Season 4 of The Masked Singer is coming this fall, its producers say; regardless of COVID-19 inflicting immeasurable delays and disruption in manufacturing, that is one present that’s positively nonetheless going to go on. However how?
On the outset of Season 3, The Masked Singer promised to be greater and bolder, and it did not disappoint. With contestants holding 69 Grammys, 88 gold data, 11 Tremendous Bowl appearances and three stars on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame between them, to not point out the road cred of Lil Wayne, and the bona fides of music icons like Chaka Khan and Dionne Warwick, The Masked Singer set a precedent for cranking up the depth each season. It is solely affordable then, that the producers wish to make Season Four even higher and wilder, and when TV Information caught up with government producer Craig Plestis to search out out all we may in regards to the new iteration, higher and wilder was precisely on his thoughts for the approaching season. What’s in retailer, and the way are they going to tug it off? Here is what he was keen to disclose.
To begin with, you guys had been means forward of the curve on masks. Immediately everyone is sporting masks! Are there plans to capitalize on the development with some merch? I might purchase a Evening Angel masks if you happen to made one.
Craig Plestis: I positively suppose we had been forward of the curve. Yeah, defend your well being and your id! Masks are very applicable presently. [If we make them] you may be the primary to get one.
Thrilling! Congratulations on an ideal season. How’d you are feeling in regards to the season general?
Plestis: It was phenomenal. It is nonetheless a powerhouse within the scores however extra to the purpose, the followers like it and after I look again on how a lot pleasure and laughter we dropped at America, we had been a small island. From the pandemic to politics and all the things else. I stay on-line the night time the episodes air, to see what individuals are saying and seeing how we may be higher subsequent season, and I simply love how we convey households collectively. It is uncommon a present will get everybody of all ages to come back collectively and watch in the identical room. Children are often watching on their telephones in one other room at a distance. With this, everybody’s capable of come collectively to play the sport.
You promised an even bigger lineup of stars and also you delivered. Are you able to discuss what that means of getting expertise was like this time?
Plestis: It was rather a lot simpler in Season 3. In Season 1, it was not straightforward going out to those icons saying we wish to put you in these costumes… however we had been fortunate that some individuals bought it. In Season 3, individuals know what they’re moving into. They love the thought of moving into these completely different characters. Lil Wayne — that was a heartbreaking second for me. I wished him to go all the way in which to the top as a result of that was considered one of my favourite costumes. However Individuals noticed the potential for what we had arising based mostly on that. We labored with unbelievable legends.
You had been one of many first reveals to stay your neck out and say you are going ahead with manufacturing on one other season. How are you going to try this, in gentle of the pandemic, and the place are you within the course of?
Plestis: We’re nonetheless engaged on the method and the logistics. Security is paramount. We’re engaged on it as we communicate — proper now, I am taking a look at mock-ups of a number of the costumes. I really feel assured we’ll resolve it. We do not know what’s occurring by fall with the pandemic, the election however we’re this island. We have to be there so individuals can disconnect from all the things else occurring.
What number of costumes are we speaking right here? Final season you upped the variety of contestants. Are you planning on including extra once more?
Plestis: I might like to let you know that. I can let you know that every season the costumes get higher and higher. I am trying on the board now they usually’re a number of the most unbelievable.
So far as manufacturing, are you continue to planning to have the viewers, or are you contemplating capturing in isolation?
Plestis: We would wish to preserve as a lot of the vitality as we have now in place — that magic. We’re nonetheless in dialogue.
The place are you with The Masked Dancer?
Plestis: We’re nonetheless speaking. We’re hoping we are able to transfer forward within the 12 months forward. There is not any concept precisely; we go away that as much as Fox. However we’re all keen about a number of the pre-planning that was occurring pre-COVID.
Equally, The Masked Singer tour was anticipated to roll out in summer season. I do know a separate firm can be dealing with that however the place is it at now? And the way was that going to work precisely — was it new celebrities or individuals from the present?
Plestis: It would resume for future dates. Lots of people signed on, so there was pleasure… it will be celebs from the present in addition to others.
— The Masked Singer (@MaskedSingerFOX) May 21, 2020
Again to The Masked Singer Four format, would you continue to do pre-recorded episodes or is there an opportunity you’d do stay episodes?
Plestis: We’re nonetheless engaged on particulars, so I can not give away how a lot will probably be pre-recorded. There will probably be extra data within the subsequent month or so. The present is working properly, so we do not wish to fully change it. It is not damaged. We simply wish to make it higher.
I have been to some tapings, and I’ve seen firsthand how unbelievable the set is. Assuming you make all the things greater in Season 4, can we anticipate to see some modifications to the precise set and stage?
Plestis: We’re experimenting with some novel approaches that will probably be eye-catching. I can not let you know what that’s; we’re engaged on it now. But when all goes to plan it will likely be unbelievable. Will probably be a serious enchancment.
Final query: I would like you to dispel a fable for me. I am satisfied the judges have their telephones up there on stage, they usually’re Googling data. They are not pulling these guesses out of the blue, proper?
Plestis: Here is the reality about guesses. They must do it for actual. Solely a handful of producers know who individuals are. The director, the lighting individuals, the crew, the community — only a few individuals know. We don’t inform the panelists. We confiscate their telephones. Once they go house I am certain they’re Googling like loopy; we ask them to not. However on the set, they do not have that luxurious. They’ve to make use of their brains. It is real-time data. They must guess. What you do not see is that they every have a binder. When the cameras aren’t on them, they’re taking copious notes. They’re writing down the clues — they’re very aggressive they usually all wish to get it proper. These binders are their bibles. Each day they go away, we put them in a vault.
The Masked Singer Season Four is predicted to return to Fox within the fall.