Grey’s Anatomy Season 20: Release date, plot, trailer, characters that won’t be returning and more updates

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Another groundbreaking chapter of the beloved medical drama series is on the way! Here is everything we know so far about
Grey’s Anatomy Season 20.

From new romances to shocking revelations that include heart-stopping drama, unexpected twists and turns, and emotional moments that have successfully left the fans on the edge of their seats, these are just some of the things that Grey’s Anatomy has known to master over the years, and it has become one of the most talked-about legacy shows of all time that we are certain that everyone from kids to adults has come across once to discover the show’s theme. 

The next season seems to be a promising rollercoaster ride that fans won’t want to miss! 

So, if you are one of those who is wondering what happens next, then you have reached the right place to know everything relating to the potential release date with the latest cast updates for the new season. Especially for you, we’ve compiled a quick rundown as a complete guide that will help you learn about the much-awaited Grey’s Anatomy 20th season. So, it’s now time to grab your scrubs and get ready to dive deep into another unforgettable season!

Grey's Anatomy Season 20: Release date, plot, trailer, characters that won't be returning and more updates

Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Release Date: Will it premiere in 2023 or not?

After being ranked as one of the 10th most popular on-demand programs on streaming television, there is no doubt that the network was eager to renew the series for another season as soon as possible, and much to fans’ delight, their wishes came true as the beloved medical drama series was picked up for a 20th season earlier this year.

With more than four months into the series renewal, which is quite a while, the fans are now left wondering when the new episodes will officially start airing on the network.

So, if you are wondering the same thing, firstly, we want to clarify that if you have been keeping up with all the latest updates, then you’ll know that initially the release window of Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 was set to be a part of the 2023–24 broadcast season. In order to maintain consistency, the season was likely to premiere in the fall of 2023, with a brand new episode dropping every Thursday at the same designated time slot of 9/8c, just like other original series on the platform.

For a while, things seemed to be moving as per ABC’s annual plan for the fall primetime schedule.

Grey's Anatomy Season 20: Release date, plot, trailer, characters that won't be returning and more updates

But now things have moved in another direction because the good news was short-lived as the ongoing 2023 Writers Guild of America strike became a major cause of concern for the show creators within a matter of days, which unfortunately led to many writer’s rooms across the network being put into a temporary half due to which the writing for the majority of the season’s new scripts was not able to be completed on time, thus causing a delay in production, which usually commences around the summer season if the network wants to release the series in the fall season.

Due to these latest developments, it is currently unknown when the 20th season will air. 

But, we are certain that the network might be considering re-evaluating its future plans as its competitor network, CBS has also started to deliberate about publishing revised fall scheduling plans, which are expected to be officially revealed soon. Hence, there is a chance that ABC might also follow in the same footsteps and reconsider its decision by factoring in the impact of this writer’s strike, which doesn’t seem to stop anytime soon until a proper resolution for the writer’s pay is made.

Grey's Anatomy Season 20: Release date, plot, trailer, characters that won't be returning and more updates

In conclusion, if we consider all the above-stated reasons, then there is a huge chance that the show creators might stop the production from happening in the months of July or August and schedule it to begin sometime later this year so that the strike doesn’t tamper with the filming process, which needs to be conducted with utmost care for the camera lens to capture the show’s magic with great scripts that the writers make for the show to become a success.

Sadly, the chances of the new season’s premiere in 2023 seem bleak at the moment, and we think it would be ideal for the show creators to avoid any unnecessary delays and commence the work once the strike reaches an agreement. For the release window to be set sometime around 2024! Of course, we would also like to highlight that this is just pure conjecture, and anything is possible to change in the coming weeks.

Hence, we suggest that the viewers be patient and keep a close eye on the social media platforms to get all the details without missing out on any future updates.

Grey's Anatomy Season 20: Release date, plot, trailer, characters that won't be returning and more updates

Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Plot: What to expect in the new season?

Though it is far too early to predict future storylines, the new season is likely to maintain the show’s core, which elaborates on the personal and professional lives of the doctors at Seattle’s Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital as a high-intensity medical drama where the team of doctors faces life-or-death decisions daily. They seek comfort from one another and, at times, more than just friendship. Together, they discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white.

Additionally, Kim Raver, who plays Dr. Teddy Altman, recently told Entertainment Tonight, quote, “Let’s keep on going” and that “we would all love season 20.” “There feels something very momentous about season 20,” she added. 

Raver also said she doesn’t believe it’s time yet for Grey’s to close up shop as the season has not been designed as the final season of the series, quote, “I don’t feel that way. I just feel like there’s [something] inherently in Grey’s Anatomy and the amazing way to tell human stories and I feel like that just can keep going. We have all these new, young interns and there are so many stories to be told with them and I love them in contrast with the attendings.” Further adding, “I think its longevity can keep going because the stories are ever-evolving,” she said.

That’s not all! The plot of the 20th season is also expected to pick up the plotlines and character arcs right where the 19th season left off. If you streamed the previous season, then you’ll know that the final episode, “Happily Ever After?” which was directed by Debbie Allen and written by Meg Marinis, ended on a major note, where the viewers got to see Nick and Meredith open their hearts to each other. Bailey gets the recognition she deserves as Link and Jo share an affectionate moment. Later, viewers learn that Teddy’s life hangs by a thread. 

So, it is pretty evident that the next season will develop the story from this moment on. Take a look at the official teaser trailer for the final episode to learn what transpired in the episode below:

Grey's Anatomy 19x19 "Wedding Bell Blues" / 19x20 "Happily Ever After" Promo (HD) Season Finale

Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Cast: Who will or will not return in the upcoming season?

There are some long-running cast members whose contracts are up, but if they are renewed, then we are certain that the following longtime fan favorites will return as series regulars for the landmark 20th season of Grey’s Anatomy, which includes Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Dr. Richard Webber, Kevin McKidd as Dr. Owen Hunt, Caterina Scorsone as Dr. Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Dr. Jo Wilson, and Kim Raver as Dr. Teddy Altman.

The five new main characters include Harry Shum Jr., Adelaide Kane, Alexis Floyd, Niko Terho, and Midori Francis.

There can be some prominent recurring cast, including Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Montgomery, Debbie Allen as Dr. Catherine Fox, Aniela Gumbs as Zola Grey Shepherd, Jaicy Elliot as Dr. Taryn Helm, Jason George as Dr. Ben Warren, William Martinez as Trey Delgado, Calvin Seabrooks as Carlos Garcia, Stefania Spampinato as Dr. Carina DeLuca, E.R. Fightmaster as Dr. Kai Bartley, Samuel Page as Sam Sutton, and Juliet Mills as Maxine Anderson. 

Grey's Anatomy Season 20: Release date, plot, trailer, characters that won't be returning and more updates

Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith Grey has been confirmed to leave the show, but fans are still left wondering if she might turn up on the show in the upcoming season. Well, we have some great news to share, despite the fact that Ellen Pompeo will continue to serve as an executive producer and contribute the voiceover at the beginning and end of every show.

Moreover, Kelly McCreary (Maggie Pierce) is also leaving the show making this the first season since season 11 not to feature this character after her departure during the previous season. She announced the news on Instagram, quoting: “After nine seasons, I am saying goodbye to Maggie Pierce and her Grey Sloan family. It has been a tremendous honor to be a part of such a legendary television institution as Grey’s Anatomy.” “Playing Maggie Pierce has been one of the true joys of my life, and I leave with profound gratitude for every step of this journey. I am excited about this next chapter, and what the future holds.”

For the members of the crew, Meg Marinis will serve as the showrunner, taking over from Krista Vernoff, who left the show at the end of the nineteenth season. The show is created and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Krista Vernoff, Debbie Allen, Zoanne Clack, and Meg Marinis are executive producers. “Grey’s Anatomy” is produced by ABC Signature, which is a part of Disney Television Studios.

Grey's Anatomy Season 20: Release date, plot, trailer, characters that won't be returning and more updates

Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Episodes: Where to stream?

The next season is expected to have about 20 episodes with a runtime of 43 to 53 minutes, which are expected to air on a weekly basis. As of writing this, the official episode count for the upcoming season is subject to change due to the ongoing writer’s strike, which is speculated to be reduced to 18 episodes in order to maintain the story’s flow without leaving out major scenarios crucial to the story.

We’d also like to point out that the titles and synopsis have not been released. These details will be revealed once the release date draws closer to avoid any leakage of the plotlines.

When released, you can watch Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 on ABC, and it will thereafter be streamed on ABC’s website once the episode airs on the television broadcast. The episodes are also available to watch on demand and on Hulu the day after they air. All previous seasons are currently available on FuboTV and Netflix. The series is also available for rent or purchase, depending on the viewer’s region, on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu, with a variety of membership plans. 

Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Official Trailer: Is it available?

As the new episodes have not yet been filmed yet, no official teaser or trailer for the upcoming season has been released!

It will take time for such promotional stuff to be published, which usually begins a month or two before the premiere of the new episodes. In the meantime, check out this official clip from the show’s 19th season, which showcases Nick (Scott Speedman) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) finally getting the chance to clear the air and admit how they feel about each other. 

Nick and Meredith Get the Chance to Talk - Grey's Anatomy

Catch up on the previous seasons and let us know what you think the Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 plotline is going to be like.