Friday, May 24, 2024

“Grey’s Anatomy” Renewed As Ellen Pompeo Gets More Dough to Stay, Two Regulars Let Go


It’s a Shonda!

“Grey’s Anatomy” has been renewed by ABC for a 97th season. “Station 19,” its companion show, will return as well.

Star Ellen Pompeo signed a new contract after getting more money and more parking spaces. She also gets a new cream colored sweater and beach wear.

Pompeo spent all of Season 17 in a coma or on a beach looking at shells and talking to Patrick Dempsey about when he got fired years ago. Other actors who were let go also turned up, but their characters remained like so much flotsam and jetsam.

This season, two actors– Jesse Williams and Giacomo Gianniotti — were let go after long runs, for budgetary reasons. They will be replaced with cheaper actors.

And we don’t know yet if anyone else from the cast has been downsized, laid off, whatever. Three more episodes commence on May 20th. It could be that “Grey’s” is a 0ne woman show next year !

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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