Hollywood works to continue production while still in a COVD-19 world
Studios, writers, and show-runners seek to continue their stories while adapting to the new reality of the coronavirus. Ashley Dvorkin reports.
Hollywood was recently hit with another blow to its various production schedules after filming on two popular series had to be shut down amid positive coronavirus tests, according to a new report.
Deadline reported on Wednesday that NBC halted filming on “Chicago Fire” on Sunday after several members of the production team produced positive COVID-19 test results when they were tested as part of the show’s mandated safety protocols.
Given the fact that the affected individuals had reportedly performed duties in close proximity to other members of the cast and crew, NBCUniversal went the route set by state and county guidelines and its Production Playbook and paused production for 14 days.
Recently, “Chicago Med” was forced to suspend production for two weeks after two different individuals tested positive for COVID-19 with a week.
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Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey, Eamonn Walker as Wallace, Anthony Ferraris as Tony in ‘Chicago Fire.’ According to a new report, NBC halted filming on the show over the weekend after several members of the production team produced positive COVID-19 test results. (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Meanwhile, production sources connected to “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” which is currently filming its 13th season, also relayed to the outlet that it too has halted production for two weeks after a member its production staff tested positive for the novel illness.
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“The set follows rigorous COVID-19 safety protocols, including contact tracing,” sources told Deadline. Production is shutting down for 14 days “out of an abundance of caution.”
Last month, its sister show, “The Real Housewives of New York City” also had to pause production for two weeks after one of its crew members tested positive for coronavirus.
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Reps for “Chicago Fire” and “RHOA” did not immediately respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.
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