Grey's Anatomy Boss Promises Return to "Sexier" Roots in 2020

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Grey's Anatomy said goodbye to 2019, and its regular time-period just a few days ago. 

As previously reported, ABC has made the decision to push the series back to the 9 pm hour in January. 

This is to accommodate the return of spinoff Station 19, which will now be leading off the night in the 8 pm slot. 

Cold Shoulder - Grey's Anatomy Season 15 Episode 12

This is not the first time the venerable medical drama will be in the 9 pm slot. It was in that slot for years, but ABC previously decided to switch things up to provide a stronger lead-in to Scandal. 

Even in the face of changes in the schedule, Grey's Anatomy is still one of the top shows on the air and ABC's highest-rated scripted series in the demo. 

However, the series, as a whole, has taken on a lighter path over the last few years. 

Naturally, fans have questioned whether the switch back to 9 pm could signal a change in the overall tone for the series. 

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Speaking to Deadline about the switch, showrunner Krista Vernoff has revealed that some changes are on the horizon. 

"There are different rules for a 9pm show than there are for an 8pm show, and we hope to take advantage of those rules," she explained to the outlet. 

"Grey’s was definitely allowed to be a sexier show when it was on at 9 o’clock. So we are excited by the change back to our original (Thursday) time slot.”

What we do know is that Grey's Anatomy has gradually been including more characters from Station 19 so far this season. 

Bailey's Loss - Tall  - Grey's Anatomy Season 16 Episode 9

Given that Grey's Anatomy Season 16 Episode 9 concluded with some Grey Sloan and Station 19 characters in a deadly situation. 

This was all thanks to a car driving into the bar and leaving several lives on the line. 

That two-hour crossover will serve as the beginning of Station 19 Season 3, as well as ABC's rejigged Thursday schedule. 

Hairy Situation- tall  - Grey's Anatomy Season 16 Episode 8

What are your thoughts on the sexier tone returning?

Hit the comments below. 

Remember you can watch Grey's Anatomy online right here via TV Fanatic. 

The crossover begins Thursday, January 23. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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