Star Trek: Picard Production Shuts Down Due To COVID

Star Trek: Picard Production Shuts Down Due To COVID as THR reported that over 50 crew members tested positive for COVID-19.

With a staff of more than 450, Star Trek: Picard has one of the largest crews in television.

Production on the Paramount Plus series is scheduled to resume next week.

However, no other details are available at this time.

Picard is filmed at Santa Clarita Studios, in Santa Clarita, California, just north of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles recorded 26,754 new cases of COVID-19, 2,240 hospitalizations and 27 deaths on Jan. 5.

In September, Star Trek: Picard was renewed for a third season.

Paramount made the decision to film seasons two and three back to back in order to control production costs and accommodate production schedules, most likely due to setbacks experienced previously because of COVID.

Star Trek: Picard Production Shuts Down Due To COVID

Star Trek Picard Production Shuts Down Due To COVID

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We’ve all heard and read about how the global pandemic has affected the entertainment industry.

The frustration of having to wait even longer for those shows we love to resume production, or even publish a release date, has been experienced by fans all over the world.

Unfortunately, we are forced to remain patient as studios take the necessary precautions to keep staff and actors safe.

Of course, we don’t want anyone involved in creating our entertainment to be put in harm’s way.

So we sit back and eagerly await news.

Some popular TV shows that have had to halt, or cancel production since the pandemic began are: Riverdale, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Grey’s Anatomy, Stranger Things, and Supernatural.

With only two episodes left to film, production came to a halt on the very popular series, Supernatural.

The list goes on and on.

COVID-19 Has Changed The Industry

Star Trek Picard Production Shuts Down Due To COVID

Image: Paramount Plus

The concern over the health and safety of industry professionals, and fans alike, prompted companies to restructure how they film and release projects.

With movie theaters closing their doors in 2020, and some well into 2021, the entertainment industry had to quickly devise a plan on how to get their product to the consumers.

For many companies that meant going digital, almost exclusively.

In an unprecedented move, Disney released Pixar’s Onward barely a month after its theatrical release.

This, of course, has led to a surge in digital subscriptions.

But that can not replace the lost revenue from the box office.

Disney Plus, alone, increased from 26.5 million subscribers in the final quarter of 2019 to an impressive 94.9 million in the last quarter of 2020.

The streaming service, Hulu, saw a 30% increase during the same period, bringing their subscriber count to 35.4 million.

It’s a new day.

We are all having to learn to do things differently, and that includes the entertainment industry.

All we can do is sit back and eagerly await the return of the shows we love, while binging those we might not have given a chance before.

Star Trek: Picard is expected to resume filming next week.

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