Grey's Anatomy Season 20: Plot, Cast, Premiere Date, and Everything Else You Need To Know

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We'll be old and gray before Grey's Anatomy ends!

Grey's Anatomy continues to make records and hold its own as a cultural juggernaut in the television landscape as it comes off 19 seasons on the air.

And while there has been a revolving door cast over the past nearly two decades, including the titular main character, Meredith Grey herself, it shows no signs of slowing down.

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One of the most exciting aspects of Grey's Anatomy Season 19 is how the series found a way to reinvent itself.

It served as a reboot within the series, and the show pulled it off remarkably well with a fresh batch of interns who have already made their mark and feel like the next generation of this series.

Enthralled Interns -tall - Grey's Anatomy Season 19 Episode 4

No one could've anticipated that a new version of OG "M.A.G.I.C" conveniently, also "M.A.G.YK" could bring back the familiar vibes of Grey's Anatomy's heyday, focusing on the trials, tribulations, flounders, and drama of following the interns.

And the veteran characters of the series also held their own throughout the season as well.

We saw Ellen Pompeo take a step back and make her exit from the show as a series regular, and we also saw Kelly McCreary depart the series, too.

Kate Walsh guest-starred in multiple installments for a compelling arc about women's reproductive health and abortion rights.

Welcome Back, Addy - Grey's Anatomy Season 19 Episode 3

The season also gave us some forward movement with Link, and Jo's relationship saw Amelia making some life choices, and Teddy ascended to Chief of the hospital.

And Grey's Anatomy Season 19 Episode 20 left us with one hell of a shocking cliffhanger.

It's safe to say we can't wait until the series returns; of course, it may be a while.

Here's all the information you need to know about Grey's Anatomy Season 20. Bookmark this page to keep up with all the updates.

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Will Grey's Anatomy Return for Season 20?

A resounding yes.

The doctors won't be checking out of this hospital anytime soon. ABC didn't hesitate to renew its longest-running primetime scripted drama. On March 24, 2023, they announced the renewal.

Grey's Anatomy ranks as ABC's No. 1 entertainment series for adults 18-49 and is tied as the fifth-highest-rated drama in the demo.

According to Deadline, it averages 10.7 million total viewers after 35 days of delayed viewing across linear and digital platforms to rank as ABC's No. 1 entertainment series in delayed multi-platform viewing.

Thrilled to be Reunited  - Grey's Anatomy Season 19 Episode 14

Will Krista Vernoff Return as Showrunner In Grey's Anatomy Season 20?

No. The long-time showrunner of the series has officially stepped down and has turned the reins over to Meg Marinis, who has been associated with the series since Grey's Anatomy Season 3.

Is Ellen Pompeo Staging a Meredith Grey Return in Season 20?

Yes, baby!

Mer's Theory  - Grey's Anatomy Season 19 Episode 19

While the actress is adamant about stepping down from the series, she has not closed the door on playing Mer altogether.

In June 2023, she stated, "I will be making some appearances hopefully next year if I can find some time," Pompeo said. "

We've got an interesting story to tell."

In early December, executive producer Debbie Allen shared that Pompeo will appear in at least two episodes during the season.

Buried in Work  - Grey's Anatomy Season 19 Episode 19

“The first episode is the one I’m going to direct, so she won’t be too far,” Allen states. "We have to let her go and do some other things, but she’s still our queen. She’s still our number one."

We catch a glimpse of Ellen Pompeo in the teaser trailer for the new season.

Will Kim Raver's Teddy Return in Grey's Anatomy Season 20?

Yes.

Bickering Wife  - Grey's Anatomy Season 19 Episode 9

The season finale left us with quite a cliffhanger of Teddy coding on the O.R. floor, with Yasuda desperate to revive her when Owen walks into the room.

But prior to the finale's airing on May 18, Deadline broke the news that the series inked a deal with Kim Raver and completed contract negotiations, meaning she was affirmed for the new season.

So, it's safe to say that Kim Raver will return for the next season, and hopefully, that means that Teddy does survive that harrowing ordeal!

Who Is In The Grey's Anatomy Season 20 Cast?

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We know that many actors negotiated new contracts and will thus be in the new season.

  • Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey
  • James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber
  • Kim Raver as Teddy Altman
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  • Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd
  • Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson
  • Chris Carmack as Atticus Lincoln
  • Anthony Hill as Winston Ndugu
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We can most likely anticipate the entire new intern class, including Harry Shum Jr. as Blue Kwan, Adelaide Kane as Jules Millin, Alexis Floyd as Simone Griffith, Niko Terho as Lucas "Baby Shep" Adams, and Midori Francis as Mika Yasuda.

We can also likely expect Jaicy Elliott's return as Taryn Helm.

We will see Ellen Pompeo guest star in the upcoming season. But there's no word yet on if Kelly McCreary will make an appearance.

What's less known is if we'll see Scott Speedman reprise his role as Nick Marsh or E.R. Fightmaster reprise their role as Kai Bartley.

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But in more exciting news, Jessica Capshaw will be making an epic comeback to the series!

After her departure during Grey's Anatomy Season 14,  we had no idea if we'd ever see her again!

But according to Deadline,  the TV gods have blessed us well because, while we don't know when she'll be making an appearance during the season, we can expect Arizona Robbins for at least an episode.

The possibility of her returning again is certainly an open-ended one. And we, for one, are curious to see if this appearance will finally give us the Calzona Closure that we need.

Arizona's Pride - Grey's Anatomy

Fans of another ship, Schmico, will be delighted to learn that Alex Landi will be reprising his role as Nico Kim as well. Of course, we don't know how long he'll be sticking around, but could he be rekindling a little something something with our boy, Levi? Who knows?!

In addition to these exciting returns, the series is also adding Natalie Morales and Freddie Miyares into the fold.

Morales will portray a new pediatric surgeon, Monica Beltran, described as "level-headed" and "pragmatic." She's also considered at the top of her field and known to push boundaries.

Miyares will play a recurring patient named Dorian who got into an accident and is struggling with what his future looks like moving forward.

We'll keep you posted about casting news and changes.

Bubble Burst  - Grey's Anatomy Season 16 Episode 13

When Is Grey's Anatomy Season 20's Release Date?

The dual strikes have completely disrupted the schedule as we know it for the first time in years.

Typically, the series would've returned during September/October of the Fall season, but since the strikes weren't resolved until November 8, it pushed back filming.

Shouldering Blame  - Grey's Anatomy Season 19 Episode 8

Fortunately, Grey's Anatomy was one of the first series to get back into production, and as a result, the new season will premiere on March 14 at 9/8c.

How Many Episodes Will Be In Grey's Anatomy Season 20?

There's good news and bad news. The Writers' and Actors' strikes have resulted in a truncated season, the shortest of the series to date.

But any Grey's Anatomy is better than no Grey's Anatomy at all, right?

We're getting ten episodes this season. If handled well, that could actually be a good thing if we get tighter storytelling and storylines or, even more fun, a breakneck pace of medical drama, sexytimes, and other hospital shenanigans.

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What Is the Plot of Grey's Anatomy Season 20?

We don't have an official synopsis, but there are plenty of things we can speculate about for the upcoming season.

With Teddy's life hanging in the balance, we can expect an intense opener that sees everyone rallying around trying to save their colleague and Chief.

While it's highly doubtful that we'll see Teddy kick the bucket permanently, it appears that the former Cardio Queen had some heart issues. In the latest teaser, we hear Winston mention that she's in "critical condition."

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It'll be interesting to see Teddy try to recuperate from a serious heart problem, maybe even surgery, while juggling the stressors of her new job as Chief of the hospital and her family with Owen and their kids.

We also have to be concerned about the ramifications of the interns' actions for going rogue in the O.R. on the beloved patient Sam without a conscious attending present.

For this new batch of interns, this could be their LVAD wire or underground surgery moment, and there's no getting around what they did.

Professionally, this puts the interns in some dicey territory, as they face the potential ruining of their careers before they even get to take off. It's something hinted at in the trailer teaser when he ponders who he may have to fire.

Earnest Mika  - Grey's Anatomy Season 19 Episode 14

And it also puts the hospital in a precarious position, especially as they just got their intern program back on track.

Things may be awkward for the hottest new 'ship, Simone and Lucas. While Simone left her wedding and terrible fiance for Lucas during Grey's Anatomy Season 19 Episode 19, and the two had steamy sex together, there is still tension between them, and their relationship remains in the air.

Meanwhile, Jules has come to grips with her feelings for Blue, and there's more to explore with that burgeoning romance, too.

Mika has started something with Helm, but since Helm returned as Chief Resident, their relationship has a power imbalance they're supposed to avoid, but can they?

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Fans of Jo and Link were ecstatic to see the couple confess their love for each other and take a huge step, but where does that leave things with them now?

The season could also explore Amelia finding herself and figuring out what she wants next after her breakup with Kai, especially as she tries to stay sober and keep herself from taking things out on the interns.

Webber broke his sobriety, which is cause for concern, and there's still potential for so much stress in his future with Catherine's cancer treatments not working.

Bailey should be riding high from her award and have a renewed confidence and drive to continue her work in women's health.

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On that note, it'd be unsurprising if the series didn't continue focusing on topical, socially conscious storylines and subject matter.

Will There Be Any Grey's Anatomy Crossovers With Station 19?

We have no word on whether or not there will be a major crossover event with Station 19. However, both series routinely have characters who make cameos in installments, so we'll likely see mini-crossovers throughout the season.

To our utter shock and dismay, Station 19 is canceled, and this will be the spinoff's final season of the series. With such a short one and a short period to wrap things up, we may never see a full-blown crossover ever again.

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Is There a Trailer For Grey's Anatomy Season 20?

Fret not; we wouldn't keep referencing a teaser trailer and not share it with you all!

Here's our first real glimpse of the new season, combining footage of old with hints of what's to come. And best of all? It's got a healthy dose of Meredith Grey!

Where Can I watch Grey's Anatomy?

When the new season is released, you can watch it live on ABC at 9/8c. You can catch it the following day on Hulu.

You can also watch Grey's Anatomy online here via TV Fanatic.

Jasmine Blu is a senior staff writer for TV Fanatic. She is an insomniac who spends late nights and early mornings binge-watching way too many shows and binge-drinking way too much tea. Her eclectic taste makes her an unpredictable viewer with an appreciation for complex characters, diverse representation, dynamic duos, compelling stories, and guilty pleasures. You'll definitely find her obsessively live-tweeting, waxing poetic, and chatting up fellow Fanatics and readers. Follow her on X.

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