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August 23, 2020

Home TV setup

It was just a matter of time that a Covid-themed mini-series would pop up on our television screens. Titled “Love in the Time of Corona,” its first airing was last night, which I missed (I just read NPR’s article about it this morning). The next episode is tonight on Hulu. I can’t wait to watch the story unfold about couples and singles in quarantine, interwoven by their personal stories -- all looking for love and all trying to stay connected. The cast includes Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. (“Hamilton”), and Nicolette Robinson who starred in “Waitress” (the musical) and “The Affair” (a television show).

Besides the subject matter of the series, I’m also intrigued by how, in pandemic times, this was pulled off logistically.

Well, it helped that Odom Jr. and Robinson are spouses in real life -- and play James and Sade, a married couple in the series. During real-life quarantine, scenes were shot in Odom Jr.’s and Robinson’s home. Social distancing was achieved as crew members were assigned individual tents and they communicated with the director using walkie-talkies. Cameras set up on dollies inside the house were operated by production assistants who were part of the actors’ “quarantine circle” inside the house. The actors wore their own clothes and did their own make-up.

But the decision for Odom Jr. and Robinson to commit to the project was not made quickly – especially as the pandemic peaked with the Black Lives Matter movement. In the end, they realized that this was their chance to come together with others to make the most of a rare and dire time.

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