Dubh-ish first on ABC with a program about COVID-19. The family was involved in balancing and safety work while Dr. Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross) finally learned that son Andre “Junior” Johnson Jr. (Marcus Scribner) had broken quarantine by allowing her lover to come to the house.
Showrunner Courtney Lilly described how he got the series underway after shows closed due to the pandemic. “I got a chance to go in and talk to doctors and be like, ‘This is how we’re going to do this job,’” Lilly recalled Variety after a boyfriend landed in the emergency room after a freak crash. “Everyone from doctors to the CDC feels this is what works,”
“We need to write the show so that our actors feel safe,” Lilly continued. “Part of their job is to secure so they can use their talent and instrument to tell our stories.”
An upcoming two-part election program was a challenge
Representatives were already willing to fire an election program. But the pandemic threw string into design. The team has already decided to animate one of the parts. However, they still had to bring in installments with the actors and some special guests.
Part one follows Junior’s journey into voting rights and voting evolution in American history. A green screen and special effects were used to shoot most of the events. The second part is full of animation with a focus on the run of Andre “Dre” Johnson (Anthony Anderson) for Congress.
Other actors shot scenes together. “When it came to building the program for the live part of it, if the rules and regulations established by the studios and the unions and the state were going to be impossible being within six feet of each other, we wanted to make sure we could do a program where we could, ”said Lilly. “The construction of the section was about boundaries imposed on us by the moment we were there. ”
Lilly concluded that the first few events of the season were killed in the early days of the pandemic. Masks have not yet been recommended by health experts. “It’s not like, ‘Oh we’re shooting in the mall, are people wearing masks? ”He said. “We’re never going to be careless about how we show things, but I don’t know that I just have to be a sign of virtues and be like, ‘Now we’re going to talk about masks! ‘