With more free time on our hands these days, some people have chosen to take up new hobbies or activities, but countless people have begun the art of binge-watching television shows and films.
Unfortunately, the ability to film these fan-favorite television shows and films have become increasingly difficult amidst the pandemic.
When quarantine orders commenced nationwide in March, numerous films and television shows halted their productions, including “Stranger Things,” “Venom 2” and “The Bachelorette” amongst others. Countless questions filled the minds of CEOs and executive producers as to how production would continue, bearing in mind the various locations necessary to film, the hundreds of extras and crew members along with the new CDC guidelines.
Meanwhile, we are longing for a sense of normalcy, one that can be satisfied by watching our favorite films and television shows. TV shows provide a means for us to shed the skin of our stressful lives and jump headfirst into fresh environments with characters that inspire us and help us to forget about our own personal worries by allowing us to laugh, cry and cheer alongside them.
So how does Hollywood survive?
Determined and innovative studio-heads set their sights on minimizing sets to solely essential workers, increasing sanitizing stations and requiring all of those on set to wear masks. Numerous sets are beginning to take actors’ temperatures and ask if they are experiencing any symptoms.
Recently, Warner Brothers shut down the filming of “The Batman,” as it was alleged that actor Robert Pattinson had tested positive. Following a two-week quarantine period, the film is set to resume with new precautions in place.
Television shows like “The Connors” have put out a promotion advertisement on Twitter with all of the actors wearing masks and claiming that they’re “socially distant since always.”
The long-running medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” is set to begin filming in the next few weeks and will be addressing COVID-19 as it pertains to healthcare workers.
With all the obstacles in mind, I think it’s safe to say Hollywood and our favorite shows will make it through the pandemic. So, as the kids say, keep on binge-watching.