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Main modifications are occurring Gray’s Anatomy season 19, however it’s nonetheless the identical present you understand and love. The long-running medical drama added a slew of latest Gray Sloan residents originally of the season. Meredith left Seattle when the present returned after its hiatus in February 2023, and now Kelly McCreary has introduced she’s leaving the present.

What does Ellen’s decreased function on the present imply for the present’s future? Who else is returning? Who’s leaving? HollywoodLife has rounded up all the most recent updates about Gray’s Anatomy season 19.

Gray’s Anatomy Season 19 Promo

Forward of the season 19 premiere, ABC launched a promo for the brand new season. Within the footage, Meredith brings the brand new residents to the OR. “You’ll save lives with this gear, and you’ll finish them,” Meredith says bluntly to the brand new residents.

Season 19 picks up with a brand new residency program. Meredith says they should “show the haters mistaken.” Nick calls the brand new residents “diamonds within the tough.” Alexis Floyd, one of many new forged members, factors out that the hospital is “going via a little bit of a rebirth.” Second possibilities might be a “huge theme” of season 19 for “each the interns in addition to most of the characters you understand and love already.”

Gray’s Anatomy Season 19 Premiere Date

Gray’s Anatomy season 19 premiered October 6 on ABC. The sequence will preserve its 9 p.m. ET timeslot on Thursdays. Sister sequence Station 19 will air at 8 p.m. and the Hilary Swank-led sequence Alaska Day by day will air at 10 p.m. The sequence went on a months-long hiatus and returned on February 23, 2023.

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Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Gray. (ABC)

“Gray’s Anatomy is a real phenomenon, beloved by audiences all over the world. Whether or not they catch it stay on ABC, or stream it on Hulu or globally on Disney+ or Star+, it’s clear that followers can’t get sufficient of Shonda Rhimes’ good creation,” Dana Walden, chairman of Leisure, Walt Disney Tv, mentioned in an announcement when the present was renewed. “We now have monumental religion in Shonda, Krista Vernoff, Ellen Pompeo and all the artistic crew to unlock new, untold tales that can proceed to deal with fashionable drugs, sort out the problems that form the world round us, and resonate deeply with loyal followers for years to return.”

Shonda, the creator of the sequence, additionally mentioned: “I couldn’t be extra excited that we get to maintain telling the tales of Meredith, Bailey, Richard, and the entire different docs at Gray Sloan Memorial for one more season. It is a true testomony to Krista Vernoff, the forged, the crew and all of the writers who preserve the viewers on the sting of their seat week after week. And it will not be attainable with out the generations of unbelievable followers who’ve supported Gray’s Anatomy for therefore a few years.”

Ellen Pompeo’s Standing In Season 19

Gray’s Anatomy will characteristic much less of Meredith Gray than ever earlier than. Ellen Pompeo will seem onscreen for less than 8 episodes of season 19, Deadline reported. She is going to proceed to be an government producer. The actress will proceed narrating, though she might not do the voiceover in each episode.

Ellen’s restricted display screen time as Meredith comes because the actress prepares to sort out her first function exterior the world of Gray’s Anatomy. She is going to star within the Hulu restricted sequence that’s based mostly on the true story of Ukrainian-born Natalia Grace and her U.S. adoptive mother and father, who claimed that she was an grownup “sociopath” pretending to be a baby. Ellen is ready to play the mom within the sequence.

“I’m so excited. I really feel actually comfortable and grateful that the corporate gave me a chance to do one thing completely different with my new restricted sequence,” Ellen advised HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY on the D23 Expo on September 9.

Her sendoff episode aired February 23 when the present returned from its winter hiatus. The episode was titled “I’ll Observe The Solar.”

“[Grey’s is] nonetheless gonna be simply nice with out me — I’m nonetheless gonna do the voiceover,” she advised Deadline at D23. “And I’ll be again at Gray’s for the finale, and we’ll see if we are able to preserve it going,” she mentioned. “I’m gonna all the time be part of that present – I’m an exec producer on that present, I’ve spent 20 years of my profession on that present, it’s my coronary heart and soul, and I’ll by no means actually be gone so long as that present’s on the air.”

Every week after the autumn finale, Ellen posted on Instagram, “I’m eternally grateful and humbled by the love and help you’ve gotten all proven me, Meredith GREY and the present for 19 seasons! By way of all of it….none of it …would have been attainable with out the most effective followers on the earth. You all are RIDERS and also you all have made the trip so enjoyable and ICONIC!! I really like you madly and recognize you proper again. This isn’t your first time on the rollercoaster… you understand the present should go on and I’ll positively be again to go to. With plenty of love and immense gratitude.”

Following the information about Ellen’s restricted onscreen function in season 19, former co-star Jesse Williams defended her choice to reduce. “That girl has labored so onerous all yr, yearly for 20 years for that franchise,” Jesse advised E! News’ Daily Pop. “No matter time she takes off is well-earned, and I’m certain they’ve a grasp plan.”

Gray’s Anatomy Season 19 Solid

Along with Ellen, Gray’s Anatomy veterans Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. returned as Dr. Miranda Bailey and Dr. Richard Webber. Ellen, Chandra, and James are the one remaining forged members who’ve been sequence regulars since season 1.

Ellen signed a one-year deal in January 2022 to return for season 19, in keeping with Deadline. Chandra and James signed new multi-year pacts that included season 19. Fellow sequence regulars Kevin McKidd, Kim Raver, Caterina Scorsone, Chris Carmack, Camilla Luddington, Kelly McCreary, Jake Borelli, Anthony Hill, and Scott Speedman all returned in season 19.

On August 3, Kevin shared a behind-the-scenes picture of his first day again on set to movie season 19. “Day 1 again at it! So grateful and comfortable to see everybody and begin telling new tales collectively!” he wrote.

Kim additionally celebrated the beginning of season 19 manufacturing. “Off to First Day Of SEASON 19 filming @greysabc! Thanks candy good friend @joeywolffer for the gorgeous shirt I’m sporting immediately! I adore it,” she captioned her Instagram picture.

Kate Walsh, who performs the beloved Dr. Addison Montgomery, returned for a handful of season 18 episodes. HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Kate about probably returning for season 19. “It was enjoyable to return. She would possibly make an look. We’ll see. I don’t know,” she mentioned. On Sept. 7, Kate confirmed through Instagram that she’s certainly returning for the brand new season. Kate is again in a recurring function and makes her first look within the third episode, in keeping with Variety.

In March 2023, Kelly introduced that she can be leaving Gray’s Anatomy in season 19. Her final episode enjoying Dr. Maggie Pierce, as a sequence common might be on April 13. Maggie is an excellent surgeon and the daughter of Ellis Gray and Richard Webber.

Kelly McCreary
Kelly McCreary as Dr. Maggie Pierce. (ABC)

“After 9 seasons, I’m saying goodbye to Maggie Pierce and her Gray Sloan household. It has been an incredible honor to be part of such a legendary tv establishment as Gray’s Anatomy,” Kelly mentioned in an announcement to The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ll all the time be grateful to Shonda Rhimes, Krista Vernoff and ABC for the chance, and to the unbelievable followers for his or her passionate help.”

She continued, “To spend 9 years exploring a personality inside and outside, whereas reaching a worldwide viewers with impactful tales, is a uncommon present. It has afforded me a chance to collaborate with, study from, and be impressed by numerous good artists each in entrance of and behind the digicam. Taking part in Maggie Pierce has been one of many true joys of my life and I go away with profound gratitude for each step of this journey. I’m excited for this subsequent chapter, and what the longer term holds.”

New Solid Members

Season 19 options many new faces. Gray’s Anatomy added a number of forged members who might be first-year surgical residents at Gray Sloan. On August 10, James shared the primary look of the brand new forged members on set and of their scrubs. “Let’s give a heat welcome to the brand new Interns of the Gray’s household, excited for season 19,” he captioned the Instagram picture.

  • Harry Shum Jr. will play Benson “Blue” Kwan, in keeping with Deadline. Blue is “sharp-witted, impatient and good. He’s beneficiant by nature however aggressive to a fault, naturally gifted, and used to profitable at every part. A household disaster interfered together with his profession plans and now he’s obtained so much to show.” The present will dive into Blue’s backstory and “clarify why Daniel is a bit of older than your typical medical resident.” Harry wrote on Instagram that he’s “honored to be becoming a member of this iconic present.”
  • Adelaide Kane will play Jules Millin, TVLine confirmed. Jules is a first-year surgical resident who was “raised by drug-addled artist/hippies and one way or the other emerged as the one actual grown-up within the household. As a result of she all the time needed to deal with herself and her mother and father, Jules is usually a little bossy — however her coronary heart is all the time in the correct place. She’s not afraid to interrupt the principles to avoid wasting a life, and generally it will get her in hassle.” Following the casting information, the Reign alum posted the next on Instagram: “I’m not a health care provider, however I play one on TV! So hyped to be part of such a historic sequence!!! Can’t wait to be lined in faux blood and bodily fluids each day. tysm!” Adelaide teased that Jules might be “bossy and a bit of impulsive, however she’s very kind-hearted.” She might have a romantic connection Hyperlink!
  • Midori Francis will play Mika Yasuda. In line with Deadline, Mika is one other first-year resident who’s a “center youngster with eight siblings. She is used to being ignored and underestimated and makes use of it to her benefit. Mika is coping with overwhelming scholar loans from med faculty, however she’s scrappy and assured she will make it in this system and rise to the highest.” Midori famous that Mika is a “jokester and likes to make folks giggle.” Typically her humorousness will get her in “hassle.”
  • Alexis Floyd will play Simone Griffin, a brand new first-year surgical resident who’s a “humorous, whip-smart, excessive achiever with an advanced household dynamic. She grew up in Seattle, however by no means wished to work at Gray Sloan due to a painful private historical past with the hospital,” in keeping with Deadline. Alexis says that Simone brings a really “grounded however emotional connection to her work.”
  • Niko Terho will play Lucas Adams. Deadline experiences that Lucas is “the charming black sheep of his household. Likable to a fault, he has an incredible thoughts, however doesn’t have the grades to match. He’s decided to show himself as a surgeon, identical to many in his household which have come earlier than him, however he must cease counting on his folks expertise and put within the work.”

How Did Season 18 Finish?

Owen and Teddy had been seen leaving Seattle with their youngsters after refusing to offer life-ending medicine to a person whose spouse, a former veteran, was dying. When Owen didn’t adjust to the person’s calls for, the person reported the couple to Bailey. Owen and Teddy resigned and shortly left city.

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Kim Raver and Kevin McKidd as Teddy and Owen. (ABC)

Kai and Amelia’s relationship hit a snag when Kai revealed that they didn’t need youngsters. Nevertheless, on the finish of the episode, Kai couldn’t tear themselves away from Amelia. In the meantime, Jo and Hyperlink vowed to get their friendship again on observe.

Gray Sloan’s residency accreditation was pulled within the finale, which meant Schmidt and different residents needed to go away. Meredith had just about determined to go away Seattle for Minnesota, however Jackson begged her to tug her resignation as a result of Gray Sloan can be doomed if she didn’t. Bailey beat her to the punch.

“You broke it, you purchased it,” Bailey mentioned after revealing she was quitting to guard her well being and sanity. Meredith advised Nick that he ought to return to Minnesota. Nick lastly walked away after being pushed by Meredith. Simply after he left, Meredith knew she made a mistake. The final moments of the ultimate confirmed Meredith operating after Nick.

Is Gray’s Anatomy Ending After Season 19?

Gray’s Anatomy has not been renewed for a milestone season 20 but. If the present does get a renewal, it seemingly wouldn’t be introduced till early 2023. Gray’s Anatomy, which premiered in 2005, is already the longest-running primetime medical drama of all time and just lately celebrated 400 episodes.

Ellen has been vocal for years about Gray’s Anatomy ending. “I imply, I’ve been making an attempt to get away for years,” she advised Entertainment Tonight in 2021. “I’ve been making an attempt. It’s not as a result of I haven’t been making an attempt. I’ve sturdy relationships on the community they usually have been very, superb to me, and have incentivized me to remain.” She added, “Miraculously, we preserve arising with methods to have a purpose to remain and if there’s a purpose, that warrants it.”

Chandra Wilson
Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey. (ABC)

She admitted to Insider in 2021 that she’s “been making an attempt to deal with convincing everyone that it ought to finish. ​I really feel like I’m the tremendous naive one who retains saying, ‘However what’s the story going to be, what story are we going to inform?’ And everybody’s like, ‘Who cares, Ellen? It makes a gazillion {dollars}.’”

The actress has additionally been sincere that the present may proceed on with out her. “The present speaks to lots of people, and the younger folks love the present,” Ellen advised Entertainment Tonight in 2022. “It’s impressed so many generations of healthcare staff, so, I believe for the younger folks, it’s a very good piece of content material.”

She continued: “We’re going to attempt to preserve it going for the younger folks, not essentially with me, however preserve it going past me.” When requested if the present would technically be known as Gray’s Anatomy if she was now not on the present, Ellen replied, “We’ll discover somebody, or perhaps, we received’t.”

Nevertheless, Jesse Williams, who performs Dr. Jackson Avery, isn’t so certain the present would go on with out Ellen. “I don’t know, it will be a unique present [if she left], she’s the guts of that present, she’s Gray, so unlikely,” he advised Access Hollywood in June 2022.

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