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Grey's Anatomy future revealed after months of speculation

Fans will be thrilled!

Eve Crosbie

Good news, Grey's Anatomy fans - the hit series has been renewed for another season!

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The ABC series, which already holds the title of the longest-running medical drama on primetime television, will return later this year with season 18.

Fans will no doubt be pleased since Ellen Pompeo - one of the show's few remaining original cast members - sent viewers into a tailspin earlier this year after suggesting that the show's future was uncertain. 

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But now, confirming the exciting news, showrunner Krista Vernoff said in a statement: "The writers, directors, casts and crews of Grey's Anatomy and Station 19 worked so hard to bring these shows to life this past season.

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"Keeping each other safe on set while paying tribute to the frontline heroes and first responders has been a challenge and a privilege. I've been truly blown away — particularly by our tireless crews — as they reinvented the TV-making wheel [...] We are so grateful for the opportunity to tell more stories."

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Ellen Pompeo is one of Grey's Anatomy's few remaining original cast members

However, whether this will be Grey's Anatomy final season remains a question mark. Likewise, it's unknown how many episodes season 18 will consist of; like many other TV shows, the most recent season's length was cut back significantly. 

Spin-off series Station 19, which focuses on the lives of firefighters in the Seattle area, has also been renewed for a fifth season. However, following the reunion between former flames April Kepner and Jackson Avery, fans are all hoping to see the franchise grow with another spin-off.

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On Thursday night's episode, it was revealed that Jackson, played by Jesse Williams, will be moving to Boston to pursue a new job and asked ex April to join him along with their daughter, Harriet.

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Fans all want to see what Jesse and April get up to in Boston

After April actress Sarah Drew teased viewers that the show had set up a "really great journey" for the character, many took to Twitter to campaign for a new series following Jesse and April - or Japril as they've been dubbed.

"Can we now please get a #Japril in Boston taking over the world spin-off?!" one tweeted. Another added: "After this episode I'm 10000% sure I need a spin off all about Japril and Harriet figuring their life out in Boston," while a third simply said: "I NEED a #Japril spin-off."

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