The hourlong May special #Homevideos: A Global Phenomenon will showcase a range of videos of people in quarantine, ranging “from the humorous to the heartwarming to the most inspirational.” “This special is a true celebration of the human spirit,” said Jodi Roth, CBS' senior vice president of special. “The ingenuity and creativity displayed in these videos is impressive, while also highlighting our spirit and resilience as a community during this unique moment in time. There used to be a saying, ‘Go big, or go home.’ With #Homevideos: A Global Phenomenon, you no longer have to choose, because this show is an example of what happens when people go home, and then go big. With Cedric at the helm, and the creativity spawned by current events, this special is going to be a welcome hour of sit-back-relax-and-smile, whole-family entertainment."
Bill Maher blasts the media for coronavirus "panic porn": “News sources have to rein it in,” he said in his Real Time closing monologue Friday night. “Everyone knows that coronavirus is no walk in the park … ‘cause you literally can’t walk in the park. But at some point the daily drumbeat of depression and terror veers into panic porn.”
MSNBC's Katy Tur and CBS This Morning's Tony Dokoupil have had to film their respective shows from their shared basement: The married couple actually help each othe prepare for their news shows. “It used to be just like, ‘Your clothes are taking up too much of the closet,’ ” says Dokoupil. “And now it’s like, ‘Your equipment is eating into my equipment today for my TV show!’ It’s pretty ridiculous. But we’re doing it.” Tur adds: "The biggest challenge is mental. It’s having to stay home and being deeply worried about the world around you, and fundamentally being scared of catching (the virus).”
Hasan Minhaj has a greater appreciation for working in person after being in quarantine: "I've definitely learned what I love most about the creative process and what is absolutely necessary," he says. "I love the human interaction of being in a writers room and bouncing ideas off of each other. And even though the new reality is requiring us to do it through Zoom and Google Hangouts, I have realized that I, as a performer, crave that human interaction. It makes the joke-writing process and the story-writing process a lot smoother. I never realized how much I needed it but I really need it. But I will say, doing it all virtually is effective. You are able to get stuff done. It's just wild. I miss being in the room with everybody who I work with. I miss us goofing off and going on weird tangents and sometimes you can't do that virtually."