What do the production shutdowns mean for Amazon releases?

Photo: Carnival Row: Season 1.. Image: Amazon Prime Video
Photo: Carnival Row: Season 1.. Image: Amazon Prime Video /

With TV and movie productions shutting down for coronavirus, there are questions about what it means for Amazon releases. Is there going to be a problem?

There are a lot of questions about what the TV production shutdowns mean for our favorite shows. What do the shutdowns means specifically for Amazon shows?

I’d like to point out first that I’m all in favor of the shutdowns. The employees need to be looked after and kept safe. At the same time, the curve of new cases needs to be flattened. However, not that many Amazon productions have shut down. Carnival Row and The Wheel of Time are the only two shut down, according to TVLine.

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Shutting down the Prime Video shows isn’t the same as shutting down broadcast shows. While the likes of The ResidentSEAL Team, and Chicago Fire have shut down for the rest of the season (picking back up for their renewals, should all happen), the Prime shows will return to work once the coronavirus situation has been dealt with. There’s no need to worry about us not getting the shows at all.

Instead, we’ll just see them delayed. The ones that are currently being worked on, wouldn’t have been ready until towards the end of the year anyway. Some of them wouldn’t be airing until 2021. There’s still time to get everyone back to work and keep things as close to on-schedule as possible. However, since we didn’t know Amazon’s plans, we won’t feel like we’re missing out too much.

The exact delay will depend on the exact amount of time production is shut down for. The likes of Grey’s Anatomy said the shutdown would be for two weeks. Schools in many parts of North America are shutting for two to three weeks. It makes sense that the original plan for Carnival Row and The Wheel of Time is for two weeks, but the situation is changing by the day.

Right now, the plan mostly is to shut down until it’s safe for the cast and crew to return to work. We also have to remember the travel bans, so they’ll be restricted to when the travel bans are lifted.

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