“Grey’s Anatomy” Gets Season 21 Renewal at ABC

Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey in
Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey in "Grey's Anatomy" Season 16. Photo by Gilles Mingasson/ABC/Kobal/Shutterstock (10831957bt)

Grey’s Anatomy has been around for almost two decades, and its ending is nowhere in sight. The longest-running primetime medical drama in TV history will continue its run after ABC announced they’re renewing it for Season 21.

Renewing Grey’s Anatomy may seem like a no-brainer for ABC given its strong ratings, but it’s also a huge deal considering the creative overhaul that the hit series underwent in recent years. Meg Marinis took the reins as the new showrunner in Season 20, as the show shifted to an ensemble format after the leading lady Ellen Pompeo scaled down her presence and became a recurring player.

Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes thanked ABC for continuing this story and praised Meg Marinis for breathing a new life into this series after taking over as showrunner ahead of Season 20.

“The loyalty and love of Grey’s Anatomy fans has propelled us into a historic 21st season, and I could not be more grateful. Meg Marinis’ storytelling is a gift that continues to keep the show vibrant, compelling, and alive, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for next season,” said Rhimes in a statement.

Season 21 is expected to consist of 18 episodes, and ABC is working on renewing the deals with the show’s cast, including Chandra Wilson, James Pickens, Jr., Kevin McKidd, Caterina Scorsone, Camilla Luddington, and Kim Raver.