Richard finds out Maggie quit Grey Sloan and is concerned about how she’s handling the death of her patient who was her estranged cousin. Bailey returns to work after taking some personal time off, although Koracick doesn’t make her first day as easy as she’d like. Meanwhile, Meredith thinks she might miss DeLuca, and Amelia has an update for Link on her pregnancy on “Grey’s Anatomy” Thursday, January 30th, on ABC.
Episode title: “A Hard Pill to Swallow”
Release date: January 30, 2020 at 9pm
Cast: Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Kevin McKidd, Jesse Williams, Caterina Scorsone, Camilla Luddington, Kelly McCreary, Giacomo Gianniotti, Kim Raver
Guests: Debbie Allen, Jasmine Guy, Jason George, Taryn Helm
Grey’s Anatomy is an American medical drama television series that premiered on March 27, 2005, on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) as a mid-season replacement. The fictional series focuses on the lives of surgical interns, residents, and attending doctors, as they develop into seasoned doctors while trying to maintain personal lives and relationships. The title is an allusion to Gray’s Anatomy, a classic human anatomy textbook first published in 1858 in London and written by Henry Gray. Shonda Rhimes developed the pilot and continues to write for the series; she is also one of the executive producers, along with Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Krista Vernoff, Rob Corn, Mark Wilding, and Allan Heinberg. Although the series is set in Seattle (at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital, later renamed), it is filmed primarily in Los Angeles, California.
The series is designed to be racially diverse and uses color-blind casting. It revolves around the title character, Dr. Meredith Grey, played by Ellen Pompeo, first featured as an intern. The original cast consisted of nine star-billed actors: Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers, T. R. Knight, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Isaiah Washington and Patrick Dempsey. The cast has undergone major changes through the series’ run, with many members leaving and being replaced by others. In its fifteenth season, the show has a large ensemble of eleven actors, including four characters from the original cast (Meredith Grey, Alex Karev, Miranda Bailey, and Richard Webber).
Grey’s Anatomy was renewed for a sixteenth season which premiered on September 26, 2019. The series’ success catapulted such long-running cast members as Pompeo, Dempsey, Chambers, Capshaw and Oh to worldwide recognition; they were among the top five highest-earning television actors in 2013. While the show’s ratings have fallen over the course of its run (it was once among the overall top 10 shows in the United States), it is still one of the highest-rated shows among the 18–49 demographic, and the No. 3 drama on all of broadcast television in the USA. The series was the highest revenue-earning show on television, in terms of advertising, in the 2007–08 season; in 2017, it was ranked tenth on the list. Grey’s Anatomy ranks as ABC’s highest-rated drama in its fifteenth season.
Grey’s Anatomy has been well received by critics throughout much of its run, and has been included in various critics’ year-end top ten lists. Since its inception, the show has been described by the media outlets as a television “phenomenon” or a “juggernaut”, owing to its longevity and dominant ratings. It is considered to have had a significant effect on popular culture and has received numerous awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama and a total of thirty-eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including two for Outstanding Drama Series. The cast members have also received several accolades for their respective performances. Grey’s Anatomy is the longest-running scripted primetime show currently airing on ABC, and the longest scripted primetime series carried by ABC in general. As of February 28, 2019, it is the longest running American primetime medical drama series. On May 10, 2019 Grey’s Anatomy was renewed for seasons 16 and 17, with Ellen Pompeo extending her contract through these two seasons. Chris Carmack, Greg Germann and Jake Borelli were also promoted to series regulars for season 16. Season 16 premiered September 26, 2019.
The series follows Meredith Grey, (Ellen Pompeo), the daughter of an esteemed general surgeon named Ellis Grey, following her acceptance into the residency program at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital, (later named Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital). During her time as a resident, Grey works alongside fellow physicians Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl), Alex Karev (Justin Chambers), and George O’Malley (T. R. Knight), who each struggle to balance their personal lives with hectic schedules and stressful residency requirements. During their internship, they are overseen by Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), a senior resident who works with attending physician Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), head of neurosurgery and Meredith’s love interest; Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington), head of cardiology, who becomes Yang’s fiancé; and Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.), Chief of Surgery and attending general surgeon, the previous lover of Ellis Grey. During the first six seasons, Burke, O’Malley, and Stevens all depart the series.
In addition to Webber, Burke, and Shepherd, the surgical wing is primarily supervised by Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh), Shepherd’s ex-wife and the head of OB/GYN, neonatal, and fetal surgery who leaves for Los Angeles after the third season; Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez), a resident who later becomes head of orthopedic surgery and leaves Seattle at the end of the twelfth season; Mark Sloan (Eric Dane), as head of plastic surgery; Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), as head of trauma who later marries Yang; Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw), as head of pediatric surgery, and later head of maternal/fetal surgery who marries Torres; Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith), as head of cardiology; Teddy Altman (Kim Raver), as head of cardiology who departs at the end of season eight but returns in season fourteen; and Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone), Derek’s sister, who is hired to replace him as head of neurosurgery.
Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh), Meredith’s paternal half-sister, joins the residency program in the fourth season until her death with her love interest Mark Sloan in the season eight finale’s plane crash, after which Seattle Grace is renamed Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital in their memory. Former Mercy-West residents Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) and April Kepner (Sarah Drew) join Seattle Grace following an administrative merger in season six. Other additions include Leah Murphy (Tessa Ferrer), who departs at the end of the tenth season but returns during the thirteenth; Shane Ross (Gaius Charles), who leaves with Yang in the tenth-season finale; Stephanie Edwards (Jerrika Hinton), who resigns during season thirteen; Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington), who marries Karev; Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti), the former love-interest of Meredith’s maternal half-sister Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary), who also serves as head of cardiology; and Benjamin Warren (Jason George), an anesthesiologist-turned-resident-turned-firefighter who marries Miranda Bailey. Season eleven sees the departure of Derek Shepherd, and in season twelve, attending cardiovascular surgeon Nathan Riggs (Martin Henderson) joins the show. In the early episodes of season fourteen, Riggs leaves the series to start a life with Owen’s long-lost sister; by the season finale, Kepner and Robbins also depart the show. Midway through the sixteenth season, Karev made his final appearance on the series.
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