ABC has officially picked up “Grey’s Anatomy” for another season, bringing the Shondaland medical drama to an impressive 15-year run.
“‘Grey’s Anatomy’ has a special place in my heart and millions of viewers feel the same way,” said ABC Entertainment boss Channing Dungey. “Thanks to fiercely loyal fans who have been on this journey since the beginning, and new generations of viewers who continue to discover the joy and drama of Grey Sloan Memorial, the show is as strong as ever.”
The announcement comes one day after the network’s other landmark Shonda Rhimes drama “Scandal” bowed after seven years.
Thursday also marked the final day of filming for “Grey’s” stars Sarah Drew, who had been with the show since its fifth season, and Jessica Capshaw, who had been on since Season 6. Creator and executive producer Rhimes celebrated the two actresses in an Instagram post on Thursday, hailing them as “beautifully talented women.”
“A social media post won’t cut it and I will not minimize their magic by pretending it will,” she wrote. “I have more to say. I will do so. For now I will just say how lucky we were to witness their talents and the magic they brought to their characters.”
“Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey. Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Kevin McKidd, Jesse Williams, Caterina Scorsone, Camilla Luddington, Kelly McCreary and Giacomo Gianniotti also star.
In addition to Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Krista Vernoff, William Harper, Zoanne Clack, Debbie Allen and Fred Einesman executive produce.
Back in January, Pompeo revealed that she had signed a new two-year deal to remain on the series for $20 million per year, making her the highest-paid actress on a TV drama. The new deal provided Pompeo $575,000 per episode, a seven-figure bonus, back end points on the Shondaland show, a producing credit and an executive producing credit on spinoff “Station 19,” which premiered last month.