TV Bites: McDreamy's Days at Seattle Grace Are Numbered
· First, Steve Carell announced that he is (probably) leaving The Office after next season, and now Patrick Dempsey is rumored to be considering checking out of Grey's Anatomy. The actor, whose contract expires next season, has three feature films in development according to IMDB, including Enchanted 2. Ellen Pompeo's contract also expires at the end of next season, but she is believed to be sticking around. Earlier this year, the ABC drama lost Katherine Heigl. [Deadline]
Matt LeBlanc loses two costars, ABC orders a Russian game show, and more TV Bites after the jump.
· Matt LeBlanc's Showtime series Episodes is saying goodbye to Claire Forlani and Thomas Haden Church. Forlani was replaced after the table read with another Brit thespian, Tamsin Greig (Shaun of the Dead); Church was forced to forfeit the comedy, which has a seven-episode order, because of a scheduling conflict. [Deadline]
· ABC has gone ahead and ordered a season's worth of the Russian game show The Six, in which teams of six players cooperate to solve logic puzzles in a minute or less. The Russian version has been stumping audiences for 35 years. [THR]
· Four NCIS stars -- Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, David McCallum and Sean Murray -- are stuck in sticky contract renegotiations with CBS. [THR]