COVID Test Delays Shut Down Filming On Several CW Shows
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COVID Test Delays Shut Down Filming On Several CW Shows

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BY October 1, 2020

While several shows on the almost network have started or restarted production, it’s off for now. Trouble with getting quicker coronavirus test results has forced several CW shows to shut down. Affected shows include Riverdale, Nancy Drew, Batwoman, and Charmed.

Why Are These CW Shows Shut Down?

cw shows shut down Lili Reinhart and KJ Apa on Riverdale, image via The CW

It feels like it was just days ago that Riverdale star KJ Apa was sharing the stringent precautions they were taking on set. (It’s mouthwash. They’re swishing a bit of mouthwash before they fake-kiss.) Actually, it was just days ago.

Well, Listerine is great and all, but it doesn’t really matter if you can’t actually test for COVID. And while the shows have been testing cast and crew, they ran into a teensy issue. To be exact, they faced delays in getting the results for those tests. All these shows film in Vancouver, British Columbia, and were apparently relying on the same lab company.

But here’s the rub. Variety reports that “…the company is prioritizing schools, which have reopened in the province, and local businesses.” Your little teen drama show is not a priority, bruh.

CW Shows Not the Only Productions Affected, Though

cw shows shut down composite featuring image via ABC

Some CW shows, which were about to begin production, have postponed their starts because of the delay. These shows include The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl–all Warner Bros productions. However, as Vancouver is a popular location for film and TV production, even more so since they corralled Miss ‘Rona pretty effectively, the testing hold-up is affecting other productions as well.

For example, Hulu’s adaptation of the YA mystery series The Mysterious Benedict Society paused its production. Netflix’s adaptation of Stephanie Land’s memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive (called simply Maid as a show) is also shut down. In addition, ABC’s upcoming series Big Sky is on hold. David E. Kelley, who created the show, says that they expect to resume production this week, though.

The full extent of the shutdown remains unclear. But as Variety says, the sheer number of movies and TV shows in production in the province is certainly “…an incentive to the Vancouver Film Commission to fix this problem.” We’ll see.

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featured image of the Nancy Drew cast via The CW

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at

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