Patrick Dempsey Returning to TV in New Political Drama 'Ways & Means'

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Patrick Dempsey is returning to your TV screens!

The “Grey’s Anatomy” alum will star and executive produce a political drama set in Washington D.C. titled “Ways & Means.”

Dempsey will play a “powerful congressional leader who has lost faith in politics. He finds himself working secretly with an idealistic young congresswoman from the opposing party to subvert the hopelessly gridlocked system he helped create; together, they’ll attempt to save American politics — if they don’t get caught,” according to Deadline.

The pilot has been picked up by CBS and hails from “Seal Team” showrunner Ed Redlich.

The role marks Dempsey’s return to broadcast television following his iconic role as neurosurgeon Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd on ABC’s long-running medical drama created by Shonda Rhimes, "Grey's Anatomy."

Dempsey exited the series in 2015 during the show’s 11th season. The show is currently in its 16th season.

The 54-year-old actor kept busy starring in the film “Bridget Jones’s Baby” and the Epix series “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair.”

“Ways & Means” is the fourth drama ordered by CBS for the upcomng 2020-2021 TV season.

Queen Latifah-led “The Equalizer,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” and a series about Clarice Starling from “Silence of the Lambs” have all gotten pilot orders.

Broadcast television is being forced to compete not only with each other but streaming services as well.

NBC launched its own streaming service called “Peacock” that will debut on July 15, 2020. It will consist of three pricing structures including a free option. In addition to current and original programming, the service will offer highly-anticipated reboots of hits such as “Saved by the Bell” and “Punky Brewster.”

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