'Grey's Anatomy' Season 9: Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey will return

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greys-anatomy-meredith-derek-death.jpgGreat news, Mer-Der fans! After some dicey negotiations, Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey have signed on to return to "Grey's Anatomy" after this season's harrowing, balls-to-the-wall finale.

Creator Shonda Rhimes had to write a finale that could potentially facilitate the exits of some key characters, as negotiations had not been finalized in time for production. Luckily, most of our favorites have been confirmed to return. In addition to Pompeo and Dempsey, we can expect to see fan favorites Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers, James Pickens, Jr. and Chandra Wilson returning.

All of the cast members have re-signed for two more seasons, at the end of which they'll have another renegotiation, should the show live on past Season 10.

And yes, fans, though ABC has yet to formally announce their pickup of Season 9 -- their big Upfront presentation is next week in New York -- this definitely secures "Grey's" a place on their fall schedule.

The news was first reported by Deadline.
Photo/Video credit: ABC