Coronavirus cancellations: All the pop culture being shut down or delayed
Things are moving quickly as Americans respond to the burgeoning coronavirus crisis. With public health officials warning that the best way to contain the spread of the new virus is to disband large public gatherings, many pop culture events are being delayed or canceled — from movie premieres sports championships to music festivals.
EW has assembled a list of many of the films, TV shows, and other events affected by coronavirus concerns. Check it out below.
Disney: Disney has officially halted production on all its live-action films in development, including the live-action The Little Mermaid with Halle Bailey as the lead, the Disney+ Home Alone reboot, Ridley Scott's The Last Duel with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare Alley. Peter Pan & Wendy and Shrunk, both of which were in pre-production, have also been suspended. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings also suspended production after director Destin Daniel Cretton went into self-isolation awaiting coronavirus test results. On top of that, completed movies are having their releases pushed back; see below for details on those.
Mulan: The live-acton remake — which got rave reviews out of its Hollywood premiere earlier this week — was previously set to open March 27, but will now be released at an unknown date later this year.
Antlers: The horror film starring Keri Russell set for April 17 will be rescheduled for later this year.
Military Wives: The release of the Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan film has been moved from March 27 to May 22.
AMC Theaters, Regal Cinemas, Landmark Theaters, and more: On March 16, Regal announced that all of its theaters nationwide would be closed until further notice, starting March 17. AMC also announced that it would cap attendance at 50 people per screening at its open locations through April 30. Landmark Theaters will also be closed starting March 17, according to a spokesperson, who added, "We will be in touch when we plan to reopen." All Alamo Drafthouse Cinema corporate-owned locations, and all but one franchise-owned locations (Winchester, Va.) will be closed until further notice. Likewise, all Harkins theaters are temporarily closed.
Movie theaters in NYC and Los Angeles: New York City movie theaters, nightclubs, concert venues, and more will close beginning March 17 at 9 a.m. ET. In Los Angeles, movie theaters, bars, nightclubs, and other establishments will close March 16-31.
Minions: The Rise of Gru: The latest installment in the Minions franchise has been stalled. With strict anti-coronavirus measures being enacted in France, Illumination has closed down their Paris studio. "This means we will be unable to finish Minions: The Rise of Gru in time for our planned global releases in late June and early July," Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri announced in a statement. "While we all grapple with the enormity of this crisis, we must put the safety and protection of our employees above all. We look forward to finding a new release date for the return of Gru and the Minions.”
Sony: The studio announced March 30 that it had delayed numerous titles, including Greyhound (to TBD from June 12, 2020), Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (to Jan. 15, 2021, from Aug. 7, 2020), Ghostbusters: Afterlife (to March 5, 2021, from July 10, 2020), Morbius (to March 19, 2021, from July 31, 2020), Uncharted (to Oct. 8, 2021, from March 5, 2021), and Untitled Sony Marvel (to TBD from Oct. 8, 2021). One film, the Kevin Hart-starring Fatherhood, moved up to Oct. 23, 2020, from Jan. 15, 2021.
Rolling Loud: The Miami 2020 festival, which was set to take place on May 8-10 has been rescheduled for Presidents Day weekend in February of 2021 with the entirety of their original 2020 lineup intact.
The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards, which were set to take place on April 5th in Las Vegas, will now be held in September. The exact date and venue have yet to be determined.
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival: The desert fest has been officially postponed from its traditional spring dates until October; since the festival takes place over two weekends, the new dates are Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-18. Headliners Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine, and Travis Scott are all expected to play the later dates.
Stagecoach: The annual country music festival — run by the same promoter as Coachella — has also been delayed; its new dates are Oct. 23-25. All purchased tickets and passes will be honored for the new dates.
Ultra Music Festival: The annual Miami music fest is canceled, and ticketholders are reportedly not being refunded. Sirius XM has announced it will broadcast DJ sets from artists originally scheduled to perform at the festival via UMF Radio on Friday, March 20 at 5:00 p.m. ET through Monday, March 23.
Live Nation: The events promoter postponed its current touring arena shows, domestic and international, through the end of March. Tours affected by the change include Billie Eilish, Cher, Post Malone, and Kiss.
Kelly Clarkson and the Jonas Brothers: Both acts have scrapped their Las Vegas residencies slated to begin on April 1, with Clarkson postponing until July and the JoBros canceling without mention of later plans.
Individual tours and shows: Many big-name artists — including Madonna, BTS, and Green Day — have canceled or rescheduled tour dates. Pearl Jam delayed the first leg of their North American tour, citing their experience as a band hailing from Seattle, one of the American areas hardest hit by coronavirus so far. Follow our updated list of musicians canceling shows and tours.
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival: The beloved annual Tennessee festival announced it was rescheduling for the fall. The 2020 iteration of Bonnaroo is now set to take place Sept. 24-27. "All current tickets and onsite accommodations (camping, tent rentals, RV, etc.) will be honored for the new weekend," the festival announced in a note on its website. "Fans with off-site accommodations and shuttles purchased through the festival will be contacted directly with updates."
The 2020 CMT Music Awards, originally slated for June 3, will now move to Wednesday, October 14, 2020. "Our top priority this last month has been rebuilding our hometown of Nashville following the tornado and ensuring the safety of our fans, employees, artists and partners during the COVID-19 crisis," read a statement released by CMT on April 3. "As we look forward to celebrating country music’s biggest stars together with our community and viewers, we will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and local public health officials."
Survivor: The currently airing all-champions edition of Winners at War will not be affected. However, production on the upcoming season scheduled to begin filming March 24 has now been halted.
Late Night: After initially deciding to tape shows without a live audience, both The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers have now suspended production through March 30. Other shows continuing sans live studio audiences include The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, and Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.
Grace and Frankie: The Netflix comedy series has suspended production on filming its seventh and final season. A return date has not yet been set.
The Good Fight, NCIS, Bull, Dynasty: Though they air on different channels, these shows are all produced by CBS TV Studios, which has halted production on all of them. "At this time, we are evaluating situations on a case-by-case basis, informed by the best information from health experts and government officials," the studio said in a joint statement with Showtime and Paramount TV Studios on Thursday. "Some productions may continue as long as they do not involve live audiences and/or environments that are considered at risk."
Warner Bros. Television: On Tuesday, Warner Bros. Television announced they were halting filming on Riverdale after a team member came into contact with someone who had a confirmed case of the virus. EW confirmed on Friday that they had also suspended production on The Flash. Later on Friday, Warner Bros. Television released a broader statement saying that they were "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." This includes The Bachelorette, which has now halted production on season 16.
Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen: Andy Cohen tweeted a statement Friday that his Bravo talk show will suspend production. "With the exception of an already recorded episode airing on March 19, there will be no new episodes for the time being," the statement read.
Netflix: The popular streaming platform has halted production on all its TV shows and movies in the U.S. and Canada for at least two weeks. It also stopped production on season 2 of The Witcher, which was filming in the U.K.
The Kelly Clarkson Show: Production has been shut down temporarily.
The Handmaid's Tale: The Hulu dystopian drama is shutting down production on filming its fourth season.
Apple TV+: It was first reported last week that filming had been suspended on season 2 of The Morning Show, starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. EW can now confirm that filming has been halted on all Apple TV+ shows, which are produced by outside studios, has been temporarily suspended.
The Lord of the Rings: Amazon Studios' The Lord of the Rings TV series joined the long list of productions temporarily ceasing filming. The company's other television productions have closed up shop as well.
Production of ABC's General Hospital will be suspended through Friday, April 10. An interruption in the broadcast of original episodes is not anticipated. CBS' The Young and the Restless halted production on Monday, March 16. The same day, The Bold and the Beautiful also announced it would suspend production for at least two weeks. NBC's Days of Our Lives is already on a scheduled two-week production hiatus but will go back into production when it's safe to do so.
Saturday Night Live: The sketch show, which was set to return March 28 with John Krasinski hosting and Dua Lipa, announced it will be delaying its next three episodes since it films in front of a live studio audience.
So You Think You Can Dance: The reality competition is canceling upcoming in-person auditions in Miami, New York City, and Los Angeles.
Power: Production has been halted on Power Book II: Ghost and Power Book III: Raising Kanan, the first of four planned spin-offs to Starz's recently-concluded flagship series, as coronavirus cases increase in New York City.
Friends reunion special: HBO Max's highly anticipated TV event, which was slated to be filmed March 23-24, has delayed production until at least May.
As production on two-time Oscar-nominated actress Cyntia Erivo's National Geographic limited series Genius: Aretha remains postponed in the wake of the pandemic, the network has announced the series will not be completed in time to meet its originally planned Memorial Day airdate, and will instead debut in a to-be-announced slot later this year.
HBO has pushed back the premiere of its six-episode limited series I Know This Much Is True to Sunday, May 10, from Monday, April 27. The family drama hails from writer-director Derek Cianfrance and stars Mark Ruffalo as identical twin brothers.
Broadway: The Broadway League, a trade organization that represents Broadway producers and theater owners, said Broadway theaters in New York City will go dark for a month, following an announcement from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on March 12 prohibiting gatherings of more than 500 people in the state. The league said performances will resume April 13. Ticket holders for performances on or before that date can contact their point of purchase for refunds and exchanges.
Los Angeles theater: A production of Hamilton at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre and The Spongebob Musical at the Dolby Theatre canceled opening nights and suspended all performances through March 31. Same goes for shows at the Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, and Kirk Douglas Theatre. The L.A. Philharmonic and L.A. Opera have also suspended performances through the end of the month.
Tony Awards: The 74th annual Tony Awards, which had been slated for June 7, have been postponed for a later date. "The health and safety of the Broadway community, artists, and fans is of the utmost importance to us," a statement said. "We will announce new dates and additional information once Broadway opens again. We are looking forward to celebrating Broadway and our industry when it is safe to do so."
SXSW: The city of Austin announced the cancellation of this year's music and film festival for the first time ever. However, the SXSW Film Fest Award winners will still be announced March 24.
Tribeca Film Festival: The event, which was scheduled for April 15-26, has been postponed.
TV Upfronts: All five broadcast networks, as well as WarnerMedia, have canceled their upfront shows in May, opting for video presentations instead.
WonderCon: The annual fan convention based in Anaheim, Calif., has been postponed. Its organizer, Comic-Con International, said that San Diego Comic-Con will still take place July 23-26.
Kids' Choice Awards: The Nickelodeon awards show, set for March 22, has also been postponed. A new date has not been announced yet.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: The induction ceremony has been postponed. Whitney Houston, the Notorious B.I.G., and other artists were previously set to be honored on May 2.
HISTORYCon: The April 3-5 event has also been postponed.
E3: Although it was set for June 9-11 this summer, organizers played it safe and canceled the video game trade show.
GLAAD Media Awards in NYC: GLAAD has canceled the March 19 awards event in New York City, while the April 16 ceremony in Los Angeles is still currently going forward.
PaleyFest LA: The Paley Center has postponed its annual event, which was supposed to begin March 13 with a celebration of Modern Family.
TCM Classic Film Festival: Organizers have canceled the April 16-19 event and all purchases will be refunded.
Golden Raspberry Awards: Also known as the Razzies, the awards show celebrating the worst films of the year canceled its Saturday, March 14 ceremony. Tied for the most nominations were Cats, A Madea Family Funeral, and Rambo: Last Blood.
iHeart Radio Music Awards: This music awards show was set to take place on March 29 at the Shine Auditorium in Los Angeles and air on Fox. But now that the auditorium has canceled all events through March 31, it's off. The ceremony is to be rescheduled, with refunds for ticketed guests.
Billboard Music Awards: Originally scheduled to air live on NBC from Las Vegas on April 29, the Billboard Music Awards have been officially postponed. In a statement, Dick Clark Productions and NBC said they "will announce a new date and venue for the show in the near future."
BookExpo, Unbound, and BookCon: The publishing industry's largest annual event was originally postponed from its late-May dates to July 22-26 at New York City's Javits Center. The news came one day after publisher Penguin Random House withdrew from the event. But by mid-April, the event was canceled altogether with plans to return in 2021.
Daytime Emmy Awards: Originally scheduled for June 12-14 at the Pasadena Convention Center, the Daytime Emmys have been put on hold indefinitely, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced, though the group left open the possibility of some form of recognition for its winners in the future. “While we realize this is disappointing, this does not mean we will not be celebrating the work selected for recognition in our Awards judging processes,” said Brent Stanton, Executive Director, Daytime Emmy Awards. “Judging continues, and we look forward to announcing our incredibly talented nominees later this Spring. We are working on some interesting alternative ideas for how to best recognize the honorees later this year and will share more details in the weeks ahead.”
The 2020 Cannes Film Festival will not be held during its planned dates, May 12 to 23. Festival organizers, in a statement, say they're looking at potentially moving the annual event to late June or early July.
The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics has been postponed one year due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Japan's Prime Minister and Olympics Minister.
Peabody Awards: Peabody announced on March 26 that its annual ceremony, the Peabody Awards, will be postponed from the previously announced date of June 18 in Los Angeles. A new date has not yet been announced.
Songwriters Hall of Fame: There will be no annual Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony this year. The 51st edition, originally scheduled for June 11, will instead take place on June 10, 2021 at the Marriott Marquis New York. The previously announced inductees — Mariah Carey, Eurythmics, The Isley Brothers, Steve Miller, The Neptunes, Rick Nowels, and William “Mickey” Stevenson — will be honored then.
NBA: The league suspended its season on Wednesday after a player on the Utah Jazz tested positive for coronavirus.
NHL: On Thursday, the NHL did the same, announcing they were pausing their hockey season.
MLB: Unlike the NBA or NHL, the MLB does not actively have games going but was due to start soon and announced Thursday that it was suspending spring training and pushing back Opening Day at least two weeks, from March 26 to April 9.
NCAA: The NCAA announced Thursday that it was cancelling the annual March Madness college basketball tournament, along with all other winter and spring championships in all college sports, both male and female.
The Masters: On Friday, Augusta National Golf Club announced that they were postponing the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals. The statement from chariman Fred Riley said they still hope to host the competitions at a later date.
Boston Marathon: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Friday that the Boston Marathon will be pushed back this year, from its typical spring date on April 20 to Sept. 14.
Disney parks: Disney first announced on March 12 that Disneyland will close beginning March 14 through the end of the month. Later, the company also announced the closures of Disney World, Disneyland Paris, and the Disney Cruise Line until the end of March.
Universal Studios: The Hollywood and Orlando theme parks announced it will close temporarily beginning Saturday, March 14 until April 19. The Universal CityWalk at both locations is closed.
SeaWorld: All SeaWorld locations will close down March 16 through the end of March.
Knott's Berry Farm: The Southern California theme park will be closed from March 14 until mid-May.
Six Flags: Operations are suspended through the end of the month at the following parks: Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California; Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California; Hurricane Harbor Phoenix in Phoenix; Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell, Georgia; Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas; Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Texas; Frontier City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka, Missouri; Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland; and Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark in Lake George, New York.
This story was first published March 12 and is being updated with new developments.
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