Tuesday, July 23, 2024

TV: “Grey’s Anatomy” Possible Last Season with Just 38% of Episodes with Ellen Pompeo


You do know that “Grey’s Anatomy” is coming to an end.

ABC hasn’t said so yet, the 20 year old medical soap has been moved to 10pm on Thursdays because it’s trounced weekly by “Law & Order SVU.”

There’s almost none of the original cast left. Now Ellen Pompeo — who’s gotten too expensive for the show — will appear in just 7 of this year’s 18 episodes. That’s 38.8%.

Pompeo — who plays the titular Grey — could be turn up in more, especially if the show gets early word that they need a series finale.

Pompeo’s salary was so big that each year popular other characters have had to be killed off or written endings so the show could go on. Then she said she wanted to work less — why not, she’s rich! — and she was going to do some cable series.

For a whole season during the pandemic, Meredith Grey just lay in a hospital bed and dreamed about the actors who’d been let go over the years.

ABC has beaten this rug and still dust flies from it. All the existing characters have been married to each other and have had terminal illnesses. There have been a lot of explosions and unlikely emergencies. But the sand is running out of this hourglass.

Get ready for a big “Greys” finale possibly in 2025.

Roger Friedman
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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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