Let it never be said that Tyler Perry doesn't know how to get things done. The prolific filmmaker behind the Madea franchise pulled off the seemingly impossible recently. At a time when much of Hollywood has grinded to a halt, Petty managed to film more than 80 episodes of four different shows at his studio in Atlanta, Georgia. Though not without its issues, the experiment proved to be hugely successful and may provide a path forward for the industry.
According to multiple reports, Bruh recently wrapped filming 19 episodes in just four days. The BET comedy joins Sistas, The Oval and Ruthless as shows that made use of a two-month filming marathon that kicked off on July 9 at Tyler Perry Studios. Filming wrapped on September 3, making for a truly remarkable turnaround that would be hard to imagine even under ideal circumstances. Though, as everyone is well aware, these are far from ideal circumstances as health and safety concerns loom large over the industry right now. But Perry managed to work around the situation at hand.
Tyler Perry used what is called a "quarantine bubble model." Cast and crew were isolated on the lot for the duration of the shoot. Cast and crew were tested upon check-in and remained in their rooms until the results came back. Of 360 people, four ended up testing positive. Perry previously had this to say about it.
"We had 160 people check in the first day, go to their rooms, get tested and wait for their results. Nobody was able to leave their rooms. We had two positives in that. So we had them escorted out and got the help that they needed. Unfortunately I have two cast members that have tested positive. They're reoccurring. So I'm trying to figure out, what do I do? Do I add two days of shooting to the end of the other shows that I'm working on to give them time to be negative? But they're asymptomatic. So I'm just waiting to see what the best way to do that is. But everything will flow just as Sistas did."
Remarkably, there were no positive tests after the check-ins and once production got rolling. Overall, 32 days of filming and 51 days of quarantine were needed to pull off the feat. For their hard work, Perry's studio now has 82 episodes of TV to show for it. This is, to say the very least of it, impressive.
But it is that very same work ethic and DIY spirit that made Tyler Perry the success he is today. Aside from owning his own production studio, Perry was also recently declared a billionaire. BET is set to air the episodes of Sistas and The Oval filmed during this period, with Ruthless and Bruh heading to BET+. Perry also recently directed A Fall from Grace, which debuted on Netflix earlier this year and was reportedly shot in just five days. This news was previously reported by Deadline.