"We're going to start the season about a month and a half (into) full COVID, so it's going to take place a little beyond where we left off in the last season," Gianniotti tells ET, adding that he hasn't received any season 17 scripts. "We might have some flashbacks. We might have some things where we're referencing last season, just to have context leading up. 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."