Grey’s Anatomy enters its eighteenth season. While we don’t know if the long-running medical drama will end anytime soon, as always, there are changes to be seen in the cast moving forward. In Season 17, many cast members left the series because, well, if we know one thing: Grey’s Anatomy, it is that sooner or later everyone comes to rest.
Last season saw Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams), Dr. Koracick (Greg Germann) and Andrew DeLucas (Giacomo Gianniotti) all left the series after several seasons. Now, with the new season of Grey’s Anatomy backstage, we’re going to meet a new doctor arriving at Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital. It seems that this character has some connections to Meredith’s (Ellen Pompeo) late mother, Ellis (Kate Burton).
What can we expect from this new character? What else do we know about? Grey’s Anatomy’s new season? Let’s dive in to find out!
Meet the newest member of the Gray Sloan staff!
Peter Gallagher has been added to the cast of the new season of Grey’s Anatomy. According to Deadline, who first reported the news, Gallagher will tell Dr. playing Alan Hamilton. The website said Hamilton “knew Ellis Gray (Burton) back in the day and met Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) in the season premiere, scheduled for September 30.” Burton will also reprise her role as Meredith’s late mother in the series.
Why? Well, we think we’ll see some Hamilton and Ellis flashback seasons. Burton’s return is slated for multiple episodes in Season 18. While Gallagher is here in a recurring capacity, Burton’s return certainly promises something interesting in terms of the story fans will see unfold over the course of the series’ new season.
Before being potted Grey’s Anatomy, Gallagher is returning on Netflix’s Grace & Frankie. He also starred as Zoey’s (Jane Levy) father in the first season of the canceled (but possibly soon-to-be resurrection) Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist on NBC. It’s also possible that the actor joined the series because his daughter, Tony Award winner Kathryn Gallagher, is a known fan of the show.
What else do we know about? Grey’s Anatomy season 18?
Details for the return of the series are maintained on the DL. We do know about Gallagher’s casting and Burton’s return to the beloved series, along with a premiere date for Season 18 (September 30). Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, Camilla Luddington and others have also signed shiny new contracts to return to the series. What, hey, always nice to see.
The shooting for season 18 has recently started again. Due to COVID, Season 17 only had 17 episodes. We don’t know how many episodes are in the count for the new season of Grey’s Anatomy, but we’re thinking maybe 20. Not a full season, but a season full enough, you know? COVID is still a thing folks. Continue to wash your hands and wear your masks.
During the ABC upfronts in May 2021, the season promised to “dig deep” with its characters. ABC Signature President Jonnie Davis said, “We’ll find the next version that will take it over the next 18 years. We’re working on it right now, and there’s no better brains to figure it out than Krista and Shonda. TGIT will never end.” Do you hear what ABC is telling you all It will never end.
So what do you think of Gallagher’s casting for? Grey’s Anatomy latest season? Are you excited to dig more into Ellis Gray’s story? Let us know in the comments below!