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All Rise To Air Virtually Produced Episode Reflecting Social Distancing

The new episode, filmed with Zoom, WebEx, and Facetime, will air Monday, May 4 at 9/8c.
Posted on Apr 6, 2020 | 07:30am
Even in the midst of a pandemic, life in Judge Lola Carmichael's corner of the Los Angeles court system must go on.

CBS' freshman drama All Rise is returning to production to virtually produce a timely episode that reflects the current state of the world, including the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing, and its impact on the criminal justice system.

WATCH: Full Episodes Of All Rise On CBS All Access

The new episode will air Monday, May 4 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Written and inspired by current events, the new episode will be produced in groundbreaking fashion for a scripted series, filmed extensively using FaceTime, WebEx, Zoom, and other available social media and online technology. The show's consulting producer, former Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti, is providing insight into how the justice system continues in Los Angeles, even during the pandemic.

"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," says Executive Producer Greg Spottiswood.

Virtual footage will be shot in each of the series regulars' homes, and producers plan to use VFX to create the necessary backgrounds. In addition, a cinematographer operating solo from a vehicle will capture exterior footage that reflects the desolate environment that currently exists on the streets and in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. The entire episode will be shot abiding by social distancing rules and technologies taking place in the world as it exists now.

The episode will feature the series' characters managing their "new normal" of everyday reality at home while continuing their professional and personal lives, parallel to what the nation is currently confronting.

After debating the merits of continuing their work during this time, Judge Benner (Marg Helgenberger) authorizes Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick) to preside over a virtual trial that involves a dispute between brothers and a stolen car. Emily (Jessica Camacho) represents the defendant, a graffiti artist, and Mark (Wilson Bethel) prosecutes for the D.A.’s office, marking the first time he tries a case in Lola's "court."

Mark and Quinn (Lindsey Gort) continue to explore their romantic (and sexual) relationship while quarantined in separate homes; Judge Benner oversees court from afar and struggles to learn how to cook; and Sara (Lindsay Mendez) has to balance her day job with a new side hustle as a food delivery driver.

Luke's (J. Alex Brinson) and Emily's relationship is taxed by separation, and germaphobe and type-A Sherri (Ruthie Ann Miles) contends with the new world (dis)order.

Executive Producer Michael Robin will direct.

Watch the special episode of All Rise Monday, May 4 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.