Friday, July 12, 2024

Report: So Far “Grey’s Anatomy” Hasn’t Been Able to Convince Any More Former Castmates to Return for Meredith’s Dreams


This is pretty funny. Nellie Andreeva, the very good TV editor for, interviews “Grey’s Anatomy” showrunner every week about the drama. She always gets a scoop, and inadvertently has one tonight.

She asked Krista Vernoff if any more former cast members are scheduled to return for Meredith Grey’s beach dream sequences. (Meredith is in a coma from COVID, and so far Patrick Dempsey and TR Knight have returned after being killed off years ago.)

The answer from Vernoff: “The honest answer to that at this point is no, Nellie. I hope I have a different answer to that at some point soon.”

I did a spit- take when I read this response. So they got all into this coma thing with former cast members on the beach and now no one wants to do it? Sandra Oh? Katherine Heigl? Kate Burton? Justin Chambers? Eric Dane? No one? Kate Walsh? Well why not? They were treated so badly when they were let go, why would they come back? I don’t even know why Dempsey returned? The money for a guest shot isn’t so great. And who needs the publicity that badly?

Something tells me if Vernoff can’t find anymore beachcombers, Meredith Grey will awaken from her coma when the series picks up in a couple of months, brush off the sand, and get back to work!

PS Good work, Nellie!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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