CBS’ All Rise Plans Episode Based On COVID-19 Pandemic. Will Be Shot While In Isolation!By Delaina A Dixon | April 7, 2020 | Entertainment
Divas! If you’re fretting over the loss of new episodes of your fave shows, at least one has figured out a way to offer some new content. All Rise, CBS’ hot new legal series has returned to production to virtually produce a timely episode that reflects the world’s current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and its impact on the criminal justice system. Star Simone Messick as Judge Lola Carmichael will virtually preside over a bench trial. The new episode will air Monday, May 4 at 9 p.m. on CBS.
Here’s what will go down: During this unprecedented time, Judge Benner authorizes Lola to preside over a virtual trial that involves a dispute between brothers and a stolen car. Emily represents the defendant, a graffiti artist while Mark prosecutes for the D.A.’s office, marking the first time he tries a case in Lola’s “court.” Mark and Quinn explore their romantic relationship while quarantined in separate homes and Judge Benner struggles to learn how to cook. Sara balances her day job with a new side hustle as a food delivery driver. Luke and Emily’s relationship is taxed by separation, and germaphobe and type-A Sherri contends with the new world (dis)order.
Throughout the episode, the series’ characters will be shown managing their “new normal” of everyday reality at home, in order to continue their professional and personal lives, parallel to what the nation is currently confronting, according to CBS.
Written and inspired by current events, the new episode will be produced in groundbreaking fashion for a scripted series, filmed extensively using FaceTime, WebEx, Zoom and other available social media and online technology.
Virtual footage will be shot in each of the series regular’s homes, and producers plan to use VFX to create the necessary backgrounds. In addition, a cinematographer operating solo from a vehicle will capture exterior footage that reflects the desolate environment that currently exists on the streets and in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. The entire episode will be shot abiding by social distancing rules and technologies taking place in the world as it exists now. Executive producer Michael Robin will direct.
All Rise airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on CBS.
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