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Hundreds Of Disgruntled Grey's Anatomy Fans Spoke Up - Is Shonda Listening?

Last week we ran a story about a letter that was sent to us by some of the people over at the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ discussion forum at ABC.com. The letter addressed a number of problems fans of the series had with the recent season and their hopes that Shonda Rhimes will work to fix the situation next season. Many people responded to the post we did, agreeing with the letter and added their own complaints. It’s clear that people were not happy with season three of the popular series and want to see some changes.

Since posting the letter, one of the posters from The Spoiler Thread at the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ forum at ABC.com informed me that the letter was written after the contributing posters compiled a list of their complaints about the show. The person who actually wrote the letter was Taylor Jane of Kingston, Queensland, Australia.

Here’s an excerpt from the letter:


“The loss of faith in the writers also extends to the inconsistency and incongruous nature of many of the major characters. Over time we have gotten to know the characters well, but many are no longer recognizable. Having characters behave one way in one episode and then a completely different way in the next is not only frustrating, but also points to lazy writing. Viewers lose both loyalty to the character and respect for the writers. Fans will only tolerate such poor characterization for a short time before they simply turn off the program. Even loyal fans will not stay tuned when they see the characters they know and love turned into schizophrenic marionettes.”


To read the full letter, click here.

As for my own personal thoughts on the letter, I’d just like to add:

To anyone who looks at the hundreds of names below and thinks, “Geez, it’s just a TV show, people!”,

I agree with you to an extent. It is just a TV show. But at the same time, TV shows, especially serial dramas, are a form of weekly entertainment for many people. In order to enjoy a serial drama like ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ you really have to watch it every week. Millions of people invest an hour of their week to this show and to see the quality of the story decline week after week is likely to make viewers feel as though their time has been wasted. They begin to lose hope that the show will ever be as good as it once was. I’m sure most of you can think of at least one show that started out great but gradually got worse and worse until it became virtually unwatchable.

Years ago, fans could write a letter to the network and hope that someone might take it seriously but in this day and age, the internet has become a place for fans to unite and celebrate (or complain about) their favourite shows. The letter these people put together reflects what many ‘Grey’s’ fans have been thinking all season. It needed to be said. Whether or not it has any effect on what the writers of ‘Grey’s’ do next season remains to be seen.

The letter was signed by over three hundred people. Here are their names:


Taylor Jane Kingston, Queensland, Australia, 4305

Bethany Houchins, Westerville, OH 43081

Debra Hutka, Laughlintown, PA 15655

Maureen Tansey, Richmond, VA 23060

Kim Padian, Kernersville, NC 27284

Jill Conroy, Huntington, NY 11746

Susan McDonald, Louisville, KY 40222

Alicia Prevost, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada K6J 2L5

Lisa Medley, Alexandria, VA, 22304

Karla Siegel, Springfield, VA 22152

Shana Sloop, Columbia, SC 29205

Zoe Yang, New Haven, CT 06511

Mie Kawabata, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Robin Collins, Elkton, MD 21921

Katie Mech, Orlando, FL

Stephanie, Shohola, PA 18458

Tam Aston, Sydney, Australia

Michelle Harris, Richmond, VA 23803

Amy, Taneytown, MD 21787

Emily Lemelin, Ferndale, MI 48220

Cathy, Salt Lake City, UT 84120

Megan Houchins, Columbus, OH 43229

Michelle Kelowna, B.C. Canada V1Z3Y8

Sandra Zidat, France, Lyon 69008

Yvonne Avila, Sacramento, CA 95822

Bernie Elchin, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Susan Holligan, Denver, CO 80249

Donna, Rochester, NY 14606

Ashlyn Owens, Hilton Head, SC 29928

Karla Esplin, Saskatchewan, Canada

Linda Hoag, Smyrna, TN 37167

Elisheba Stevens, London, England

Amanda Reichert, Nicholasville, KY 40356

Sherry Desrosiers, CA 92845

Julia Castlen, San Diego, CA 92107

Brianna Whyte, BC, Canada V8N 6B2

Linda Abad, NJ 08820

Lynn Kriser, Lansing, MI 48906

Monique Kawalek, Solon, OH 44139

Anna W, London, United Kingdom

Danielle, Jenks, OK

Tonia K., Athens, Greece, 17676

Terry, Hickory, NC 28601

Lynn Finch, Indianapolis, IN 46254

Joan Weinmayr, Lexington, MA 02420

Jackie, Cincinnnati, OH 45226

Donna, St. John's, NL, Canada, A1A4B8

Alejandro V., Brooklyn, NY 11211

Daniel S., Ambier, PA 19002

Steven R., New York, NY 10028

Jordan J., New York, NY 10021

Jonathan B., Westfield, NJ 07090

Diego C., Long Island City 11385

Kathy Z., Tenafly, NJ 07670

Rolanda P., Brooklyn, NY 11216

Bridget B., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Lionel G., New York, NY 10021

Sarah P., Kew Gardens, NY 11415

Julia A., New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Kenneth K., New York, NY 10021

Francisco C., Brooklyn, NY 11237

Jaclyn J., New York, NY 10021

Susan O., New York, NY 10128

Ramon B., New York, NY 10028

Robert S., Larchmont, NY 10538

Raymond C., Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458

Yaqui Y., New York, NY 10024

David W., Branchburg, NJ 08876

Nancy F., New York, NY 10012

Sharon M., Edison, NJ 08820

Shirley C., Brooklyn, NY 11216

Allan G., Brooklyn, NY 11231

Natalia B., New York, NY 10024

Celeste C., Brooklyn, NY 11208

Joshua E., Westport, CT 06880

William H., Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

Mitchell D., New York, NY 10021

Carter B., Oyster Bay, NY 11771

Luz M., Brooklyn, NY 11207

Janice C., Brooklyn NY 11208

Cristobal G., Lindenhurst, NY 11757

Donald C., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Ann Marie M., Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

Shirley O., Long Island City, NY 11385

Julius J., New York, NY 10021

Jane L., Sparta, NJ 07871

Gary L., Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

John H., New York, NY 10014

Franchesca S., New York, NY 10028

Matthew J., New York, NY 10028

Olga D., East Norwich, NY 11732

Bruce L., New York, NY 10021

Mary W., New York, NY 10012

Jeffrey M., Syosset, NY 11791

Glenn H., Westport, CT 06880

Angela C., Bloomingburg, NY 12721

Marianna P., Brooklyn, NY 11228

Seth T., Clark, NJ 07066

Edna B., Brooklyn, NY 11208

David T., Brooklyn, NY 11208

Michael G., East Moriches, NY 11940

Joanna P., New York, NY 10009

Michael K., New York, NY 10021

Joseph R., Stamford, CT 06906

Phillip S., New York, NY 10021

Gregory R., Hoboken, NJ 07030

Wayne W., New York, NY 10019

Syd L., New York, NY 10016

Elaine L., Roseland, NJ 07068

Barry F., Brooklyn, NY 11218

Richard S., New York, NY 10280

Jack M., West Windsor, NJ 08550

Frank H., New York, NY 10023

Norbert E., New York, NY 10036

John W., Woodside, NY 11377

Mara W., Merrick, NY 11566

Jeanne H., New York, NY 10025

Albert P., New York, NY 10128

Oliver W., Brooklyn, NY 11230

Laura H., Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567

Stephanie R., New York, NY 10022

Kenneth K., Red Bank, NJ 07701

James G., New York, NY 10025

Dorothy C., New York, NY 10023

Peter C., Great River, NY 11739

Jared J., Merrick, NY 11566

Stanley D., Valley Stream, NY 11581

William S., London UK

Jason K., Clearfield, PA 16830

Randy S., Bernardsville, NJ 07924

Evelyn D., Bronx NY 10463

Merrill S., Brooklyn, NY 11236

Patricia W., New York, NY 11355

Barry H., Woodhaven, NY 11421

Eslyn R., Brooklyn, NY 11208

Jodi G., New York, NY 10003

Arline P., Merrick, NY 11566

Tia Southfield, MI 48076

Lisa, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Marit Bjerkås, Oslo , Norway

Julia Andrade Columbus, Ohio

Vickie Hamilton Cornwall, Ontario

Brandi Edwards New York, NY

Tabi Thompson Springfield, Ohio

Rachel Manson Kingston, Ontario

April Bangaysiso Toronto, Ontario

Larissa Mayer, Germany

Carment Chiu Calgary, Alberta

Rosemary Quinsey Ottawa, Ontario

Jennifer Halasz Calgary, Alberta

Jess Tang Calgary, Alberta

Katie Henderson Calgary, Alberta

Steph Lunn Calgary, Alberta

Karen Bradley Oxford, PA

Emily Turner Calgary, Alberta

Cherise Duin Calgary, Alberta

Katy Spring Calgary, Alberta

Shannon Prevost Cornwall, Ontario K6J 2L5

Kim Morgan, Nanaimo BC, V9T 4V9

Stephanie, Nigeria, Africa

Jillian Reynolds, Halifax, NS, Canada B3N3M4

Shelley Lipps, 76424

Leslie Neve, 76424

Krystal Kennedy, 77845

Barbara Kane, AZ

Janet S. Morris

Jen Ratcliffe

Carol S., St. Louis, MO, 63109

Katherine B, Bidwell OH 45614

Eric W, Waverly OH 45690

Erika W, Bidwell OH 45614

John W, Bidwell OH 45614

Amanda B, Chillicothe OH 45601

Sean K., New York, NY 10024

Israel B., Spring Valley, NY 10977

Joanne L., Woodmere, NY 11598

William M., Union, NJ 07083

Beverly H., New York, NY 10011

Christopher O., Middletown, NY 10940

Nancy Z., New York, NY 10023

Jane P., New York, NY 10024

Brian P., New York, NY 10024

Scott L., New York, NY 10016

Judith K. New York, NY 10021

Vitaly S., New York, NY 10016

Andrew H., Hewlett, NY 11557

Michael K., Woodbury, NY 11797

Regine T., Miami Beach, FL 33137

Sheila S., Danbury, CT 06811

Magda G., Riverdale, NY 10471

Ann B., New York, NY 10021

Kimberely F., Staten Island, NY 10301

Vilma V., Whitestone, NY 11357

Angela R., Rosedale, NY 11422

Catherine T. Lincroft, NJ 07738

Alicia C., New York, NY 10027

Rita F., Brooklyn, NY 11238

Claire P., New York, NY 10003

Magda G., New York, NY 10003

Elizabeth D., New York, NY 10021

Yvonne C., New York, NY 10021

Judith B., Englishtown, NJ 07726

Michael C., Bronx, NY 10465

Elizabeth G., New York, NY 10024

Sharon F., Hillsboro, NJ 08844

Beatriz G., New York, NY 10028

Lina J. New York, NY 10128

Amy G., New York, NY 10025

Erika G., Old Westbury, NY 11568

Molly D., Pearl River, NY 10965

Anna P., New York, NY 10023

Elizabeth S., Stamford, CT 06902

Marilyn M., Staten Island, NY 10303

Gil K., New York, NY 10025

Vanessa O., Summit, NJ 07901

Christina C., Flushing, NY 11358

Jon-Paul M., Glendale, NY 11385

Mary B., Brooklyn, NY 11211

Angela M., Bronx, NY 10473

Beverly P., South Ozone, NY 11436

Alyse S., New York, NY 10021

Maria D., Long Beach, NY 11561

Samuel F., New York, NY 10029

Sylvia W., New York, NY 10019

Marilyn G., New York, NY 10021

Eva L., Brooklyn, NY 11211

Michael E., Old Bridge , NJ 08857

Leslie L., New York, NY 10003

Thomas O., Manorville, NY 11949

Erik M., Somerset, NJ 08873

Marc K., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Sandra B., New York, NY 10016

Jennifer E., Brooklyn, NY 11233

Janet S., New York, NY 10025

Gwenette P., Brooklyn, 11234

Minna M., Fort Lee, NJ 07024

June S., Montville, NJ 07045

Linda B., New York, NY 10021

Ann P., Brooklyn, NY 11201

Amy R., New York, NY 10017

Ronni E., New York, NY 10022

Penny C., West Hampton, NY 11552

Christopher H., Edison, NJ 08817

Kristen D. Brookyn, NY 11229

Gregory H., Rocky Point, NY 11778

Kristi C., New York, NY 10017

Pamela V., Huntington, NY 11743

Judith C., New York, NY 10128

Jane T., New York, NY 10017

Ann G., Greenfield Park, NY 12435

Jennifer H., New York, NY 10017

Fern L., Rahway, NJ 07065

Lisa Y., Pomona, NY 10970

Catherine M., New York, NY 10014

Amber-Dawn S., Jamaica Hills, NY 11432

Maureen M., Pleasantville, NY 10570

Diane G., Pleasantville, NY 10570

Sybil H., Brooklyn, NY 11219

Barry S., Savannah, GA 31406

Barbara B., Great Neck, NY 11021

Melissa S., Long Beach, NY 11561

Dollet K., Queens Village, NY 11428

Sandra B., New York, NY 10006

Faye M., New York, NY 10463

Susan T., Freehold, NJ 07728

Jackie E., New York, NY 10003

Annette T., Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Marianna L., New York, NY 10021

Jean G., Edison, NJ 08820

Barbara W., Jamaica, NY 11433

Caroline A., Staten Island, NY 10301

Robert R., New York, NY 10022

Katherine M., New Rochelle, 10801

Lorraine D., Staten Island, NY 10301

Louise K., New York, NY 10022

Irene-Gene M., New York, NY 10009

Claire M., Pearl River, NY 10965

Barbara G., Livingston, NJ 07039

Lana B., Livingston, NJ 07039

Robyn S., New York, NY 10023

Patricia E., Haworth, NJ 07641

Michael S., New York, NY 10028

Alan E., Plainview, NY 11803

Michele V., Ozone Park, NY 11417

Panir I., Rego Park, NY 11374

Paula L., Topsfield, MA 01983

Kalinka M., Brooklyn, NY 11217

Dina A, Ridgewood, NY 11385

Robert D., Armonk, NY 10504

Dennis S., Woodmere, NY 11598

Grace C., Brooklyn, NY 11211

Diane K., Horthorne, NJ 07506

Lili T., New York, NY 10128

Sonja C., Scarsdale, NY 10583

Sarah C., Chester, NY 10918

Monica M., New York, NY 10016

Christina G., Woodside, NY 11377

April Krzak, Lorain, OH 44055

Annmarie G., Jamaica Estates, NY 11432

Laura Morton, Vancouver, Canada

Casey Seay

Jasmin S., Maplewood, NJ 07040

Anna Lea King, Monroe, LA 71203

Melissa R., Raleigh, NC 27640

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