Grey’s Anatomy has been renewed for a 20th season on ABC, Variety reported on Friday.
Soon to say goodbye to the character of Dr. Maggie Pierce, the series has made history as the longest-running primetime medical drama in television history during its run.
It was also reported that executive producer Meg Marinis will serve as showrunner for the upcoming installment.
Marinis will succeed Krista Vernoff, following the January announcement that she would be leaving the show and the Station 19 spin-off.
Marinis joined Grey’s Anatomy in season 3, working as a production assistant before becoming an executive producer in season 15.
Another season: Grey’s Anatomy has been renewed for a 20th season on ABC, Variety reported Friday.
In addition, he is credited with writing more than 25 episodes of the series, whose The season 19 finale will air on May 18.
The long-running show is ranked ABC’s number one show in the 18-49 age range.
ABC reported that the show is averaging 10.7 million viewers per episode “on Live+35 across all platforms.”
In addition to McCreary, the show’s cast includes a host of talented actors including Chandra Wilson, James Pickens, Jr., Kevin McKidd, Caterina Scorsone, Camilla Luddington, Kim Raver, Jake Borelli, Chris Carmack, Anthony Hill, Alexis Floyd , Harry Shum Jr., Adelaide Kane, Midori Francis, Niko Terho, and Scott Speedman.
Kate Walsh also appeared as Dr. Addison Montgomery, and series alumni Jesse Williams and Greg Germann guest-starred.
McCreary announced via Instagram a week ago that she will be hanging up her uniform after playing Meredith Grey’s half-sister Maggie Pierce for nine seasons.
The 41-year-old actress confirmed the news to her 2.1 million followers as she fondly recalled some of her character’s most memorable scenes.
“9 seasons, 200 episodes, dozens of heroic surgeries, countless brave patients, dozens of delicious sister house scenes, 1 episode with my real life sister, some loss and some grief,” he captioned a picture from the medical drama. .
Record-breaking: During its run, the series has made history as the longest-running primetime medical drama in television history.
Moving Forward: After Nine Seasons, Kelly McCreary Announced She’s Leaving The Record-Breaking Series; pictured in 2020
She went on to recall that Pierce, who serves as chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital, experienced “a few ghostly visitations” from her late mothers, a “lot of drunken emotional breakdowns” and “a handful of boyfriends.”
The mother-of-one also reflected on filming several awkward dinner parties, taking and throwing punches, and learning tons of “medical jargon” over the years.
In addition, McCreary said that he will leave the show with a “plenty of friends for life” and a “very grateful heart.”
‘THANK YOU. What trip!’ she concluded.
In a statement, the Wisconsin native, who graduated from Barnard in 2003, said she was saying goodbye to Maggie Pierce and her Gray Sloan family.
“It has been a tremendous honor to be a part of such a legendary television institution as Grey’s Anatomy,” the star continued.
“I will always be grateful to Shonda Rhimes, Krista Vernoff and ABC for the opportunity, and to the incredible fans for their passionate support.”
McCreary also praised that “spending nine years exploring a character inside and out” is a “rare gift”.
Coming soon: Grey’s Anatomy season 19 finale will air on May 18
After 19 Seasons: Last November, Ellen Pompeo, 53, who played beloved lead character Dr. Meredith Gray, took to Instagram to announce her own departure from the long-running series.
“It has given me the opportunity to collaborate with, learn from, and be inspired by countless brilliant artists, both in front of and behind the camera,” said the artist.
As for playing Maggie, McCreary called the role “one of the true joys of” her life.
‘I leave with deep gratitude for each step of this journey. I’m excited for this next chapter and what the future holds,’ the Life star said. Deadline.
Last November, Ellen Pompeo, 53, who played beloved lead character Dr. Meredith Gray, took to Instagram to announce her own departure from the long-running series.
Addressing her fans, the actress wrote in her caption: “I am forever grateful and humbled by the love and support everyone has shown me, Meredith GRAY and the show for 19 seasons!
“Despite everything…none of it…would have been possible without the best fans in the world,” he continued.
To his 9.9 million social media followers he said: ‘You are all RIDERS and you have all made the ride so much fun and ICONIC!
“I love you madly and cherish you back,” the mother-of-four said, adding that she plans to revisit her cast.
Retiring the role: During an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show a month later, Pompeo revealed that her reasons for retiring the role were because she was ready for something new.
‘This isn’t your first time on the roller coaster…you know the show must go on and I’ll definitely be back for a visit. With much love and immense gratitude XoE.’
During an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show a month later, Pompeo revealed his reasons for stepping down.
She said that playing the same role for 19 years was turning her brain into “scrambled eggs”.
“I feel super happy, but listen, the show has been amazing for me and I’ve really loved the experience,” he said. ‘It’s just that I have to mix it up a bit.’