How Pandemic Could Delay 60% of Scripted Shows and Change TV Production

”If one principal cast member gets sick, it’s extremely difficult to course correct and shoot around their absence,“ screenwriter Neil Landau says

It could be a while before we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming, with the coronavirus pandemic derailing up to 60% of scripted shows that were set to be released by the end of 2020, according to a report from Ampere Analysis on Tuesday.

During the second half of the year, Ampere projects there will be 5-10% fewer scripted titles released each month by the world’s top TV producers. That global downturn is expected to linger into the first half of 2021 — and could extend even longer.

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Sean Burch

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