This post will be updated daily with additional cancellations, postponements, and the other ways in which COVID-19 is affecting entertainment. Last updated: April 1, 9:17 a.m.
COVID-19 — commonly referred to as the coronavirus — is leading to rapid changes all around us. The pop culture industry has been affected in unique ways, with major comic and entertainment conventions being canceled, productions being halted, and Tom Hanks being put in quarantine after he and his wife tested positive for the virus while they were filming in Australia.
Basically, this year is canceled. See all of the pop culture goodness we cannot enjoy for the foreseeable future below!
- E3: E3 was officially canceled in a statement on its website. Originally scheduled for June 9-11, the producers behind the video game trade show are looking for ways to move the showcase online.
- Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC): ECCC will go on at an undetermined date, according to a statement released by Reedpop. Reedpop, which produces the show, says it tried all it could to continue the Seattle-based show, but ultimately decided it was in fans’ best interest to postpone. Fans of the event and companies that were set to participate in ECCC are coming out in full force to put on a virtual con this weekend, with digital events scheduled on Twitch and social media using the hashtag #ECCCOnline. An official list of the 70-plus Artist Alley creators who were affected is also online if fans want to show some support. Update: ECCC will now take place from Aug. 22-23.
- Ace Comic Con: Ace Comic Con’s official Twitter account announced on Wednesday that the Boston-based event would be postponed since a state of emergency was declared in Massachusetts. Full refunds should go out within the next 30 days, the tweet says.
- CinemaCon: The largest gathering of movie theater owners is canceled, according to the National Association of Theatre Owners. The group behind CinemaCon announced in a statement on Wednesday that a “significant portion of the worldwide motion picture community” would not be able to attend the event after President Donald Trump’s European travel ban.
- RuPaul’s DragCon: Stating that no one can know what will be happening in May, producers of the annual drag queen convention have decided to cancel and are working on issuing full refunds.
- Game Developers Conference: The gathering of famous video game creators will not go on as planned. The conference is expected to continue sometime during the summer, the staff behind the event wrote in a statement. UPDATE: Informa Tech announced that the Game Developers Conference will take place from Aug. 4-6.
- WonderCon: Comic-Con International, the organizer of the California-based convention, is following the California Department of Public Health’s recommendation that gatherings of more than 250 people should be postponed or canceled, it wrote in a statement. It will postpone the event scheduled for April 10-12 until a later date. UPDATE: WonderCon’s website added an online exhibit hall to bring fans the virtual con experience. Check it out here.
- Licensing Expo: The world’s largest licensing trade show has been rescheduled from May to Aug.11-13, according to a statement from InformaMarkets, the company behind the expo. Read more here.
- BookCon, originally scheduled to be held in May at the Jacob K. Javits Center, has been moved to July 25-26, according to an official statement from Reedpop.
- Almost every major comic and anime convention scheduled through the end of April has been impacted in some way. Check out the growing list of canceled and postponed cons below.
- More Canceled Conventions: Madicon, Lousiana Comic Con, StarCityGames Baltimore, StarCityGames Syracuse, Tora-con, Zenkaikon. UPDATE: Anime Detour, Heliosphere, Gem State Comic Con, Norwescon, Anime Boston, Sakura-Con, Oz-Con, Kagoracon, Anime St. Louis, Castle Point Anime Convention, Savannah Comic Con, Anime Central, East Coast Comicon, A-Kon.
- More Postponed Conventions: Kigacon, Naka-Kon, Atlanta Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo, Planet Comicon Kansas City, Ani-Me Con, Lexington Comic & Toy Con, SoCal Retro Gaming Expo, ClexaCon. UPDATE: Shine Con, Tekko, AnimeCon Arkansas, Central Texas Comic Con, Great Philadelphia Comic Con, Sabuku Con, Indiana Comic Convention, MTAC Score, MegaCon Orlando, No Brand Con, Steel City Con, Anime Pasadena, Ice & Fire Con, Arctic City Comic Con, Metrotham Con, StarFest Denver, Florida Supercon, Kawaii Kon, Momocon.
- VidCon is canceled, General Manager Jim Louderback said in a statement. He says they are looking for a way to offer a VidCon U.S. experience in the fall, but the official event will not go on from June 17-20.
- Yu-Gi-Oh Championship Series: The gathering of trading-card-game players in North Carolina has been postponed indefinitely. Konami says it continues to monitor the situation for other upcoming events.
- Overwatch League: Esports is officially being affected, too. All events for March and April are canceled, according to a tweet from Overwatch League‘s official Twitter account.
- Coachella: The annual gathering of influencers (and musicians) has been postponed until October, according to a tweet from Coachella.
- SXSW: The Austin-based music and tech conference and festival known as South by Southwest was shut down by the city, the people behind the event wrote in a statement. They say they are currently looking into a digital alternative or new dates sometime in the future.
- Broadway: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed Broadway to suspend all performances effective immediately, according to a press release from The Broadway League. The statement says that performances will begin again on April 13.
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Originally scheduled for May 2, the induction ceremony will now go on at an undetermined date, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced.
- TCM Classic Film Festival: TCM host Ben Mankiewicz announced in a video that the festival would not go on and everyone who planned to attend will receive full refunds.
- Tribeca Film Festival: The prestigious film festival slated for April 15-26 is canceled after New York-governor, Andrew Cuomo, banned gatherings in New York of more than 500 people, Jane Rosenthal co-founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises says in a statement.
- Tours & residencies canceled: Every single one — okay almost. Some of the big artists postponing or canceling their shows are Billie Eilish, Elton John, and the Jonas Brothers — what a man gotta do … is stay indoors.
- Record Store Day: You’ll have to wait two months longer to get your hands on some exclusive vinyl. Record Store Day will now take place on June 20 instead of April 18.
- Pokémon Events: Check here to see if your local Pokémon Championship was canceled or postponed.
- The Met Gala: The biggest fashion night of the year will not take place on May 4 as planned. There is no word yet on the new date.
- Movie Theaters: After initially agreeing to reduce capacity, all Regal, AMC, and Alamo Drafthouse theaters across the U.S. are taking a (hopefully) brief intermission. Each closed its doors indefinitely to abide by the new government standards of no gatherings of 10 or more. UPDATE: Cinemark is closed as well.
- WrestleMania 36 and the events surrounding it in Tampa Bay, Florida, will not go on. Fans can still catch the event on WWE Network on April 5 at 7 p.m. through pay-per-view. Only essential personnel will be allowed in the building while they film because wrestling definitely can’t spread COVID-19 — right?
- Las Vegas: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. So the governor of Nevada is making sure nothing happens at casinos for the next 30 days.
- Glastonbury Festival: The people behind the five-day British music festival have canceled its 50th-anniversary event planned for the end of June.
- Edinburgh International Film Festival: Originally intended to go on at the end of June, the 74th Edinburgh International Film Festival is postponed indefinitely.
- Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is rescheduled to Sept. 24-27, the team behind it says.
- Free Comic Book Day will not happen on May 2 as originally planned, Diamond Comic Distributors stated in a press release. The group is looking to move the annual comic event to some time in the summer.
- Cannes Festival: Say “au revoir” to the Cannes Festival. According to an official statement, the international film festival will not take place from May 12-23 as planned. The team is exploring the option of rescheduling the festival, possibly to later this summer.
- The Void: Even virtual reality is being impacted. All locations of The Void are closed through March 31.
- Fathom Events: Many of the special screenings are canceled or postponed, including Steven Universe: The Movie Sing-A-Long Event.
- Firefly Music Festival is canceled.
- Gov Ball: The NYC music festival due to take place in June is canceled. The Gov Ball team says in its statement that due to logistical issues it cannot be postponed to another date and all tickets will be refunded.
- No Time to Die: The James Bond flick was one of the first to be postponed in a statement from producers. Fans will have to wait until November for the latest 007-action film.
- Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway: Originally set for an April 3 release, the CGI-film will now come out on Aug. 7, according to Variety.
- A Quiet Place 2: John Krasinksi posted a statement on Instagram on Thursday morning that stated he will release the film when “we CAN all see it together.”
- F9: The latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise will be delayed until next year, a tweet from the official account wrote.
- Mulan: According to multiple media sources, the latest live-action Disney remake will no longer debut on March 27. So far, there are no updates on a new release date.
- New Mutants: Disney also pushed back the release date for this Marvel Comics-inspired film, which was finally expected to land in theaters on April 3 via 20th Century Studios after many, many delays.
- Black Widow: Our favorite Russian spy turned Avenger cannot catch a break — but before I get off on a tangent about Endgame, Hollywood Reporter says that the film will not premiere on May 1 as planned.
- Spiral: From the Book of Saw: Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson star in the terrifying reboot of Saw, *but* Lionsgate has pulled the movie from its May 15 release date, Bloody Disgusting reports.
- Minions: The Rise of Gru: The next installment in the Despicable Me universe is no longer set to hit theaters in July, Deadline reports. Illumination’s Paris Studio has closed temporarily due to COVID-19, which will prevent them from completing the movie in time.
- Wonder Woman 1984 will premiere on Aug. 14 instead of it’s intended date of June 5, Deadline reports.
- In the same article, Deadline stated that In the Heights, Scoob!, and Malignant will all also be postponed but future dates aren’t known at this time.
- Every 2020 Sony Productions release: In an industry-shaking move, Sony pushed all of this year’s releases to next year, Variety reports. Films affected include Morbius, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and an unnamed Marvel Project.
At this point, it would be easier to list what hasn’t been pulled than what has. Every day more and more movies and TV shows are shutting down filming in order to protect their workers. Check out some of the more notable films and series that have been impacted below.
- The Batman: There’s a chance we might have to wait longer to see Battinson. The UK production of The Batman has paused filming for two weeks, Deadline reports.
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Marvel and Disney have chosen to suspend the first-unit production of the martial arts hero film after director Destin Daniel Cretton chose to go into isolation while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
- The Little Mermaid: The live-action film has halted production, along with several Disney films, such as Home Alone and Peter Pan & Wendy.
- Jurassic World: Dominion: “Life will not be contained. Life breaks free,” says the OG Jurassic Park character Dr. Malcom. Trust Jeff Goldblum that life will continue despite Jurassic World: Dominion taking a few weeks off of filming.
- Fantastic Beasts 3: Variety reports that the Harry Potter prequel did not begin filming on March 16 as previously planned.
- TV Shows
- Loki, WandaVision: Marvel Studios is pausing production on the long-awaited Disney+ series, multiple outlets report.
- Supernatural: The 15th and (finally) final season of Supernatural has suspended filming, which means it might not be able to wrap up in time for the planned date of the last episode, Deadline says. I am beginning to believe the Winchester brothers could have had something to do with this virus. I mean how many times did they release an apocalypse on the world?
- The Walking Dead: Deadline reports that Fear the Walking Dead, as well as the 11th season of The Walking Dead, have both taken a three-week hiatus on filming. If you fear missing out on the apocalyptic themes, I suggest trying to buy toilet paper from your local target.
- Stranger Things: Deadline reports that all Netflix scripted series have stopped production in the U.S. and Canada, including the fourth season of Stranger Things.
- Riverdale: The teen-drama was one of the first to take a hiatus when a “team member” was confirmed to have COVID-19, Deadline reports. After Warner Bros. Media Group shut down all production, it was joined by the CW’s Batwoman, The Flash, and Supergirl, as well as shows for CBS, TNT, OWN, and HBO Max, the outlet says.
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: A shoot in Prague for the Disney+ series ended early after the city put restrictions on travel — find more info in our previous post.
- Carnival Row: According to an Instagram stories video posted by actor Orlando Bloom, filming for the second season of the Amazon series shut down in Prague and the cast is headed home before the European travel ban took effect.
- The Morning Show: All Apple series currently filming have been put on hold, according to Deadline.
- Euphoria: WarnerMedia Entertainment (owner of HBO, HBO Max, TNT, TBS, and TruTV) is suspending production on its series, Deadline says. This includes Euphoria, Snowpiercer, and The Righteous Gemstones.
- CBS: Deadline reports that several CBS dramas have stopped filming, including NCIS, Dynasty, and The Good Fight.
- Friends Reunion: The planned special for HBO Max is going on a break. It will not film until at least May, Variety confirmed. I am starting a petition to bring the whole series back to Netflix while we wait.
- Off Air
- Pretty much all late-night and daytime talk shows have paused indefinitely, after initially agreeing to put the show on without an audience. The list includes The Ellen Degeneres Show, Last Week Tonight, and The Late Late Show with James Cameron. UPDATE: Many late-night hosts are now filming some wholesome (and hilarious) content from their homes. Check out Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee, and Jimmy Kimmel for some much-needed laughs. UPDATE: A lot of these special at-home editions are premiering before reruns of the episodes, but Trevor Noah’s The Daily Social Distancing Show airs on Comedy Central during the normal timeslot for The Daily Show.
- Eurovision Song Contest 2020 has been canceled by the European Broadcasting Union in a video statement.
- The Walking Dead: World Beyond is no longer premiering on April 12. Instead, AMC’s website says it will come “later this year.”
- The Walking Dead season 10 finale will not air until late this year, due to post-production delays. Instead, this season will end after its 15th episode and the finale will premiere sometime in the future.
- CW will air reruns instead of new episodes of Supergirl and Batwoman on March 29. There’s no word on why, but it’s believed to be so it can extend the seasons, as both shows’ productions were halted.
- 2020 Tony Awards: Broadway’s biggest night will not happen on June 7, according to Tony Award Productions. The company states it’s looking forward to celebrating Broadway at a later date.
- The Daytime Emmys will no longer take place this June. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is exploring alternative options for recognizing honorees later this year. The Sports Emmys and Tech Emmys are also postponed.
- Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards: Deadline reports that the event scheduled for March 22 was postponed until a later time for the “well-being of every person involved with the show.”
- The ACM Awards will now take place in September instead of on April 5, according to a statement from The Acadamy of Country Music.
- Golden Globes: The 2021 event is *not* canceled! The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will be switching things up though. Variety reports that films will no longer have to be screened at a third-party facility and deadlines have been opened to include movies that had planned theater dates during the specified time.
- Disneyland: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure have closed until the end of the month, Disney Parks News tweeted. Disney Resorts remained open through March 16 in order to give guests the time to make travel arrangements, and Downtown Disney will remain open, the tweet says.
- Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris: Both Disney parks closed starting on March 15 and continued through the end of the month. Hotels at both locations are set to remain open for now. The statement announcing these closures also noted that Disney Cruise Line will suspend all new departures through the end of this month, starting on March 14. UPDATE: Disneyland and Disney World are closed indefinitely, Variety, reports.
- Universal Studios: Universal’s California-based theme park will temporarily close from March 14-28, according to a tweet from the park’s account. The Orlando park is closed until at least March 31. UPDATE: Universal has extended its Hollywood and Orlando locations’ closures until April 19, Deadline reports.
- Legoland locations in the U.S. are closed through March 31. UPDATE: Parks will remain closed until April 14.
- Seaworld theme parks are temporarily closed or will have delayed season openings.
- Six Flags amusement parks are temporarily closed or will have delayed season openings.
Museums, Studio Tours, & Shops
- Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Burbank, California-based tour for all things Warner Bros. has temporarily closed out of an abundance of caution. There is currently no word on when it will reopen.
- Smithsonian: All Smithsonian museums in New York City and Washington D.C., as well as the National Zoo in Washington D.C., closed on March 14 and will be reevaluated every two weeks, according to the Smithsonian’s website. In an emailed statement, the organization also said it will postpone or cancel all programming and gatherings through May 3 — including the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2020.
- Comic-Con Museum Events: The parent company of the Comic-Con Museum and Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) will reschedule all currently scheduled at the Comic-Con Museum, it said in an emailed statement. SDCC is still expected to go on in July.
- Disney: All Disney shops in North America will close beginning on March 17. The online store will remain open if your panic shopping involves anything Mickey Mouse themed.
- Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is closed indefinitely.
- BoxLunch, Hot Topic: Both fandom-fueled stores are closed until March 30, but each stressed that they will still be paying employees during this time.
- Apple stores are closed indefinitely.
- All 28 Newbury Comics comic book shops are closed through April 4, but its online store remains open.
- Super7 collectible shops in San Fransisco and San Diego are closed. Despite some possible transit delays, its online shop is open.
- MLB: The upcoming baseball season will have a delayed start, Minor League Baseball tweeted. Information on when it will begin will come at a later date.
- NHL: The NHL tweeted from its official account that it will pause its current season, effective immediately.
- NCAA March Madness: Despite plans to continue the playoff games with only essential staff and limited family attending, the NCAA ultimately canceled all remaining winter and spring championship games via a tweeted statement.
- Stern Pro Circuit 2019-20 Championships: The pinball championship is postponed until a later date, according to an email from Stern Pinball. Tickets will be transferable to the new date, the email says.
- NBA: After a player on the Utah Jazz team tested positive for COVID-19, the NBA announced that it would suspend all games until further notice.
- MLS: Major League Soccer will suspend all games for the next 30 days, according to Sports Illustrated.
- Boston Marathon: The 124th Boston Marathon is rescheduling from April 20 until Sept. 14, the Boston Athletic Association wrote in a statement.
- PGA: Golf championships the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals have all been postponed, according to a statement from Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club.
- EURO 2020 has been postponed by one year, the UEFA states.
- Olympics 2020: After countries began to pull out of the competition, officials made the decision to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, a member of the Veteran International Olympic Committee (IOC) told USA Today. This is, by far, the biggest impact on the sports world, and the IOC could take up to a month to decide the next steps, the outlet reports. UPDATE: It’s official: The Olympic Games will not take place this summer and will most likely take place next year, the IOC said in a statement on Tuesday. UPDATE: The games will be held from July 23-Aug. 8 next year, the IOC says.
The Good News
- Frozen 2: “Some things stay the same. Though the future remains unknown.” The fact that we love Disney will never change. Learn more about the surprise release here.
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Disney dropped the latest installment of the Star Wars saga in a surprise release a few days early.
- Lin Manuel Miranda dropped a previously unheard song from Hamilton.
- Lizzo took to Instagram to post a 30-minute meditation song “to promote healing during this global crisis.”
- NBCUniversal will release Trolls World Tour digitally at the same time it hits theaters on April 10, The Hollywood Reporter says. It will also release all Universal Pictures films currently in theaters (The Hunt, Emma, and The Invisible Man) digitally by Friday, the outlet reports.
- Birds of Prey will fly into our homes digitally this April, Warner Bros. states in a press release. This is extremely early, but everything Harley Quinn does is extreme.
- Multiple celebrities are taking to Instagram Live to put on At-Home Concerts and Q&As.
- Bloodshot, the Vin Diesel superhero flick, will be available digitally on March 24.
- Hallmark knows what we all need right now: It’s putting on a Christmas Movie Marathon from March 20-22, ET reports.
- Onward will be available to buy digitally after March 20 *and* it will be on Disney+ on April 3. Read more here!
- Sonic the Hedgehog is also speeding into homes early. According to a press release from Paramount, the family-friendly video game movie will be available (digital only) from Paramount Home Entertainment, starting on March 31.
- Penguin Random House to host Virtual Con on April 24 at 9 a.m. EST. The event will have author AMAs, exclusive content, an interactive Geek Geek Revolution game show, contests, giveaways, and more (what else could there be?)!
- Take more reading home with the British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition online. Fans can discover the history behind Hogwarts, dive into Defense Against the Dark Arts, and learn about dragon eggs! Check it out here.
- According to a press release from Walt Disney Studios, The Call of The Wild and Downhill will be available early to purchase digitally this weekend.
- Subscriptions to the print version of the Pop Insider (that’s us!) are free until June 1. Read more about it here!
- John Krasinski interviewed Steve Carell in his new video series, titled Some Good News.
- Humble Bundle is offering a Conquer COVID-19 package that features more than $1,000 worth of games and ebooks for $30. All proceeds of the bundle go to organizations that are fighting the coronavirus.
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