HBO Halts ‘Euphoria’s Production Due to Coronavirus

Add Euphoria to the list of shows whose production is being halted because of the Coronavirus. While the virus hasn’t directly impacted anyone on Euphoria’s cast or crew, suspension of the production should help prevent the spread of COVID-19

WarnerMedia Entertainment — the company that owns HBO and HBO Max, as well as cable networks like TNT, TBS, and TruTV — have joined the growing list of media companies suspending their production of shows that were set to start filming this month.

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The Coronavirus hit Hollywood hard 

Like the countless other industries impacted by the Coronavirus, Hollywood has had to cancel a massive number of events and suspend the production on major projects. 

Every avenue of the entertainment industry has been affected by this virus. The government has suggested canceling gatherings of more than 10 people. As such, every major sporting event has been canceled for the foreseeable future. Musicians have had to cancel upcoming tour dates. Multiple films and television productions have also been paused. 

In addition, other significant events like Coachella and SXSW have been rescheduled or canceled. Certain Comic-Con related events have also been canceled until further notice.

The cancellation of these events has disappointed many fans, but it’s for the best considering how rapidly the virus is spreading. 

COVID-19 delays ‘Euphoria’s production

Fans of Zendaya’s performance as Rue in the HBO series Euphoria are going to have to wait a bit longer for a new season to premiere. Like many other networks have done in the last week, WarnerMedia announced on behalf of HBO they would suspend production of the show until further notice.  

In response to the global emergency related to COVID-19, we are working closely with our creative teams to assess the status of each of our series in accordance with the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as local health and government officials. We will suspend production on some of our series currently filming and will delay those scheduled to start imminently. The health and safety of our employees, casts and crews is our number one priority.

WarnerMedia Coronavirus statement

Like the cast of Stranger Things, the cast of Euphoria had just completed their first table read when HBO decided it was best to halt production. While there’s no clarity on how long the suspension will last, fans understand that it’s for the best. 

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Other HBO series impacted by the Coronavirus 

In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, HBO has suspended production for many of its other programs. Season two of The Righteous Gemstones and the anticipated Kaley Cuoco thriller The Flight Attendant have also been paused until further notice. 

Deadline reported that HBO is evaluating the status of other high-profile series slated to go into production later this year, including SuccessionBarry, and the Gossip Girl reboot set to premiere on HBO Max. 

As disappointing as it is to learn that we won’t have new episodes of Euphoria as soon as we would like, fans understand the role social distancing plays in the safety of the cast and crew.