EXCLUSIVE: So what does a TV show look like that was shot during a pandemic? BET and BET Her’s Season 2 of Tyler Perry’s Sistas will provide some clues, as the dramedy unveiled its official trailer Friday ahead of its two-hour season premiere October 14.
Perry was one of the first Hollywood producers to come up with a comprehensive plan to safely restart TV production amid the coronavirus lockdown, and Sistas marks the first U.S. primetime scripted series to have completed a full season filmed during the pandemic using COVID-19 safety protocols.
The series, along with other Perry productions, shot at his 330-acre Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta and used a quarantine bubble model, with testing and sequestering of cast and crew on the lot for the duration of a shoot . For Sistas, it wrapped July 25 (a day earlier than scheduled) — that’s a full 22-episode season in 10 days, quicker than the 2 1/2-week model for a season for past Perry series.
The result is Season 2 of Sistas, which debuts Wednesday with back-to-back episodes and returns the ensemble cast of KJ Smith, Mignon, Ebony Obsidian and Novi Brown as friends navigating the new-age dating scene and the search for love in their 30s. DeVale Ellis, Chido Nwokocha, Anthony Dalton II, Brian Jordan Jr., Kevin A. Walton, Trinity Whiteside and Crystal Hayslett also star.
Last year’s freshman run was the No. 1 new scripted cable series among the demos of Black people ages 18-49 and 25-54.
Check out the trailer above and some first-look photos below:
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