CBS Studios Extend Production Hiatus Amid L.A. COVID-19 Surge

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LOS ANGELES - JUN 2: CBS Emblem at the 4th Annual CBS Television Studios Summer Soiree at the Palihouse on June 2, 2016 in West Hollywood, CA (Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com)

CBS Studios productions are extending production hiatus amid Los Angeles COVID-19 surge.

Several CBS Studios productions, including NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Seal Team, Why Women Kill, and Diary of a Future President, extend their holiday hiatus by an additional week due to the spiking COVID-19 surge in Los Angeles.

According to Variety, those productions will resume filming on January 11th. Other CBS Studios shows are scheduled to resume filming later in January 2021.

CBS Studios is currently the only major studio pausing or delaying production amid the current Coronavirus Pandemic, which has only worsened in Los Angeles in recent months. Other TV studios are reportedly looking into the situation, and deciding ether keep productions “active” in the new year. In fact, Variety reports Netflix, NBCUniversal, and Warner Bros. Television Group are discussing their options, but no decisions have been taken as of Tuesday.

Other TV studios are reportedly looking into the situation, and deciding ether keep productions “active” in the new year.

It is important to note TV studios have created and implemented safety measures, including mask-wearing on the set and breaking cast and crews into separate teams to mitigate contact; several productions have seen positive COVID-19 cases starting November and December.

Such productions include Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, which recorded nearly 20 positive COVID-19 cases. Other productions include COVID-19 transmissions on the set of Why Women Kill, Sony Pictures TV’s Call Your Mother, Universal Television’s Mr. Mayor, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Colin in Black & White, Impeachment: American Crime Story, Young Sheldon, The Kominsky Method, and Lucifer.

In relevant news, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is pushing film productions currently filming in the area to “Strongly Consider” shutting down their operations for the next few weeks following a continued surge in COVID-19 cases.

According to FilmLA, in an email sent to the county’s film industry influencers on December 24, the LADPH wrote the following:

“Although music, TV, and film productions are allowed to operate, we ask you to strongly consider pausing work for a few weeks during this catastrophic surge in COVID cases. Identify and delay higher risk activities, and focus on lower-risk work for now, if at all possible.”

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