ABC returns to Station 19.
The Disney broadcast network has handed out a renewal for the seventh season Station 19, the firefighter-focused spin-off of Gray’s Anatomy. As part of the pick-up, ABC installed Zoanne Clack and Peter Paige as showrunners. The duo will take over from Krista Vernoff, who previously announced plans to retire from both shows Grays And Station 19.
Of Grays already renewed for its 20th season, one pickup ahead Station 19 was anything but a formality and depended only on new deals being made for Clack and Paige. The drama joins other previously revamped series on ABC’s 2023-24 broadcast schedule as Abbott Elementary, The Good Doctor, Grey’s, The Rookie And Will Trent.
In the sixth season, Station 19 ranked as the number 1 series on Thursdays at 8pm among women 18-49 and 25-54. The show ranks among the top 10 broadcast dramas of the season among women aged 18-34, 18-49, and 25-54. The Shondaland drama will mark its 100th episode next season.
Clack has been there Grays since the start. The emergency room physician originally signed on as the show’s medical consultant. (Check out our “How to get a job in Shondaland” feature. for her full backstory.) She became head writer and executive producer Station 19 last year and remains responsible for all medical aspects of the flagship show’s storylines. “I am incredibly honored to entrust this dynamic and relevant show with Peter,” she said. “The diversity of the cast, writers and crew alongside their immense talent and dedication to their craft makes this an exciting adventure to undertake. We are excited about the stories we get to tell through this global platform and both understand the responsibility to be able to share them as we reach millions of homes every week. Many thanks to Krista and Shondaland for this opportunity and their trust in us.”
Paige, meanwhile, joined Station 19 as a director in the show’s fourth season and was brought back as an executive producer in season six. He started his career as an actor, starring in Showtime’s iconic Strange as Folk before continuing to co-create Freeform shows including The foster parents and its spin-off, Good trouble. “I am beyond honored to take the reins Station 19 — a show I love, full of incredible, complex characters and resonant, important stories,” he said. “To work with a talent like Zoanne as showrunners really makes it all the more exciting – we share a similar vision for the show, and we have some incredible twists planned for the upcoming season. A huge thank you to the entire team at Shondaland and everyone at ABC for trusting us. And eternal gratitude to Krista Vernoff for taking me to the 19 family, and for modeling conscious leadership in such a powerful and deliberate way.”
Clack and Paige become the third overall showrunners Station 19. The series was created by Grays grad Stacy McKee, who led it for its first two seasons. Vernoff took over in season three and more closely matched the show Grayswhich helps boost ratings for both.
Jaina Lee Ortiz, Jason George Gray Damon, Barrett Doss, Travis Montgomery, Danielle Savre, Boris Kodjoe, Stefania Spampinato, Carlos Miranda, Josh Randall, Merle Dandridge and Pat Healy star.
Exec producers include Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers of Shondaland.
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