Pompeo had been convincing everyone to wrap it up
ABC’s long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy shows just how popular it is by announcing the 19th season.
Ellen Pompeo, who plays the lead character Meredith Grey in the ABC drama has renewed her contract with a new one-year deal, and is now the show’s executive producer, a level up from the co-executive producer position she was in until now. Krista Vernoff, who returned as the showrunner in 2017 after leaving in 2011, will lead the charge for season 19 as well.
Returning to the role
Pompeo, who had been deeply committed to the show since it began in 2005, had been sharing her desire to leave Grey’s Anatomy, and begin a new journey in Hollywood. In fact, her agreement for season 18 was also a one-year deal. News of the renewal was reported by Deadline last month, who claimed that ABC and producing studio ABC Signature were in talks for another season. Things moved fast after that, and the only thing that remained was signing a new deal with Pompeo, who did it last week.
It was no surprise that Grey’s Anatomy got renewed yet again. The show continues to be ABC’s No. 1 for adults between the ages of 18 and 48. The series is currently available to stream on numerous platforms apart from ABC, like Hulu, Disney+, and Star+.
Season 19 story
According to ABC, the new season will “explore the ever-expanding world of modern medicine through the eyes of beloved returning and new characters.” We know now that the returning characters will be Meredith, Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), and Richard Webbers (James Pickens Jr.). We are yet to know who the new cast will be, but the writers have promised to keep watchers at the edge of their seats week after week.
Meanwhile, season 18 of Grey’s Anatomy will return to ABC on February 24.