In a September 2022 interview with Weekly entertainment, Krista Vernoff explained that the show was looking to freshen up. “It allows us to go back to the first model of teaching and learning,” she said, adding, “It was just the right time. Ellen [Pompeo] has fewer roles on the show this year, and it seemed like a good time to get back to it with a band [of new characters].” Vernoff also revealed that Jake Borelli’s character, Levi Schmitt, will be the interns’ new resident.
As we previously reported, Ellen Pompeo will still bring her voiceover narration to every episode of the series, but will only physically appear in eight episodes of Season 19 while she takes care of other projects and takes time. This will leave the whole narrative hole behind, but with five new characters taking over, the producers seem hopeful the show won’t miss a beat. After all, “Grey’s Anatomy” has had a rotating main cast for years now, and has lost a lot of doctors to death as well as out-of-town moves.
But will fans of the series accept this narrative change? It will take some time to find out; Vernoff explained that Pompeo appears in the first eight episodes of the season. Will the winter be kind to the medical drama? That’s up to the show’s legion — and loyal — viewers to decide.