It doesn't look like 'Grey's Anatomy's core couple is going anywhere anytime soon. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey) and Patrick Dempsey (Derek Shepherd) have both signed new two-year deals with ABC's long-running medical drama that will bind them to the Shondaland show for a potential 11th and 12th season.
But to be clear — while this new pact is certainly a step in the right direction, it does not guarantee that the series will be given a renewal beyond its current tenth season. Many shows have chosen to take their final bow at the Season 10 mark, hoping to depart before the creative well runs completely dry.
However, given 'Grey's continued popularity — the series is currently tied with 'Scandal' and 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' as the network's top series among the adults 18-49 demographic — a greenlight for additional seasons seems not only possible, but highly probable.
As for the show's other "original" castmembers — Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr.'s contracts are set to expire at season's end. The same goes for Sara Ramirez, who isn't technically an original member, but just so happens to be on the same renegotiation schedule as her peers.
Will these four continue on with their character's storylines or decide to hand in their scrubs for good? At this point, it's anyone's guess. Sandra Oh, on the other hand, already announced back in August that she plans to depart from the series in May.
'Grey's Anatomy' returns from its winter hiatus on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 9/8c on ABC.