Patrick Dempsey to star in pilot for CBS political drama 'Ways and Means'
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Patrick Dempsey is set to star in the pilot for a new TV show as a member of Congress secretly working with another across the aisle.

The former "Grey's Anatomy" actor — who starred as Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd — is poised to take on the lead in CBS’s still-in-the-works series "Ways and Means."

The news was first reported by Deadline on Tuesday. 


Dempsey will take on the role of a powerful lawmaker who's become disillusioned by congressional gridlock. The fictional House member then starts to secretly work hand-in-hand with a congresswoman from the opposing party so the pair can push through legislation and "save American politics ... if they don't get caught" — cue the powerful, patriotic music.

Mike Murphy, a longtime Republican strategist, penned the script for the show's pilot, he confirmed to ITK. The GOP operative will serve as the show's executive producer, alongside "Without a Trace" producer Ed Redlich. 

Broadcast networks typically announce which of their pilots get picked up for a full season in May. 

Dempsey is no stranger to the real-life Capitol Hill. Last March, he was eyed alongside Sen. Angus KingAngus KingLeadership changes at top cyber agency raise national security concerns Top cybersecurity official ousted by Trump Republicans start turning the page on Trump era MORE (I-Maine) making his way through the halls of the Capitol.

Just a few months later, the 54-year-old entertainer was back in Washington posing next to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgCOVID-19: Justice Alito overstepped judicial boundaries Defusing the judicial confirmation process Conservative justices help save ObamaCare — for now MORE as the pair was honored at the Library of Congress for their work fighting cancer.