WASHINGTON — "Grey's Anatomy" will tackle the coronavirus pandemic as one of its storylines when it returns for its 17th season, executive producer Krista Vernoff said Tuesday
"There’s no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes," Vernoff said as part of a panel for the event "Quaranstreaming: Comfort TV That Keeps Us Going."
"Every year, we have doctors come and tell us their stories, and usually they’re telling their funniest or craziest stories," Vernoff said, according to People. "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."
"Grey's Anatomy" stars Chandra Wilson who plays Dr. Miranda Bailey on the show and Kevin McKidd who plays Dr. Owen Hunt, were also part of the panel.
Writers for the show are currently plotting story lines. Show producers are working to try and keep in some humor along with some romantic moments, Vernoff says, as they work to tell the very real and painful stories inspired by an unprecedented global health crisis which is still upon us.
"Grey's Anatomy" debuted in 2005.