Many of us turn to the TV to escape to a place where everybody knows your name — or maybe an orderly realm where crimes are solved and sickness cured, all in a tidy 42 minutes, plus commercials.
But as TV productions begin filming again, an increasing number of TV programs are finding the consequences of COVID-19 are too big to ignore. From South Park to Grey’s Anatomy, from The Good Doctor to This Is Us and Diggstown, COVID-19 will have a recurring role this fall.
The pandemic presents an interesting predicament for shows based in the present. Acknowledge the virus, or offer audiences a break? Wearing masks on camera may be realistic, but it distances the audiences from the faces they love. Then again, the absence of masks, or even any sense of physical contact can feel jarring to watch in 2020.
More than any other genre, medical shows have been affected by the reality of…