‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Why Season 17 May Not Be the Last Season

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey wearing a scrub cap on

All good issues should come to an finish — even Grey’s Anatomy. The hit Shondaland collection is nearing its 17th season, and followers have been questioning how for much longer the present can final. But not too long ago, ABC has been planting seeds for extra seasons, together with just a few multi-year contract offers with main Grey’s Anatomy solid members like Kim Raver (Teddy Altman), Kevin McKidd (Owen Hunt), and Camilla Luddington (Jo Wilson).

Kim Raver, Camilla Luddington, and Kevin McKidd reportedly signal 3-year contracts with ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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On July 31, Deadline revealed Raver, Luddington, and McKidd signed new 3-year offers with Grey’s Anatomy after their contracts expired after final season. This means the actors may very well be on the hit medical drama by means of season 19 if ABC chooses to resume. The publication additionally shared McKidd, Luddington, and Raver will obtain “significant salary bumps.”

The information comes a day after Richard Flood (Cormac Hayes) and Anthony Hill (Winston Ndugu) — aka Maggie Pierce’s (Kelly McCreary) new love curiosity — have been bumped to collection regulars for Grey’s Anatomy Season 17. Meanwhile, Stefania Spampinato, (Carina DeLuca) was moved to the spinoff collection, Station 19, for season 4. 

That stated, Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey) has but to resume her Grey’s Anatomy contract as of this write-up. The present $20 million a 12 months deal is about to run out after season 17. 

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For now, Grey’s Anatomy followers will simply have to attend and see whether or not ABC renews the Shondaland collection previous season 17. But the community is up for extra seasons, in accordance with ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke.

“We are in conversations now with the producers,” Burke instructed Deadline of the present’s future. “I’m hopeful that Grey’s Anatomy stays part of our schedule. They definitely know that we’d prefer it to be a part of our schedule for so long as they’re concerned about making extra episodes.”

Nevertheless, it appears the ultimate season of Grey’s Anatomy is as much as Pompeo and creator Shonda Rhimes. 

“Ellen and I have a pact that I’m going to do the show as long as she’s going to do the show,” Rhimes instructed E! News in 2017. “So the show will exist as long as both of us want to do it. If she wants to stop, we’re stopping.”

She continued, “So I don’t know if we’ll see 600. But I want to keep it feeling fresh. As long as there are fresh stories to tell and as long as we’re both excited about the stories being told, we’re in. So we’ll see where that takes us.”

Ellen Pompeo discusses how ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ will finish

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When Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 wrapped its finale in April 2020, showrunner Krista Vernoff confirmed she gained’t begin planning the collection ending till she receives the inexperienced mild from Pompeo and Rhimes.

“I can’t begin planning the top of Grey’s Anatomy till Shonda and Ellen and ABC all sit down collectively, inform me that this actually the top this time,” Vernoff instructed Deadline.

The showrunner additionally famous these conversations can be made down the road. But even so, Pompeo has concepts about Meredith’s remaining moments on Grey’s Anatomy. Though she hasn’t revealed a lot.

Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey wearing a scrub cap on 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 16
Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Bonnie Osborne/ABC through Getty Images

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“I can’t really tell you because then I’ll have to kill you,” Pompeo instructed Variety about her picture of Meredith’s remaining episode. “Krista and I talked about potential things.”

Then when Pompeo stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden in September 2019, the actor shared what she personally desires to see within the remaining Grey’s Anatomy episode.

“I’d love to have some of the old cast come back,” Pompeo stated. “That probably won’t happen. But that would be the most amazing way to end.”

At this level, Grey’s Anatomy followers know the present will final by means of season 17. But past that is still unsure, even when Raver, Luddington, and McKidd are signed on for one more few years. So keep tuned. The carousel by no means stops turning and who is aware of what is going to occur subsequent.

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