Just when many were looking forward to upcoming seasons of some of the most popular TV shows on streamers such as Netflix, Disney+, or HBO Max, a bomb in the form of postponed upcoming shows has been dropped in wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Shortly after WHO declared COVID-19 as a global pandemic last week, Netflix, The Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros. Television Group have made the decision to put a stop to productions for their upcoming TV series for their respective streamers for the time being. Disney, in particular, seems to have been the most negatively impacted, having also recently announced the delay of upcoming movies, as well as its Hollywood branch of Disneyland.
Most of the productions that have been delayed were all scheduled to take place across the US, Canada and Australia, though there were indeed some that have been filming in Europe, which also took the brunt of the coronavirus outbreak.
For Disney, this means that the likes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and possibly even WandaVision have been held off, joining the likes of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Thankfully, The Mandalorian Season 2 seems to have narrowly avoided the axing, having finished production just last week, right before the announcements (via cinematographer Baz Idoine’s Instagram).
Similarly, Netflix’s productions for upcoming seasons for Stranger Things, Riverdale and The Witcher have all been impacted and put on hold. On WB’s side, Matt Reeves’ The Batman and Season 5 of Lucifer were also no exceptions to the slew of postponements as well.
No updated release dates for any of the above shows have been announced as of yet.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.