ABC President Hopes for "Many Years" of Grey's Anatomy, Reveals Midseason Return Dates

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ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee took to the Television Critics Association stage in Beverly Hills this morning, teasing a few significant plans for a few major shows and also releasing a handful of key air dates.

GREY'S ANATOMY, Lee said, likely isn't going anywhere any time soon.

“[Shonda Rhimes] is planning a number of [season's] out… We would like to see it on the network for many years to come.” Lee declined to comment on the future of original castmembers like Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey (whose contract expire in May), saying, “If I commented on who is coming in and out, I think Shonda would yell at me.”

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REVENGE, meanwhile, has a new showrunner and Revenge Season 3 is expected to have a tighter focus.

Sunil Nayar will “bring to us a slightly less complicated" overall arc, Lee tease. "The first episode back is a fantastic episode starting with a magnificent hook.”

On NASHVILLE Season 2, Connie Britton’s Rayna will “really drive plot,” Lee said. “That particular rivalry with Connie and Hayden['s characters] is coming to a head. We’ve only seen a couple of outlines and a script, but we’re really happy with it.”

With midseason drams such as Killer Women on tap, Lee also revealed that the aforementioned dramas and other programs will take extended winter hiatuses. They will then return (with almost only new episodes through the end of the season) on the following dates:

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

[narrating] "At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody. So this thing where we all keep our distance and pretend not to care about each other, it's usually a load of bull. So we pick and choose who we want to remain close to, and once we've chosen those people, we tend to stick close by. No matter how much we hurt them. The people that are still with you at the end of the day, those are the ones worth keeping. And sure, sometimes close can be too close. But sometimes, that invasion of personal space, it can be exactly what you need."

MEREDITH

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)