‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Debbie Allen Teases That Richard and Catherine Are Still at Odds This Season (Exclusive)

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jim Pickens and Debbie Allen

Is there hope for Richard Webber and his estranged spouse, Catherine Fox, this season on Grey’s Anatomy?

Jim Pickens and Debbie Allen
Jim Pickens and Debbie Allen |Byron Cohen by way of Getty Images

Executive producer Debbie Allen teased loads of drama for season 17 because the sequence plans to start capturing the second week of September. Viewers have been left hanging because the couple nearly reunited solely to finish the final season at odds once more. “All I know is that Catherine and Richard are at odds honey,” Allen dished with Showbiz Cheat Sheet.

“We were in battle when we stopped and that’s how we start,” she added. “So I don’t need to tell you more, but it’s going to be a nice season to see where we land and how we land. Everyone wants us to get back together. Jim [Pickens Jr.] and I are like, ‘We want to kiss again!’ We want you all to see real love on screen and how mature people play a love scene.”

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ will weave the pandemic into the storyline

There was no approach the medical drama may keep away from going through COVID-19 head-on. But Allen isn’t certain if the virus will take heart stage. “I can only say I’ve read two scripts and those are the first two I’m directing,” Allen shared. “So I’m not totally sure where we are going, but this will fall into place once we are moving forward. But we are dealing with COVID, that’s for sure.”

The sequence has touched on newsworthy matters previously and Allen says addressing racial injustice on the present could possibly be fascinating. “I wish to see it discussed as a result of you realize a part of the fantastic thing about Grey’s is that we by no means actually handled a whole lot of racial points,” Allen mentioned. “Because diversity is normal for us here. Richard Webber is Black. Miranda Bailey is Black.”

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“We have Asian doctors,” she continued. “We have a mixture of people. But I think this might be a different time. And I’m looking forward to seeing how we address it.”

Production will proceed cautiously

Allen was on her strategy to a desk learn when she spoke with Showbiz Cheat Sheet. While the pandemic shutdown will impression when the brand new fall season begins, Allen wasn’t certain when new programming will air. “Honestly, nobody knows,” she admitted. “We’re all going forward with the right intent to air on a certain day, but anything could happen. Anything could stop and pull us back.”

“Hopefully we’re doing it right and everyone has integrity and is truthful about their health,” she continued. “Because you rely on people’s integrity to tell you if they have symptoms [of COVID-19]. You rely on people’s integrity to tell you if they’ve been exposed to someone who has COVID.” She added that manufacturing will embrace loads of masking and punctiliously adopted protocols.

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Allen has stayed constructive and wholesome through the pandemic by re-imagining her dance college, the Debbie Allen Dance Academy right into a digital atmosphere. She’s additionally cherished spending time together with her household and granddaughter. Allen partnered with Aspercreme to launch the “Love is Grand” marketing campaign that celebrates lively grandparents.

She encourages households to have interaction within the marketing campaign by sharing a photograph that celebrates trendy grandparents. Use the hashtag #LoveIsGrand to have a good time Grandparents Day on Sunday, Sept. 13. For each picture shared, Aspercreme will donate $1 to a company supporting ageing adults, as much as $50,000. 

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