From ‘Riverdale’ to ‘Survivor’: A List of Shows Affected by Coronavirus Safety Measures
The coronavirus pandemic is affecting people all over the world. And the impact is carrying over to the production of some of the most popular series on television. From beloved dramas like Riverdale to talk shows like The View, here’s a list of TV shows that are either modifying or completely halting production right now.
‘Riverdale’ and other CW shows
The popular CW series, Riverdale, suspended production after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement to Deadline, Warner Bros. TV said that the show (which is filmed in Vancouver) will take precautions to keep the rest of the cast and crew safe.
“We are working closely with the appropriate authorities and health agencies in Vancouver to identify and contact all individuals who may have come into direct contact with our team member,” the statement read. “Out of an abundance of caution, production on Riverdale is currently suspended.”
Along with Riverdale, The CW has delayed production on shows like The Flash, Supernatural, Batwoman, and Dynasty.
‘The Witcher’ and other Netflix series
Netflix halted the production of its series in North America over a week ago. When the streamer put season 2 of The Witcher on pause, the series became the first major UK-based show to shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Kristofer Hivju (who played Tormund on Game of Thrones) will star in season 2 of The Witcher. The actor recently revealed he tested positive for COVID-19. “My family and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes,” Hivju wrote in an Instagram post. “We are in good health – I only have mild symptoms of a cold.”
Other notable Netflix series that have paused production are Stranger Things and Grace & Frankie.
CBS Shows, including ‘Survivor’
CBS is one of the many networks suspending production on their shows. And this includes reality series like Survivor and The Amazing Race. Other popular CBS series that are pausing filming due to the coronavirus include the NCIS franchise, God Friended Me, The Young and the Restless, Young Sheldon, SEAL Team, The Talk, S.W.A.T., The Price Is Right, The Neighborhood, Bob Hearts Abishola, The Bold and the Beautiful, Bull, and All Rise.
ABC series, including ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
Out of an abundance of caution, ABC is putting a temporary stop on the production of many of its series. Their list of shows includes The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Grey’s Anatomy, General Hospital, The Goldbergs, Card Sharks, American Houswife, The Brides, and Schooled.
Fox shows, including Empire
Luckily, The Masked Singer fans will have something to watch while stuck at home. All of season 3 was pretaped, so viewers will still get new episodes of the FOX series weekly. However, the network is halting production on shows like Empire, neXt, Last Man Standing, and The Resident.
Three Marvel Disney+ shows
The highly anticipated Marvel series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is temporarily shutting down production. Two other MCU Disney+ series, including WandaVision and Loki will pause filming as well.
NBC series, including ‘Law & Order: SVU’
NBC is pausing production on many of its popular series as well. Shows like Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., America’s Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior, The Blacklist, New Amsterdam, and Superstore.
NBC recently announced that production and live tapings of Saturday Night Live will also be paused.
Daytime and Late-Night Talk Shows
To keep in line with social distancing measurea, late-night talk shows like The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers are filming episodes from the hosts’ homes.
But The Late Late Show with James Corden, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Realtime with Bill Maher, Watch What Happens Live, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee are all putting a temporary pause on production.
Daytime talk shows like The Talk and The Ellen Degeneres Show are also going dark. But The View, Good Morning America, and Kelly & Ryan are still filming without studio audiences.
Other notable series put on pause
BBC’s Peaky Blinders, Apple TV’s The Morning Show, and AMC’s The Walking Dead are also temporarily shutting down production.