HomeABC EntertainmentWhat if COVID turned people into zombies? That’s the idea behind the new comedy series ‘The Bite’What if COVID turned people into zombies? That’s the idea behind the new comedy series ‘The Bite’Mon, May 24, 2021 by ABC NewsSHARE NOW L-R -- Soo, Pasquale/Spectrum OriginalsThe Good Fight and Evil executive producers Michelle and Robert King take a darkly comedic look at the COVID-19 pandemic, with the new Spectrum Original streaming series The Bite. The six-episode show imagines a new strain of COVID turns people into the undead, and what it does to an already locked-down group of New Yorkers.The show was shot remotely “right at the height” of the real-life pandemic last year, star Steven Pasquale tells ABC Audio, adding “we had some pretty insane COVID protocols.”He explains, “Audra McDonald and I play husband and wife. And in order to avoid anyone to be exposed to anyone else…she plays a person who’s having an affair at work with her real life husband [The Greatest Showman’s Will Swenson]. And I play a guy who’s having an affair at work with my real life wife [Hamilton’s Phillipa Soo]. So that’s how we were able to avoid any exposure, which was really smart and funny.” The pandemic unfolds as many of the characters are on Zoom with each other — and at least one character is done in when a friend’s warning of “Behind you!” is lost to that pesky Mute button.Shooting a show about a fictitious pandemic while a real one was taking place was interesting, to say the least, says Pasquale, who plays a CDC doctor. “Well…we many times thought, ‘God, the only thing more insane than not just this pandemic, but how it’s being handled is if it were zombies,” he says with a laugh. Pasquale explains that the dark comedy series is meant to “bring a little levity” to the seriousness of the pandemic. The entire series, which also stars Taylor Schilling and Leslie Uggams, is now available on Spectrum On Demand. Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.