CBS Studios is hitting the pause button on a return to manufacturing for a few of TV’s highest-profile exhibits, together with two “NCIS” collection, as a result of skyrocketing COVID-19 numbers in Los Angeles.
That is probably not going to be the one delayed restart after the vacations, as SAG-AFTRA leaders Tuesday stated that “most leisure productions will stay on hiatus till the second or third week of January if not later,” in line with a message to actors and different union members posted on the group’s web site.
The 5 Los Angeles-based CBS Studios’ applications that have been scheduled to restart Jan. four after a vacation manufacturing hiatus – CBS’ “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Seal Staff;” CBS All Entry’ “Why Ladies Kill;” and Disney+’s “Diary of a Future President” – can be delayed every week, returning Jan. 11.
Different exhibits produced CBS Studios, which air on CBS and different networks and streaming companies, have been purported to restart later in January and their schedules haven’t been affected. (One other “NCIS” present, “NCIS: New Orleans,” movies in Louisiana.)
CBS Studios seems to be the primary Hollywood studio to pause manufacturing as a result of L.A. coronavirus surge. Some studios aren’t scheduled to renew taking pictures till later in January.
USA TODAY has reached out to studios and networks to ask whether or not the excessive variety of constructive COVID-19 assessments and hospitalizations has modified manufacturing plans.
In a associated matter, FilmLA, the official movie workplace of the town and county of Los Angeles, studies that the Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being emailed an replace to movie trade contacts on Thursday “reminding them of the current surge in native COVID-19 circumstances, deaths and hospitalizations, and urging filmmakers to train each warning of their work.”
Though FilmLA reported music, TV and movie productions are allowed to proceed, the LADPH electronic mail replace requested them “to strongly take into account pausing work for a number of weeks throughout this catastrophic surge in COVID circumstances. Establish and delay increased threat actions, and concentrate on lower-risk work for now, if in any respect doable.”
It additionally recommends towards journey for manufacturing functions, reminding recipients that hospitals within the area “are full nearly in all places” and suggesting they “maintain solid and crew near dwelling.”
On Tuesday, the county public well being division reported 7,181 individuals hospitalized as a result of COVID-19, a file quantity and a greater than 1,000% improve from two months in the past. Of these hospitalized, 20% are in intensive-care models.
Of their message about delays in manufacturing restarts to SAG-AFTRA members Tuesday, union president Gabrielle Carteris and nationwide government director David White reported they “are intently monitoring the latest surge in COVID-19 infections together with the reported lack of intensive care unit (ICU) beds all through the state of California and significantly in Los Angeles County. … Our security protocols guarantee applicable precautions for the vacation hiatus interval together with extra time for testing previous to the resumption of manufacturing.”