With the Season 14 premiere approaching, Grey’s Anatomy fans can breathe a little easier knowing that this season should have a bit more lightheartedness than in recent seasons. But that doesn’t mean you can ditch the tissue box completely.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Krista Vernoff, who wrote and executive produced the series for the first eight seasons, is rejoining the cast. Vernoff has also worked on Shameless and the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Private Practice. In interviews with Kelly McCreary (Maggie) and Giacomo Gianniotti (DeLuca), the two stars talk about how Vernoff is bringing some much-needed brevity, and even divulge a few obscure teasers for this next season.
“From the moment [Vernoff] stepped on set, she approached us all individually and talked with us and asked us all our deepest desires and dreams and about our personal life and has made a real effort to infuse that to Grey’s Anatomy,” Gianniotti told THR. “We have some new writers and fresh voices that are going to give this season an amazing new vibe and energy. It’s going to be lighter and funnier. Krista wants comedy and wants people to laugh.”
Vernoff is known for mixing comedy and drama, creating a nice balance between the fun and the dark and twisty aspects of Shonda Rhimes’ medical drama.
Season 14 will return after the events of last season’s finale, which included the leaving of Jerrika Hinton’s Stephanie and Marika Dominczyk’s Eliza. The new season will include Owen’s sister and her coming back from being a prisoner-of-war, how that will affect Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Nathan’s (Martin Henderson) new relationship and the return of Kim Raver’s Teddy Altman. Yet, even with the very mature and serious subject material, there will still be that lighter tone.
“It feels like we’re taking little shifts back toward things being a bit easier on everybody,” McCreary explained. “And if not easier, the characters are taking them more lightly. That’s what the fans have to look forward to in Krista’s leadership and it’s right there in the first episode of the season.”
The season will also explore the developing love triangle between Maggie, Jackson (Jesse Williams) and April (Sarah Drew), the introduction of DeLuca’s sister, a fellow doctor from Italy that embarrasses him, and the messy situation that is going to go down between Jo (Camilla Luddington), Alex (Justin Chambers), and Jo’s ex-husband (Matthew Morrison). All of this, plus the life and death situations that their job demands of them.
“We’ll still have our guest stars coming in where you’ll still need your tissue box but we’re going to enjoy our characters having a bit of fun and swing between a little drama and comedy,” Gianniotti concludes in his interview.
Stock up now on the tissues because Season 14 will premiere on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. on ABC.