsey told Italian 'Vanity Fair' that "It's gonna be my last. ... For me it's done," what he really meant was: "He was referring to the fact that his contract is up at the end of next season and we have no idea what the future holds."

So that's all cleared up then. Several members of the 'Grey's' cast -- including Ellen Pompeo -- have contracts expiring at the end of Season 8 and right now it's all up in the air. It's possible that there could be a mass exodus, but it's also possible that some of them will be renewed.

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Ellen Pompeo Questions the Need for the NAACP Awards (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 12th 2011 9:00PM
Ellen Pompeo could probably answer questions about 'Grey's Anatomy' in her sleep. But the conversation was a bit more tricky Thursday on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) when the topic turned to race; more specifically, mixed-race relationships and the relevance of the NAACP Awards. Pompeo's husband, producer Chris Ivery, is black.

Sherri Shepherd mentioned an article by singer-songwriter-poet-actress Jill Scott in which she said that "her spirit winces" sometimes when she sees a successful black man out with a white woman (she worries about the backlash). Pompeo said she feels no such backlash, personally, but added that Scott was an intelligent woman entitled to her feelings. Pompeo went on to say that she and her husband agree that the NAACP Awards were once necessary, but not anymore.

"I do think that the separation doesn't get us any closer to anything" she said, making sure to mention that she didn't want to offend anyone.

Pompeo mentioned black colleges as well, which Shepherd said are still needed. Pompeo agreed, but said she felt "we need to get to a place where we don't."

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Ellen Pompeo Gets a Scare for the Second Time on 'Ellen' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 15th 2011 9:15AM
One of these days, Ellen DeGeneres is going to give someone a heart attack, and it might just be Ellen Pompeo of 'Grey's Anatomy.'

On 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated), DeGeneres scares yet another guest during an interview. This time, a man in a zebra costume slowly creeps up behind Pompeo and gives her a fright, causing the actress to shriek and recoil in her chair.

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Six-Toed Ellen Pompeo on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 5th 2010 7:12AM
Six-Toed Ellen Pompeo on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'How many toes is too many toes? That sounds like a tongue-twister, but it's actually not one. It's just an issue that came up on Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC), when 'Grey's Anatomy' star Ellen Pompeo was the guest.

It has long been rumored that Ellen has six toes on either one or both of her feet. This equals a total of eleven or twelve "little piggies," depending on which theory you believe. So tonight, Jimmy Kimmel tried to solve the con-"toe"-versy.

First, the host learned that Ellen's sister had helped to spread the rumor. That's not cool! Unless the rumor is true, in which case her sister is just doing us all a public service. Jimmy then held up a photo which seemed to show that Ellen did have six toes on one foot. Even Ms. Pompeo was confused by it.

So did Ellen have six toes ... or not?

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Ellen DeGeneres Terrifies Guest Ellen Pompeo (Again!) (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 5th 2010 1:03AM
Ellen DeGeneres Terrifies Guest Ellen Pompeo (Again!)Ellen DeGeneres is a big fan of frightening her guests. Her favorite technique is to sit a celebrity down in a chair, then have someone dressed up as an enormous creepy animal sneak up behind them. Hilarity then ensues. But no celeb has ever been scared twice by Ellen. Well ... until today.

'Grey's Anatomy' star Ellen Pompeo was the guest on 'Ellen' (weekdays, syndicated). During her previous appearance on the show, DeGeneres freaked the actress out by having a "giant panda dressed as a doctor" come up and shout "Boo!" at her. But could she be surprised again? Nah. Pompeo couldn't be that gullible, right? Let's find out!

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Who Is Shot on 'Grey's Anatomy'? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 21st 2010 1:35AM
Who Is Shot on 'Grey's Anatomy'?There's a man with a gun on 'Grey's Anatomy' (Thu., 9PM ET on ABC). Could this be the end for some of the characters on the show?

[Spoiler alert.]

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Is Ellen Pompeo Looking to Leave 'Grey's Anatomy'?

by Laura Prudom, posted May 6th 2010 3:40PM
Ellen Pompeo - ABCThe surgeons of Seattle Grace hospital need some medical attention, as doctors are dropping like flies on the ABC drama. Following Katherine Heigl's abrupt (if not unexpected) departure from 'Grey's Anatomy' earlier this season, Extra is now suggesting that the show's titular character, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), might be considering hanging up her stethoscope too.

"I think that I've told all the stories that I could tell as Meredith Grey," Pompeo admitted to Extra. "I think the world has had a lot of Meredith Grey ... I don't know how much more Meredith Grey the world wants!"

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Ellen Pompeo's Lesson Learned on 'Grey's Anatomy' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 4th 2010 12:00PM
According to Ellen Pompeo, she's learned a great deal working with the cast of 'Grey's Anatomy' over the past five years, but the biggest lesson she learned was to think before she spoke, she said on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC).

"To get along with people on a daily basis ... is something that takes work and patience," Pompeo said. "I've probably learned to -- or maybe I haven't learned to -- not always say what I'm thinking. I have a tendency to say what I'm thinking all the time, and maybe it's not the best thing to do."

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'Grey's Anatomy' - 'Hook, Line and Sinner' Recap

by Michael Pascua, posted Apr 29th 2010 11:00PM
The Sloan family adds a member.
(S06E20) After several weeks of repeats, 'Grey's Anatomy' returns with an explosion of cast drama. The episode on a whole underwhelmed and could have been placed before the repeats. The Arizona/Callie baby issues continue, Teddy is still awkward in her situation, Owen still feels caught between two women, and Mark is still in a midlife crisis.

There were classic moments that reminded me of the heyday of 'Grey's,' where Cristina was the squealing fan to the rock star doctor, when Bailey told it like it is to Lexie, and the final moment between Derek and Meredith. It saddened me when we saw a few seconds of the lunch room, and the smallest table had Meredith, Christina and Alex as the only people remaining from the original interns. Alex really needs a plot line instead of having to sit alone and pout about life.

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How Much Longer Can ABC Keep 'Desperate Housewives' Cast From Bolting?

by Gary Susman, posted Apr 29th 2010 2:00PM
With the sixth season of 'Desperate Housewives' winding down, how much longer can the series stay on the air? Depends on the players and how long ABC can get them to stick around.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the network would like another two seasons. Creator Marc Cherry has spoken of a nine-season run. But the core cast - Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, and Eva Longoria Parker - are contracted for only one more season, and so far, says Deadline, there's been little negotiation between the network and the stars about an eighth season.

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'Grey's Anatomy' - 'Valentine's Day Massacre' Recap

by Michael Pascua, posted Feb 12th 2010 2:42AM
Lexie and Jackson on Grey's
(S06E14) It's Valentine's Day on 'Grey's Anatomy' and to celebrate, we have a restaurant roof collapse. The show claims to have the biggest surgery ever, which turns out to be an arm reattachment, with the arm temporarily being attached to a leg. While it's interesting and I'm sure a rare surgery, it still doesn't compare to separating conjoined twins or being impaled to a car in my book.

While everyone struggles with the multiple surgeries, miraculously, both Arizona and Callie have time to dilly-dally. Arizona tries her hand in playing Cupid on Valentine's, pairing up Bailey with Dr. Warren. Callie gets to check up on Sloan with her free time. What happened to the Callie who used to snap arms back into place?

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