It's a new year, but for Hollywood, January 2021 is looking an awful lot like 2020.
Soaring coronavirus rates in Los Angeles led to a new shutdown of non-essential businesses in December. And while television productions were allowed (not without controversy) to continue taping if they follow stringent safety protocols, several have been shut down by COVID-19 exposures.
In late December, the Ted Danson and Holly Hunter NBC series "Mr. Mayor" paused production following six positive COVID-19 cases on set. Taping of the CBS comedy "Young Sheldon" was paused in December due to positive test cases as well.
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), the union representing roughly 160,000 entertainment industry professionals, recommended a temporary halt on production. "Southern California hospitals are facing a crisis the likes of which we have never seen before," said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris in a statement. "This is not a safe environment for in-person production right now."
Meanwhile, major TV studios, including CBS, Universal, ABC Signature and Warner Bros., extended their holiday breaks until at least mid-January, Variety reported.
While it does not appear that this pause will affect premiere dates, the situation may change if delays continue or the coronavirus crisis worsens. Here's what else we know about when your favorite shows will return to TV — along with some new ones you won't want to miss.