Filming a TV Show During a Global Pandemic: Here’s How It’s Done

by Naina Biswas ’23

Source: Vulture

Published Oct. 5th, 2020

Since the beginning of March when the entire country went into quarantine, everyone has been trying to do something with their time at home. From aimlessly scrolling through TikTok to picking up new hobbies, people have been doing whatever they can to stay entertained. A common outlet that many resort to during these boredom filled times is watching television. Early on in quarantine, most shows had postponed their production because of the health risks. As a result, many people have been starting to run out of things to watch to keep them engaged. Luckily there are a handful of shows that have continued where they left off in terms of production, and are ready to continue keeping their audience entertained. 

One show that was filmed and aired over quarantine is Love in the Time of Corona. This four-episode miniseries centers around people who are looking for love but have limited options due to COVID-19. This show embraces the current situation of the world while maintaining all precautions. Social distancing wasn’t an issue for the cast, as all of the members who act alongside each other in the series were already quarantined together. With a seven-people cleaning crew, facetime, walkie talkies, social distancing, and lots of masks, the cast and crew of Love in the Time of Corona was able to successfully make a safe and sweet series that didn’t entirely revolve around Zoom.

Along with new shows that were filmed during the pandemic, many fan favorites have also made their return to filming. The Bachelorette and the American version of Love Island began filming in early July. Both shows required everyone on set such as the contestants and crew members to quarantine for two weeks before filming began. To further ensure safety, scenes of The Bachelorette were shot in confined spaces to limit exposure. 

Classic quiz-shows like Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune have also recently started their production. Jeopardy! maintains safety by spacing out the podiums where contestants stand, and Wheel of Fortune has customized their wheel, allowing the contestants to be socially distanced. 

The Kardashian-Jenners have not let the pandemic stop them from filming a new season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. The girls have been able to film their show safely by taping it themselves and eliminating the need for an entire crew to be filming in their house. Every week, each family member gets a new iPhone to film on, so that the quality of the footage is just as good as it usually is. 

Though it is very different from what filming normally is, it is greatly appreciated that television shows have safely started their production again. There is no word of any movies that have resumed their production from the start of quarantine yet. However, as television shows have started filming again, one can assume that soon movies will start getting ready to be on the silver screen again.

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