CBS’ ‘All Rise’ to virtually produce episode about COVID-19 pandemic


In a first for a television drama, CBS’ All Rise has announced that it will virtually produce a new episode about the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing.

You read that right! All Rise is taking bold moves to not only show the current state of the world but also to continue production on the freshman series. The episode will be filmed with the cast using FaceTime, WebEx, Zoom, and other social media technology. This way, they will be able to show the “new normal” as the justice system deals with having to work from home.

Producers also plan to use VFX to create the necessary backgrounds needed, with virtual footage filmed in each of the actors’ actual homes. A cinematographer will also film from a vehicle to capture new footage to show the “desolate environment” of the city streets while social isolation is in practice.

Former Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti, the show’s consulting producer, is helping with insight on how LA justice system is dealing with the reality of the pandemic.

Executive producer Greg Spottiswood commented, “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.”

The episode will air Monday, May 4 at 9:00 PM ET on the CBS Television Network.

The synopsis for the All Rise episode reads:

In the episode, after debating the merits of continuing their work during this time, Judge Benner (Marg Helgenberger) authorizes Lola to preside over a virtual trial that involves a dispute between brothers and a stolen car. Emily (Jessica Camacho) represents the defendant, a graffiti artist, and Mark (Wilson Bethel) prosecutes for the D.A.’s office, marking the first time he tries a case in Lola’s “court.” Also, Mark and Quinn (Lindsey Gort) continue to explore their romantic (and sexual) relationship while quarantined in separate homes; Judge Benner oversees court from afar and struggles to learn how to cook; and Sara (Lindsay Mendez) has to balance her day job with a new side hustle as a food delivery driver. Luke (J. Alex Brinson) and Emily’s relationship is taxed by separation, and germaphobe and type-A Sherri (Ruthie Ann Miles) contends with the new world (dis)order.

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