‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Will Address Coronavirus Pandemic in Upcoming Season

July 21, 2020

    Producers of "Grey's Anatomy" have announced the series will address the coronavirus pandemic.

    In a new interview with the Television Academy, executive producer Krista Vernoff shared that the show's upcoming 17th season will prominently feature the global COVID-19 outbreak, reported People.

    "We're going to address this pandemic for sure," she said. "There's no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes."

    Vernoff explained how the medical drama's writers have been in meetings with real-life doctors about their experiences battling the pandemic.

    "Every year, we have doctors come and tell us their stories, and usually they're telling their funniest or craziest stories," Vernoff explained.

    However, she said this year was different as it felt more like therapy. Vernoff described doctors talking to her while overcome with emotion.

    "The doctors come in and we’re the first people they’re talking to about these types of experiences they’re having," Vernoff added. "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."

    The executive producer said it has been "really painful" to hear tragic stories, but believes its vital that their stories are heard by the masses.

    "I feel like our show has an opportunity and a responsibility to tell some of those stories," Vernoff said. "Our conversations have been constantly about how do we keep alive humor and romance while we tell these really painful stories."

    Although writers and producers are still creating the season, fans will have to wait a while longer for Season 17. Production on the ABC series remains postponed due to the pandemic.

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