On January 10, it was revealed that “Grey’s Anatomy” had been renewed for another season, but what’s interesting is that there was no indication that Season 19 would be the last. ABC notes that the next installment “will explore the ever-expanding world of modern medicine through the eyes of beloved returning and new characters,” per Deadline. The three remaining OG characters, played by Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., and of course, Ellen Pompeo, are slated to return.
Just like in Season 18, Pompeo inked a one-year deal to continue playing Meredith Grey. She’s also jumped from co-executive producer to executive producer, which may mean that she had been offered this promotion to stay on the show. In 2020, she had already admitted that financial stability was one of the reasons why she agreed to stay. “I made a decision to make money, and not chase creative acting roles,” she said on the “Jemele Hill is Unbothered” podcast.
And while her heart’s not in it anymore compared to the first few seasons, Pompeo said that “Grey’s Anatomy” still deserved her undivided attention. “You have to be super engaged and be paying attention. It’s like the world right now, what I say all the time, if you’re not pissed, you’re not paying attention,” she said on her “Tell Me with Ellen Pompeo” podcast. “I feel like the only way for me to be there this long is to be fully activated on every level, be looking at everything.”