During the TCA winter press tour, Mystic Quest creator and star Rob McElhenney opened up about life on set after a COVID outbreak closed filming down for a few weeks. This involved the cast getting multiple tests a week and loads of available PPE.
Season 2 of the hit Apple TV+ series will arrive on May 7, and McElhenney talked with journalists ahead of the new season. “We hired a third party–a team of scientists and doctors that an epidemiologist to make sure that we were going to be as safe as we could possibly be, which meant testing as many times as five times a week,” McElhenney explained. “I know that we were tested–the people in Zone A were tested–three times a week, and if we had crowd scenes, which we tried to mitigate as much as possible, or intimate scenes or things like that, we would be rapid tested as well. So there were points at which I was tested [Along with other stars of the show] five or six times a week.”
McElhenney went on to explain there was extensive PPE on set, which included eating in what he said looked a lot like phone booths outside. “We knew that nothing is 100% safe, and if we were going to make the decision to go back to work, we could do the best we could do.”