Although the US audiovisual industry tries to get back on track, the reality of the Covid-19 pandemic makes it difficult to continue filming despite the implementation of the necessary sanitary security measures to deal with coronavirus infections.
The significant outbreak of Covid-19 cases in Los Angeles has led the county’s Department of Public Health to ask the production companies to delay their forecasts of returning to filming activity after the break of the Christmas holidays. On January 3, 12,488 new cases of Covid-19 and 91 deaths were reported; Since the start of the pandemic, Los Angeles County has suffered more than 818,000 cases and 10,773 deaths, according to Deadline.
As a result of this worrying escalation in the numbers of infections, illnesses and deaths, most of the producers have decided to postpone the restart of their activity. Some series were scheduled to resume filming for new episodes this week or the next, but for now, most have been delayed until January 11 and 18.
These are the productions that have been affected by the new delays:
Atypical (Sony Pictures Television for Netflix) delays to January 11 the resumption of filming for its fourth and final season. The Goldbergs, another Sony production (for the ABC channel ) is also delayed to the 11th.
Warner Bros. Television has also delayed until the 11th all the productions that were scheduled to return today, which includes titles such as the third season of You (for Netflix) or the last episodes of the final season of Shameless (currently airing through on Showtime). Lucifer, another of his most followed productions, had originally planned from the beginning to return to activity on January 11.
Disney Television Studios and its now affiliate 20th Television have further targeted their resumption of filming date. All these series will not return to activity until January 18, at the earliest: Grey’s Anatomy, American Horror Story, American Crime Story; Impeachment, Black-ish, This Is Us, 9-1-1 or Love, Victor, among others.
January 18 will also be when Universal Pictures turns on the cameras of the eighth season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine again, while other titles from the studio for the NBC channel (the new Mr. Mayor, Kenan or Good Girls) are scheduled to return to the I work on the 11th. The same happens with the new season of I never, which they produce for Netflix.
Finally, CBS Studios has also delayed the filming of most of its series until January 11, including NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles.