After two years of shortened seasons due to the pandemic, what’s the plan for this year? How many episodes will Grey’s Anatomy Season 19 get?
Over the last two years, TV shows have faced reduced season orders. The 2019–2020 season was cut short abruptly due to the pandemic shutting down all filming. Then shows struggled with the protocols to get full seasons for the next two years.
What about the 2022–2023 season? Is it possible that we’ll get a full season of our favorite shows? The networks are still being flexible, but we do have an idea as to the number of episodes Grey’s Anatomy Season 19 is going to get.
Grey’s Anatomy Season 19 episode count
Update: March 3 – TVLine reports the official season 19 episode count is 20 episodes.
According to Deadline, we’re getting 22 episodes to this season. This is more than the previous season, but not quite back up to the 24 that we’re used to.
To be honest, Grey’s has never been a series with a consistent episode count. We just have to look at how the first season only had nine episodes because it was a midseason series, and then the second season got 27 episodes. From there, most seasons have been around 22 to 24 episodes, except for the year of the writer’s strike, which saw all TV shows cut short.
A full season is anything from 13 episodes now. However, most of us will view 22 episodes as a full season. Getting an extra two would be good, but at least we’re getting somewhat back to normal.
How many episodes will Ellen Pompeo be in?
There was some bad news recently. After a string of new casting announcements, we’ve learned that Grey’s Anatomy Season 19 will get a little less Meredith Grey. Ellen Pompeo is scaling back her appearances in the season, although she will still narrate every episode.
She’s going to be in eight of the 22 episodes. This is to give her a chance to star in a new Hulu series, Orphan. We also know she’s been looking at stepping away from the series for a few years but didn’t want to because of the loss of jobs. This could be a chance to see if the series can go on without her should she choose to finally step away from the show.
Grey’s Anatomy Season 19 will premiere on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 9/8c on ABC.