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Grey's Anatomy Firefighter Spinoff - First Look Photos, Interview + Synopsis


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The latest series from the executive producers of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder” follows a group of heroic firefighters at Seattle Fire Station 19 – from captain to newest recruit – as they risk their lives and hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock. These brave men and women are like family, literally and figuratively, and together they put their own lives in jeopardy as first responders to save the lives of others.

In Seattle, all firefighters are also trained EMTs and the crew at Station 19 is second to none. Working in 24-hour shifts, these professionals spend so much time together that they build relationships unlike any others.

Practically raised at the station, Andy Herrera (Jaina Lee Ortiz) is a confident, badass firefighter who is also the daughter of Captain Pruitt (Miguel Sandoval), the formidable head of the firehouse. Captain Pruitt was Andy’s primary inspiration to become a firefighter, and is a mentor to both Andy and Jack Gibson (Grey Damon), the lieutenant at Station 19. Passionate and energetic, Jack is fearless – just the kind of guy you want coming to your rescue. While Jack is fearless, Andy plays by the rules – but when these two are together, sparks fly and opposites attract.

Andy’s best friend and confidant is Maya Bishop (Danielle Savre). A former Olympic athlete, Maya has an innate competitive nature that pushes her to be the best firefighter in the house. Meanwhile, charming Dean Miller (Okieriete Onaodowan) is nothing short of passionate and jumps at the chance to be a hero. He is also very aware of the appeal of a firefighter in uniform and is not afraid to use that to get a date or two with the ladies.

Travis Montgomery (Jay Hayden) is the heart of the station, keeping everyone on track and helping his fellow team members grow. After a traumatic event, he is also a stickler for following the rules and making sure the newbies stay in line.

As the youngest member of the team, Victoria “Vic” Hughes (Barrett Doss) is eager to prove herself as a crucial part of the Station 19 family. She often tends to meddle where she doesn’t belong but rarely allows others insight into her personal life.

Rounding out the firehouse, the newest addition to Station 19 is rookie Ben Warren (Jason George). Ben traded in his scalpel for a fresh start as a firefighter but has a hard time realizing that emergencies in the field are vastly different than those at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. While it’s a shock becoming the newbie again, he’s learning from the best and is up to the challenge.

The team also works closely with Seattle PD and often has run-ins with one of Andy’s oldest friends (and former high school flame), Ryan Tanner (Alberto Frezza). After a traumatic event brings Andy and Ryan closer, it’s impossible not to see the attraction.

The series stars Jaina Lee Ortiz as Andy Herrera, Jason George as Ben Warren, Grey Damon as Jack Gibson, Barrett Doss as Victoria Hughes, Alberto Frezza as Ryan Tanner, Jay Hayden as Travis Montgomery, Okieriete Onaodowan as Dean Miller, Danielle Savre as Maya Bishop and Miguel Sandoval as Captain Pruitt Herrera.

The drama is produced by ABC Studios. Stacy McKee (“Grey’s Anatomy”) serves as showrunner and executive producer, along with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. Paris Barclay (“Pitch” and “Sons of Anarchy”) serves as the producing director and executive producer of the series.


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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Does the Grey’s spin-off have an actual name yet?

STACY McKEE: [Laughs] Nope, not yet! We don’t have a name. You should see the bulletin board in my office. We have hundreds of Post-its on it with possible names. It’s pretty fantastic.

What was the first germ of an idea to do a firefighter-set spin-off of Grey’s?

I knew that I wanted to find a show that could match Grey’s in stakes, intensity, and tone. I wanted something where we could be laughing, and crying, and throwing things at our television all in the same episode. I always want to tell stories from characters first, so I just loved this idea of having some kind of big, awesome, hilarious, sometimes dysfunctional work family, and the fire station just seemed to work as a really natural setting for that. Plus, it’s an extension of the existing Grey’s Anatomy world. I mean, how many times have we seen first responders in the background rushing into the breezeway, dropping off patients and leaving? This way, we just get the chance to jump back into the rig with them and drive away.

How do you feel the spin-off is thematically and tonally either similar or different from Grey’s?

The show is different from Grey’s because our hero characters aren’t just saving lives, they’re also putting their own lives at risk in the process. The very nature of their jobs will put these characters out into the streets, on location, immersed in their patients’ lives in a way that’s a lot more visceral and a little bit more messy. It isn’t the perfectly draped body in an OR. They’re responding to a patient on-sight, the scene of an accident, their homes, it’s just a different energy. There’s no safety net there. Gosh, it’s so similar, too. As much as we’re out and enjoying all of the action, there’s just so much heart and humor, and sexy time — all of that, plus this great shot of adrenaline.

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