With the exception of its first season, which debuted in the spring near the middle of the season, Grey’s Anatomy has served as a mainstay of ABC’s autumn schedule every year since 2005. Grey’s has been bringing viewers thrilling new episodes every autumn, and it continues to be one of ABC’s most-watched shows. Because of this, viewers have become accustomed to knowing that the show will take a summer sabbatical but will always return after the little break.
The unfortunate reality is that Grey’s Anatomy season 20 isn’t going to be airing on ABC in July 2023, despite what many fans might believe.
The forthcoming 20th season of Grey’s Anatomy will not air on ABC until 2024, marking the very first time since 2004 that the show won’t be on the network’s autumn schedule. This is not the show’s fault in any way; rather, it is a direct effect of the Writers Guild of America dispute in 2023, which is delaying the creation of several series.
Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 release updates
As part of ABC’s autumn programming, where Grey’s Anatomy has been a mainstay for the past almost 20 years, new seasons of the show typically premiere sometime in September. But because of the ongoing writers’ strike, ABC has chosen to air a fall schedule that is “strike-proof” and completely depends on reality shows for fresh programming.
In the autumn, ABC will no longer carry the new seasons of Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday nights.
ABC’s strategy appears to be for its produced series to come back in 2024 instead of in the autumn, irrespective of when the strike is ended, and the writers are ready to start work when a new agreement has been reached with the studios.
Given Grey’s popularity, it seems sensible that ABC would want to reintroduce the program as soon as possible. As a result, there’s a potential that season 20 might debut as early as January 2024. However, we won’t know for certain when the following season will debut until ABC verifies the strategy.
Who might be the cast for Grey’s Anatomy Season 20?
The following actors might be confirmed for a comeback in Grey’s Anatomy Season 20:
- Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey
- James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber
- Kevin McKidd as Own Hunt
- Kim Raver as Teddy Altman
- Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson
- Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd
There are many actors who are expected to grace the screens.
- Jake Borelli as Levi Schmitt
- Chris Carmack as Atticus Lincoln
- Anthony Hill as Winston Ndugu
- Harry Shum Jr. as Benson Kwan
- Adelaide Kane as Jules Millin
- Alexis Floyd as Simone Griffith
- Niko Terho as Lucas Adams
- Midori Francis as Mika Yasuda
Is Ellen Pompeo returning as Meredith Grey?
It goes without saying how disappointed viewers were when Meredith Grey went to Boston in the midst of Grey’s Anatomy season 19. Pompeo appeared in a few of the season’s episodes, including the finale. Fans are understandably curious about Meredith Grey’s potential position in the next season 20 of the program now that it has been renewed.
During a recent Actors on Actors interview with her ex-co-star Katherine Heigl on Variety, Ellen Pompeo just confirmed Meredith Grey’s destiny. If I can find the time, I’ll hopefully make some appearances next year, she remarked.
Where to watch Grey’s Anatomy Season 20?
All seasons of Grey’s Anatomy (1-19) are available on Disney+ Hotstar. When the new season drops, it will be available on the same platform.