Grey's Anatomy (season 11)

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Grey's Anatomy (season 11)
Greys Anatomy Season 11 Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 25, 2014 –
Season chronology
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List of Grey's Anatomy episodes

The eleventh season of the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy will premiere on September 25, 2014[1] in the United States on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) and consists of 24 episodes. The season was produced by ABC Studios, in association with ShondaLand Production Company and The Mark Gordon Company; the showrunner being Shonda Rhimes.

Plots[edit]

The season follows the story of surgical interns, residents, fellows, and attendings as they experience the difficulties of the competitive careers they have chosen. It is set in the surgical wing of the fictional Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, located in Seattle, Washington.

During an interview, Shonda Rhimes stated that "[Season 11] is really a Meredith-centric season. She’s lost her ‘person,’ her [half-]sister has shown up, her husband is chafing to go someplace else…” She went on to reveal that she's been wanting to do the "familial grenade" storyline for a long time, and at the end of Season 10, she knew it was the time to do it. Rhimes also claimed that Season 11 will pick up right where Season 10 left us, so there won't be much that the audience won't see.[2] In another interview discussing this storyline, Rhimes revealed that she and the writers are thinking about doing flashback periods to the younger days of Drs. Ellis Grey and Richard Webber.

Cast[edit]

Casting[edit]

Caterina Scorsone was upgraded to a series regular for Season 11.

On August 13, 2013, Sandra Oh revealed that she would be leaving after Season 10 of Grey's Anatomy.[6] Thus, this is the first season in which Dr. Cristina Yang, portrayed by Sandra Oh, is not included in the main cast of characters. It was announced on March 25, 2014 that Gaius Charles (Dr. Shane Ross) and Tessa Ferrer (Dr. Leah Murphy) were also not having their options picked up for Season 11, meaning that Season 10 was their last as series regulars on the show. Only Jerrika Hinton (Dr. Stephanie Edwards) and Camilla Luddington (Dr. Jo Wilson) returned as residents.[7] On January 23, 2014 it was reported that Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey had renewed their contracts for another two seasons, as Drs. Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd, respectively, meaning their characters would be staying on the medical drama for seasons 11 and 12.[8] On May 2, 2014, the rest of the six original cast mates, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr., excluding Sandra Oh, renewed their contracts for another two seasons (11 and 12) as Drs. Alex Karev, Miranda Bailey, and Richard Webber, respectively. Sara Ramirez also renewed her contract for another two seasons as Dr. Callie Torres.[9]

E! News, as well as other sources, reported on June 23, 2014 that Caterina Scorsone was upgraded to a series regular to continue her role as Dr. Amelia Shepherd, one of Dr. Derek Shepherd's four sisters. Scorsone previously played Dr. Amelia Shepherd since Season 7 on Grey's Anatomy as a recurring role. She was also a series regular on the show's spin-off series, Private Practice, portraying the same character from Seasons 3-6.[10]

At first, it was uncertain who would play the younger Ellis, as there have been two different actresses who played Ellis within the relatively same period: Kate Burton and Sarah Paulson.[11] However, on August 6, 2014, it was confirmed that Kate Burton will portray the character in flashbacks in the season premiere.[4]

It was announced on August 8, 2014 that Geena Davis is going to have a major guest arc storyline in Season 11. She will be playing a surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.[3]

Another guest star was revealed on September 2, 2014. Annet Mahendru of The Americans will guest star for one episode; however, at the time of the announcement, no details about her role nor when she'd appear were discussed.[5]

Development[edit]

Grey's Anatomy was renewed for an eleventh season by ABC on May 8, 2014.[12] On May 13, 2014, ABC announced their new schedule, as well as a new timeslot for Grey's Anatomy. The show remained on Thursday night, but it was moved to 8:00 PM E.T. to make room for ShondaLand Production Company's new TV series, How to Get Away with Murder.[13] Even though Paul Lee, the president of ABC, moved Grey's Anatomy to a new timeslot, he announced at ABC's 2014-15 upfront that Season 11 would follow in Season 10 fashion and be split into two batches each consisting of 12 uninterrupted episodes (excluding holidays), meaning Season 11 consists of 24 episodes.[14][15]

Not even a week after the Season 10 finale episode aired, the Grey's Anatomy team of writers began collaborating on ideas for Season 11 storylines. Shonda Rhimes tweeted that they were hard at work in the writing room, but would have the month of June off before coming back in full swing to write actual episodes.[16] After the 4th of July weekend, Rhimes tweeted that the writers' room was once again buzzing, as the team had returned from vacation to start writing new episodes for Season 11. Soon after the announcement from Rhimes, Camilla Luddington announced via Twitter that the filming of Season 11 would commence on July 25.[17]

In late July 2014, Sarah Drew (who plays Dr. April Kepner) showed the world her real-life baby bump. Expecting her second child, her pregnancy was perfectly timed with Dr. Kepner's pregnancy on the show.[18]

Episodes[edit]

The number in the "No. in series" column refers to the episode's number within the overall series, whereas the number in the "No. in season" column refers to the episode's number within this particular season. "U.S. viewers in millions" refers to the number of Americans in millions who watched the episodes live.

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
221 1 "I Must Have Lost it on the Wind"[19] Kevin McKidd Stacy McKee September 25, 2014 (2014-09-25) TBA
222 2 "Puzzle With a Piece Missing"[20] TBA TBA October 2, 2014 (2014-10-02) TBA
223 3 "Got to Be Real"[20] TBA TBA October 9, 2014 (2014-10-09) TBA

Ratings[edit]

Live ratings[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Episode Air date Time slot (EST) Rating/Share (18–49) Viewers (m) 18–49 Rank Viewership rank Drama rank
221 1 "I Must Have Lost It on the Wind" September 25, 2014 (2014-09-25) Thursdays
8:00 p.m.
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
222 2 "Puzzle With a Piece Missing" October 2, 2014 (2014-10-02) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
223 3 "Got to Be Real" October 9, 2014 (2014-10-09) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Live + 7 Day (DVR) ratings[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Episode Air date Time slot (EST) 18–49 rating increase Viewers
(millions) increase
Total 18-49 Total viewers
(millions)
Ref
221 1 "I Must Have Lost on the Wind" September 25, 2014 (2014-09-25) Thursdays
8:00 p.m.
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
222 2 "Puzzle With a Piece Missing" October 2, 2014 (2014-10-02) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
223 3 "Got to Be Real" October 9, 2014 (2014-10-09) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

References[edit]

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