‘Grey’s Anatomy’ resumes filming and Ellen Pompeo shares first photo from set

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Season 17 is officially underway as the doctors make their way back to Grey Sloan Memorial.

Season 16 of Grey’s Anatomy was cut short by four episodes when the coronavirus pandemic forced production to shut down early. But now season 17 is underway with loads of safety precautions in place.

In a statement co-star of the series Giacomo Gianniotti said about the precautions, “Our producers are all rapidly trying to implement all of these protocols to keep everybody safe. We’re obviously going to be tested multiple times a week and sort of separated in zones. We’re going to have a lot less personnel on set… We’re uniquely lucky that we get to wear PPE [personal protective equipment] because we play doctors, so for other shows that aren’t in the doctor world I really feel for them because that’s an added challenge that they have to face.”

On Tuesday, the star and Grey in Grey’s Anatomy Ellen Pompeo shared an Instagram post using her platform to take a stand on the state of the pandemic saying, “First time back in my scrubs… since we shut down filming 7000 healthcare workers have died from Covid. 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.”

“It’s going to take place a little bit beyond where we left off with the last season,” Gianniotti said while adding to his statement about the filming safety. “We might have some flashbacks. We might have some things where we’re referencing last season, just to give us some 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.”

It was previously announced that the upcoming season would indeed address the pandemic, and showrunner Krista Vernoff has revealed that the season will start off about a month and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic.

An exact premiere date has yet to be announced for season 17 of Grey’s Anatomy but it is slated to premiere on ABC later this fall.

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