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Shark Tank, Masked Singer, RHONY’s reunion will all be filmed in person, and soon

Shark Tank, Masked Singer, RHONY’s reunion will all be filmed in person, and soon
On Shark Tank, Anthony Duncan, Mohammed A. Mahdi, and Mohammed M. Mahdi pitch their company The Mad Optimist during season 11, and their company name is appropriate for Shark Tank and other shows' plans to film in person now. (Photo by Sony Pictures Television)

Two Emmy-nominated network reality shows will go into production soon, joining Big Brother 22 (which premies next week), Love Island, and The Bachelorette, plus America’s Got Talent.

Both ABC’s Shark Tank and Fox’s The Masked Singer will film entire seasons soon, and The Real Housewives of New York City will film its reunion in person, which seems like a great idea: spending hours in a space, screaming at each other.

RHONY’s reunion

The Real Housewives of New York City season 11 reunion
Sonja Morgan, Dorinda Medley, Bethenny Frankel, and a possibly terrified Andy Cohen on The Real Housewives of New York City season 11 reunion. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/Bravo)

The Real Housewives of New York City—which is currently in the middle of a terrible, drunken mess of a season—was not able to film all interviews with the cast members in person, so those were filmed remotely.

Host Andy Cohen is not filming his daily talk show, Watch What Happens Live, is filming his show remotely.

Yet for some reason, Bravo has decided to film the reunion in person.

Page Six first reported the news Tuesday, and then Andy Cohen confirmed it on his SiriusXM show.

“It is looking like we will be doing our RHONY reunion in person. Very excited!” he said, according to People. Cohen also said that, “Everybody has to get tested, there’s very few crew, there’s very few people allowed, we are all six feet apart.”

Being six feet apart is is advised for people who are briefly passing each other in public, but is very likely not enough distance for people who are in an enclosed space, never mind screaming at each other for hours. And it is indoors: Cohen said the space they’re using is “not an outdoor venue but it’s definitely a spaced-out venue.”

Perhaps Bravo thinks that killing some of the cast of The Real Housewives of New York City would be a fitting way to end this awful season.

The Masked Singer season 4

Johnny Weir was unmasked as Egg on the season two premiere of The Masked Singer.
Johnny Weir was unmasked as Egg on the season two premiere of The Masked Singer. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX)

Fox’s hit The Masked Singer released a promo Wednesday, and promised in a press release that the show will be “back with an all-new season this September.”

The promo does not have any new footage, because nothing has been filmed yet, but the promo does have clues to the new singers’ identities, meaning the show has been at least partially cast.

As to when it will film, or how, Deadline reported that Fox “is hoping to get the show back in the studio over the next six weeks so it can hit the September deadline, but obviously … the situation remains fluid.”

The show’s winners are determined based on studio audience votes, so how will that work in a time when shows are dispensing with tightly-packed studio audiences?

The Australian version of the show is going to film its studio audience in a separate theatre in Sydney, TV Tonight reported. Audience members will vote, though they won’t see the losing celebrity revealed, which is similar to how the Fox version is filmed.

The audience ticket site says that “attendees will be temperature-checked and asked to sign a health declaration upon arrival,” which is essentially useless, because people without symptoms can infect others.

It doesn’t say anything about whether audience members will be required to wear masks, which would be the responsible thing to do—and thematically appropriate for The Masked Singer!

Shark Tank season 12

Shark Tank, episode 811
Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, and Robert Herjavec in Shark Tank season 8, which gave viewers a few small gifts.

All six of Shark Tank’s regular stars—Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O’Leary—were just nominated for the reality TV host Emmy. And now they’re going to film a new season.

The ABC reality show typically films its entire season, more than 20 episodes, over about one month, though that’s broken into two two-week segments. Typically, it films for two weeks in June and two weeks in September.

This year, it’ll film all episodes at once, though it’s not yet clear how many episodes that will be.

And the show will not use a studio at the Sony Pictures Studios in Hollywood, as usual, but instead set up in Las Vegas, where Love Island is filming at a hotel.

KTNV reported that ABC “confirms the show is in pre-production at an undisclosed location in the Vegas valley.”

The production will be “keeping the stars and crew within a single facility,” Deadline reported, adding that many “LA-based crew members have made the trip to Las Vegas to work on the new episodes, set to begin shooting soon.”

What kind of facility? And why Las Vegas? Are they taking over part of a hotel, too, perhaps using conference facilities as a studio?

Neither story says anything about which sharks will be participating, and also does not mention the real cast members: the entrepreneurs who pitch the sharks. Those who appear on Shark Tank often do so with friends or family members, who help pitch and/or demo products and services.

How will they be kept safe while traveling to and from Las Vegas, disaster zone? What will the sharks do if the founders they invest in die before they’re able to do due diligence? Has everyone involved in this truly done their due diligence, or are they just rushing into production to prioritize profit over human life?

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