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

Grey's Anatomy Season 20: When will the new season premiere on ABC?
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When will Grey’s Anatomy, the cultural touchstone series, return to ABC? Here is everything we know about the potential release date of Grey’s Anatomy Season 20.

With a legacy spanning two decades, this groundbreaking series continues to push boundaries and redefine what it means to be a television phenomenon, as it has been captivating audiences around the world with its blend of intense medical cases and compelling personal dramas. So, it makes sense why the fans are curious to know more about the show’s next chapter. As we embark on another milestone season, fans can expect even more twists and turns, as the show’s creators have promised to deliver an unforgettable experience!  

After all, it’s Seattle’s Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital—the exact place where twists and turns happen at the most unforeseen moments. Its gripping storylines, complex characters, and emotional twists have become intertwined with the show for the last 18 years! Viewers are more than ready to be immersed in the intense world of the famous general surgeon in Grey’s Anatomy, as they are eager to learn about all the new details released! So, if you want to know it all, then you have reached the right place, as we have compiled all the latest information about Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 right here for you!  

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

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

It looks like the eagerly awaited new season of the beloved medical drama series, which has become one of the highest-rated and most-watched shows since its inception, will not be available to stream anytime soon, especially not in September 2023 for the 2023–24 fall broadcast season, because ABC has officially decided to postpone the release of the majority of their scripted shows until next year. All thanks to the ongoing dual strikes, which include the 2023 WGA strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, that sadly haven’t reached any agreement, causing a major change in the previously confirmed 2023–24 fall primetime schedule.  

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 release new information in the coming months, are way too far-fetched! The revised schedule also confirmed that the new season will make its official comeback sometime around early 2024, which will be up for the first quarter of 2024 (January to March) as the ideal release window. This will only happen if production commences once the dual strikes conclude within the next few weeks.  

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

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 schedule. On the other hand, we would also like to emphasize that Deadline recently reported that an alternate release month is also bound to happen only if, without a resolution or meaningful movement between AMPTP and WGA by October, the new 2023–24 series might be delayed until autumn 2024, putting certain sophomore and bubble shows—even beyond broadcast—in danger!

Until then, we’ll just have to wait and see what more details will be confirmed later.  

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 as it will become available in the coming weeks. You should also follow the official statements issued by verified sources to be informed about the status of the strikes. With the rise of fake news and rumors circulating online, it’s essential to separate fact from pure fiction created by some fans. Additionally, we suggest the readers get in touch with other Grey’s Anatomy fans to learn about all the speculations and predictions regarding the show’s future.

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

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

We are certain that the 20th season will pick up right where the previous one left off, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats as they eagerly anticipate the resolution of cliffhangers and the introduction of new story arcs. The dedicated team of writers and producers have been hard at work crafting a season that will not only honor the show’s rich history but also surprise and delight long-time fans. From shocking revelations to unexpected alliances, Grey’s Anatomy is poised to once again leave its mark on television history! 

Though it is far too early to predict forthcoming storylines, the new season is likely to remain true to the show’s official 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. 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.  

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

As the 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, 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. 

It’s safe to say that Grey’s Anatomy will continue to captivate audiences with its signature blend of heart-wrenching drama and compelling character arcs. It will certainly try its best to push boundaries and tackle relevant issues, which has been one of the most significant aspects of the show’s remarkable ability to entertain viewers on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride! 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, as the season has not been designed as the final season of the series.

Until then, check out 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 reprise their roles in the new season?

As fans eagerly await the return of their favorite characters, speculation runs rampant about who will be gracing our screens as series regulars once again. While nothing is set in stone just yet, we can’t help but dive into the thrilling world of predictions and possibilities, as the cast members are still subject to change due to cost-cutting. So, let’s embark on a tantalizing journey as we explore which cast members are likely to reprise their roles for the landmark 20th season of Grey’s Anatomy:

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.

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

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. 

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 September 2023

Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Official Episode Count: How many will be there, and where to stream?

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. Sadly, it looks like the official episode count is still subject to change due to the ongoing writer’s strike and the actor’s strike, as it is speculated to be reduced to 15 to 18 episodes due to cost-cutting, which will be a result of the strikes and will help 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 Official Trailer: Has it been released?

As stated above, the new episodes have not yet been filmed due to the ongoing 2023 WGA strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, which has put Hollywood on a halt for the first time in 63 years, we assume that the filming might take a while to resume the completion of scripts and filming of the episodes, just like many other original ABC series, which have also stopped their work due to a lack of writers and actors, leading to a major delay in the official production, which is speculated to commence later this year as the negotiations are still bound to happen in the coming weeks!

Moreover, in a recent meeting, The Writers Guild said that the AMPTP’s latest counteroffer for a new contract “is neither nothing nor nearly enough.” In a message to its members, the guild said it “will continue to advocate for proposals that fully address our issues rather than accept half measures like those” offered by the companies in its latest offer on August 11. The guild said that “we remain committed to direct negotiations with the companies.” The WGA concedes that the companies have come closer, but not close enough, to meeting several of the guild’s demands on several key strike issues. 

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

Due to this, there is absolutely no doubt left, and we are certain that the new season production and potential release date will be delayed further, maybe until October 2023. As a result, no official teaser or trailer for the upcoming season has been published, 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 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)

Grey’s Anatomy Season 20: Frequently Asked Questions

Will Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 be the last season?

As of writing this, we can assure readers that the upcoming season has not been designed as the final season of the series. So, there is a chance that the series will be renewed for an additional season, which will be confirmed once the 20th season draws near its conclusion. Additionally, Kim Raver told Entertainment Tonight, “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 for Grey’s to close up shop: “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.

Has Grey’s Anatomy moved to Disney+?

It’s possible that Grey’s Anatomy may eventually transfer to Disney+. After all,  Disney is the organization that oversees ABC and also owns Disney+. There is, however, no evidence that Disney has any immediate plans to shift the program to its streaming service.

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

Does Grey’s Anatomy have any spin-off series?

Yes! As we know, Grey’s Anatomy is one of the longest-running scripted primetime shows currently airing on ABC. It is bound to have some spin-off series, which are as follows: Private Practice (2007–2013) and Station 19 (2018–present). Grey’s Anatomy: B-Team is another series announced by Sarah Drew on her Instagram page that a 6-episode spin-off series following the new interns of Grey Sloan Memorial would be released for streaming on the ABC app and

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. The rights to the show 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! We’ll just have to wait sometime0 for the official announcement. 

While you wait for more Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 updates on Web News Observer, catch up on the previous seasons on ABC.