Long-running hit Grey’s Anatomy just made history by getting renewed for a 15th season. It is now the longest standing drama program that has ever been on ABC. It was a pretty good bet it was getting renewed coming off the heels of title character’s actress Ellen Pompeo’s hefty new contract.
With this recent renewal, not only have they made history over at ABC but there are currently only seven other dramas in the history of television that have more seasons than the medical drama.
The president of ABC Entertainment, Channing Dungey, lauded the success of the show and its ability to attract new viewership and interest after all these years, even picking up a whole new generation of fans along the way.
Dungey claims the show is “as strong as ever.”
Though the show goes through ebbs and flows with its ratings, it has been seeing a steady uptick in viewers this season. In fact, this current season is seeing the most viewers the show has in roughly 4-5 years.
Though the show is coming back for another season, in true Grey’s Anatomy fashion, every member of the current cast will not.
A couple of months ago, it was revealed that Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew, who play Dr. Arizona Robbins and Dr. April Kepner, would not be returning next season.
There was quite the fan reaction and backlash due to this decision, yet longtime fans of the show know that no one is safe from being written off.
Over the course of the decade and a half the show has been on the air, numerous main characters have been written off and new ones introduced.
This is what keeps the very fabric of this show so interesting and constantly evolving. After a certain amount of time, it’s imperative that characters shift in and out.
As of now, the returning cast members of the show will be Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers, Kevin McKidd, James Pickens Jr., Caterina Scorsone, Jesse Williams, Camilla Luddington, Kelly McCreary and Giacomo Gianniotti.
The very first show that powerhouse creator Shonda Rhimes ever wrote is still going strong.