US TV Production in Vancouver Largely on Pause over COVID-19 Test Results Delays

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Nellie Andreeva on September 29, 2020.

“A month after US series began to resume production in Vancouver with COVID-19 protocols amid the pandemic, most of them have suspended filming,” writes Nellie Andreeva in Deadline Hollywood. “Like was the case when restart of production was delayed in August, the issue has to do with testing.

“I hear a slew of series from multiple studios, including Riverdale, A Million Little Things, Charmed, Batwoman, The Mighty DucksNancy Drew and Maid, have been idle for several days now or are in the process of shutting down because of delays of as much as 72+ hours in receiving COVID-19 test results for their casts and crew. Shows that had been scheduled to start this week, including The Flash, Supergirl and DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, have been pushed. I hear a local lab did not meet deadlines, leaving productions in the dark. There is no indication that there are any positive cases but, without definitive PCR test results and no rapid testing available, studios have had no choice but to halt production. I hear the suspension of filming is done day by day and still ongoing. Additionally, I’m getting accounts of possible test shortages, which would compound the problem. ‘It’s a mess,’ multiple industry insiders said of the situation. …

Deadline Hollywood 9/29

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