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NCIS, 'Blue Bloods' & Other TV Shows That Have Shut down Production Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Edduin Carvajal
Mar 21, 2020
08:00 A.M.
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In an attempt to avoid the coronavirus from spreading even more, several people have decided to stay home. As a result, plenty of businesses have been affected, and the entertainment industry is no different.

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A

myriad of TV shows

and film productions have taken a forced hiatus during this time, and depending on the duration of the quarantine, it could seriously affect some of our favorite series.

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CORONAVIRUS: UNPRECEDENTED SITUATION

According to Tom Nunan, a former network and studio president who is currently working as a teacher at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, there's no such thing as an emergency guide for this situation. He added:

"This is the first time every aspect of entertainment … and every (TV) platform, streaming, basic cable, and network, has been affected."

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The only events that could be compared to what the coronavirus has done to the film industry are the writers' strikes in 1988 and 2008. However, this pandemic is bigger and more challenging, Tom claimed.

As a result of the virus, some of our favorite TV series were put on hold. Since this is happening in May, when most TV shows are airing the last episodes of the seasons, some projects will not be affected.

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SERIES WILL WRAP UP EARLIER THAN EXPECTED

However, the series that still had one or two episodes left to shoot are very unlikely to come back to film them, which means that they would wrap up one or two episodes shorter than expected.

CBS, for example, ordered "NCIS" and its spinoffs to stop production. Instead of having a typical 22-episode season, it will be a 20-episode one. Something similar is expected to happen with Dick Wolf's "Chicago" franchise, "FBI" and "Law & Order: SVU."

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For shows that film some of their scenes outdoors, things were especially challenging from the very beginning. "Blue Bloods," for example, shoots on different locations of New York.

Unfortunately, the permits to do so were canceled, as the New York Post reported. CBS suspended the production of Tom Selleck's hit show and the rest of the New York-based projects.

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According to Deadline, these are some of the TV series that have gone into a hiatus amid coronavirus outbreak:

"America's Got Talent" (NBC), "The Bachelor" (ABC), "General Hospital" (ABC), "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC), "WandaVision" (Disney+), "The Witcher" (Netflix), "The Dr. Oz Show," and "The Kelly Clarkson Show."

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TALK SHOWS ARE ALSO AFFECTED

Even though talk shows film their episodes in studios, their productions have also been suspended. The "Ellen DeGeneres Show" initially planned to keep working without an audience.

However, they eventually decided to suspend production. The same happened with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel's shows.

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During this isolation period, Ellen has kept her Instagram followers entertained with several videos showing her talking with other celebrities on the phone and doing other activities from her home.

Jimmy Kimmel, on the other hand, has opted for uploading a simpler version of his talk show on YouTube that includes his usual monologues and interviews. Apart from that, the proceedings of the videos will be donated to different charities.

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Ellen and Jimmy are not the only people who have used the Internet to keep people entertained. Music stars like Keith Urban, John Legend, and Chris Martin from Coldplay have performed free virtual concerts through Instagram.

Keith Urban, for example, went live from his warehouse for about 30 minutes. His wife, actress Nicole Kidman, was also in the warehouse and even joined him to sing "The Fighter" together.

We at AmoMama do our best to give you the most updated news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but the situation is constantly changing. We encourage readers to refer to the online updates from CDC, WHO, or Local Health Departments to stay updated. Take care!

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