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Grey’s Anatomy Season 17: Season 17 is Shortened Due to COVID

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Grey’s Anatomy Season 17  Updates: The super hit show Grey’s Anatomy is currently running its seventeenth season. It is an American television medical drama which is produced by the American Broadcasting Company (ABC).

The season premiered on November 12, 2020. It delayed the production start this season and it’s also speculated that the ABC drama will be having lesser hours of showtime television this season, but the question is how low will its episode count go? For answers to this and much more, read this article!

Long Wait for the viewers and Long Halt for the franchise…

The show returned on the television sets after seven months, the longest halt in-between seasons in the history of the franchise, owing to a delay in the shooting of the sixteenth season was due to the Corona Virus pandemic all over the globe.

The current season will have 16 episodes, thus making it one of the shortest ever seasons of the series, with only the original season having a shorter number of episodes.

What can we expect this from Grey’s Anatomy Season 17?

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Earlier, the showrunner of the show Grey’s Anatomy, Krista Vernoff said that the current season will address the Corona Virus Pandemic as this season premiered just a few weeks into the pandemic. The big news is that we will see Richard Flood and Anthony Hill as regulars this time.

This season will also have the return of Patrick Dempsy as Richard Holly. His last appearance on the show was in season 11.

Shooting and Safety measures are taken for Grey’s Anatomy Season 17

Reports suggest that actors and members of the production house are tested three times a week, while actors are wearing masks between takes to comply with the protocols.

Lesser scenes are written in each script in order to adjust to the schedules per episode. The filming for the seventeenth season started 8 September 2020 and this season premiered on 12 November 2020 along with a 2-hour crossover episode with a spin-off for Station 19.

Will we witness the shortest ever season in the history of the show?

Although ABC spokesperson has refused to comment on this scenario, if this 16 episodes season rumor is true, it would make this franchise’s seventeenth season one of its shortest runs ever. The series’s first and the original season was a nine-episode affair.

It became a common trend in the show’s history that 24 episodes per season featured in almost every season. We witnessed 21 episodes in the previous season and then, the production of the show was suspended due to COVID 19 pandemic.

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