‘Riverdale,’ ‘Batwoman’ Shut Down Over Testing Delays in British Columbia

‘Riverdale,’ ‘Batwoman’ Shut Down Over Testing Delays in British Columbia

Sources tell Variety that because of delays in the processing COVID-19 tests in British Columbia, Warner Bros. Television has shut down the Vancouver-based “Riverdale” and “Batwoman,” and is delaying production on “Legends of Tomorrow” and “Supergirl,” both of which were supposed to begin filming this week. The status of Sony’s “The Good Doctor” for ABC is unknown. A representative for Disney Television Studios — which is filming ABC’s “A Million Little Things” and “Big Sky,” as well “The Mighty Ducks” for Disney Plus and “Mysterious Benedict Society” for Hulu — did not respond about the status of those British Columbia-based shows, nor would a representative from Netflix give any details the status of the streamer’s Vancouver productions. But “Maid,” a WBTV show for Netflix from John Wells Productions, has been shut down as well. 

The filming stoppages are assumed to be temporary, sources say. According to one source, there is a single lab company approved to oversee coronavirus testing, and the company is prioritizing schools, which have opened in the province, and local businesses.

WBTV recently completed filming on The CW’s “Supernatural,” which in March had stopped filming as the pandemic spread — with only two episodes left to shoot in its 15-season series. In an interview with Variety, co-showrunner Robert Singer detailed how they accomplished it, which involved testing the 360-person crew three times a week.

Because British Columbia has handled the containment of coroanvirus well, the province opened for production in June. There are now dozens of movies and television shows filming in Vancouver, or about to, which gives an incentive to the Vancouver Film Commission to fix this problem. The commissioner did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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