Ellen Pompeo cuts back on her ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ episodes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dr. Meredith Gray will reduce her workload on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Series star Ellen Pompeo is set to appear in eight episodes of the hospital drama — about a third of the usual number per season — when the ABC show returns for its 19th season on October 6.

Pompeo is scaling back her engagement as she prepares to star in an untitled limited series based on the real-life story of a tangled adoption in 2010 involving an American couple. It’s for streaming service Hulu, a Disney corporate sibling of ABC.

The network declined to comment. Pompeo’s spokeswoman did not respond to an email request for comment.

There will be newcomers to help take over at the fictional Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital in Seattle. Alexis Floyd, Niko Terho and Harry Shum Jr. will be among those joining the show as trainees.

Pompeo is one of the few remaining original cast members, which includes Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. The series was created by producer-writer Shonda Rhimes, a TV powerhouse whose credits include “Bridgerton” and “Scandal.” .

Pompeo will continue as executive producer and narrator for “Grey’s Anatomy,” said Deadline Hollywood, which reported the story on Wednesday.

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