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Shonda Rhimes: Grays Anatomy Opening Anxious Male TV Executive Sex Scene

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In the pilot episode of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Meredith Gray (Eileen Pompeo) wakes up next to Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) in her living room after a night of fixing. Meredith wakes up frantically to head to her first day of work at Seattle Grace Hospital. She doesn’t know that Derek is basically her boss. Creator Shonda Rhimes revealed on Podcast “9 to 5ish with TheSkimm” (Across from the inside) That a room full of old TV directors gave her a hard time starting her show this way.

“I remember being called into a room full of old men and they brought us in to tell me the show was a problem because no one was going to watch a show about a woman sleeping with a guy the night before her first day of work,” Reims said. “And they were serious dead.”

Rhimes is somewhat aware of where male executives have come from since before the broadcast of “Grey’s Anatomy” “there’s never been a show where a major character has owned their sexuality” on network television, but added, “These guys don’t know any Something about what’s going on in the world right now but they’re the people who make the decisions.”

Longtime business partner of Rhimes, Betsy Beers, was in the room during that meeting and sided with Rhimes when a male executive asked who would watch a show where the main character has sex the night before her first day of work.

“I said, ‘That’s me, I did it,’” Beers said.

“They couldn’t get out of that room fast enough,” Reims added.

in this book “How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Gray’s Anatomy,” Experimental director Peter Horton revealed that the original opening for “Grey’s Anatomy” was a bit more provocative as it more explicitly showed “Eileen lying on the couch.”

“We had a very narrow lens that was out of focus, going beyond all the curves of her body,” Horton said, adding that he somewhat “regretted” not leaving the shot.

One can only imagine how male TV executives would react to such a shot. “Grey’s Anatomy” is currently in the middle of its nineteenth season on ABC.

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