Shondaland will continue having a presence at ABC during the 2019-20 television season as the network has picked up dramas “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Station 19” and “How to Get Away with Murder” for next season in the days leading up to its fall presentation to advertisers. In the case of “Grey’s Anatomy,” the show received a two-season order which ensures that the series will remain the longest-running primetime medical drama in the history of television at 17 guaranteed seasons. “Station 19” will enter its third season and “How to Get Away with Murder” will enter its sixth season.
In announcing the renewals, ABC also revealed that executive producer and showrunner Krista Vernoff will continue helming both “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Station 19,” while also noting that both will remain on the Thursday schedule (aka: TGIT). According to the network, keeping the shows together on Thursdays will provide fans with two hours of the “feels” and “a seamless crossover narrative on both series.”
“I’m thrilled to continue at the helm of ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ and I’m honored and energized by the opportunity to run ‘Station 19,’ as well. To expand upon the world Stacy McKee created, and further merge it with the world of ‘Grey’s,’ is an exciting challenge,” said Vernoff.
“Everyone at Shondaland is thrilled that our fans’ commitment to TGIT continues,” said Shonda Rhimes and producing partner Betsy Beers in a joint statement. “We are so proud of Krista and Pete and the work they do. Making the choice to have Krista oversee ‘Station 19’ was easy — the creativity she brings to the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ universe continues a tradition of storytelling we hold dear.”