The Coronavirus crisis has caused a large part of Hollywood and the entertainment industry to shut down. It seems with each passing hour more and more events and shooting schedules are being postponed.
Coronavirus and the Entertainment Industry
So many shows have temporarily halted production that Deadline is keeping a running tally. Shows taking a break include Grey’s Anatomy, General Hospital, All Rise, The Amazing Race, Batwoman, Bull, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, Dynasty, Riverdale, Supergirl, and Survivor.
Many New York talk shows including Live With Ryan and Kelly, The View, and Late Night With Seth Meyers had been taping without studio audiences.
Joy Behar announced that she was taking a break from her hosting duties on The View as a health precaution.
“I’m in a higher risk group because of my age, but I’m perfectly healthy,” Behar said on the View. “I don’t look my age, but I’m actually up there. The number makes me dizzy.”
“The safety and health of our cast, crew, and employees is our top priority,” NBCU has said in a statement regarding their decision to shut down temporarily. “Where possible, we are pausing production for two weeks as a precautionary measure, following which we will reassess and determine an appropriate start date. In some cases, we are accelerating plans to wrap up physical production.”
Some series, including the Dick Wolf Chicago-themed dramas, will not be returning, instead choosing to wrap up their seasons a bit early, Deadline reports, noting that some CBS procedurals may follow suit.
Some shows have yet to start filming and now are being put on hold in terms of going into production. Those programs include Russian Doll and Rutherford Falls.
The world of sports has been affected, too. Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association are all on hold. The Masters (golf) has been suspended and the Boston Marathon has been postponed. Disneyland, Disney World, and Universal Studios have all shut down.
Kevin Love, a forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, is donating $100,000 to the support staff and workers who help make the Quicken Loans Arena operate.
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Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. And the fear and anxiety resulting from the recent outbreak of COVID-19 can be extremely overwhelming. Through the game of basketball, we’ve been able to address major issues and stand together as a progressive league that cares about the players, the fans, and the communities where we work. I’m concerned about the level of anxiety that everyone is feeling and that is why I’m committing $100,000 through the @KevinLoveFund in support of the @Cavs arena and support staff that had a sudden life shift due to the suspension of the NBA season. I hope that during this time of crisis, others will join me in supporting our communities. Pandemics are not just a medical phenomenon. They affect individuals and society on so many levels, with stigma and xenophobia being just two aspects of the impact of a pandemic outbreak. It’s important to know that those with a mental illness may be vulnerable to the effects of widespread panic and threat. Be kind to one another. Be understanding of their fears, regardless if you don’t feel the same. Be safe and make informed decisions during this time. And I encourage everyone to take care of themselves and to reach out to others in need — whether that means supporting your local charities that are canceling events, or checking in on your colleagues and family.