Chicago P.D. pauses filming due to positive Covid tests

Chicago P.D. is the latest TV series to fall victim to the Omicron variant Covid-19 surge, requiring a pause in production Thursday morning after a number of positive Covid tests were reported.

Some of the cases were in Zone A, which includes the cast and those who directly interact with them. Our sources say that the halt in filming is just a pause and not expected to be long term. 

This is the second time there has been a shutdown within the One Chicago franchise. Last week Chicago Fire experienced a week-long pause in production to accommodate positive Covid test results, also within Zone A.

Chicago Fire season 10 has resumed filming this week which should prevent any major delays in the season.

Chicago Med has remained unscathed and is in continuous production. The two TV series, together with Chicago Med, comprise the powerhouse Wednesday night One Chicago lineup on NBC. All three series are filmed in Chicago at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios and employ separate crews.

P.D. and Fire are among a number of series that either paused due to positive Covid tests or in an abundance of caution, including Late Night With Seth Meyers, ABC Dramas Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19, and The Rookie, General Hospital, NCIS & NCIS: Los Angeles, Fox’s 9-1-1 and Monarch, Star Trek: Picard, the 2022 Grammy Awards, and The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Broadway shows have also taken a hit, including The Music Man in New York City, postponed due to Hugh Jackman’s positive test result, as well as To Kill a Mocking Bird, which stars Greg Kinnear. Girl From the North Country, the acclaimed musical which features songs by Bob Dylan, also announced on January 12 that it will shut down before the end of the month.

Sundance Film Festival announced on January 5 that it no longer plans to host in-person events. The festival, which is scheduled to run from January 20-30, has changed to a “primarily online experience”.

Chicago Fire, Med, and P.D. air Wednesdays on NBC. Check in at ONE CHICAGO for further updates.


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