Saturday, August 24, 2019

About The Show

Production & Reception

Development
On May 16, 2017, ABC chief Channing Dungey announced at the ABC's Upfront Presentation that the network had given a straight-to-series order for a second Grey's Anatomy spin-off. Stacy McKee, a long-term Grey's writer and executive producer, will serve as show runner and executive producer, with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers also serving as executive producers. The series, which would be set in a Seattle firehouse, would follow the lives of a group of firefighters. The order consisted of 10 episodes. When announcing the series, Dungey said, "No one can interweave the jeopardy firefighters face in the line of duty with the drama in their personal lives quite like Shonda, and Grey's signature Seattle setting is the perfect backdrop for this exciting spinoff." Patrick Moran, president at ABC Studios, added that "We talked [with Shonda] about the elements of Grey's Anatomy that seem to resonate with the audience — emotional storytelling, deep human connection, a high-stakes environment and strong and empowered women — and those elements will carry over to the spinoff." In July 2017, Paris Barclay signed on to the series as producing director and executive producer. In January 2018, it was announced that Ellen Pompeo had renewed her contract to portray Meredith Grey through season 16 of Grey's, in addition to becoming a producer on the show and a co-executive producer on the spin-off. Later that month, ABC announced that the series would be titled Station 19.

An episode of Grey's Anatomy, originally planned to air in Fall 2017 but instead set to air in March 2018, will serve as a backdoor pilot for the series. The backdoor pilot episode will feature the introduction of the lead character of the spin-off, Andy Herrera, "as a story within the episode" and "showcase a really lovely story for Ben, where we get to just juxtapose his two worlds and see his reaction as he transitions from one world to the next".

On May 11, 2018, ABC renewed the series for a second season. The second season premiered on October 4, 2018. On October 19, 2018, it was announced that ABC had ordered a full season for the second season. On November 15, 2018 the series had its fall finale and returned on March 7, 2019 for the remaining episodes of the second season.

On April 24, 2019, it was announced that Stacy McKee wouldn't be returning as a show runner for a possible third season..

On May 10, 2019, ABC renewed the series for a third season and announced [Grey's Anatomy's show runner] Krista Vernoff as the new show runner for the series. On May 14, 2019, it was announced at the ABC's Upfront Presentation that the series wasn't scheduled to come back until midseason 2020.
Filming
Filming for the first season began on October 18, 2017, and concluded on April 2, 2018. Filming for the series takes place primarily in Los Angeles; additional filming for the series takes place in Seattle. The station in Station 19 is based on Seattle's Station 20, located in its Queen Anne neighborhood.
Broadcast
Station 19 began airing on March 22, 2018, on ABC in the United States. CTV acquired the broadcast rights for Canada. Sky Living acquired the rights for to air the series in the UK & Ireland.
Marketing
In early December 2017, Entertainment Weekly released first look images of the series.
Critical response
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 67% approval rating with an average rating of 6.14/10 based on 15 reviews. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 55 out of 100 based on 10 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Awards
Imagen Awards: Best Primetime Program - Drama (2018)

Cast

Casting
On July 26, 2017, Jaina Lee Ortiz was cast as the female lead. In September 2017, it was announced that Jason George, who has played Dr. Ben Warren since season 6 of Grey's Anatomy, would be leaving the series to join the spin-off as a series regular. He is expected to continue to be a series regular on Grey's until production on the spin-off begins. On October 6, Grey Damon was cast as Lieutenant Jack, Jay Hayden as Travis, Okieriete Onaodowan as Dean, Danielle Savre as Maya and Barrett Doss as Victoria. They were shortly followed by Miguel Sandoval as Captain Pruitt and Alberto Frezza as police officer Ryan. On October 9, 2018, it was announced that Boris Kodjoe would stay on as a regular in S2.
Jaina Lee Ortiz
as Lt. Andrea 'Andy' Herrera
Danielle Savre
as Lt. Maya Bishop
Barrett Doss
as Victoria 'Vic' Hughes
Grey Damon
as Lt. Jack Gibson
Jason George
as Ben Warren
Jay Hayden
as Travis Montgomery
Okieriete Onaodowan
as Dean Miller
Alberto Frezza
as Officer Ryan Tanner
Boris Kodjoe
as Capt. Robert Sullivan
Miguel Sandoval
as Capt. Pruitt Herrera
Recurring
Brett Tucker as Fire Chief Lucas Ripley, the Fire Chief for Seattle Fire Department
Sterling Sulieman as Grant, the sous chef grandson of Edith who she sets up with Travis
Marla Gibbs as Edith (S1), a feisty retirement home retiree who sets up Travis with her grandson, Grant
Brenda Song as JJ (S1), a music reviewer who Dean saves from a fire and later begins to date
Leslie Hope as Battalion Chief Frankel (S1), the battalion chief for Seattle Fire Department

Press & Promotion

Articles & Interviews
Below you can find interviews, articles, video clips and more of Barrett and the cast promoting the show.
Public Appearances
Barrett and her co-stars have attended several events in 2018 to promote the show. Check out the events below and click on each image to open up the album in the photo archive.

Trivia & Fun Facts

A 30-second ad during an episode of the series costs advertisers $107,272.
Before the name Station 19 was decided, the crew jokingly referred to it as Blaze Anatomy.
Some of the cast had a two-day training session with the technical advisors of the show, who are actual firefighters. They also talked with firefighters from Seattle and Los Angeles.
This is the fifth show to be marketed as part of TGIT, following Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, and The Catch.
Ellen Pompeo is a co-executive producer on the show.
All voice overs are narrated by Andy Herrera.
The first season has the largest episode number of all first seasons of the three shows from the Grey's Anatomy Universe. Both Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice only had nine episodes each for their first seasons.
A 30-second ad played during S2 cost advertisers $120,301.
Barrett and Oak have known each other from Broadway before they were cast on Station 19.
Barrett and Jaina have both played opposite their co-star Boris Kodjoe's wife Nicole Ari Parker on other projects.
While Brett does pushups to pump up before a scene, Barrett does jumping jacks.
Barrett and Brett had a sneeze-off while shooting episode 2.12.
Barrett once pulled a hamstring while racing Danielle.
Chief Ripley was supposed to be someone else's love interest but then Brett was cast and the show creator Stacy McKee saw the chemistry between Brett and Barrett and decided to pair them up instead.
Barrett and Danielle are best friends.
According to director Stacey K. Black, the little peck on the lips between Vic and Ripley in 2.13, at the very end, was not scripted and all Barrett.