Is this a sign of things to come…?
US game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel Of Fortune have confirmed they will film episodes without studio audiences for the foreseeable future, due to fears around the coronavirus.
Factoring into the decision is the fact that the game shows’ audiences are generally older and come from out of town. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently advised people over 60 and those with underlying health problems to strongly consider avoiding activities that involve large crowds and going on long flights.
In Australia no productions have yet cancelled or signalled impacts on audience crowds such as Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, Hot Seat, Q&A or Australian Ninja Warrior.
10’s Amazing Race Australia is currently assessing a suitable route for its upcoming season which is due to film in June.