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British Soaps ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Emmerdale’ Suspend Production Due To Coronavirus

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The U.S. soaps aren’t the only ones shut down due to COVID-19.  Now comes word from across the pond that the British soap operas, Coronation Street and Emmerdale have suspended production effective tomorrow on March 23rd.

ITV has officially halted series production of the two shows which film in Manchester, England.  Both series run mostly day-and-date with the UK on U.S. streaming service, BritBox.   Another popular UK soap, EastEnders suspended production last week.

An official ITV spokeswoman said on the production halt: “ITV has sadly taken the decision to suspend production of the soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale with effect from Monday 23 March.  We’ve been doing our best to carry on filming, whilst adhering to the Government’s latest health guidelines, to ensure we’ve episodes of both soaps airing on ITV until at least the early summer. However, the health and well-being of the production teams, actors, crew and their families is of paramount importance to us and we now feel that the time has come to stop filming. We’d like to thank our viewers for their support and hope they continue to enjoy both soaps in the coming months.”

According to Deadline, this announcement came just days after the network changed its schedule to spread out the number of episodes that both soaps air per week to help with potentially not having enough episodes in the bank should the stoppage continue longer than expected.

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So, what do you think about the British soaps following suit with the U.S soaps; as safety for all is clearly of paramount importance? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Even filmed in-advance their audiences won’t tune out or complain about stories….. how refreshing in comparison to American soaps. I think it’s time I just leave the States and move to the UK!!

Jimh
Jimh

They do complain about their stories…i belong to a Corrie site and watch clips on youtube!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I didn’t say this soap in general, I’m just speaking in general terms. I see a lot less complaining about British soaps than American soaps.

Jimh
Jimh

it could be worse. for Corrie than American soaps..i belong on a Canadian soap and we are always complaining about all the gloom and doom and even stupid things like someone’s beards and hairdo’s-lol.. but i do get what you mean, and i always enjoy reading your comments-and your(ATWT FAN) makes me miss that show-thankful for youtube clips!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Honestly, the only British soap I do watch is Hollyoaks, but do have increasing desire to start EastEnders. And, yes, I do miss As the World Turns so much.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Britbox U.S. 6.99 per month. Airs one hour after U.K. airings. Eastenders, Coronation street, Emmerdale along with medical soaps Holby City and Casualty. Three years so far this month here in the States. Hulu has Hollyoaks and that completes it.

davlestev1
davlestev1

That’s why its hard for me to keep up with our soaps. Right now i’m only slowly doing GH (Thanks to Hulu) and Days (thanks to DVR).

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

In this past week, I’ve caught all of Days of Our Lives and General Hospital. I’ve little desire to watch CBS, unfortunately, due to the crap, sad states they’re in.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

So, Britbox has all the way back three years’ worth of episodes from those soaps?? I’ve considered getting it, at the $6.99/month, even though money is tight and I have other subscriptions I use.

davlestev1
davlestev1

No. No classic episodes. They’re on Youtube. I’ve watched Eastenders from it’s very first episode. It aired episodes in the U.s from 1985 to 2003. Corrie and Emmerdale over the years and for years on multiple internet sites. Britbox only keeps up to a month of episodes.

Jimh
Jimh

i cant afford it especially now

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Oh, that doesn’t seem worth it for me to invest in BritBox, then, unfortunately. I’ll go online.

Jimh
Jimh

I watch Coronation Street and already knew this!

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Reveals TV & Film Production Restart June 12th; But May Not Include LA County

There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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For LA County,  on Friday, the same day the guidelines were announced they saw a slight increase in hospitalizations, which could cause delays in getting production started.  “This has been a slight increase over the last three days in the number of people hospitalized,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, “and we’ll need to make sure that we’re not starting to see a significant increase in the number of people requiring hospitalizations.”

So the question remains: if there is a surge in Los Angeles in COVID-19 cases production could again be delayed getting started back up and running? So what do you think about the June 12th date for the state of California to start TV and film production? Do you hope your favorite soaps get back into production as soon as possible, or do you want to make extra sure that all your favorites will be safe and sound when they tape new episodes?

 

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Virtual “Bauer Barbecue” Coming Up Featuring Stars of Guiding Light

Now here’s an intriguing way to have the traditional Bauer Barbecue on the legendary Guiding Light! Have the barbecue virtually!

With the times we are all continually facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The 16th annual Daytime Stars and Strikes bowling and gathering event usually held back east in the tri-state area is coming to The Locher Room on You Tube.

The event raises funds and awareness for The Autism Society of America., and will livestream now on Saturday night, June 27th at 6 p. m. EST and you can watch it here.

Currently set to participate are: Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip), Orlagh Cassidy (ex-Doris), Beth Chamberlin (ex-Beth), Crystal Chappell (ex-Olivia), Frank Dicopoulos (ex-Frank), Maureen Garrett (ex-Holly), Melissa Hayden (ex-Bridget), Morgan Englund (ex-Dylan), Amelia Marshall (ex-Gilly), Robert Newman (ex-Josh), Denise Pence (ex-Katie), Nancy St. Alban (ex-Michelle), Jennifer Roszell (ex-Eleni), Elvera Roussel (ex-Hope), Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian), Paul Anthony Stewart (ex-Danny), Krista Tesreau (ex-Mindy), Gina Tognoni (ex-Dinah), Lawrence Saint-Victor (ex-Remy; Carter, B&B), Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Tony; Rey, Y&R), Yvonna Kopacz Wright (ex-Mel), and Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva).    The event will be hosted by Alan Locher.

To make a donation during the event broadcast click here.

So will you be tuning-in to this former GL tradition now being brought to you virtually? Comment below.

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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