It's official: Sarah Drew has been welcomed into Grey's Anatomy's elite Series-Regular Society.
An ABC rep confirms that Drew's deal - which kicks in this fall with the start of season 7 - was finalized this morning.
News of the former Everwood actress' promotion comes 48 hours after fellow Grey's rookie Jesse Williams joined the full-time ranks at Seattle Grace.
It's safe to say that fans will be slower to embrace Drew's new status, given the mostly chilly reception her character - Mercy West alum/McDreamy-obsessive April - has received. But don't underestimate the redemptive powers of both fast-rising star Drew and series creator Shonda Rhimes. And if you're looking for Exhibit A, grab some Kleenex and rewatch April's emotional heart-to-heart with Mer in the season finale.