Early in Monday night’s season premiere of The Good Doctor, the action on the ABC medical drama pauses for an onscreen disclaimer that reads, “This episode of The Good Doctor is a made-up story about a real battle still being fought. Honor the heroes: doctors, nurses and other frontline workers, many of whom have given their lives. Do your part. Wear a mask.” The request for viewers to please, for the love of all that is decent and sane, wear a mask might seem like the more important aspect of the message. But the “made-up story about a real battle still being fought” is the part that all of television is wrestling with at the moment. To Covid, or not to Covid? That is the question that has started playing out across the broadcast networks’ scripted comedies and dramas over the last week and a half. The first network-TV episodes made since Hollywood production was allowed to resume, they have mostly opted to bring their fictional universes close to ours by having their characters live in a world hobbled by this pandemic. Though the degree to which this handful of early entrants — also including This Is Us, Superstore, The… Read full this story
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