Grey’s Anatomy fans will continue to be in the care of Dr. Meredith Grey for at least two more seasons.
Ellen Pompeo will continue scrubbing in as Meredith in ABC’s hit medical drama, should the network renew the Shondaland creation.
Pompeo’s decision to extend her contract for two more seasons comes with additional responsibilities, serving as a producer, beginning midway through the current season. She will also co-executive produce an upcoming untitled Grey’s Anatomy spinoff.
According to Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter, Pompeo will make a whopping salary of $550,000 per episode. This will make her the highest paid actress on television.
Though this doesn’t mean that the series will end after season 16, it doesn’t seem like Pompeo isn’t looking for new and exciting acting gigs, but rather has her eye on roles behind the camera.
“Producing and directing is where I’m challenged and where I’m learning,” Pompeo told Deadline. ”Acting, I don’t know. If the right role comes along, and it’s interesting, then never say never, but I do have three kids. I don’t necessarily want to travel around. I wouldn’t say it’s my burning desire to go act in something else.”
Even though it has yet to receive an official pick-up beyond its current 14th season, if it will run though to season 16, Grey’s Anatomy, that currently ranks third for ABC in total audience, would officially beat ER for the title of longest-running medical drama on TV.