It looks like Seattle Grace won't be getting a facelift any time soon.
Following an extended period of doubt and mystery as the contracts for
many of Grey's Anatomy
's original stars were up at the end of this year, six Grey's
actors have signed deals to stay with the show for two more years, provided ABC renews it (which they almost certainly will).
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Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Justin Chambers, Sandra Oh, James Pickens, Jr. and Chandra Wilson all signed new deals to stick with Grey's Anatomy
for the potential seasons 9 and 10.
The upcoming season finale of Grey's Anatomy
will see the doctors making decisions about where to go after passing their boards, but this news makes it clear that many of the docs will be staying put. It also ensures the safety of these originals as a character will be dying in the season 8 finale
Keeping so many members of the original cast is impressive, especially when compared to another popular medical drama, ER
. By season 10, almost all of the original cast members had left the show, leaving just Noah Wyle (Sherry Stringfield was also around that late, but left the show for four seasons in the middle of her run).Grey's Anatomy
's two-part season 8 finale begins Thursday, May 10 at 9pm and concludes the following week.(Image courtesy of ABC)