Posted: 19:13 GMT, Dec.. December 2020 | Updated: 19:33 GMT, Dec.. December 2020
CBS Studios will stop filming five of its shows, including two from its NCIS franchise, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the Los Angeles area has risen as other production companies are expected to follow suit at the request of health officials.
The company’s five LA-based shows to begin filming in the LA area – NCIS; NCIS: Los Angeles; MARINE SPECIAL UNIT; Why Women Kill What’s On CBS All Access; and Diary of a Future President, available on Disney, will be released on Nov.. Returning January a week later than expected.
The decision makes CBS Studios the first major Hollywood studio to suspend production due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Southern California, according to USA Today.
DailyMail. com reached out to other major studios to see if they would stop production amid the Los Angeles County’s public health crisis.
CBS Studios has ceased production of five shows filmed in the Los Angeles area, including NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. The above file photo shows actors Eric Christian Olsen (left) and Presciliana Esparolini from NCIS: Los Angeles
Wilmer Valderrama (left) and Mark Harmon (right) play the main roles in the successful NCIS series. The show is among the five to stop filming due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles.
The main actors union, SAG-AFTRA, sent an important message to its members on Tuesday revealing that film and television production is not expected to start until mid-January.
The news posted on the SAG-AFTRA website comes from the top of the union leadership, SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris and National Executive Director David White.
‘We are writing to inform you that we are closely monitoring the recent surge in COVID-19 infections as well as the reported shortage of intensive care beds across the state of California and Los Angeles County in particular. ‘The statement began.
« This is very important to all of us and we took immediate steps to liaise with our epidemiologists and public health experts about the rise in cities across the country, » added Carteris and White.
CBS Studios plans to end production of the shows, including SEAL TEAM (above), on Jan.. January, a week later than originally planned.
Why Women Kill, which airs on CBS All Access, will also be on hiatus due to the spread of COVID-19 in the Los Angeles area. The picture above from August 2019 shows why women kill the stars Kirby Howell-Baptiste (far left), Ginnifer Goodwin (center) and Lucy Liu (right) in Beverly Hills.
‘Most entertainment productions will be suspended until the second or third week of January, if not later. This means that the number of our members working on sets is reduced, ”they added.
Current security protocols allow additional time to test before resuming production. ‘
Union leaders added that they are in « close contact with our sister unions and guilds, » along with « seasoned epidemiologists, occupational rehabilitation specialists, public health officials, members and staff » in order to provide « the safest » can work environment and protocols for SAG-AFTRA members. ‘
« We will continue to monitor this situation and its effects on production and employment in all contract areas and, if necessary, take appropriate measures to ensure the continued safety of our members and others, » the statement continued.
They urged all of their members to remain vigilant and adhere to security principles to protect yourself, your families, communities, and colleagues. ‘
These protocols include: “Always wear your masks, maintain a safe physical distance, wash your hands frequently and well, and follow public health recommendations to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
The union leaders also urged stakeholders to review SAG-AFTRA’s safety tips to ensure safety and thank them for taking steps to protect themselves and others during this pandemic. ‘
Diary of a Future President, the CBS Studios offering airing on Disney is one of the shows hit by the hiatus. Left to right: show stars Ilana Pena; Selenia Leyva; Gina Rodriguez; Tess Romero; Michael Weaver; and Charlie Bushnell in Hollywood in January 2020
FilmLA, the agency that handles all of the film production permits in the city and county of Los Angeles, said last week that the Los Angeles County Department of Health asked the studios to suspend work for a few weeks as the catastrophic surge occurs COVID cases. ‘
« Identify and delay higher risk activities and focus on lower risk work for the time being if you can, » the email read.
A spokesman for FilmLA told DailyMail. com reported that « production has slowed significantly in the past two weeks, » even though there is no data showing shows were affected.
While film and television production resumed in the summer with high profile projects like Mission: Impossible 7 and in greater numbers in the fall, there has recently been a spate of COVID-19 outbreaks on television sets.
The final season of Showtime’s Shameless has been discontinued. Production was reportedly in « full panic mode » after 18 false positive tests were discovered last week following a lab error.
Just a day later, filming of Impeachment: American Crime Story was canceled after several team members tested positive for COVID-19.
A mutant variant of the coronavirus that appears to be more contagious has been found in Southern California, where the state’s most populous county has more than 10. 000 deaths recorded and authorities warned that they will patrol streets to close large New Year’s Eve gatherings, which could spread the infection.
The Leaders’ Union, SAG-AFTRA, delivered an important message to its members on Tuesday, revealing that film and television productions are not expected to start until mid-January.
The news posted on the SAG-AFTRA website comes from the top of the union leadership, SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris and National Executive Director David White
Statement: « We are writing to inform you that we are closely monitoring the recent surge in COVID-19 infections and the reported shortage of intensive care beds across the state of California, and Los Angeles County in particular, » the statement began
Los Angeles County hit a « terrifying milestone » with an additional 274 deaths in 24 hours, a record 10. 056 deaths. Dr. . Barbara Ferrer announced on Wednesday.
The daily death toll from COVID-19 over 14 days averaged 150 people, or « roughly equal to the number of deaths from all other causes, which is roughly 170, » Ferrer said.
« Most heartbreakingly, many of these deaths would not have occurred had we been better at reducing virus transmission. ‘
The county, which recorded about 40 percent of the state’s virus deaths, is one of nearly two dozen in southern California and the agricultural San Joaquin Valley, where hospital intensive care units are technically out of space even though patients are on the intensive care unit will be placed in other hospital areas under « surge » procedures.
California was now the second state, after Colorado, to find a new strain of the virus that was first confirmed in the United Kingdom.
The patient who died on Jan.. Developing symptoms on December 31st is a 30-year-old San Diego County male who had no travel history, which could suggest someone else has already brought the new strain to the state. Officials said.
It is common for viruses to experience subtle changes as they multiply and move through a population.
Scientists have found no evidence that the variant is more deadly or causes more serious illness, and they believe the vaccines now being released will be effective against it.
But the fear is that mutations will eventually become significant enough to defeat the vaccines.
Los Angeles County hit a « terrifying milestone » with an additional 274 deaths in 24 hours, a record 10. 056 deaths. Dr. . Barbara Ferrer announced on Wednesday
In LA County, more than one in four COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals end up in intensive care units, according to the county.
The struggle to find places for the seriously ill means: « It is not only the virus that turns out to be deadly, but also the nightmare scenario in which Angelenos die because they cannot be adequately cared for by overstrained intensive care units » said Ferrer.
The cases have raised a number of questions about how the version circulated in England got to the US and whether it is too late to stop now. Top experts say it is likely already spreading elsewhere in the US.
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