TV HITTING THE PAUSE BUTTON
Posted: 033020

Your TV is full of Choices But Production has Halted on Many Due to Covid-19

Recently we did stories on how Covid-19 has been affecting the film industry with empty theaters causing Hollywood to reshuffle their release dates and pause many productions. While the television industry may be dancing in the streets about empty movie houses; the virus is also presenting the networks with the same production problems the film industry is dealing with. Across the globe TV productions are being halted, altered, or shut down. Below is a list of some of the affected shows:

Hundreds of shows have delayed or suspended production, including Appleís The Morning Show and Little America; Netflix shows including Russian Doll; the CWís Riverdale; NBC shows including the Chicago dramas and The Kelly Clarkson Show; CBS shows including the NCIS dramas, The Amazing Race, and Survivor; and many more.

Saturday Night Live also announced on March 16 that it would suspend its next three shows, the first of which was scheduled for March 28, with John Krasinski hosting. (Krasinskiís film A Quiet Place Part II, originally scheduled for release on March 19, was also delayed.)

Late Night shows suspend production or tape without a studio audience: Originally, on March 11, producers of shows including NBCís The Tonight Show (hosted by Jimmy Fallon) and Late Night With Seth Meyers, CBSís Late Show With Stephen Colbert, TBSís Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and Comedy Centralís Daily Show (hosted by Trevor Noah) all announced they would begin taping without a live studio audience on March 16. A day later, NBC announced that The Tonight Show and Late Night would suspend production beginning the week of March 16; Stephen Colbert also announced that the Late Show would suspend production. All three shows were already scheduled to go into hiatus on March 23. On March 13, Jimmy Kimmel Live also suspended production.

Disney suspends live-action production: On March 13, Disney announced that production on its live-action movies would suspend production. Affected films include The Little Mermaid, a Home Alone reboot, and Peter Pan. Earlier in the day, production on Marvelís Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings had been suspended due to director Destin Daniel Crettonís decision to self-isolate upon advice of a doctor. (Marvel is owned by Disney.)

Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune tape without a studio audience: Though Sony declined to comment, sources told the Hollywood Reporter on March 9 that scheduled tapings of the shows would go forward without a live studio audience. The measure was taken partly as a precaution for the health of Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Eurovision canceled: On March 18, the organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest announced via Twitter that the 2020 edition of the event was canceled. The event had been planned for May.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Virtually all broadcast, streaming, cable, syndicated and international productions have also halted or suspended production. We hope you like reruns.
 
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