‘Station 19’ and ‘The Rookie’ Both See Production Paused Due To Omicron Variant

by Anna Dunn
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Station 19 and The Rookie are the two latest shows to pause production due to the Omicron variant. The Omicron variant is rapidly spreading across the US. It has already caused delays and cancellations of concerts, film productions, and awards shows. Now, multiple networks are deciding whether or not they want to ease up on production.

The LA-based ABC dramas are stopping production to protect the health and safety of the cast and crew. Additionally, the halt in production could help stop the spread of the virus, which has surged over the Holidays.

Production planned for Station 19, a drama about Seattle firefighters, to resume filming on January 10th. They will likely only delay for a couple of days. It’s unknown, however, when The Rookie will return. The long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy is also going on a bit of a pause.

Airing Schedules for ‘Station 19’ and ‘The Rookie’ Not Expected to Change

According to TV Line, ABC Signature, the production company behind these shows, is doing this out of an “abundance of caution.” It doesn’t appear there were any specific outbreaks on any set. This temporary delay isn’t expected to delay the airing schedules of Station 19 and The Rookie.

On top of Grey’s Anatomy, The Rookie, and Station 19 seeing production pauses. ABC’s only daytime soap, General Hospital is also pausing production due to Omicron.

While it appears less lethal, Omicron has also proven highly transmittable. On Tuesday alone, the United States reported half a million new Coronavirus cases.

The Grammy’s Are Also Postponing Due to Omicron

Over on CBS, NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles have taken a production pause. But a huge draw for CBS, the Grammy awards, is also being put on hold. Just today CBS confirmed that the Grammys are also postponing. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that TV productions are also being cautious.

CBS and The Recording Academy released a joint statement on the issue, saying that “after careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community, and our many partners, the Recording Academy and CBS have postponed the 64th annual Grammy Awards show. The health and safety of those in our music community, the live audience, and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly to produce our show remains our top priority.”

The Omicron variant was also responsible for causing mass flight cancellations across airports all over the United States this holiday season.

Station 19 and The Rookie will continue filming, but safety and health are a top priority. After all, it’s not worth it if people get hurt. If you want to watch Station 19, it comes back with a crossover event on February 24th. Meanwhile, The Rookie airs on Sunday nights at 10/9 central.

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