For most of the history of television, the barrier to syndication—and to profitability—has been 100 episodes. The shows that have made it to that mark are an unusual group. Many were big hits. Some found small cult audiences. Still others just hung on as best they could and never posted numbers quite low enough to be canceled. In 100 Episodes, we examine shows that made it to that number, considering both how they advanced or reflected the medium and what contributed to their popularity.
Hey, remember Grey’s Anatomy?
Yeah, it’s still on the air, heading into its 10th season this fall. It hasn’t just cruised past 100 episodes; it will surpass 200 episodes shortly after that 10th season debuts, with no signs of slowing. By some measures—and particularly once DVR viewing is taken into account—it’s still the biggest drama on the air among 18- to 49-year-old viewers, and it seems every season of the show carries with it an Entertainment Weekly or TV Guide piece that breathlessly intones that Grey’s Anatomy is back. To be sure, the show’s audience has shrunk from the highs it reached in its second, third, and fourth seasons—when a post-Super Bowl airing took a hit show and turned it into a phenomenon—but that audience is still reliably hooked into what the show is doing, and the core fan base is just as invested in some of the new characters the series has introduced as it ever was in the many who have departed from the original cast.
Here’s the thing: Grey’s debuted in the now-storied 2004-05 TV season, perhaps the last, great gasp of the network TV machine. It was a season that brought with it successes like Desperate Housewives and Lost as well as cult favorites like Veronica Mars. Grey’s wasn’t even the only medical drama to debut and hit big in that season. Over on Fox, House started slowly but gained momentum as the network placed it after American Idol, with star Hugh Laurie becoming the face of his network and showrunner David Shore winning an Emmy for writing. Yet if anyone were to have picked the medical drama that would run the longest—even at the height of Grey’s run—the choice would almost certainly have been House, which had a medical-procedural premise designed to run for over a dozen seasons and the less convoluted soap operatics. Instead, House bowed out after eight years, and Grey’s is entering year 10.
Production for season 10 of ABC’s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy begins July 16, as revealed by new series regular Camilla Luddington.
The actress, who plays intern Jo Wilson in the show, tweeted on Sunday, “#Countdown. In 1 month exactly ill throw on my scrubs and step back into Seattle Grace. (Grey/Sloan) now what was wilson doing last..? ;)”
Season 9 ended with her and Dr. Alex Karev finally expressing their love for one another after a season of back and forths. She was physically assaulted by her boyfriend and turned to Alex for help.
Aside for her work on the network television show, Luddington has a 2014 film in post-production called The Pact II. She also was the voice of Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider video game.
Luddington is one of the stars that recently got signed on as a series regular, along with actors Gaius Charles (Shane Ross), Jerrika Hinton (Stephanie Edwards) and Tessa Ferrer (Leah Murphy). The fate of Tina Majorino, who plays Heather Brooks, is unclear on the show since she has commitments to star as a series regular in TNT’s Legends and joined the Veronica Mars movie this month.
After the announcement of them signing on as series regulars went viral, Luddington tweeted, “I am So happy!!!! Want to thank @shondarhimes and @abc for having jo Wilson stick around next season!!! #SeriesRegular #Jolex”
Season 10 will include Grey’s Anatomy‘s 200th episode, writer Tony Phelan reminded fans via Twitter on June 7. Episode 4 of season 10 marks the 200th overall for the series. The show’s executive producer, Shonda Rhimes, said in a May interview that season 9 was the “season of romance” but that season 10 will be the “season of break-ups.”
Uh, oh. Season of break-ups. Who’s ready for that? (not me!)
Four interns are movin’ on up at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital!
Camilla Luddington, Gaius Charles, Jerrika Hinton and Tessa Ferrer (aka interns Jo, Shane, Stephanie and Lea) have all been promoted to series regulars for Grey’s Anatomy‘s 10th season, E! News has confirmed.
But wait, what about the fifth intern Heather (Tina Majorino)?!
Majorino was not upped to regular along with the four other actors as she’s already attached to TNT’s new drama Legends. Majorino recently announced that she will reprise her fan-favorite role in the Veronica Mars movie.
Luddington’s character Jo became one-half of a fan favorite pairing in season nine, thanks to her ongoing flirtation with Alex (Justin Chambers), while Friday Night Lights’ Charles is the intern looking to become the new McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey). Hinton has the unfortunate position of being the third point of one of the show’s many love triangles with Jackson (Jesse Williams) and April (Sarah Drew), a popular couple among the long-running drama’s fans.
I’m a little sad Tina Majorino won’t be a regular, but hopefully we’ll see more of her as a guest star. What are your thoughts on the interns becoming regulars?
Even though “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” may be extremely different when it comes to content, they do at least share one thing in common: Executive producer Shonda Rhimes and her Shondaland company. Thanks to this, the two do at least share a few similarities when it comes to their production schedules.
In a new post on her official Twitter account Friday, Rhimes confirmed that the writers room for both shows have been shut down temporarily in order to give the writers a much-needed break leading up to the start of production in over a month. After all, a break is certainly something that they will need. Working on a serialized drama, especially one that runs 22, or in the case of “Grey’s Anatomy” 24, episode is not an easy task: It’s long hours, constant stress, and you have to be at the top of your creative game just about every day.
Just in case you want a vague and very-general tease at what is coming up for at least one of these shows, check out what writer / producer / director Tony Phelan had to say:
“Grey’s Writers Room shuts down for hiatus. Get ready – cause there’s a whole mess of drama coming in Ep. 1001-1003 & then … the 200th ep!”
When you think for a second about how few shows manage to make it to the 200-episode threshold, you know that this is an accomplishment that is really worth of a very big (and very dramatic) episode. Hopefully, “Grey’s Anatomy” will have something for us that checks off both boxes, and makes us excited for the rest of the season ahead.
Grey’s Anatomy Star Ellen Pompeo joins #selfies posters on Instagram. This Meredith Grey star is enjoying a lull as her almost decade-old series is on hiatus. She also likes re-tweeting sentiments posted to Twitter, especially the funny ones. Time for fans to wit up and tweet. Your status might be the next on Ellen’s feed. Now what did Ellen say about hating medical shows?
Ellen Pompeo may be the center of the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital universe as Meredith Grey. But that extends only within the limits of ABC’s hit drama series, “Grey’s Anatomy.” In real life, however, Ellen is just another mom trying to be good for her kid. On Twitter, her bio simply reads, “Professional assistant to Stella Luna Ivery.” That’s pretty grounded, huh.
Ellen makes sure she connects to fans and stays relatable outside Meredith Grey’s scrubs. She did just that with a #selfies post on Instagram over the weekend. Her photos help series fans tide themselves over as Grey’s Anatomy Season 10 won’t air until September.
Fans are obviously important to Ellen. When she’s amused by certain Grey-related tweets, she doesn’t mind re-tweeting and even tagging Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. Here’s an example: “I wanna see the episode where a patient comes in with a wound from a golf ball from the doctors on the roof,” Twitter user @cassseyy posted, drawing Ellen’s attention and RT.
What awaits Meredith Grey on Grey’s Anatomy Season 10? A lot of things are in store for the new mom. Those who have seen the GA9 finale know she’s named her baby after Bailey. On the dark side of the updates, her father figure, Richard Webber, may or may not have died from electrocution.
In an interview with Parade.com, Ellen was quoted as saying she “hated medical shows.” Apparently, she was asked to name her favorite medical dramas. Here’s what she said:
“To be honest, I hated medical shows. They make me super anxious. I don’t particularly like medical shows at all. I never have. The show that was really big at the time for my generation – before I started Grey’s – was ER. That was on forever, but I’ve never seen one episode!”
What do MerDer fans make of that statement?