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Natalie Abrams
July 17, 2017 AT 01:32 PM EDT

Work on the Grey’s Anatomy spin-off is underway!

Emmy-winning director Paris Barclay has joined the untitled spin-off as a producing director and executive producer, EW has confirmed.

The Shonda Rhimes drama, which was picked up straight-to-series at upfronts earlier this year, will be centered on a group of heroic firefighters, from the captain down to the newest recruit, following the brave men and women as they risk their lives and their hearts — both in the line of duty and off the clock. The spin-off will launch out of an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

Barclay — whose credits include Glee, Pitch, The West Wing, and Scandal — joins Rhimes and Betsy Beers as executive producers on the show alongside Stacy McKee (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder), who will also pen the series.

Grey’s Anatomy will return this fall, while the spin-off will likely debut midseason.

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