Which TV Shows Have Planned to Resume Production?
Due to the pandemic, production shut down on TV shows in March, but slowly, people are returning to work.
Guidelines are in place to ensure the health and safety of all involved, and some shows have their own as well. Here, we're keeping a list of which shows have already started filming again or have at least announced plans to do so.
America's Got Talent
The NBC talent competition series filmed Judge Cuts for its 15th season, with some changes. Judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and Sofia Vergara were seated in accordance to social distancing guidelines, and they, host Terry Crews, and everyone else wore masks when not speaking on camera. The live rounds are set to begin on August 11.
There may be quite a few question marks about the upcoming season—Is Clare Crawley out and Tayshia Adams in? There hasn't been an official announcement—but production has begun, with everyone quarantined at a resort in California for its duration.
The Season 22 premiere (on August 5) will see the houseguests moving in. They'll be quarantined for a period prior to production and tested several times before entering the house. They'll also be tested weekly during the season and have no contact with crew. The supplies will be disinfected before being delivered. There will not be a studio audience for the live show.
The Bold and the Beautiful
The Bold and the Beautiful briefly resumed filming June 17 with guidelines in place that include changes to how scenes requiring close contact will be handled before pausing due to testing. They have switched labs; cast and crew will be tested regularly during production.
Days of Our Lives
Production resumed the week of July 20 on the ABC soap, and new episodes started to air on August 3.
Production was set to resume on the game show the week of July 27, with changes in place to ensure proper distance between contestants as well as between them and host Alex Trebek.
Originally scheduled for May, production on Season 3 could begin in August. However, Sony's president of international production Wayne Garvie anticipates that it's likely they, like other shows, will have to deal with "false starts — productions starting up and then stopping again."
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Fallon returned to filming—without an audience—in studio at Rockefeller Center mid-July. (He produced episodes from home prior to that.)
Production has resumed on the fifth and final season in Kamloops and Vancouver, Canada. "We started on our covid protocols and PPE collection shortly after shutting down," Michael Frislev, executive producer and co-chairman of Nomadic Pictures, said in a statement. "The entire cast and crew have been through our covid safety training and were tested prior to going to camera. Our extensive and detailed protocols have been blessed by all BC unions, guilds, ActSafe BC and WorkSafe BC."
Wheel of Fortune
Production was set to resume the week of August 3, with changes in place on the set to ensure proper distance among Pat Sajak, Vanna White, and the contestants. That includes adjustments made to the wheel.
Production on Season 2 is scheduled to begin on August 17, Netflix revealed with a fun announcement. "I'm dusting off my lute and quill, I have some news, some mead to spill: After all the months we've been apart," the streaming service said. "It's time for production to restart. The Witcher and his bard — who's flawless, will reunite on set 17 August."
Production on Season 4 shut down halfway through, but it has resumed on the final six episodes in Calgary.
The Young and the Restless
The CBS soap is back in production, with new episodes set to resume airing on August 10.