‘CANARY IN THE COAL MINE’: CALGARY-SHOT WYNONNA EARP AMONG FIRST TV SERIES TO RESUME PRODUCTION AFTER COVID-19

When Emily Andras first walked onto the rural set of Wynonna Earp west of Calgary just over a week ago, every cast and crew member was sporting a mask in the hot July sun.

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In different circumstances, it might have been an eerie scene.

But when Emily Andras first walked onto the rural set of Wynonna Earp west of Calgary just over a week ago, every cast and crew member was sporting a mask in the hot July sun. It was a strangely moving sight for the creator of the Alberta-shot series, who had last seen her co-workers back in March when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down TV and film production in Alberta and throughout the world.

“It was a beautiful summer day on the homestead, very different from when we left it,” says Andras. “Just to see literally every single member of my cast and crew wearing a mask, taking the time and the heat and never complaining, that made it extra special. I see the care that the cast and crew have for one another.”

The fourth season of Wynonna Earp began airing Sunday, July 26. On March 13, when the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cast and crew were about to take a week-long hiatus after finishing the first six episodes of the fourth season. Most of the final six episodes had also been written but have since undergone rewrites to accommodate both the new summer setting and restrictions caused by new health protocols.

Still, Wynonna Earp is among the first wave of TV series to restart production in North America and certainly the first out of the gate in Alberta since the pandemic took hold.

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