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Still, Wynonna Earp is among the first wave of TV series to restart production in North America and certainly the first out of the gate in Alberta since the pandemic took hold.
“We are extremely fortunate in that we are back in production, but we also serve as a canary in a coal mine for everyone else,” Andras says. “In terms of challenges, they are both off-screen and on-screen challenges. Off-screen, the reality is we have on any given day between 100 and 300 crew members, sometimes working in enclosed spaces. It’s an intimate environment. It’s very much like a construction site with people handling equipment and eating together and breathing together and collaborating. On-screen, of course, we are an R-rated, 10 p.m. cable show with a supernatural element. So we have things like intimacy and sex scenes and kissing and we also have stunts.”
While the provincial government has offered general protocols for film and TV production to resume, the producers behind Wynonna Earp have gone “above and beyond” to keep people safe while filming the final six episodes of Season 4, Andras says.
That includes a “massive amount of testing,” particularly for the cast, Andras says. Performers are tested before any intimate scene. The cast members are also quarantined together in a social bubble in Calgary, she says.
“Once they have been tested and cleared, they are each other’s social lives,” Andras says. “That’s how it has to be and it has to be very limited. But they love each other and are so concerned with keeping the crew safe that they will follow all that.”