‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Giacomo Gianniotti Says the Season 17 Premiere Will Start With a Time Jump

by Jeremy Spirogis
Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca and Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on

Grey’s Anatomy followers had been hit with a wave of feelings when the season 16 finale wrapped. Many characters ended with incomplete storylines. The season was minimize quick as a result of manufacturing shut down amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Nevertheless, ABC already renewed the Shondaland drama for an additional season. So followers knew the arcs would proceed into the subsequent cycle. But not too long ago, Giacomo Gianniotti (Andrew DeLuca) revealed the Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 premiere will begin with a time soar, and we received’t decide up the place we left off.

What occurred within the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 16 finale?

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So much occurred within the Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 finale. For one, Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) nearly died of cobalt poisoning, which got here from an previous hip substitute. The analysis was caught by Andrew, who had been struggling along with his psychological well being. Then on the finish of the episode, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) discovered Andrew in the course of a breakdown and she or he took him residence.

Before Meredith bumped into Andrew, she accepted an invite to have drinks with Cormac Hayes (Richard Flood) at a later date. Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) additionally had her child. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) supported her friend in Atticus “Link” Lincoln’s (Chris Carmack) absence, as he carried out surgical procedure on Richard. The child boy’s title has but to be revealed.

Meanwhile, Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) lastly came upon about Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) and Tom Koracick’s (Greg Germann) affair. The two attached proper earlier than Owen and Teddy’s wedding ceremony, and so they by chance left the trauma surgeon a streamy voicemail. Then Owen didn’t present as much as the marriage, claiming he had a last-minute surgical procedure. But he didn’t inform Teddy. 

Giacomo Gianniotti reveals the place the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17 premiere will begin

Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca and Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 16
Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca and Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Christopher Willard/ABC by way of Getty Images

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Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 was minimize quick by 4 episodes. So the present was supposed to choose up the place it left off within the subsequent episode. But in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Krista Vernoff hinted change was seemingly for the Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 premiere. 

“We’re waiting to see what happens with the world,” Vernoff mentioned in April 2020. “I will start a season 17 writers room in May. And at that point, I imagine our conversation will be about starting our story from where we left off in season 16. But I don’t think we can take unproduced scripts that we didn’t shoot and shoot them. We’re going to have had a break and have new ideas.”

She added, “We’ve been texting each other ideas already. Some of those things that we had decided, we’re changing because we’ll have had a break and have come up with better ideas. And some of it is going to have to change because you’re taking what was going to be a regular episode and have to turn it into a season premiere and that will require some reimagining.”

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Then in a latest interview with Entertainment Tonight, Gianniotti confirmed the Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 premiere is not going to begin proper after the occasions within the season 16 finale. And based on the actor, the docs at Grey Sloan Memorial will already be in the course of the pandemic.

“We’re going to start the season about a month and a half [into] full COVID,” Gianniotti mentioned. “So it’s going to take place a little beyond where we left off in the last season.”

But does this imply followers received’t get to see the speedy aftermath of Andrew’s breakdown or the Teddy, Owen, and Tom love triangle? Not essentially.

“We might have some flashbacks. We might have some things where we’re referencing last season, just to have context leading up,” Gianniotti mentioned. “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.”

When will ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17 be launched?

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For now, Grey’s Anatomy followers will simply have to attend for ABC to announce the official launch date for season 17. The Shondaland sequence usually airs within the fall. But in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s TV’s Top 5 podcast, Vernoff revealed they’ve a tentative begin date for manufacturing. Though filming might nonetheless be pushed again.

“I think we’re very close to figuring it out,” Vernoff mentioned. “There have been tentative start dates. There have been other tentative start dates and it has been pushed.”

She continued, “Safety is our number one concern. In the beginning, it felt a little like the blind leading the blind. Now, it feels like we’ve got more of the right elements in place, the right people to run a COVID department, to create safety.”

Meanwhile, Gianniotti instructed Entertainment Tonight the Grey’s Anatomy crew hopes to choose up filming in September. But like Vernoff, the actor is hopeful everybody can return to work quickly.

“Our producers are all rapidly trying to implement all of these protocols to keep everybody safe,” Gianniotti mentioned. “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 going to be wearing full PPE [personal protective equipment]. It’s a new world.”

He later added, “But I’m really hoping that we can figure it out and keep producing this amazing show that so many fans love to watch.”

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