Credit: Richard Cartwright/ABC Television Group © 2011 Disney Photo: Derek and Meredith Talk on Grey's Anatomy September 29, 2011

Rumor has it that ABC has just begun negotiations with Grey’s Anatomy’s original cast members, to try and get them all back for Season 9. The “originals” as of now include: Patrick Dempsey (Derek Shephard), Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey), Sandra Oh (Cristina Yang), Justin Chambers (Alex Karev), Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey), Donald Pickens, Jr. (Richard Webber).

TV Line speculates that Dempsey may only agree to return for a number of episodes for Season 9, meaning that he — and possibly Ellen — will start to phase out of the show as a whole.

We remember when it was announced that Katherine Heigl (Izzie Stevens) wouldn’t return for Season 7, and that T.R. Knight (George O’Malley) would end his run after Season 5 — at the time, their absences felt like a big deal.

But, as we head into Season 9 next fall, it’s become easier to imagine life at Seattle Grace-Mercy West without the big fish. Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh) and Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) are veritable characters in their own right, not to mention Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) and Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez). Would life really be any less dramatic if Grey’s lost its main players?

Source: TV Line

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