When Does ‘Station 19’ Season 3 Premiere? The Shondaland Drama Isn’t Part of TGIT This Fall (Updated)

Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 and How to Get Away with Murder Season 6 might premiere on Sept. 26, but it looks like Shondaland’s TGIT lineup has officially broken up for the fall 2019 season. Instead of the third season premiere of the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, Station 19, ABC will air A Million Little Things Season 2 immediately following the flagship season premiere. So when will Station 19 Season 3 premiere? The release date is delayed for some time, and fans will just have to wait a little longer.

Is ‘Station 19’ Season 3 canceled or renewed?

Danielle Savre and Jaina Lee Ortiz from 'Station 19'
Danielle Savre and Jaina Lee Ortiz from ‘Station 19’ | Mitch Haaseth/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Before we begin, let’s get one thing straight — Station 19 isn’t canceled and TGIT lives on, even if it isn’t happening this fall. In May 2019, the Shondaland show was officially renewed for season 3. Krista Vernoff was also named the new showrunner of the spinoff series, replacing creator Stacy McKee.

“Everyone at Shondaland is thrilled that our fans’ commitment to TGIT continues,” Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers revealed in a statement, per Deadline. “We are so proud of Krista and (HTGAWM’s) Pete (Nowalk) and the work they do. Making the choice to have Krista oversee Station 19 was easy — the creativity she brings to the Grey’s Anatomy universe continues a tradition of storytelling we hold dear.”

Vernoff also opened up about her new role. “I’m thrilled to continue at the helm of Grey’s Anatomy, and I’m honored and energized by the opportunity to run Station 19,” Vernoff explained. “To expand upon the world Stacy McKee created, and further merge it with the world of Grey’s, is an exciting challenge.”

The ‘Station 19’ Season 3 premiere release date (Updated)

As of this write-up, ABC has yet to announce the Station 19 Season 3 premiere date. However, it’s likely the Shondaland drama will return with new episodes starting in early 2020, per TVLine.

For those of you who don’t remember, this isn’t the first time ABC has broken up TGIT. In early 2019, the network aired its midseason premieres for Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things, and HTGAWM on Jan. 9. Meanwhile, Station 19 was returned to its 9 p.m. ET slot beginning March 7. So it seems the delayed schedule this time around is following suit.

Update: According to Deadline, both Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 will return on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. However, the two shows are swapping time slots. Station 19 will premiere at 8 p.m. ET, and the episode will be followed by Grey’s Anatomy at 9 p.m. ET. Both episodes will take part in the two-hour crossover event.

When will the next ‘Station 19’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ crossover happen?

Fans may see the Station 19 crew sooner than the season 3 premiere in 2020. On Aug. 22, Vernoff revealed she has been melding the worlds of Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 together.

“We are using Grey’s to mark time on both shows,” Vernoff shared. “When Station 19 premieres [at midseason], we’ll do a little bit of flashing back to cover the time-lapse.”

Then in an interview with TV Guide, Vernoff teased there will be a new romance blossoming between the two shows. “I’m excited by what we’re doing on both shows,” she said. “We’re building one romance between the two shows. I’m excited for fans to see what that is.”

Do fans need to watch ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to understand ‘Station 19’?

Cast of 'Station 19'
The cast of ‘Station 19’ | Ed Herrera/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Nevertheless, Vernoff acknowledged not all fans can watch both Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19. The showrunner told TVLine, “The challenge that was presented to me was this: How do you create a more unified universe and a little bit more in the way of crossovers but also allow for the fact that these shows don’t air back-to-back in many other countries?”

“You can’t write it as a two-hour movie,” she continued. “They need to be completely satisfying if you’re only watching one show, and exciting and illuminating if you are watching both.”

But, despite the challenges, Vernoff seems confident in her ability to create two independent shows. “So far, I feel really good about what we’re doing,” Vernoff said. “If you only watch one show, you’re satisfied. And if you watch both shows, you get some information or some cool pieces that you wouldn’t have if you didn’t watch both shows.”

Station 19 Season 3 may not be airing anytime soon. However, there’s still plenty of drama to look forward to when Grey’s Anatomy returns this fall. But, if you don’t watch both shows, don’t fret. Vernoff has you covered — just hold on tight.

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