Having started its 19th season – yes, that’s 1-9 – on primetime TV this month Gray anatomy It has long established itself as a reliable offensive, commanding not only places on ABC’s initial schedule, but time elsewhere is resuming. And part of what made it so successful from the start was the relationship between the main character, Dr. Meredith Gray by Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd, who left the cast in 2015.
On Tuesday, GrayFounder Shonda Rhimes explains that the relationship between Meredith and Derek began – they went home together after meeting at a bar – was a problem for some. At least Meredith’s actions are. And they are not attractive at all, she realizes the next day that Derek is her new boss at Seattle Grace Hospital, where she is a new resident.
“I remember being called into a room full of old men,” Rhimes said on the site. 9 to 5ish with Skimm “And they brought us to tell me that the show had a problem because no one was going to watch a show about a woman who would sleep with a man the night before her first day of work. And they died badly.” .
In fact, after reading the pilot course, who would do such a thing as getting drunk and standing up with a stranger the night before starting a new job?
Betsy Beers, Rhimes’ production partner on the show, and many others volunteered that she would. The answers to the man’s rhetorical questions startled them and sent them into confusion.
“They could not call me Slut in front of me,” Beers said. “They do not know what to say.”
The whole point is that Beers and Rhimes, who have since worked together on shows including Scandal, How to get rid of murder And BridgetonNever seen a woman like myself on TV.
“There aren’t even a lot of performances with women in the middle,” Beers said. “That by itself is amazing.”
Rhimes said she later learned why they had such a reaction.
“It’s very clear now, I think. But then you have to remember that there was never a show with a male protagonist who owned her sex on TV,” Rhimes said. Rhimes said. “There is no show where you see three or four people of color in a chat room unless it is on a show with no one else in the room. You do not see many of the things we are doing. No. I really did not think of them as revolutionary. I thought, like, ‘We are making programs that I want to watch’.
Four Emmys and countless other prizes later they still have.
And the Meredith-Derek engagement that the man in the Rhimes story disagrees with has plummeted in television history as one of the most beloved fans. Last month, the characters behind Pompeo and Dempsey happily reunited at the D23 Expo, where they dragged Yahoo Entertainment’s microphone for a few laughs.