After appearing in the hit ABC Shonda Rhimes medical drama, and directing a number of episodes, Debbie Allen is getting ready to step into an even larger role, as an executive producer and regular director for the upcoming 12th season of the show, which actually hasn’t been officially renewed, but is obviously expected to be.
"Grey’s Anatomy’s" ratings continue to be strong for ABC, as part of the network’s booming Thursday night lineup, also known as Shonda night, given that all 3 drama series ("Grey’s," "Scandal" and "How to Get Away with Murder") that air in primetime on that day, are all Shondaland babies. Also, ratings have apparently surged ever since (SPOILER ALERT) the show killed off one of its key players in Patrick Dempsey. Although it’ll be worth paying attention to see whether the momentum carries.
It may not be widely-known, but Debbie Allen has directed episodes of several different TV shows over the years, dating back to "Fame" in the 1980s, to "Jane the Virgin" and "Empire" most recently. This ABC upgrade (if you will) ensures that she will be even more involved in the production of the series from here-on, while still also recurring as Dr. Catherine Avery.
The final episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” will air over the next 2 Thursdays.