If you're a Grey's Anatomy fan, your Thursday may seem woefully empty at present as we deal with the long slog that is the mid-season hiatus. But rest assured that your favorite doctors will soon return to screens, and in fact they may still be around for years and years to come!
Speaking to EW at the Television Critics Association’s press tour last week, ABC Chief Channing Dungey discussed the future of the long-running medical drama, and it was all great news - not only will Grey's Anatomy be around for another season, but hopefully for as many seasons as Shonda Rhimes and her team can keep the ideas flowing!
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Speaking about the possibility of Grey's Anatomy equalling the run of NBC's medical juggernaut ER, which ran for 15 seasons, Dungey expressed her enthusiasm for Grey's to reach such a milestone, and revealed that basically it wasn't up to her when the series ended, but TGIT queen, Shonda Rhimes. Dungey said:
"That'd be lovely. I'll take even more! Honestly, I think that the show is going to continue as long as Shonda and the gang have a creative passion for telling those stories. At the moment, it feels like we’re full steam ahead."
And given that over the course of the 278 Grey's Anatomy episodes which have aired to date we've watched musical episodes, cross-over episodes, backdoor pilot episodes, bottle episodes and more, it's fair to say that Rhimes and her team have more than enough creative ideas to propel the series forward for at least a hundred more episodes. But aside from all their creative ideas, Dungey has more insight on why the series keeps the veiwers comings back. Dungey said:
"What Shonda and the team at Grey's have really been able to do over time is continue to bring in new characters that give the series additional life and energy while remaining true to the core cast of characters. When I've been looking at the fan feedback and reaction from this season, people are more interested than ever in the relationship between Meredith and Alex, and these are two characters that have been around since Season 1. But we're now experiencing them in a totally different way than we have before. That's just what the writers do so well; they continually peel back new layers of these characters that we get to expand and explore."
Grey's Anatomy returns to ABC on January 26.
Will you remain a Grey's Anatomy fan until the life support machine is switched off?