Looks like the incessant fatwa on Season 20 of Grey’s Anatomy is currently on life support.
Will ABC revive the Season with new updates, or will it pull the plug?
The cultural juggernaut has gardened legions of medical drama enthusiasts for almost two decades and will be back for another season! With its reinventing nature of storylines, relevance to modern medicine, and a revolving door cast, Grey’s Anatomy is set to be back for Season 20 after ABC revived the cult classic drama series for another season on March 24, 2023. Looks like our resident doctors will not be skipping attendance at The Seattle Grace Hospital anytime soon.
Following the massive conundrum of fans, the show has garnered innumerable accolades following its two-decade-long run ever since its debut in 2005! It has been placed on the critic’s year-end top 10 list. Additionally, according to Deadline, it averages 10.7 million total viewers after 35 days of delayed viewing across linear and digital platforms to rank as ABC’s No. 1 entertainment series in delayed multi-platform viewing. So you can only imagine the commotion being caused as ABC network remains mute regarding Grey’s Anatomy Season 20!
If you are one of the fans on the receiving end of the spectrum and are wondering whether the stellar medical drama will be back to touchdown on its 20-decade-long run in September of 2023, you have come to the right place. Keep reading to find out!
Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Production Status: Has The Filming Begun?
Unfortunately, all signs point to a resounding No on that one. Let’s skim through the facts a little more to support this statement.
The finale episode of Grey’s Anatomy aired on ABC on May 18th, 2023, with the network reviving Grey’s Anatomy for a Season 20 before the finale airing on 24th March 2023. Based on the yearly filming pattern and release, the networking giant elucidated a 2023 fall release to the delight of its fans.
Check out the Season 20 renewal by Variety:
— Variety (@Variety) March 24, 2023
However, seems like this is not a favorable year for scripted shows due to the strike situation, even worse if most of the series have left their previous seasons in cliffhangers. Looks like Grey’s Anatomy has made its way to this unfortunate list. In response to the looming strikes, network giants and competitive networks of ABC, such as NBC and CBS, all took to the internet and revised their schedules accordingly and promised fall releases of the audiences’ favorite scripted shows. However, this direction had to be altered once the strike entered its third month (WGA and SAG AFTRA) since no negotiations were underway. In that sense, the networks decided to update their schedules once again to accommodate highly-requested shows and ended up either postponing it to mid-season releases(2024 1st quarter) or hosting reruns of the earlier episodes of the show on the networks.
We will find out soon whether Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 made it to a 2023 release in a while. But this is what we know regarding the filming schedule. Since its renewal announcement in March 2023, the writers of the show never got to finish the scripts for Season 20. This means it never got to the stage of production before the writers and actors went on strike. Essentially, if the strike dissipates within the next month or two, we can expect the scripts to be written and filming to commence by the end of 2023. Is it likely that the strike situation will simmer within the next month or two? The situation seems bleak at the moment. Here is why.
Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Release Date: Any News On A September Release?
In a recent meeting, which was held for the first time in more than three months, the Writers Guild and the AMPTP on Friday sadly failed to reach an agreement to resume contract negotiations. Their inability to agree on terms for returning to the bargaining table comes after their much-anticipated meeting to discuss a possible resumption of talks.
“As of now, there is no agreement on these items, because the AMPTP said they needed to consult with their member studios before moving forward,” the union said in a statement late Friday.
If the AMPTP is holding out the negotiations further with statements such as these, it only makes sense that the actors will remain adamant in their picket lines till their demands are met. If this continues till the end of 2023, we cannot expect filming for Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 to begin filming this year at all.
— Grey's Anatomy (@GreysABC) May 20, 2023
Hollywood’s striking writers and major studios have agreed to hold talks on Friday for the first time since their strike began over higher pay demands in May 2023. “We’ll be back in communication with you sometime after the meeting with further information,” the committee told its members in its note. Though it seems like good news, that doesn’t mean that the chance of the series being delayed further is still on the table if the strikes gain more momentum and don’t reach a resolution within the next few weeks, especially after the meeting.
Following this news, if the strike does, in fact, dissipate within the next two months, we can gladly expect Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 to be released in the first quarter of 2024(January to March). If not, we will be viewing the release dates being pushed back to fall 2024. So, there is no hope for a September 2023 release. Following the lack of clarity surrounding the series’ release, we urge fans to wait patiently and keep an eye out for any other social media channel for updates.
Grey’s Anatomy Season 20: Characters who will reprise their roles, and who wouldn’t:
As of this writing, we can expect the following characters to reprise their roles for Season 20:
- Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey
- James Pickens Jr. as Richard Weber
- Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt
- Kim Raver as Teddy Altman
- Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd
- Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson
- Chris Carmack as Atticus ‘Link’ Lincoln
- Anthony Hill as Winston Ndugu
- Jake Borelli as Levi Schmitt.
Others who are expected to return to expand their arcs are as follows:
- Harry Shum Jr.
- Adelaide Kane
- Alexis Floyd
- Niko Terho
- Midori Francis.
There can be some prominent recurring cast returning for the new season:
- 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
- Juliet Mills as Maxine Anderson
This will also be the first season since season 11 not to feature Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce after her departure during the previous season. On the other hand, there can be some other removals from the show, which, if they ever happen, will be confirmed later. For the crew members of the show, 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 was created and executive-produced by Shonda Rhimes. Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Krista Vernoff, Debbie Allen, Zoanne Clack, and Meg Marinis are executive producers.
You may have noticed Ellen Pompeo’s name missing from the above cast members. We have some updates on that.
Grey’s Anatomy Season 20: Will Ellen Pompeo Return as Meredith Grey?
Fans were more than devastated to learn of the exit of Ellen Pompeo, the actress who played the titular character of Meredith Grey and became an echoing household name throughout the course of the show. Meredith Grey’s exit was shown as a shift from Seattle to Boston following her daughter’s ill health surrounding Alzheimer’s disease. They were told that Boston had the treatment answers for this disease that is claimed to be incurable.
So, can we never expect her back? Well, we arrive with good news to tell you that we may be seeing more of our beloved Meredith next season. She confirmed this herself in an interview with Variety Actors on Actors with former co-star Katherine Heigl,
“I will be making some appearances hopefully next year if I can find some time.”
When asked about how her last day in the series felt, she replied saying,
“I am not completely gone. The storyline is very cool. There’s a lot to research that’s changing very rapidly about Alzheimer’s disease.”
This means as long as her research with Alzheimer’s continues, we will get to see inklings of her throughout the show. At least that is better than not having her on the show at all.
Grey’s Anatomy Season 20: Expected Plotlines
The American drama series focuses on the personal and professional lives of surgical interns, residents, and attendings at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital. It 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. Moreover, the plot of Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 is also expected to pick up the plotlines and character arcs right where the 19th season left off.
The finale episode of Grey’s Anatomy Season 19, “Happily Ever After?” which was directed by Debbie Allen and written by Meg Marinis, played a crucial role in expanding the plot as it 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. It is pretty evident that the next season will develop the story from this moment on.
To understand the premise on which Season 20 is likely to pick up, here is an episode list of Grey’s Anatomy Season 19:
October 26, 2022
Six months later. A new team of interns begins training at the hospital as familiar faces return.
S19.E2 ∙ Wasn’t Expecting That
November 2, 2022
The attending surgeons and interns work together to solve a medical mystery when a college kid comes in with what first looks like food poisoning but has escalating and dire complications. Meanwhile, Jo spends her day off with Bailey.
S19.E3 ∙ Let’s Talk About Sex
November 9, 2022
Bailey recruits the interns to create a series of social media videos informing teens about sexual health. The videos, filmed at Grey Sloan in front of a group of high schoolers, hit home as a student has medical complications during her visit. Elsewhere, Meredith and Maggie learn something new about Zola.
S19.E4 ∙ Haunted
November 16, 2022
It’s Halloween night at Grey Sloan Memorial. Meredith and Nick try to spend some alone time together, Levi is stressed due to overworking, and Winston and Owen have the interns practice trauma training on a real cadaver.
S19.E5 ∙ When I Get to the Border
November 23, 2022
Bailey and Addison take a road trip to volunteer at a family planning center, but a patient’s ectopic pregnancy leads to complications. Elsewhere, the interns begin to clue in in regards to Lucas’s and Amelia’s relationship.
S19.E6 ∙ Thunderstruck
November 30, 2022
On the heels of life-changing news, a thunderstorm hits Grey Sloan. The attending surgeons and interns work together to save an injured reporter and family affected by the storm. Meanwhile, a beloved author undergoes a risky surgery, and complications from the storm arise.
S19.E7 ∙ I’ll Follow the Sun
March 8, 2023
On Meredith’s last day at Grey Sloan, doctors plan a goodbye surprise while Nick confronts her about their future. Interns compete to scrub in on a heart transplant, and Richard asks Teddy an important question.
S19.E8 ∙ All Star
March 15, 2023
Teddy makes a challenging decision; Maggie and Winston aren’t on speaking terms; Link leans on Jo for emotional support as he preps for surgery on a well-known athlete; Simone and Lucas are surprised by an unlikely visitor.
S19.E9 ∙ Love Don’t Cost a Thing
March 22, 2023
Simone is met with a life-changing decision upon the return of someone from her past; Blue and Jules shadow Maggie on a risky case; Jo and Link tend to a pregnant woman; Lucas and Mika throw a party filled with surprises.
S19.E10 ∙ Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves
March 29, 2023
Catherine returns to Grey Sloan for a surgical case that makes Lucas and Blue queasy; Amelia treats a patient with a family that’s a little too supportive; Owen takes his medical future into his own hands, much to Teddy’s surprise.
S19.E11 ∙ Training Day
April 5, 2023
Addison makes a special appearance at Grey Sloan to welcome Bailey’s new OB/GYN trainees. Maggie’s lung transplant is derailed, and Nick bonds with Lucas – before the day takes a shocking turn.
S19.E12 ∙ Pick Yourself Up
April 12, 2023
In the immediate aftermath of shocking events at the clinic, the hospital goes on lockdown and the Grey Sloan doctors split up to save multiple lives; Maggie lands in hot water with Winston; Jules’ roommate makes a surprise appearance.
S19.E13 ∙ Cowgirls Don’t Cry
April 19, 2023
A bull rider shows up at Grey Sloan with severe injuries, forcing Maggie, Amelia, Owen, and Blue to examine their own biases; Simone can’t find anyone to be her maid of honor; Mika takes drastic measures to pay down her student debt.
S19.E14 ∙ Shadow of Your Love
April 26, 2023
Maggie’s last day; Amelia’s relationship with Kai is tested; Ben worries as Bailey’s doxing intensifies.
S19.E15 ∙ Mama Who Bore Me
May 3, 2023
With Levi’s help, a patient celebrates a milestone; Jo processes a difficult diagnosis; Maggie and Winston decide their future.
S19.E16 ∙ Gunpowder and Lead
May 10, 2023
Amelia takes her personal problems out on her work colleagues, and the threats against Bailey come to a terrifying head. Lucas and Jules make a risky decision on a patient, and Mika struggles with burnout.
S19.E17 ∙ Come Fly With Me
May 17, 2023
Teddy calls an emergency meeting to discuss the intern program; Link wrestles with his own self-doubt as he preps for a massive surgery; Nick shares some much-needed guidance with a struggling Lucas.
S19.E18 ∙ Ready to Run
May 24, 2023
Richard and Teddy make an exciting announcement; Jules and Blue butt heads over Maxine’s care; Lucas helps an artist decide on a risky procedure; Jo and Mika tend to Sam; Simone faces a life-changing decision.
S19.E19 ∙ Wedding Bell Blues
May 31, 2023
Simone’s wedding day arrives as Jo and Link’s relationship hits a major turning point. Meanwhile, the attending surgeons fly to Boston, forcing a reunion between Nick and Meredith.
S19.E20 ∙ Happily Ever After?
May 31, 2023
The attending surgeons fly to Boston, forcing a reunion between Nick and Meredith; Bailey gets a big surprise.
Horrified looks from everyone in the room but he's only looking at her. 💜 pic.twitter.com/ijakO21F6X
— Grey's Anatomy (@GreysABC) May 25, 2023
According to the playing field laid out by Season 19 of Grey’s Anatomy, here are some possible questions Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 is likely to answer:
Is Teddy Alive?