TV Show Premiere Dates and Production Delayed Amid Coronavirus

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A nationwide quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic has prompted hundreds of TV shows to stall production. As a result, some networks have started to adjust their premier schedules.

With most of the world stuck at home, people are consuming whatever is left of new episodes on digital platforms and otherwise. Amidst this, FX has backed off of its planned release date for Fargo. This is mainly due to the fact that only eight of the ten episodes had completed production before the industry went into shutdown mode.

Now, others have also started to follow suit as executives examine which originals need physical production and post-work. Apart from this, other broadcasters have also started to adjust schedules to better position the originals they do have in their bags. Additionally, most broadcast shows that did not complete production on their current seasons will not resume work on those lost episodes.

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Some of the TV productions that have been suspended or delayed are:

  • FX’s Fargo backed out of its April 19 premiere.
  • AMC’s Walking Dead: World Beyond will not premier on April 12. This is mainly due to the fact that AMC wanted to hold on to this series to ensure it had at least one original later in the year. Moreover, the show hadn’t finished post-production on its final few episodes and so that doesn’t seem like an altogether bad idea.
  • Showtime’s comedy Black Monday is shifting its release date. It will, moreover, air one episode per night instead of two per week. The premiere is scheduled on March 22 and the show will stretch through April 12.
  • Showtime has also delayed the launches of docuseries Outcry and Love Fraud. They were previously going to premiere on April 3 and May 8 respectively but the new date is yet to be determined.
  • HBO Max’s Friends reunion episode.
  • American Idol has been suspended and contestants were allowed to return home to their families. Episodes, however, will continue to air as scheduled up to the April live shows.
  • NBC’s Saturday Night Live has halted production indefinitely.
  • All of Amazon’s original series including Lord of the Rings, Carnival Row, and Wheel of Time.
  • The fourth season of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale has halted production.
  • Netflix’s The Witcher has suspended production for two weeks.
  • Disney+ has shut down production on the Marvel Studios series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki and WandaVision. This comes at the time when the release of Black Widow has also been delayed.
  • Warner Bros. Television Group has halted production of The Bachelorette, Young Sheldon, Batwoman, Riverdale and The Flash.
  • Grey’s Anatomy has also shut down production for two weeks.

We’ll have more updates regarding the situation as it develops.

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