After Grey’s Anantomy completes its eighth season, Dr. “McDreamy” Derek Shepherd will not answer his pager. Patrick Dempsey told Italian Vanity Fair and TV Line that the upcoming season will be his last, and while he’s unsure of what the other actors will do, he stated, “For me, it’s done.”
It was reported earlier in many entertainment news outlets that Dempsey was leaving the show abruptly but after the viral news spread, Dempsey clarified his departure in a statement to Entertainment Weekly saying that once the 2011-2012 season concludes, he will walk away from the show. Dempsey is just one of many who are in their final year of their current contracts. Should the show continue past the eighth season, it could be without several of its regulars including Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, Sandra Oh, and Justin Chambers.
So we will have an entire season counting down the final days of his hunkness. All. Season. Long. And don’t think that ABC won’t milk it. Is this on the same level as David Caruso leaving NYPD Blue? (That ended well, didn’t it?) George Clooney leaving ER? (Okay, that did actually worked out.) We’ll find out soon enough.
As for what his plans are post-Grey’s, Dempsey added, “No more romantic comedies. That’s for sure.” On the geek angle, Dempsey has been lobbying hard to play another doctor of a different sort, Should Marvel Studios decide to make a Dr. Strange movie or television show Dempsey wants to play Stephen Strange. I could see that, especially since he would have a large female demographic tuning into his next career move.
Marvel seems to have a secondary objective (post Avengers) with their next wave of stories including Strange, Black Panther, Luke Cage, and Ant Man. Dempsey already has a tie to Disney having starred in Enchantedwith Amy Adams back in 2007. Dempsey will play a key role in one of this summer’s tent pole films, Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon.
Should Dempsey be chosen to play Strange in the future, he would be fulfilling rumors and prophecies that began last summer. He told the Los Angeles Times in April:
“At Comic-Con they were talking about me playing it and there was a rumor that I’d been cast. I mean, it’s something that’s kind of out there and, you know, I’ve been looking at that. It would be a fun one to do. Hopefully, doing something like ‘Transformers’ is about to show myself in an action situation where I’m not mister-weepy-doctor guy, you know, not McDreamy. You have to change that in people’s view. I’m still hungry for other things. I’d love to play Doctor Strange.”
Paging Kevin Feige… Paging Kevin Feige.