As part of the deal, Pompeo will now serve as a producer on the long-running medical drama, as well as a co-executive producer on the upcoming, still-untitled firefighter spinoff starring Jason George (and premiering Thursday, March 22). She will reportedly earn north of $550,000 per episode, making her the highest-paid actress on a TV drama.
In Season 14, Grey’s currently stands as ABC’s No. 1 show in the coveted 18-49 demo, and ranks third for the network in total audience (behind The Good Doctor and Dancing With the Stars). Pompeo’s new deal all but ensures that Grey’s will remain on the air through Season 16 (though it has not yet received an official pick-up beyond this season). In doing so, it would surpass ER as the longest-running medical drama in TV history.
Grey’s Anatomy returns from its midseason break this Thursday at 8/7c.