The television shows NCIS and Chicago Fire both suspended production while the staff of each series tested positive for COVID-19.
Insiders told Deadline Wednesday that production of the CBS procedural drama NCIS has been suspended due to the prevalence of positive tests from people in Zone A of the show, which includes the cast and crew they interact with.
A performer on the show is said to have tested positive, said the outlet’s insider.
The latest: The television shows NCIS and Chicago Fire have both suspended production while the staff on each series tested positive for COVID-19. Katrina Law and Wilmer Valderrama were recently featured on an episode of NCIS
It wasn’t immediately clear how long the break would be, as sources told the outlet it could last a few weeks while there are tentative plans to film a crossover episode with NCIS: Hawaii later that week.
The spin-off series NCIS: LA was put on hold in February as producers queued enough episodes to air to delay a return to production, sources told Deadline.
A production source told the point of sale, “It’s a mess, people keep getting Covid.”
Chicago Fire, which airs on NBC, suspended production in Chicago on Wednesday after several people tested positive for COVID-19, with some in Zone A of the show, Deadline reported.
Brett Dalton and Taylor Kinney were recently featured on an episode of Chicago Fire
Chicago Fire had been on vacation and returned to filming Monday and Tuesday before Wednesday’s break, outlet sources said, as producers aim for a restart early next week
The show had been on vacation hiatus and returned to the movie on Monday and Tuesday before Wednesday’s break, outlet sources said, as producers aim to restart early next week.
Officials were conducting immediate contact tracing in accordance with local and NBCU guidelines, according to the point of sale.
Production of sister shows Chicago PD and Chicago Med was not affected, according to the outlet.
The surge in omicrones has caused the studios to take precautions as Disney will cut all production by Jan.
The outlet reported that Netflix, Universal Media Studios, Warner Bros. TV, and CBS Studios have made efforts to keep operating with 1-2 day windows of time during which production will pause if production is positive.
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