Netflix productions shut down due to coronavirus

Riverdale and Stranger Things are among the shows which have had production stopped.
Riverdale and Stranger Things are among the shows which have had production stopped. Photo credit: Getty

Netflix has announced all its shows and movies filmed inside the United States and Canada have been either shut down or delayed thanks to the spread of COVID-19. 

The streaming service said that all scripted shows have stopped production for at least two weeks, with Entertainment Weekly reporting the decision was made "due to government restrictions and health/safety precautions".

Netflix is joining a growing list of entertainment companies which are shutting down productions while the COVID-19 outbreak continues.

Warner Bros has halted 70 television series and pilots, Disney TV Studios has 16 pilots shut down and movie productions around the world are wrapping up early to escape the virus.

Many of these shows and movies are now expected to be delayed in release.

Impacted television includes Stranger Things, The Bachelorette US, America's Got Talent, American Crime Story: Impeachment, The Flash and Grey's Anatomy

Warner Bros has stopped Riverdale production after a member of the programme's crew came in contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus. They were in the middle of shooting the show's fourth season in Vancouver.

Mission Impossible 7, Marvel's new The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Fast and Furious 9 and Mulan are among the movies which have been affected.

American talk shows have also put in measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers' Late Night have been suspended temporarily, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

Some shows that are continuing are filming without audiences, including Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Films are also closing down including the Elvis Presley biopic film which Tom Hanks was filming for in Australia, which was stopped after the actor tested positive for coronavirus.

Major sports leagues such as the NBA have also been impacted, with the current season suspended.

Entertainment Weekly has a full list of movies and television shows which have been affected.

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