“Unfortunately some things are simply uncontrollable,” says the producer of the Apple comedy series. When Rob McElhany decided to go ahead with filming the second season of his Apple comedy series Mythic Quest, he knew it would be risky – but he hoped the set could be cleared of COVID-19. He was wrong.
The TV show, which debuted on its second season on 7 May, underwent several positive tests during filming, including a possible on-outbreak that questioned the safety of the production. On Friday, McLaney, who made series and stars, addressed the situation publicly for the first time.
“We knew that nothing was 100 percent safe and if we were going to decide to go back to work, we would do the best we could but unfortunately some things are simply uncontrollable, especially if You are finding that you don’t police all the time, ”he said while promoting the show at the Virtual Television Critics Association press tour.
McElhenney detailed the length of what he produced to keep the c ast and crew safe. Following recommendations from studios and guilds, they divided everyone into “zones”, adequate personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, face shields), and frequent testing to reduce the potential spread of the virus.
“There were points at which I was tested five, six times a week,” says McElhany, who notes that any intimate scenes or scenes in the crowd used the rapid test as an extra precaution. Nevertheless, this was clearly not enough to fully protect against viruses. “These soundstages have 200 people working together and it’s really very difficult,” McElhenney accepted, suggesting that protocols on each set are not as stringent as they should be. “To be fair even to those who were not necessarily following all the guidelines, as we all know, it becomes difficult.
It becomes difficult because we are social beings and because we have a method that we use to work and people come back in those ways, regardless of how often they are remembered – or we all remember Is provided – that we need to keep our face shone and please stay six feet away from each other. ”
McElhenney said there were “one, possibly two” events representing the on-set transfer of the virus. “We weren’t in zone A. It was actually during the construction of zone B or one of zone C when we were out,” he explained, noting that the producers were not able to contract to locate the incident But “we can do everything based on the information we have.” Filming was stopped immediately and did not resume for a few weeks.
He said the good news is that all those who tested positive made a full recovery and were able to return to work on time. “It was very unfortunate,” McElhany said, “but we were just doing our best.”