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‘All Rise’ to film coronavirus episode on FaceTime, Zoom

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 4/7/2020 Kate Feldman

CBS’ “All Rise” already showed what it thinks the justice system should look like. Now it wants to show what it really does look like during the coronavirus pandemic.

The legal drama will be the first to film a new episode since Hollywood and New York shut down and it’s getting creative to do so.

The May 4 episode will be entirely shot on video messaging apps, including FaceTime and Zoom, to reflect “the world’s current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and its impact on the criminal justice system,” CBS said in a statement.

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Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick) will preside over a virtual trial that involves a dispute between brothers and a stolen car, while Emily (Jessica Camacho) represents the defendant, a graffiti artist, and Mark (Wilson Bethel) prosecutes for the D.A.’s office.

The entire episode will be shot from the actors’ homes, with VFX used to create backgrounds, while a cinematographer has been tasked with shooting external shots around Los Angeles.

“It’s a unique chance for our ‘All Rise’ family to band together – in our different homes, even cities – to tell a story about resilience, justice and the power of community,” executive producer Greg Spottiswood said in a statement.

TV and movie production has come to a screeching halt during the pandemic, with all sets shut down temporarily and no idea when they will open again. Spring shows, including “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Empire," announced early season finales, while others, like “The Walking Dead” and “Supernatural,” have postponed their finales.


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