Universal Television Extends Hiatus on Six Shows Amid COVID-19 Spike

Other affected series include “Never Have I Ever,” “Mr. Mayor” and “Kenan”

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Universal Television will be extending the holiday hiatus on six productions amid a COVID-19 spike which include “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Good Girls,” the company announced on Thursday.

Other affected series include “Hacks,” “Never Have I Ever,” “Mr. Mayor” and “Kenan.” Production is expected to resume Jan. 11. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will start back on Jan. 18.

The six Universal Television shows are just the latest in a string of shows to delay a post-holiday return to production amid the rising case numbers in Los Angeles County. Earlier this week, CBS Television Studios pushed the return dates for its programs that were scheduled to resume shooting next week, including “NCIS,” “SEAL Team,” “Why Women Kill” and “Diary of a Future President.”

In a letter to film industry contacts last week, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health also urged another production shutdown due to the spike in cases.

“Although music, TV and film productions are allowed to operate, we ask you to strongly consider pausing work for a few weeks during this catastrophic surge in COVID cases. Identify and delay higher risk activities, and focus on lower-risk work for now, if at all possible,” read the letter, which was made public by FilmLA on Tuesday.

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