Due to the coronavirus, The Amazing Race is not running right now.
“Due to increased concerns and uncertainty regarding the coronavirus around the world, CBS and the producers of The Amazing Race have taken the precautionary measure of temporarily suspending production on the 33rd season of the series,” the network said today. “All contestants and production staff are in the process of returning home.”
Having already filmed only a trio of episodes in the UK, the unannounced start of the internationally run 33rd season of the CBS TV Studios, Earthview Inc., Jerry Bruckheimer Television and ABC Studios was barely into production before the ever expanding virus caused the pause button to pushed on the latest entertainment industry project catching a chill, so to speak.
“At this time, no Racers or anyone on the production team travelling with them have contracted the virus, or shown symptoms, and we are not aware of anyone being exposed to it,” CBS added Friday.
“Out of an abundance of caution, everyone involved in the show will continue to be monitored when they return home,” the net noted as the World Health Organization upped the coronavirus to a “very high” global risk and the stock market took a further plunge. “The health and well-being of the Racers and the production team are our top priorities.”
Survivor, CBS other well-traveled reality show, is currently not in production of another upcoming South Pacific set season, sources say. With millions on the line for NBC, eyes are peeled if the Summer Olympics could be postponed or moved from Tokyo.
In the past few days, the Japanese government has closed all schools in the land of the Rising Sun as coronavirus cases rise in the island nation.
Schools aren’t the only places shutting the doors in Japan.
“Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea have decided to proceed with an extraordinary closure from Saturday February 29, 2020, through Sunday March 15” said a statement from The Oriental Land Co., the operator of the House of Mouse parks, as Deadline reported yesterday.
This follows Paramount pushing back the release of hit Sonic The Hedgehog in China and the anticipated delay of the opening of Disney’s massive live action version of Mulan in the Middle Kingdom, where Beijing has shuttered all movie theatres in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the nation at its epicenter. Last week MGM cancelled a China April premiere and publicity tour for its upcoming James Bond movie No Time to Die.
Earlier today Green Day walked away from nine dates in Asia and superstar K-pop group BTS canceled April dates in its hometown of Seoul, South Korea. Other bands canceling performances in the region include K-pop groups NCT, GOT7 and Winner.
News of The Amazing Race suspension was first reported by Variety.
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