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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Im still going to watch the show because ive watched this show since it started and it makes my thursday nights, i wake up and go to school and look foward all day to watching the new episode... but Lexie Grey was my favorite character... i was stunned when she died.... it wont be the same without her, can you please bring her back.. i dont care if its the fakest thing in the world just make her live!!!!!!! I love chyler lee


Shonda i hope you read this Callie and Arizona have been through enough. If you kill off Arizona you will lose a lot of viewers, me included.


I think the fans need to get in touch with Chyler and let her know how important her return to grey's is to us. I loved Lexie and was so excited to see where her story was headed, I think more so than any other character.
Shonda, work your magic, write her death as a hallucination, whatever it takes, and help us convince her to return!


Can't wait for season 9 :) September 27th 2012


this show amazes me, shondra your imagination has went above and beyond, and im thankful for this show. As for the nay sayers about who stays and who goes, i dont see anyone else making a hit show or even know the difficulties that go into it, so props to shondra !I really hope it continues so theres more resolve....i also love the song choices in the program, i thinks ive downloaded half of them


If jessica. Capshaw dies I'm never watching it agin


Does anyone know when grey's anatomy will return this fall 2012?


So this last season "flight" was season 8?? When does season 9or is it 10 start im so confussed. But they need to hurry nd bring my show back have nothing else to watch on thursdays!!! Tired of the re-runs


if they kill arizona i will be so pissed she killed henry and turned teddy sour like why couldn't he stay till the season ended they could both have left togeather it would have been nicer


courtney i agree with you shonda rhime is crazy is crazy if she thinks i will be watching the show next season if she doesnt bring back lexie. she will be losing almost all her audience.

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