Season 12 Focusing On Meredith’s Alzheimer’s For Ellen Pompeo’s Exit?

Could Season 12 of “Grey’s Anatomy” be focusing in on Meredith’s Alzheimer’s disease? She was tested for it back in Season 9 and came up positive for the gene. She has contemplated ending up just like her late mother, who also had the disease. After the death of Derek Shepherd (McDreamy), who suffered through a car accident and botched surgery in Season 11, many fans are expecting anything to happen, and Zap2it speculated that Meredith’s Alzheimer’s arc could be a powerful way to end her time on the show without tying her to another love interest.

But there are rumors that a new male doctor character is coming to the series. TVLine reported that Shonda Rhimes is searching for a “name” actor in his late 30s to late 40s to portray a new series regular role. The requirements for him are that he must be good-looking, charismatic and believable as a surgeon. Some believe this will be McDreamy 2.0.

ABC president Paul Lee announced that Season 12 is “absolutely not” the final season. But Ellen Pompeo’s contract is over after this year. Whether or not she will renew it is currently unknown. This fuels more fire to those rumors that Meredith could be on her way out of the series.

In Rhimes’ statement following Derek’s death, she said:

Now, Meredith and the entire ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ family are about to enter uncharted territory as we head into this new chapter of her life. The possibilities for what may come are endless. As Ellis Grey would say: ‘The carousel never stops turning.’

Do you think Meredith’s Alzheimer’s may be the focus next season and the exit for her character? And would it be bad timing for her to move on to a new love interest at this point? Sound off in the comments section below!

“Grey’s Anatomy” will return on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Promotes Jason George to Series Regular

The actor fills the void left by the shocking departure of original star Patrick Dempsey.

Jason George is scrubbing in for good.

The actor has been promoted to series regular on Grey’s Anatomy for the medical drama’s upcoming 12th season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. (George broke the news himself on Twitter.)

George made his debut as Dr. Ben Warren on season six, playing a love interest for Bailey (Chandra Wilson). The two married in season nine. The actor has recently been splitting his time between Grey’s Anatomy and another ABC drama, Mistresses, which returns for season three this month. He also starred on the short-lived 2010 ABC series Off the Map, which was executive produced by Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes.

The actor fills a gaping hole in the cast left by Patrick Dempsey, whose character was shockingly killed off the show in late April.

George is repped by APA and Morris Yorn.

Grey’s Anatomy returns in the fall on Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

The McDream Is Still Alive! Patrick Dempsey In Talks With Hollywood Execs In Search Of New Show

Patrick Dempsey might not be off the boob tube for long, as the ex-Grey’s Anatomy hunk is aggressively looking for a new show, and could be back by the fall TV rollout.

The 49-year-old has been meeting with multiple executives in Los Angeles in hopes of landing a new gig following his shocking departure from Grey’s Anatomy after a decade on the show, and one casting exec agent told Entertainment Weekly, “I can definitely see him ending up on something in the fall.”

One studio executive told the publication that “it’s very normal for an actor who has been on a show for a long time to take meetings, to get reacquainted with other studios and network execs.

“It’s just what you do — you never know when that dream project is gonna fall in your lap.”

The Loverboy star, speaking with EW last month, said he was concerned about getting typecast after starring as Derek Shepherd on the ABC medical drama since 2005.

“I want to try something different,” the Can’t Buy Me Love hunk told the magazine. “But will I be allowed to do something different? Is Derek so identifiable that I can’t go on and be someone else?

“That will be the challenge: To see if people embrace me as someone else.”

One grey cloud that might hang over his career is the circumstances he left Grey’s Anatomy under, reportedly causing strife on set and getting involved in a “very messy” fling with a young staffer.

One Hollywood insider said of the dynamic: “Any actor who provides more drama on set than he does on camera is a non-starter with me, and by non-starter, I mean up until the network says I have to hire him.”

It’s been a whirlwind year for Dempsey so far, as his wife Jillian Fink filed for divorce in January, ending their 15-year marriage.

Season 12: New Male Doc Poised to Check In

McDreamy 2.0?

In the wake of Patrick Dempsey’s surprise departure from Grey’s Anatomy, ABC’s still-durable medical soap is looking to add a major new male presence in Season 12, TVLine has learned exclusively.

According to fresh casting intel, Shonda Rhimes & Co. are searching for a “name” actor in his late 30s to late 40s to portray the series-regular role of a doctor. Among the requirements of said performer: He must be good-looking, charismatic and believable as a surgeon.

Rhimes acknowledged back in April that “the entire Grey’s Anatomy family” is entering “uncharted territory as we head into this new” post-Derek era, adding that, “The possibilities for what may come are endless. As Ellis Grey would say: the carousel never stops turning.”

11×24 “You’re My Home” MORE Episode Stills Added

I’ve just added 30+ new high quality episode stills from the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy. Enjoy!

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