Grey’s Anatomy, the twentieth season will return only in 2024
Next fall season 20 of Grey’s Anatomy will be one of the great absentees from the schedule of the American network Abc. Despite the departure of its titular protagonist – Ellen Pompeo is involved as executive producer and narrator, but limited her on-screen appearances starting in the second half of season 19 – the broadcaster that since 2005 has broadcast what has become The medical longest-running television continues to bet on Grey’s Anatomy.
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The TV series set at Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital in Seattle will have to wait a little longer than expected to inaugurate its twentieth season. In the autumn lineup that the ABC network presented to advertisers and press at its Upfronts event, Grey’s Anatomy does not appear among the series starting from September. She’s not alone of course. Also 9-1-1, Abbott Elementary, The Conners, The Good Doctor, High Potential, Not Dead Yet, The Rookie, Station 19 e Will Trent they will start again – perhaps – from January 2024 onwards, as well as reality shows American Idol e The Bachelor.
The reason is the strike called by the WGA – the American union of screenwriters and female screenwriters – at the beginning of May. All the television writers are protesting to get a better contract that takes into account the changes in the American audiovisual market since 2007, i.e. since the last WGA strike, up until today. From the advent of streaming to the explosion of content, writing is undoubtedly the most important job for anyone working in film and television, and it’s about time that networks and production companies recognize this and sit down at the casting table. negotiations with the WGA.
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In the meantime, the networks anticipate and run for cover, scheduling reality shows, TV series acquired abroad and reruns to fill the gaps in the series whose productions are currently suspended – and could still be for a long time -; in view of a debut in early 2024 for its series, ABC has already anticipated that the seasons could be shortened compared to the classic 22 episodes. We look forward to further developments.