‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Will Tackle Coronavirus Pandemic in Season 17

Share on Facebook

Grey’s Anatomy has recently announced that they will be tackling the coronavirus pandemic in Season 17 for a number of valid reasons and we’re totally on board with the idea.

Read on to find out exactly why the executive producer has decided to do this, and what’s in store for the new series…

Grey’s Anatomy has been in the spotlight for fifteen years now.

The medical-based drama has been on our screens for well over a decade and has racked up an impressive sixteen seasons, with the seventeenth coming soon.

When it comes to keeping audiences entertained, many shows fall flat after a strong third season. I mean, there’s only so much you can squeeze out of something before it’s dead, you know?

But what’s so different about Grey’s Anatomy?

Directed by Shonda Rhimes, Grey’s Anatomy tells the story of Dr. Meredith Grey (played by the very talented Ellen Pompeo) and portrays the hectic life of healthcare professionals as they balance their own lives as well as the lives of patients.

With sensitive issues such as the ones tackled in the show, it is important for the producers and the directors to be able to keep the storylines raw and realistic without putting off viewers.

Audiences didn’t just fall in love with the characters they saw on screen, they also fell madly in love with the actors that played them.

Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital has now become a part of everyone’s life, despite it being a fictional location. But that’s the impact of good TV shows, they manage to create that all-important bridge between stories and reality.

We always knew we were getting the seventeenth season after Rhimes extended the sixteen-year contract when we reached Season 15, but we didn’t expect that they would switch it up to reflect real-life events.

After a turbulent few months, it seems as though the show is already preparing to take on the sensitive topic that has destroyed our planet. But they have their own reasons for doing so.

Some of our favorite characters had found themselves in the middle of some pretty disastrous scandals, seeping from their personal lives into their professional ones.

But at the end of the season, she confessed to her illegal activities when she realized someone else (DeLuca) was taking the fall for it.

That’s right, she posted a (slightly stereotypical) article about the inequalities of the medical system which left the hospital’s rep in the dirt. I wonder who’s going to be the one to get them out of that.

Teddy and Owen are navigating their lives as new parents, Amelia and Bailey are both pregnant (awks!) and Richard and Alex are starting their new jobs at another hospital desperately in need of help.

But for Season 17, they’ve decided to crank it up a notch by discussing the coronavirus pandemic.

The news comes after the casts of Grey’s Anatomy have already spoken out about it.

Kevin McKidd, who plays Owen Hunt on the drama had recently released a charity single in which all the profits were donated to food banks who are trying to reach vulnerable people in society.

“At Station 19, we were lucky enough to have about 300 of the coveted N95 masks which we donated to our local fire station,” said showrunner Krista Vernoff. “They were tremendously grateful. At Grey’s Anatomy, we have a backstock of gowns and gloves which we are donating as well.

“We are all overwhelmed with gratitude for our healthcare workers during this incredibly difficult time, and in addition to these donations, we are doing our part to help them by staying home.”

This is a crucial step for people to be able to see how medical professionals were stretched to the limit when the disease first hit and even up until now, they are just about grasping the reigns with it all.

Krista Vernoff explained how some of the storylines will play out: “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.”

“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.”

“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. And that’s been one of our big conversations about Owen, is that he’s actually trained for this in a way that most of the other doctors aren’t.” Vernoff added that it’s been “really painful” to hear about the suffering that patients and healthcare workers are experiencing during the pandemic. “I feel like our show has an opportunity and a responsibility to tell some of those stories,” she said.

Though shooting for Season 17 has not yet started, it seems as though the producers all have big plans so keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, keep scrolling to see how one Grey’s Anatomy character confused us all with a “controversial” decision she made…