Are you already buzzing for the release of Grey’s Anatomy season 19 on October 6? Here’s everything we know about it so far, from synopsis, promotional photos, release date and trailer!
Synopsis of Grey’s Anatomy Season 19
ABC has just released an official synopsis that teases what’s going to happen on Grey’s Anatomy Season 19 Episode 1 titled Everything has Changed.
After a long six months, Grey Sloan Memorial has reinstated its residency program. A group of talented and striving young interns has been recruited as the attending surgeons work to rebuild the program to its former glory. Meredith, still functioning as the interim chief, sees Nick for the first time since she rejected his offer to move to Minnesota. Meanwhile, Bailey tells Richard she is not ready to return to work; Levi works up the courage to break disappointing news to Jo, and things turn awkward when Link realizes he has met one of the interns already. With Amelia and Maggie’s help, the new doctors are thrown into their first day on the job dealing with injuries from a recent tornado.
Grey’s Anatomy‘s influx of five (count ’em, five) cast additions for Season 19 are “exciting” as well as “gorgeous,” says series vet Caterina Scorsone.
As announced in recent weeks, a quintet of first-year surgical residents are about to roam the halls of Grey Sloan Memorial this fall. You have Adelaide Kane (Reign) as Jules Millin, who was raised by drug addled artist/hippies “and somehow emerged as the only real grown-up in the family,” plus Harry Shum Jr. (Glee) as Daniel “Blue” Kwan, a sharp-witted, impatient and brilliant resident who is “generous by nature but competitive to a fault.”
Also new for Season 19 are Niko Terho — who starred opposite Grey’s‘ Jake Borelli in the 2020 Freeform movie The Thing About Harry — as Lucas Adams, who is determined to prove himself as a surgeon (just like many in his family that have come before him), and Midori Francis (Sex Lives of College Girls) as Mika Yasuda, a middle child with eight siblings who is used to being overlooked and underestimated (and uses it to her advantage).
Last but perhaps most curiously, you have Alexis Floyd (Inventing Anna) playing Simone Griffin, a high-achieving and whip-smart young woman who grew up in Seattle… “but never wanted to work at Grey Sloan because of a painful personal history with the hospital.”
How many series regulars are back for Season 19?
Those scrubbing back in are OGs Chandra Wilson (Bailey) and James Pickens, Jr. (Richard); Kevin McKidd and Kim Raver, whose Owen and Teddy ended Season 18 on the run from the law with their kids; on-screen newlyweds Kelly McCreary (Maggie) and Anthony Hill (Winston); Caterina Scorsone (Amelia); Camilla Luddington (Jo); Chris Carmack (Link); and Jake Borelli, whose Schmitt faced an uncertain future when Grey Sloan’s residency program was shut down in the finale.
In related news, bumped from series-regular to recurring status for Season 19 is Scott Speedman, who plays Meredith’s significant other, Nick. Which makes sense when you take into consideration the fact that Ellen Pompeo will be appearing in Season 19 only in a “limited capacity” — said to be just eight episodes (or less than half of the roughly 20-23 that will be produced).
First look at the new residents
James Pickens Jr. shared a pic on Instagram portraying him and the 5 new residents!
Kevin McKidd Says ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Is ‘Going Back to the Beginning’ with New Characters
“We’re not really rebooting, but it’s definitely that pilot episode when Sandra Oh and T.R. Knight first kind of walked into the hospital. We’re kind of doing that again. And it’s very exciting to feel that we’re all part of that,” McKidd adds.
McKidd notes, “Definitely her [Meredith’s]character is such a dominant, iconic character on the show. It’s definitely going to make some room for different stories to be told. So I think everyone is excited about that.”
About his characters he says “I think he still has quite a bit of fallout to deal with. He did a noble thing last year, but he bent the rules too much and he has to pay the price,” he explains. “He’s already paid a significant price, but it’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out because he isn’t out of hot water yet. He has to dig himself out. My character is always in trouble,” McKidd concludes.
Can an injection of new blood in the form of five energetic interns save the day in the hospital drama? Showrunner Krista Vernoff has the answers.
Meredith is in only eight episodes. Will she be working in Minnesota with potential beau Nick (Scott Speedman)?
When Season 19 starts after a six-month jump, Meredith is still chief of surgery.
“She will not be in Minnesota,” Vernoff assures, clamming up about the reason for Mer’s looming absence but stressing drama ahead for the rest of the cast. “We’ve got a group of really exciting fresh new interns,” the executive producer adds, comparing them to the memorable original batch.
Speaking of: Who are these first-year surgical residents set to oxygenate the show?
Here’s the roster: Simone Griffin (Alexis Floyd, Inventing Anna), who has a “painful personal history” with the hospital; Daniel “Blue” Kwan (Harry Shum Jr., Glee), “competitive to a fault”; Lucas Adams (Niko Terho), the “black sheep” of his surgeon-filled family; Mika Yasuda (Midori Francis), who’s “used to being overlooked and uses it to her advantage”; and Jules Millin (Adelaide Kane, Reign), who “isn’t afraid to break rules to save a life.”
Have we seen the last of quirky residents Schmitt (Jake Borelli) and Helm (Jaicy Elliot)?
That’s a no. Schmitt, the only returning senior resident, is now chief resident, though his old pal Helm, says Vernoff, “will have a longer journey back.”
Are Teddy and Owen still on the run after he facilitated an assisted suicide?
When the fugitives return after those six months, Vernoff says, Owen retains his medical license, but their marriage is “frayed” and they are bankrupt.
What are the fates of Bailey and residency director Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.), who both left the hospital?
Richard “is back from his travels, committed to making sure the [rebooted] residency program thrives,” and Mer’s been attempting to persuade Bailey to resume her position. The former chief “has been [busy] parenting and volunteering in various ways,” the producer says, but “she does miss surgery.”
You don’t need a scalpel to parse that!
Grey’s Anatomy will be back on the small screen with Season 19 on October 6 on ABC
All promotional photos
ABC hasn’t released the promotional pictures yet – What’s next for our favourite doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial? We’ll soon find out!
Promo and sneak peeks
ABC has released a first promo that tease what’s going to happen on GA Season 19. Keep following us to know more – we’ll upload them as soon as it’s out!
What do you think about this first preview on “Grey’s Anatomy Season 19”? We at Survived The Shows are looking forward to watch it!