‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Sets Returning Series Regular Cast for Season 19; Find out who’s not coming back full time

Grey’s AnatomyThe Season 18 finale left the fates of several major characters in limbo, leaving fans to worry over the summer if their favorites return.

Deadline already broke the news that star Ellen Pompeo will scale back her screen presence, appearing in eight episodes next season while remaining an executive producer. Also moving from series regular to recurring status for season 19 is Scott Speedman. The news is not surprising; the old Animal Kingdom The star had signed a one-year regular contract for season 18 as a romantic interest for Pompeo’s Meredith. At the end of the Season 18 finale, Meredith and Speedman’s Nick got into an argument, she told him he should probably move back to Minnesota. He got out, she ended up chasing after him but he was gone in one of the many cliffhangers in the finale.

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With Speedman returning in Season 19 as a recurring guest star, Meredith and Nick’s story should come full circle.

With the exception of Pompeo, Speedman as well as Richard Flood, who left the show last spring, all other season 18 series regulars will be back full-time for season 19. This includes Chandra Wilson, James Pickens, Jr., Kevin McKidd, Kim Raver, Camilla Luddington, Caterina Scorsone, Kelly McCreary, Chris Carmack, Jake Borelli and Anthony Hill.

I hear about the band, only McCreary’s contract was up this year and was renewed. I hear a lot of Grey’s Anatomy Offers from series regulars are in place next May, which will create a suspenseful second half of the season. ABC has yet to say whether the upcoming 19th season will be the show’s last, a possibility with Pompeo’s reduced presence as the show’s main character.

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Some of the other Season 18 finale cliffhangers involved Pickens, Jr. Richard left with little to do as Gray Sloan’s teaching program was shut down, sending current residents including Borelli’s Levi packing; Wilson’s Bailey resigned, Meredith becoming acting Chief of Surgery; while McKidd’s Owen and Raver’s Teddy were last seen on the run, flying on a plane with their children, presumably to another country.

Season 19 of Grey’s Anatomy premieres October 6.

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