Grey's Anatomy Renewed for Season 15!!

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It's time to lay some hearty congratulations at the feet of Grey's Anatomy.

They can now lay claim to being ABC's longest running drama series!!

Let the celebration begin, Grey's fans. I have no doubt all of you had a lot to do with this wonderful news.

Celebrations and Good Times - Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Episode 12

Until this renewal, Ozzy and Harriet was the longest-running series on ABC, but hardly the longest running series on television.

While Grey's will now be tied with ER for the longest-running medical drama, Gunsmoke, Law & Order and its SVU spinoff, NCIS, CSI, and Bonanza have all run longer across the dial than Grey's over the years and networks.

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Still, that's little reason to quibble this amazing news for Grey's fans!

The cast has changed vastly over the seasons, but there are still characters remaining from Grey's Anatomy Season 1, including the titular character Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Alex Karev (Justin Chambers), Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), and Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.).

Meredith's Growth - Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Episode 7

The renewal should really come as no surprise, as Pompeo last year signed a two-year deal that made her the highest paid actress on a drama series on TV.

Pompeo has always been the deciding factor as far as series creator, Shonda Rhimes is concerned. She was known to say the show would go on as long as Pompeo wanted to continue the role.

Now a wife and mother, it seems a lovely way for a star to make a television star to make a living, but if Pompeo ever wants a challenge beyond that which Meredith finds inside the hallowed halls of the hospital she knows so well, that may be the end of Grey's as we know it.

Still, receiving the official word is always a comfort. 

A Merry Mer and Jo

By the end of Grey's Anatomy Season 14, two characters will have left the series. Both Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) and April (Sarah Drew) will have been written out of the show.

Fans have been trying to determine how that might happen, but it's anybody's guess what will happen until the time comes.

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"Grey's Anatomy' has a special place in my heart and millions of viewers feel the same way," ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said.

"Thanks to fiercely loyal fans who have been on this journey since the beginning, and new generations of viewers who continue to discover the joy and drama of Grey Sloan Memorial, the show is as strong as ever."

It's your turn, Grey's Fanatics!! What do you think of the news? Was the news music to your ears or fully expected? What are your hopes for Grey's Anatomy Season 15?

After you watch Grey's Anatomy online, be sure to hit the comments and share your feelings on the subject here!

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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.

Meredith

MEREDITH: "You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done! All the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cares? I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."
DEREK: "This thing with us is finished. It's over."
MEREDITH: "Finally."
DEREK: "Yeah, it's done."
MEREDITH: "It is done."