It’s not lost on showrunner Patrick Somerville that his post-apocalyptic drama “Station Eleven” debuted just as omicron, the latest coronavirus variant, began to race around the globe.The HBO Max series, based on Emily St. John Mandel’s 2014 novel of the same name, follows survivors of a devastating flu as they try to rebuild while coping with what they’ve lost. Although the series began filming before the pandemic upended everyone’s lives, the parallels are hard to ignore. There are scenes at an overrun hospital, characters who feel anxious when they hear coughing and, of course, the omnipresent feeling of not knowing what’s to come.“Our experience has been very weird since January 2020,” Somerville said. “It’s like Covid’s watching us.”But “Station Eleven,” produced by Paramount Television Studios, isn’t like other movies or shows that have similar premises, such as “Contagion.” For one thing, the darkness is often softened by moments of warmth and hopefulness.Jessica Rhoades, an executive producer of “Station Eleven,” said that while she isn’t generally a fan of the post-apocalyptic genre, she gravitated to the warmth of the series and the book.And “to the people, to the community and the art,” she said, referring to the theater troupe at the center

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