By Lynsey Eidell. Photos: Getty Images.
Grey's Anatomy, the anchor of Thursday night television that will probably never end, was almost an entirely different show. As in, it didn't take place in Seattle, it didn't have Alex Karev, and it didn't even have Grey's in the title. If you're feeling shook right now, don't worry—we are too.
The creator of the famous medical drama (along with its Thursday night buddies Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder), Shonda Rhimes, recently revealed all of those secrets and more to the students of her writing-for-television master class. By sharing the original pitch she wrote for Grey's Anatomy, along with early script drafts and alternate scenes, Rhimes gave a peek at just how different the drama could have been.
For starters, as reported by Elle, the show wasn't even initially called Grey's Anatomy. Instead, it was named Surgeons, which is about as bland of a title as it gets. (No offense.) Sure, its long-running medical predecessors ER and House both had simple, one-word titles—but the double entendre that is Grey's Anatomy works so much better.
Other shocking revelations include: It was originally going to be set in either New York, Philadelphia, or Boston. ("Big city, big medical center, big surgical opportunities," Rhimes wrote.) Karev wasn't in the original pitch and wasn't added in until after the pilot was shot. (Thirteen seasons later, he still hasn't been killed off.) Miranda Bailey was originally described as a "tiny blond with curls." (She's now played by the spectacular Chandra Wilson.) Cristina was supposed to fall for Denny, McDreamy was supposed to have a teenage daughter, and Preston Burke was supposed to be married. In other words, our Thursday nights could have taken an entirely different turn.
But with Rhimes at the helm, we probably would have loved it nonetheless.
This story originally appeared on Glamour.
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