‘Grey’s Anatomy’ renewed for season 19

ABC has renewed “Grey’s Anatomy” for season 19, and yes, star Ellen Pompeo will return as Meredith Grey.

The 19th season “will explore the ever-expanding world of modern medicine through the eyes of beloved returning characters and new characters,” ABC said in a statement Monday. Krista Vernoff will continue as showrunner.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is currently tied (along with NBC’s ‘Chicago PD’ and ‘Chicago Fire’) as the fourth highest-rated non-soccer TV series, with an average rating of 1.3 among adults 18-49. . This number includes one week of deferred viewing. “Grey’s” and those “Chicago” shows trail only Fox’s “9-1-1” and “The Masked Singer” and CBS’ “Survivor,” which each have a 1.4 rating in the key demo.

“Grey’s”, however, was not as strong in terms of total viewership. The Medical Procedure ranks 25th by this Nielsen metric, averaging 6.7 million total viewers per episode. It’s still good, it’s just not excellent.

We seem to do this dance every year, and the result has (so far) been the same. Pompeo, who plays titular star Dr. Meredith Grey, has been publicly toying with the idea of ​​quitting the show for some time now. Well, she won’t fade in season 18.

“’Grey’s Anatomy’ is a true phenomenon, adored by audiences around the world. Whether they catch it live on ABC, or stream it on Hulu, or stream it worldwide on Disney+ or Star+, it’s clear fans can’t get enough of Shonda Rhimes’ brilliant creation. said Dana Walden, president of entertainment at Walt Disney Television. Monday. “We have tremendous confidence in Shonda, Krista Vernoff, Ellen Pompeo and the entire creative team to unlock new, never-before-seen stories that will continue to focus on modern medicine, tackling the issues that shape the world around us, and to resonate deeply with loyal fans for years to come.”

“Grey’s Anatomy”, created by Shonda Rhimes, premiered in 2005 on ABC.

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“I couldn’t be more excited that we can continue telling the stories of Meredith, Bailey, Richard and all the other doctors at Gray Sloan Memorial for another season,” Rhimes said. “It’s a true testament to Krista Vernoff, the cast, the crew and all the writers who keep audiences hooked week after week. And it wouldn’t be possible without the generations of incredible fans who support ‘Grey’s Anatomy “for so many years.”

“’Grey’s Anatomy’ has a global impact that cannot be overstated. ‘Grey’s’ touches, and sometimes changes, hearts and minds around the world through the depth of connection people feel with these characters,” Vernoff added. “I’m thrilled to be working with our extraordinary writers to imagine where we go from here, and I’m forever grateful to our partners at Disney and ABC for enabling us to tell bold stories with real impact.”

Vernoff served as head writer and executive producer on “Grey’s Anatomy” for the show’s first seven seasons and returned as showrunner in season 14.

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“Grey’s Anatomy” stars Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Kim Raver as Teddy Altman, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce, Chris Carmack as Atticus “Link” Lincoln, Jake Borelli as Levi Schmitt, Richard Flood as Cormac Hayes, and Anthony Hill as Winston Ndugu.

In addition to Rhimes and Vernoff, Betsy Beers, Debbie Allen, Meg Marinis and Mark Gordon serve as executive producers, along with Pompeo for season 19. Zoanne Clack serves as medical advisor and executive producer. “Grey’s Anatomy” is produced by ABC Signature, a subsidiary of Disney Television Studios.

Season 18 of “Grey’s Anatomy” returns Thursday, February 24 at 9 p.m. in a crossover with the spin-off “Station 19.”

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