Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. have all reportedly signed two-year deals to stick with the ABC medical drama, Deadline.com reports. ABC declined to comment.
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The Season 8 finale will air next Thursday, with one of the Seattle Grace docs meeting their maker — which has made fans even more stressed considering this is a contract negotiation year. Still, Pompeo previously expressed that she was game to continue playing the Grey of Grey’s Anatomy.
Hopefully this means none of these worst-case scenarios will come true now.
ABC has yet to renew the series, but news is expected by next week at ABC’s Upfront presentation.
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Showrunner Shonda Rhimes told TVLine in January that she was resolved to designing a fitting finale to Grey’s current eighth season, despite not knowing which members of the original cast would and would not return next fall.
“[It] was the most complex puzzle I’ve had to put together — ever,” she shared. ”We have all these moveable pieces of who’s coming back and who’s not, and finally I just decided to focus on what was going to be best creatively [and] make it work regardless of what is happening [off screen].”