Mythic Quest quarantine episode premiers May 22nd

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 24, 2020

"We're still in active negotiations for season 15 and 16 and we're hoping that as soon as we get out of Mythic Quest season, we jump right into something new with Sunny".

Rob McElhenney, co-creator and star of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, has said that he wants to carry on making the show "forever" and that the next two seasons are already being planned.

It took just three weeks to write the script, film the new episode, edit it, and prepare it for broadcast.

The end result is something the team is proud of, so much so that this episode will be submitted for Emmy consideration. "We knew right away that we can't just do Zoom pranks for 30 minutes", said McElhenney. And they have responded, and I know because I've run a couple of fundraisers over the course of the last three or four months and people continue to give and I know that people can't afford to give. There are some shows that have subsequently come out. And it doesn't work unless they all do it, that if one person f***s it up, then the whole thing is ruined. Parks and Rec weren't (broadcast) when we conceived this, but I found out that Mike (Schur) was doing it, and I called him up and asked him a bunch of questions. I thought, "If we're going to do it, I'd like it to look and feel like it's a creative choice, not a choice created by limitation".

Earlier a year ago, he said: "As long as we can come to business terms that fit both our needs and they can continue to make episodes as good as they have been making, there is a good chance it may go past season 14". Everyone had to consider lenses, applications, sound quality, frame rate, and other aspects of filming that actors don't normally do.

Each actor had three iPhones, and we'd shoot one iPhone at a time. I don't take it for granted.

One of the other reasons for McElhenney's urgency in getting this all done in such a short timeframe was to make sure that the episode would remain relevant when it actually aired, adding that "I really wanted to get it out as quickly as possible so that it was something that we're all going through in the moment, not something we went through in the past". I could see what each actor's camera is capturing and you can also see the audio readings.

Apple TV+ describes the episode "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet - Quarantine" by saying "As the MQ staff works from home, Poppy struggles with solitude while Brad and David start a charitable competition".

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