Before Season 9 of Grey's Anatomy, it had been a while since we spent a significant amount of time getting to know a new class of interns. Could this batch finally be the ones that stick around (aka there are no mergers or shooters around the corner)?

According to TVLine, things are looking up for Season 9’s intern class. Reportedly, Shonda Rhimes has added a series regular option to the contracts of Jerrika Hinton (Stephanie), Gaius Charles (Shane) and Tessa Ferrer (Leah). Don’t worry Jo (Camilla Luddington) fans, Camilla’s contract already had the option in it. So that just leaves Tina Majorino (Heather), who has to wait and see how her TNT pilot Legends does before she can say if she’s returning.

Now, the series regular option does not make anything official, but it does mean that Shonda is thinking about making things official. According to TVLine, formal pickup letters go out in June. Either way, the interns are at least guaranteed through the rest of Season 9.

Are you happy to hear that the new batch of interns might stick around for a while?

Catch the next new episode of Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Source: TVLine

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