The long-running ABC show ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is going to look
vastly different this season.
First, the show lost Chyler Leigh’s Lexie Grey when the
young doctor was killed in a plane crash in the season finale.
Fans also said goodbye to Kim Raver’s heart surgeon Teddy,
when the character returned to the military.
Now, on the heels of all that, is the announcement by Eric
Dane that he’s taking his long-running horndog Mark Sloan out of play as well.
For those that don’t remember, Dane joined the show in the
second season as a plastic surgeon that slept with anything that moved.
In the beginning, Mark was a character that had very little
depth. He softened a bit when they paired with with Leigh’s Lexie – but he
still had edge.
Over the past two seasons, though, Mark’s likeability factor
has been pretty low. Not only did he mistreat Lexie – forcing her to break up
with him – but he also became obsessed with having kids.
While I was a big fan of ‘Grey’s Anatomy – The Early Years’ –
I consider myself a sporadic watcher (at best) these days. I did tune in for
the season finale, though, and found parts of it to be compelling and parts of
it to be ridiculous.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is one of those shows that’s well past its
When it was launched, it was essentially a show about five
surgical interns and their complicated love lives.
Two of those interns (Katherine Heigl’s Izzy and T.R. Knight’s
George) left of their own accord at the end of season four/beginning of season
five. Ever since then, the chemistry of the show has been off.
Much like NBC’s ‘ER,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ has been able to
introduce a bevy of new characters over the years to keep the storylines fresh.
The problem is, none of these characters have been able to match the chemistry
of the original five.
Sure, they’ve had some hits – Kevin McKidd’s Owen and Sara
Ramirez’s Callie being the best two – but they’ve also had some misses. I can’t
find one fan that likes the annoying April – and yet she’s still around.
Fans were up in arms after the season finale – mostly because
they wanted a happy ending for Lexie and Mark. At the time, show creator Shonda
Rhimes warned that the rest of the cast wasn’t safe.
Now, with Dane’s announcement that he’s leaving, I can’t help
but wonder when this decision was made.
I know that Rhimes likes to get buzz – and that’s why
killing off Lexie probably seemed like a good idea to her. With Dane leaving,
though, I think she might have been better off sending the couple off into the
We know that Dane is returning for a limited number of
episodes to finish his character off. I have no idea how many, but I doubt it
will be a lot. I think Rhimes will go for the gusto and kill Mark off – rather than
have him leave Seattle Grace.
With Lexie gone, quite frankly, it makes no sense to have
Mark take off for parts unknown and leave behind his small daughter.
Given its age – and the high profile contract renewals with
series regulars Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey several months ago – I think
that Dane and Leigh were probably casualties of budget more than anything else.
I know both said it was their choice to leave – but more
often than not show runners let actors say that to save face.
Some fans have said this could be a great time of revival on
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ – a time to bring in fresh faces and fresh drama.
Let me ask you this, though, was ER better with George
Clooney or Mekhi Phifer?
Essentially, what I’m saying is that ABC might want to let ‘Grey’s
Anatomy’ go out with a little dignity instead of sucking all the marrow from
the show’s bones.
What do you think? Is it time to put ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ out of