Monday, May 10, 2021

ABC Renews 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Station 19'

After lengthy contract negotiations, ABC has officially renewed its original drama series Grey's Anatomy and Station 19 for additional seasons - their eighteenth and fifth, respectively. Both dramas will return for the broadcast network's upcoming 2021-22 schedule.

Grey's Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Kevin McKidd, Jesse Williams, Caterina Scorsone, Camilla Luddington, Kelly McCreary, Giacomo Gianniotti, Kim Raver, Greg Germann, Jake Borelli, Chris Carmack, Richard Flood and Anthony Hill.

The renewal for Season 18 was triggered after Pompeo signed a new one-year deal to continue starring in and producing the drama. Wilson and Pickens Jr. - who have also been with the drama since its first season - have also closed new deals to return. However, Season 17 is the last to feature Gianniotti and Williams as series regulars.

Station 19 stars Jaina Lee Ortiz, Jason George, Grey Damon, Barrett Doss, Jay Hayden, Okieriete Onaodowan, Danielle Savre, Boris Kodjoe and Stefania Spampinato.

Krista Vernoff serves as showrunner for both dramas. Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers also executive produce. ABC Signature and Shondaland produce.

"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 and 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," added Vernoff. "Keeping each other safe on set while paying tribute to the frontline 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."