As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shake the globe, the creative team behind medical drama Grey’s Anatomy has decided to honor frontline healthcare workers by telling their stories.
At a Television Academy panel moderated by Entertainment Weekly Grey’s executive producer and showrunner Krista Vernoff revealed that the upcoming 17th season will tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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,” said Vernoff.
“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,” she explained.
“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.
“I feel like our show has an opportunity and a responsibility to tell some of those stories,” she ended.
But if you’re worried the next season might be a little too heavy, Vernoff assures that the writers are playing a balancing act.
“Our conversations have been constantly about how do we keep alive humor and romance while we tell these really painful stories,” she said.
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