Friday, February 10, 2017

One more year of TGIT coming right up. Shondaland just keeps chugging along.


Ellen Pompeo 2Anybody who predicted the death of Derrick “McDreamy” Shepherd would be the end of Grey's Anatomy should stay out of Vegas. It's just been renewed again for the 2017 – 2018 season. I have two loyal viewers in my household, but I'm not one of them.  At least not now.   

I remember tuning into the premiere episode  back in early 2005.  Who knew the doctors in Seattle would still be chugging along for thirteen plus seasons? 

It seems nothing can kill this show. The death of Lexie Grey and Mark Sloan (which is when I parted company with the proceedings), the death of George O'Malley, the aforementioned Derek, saying adios to Callie Torres, or the departure of long time favorite Christina Yang has done nothing to deter its loyal audience.

And two shows I’ve never paid much attention to, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder will be right there alongside Meredith, Alex, and the whole shebang.

From Hollywood Reporter:

“Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder continue to keep viewers on the edge of their seats and wanting more. I’m thrilled to bring back these shows and the OMG moments that come with them,” Dungey said of the early pickups.

Grey's, starring Ellen Pompeo, ranks as ABC's No. 1 show among the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo, an impressive feat for a show in its 13th season. It's also a top 10 series in the demo and the No. 3 drama on all of broadcast. Its midseason return on Jan. 26 marked its most-watched telecast since September 2014. With the renewal, Grey's ties Ozzie and Harriet as the longest-running scripted series, seasons-wise, on ABC.

Scandal, starring Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn, was bumped to midseason to accommodate star Washington's second pregnancy. Rhimes has noted that the series will likely feature a reduced episode order as the drama likely heads toward its endgame. The prolific producer has also noted that Scandal isn't a show that will have the same longevity as a show like Grey's given the rate in which it burns through plot. (Scandalscripts are 20 pages longer than the typical drama.) The series will mark its 100th episode this season and Dungey told THR in January that they've talked about an endgame. "It's really going to be up to Shonda because she's the person who really knows where she wants the story to go and where it will play out. I have always said that I will take as much Scandal as she will give me. We are in a universe where she's comfortable with slightly shorter seasons but my plan is Scandal is back next year and after that, it'll be a conversation that we'll have to have."


Now if Shonda can find a way to bring back Mark, Lexie, or George from the dead, I may just tune into see that mess.  Heck, bring Izzy back.  It doesn’t matter squat to me that Shonda still carries a personal grudge.  Get the fuck over it.

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