When “The Conners” returned to set in mid-August after a lengthy pandemic delay, John Goodman had no doubt that every safety precaution had been taken. But his heart still fluttered a bit when it came time to finally get to work.

“That moment before the first mask came off, I held my breath,” said the 68-year-old actor, who plays patriarch Dan Conner in the ABC sitcom.

Sara Gilbert, who stars as Dan’s daughter Darlene was also anxious, even though, as an executive producer, she was well aware of the measures the show takes to keep everyone safe. The Los Angeles set is patrolled by two Covid compliance supervisors and the actors are tested five times per week, with everyone else getting tests at least three times a week.

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