When Will ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Station 19’ Return in 2020? The Crossover Premiere Is Bigger Than You Think

Get ready, Shondaland fans. Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 and Station 19 Season 4 will return to ABC with a massive crossover premiere. So you better expect the extraordinary. Here’s everything you need to know about the forthcoming release.

The ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17 and ‘Station 19’ Season 4 premiere date and time

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On Sept. 17, ABC rolled out its fall schedule for scripted shows during the 2020-2021 season. 

“Our fall schedule is now complete with a dynamic lineup of new and returning drama series,” ABC Entertainment President, Karey Burke, said in a statement. “Our strength is in our storytelling, and we could not be more energized to bring these compelling series to our viewers.”

Of course, Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 and Station 19 Season 4 finally received their highly anticipated release dates. The two Shondaland shows will reclaim their Thursday night spot on Nov. 12. As expected, Station 19 will kick off at 8 p.m. ET. Then the two-hour Grey’s Anatomy premiere will start at 9 p.m. ET and end at 11 p.m. ET. 

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The network’s release also revealed the Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 and Station 19 Season 4 premieres will be part of a crossover event. This means fans will get to watch three full hours of content filled with their favorite firefighters and doctors in one night.

Meanwhile, A Million Little Things will return to its 10 p.m. ET time slot starting Thursday, Nov. 19. The Good Doctor will also be released on Monday, Nov. 2. For Life will begin airing new episodes on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Then the series premiere of Big Sky will come out on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

What to expect from ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17 and ‘Station 19’ Season 4

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As you may know, Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 ended early due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Though it seems fans won’t get to see what was originally planned because season 17 is expected to start with a time jump.

“We’re going to start the season about a month and a half [into] full COVID,” Giacomo Gianniotti (Andrew DeLuca) told Entertainment Tonight. “We are going to have a little leap when we start this season in terms of time. We’re not picking up right where we left off.”

Then in an interview with TVLine, Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 showrunner, Krista Vernoff, confirmed the writers didn’t try to “protect stories” from season 16. Though she hinted the upcoming premiere will still highlight some material that has already been filmed.

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“There was great material that we had already shot but did not get a chance to air,” Vernoff said. “We found a way to build it into our premiere.”

Meanwhile, both Station 19 Season 4 and Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 will cover the pandemic. That said, when speaking with The Hollywood Reporter’s TV’s Top 5 podcast, Vernoff revealed Grey’s Anatomy will still provide fans with escapism.

“I feel like we’re going to be able to tell these stories and honor the heroes on the frontlines and provide some escapism, romance, and laughs,” she said. “There are a lot of stories to tell that are COVID-19 related, but not about death and despair.”

Then in an interview with TVLine, Vernoff hinted Station 19 Season 4 will be “lighter” than the previous season, which truly was filled with death and despair. 

“This season, the team pulls together and finds a lot of joy despite the heaviness of the world,” she said.

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