Tuesday, May 11, 2021

ABC Officially Renews Grey’s Station and Anatomy 19 Spin-Off

The long-running and extremely popular medical drama Grey’s Anatomy has officially been renewed for its 18th season. Grey’s Anatomy will get a brand new season, with its Station 19 spin-off also being renewed for a 5th season. It’s unclear whether or not the upcoming 18th season of Grey’s Anatomy will be its last, but the future of the show is certainly up in the air. Krista Vernoff will return as executive producer and showrunner on both shows, with ABC Signature producing.  RELATED: Jesse Williams to Exit Grey’s Anatomy After 12 Seasons“Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy have done an incredible job of honoring real-life heroes by giving audiences an unflinching look at one of the biggest medical stories of our time,” said Craig Erwich, president, Hulu Originals & ABC Entertainment (via Deadline). “Krista and her team of writers have continued to deliver the compelling and compassionate storytelling that is a hallmark of these shows, and created some of the year’s most-talked-about moments in television. We’re so grateful to our talented casts and crews for their extraordinary work that connects with viewers everywhere, and we look forward to sharing even more defining moments with our fans next season.”Grey’s Anatomy is a high-intensity medical drama following Meredith Grey and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial, who are faced with life-or-death decisions daily. 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.RELATED: Next Grey’s Anatomy Season Will Tackle COVID-19 PandemicThe series currently stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, and James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, who are the remaining ones left from the original main cast from the first episode of the series. It also stars Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, and Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce.

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    Americanah: Lupita Nyong’o & Danai Gurira Series Not Moving Forward at HBO Max

    Variety is reporting that Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira’s Americanah series adaptation is no longer moving forward at HBO Max. The outlet shares that Nyong’o, who was set to star in and executive produce “was forced to exit the series” after production dates were pushed back due to the ongoing pandemic and conflicting with Nyong’o’s schedule on other projects. Gurira was attached as showrunner, writer, and EP for the series.

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    The series adaptation was based on author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel of the same name (which you can order here). Americanah tells the story of Ifemelu (Nyong’o), a young, beautiful, self-assured woman raised in Nigeria, who as a teenager falls in love with her classmate Obinze. Living in a military-ruled country, they each depart for the west, with Ifemelu heading for America, where, despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple for the first time with what it means to be black. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous undocumented life in London.

    The novel is a highly lauded tale that has become a leader in the cultural conversation and is an incredible exploration of the human experience that crosses three continents to give an empathetic, compelling view of the complex realities of race, politics, immigration, and identity.

    Along with Oscar winner Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), the series was set to star Emmy winner Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black, Tony Award nominee Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton), Zackary Momoh (Doctor Sleep), and Tireni Oyenusi (A True Crime).

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    The long-time passion project of Nyong’o’s originally received a 10-episode straight-to-series order at the streamer. Nyong’o had been developing the adaptation since 2014 with D2 Productions, Plan B Entertainment, and Potboiler Television.

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