Will the titular almost two-decade-long medical drama return this year amidst grave uncertainties?
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 24th, 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!
— Variety (@Variety) March 24, 2023
If you are one of the fans on the receiving end of the spectrum, you have come to the right place to get your doubts cleared. We possess a few updates regarding Season 20 of Grey’s Anatomy, so continue reading to find out.
Grey’s Anatomy Season 20: Will Filming Begin This Year?
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.
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: Recent Release Date Updates
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.
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 release in the first quarter of 2024(January to March). If not, we will be viewing the release dates being pushed back to fall 2024. Following the lack of clarity surrounding the series’ release, we urge fans to wait patiently and keep an eye out for this 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.
With that being said, there are some important plotlines that Season 20 might discover next year:
Is Teddy Alive?
The season 19 finale left us in the throes of a grim cliffhanger which was unexpected. Teddy, the Chief of Surgery at Seattle Grace Hospital, was lying unconscious on the floor of the O.R. Her husband Owen walked in while she was trying to be revived, and there was that. A massive cliffhanger.
Great news for the Grey’s Anatomy fandom because it looks like Teddy will not be leaving us in Season 20. Before the finale aired, Deadline reported that Kim Raver would return as a series regular for Season 20, along with longtime fan favorites like James Pickens Jr., Chandra Wilson, and Raver’s on-screen husband, Kevin McKidd. This fact makes it highly unlikely that Teddy will be killed off when Season 20 returns this fall.
However, it will be a rough ride for her as the chief with a heart condition (and she had been neglecting it for a while). Will she be back in full rigor and take over the responsibility at the hospital? Owen thinks she can do a much better job than him, at least. Will she be able to juggle the pressures of her cardiac health, her job, and her family? We will have to wait for Season 20 to find out!
Did Richard Succumb To Drinking Again?
The finale scene surrounding Richard had our hearts thumping. On the flight earlier, he almost went for Catherine’s drink, thinking the flight was going to crash. However, Bailey, his sobriety police, knocks the cup out of his hand in time. Thereafter, we are shown a montage at the end where a drink is set in front of Richard, but whether he takes the drink or not, we do not know.
Season 20 will continue showing his struggle with addiction and Bailey being there by his side to guide him to the light at the end of the long dark, damp tunnel.
Will We Witness A Divorce?
Things between Winston and Maggie do not seem to look up. They have projected grave differences in what they perceive love and work as. In that capacity, we catch a glimpse of them realizing that their marriage is not in the works and might need correction. In other news, we also saw some longing looks from Jules toward Winston.
Does this mean we will get another teacher-student romance in Season 20? Will this mean there is a divorce in the books between Winston and Maggie? Things are getting tense, and we need Season 20 to come fast enough to solve our doubts.
Will Jo And Link’s Relationship Face Trial?
Over the years, we have watched several dramas depict fiances leaving their respective partners at the altar for the pursuit of an unfinished romance with another person. We never thought we would witness that in a medical drama like Grey’s Anatomy.
The season 19 finale showed Simone coming to the hospital to tell Lucas that her heart still burned for him, and things ended up being steamy right before she got betrothed to Trey. She proceeded to the wedding but ended up leaving Trey at the altar and went looking for Lucas to confess that she wanted to be with him.
Incidentally, Lucas was called for emergency surgery for a patient who happened to get into a gory car accident, and it happened to be none other than Trey. He was chasing after Simone after she left him at the alter and got into a car accident in the process. Talk about a messy ending!
Where does this leave Lucas and Simone? Will they reconcile, or will Simone repent her actions and get back with Trey? Guess we will have to wait for Season 20 to find out.
Over these years, since 2005, Grey’s Anatomy has been one of those series that has donned the element of reinvention with class. With the fast-changing medical science and now Artificial Intelligence entering the market, new and evolved forms of treatment have developed. Grey’s Anatomy has evolved with this change and has proudly adapted itself to the changing times. It is a great source of educational information and entertainment, as well as a motivation for individuals(particularly females) to pursue the medical field fierceness. This element might be a reason behind the endless accolades the series has been endowed with.
Nevertheless, if any more updates regarding Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 plotlines pop up, we will be sure to update it here.
Grey’s Anatomy Season 20: Where To Watch
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:
The series is also available for rent or purchase, depending on the viewer’s region on:
- Amazon Prime Video
- Google Play
Grey’s Anatomy Season 20: Official Trailer
Since there are no updates regarding the release date for Grey’s Anatomy Season 20, we do not possess the official trailer for the same just yet. However, we will be sure to update it here as soon as it is released.
Meanwhile, you can take a look at the official trailer for Grey’s Anatomy Season 19 instead:
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