“[The writers] really convinced me that it would be irresponsible to not,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in August. “To be kind of the biggest medical show and ignore the biggest medical story of the century felt irresponsible to them to the medical community. These doctors are traumatized. They are not trained or wired to hold the hands of dying people all day who are alone without their families.”Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! Shutting down hate — and staying safe. Camilla Luddington clapped back after one Grey’s Anatomy fan took aim at the show for using KN95 masks on set amid the coronavirus pandemic.The long-running ABC series kicked off its 17th season on November 12, and while many fans were thrilled to see the familiar faces of Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital again, one viewer thought the cast was “wasting” personal protective equipment that could be given to first responders in need amid nationwide shortages. “A disposable mask will work just fine,” the social media user tweeted.- Advertisement – Luddington, 36, was quick to shut down the negativity. “If you see any of us wearing KN95s behind the scenes it’s because we are wearing our costume masks. We don’t also get an extra KN95 to wear between takes,” she replied via Twitter on Monday, November 16.Camilla Luddington ABC/Adam TaylorThe U.K. native has played Dr. Jo Wilson on Grey’s Anatomy for seven seasons since joining the series in 2012. Luddington and her costars — including Ellen Pompeo and Richard Flood — resumed filming the current season in September after a six-month hiatus. One month before the show returned to ABC with a shocking season premiere, showrunner Krista Vernoff detailed some of the “massive” COVID-19 precautions that were put in place behind the scenes to ensure the cast and crew were safe.“It’s social distancing, it’s masks, it’s visors — it’s masks on the actors between takes and during rehearsals,” the producer, 46, told Variety in October. “It’s just shocking how slowly we’re having to move. … It changes the feeling of the show. It changes the pacing of the show. It is what it is.”- Advertisement – Despite the risks of filming amid the pandemic, Vernhoff told the publication that she was “proud” of how the show was handling the protocols with care.“I keep saying to people, ‘No, no really, we’ve actually reinvented the wheel. We are changing everything everyone has ever understood about how you make television,’” she said at the time. “Everything is changing.”While production on the series was shut down earlier this year, Vernhoff and her team donated the extra medical supplies they had on set to professionals on the front lines of the global health crisis. As they prepared to resume filming, the executive producer admitted that she had thought about avoiding the sensitive topic of the pandemic while creating new Grey’s Anatomy story lines.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Jonny Bairstow believes he can regain his role as England’s Test wicketkeeper as players prepare to go head-to-head for a place in the side to face the West Indies.England are gearing up for a three-Test series against the Caribbean side next month that will mark the return of international cricket after the coronavirus shutdown.With no first-class matches in the run-up to the series, they will use warm-up games at Southampton, the venue for the first Test, starting on July 8, to assess players’ form.Bairstow was dropped from last year’s tour of New Zealand, with England selection chief Ed Smith indicating his international future was as a specialist batsman.He played just one Test in South Africa in December and was rested from the tour of Sri Lanka, with long-time rival wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and gloveman Ben Foakes selected instead, before the coronavirus cut short that trip in March.But while the 30-year-old multi-format international said he wanted to play Test cricket again, he also made clear his preferred role.“Over a period of time, I’ve been really happy with my ‘keeping,” Bairstow said yesterday in a conference call.“That was the bit at the start of my career that people questioned but people have stopped speaking about it over the last couple of years.”The son of the late former Yorkshire and England wicketkeeper David Bairstow, Jonny has been England’s wicketkeeper in 48 of his 70 Tests.Bairstow, however, averaged just 18 with the bat in his last seven matches with the gloves.How England see his future could become clearer when Smith announces on Wednesday a squad slimmed down from an initial 55-man training group for next month’s Tests.Bairstow will be working on his batting during a net session at Durham today when he faces England quicks Ben Stokes and Mark Wood in preparation for a lively West Indies attack.Bairstow said being dropped as England’s wicketkeeper had stung.Bairstow, feeling refreshed after a lengthy absence due to the COVID-19 shutdown, has no doubts about the competitiveness of England’s upcoming camp.