Grey’s Anatomy has been a fan-favorite show since it first aired in 2005. From the drama’s covering of medical emergencies to its comedic relief and revolving relationships among the doctors, it has gained a wide following over the years.
That’s why it was no surprise that so many were upset when the show, like most others, had to halt filming due to the coronavirus. Hollywood has finally lifted filming restrictions, and the cast members have returned to the set to bring us another season.
However, despite the excitement of the fans, some cast members are concerned about the upcoming season. This is not only because of the topic list that will be covered during the season. The new distanced filming has made behind the scenes a “sad and serious” environment.
The popularity of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
Since its inception 15 years ago, Grey’s Anatomy has kept fans tuning in episode after episode and season after season.
As the longest-running primetime medical drama, the show follows the lives of surgeons in Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. Dr. Meredith Grey is the title character as she works to fill the shoes of her late mother and award-winning doctor, Ellis Grey.
A lot has changed over the years, including the list of cast members. Ellen Pompeo as Meredith, James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, and Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey are the only original cast remaining. Another original, Justin Chambers, who played Alex Karev, only announced at the end of 2019 that he would not return for season 17.
Even with the changes, the show’s entertaining and heartfelt storylines stayed the same. However, with so few original members left, many are wondering if the medical drama will be coming to an end soon.
How COVID-19 affected filming
Season 16 of Grey’s Anatomy was cut short due to COVID, but it left fans anxious to know what will happen between Teddy and Owen. The two had planned to get married until Owen discovered Teddy had been cheating. Fans can’t wait to find out how the confrontation between the two goes.
Post-pandemic Hollywood filming looks much different from before. With actors and actresses required to be distanced from each other, it takes some of the most fun behind-the-scenes elements from the stars.
One Reddit user commented, “I’m an actor and I miss joking around with friends on set & being close to people. This sterile, distanced filming is so sad and serious.”
Maybe that’s why Carmack looks sad when sharing behind-the-scene photos on Grey’s Anatomy set. With the close connections the medical drama’s stars share on-screen, you know the relationships behind-the-scenes are just as close.
Without the ability to joke around on set, will there be less chemistry and believable connections on the show? Only time will tell, as what is promoted to be a jaw-dropping premiere is only a few weeks away.
Why the cast is concerned about the upcoming season
Other than the concerns of missing out on behind-the-scenes fun that the TV medical stars are used to, they also are unsure about the audience’s reaction to them covering the topic of COVID-19 in the upcoming season.
Since TV shows are what many turn to for an escape for a short time, some cast members are concerned that the COVID-fatigue people are experiencing will have some fans not tuning in to the show. At the same time, the cast realizes that being a medical show, they have a responsibility to cover a major medical concern.
The start of the new season will be set about a month and a half into the outbreak, so one can expect complete coverage of the virus and its unfortunate effects.
However, don’t scratch Grey’s Anatomy off your fall TV shows just yet. The stars are still promising to deliver the same intense drama and the familiar sex and romance among the medical staff in Season 17.