'Grey's Anatomy': 10 Facts About The Show You Didn't Know
Read ten interesting secrets about one of the most popular medical dramas right here...
In the original each episode is named after a song. The very first episode was called "A Hard Day's Night" after the song of the Beatles. But Lady Gaga's "Pokerface" and "The First Cut is the Deepest" by Sheryl Crow were also the eponym of an episode.
Did you know that Isaiah Washington was supposed to get the role of "McDreamy"? But in the end (fortunately) the part went to Patrick Dempsey.
The medical series almost got a different name: Originally, the series was to be called "Complications".
Kate Walsh's character of "Dr. Addison Shepherd", was actually supposed to appear for just five episodes of Grey's Anatomy. But since her part has been so popular among the series' fans, Walsh ended up receiving a main role for the second and third season of the show.
Isaiah Washington who played "Dr. Preston Burke" 'left' Grey's Anatomy after the third season - but not voluntarily! The actor was fired from the cast. Washington had allegedly made derogatory comments about the homosexuality of his colleague T.R. Knight, who played "Dr. George O'Malley".
In the series the fans get to see a lot of organs - they're real, by the way! Most of the organs come from cows, for operations on the brain they use sheep. Yummy!
Apparently, Patrick Dempsey wanted to be a TV doctor for a long time before he landed his role on Grey's Anatomy. Before he auditioned for Grey's Anatomy, he had already tried to get the role of "Dr. Chase" on the popular FOX medical drama House. Fortunately for Patrick, that dream came true with the part of "McDreamy" in Grey's Anatomy!
How screenwriter Shonda Rhimes came up with the idea for the series is a funny coincidence: a doctor told her how hard it is to shave your legs in a hospital shower. That was the starting shot for "Complications", uh we mean Grey's Anatomy of course.
Ellen Pompeo is one of the highest paid actors in the world. She has signed a $20 million annual contract for her role on the show.
Shonda Rhimes, Grey's Anatomy's creator, executive producer and head writer, announced in an interview that the story of Grey's Anatomy had already been going on way longer than she originally planned. With the 15th season in progress, the ending which Rhimes wrote years ago, has already been used - but she already has a new ending in mind. The question remains: how many more seasons will there be?