TV lovers, rejoice! In just a few months you’ll be screaming, “Thank God it’s Thursday!” once again as all three of your favorite Shonda Rhimes-created dramas (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder”) return to the small screen this fall.
That's right, ABC has officially announced its fall-premiere lineup, becoming the second network (after CBS) to give audiences a peek at the premiere dates of their most-beloved TV programs. So mark your calendars now and stock up on some wine because you’ll definitely need it when September rolls around.
Season 12 of “Grey’s Anatomy” will return for your viewing pleasure on Thursday, September 24, at 8 p.m. EDT, according to TVLine. And although Patrick Dempsey won’t appear in the twelfth installment (his character, Derek Shepard, was killed off from the series in Season 11), fans shouldn’t worry about the shortage of eye candy.
Jason George, who plays Ben Warren on the medical drama, revealed to Tribute in June that his character has been promoted from guest star to series regular. “I’m the newest series regular on ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ So there you go, you are no don’t with me, I’m going to be around for a little bit!” he confirmed.
Sarah Drew, who portrays April Kepner on the ABC series, also dished some details on the upcoming installment. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly in May, the actress explained Season 12 would continue to follow April and Jackson’s (Jesse Williams) heartbreaking storyline as the two “try to find their way back to one another,” following the Season 11 finale.
In the finale, April expressed her desire to re-join the army. And although Jackson gave his wife his blessing, he revealed that he wouldn’t be there waiting for her when she returned home from overseas.
“If I go, then we’re done? You’re calling it?” she responded to Jackson’s ultimatum.
So, is Japril done for good? Drew revealed to Entertainment Weekly that their romance hasn’t quite fizzled out just yet.
“We haven’t actually broken up. We’re left on the precipice. He’s given me an ultimatum that gives us room to figure out what’s going to happen next season,” she teased, adding that she “really, really” hopes the two can resolve their issues. “We’ll see where the show takes us in Season 12.”
In addition to unveiling of the “Grey’s Anatomy” premiere date, ABC has announced that “Scandal” will premiere its fifth season on Thursday, September 24, at 9 p.m. EST. “How to Get Away with Murder” will air its sophomore installment the same day at 10 p.m. EST.