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INTERVIEW: The creators behind SWEET TOOTH on pandemic showrunning

Showrunners JIM MICKLE & BETH SCHWARTZ and original comic creator JEFF LEMIRE chat with The Beat!

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In March 2020, when the world was plunged into lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the first season of Sweet Tooth was still in the writing room!

Although work on the pilot episode had already been completed in 2019, the rest of the season was filmed in New Zealand in 2020. Naturally, this came with its own unique set of circumstances and challenges.

The Beat had to find out more about what this situation entailed from Sweet Tooth showrunners and Executive Producers Jim Mickle & Beth Schwartz. We asked all about what went into creating a show about a pandemic during a pandemic.

Sweet Tooth #12 cover by Lemire with colors by José Villarrubia.

Plus, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to find out which one of Jeff Lemire’s other comic stories the legendary creator thinks would be the best for a hypothetical mash-up with Sweet Tooth!

You can see all of this (plus more) right now in The Beat’s interview with Mickle, Schwartz, and Lemire:

If you haven’t already, you’ll also want to check out The Beat’s interviews with cast members Stefania LaVie Owen (Bear), Dania Ramirez (Aimee Eden), Neil Sandilands (General Abbot), and Adeel Akhtar (Dr. Singh), which you can view here.

And The Beat also got a chance to interview series headliners Christian Convery (Gus) and Nonso Anonzie (Big Man), as well as impeccable narrator James Brolin, all of which you can view here.

Have you had a chance to watch the first season of Sweet Tooth, currently available for streaming on Netflix? What did you think, and are you dying for a second season, like we are? Let The Beat know how you felt, either here in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat!


The first season of Sweet Tooth is currently available for streaming on Netflix.

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