How ‘Masked Singer,’ ‘Bachelorette’ and Other Reality Competition Shows Are Handling Pandemic Production

  • Variety
How ‘Masked Singer,’ ‘Bachelorette’ and Other Reality Competition Shows Are Handling Pandemic Production
As country after country went into lockdown at the onset of the Covid-19 crisis in March, international “Big Brother” houseguests, blacked out from all news, had no idea there was a pandemic.

Big Brother” has essentially been quarantining contestants since the show debuted in 2000, long before the coronavirus. With a premise of housing strangers under one roof with no contact with the outside world, it would seem the CBS reality show would have a leg up when it comes to returning to production. But that’s not the case. When the reality show began work on its 22nd season this summer, marking one of the first major U.S. shows to resume production after the industrywide shutdown, strict health and safety protocols were put into place, with houseguests getting tested and undergoing a mandatory quarantine period — prior to entering the house for their “TV quarantine.”

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