Grey’s Anatomy returns for a premiere like no other this week as Season 17 kicks off amid the ongoing pandemic.
Viewers had resigned themselves to the fact the final episodes would never make it on the air but actor Jake Borelli ( who plays Levi Schmitt) has revealed that footage that was set to air have been woven into the premiere.
The actor explained to Metro.co.uk: ‘We were cut short by the pandemic and obviously caught off guard by that. So when we start season 17, there’s actually going to be two time periods going on.
‘We jump five weeks and start deep into the pandemic in Seattle, so several things have already happened to our doctors. Then we also flashback to these crazy cliffhangers that we left everyone on at the end of season 16.’
He continued: ‘We definitely get to wrap up those stories and also continue those stories. A lot of that flashback footage was shot back before the pandemic started.’
Jake Borelli confirms the Season 17 premiere will feature flashbacks to S16 to help tie up storylines (Picture: ABC via Getty Images)
As we all know, the show will focus heavily on the effect Covid-19 has had on frontline workers, and Jake revealed his joy at being able to share these stories with viewers across the globe.
The 29-year-old stated: ‘I think it was the right decision to to do these stories. Grey’s is one of the most prolific medical shows that there has ever been and this is one of the biggest medical stories that we’ve encountered in our lifetime.
‘If anyone can do this justice, Grey’s can. I think it’s really important that people around the world are going to see a little bit of what these brave doctors have gone through in the past year.’
Grey’s Anatomy returns with a two-hour premiere on November 12 on ABC and is available to stream on Prime Video in the UK.
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