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© CBS Broadcasting Inc. Variant Omicron: Gray's Anatomy, Station 19, NCIS, Chicago Fire ... Shooting of the Series US stop
COVID-19 impacts the shooting of American series. Chains begin to suspend the production of their flagship programs because of the Omicron variant.
The story is repeated. Last year, at the same time, the coronavirus epidemic already required California to delay the return to the production of most television programs. Today, the variant OMICRON , pursuing its vertiginous propagation, takes over. The State Public Health Department reported more than 230,000 new cases just for the day of Tuesday, January 4th. The chains and studios take their series pause or different the resumption of the work of their teams originally planned after the Christmas holidays, mainly to perform additional tests and adjust the security protocols. Some are however stopped following positive cases.
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At this point, America has limited options.And here comes Omicron. The variant is now spreading faster in the U.K. than it did in South Africa, where it appears to have originated. It’s been estimated that on average, each infected British person is infecting as many as six others. Within households, Omicron appears twice as infectious as Delta. Over the weekend, the U.K.
At least four ABC programs based in Los Angeles have seen their filming pushed back at a later date. The work recovery of Gray's Anatomy and Station 19 , originally planned on January 10, is offset on January 12th. That of SOAP OPERA General Hospital is postponed from a week. A lesser evil when the pause of The Rookie: The Flick of Los Angeles is, for the moment, announced as indefinite. The studio behind these series, ABC Signature, prefers to play caution, stating that this suspension is in no way due to COVID cases in its teams.
At CBS, the filming of NCIS Season 19, which had taken over after the holidays, is now arrested following a positive test in what the productions call the area A, or the actors and technicians who interact with them. According to the Deadline website, one of the actors would be infected. The work should, however, resume next week with the Crossover episode between NCIS and its spin-off NCIS: Hawaii , shot in Hawaii. But nothing is safe. Sources evoke, indeed, a pause that could last several weeks.
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The return to production of NCIS: Los Angeles Season 13 is offset in February. But CBS believes that it can afford a long enough stop without impacting the diffusion because it has enough episodes already turned.
One of the series of franchise FBI would also have stopped its filming for a day, the time to evaluate the situation following a contact case.
Hollywood in the Expectate
on his side, Disney pushed his California shots from a week until January 10. Amazon Studios shifted the resumption of some of its programs as of January 10 and for others as of January 17, while others continue as planned. Universal, Warner and Netflix have chosen to delay their productions of a few days or suspend work for a day or two after discovering positive cases.
On the other side of the United States, Chicago , Chicago Fire is also stopped following several positive tests in the team. The latter had returned to work on Monday, January 3, after the Christmas holidays, to see each other from Wednesday, January 5 that production was temporarily suspended. NBC hopes that the filming will resume on 10 or 11 January. The other series of franchise, Chicago Police Department and Chicago Med , continue their shooting.
Hollywood expects to stop other series, despite the fact that the vast majority of artistic and technical team members are totally vaccinated. Several studios are waiting for test results before making a decision. However, they intend to keep in production as much as possible the series whose turning of the episodes precluded them preceded their antenna. For the moment, these different breaks, if they remain short, should not have an impact on the broadcasts.
'Grey's Anatomy' Season 18 Pauses for COVID-19 .
'Grey's Anatomy' Season 18 Pauses for COVID-19 An extended holiday break for the worst reason. Grey’s Anatomy is among the ABC TV shows that have been delayed as the highly contagious omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads, Us Weekly confirms. Everything Ellen Pompeo Has Said About How Long She'll Stay on 'Grey's Anatomy' Read article ABC Signature Studio has opted to postpone the 2022 shooting schedules for Grey’s Anatomy as well as its fire department spinoff, Station 19, and procedural The Rookie.