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    avatarFyodor
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    When this is over and they make new TV are we going to see TV sitcoms set during COVID? Will they just kind of skip over it? Will we be watching COVID-era movies for decades like with other significant historical events like WWII or Dracula visiting London?

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    veritek33veritek33
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    I wish the Newsroom were still on the air. I’d love to hear Will McAvoy’s take on all this. And the Trump presidency in general

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    TheLadyETheLadyE
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    @veritek YES. YES YES YES. I miss that show (especially the first season) so very much.

    Have you ever seen Sports Night? It’s written by Aaron Sorkin and also a show within a show. Lots of similarities and it’s my favorite show of all time. (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is second.)

    I think it depends on how long this goes as to if we’ll see shows about it. Not a lot of longevity if (hopefully) it goes on for only a year. However, they got 7 seasons out of Piper Kerman’s 18-month prison sentence on Orange is the New Black, so hey, anything’s possible!

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    avatarFyodor
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    I guess it depends what comes after and how fully we return to “normal” life but my intuition is that this will be seen as a pretty unique period in American life that will be the subject of movies, histories, studies, etc. We’re living it now. I have no idea whether there will be any appetite for sitcoms set now or people will just want to leap forward to regular life .

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    avatarHelen
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    I can already picture the Rom-Com set in quarantine! A classic misunderstanding happens between 2 love interests right before the city goes on lockdown! He must figure out how to break quarantine to straighten everything out & hilarity ensures. He forges an essential worker pass, gets chased by a cop, saves a grocery store worker from a mask protesting menace, and on & on for 90 mins. He’s finally able to profess his love to her, 6ft apart in the park. The sirens ending quarantine sound just then and they’re able to kiss!

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    avatarbondgirl
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    I’m a HUGE fan of the Fox show “9-1-1” and according to some of the things I’ve read, they do plan on addressing the pandemic in the new season. Makes sense to me as it’s a show exclusively featuring first responders so I think they HAVE to. Plus, fans of the show want to see it incorporated though their story lines are already a bit outdated. Season 3 ending had a main character’s daughter having her prom pictures done and a high school graduation party….

    It’ll be interesting to see how other tv shows follow suit, assuming any of them are allowed to resume production anytime soon…

    #894454 Reply
    avatarFyodor
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    I don’t think that most sit-coms and “regular” shows will resume production anytime soon. It’s just too hard to do things safely in a way that looks good.

    There is probably some stuff (reality shows set in households or whatnot) that may be able to work.

    I guess a lot depends on how we return to “normal.” If we get some kind of super-awesome vaccine and everyone is back to living their normal lives in a year, it’ll be tempting to just have everything be back to normal. On the other hand, possible that some combination of OK vaccine, therapeutics, fast and reliable testing, and better expertise about avoiding spread allows them to start making TV even while life is still disrupted.

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    avatarFyodor
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    I guess that you could always film them in another country. Hire a crew in Australia or Taiwan, have the cast fly in and quarantine, and then film from there.

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    avatarLisforLeslie
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    @Fyodor – that would be awesome and I would love to hear all of “American” accents in the background and walk on parts. You’d have California surfer, Texas oilman and non-specific ‘merican accent in the same coffee shop in the middle of nowhere.

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    avatarFyodor
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    I think that some of the Marvel Shows set in generic European places are going to start filming in the Balkans. There’s probably good work for expat Americans living in Covid-safe areas who want to work as extras.

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    avatarFyodor
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    I think that the Matrix was filmed in Australia.

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    avatarAnge
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    Fyodor indeed it was. My friend’s mum worked in the building that the helicopter crashed into.

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