Friday, March 17, 2023

Casting News - Kelly McCreary Leaving ABC's 'Grey's Anatomy' After Nine Seasons; Plus 2 More Updates!

Casting News - March 17, 2023

ABC's The Company You Keep & Grey's Anatomy; and Paramount+'s Bass Reeves.

  • Kelly McCreary will exit the cast of the drama as a series regular during the April 13 episode of its nineteenth season. She joined the series as Dr. Maggie Pierce, Meredith Grey's (Ellen Pompeo) half-sister and the daughter of Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) and Ellis Grey (Kate Burton), in the Season 10 finale and became a series regular starting with Season 11.
  • McCreary released the following statement on her departure: "After nine seasons, I am saying goodbye to Maggie Pierce and her Grey Sloan family. It has been a tremendous honor to be a part of such a legendary television institution as Grey's Anatomy. I will always be grateful to Shonda Rhimes, Krista Vernoff, and ABC for the opportunity, and to the incredible fans for their passionate support. To spend nine years exploring a character inside and out, while reaching a global audience with impactful stories, is a rare gift. It has afforded me an opportunity to collaborate with, learn from, and be inspired by countless brilliant artists both in front of and behind the camera. Playing Maggie Pierce has been one of the true joys of my life and I leave with profound gratitude for every step of this journey. I am excited for this next chapter, and what the future holds."
  • Joaquina Kalukango, Lonnie Chavis, Rob Morgan, Ryan O'Nan and Justin Hurtt-Dunkley have landed recurring roles on the upcoming limited series starring David Oyelowo. Kalukango won a Tony Award in 2022 for her performance in the musical Paradise Square. Chavis previously starred for six seasons in NBC's This Is Us. Morgan currently stars in HBO's Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, which has been renewed for a second season. O'Nan recurred on USA's Queen of the South and ABC's Big Sky. Hurtt-Dunkley recurred on NBC's Blindspot and HBO's Mare of Easttown.
  • Kalukango will play Esme, a former enslaved woman who is as good as family with the Reeves' and also has some different ideas about the future.
  • Chavis will play Arthur Mayberry, a sweet young boy with eyes for the Reeves' daughter Sally (Demi Singleton).
  • Morgan will play Ramsey, a once-strong man who has been broken by time.
  • O'Nan will play Darrell Dolliver, one of the two Dolliver outlaws Bass Reeves (Oyelowo) is tasked with tracking down and bringing to justice.
  • Hurtt-Dunkley will play Ike, a deputy U.S. marshal.
  • Geoff Stults will appear in a recurring role on the drama's first season. He previously recurred on CBS' The Odd Couple, Netflix's Grace and Frankie and Netflix's Cowboy Bebop. He next stars in AppleTV+'s upcoming limited series The Last Thing He Told Me, which premieres next month.
  • He will play Simon Norris, Birdie's (Sarah Wayne Callies) ex and absentee father of Ollie. Handsome, charismatic and from a wealthy East Coast family, he once had the New York art scene in the palm of his hands. Now a recovering addict, Simon's worked hard to put his life back together and become the kind of man who's worthy of being in Birdie and Ollie's life. When Birdie comes to him for help, Simon assists in a dangerous heist that could put his whole career at risk, but he'll do whatever he can to prove to Birdie he's really changed.