Ellen Pompeo reduces function on Season 19 of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

“Grey’s Anatomy” fixture Ellen Pompeo, who has lengthy performed surgeon Dr. Meredith Gray in ABC’s prime-time medical drama, will likely be decreasing her display time in upcoming nineteenth season as she reportedly goes to work on a brand new Hulu challenge.

Pompeo will seem in “a limited capacity” on the community’s flagship collection, which matches into manufacturing this week, together with showing in eight episodes, The Occasions confirmed Wednesday. Nonetheless, she’ll narrate each episode and function an govt producer. (It’s unclear what number of episodes have been ordered for the brand new season, and ABC has not stated whether or not it is going to be the collection’ remaining bow.)

The Shonda Rhimes-created present, which premiered in 2005, nonetheless stays ABC’s high scripted collection and has spawned a number of spinoffs, together with “Private Practice” and “Station 19,” wherein she’s additionally made visitor appearances.

Whereas many authentic forged members — Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane and Katherine Heigl — have departed “Grey’s,” Pompeo has remained a stalwart alongside Chandra Wilson’s Dr. Miranda Bailey and James Pickens Jr.’s Dr. Richard Webber. Each Wilson and Pickens Jr. will likely be returning for Season 19 as effectively.

Within the Season 18 finale, Meredith determined to stay on the collection’ Gray Sloan Memorial hospital because the interim chief of surgical procedure slightly than shifting to Minnesota. When “Grey’s Anatomy” was renewed in January, the “Tell Me With Ellen Pompeo” podcast host reportedly signed a one-year deal to return to the collection.

Though Bailey stop final season after the present’s medical middle shut down its residency program, the brand new season will introduce audiences to a brand new batch of interns when it premieres on Oct. 6. They embrace Alexis Floyd as Simone Griffin, Niko Terho as Lucas Adams, Midori Francis as Mika Yasuda, Adelaide Kane as Jules Millin and Harry Shum Jr. as Daniel “Blue” Kwan.

Pompeo’s shift discount on “Grey’s” comes as she gears as much as tackle her first main appearing function exterior the ABC collection. She’ll star in an eight-episode restricted collection for Hulu, ABC’s sister streaming service, presently working because the Untitled Orphan Undertaking. She got here aboard the challenge earlier this summer season, Deadline reported.

That manufacturing facilities on the weird true story of Ukrainian-born Natalia Grace, a younger girl with dwarfism who duped her adoptive Midwestern mother and father into pondering she was a baby. They claimed that she was an grownup sociopath who threatened their lives, and their state of affairs devolved into “a battle that’s fought in the tabloids, the courtroom, and ultimately their marriage,” in accordance with the logline.

The Hulu challenge attracts parallels from the 2009 horror movie “Orphan,” which spun an analogous yarn.

Pompeo will play the mom within the collection created and written by Katie Robbins (“The Affair” and “The Last Tycoon”). She’ll additionally govt produce the challenge by way of her manufacturing banner Calamity Jane with Laura Holstein.