Grey’s Anatomy Here to Stay, Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey Sign Two-Year Contracts

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Grey’s Anatomy is in it’s tenth season and it looks like it will be one of the few shows to go beyond 10 seasons.

According to E News the ABC president, Paul Lee, announced at the Television Critics Association panel that Grey’s Anatomy will be on “for many years to come”.

Paul said at the panel: Shonda Rhimes “is one of the greatest writers that our generation has seen. She’s continuing to write an immensely powerful show. It makes you laugh and cry every week, and what season are we now?”

Sandra Oh, who plays Cristina Yang on show, announced at the beginning of the season that she will be leaving at the end of season 10. That has left fans wondering about the future of the show.

According to TV Guide.com, Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey have signed two year contracts to continue with the show until at least season 12. Ellen plays Meredith Grey and Patrick plays Derek Shepard.

Grey’s Anatomy isn’t Patrick’s only job though, he also races with co-driver Andrew Davis and they plan on racing in all 13 events in the United SportsCar Championship, the Associated Press reported. They are in the fourth-tier GTD class

Patrick said to AP: “Grey’s’ does a remarkable job scheduling around these races now, and I wouldn’t be able to do it without them. The fact that they continue to let me race is remarkable in itself, so I am grateful for that and grateful to have employment that is known around the world. It gives me a platform to come and do this type of thing, and it helps the sponsors.”

Apparently he has been racing for almost 10 years now and he finished in third place at the Circuit of The Americas and second-place at Laguna Seca and Petit at Le Mans this past season.

Ellen, Patrick, Sandra, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. all signed two year contracts during season eight, but it is unclear how long Justin, Chandra and James plan on sticking around.

Patrick said to TV Guide: “I think it’s been very clear from ABC and also Shonda that she’ll continue on with the show. You look at ER and it went on for 15 years and a lot of the original cast was gone from there. Because [our show is] such a procedural, I think it will continue to go on.”

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