I read today that they have filmed enough episodes for April of The Voice but are unable to continue filming more episodes for May.
By this point it's pretty much a safe bet that most scripted shows will have foreshortened seasons with some potentially odd season "finales" as episodes that weren't meant to be the finale will now need to be re-edited to become one. I'll be curious to see what becomes of the relationship between studios and movie theaters. Studios for years have been trying to shorten the time between the theatrical release and the home release. Streaming allowed them to shorten the window by virtue of being able to begin home sales without rushing physical production of the medium (notice how many movies now will be available digitally weeks before the blu ray/dvd is available). Movie theaters have, naturally, fought against this. While the studios are saying these instant VOD releases are temporary due to the circumstances, I think they are ramping up for a new battle with theaters once things regain some semblance of normality.
It seems like there could be a delay with the fall TV season. I was especially excited about the Thirtysomething revamp but that might be scheduled for spring.All of the venues for upfront are closed in NY. Maybe they will do them this summer?
Jordan Catalano said: "I think when filming is allowed to resume, we’re going to see a massive influx of primetime game shows and content that takes almost no time to edit and get on the air, until scripted shows can come back.As for film, I’m really curious what the rest of this year will look like. Was reading last night how Disney is looking into releasing their new “Mulan” and “Black Widow” digitally instead of theatrically which would be huge."Was reading this as well. While maybe a bit too high of a projection, $1 billion isn't absurd thinking for a box office for these films, or close-ish to it. To me the fact they're considering this tells me Cinema's may not be opening at all this year.With Black Widow, its easy. Take the Eternals spot this November, Eternals move to Feb 2021 where Shang Chi was supposed to go, and all films get pushed back a release date. Remember, for Marvel, all production has stopped. Also remember, that means their Disney + shows which they have promised will tie into the films, some will tie in DIRECTLY. So they have flexibility with Marvel but if they're already thinking of putting Black Widow on VOD, then ya, yikes for movie going in 2020.
I have to wonder about Big Brother. Hard to imagine a summer without it but I can’t imagine they will go through with it.
I was wondering about Younger the other day, but haven’t been able to find anything about whether they still have filming to do. I’m curious at how that would impact Sutton Foster’s schedule with any commitments left to the show vs. The Music Man.
TV Guide ran a two page article on this subject in the current issue. They said Survivor is delaying filming for the next installment and they predicted that scripted shows will premiere later in the fall.
Ken Olin was on Stars In The House and he said that they were unable to start filming the new version of thirtysomeish due to Covid19.
I think a lot of scripted shows for Spring 2020 have finished filming already. Everything I currently watch has already filmed its season finale. I know Hallmark Channel still has a slate of new Spring movies already filmed. I've also seen actors post about doing ADR work from home so it seems behind the scenes production is still happening. I still think some of the quarantine limits may start to lift in late May/early June so this could either be a non-issue for Fall shows or it could push them back to late Fall/Spring seasons.Some of the Fall live reality shows like Dancing With The Stars would hopefully have minimal impact. I do think the Summer will be full of reruns and perhaps blockbuster movies airing on networks. I'm hopeful that the streaming services start to push up release of movies and series planned to release later in the year. For example, Netflix could potentially push up Season 4 of The Crown to a Summer release. I also hope the streaming services start bringing some of the recent theatrical releases online sooner than usual. Disney Plus is already doing this with Disney Studios titles but no reason Amazon and Netflix can't do the same with recent titles from other studios.
I think the Summer & Fall will be mostly reruns. Maybe Big Brother happens in the Fall to fill the schedule. Dancing with the Stars is another. I agree in thinking we'll see a big influx of game shows for the Fall. I mentioned Whose Line earlier, but that's another show they can film a season's worth of episodes in one week.
My city, which has a smaller population and fewer cases than LA or of course NYC, has already warned that social distancing measures will likely be in place until at least the end of June. So I don't think filming is likely to resume any time soon.
I think it will be interesting to see how scripts reflect the pandemic and the new normal of how we are living...
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is back on ABC with Jimmy Kimmel as host. First episode aired last night and there was no audience. There was a behind the scenes special that aired on Monday where they said filmed at Hollywood Studios right before the shutdown. I'm guessing this is somewhere in California because the Florida theme park no longer films shows I thought. But it was clear they were adapting to the changing times. Jimmy was seated 6 feet away from the contestant and the "helper" in the audience was also 6 feet away. Also no handshaking or physical contact.I'm not sure how many episodes there are but it's on every Wednesday night at 10pm.
It is weird to watch programs with the characters going about their business like we all did a few months ago.
Saturday Night Live is back tonight with a live show produced remotely. Seems like there is no host but I'm guessing we will see cameos of some sort.
This article describes agreements that were in place prior to COVID-19 and sheds some light RE: why Movie Theaters Are ScrewedTo quote a phrase from Ragtime: "We can never go back to before".
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