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So much has happened in Grey's Anatomy season 17. Apart from the COVID-19 storyline, fans were shocked nearly every week with surprising character returns, jaw-dropping character exits and nail-biting cliffhangers.
Given all of the major character comebacks — Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), George O'Malley (T.R. Knight), Mark Sloan (Eric Dane), Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh) and April Kepner (Sarah Drew) — as well as the heartbreaking farewells — Tom Koracick (Greg Germann), Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) and Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) — fans couldn't help but wonder if show writers were throwing in lots of twists and turns to wrap up the series forever.
The answer? No, they weren't. In May, Deadline announced the pickup of Grey's Anatomy for another season, and original cast members Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. are all expected to return. Here's everything we know about Grey's Anatomy season 18 so far, including all the info on the premiere date, cast and more.
When is Grey's Anatomy returning for season 18?
Though ABC has yet to set an exact date, fans should expect to see the upcoming season of Grey's Anatomy come out sometime in September of 2021 and wrap up in the spring of 2022. We'll be sure to update this post when more information is made available.
Is there a Grey's Anatomy spinoff coming out around season 18?
Grey's fandom rejoiced when Deadline ran a story in late May quoting ABC Signature President Jonnie Davis appearing to suggest that a new spinoff had been discussed.
"[Showrunner Krista Vernoff] and the team are really digging deep and finding out what that looks like. They are noodling ideas, and I can’t wait to, when we land on what that is to introduce the next phase of Grey’s Anatomy," he said. "We will find the next version that will take it to the next 18 years. We’re working on for right now, and there’s no better brains to figure it out than Krista and [creator Shonda Rhimes]."
That said, Jonnie later issued a statement to Deadline clarifying his remarks:
"There are no conversations about a spinoff of Grey’s Anatomy at this time. We are 100% focused on producing season 18, with the incredible Krista Vernoff at the helm, and the amazing Ellen Pompeo leading our ensemble and co-executive producing. As the leader of ABC Signature, I meant only to convey my support and optimism for Shonda’s brilliant creation."
In other words, it's one big question mark at the moment, but it doesn't sound like any concrete plans have been made just yet.
Will the entire cast return for season 18?
For sure we know that Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. will come back. What's more, several other cast members have signed on for contracts lasting through a potential season 19, as reported by Deadline last July. The list includes Kevin McKidd (who plays Owen Hunt on the show), Camilla Luddington (Jo Wilson) and Kim Raver (Teddy Altman).
Sadly, DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti), Jackson (Jesse Williams) and Tom (Greg Germann) character exits this season mean Grey Sloan is down three doctors heading into season 18. But maybe this means more cast members will join — needless to say, we'll be on the lookout for announcements.
How can I watch and stream the new season?
Grey's Anatomy is also available to watch on ABC via Hulu, Philo, fuboTV, and Netflix subscriptions. You can also purchase individual episodes of Grey's Anatomy for $1.99 each on iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Youtube and Apple TV.
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