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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omg! i love greys anatomy ....i love the new drama with the plane crash cuz it makes me jump out of my seat and make me feel like im in the movie and also greys anatomy has inspired me to become a doctor when i get older especialy merideth ! she is my # 1 favorite character and has inspire me the most to follow my dreams so thank you greys anatomy


Does anyone know when season 9 is set to start? Have they even started filming? I can't seem to find this information anywhere


I LOVE this show! I'm not gay but Callie and Arizona is my favorite part of the show. I was sad that Lexie had yo leave on such a sad note but someone had to go and SHE (Lexie) wanted to leave. I just hope and pray they don't kill off the Callie and Arizona thing. That's main reason I watch show.


Who knows mark may even die


This comment is in response to ebony ... If Arizona dies mark and Callie would not be together, Callie would be devestated about her wife's death and maybe think she couldve saved her life because if she were there she couldve done something since arizonas injury was in her specialty and she may even blame Alex for it cause he was suppose to be on the plane but arizona went cause she was mad for him about possibly going to Hopkins and MARK would be all torn up about and heart broken about Lexie dying not to mention he still has a relationship with another doctor from another hospital, Callie and mark definetly wouldn't be together, if he breaks up with his gf him and Callie may have sex but it wouldn't be any time soon


I think arizona will be dying next for sure,n others will be fine. .season eight ending was very much unpredictable,it was going smooth,then plane crash n then lexi's death,that was shocking . .eyes on season 9!!!. .fingers crossed for arizona. .


I actually like where the writer's are going with April & Jackson. Mad that Lexie is out but in real life people who we love die & there is no rewind button. Nor can we wake up & realize it was all a bad dream. I would like for Mer to be pregnant with a girl & name her Lexie. If Arizona dies (I want her to live)Mark & Callie would be together. Owen personally handled the baby situation wrong. From the beginning Christina made it clear that she don't want kids at all & Owen choose to deal with her after that. Also Christina told Owen how she gave Burke whatever he wanted & how he changed her into someone she didn't know. Even with all of that she was going to marry him, Burke took a piece of her. By Owen wanting Christina to have a baby he was disreguarding everything that makes her herself. A child is not a compromise, it is a lifetime commitment.


i think a good story line would be to make the plane crash a dream.. it would allow lexie to come back and unravel a story line there... also i really hope that christina and owen figure their crap out!! cant we all just get along and stay that way lol LOVE this show!!!!!!!


Also, the drama is great and all, but if you've watched this show enough, you simply fall in love with the characters as people. I wish it would go back to the first season where we simply followed these lovable characters through their day and saw them as normal people rather than getting in a plane crash or seeing ghosts. The reason this show has so many followers is because of the characters, not the unrealistic drama. So, let them just be real. It's more relatable that way.


They might as well kill Mark too. Lexi and Mark were a close second to Meredith and Derek. No one will ever be happy with Mark dating someone else. I fully understand that it was difficult to write not knowing who was returning, but you should have left it open ended either way. I am the biggest Meredith, Derek, and Cristina fan there is, but I was actually looking forward to the rumors of the show being about Lexi - wanted to kill the girl when she first came on the show, but Shonda, you made us love her - paired her with Mark making him a good guy again - and then killed her off. You're in a tough position, but you better make this next season damn good to make up for pissing off half the fan population.

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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)