By Michael Ausiello
Updated June 09, 2010 at 05:43 PM EDT

Image Credit: Eric McCandless/ABCIt’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.

Admit it: You’re starting to like her. You’re starting to really, really like her. Or not. Either way, share your thoughts in the comments!

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