NBCUniversal halts production on 35 TV shows due to coronavirus concerns. With a tally surpassing 125,000 cases worldwide, the coronavirus has caused an upheaval in travel sectors, the stock market, the healthcare system, and the entertainment industry. Earlier this week, numerous productions were suspended including Riverdale, Survivor, and late-night talk shows. Now, NBCUniversal joins the growing roster of establishments to go dark amid COVID-19 concerns.
Per Deadline, NBCUniversal has opted to suspend production on 35 TV shows. These include Law & Order: SVU, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Chicago Fire, FBI, and new series Angelyne starring Emmy Rossum. NBC remains adamant about keeping their cast, crew, and employees a priority and stated, “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.”
Recently, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic, causing civilians around the world to take additional security precautions against the aggressive virus. Amid coronavirus concerns, events around the globe are being postponed or canceled, including South by Southwest (SXSW), the NBA 2020 season, and numerous blockbuster film premieres.
Marking the heftiest sweep in response to the coronavirus by a TV studio yet, NBCUniversal’s production suspension will mean no new episodes of the Dick Wolf dramas. However, The Kelly Clarkson Show has one more fresh episode available to air. NBCUniversal’s decision to halt production arrives on the heel of New York City’s Broadway theaters going dark, Universal Studios Hollywood locking their doors, and Disneyland officially closing all parks.