Outbreak Prompts CBS to Shut Production of Amazing Race

Network didn't say when filming will resume
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2020 4:40 PM CST
As a Precaution, Amazing Race Sends Contestants Home
Season 14 contestants for "The Amazing Race" pose on the tarmac in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/CBS, Robert Voets)

The closings to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus have reached reality TV. CBS announced Friday that it has stopped production of the next season of The Amazing Race, CNN reports, and sent everyone home. "No Racers or anyone on the production team travelling with them have contracted the virus, or shown symptoms," the network said in a statement, "and we are not aware of anyone being exposed to it." The contestants and production employees will be monitored for signs of the virus after their return, CBS said. Three shows had been filmed. The Amazing Race films all over the world, and the racers were in Scotland when they were told of the shutdown, per the Los Angeles Times. A date for resuming production wasn't announced.

Although little TV or film production has stopped, COVID-19 has affected the entertainment industry, per Variety. The premieres scheduled for China of Disney’s Mulan and the James Bond film No Time to Die have been canceled. In addition, Green Day and BTS have postponed concerts. (More coronavirus stories.)

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