Ellen Pompeo Reduces Grey’s Anatomy Workload, Will Appear in ‘Limited Capacity’ Season 19

The fine print of Helen Pompeo’s new Grey’s Anatomy the contract comes into force.

The actress – who last January extended her deal with the venerable ABC medical drama through the upcoming 19th season – will scale back her Meredith Gray duties to pursue other opportunities. According to sources, Pompeo will appear in a “limited capacity” — said to be just eight episodes (or less than half of the estimated 20-23 episodes that will be produced). She will remain as an executive producer and continue to narrate each episode.

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Meanwhile, among those opportunities Pompeo will be taking on is a new Hulu series, in which she will also star in the EP.

As TVLine reported earlier today, the Hulu series — billed as the “Untitled Orphan Project” — is inspired by the true story of a Midwestern couple who adopt what they believe is an 8-year-old girl with a rare form. of dwarfism. But as they begin to raise her with their three biological children, they slowly begin to believe that she may not be who she says she is. As they challenge her story, they face tough questions of their own about how much they are willing to stand up for themselves, falling into a battle that plays out in the tabloids, in the courtroom, and ultimately in their marriage.

Curiously, Pompeo foretold her new part-time job of grey situation in May. In response to a question from Entertainment tonight on whether the show could survive without her, he said, “Shonda [Rhimes] and I, I think — we’ll see, we’ll see,” before adding, “Trying to reinvent the show and continuing to reinvent the show is the challenge at this point, and listen, the show speaks to a lot of people and young people love it. performance. It’s inspired so many generations of health workers, so, I think for young people, it’s really good content and we’re going to try to continue that for young people, not necessarily with me, but to keep it beyond me.”

As announced in recent weeks, a quintet of first-year surgeons is set to roam the halls of Gray Sloan Memorial this fall. Do you have Adelaide Kane (Reign) as Jules Millin, who was raised by artists/hippies who added drugs “and somehow emerged as the only real adult in the family”, as well as Harry Shum Jr. (Joy) as Daniel “Blue” Kwan, a shrewd, impatient and brilliant resident who is “generous by nature but competitive to a fault”.

Also new for Season 19 is Niko Terho — who starred opposite of greyJake Borrelli in the 2020 Freeform film The thing about Harry — as Lucas Adams, who is determined to prove himself as a surgeon (like many in his family who 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 looked down upon (and uses it to her advantage).

Last but perhaps most surprising, you have Alexis Floyd (Inventing Anna) who plays Simone Griffin, a high-achieving, intelligent young woman who grew up in Seattle … “but never wanted to work at Gray Sloan because of a painful personal history with the hospital.”

Season 19 is set to begin production this week, ahead of the October 6 premiere on ABC.

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