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 need 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 concerning 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 start with, you guys had been method forward of the curve on masks. All of the sudden everyone is sporting masks! Are there plans to capitalize on the pattern with some merch? I’d purchase a Evening Angel masks when you made one.
Craig Plestis: I positively suppose we had been forward of the curve. Yeah, shield your well being and your identification! Masks are very acceptable at the moment. [If we make them] you may be the primary to get one.
Thrilling! Congratulations on an awesome season. How’d you are feeling concerning the season total?
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 delivered to America, we had been a small island. From the pandemic to politics and every part else. I dwell on-line the night time the episodes air, to see what persons 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 a much bigger lineup of stars and also you delivered. Are you able to speak about what that strategy of getting expertise was like this time?
Plestis: It was so much simpler in Season 3. In Season 1, it was not simple going out to those icons saying we need to put you in these costumes… however we had been fortunate that some folks bought it. In Season 3, folks know what they’re stepping into. They love the thought of stepping into these totally 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 certainly one of my favourite costumes. However Individuals noticed the potential for what we had arising primarily based on that. We labored with unimaginable 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 mild 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 mock-ups of among the costumes. I really feel assured we’ll clear up it. We do not know what’s taking place by fall with the pandemic, the election however we’re this island. We have to be there so folks can disconnect from every part else taking place.
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 would like to inform you that. I can inform you that every season the costumes get higher and higher. I am wanting on the board now and so they’re among the most unimaginable.
So far as manufacturing, are you continue to planning to have the viewers, or are you contemplating taking pictures in isolation?
Plestis: We would prefer to preserve as a lot of the power as we’ve got 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 thought precisely; we depart that as much as Fox. However we’re all passionate about among the pre-planning that was taking place pre-COVID.
Equally, The Masked Singer tour was anticipated to roll out in summer season. I do know a separate firm could 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 folks from the present?
Plestis: It’s going to 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 dwell episodes?
Plestis: We’re nonetheless engaged on particulars, so I can not give away how a lot might be pre-recorded. There might be extra data within the subsequent month or so. The present is working nicely, so we do not need to utterly change it. It isn’t damaged. We simply need to make it higher.
I have been to some tapings, and I’ve seen firsthand how unimaginable the set is. Assuming you’re making every part greater in Season 4, can we count on to see some adjustments to the precise set and stage?
Plestis: We’re experimenting with some novel approaches that might be eye-catching. I can not inform you what that’s; we’re engaged on it now. But when all goes to plan it will likely be unimaginable. It will likely be a significant enchancment.
Final query: I want you to dispel a fantasy for me. I am satisfied the judges have their telephones up there on stage, and so they’re Googling data. They don’t seem to be 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 persons are. The director, the lighting folks, the crew, the community — only a few folks know. We don’t inform the panelists. We confiscate their telephones. Once they go dwelling I am positive 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 and so they all need to get it proper. These binders are their bibles. Day by day they depart, we put them in a vault.
The Masked Singer Season Four is predicted to return to Fox within the fall.