There's long running TV shows, and then there's Grey's Anatomy. ABC's medical drama is currently in the midst of its whopping 14th season on the network, and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Because in addition to the flagship series, the franchise is being expanded in the coming months. There's already a webseries about the surgical program's new interns, and a spinoff will arrive in a few months time which focusing on the firefighters of Seattle. And with the millions of loyal viewers who still tune into Grey's every Thursday, it seems like the show could run indefinitely. Now it looks like it'll likely continue through Season 16, as star and producer Ellen Pompeo has signed a new deal with ABC.

Ellen Pompeo has signed a deal to star in two more season of Grey's Anatomy. Additionally, she'll also become a producer on the series, while getting an EP credit on the (still) untitled spinoff. And with Meredith Grey down to return for at least two more seasons, it would stand to reason for ABC to renew its massively successful series for at least that long.

This new deal, which coms to us from Deadline, will no doubt excite the millions of hardcore Grey's Anatomy fans out there. Creator Shonda Rhimes has maintained that there is no Grey's without Meredith, so Ellen Pompeo actually does have a ton of power regarding the future of the series. But with Pompeo now as full fledged producer in addition to star, she's certainly got all her cards in the show's basket, helping to keep it alive for at least another two seasons.

While casual TV viewers are baffled to see Grey's Anatomy running strong, deals like this are the likely the reason why the cast is so keen to continue their long tenures on the series. Kevin McKidd is a frequent director on the series, in addition to playing Owen Hunt. Debbie Allen has duel roles as an EP and director, while also portraying Catherine Avery. And Sarah Drew (aka April Kepner) got to make her directorial debut on the new intern-focused web series The B-Team. So while many of the cast have been on the show for years (especially the four remaining OG surgeons), they've got reasons to stay involved.

It should be interesting to see exactly how long Grey's Anatomy lasts on ABC. While the day 1 fans are likely ready for a satisfying series finale, it doesn't look like that's going to be happening anytime soon. And while we'll have to suspend our disbelief for Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital to suffer yet another horrifying tragedy, there's something about Grey's that still tugs at audience's heartstrings.

Grey's Anatomy will return to ABC tomorrow, January 18th. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch.

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