Most of Hollywood’s television productions have been languishing in limbo for months due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Though the health crisis shows isn’t nearing its end in the United States, the show must go on.
A variety of television production companies are beginning to get back to work, and fans of the small screen who are stuck at home or otherwise pining for new content finally have reason to be excited. A considerable number of noteworthy shows have already begun or are planning to soon resume production after the monthslong delay.
IndieWire is keeping tabs on the television shows that are beginning to resume production, which are listed below:
Toss a coin to the production crew of Netflix’s popular “The Witcher.” The Henry Cavill-led adaptation of the hit fantasy novels resumed production on August 17. Season 2 actor Kristofer Hivju, who previously starred in “Game of Thrones,” was one of the industry’s first actors to reveal that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, though he noted that he only suffered mild symptoms at the time.
Netflix’s gritty crime drama is gearing up for its fourth and final season, which will resume production on November 9. Series star and producer Jason Bateman recently told IndieWire that he would not direct any upcoming episodes due to coronavirus precautions.
Late Night Shows
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has resumed studio production in late July; “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and James Cordon’s “The Late Show” followed suit earlier in August. Colbert and Cordon previously shot episodes of their shows at their own homes during the pandemic.
“Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune”
And the winner is…fans of television game shows. Each show has made changes to follow social distancing guidelines; the wheel on “Wheel of Fortune” has been redesigned, while there will be more space between the podiums on “Jeopardy!”
“NCIS,” “Love Island,” “The Amazing Race,” and other CBS Shows
Deadline recently reported that a wide range of CBS shows aim to resume production in the coming weeks, though some productions have tentative dates due to the unpredictable nature of the coronavirus. For example, the network’s long-running “NCIS” and spinoff “NCIS: Los Angeles” aim to resume production in Los Angeles on September 9 and September 3, respectively. Because both shows film in Los Angeles, one of the nation’s largest coronavirus hotspots, those shows’ production dates could be changed.
The network’s “S.W.A.T.,” from Sony TV, resumed production when the crew began working again in mid-August, while “Love Island” and “Big Brother” have already resumed production. CBS comedies “The Neighborhood” and “The Unicorn” aim to resume production in late August or early September, while “Young Sheldon,” “Mom,” “Bob Hearts Abishola,” and “B Positive,” all aim to resume production by mid-September, according to Deadline.
“Bull” and “Magnum P.I.” have received production greenlights but tentative start dates are still unknown. As for Dick Wolf’s shows, “FBI” and “FBI: Most Wanted” are reportedly looking to resume production in late September or early October.
ABC’s “Roseanne” spinoff resumed production in mid-August with a “minimal crew” and no studio audience.
“Dancing With the Stars”
It’s possible that the popular celebrity dance competition won’t be able to air live, but production on “Dancing With the Stars” has reportedly been “relatively unscathed” by the coronavirus pandemic.
ABC’s reality show resumed filming in June and the entire season was shot on-site in a quarantined location.
“America’s Got Talent”
NBC’s long-running non-scripted show resumed filming in June with a variety of safety measures, including filming on a large outdoor stage designed to look like a drive-in movie theater.
Production on the final two episodes of the 15th and final season of The CW show was scheduled to resume in mid-August.
Tyler Perry’s “Sistas” and “The Oval”
Tyler Perry told Vulture earlier in the year that he intended to resume filming various projects in July on a campus cheekily titled “Camp Quarantine.” Production on “Sistas” and “The Oval” reportedly resumed as planned.
Soap operas “Days of Our Lives,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and “General Hospital”
“The Bold and the Beautiful” was one of the first scripted shows to resume production in the United States when filming resumed on June 17. “General Hospital” resumed production in July, while “Days of Our Lives” aims to resume production in September.
Series executive producer Roberto Aguirre Sacasa tweeted on August 17 that the show was in pre-production.
The Syfy show resumed production in July and the remaining 10 episodes were reportedly being shot in Kamloops, Canada and Vancouver.
Sources told IndieWire that production on the second season of the FX and Sky comedy show resumed on August 31.