Coronavirus brings TV production in NYC to a halt
Updated: Sep 14, 2020
That’s a wrap!
Coronavirus fears have led to a near-industrywide shutdown of television and film production across the Big Apple, adding to the list of woes facing the city’s economy already staggering under the weight of the pandemic.
Three dozen TV shows have canceled their permits to film outdoors, according to tally kept by City Hall that was provided to The Post on Tuesday.
CBS, which has a slew of New York TV shows in its line-up, has suspended all production in the five boroughs — including the cop drama “Blue Bloods.”
The network’s news division has been especially hard hit by the pandemic, as six staffers have contracted the dangerous virus, including the network’s Rome correspondent.
Many iconic NBC shows also have suspended production or gone on hiatus.
New York television staple “Law and Order: SVU,” one of the longest-running shows in history, has shut down here in New York City, its producers announced on Twitter.
And the Peacock’s three iconic late-night franchises — “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night with Seth Myers” — are all going on hiatus through at least the end of the month, The Los Angeles Times reported.
NBC’s parent company, NBCUniversal, said it has suspended work on 35 different series but declined to identify any of the projects.
Netflix said in a statement that it has paused production on all of its television and film works across the country. It declined to name the stalled projects in New York City.
Cable giant Warner Media — which owns HBO — said it will halt “production on some of our series currently filming and will delay those scheduled to start imminently.” It, too, declined to identify the projects put on hold.
The industry is big business in the five boroughs.
More than 76,000 New Yorkers worked in film and television production in New York City in 2017, accounting for one in every seven jobs in the industry across the country, according to a report released by city Comptroller Scott Stringer last year.
The average job pays more than $120,000, and collectively, the industry pays out an estimated $5.2 billion in wages, Stringer’s report sai