Coronavirus 2020: All the TV shows delayed, canceled and postponed to 2021
Over the last couple of months, since early 2020, coronavirus has established complete control over the world. It has not only brought the global economy and quality of life to a standstill but also has deteriorated it in many parts of the world with the death of thousands of people and has left millions unemployed and living in dire conditions.
Pretty much every industry in the world has been hit drastically by Covid-19. Theatres and broadways are shut across the world - in order to abide by the social distancing norms - which has led to a steep decrease in the revenue generated by the entertainment industry. The new social distancing norms also mean that many people cannot get together in one space, which has also put on hold any new productions by channels, networks, or streaming sites. It all comes in a cycle, as more and more production houses shut shop in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Many channels and networks have postponed the airing of the shows, some have completely scrapped shows, others have halted or delayed production till further notice. On the other hand, streaming sites are rushing with the release of their already lined up shows and movies for 2020 thereby cashing in on the dearth of content from television. However, Netflix had halted production of all with scripted TV shows and movies in the US and Canada when the outbreak was at its peak.
Here is a comprehensive list of everything on television that has announced a delay or cancellation due to the continued spread of the coronavirus.
Jon Stewart's 'Irresistible', which he wrote and directed, was originally scheduled to release in theatres on May 29, 2020. The movie is now going to skip theatres and will head straight to video-on-demand. A political comedy starring Steve Carell, it will now release on June 26.
Tom Hanks' 'Greyhound', a thrilling story inspired by actual events from the Battle of the Atlantic, that stars the award-winning actor as a "first-time captain who leads a convoy of allied ships carrying thousands of soldiers across the treacherous waters of the Black Pit to the front lines of WW2". Directed by Aaron Schneider and a screenplay written by Hanks, the WWII epic was delayed all this while.
But now, it is the latest high-profile movie to go directly to streaming on Apple TV+. Roughly a week ago, Sony Pictures sold the movie to Apple's streaming service for $70 million. At the same time, Sony maintains that this is not going to be the norm going forward and has delayed almost entire movies late to the next year 2021 proving that it is still committed to theatrical releases.
Freeform has delayed the return of 'Good Trouble' and 'Grown-ish' until 2021. At the same time, its upcoming thriller drama series, which was previously titled 'Last Summer', is now 'Cruel Summer' and is also postponed to next year.
CBS' 'The Good Fight' has been renewed by CBS All Access for a Season 5, but it did not complete its fourth season. As a result of the ongoing halt in the production since early March, season 4, which was intended to be a 10-episode season, will conclude with seven episodes on Thursday, May 28.
Warner Bros' 'Clouds', a movie about 17-year-old Zach Sobiech will now be headed for Disney+. The movie follows the teenager who, before dying of a rare bone cancer in May 2013, formed the band A Firm Handshake and recorded the hit single Clouds'.
The CW is delaying the 2020-21 launch of all of its new and returning scripted shows until January 2021 at the earliest. The network plans to fill its fall schedule with shows from other networks such as 'Tell Me a Story' and 'Swamp Thing', reality programs, and some summer shows that it can afford to hold back. It's most popular show 'Supernatural' has delayed filming its final seven episodes and will now air on The CW in fall.
Showtime has rescheduled its delayed docuseries 'Love Fraud' for an August 30 launch.