5:33pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Grey's Anatomy' Stars Ink New Contracts to Return
Grey's Anatomy will look almost the same when it returns for season 13.
The stars of the Shondaland medical drama have all inked rich new contracts that keep most of them on the series through the 13th season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Returning to ABC's No. 1 drama are original co-stars Chandra Wilson (Bailey), James Pickens Jr. (Richard) and Justin Chambers (Alex) in addition to Kevin McKidd (Owen). All of the stars had been expected to return for the upcoming season, with the exception of Sara Ramirez, who exited the drama in May after a 10 year run.
Grey's Anatomy has become a bit of a marvel in its 12th season. The veteran soap is poised to finish the 2015-16 broadcast season as ABC's highest-rated drama among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic — a rarity for a show in its 12th year. The series, which last season shockingly parted ways with star Patrick Dempsey despite a year left on the actor's deal, is among the top five dramas on all broadcast and remains a key part of the studio's international business.
Rhimes, for her part, attributed that success to Pompeo and Meredith. "We are following this woman's journey and the journey of all these people with her. It's not about a lot of tricks; it's about watching people evolve," Rhimes told THR.
The new deals bring a consistency to Grey's, which last season saw Dempsey exit, with original star Sandra Oh (Cristina) leaving in season 10 alongside Gaius Charles and Tessa Ferrer.