ABC has introduced that “Gray’s Anatomy” might be renewed at the very least via Season 18, with star Ellen Pompeo extending her contract to proceed enjoying Dr. Meredith Gray. The medical drama, presently in its seventeenth season, is tv’s No. 1 leisure present in the important thing 18 to 49 demographic among the many networks that report scores, drawing 8.3 million complete viewers and a 2.0 within the demo in delayed viewing.
ABC has additionally renewed “Station 19,” a “Gray’s Anatomy” spinoff, for a fifth season. The 2 dramas are ABC’s most-watched scripted exhibits.
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“Gray’s Anatomy” has shed a number of longtime forged members this 12 months, with each Giacomo Gianniotti and Jesse Williams leaving the present prior to now few months. However Selection has confirmed that authentic forged members Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. are set to return for Season 18 together with Pompeo.
Krista Vernoff — govt producer of “Gray’s Anatomy” and Station 19,” and the creator of the brand new authorized drama, “Insurgent” — renewed a new multi-year deal with ABC Signature in March, and she’s going to proceed to run each “Gray’s” and “Station 19.” ABC has not but introduced the destiny of “Insurgent.”
Earlier than Season 17 started, when interviewed for Selection‘s Energy of Ladies cowl story, Pompeo teased that it could be the end of “Grey’s Anatomy,” telling Selection: “I imply, that is the final 12 months of my contract proper now. I don’t know that that is the final 12 months? But it surely may very properly might be.”
Certainly, the present was in limbo as Pompeo renegotiated. In March, showrunner Vernoff instructed Selection that she was going to plan “for each contingencies” of a season and sequence finale, and that not understanding the present’s future was “a source of frustration at this point.”
In Pompeo’s new contract, she’s going to stay the best paid feminine actor on tv. She’s additionally a producer of “Gray’s.”
Each “Gray’s” and “Station 19” have been set on the earth of the pandemic this season, and have illustrated how frontline employees have tackled COVID-19. Early on in “Gray’s,” Meredith contracted COVID-19, and for a lot of the season, she drifted out and in of consciousness, illustrated by sequences on a seashore wherein she was visited by some of the show’s characters who’ve died —and there have been a lot of them. She noticed her late husband, Derek (Patrick Dempsey), her buddies George (T.R. Knight) and DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti), and her sister, Lexie (Chyler Leigh).
“‘Station 19’ and ‘Gray’s Anatomy’ have performed an unimaginable job of honoring real-life heroes by giving audiences an unflinching have a look at one of many largest medical tales of our time,” stated Craig Erwich, president, Hulu Originals & ABC Leisure. “Krista and her crew of writers have continued to ship the compelling and compassionate storytelling that may be a hallmark of those exhibits, and created a few of the 12 months’s most-talked-about moments in tv. We’re so grateful to our gifted casts and crews for his or her extraordinary work that connects with viewers in every single place, and we sit up for sharing much more defining moments with our followers subsequent season.”
When “Gray’s Anatomy” premiered on ABC in 2005 — having been created by Shonda Rhimes — nobody anticipated it to develop into the longest-running primetime medical drama in TV historical past. It outlasted each “MASH” (11 seasons) and “ER” (15 seasons), the earlier record-holder. From the beginning, the present’s inclusive casting, wherein BIPOC actors performed medical doctors in positions of energy on the Seattle hospital the place the present is about, modified standard tradition.
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