While many TV shows have stopped filming, “All Rise” will take an alternate approach:
On May 4, it will have an episode about the shutdown … filmed shutdown-style.
One of the show’s producers is Gil Garcetti, the former Los Angeles County district attorney. He’s been talking to the others, CBS said, about how the legal system works amid social-distancing.
That led to a story in which Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick) is no longer in her office (shown here); she presides over a trial from her home. Other characters will be shown in their homes, using FaceTime, WebEx, Zoom and more. Director Michael Robin will use some special effects and will have a lone camera person, inside a vehicle, getting shots of a now-desolate Los Angeles.
Shows have been scrambling for ways to continue while remaining distant. News and talk shows have switched to video interviews. At-home music has been done on latenight shows and on four primetime specials … sometimes with increasing sophistication.
Duets – John Legend and Kane Brown, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker – have been done long-distance. Multi-image editing has brought together groups (Lady Antebellum, Backstreet Boys, Little Big Town) that were secluding separately … and has linked singers (Mariah Carey, Dua Lipa, Tim McGraw) with their musicians, back-up singers and even dancers.
Now that enters new turf, with distance drama.