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Krista Vernoff Departing As ‘Gray’s Anatomy’ & ‘Station 19’ Showrunner

EXCLUSIVE: A seismic change on the helm of ABC’s prime drama franchise is coming: Krista Vernoff will probably be stepping down as government producer and showrunner of Shondaland’s Gray’s Anatomy and spinoff Station 19 on the finish of this season — Gray’s Anatomy‘s nineteenth and Station 19‘s sixth.

“It has been the privilege of a lifetime to be entrusted to run Gray’s Anatomy for the previous six years and Station 19 for the final 4,” Vernoff mentioned in a press release to Deadline. “The eagerness of the devoted fandoms and the impression that these exhibits have on hearts and minds can’t be overstated. The quantity of expertise in these two extraordinary casts and these two good writers rooms is past measure — and these crews magic week after week.”

After engaged on the primary seven seasons of Gray’s Anatomy, rising to go author and government producer, Vernoff returned to the medical drama as government producer and showrunner at first of Season 14 in 2017 and has led the present’s current resurgence.

Since including Station 19 to her purview in 2019, Vernoff has strengthened the 2 sequence’ ties, constructing an built-in universe highlighted by frequent crossovers. Within the first season after Vernoff took over Station 19, the drama improved its year-over-year scores by double digits, a just about unattainable activity amid steadily declining linear viewership.

“Krista Vernoff has poured her coronary heart and soul into Gray’s Anatomy and Station 19, and her voice has been pivotal to the success of those beloved sequence,” mentioned Craig Erwich, President, ABC Leisure, Hulu & Disney Branded Streaming Originals. “It takes a formidable chief to run two exhibits concurrently and Krista has carried out so effortlessly. Her artistic power has left an indelible mark and because of her, our viewers will proceed to be invested in these dynamic and cherished characters for a few years to return.”

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After creator, government producer and authentic showrunner Shonda Rhimes, who stays a artistic power on the massively well-liked sequence, Vernoff has been arguably essentially the most influential writer-producer on Gray’s Anatomy over its 19-season run so far. She was behind the dream seashore motif in the course of the Covid-themed Season 17, which introduced again a number of beloved Gray’s characters, led by Patrick Dempsey’s Derek, and put the sequence again within the heart of the cultural zeitgeist.

“Krista’s creativity, imaginative and prescient and devoted management have allowed Gray’s Anatomy and Station 19 to proceed to flourish,” Rhimes mentioned. “I’m extremely grateful to her for all her arduous work. She is going to at all times stay a part of the Shondaland household.”

Vernoff additionally acknowledged her mentor and the businesses behind the sequence. “I will probably be ceaselessly grateful to Shonda Rhimes for her belief and to Disney and ABC for his or her assist,” she mentioned.

The author-producer has been underneath an general deal at Gray’s and Station 19 studio ABC Signature since she returned to Gray’s 5 and a half years in the past and can proceed to develop by way of her firm Journey the Gentle Productions, with a number of initiatives already within the works, together with one at Hulu, I hear.

The succession plan for Gray’s Anatomy and Station 19 continues to be being finalized, with offers at present being hammered out contingent on the exhibits getting renewed for subsequent season, which is taken into account a secure wager primarily based on their efficiency.

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I hear Gray’s Anatomy veteran Meg Marinis, who has been on the present because the very starting, rising from a researcher all the best way to government producer, is tipped to succeed Vernoff as showrunner on the medical drama.

Fellow Gray’s Anatomy exec producer Zoanne Clack, MD, MPH, who had added government producer and head author duties on spinoff Station 19 underneath Vernoff, would grow to be co-showrunner of the first-responders drama, sources mentioned. I hear she would share the position with The Fosters and Good Bother co-creator Peter Paige, co-showrunner on the mothership sequence and showrunner on the spinoff, who has carried out a stint on Station 19 as a consulting producer.

This might mark the second promotion in six months for Clack. She joined Station 19 in August amid an upheaval within the sequence’ writers room following an incident involving racial slur use by a racist character in a draft of a top level view which uncovered long-simmering racial points on the present. On the time, Clack additionally remained an government producer on Gray’s.

This marks the second large Gray’s Anatomy departure this season; star/government producer Ellen Pompeo is bidding farewell as a full-time solid member within the Feb. 23 midseason premiere episode, “I’ll Observe the Solar” which was written by Vernoff. Pompeo will return for the Season 19 finale, which additionally will mark Vernoff’s remaining Gray’s episode — at the least for now, because the showrunner just isn’t ruling out a second return.

“The final time I left Gray’s Anatomy, I used to be gone for seven seasons and the present was nonetheless going when Shonda known as me to run it,” she mentioned. “So I’m not saying goodbye as a result of that will be too bitter candy. I’m saying ‘See you in seven seasons.’”

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Rosy Cordero contributed to this report.


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