Tuesday, December 4, 2007

CTV: Season Four All About 'Moving On' For 'Grey's

With the departures of Isaiah Washington and Kate Walsh, CTV's medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" has undergone a major facelift this season, and all the major players seem happy with the changes - except one who has moral concerns about the plotline.

Dogged by criticism that the show had lost its way creatively last year, change has proven to be good for the hit show. According to the cast, the atmosphere backstage has improved dramatically.

Sandra Oh, talking to the Canadian Press while accepting an award in Toronto, is apprehensive to place the blame on Washington.

"I'm not going to put everything on him because that's not the case and everything that happened, it's almost impossible to comment on," she says.

"But I can tell you that this year the set and the production has found an easier footing,"

Oh instead thinks that "Grey's" has found its identity as a series. "I think that has to do with being in Season Four, and the popularity of "Grey's" cresting and finding a good foothold, because it was madness for a couple of years, it really was."

Patrick Dempsey, who plays Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd, says that series creator Sondra Rhimes has starting treating "Grey's" a little differently now that she's splitting her time with Walsh and "Private Practice."

In an interview with Sun Media, Dempsey says "I think [Rhimes] is really finding her way trying to balance out the two shows," says Dempsey.

"We find her to be much more receptive this season. She's looking for more feedback from people than she had in the past."

One of the storylines Dempsey is looking forward to resolving is his character's affair with Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo).

"I think we've become really stagnant in the relationship," he says.

"I'm tired of going back over and over and playing the same beat again. And I think that's been the biggest conversation we've had -- we have to move forward with the dynamic between the two of them."

Unlike Dempsey, Katherine Heigl is unhappy with the relationship choices Dr. Izzie Stevens has made this season. Izzie has been having an open affair with Dr. George O'Malley (T.R. Knight), who is married to Callie (Sara Ramirez).

"They really hurt somebody, and they didn't seem to be taking a lot of responsibility for it. I have a really hard time with that kind of thing. I'm maybe a little too black-and-white about it," says Heigl in the January issue of Vanity Fair.

Heigl may just be particularly sensitive to relationship issues these days, with her upcoming wedding to musician Josh Kelley just weeks away.

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