Apart from movies and theme parks, many TV productions have followed suit and have shut down production for ongoing TV shows.
All manner of TV production across all mediums, broadcast, cable, streaming, have effectively halted production for more than one TV show due to the current pandemic.
Ongoing TV shows such as Young Sheldon (CBS), The Flash (The CW) and Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), to name a few, have either suspended or delayed production indefinitely. While fans can still look forward to watching a few upcoming episodes from ongoing shows, later episodes may arrive later than intended as a result of the production delay.
Upcoming shows, such as The Falcon and Winter Soldier (Disney+) recently stopped production, too, while filming in Prague. Apple has also put all production for its Apple TV+ streaming service on hold and suspended filming.
Not only that, even talk shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show and late-night shows like The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon have decided to suspend production until March 30.
DeGeneres shared via Twitter news regarding the suspension:
Hey there. Me again. So, after some more thought, we have decided to suspend production completely until March 30th. We just want to take every precaution to ensure that we do our part to keep everyone healthy. I love you guys, and can’t wait to come back. I’m already bored.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 13, 2020
Fallon gave an opening monologue about the news in an episode just before production was suspended:
Apart from that, Netflix also shut down production for some of its shows, most notably the much-anticipated Strangers Things: Season 4. They are the latest media company to do so.
Some of Netflix’s TV productions that are filmed outside of North America, like The Witcher, are being assessed on a case by case basis.
The situation with COVID-19 will only progressively get worse moving forward. As bad as all this sounds now, we might not have heard the worse of its impact on industries just yet.