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, can be lowering her display screen time in upcoming nineteenth season as she reportedly goes to work on a brand new Hulu mission.

Pompeo will seem in “a limited capacity” on the community’s flagship collection, which works into manufacturing this week, together with showing in eight episodes, The Instances confirmed Wednesday. Nonetheless, she’ll narrate each episode and function an govt producer. (It’s unclear what number of episodes had been ordered for the brand new season, and ABC has not mentioned whether or not it is going to be the collection’ last 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 unique 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. can be returning for Season 19 as nicely.

Within the Season 18 finale, Meredith determined to stay on the collection’ Gray Sloan Memorial hospital because the interim chief of surgical procedure fairly than transferring 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 heart 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 embody 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 performing 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 mission earlier this summer time, Deadline reported.

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

The Hulu mission attracts parallels from the 2009 horror movie “Orphan,” which spun the same 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 mission by means of her manufacturing banner Calamity Jane with Laura Holstein.