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Amid a nationwide quarantine that has prompted hundreds of TV shows to halt production, some networks are already adjusting their premiere schedules.
With much of the country stuck at home and rapidly consuming what remains of new episodes of broadcast and cable shows, FX was the first to back off of its planned premiere date for Fargo as only eight of its 10 episodes had completed production before the massive industry shutdown.
Now, other outlets have begun to follow suit as executives examine their inventory of originals and check in to see where physical production and post work is. Other broadcasters, meanwhile, have also slowly started to adjust schedules to better position what originals they currently have in the can. (Sources say most broadcast shows that were unable to complete production on their current seasons will not resume work on those lost episodes.)
Here, The Hollywood Reporter will monitor which TV series are being impacted and will no longer make their planned premiere dates. We will update this post as more information begins to trickle in.
Note: New premiere dates are not available as it is unclear when it will be safe to resume production.
• The season 10 finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead has been moved from its planned April 12 air date as post-production could not be completed on the episode. “Current events have unfortunately made it impossible to complete post-production of The Walking Dead season 10 finale, so the current season will end with its 15th episode on April 5. The planned finale will appear as a special episode later in the year,” AMC said in a statement. Sources note that the series was not equipped to complete the major visual effects work that the episode called for via remote operations.
• AMC’s The Walking Dead: World Beyond will no longer premiere on April 12 after the season finale of the flagship series. Sources say AMC wanted to hold what is its tentpole series to ensure it had one such original later in the year. Given the uncertainty about when production will resume, that’s not a bad thought for a show that hadn’t quite finished postproduction on its final few episodes of what is being marketed as a two-season limited series.
• Showtime’s scripted comedy Black Monday is shifting its release date and, rather than launching with two episodes per week, will revert to one a night, effective Sunday and stretching through April 12.
• Showtime has delayed the launches of the docuseries Outcry (formerly April 3) and Love Fraud (May 8) to a date to be determined.
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