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Coronavirus & The Entertainment Industry: 03/11/2020

Crew Member On Fox Series 'neXt' Tests Positive For Coronavirus
A member of the production team for Fox’s midseason series “neXt” has tested positive for COVID-19. The production member had recently traveled to the Chicago set from Southern California.

“Fox/Disney notified cast and crew today that a production member for the show neXt, which wrapped production at Cinespace in Chicago last week, has tested positive for the Coronavirus COVID-19),SAG-AFTRA said in a statement tonight. “That person came into contact with other cast and crew at Cinespace and possibly elsewhere,” the actor’s union added. “We are working with the production company regarding this matter to determine the timeline and scope of potential exposure to members and others. We are monitoring the situation closely and will update our statement periodically as warranted.”

More Shows Limit, Halt Live Audiences
Following the lead of “Jeopardy” and “Wheel Of Fortune," a number of other television shows have begun to revise their procedures for live audiences. “One Day At A Time” and “Dr. Phil” have both opted to nix live audiences. And at all tapings for Warner Bros. shows, guests must confirm that neither they, nor members of their household, have traveled in the last three weeks to a place given a Level 3 Travel Health Notice by the Centers for Disease Control. Those shows include “Ellen,” “The Voice,” “The Real” and “Mom.”

New Wil Wheaton Competition Show “Gamemasters” Impacted By Coronavirus
A new unscripted competitive series set to film in Georgia is retooling production plans following in wake of the spread of the coronavirus. The show, which is hosted by Will Wheaton, was set to have a string of events, including an awards show for gamers tied to now canceled SXSW in Austin, Texas. Laurie Lockliear, executive producer for the show, said in a statement that the series would continue, albeit with the addition of precautions to protect the cast and crew.

Coronavirus Restrictions Halt ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ Production
Disney+ has shut down production on its Marvel series “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” in Prague because the country's government placed restrictions on travel, events, and closed its schools due to COVID-19 concerns. A spin-off of the Captain America and the Avengers movies, the series was shooting in Atlanta before moving to Prague.

Release Of ’Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway’ Pushed Back To August
The release of “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” has been pushed back to August, Sony Pictures said Tuesday, citing concerns over how the coronavirus outbreak has disrupted the movie industry in Europe. “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” is a follow-up sequel to 2018′s “Peter Rabbit,” a live-action/CGI mash-up featuring James Corden as the voice of the infamous bunny. The film was set to launch in the U.K. and elsewhere in European March 27th and reach other international markets and the U.S. on April 3rd. The film will now be postponed until August 7th.

Odds & Sods
”Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Joe Giudice went to Instagram to complain about the current coronavirus lockdown in Italy. "I can't believe that there's literally nobody out in these streets -- look at this, ghost town," Giudice says as he shows the completely empty street. "Literally, nobody out because of this stupid coronavirus. It's, like, ridiculous. People are so scared, unbelievable. Grow a set of cojones... guess I'm gonna be the only one walking around working today."