According to deadline, actors Camilla Luddington (Dr. Jo Karev), Kevin McKidd (Dr. Owen Hunt) and Kim Raver (Dr. Teddy Altman) signed on to participate in another THREE seasons of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.
It is worth remembering that the contract for Ellen Pompeo, interpreter for Meredith Gray, will expire in the next cycle, but ABC president Karey Burke expressed interest in the continuity of the series – and in the history of Meredith.
“The series will continue as long as Ellen is interested in playing Meredith Gray. The producers know that we want this series on our schedule, ”said Burke.
In an interview with THR, showrunner Krista Vernoff ensured that the 17th episode of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ involving the coronavirus will not be “heavy and sad”.
“There will be many stories to be told involving COVID-19, but not all will be about death and despair. We will see people having fun while they are quarantined, away from the hospital. Many of these doctors are not going home; they are living together in hotels. ”
She continues, stressing that the virus will not be the big “villain” of the season: “We will see different angles of this pandemic, depending on the episode.”
Recently, Vernoff shared his stories about dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Every year, we have doctors who come to tell us their stories, and they usually tell their funniest or craziest stories. This year, it feels like therapy, ”she explained. “Doctors come in and we are the first people they are talking to about these types of experiences. They are literally shaking and trying not to cry, they are pale and they are talking about it as a war – a war for which they were not trained. And this has been one of our great conversations about Owen, is that he really was trained to do that in a way that most other doctors are not, ”said Vernoff.
Although filming for Season 17 has not yet started due to the pandemic, Vernoff says the writers are working hard to create stories for the Gray Sloan gang.
“Our conversations have been constantly about how we keep humor and romance alive while telling these really painful stories,” she joked.
The 17th season opens in 2021.
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