EXCLUSIVE: The upcoming seventh season will be the last for ABC‘s Station 19. The decision, early in production on the season, would allow producers to craft a proper ending for the first responder drama, a spinoff from the network’s flagship Grey’s Anatomy.
Before it signs off, Station 19 will hit the 100th episode mark in Season 7, which was impacted by the double Hollywood strikes. The series has aired 95 episodes to date; its seventh season will consist of 10 episodes.
Boosted by frequent Grey’s Anatomy crossovers, over the last few seasons, Station 19 established itself as ABC’s No.2 drama series behind Grey’s. Over its run, the series also has been lauded for tackling important — and sometimes difficult — topics and recently received a Sentinel Award from Hollywood, Health & Society for its depiction of systemic racism in Season 6.
Station 19 has undergone significant changes heading into Season 7. It has new showrunners in Zoanne Clack and Peter Paige who succeeded Krista Vernoff. (Clack had been named head writer in August 2022 amid an upheaval in the series’ writers room, which exposed long-simmering racial issues on the show.)
In Season 7, which premieres March 14, Station 19 also is moving from 8 PM to 10 PM on Thursday and will now follow Grey’s Anatomy vs. being its lead-in. As Deadline reported last month, the scheduling tweak signals a new dynamic between the two dramas, with the spinoff being less reliant on the mothership series and standing on its own, with only one crossover currently planned for the upcoming abbreviated season.
In addition to Zoanne Clack and Peter Paige, Stacy McKee, Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Paris Barclay also serve as executive producers on the series, produced by ABC Signature, part of Disney TV Studios, and Shondaland.
“For seven seasons Station 19 has been a highlight of the ABC lineup thanks to Shonda and Betsy’s incredible vision, beloved characters and compelling storytelling,” said Craig Erwich, president, Disney Television Group. “With Zoanne and Peter at the helm of the upcoming farewell season, we have so much to look forward to, most notably the celebration of the show’s milestone 100th episode.”
Created by McKee, Station 19 is set in Seattle and focuses on the lives of the men and women at Seattle Fire Station 19. It stars Jaina Lee Ortiz, Jason George, Grey Damon, Barrett Doss, Alberto Frezza, Jay Hayden, Okieriete Onaodowan, Danielle Savre, Miguel Sandoval, Boris Kodjoe, Stefania Spampinato, Carlos Miranda, Josh Randall, Merle Dandridge, and Pat Healy.
As Station 19 is planning its exit, ABC is adding a new first responder drama, Fox transplant 9-1-1, which will be taking over Station 19′s Thursday 8 PM slot.