Despite looming uncertainty about the testing system for British Columbia-based productions, the Warner Bros. Television shows “Batwoman,” “Riverdale” and “Maid” will resume shooting on Wednesday, having been cleared to restart.
The shows besides CBS TV’s “Charmed,” “Nancy Drew,” and several other Disney Plus shows were forced to prevent filming last week.
These delays are due to the COVID-19 tests in British Columbia. Moreover, one lab company, Life Labs, is approved to oversee coronavirus testing for U.S.-based productions. Those shows have all started up again.
WBTV’s “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” were alleged to begin filming last week in Vancouver. But are still on pause for now.
The company’s “Superman and Lois” and “Kung Fu” aim to start filming next week and are always on target to try to so. But due to the questions on what proportion volume the testing system can take, they could not.
Tests are performing three times every week. All the sources tell Variety that the assembly shutdowns could happen again if the testing glut causes a show not to get results for the cast and crew back in time.
The studios have lost many dollars by keeping these shows idle — losses that insurance doesn’t cover.
Disney’s “A Million Little Things” (ABC) and “The Mighty Ducks” (Disney Plus) had also paused for a couple of days last week but were copied by the week’s end.
The company’s “Big Sky” (ABC), “Turner & Hooch” (Disney Plus), and “Mysterious Benedict Society” (Hulu) faced long delays in getting their tests processed but went back to production on Monday.
ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” a Sony production, has not yet been suffering from this issue.
In British Columbia, coronavirus is containing ably. This is why the province opened for shooting in June.
Thereupon success in mind, one Vancouver producer expressed frustration to Variety about U.S.-based studios. It ignoring what has worked well within the region: “The government here said don’t do asymptomatic testing.
They came and did it anyway. It predictably didn’t work, because our government, who has been successful in fighting the virus, is prioritizing the testing they deem medically necessary.”
Meanwhile, the studios are trying to figure with the lab and are possibly seeking back-up labs to avoid future backlogs.