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‘GREY’S ANATOMY’ Will Have a Second Spinoff About Firefighters

May 16, 2017

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ABC announced during the network’s upfront presentation that they have given a straight-to-series order for Shonda Rhimes’ medical drama Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, which will revolve around Seattle firefighters. This marks the second spinoff in four years after Private Practice.

Set to premiere in midseason 2018, this spinoff is set in a Seattle firehouse, from Rhimes’ Shondaland, written by Grey‘s executive producer/co-showrunner Stacy McKee. It follows a group of heroic firefighters. From the captain to the newest recruit, the show revolves around these brave men and women as they risk their lives and their hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock.

The lead character is expected to be introduced in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy next fall before the series launches in midseason.

Channing Dungey, ABC Entertainment President said:

“No one can interweave the jeopardy firefighters face in the line of duty with the drama in their personal lives quite like Shonda, and GREY’s signature Seattle setting is the perfect backdrop for this exciting spinoff.”

McKee will executive produce with Shondaland’s Rhimes and Betsy Beers for ABC Studios where Shondaland is based.

This method of expanding the Grey‘s franchise is similar to Dick Wolf’s Chicago dramas at NBC, which follows firefighters, paramedics, cops, doctors and DAs in the same city, allowing for crossovers.

Private Practice starred Kate Walsh and followed her character Dr. Addison Montgomery as she leaves Seattle Grace Hospital to join a private practice in Los Angeles. It was introduced on May 2007 with an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, which served as a two-hour backdoor pilot. The project was picked up to series, launched in fall 2007 and aired for a total of six seasons.

This new Grey‘s spinoff gives Rhimes’ Shondaland to continue expanding the world and to have six series on the network. Grey’s Anatomy returns for Season 14 next fall, Scandal wraps with its seventh and final season, How to Get Away with Murder returns with a fourth season, the upcoming Romeo & Juliet sequel Still Star-Crossed, premieres on May 29, and the new legal drama For the People, which will debut next midseason.

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