In terms of pandemic-friendly activities, television and film production is a nightmare. Hollywood effectively shut down in March along with the rest of the world until networks, studios, and production companies were given the green light to resume California-based productions again in mid-June. Even so, the three-month halt wasn’t enough time for most productions to prepare for rolling cameras under new health and safety guidelines, and even now, Tinsel Town isn’t exactly moving full steam ahead.
This week though, Deadline reported that production is finally underway on ABC’s The Ultimate Surfer, the competition-style reality show announced last year that will feature up-and-coming competitors training and living together at the WSL Surf Ranch in Lemoore. According to Nicholas Caprio, Chief Content Officer at Pilgrim Media Group, the show was “already logistically a bear of a show” before the pandemic, but as you can imagine, COVID-19 health and safety requirements would add more hoops to jump through each day.