Krista Vernoff talks to the Los Angeles Times about keeping Dempsey's cameo a secret, filming during the pandemic and juggling three shows (including Station 19 and Rebel) at the same time. "Pre-pandemic, we used to have 12-hour days minimum," says Vernoff. "Now we’ve got 10 10-hour days and a crazy amount of wait time on turnarounds. We had to go into all the scripts that were in the pipeline and go, 'How to reduce it? How do we shoot fewer scenes that are longer? How do we put fewer people in the scenes?' You’re not going to see all the series regulars in every episode this season because you can’t do those scenes that are six and seven and eight people — and it’s a different show."