‘Bachelor in Paradise’ and Other TV Shows That Halted Production
In case you haven’t heard the news, the fourth season of Bachelor in Paradise is currently filming. Or at least it is again, after production finally resumed following a sexual assault scandal. But the Bachelor spinoff is just one of many TV shows to abruptly halt production.
Whether the cause is bad behavior, technical difficulties, or even death, productions stop for many reasons. Here are 10 TV shows that stopped filming unexpectedly.
1. Bachelor in Paradise
This spinoff of The Bachelor takes contestants from various seasons of the hit show, as well as The Bachelorette, and sends them to a beautiful city in Mexico to compete for love. But with the most recent season, which only recently began production, things are off to a rocky start.
News broke on Monday, June 11, 2017, that filming had ceased, at least for the time being. The reason? Contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson were seen engaging in sexual activity, and a producer complained. There were also reports that one or both of the pair involved were heavily intoxicated. Though an investigation was conducted (including an examination of relevant footage), Warner Bros. eventually determined that no wrongdoing had taken place and confirmed that production will soon resume.
Fox’s musical comedy, Glee, was a ratings hit for most of its six-season run. But trouble came during the hiatus between Seasons 4 and 5: Actor Corey Monteith, who starred as Finn Hudson, died of a drug overdose in July 2013.
Creator Ryan Murphy told TVLine that they had already written and were beginning production on a two-part episode, and they moved forward with this. Then, an episode in Monteith’s memory, which dealt with the death of his character, was shot before they went on hiatus for a few months. Murphy stated that he worked together with executives, crew, and cast (including Monteith’s girlfriend and co-star, Lea Michele) as to what would work best for everyone, and everything was handled carefully and respectfully.
Fox doesn’t always handle things correctly. Joss Whedon’s “space western” Firefly, now a cult hit, was treated poorly by the network. Episodes were aired out of order, it was marketed bizarrely, and the pilot was even completely re-shot.
Likely due to several factors, Firefly was canceled during production, and everything was abandoned mid-episode. After a brief hiatus, everyone had to return in order to shoot the remaining episodes that had been ordered. However, fan support was so intense for the series that while the remaining episodes never aired on Fox, they were eventually rewarded with a movie, Serenity, to wrap things up.
4. Keeping Up With the Kardashians
While the Kardashian-Jenner family is never wont for scandal, they make their money by pushing through and capitalizing on the press that comes with the gossip. But there was one time where they made the choice to put their professional lives on hold for their personal well-being.
In early October 2016, Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room. Kardashian West and her husband, rapper Kanye West, promptly retreated from the public eye, rescheduling appearances and concert dates. Production was halted on filming of Season 12 of Keeping Up With the Kardashians before resuming a few weeks later. The incident was later addressed on a March 2017 episode of the series.
Acclaimed HBO drama Westworld was a long time coming. According to Variety, the series was greenlit in 2013, ordered to series in 2015, and was originally scheduled to premiere in 2014. However, delays pushed this back before production was halted altogether in early 2016.
Still, the series pressed on, with HBO releasing a statement that the team just need to “get ahead of the writing.” The first season finally aired in late 2016, and a second season was ordered, though once again, fans are left waiting around: Season 2 isn’t due out until 2018.
6. 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
John Ritter, Katey Sagal, and a young Kaley Cuoco starred in the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. However, just a few episodes into the second season of filming, Ritter died suddenly of an aortic dissection.
Production was halted temporarily and later resumed with a two-part episode that addressed the death of Ritter’s character, Paul. David Spade and James Garner joined the cast shortly thereafter as the cousin and grandfather to Paul’s children, respectively. However, the series, later retitled 8 Simple Rules, was canceled after just three seasons due to low ratings.
Many shows were affected by the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike, including NBC medical comedy Scrubs. During the show’s seventh season, the strike went into effect with several episodes still remaining in the season’s order, and creator Bill Lawrence refused to comply with the network’s demands, remaining on the side of the WGA. The 11th episode aired served as the season finale.
This time was shaky for a lot of productions, but what put Scrubs into extra turmoil was that at the time of the strike, the studio was negotiating a network change for Season 8 of the show. Though Lawrence and star Zach Braff were initially interested in ending the series with Season 7, they were on board for Season 8, which, allowing with the medical school-focused Season 9, aired on ABC.
8. Dr. Laura
Conservative radio personality Laura Schlessinger began broadcasting her opinion many years ago, but it wasn’t until she got her own her talk show on TV that she became a divisive figure in a larger sense. In 2000, Schlessinger began sharing her controversial opinion on Dr. Laura, but this didn’t last long.
Months before the show even made it to air, GLAAD began to express concern over the show, citing Schlessinger’s known homophobic remarks. A website, StopDrLaura.com, was created, and the series premiered to low ratings. Production was halted for “retooling,” but the nail was already in the coffin: The final episode of Dr. Laura aired in early 2001, and Schlessinger returned to radio.
As a young Republican commentator, Tomi Lahren has faced backlash from the media and those who are left-leaning. But in March 2017, she found herself attacked by members of her own party when she declared on The View that she is pro-choice.
Production on Lahren’s show on TheBlaze, the Glenn Beck-created “alternative” news outlet, was subsequently suspended. Though reports were conflicting, Lahren later took legal action against the media firm, citing “wrongful termination.”
10. The Get Down
Despite everyone’s best efforts, sometimes a show just isn’t meant to continue. Netflix’s The Get Down aired for just one two-part, 11-episode season, but behind the scenes, production was an ongoing disaster of stopping and starting.