Coronavirus: TV Shows That Have Halted Or Delayed Production Amid Outbreak
With no cure or vaccine, a rapidly rising death toll, and a number of reported cases, the outbreak has caused worldwide panic. It has spurred stocks to plummet, schools to close, travel to halt and millions of people to flock to stores to clean the shelves of products like toilet paper and hand sanitizers. Needless to say, the impact of this pandemic is being felt all over the world and in practically every way, including over in Tinseltown, where movie productions, tours, and beloved annual events are facing a domino effect of cancelations and postponements. … The coronavirus already has hit the television industry hard, and the fallout has only begun. Dozens of series have halted production or had their start delayed as the outbreak continues to spread. Have a look at our list of broadcast, cable, streaming, and international series below.
We will update this post when we hear that another show is shut down:
Coronavirus: Movies That Have Halted Or Delayed Production Amid Outbreak
All Rise (CBS)
The Amazing Race (CBS)
American Housewife (ABC)
America’s Got Talent (NBC)
American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
The Bachelor (ABC)
The Bachelorette (ABC)
Batwoman (The CW)
The Blacklist (NBC)
Bob Hearts Abishola (CBS)
The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
The Brides (ABC)
Card Sharks (ABC)
Charmed (the CW)
Chicago Fire (NBC)
Chicago P.D. (NBC)
Chicago Med (NBC)
Dynasty (The CW)
FBI: Most Wanted (CBS)
The Flash (The CW)
General Hospital (ABC)
God Friended Me (CBS)
The Goldbergs (ABC)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
Last Man Standing (Fox)
Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)
Legacies (The CW)
Nancy Drew (the CW)
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
The Neighborhood (CBS)
New Amsterdam (NBC)
The Price Is Right (CBS)
The Resident (Fox)
Riverdale (The CW)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
SEAL Team (CBS)
Supergirl (The CW)
Supernatural (The CW)
The Talk (CBS)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Young Sheldon (CBS)
Impeachment: American Crime Story (FX)
The Bold Type (Freeform)
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
Genius: Aretha (National Geographic Channel)
Godmothered (Disney Channel)
Home & Family (Hallmark Channel)
Kennedy (Fox Business)
Kevin Can F**k Himself (AMC)
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO; last show 3/15)
Lights Out with David Spade (Comedy Central)
The Oval (BET)
Queen of the South (USA)
Queen Sugar (OWN)
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO; last show 3/13)
The Righteous Gemstones (HBO)
Trish Regan Primetime (Fox Business)
The Walking Dead (TNT, delayed)
Watch What Happens Live (Bravo)
Young Dylan (Nickelodeon)
Animal Kingdom (TNT)
Big Shot (Disney+)
Carnival Row (Amazon Prime)
Doom Patrol (HBO Max)
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Disney+)
The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
Foundation (Apple TV+)
Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
The Handmaid’s tale (Hulu)
The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Lisey’s Story (Apple TV+)
Little America (Apple TV+)
Mankind (Apple TV+)
The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet (Apple TV+)
The Orville (Hulu)
Prank Encounters (Netflix)
Russian Doll (Netflix)
Rutherford Falls (Peacock)
See (Apple TV+)
Servant (Apple TV+)
Simply Halston (Netflix)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
Tokyo Vice (HBO Max)
Tooning Out the News (CBS All Access)
Untitled Julia Child Project (HBO Max)
Varsity Blues (Quibi)
The Wheel of Time (Amazon)
The Witcher (Netflix)
The Dr. Oz Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The Kelly Clarkson Show
The Mel Robbins Show
The Wendy Williams Show
Around the World in 80 Days (BBC’s CBBC, UK; Seven, Australia; TVNZ, New Zealand)
Baptiste (BBC One, UK)
Britannia (Sky, UK)
Casualty (BBC News, UK)
Celebrity Race Across The World (BBC Two, UK)
Doctors (BBC News, UK)
EastEnders (BBC, UK)
Holby City (BBC News, UK)
Line of Duty (BBC, UK)
Love Island France (Amazon, France)
Neighbours (Network 10, Australia)
Peaky Blinders (BBC, UK)
Birds of Paradise, from Amazon Studios and Anonymous Content, has halted production in Budapest. Sarah Adina Smith wrote and is directing the film, based on the novel Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small.
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Dorner, from Amazon Prime and Vision Films Studios has halted production in Atlanta. D.T Thomas wrote and is co-directing the 6 Part Television Series film, based on the Rea; Life Events of the Christopher Dorner Story Manhunt.
Filming on James Cameron and 20th Century Studios’ Avatar sequels has been suspended in New Zealand. Lightstorm Entertainment previously planned for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 to finish filming in the spring.
The live-action Little Mermaid from director Rob Marshall, which was set to go before the cameras the week of March 16 in London, has been postponed.
The first unit Australian production of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Rings suspended production March 12 as director Destin Daniel Cretton self-isolated. It had been in production since February.
Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel from 20th Century Studios was put on indefinite hiatus March 13 ahead of its Ireland shoot. Scott is going into the editing room to assemble the film he shot over 4 1/2 weeks.
Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley from Searchlight Pictures starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara halted production in Toronto.
Vacation Friends, the 20th Century Studios/Hulu comedy starring John Cena, Lil Rel Howery and Meredith Hagner, has halted production.
Shrunk, the reboot of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids starring Josh Gad and Rick Moranis, halted production.
David Lowery’s Peter Pan & Wendy, a live-action update of the J.M. Barrie novel, halted productio n.
Disney+’s Home Alone from 20th Century Studios and starring Ellie Kemper, Jojo Rabbit‘s Archie Yates and Rob Delaney halted production in Canada.
The Sylvester Stallone movie Samaritan began a minimum two-week production hiatus in Atlanta on March 14.
The Prom, Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of the Broadway musical that stars Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, halted production in Los Angeles just days from the end of shooting.
Red Notice starring Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds temporarily halted production in Atlanta for at least two weeks beginning March 16.
The Harder They Fall, the all-black Western starring Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors and directed by Jeymes Samuel, has halted production in New Mexico for two weeks.
Paramount/Skydance’s Tom Cruise movie Mission: Impossible 7 halted production February 24 in Italy, one of the hardest-hit countries.
Pre-production on the video game adaptation Uncharted was put on hold March 16 for six weeks. Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg star in and Ruben Fleischer is directing the pic, which recently shifted its release date to March 5, 2021.
Cinderella, the musical starring Camila Cabella, halted production at Pinewood Studios on March 14 with a two-week hiatus planned.
The Kevin Hart-Woody Harrelson comedy The Man From Toronto has halted preproduction.
Shrine, the horror movie starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Cary Elwes, has suspended production in Boston for four weeks beginning March 14.
The World War II sisters movie The Nightingale starring Elle and Dakota Fanning is delaying preproduction two weeks beginning March 14.
Jurassic World: Dominion has halted production, which had been underway in Hawaii since February 25.
Rachel Morrison’s sports drama Flint Strong, the story of Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields, has gone on hiatus.
An untitled Billy Eichner romantic comedy, directed by Nick Stoller and produced by Judd Apatow, has halted production.
The Matrix 4 has halted production in Berlin. The Village Roadshow co-production had recently finished shooting in San Francisco.
Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley film has halted preproduction in Australia after Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson tested positive for coronavirus.
The Batman starring Robert Pattinson has halted production for two weeks beginning March 14 after considering relocating production from London to Liverpool.
Fantastic Beasts 3 will not begin production March 17 in London.
King Richard, the Richard Williams tennis drama starring Will Smith, has postponed production in Los Angeles.
Vengeance, the Blumhouse thriller being directed by B.J. Novak and starring Novak, Issa Rae, Ashton Kutcher, and Boyd Holbrook, halted production in Albuquerque.
BBC Films has halted the London production of Pirates, the debut features from British TV host Reggie Yates.
John Michael McDonagh’s The Forgiven starring Ralph Fiennes, Jessica Chastain, Caleb Landry Jones, and Saïd Taghmaoui halted production in Morocco and the crew has flown home. The film was due to wrap the week of March 23.
The Card Counter, Paul Schrader’s drama starring Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish and Willem Dafoe, halted production in Biloxi, MS, five days before the end of shooting. An actor on set to film a few scenes has been diagnosed with coronavirus.
Official Competition, a Mediapro Studio comedy starring Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz, has suspended its Spain shoot.
The start of principal photography on AGC Studios’ supernatural thriller Geechee, to be directed by DuBois Ashong and starring Andrea Riseborough, has been suspended. The film was scheduled to begin shooting the week of March 16 in the Dominican Republic
We are now into almost 3 months since the lockdown the gravity of a growing coronavirus pandemic has settled in and people are looking to safeguard their health and their livelihoods, the entertainment industry is grappling with three essential questions: How painful will the toll of shutdowns be on the industry’s lowest-paid workers? How high will the financial losses climb? And how will the business handle the unprecedented domino effect on Hollywood’s traditional calendar? The avalanche of hasty cancellations and delays to events and premieres that fuel the industry’s engines of commerce will spread the impact of the COVID-19 catastrophe well past 2020. The likelihood that a recession is looming in the U.S. will magnify the pain for major media conglomerates. Industry observers say the freefall of the Dow Jones into the bear market territory has put an instant chill, at least temporarily, on acquisition and investment pacts.
With movie theaters being shut down in major cities like Los Angeles and New York as well as abroad, even more jobs will be in jeopardy. The North America weekend box office nosedived to $55.3 million, its lowest levels since September 2000. There is widespread fear among industry insiders that there could be sizable layoffs across Hollywood if the impact of the virus continues to disrupt businesses for a lengthy period.
The halt of so many film and TV productions that were poised to start, or were in full swing, will take a toll not just on the writers and producers but on the lower-rung staffers who were counting on stacking a few paychecks and gaining all-important credits to help land their next gigs.
As yet, there has been no clarity from studios, networks, and streamers on how crews of shut-down productions will be compensated in the dark periods.
While the major talent agencies, management companies, public relations firms, and studios have largely instituted work-from-home policies, and several shows are trying out virtual writers’ rooms, some assistants and support staff on productions that are still in business have been given no such option,
In fact, top executives privately say that the one certainty on the horizon is that only the strong will survive the fallout. Weaker businesses and industry traditions that were already past their prime — notably a host of conferences and trade shows, film festivals, and the springtime ritual of the network upfronts — will have a hard time enduring the blow of a sudden shutdown. And with dozens and dozens of productions forced to go dark unexpectedly, including at least two dozen pilots for the 2020-21 broadcast TV season, industry insiders predict the bubble on the Peak TV phenomenon may finally burst.
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