When it debuted as a midseason replacement in 2005, no one could have guessed that Grey's Anatomy would be running into its 14th season and showing no signs of slowing down. The medical drama has maintained a massively popular fan base for well over a decade, and all signs point to the series continuing to its 16th season on air. In addition to a webseries that follows the interns, the universe is about to expand with a spinoff about firefighters in Seattle. And after months of waiting and wondering, the upcoming companion series finally has a title.
Grey's Anatomy's spinoff is now officially titled Station 19. Thoroughly without any puns, the title no doubt alludes to the fire station that the central cast members will be living in and working out of. The title gets the job done, and will no doubt excite the millions of fans who are used to tuning into the original series every Thursday night.
Fans of Seattle's medical misadventures will get a chance to meet the cast of Station 19 soon enough. Thursday March 22nd will be a 2 hour premiere, which will cross over with Grey's Anatomy and feature the cast of the flagship series. This timing no doubt works well with the other shows in TGIT's rotation, as it will premiere shortly after the end of How To Get Away With Murder's fourth season.
The inception of Station 19 has the potential to be a game changer for the Grey's Anatomy franchise. With two shows sharing the same setting on ABC, the network has its own bonafide universe to play with. This type of producing and marketing has done wonders at NBC, with the myriad Chicago shows captivating audiences. Additionally, massive crossovers can occur, validating audiences who stuck around and watched all of the respective series.
Considering the concept of both Grey's Anatomy and Station 19, the possibilities for crossovers seems just about endless. Both shows are focused on emergency responders, so any time of mass incident would make the way for characters from each show to interact and share scenes together.
Additionally Doctor Ben Warren (Jason George) will be transitioning from Grey's Anatomy over to its new spinoff in just a matter of months. This was one of the first announcements to come out of Station 19, revealing a thread that will hold the two shows together. While fans will no doubt be happy to see a familiar face on Station 19, one has to wonder how that will work out narratively. Are he and Bailey getting a divorced? Will they each be shown on the other series? How exactly is this going to work out? We're just going to have to wait and see.