Last March, Catherine Reitman was putting the finishing touches on the Season 5 script of Workin’ Moms when the world completely changed.
“We were writing a world that didn’t have coronavirus in it,” Reitman explained to host Tom Power in an interview on CBC Radio’s Q.
When it became clear that the pandemic wasn’t going away any time soon, the Workin’ Moms creator, executive producer, writer and star was forced to rethink how the new normal might affect the future of the show.
“We had to sort of wrap our brains around [the question], what do you want to see in the show that you love?” said Reitman. “Do you want to see everyone in masks? Do you want to see everyone sanitizing and six feet apart? Not me. … I want to see people doing what they used to do.”
A post-pandemic world
Season 5 of the hit CBC sitcom, which is out now on CBC Gem, is set in an imaginary post-pandemic world where COVID-19 is a thing of the past. Reitman said she wanted the show to “address [the pandemic] and get beyond it.”