EXCLUSIVE: NBC’s Chicago Fire has paused filming its ninth season for two weeks due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests, I have learned. I hear the Chicago-based firefighter drama shut down production on Sunday, Nov. 8.
Several individuals on the Chicago Fire production team, believed to be in Zone 1, produced positive results when tested as part of the show’s COVID safety protocols.
The positives triggered guidelines set by the state/county and outlined in the NBCU Production Playbook, including contact tracing.
Since the affected individuals performed duties that required close proximity to other members of the cast and crew, production was paused for 14 days out of an abundance of caution by Wolf Entertainment and Universal TV.
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A month and a half ago, another Chicago drama, Chicago Med, also suspended production for two weeks after two different individuals had positive tests within a week.
Chicago Med was the first Chicago One drama to restart production Sept. 22 in Chicago. Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. followed with Oct. 6 production start.
Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med all premiere their new seasons tonight, Nov. 11.
Production shutdowns have become a regular occurrence as the amount of positive COVID-19 tests on shows has been on the rise amid a new wave of infections nationwide. The three Chicago dramas film in Chicago.
Illinois is being hit hard by the fall COVID wave. State health officials today advised residents to work from home for the next three weeks and to avoid going out except for “essential trips” as Illinois set a record for a second day in a row with 12,657 new cases.
Scripted series that have paused production due to positive COVID-19 tests so far also include CBS All Access’ Why Women Kill, Apple TV+’s Mystic Quest, ABC’s Call Your Mother, TNT’s Claws, HBO’s The Gilded Age, Nat Geo’s Genius: Aretha, Netflix’s Vikings: Valhalla, Fox’s The Resident, Peacock’s Rutherford Falls, ABC’s For Life, CBS’ Young Sheldon, Disney+’s Big Shot, the CW’s All American, and daytime drama Days Of Our Lives.
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