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Sweet dreams, McDreamy

Patrick Dempsey, who along with co-star Ellen Pompeo and show creator Shonda Rhimes made “Grey’s Anatomy” one of the most popular, and financially important, series in ABC history, is leaving the long-running series.

His character’s story ended Thursday – in a violent car crash – while ABC and showrunner Rhimes followed with statements confirming the end of a role, Dr. Derek Shepherd, that began almost exactly 10 years ago (March 27, 2005), and added a new word to the language, or at least to the culture (“McDreamy”).

“His loss will be felt by all. Now, Meredith and the entire ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ family are about to enter uncharted territory as we head into this new chapter of her life. The possibilities for what may come are endless,” Rhimes said. “As Ellis Grey would say: The carousel never stops turning.”

Dempsey, 49, has been the subject of “Grey’s” departure rumors for years.

– Newsday

Berne baby, Berne

Here is virtuoso avant jazz alto saxophonist Tim Berne joking about his early life in Syracuse to pianist Ethan Iverson: “The manger I was born in had a single bed. My whole family slept in that bed.”

In all seriousness, he grew up musically in 1971-72 in New York City. Back then, he told Iverson, you could hear Sun Ra’s band with John Gilmore play for six hours straight with no breaks, and Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson and Sam Rivers in different clubs at the same time.

Berne was working as a clerk at Tower Records when Columbia sprinkled magic dust on him and signed him to make the records “Fulton Street Maul” and “Sanctified Dreams,” which sold almost nothing but have been legends for some ever since.

What Berne says, at 60, about his prolific music throughout his life is always “I want to move the music to a different place.” And that’s what he’s always done no matter what the label or context or group he’s leading. And amid it all, he always plays with phenomenal precision. In that, he has always been a kind of forward-thinking alto saxophone brother to the late great Eric Dolphy.

Berne and his current group Snakeoil will play at Hallwalls – a musical home away from home for him – at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Admission is $15, $12 for students and seniors, $10 for members.

– Jeff Simon

Sweeping change in May?

One of the more interesting things to watch locally during the May sweeps – which started on Thursday – is the local news battle at 6 p.m.

Channel 2 won that time period during the February sweeps and has been winning it for several sweeps before that.

Here’s an update on last Sunday’s column, which mentioned that Channel 4, which has dropped its traditional sportscast on the 6 p.m. news, has won that time period for three weeks over Channel 2.

Channel 4 has since won a fourth straight week narrowly and is slightly ahead this week after four nights.

However, Channel 2 won the first night of the sweeps at 6 p.m. Thursday with a 9.4 rating to Channel 4’s 8.9. Channel 7 was third with a 4.9.

– Alan Pergament