“Grey’s Anatomy” is Coming Back for Historic Season 21 at ABC

Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey in
Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey in "Grey's Anatomy" Season 16. Photo by Gilles Mingasson/ABC/Kobal/Shutterstock (10831957bt)

Grey’s Anatomy changed the way we look at medical dramas over the course of the past two decades, and it will continue to do so for another year. ABC renewed the hit series for Season 21, allowing it to continue its run as the longest-running primetime medical drama in TV history.

Season 20 of Grey’s Anatomy brought many changes our way, and the episode count has been reduced to 10 in the face of the Hollywood strikes last year. It’s the show’s shortest season to date, but Deadline reports that we can expect 18 new episodes when Grey’s Anatomy returns for Season 21.

ABC is now looking into signing new deals with the show’s ensemble cast since most of their contracts are up this season. Chandra Wilson, James Pickens, Jr., Kevin McKidd, Caterina Scorsone, Camilla Luddington, and Kim Raver led Season 20, while the former leading lady Ellen Pompeo joined them as a supporting player and the show’s executive producer.

Meg Marinis is returning as the showrunner, and she was feeling optimistic about its future long before ABC officially announced its renewal.

“We still have stories to tell. We receive a tremendous amount of support from the studio and the network and from Shondaland. So I’m going to keep going until they tell me to put that pen down,” said Marinis ahead of Season 20 premiere.