January 10, 2012 10:11am PT by Lesley Goldberg
TCA: ABC Confident in Future of 'Grey's Anatomy'
ABC Entertainment topper Paul Lee is confident that aging medical drama Grey's Anatomy will go on despite the uncertain future of its core cast.
With contracts up for cast members including Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey and Sandra Oh at the end of the season, the executive told reporters Tuesday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour that the show is "creatively still at the top of its form."
Grey's is one of three Shonda Rhimes projects at the network's lineup and its top-rated drama and an asset to the network. Lee he met with the prolific showrunner and, while he didn't have any comments about contract negotiations for the core cast to return, he trusts her vision and has faith in the future of the series.
"Shonda has a vision like nobody else," he said. "She knows what she's doing and she knows where she's going. We've heard that vision not just for the end of the season but for beyond and it's really very strong."
"I am feeling very good about the show," he added.
Earlier Tuesday, ABC announced that it would use Grey's -- its most valuable drama -- to launch Rhimes' D.C.-set political thriller Scandal, moving the medical drama's spinoff starring Kate Walsh to Tuesdays in the post-Dancing With the Stars time slot.
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