Netflix will have to circumvent coronavirus cases in France to record Emily’s second season in Paris. The work on the uncompromised series starring Lily Collins is scheduled to begin in April in the French capital, but the country has recorded more than 20,000 cases of the disease daily.
THE TV News found that the recordings of the new episodes of the dramatic comedy will take place from April 26 to July 19 in Paris. However, the Covid-19 numbers in the European country are still far from ideal: the territory presided over by Emmanuel Macron reached 586 deaths last Tuesday (16). Since the beginning of the health crisis, more than 2.4 million people have lost their lives – it is the seventh country with the most deaths worldwide, and the third in Europe.
The expectation is that the situation will improve until the beginning of the series’ work. Health Minister Olivier Verán said that France has the capacity to vaccinate 70 million people by August – that is, the entire local population. Immunization, however, still takes place at a much slower pace than that of neighbors like the UK.
Producer Darren Star has not revealed whether the pandemic will be included in the second season’s plot, but it seems difficult that Emily (Lily Collins) and her friends can move freely around Paris without masks – or that French extras help populate the scenes as they did in the first wave of episodes.
With many external sequences, the attraction depends on the beautiful Parisian scenery to tell the story of the young American woman who is hired by a French company to take a different point of view to a marketing company.
Many scenes are shot around the Place de l’Estrapade, where Emily’s apartment is located, the restaurant Les Deux Compères, the workplace of chef Gabriel (Lucas Bravo), and the bakery La Boulangerie Moderne. The Eiffel Tower, the gardens of the Royal Palace and the Palais Garnier also served as a backdrop for the misfortunes of the character of Lily Collins.
With the Covid threat, the young lady will probably not be able to walk around Montmartre, one of the most bohemian and charming neighborhoods in the city. She will also have to choose restaurants that work with delivery, staying well away from the disputed Le Grand Véfour or the pleasant La Maison Rose.
In addition, the home office will probably prevent you from touring the French capital so much. Emily will still have to avoid the cultural tours she took during the first season, such as going to the Atelier des Lumières or watching the most classic opera in Paris, the Opéra Garnier, at the Palais Garnier.
It will take a lot of creativity to avoid the monotonous tone in the new wave of episodes and win back the audience that saw the series for being enchanted by the Paris sceneries.
Success due to quarantine
Interestingly, the same coronavirus that can disrupt the second season’s recordings was partly responsible for Emily’s unexpected success in Paris.
Initially, the attraction had been thought of as a production by Paramount Network, a channel without much experience in series. But after completing the first year of recording in 2019, management decided to take the focus off new fictional productions and keep only the Yellowstone phenomenon on the air, currently the largest pay TV audience.
Thus, Paramount executives started offering the market a ready-made series, and Netflix was looking for content like this to compensate for the drop in own productions due to the pandemic. The union of hunger with the desire to eat resulted in an agreement revealed in July last year and, less than three months later, Emily in Paris made her debut at the streaming giant.
With a good part of the world population stuck at home because of social isolation, what should have been a series without much commitment ended up reaching a good audience and leaving its mark on pop culture. He still surprised when he got two Golden Globe nominations, for best comedy or musical series and best actress for Lily Collins. The winners are announced on Sunday (28).
The cast also features Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Ashley Park, Samuel Arnold, Bruno Gouery and Camille Razat. Kate Walsh, ex-Grey’s Anatomy, participates as Madeline, Emily’s boss in Chicago who sends the maid to Paris in her place after discovering she is pregnant.
Check out the trailer for the first season: