"There’s no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes," the show's executive producer Krista Vernoff said.
It looks like doctors from Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital will tackle the COVID-19 pandemic soon. Once the production of season 17 is resumed, the show will tackle the Coronavirus pandemic that has taken over the entire world for the past six months now. Given how much impact the virus has had, particularly among members of the medical community, Grey's executive producer Krista Vernoff said that it is of utmost importance they tackle this issue, reported Entertainment Weekly.
In an interview with the Television Academy, Vernoff said, "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." She confirmed this news in a Television Academy panel titled "Quaranstreaming: Comfort TV That Keeps Us Going" and it will air on Tuesday, July 21 at 8 p.m. ET on Emmys.com.
Grey's Anatomy Season 17 Will Tackle the COVID-19 Pandemic: 'Our Show Has a Responsibility' https://t.co/76BLYtCN3o— People (@people) July 21, 2020
Considering the seriousness of the issue at hand, the cast and crew want to make sure the storyline feels as authentic as possible. In order to do this, Grey's writers are meeting with real-life doctors, who can give their firsthand experience of how they dealt with the Coronavirus outbreak and what other issues the healthcare workers had to face during these trying times.
‘GREY’S ANATOMY’ will tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in Season 17.— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) July 21, 2020
Krista Vernoff has said that the series has an “opportunity and a responsibility” to inform audiences about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected frontline healthcare workers.
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Vernoff explained, "Every year, we have doctors come and tell us their stories, and usually they’re telling their funniest or craziest stories. This year, it has felt more like therapy." Apart from her, other people who were also a part of the panel were Chandra Wilson and Kevin McKidd. She continued, "The doctors come in 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. That’s been one of our big conversations about Owen [Hunt], is that he’s actually trained for this in a way that most of the other doctors aren’t."
Vernoff added that it has been really painful for her and everyone else to hear the heartwrenching stories, but she believes it is important that it is shared. She says, "I feel like our show has an opportunity and a responsibility to tell some of those stories. "Our conversations have been constantly about how do we keep alive humor and romance while we tell these really painful stories."
I had a feeling this was going to happen ... Glad for it! Good storylines & taken from life as well!!!— WD Fordy (@WD_Fordy40) July 21, 2020
Grey's Anatomy EP Confirms Season 17 Will Address Coronavirus Pandemic https://t.co/7tykBi2KeO via @TVLine
The production of season 17 of Grey's Anatomy is yet to resume, but the writers have not stopped working on the Season 17 scripts. Sadly, fans have to wait for a little longer to see these stories come to life since the shooting is postponed due to the pandemic. Given how heart-wrenching the show has been in the past, there is no doubt that season 17 is going to be an emotional rollercoaster.