Guests in Their Former TV Homes: Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Raúl Esparza Weigh In on Reprising Beloved Roles in Shorter Stints

When the writers of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” opted to have the show’s title character, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), battle against COVID-19 for much of the season, they juxtaposed it with an unexpected silver lining: a dream world that reunited the doctor with many of her fallen loved ones on a beach.

This beach arc, which lasted for more than 10 episodes, found Meredith getting closure with mainstays from her past, including her husband, Derek (Patrick Dempsey) and her half-sister, Lexie (Chyler Leigh). But the medical drama was far from alone in tapping into such nostalgia, as more than a half-dozen other shows this television season brought back former leads

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