How ‘The Stand’ Depicts Stephen King’s Fictional Pandemic Amid a Real One

Tim Baysinger
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Whoopi Goldberg knows exactly what viewers will be looking for, at least those brave enough to watch “The Stand,” CBS All Access’ upcoming thriller that kicks off amid a much-more dangerous, though thankfully fictional, pandemic. “I think they’re fascinated to find out if we’re wearing masks,” Goldberg, who stars as Mother Abigail in the upcoming series, told TheWrap. On Thursday, CBS All Access debuts perhaps its most ambitious original series in its history, a sprawling, 9-episode limited series adapted from one of Stephen King’s most influential works. “The Stand” is a 1,200-page behemoth that centers on the survivors of a deadly plague that are caught up in a supernatural war between good and evil. Also Read: Michael Chiklis Drama 'Coyote' Moves From Paramount Network to CBS All Access And if those real-world parallels aren’t enough, production on the series finished March 12, just one day after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be a pandemic. “It’s a tough one to ignore,” James Marsden, who plays Stu Redmond, one of the survivors, said. “Certainly, it affected the experience of making it. But it really didn’t affect our storytelling,” showrunner Benjamin Cavill argued. There was a suggestion early on...

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