Pandemic on the screen | A return to normal … or almost


It happened last week on the talk show Tower with VAT number. Entering Gildor Roy’s apartment, Bruno Pelletier raised his hands high five, but the guest already had his arms wide open to welcome him more warmly. After a brief hesitation, the two men exchanged a slightly awkward hug during which Bruno Pelletier asked: “What can we do? ”

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Marc-André Lemieux

Marc-André Lemieux
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At this time of last year (and more in 2020), such a situation would never have occurred, as a plethora of strict health measures ruled our lives and all the recordings of variety shows, games and interviews. during a pandemic.

When these rules fell in the spring, our television this autumn presents scenes that until recently we would have considered unthinkable, such as Pierre-Yves Lord throwing himself into the arms of a competitor at Silence let’s playchoristers ofLive from the universe singing without plexiglass, and Patrick Lagacé toasting with Louis Morissette a Two golden men and Rosalie.

Audience in the studio

The return of the studio audience lends a sense of normalcy (one could call it “pre-March 2020”) to the shows currently on the air. Over the past few weeks, enthusiastic strangers have been seen clapping, reacting and sometimes laughing in the background Great, Closes the week well, television boys, Everyone talks about it, The week of 4 Julies, This year, Who can sing? And Masked singers.

These same anonymous people also make their presence felt every Sunday evening Revolution, one of the few shows they had access to in 2021. But this year the faces are uncovered. At least on the screen. “We ask the public to always wear a mask, except during filming,” says producer of the popular TVA telecrochet, Martin Métivier.

And for those who want to know why Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse sometimes seems distant from dancers, it’s to prevent her from contracting COVID-19 and being absent from filming, which runs until November. In other words, Revolution he needs a muse in top form.


Film set of Revolution

Live from the universe he also returned transformed in September. According to Radio-Canada executives, the happening Saturday came out “improved” from the coronaviral era. The France Beaudoin team in particular kept the secondary stage she had set up to take advantage of the empty space created by the absence of an audience in the studio.

“It means that we welcome a little less people than before [la pandémie]but lateral it seems, is more ambitious. We give priority to television rendering “, underlines the first director, Culture, Variety and Society of Radio-Canada, Sophie Morasse.


Choristers ofLive from the universe

“The pandemic wasn’t just bad,” adds Dany Meloul, director general, Television, of Radio-Canada. “We’ve discovered things out of obligation, but that work better, like Everyone talks about it, which we prefer live. ”


Only three programs have not reopened the doors to Mr. and Mrs. Everyone. In Télé-Québec, Normand Brathwaite and Mélissa Lavergne continue to host beautiful and good in the heart of a national theater with no spectators.


Normand Brathwaite during a recording of beautiful and good

However, the situation will be reassessed over the winter, the broadcaster’s management tells us. The team of the weekly music meeting follows the evolution of the infections to “make the best possible decision for everyone”, we specify.

On TVA, Guy Jodoin pilots The cheat in the company of the guest artists and no one else. Same thing for Patrice L’Ecuyer a Silence let’s play on HERE TV. It’s a choice, says Sophie Morasse.

Sometimes we have found that with the audience, the games, the Popcorn… the sound level was high. At 5:30 pm, people come home from work. We don’t want to be aggressive.

Sophie Morasse, Radio-Canada Senior Director, Culture, Variety and Society, approx Silence let’s play

Another show that’s still not quite as it once was, 100 genes he has, for the third consecutive season, far fewer competitors than his title suggests. The recruitment phase of competitors started in March, when there was still a lot of uncertainty about the evolution of the virus, Radio-Canada preferred to use caution by keeping the maximum number of candidates at 31, to avoid being forced to cancel the participation of some , in case of an outbreak of infections.

“We didn’t want to take any chances,” explains Sophie Morasse. We would have found it hateful to take 100 young people and eventually leave a few. We didn’t want to disappoint. ”

The public broadcaster is aiming for the true return of the 100 genes in the studio next year. And, of course, the removal of the plexiglass placed between the players.


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