Coronavirus is coming to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.
ABC’s long-running medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” will tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in its upcoming 17th season, executive producer Krista Vernoff said.
“We’re going to address this pandemic for sure,” Vernoff said during a Television Academy panel, according to People.
“There’s no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes.”
The show’s writers have already been talking to real doctors about their own experiences treating patients during the pandemic, which will then be used to craft storylines.
“It has felt more like therapy,” Vernoff said. “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.”
But when that plot actually shows up on “Grey’s Anatomy” is still up in the air. Production on the fall season never began due to the coronavirus shutdown and it’s unclear when the show will return. ABC, though, has penciled it in for its typical Thursday 9 p.m. time slot for now.