Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Netflix Join CBS in Delaying L.A. TV Production Return

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Disney Television, CBS Studios, Warner Bros. TV, Universal TV and Netflix have pushed the post-holiday restart dates on several of their series back as COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County have surged.

On Tuesday, CBS Studios announced production on NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and SEAL Team, all broadcast by CBS, as well as CBS All Access' Why Women Kill and Disney+'s Diary of a Future President had been scheduled to return to production on Jan. 4 after their holiday break. All five shows will now resume on Jan. 11.

The studio's other projects are slated to go back into production later in January.

On Thursday, as all of Hollywood was already shut down for New Year's Eve, Disney Television Studios, Universal TV and Warner Bros. Television both announced similar delays. On Monday, sources confirmed that Netflix would also be delaying its slate of active Los Angeles-based projects until further notice.

Universal series affected by the delay include NBC's Mr Mayor, Kenan, Good Girls and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, HBO Max's upcoming Hacks and the second season of Netflix's Never Have I Ever. Production on those is expected to resume Jan. 11 — save Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which plans to be back at work on Jan. 18. As for Warner Bros., All American, Bob Hearts Abishola, B Positive, Call Me Kat, Mom, Shameless and You are among the projects that will also take an extra week off — returning Jan. 11. (Lucifer and Young Sheldon were previously scheduled to resume on the eleventh, while All Rise is on a planned production hiatus until Jan. 22.

Disney Television Studios ABC Signature and 20th TV have the most productions impacted by the delay. They will also hold off until later in January, at the earliest, with 911, 911: Lone Star, American Crime Story: Impeachment, American Horror Story, American Housewife, Big Shot, Black-ish, Grey's Anatomy, Last Man Standing, Love, Victor, Mayans, Mixed-ish, The Orville, Rebel, Station 19 and This is Us all extending their respective hiatuses to Jan. 18.

Obviously, all of these return dates are tentative as all of Southern California grapples with rising COVID-19 cases.

The delays come on the heels of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health urging TV and film productions to consider pausing work as COVID-19 cases have spiked in the county, straining hospital capacities. Earlier Tuesday, a regional stay-at-home order for Southern California was extended through Jan. 16.

"Although music, TV and film productions are allowed to operate, we ask you to strongly consider pausing work for a few weeks during this catastrophic surge in COVID cases," the health department wrote in a Dec. 24 letter to industry contacts. "Identify and delay higher risk activities, and focus on lower risk work for now, if at all possible."

Meanwhile, SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement posted to the union's website Tuesday that "most entertainment productions will remain on hiatus until the second or third week of January if not later."

Film and TV production is considered an essential business in Los Angeles, allowing studios to continue employing thousands of workers during the pandemic.

California recorded 66,811 new coronavirus infections on Monday, the highest single-day total to date. In L.A. County, 16,914 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, per the health department.

Dec. 31, 5:13 p.m. Updated to include WB and Universal's production delays.

Jan 4, 7:43 p.m. Updated to include Netflix's production delay.