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

Grey's Anatomy Season 19 Episode 2: Release date, promo, plot and more
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We have seen your theories about the potential release date for Grey’s Anatomy Season 20. Now it’s time to get the facts right! Continue reading to learn more. 

Want to know when the next chapter of this popular medical drama series focusing on the personal and professional lives of surgical interns, residents, and attendings at the fictional Seattle Grace Sloan Memorial Hospital is going to premiere? You have reached the right place to get clarity about what happens next, as we can understand your excitement to see how the story will unfold, which has sparked many questions such as, “When will fans be able to watch the new season in October or not?”

So, to help you prepare before diving into the new season, we’ve compiled all of the relevant information right here for you about Grey’s Anatomy Season 20. 

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

Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Release Date: When is it premiering on ABC?

Initially, the eagerly awaited new season of the beloved medical drama series was scheduled to make its comeback in September 2023, but sadly, due to the emergence of Hollywood’s dual strikes, out of which the WGA strike has now been resolved, the SAG-AFTRA strike is still being negotiated. It caused major production houses to halt their development of the new season, which also impacted the schedule of Grey’s Anatomy Season 20, and now the season has been delayed until next year! Yes, you read it right. Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 will not be available to stream anytime soon, especially not in October 2023 for the 2023–24 fall broadcast season. 

ABC has officially decided to postpone the release of the majority of their scripted shows. The network will now include all the unscripted shows and reruns of Grey’s Anatomy prior seasons for the remaining months of 2023 in order to cover up the empty slots in the fall broadcast season. Due to this, any hopes for the series release this year, let alone any more expectations for ABC to publish new information in the coming months, are way too far-fetched!

We would like to emphasize that the revised schedule also confirmed that the new season will make its official comeback sometime around 2024, which might end up being the first quarter of 2024 (January to March) as the ideal release window for it to actually premiere at the same time slot every Thursday at 9:00 p.m. on ABC and later be available to stream on Hulu on a weekly basis without causing any unwanted changes in the primetime broadcast schedule. Hence, we highly urge Grey’s Anatomy fans to follow the ABC network on social media to stay up-to-date with all the latest information about the filming as it will become available in the coming weeks. 

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

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

Though it is far too early to predict forthcoming storylines, the new season is likely to remain true to the show’s official theme as 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 20th season is also expected to pick up the plotlines and character arcs right where the 19th season left off.  

As the new season has not been designed as the final season of the series. The finale episode of Grey’s Anatomy Season 19, “Happily Ever After?” which was directed by Debbie Allen and written by Meg Marinis, will play 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. 

Hence, we’ll just have to be patient to see what the creators have in mind for the fans for the sole subject of the future plotlines. Until any confirmation, check out the official promo for the final episode of Grey’s Anatomy Season 19 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 be a part of the new season?

Firstly, we want to clarify that the cast members are still subject to change due to cost-cutting and delays caused by the dual strikes. So, the cast members who are most likely to reprise their roles for the landmark 20th season of Grey’s Anatomy are as follows:

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, and 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, and Midori Francis.

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 October 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. This will also be the first season since Grey’s Anatomy 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. 

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 October 2023

Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Frequently Asked Questions

How many episodes will be there?

When renewed, the next season was expected to have at least 20 episodes with an average runtime of 43–53 minutes, which were expected to air on a weekly basis.

Unfortunately, it appears that the official episode count has been reduced to 15 to 18 episodes in order to compensate for the delay in production, as it will be extremely difficult to now proceed with an entire season with 20+ episodes, which will help to maintain the story’s flow without leaving out major scenarios crucial to the story. We’d also like to note that neither the titles nor the summary have been provided. To avoid early spoilers of the plotlines of the 20th season, these facts will be given as the release date approaches.

Where to stream all the seasons?

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: Release date speculation, characters that won't return, plot, filming updates and more 

Has the official trailer for Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 been released?

As stated above, the new episodes have not yet been filmed, leading to a major delay in production, which is speculated to commence later once the negotiations for the actor’s strike are resolved as recently the leadership of the actors’ guild regularly returned to the bargaining table with the studios and streamers which is a positive sign that the strike might end soon. As a result, no official teaser or trailer for the upcoming season has been published.

As 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 trailer of the show’s 19th season, which showcased: “The doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital deal with life-or-death consequences on a daily basis in one another that they find comfort, friendship, and, at times, more than friendship. Together they’re discovering that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white. Real life only comes in shades of grey.”

Grey's Anatomy Season 19 Trailer (HD)

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