23 TV Shows Created by ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Writers

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23 TV Shows Created by ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Writers

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23 TV Shows Created by ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Writers

Looking for a binge-watch to make this Grey’s Anatomy hiatus go a little bit faster? Check out the resumés of the ABC hit’s writing staff!

Grey’s has employed dozens of storytellers in its run so far, many of whom created TV shows before or after their time scripting drama for our favorite Seattle surgeons.

Here are 23 of them, starting with a few titles you’ll recognize.

23 TV Shows Created by ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Writers
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1. ‘Private Practice’

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1. ‘Private Practice’

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After Dr. Addison Montgomery became a fan favorite in Seasons 2 and 3 of Grey’s Anatomy, creator Shonda Rhimes gave Kate Walsh her own spin-off, Private Practice, set in the sunny climes of Los Angeles.

This ABC medical drama — which ran for six seasons between 2007 and 2013 — also featured actors like Audra McDonald, Paul Adelstein, Kadee Strickland, Amy Brenneman, and future Grey’s star Caterina Scorsone.

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2. ‘Scandal’

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2. ‘Scandal’

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In 2012, Shonda created Scandal, a political thriller based on the life of crisis management guru Judy Smith.

The ABC drama stars Kerry Washington, who’s been twice nominated for Emmys by now, and featured guest appearances by future Grey’s stars Jerrika Hinton and Kelly McCreary.

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3. Untitled ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ spin-off

3. Untitled ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ spin-off

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Stacy McKee (pictured here), who’s been rising in the producer ranks on Grey’s since Season 1, is helming an upcoming Grey’s spin-off about Seattle’s firefighters. The untitled drama is scheduled to debut in the 2017-2018 TV season.

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4. ‘How to Get Away With Murder’

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4. ‘How to Get Away With Murder’

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Peter Nowalk went from co-producer to producer to supervising producer from Season 7 to Season 9 of Grey’s Anatomy, then worked on Scandal, then launched How to Get Away With Murder in 2014.

The Shondaland legal thriller, headed into its fourth season on ABC, stars Viola Davis as a cutthroat defense attorney mentoring a gaggle of troublesome law students. The series has earned Viola an Emmy and two SAG Awards.

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5. ‘The Catch’

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5. ‘The Catch’

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Allan Heinberg worked his way up the producing staff between Season 3 and Season 6 of Grey’s before working on Scandal and then creating The Catch — a Shondaland drama about a private investigator, played by Mireille Enos, defrauded by her fiancé, played by Peter Krause.

ABC just canceled the show last month, on the day of its Season 2 finale, but don’t cry for Allan: He wrote the screenplay for the blockbuster Wonder Woman.

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6. ‘Still Star-Crossed’

6. ‘Still Star-Crossed’

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Heather Mitchell served as co-producer for Grey’s Anatomy Season 8 before moving on to Scandal.

Now she has adapted the Melinda Taub book Still Star-Crossed for TV audiences, continuing the story of Romeo and Juliet in a lavish ABC drama (which, unfortunately, seems poised for cancellation).

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7. ‘Off the Map’

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7. ‘Off the Map’

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This Shondaland medical drama took the action out of the hospital and into a remote South American village, and it was Grey’s co-executive producer Jenna Bans — who worked on the show from Season 4 to Season 6 — who created it.

ABC canceled Off the Map in 2011 after 13 episodes, Jenna went back to work on Grey’s as a consulting producer for Season 8, and stars Martin Henderson and Jason George eventually got series regular roles on Grey’s.

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8. ‘The Family’

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8. ‘The Family’

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In this thriller, another TV drama Jenna created, Joan Allen plays a politician whose son returns home not at all like the boy who’d disappeared years prior.

ABC axed The Family in 2016 after one season.

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9. ‘Good Girls’

9. ‘Good Girls’

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This Thelma & Louise-meets-Breaking Bad dramedy is Jenna’s latest show — currently in development at NBC — and Mad Men alum Christina Hendricks (pictured here) just joined Mae Whitman and Retta in the cast.

“When three suburban moms get tired of trying to make ends meet, they decide it's time to stick up for themselves by robbing the local supermarket at (toy) gunpoint,” the show’s logline says.

“But when the manager catches a glimpse of one of them and the loot is far more than they expected, it doesn't take long for the three best friends to realize the perfect getaway will be harder than they think.”

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10. ‘Doubt’

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10. ‘Doubt’

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Married producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, who were the Grey’s showrunners from Season 8 to Season 10, created this year’s CBS legal drama Doubt, starring former Grey’s star Katherine Heigl as a high-profile attorney who falls for a client charged with murder.

CBS canceled the show in February after just two episodes, but the network will air the remaining 11 episodes starting in July.

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11. ‘Point Pleasant’

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11. ‘Point Pleasant’

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Marti Noxon, who worked alongside Joss Whedon on Buffy and Angel, served as consulting producer on Grey’s Anatomy’s third season and as showrunner on Private Practice’s first season.

Before that, however, she co-created Point Pleasant, a 2005 FOX drama about a teen whose arrival in a New Jersey town sparks a spate of supernatural events. It lasted 11 episodes.

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12. ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’

12. ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’

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Marti also adapted Vicki Iovine’s Girlfriends’ Guides books for TV. This Bravo series stars Lisa Edelstein as a self-help author navigating a messy breakup from her husband, played by Private Practice alum Paul Adelstein.

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13. ‘UnREAL’

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13. ‘UnREAL’

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You’ve likely heard of UnREAL, the Lifetime series Marti co-created. The drama takes viewers behind the scenes of a Bachelor-like reality show, with Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer playing the producers-slash-puppeteers pulling the strings.

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14. ‘Sharp Objects’

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14. ‘Sharp Objects’

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HBO is bringing the novel Sharp Objects, from Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, to the small screen with Marti at the helm. Amy Adams (pictured here) leads the cast of the forthcoming eight-episode series, playing a journalist battling psychological demons while reporting on a brutal murder in her hometown.

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15. ‘Web Therapy’

15. ‘Web Therapy’

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Before his roles on Scandal, Marry Me, and 24: Legacy, Dan Bucatinsky was a consulting producer for Seasons 9 and 10 of Grey’s Anatomy.

And before that, in 2008, he and husband Don Roos co-created the web series Web Therapy with Lisa Kudrow. The comedy, in which Lisa plays a therapist for hire over webcam, was picked up by Showtime for four seasons, starting in 2011.

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16. ‘Grace’

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16. ‘Grace’

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Krista Vernoff (pictured here) led the Grey’s writing room from Season 4 to Season 7 — and introduced catchphrase “Seriously?” — and she’s returning to Grey’s for Season 14 now that Stacy is working on the firefighter spin-off.

In 2011, she wrote the ABC pilot Grace, a family drama about a famous and famously womanizing choreographer, played by Eric Roberts, who played Jackson’s father last season on Grey’s.

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17. ‘Septuplets’

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17. ‘Septuplets’

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Kip Koenig, a consulting producer and a supervising producer for the first three seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, created the show Septuplets in 2002.

The FOX drama — which focused on a set of septuplets struggling to adjust to life post-fame and starred Lost’s Maggie Grace, pictured here — was canceled before it aired.

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18. ‘Voyagers!’

18. ‘Voyagers!’

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James Parriott, who mentored Shonda during the first season of Grey’s, has created many shows — like the NBC adventure series Voyagers!, which ran from 1982 to 1983 and focused on a time traveler and his young friend who repair errors in world history.

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19. ‘Misfits of Science’

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19. ‘Misfits of Science’

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Two years later, in 1985, James created another one-season-wonder on NBC. This one, Misfits of Science, focused on a team of “human anomalies” with superpowers… including one played by a young Courteney Cox.

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20. ‘Forever Knight’

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20. ‘Forever Knight’

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In 1992, way before supernatural crimefighters were so popular on TV, James created Forever Knight, a CBS drama about an 800-year-old vampire working as a Toronto police detective. It ran for three seasons before concluding in 1996.

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21. ‘Matt Waters’

21. ‘Matt Waters’

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Midway through the run of The Montel Williams Show, Montel Williams starred in this short-lived CBS drama James created in 1996. The talk show host played a retired naval officer who starts working at a hardscrabble New Jersey high school. CBS canceled the show after just six episodes.

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22. ‘The American Embassy’

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22. ‘The American Embassy’

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James’s next show, a 2002 dramedy about a young woman who becomes a vice consul at the U.S. Embassy in London, lasted even shorter. FOX canceled The American Embassy after just four episodes. In brighter news, though, it featured future Grey’s star Eric Dane.

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23. ‘Defying Gravity’

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23. ‘Defying Gravity’

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James’s next series came in 2009. With romantically-entangled astronauts embarking a six-year mission across the solar system, Defying Gravity was dubbed “Grey’s Anatomy in space” but lasted only eight episodes on ABC.

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Looking for a binge-watch to make this Grey’s Anatomy hiatus go a little bit faster? Check out the resumés of the ABC hit’s writing staff!

Grey’s has employed dozens of storytellers in its run so far, many of whom created TV shows before or after their time scripting drama for our favorite Seattle surgeons.

Here are 23 of them, starting with a few titles you’ll recognize.