As we all know, a great many movies and TV shows have been adversely affected by the restrictions posed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marvel have had to push many of next year’s to 2022 instead, and many popular TV shows, such as The Flash, Riverdale, and Grey’s Anatomy, have had to cut their seasons short.
With restrictions beginning to ease, some series are hoping to start filming again soon. However, TV production may look different after the pandemic, at least for a little while.
Here’s what we can expect.
Fewer Crowd Scenes
Superhero themed shows like Supergirl and The Flash often feature large crowd scenes. These usually come in the form of civilian onlookers during battle sequences, or post-battle celebrations. This is even more prevalent in Supergirl, where Kara’s day job as a reporter sees her regularly attending crowded events.
We’ll probably see less crowd scenes when these shows return. While official restrictions are relaxing, social distancing guidelines are expected to remain in place for at least six months, maybe longer. For safety reasons, shows will want to keep the number of people on set to a bare minimum.
If TV Producers strictly follow the guidelines, no crowd scenes. This also means..
Shows with large casts may have to get creative.
At last count, The Flash has nine regular cast members. Currently, it’s not uncommon to have all nine regulars in one scene.
The Flash show-runner Eric Wallace expects that this may become a little less common in season seven. Other shows with large casts, such as Grey’s Anatomy and its sister-show Station 19, will also be affected. Expect to see Team Flash making plans over video chat, and famously awkward Grey’s dinner parties become a thing of the past.. At least for a little while.
Having fewer cast members physically on-set could also leave more room for cameramen and other crew members. With production on so many TV shows shut down, many are out of work. Reserving a certain amount of space on set for crew ensures plenty of jobs will be waiting when filming starts up again.
Medical Dramas may be a little less realistic.
Once it became clear that the COVID-19 pandemic was going to dangerously stretch the health system, the props teams behind some of TV’s greatest medical dramas busted open their store rooms to see what could be donated to the cause. Surgical masks, scrubs, and even fully operational ventilators were donated.
While this was noble of them, it may cause the shows issues if they do not find suitable replacement props before filming resumes. While they could cut the number of surgery scenes for a while, this wouldn’t really be practical for Grey’s Anatomy or The Good Doctor, where nearly all the characters are surgeons.
Hopefully, fans will be willing to suspend their disbelief a little, knowing that any lack of realism is occurring in the name of a good cause.
If everyone continues to do the right thing, our lives, and the lives of our favourite TV characters, can get back to normal as soon as possible.