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Exclusive: Audra McDonald tells tales of lovers, lockdown, and Zombies

Audra McDonald and Will Swenson in The Bite
Audra McDonald and Will Swenson in The Bite. Pic credit: CBS Studios and Spectrum Originals

Television and Broadway star Audra McDonald gladly took a break from baking, eating, and board games and headed back to work and took on The Bite, a pandemic satire filled with unexpected twists and turns.

From Spectrum Originals and CBS Studios, The Bite follows the lives of two neighbors, Rachel (The Good Fight’s Audra McDonald) and Lily (Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling), as they embark on unprecedented times when a deadly new strain of a virus arrives. 

The series was written and created by Robert and Michelle King, also known for The Good Wife and BrainDead.

While navigating the new normal in New York City, Rachel, a noted doctor, works from home juggling her telemedicine clients and has a shaky marriage to her husband, Dr. Zach (The Comey Rule’s Steven Pasquale), who has a prestigious job at the CDC miles away in Washington D.C. Rachel is enjoying the company of her new flame, Brian Ritter, her real-life husband, (The Greatest Showman), Will Swenson). 

Meanwhile, Lily is upstairs trying to convince her Wall Street clientele that her very specific skill set is still just as valuable through a video screen as it was in person.

McDonald and Swenson told Monsters & Critics that the unique show, with all of the pandemic references, did not seem out-of-the-ordinary despite the heightened reality there are many universal themes.


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