After a lengthy delay due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, ABC's longest-running scripted primetime series, Grey's Anatomy, will finally be back on TV this spring, with just about the entire cast returning. And judging by our first big look at the landmark 20th season of the mega-hit hospital soap, the drama that's in store for us this year will be worth the extra wait.
It had better be, because so much went down in Season 19, with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) leaving the place that raised her into a legendary surgeon so she could try to cure Alzheimer's Disease in Boston. The residency program is being resurrected by a ragtag group of interns, which includes Shepherd legacy Lucas (Niko Terho), as well as Blue (Harry Shum Jr.), Jules (Adelaide Kane), Mika (Midori Francis), and Simone (Alexis Floyd). Three of the five new recruits live together in Meredith's old house, while the other two are secretly hooking up, and it feels very much like Season 2 over here.
What will these new interns face in Season 20, and how will they cause their mentors to grow gray hairs? That remains to be seen, but here's what we know about Grey's Anatomy Season 20 so far.
Grey Sloan Memorial hasn't seen the last of Meredith Grey yet. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ellen Pompeo is expected to appear in "at least four" episodes of Season 20 — which will be a 10-episode season due to strike-related delays. While four episodes would be only a small fraction of your typical Grey's Anatomy season, it's a sizable chunk of this one.
Season 20 will also see the return of longtime cast member Jessica Capshaw, per The Hollywood Reporter. Capshaw, who exited the series in 2018 after 10 seasons, will reprise her role as Dr. Arizona Robbins; reportedly, she will appear in just one episode. Alex Landi will also return as Dr. Nico Kim, alongside new Grey's guest stars Natalie Morales (playing Monica Beltran, a "pragmatic" pediatric surgeon) and Freddy Miyares (playing a "likable" patient named Dorian).
In January, ABC dropped the first real trailer for the new season of Grey's Anatomy, and it manages to jam in a lot of different people's drama into 60 seconds, including what looks like a major health scare for Teddy (Kim Raver). And yeah, it certainly looks like Scott Speedman's Nick Marsh isn't gonna be getting over Meredith moving across the country to Boston.
Grey's Anatomy Season 20 will now premiere on Thursday, March 14 at 9/8c, followed by Station 19. The shortened season of Grey's will consist of 10 episodes. Grey's Anatomy had premiered in the fall of every broadcast season since its second season, but those tandem strikes derailed the calendar for everybody. Head here for ABC's full midseason premiere calendar.
Krista Vernoff has been the showrunner of Grey's Anatomy for the past six years (and Station 19 for the past four) but she stepped down at the end of Season 19. Meg Marinis, who has worked on the show since Season 3 and written over 25 episodes, took over showrunner duties.
If you're still in it for Meredith Grey, you're in luck: Ellen Pompeo is expected to appear in "at least four" episodes of Season 20, The Hollywood Reporter reported on Feb. 10.
And Pompeo won't be the only familiar face among this season's guest stars: Jessica Capshaw will reprise her role as Dr. Arizona Robbins, per The Hollywood Reporter. Alex Landi will also return as Dr. Nico Kim.
Alongside the interns — Lucas (Niko Terho), Blue (Harry Shum Jr.), Jules (Adelaide Kane), Mika (Midori Francis), and Simone (Alexis Floyd) — the following series regulars are expected to return for Season 20:
Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey
James Pickens Jr. as Richard Weber
Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt
Kim Raver as Teddy Altman
Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd
Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson
Chris Carmack as Atticus 'Link' Lincoln
Anthony Hill as Winston Ndugu
Jake Borelli as Levi Schmitt
Kelly McCreary departed the series in Season 19 after eight seasons on the show.
The major question mark is Scott Speedman, whose character, Nick Marsh, was left hanging when he told Meredith over the phone that he loved her. Will he follow her to Boston or stay behind as resident director? Kate Walsh has also been making frequent trips back to the show as Addison Montgomery. There's been no news about Walsh's future on Grey's, but perhaps there's room for Addison to return full time to Grey Sloan...
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If you just want more Grey's Anatomy, there are a couple of ways to watch. The first 19 seasons are available on Netflix. New episodes during Season 20 will stream on Hulu.