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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ renewed for season 18

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ renewed for season 18

Photo from Grey's Anatomy's Twitter page

ABC renews the hit medical drama for another season, with Ellen Pompeo reprising her role as Dr. Meredith Grey

ABC Network announced on Tuesday, May 11 that it would be renewing the hit medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy for an 18th season.

The long-running show celebrated the announcement on Twitter with the caption, “Someone grab me a crash cart because #GreysAnatomy is coming back for Season 18!”

Grey’s star Ellen Pompeo extended her contract to play titular character Dr. Meredith Grey, according to a Variety report.

Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. will also be returning for their respective roles as Bailey and Richard, respectively. However, Jesse Williams, who plays the beloved Dr. Jackson Avery, will appear in his final episode on May 20 and will be leaving the show after 12 seasons.

“The writers, directors, casts and crews of Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 worked so hard to bring these shows to life this past season. Keeping each other safe on set while paying tribute to the front-line heroes and first responders has been a challenge and a privilege,” Krista Vernoff, executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy said in a statement.

“I’ve been truly blown away — particularly by our tireless crews — as they reinvented the TV-making wheel. Thank you to ABC and ABC Signature for the support and extraordinary partnership through this unprecedented season. We are so grateful for the opportunity to tell more stories,” she added.

Emmy-winning Grey’s Anatomy premiered on ABC in 2005 and became the longest-running primetime medical drama in TV history, outlasting Mash (11 seasons) and ER (15 seasons). Its story follows the personal and professional lives of medical interns and their resident mentors in Seattle Hospital.

The series is currently on its 17th season. – with reports from Aloe Ynion/

Aloe Ynion is a Rappler intern.