Following the Hollywood strikes, the ABC show just broke from tradition for the first time ever.
We have a pulse! Following a heart-pumping season 19 finale, Grey’s Anatomy has even bigger plans ahead.
The penultimate two-parter had viewers playing witness to a wedding with a runaway bride, while a surprise reunion brought back Ellen Pompeo‘s Meredith Grey as our dear Miranda Bailey won the Catherine Fox Award. Already, fans are left wondering about what’s ahead.
Details remain few and far between, but here’s all that we gathered about Grey’s Anatomy season 20, including the confirmed returning cast, the release date and the question on everyone’s mind: Is Grey’s Anatomy ending after season 20?
Will there be a season 20 of Grey’s Anatomy?
Yes! The longest-running primetime medical drama is returning for its 20th season. As of March 2023, ABC confirmed the hit series’ return while announcing Meg Marinis’ debut as showrunner.
Meg replaces longtime Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 showrunner Krista Vernoff, who left both shows this May. Already steeped in the universe, Meg has worked alongside the crew for many years, including 41 writing credits. So, viewers shouldn’t worry about the show changing too much.
Do we know if Grey’s Anatomy is ending after season 20?
Following its namesake’s departure, fans questioned whether season 20 is the show’s last suture. Good news: Creator Shonda Rhimes assured fans that they don’t plan on ending the show anytime soon.
“I might be a very old lady by the time we reach its last season because it doesn’t seem to be stopping, which is wonderful, and I feel the world really belongs to the fans, and the fans have been really clear about what they want,” she told Deadline in May 2023.
The Bridgerton creator added: “It’s such an amazing show, and it’s doing so well as it’s moving forward. I’m going to leave it alone and see where it goes, and we’re going to stay a show as long as everybody wants to be there and as long as the fans want to be there.”
When is the Grey’s Anatomy season 20 release date?
Someone page a doctor, stat! After the WGA and SAG-AFTRA agreed to deals with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), Grey’s Anatomy announced that season 20 will hit our screens on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 9 p.m. ET.
“Grey-Sloan Memorial can’t wait to have you back. 💙,” read the official caption when the announcement dropped on Instagram on November 16. “A new season of #GreysAnatomy premieres March 14 on ABC and stream on Hulu.”
It’s important to note that historically, other seasons were released in the fall. Season 19 premiere aired on October 6, 2022, and looking back to before the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the U.S., new episodes of Grey’s Anatomy were released every September for 14 years. But as the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike caused several shows to delay production, seeing Grey’s Anatomy up and running again will have everyone excited for what’s next.
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Has Grey’s Anatomy season 20 officially started production?
Based on a new Instagram from Camilla Luddington, it looks like all the attendees are officially back on set for Grey’s Anatomy season 20. Alongside posting a number of Instagram stories that showed her attending the first table read of the season, she uploaded a selfie alongside Chris Carmack, confirming his return to the series as well.
“👋 🩺,” she simply wrote on Instagram on November 15.
Who will be in the cast of season 20 of Grey’s Anatomy?
The sun’s gone down on Meredith Grey as Ellen announced her departure amid season 19 airing. But that door may remain just slightly ajar as the Golden Globe-nominated actress still serves as an executive producer and narrator.
What’s more, part 2 of the season 19 finale saw a reappearance of Meredith and Maggie (Kelly McCreary), with the former hinting at more ahead as she takes another jab at curing Alzheimer’s disease. That open-ended storyline, plus the rotating door of returnees like Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh), certainly gives hope.
Otherwise, quite a few returning cast members are already confirmed. Here’s who is set to scrub in this coming season:
- James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber
- Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey
- Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt
- Kim Raver as Teddy Altman
- Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson
- Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd
What’s more, the last installment’s newcomers Harry Shum Jr., Adelaide Kane, Alexis Floyd, Niko Terho and Midori Francis are also expected to return. Plus, Chris Cormack — with four seasons under the belt — is likely to reprise his role as Atticus Lincoln, especially as he and Jo just confessed their love to each other.
Any other clues to know about Grey’s Anatomy season 20?
Life and death always hang in the balance in Grey’s Anatomy. The season 19 finale left Teddy Altman’s fate up in the air after she collapsed in the OR, which leaves many wondering if her character nears her end on the show. Fret not, your questions won’t go unanswered. Teddy’s actress Kim Raver signed the dotted line for another season, so she’s bound to return in some capacity.
How can I watch and stream Grey’s Anatomy season 20?
When Grey’s Anatomy premieres on ABC, folks can watch new season 20 episodes in real-time on TV. Alternatively, viewers can catch up on the ABC app or on ABC.com the next day. Don’t have a TV provider? Stream episodes on Hulu, Philo and fuboTV. Plus, there’s the option to purchase individual episodes of Grey’s Anatomy on iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play and YouTube.