'Grey's Anatomy' refuses to die: it will have season 21

At Disney they seem to be clear that Grey's Anatomy is a constant in their television division.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
02 April 2024 Tuesday 11:42
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'Grey's Anatomy' refuses to die: it will have season 21

At Disney they seem to be clear that Grey's Anatomy is a constant in their television division. It obtains correct audience figures on free-to-air television in the United States through the ABC channel and, when streaming consumption data is analyzed, it always highlights the number of minutes viewers spend watching the medical series. Internationally, it is a recognizable asset of Disney, which distributes it. So, given this performance, the following news should come as no surprise: Grey's Anatomy has been renewed for a 21st season.

“The loyalty and love of Grey's Anatomy fans has propelled us to a historic 21st season, and I couldn't be more grateful,” said Shonda Rhimes, the creator, who is not currently serving as showrunner, focusing on others. projects such as the production of The Bridgertons. She wanted to have a few words for whoever now takes the creative reins of her work: “Meg Marinis' writing is a gift that keeps the series vibrant, stimulating and alive, and I can't wait to see what she has in store for the next one.” season.

Marinis took charge of the writers' room for season 20, currently broadcast in the US, as a replacement for Krista Vernoff, who had been in the position since 2017. It cannot be said, however, that it was a new at Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital: she wrote an episode of the sixth season and, in total, since then she has signed 42 scripts, in addition to serving as a producer on season 13. And, now that she is in charge, she is clear about her objective: to recover Grey's Anatomy from the beginning.

In the previous season, Vernoff introduced five new residents who, unlike other generations of doctors in training, went on to have a main role: Jules Millin (Adelaide Kane), Simone Griffith (Alexis Floyd), Lucas Adams (Niko Terho), Mika Yasuda (Midori Francis) and Benson Kwan (Harry Shum Jr.). Drawing parallels between them and Christina Yang, Meredith Grey, George O'Malley, Alex Karev and Izzie Stevens, the five from the initial season who served as a starting point for the drama, was inevitable. And, with the appointment of Bailey as head of the residents, the return to origins is confirmed.

According to Deadline, season 21 will have 18 episodes, which represent an improvement over the 10 of the current season affected by the delays of the actors' and writers' strikes, but they represent a paradigm shift for the series, which until then it always renewed for more than 20 episodes. It remains to be seen which veteran actors will remain on the payroll, now that their contracts expire and they must reach new agreements. They are Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr, Kevin McKidd, Kim Raver, Camilla Luddington and Caterina Scorsone.

And what about Ellen Pompeo, the Meredith Gray to whom the series title refers? It was announced with great fanfare that she was leaving Grey's Anatomy during the previous season, as she wanted to focus on other professional projects such as a miniseries for Hulu, but she returned for the finale. And, seeing that the medical series returned to television this March with Pompeo in the initial episode, her degree of involvement is confirmed: she remains as executive producer, narrator and recurring actress, having given up her central role but without abandoning the role. hospital permanently.