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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Filming Is Underway, Ellen Pompeo Confirms

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Get ready, Grey’s Anatomy fans! We recently reported the show received the green light to begin filming, and it has finally happened. Fans may not get the Season 17 premiere in September like they’re used to, but ABC will hopefully reveal a premiere date soon. Ellen Pompeo recently teased that she’s back on the set on Instagram.

“First time back in my scrubs… since we shut down filming 7000 healthcare workers have died from Covid,” the Grey’s star writes. “I dedicate my season 17 to all who have fallen and to everyone of you who by the grace of God is still standing… this season is for you with humility and a bit of humor to get us through and endless amounts of gratitude. I hope we do you proud 🙏🏼❤️”

Fellow Grey’s actress and executive producer Debbie Allen confirmed filming was underway by commenting, “We’re Baaaaaccckkk👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼”

Giacomo Giannotti (Dr. Andrew DeLuca) sat down with ET to discuss the new changes to Grey’s Anatomy.

“We’re going to start the season about a month and a half [into] full COVID, so it’s going to take place a little beyond where we left off in the last season,” Gianniotti told the publication. “We might have some flashbacks. We might have some things where we’re referencing last season, just to have context leading up. But we are going to have a little leap when we start this season in terms of time. We’re not picking up right where we left off.”

Giannotti also hints writers may add a Black Lives Matter storyline this season.

“There’s been no shortage of incredible stories that have been going around this time, both in the hospital walls and in the streets of cities protesting, so we hope to tell all those stories this season,” he said.

Grey’s Anatomy Almost Chose Not To Cover The Pandemic

Showrunner Krista Vernoff wasn’t sure it was right to cover the pandemic at first. However, the rest of the creative team changed her mind.

“They were saying things like, kids, their first year out of medical school, are seeing more death in the first year than many doctors see in a decade, and it just felt like we had to tell this story,” Vernoff said. “We have to tell this story, and so the conversation became, how do we tell this very painful, brutal story that has hit our medical community so intensely — and as they keep saying, permanently changed medicine? How do we do that and provide some escapism? How do we do that and create romance, and comedy, and joy, and fun?”

Grey’s Anatomy is known for telling powerful stories, so fans hope they will do this new storyline justice. What do you think will happen this season? Let us know in the comments. We’re always interested to know what you think.

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