ABC Renews ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Station 19’ & ‘How to Get Away with Murder’
ABC has handed series orders to three of its hit dramas this evening. ‘Grey’s Anatomy‘ has been handed, not one, but two seasons, taking it up to Season 17. Additionally, ‘Station 19‘ will be getting a 3rd Season, whilst ‘How to Get Away with Murder‘ lands Season 6.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ follows Meredith Grey and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial who are faced with life-or-death decisions on a daily basis. They seek comfort from one another, and, at times, more than just friendship. Together they discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white.
The two-season renewal is something of a record breaker for ABC. Not only is it now the network’s longest scripted drama, but it will also beat ‘ER’ for the record as the longest-running primetime medical drama on US TV. It already has aired more episodes than ‘ER’, but it will now pass it in the number of seasons as well (‘ER’ had 15 Seasons and 331 episodes).
There was some additional Grey’s news, which sees Chris Carmack’s Dr. Atticus Lincoln, Jake Borelli’s Dr. Thomas Koracick and Greg Germann’s Levi Schmitt all officially becoming series regulars in Season 16.
“Chris, Jake, and Greg have been recurring for us as guest stars and have popped as fan favourites,” commented Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff. “We are excited to continue revealing their characters and we are beyond thrilled to welcome them to the Grey’s Anatomy family.”
‘Station 19’, which follows the heroic firefighters at Seattle Fire Station 19 who risk their lives and hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock, is back for Season 3, but has a new showrunner. Krista Vernoff, who you may have noticed from the previous paragraph, is the showrunner for ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, will take control of both series, allowing for more connectivity between the parent series and the spinoff.
“I’m thrilled to continue at the helm of ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ and I’m honoured and energized by the opportunity to run ‘Station 19,’ as well,” adds Vernoff. “To expand upon the world [previous showrunner] Stacy McKee created, and further merge it with the world of ‘Grey’s,’ is an exciting challenge.”
‘How to Get Away with Murder’ has been a constant in ABC’s Thursday programming block since its premiere in 2014. The Philadelphia-based drama, murder, deception, fear and guilt are the ties that bind Professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) to her associates and students. Over the last five seasons, ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ has used thought-provoking storytelling to bring societal issues to light, such as the right to a fair trial, racial inequalities in the justice system and mental illness.
In the UK, we are still awaiting the arrival of ‘How to Get Away with Murder‘ Season 5, which is currently scheduled to air in June 2019 on Sky Witness. ‘Grey’s Anatomy‘ and ‘Station 19‘ are both airing there current seasons on Sky Witness in the UK at the moment.