All three Chicago Dick Wolf shows Chicago Med, PD and Fire have halted production and will not be returning until next season.
In addition to the Chicago shows, the list includes other Wolf series Law & Order: SVU for NBC and FBI for CBS, as well as NBC’s New Amsterdam — all from Universal Television — upcoming limited series for Peacock Angelyne starring Emmy Rossum from UCP and NBCU’s breakout freshman syndicated talker The Kelly Clarkson Show.
“The safety and health of our cast, crew and employees is our top priority,” NBCU said in a statement Thursday night. “Where possible, we are pausing production for two weeks as a precautionary measure, following which we will reassess and determine an appropriate start date. In some cases, we are accelerating plans to wrap up physical production.”
Confirmed by Alex Pissios of Cinespace Studios, while most shows are expected to resume production, the Dick Wolf dramas, which are possibly one or two episodes away from wrapping their seasons, are among a few that will not return, calling it a season.
That is a strategy also employed by CBS TV Studios on its procedural dramas.
The three Chicago shows are filmed at Cinespace in Chicago, which had the first known case of a TV production staffer testing positive for the coronavirus, a producer of new Fox drama NeXt.
Meanwhile, the FBI dramas shoot in New York, where Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today declared a state of emergency over the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Here is a partial list of the NBC shows stopping production:
American Ninja Warriors (NBC, delayed)
Chicago Fire (NBC, halted)
Chicago P.D (NBC, halted)
Chicago Med (NBC, halted)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC, halted)
New Amsterdam (NBC, halted)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC, halted)
Angelyne (Peacock, halted)
Rutherford Falls (Peacock, delayed)
Little America (Apple TV+, delayed)
Russian Doll (Netflix, delayed)
The Kelly Clarkson Show (halted)
Earlier this week, NBCUniversal announced the cancellation of its live Upfront event on May 11th due to health concerns. The company will instead televise and stream the Upfront Presentation for the 2020-21 season to ensure the safety of all participants. The company released this statement:
“At this moment in time, we can embrace a new future that puts our audiences and our partners first. This year’s Upfront Presentation will ensure everyone’s safety, while allowing us to give fans and marketers a preview of the upcoming season.” said Linda Yaccarino, Chairman of Advertising & Partnerships, NBCUniversal.
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) there are a total of 1,215 confirmed cases in the U.S. and 36 deaths. Forty-three states, including the District of Columbia, have reported cases.
UPDATED: A spokesperson from #OneChicago Publicity team has since spoken to Reel Chicago. Original episodes of all three series will still air for the next few months. So current and upcoming airdates are not affected.