META: Shows' representation of COVID

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Amnesia, Nov 20, 2020.

  1. rharmelink

    rharmelink Active Member

    Nov 30, 2015


    Especially with the recent news that the Mayo Clinic has 905 staff members with Covid...

    I thought I saw something similar about a well-known cancer treatment hospital.
  2. David Platt

    David Platt Mouse Master TCF Club

    Dec 13, 2001
    Portland, OR
    I think This Is Us is handling it fairly well. They acknowledge it, people wear masks and talk about it, but it's not a central plot point. It just is what it is.
  3. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Not sure how showing COVID is meta...
  4. Allanon

    Allanon Active Member

    Nov 2, 2005
    All Rise seemed to want to tackle all the hot issues in the first episode of second season, COVID, riots, BLM, bad cops, hate crimes, people dying from COVID while in jail waiting trial, bias judges, and looting.
  5. Worf

    Worf Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2000


    Well, from the looks of it, I'd say from the NCIS side, it looks like NCIS LA is airing last season's episodes that didn't air straight up verbatim. NCIS NOLA acknowledged it and you see distancing and masking as much as practical (masks make for horrible conversation shots), but it looks to be back to "normal" as expected.

    I'm expecting NCIS to simply rework the unaired episodes from last season into a new set of episodes.

    Sort of to reflect the three different ways a show could handle the fact they all ended prematurely (sure it was close to end of season, but most shows had 2-3 episodes before season finale before they were abruptly ended). Some just could continue airing those episodes as part of the new season, They could do a Covid special and move on, and others seem to be merge the already-filmed content into a new episode.

    And the reality is, well, the shows were all in various stages of production before being forced off the air, and many series only began resuming filming a few months ago - maybe, depending on location. (Filming resumed here in July but only for Canadian series first because the local unions couldn't get SAG to relent on some rules to adapt to local conditions versus California conditions, at which point US series started filming again,, as well as some series ended up moving north).

    And I can't really say if Chicago Fire handled it poorly - there wasn't enough context. Sure no masks in the firehouse, but I'd expect that to be a bubble because everyone is hanging out with each other shift-wise. We don't know if they clean between shifts, but it's like the big reason the civilians went away (because they'd be working and interacting between multiple shifts) and why the girl was hired per-shift part-time. I don't watch PD so I can't tell you if they were simply running out last season's unaired episodes.
  6. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    On American Housewife, one of the brunch women is always on a video call nowadays (and they haven't shown the other one at all IIRC).. I'm guessing that actress isn't in the bubble..but it's just weird.
  7. realityboy

    realityboy Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2003
    Columbus, OH
  8. hapster85

    hapster85 Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2016
  9. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

    Dec 13, 2001
    Burlington, VT
    Bull is very much incorporating it right now and I am totally fine with that.
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  10. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    The problem I have with Covid in established shows is that they are usually pretty inconsistent with it. In one scene they are wearing masks, in the next one, they aren't. In Blackish for example early in the season they had a story line about Bow working on the front lines, wearing masks and all of that. In recent episodes they had a wedding where everyone was kinda close together and Dre goes to the office and nobody is wearing masks.
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  11. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Guess you didn't read the thread.. I pointed all of that out.
  12. MauriAnne

    MauriAnne Mostly lurking

    Sep 20, 2002
    I totally agree; I watch TV to escape, not dwell on how many people are suffering. I watched the first two Good Doctor episodes and was so sad after watching them, I decided not to watch any more for a while. I'm glad to hear they've dropped the pandemic --- I think I'll try it again.
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  13. reddice

    reddice Member

    Mar 6, 2004
    Brooklyn NY
    I'm creeped out seeing face masks which is why I go out much less and hearing about Covid. I already abandoned all the shows that mention it and show it.
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  14. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    What I find kind of funny is that on FBI they don't have any masks but on FBI: Most Wanted they have masks but are very very very bad about wearing them. Maybe they have different shooting schedules or something.
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  15. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

    Jan 30, 2005
    Boston, MA
    IIRC, in the first FBI episode of the season, there was a scene where Maggie and OA interview someone in their house and they have masks on, but most of the time they don't (and no one seems to wear them in the office).
  16. Worf

    Worf Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    It's also likely a lot of inconsistency is caused by scenes shot before lockdown and scenes after. Remember many shows abruptly ended their season because various lockdowns and such made it impossible to finish episodes so seasons ended with the last completed episode.

    This new season is now a mish-mash of partially filmed episodes from last season that were supposed to air last season and new episodes and it's possible in the rush to finish new episodes using what was filmed last season, there are plenty of continuity errors.

    Heck, even now there are gaps in production because of more lockdowns. Likely the priority is to just create new episodes by finishing as many partial episodes as possible over continuity issues.
  17. mtnagel

    mtnagel Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2003
    Cincinnati, OH
    Why? Do doctors creep you out too?

    I guess I don't watch the same shows as everyone else. I haven't seen a single show talk about it or wearing masks. I think Goldbergs is the only network scripted show we're watching I don't think they talked about it although I'm not caught up yet. I don't think I've seen a streaming show talk about it. Guess they were all filmed before the pandemic or are doing bubbles?
  18. andyw715

    andyw715 Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2007
    I think they've taken a symbolic stance on masks. The characters will have them on then take them off when dialog starts, signifying the masks importance but also allowing traditional TV dialog.

    Who wants to watch a group of people in masks stand there and talk. It works for the Mandalorian but not a bunch of police.
  19. zuko3984

    zuko3984 Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2002
    I personally don't enjoy seeing Covid related stuff in the shows I watch. I watch TV to escape reality and be entertained and I don't find Covid or being reminded about how bad the situation is very entertaining. But for anyone who doesn't mind it do you really want to see a super realistic depiction of it. I've seen some complaints about inconsistencies in mask wearing and not showing social distancing and such. Would that really make for good TV if a show had everyone in masks all the time and keeping 6 feet apart all the time.
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  20. reddice

    reddice Member

    Mar 6, 2004
    Brooklyn NY
    Actually they do. I had a tramantic experience as a kid with doctors and masks. I also was forced when I was a kid to watch horror movies with mask wearing psychos. Now that people are wearing them it bothers me to the point of looking down to avoid them, sweating and rapid heart beat. Last thing is to watch a show with that in there.

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