TV Series Test New Formats During Covid-19 Production Shutdowns

From animation to remotely filmed programs, networks experiment during pandemic

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It took about a week in quarantine for One Day at a Time co-showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett to begin thinking about how to bring her program back.

One Day at a Time, the Latinx family sitcom that moved from Netflix to Pop TV in March, had been forced to shut down filming in mid-March due to Covid-19, meaning the series would go on hiatus just six episodes into its fourth season. But Kellett, feeling like the show’s voice was needed during the pandemic, began looking through previously written episodes to see if there was a way to reimagine a script without a live-action shoot.




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