‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Shondaland’s Betsy Beers Talks Meredith & Riggs Future, Sara Ramirez Exit

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“Grey’s Anatomy” Season 12 ended strong with big ratings big cliffhangers and a big shocker — Sara Ramirez, who plays Dr. Callie Torres, is leaving the show.

“She’s amazing,” Shondaland exec producer Betsy Beers told Variety, speaking of Ramirez, who seemingly left the door open for a return to the show when she announced her departure.

Chatting Friday at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, Beers said that there is a chance Ramirez could come back. “Bottom line is we love Sara, we love that character and anything can happen,” she said.

Another shocking moment, though on-screen, was Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) hooking up with Riggs (Martin Henderson) in the penultimate episode of Season 12 — though in the season finale, there was a tinge of foreshadowing at a love triangle with Maggie (Kelly McCreary). Asked if Meredith will continue to hook up with Riggs, Beers simply said, “God I hope so.”


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“That was certainly one of my favorite moments of all of the shows this year, and I can tell you that at the table read, the reaction from the actors was, ‘Oh my god!’ It was just one of those great moments of total surprise,” Beers — who’s a non-writing producer on “Grey’s” — said, emphasizing that she does not know what is planned for their relationship in Season 13.

“I think she deserves some love,” Beers said of Meredith, who’s been single since her husband Derek (Patrick Dempsey) was killed off in Season 11. “She spent a lot of time saying ‘I don’t need it, I’m fine, my life will go on,’ and there was something about that, that I felt so pleased and so satisfied. I feel like there’s something incredibly delicious about getting to watch this, so fingers crossed this is the tip of an iceberg.”

Besides “Grey’s Anatomy,” Beers also spoke to Variety about “Scandal,” which was pushed to midseason, rather than its usual fall timeslot, due to Kerry Washington’s pregnancy. With the schedule change, the political drama will not air at the same time as the presidential election, but Beers says she’s not concerned. “Personally, I think it’s actually really fun where we are because running parallel has its challenges, too. We never even discussed that. I’m just excited to see what happens next. We never even talked about that, so it’s a good question.”


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The schedule change also results in the demise of ABC’s Thursday night “TGIT” programming block with new drama “Notorious” slotted into “Scandal’s” 9 p.m. window.

Even though “TGIT” is gone this fall, Beers can’t wait for “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How To Get Away with Murder” to return to TV. “I’m just excited for the shows to be back on the air. It’s a long summer,” she laughed.

Offering a bit of a tease on Shondaland’s fall shows, Beers said: “The little bit that I know, there’s some good stuff coming up.”

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  2. Erin says:

    I hope Meredith will get a lot of screentime with Jathan. I knew from the start it was gonna be them together because he fits her best and she fits him best and was sad the season ended without much more interaction between them. Hopefully this also means less Alex/Meredith because all the writers have been giving him to do was support Meredith in the past two seasons and it’s damaging his character and relationship a lot. I hope the writers became aware of that. Yes their friendship is the oldest one on the show but ultimately Alex’s life can’t revolve around Meredith and her needs forever or he’ll never make some progress in his own life. We saw it, even though Owen and Amelia only got together in s11 whereas Alex and Jo got together in s9 the writers gave the wedding to Owen and Amelia. And why? Because they had neglected Alex and Jo immensely to focus on Alex, the supportive friend. It’s great for all the characters he’s helping, but it’s incredibly frustrating for Alex fans. Jo is the right one for him and they deserve storylines.

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