Ellen Pompeo Will Return for 19th Season of Grey’s Anatomy

On Monday, ABC announced that the network has ordered season 19 of the iconic and longest-running primetime medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy, starring Ellen Pompeo.

In the upcoming season, the record-breaking Shondaland series will explore the ever-expanding world of modern medicine through the eyes of beloved returning and new characters, according to a press release obtained by PEOPLE. Executive producer and showrunner Krista Vernoff will continue to lead the series.

Over the years, cast members came and went — Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. are the only actors who remained on for all 18 seasons — and the series made history as the longest-running medical drama on TV.

In recent months though, Pompeo, 52, has been vocal about the possibility of Grey’s coming to an end.

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