The Fate of Grey's Anatomy Revealed After 20 Seasons

Grey's Anatomy has been renewed for a 21st season, with show creator Shonda Rimes saying that she "could not be more grateful" for fans' enduring support.

By Gabrielle Chung Apr 02, 2024 10:11 PMTags
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Grey's Anatomy won't be hanging up its white coat just yet.

The ABC series has been renewed for a 21st season, extending its run as primetime TV's longest-running primetime medical drama, according to show creator Shonda Rimes.

"The loyalty and love of Grey's Anatomy fans has propelled us into a historic 21st season," she told E! News in an April 1 statement, "and I could not be more grateful."

Rimes also confirmed that showrunner Meg Marinis—who replaced Krista Vernoff at the end of season 19—will continue serving her current role. Praising Marinis, she called the showrunner's storytelling "a gift that continues to keep the show vibrant, compelling and alive."

Rimes added, "I can't wait to see what she has in store for next season."

News of the renewal comes just weeks after the premiere of Grey's Anatomy's 20th season, the first one since Ellen Pompeo stepped back from her lead role as Meredith Grey. However, the actress remains a part of the main cast as the show's narrator, with a new generation of physicians and interns—including Natalie Morales, Nico Terho and Midori Francis—scrubbing in.

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"I gotta mix it up a little bit," Pompeo explained in 2022 of decision to reduce her appearances. "My brain is like scrambled eggs. I gotta do something new. You can't do The New York Times crossword puzzle every single day."


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Now, only two other OG cast members remain on the Grey's lineup: Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey) and James Pickens Jr. (Richard Webber). But for the duo, Meredith's presence will always be felt at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

"As far as our story tones are concerned, we still have that Meredith voice there," Wilson told E! News in 2022. "The thing we've learned over the seasons is that Grey's maintains its feel no matter who is there, no matter which characters are there."

Pickens Jr. agreed, adding that their colleague "will hover over the show as long as the show is in existence."

What other TV shows are getting another season? Keep reading to find out.

Renewed: For All Mankind

Apple TV+ announced that its hit, award-winning space drama series For All Mankind has landed a renewal for season five. 

Canceled: The Talk

The long-running daytime talk show will end in December after 15 seasons, CBS announced in April.

Renewed: 9-1-1

The drama will be back for season eight on ABC.

Renewed: Karamo

The Queer Eye star's eponymous talk show will be back for season three.

Renewed: Chicago Fire

The One Chicago series will be back for season 13.

Renewed: Chicago P.D

The One Chicago series will be back for season 12.

Renewed: Chicago Med

The One Chicago series will be back for season 10.

Renewed: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

NBC's hit crime drama will be back for a historic 26th season.

Renewed: Law & Order

NBC's long-running drama has been renewed for season 24.

Ending: Bupkis

Pete Davidson announced in March that he will not do a second season of semi-autobiographical Peacock series.

“I’ve always seen Bupkis as a window into my life, since it is so personal and about my struggles and family," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "After nearly a decade of my personal life being in the media I wanted a chance to tell my story my way. Of all the work I’ve ever done, Bupkis is by far what I’m most proud of."

Renewed: The Young and the Restless

CBS has renewed the iconic soap for an additional four years through the 2027-2028 television season. The renewal will bring the show through its 55th season.

Renewed: True Detective

HBO's anthology thriller will be back for season five with Night Country creator Issa López returning as showrunner, according to The Wrap.

Renewed: Queens Court

Peacock's reality competition series returns this summer with three new celebrity queens who embark on a journey of a lifetime to find their king by dating 22 confident, successful men. Guided by Hollywood “couple goals” hosts, Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete, the queens must let go of past heartbreak, embrace new connections, and find a man worthy of sharing their throne!

Renewed: Celebrity Family Feud

The star-studded Family Feud spinoff will be back for season 11.

Renewed: Jeopardy! Masters

The game show spinoff, which pits Jeopardy! champions against each other, has been renewed for season two.

Renewed: The Bachelorette

The ABC dating reality show will be back for season 21 in summer 2024.

Renewed: Abbott Elementary

ABC has renewed the comedy series for season four.

Renewed: The Kardashians

Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian are returning to your TV screens—Hulu revealed in February that The Kardashians season five will premiere in spring 2024.

Renewed: On the Roam

On the Roam, Max's cinematic docuseries following Jason Momoa as he travels the country chasing art, adventure and friendship, will be back for season two.

Renewed: The Traitors

Peacock's wildly successful celebrity competition series will be back for a third season starring a new batch of your favorite reality TV personalities.

Renewed: Hijack

Apple TV+ announced season two for hit, high-octane thriller Hijack, starring and executive produced by Idris Elba.

Canceled: The Flight Attendant

The Max thriller won't be taking off for season three.

"What started out as an attention-grabbing book cover quickly evolved into an extraordinary flight of a lifetime," star Kaley Cuoco announced Jan. 19. "I always envisioned TFA as a limited series and thanks to an incredible creative team, we were able to deliver two thrilling seasons."

Canceled: Schmigadoon!

The AppleTV+ musical comedy has been cancelled after two seasons.

“I am sad to share that Apple will not be moving forward with Season 3 of Schmigadoon!” co-creator Cinco Paul announced on Instagram. “The season is written (including 25 new songs) but we unfortunately won’t be making it. Such is life. I want to thank everyone involved with the show, our incredible cast and crew and writers, our wonderful supporters at Broadway Video, Universal and Apple, for everything they did to make it happen. It’s a miracle we even got two seasons, honestly, and I’m so grateful we did.”

Renewed: House of Villains

E!'s hit reality compeition series starring you favorite reality TV badies will be back for season two.

Ending: Curb Your Enthusiasm

Larry David's Emmy-winning comedy returns for its 12th and final season Feb. 4.

Ending: Blue Bloods

After 14 seasons, the cop drama starring Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan and Donnie Wahlberg is ending on CBS in 2024.

Renewed: Love Island

The Peacock reality competition series has been renewed for seasons six and seven.

Ending: Young Sheldon

CBS' The Big Bang Theory prequel will end after its upcoming 7th season.The series finale will air May 16.

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