Original Grey's Anatomy Cast: Returning For Season 9 (and 10)!

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Huge Grey's Anatomy casting news this morning. The six remaining original stars have all signed two-year contracts to continue with the ABC medical drama, keeping the core of the show intact.

This assumes there are two more seasons, of course. ABC has yet to formally order a ninth season of Grey’s Anatomy, though it seems like a foregone conclusion. The network reveals its 2012-13 schedule Tuesday.

Assuming Grey's is on it, Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers, James Pickens, Jr. and Chandra Wilson will all be back. The same goes for a potential 10th season in 2013-14.

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Showrunner Shonda Rhimes has said it's been challenging to craft the season finale to the current eighth season while not knowing which members of the original cast would and would not return next fall.

“[It] was the most complex puzzle I’ve had to put together, ever,” she told TV Line this winter.

”We have all these moveable pieces of who’s coming back and who’s not, and finally I just decided to focus on what was going to be best creatively [and] make it work regardless of what is happening [off screen].”

The Grey's Anatomy season finale spoilers we've read so far suggest a very dark chapter to come tonight and next week, but it looks like Meredith, Derek, Alex, Cristina, Bailey and Richard all survive.

The original cast members were the only ones with expiring contracts at the end of Season 8; the rest of the ensemble remains signed through next year as well. Of course, there could be a major death.

In any case, it's terrific that ABC and the cast were able to get this done. Comment below!

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Find a way to keep GA alive for a long time to come. Fantastic!


Are they ever going to mention Meredith's other sister, Molly?


I am a big fan of GA and i am so excited to see more of this series it became the number one medical series and it inspired me a lot...i just love the characters!!!


Yo no entiendo porque ISOBEL STEVENS se largo y me dejo queriendo mas...


i think that this is an amazing show, i really enjoyed watching it again and again and AGAIN. it;s just amazing. but i wish that mark lived. it would also be nice for some of the old cast members to be back on the show. i dont want to see anymore deaths, i feel in love with them all, please dont kill them!


So I feel like some people should watch the show a little closer! you say you watched it from day one but dont remember mer's dad mentioning lexi he totally did! pay attention to what you watch.
Love, a true fan!


I think that Callie should leave Arizona because she is mean about her leg becoming missing but Callie was only trying to save her life! And mark should have stayed alive because he was mr mcsteamy! And it would have been Better if Lexi had survived also like if she wasn't pined under a 1,000 pound object so her and mark could be together! So when is season 9 going to be on Netflix ? Because I can't wait to watch it


no matter what happens, no matter who died the story must go on and as promised greys still paved their way to entertain their viewers!


Mark really needs to stay I also been watching from day 1. They took my reruns offnow killin off Mark,lexi


Major G.A. Fan love meredith and her narrations!! Love all the cast. Who could ask for a better bday present season 9 starts on my birthday 9/27 and the 6 original characters signed a contract for season 10 as well!!!

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.


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)