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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ will tackle the coronavirus pandemic in its upcoming season

Yes, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ plans to have storylines around COVID-19

Ellen Pompeo in a scene from the prime-time soap opera “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Ellen Pompeo in a scene from the prime-time soap opera “Grey’s Anatomy.”
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“Grey’s Anatomy” will tackle the coronavirus pandemic in its upcoming 17th season, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The show’s main hospital — Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital — will see cases of COVID-19, showing the impact of the virus on health care workers, patients and the entire system.

“We’re going to address this pandemic for sure,” said Grey’s Anatomy executive producer Krista Vernoff, according to Entertainment Weekly. “There’s no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes.”

Vernoff said the show has met with real doctors to talk about COVID-19 and the impact it has had on their lives.

Lessons learned will be incorporated into the show’s next season.

“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.”

Vernoff said it has been “really painful” to hear about the suffering in hospitals during the pandemic.

“I feel like our show has an opportunity and a responsibility to tell some of those stories,” she said.

The show has yet to start production for its new season.

Back in March, “Grey’s Anatomy” ended its season early because of the pandemic, which I wrote about for Deseret.com. ABC announced it would end the season one week early since the finale was filmed before the coronavirus shut down production,.