Grey's Anatomy renewed for season 18
Great news for Grey's fans.
The long-running medical drama Grey's Anatomy has been renewed for another season.
The news comes after several months of speculation over whether or not the current season would be its last.
Station 19, Grey's Anatomy's spinoff series has also been renewed for another season.
Speaking on the renewal of both series, Craig Erwich, the president of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment said:
"Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy have done an incredible job of honoring real-life heroes by giving audiences an unflinching look at one of the biggest medical stories of our time.
"Krista (Vernoff) and her team of writers have continued to deliver the compelling and compassionate storytelling that is a hallmark of these shows, and created some of the year’s most-talked-about moments in television. We’re so grateful to our talented casts and crews for their extraordinary work that connects with viewers everywhere, and we look forward to sharing even more defining moments with our fans next season.”
The show's star Ellen Pompeo is set to return following a lengthy negotiation of her contract. Pompeo, who has played Meredith Grey since it began in 2005, is one of television's highest paid actresses.
Pompeo's co-stars Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr are also set to return to play Miranda Bailey and Richard Webber, respectively.
Jesse Williams, who has played Dr Jackson Avery for many years, will not return for season 18.
The fan-favourite shared news of his departure with his followers on Instagram.
Williams posted a photo of his character with the caption, "Feels".
In a statement to Deadline, Krista Vernoff, the show's executive producer said:
"Jesse Williams is an extraordinary artist and activist. Watching his evolution these past 11 years both on screen and off has been a true gift.
"Jesse brings so much heart, such depth of care, and so much intelligence to his work. We will miss Jesse terribly and we will miss Jackson Avery — played to perfection for so many years."