TVLine is reporting that ABC is preparing to announce an early season nine pick-up for Grey’s Anatomy for the 2012-2013 television season. The news comes as no surprise as many behind-the-scenes players, including series creator Shonda Rhimes, have continually declared that Grey’s Anatomy would not be ending this year. The renewal comes amidst ongoing contract negotiations with original cast members Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Chandra Wilson, Sandra Oh, and Justin Chambers, all of whom remain up in the air as to their futures on the series.
Private Practice, however, still has not officially been renewed for a sixth season. More than likely, news of Private Practice‘s fate won’t come until ABC’s May Upfronts, after ratings for the show’s move to Tuesdays beginning April 17 and Rhimes’ new series Scandal have been seen and assessed. Unfortunately for fans of the series, it is beginning to look like it could go either way.