Ellen Pompeo Will Appear in Only 8 Episodes of 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 19

Ellen Pompeo Will Appear in Only 8 Episodes of 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 19 ...

Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) will be shortening her hours at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. According to Entertainment Weekly, Pompeo will only appear in eight episodes of Grey's Anatomy's 19th season. The actress will continue to direct the series as an executive producer.

Since its inception in 2005, Pompeo has been the focus of the series' eighteen seasons thus far, with the series documenting her rise from an intern to the head of general surgery. Grey's Anatomy "focuses on the lives of surgical interns, residents, and attendings as they grow into professional doctors while balancing personal and professional relationships." Production for the new season will begin on October 6 on ABC.

Pompeo will take on another television role following her debut in Grey's Anatomy. The untitled series will be available on Hulu, with Pompeo being one of a family "who adopt an orphan they believe to be having a rare form of dwarfism, but come to realize that their new daughter isn't the 8-year-old she claims to be." Katie Robbins (The Affair) is the star behind this series, which follows the story of American couple Michael and Kristine Barnett

Pompeo will be honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2023, a well-deserved honor. Ironically, the actress has never won a Primetime Emmy nomination for her role. Many critics have found this to be both wrong and "long overdue," as many also note she has carried the show in many ways.

The next season of Grey's Anatomy will focus on a group of interns played by Harry Shum Jr., Alexis Floyd, Midori Francis, and Adelaide Kane. Fans are unsure how this storyline will unfold in the next season, as the Hospital lost its residency program at the conclusion of the previous season. Both Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. will reprise their roles in Dr. Miranda Bailey and Dr. Richard Webber.

On Thursday, October 6, Grey's Anatomy will be renewed on ABC.