Spoilers ahead for the Grey’s Anatomy Season 19 finale. There’s been a lot of talk about Grey’s Anatomy ending in recent years, and it’s only grown louder since the series said goodbye (for now) to Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith Grey herself in Season 19. Yet, year after year, ABC’s hit medical drama proves that it, like the doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, is resilient. True to form, more episodes are on the way.
ABC announced Grey’s Anatomy’s renewal for Season 20 on March 24. With the new season come key changes, including at the top. Showrunner Krista Vernoff, who took over from series creator Shonda Rhimes at the beginning of Season 14, is handing over the reins at the end of Season 19. Her successor is executive producer Meg Marinis, who has spent more than a decade working on the series already, per Variety. She started as a writer’s production assistant in Season 3 and has climbed the ranks.
Months before announcing her exit in January, Vernoff shared her belief that Grey’s Anatomy could withstand big changes, even losing Pompeo. “I believe that we’ve got a show here with a lot of amazing characters that our fans love,” she told Variety in October. “And this new class of interns is really exciting.”
Below, read everything to know about Grey’s Anatomy Season 20.
Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Premiere Date
New Grey’s Anatomy seasons almost always premiere in late September. However, in light of the ongoing writers strike, ABC did not include Grey’s Anatomy (or other scripted series) on its fall TV schedule — instead stating that “timing ... will be announced at a later date.”
Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Cast
Season 19 saw the full-time departure of Meredith Grey and bid goodbye to her half-sister Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCleary), too. Still at Grey Sloan, though, are original cast members Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey) and James Pickens Jr. (Richard Webber). Several cast members’ contracts were reportedly due to run out this season — with Deadline reporting that Kevin McKidd (Owen Hunt), Kim Raver (Teddy Altman), Camilla Luddington (Jo Wilson), and Caterina Scorsone (Amelia Shepherd) would need new deals to continue. However, the same outlet confirmed on May 18 that all of their contracts would live on — and good timing, because the season finale left Teddy in the middle of a medical emergency, literally being resuscitated on the OR floor. If the behind-the-scenes contracts are any indication, it seems that Teddy may just make it.
Of course, Grey’s Anatomy also brought in new blood in Season 19. A new crop of interns arrived, including Alexis Floyd (Simone Griffith), Harry Shum Jr. (Benson Kwan), Adelaide Kane (Jules Millin), Midori Francis (Mika Yasuda), and Niko Terho (Lucas Adams).
Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Plot
With the new group of interns, we expect to see them learn and grow as their predecessors have — both personally and professionally. Harry Shum Jr. recently offered his hopes for Blue and Jules in Season 20 (or beyond). “They might be endgame — depends on their work schedule and also where they’re at in their life,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “What I will say is that the show does make it very complicated for them to have an endgame.”
This post will be updated as more Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 details become available.
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