Twelve seasons in, "Grey's Anatomy" is still delivering the drama on a weekly basis. However, as with many long-running series, the current show bears little resemblance to the show that premiered in 2005. Only four original cast members remain (Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, and James Pickens Jr.) and the stories have matured along with the characters. These days, "Grey's" is less about bed-hopping and tequila-induced mistakes and more about custody battles and marriage proposals. For fans who still love "Grey's" but miss the wilder stories of the early seasons, these upcoming TV series could be right up your alley.
'Still Star-Crossed' (ABC)
"Still Star-Crossed" should earn an automatic spot on any "Grey's Anatomy" fan's must-watch list, thanks to the fact that it's from Shonda Rhimes herself. Based on the book of the same name, "Still Star-Crossed" picks up immediately after "Romeo and Juliet," as the Capulets and Montagues continue their feud. In an effort to bring peace between the families, Rosaline Capulet (yes, that Rosaline, for all you Shakespeare buffs) and Benvolio Montague are forced to wed. "Still Star-Crossed" promises to deliver all the staples of a Shondaland show: strong-willed women, hunky men, secret love affairs, and political intrigue. It's set against a lush period backdrop, making it "Grey's" meets "Outlander" with a dash of "Scandal" thrown in for good measure.
"Marvel's Agent Carter" fans need not mourn the loss of Peggy for too long, as Hayley Atwell returns to television in the legal drama "Conviction" (sporting an American accent). Atwell stars as Hayes Morrison, a hard-partying former First Daughter who takes a job at the Los Angeles Conviction Integrity Unit to avoid jail time. Much like "Grey's," "Conviction" will have a large ensemble, featuring the likes of Eddie Cahill, Emily Kinney, Merrin Dungey, and Shawn Ashmore. Hayes appears to be as messy and complicated a heroine as Meredith Grey, and the court cases will definitely tug on the heartstrings. Lastly, judging from the trailer, Eddie Cahill is poised to have his own "McDreamy" moment, banishing all memories of Rachel's puppy-eyed assistant Tag. Hello, silver fox!
"Pitch" tells the fictional story of Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury), the first woman to play for a Major League Baseball team. Any fan of the women of "Grey's Anatomy" will be drawn to the story of a woman trying to make her way in a male-dominated world. Ginny also appears to have an incredibly complicated relationship with her father, with shades of a Meredith/Ellis Grey dynamic. "Pitch" also stars television favorites Dan Lauria and Mark-Paul Gosselaar.
'Pure Genius' (CBS)
For "Grey's" fans who are riveted by the patients of the week, "Pure Genius" will be right up your alley. From executive producer Jason Katims, "Pure Genius" follows a Silicon Valley tech magnate (newcomer Augustus Prew) who enlists a veteran surgeon (Dermot Mulroney) to join him in starting a hospital that relies on cutting-edge technology. Any fan of "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood" knows Katims will bring the same gut-punching and emotional stories "Grey's Anatomy" is known for.
If Dr. Izzie Stevens was your favorite character on "Grey's," this will be the show for you. "Doubt" is a legal drama from Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, two former "Grey's Anatomy" writers. It stars Katherine Heigl as a defense attorney who gets romantically involved with one of her clients, who may or may not be guilty of a heinous crime. "Grey's" fans can also appreciate how the premise mirrors the forbidden love story of Izzie and Denny Duquette (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in Season 2. "Doubt" also stars Laverne Cox of "Orange Is the New Black" as a transgender attorney, a role created specifically for her. It marks the first time a transgender actor will play a trans character on a network series.