From sterile studios to a hermetically sealed “fortress,” unscripted TV pros are working to improve production values amid COVID-19 restrictions.
On Saturday night, a pretaped LeBron James emceed the multi-network event Graduate Together from a tricked-out (and sterile) studio. The hourlong special, a celebration of the 2020 graduates forced to go without in-person ceremonies during the COVID-19 pandemic, included a similarly glossy studio performance from Alicia Keys and a high-res keynote from former President Barack Obama.
Though a far cry from the TV events that viewers were accustomed to seeing before nearly all traditional production shut down in March, the event better resembled pre-COVID TV than the remote specials cobbled together in the early weeks of lockdown. Production value is on the rise, and unscripted producers are prepping for even bigger improvements in the months ahead.