Ellen Pompeo pulls back, but doesn’t quit Grey’s Anatomy

Until she had to defuse another bomb during an operation or she was crushed by the wreckage of a plane crash, Ellen Pompeo appears to lay the groundwork for her eventual “Grey’s Anatomy“exit.

The actress, who is also an executive producer on the long-running ABC drama, is reportedly cutting her role as Meredith Gray for the upcoming 19th season, in which she will only appear for eight episodes. multiples the shops.

Pompeo, however, will continue to serve as narrator in every episode, notes Deadline, ensuring that her presence will be highly felt in the halls of Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital.

Episode orders have ranged from 17 to 24 in recent seasons of the medical series, which has aired 400 historic episodes to date.

Although Pompeo was present in almost every episode, her role has been diminished over the years. Last season, Meredith was heavily sidelined for several episodes due to COVID-19-related storylines and a potential move to Minnesota where she worked on clinical trials.

But Pompeo extended her multi-million dollar contract in January, signing a new deal with ABC, which is of course interested in renewing Grey’s Anatomy as the series remains the network’s top ratings performer.

As for the future of the series, Deadline reports that “there is no decision yet on whether season 19 will be Pompeo’s last as a star,” but there is talk of a “possible expansion of the franchise with a new medical drama spin-off.” the star is officially leaving.

Meanwhile, Pompeo is embarking on her first major acting project in years, which explains at least part of her split from the ABC drama.

She will star in and executive produce a new as-yet-untitled limited series for Hulu, which has received an eight-episode order from the streamer.

The show, inspired by real events, follows a Midwestern couple who adopt a child, “what they believe is an 8-year-old girl with a rare form of dwarfism.” Diversity.

“But as they begin to raise her along with their three biological children, they gradually begin to believe that she might not be who she says she is,” the synopsis continues. “If they question her story, they are faced with their own difficult questions about how far they are willing to go to protect themselves as they get into the battle that is being waged in the tabloids, in the courtroom, and ultimately in their marriage.”