This is obviously a huge week for Grey’s Anatomy — we don’t think you can look at Thursday’s episode and think anything otherwise. This is going to be a chance for the show to become the longest-running medical drama in history, which is the sort of achievement that no one had to expect when this was first handed the green light. When you get a show on the air, the first thing that you really hope is that you can find a way to last longer than a season. You just hope that there are some people who believe in you.
Luckily, Grey’s Anatomy found that quickly and became this runaway sensation. It’s now one of the most-watched shows all over the world, one with hundreds of episodes, memorable characters, and even an inspirational nature. Some surgeons out there today likely got into the job because of watching the show when they were kids and that’s a crazy thing to think about. It’s allowed its viewers to find new opportunities and beyond that, it’s also managed to allow the same thing for its cast. Many have taken on additional producing projects as a result of this show, whereas others have gained an opportunity to direct. Jesse Williams is one of these people, and he is gearing up now the opportunity to do so again.
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The news about Jesse directing was first confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter as a part of a fascinating piece detailing the show’s overall success, and some of the opportunities that it has afforded some of its key players. Here’s what Williams had to say about some of the luxuries this show has brought his way:
“Grey’s has made a home for me so that I can launch three tech companies and can go on speaking tours and live a life. A lot of that has to do with being on a show that’s run by women and people who can actually multitask.”
He goes on in the piece to praise the show for encouraging its cast to have families and lives — they’ve always embraced pregnancies from its female cast members and found ways to accommodate them in the story. Meanwhile, they’ve turned the cast until a family all its own. While there have certainly been some difficult decisions made along the way and a few sad departures, much of that is outside of the key cast’s control. They find a way to support each other and their endeavors, both on-screen and off.
This upcoming episode of Grey’s Anatomy marks the second opportunity for Williams in this role; he previously helmed one in 2018. He’s also getting more into movie work, with Till being one of his upcoming projects.
As much as we do want to celebrate the awesomeness of the record-breaking episode tomorrow, we also don’t want to forget that this is far from the end of the road for the show. There’s going to be almost certainly a sixteenth season, based on everything that we’ve heard so far.
What do you want to see from Jesse directing Grey’s Anatomy moving forward? Be sure to share in the comments. (Photo: ABC.)