The two-minute-long trailer bowed Thursday during, you guessed it, Grey’s Anatomy as leading lady Ellen Pompeo does indeed appear in the pilot for the spinoff.
Picked up straight-to-series, the 10-episode Station 19 is set in Seattle and takes its name from the location of the firehouse, which is situated three blocks away from Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. The show focuses on firefighters from the captain down the ranks to the newest recruit in their personal and professional lives. The castmembers are expected to be introduced in an episode of the flagship series this season. The firefighter drama will be the second spinoff to come out of Grey’s Anatomy following Kate Walsh starrer Private Practice. The latter ran for six seasons and wrapped its run in 2013.
From Shonda Rhimes and her Shondaland partner Betsy Beers, Station 19 is penned by Grey’s Anatomy alum Stacy McKee, who serves as showrunner. She also executive produces the ABC Studios drama, alongside producing director Barclay. Grey’s Anatomy star Pompeo recently added a co-exec producer credit on the spinoff as well.
Jaina Lee Ortiz (Rosewood) leads a cast that includes Grey’s Anatomy regular Jason George, who will segue to the spinoff this season; Grey Damon (Friday Night Lights); Miguel Sandoval (Bad Judge); Okieriete Onaodowan (Hamilton); Danielle Savre (Too Close to Home); Jay Hayden (The Catch); Barrett Doss (Iron Fist); and Alberto Frezza (Dead of Summer).
As for what to expect from the spinoff, McKee said it exists in the same universe as Grey’s — the joke is that Fire Station 19 is three blocks away from Grey Sloan. The showrunner called the spinoff “Grey’s adjacent” and said there was “a lot of potential for cross-pollination,” noting that they would be excited to have crossover with the characters or places from the flagship in “small ways or big ways.”
Station 19 premieres Thursday, March 22, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.