Sunset Beach alum Jason George joins Grey's Anatomy firefighter spinoff

Posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017 2:35:39 PM
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Sunset Beach alum Jason George joins Grey's Anatomy firefighter spinoff
Former Sunset Beach star Jason George (ex-Michael Bourne) will be starring in the new Grey's Anatomy offshoot that follows firefighters.

It looks like daytime alum Jason George (ex-Michael Bourne, Sunset Beach) may be pulling double duty in the Grey's Anatomy world because the actor has joined the cast of the medical drama's upcoming as-yet-untitled spinoff in a series regular role.

The offshoot drama is said to follow the lives of heroic Seattle firefighters, and George (who plays Dr. Benjamin Warren on the original Shonda Rhimes drama) will somehow transition to the new series in a key moment during Grey's Anatomy's fourteenth season, THR reports. However, the move doesn't mean that he won't still pop up as Dr. Warren on the flagship series.

ABC picked up the firefighter spinoff back in May, and though the network originally envisioned an entirely new cast, George was a perfect fit, which prompted Dr. Warren's heroic firefighting scenes at the end of Grey's Anatomy's season thirteen.

Says ABC Studios president Patrick Moran of the new show: "It was up to Shonda to tell us when she had inspiration for something that made sense, which was pretty recent. We talked 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."

Rhimes and her Shondaland partner Betsy Beers will executive produce alongside Grey's Anatomy executive producer/co-showrunner Stacy McKee.

George, who starred on Sunset Beach from 1997 to 1999, joined Grey's Anatomy as a recurring player in season six and was promoted to series regular in season twelve. His alter ego is known as the husband to original series star Miranda Bailey, played by Chandra Wilson. The actor has also starred on Titans, Off Centre, Eve, What About Brian, Eastwick, and Mistresses.

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