• Several reality and game shows decided to adjust their production due to the coronavirus outbreak
  • The 19th Tribeca Film Festival was postponed due to COVID-19
  • President Donald Trump compared coronavirus to the common flu

Several reality and game shows have to adjust their production due to the coronavirus crisis.

The number of COVID-19 cases has continued to rise and this forced production teams and network partners to take measures to minimize the cast and crew’s risk of exposure. Several shows already announced that they would refrain filming in front of a live audience including NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and “Family Feud.” Meanwhile, some have to suspend filming in the next two weeks.

“Due to the ongoing global situation around Covid-19, we have been working closely with our production teams and network partners to take measures to help minimize the risk of exposure to our cast, crew and live audiences,” Fremantle said in a statement to Deadline.

“Effective immediately, we will refrain from filming in front of live audiences for our current productions ‘AMERICAS GOT TALENT’ and ‘FAMILY FEUD’. As live audiences are integral to the format of ‘THE PRICE IS RIGHT’, we will be suspending production for the short term. For similar reasons, we will be postponing the start of production for season 2 of CARD SHARKS. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and determine the appropriate time to resume normal course of business.”

The publication noted that NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” will also postpone its production for two weeks. Initially, the sports entertainment competition was supposed to start filming on Friday, but the production decided to push it back.

Meanwhile, the 19th Tribeca Film Festival was also postponed due to COVID-19. Tribeca co-founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises Jane Rosenthal released a statement saying that they want to ensure the public’s health and safety. Also, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered a statewide ban of gathering over 500 people.

In related news, President Donald Trump just compared coronavirus to the common flu. However, netizens didn’t agree with him because unlike the flu, there is no vaccine or antiviral drug to combat coronavirus.

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Drew Carey is pictured during a taping of the "Price is Right" 2020 Valentine's Day special. Eric McCandless/CBS