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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Mar's fathere did mention little grey by first name b4 she was introduced.


I've watch this show from 'day 1' and although I liked Mark and Izzie together; I always had a problem of where she came from. In the first season, when Meridith's father was introduced, along with his second wife and their daughter, who was having problems regarding her pregnancy, there was no mention of another daughter, so I was stunned when she appeared as an intern!?!?


I cried for an hour after watching season 8 finale and then tthe next morning I got asked why I was so sad, and I replied "Lexie died and left mark all alone" and started crying again!!! She really needs to come back!!!! I started watching greys anatomy from the beginning again during the ssummer because i wwas having withdrawals, I need greys anatomy to get through the week! I also want to see more medical miracles! And maybe send doctors away to countries for doctors without bboarders instead of killing them so maybe they can come back!

@ Brooke k

I agree, lexie was my favorite character. She has to return to the show!!!!!!!!!!!


I'm confused if the original cast is returning does that mean Teddy will come back and Lexie won't die because if that's true I will be over the moon and beyond in happiness! Lexie was my favorite character then Arizona and then Teddy. I can't loose two! :(


Nevermind! it starts September 27!!! So excited!! Huge greys anatomy fan right here :)


Can not wait for the 9th season!! Does anyone know when it begins? I know sometime in september, but dont know the date!!


Please bring Burke back, he could be walking through the woods and walk up on the crash. Bring lexie back and kill arizona off the show. Let Callie fall for Mark. Then mark is torn between his daughters mom and the love of his life


They really need to bring Burke back. Miss him so much. Other actors have done worse and kept their jobs. Ugh!


Stop killing off people because then no one will watch the show, some actors can move on with out dieing I suppose that way they can have the option to guest star if they wanted.


Paige, you made me laugh out loud! I absolutely agree, I am another fan of the show that does not even care how "fake" Lexie's comeback is, just make it happen and follow the storyline that was coming together for her and Mark.

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

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)

Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.