The CBS courtroom drama All Rise is persevering through the pandemic with a COVID-19 themed episode produced from home. The “virtual” episode will feature footage from the actor’s homes using web calling features and creating extra necessary backgrounds using visual effects.
The episode’s theme content will focus on the L.A.-based characters dealing with the pandemic and social distancing rules under lockdown. In addition to filming at home, a lone videographer will provide extra detail into the state of the current pandemic with footage of the empty Los Angeles streets shot from their vehicle.
The premise for the episode’s storyline will follow Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick) as she presides over a virtual bench trial at the authorization of Judge Benner (Marg Helgenberger). While the episode will focus on how the legal system functions during a pandemic, other characters will face the difficulties in their personal lives that come with social distancing during the health crisis, including continuing relationships while quarantined in separate homes, one branching out in search of extra income through the world of food delivery.
Former real-life former Los Angeles County district attorney, Gil Garcetti will serve as a consulting producer on the episode to ensure accuracy on how the justice system handles situations under crises.
“It’s a unique chance for our All Rise family to band together – in our different homes, even cities – to tell a story about resilience, justice and the power of community,” executive producer Greg Spottiswood said in a statement.
All Rise is a look inside the chaotic, hopeful and sometimes absurd lives of judges, prosecutors and public defenders as they work with bailiffs, clerks and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal process. Among them is newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael, a highly regarded and impressive deputy district attorney who doesn’t intend to sit back on the bench in her new role, but instead leans in, immediately pushing the boundaries and challenging the expectations of what a judge can be. – IMDb
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