Ever since a mid-season premiere in 2005, ABC’s medical TV drama “Grey’s Anatomy” has found its way into the hearts of both critics and viewers, even winning a number of awards. While its 13th and current season is soon to conclude on May 18, the series has already been assured of a season 14 to premiere in the fall. But that’s not all for this little corner of shondaland, the production company that has contributed a lot of shows for ABC like “How to get Away with Murder” and “Scandal.” It seems the setting of “Grey’s Anatomy” has expanded even more, enough to warrant another spinoff.

Seattle firefighting drama

ABC Network President Channing Dungey has revealed that a new series spinning off from “Grey’s Anatomy” will be premiering on the network’s 2017-18 television season. Whereas “Grey’s” centered on the lives, loves and jobs of Seattle-based surgical doctors and interns, the new show will focus on a Seattle firehouse and its complement of firefighters. The plan is to have the principal characters of this new series appear in an episode of the upcoming 14th season of “Grey’s Anatomy” before their own show premieres mid-season, just like its “parent” over a decade ago.

The blurb released by ABC detailing the plot of this yet-untitled drama series states that it will follow “these brave men and women—from captain to newest recruit—as they risk their lives and their hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock.” This show will follow in the footsteps of “Private Practice,” which saw character Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) transfer from Seattle Grace Hospital to work privately at a wellness center in Los Angeles.

The first “Grey’s” spinoff ran on ABC for six seasons before ending in 2013.

ShondaLand success

With “Grey’s Anatomy” and other running ShondaLand productions performing quite well on ABC, Channing Dungey has nothing but praise for the production company’s founder, acclaimed TV writer/producer Shonda Rhimes. He is, of course, supremely confident that Rhimes will hit the conceptualization of the new spinoff series right out of the park.

"No one can interweave the jeopardy firefighters face in the line of duty with the drama in their personal lives quite like Shonda,” he says. “And ‘Grey's' signature Seattle setting is the perfect backdrop for this exciting spinoff."

Stacy McKee, executive producer of “Grey’s Anatomy” will both write and executively produce the new show with Rhimes and Betsy Beers. In the meantime the ShondaLand political drama “Scandal” will return for a seventh season on ABC, but that it would also be the last.