The CW’s The Flash Halts Production After Crew Member Tests Positive for Covid-19
Deadline revealed that a crew member on the set of the CW’s The Flash tested positive for Covid-19. The show, filming in Vancouver, stopped production immediately. The halt is temporary while contact tracing takes place.
The studio confirmed the asymptomatic diagnosis through the rigorous testing protocols Warner Bros. TV implemented in order to safely make the show. All employees were subject to it in order to be extra cautious. The studio is looking at schedule adjustments to be able to continue filming without the affected crew member and those potentially affected, who are self-isolating. No confirmation yet on when production will resume, though.
The Flash Is Not the First Covid-19 Victim
Unfortunately, The Flash is among several shows in Vancouver alone suffering from the backlog of local lab tests. Other shows have had to stop filming for varying amounts of time—from days to weeks in some cases. And The CW is not the only network.
Other shows include: Why Women Kill (CBS All Access), Mythic Quest (AppleTV+), Call Your Mother (ABC), Bosch (Amazon), Claws (TNT), The Gilded Age (HBO), Genius: Aretha (Nat Geo), The Witcher (Netflix), Dear White People (Netflix), Vikings: Valhalla (Netflix), Chicago Fire (NBC), Chicago Med (NBC), The Resident (Fox), Rutherford Falls (Peacock), For Life (ABC), Young Sheldon (CBS), Big Shot (Disney+), All American (The CW), and Days of Our Lives (The CW).
And those are just the scripted shows. Reality TV has taken a hit too. For example, ABC did not have a season of Bachelor in Paradise this summer. The Bachelor and The Bachelorette were delayed in filming so cast and crew could get tested and quarantine. Even Dancing With the Stars had no audience this year, and pros and stars alike had to isolate even from their spouses. The pandemic has affected more than we even thought of.
So please wear a mask, keep your distance, and stay home whenever possible. Hopefully, The Flash and all the other shows will be back to their regularly scheduled programming soon.
Stay safe, everyone!