Tests, temperature checks and masks on the set allow Hollywood to come back from COVID
Go behind the curtain to see how Hollywood productions are handling a restart during COVID-19.
on action. Hollywood is back. Our first wedding, all of our weddings Covic shut down Days of our Lives last March rehearsing page three. But the show must go on and production resumed in September. It was tough in the beginning because we're accustomed to, as you are just walking in the front door. And now we have to add about 15 to 20 minutes to stop Pond, do the covert testing and wait for those results to come back and then be ushered in and make sure we have our masks on. Besides, all the testing directors now work off stage writers from home and actors air barred from more than a few minutes in the makeup chair and mostly do their own. And we can't rehearse like we used to you. Hey, did you say Drake Cup of dressing room? We'd sit there and we'd run lines. One lines, one lines, run lines. We don't do that anymore. We go to our dressing room. So we're there. We don't move from our dressing rooms. How much has this cost? The production, the cost of doing business now for days of our lives, as it will be for all of show business when they return or as they return, is somewhere between 10 and 15% Mawr than it was pre pandemic. It's onerous for over a the Kelly Clarkson show. They pivoted quickly. During the shutdown, Clarkson started hosting from her home in Montana, where there was, if he wife i e. Have Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick with me on Zoom. My First Zoom interview. She returned six months later to a very different studio with a smaller virtual audience. We had to dio, I would say conservatively, 55 plans to get us back here. Executive producer Alex Duda says. Everyone on set takes a covert tests every other day, and at first everyone's kind of standing, like afraid to talk and afraid to move. But then we just started talking, working the problem like, How are we gonna work with this audience? Er, what's it gonna look like when we start wheeling out vertical monitors? We still have our audience here. I would like to get back to a place where there's a live audience. I would like to get to a place where you can hug people, but I don't think that's gonna happen soon over a days. They have special challenges. Like love seats producers let the actors decide their level of intimacy. I don't think there to say for people in the country than you in no way, I never leave home. I never date and you don't know about you, but e oh, I'm doing yard work. E Any plans for a co vid plotline? Absolutely not, I think to keep days sacrosanct and be able to escape to that hour a day where you're not dealing with masks and shields and protocols and testing is a relief for the audience. Like Sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives. For CNBC Business News I'm Jane Wells Hollywood.