- COVID-19 is responsible for temporarily suspending the production of several television and big screen films
- Subscriptions to NetFlix, Amazon Prime, and Apple TV are expected to increase as more families are encouraged to stay home due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- The entertainment industry is virtually at a standstill as productions across the globe are taking a minimum of a 14 day production break because of COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to be the cause of extreme changes to our day-to-day, it is very apparent that for the next several weeks more of us will be encouraged to stay home as much as possible with our families. If forced to be at home, the options become limited after a few days as to what to do so people will begin binge-watching their shows and diving into movies. Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV, and Amazon Prime subscriptions will soar initially but if new episodes are not airing, will people keep watching?
TV Production Suspended
Season four of the popular Warner Bros. series, Riverdale, has currently stopped production in Vancouver as a member of its production team has seemingly been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the Coronavirus. For avid fans of this suspenseful series, having to wait to see what the future has in store for the citizens of Riverdale, will be difficult.
Grey's Anatomy has suspended production of its season sixteen filming for at least two weeks as a precautionary measure while the Coronavirus saga continues to evolve. This was a decision made by executive producers of this very popular series for the safety and well being of all staff and crew.
Law and Order: SVU along with Chicago Med, and Chicago P.D are amongst some of the popular NBC Series that have decided to suspend production for a 2 week period as a strictly precautionary method. Once the two weeks expire, an assessment will be made regarding resuming production, always keeping the health and safety of cast and crew in mind.
Late Night Talk Shows
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers had originally declared that they would continue production. The issue is that a live studio audience is no longer possible so these two popular late-night talk shows have decided to ultimately suspend production after all.
There are countless more TV shows, series, variety shows, and films that have halted production temporarily either as a precaution or because of direct or indirect confirmed exposure of COVID-19. The list is endless and continues to grow as the world adapts and adjusts to the mind-boggling impact this virus is having around the globe.
Some films that are ready and scheduled to be released are also contemplating their release dates in light of the fact that worldwide, people have been discouraged if not banned from having social gatherings of over 250 people. People are not going to the movies so who will be watching the new releases? Disney's release of the film Black Widow is scheduled to hit the theatres on May 1, 2020, but this date might be changed.
Wait and See
The entire entertainment industry is in a "wait and see" pattern when it comes to how to proceed with all aspects of filming and releasing shows and movies. The ripple effect that COVID-19 is having in all aspects of life is staggering. For now, watching and streaming our favorite shows and movies will be fine but once there is nothing new to watch, people will definitely lose interest. If encouraged or mandated to be at home, families may be forced to play board games, sit by a fire and interact, and talk with one another.