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Grey’s Anatomy ‘eyes a 19th season as and series star Ellen Pompeo is approached to return’

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Grey's Anatomy 'eyes a 19th season as and series star Ellen Pompeo is approached to return'

Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital may once again open its doors for new patients.

According to a report from Deadline on Thursday, ABC is in talks to renew its hit series Grey’s Anatomy for a record-breaking 19th season.

The network has also reportedly entered negotiations with star Ellen Pompeo for her return to her role as Dr Meredith Grey.

Coming back? ABC is in talks to renew its hit series Grey's Anatomy for a record-breaking 19th season

Coming back? ABC is in talks to renew its hit series Grey's Anatomy for a record-breaking 19th season

Coming back? ABC is in talks to renew its hit series Grey’s Anatomy for a record-breaking 19th season

Last May, Deadline reported that Pompeo, who also serves as a co-executive producer on the show, closed a one-year deal after ‘lengthy negotiations.’ 

Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr are the only three cast members who have remained with the show since its launch in March of 2005.

Deadline reported that Wilson, who plays Dr Miranda Bailey, and Pickens Jr, who plays Dr Richard Webber, both signed multi-year contracts during the May negotiations.

Series lead: The network has also entered negotiations with star Ellen Pompeo for her return to her role as Dr Meredith Grey

Series lead: The network has also entered negotiations with star Ellen Pompeo for her return to her role as Dr Meredith Grey

Series lead: The network has also entered negotiations with star Ellen Pompeo for her return to her role as Dr Meredith Grey

Grey’s Anatomy became the longest-running primetime medical drama in history when it was renewed for its 18th season last spring.

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However, ABC did not announce that the current season would be the show’s final season. 

According to Deadline, the decision to renew the show for a 19th season will be made in the next month or so to allow creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes and executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff time to craft a fitting season finale in the event of its cancellation. 

Record-breaking: Grey's Anatomy became the longest-running primetime medical drama in history when it was renewed for its 18th season last spring

Record-breaking: Grey's Anatomy became the longest-running primetime medical drama in history when it was renewed for its 18th season last spring

Record-breaking: Grey’s Anatomy became the longest-running primetime medical drama in history when it was renewed for its 18th season last spring

In September, ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals President Craig Erwich told Deadline, ‘We’re thrilled to have [Grey’s] on the lineup. It’s a gift.

‘As long as all of the producers and Ellen [Pompeo] feel like there are meaningful stories to tell, we’re going to continue to do the show.’     

Meanwhile, Pompeo has recently said that she thinks that it is time for the show to end.

The 52-year-old actress told Insider last Saturday that she has ‘been trying to focus on convincing everybody that [the show] should end.’

Pompeo said she’s often focused on the creative possibilities for the series, whereas others focus on the commercial success.

‘​I feel like I’m the super naïve one who keeps saying, “But what’s the story going to be, what story are we going to tell?”’ she said. ‘​And everyone’s like, “Who cares, Ellen? It makes a gazillion dollars.”‘

Pompeo previously echoed similar sentiments speaking with Entertainment Weekly  in September of 2018, where she said she thought about a ‘change’ in her career.

‘I am really feeling like we have told the majority of the stories we can tell,’ Pompeo said. ‘It’s about time that I mix it up.’

The following month, she appeared on Ellen and said there was ‘no end in sight’ to the hit show and that she wanted to continue because the show was ‘touching lives and making a difference’ with its stories.

The Everett, Massachusetts native was speaking to the outlet about her company Betr Remedies, which works alongside the non-profit organization SIRUM, which focuses on redistributing prescription medications that were not used to communities in need working with charitable pharmacies.

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Pompeo told Insider she ‘had no idea how much actual medication goes into landfills’ prior to her work with Betr Remedies, and saw the collaboration ‘as a pretty interesting opportunity to be a part of a startup that was addressing some real issues that we have.’

Pompeo, who shares daughters Stella, 12, and Sienna, seven, and son Eli, four, with husband Chris Ivery, 54, said that she looks to present her children with ‘examples of other people being active in fighting for things that matter, rather than trying to tell them what to do.

‘I like to point out how many good people there are really working hard to try to make significant change in whatever areas they’re passionate about.’

Epic sendoff: According to Deadline, the decision to renew the show for a 19th season will be made in the next month or so to allow creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes and executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff time to craft a fitting season finale in the event of its cancellation. Shonda seen in 2020

Epic sendoff: According to Deadline, the decision to renew the show for a 19th season will be made in the next month or so to allow creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes and executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff time to craft a fitting season finale in the event of its cancellation. Shonda seen in 2020

Epic sendoff: According to Deadline, the decision to renew the show for a 19th season will be made in the next month or so to allow creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes and executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff time to craft a fitting season finale in the event of its cancellation. Shonda seen in 2020

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