Three Series Pause, Pilot Delayed at CBS Studio Center Due to Positive COVID Tests

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Nellie Andreeva on November 11, 2020.

Three series produced at CBS Studio Center in Studio City have suspended production after production team members tested positive for COVID-19, Deadline Hollywood has learned. Additionally, production on a pilot, which was about to start filming, was delayed, also due to positive tests.

None would comment but Deadline has found that the impacted series are CBS’ All Access’ Why Women Kill, from CBS Studios; Apple TV+’s Mythic Quest, from Lionsgate TV; and ABC’s upcoming comedy Call Your Mother, from Sony TV. The pilot is believed to be ABC’s workplace comedy starring Lucy Liu, from CBS Studios. Deadline has also found that the production shutdowns started on Monday. Mythic Quest is slated to resume filming this Friday, November 13; the other productions may stay dark through the end of this week before the situation is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The pilot will likely be pushed.

CBS Studio Center’s SVP Human Resources Talia Robinson today sent a letter to employees, a copy of which was obtained by Deadline.

“At CBS Studio Center, we follow the guidance of LA County Public Health department and work closely with our productions and tenants to ensure that they have robust and compliant COVID Safety protocols in place. However, recent events, most notably Halloween, as well as gatherings and celebrations in the days following the elections and a national spike in infections are also thought to have potentially contributed to the recent local uptick,” the letter said.  (You can read it in full below the post) …

Deadline Hollywood 11/11

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