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How Television Shows Hide Pregnancies that Are NOT in the Storyline

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While watching the B-season of the AMC hit show The Walking Dead, my husband pointed to a scene with Alanna Masterson where lots of chairs and other objects were strategically placed in front of her belly. It made us chuckle.

We knew she was pregnant with her first child during filming and you could see a little bit of extra weight on her face and we noticed the costume designer kept her in this over sized grey sweatshirt for most of her scenes.

During a taping of The Talking Dead, the new mom talked about the strategy of hiding her bump. She was grateful for not blowing up so she could be hidden but hilariously describes waddling onto set at 9 months pregnant for filming. ha!

It reminded me of all those scenes during Scandal with the producers of that show trying to conceal Kerry Washington‘s pregnancy after it was decided to not write in a pregnancy in the script. It was the subject of many hilarious blog articles like this one by TV Guide!

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The site TV Over Mind did a round up of a few other scenes from various TV shows where the crew and directors had to be creative to conceal a main cast members’ pregnancy.

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Alos, Cobie Smulders from How I Met Your Mother, her character Robin was covered up with large clothing and scenes with her mainly  sitting at the bar drinking with her friends. Her co-star Alyson Hannigan‘s pregnancy was hidden with things like basketballs and weight gain explained away by her entering a hot dog eating contest.

Funny Stuff!

 

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