'Grey's Anatomy' Books 'Nashville' Grad for Big Season 15 Role

Chris Carmack will return to ABC with a recurring role on the Shondaland drama.
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Chris Carmack

The 15th season of ABC's Grey's Anatomy is beginning to take shape.

The Shondaland effort has recruited Nashville grad Chris Carmack for a big recurring role in the upcoming 15th season of the medical drama.

Carmack, fresh off the series finale of ABC-turned-CMT drama Nashville, will play an orthopedic surgeon who comes to work at Grey Sloan Memorial and is known as an "Ortho God." Additional details about the character — including his name and when he will first appear — are being kept under wraps.

Carmack's arrival comes two months after news broke that Kim Raver would be reprising her role as Dr. Teddy Altman as a series regular in season 15. The castings come as Grey's is heading into its first season without longtime stars Sarah Drew (who played April) and Jessica Capshaw (who played Arizona).

With the casting, Carmack returns to ABC, where he was initially cast on Nashville as singer Will Lexington. The actor's credits include guest roles on NCIS, Desperate Housewives, Smallville and The O.C. Carmack is repped by Innovative and Luber Roklin.

As for who else could return in season 15, the door remains open for Scott Speedman to reprise his role as the charismatic Nick Marsh, a transplant surgeon who hit it off with Ellen Pompeo's Meredith last season. The season 14 finale also featured an interesting moment between Meredith and her daughter, Zola, about finding love again. Six new interns also were introduced as the veteran drama looked to repopulate its ranks. Of the six, five will return and continue their recurring roles: Alex Blue Davis (Casey), Jake Borelli (aka "Glasses"), Jaicy Elliot (Taryn), Sophia Ali Taylor (Dahlia) and Rushi Kota (Vik). Jeanine Mason's Sam was written out last season as the actress booked the starring role in The CW's Roswell reboot.

Grey's Anatomy is set to return Thursday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. ET/PT with a two-hour season premiere.