Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, and Jimmy Fallon star in social distancing soap opera

Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images) /

Social distancing didn’t stop Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, and Jimmy Fallon from co-starring in a dramatic soap opera.

Social distancing guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to television and movie productions around the world. But using their collective creativity, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, and Jimmy Fallon figured out the show could go on.

Late night talk shows were among the first to get back in front of cameras during the quarantine. What started out as short viral videos evolved into full at-home episodes that eventually returned to being broadcast on television.

However, it is relatively easy to put on a show that only requires one host who can interview anyone online. Shows like Saturday Night Live remain on hiatus until larger groups are cleared to assemble.

Speaking of Saturday Night Live, it was three of its most popular performers who tried to make a show in the age of social distancing. Here now, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon presents “The Longest Days of Our Lives”:

For SNL fans, it is hard not to think of “The Californians” anytime Kristen Wiig is involved in a soap opera parody. If that’s you then you probably also recognized the dramatic music used in “The Longest Days of Our Lives.” And it may have been a coincidence but Wiig’s costume is a subtle nod to her upcoming role in Wonder Woman 1984.

It is also not the first time that Will Ferrell and Wiig have teamed up for a drama. Some fans may remember the duo’s 2015 Lifetime movie A Deadly Adoption. It may not have been as over-the-top as the Tonight Show soap opera but it was no less shocking.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon continues to think of creative ways to keep fans entertained under the constraints of social distancing. The longer it goes on, the more likely we are to see bits like “The Longest Days of Our Lives” featuring other comedians. The production value may not be top-notch but the effort, creativity, and objective are worth applauding.

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