300 episodes is plenty of TV.
The record of reveals that lived lengthy sufficient to see such an illustrious milestone is just not an extended one. While you consider reveals that premiered in TV’s most up-to-date trendy period that lasted lengthy sufficient to take action, the record will get even shorter. And as Gray’s Anatomy prepares to hitch the ranks of NCIS, Regulation & Order: SVU, and The Simpsons, its forged is questioning in the event that they could be the final present to ever hit the lofty benchmark.
“I am really a kind of blessed numbers. Most actors will go their entire profession and can by no means expertise this,” star James Pickens Jr., who’s been with the present as Dr. Webber since day one, informed E! Information’ Sibley Scoles on the present’s huge celebration in Los Angeles. “You will by no means see this once more. 300 episodes, you will not see that anymore. Not with the brand new platforms and streaming and stuff. That is the best way the enterprise mannequin is. That is really historic.” (Shh! Nobody inform him that Prison Minds is scorching on the present’s heels.)
As fellow OG star Chandra Wilson famous, the present, which debuted on ABC as a midseason substitute within the 2004-05 season, has managed to climate the numerous twists and turns which have rocked the TV trade, from the erosion of broadcast scores because of cable’s rise and the arrival of time-shifted viewing to the disruptive arrival of streaming giants like Netflix and Hulu.
“Firstly, once I see 300, I feel historical past as a result of that makes me actually excited to be part of tv historical past. I see obstacles being damaged down. I see beginning off when it was very essential to be in entrance of the TV that night time when it got here on vs. DVR’ing it. Tv viewing is so completely different right this moment than it was. We have ridden all of these waves. There weren’t field units after we first began,” she defined. “We simply maintain using with each little wave that reveals up. We’re proper in the course of that. So I am happy with us. We’re the little engine that at all times may and may and can.”
After all, simply because they’ve managed to not solely survive, however thrive for 300 episodes doesn’t suggest that everybody concerned ever severely imagined this present day would come. “I keep in mind, I began within the forged. I had simply come right here from Scotland, fairly new to city. My character began, and about 4 episodes into me beginning, in season 5, it was the 100th episode celebration,” Kevin McKidd defined. “And I used to be like, ‘How do you get to 100 episodes? How does that even occur?’ In Britain, we do seasons of 5 episodes and that is it…So to face right here at 300, after that, it is unbelievable.”
Creator Shonda Rhimes admitted that Gray’s uncommon longevity all comes down to at least one factor: The followers.
“I do not assume I ever imagined we might be right here 300 episodes later. After we hit 100, I used to be shocked and stunned. After we hit 50, I used to be shocked and stunned,” she stated. “I am repeatedly amazed on the followers and the way into the present that they’re and the way loyal they have been. Even after they’re mad, they’re nonetheless there the following week to inform me how mad they’re and the way mad they are going to be subsequent week. And I like that as a result of meaning they’re passionate and so they care.”
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Gray’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at eight p.m. on ABC.