How TV Showrunners Are Handling COVID Storylines: ‘Do People Really Want to Watch This?’

Reid Nakamura
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One of the tough realities of 2020 is that there’s no escaping the coronavirus pandemic, even on TV. As broadcast television makes its slow return this fall, viewers will be treated to stories about pandemic on shows that range from comedies like “The Conners” and “Superstore” to dramas such as “NCIS: New Orleans” and “This Is Us.” No longer limited by government stay-at-home orders and restrictive Zoom-style formats, television shows are finding increasingly diverse ways to reflect the realities of this so-called “new normal,” without any guarantee that this is what viewers will want to see when they turn on their TVs at night. “What do we do? Do we just play the reality?” David Shore, showrunner for ABC’s medical drama “The Good Doctor,” told TheWrap. “And what is going to be the reality? You’re writing for something that’s gonna be on the air five or six months later, at that point. Who knows what that will be when things are changing so fast and we’re learning things every day. Do people really want to watch this?” Also Read: How TV Shows Have Incorporated COVID-19 Storylines (Photos) That writing was able to continue remotely even while filming was all but...

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