Due to the widespread of the coronavirus throughout the world, production of most movies and TV series have been put on hold. As most people are working from home and practising social distancing, CBS drama series All Rise is coming out with a virtual episode which will be recorded using FaceTime, Zoom, WebEx and other available social media and online technologies.
All Rise is a show that peeks into the chaotic and eventful lives of judges, prosecutors and public defenders as they work with bailiffs, clerks and policemen to provide justice to the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal process.
This new episode will count as the last original episode to air this season of All Rise after production was cut short when everything got suspended amid mass filming shutdown throughout the world.
The episode aims to take place in the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, reflecting on the real-life restrictions during this time, and the footage will be shot in the actors’ homes. Moreover, VFX will be used to create backgrounds. Of all the shows and movies out there, this will be the first primetime scripted series to be produced while practising social distancing.
Apart from this, a cinematographer working alone from a vehicle will apparently get the external footage in Los Angeles, where the show is based. These will include shots of empty streets and quiet and desolate neighbourhoods. The episode, however, will be filmed keeping in mind the confinement guidelines that are in place all over the world.
The plot revolves around Judge Lola Carmichael who will be presiding over a virtual trial. In addition to this, it will also show characters living their lives and managing the new normal lifestyle that the coronavirus pandemic has forced on them. Apart from this, CBS has also mentioned that at least one of the characters will work as a food delivery driver and will show the struggles of their profession during this time. The other members of the main cast are supposed to showcase the struggles of keeping relationships alive while under quarantine.
Executive Producer Greg Spottiswood mentioned that the episode gives a chance for the All Rise cast to band together as a family and also provides an excellent opportunity to showcase people’s resilience, power of community and, above all, justice. Additionally, consulting producer and former L.A. Country District Attorney Gill Garcetti will provide an in-depth look into how the L.A. justice system keeps moving even in the midst of a pandemic.
All Rise, however, is not the only show that will be making use of technology to create new content during the coronavirus pandemic. Conan O’Brien had previously announced that he will keep filming his show Conan from the confines of his home.
The show is produced by Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. The new episode, which will be directed by Michael Robin and is currently being written, is expected to come out on May 4 at 9 PM ET on CBS.