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Show Returns Remotely, With Stars Building Home Sets

'All Rise' is the first scripted program to produce remote episodes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 3, 2020 11:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – The legal drama All Rise has become the first US scripted television series to adapt to the pandemic by producing an episode remotely, enlisting its stars to work from home on their own makeup, set design, and lighting. The season finale, airing Monday night on CBS, finds Simone Missick's Judge Lola Carmichael presiding over a Los Angeles Superior Court bench trial via video conference. Missick said she was exhausted at the end of each shooting day after making her own adjustments to costume and sound, converting her living room into an office and her dining room into a courtroom, the AP reports. "I did pick up new skills. I think that I could be a location scout-slash-set design coordinator," Missick said with a laugh in an online interview, adding, "that was the fun part."

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All Rise creator Greg Spottiswood said he realized the dialogue-heavy nature of his show allowed for remote production. A key challenge was predicting how the legal world would adjust to the pandemic, with prisons becoming outbreak hot spots and video chats replacing in-court hearings. "The justice system needs to find a way to respond to this moment. Technology is one of the ways that they're responding to it," he said. Spottiswood said producers paid the full crew, even those that weren't able to work, for the episode. Missick, whose mother-in-law in Atlanta has recovered after being hospitalized with COVID-19, said television will have to change. "I think every show that comes after is going to have to deal with what this pandemic is," she said. (Soap operas have more viewers but fewer new episodes.)


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