‘NCIS,’ Other CBS Studios Shows Extend Hiatus Amid L.A. COVID-19 Surge

A number of CBS Studios productions — including “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Seal Team,” “Why Women Kill” and “Diary of a Future President” — are extending their holiday hiatus by one week amid the spiking COVID-19 surge in Los Angeles County, Variety has learned.

Those productions will resume on Jan. 11. Other CBS Studios shows are scheduled to get back into gear later in January, according to a source familiar with the matter.

So far, CBS Studios appears to be the only major studio hub pausing production amid the current coronavirus pandemic that has only worsened in recent months in California. In Los Angeles County, 13,661 new cases and 73 deaths were recorded on Monday; statewide, California logged a new high of 66,811 COVID-19 cases that day.

Other television studios are currently in the process of figuring out whether to keep productions active in the new year. Netflix, NBCUniversal and Warner Bros. Television Group are each reviewing and discussing their options internally, sources familiar with their thinking tell Variety, but no decisive actions have been taken as of Tuesday.

More to come…