February 2, 2023
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Krista Vernoff Leaving as ‘Gray’s Anatomy’ & ‘Station 19’ Showrunner

Ellen Pompeo isn’t leaving Gray’s Anatomy alone. Longtime showrunner and govt producer Krista Vernoff will likely be leaving the ABC hit medical drama and its spinoff sequence Station 19 after their present seasons finish airing. Gray’s Anatomy is at the moment in its nineteenth season. Station 19 is in its sixth, although a midseason premiere date has not but been introduced. Neither present have been renewed for his or her twentieth and seventh seasons simply but.

“It has been the privilege of a lifetime to be entrusted to run Gray’s Anatomy for the previous six years and Station 19 for the final 4,” Vernoff mentioned in an announcement to Deadline. “The eagerness of the devoted fandoms and the affect that these exhibits have on hearts and minds can’t be overstated. The quantity of expertise in these two extraordinary casts and these two sensible writers’ rooms is past measure — and these crews work magic week after week.”

Vernoff rose by the ranks at Gray’s Anatomy after serving as a author from Season 1 by Season 7. At that time, she was bumped to move author and govt producer for nearly simply as lengthy of a tenure. In 2017, she began Season 14 because the Gray’s showrunner and has been on the helm of the long-running Thursday evening staple ever since. She’s been the showrunner of Station 19 since 2019 (it debuted the yr prior with creator Stacy McKee on the helm), orchestrating a number of profitable crossover occasions afterward. The firefighter-focused drama has elevated its viewership steadily within the more and more tough linear TV panorama beneath her watchful eye.

Gray’s creator Shonda Rhimes expressed her help for her longtime collaborator (whom she handpicked to switch her) in her personal assertion. It mentioned: “Krista’s creativity, imaginative and prescient, and devoted management have allowed Gray’s Anatomy and Station 19 to proceed to flourish. I’m extremely grateful to her for all her onerous work. She’s going to all the time stay a part of the Shondaland household.” Rhimes was the showrunner of Gray’s from its inception till 2017 when she handed the mantle onto Vernoff.

“I will likely be eternally grateful to Shonda Rhimes for her belief and to Disney and ABC for his or her help,” Vernoff mentioned of her mentor.

“Krista Vernoff has poured her coronary heart and soul into Gray’s Anatomy and Station 19, and her voice has been pivotal to the success of those beloved sequence,” Craig Erwich, President, ABC Leisure, Hulu & Disney Branded Tv Streaming Originals, mentioned in an announcement. “It takes a formidable chief to run two exhibits concurrently, and Krista has executed so effortlessly. Her artistic pressure has left an indelible mark, and because of her, our viewers will proceed to be invested in these dynamic and cherished characters for a few years to return.”

In line with Deadline, the exhibits are actively trying to find Vernoff’s substitute out of a pool of candidates who, like Vernoff, have labored for the franchise for years.

Vernoff’s current notable plots within the franchise embody the COVID-19 dream seashore sequence, wherein Meredith Gray was reunited with dearly departed characters like Patrick Dempsey‘s Derek Shepherd, T.R. Knight‘s George O’Malley, Chyler Leigh‘s Lexie Gray, and Eric Dane‘s Mark Sloan, in addition to Station 19‘s George Floyd episode, which featured the firefighters processing their emotions concerning the traumatic occasion with a therapist (performed by Tracie Thoms). The plot additionally prolonged into Gray’s. Vernoff credited the Station 19 cast as essential parts of that episode’s story improvement.

Fittingly, Vernoff wrote Pompeo’s final episode of Gray’s Anatomy. “I’ll Comply with the Solar” premieres February 23 on ABC.

Gray’s Anatomy, Winter Premiere, Thursday, February 23, 9/8c, ABC