Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 is not coming to ABC in 2023

Grey's Anatomy Season 20 is not coming to ABC in 2023
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Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a newcomer, then there is no doubt that the next chapter is not to be missed! Continue reading to learn more about Grey’s Anatomy Season 20.

Attention fans! It’s time to brace yourselves for some unexpected news. Despite its enduring popularity and captivating storylines, it seems that Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 will not be gracing our screens on ABC in 2023, which is quite unfortunate, as the fans will now have to sit with the 19th season’s cliffhanger for a while!

The eagerness of fans to know it has also increased, which eventually led to a rise in questions like, “When will Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 return on ABC?” So, if you are one of those who are constantly speculating about the season’s comeback, then don’t worry. Especially for you, we’ve compiled a list of everything you should know while recalling events from the last season.

Here is everything we know so far about Grey’s Anatomy  Season 20 at the Web News Observer!

Grey's Anatomy Season 20 is not coming to ABC in 2023

Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Release Date: When will the series premiere on ABC?

This is an unfortunate update to report, but it’s pretty crucial to inform our readers that the much-awaited 20th season of Grey’s Anatomy will no longer be a part of the 2023–24 fall broadcasting season, and right now, it seems ABC has decided to postpone the majority of their series’ release for this year! 

This report has been confirmed by ABC, as they have decided to shift the entirety of the fall schedule until next year as the network won’t premiere any scripted shows and will now include all the unscripted shows for the remaining months, which include game shows, reality dating shows, etc., to cover up the fall broadcast season due to the lack of active writers and actors that are taking part in the ongoing strikes: #SAGAFTRAstrike and #WGA, which doesn’t seem to reach an agreement anytime soon, hence causing a revised schedule, which will be ideal for an early to mid-2024 release. 

We speculate that ABC will premiere the new season next year in the same time slot every Monday at 10 pm/9 c. on a weekly basis without causing any unwanted changes in the primetime schedule. In conclusion, any updates relating to this subject are still up for debate, as no comment about it has been made by the verified source. So, we recommend readers follow social media handles to catch up with all the details whenever they are published and follow the announcements made by official sources in order to be up-to-date with the status of the strikes.

Grey's Anatomy Season 20 is not coming to ABC in 2023

Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Filming Status: Has it stopped?

After looking at the current status of the show’s pre-production stage, it is pretty much clear to say that the filming of the series is at a complete standstill as the writing of the new scripts has been put on hold, so there is no chance that the crew will go forward with filming the episodes. As a result, this will cause a major delay in production, which usually commences around the summer season if the network wants to release the series in the fall season. 

In conclusion, if we consider all the above-stated reasons, then there is a huge chance that the show creators might not even try to resume 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 crew and actors to capture the scenes from the best scripts that the writers put effort into creating in order to make the show a big success.

Hence, we certainly think it would be ideal for the show creators to avoid any unnecessary delays and commence the work once the ongoing dispute reaches a mutual agreement, which will be favorable if the release window is set sometime around 2024! Of course, details about this matter are still subject to change, and anything is possible to be revised at the last minute in the coming weeks.

Grey's Anatomy Season 20 is not coming to ABC in 2023

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

Though it is far too early to predict forthcoming storylines, hence the new season is likely to maintain the show’s theme, 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. The plot of the 20th season is also expected to pick up the plotlines and character arcs right where the 19th season left off.  

These new interns will stir up all sorts of fresh drama at the hospital as the residency program is being resurrected, which is a good hint of the new twisted tales of the most traumatized institution that will emerge. It will be exciting to see what direction the show will go after being in the television game for 20 historic seasons, which began airing back in 2005!

So, if you have streamed the last 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. It is pretty evident that the next season will develop the story from this moment on. Take a look at the official teaser 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 and will not return in the new season?

There are some cast members whose contracts are up, but if they are renewed, then we are certain that the following 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, are also expected to reprise their roles to expand their arcs. 

There can be some prominent recurring cast returning for the new season, 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 is not coming to ABC in 2023

Additionally, Ellen Pompeo will be leaving the show for the next season, but she will continue to serve as an executive producer and contribute the voiceover at the beginning and end of every show, which is some great news for the fandom, despite the fact that she was one of the most beloved and known characters on the show. 

Moreover, Kelly McCreary is also leaving the show. 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.” Further adding, “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.”

On the other hand, there can be some other removals from the show, which, if they ever happen, will be confirmed later. 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. Last but not least, “Grey’s Anatomy” is produced by ABC Signature, which is a part of Disney Television Studios.

Grey's Anatomy Season 20 is not coming to ABC in 2023

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

The next season is expected to have 20 episodes with an average runtime of 43 to 53 minutes, which are expected to air on a weekly basis. Though, the official episode count for the upcoming season is subject to change due to the ongoing writer’s strike and the actor’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 early spoilers of the 20th season’s plotlines.

When released, you can watch Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 on ABC, and it will thereafter be streamed on ABC’s website and app once the episode airs on the 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 Frequently Asked Questions

Is Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 the last season?

As of now, the 20th season has not been designated as the final season of the American medical drama television series. So, there is a chance that the series will be renewed for an additional season, which will be confirmed later. Right now, the chances of this series expanding seem positive, and we are hopeful that it will be verified in the future once the 20th season airs.

When will Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 be released on Netflix?

Due to the ongoing strikes, the 20th season’s Netflix release date remains unknown. At this point, it’s important to note that Grey’s Anatomy is only available on Netflix in two territories: the US and Canada. As a result, it is presently predicted that the show will return in late 2024, with the series premiering on Netflix at a later date. Grey’s Anatomy rights are held by Netflix for a duration of three more years.

Hence, Netflix will keep the show in its entirety until 2027, when a new season premieres in 2024! 

Is there any official trailer available for Grey’s Anatomy Season 20?

As stated above, the new episodes have not yet been filmed! As a result, no official teaser or trailer for the upcoming season has been released, and it won’t be released anytime soon until the strikes reach an agreement. 

Moreover, it takes a lot of time for such promotional stuff to be released, 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 several surgeons from Grey Sloan Memorial are in the running for the coveted Catherine Fox Award, but Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) announces a much-deserved winner that no one is expecting. 

Meredith Presents the Catherine Fox Award to an Unexpected Winner - Grey's Anatomy

While you wait for more updates on Grey’s Anatomy Season 20, catch up with the previous seasons, which are now available to stream on ABC.