Between mid-March and early April most TV and film production in Hollywood came to a stop in the wake on the COVID-19 outbreak, and ever since then, the studios and networks have been thinking about new ways to work.
The idea is to gradually resume production without the risk of further spreading the novel coronavirus contagion, so the most important thing is keeping a virus-free environment.
ROBOTS TO THE RESCUE
The new “Germ-Zapping Robot,” developed by San Antonio-based Xenex Disinfection Services, has proven to be able to deactivate 99.99 percent of the COVID-19 particles in two minutes by using ultraviolet light.
Xenex’s co-founder also co-owns Production Safe Zone along with filmmaker Justin Golding, and the two are now offering Xenex’s latest creation to major studios and stream services.
According to sources that spoke with Hollywood Reporter, CBS’s police procedural “Blue Bloods,” starring veteran actor Tom Selleck, has shown interest in using these robots to resume filming.
The robots are already been used in more than 500 medical facilities worldwide, and can be acquired for around $125,000.
"We're talking about having to do something along the lines of what hospitals have been doing forever, procedures that never existed in the film production industry before," Golding explained.
The latest season of “Blue Bloods,” the series that follows a family of Irish-Americans that are involved in law enforcement in New York City, ended on May 1, 2020, but it suffered a 3-episode shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This might have scared the fans of the show into thinking that the upcoming Season 11 was at risk of being canceled, but luckily for them, CBS was quick to announce the renewal of the series.
However, we can’t expect the upcoming season to premiere the next fall, as usual, since the industry is yet to decide on the safety protocols that will have to be observed in the TV set.
As The Cinemaholic estimates, the new season of “Blue Bloods” will be aired sometime in 2021.
Actor Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan in "Blue Bloods" photographed in March, 2020. I Image: Getty Images.
CBS is thinking about the future, showing its audience that although the pandemic will bring a lot of change to the industry, some of America’s favorite shows are still going to be there for our enjoyment.
Recently, on May 19, the network announced the latest changes in their Primetime Schedule, and the stars of its more important shows invited people to stay tuned.
In a video message sent from his home, 75-year-old Tom Selleck, who plays the family patriarch and New York Police Commissioner Frank Reagan in “Blue Bloods,” made reference to one of the show's most beloved traditions on Season 11.
“The cast and I are thrilled to have another year of family dinners with you,” the “Magnum P.I.” star said to the camera in the promotional video.