‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Renewed For Season 18 With Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson & James Pickens Jr. Set To Return; ‘Station 19’ Picked Up For Season 5 By ABC

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Is this the last season of GREY's anatomy?

Despite all its twists and talk of ending, season 17 is not the end for Grey's Anatomy. ABC's long-running medical drama has been renewed for its 18th season. EW.comGrey's Anatomy renewed for season 18 | EW.com

'Grey's Anatomy' Renewed for Season 18, Ellen Pompeo Signs New Deal

Entertainment Tonight 10 May, 2021 - 01:38pm

ABC made the exciting announcement on Monday, and ET has learned that Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens, Jr. (the OG stars of Grey’s) will all be back for the new season. Additionally, its spinoff, Station 19, has been renewed for season 5, with executive producer and showrunner Krista Vernoff helming both series.

"Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy have done an incredible job of honoring real-life heroes by giving audiences an unflinching look at one of the biggest medical stories of our time," Craig Erwich, president, Hulu Originals & ABC Entertainment, said in a statement. "Krista and her team of writers have continued to deliver the compelling and compassionate storytelling that is a hallmark of these shows, and created some of the year’s most-talked-about moments in television. We’re so grateful to our talented casts and crews for their extraordinary work that connects with viewers everywhere, and we look forward to sharing even more defining moments with our fans next season."

"The writers, directors, casts and crews of Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 worked so hard to bring these shows to life this past season," added Vernoff. "Keeping each other safe on set while paying tribute to the front-line heroes and first responders has been a challenge and a privilege. I've been truly blown away -- particularly by our tireless crews -- as they reinvented the TV-making wheel. Thank you to ABC and ABC Signature for the support and extraordinary partnership through this unprecedented season. We are so grateful for the opportunity to tell more stories."

Back in December, Wilson teased to ET that Grey's Anatomy would not be ending with season 17, which saw its central hero, Meredith Grey (Pompeo), in and out of consciousness as she was battling COVID-19.

"I know from a creative standpoint there have been many 'This is how the season would end' conversations and then they all end up [not happening] because of a myriad of reasons," Wilson said. "Because the network's not ready, the studio's not ready, the fanbase isn't ready, the numbers are too good, all of those things. Collectively, they've decided we're not going to put an end on it. We're just going to wait and see."

"Especially in light of what's happening right now, it's like, do we want the last season to be about COVID? Or do we want us to be able to put some nice ribbons around it with rainbows and balloons and things?" she continued. "I know on the creative end, the conversation comes up, but on our end, on the actor end, we're like, look, whatever it is that you want us to do. Whatever life you see for these characters, as actors, we're ready to bring that to life. So greater powers have those conversations than us."

Just a few weeks later, in an interview for CBS Sunday Morning, Pompeo admitted at the time that both her character's fate and that of the show were still up in the air.

"I can't say," Pompeo said of if the show will continue after its 17th season, which is the last year of her contract. "We honestly have not decided. We're really trying to figure it out right now."

Both ABC and Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes have previously said that the show will end when Pompeo exits. In making such a massive decision, Pompeo said that she and the others involved are asking themselves, "What story do we tell? To end a show this iconic, how do we do it?"

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Crisis Averted: Grey's Anatomy Renewed for Season 18 - E! Online

E! NEWS 10 May, 2021 - 12:55pm

ABC just announced that both Grey's and Station 19 will return next season, which is thrilling news for us all, especially after the uncertainty surrounding Grey's Anatomy's future.

Back in March, showrunner Krista Vernoff told The Hollywood Reporter that a season 18 was not yet guaranteed, and so she had both a season finale and a series finale planned for the end of season 17. 

Ellen Pompeo, who essentially has the power to determine when the show will end, had to negotiate a new contract for season 18 since her current contract ends this year. She, along with fellow original cast members Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. all received salary increases and all is now well, and the show will be back—hopefully with a little less pandemic next season. 

"The writers, directors, casts and crews of Grey's Anatomy and Station 19 worked so hard to bring these shows to life this past season," Vernoff said in a statement. "Keeping each other safe on set while paying tribute to the front-line heroes and first responders has been a challenge and a privilege. I've been truly blown away—particularly by our tireless crews—as they reinvented the TV-making wheel. Thank you to ABC and ABC Signature for the support and extraordinary partnership through this unprecedented season. We are so grateful for the opportunity to tell more stories."

One big hint that season 18 was on the way came when it was announced that Jesse Williams, who plays Jackson Avery, will be leaving the show after the season 17 finale. If the show were ending, he would haven't anything to leave. 

In the most recent episode, Jackson decided to move to Boston to run the Catherine Fox Foundation, and he convinced his ex-wife April (Sarah Drew) to move with him and their three-year-old daughter, Harriet. 

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Grey's Anatomy Renewed for Season 18 as Three Original Stars Confirmed to Return

TV Fanatic 10 May, 2021 - 12:48pm

Grey's Anatomy is not coming to an end.

The hit ABC medical drama has been renewed for Season 18, according to Deadline.

Thankfully for fans, Ellen Pompeo has inked a new deal to remain on the top-rated medical drama for another year.

The future has been in doubt for the series as negotiations continued, but with it emerging that the upcoming season finale would be written to function as a potential series-ender, fans have wondered whether the was near.

There was a longstanding deal between Pompeo and creator Shonda Rhimes to end the series when Ellen exits.

Pompeo's new deal is for one year, meaning that Season 18 could be the end unless an extension or a new deal is made down the line.

Fellow original stars Chandra Wilson and James Pickens have closed new deals to return.

It was recently revealed that Jessie Williams is bowing out of his Jackson Avery role after 12 seasons.

Station 19 will also be returning for another season, with ABC closing in on a fifth-season renewal for the spinoff.

Grey’s Anatomy ranks as the No. 1 entertainment series among Adults 18-49 and as ABC’s No. 1 show this season in both Total Viewers (8.3 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.0/12).

With 35 days of delayed viewing across linear and digital platforms factored in, Grey’s Anatomy averages over 15 million Total Viewers (15.7 million) this season and delivers a 6.18 rating among Adults 18-49.

Station 19 ranks as the No. 1 program in the Thursday 8 p.m. hour this season among Total Viewers (7.2 million) and as the highest-rated entertainment series in the hour among Adults 18-49 (1.3/8).

After 35 days of viewing on linear and digital platforms, the show is averaging over 10 million Total Viewers (10.2 million) this season and delivers a 2.58 rating with Adults 18-49.

Krista Vernoff will remain showrunner on both shows into their next seasons.

“Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy have done an incredible job of honoring real-life heroes by giving audiences an unflinching look at one of the biggest medical stories of our time,” said Craig Erwich, president, Hulu Originals & ABC Entertainment.

“Krista and her team of writers have continued to deliver the compelling and compassionate storytelling that is a hallmark of these shows, and created some of the year’s most-talked-about moments in television.

"We’re so grateful to our talented casts and crews for their extraordinary work that connects with viewers everywhere, and we look forward to sharing even more defining moments with our fans next season.”

“The writers, directors, casts and crews of Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 worked so hard to bring these shows to life this past season,” said Vernoff.

“Keeping each other safe on set while paying tribute to the front-line heroes and first responders has been a challenge and a privilege. I’ve been truly blown away – particularly by our tireless crews – as they reinvented the TV-making wheel."

"Thank you to ABC and ABC Signature for the support and extraordinary partnership through this unprecedented season. We are so grateful for the opportunity to tell more stories."

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'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Station 19' Renewed at ABC

TheWrap 10 May, 2021 - 12:41pm

“Grey’s Anatomy” and “Station 19” will each return for another season at ABC, the network announced Monday.

The long-running medical drama has been picked up for an 18th season to air in 2021-22, along with a fifth season of the firehouse spinoff. Both shows are run by showrunner Krista Vernoff.

“The writers, directors, casts and crews of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Station 19’ worked so hard to bring these shows to life this past season,” Vernoff said. “Keeping each other safe on set while paying tribute to the front-line heroes and first responders has been a challenge and a privilege. I’ve been truly blown away — particularly by our tireless crews — as they reinvented the TV-making wheel. Thank you to ABC and ABC Signature for the support and extraordinary partnership through this unprecedented season. We are so grateful for the opportunity to tell more stories.”

The “Grey’s” renewal comes after months of speculation about the future of the show beyond Season 17. Star Ellen Pompeo and the show’s creative team, including Vernoff, had openly discussed the possibility of the forthcoming season finale serving as the show’s final episode. “I’m planning for both contingencies and it’s hard and it’s not ideal. It’s not where I wish we were,” Vernoff told the Hollywood Reporter back in March.

Later that month, Vernoff, who also oversees the network’s Erin Brockovich-inspired legal drama “Rebel” and the “Grey’s” spinoff “Station 19,” signed a new overall deal with ABC Signature, laying the groundwork for a renewal. Disney also had to negotiate an extension on Pompeo’s contract, which was set to expire at the end of Season 17. The existing deal, which included a producing credit on the show, made her the highest-paid actress currently starring in a primetime drama series.

In addition to Pompeo, “Grey’s Anatomy” also stars original cast members Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr., as well as Kevin McKidd, Kim Raver, Jesse Williams, Camilla Luddington, Caterina Scorsone, Kelly McCreary, Giacomo Gianniotti, Chris Carmack, Jake Borelli, Greg Germann, Richard Flood and Anthony Hill.

“‘Station 19’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ have done an incredible job of honoring real-life heroes by giving audiences an unflinching look at one of the biggest medical stories of our time,” Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals & ABC Entertainment, said. “Krista and her team of writers have continued to deliver the compelling and compassionate storytelling that is a hallmark of these shows, and created some of the year’s most-talked-about moments in television. We’re so grateful to our talented casts and crews for their extraordinary work that connects with viewers everywhere, and we look forward to sharing even more defining moments with our fans next season.”

Season 17 of “Grey’s Anatomy” heavily incorporated the COVID-19 pandemic into its plot and saw the returns of several high-profile former cast members, including Patrick Dempsey, T.R. Knight, Chyler Leigh and Sarah Drew. While not the ratings smash it was at its peak, the show is a reliable performer for ABC and remains the network’s top scripted drama in both total viewers and the key 18-49 demographic. “Grey’s” is also an important legacy series for the network, having earned a total of 38 Emmy nominations across its run, including two for outstanding drama series.

“Grey’s Anatomy” was created and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Krista Vernoff, Debbie Allen, Zoanne Clack, Fred Einesman, Andy Reaser and Meg Marinis are executive producers. “Grey’s Anatomy” is produced by ABC Signature, which is a part of Disney Television Studios, alongside 20th Television and Touchstone Television.

Grey's Anatomy Renewed for Season 18 at ABC: 'They Reinvented the TV-Making Wheel'

PEOPLE 10 May, 2021 - 12:35pm

The long-running beloved medical drama has been renewed for an 18th season, while its firefighter-focused spinoff will be returning for season 5, ABC announced on Monday.

Executive producer and showrunner Krista Vernoff will continue to helm both shows, which will wrap their current seasons next month.

No decisions have been made regarding Grey's Anatomy's future beyond season 18 as of yet.

"The writers, directors, casts and crews of Grey's Anatomy and Station 19 worked so hard to bring these shows to life this past season," Vernoff, 47, said in a statement. "Keeping each other safe on set while paying tribute to the front-line heroes and first responders has been a challenge and a privilege. I've been truly blown away — particularly by our tireless crews — as they reinvented the TV-making wheel. Thank you to ABC and ABC Signature for the support and extraordinary partnership through this unprecedented season. We are so grateful for the opportunity to tell more stories."

Meanwhile, the series said goodbye to two of its longtime stars: Giacomo Gianniotti's character, Andrew DeLuca, was killed off during the mid-season premiere, while Jesse Williams will make his final appearance as Jackson Avery on the May 20 episode.

In February, Pompeo, who is also an executive producer on both shows, said that a final decision about the future of Grey's had yet to be made.

"It's, what story do we tell? To end a show this iconic, you know, how do we do it?" Pompeo told CBS Sunday Morning. "I just want to make sure we do this character and this show and the fans — I want to make sure we do it right."

Grey's Anatomy and Station 19 air Thursdays on ABC.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Fans Can Rejoice as ABC Medical Drama Renewed for Season 18 With Ellen Pompeo

Variety 10 May, 2021 - 12:30pm

By Kate Aurthur

ABC has also renewed “Station 19,” a “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff, for a fifth season. The two dramas are ABC’s most-watched scripted shows.

“Grey’s Anatomy” has shed several longtime cast members this year, with both Giacomo Gianniotti and Jesse Williams leaving the show in the past few months. But Variety has confirmed that original cast members Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. are set to return for Season 18 along with Pompeo.

Krista Vernoff —  executive producer of “Grey’s Anatomy” and Station 19,” and the creator of the new legal drama, “Rebel” — renewed a new multi-year deal with ABC Signature in March, and she will continue to run both “Grey’s” and “Station 19.” ABC has not yet announced the fate of “Rebel.”

Before Season 17 began, when interviewed for Variety‘s Power of Women cover story, Pompeo teased that it could be the end of “Grey’s Anatomy,” telling Variety: “I mean, this is the last year of my contract right now. I don’t know that this is the last year? But it could very well could be.”

Indeed, the show was in limbo as Pompeo renegotiated. In March, showrunner Vernoff told Variety that she was going to plan “for both contingencies” of a season and series finale, and that not knowing the show’s future was “a source of frustration at this point.”

In Pompeo’s new contract, she will remain the highest paid female actor on television. She’s also a producer of “Grey’s.”

Both “Grey’s” and “Station 19” have been set in the world of the pandemic this season, and have illustrated how frontline workers have tackled COVID-19. Early on in “Grey’s,” Meredith contracted COVID-19, and for much of the season, she drifted in and out of consciousness, illustrated by sequences on a beach in which she was visited by some of the show’s characters who’ve died —and there have been a lot of them. She saw her late husband, Derek (Patrick Dempsey), her friends George (T.R. Knight) and DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti), and her sister, Lexie (Chyler Leigh).

“‘Station 19’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ have done an incredible job of honoring real-life heroes by giving audiences an unflinching look at one of the biggest medical stories of our time,” said Craig Erwich, president, Hulu Originals & ABC Entertainment. “Krista and her team of writers have continued to deliver the compelling and compassionate storytelling that is a hallmark of these shows, and created some of the year’s most-talked-about moments in television. We’re so grateful to our talented casts and crews for their extraordinary work that connects with viewers everywhere, and we look forward to sharing even more defining moments with our fans next season.”

When “Grey’s Anatomy” premiered on ABC in 2005 — having been created by Shonda Rhimes — no one expected it to become the longest-running primetime medical drama in TV history. It outlasted both “MASH” (11 seasons) and “ER” (15 seasons), the previous record-holder. From the start, the show’s inclusive casting, in which BIPOC actors played doctors in positions of power at the Seattle hospital where the show is set, changed popular culture.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Renewed at ABC as Ellen Pompeo Inks Rich New Deal for Season 18

Hollywood Reporter 10 May, 2021 - 12:30pm

By Lesley Goldberg

ABC has renewed its flagship drama for an 18th season after star and exec producer Ellen Pompeo, following prolonged negotiations, has inked a rich new deal to return to the Shondaland hit. Pompeo’s fellow original stars Chandra Wilson (Bailey) and James Pickens Jr. (Richard) have also closed new deals to return for season 18. Also returning to ABC’s 2021-22 schedule is Grey’s Anatomy‘s firefighter-focused spinoff, Station 19, which will be back for its fifth season.

While financial terms of Pompeo’s new deal were not immediately available, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the actress behind the iconic role of Dr. Meredith Grey secured another salary increase as she remains broadcast television’s highest-earning actress in a primetime drama series. Wilson and Pickens, like Pompeo, are also said to have also received sizable pay bumps for season 18.

No decisions have been made about Grey’s Anatomy‘s future beyond season 18.

The Grey’s renewal, which was further delayed by dealmaking for Wilson and Pickens, had been in the works for some time. It arrives as Grey’s Anatomy was heading into the home stretch of its shortened 17th season facing an uncertain future as Disney and Pompeo continued negotiations. Showrunner Krista Vernoff — who also recently closed a rich new overall deal of her own with producers ABC Signature — told THR in March that she was “planning a season and a finale that could function as either a season finale or a series finale.” In a season that has put COVID-19 atop the call sheet, Vernoff said the scenario was “hard and not ideal” and that she had asked Disney to know one way or the other before it came time to film the episode.

Deliberations between ABC parent Disney and Pompeo had been underway for months. Pompeo, in late 2017, signed a new deal that made her television’s highest-earning actress in a primetime drama series at $20 million a year. That pact covered seasons 15 and 16 of the series, with ABC extending the option to cover the current 17th season as part of the two-year pickup in 2019. Pompeo, who was vocal in a THR cover story about fighting for the salary she deserved with the hope of inspiring other women in the industry to do the same, sought another salary increase as part of the renewal discussions.

Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy have done an incredible job of honoring real-life heroes by giving audiences an unflinching look at one of the biggest medical stories of our time,” said Craig Erwich, who recently added ABC Entertainment to his purview as president of originals at Hulu Originals. “Krista and her team of writers have continued to deliver the compelling and compassionate storytelling that is a hallmark of these shows, and created some of the year’s most-talked-about moments in television. We’re so grateful to our talented casts and crews for their extraordinary work that connects with viewers everywhere, and we look forward to sharing even more defining moments with our fans next season.”

In its 17th season, Grey’s Anatomy remains a massive asset for ABC and Disney. The series ranks as broadcast’s No. 1 entertainment series in the 18-49 demo and as ABC’s top drama series among total viewers and the advertiser-coveted demo. With delayed viewing, Grey’s averages north of 15 million total viewers and 6.18 in the demo, up 4 percent vs. season 16. The series is also a global phenomenon and broadcast all over the world. It’s also become a cash cow with a rich streaming deal at Netflix, where it ranks as one of the company’s most watched acquired shows.

In addition to starring, Pompeo exec produces both Grey’s and Station 19. Both dramas are exec produced by Rhimes’ Shondaland and remain the last shows from the prolific producer for the network before she decamped for a nine-figure overall deal with Netflix. Rhimes has for years said Grey’s would go on as long as Pompeo wanted to do the series. The prolific producer, who in December launched her first Netflix title with breakout hit Bridgerton, hand-picked Vernoff to take over showrunning duties on Grey’s. Vernoff was the head writer on Grey’s for its first seven seasons and returned as showrunner in season 14. She also oversees Station 19 and launched ABC’s Rebel, her first solo series following 13 previous attempts, in April.

“The writers, directors, casts and crews of Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 worked so hard to bring these shows to life this past season,” said Vernoff. “Keeping each other safe on set while paying tribute to the front-line heroes and first responders has been a challenge and a privilege. I’ve been truly blown away — particularly by our tireless crews — as they reinvented the TV-making wheel. Thank you to ABC and ABC Signature for the support and extraordinary partnership through this unprecedented season. We are so grateful for the opportunity to tell more stories.”

The formal pickup puts to an end speculation that the current season would be the last for Grey’s Anatomy. After initially balking at writing the pandemic into its storyline, Vernoff and the Grey’s writers opted to start the abbreviated 16-episode season at the beginning of the pandemic as they felt a responsibility to portray the biggest medical crisis of our generation in a real and honest way.

To that end, Pompeo’s Meredith had spent the bulk of the season in a hospital bed battling COVID-19 while also filming dream-like sequences on a beach that have been designed to offset the weight of the pandemic-related storylines. As part of the beach scenes, Grey’s brought back original stars Patrick Dempsey (Derek), T.R. Knight (George), Eric Dane (Mark) and Chyler Leigh (Lexie). Their return had fueled speculation that Grey’s might end with season 17 as the ABC drama found a way to reunite Meredith with her late husband, Derek.

Pompeo, Wilson and Pickens join Grey’s co-stars Kevin McKidd (Owen), Camilla Luddington (Jo) and Kim Raver (Teddy) with new deals for next season. The latter trio inked new deals of their own with ABC last summer that carry them through a potential 19th season. Still, Grey’s did part ways with two series regulars this season as Jesse Williams (Jackson) announced his upcoming departure and Giacomo Gianniotti (DeLuca) was written out earlier this year.

Grey’s Anatomy becomes ABC’s latest renewal for the 2021-22 broadcast season and joins fellow dramas The Good Doctor and rookie Big Sky as the broadcaster, under new president Erwich, begins its formal renewals ahead of its upfront presentation to ad buyers later this month.

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