ICYMI, ABC is soon releasing a new addition to its TGIT lineup that ought to fill the Scandal-shaped hole in our hearts. Given the lengthy run of powerhouse series Grey’s Anatomy and its past spinoff success with Private Practice, it’s only natural that TV mogul Shonda Rhimes chose to create another spinoff with a Grey’s character at the helm. This time, Jason George’s Ben Warren will leave the hospital to pursue a new career as a firefighter, and we finally know the name of the series about himself and other firefighters at a station near Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.
Cosmopolitan reports that cast and crew of Station 19 announced the title this past week, ahead of the show’s official trailer debut during next week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Shonda Rhimes serves as executive producer of the series, while Grey’s Anatomy executive producer Stacy McKee will be the Station 19 showrunner. We may have been worried about what this new series meant for Ben and Bailey’s relationship, but what with the fire station’s distance to the hospital confirmed, I think we can expect plenty of potential crossover moments!
— Station 19 (@Station19) January 25, 2018
What’s up #GreysAnatomy fans !!
We officially have our title
— Jason Winston George (@JasonWGeorge) January 25, 2018
While the production team took awhile to settle on a title, they have revealed some details about the new characters joining Ben in the 10-episode spinoff. Back in October, The Hollywood Reporter announced the complete cast, revealing actress Jaina Lee Ortiz as the female lead Andy Herrera. The character of Andy is the daughter of the firehouse captain, keeping busy as a firefighter who is also romantically torn between her coworker Jack and her high school sweetheart Ryan. Surrounding Ben and Andy are a squad of firefighters including ladies’ man Dean (Okieriete Onaodowan), former Olympic athlete Maya (Danielle Savre), prankster Victoria (Barrett Doss) and more.
Grey’s Anatomy fans may worry about fewer Ben and Bailey moments thanks to Ben’s new career path, but I’m definitely intrigued by this new lineup of characters. Plus, with so many medical dramas out there, who else is excited for a show centered on a different profession?
Station 19 premieres on March 22 in a two-hour episode at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.