How the Coronavirus Is Impacting Hollywood and Entertainment

Coachella...postponed. James Bond won't return to theaters as scheduled. And the 2020 Summer Olympics will no longer take place this summer...all because of the coronavirus.

By Corinne Heller Apr 17, 2020 6:17 PMTags
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Coachella...postponed. Disneyland...closed. James Bond won't return to theaters as scheduled. Shows like Good Morning America aren't filming in front of studio audiences. Others like, The Amazing Race, have suspended production. The NBA and other sports leagues suspended their seasons. The iHeartRadio Music Awards have been postponed. And the 2020 Summer Olympics...will no longer take place in 2020.

In just three months of the new year, thousands of people around the world have died from the potentially fatal virus and even more have been infected, including famous names like Tom Hanks and Rita WilsonIdris Elba and many more. 

With no cure or vaccine, a rapidly rising death toll and number of reported cases, the outbreak has caused worldwide panic. It has spurred stocks to plummet, schools to close, travel to halt and millions of people to flock to stores to clean the shelves of products like toilet paper and hand sanitizers. Needless to say, the impact of this pandemic is being felt all over the world and in practically every way, including over in Tinseltown, where movie productions, tours and beloved annual events are facing a domino effect of cancelations and postponements. 

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Here's all the ways the coronavirus is impacting Hollywood and entertainment:

Comic-Con 2020 Canceled

"For the first time in its 50-year history San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), the organizers behind the annual pop culture celebration, announced today with deep regret that there will be no Comic-Con in 2020. The event will instead return to the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25, 2021," a statement from organizers said. "Recognizing that countless attendees save and plan for its conventions each year, and how many exhibitors and stakeholders rely upon its events for a major portion of their livelihood, they had hoped to delay this decision in anticipation that COVID-19 concerns might lessen by summer. Continuous monitoring of health advisories and recent statements by the Governor of California have made it clear that it would not be safe to move forward with plans for this year."

Additionally, WonderCon Anaheim 2020 has also been cancelled and will instead take place from March 26 to March 28, 2021.

"Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and while we are saddened to take this action, we know it is the right decision," Comic-Con spokesperson David Glanzer said in a statement. "We eagerly look forward to the time when we can all meet again and share in the community we all love and enjoy."

Burning Man Canceled

"After much listening, discussion, and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision not to build Black Rock City in 2020," organizers said in a statement on April 10. "Given the painful reality of COVID-19, one of the greatest global challenges of our lifetimes, we believe this is the right thing to do. Yes, we are heartbroken. We know you are too. In 2020 we need human connection and Immediacy more than ever. But public health and the well-being of our participants, staff, and neighbors in Nevada are our highest priorities."

"We are, however, going to build Black Rock City in The Multiverse," the statement continued. "That's the theme for 2020 so we're going to lean into it. Who'd have believed it would come true? We look forward to welcoming you to Virtual Black Rock City 2020. We're not sure how it's going to come out; it will likely be messy and awkward with mistakes. It will also likely be engaging, connective, and fun."

Wimbledon 2020 Canceled

"It is with great regret that the AELTC has today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic," a statement read. "The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021."

Justin Bieber's 2020 Changes Tour Postponed

"In light of the current public health crisis, and with the deepest concern for all those being affected, Justin Bieber will be postponing all currently scheduled 2020 dates for the Changes Tour," a statement confirmed. "While Justin—along with his band, dancers and crew—has been hard at work preparing an amazing show, he has always put the health and well-being of his fans first and foremost. Justin is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get back out on the road and perform in a space that is safe for everyone. He asks that fans hold on to their tickets, as they will be honored as soon as the dates are rescheduled. Information on rescheduled dates will be forthcoming soon."

2020 Tokyo Olympics Postponed

"In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community," an official statement announced.

BTS Postpones North American Tour Dates

The group announced they are rescheduling the North American leg of their upcoming tour amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

74th Annual Tony Awards Postponed

"The 74th Annual Tony Awards, scheduled to air live on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 7th from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date, in coordination with our broadcast partner," a statement on the Tony Awards' website read. "The health and safety of the Broadway community, artists and fans is of the utmost importance to us. We will announce new dates and additional information once Broadway opens again."


White House Correspondents' Dinner Canceled

"The White House Correspondents' Association regrets to announce that it is unable to go ahead with its 2020 dinner on April 25," the group said in a tweet on March 22. "We will get back to you soon with our alternative date. Thanks for your support."

Kenan Thompson was set to host the dinner.

Cannes Film Festival Postponed

"Due to the health crisis and the development of the French and international situation, the Festival de Cannes will no longer be able to take place on the dates planned, from May 12 to 23," the organization announced on March 19. 

Glastonbury Festival Canceled

"We are so sorry to announce this, but Glastonbury 2020 will have to be cancelled, and this will be an enforced fallow year for the Festival," the festival announced in a statement. "Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event, but following the new government measures announced this week—and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty—this is now our only viable option. We very much hope that the situation in the UK will have improved enormously by the end of June. But even if it has, we are no longer able to spend the next three months with thousands of crew here on the farm, helping us with the enormous job of building the infrastructure and attractions needed to welcome more than 200,000 people to a temporary city in these fields."

2020 Billboard Music Awards Postponed

NBC and Dick Clark Productions announced in a statement, "In accordance with the current guidelines set forth by national and local health officials and in order to ensure the health and safety of our artists, fans, guests and staff—we are postponing the Billboard Music Awards. For more than two decades, the Billboard Music Awards has honored the best in music based on the Billboard charts, and we look forward to celebrating the incredible artists who topped those charts over the last year. DCP and NBC will announce a new date and venue for the show in the near future." 

Saturday Night Live Postponed Indefinitely

"The safety of our employees continue to be our top priority. We will monitor the situation closely and make decisions about future shows on an ongoing basis as further information develops," a SNL spokesperson told NBC News. "The March 28 episode was set to be hosted by actor John Krasinski and musical guest Dua Lipa.

2020 Met Gala Postponed

Fashion's biggest night out has been put on hold. The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that the 2020 Met Gala, originally scheduled for May 4, has been postponed indefinitely. A new date has yet to be announced.

Movie Theaters, Concert Venues & More Closed in NYC

"Tomorrow, I will sign an Executive Order limiting restaurants, bars and cafes to food take-out and delivery," New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement shared with E! News. "Nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses, and concert venues must all close. The order will go into effect Tuesday, March 17 at 9:00 a.m. EST."

2020 ACM Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards and More

The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards will be postponed from April 5 to September. The iHeartRadio Music Awards, set for March 29, have also been postponed, as has the 2020 GLAAD Media Awards.

In a statement, iHeartRadio shared, "As you may know, the Shrine in Los Angeles recently announced that it is officially closed for events through March 31 the earliest -- which includes the iHeartRadio Music Awards scheduled to air on FOX, Sunday, March 29. The safety of our guests, employees, artists and partners is our main priority. iHeartMedia and FOX will plan to reschedule at the appropriate time and will provide more information and relevant updates as they become available. Refunds are being issued to ticketed guests."

Nickelodeon's 2020 Kids' Choice Awards has also been postponed.

Juanes & Alejandro Sanz to Perform Live-Stream Concert

The Latin legends previously postponed their respective tours over safety concerns amid the Coronavirus outbreak, however, they've both decided to join forces and bring their concerts inside fans' homes. They will stream their performances and share an intimate chat on YouTube on March 15 at 4:30 p.m. EST.

Yungblud to Live-Stream Concert

The show must go on! Yungblud will live-stream his concert in Los Angeles. It will be shared on his YouTube channel for fans to see on March 16, at 7:00 a.m. PST.

David Foster & Katharine McPhee Reschedule Spring Tour

"We have all been closely following the recommendations around COVID-19 and today we collectively made the tough, but we think wise decision, to reschedule our spring tour," Foster announced of his and his wife's upcoming shows. "The health and safety of the communities involved is top priority and based on the information from the CDC and the local governments in our touring cities, we feel this is the best decision."

2020 Razzie Awards Canceled

"Tonight's live Razzie ceremony had to be canceled/postponed because the Mayor of Los Angeles shut down all city-owned venues where more than 50 people could gather, including our site, The Barnsdall Theatre," co-founder John Wilson said in a statement, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Netflix's Red Notice Halts Production

Netflix's upcoming film has been shut down for the time being. "We are pressing pause on our @netflix production of RED NOTICE effective this Monday for the next two weeks," Dwayne Johnson, who is set to star in the movie, shared on Instagram. "The most important thing right now is for us to get everyone home to their concerned families. Gotta protect our babies, spouses, loved ones and elderly."

B.J. Novak’s Vengeance Shuts Down Production

According to multiple reports, Blumhouse has made the decision to suspend production on the upcoming thriller, Vengeance, which is being directed by B.J. Novak.

Ellen DeGeneres Suspends Production of Ellen

"Hey there," she tweeted on Friday, March 13. "Me again. So, after some more thought, we have decided to suspend production completely until March 30th. We just want to take every precaution to ensure that we do our part to keep everyone healthy. I love you guys, and can't wait to come back. I'm already bored."

Kelly Clarkson Postpones Las Vegas Residency

"As you may know, production on The Kelly Clarkson Show was temporarily shut down late last night and out of concern and care for everyone's safety, we have chosen to postpone the April 1st opening of my Las Vegas residency, Invincible, until July. Details regarding ticket replacement are forthcoming and I can't wait to see you this summer. For now, please keep your loved ones close, safe and healthy," she announced on social media. 

The Jonas Brothers Cancel Las Vegas Residency

"We were SO excited for the opportunity to share an amazing show with you guys, but it's important for everyone to do what we can to keep everyone healthy," the band's statement announcing the cancellation of their April residency at the Park MGM read in part. 

The Bachelorette Season 16 Postponed

Warner Bros. Television Group announced the news in a statement that read, "With the rapidly changing events related to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, Warner Bros. Television Group is 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. During this time, we will continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control as well as local officials and public health professionals in each city where our productions are based."

No Studio Audiences for America's Got Talent and Family Feud

The production company Fremantle announced on March 13 that effective immediately, both shows will stop filming in front of live studio audiences in a bid "to help minimize the risk of exposure" of the coronavirus.

The decision follows similar moves made by other studios regarding news programs and talk shows In Los Angeles and New York. In addition, days earlier, co-judge Howie Mandel, a known germaphobe, was photographed arriving to an America's Got Talent wearing a hazmat suit.

Grey's Anatomy Halts Production

In a letter penned by executive producers of the ABC medical drama, the cast and crew was told, "Out of an abundance of caution, production is postponed on Grey's Anatomy effective immediately. We are going home now for at least two weeks and waiting to see how the coronavirus situation evolves."

Production on The Price Is Right Suspended

The production company Fremantle announced on March 13 that in a bid to minimize exposure to COVID-19, production on The Price Is Right, whose format relies on live audiences, will be suspended for the short term. In addition, the company is also postponing the start of production for season two of Card Sharks.

NBC's Late-Night Programming Going Dark

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers will suspend production through their previously planned hiatus, which was scheduled for the week of March 23.

The Wendy Williams Show Stops Production

"The safety and well-being of our employees is our top priority. Considering the current escalation of the coronavirus, production will be put on hold, indefinitely. However, the office will remain open for you to pick up any materials or personal items. In place of live shows we will air repeats and we will continue to monitor the situation with the CDC and city officials to determine the best time to return and produce live shows again. Thank you for everything you do and please stay safe!" the talk show said in a statement.

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(This story was originally published on Thursday, March 5 at 10:16 a.m. PST)

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