The Impact of Coronavirus on Hollywood and Entertainment
For many of us around the world who enjoy bits of Hollywood productions and western entertainment, it is disappointing to find that this year, with its early hit of the coronavirus pandemic, has placed a block to all the anticipated excitement. From music tours to award shows to movie premiers – they have either been cancelled or postponed to a later date. Here are a few of the things we would be missing out on because of the coronavirus outbreak:
- 2020 Met Gala Postponed
Fashion's biggest night out has been put on hold. The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that the 2020 Met Gala, originally scheduled for May 4, has been postponed indefinitely. A new date has yet to be announced.
2. Saturday Night Live Postponed Indefinitely
"The safety of our employees continue to be our top priority. We will monitor the situation closely and make decisions about future shows on an ongoing basis as further information develops," a SNL spokesperson told NBC News. "The March 28 episode was set to be hosted by actor John Krasinski and musical guest Dua Lipa.
3. Movie Theaters, Concert Venues & More Closed In NYC
"Tomorrow, I will sign an Executive Order limiting restaurants, bars and cafes to food take-out and delivery," New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement shared.
- 2020 Acm Awards, Iheartradio Music Awards And More
The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards will be postponed from April 5 to September. The iHeartRadio Music Awards, set for March 29, have also been postponed, as has the 2020 GLAAD Media Awards.
In a statement, iHeartRadio shared, "As you may know, the Shrine in Los Angeles recently announced that it is officially closed for events through March 31 the earliest -- which includes the iHeartRadio Music Awards scheduled to air on FOX, Sunday, March 29. The safety of our guests, employees, artists and partners is our main priority. iHeartMedia and FOX will plan to reschedule at the appropriate time and will provide more information and relevant updates as they become available. Refunds are being issued to ticketed guests."
Nickelodeon's 2020 Kids' Choice Awards has also been postponed.
5. Juanes & Alejandro Sanz Performed Live-Stream Concert
The Latin legends previously postponed their respective tours over safety concerns amid the Coronavirus outbreak, however, they both decided to join forces and bring their concerts inside fans' homes. They streamed their performances and shared an intimate chat on YouTube on March 15 at 4:30 p.m. EST.
6. Yungblud Also Performed A Live-Stream Concert
The show must go on! Yungblud will live-stream his concert in Los Angeles. It will be shared on his YouTube channel for fans to see on March 16, at 7:00 a.m. PST.
7. David Foster & Katharine Mcphee Reschedule Spring Tour
"We have all been closely following the recommendations around COVID-19 and today we collectively made the tough, but we think wise decision, to reschedule our spring tour," Foster announced of his and his wife's upcoming shows. "The health and safety of the communities involved is top priority and based on the information from the CDC and the local governments in our touring cities, we feel this is the best decision."
8. 2020 Razzie Awards Canceled
"Tonight's live Razzie ceremony had to be canceled/postponed because the Mayor of Los Angeles shut down all city-owned venues where more than 50 people could gather, including our site, The Barnsdall Theatre," co-founder John Wilson said in a statement, per The Hollywood Reporter.
9. Netflix's Red Notice Halts Production
Netflix's upcoming film has been shut down for the time being. "We are pressing pause on our @netflix production of RED NOTICE effective this Monday for the next two weeks," Dwayne Johnson, who is set to star in the movie, shared on Instagram. "The most important thing right now is for us to get everyone home to their concerned families. Gotta protect our babies, spouses, loved ones and elderly."
10. B.J. Novak’s Vengeance Shuts Down Production
According to multiple reports, Blumhouse has made the decision to suspend production on the upcoming thriller, Vengeance, which is being directed by B.J. Novak.
11. Ellen Degeneres Suspends Production Of Ellen
"Hey there," she tweeted on Friday, March 13. "Me again. So, after some more thought, we have decided to suspend production completely until March 30th. We just want to take every precaution to ensure that we do our part to keep everyone healthy. I love you guys, and can't wait to come back. I'm already bored."
12. Kelly Clarkson Postpones Las Vegas Residency
"As you may know, production on The Kelly Clarkson Show was temporarily shut down late last night and out of concern and care for everyone's safety, we have chosen to postpone the April 1st opening of my Las Vegas residency, Invincible, until July. Details regarding ticket replacement are forthcoming and I can't wait to see you this summer. For now, please keep your loved ones close, safe and healthy," she announced on social media.
13. The Jonas Brothers Cancel Las Vegas Residency
"We were SO excited for the opportunity to share an amazing show with you guys, but it's important for everyone to do what we can to keep everyone healthy," the band's statement announcing the cancellation of their April residency at the Park MGM read in part.
14. The Bachelorette Season 16 Postponed
Warner Bros. Television Group announced the news in a statement that read, "With the rapidly changing events related to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, Warner Bros. Television Group is halting production on some of our 70+ series and pilots currently filming or about to begin. There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on any of our productions, but the health and safety of our employees, casts and crews remains our top priority. During this time, we will continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control as well as local officials and public health professionals in each city where our productions are based."
15. No Studio Audiences For America's Got Talent And Family Feud
The production company Fremantle announced on March 13 that effective immediately, both shows will stop filming in front of live studio audiences in a bid "to help minimize the risk of exposure" of the coronavirus.
The decision follows similar moves made by other studios regarding news programs and talk shows In Los Angeles and New York. In addition, days earlier, co-judge Howie Mandel, a known germaphobe, was photographed arriving to an America's Got Talent wearing a hazmat suit.
16. Grey's Anatomy Halts Production
In a letter penned by executive producers of the ABC medical drama, the cast and crew was told, "Out of an abundance of caution, production is postponed on Grey's Anatomy effective immediately. We are going home now for at least two weeks and waiting to see how the coronavirus situation evolves."
17. The Wendy Williams Show Stops Production
"The safety and well-being of our employees is our top priority. Considering the current escalation of the coronavirus, production will be put on hold, indefinitely. However, the office will remain open for you to pick up any materials or personal items. In place of live shows, we will air repeats and we will continue to monitor the situation with the CDC and city officials to determine the best time to return and produce live shows again. Thank you for everything you do and please stay safe!" the talk show said in a statement.
18. Mulan Release Delayed
Disney postponed the theatrical release of several titles, including the live-action Mulan, The New Mutants and Antlers.
19. Universal Studios Hollywood Temporarily Closing
Universal Studios Hollywood has also since followed suit, announcing in a statement, "The health and safety of our team members and guests is always our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution and in response to the guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health, Universal Studios Hollywood will temporarily close beginning Saturday, March 14. The theme park anticipates reopening on March 28 as we continue to monitor the situation."
20. Disneyland Temporarily Closing
On Saturday, March 14, Disneyland Park and Disneyland California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif, ceased operations. Disney announced it would continue paying cast members through the closure period.
21. Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony Postponed
"We are very disappointed to announce the postponement of this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony," Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President Joel Peresman said in a statement. "Our first concern is to the health and safety of our attendees and artists and we are complying to the direction of the local and state authorities and common sense. We look forward to rescheduling the ceremony and will make that announcement at the earliest convenience."
22. Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson Test Positive
On March 11, one of the world's favorite actors revealed that he and his wife, a fellow actress and musician, were diagnosed with COVID-19 in Australia. Pre-production on his latest film, an Elvis Presley biopic, had recently begun pre-production work in the country.
23. NBA Suspends the Season, 2 Players Test Positive
It was announced on March 11 that the NBA season is suspended. Two players, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, later tested positive for COVID-19.
24. MLS, NHL And NCAA Suspend Seasons, MLB Delays Opening Day
Major League Soccer announced they have suspended match play for 30 days, effective immediately, and will communicate plans to continue the 2020 season at the appropriate time. The National Hockey League has also suspended its remaining games. The NCAA has canceled its men's and women's basketball tournaments. Meanwhile, major League Baseball has canceled the remainder of spring training, while the start of its regular season, originally set to start on March 26, was postponed by at least two weeks.
25. F9 Release Pushed To 2021
Ahead of its scheduled May release, it was announced Fast and Furious 9 will now debut in April 2021.
26. Kids’ Choice Awards Postponed
"The Kids' Choice Awards scheduled for March 22, 2020, in Los Angeles is being postponed in consideration of the safety and well-being of every person involved with the show, which is our top priority. We will have further information about a new date in the future." - Jonathan Mannion/Nickelodeon.
27. Coachella & Stagecoach Music Festivals Postponed
"At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns," organizers said in a statement on March 10.
Coachella's two weekends will now be moved to October 9 and October 16, while Stagecoach has been moved to October 23 and anyone who purchased tickets for the festivals' original dates will be able to use them on the new ones or be able to get a refund.