We don’t think that anything about this headline should come as a surprise, but it is still worth pointing out — Grey’s Anatomy season 17 is going to take a long look at how its characters are faring amidst the global health crisis.
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Is the pandemic a hard thing to address? In some ways, sure. We understand that this is a painful thing that millions of people are dealing with, and television for a lot of people serves as an escape from a lot of that. Yet, at the same time there’s no denying that this is one of the most devastating events of our lives. It can’t just be ignored, and showrunner Krista Vernoff is doing what she can to make some of the stories feel as authentic as possible — and that includes talking to real doctors on the front lines. Here is some of what she had to say in a Television Academy panel, one that will stream later tonight:
“We’re going to address this pandemic for sure. There’s no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes … The doctors come in [to talk with us], and we’re the first people they’re talking to about these types of experiences they’re having. They are literally shaking and trying not to cry, they’re pale and they’re talking about it as war — a war that they were not trained for. And that’s been one of our big conversations about [Kevin McKidd’s] Owen [who served in the Army], that he’s actually trained for this in a way that most of the other doctors aren’t.”
The first part of this season is going to be tough, and we would imagine that a lot of the stories that were planned for the start of this season are either going to be delayed or disposed. It’s a totally different world now.
Hopefully, Grey’s Anatomy will be able to start shooting in the coming months — but as any doctor would tell you, safety has to be the most important thing. It’s better to be on the side caution.
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