10 Beloved TV Shows You Won't See Again in 2020
These beloved TV series halted production because of coronavirus. Don't expect to see them return this year.
There's a good chance you've been watching a lot of TV lately. With so many of us stuck at home amid the coronavirus pandemic, there's not all that much else to do. Thankfully, there are an endless number of TV shows to stream, as well as new episodes of some of our favorite series still airing. The latter, however, could soon become a thing of the past. Television productions across the world were forced to shut down to comply with social distancing guidelines, and there's no telling when they'll be able to resume. So while it's certainly possible that some of these delayed TV shows could air new episodes by the end of the year, there's a very good chance you won't be seeing more of these beloved series until 2021. And if you're looking for something to watch while you're waiting, revisit these 15 Classic TV Shows You Didn't Know You Could Stream Right Now.
The Handmaid's Tale
While many of us are feeling drawn to dystopian dramas lately, we're going to have to rely on the first three seasons of The Handmaid's Tale for a while. The Elisabeth Moss-led drama had only recently begun filming its fourth season when production shut down on Mar. 15. And for other Hulu series worth watching, These Are the Best Hulu Shows to Stream While in Quarantine.
Unfortunately, Clare Crawley won't be finding love on The Bachelorette anytime soon. Just before Season 16 was set to begin filming, Warner Bros. Television Group announced on Mar. 13 that they would be postponing production due to the coronavirus pandemic. It's unclear when the series will film, but now is certainly not the time to be getting close to a bunch of strangers.
Grace and Frankie
The seventh season of Netflix's Grace and Frankie will be the series' last—and it might not arrive for some time. Coinciding with Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti's ban on gatherings of 50 people or more on Mar. 12, production company Skydance Television released a statement saying, "To ensure the health and safety of our cast and crew, Skydance has temporarily suspended filming for Grace and Frankie," with no return date set. And for other Netflix series you can watch in the meantime, These Are the Best Netflix Shows to Stream While in Quarantine.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
NBCUniversal also shut down production of its series, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, on Mar. 12. The long-running procedural drama was in the middle of filming its 21st season, which abruptly ended on Apr. 23, a few episodes short of the planned finale. There's no word on when filming for Season 22 will begin.
On Mar. 12, news broke that CBS Television had stopped production on several series, including NCIS, which had its 17th season cut short just shy of its 400th episode. The season finale aired on Apr. 14. The shutdown also halted filming on NCIS spinoffs NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans, as well as other CBS productions, like Dynasty, Charmed, and Nancy Drew, which air on The CW. And for other long-running series to help you pass the time, these are The 20 TV Shows Streaming on Netflix That Have the Most Episodes.
Sorry, Succession fans—the critically acclaimed HBO series about the dysfunctional Roy family empire hadn't even started filming when WarnerMedia Entertainment, which owns HBO, shut down production on its shows. On Mar. 27, when it became clear that the series would not be able to start filming anytime soon, HBO suspended preproduction. That means an even longer wait for new episodes.
That same wait applies to HBO's other much lauded series, Barry, which stars Bill Hader as a conflicted hitman. In the same statement, HBO said, "We are looking forward to resuming preproduction when it is safe and healthy for everyone working on our shows to do so. Where possible, our writers are continuing to write remotely." No date has been set for Barry's return—or even for when preproduction can start up again. And for some other critical favorites to catch up on, check out these 23 Emmy-Winning TV Shows You Can Stream Right Now.
The Morning Show
Production on Season 2 of Apple TV+'s The Morning Show had just begun in late February when production company MediaRes announced that filming would take a two-week hiatus on Mar. 12. "In concert with our dedicated partners at Apple, we have concluded it would be prudent to take a two-week hiatus to assess the situation and ensure the safety of the incredible people who make this show," producer Michael Ellenberg, CEO of MediaRes, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. Nearly eight weeks later, the series does not appear to have resumed filming.
Fans of FX's anthology series Fargo have already been waiting quite a while for new episodes: The most recent season concluded in Jun. 2017. Alas, they'll have to keep waiting. While Season 4, starring Chris Rock as a crime boss, was set to premiere on Apr. 19, that date was pushed back indefinitely when the series stopped filming, FX announced on Mar. 16. At the time, the biggest concern was that Fargo would miss the eligibility window for the Emmys, but the plan was for the show to premiere at some point in 2020. With eight of ten episodes filmed, however, that no longer seems as likely.
On Mar. 14, Disney Television Studios shut down production on a number of series, including their 1980s period drama Pose, which airs on FX and has yet to premiere its third season. It's now uncertain when that will happen. But the shutdown also affected currently running network shows, like The Resident and American Housewife, which had to cut their seasons short. Sadly, Empire opted to end its series run prematurely, with only 18 of the planned 20 episodes airing.