"Grey's Anatomy" stars Jessica Capshaw (Arizona Robbins) and Sarah Drew (April Kepner) are officially done with the show. They taped their final scenes last week, posting memories on social media, and getting heartfelt goodbyes from castmates. We can expect more goodbyes once the Season 14 finale airs on May 17.
Right as the two longtime cast members departed, ABC officially renewed "Grey's Anatomy" for Season 15. It was not exactly a shock, especially since Ellen Pompeo's (Meredith Grey) new deal extended her stay through Seasons 15 and 16.
But here's the press release, which lists the returning lead stars -- in case you were worried about more departures before Season 15:
'GREY'S' GOES FOR 15
ABC Renews Its Longest-Running Primetime Drama for a Historic 15th Season
'Grey's Anatomy' is ABC's No. 1 Drama Among Adults 18-49
ABC's hit medical drama series "Grey's Anatomy" has been picked up for another season, it was announced today by Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment.
"'Grey's Anatomy' has a special place in my heart and millions of viewers feel the same way," said Dungey. "Thanks to fiercely loyal fans who have been on this journey since the beginning, and new generations of viewers who continue to discover the joy and drama of Grey Sloan Memorial, the show is as strong as ever."
Next season will be the 15th season of "Grey's Anatomy," which is ABC's longest-running primetime drama series. Only seven dramas in the history of television have had more seasons.
In its 14th season, "Grey's Anatomy" is ABC's No. 1 drama among Adults 18-49, ranking among the Top 5 broadcast series on TV, and is tied with ABC's "The Good Doctor" as the No. 2 broadcast drama. "Grey's Anatomy" is improving over this point last season by 3% in total viewers to deliver its most watched season in four years – since the 2013-14 season.
Recipient of the 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Television Series and nominated for multiple Emmys®, including Outstanding Drama Series, "Grey's Anatomy" is considered one of the great television shows of our time. The high-intensity medical drama follows Meredith Grey and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial, who are faced with life-or-death decisions on a daily basis. They seek comfort from one another, and, at times, more than just friendship. Together they discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white.
"Grey's Anatomy" stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce and Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca.
The news is bittersweet for fans of Arizona and April (and Japril), since it's official that Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew won't be returning. "Grey's" loses cast members all the time, but in this case -- unlike Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Sara Ramirez, etc. -- Capshaw and Drew did not want to leave the show. And their fans are upset that their stories are being cut short for "creative" reasons.
Both stars, their castmates, and showrunner Shonda Rhimes shared memories on the last day of filming:
#FBF Yesterday was my last day playing Arizona Robbins after 10 years. It was a tough day. And it turns out that if you're me it's also... Joyous. Sad. Exhausting. Hysterical. Ridiculous. Heartbreaking. Inspiring. Wondrous. And a whole other list of stuff that it's gonna take me a minute to fully feel. Those who were filming yesterday and I were fortunate enough to go through all of that together. I am so grateful to have had @thesarahdrew beside me and I am so grateful to have been alongside her. My first day playing Arizona Robbins was October 29th, 2008 and my last day playing her was April 19th, 2018...????
Today, in the midst of scheduled mania of #scandal series finale, two beautifully talented women filmed their last scenes at #greysanatomy. Having these things happen at the same time is almost impossible to process. I need to devote a whole day just to celebrate Jessica and just to celebrate Sarah. To tell you stories about their talent and to tell what I know about what their roles have meant. A social media post won't cut it and I will not minimize their magic by pretending it will. I have more to say. I will do so. For now I will just say how lucky we were to witness their talents and the magic they brought to their characters. @jessicacapshaw @thesarahdrew
Boom... @thank you @jessicacapshaw for bringing it the way you have brought it for 10 amazing years... what a blessing you are and what a contribution you made to television history. Lit that screen up with your glow on the LGBT community... making a difference and making it all look so easy... ⭐️⭐️⭐️????????❤️????⭐️GOAT #representationmatters #loveyou
THANK YOU to this lady....@thesarahdrew you served up the sugar and spice for 9 years and it's been a blast. Your passion and talent for storytelling has touched so many people provoked thought and Greys is a better show because of it and you. ❤️????????????????????⭐️⭐️⭐️#japrilfansdontplay
Sarah Drew has already booked the role of Cagney in CBS's "Cagney and Lacey" reboot, which will hopefully be picked up for a full season so we can keep seeing her on our screens. Not sure what Jessica Capshaw has planned next, but we'll be watching.
We'll also be watching "Grey's Anatomy" Season 14 Thursday nights until the finale, and then Season 15 starting in the fall. If we've come this far, we're not giving up on it!
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