8:51am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Grey's Anatomy' Star Ellen Pompeo Inks New Deal
ABC is investing in the future of Grey's Anatomy.
Star Ellen Pompeo has signed a new deal to remain on the Shonda Rhimes-produced medical drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The pact comes as the most recent deal for the actress expired at the end of the show's 12th season.
Pompeo, who has portrayed lead Meredith Grey since the series' inception, last signed a two-year pact in January 2014 along with former leading man Patrick Dempsey. It should be noted that while the deal keeps Pompeo locked in, it doesn't guarantee that the show can't make creative changes as it did with Dempsey, whose Derek Shepherd was surprisingly killed off in season 11 when the actor had another year left on his contract. The deal will keep Pompeo among TV's highest-paid actors.
Grey's Anatomy, which scored People's Choice wins for both the series and for Pompeo earlier this year, enjoyed a ratings resurgence in its 12th season and ranks as ABC's No. 1 drama among the all-important adults 18-49 demographic. It also remains a huge international performer for ABC Studios as the series inches closer to medical drama ER's impressive 15-year run.
Securing Pompeo comes as Grey's Anatomy reinvented itself for season 12 as the show explores what life is like for Meredith post-Derek. The drama recently promoted recurring player Giacomo Gianniotti (Andrew) to series regular. He joins new season 12 series regular Martin Henderson (Nathan) and Jason George (Ben), who also previously recurred. In season 11, Grey's Anatomy promoted Kelly McCreary (Maggie) to series regular and enlisted Private Practice alum Caterina Scorsone to reprise her role as Derek's sister Amelia in a full-time capacity.
The show will undergo another big change in season 13, following Sara Ramirez's departure at the end of season 12 after 10 years on the medical drama.
Pompeo is repped by CAA, John Carrabino and Hansen Jacobson.