CBS Studios Halts Production For Second Time Due To COVID-19 Infection Concerns

CBS spoilers reveal that CBS Studios will once again suspend filming due to the coronavirus pandemic. There is a surge in COVID-19 cases in the Los Angeles area and other production units are expected to shut down after a request this week from health officials.

CBS has announced it is suspending production on five of its television shows including two from its wildly popular NCIS franchise.

CBS has said that filming on the five shows will return on January 11, a week later than expected. All of the shows film in LA and had been expected to start production: NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, SEAL TEAM, Why Women Kill (which airs on CBS All Access) and Diary of a Future President (which is available on Disney+).

CBS spoilers: Will The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful Be Shut Down Again?

There is no word yet as to the fate of the production of the CBS soap operas The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless, both of which film in LA. B&B is set in LA and Y&R is the number one rated daytime drama.

According to USA Today, CBS Studios is the first major Hollywood studio to shut down for a second time in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. Earlier in the week chatter began in the Southland about possible production shutdowns due to the sharp rise in COVID-19 infections in Southern California.

CBS spoilers: The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful Are Still Filming

The is reporting it has inquired of other major studios about their plans to shutter again, especially in light of CBS’s groundbreaking move.

On Tuesday the main actor’s union SAG-AFTRA let their members know that film and TV productions probably would not begin until mid-January.

The message from SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and National Executive Director David White was posted on the SAG-AFTRA website.

CBS spoilers: What Happens Next In Regard to Filming for The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful?

The post read in part: “We are writing to let you know that we are closely monitoring the recent surge in COVID-19 infections along with the reported lack of intensive care unit (ICU) beds throughout the state of California and particularly in Los Angeles County.”

“This is deeply concerning to us all and we have taken immediate action to connect with our epidemiologists and public health experts regarding the surge in cities across the nation.”

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