Grey’s Anatomy Season 20: Is it renewed or canceled?

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ renewed for Season 20 by ABC
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The landmark 20th season is officially greenlit! Here is everything we know so far about Grey’s Anatomy Season 20. 

After so much time and effort went into building these beloved American medical drama television series for the last 19 seasons seems to have finally paid off! The show has been officially greenlit for a 20th season by ABC, which is not surprising at all as the last season of the show received mostly favorable reviews from critics and viewers around the globe. 

Grey’s Anatomy, now in its nineteenth season, is tied for the fifth-highest drama on ABC this season among adults 18-49 and continues to place as the network’s No. 1 entertainment series in that demographic. After 35 days of delayed watching on linear and digital platforms, Grey’s Anatomy averages 10.7 million total viewers, making it ABC’s top entertainment series for multiplatform delayed viewing.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ renewed for Season 20 by ABC

With a renewal for a historic 20th season, Grey’s Anatomy will continue to make TV history and extend its title as the longest-running primetime medical drama. Moreover, this renewal announcement comes nearly weeks before the final episode of the 19th season is scheduled to air on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at the same time slot of 9/8c on ABC and later available to stream on Hulu. 

Along with the pickup, ABC also verified a report from Deadline that Meg Marinis will direct Season 20. She takes over for Krista Vernoff, the longtime showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy, who is leaving both shows at the conclusion of this season. So, if you are one of those who want to get clarity about the potential release date, then look no further as we’ve compiled all of the relevant information right here for you! 

Continue reading until you reach the end to find all of your answers.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ renewed for Season 20 by ABC

Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Speculated Release Date and Time Slot

The official premiere date has yet to be acknowledged, as the series was renewed a few hours ago. But the potential release date of Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 is confirmed to be for the 2023–25 broadcast season. The season will likely premiere in the fall of 2023, and it is expected to premiere every Thursday. In order to maintain consistency, a similar year gap is possible.

In addition to this, the premiere of the episodes on the streaming platform can be at the same time slot of 9/8c, just like other original series. We would like to highlight that this is just speculation! Until then, fans should keep a close eye on the social media handles of the show to learn about any new updates.  

Any statement about the show’s official release date and time schedule is still subject to network verification. So, this is just our guess that the next season might follow the same pattern and be released in a similar time frame if the network decides to go with the exact schedule. Hence, we suggest that the viewers be patient with the latest information for the upcoming season.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ renewed for Season 20 by ABC

Grey’s Anatomy Season 20: What to expect? 

The next season is expected to continue the plot from the final episode of the 19th season, which hasn’t aired yet. The official title and synopsis of this episode have not been released yet. So, it is far too early to predict future plotlines, but the show’s essence, which elaborated on the personal and professional lives of the doctors at Seattle’s Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, is expected to be carried forward in the new season. 

After the big sendoff episode for Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith Grey in the midseason premiere, she will be returning for the Season 19 finale. However, she might turn up on the show in the upcoming season. As Pompeo continues to serve as an executive producer and contributes the voiceover at the beginning and end of every show. Other long-running cast members whose contracts are up this season include Kevin McKidd, Kim Raver, Camilla Luddington, and Caterina Scorsone. 

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ renewed for Season 20 by ABC

Hence, the producing studio ABC Signature would have to make new deals with any of them to come back. Kelly McCreary is also leaving and five new main characters joining the show, played by Harry Shum Jr., Adelaide Kane, Alexis Floyd, Niko Terho, and Midori Francis. Most, if not all, of the new cast members, have gotten positive reviews, and it is anticipated that they will all be retained for a second season.

“Grey’s Anatomy” was created and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes (“Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Station 19”). Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Krista Vernoff, Debbie Allen, Zoanne Clack, and Meg Marinis are executive producers. The series is produced by ABC Signature, which is a part of Disney Television Studios.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ renewed for Season 20 by ABC

Grey’s Anatomy Season 19: When will the next episodes premiere on ABC?

This season of Grey’s Anatomy will explore the ever-expanding world of modern medicine through the eyes of beloved returning and new characters and will bring back The spark. The drive. The genius. Everything it takes to build a great doctor… into the upcoming episodes.

Take a look at the official episode guide of Season 19 below: 

Episode 12: Pick Yourself Up – March 30, 2023: The episode is directed by Kevin McKidd and written by Scott D. Brown. The official synopsis states, “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.”

Episode 13: Cowgirls Don’t Cry – April 6, 2023: The episode is written by Mark Driscoll. The official synopsis states, “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.” 

Check out the newly released promo of Grey’s Anatomy Season 19 Episode 12 below:

Grey's Anatomy 19x12 Promo "Pick Yourself Up" (HD) Season 19 Episode 12 Promo

While you wait for more Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 updates, catch up on previous episodes at ABC.