Original Grey's Anatomy Cast: Returning For Season 9 (and 10)!

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Huge Grey's Anatomy casting news this morning. The six remaining original stars have all signed two-year contracts to continue with the ABC medical drama, keeping the core of the show intact.

This assumes there are two more seasons, of course. ABC has yet to formally order a ninth season of Grey’s Anatomy, though it seems like a foregone conclusion. The network reveals its 2012-13 schedule Tuesday.

Assuming Grey's is on it, Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers, James Pickens, Jr. and Chandra Wilson will all be back. The same goes for a potential 10th season in 2013-14.

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Showrunner Shonda Rhimes has said it's been challenging to craft the season finale to the current eighth season while 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 told TV Line this winter.

”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].”

The Grey's Anatomy season finale spoilers we've read so far suggest a very dark chapter to come tonight and next week, but it looks like Meredith, Derek, Alex, Cristina, Bailey and Richard all survive.

The original cast members were the only ones with expiring contracts at the end of Season 8; the rest of the ensemble remains signed through next year as well. Of course, there could be a major death.

In any case, it's terrific that ABC and the cast were able to get this done. Comment below!

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Awesome news. As long as the original characters return, I don't care who else leaves. So happy Meredith, Cristina and Alex will be back for 2 more years. This made my day.


There are a few articles up on it. EW states that they are close to a close on the deal that will keep them in for 2 more years. It looks like things are good :)


This is great news. I don't understand why you would act as if Grey's isn't picked up. I, for one, hope this show goes on for at least 20 seasons like ER did. In some ways, this show is better, as foar as I am concerned.


Really great news! I think ten seasons for Grey's will be great and it's a huge relief to know that the characters we've loved all this time will continue to be a part of the show.


This is the best thing I've heard all day! :D
I'm just wondering if Shonda will bring back Katherine Heigl? She did say she was interested in returning. Not to mention, Shonda was falttered by the idea of having her return - the only problem was that the time wasn't right. However, considering that Shonda has no plans for season 9, this would be really good timing.


pure speculations. ABC says nothing, Shonda says nothing... Anyway, Callie and Arizona are safe!!!


That just made my day!!!


But who is than going to die! Mark, Lexie, Jackson are out of the game!
April maybe? Suicide!?
Arizona or Teddy! Most likely!


Okay, hold on. How did you find this out? Shonda Rhimes, ABC...who's the source? You don't note anywhere in the article on who the source is.


Well that's not good for Callie and arizona fans... It's most definitely one of them that dies. Although I am excited to see all of them back I hope calzona doesn't die!

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.