TV Production Cancellations with COVID-19

Television productions are being halted worldwide amidst the coronavirus outbreak globally. This has most notably affected the United States of America, with some of the top-rated studios having to confirm the cancellation of filming and post-production for the protection of staff. We’ve compiled the most recognizable franchises that have cancelled their productions.

The Walking Dead Franchise

COVID-19 has impacted The Walking Dead Universe, with both iterations of this television series being postponed. When questioned on why this decision was made, representatives with AMC expressed that the safety of crew and cast members has become the top priority for the show’s creators. The postponed filming has affected “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead”, with details on the resumed production of both series not being confirmed by AMC Representatives.

It should be mentioned that the original series was filming their 10th season, with Fear the Walking Dead filming their 6th season. TWD began showcasing episodes on February 23rd, with FTWD slated to premiere on April 12th. It’s suspected that delays with production could be halted until Summer 2020, which would push both series to be cancelled with a one-year hiatus.

Disney’s Setbacks

Both Loki and WandaVision have stopped their respective productions immediately, which was prompted with the Disney Corporations continue fears on the COVID-19 Impact. Companies of this nature are having to implement “Social Distancing Protocols” to ensure public safety, with this particularly affecting the entertainment industry.

The Marvel Corporation and Disney have implemented aggressive strategies to guarantee that protocol requirements are met. This included cancelling production on “Shang-Chi & The Legend of the Ten Rings”, with all these postponements costing the Disney Corporation upwards of $300,000.00. It should be noted that production on “The Falcon & Winter Soldier” was also terminated.

Late Night Cancellations

When it applies to the various late-night television programs, multiple shows have confirmed their production shutdowns following the coronavirus crisis. This included Last Week Tonight, Real Time with Bill Maher, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Conan on TBS. These decisions were prompted after substantial cancellations followed with sporting venues, concerts and all variations of mass gatherings. Plunges were also seen throughout the stock market, creating panic amongst North Americans.