While dreamy Patrick Dempsey says he’s worried about the impact of the Hollywood writer’s strike on doctor drama Grey’s Anatomy, Dempsey’s co-star, steamy Eric Dane, seems less than concerned. In fact, he’s behind the writers all the way.
Dempsey, who plays Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd recently told EW that the show could suffer because “we’re not very far ahead scriptwise,” and the strike could “affect a lot of people that are living paycheck to paycheck.”
But Dane, who plays Dr. Mark “McSteamy” Sloan sees it differently. When asked whether the writer’s demands were reasonable, Dane said that they “absolutely” were.
So what’s Grey’s contingency plan? Dane’s not so sure. “I haven’t been to work in three days. I’ll probably talk to [Grey’s creator] Shonda Rhimes about it later. I don’t know if it’s the first thing anybody wants to talk about, but I’d certainly like to know [the writers'] position on it. I mean, they’re writers and they’re on strike, and I’d like to know how they feel about it. We’ll have to see.”
As for working with Rhimes, “we get along really well. I know when to see her and I know what to ask for and she’s always been gracious enough to give me the time and the answers.”
The last writer’s strike — in 1988 — lasted 22 weeks and cost the industry an estimated $500 million.