Every Major TV Show Delayed Or Cut Short By COVID-19
The 2020 TV season has been massively affected by production shutdowns. Here are the shows that were forced to ditch epi
As the Coronavirus disaster continues with no relief in sight--in some places, at least--canceled premieres, production hiatuses, and adjusted release schedules have become the norm for the entertainment industry in 2020. We've already rounded up every movie that has been postponed because of the pandemic, so now we're turning our attention from the big screen to the small one. It's time to take a look at what's going on on the TV side of the equation.
The truth is that virtually every television production, regardless of size, network, or genre, has been affected in some way by the quarantine protocols, so rather than give you a list of, well, every single TV show currently airing, we narrowed the focus. These are shows that either had to truncate their currently airing seasons all together, like most of the Arrowverse or dramas like Empire, or shows that had to hit the pause button while production was already well underway like Disney+'s Falcon And The Winter Soldier. We won't be going over shows that are now nebulously delayed after season renewals or shows that are traditionally taped live each week--they obviously won't be coming back for a while.
So, with that in mind, here are 29 TV shows that have had to make some major adjustments because of the pandemic.
1. Batwoman (The CW)
Batwoman shutdown production for an early finale back in March, losing two episodes of its total original order. Star Ruby Rose then exited the show.
2. Supergirl (The CW)
Supergirl shutdown production, moving its finale to Episode 19 rather than Episode 20 of Season 5.
3. The Blacklist (NBC)
The Blacklist's planned 22-episode Season 7 was cut down to 19 episodes.
4. Dynasty (The CW)
Dynasty truncated its third season from 22 episodes to 20 episodes.
5. Empire (Fox)
Empire's final season was cut from 20 episodes to 18, forcing the production team to completely reconfigure the series finale.
6. The Flash (The CW)
Season 6 of The Flash ended at Episode 19 rather than the planned 22.
7. The Goldbergs (ABC)
The last episode of Season 7 was never finished, resulting in an Episode 23 season finale rather than Episode 24.
8. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Season 16 of Grey's Anatomy ended with Episode 21 rather than 25.
9. Legacies (The CW)
Legacies cut its second season off at Episode 16 for a "spring finale."
10. Nancy Drew (The CW)
The show's first season ended with Episode 18 rather than the planned 22.
12. Supernatural (The CW)
Only 13 of Supernatural's 20-episode final season were able to be aired on schedule. Production is hoping to resume in the fall.
13. Superstore (NBC)
Superstore was unable to complete Season 5's final episode, ending on episode 21, titled "California (Part 1)" without plans for part 2's completion.
14. Fargo (FX)
Fargo's fourth season was pushed back from a planned April 2020 release date. It is now scheduled to premiere in September, but will begin airing episodes before the season has finished filming.
15. The Walking Dead (AMC)
Season 10 was placed on hold after production shut down starting at Episode 15. Episode 16 is scheduled to air on October 4.
16. Doom Patrol (HBO Max)
Doom Patrol was unable to complete Season 2's final episode, ending with Episode 9 rather than 10.
17. Barry (HBO)
Season 3 of Barry had to halt production. It currently has no set premiere date.
18. Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)
Season 5 of Legends of Tomorrow lost its last episode, halting at Episode 14 rather than 15.
19. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Disney+)
The first Disney+ MCU show was forced to stop filming and push its premiere back. It was originally scheduled to hit the streaming service in August of 2020, and currently has no new date set.
20. Glow (Netflix)
Season 4 was forced to halt production and postpone its planned premiere. It currently has no set date to return.
21. The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
Season 4 shut down production and pushed its premiere to 2021.
22. Lucifer (Netflix)
Season 5's premiere was delayed after production shut down, but luckily fans won't have to wait much longer. The first part of the season will premiere on August 21.
23. Loki (Disney+)
Every MCU show headed to Disney+ that had started filming in 2020 was forced to shut down. Loki's release date is still, currently, set for May 7, 2021.
24. WandaVision (Disney+)
Like Loki, WandaVision was forced to halt production in March, but has not been officially delayed. It is currently set to premiere in December 2020.
25. Russian Doll (Netflix)
Filming on Russian Doll's second season was halted in March. It is expected to hit a new premiere date in 2021.
26. Stranger Things (Netflix)
Season 4 of the hit show was scheduled to begin filming in January but production had to be halted in March. It's currently unknown what sort of delays this will cause for its scheduled 2021 release.
27. The Wheel of Time (Prime Video)
Production on the first season of the highly anticipated fantasy show actually began in August of 2019, but was paused in March of 2020. It's not known how many episodes were completed or what sort of delays this will cause.
28. Lord of the Rings (Prime)
The LOTR TV show began filming in February on location in New Zealand just one month before shutdowns forced it to temporarily close up shop.
29. Foundation (Apple TV)
The series based on the book by Isaac Asimov shut down production in March, and it's unknown what sort of delay this will mean for the premiere.