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In just a couple of quick hours, Grey’s Anatomy will make Television history.
When tonight’s brand-new episode, the 15th in its 15th season, the beloved ABC drama will officially unseat ER as the longest-operating primetime healthcare drama in American tv history! With 332 episodes on the air (as of tonight) and at least 10 a lot more on the way—Shonda Rimes‘ infant has but to be renewed for a 16th season, although that appears like a mere formality at this point—the series has completed one thing that, offered the state of the present Television landscape, no show of its ilk will probably ever be in a position to top rated.
And what is a lot more, it is completed it with 4 of its original stars obtaining run the complete damn marathon. OGs Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers, and James Pickens, Jr. have stuck with the show by means of thick and thin, dramatic cast turnover and ill-conceived musical episodes, monumental spend raises—here’s seeking at you, Ellen!—and ratings resurgences, have starred as Meredith Grey, Miranda Bailey, Alex Karev, and Richard Webber, respectively, for the quantity of time it would take an infant youngster to get their driver’s permit. And at least 1 of them has every single intention of seeing this point all the way by means of to the end—whenever that could be.
In the course of a take a look at to the Grey’s Anatomy set final month when the cast filmed tonight’s record-breaking season, we asked absolutely everyone if they believed they could possibly have it in them to give Gunsmoke a run for its cash and turn out to be the longest-operating primetime drama ever. (That is 635 episodes, BTW.) And when Wilson was daunted by the prospect of difficult that other series—”I’d have to begin more than once again to get to Gunsmoke!—she did admit that she’s not going anyplace anytime quickly.
“From a historical standpoint, would enjoy to be in a position to say I was a starter and a finisher,” she told us. “Actors never get the chance to do that. I’d enjoy to have the chance to place that individual star to place on my wall. I nonetheless get pleasure from Bailey immensely, I nonetheless understand from her. Till the wheels fall off, I guess.”
Similarly, Pickens is hopeful that, when it comes time to film that final frame, Webber will be there standing tall. “To be at this point in my profession and nonetheless have a job, tough to say possibly it is time to hang up,” he told us. “I’d enjoy it when it is time, I want to come in and turn off the OR light for the final time and have the show finish there.”
Meanwhile, Chambers is a bit cagier when it comes towards his commitment to the future. “Let’s just do it season to season and go from there,” he stated. And Pompeo, nicely, her future on the series has remained really the subject of conversation. Immediately after all, you can not have Grey’s Anatomy devoid of the Grey.
Speaking with E! News final week at the Sergio Tacchini pop up shop she hosted along with husband Chris Ivery, Pompeo told us that she did not anticipate the show to finish devoid of her or her fellow OGs. “I assume Shonda has stated publicly that we’ll make a decision collectively when to wrap it up, and we’ll finish the show collectively. I never assume she has any plans to continue the show devoid of me, or any of the originals for that matter…but who knows, it is Hollywood,” she stated. “They can kick you out any time they want…but I assume she has stated publicly that we’d like to finish this collectively, and her and I and the other 3 originals that are on the show…I assume we’d like to sort of finish this collectively.”
Of course, ER wasn’t in a position to be so fortunate. By the time the groundbreaking NBC series, which premiered in 1994, was signing off following 15 seasons, it did so devoid of any of its original series regulars nonetheless in the gig. Whilst practically every single OG—from George Clooney and Julianna Marguiles to Anthony Edwards and Eriq La Salle—popped us as a particular guest in that final run of episodes in 2008-09, the show’s final continuous original series common, Noah Wyle, departed in 2005. (Sherry Stringfield would depart in 2006, although that was her second stint on the show, returning in 2001 following her initial departure in 1997.)
With Grey’s’ large day upon us, it got us pondering about the other methods in which the show stacks up against the series it is about to dethrone. Which show has featured a lot more disasters? Which can claim the highest ratings? And which chopped a lot more of its major characters’ limbs? Verify out our handy graphic under to see how Grey’s Anatomy vs. ER by the numbers!
Melissa Herwitt/E! Illustration
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at eight p.m. on ABC. Meanwhile, ER‘s complete 15-season run is obtainable to stream on Hulu.
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