ABC’s hit medical drama ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is a television phenomenon that just keeps going. With its 20th season recently renewed for broadcast, the show has now cemented its place as the longest-running primetime medical drama in modern television history. Along with this renewal, Meg Marinis has been appointed as the new showrunner. She takes over from Krista Vernoff, who stepped down from the role earlier this year.
Starring Ellen Pompeo in the lead role of Dr. Meredith Grey, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ follows the trials and tribulations of the doctors, nurses, and support staff of the fictional Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital in Seattle, Washington. Season 19 of the show will finish airing later this month, leaving its legion of fans eagerly anticipating the next installment.
Despite the show’s longevity, it still commands a huge audience, regularly topping the ratings chart in the key 18-49 demographic. As it approaches season 20, the show continues to attract an average of over 10 million viewers per episode in Live+35 viewing across all platforms.
For the upcoming season, Meg Marinis takes over as showrunner, having been a key part of the show’s creative team since season 3. Marinis has earned her stripes on the show, working her way up from writer’s production assistant to become an executive producer in season 15. She has written over 25 episodes of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to date.
In recent months, the popular show has seen several beloved cast members leave, including Krista Vernoff and Kelly McCreary who played Dr. Maggie Pierce for nine seasons. Ellen Pompeo’s character has also left the ensemble cast, moving from Seattle to Boston. Her character will continue to provide voiceovers at the start and end of each episode, and her appearance in the series finale has been confirmed. Pompeo’s status for Season 20 remains to be confirmed.
As ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ enters its 20th season, it looks like there’s still plenty of life in this popular and enduring medical drama. Fans can’t wait to see what Meg Marinis has in store for the staff and patients of the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.
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Ref: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Renewed for Season 20 at ABC, Meg Marinis Takes Over as Showrunner – Variety