After months of watching reruns, dreaming about new storylines, and reading about deep-dive fan theories to pass the time, there's a small sliver of hope for television fans as productions look toward starting back up. Beginning in March 2020, many TV shooting schedules were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, with premiere dates being pushed to later in the year and into 2021. But if you're wondering when your fave TV shows will resume filming after coronavirus closures, there's a good chance the answer is "soon."
In Hollywood in particular, California Governor Gavin Newsom allowed productions to start back up as of June 12, 2020, with each project being subject to approval. Other major filming cities such as Atlanta and overseas in areas like the UK are also moving forward.
Of course, many production teams are still figuring out how to begin filming with proper safety protocols, with some taking longer to begin again, depending on the production's location and the logistics involved in filming. Also, because the coronavirus is still a huge problem in the U.S., even plans that have been announced are subject to change. Regardless, TV shows will eventually come back, meaning the days of re-watching The Vampire Diaries on an endless loop may soon be over. (Kidding! Like anyone could ever get enough of Damon's compelling gaze.)
Here are the deets on when the production of your beloved shows are expected to start back up:
TV Shows Resuming Production In June
America's Got Talent
The NBC hit was one of the first big-budget non-scripted shows to resume filming after the shutdown. According to Deadline, the series began filming again in mid-June.
TV Shows Resuming Production In July
After months of stop and go, Clare Crawley's season of The Bachelorette is finally happening. According to Vulture, the show began filming in July and will take place at a resort instead of the usual Bachelor Mansion due to coronavirus safety restrictions. Additionally, international travel is out, but that probably won't stop people from being there for the wrong reasons. Season 16 of The Bachelorette airs on Oct. 13, and is sure to be full of drama — at least, according to the reports that Clare left the show early after finding love and Bachelor Nation fan-favorite Tayshia Adams stepped up to replace her.
The Young and the Restless
According to TVLine, the hit scripted series began filming again on July 13 prior to its Aug. 10 premiere date on CBS.
Big Brother: All Stars
Season 22 of the hit CBS reality series began production again in July before its Aug. 5 air date. Before any of the contestants could enter the house to film, they each had to quarantine for at least two weeks and test negative for coronavirus.
The famous soap began filming again on July 22 as reported by Deadline. The next installment aired on Aug. 3 on ABC.
The Real Housewives of Dallas
Season 5 is finally in the works. While there’s no confirmed premiere date (yet), the series began production again in July. "The Real Housewives of Dallas recently resumed production with a comprehensive health and safety plan," a network spokesperson told People on July 23.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Kim and Khloe were spotted filming in Malibu in late July, which means more drama is on the way. New episodes of the E! reality show are scheduled to air on Sept. 17.
TV Shows Resuming Production In August
The Netflix hit is coming back for Season 2 after production was put on hold. According to The Guardian, the series is set to begin filming again on August 17 and was confirmed with a tweet from the show's account on June 22.
According to Deadline, Season 3 of Sex Education is officially happening after getting put on hold in May. The show is set to begin filming again in August. Since sunshine is an important part of its aesthetic, it has to be filmed in the summer, so the clock's really ticking.
Production of the long-running CW series was cut short due to social distancing recommendations just before the final three episodes of the series aired. According to Deadline, Supernatural, which shoots in Vancouver and British Columbia, is gearing up to start filming again within a couple of weeks (as of July 25).
The CW is looking to start production back up on another Vancouver-based series, The Flash. According to Deadline, “Warner Bros. TV is planning for a late-August start for the studio’s Vancouver-based broadcast series” The slated start date for these shows, The Flash included, ranges from August 20 to 27.
The Cour Four is back (almost)! A report from Deadline claims The CW's hit has plans to ramp up production after halting in March. The fourth season ended three episodes short, but the fifth season, which is slated to start production the last week of August, will start with the episodes cut from Season 4, including Riverdale High’s prom and graduation.
The U.S. version of the popular British reality show is officially in the works. The second season, which is being shot at The Cromwell in Las Vegas, premiered on Aug. 24.
After a whirlwind Season 1, fans were thrilled to see runaway Netflix teen drama Outer Banks get the green light for a second season. However, due to coronavirus concerns, they had no idea when that season would ever be able to begin filming — until recently, that is. According to series star Chase Stokes' Instagram, the show resumed production to begin Season 2 on Aug. 31.
TV Shows Resuming Production In September
The group is back in Season 4 of Stranger Things. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Netflix series is set to begin production again, with a tentative start date of September 17.
This Is Us & The Blacklist
Though there are currently no confirmed production start dates for either show, both of these popular NBC series come back in the fall of 2020. The Hollywood Reporter reported Season 5 of This Is Us will premiere on Nov. 10 and Season 8 of The Blacklist returns on Nov. 13. If production for either show hasn’t started back up yet, it’s due to any day now.
While there’s no set-in-stone answer about when everyone’s fave doctors will make it back to the screen, there’s a good chance it will be sooner rather than later. On Aug. 27, ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke told The Hollywood Reporter: "With our scripted series ramping up production, we look forward to announcing more premiere dates very soon." Further, on Sept. 1, Variety reported the show will start filming on Sept. 17.
Check back for updates as more shows announce plans to restart production.
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