Call Dr. Meredith Gray on ABC’s prime-time fall programming! Following the hiatus of season 17 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the network officially renewed the long-running medical drama for a new season in May 2021. A month later, ABC confirmed that its season finale was the “# 1 entertainment series” of the week. in adults.
“Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy have done an incredible job honoring real-life heroes by giving audiences an unwavering look at one of the greatest medical stories of our time, ”President of Hulu Originals & ABC Entertainment Craig erwich said via a statement at the time. “Krista [Vernoff] and his team of writers have continued to deliver the gripping and compassionate storytelling that characterizes these shows and created some of the most talked about moments of the year on television. We are very grateful to our talented cast and crew for their amazing work connecting viewers around the world, and we look forward to sharing even more memorable moments with our fans next season.
The show’s renewal confirmed after fan-favorite stars Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, Camille Luddington and more new contracts inked to return to the hallowed halls of the Gray Sloan Memorial after Season 17 saw the departure of two series regulars. In the middle of the COVID-focused season, the two Jesse williams (Jackson Avery) and Giacomo Gianniotti (Andrew DeLuca) were written.
“Giacomo brought so much talent and heart to the role of Andrew DeLuca,” Vernoff wrote in a statement via her. Instagram in March 2021. “We at Grey’s Anatomy mourn the death of this character with all of you. Giacomo played it so well and took it on such a powerful journey – from intern to romantic, to a mental health crisis and back again. … Thank you Giacomo for your performance, your talent, your grace.
Throughout Season 17, many familiar faces also returned to the series to reunite with Pompeo’s Meredith Gray in a dream streak on the beach as she suffered from COVID-19. Fans were thrilled to see Derek Shepherd (Patrick dempsey), Lexie Gray (Chyler leigh), Mark Sloan (Eric dane) and George O’Malley (TR Knight) come back for a brief scene or two.
“I thought that was a nice way to shut it up,” Dempsey recalled to Variety in April 2021 about the return of his beloved character to the series. “The intention was to really give people some hope because they are such an iconic couple. We have lost so many people this year, the thought that we would have angels hovering around to take care of us. is a good message to send in such a dark world we live in. So for all of us it was a lovely ending to this story. I’m so grateful that I did and happy that the fans really did. love.
Keep scrolling to find out everything we know so far about the upcoming season of Grey’s and which will then come back to the popular medical drama: