When talking about the craziness that was season 11 of ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ABC has no regrets — the president actually admitted he was beyond pleased with the way Derek’s death went down, and what it left open for season two.
Fans were not so thrilled when Derek Shephard (Patrick Dempsey) was killed in a tragic car crash toward the end of season 11 of Grey’s Anatomy. However, ABC President, Paul Lee revealed that he’s standing behind Shonda Rhimes shocking decision — and actually thinks it helps the show.
“It was great to see Grey’s Anatomy so relevant and taking the national conversation in its 11th season,” Lee said at the Television Critics Association in Beverly Hills on Aug. 4. As for how he went out, he gives a nod to Patrick’s hobbies. “It was a difficult decision. Patrick obviously has lots of interests outside. He’s very big in moto-sport. Shonda decided that was the way to go.”
Paul also said that he’s seen “the pitch” for season 12, and that it’s going to be a whole new world. “The show reinvents itself again,” he said before praising Shonda again. “She really is a remarkable show runner and we have no reason to expect that Grey’s Anatomy won’t go on for many years to come.”
Shondaland Running Strong
Well we’re not going to argue — Shonda continues to wow with Scandal and HTGAWM and has a new show, The Catch, coming in 2016. Fans went crazy after Derek was killed off, but we have a good feeling that Shondaland won’t be going anywhere for a very long time.
For now, we’ll have to wait until the fall to see what’s next on Grey’s Anatomy without Derek around. Do you think the show will make it for many years to come, HollywoodLifers? Let us know your thoughts!
— Emily Longeretta