Grey’s Anatomy: 15 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets
Grey’s Anatomy is a widely popular medical drama series that has enjoyed incredible success since it first premiered back in 2005. The show is another great product of Shondaland, created by showrunner Shonda Rhimes, and is now recognized as one of the highest-rated dramas with the fifth-highest revenue earnings. Despite losing many of the original cast members and having a revolving door of actors coming and going over the past few years, the show has maintained an extremely loyal fan base. Now onto the 12th season, many fans know a lot about this long-running series, but we decided to do some digging and found 15 lesser known behind-the-scenes secrets that escaped the operating room on Grey’s Anatomy:
15. Inspiration for the Show
Shonda Rhimes always had an interest in medical drama after watching surgical shows on the Discovery Channel. The general idea behind the show, Grey’s Anatomy came after a doctor told Rhimes how hard it was to shave her legs in a hospital shower. In an interview with Oprah, Shonda Rhimes said, “My sisters and I would call each other up and talk about operations we’d seen on the Discovery Channel. There’s something fascinating about the medical world–you see things you’d never imagine, like the fact that doctors talk about their boyfriends or their day while they’re cutting somebody open. So when ABC asked me to write another pilot, the OR seemed like a natural setting.”
14. Writers Best Kept Secrets
We’ve heard in the past actors talk about having a relationship with the writers and always knowing what’s coming up for their character in a particular series, but when it came to Grey’s Anatomy, Shonda knew she wanted to land a huge surprise at the end of the series. Apparently when she wrote the pilot she always knew Derek would end up being married — it was just a matter of when the secret would come out. Of course, she decided to use it as a cliffhanger at the end of season 1, and she kept a tight lid on what was in the works. Ellen Pompeo didn’t know that Derek was married until the Season 1 finale was already being filmed, and Patrick found out a little earlier, about halfway through the first season.