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Grey’s Anatomy Creator, Shonda Rhimes Season 9 Interview

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 07/28/2012

Grey's Anatomy Creator, Shonda Rhimes Season 9 InterviewGrey’s Anatomy’s Shonda Rhimes Talks Season 9: Time Jumps, New Locations and New Docs




Here’s an interview that TVGuides’s Natalie Abrams did with the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes. In the interview, Rhimes talks about how the structure of the show will be different in season 9 from the structure of the show in the previous seasons, how the aftermath of the plane crash will affect various characters on the show, what will be happening with the various relationships on the show next season, and she also talks about how the character April will fit into the show given the fact that she failed her boards last season. Here’s an excerpt from the article where Rhimes talks about what the structure of the show will be like in season 9:




You left the doctors in the woods without rescue! Will there be a time jump next season or are you picking up right where you left off?

Shonda Rhimes: We’re doing something really interesting that we’ve never really done before. As you know, I try to reinvent every season. When we start the season, we’re two to three months in the future and we’re well settled into the year for these doctors. We’re watching them do what they’re going to do. They’re located where they’re going to be located, things are happening. You see the aftermath of what happened. You’re left with some questions as to how this happened and “Why is this the way it is?” and “Why is that the way it is?” Then, in the second episode of the season, we start back in the woods. We go from there and you see what happens. Then ensuing episodes, you’re back to regular time and we’re back on our timeline.


What can you talk about in regards to the structure of this season? At the end of last season, the doctors planned to take jobs elsewhere, so are we seeing a show that’s just set at Seattle Grace or are we seeing a show that is set at many hospitals?

Rhimes: We’re seeing a show set at Seattle Grace and someplace else. What’s interesting to me is that I didn’t want us to feel like you’re coming back and magically everyone is back home. You understand why some people stayed and why some people left. There are some very clear reasons what happened. It’s very challenging playing an entirely separate story line in another location.


Can you tell us where this location is?

Rhimes: I don’t want to say where the location is because that would be too spoilery. It’s a hospital. When we come back at the beginning of the season, some of our doctors are in different locations, more than one of them, and some of our doctors are preparing to leave for different locations.


My thoughts: Based on what Shonda Rhimes said about what the structure of show is going to be like in season 9, I personally think it sounds like a very interesting direction to take Grey’s Anatomy in next season. When a show has been on the air for as long as Grey’s Anatomy has been, I think it’s really important for the writers of a show to be willing to reinvent the show every once and a while. I’ve been really anxious to see how April will fit into the show given the fact that Sarah Drew is returning for season 9 after April failed her boards last season. I think that Rhimes’ explanation of how April will be sticking around sounds rather vague, and yet I’m very intrigued to see what exactly she’s talking about and how the writers will handle that. Season 9 of Grey’s Anatomy can’t start quickly enough for my taste.


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