If you can't get enough of Grey's Anatomy, it's the perfect time to rejoice since there's going to be at least two more seasons of crying over patients and swooning over dreamy doctors. And yes, that's with dark and twisty Meredith Grey because Ellen Pompeo has extended her contract. While season 16 won't pop up until later this Fall, we can hardly wait to see what's in store for Grey Sloan's surgeons (even the recently fired ones). Here's the scoop on each and every shred of information that we have on the medical drama's 16th season.
1. The Plot
There's not too much information about how season 16 will kick off right now. But we do have juicy loose ends from the last finale, with Teddy and Owen welcoming their baby girl, Meredith fessing up about insurance fraud, three doctors getting fired, Jackson disappearing in the woods, and Jo going to therapy after the shocking discovery about her birth mother. On the last point, showrunner Krista Vernoff has commented, "I hope therapy brings her back to herself and Alex." At the very least, we have the likely reunification of Jolex to look forward to!
2. The Cast Members Returning
Let's cut to the big news first. Jesse Williams, who plays Jackson Avery, will star in the Broadway production of Take Me Out, which premieres in April 2020. It's been confirmed that he'll be returning to the series through season 17, so expect Maggie to find Jackson. However, unless he wraps up his scenes early next season, we'll likely see less of our favourite plastics hunk as he prepares for his Broadway show.
What about everyone else? According to a Deadline report, we can expect the original cast members — Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, and Justin Chambers as Alex Karev — to return for the next two seasons of Grey's Anatomy.
3. The New Cast Members
Grey's Anatomy hasn't dramatically mixed up its cast in a while, but we'll see some of our favourite characters get more screen time. Greg Germann (Tom Koracick), Jake Borelli (Levi Schmitt), and Chris Carmack (Atticus Link) are all officially joining season 16 as series regulars. It'll definitely be interesting to see the show take a deep dive into these characters, who we've love for the comic relief that they bring to the show.
4. The Connection With Station 19
OK, so it's no secret that Station 19 is a spinoff of Grey's Anatomy about Seattle's finest firefighters, linked by Dr. Bailey's husband Ben Warren and led by Andy Herrera. If you keep up with Grey's latest episodes, you'll know that the medical drama has a crossover episode with its spinoff every now and then. Now that Vernoff will be the showrunner of both series, starting with season three of Station 19, they're going to be even more tightly connected.
"People can expect [a] crossover event between these series every week," ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said. Hopefully, Grey's viewers will be in for a treat as opposed to being obligated to watch yet another show.
5. The Premiere Date
We don't know the official release date for Grey's season 16 premiere, but we have a pretty good guess. Traditionally, but not always, the new season starts on the last Thursday of September. It looks like the Grey Sloan doctors will probably be in at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 unless ABC decides to switch up its programming.