Grey’s Anatomy is currently in its 13th season, which is a long time for any show to be on the air. But is the end in sight for the Shonda Rhimes-created medical drama?
ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey addressed this very topic at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, according to Deadline.
“I don’t want to think about endgame for Grey’s,” she said. “We are doing better in season 13 than we have done in a while, and I feel that the show creatively is firing on all cylinders. As long as the fans remain engaged, ratings are good and Shonda creatively is excited about it, let’s keep going.”
So while Rhimes has a not-yet-announced endgame in mind for Scandal, it sounds like Grey’s Anatomy could go on for quite a while longer, which Dungey backed up with comments about star Ellen Pompeo and comparisons to another long-running medical series.
“Ellen is really happy with the show and, at the moment, everybody creatively involved with the show is feeling really good,” she said. “Someone said ER went 15 seasons and Grey’s is in 13, and I said, ‘We want to beat ’em and pass ’em! So we’ll see!”
If Grey’s Anatomy ends up matching ER, then it will have to be on the air for at least two more seasons after the current one.
But even when Grey’s ends its run, the franchise might still live on. In the past, Rhimes has spoken about the possibility of another spin-off. (The first, Private Practice, aired from 2007 to 2013.)
When asked about a second spin-off, Dungey replied (via The Hollywood Reporter), “I will take everything Shonda is willing to give me.”
Should Grey’s Anatomy start preparing for an endgame? Or would you like to see the series stay on the air for many more years to come? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
The Grey’s Anatomy winter premiere (which has been delayed by one week) airs Thursday, January 26 at 8/7c on ABC.
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