Hoping for a Return of Favorite Shows
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the regular TV and movie fare we’re used to enjoying. But viewers become invested in the series they watch on a regular basis. So, the pandemic was a particular blow to these viewers.
But what about the other side of the camera? Nobody will shed many tears for wealthy leading actors who’ve faced quarantine inside their huge mansions. But it’s been a tough couple of years for struggling actors, writers, producers, directors, not to mention the thousands of crew people trying to make a living in the film and TV industry.
And the addictive nature of episodic television has made both the production people and the viewers uncertain how to proceed.
Making Sure They’re Remembered
The entire industry had to apply the brakes once the dangers of the Coronavirus became apparent. Studio sets closed their doors, location films had to be paused, and networks had to rely on rerunning old programs.
The situation had to be particularly painful for shows that had just started to hit their stride and gather a devoted audience. Some projects did an admirable job in making sure viewers remembered them. The producers of the crime serial drama Queen of the South had stars Alice Braga and Hemky Madera making short videos that appeared on YouTube channels apprising viewers that they were still working on the show and when they could be expected to return.
But other shows seemed to fall off the face of the earth. They left devoted viewers wondering if they should just move on and forget about getting any closure. Of course, some of the cast and crew of these shows weren’t given a choice in the matter. Their fates were controlled by the networks that owned the show.
So, next time you’re disappointed that you can’t find a favorite show in this somewhat post-Covid era, remember all the struggling creative people who had the rug yanked out from under them. They may have lost their only opportunity at success.