'Grey's Anatomy' Season 19 News, Spoilers, Cast, Release Date

Everything We Know About ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 19

Real ones know that, yes, the show IS still on!

The current season of Grey’s Anatomy has featured a lot of old favorites (thank goodness). Abigail Spencer came back as Megan Hunt, and the queen herself, Kate Walsh, also returned as Addison! But as Grey’s fans have come to expect every year, the question about whether the show would get another season was still a bit up in the air. Would Grey’s continue? Would Ellen Pompeo come back? Will this finally be the year the Grey Sloan crew hangs up their scrubs for good?

Here’s what we know about Grey’s Anatomy season 19—not to be confused with Station 19, obviously.

Is Grey’s Anatomy even getting a season 19?

Yes!! We just got confirmation that Grey’s will, in fact, be back next year, and Ellen is returning.

It wasn’t always totally clear whether that would happen though. In May 2021 at a press conference ahead of season 18, Craig Erwich (aka the president of ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals) said the following, according to Deadline, when asked if the new season of Grey’s Anatomy would be its last:

Grey’s Anatomy continues to be a ratings juggernaut. The fans loved this season. I thought Grey’s Anatomy did a really incredible job this year telling the stories of all the frontline heroes who are fighting the good fight (against) Covid. We will take Grey’s Anatomy for as long as we can.”

So who’s coming back?

Lucky for us, Deadline reported back in May that ABC closed new contracts with Ellen Pompeo as well as her fellow original cast members Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr., so they will all be back for sure. (Major props to Ellen herself. Look, I’m not a lawyer, but it seems like she’s been treating her future on Grey’s Anatomy like an apartment lease and taking it year by year. She’s getting that money.)

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While we’re talking contracts, Kim Raver, Camilla Luddington, and Kevin McKidd are on paper through a possible season 19. Aren’t contract negotiations a fun way to speculate about what’s going to happen to your favorite fictional characters? Get the popcorn! Anyhoo….

So how long will this show go on?!

It seems like Grey’s Anatomy will continue as long as Ellen wants and could potentially try to go on without her if she did ever want to retire. There are plenty of other members of the extended Grey-Sloan family to keep the series true to its title. Honestly, Ellen could leave and Kate could stay on as, if not the titular character, the proverbial lead of Grey’s Anatomy going forward.

These shows, Grey’s included, are well-oiled machines. There’s no reason to fix what isn’t broken…so get on it, ABC!

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