COVID-19: US talk shows, Survivor impacted.

More international production is impacted as WHO declares a Pandemic.

The World Health Organisation has now officially declared a Pandemic on COVID-19.

Production on television continues to be impacted with more events and shows responding.

Studio audiences:

Deadline reports: CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah — will begin taping without audiences from March 16. TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee taped its March 11 episode, and HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver will tape its first live audience-less show from March 15. The Ellen DeGeneres Show follows suit from Monday.

Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, The Wendy Williams Show, Dr Phil, The View, Live With Kelly And Ryan will all film without audiences.

Survivor (US):

“Due to the growing short-term uncertainty surrounding the global spread of COVID-19 and the corresponding desire for the continued well-being of our amazing crew, we have decided to push back our start date for Survivor season 41,” said Jeff Probst. “Though Fiji has no reported cases and is beautifully remote, our crew numbers over 400 and are flying in from over 20 different countries, creating a need for more time to fully analyze and create our new production safety plan. This situation is unprecedented and we are learning more information every day. It is out of concern for the well-being of all of you that we have taken this step.”

A spokesperson for CBS added: “Due to concerns and uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19 globally, CBS and the producers of Survivor have taken the precautionary measure to delay production on the 41st season, which was set to begin filming later this month in Fiji. Pending worldwide events, the plan is to return to production on May 19th. The health and safety of the castaways and production members is our top priority.”

Amazing Race:

Previously suspended.


Production of Riverdale has been suspended after a member of the production came into contact with someone who recently tested positive for the coronavirus.

Industry events etc (this list is too long but here are some impacted):

MIPTV, France
Series Mania Festival, France
SXSW Festival, USA
Paleyfest, USA
Serie A, Italy
Kids Choice Awards 2020, USA
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, USA
A+E Networks upfronts USA
Royal Television Society Programme Awards, UK
FOX News upfronts USA
31st GLAAD Media Awards, USA
Disney+ press launch, Europe
Beverly Hills Film Festival, USA
International Film Festival, Switzerland
Ligue 1, France
Chinese Grand Prix, China
Celebrity Race Around the World, UK<
La Liga, Spain

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