If you’re a sucker for a good cry fest, then you’re in luck: Grey’s Anatomy isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.
According to Entertainment Weekly, ABC Chief Channing Dungey said, at the Television Critics Association’s press tour, that Grey’s Anatomy will not only be around for another season, but likely will continue for many more seasons to come.
“That’d be lovely,” Dungey answered, when asked if she believed the ABC series could run as long as NBC’s ER, which ran for 15 seasons. “I’ll take even more! Honestly, I think that the show is going to continue as long as Shonda [Rhimes] and the gang have a creative passion for telling those stories. At the moment, it feels like we’re full steam ahead.”
With regards to what Grey’s Anatomy needs to do to keep fans interested, Dungey said: “What Shonda and the team at Grey’s have really been able to do over time is continue to bring in new characters that give the series additional life and energy while remaining true to the core cast of characters. When I’ve been looking at the fan feedback and reaction from this season, people are more interested than ever in the relationship between Meredith and Alex [Justin Chambers], and these are two characters that have been around since season 1. But we’re now experiencing them in a totally different way than we have before. That’s just what the writers do so well; they continually peel back new layers of these characters that we get to expand and explore.”
If you look beyond the compelling characters, Grey’s Anatomy averages 11.6 million viewers per episode, and currently ranks as the fourth biggest entertainment show after The Big Bang Theory, Empire, and This Is Us.
Grey’s Anatomy returns Thursday, January 26 at 8pm EST on ABC.